Issue 3.24 | Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 | 4 days left to help Queensland flood victims
:: Man puts self in shoes of needy
:: Home cooking taking off
___:: BROADUS: New grads
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2011 -- It always seems that throughout the holiday season we are all
more generous, more patient and more focused on those in need. There are
toy drives, bookstores requesting that you donate a book to a child in
the hospital and the Salvation Army bell ringers. We rarely turn down
opportunities to give a little extra at that time of year. But what happens
to those in need the remainder of the year?
And so Share'um Shoes was born. Paul created a Web site and registered as a not-for-profit agency; he organized shoe drives and the process began. Their mission is to collect slightly used shoes and redistribute them throughout the Lowcountry and abroad.
The organization has received more than 5,000 shoes and has divvied them up among great organizations like Tri County Family Ministries, South Carolina Strong, Crisis Ministries and Low Country Orphan Relief.
While not organizing shoe drives, Paul works as a financial analyst at SCRA in North Charleston, assists with his family's sporting goods store in Mount Pleasant and is a coach for the Special Olympic athletes.
"This was a simple way to help people," said Maschek. "So few people know that homelessness is a growing problem in the Charleston area. There was a need, and an easy way to lend a hand, so I did. I just wanted to be able to give back to the community."
When asked about how the shoes are sorted and stored, Maschek responded, "We want to be sure that the shoes match the needs, and we have a reserve of shoes, organized by type, so we can be sure individuals are given what will help them the most."
To donate or assist with organizing a shoe drive, please contact Paul Maschek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 216-6474.
JAN. 27, 2011 - It's hard to think of too many winners in the economic downturn, but good ol' home cookin' seems to be one of them. That's the word from an Associated Press story that I saw online earlier this week. It seems that when Americans saw their disposable income shrink, they started to save eating out for special occasions. People ended up cooking and eating at home - and liking it.
On behalf of those of us who have always loved to cook, let me just say: Welcome to the party! In addition to well-known benefits such as having more control over what goes into your food, cooking at home lets you exercise your creativity and style. And if you have a willing sous chef - a spouse, partner or child - cooking together lets you collaborate and make memories.
But what if your better half isn't comfortable in the kitchen and needs a little encouragement or a boost in confidence? There's no better way to get started than by taking a cooking class together. Even if you're lucky enough to live with a good cook (I certainly am -- my husband is a talented and creative cook), a class at one of our local culinary shops or schools can add plenty to your enjoyment of cooking and to your culinary repertoire.
A few weekends ago, Bill and I took a knife skills class at Charleston Cooks! on East Bay Street. During my time as the food editor at The Post and Courier, I definitely saw my share of expert slicing, dicing, julienning and mincing. But somehow I always slip back into my old bad habits in my own cooking, so taking a knife skills class was an attempt to make some good new habits stick. The class was a blast, and now we're both looking for any excuse to chop an onion or chiffonade some basil. (Don't know about chiffonades? Take the class and learn!)
The thing about taking a cooking class is that it's a gift that keeps on giving. You find yourself wanting to find new recipes to try out what you learned, and you get a new appreciation for the TV chefs who can talk, chop, look at the camera and be charming all at the same time. And in the case of the knife skills class I took, I gained a new understanding of why, whenever a chef gets eliminated from the competition on Bravo's "Top Chef," Padma says, "Please pack your knives and go."
Here's a list of just a few of the places that offer cooking classes, along with some upcoming highlights, a few of which are Valentine's Day-oriented classes that would make a fun gift for a loved one. To misquote Padma, "Don't pack your knives -- these schools have their own -- but do go!"
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring CharlestonCurrents to you at no cost. This issue's featured nonprofit partner is Rural Mission on John's Island. The organization is many things to man people: a hand up in times of crisis and need a mission, service and faith volunteer experience for the young and older a caregiver and advocate for young migrant children and a support system for migrant families a provider of a warm, comfortable home in winter and a greatly appreciated giver of desperately needed home repairs to make low income homes safe, healthy and decent. For all, Rural Mission is a source of hope for low- and very low-income residents, the elderly and families living in the rural underserved Sea Islands of Charleston County, from Johns Island to Wadmalaw to Edisto and Yonges Islands. To learn more about this extraordinary organization, visit Rural Mission online. To talk to someone about giving your time or money to help, phone: 843.768-1720.
JAN. 27, 2011 -- Steve M. Parker Jr., co-founder and managing partner of Charleston-based Levelwing, will share his story and talk about digital media and its impact on the marketplace at the next Tech Talk on Feb. 8. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at its headquarters, 4500 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston, Tech Talk begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes by 10 a.m. Cost is $15 members, $25 non-members.
Business in Charleston course
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Who decides who lives and who dies? What determines a person's right to life in prison or death?
Find out tonight at 7 p.m. at the Charleston School of Law with death penalty expert Richard Dieter.
by the Amnesty International Charleston and co-sponsored by South Carolinians
Against the Death Penalty, the South Carolina ACLU, Amnesty International
College of Charleston and the Criminal Law Society, Dieter will speak
on topics regarding the history and precedent behind today's death penalty.
He will also touch on the case of Troy Davis, a man accused of killing
a Georgia police officer and facing execution despite an overwhelming
lack of evidence.
Death Penalty cases have been on the decline in the past decade. Dieter will touch on why that is, and what factors are behind the decline in executions.
The presentation, in room 103 of the AT&T Building at 385 Meeting St., is free and open to the public.
New weekly TV show highlights local transportation projects
The Charleston County RoadWise program now has its own TV show airing at 11 a.m. Saturdays on Comcast Channel 2.
The new weekly show is produced by Charleston County government to educate the public about the road projects being funding by the Transportation Sales Tax.
The host of the program is Cheryl Harleston, the RoadWise public and media information coordinator. New topics will air every Saturday and Harleston will interview guests with varied areas of expertise.
of topics that will be discussed on future shows are:
"The new RoadWise show will literally take us to the various project sites," Harleston said. "Viewers will see the progress taking place and hear from the people responsible for construction."
The county welcomes topic ideas, questions, comments and feedback from the public about the new show. Visit the official Transportation Sales Tax Web site for public meeting notices and news and information about all Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax projects.
Citadel opens health fair to public today
The Citadel's Health and Wellness Fair is open to the public today.
20 area organizations with expertise in health and wellness will be on
the campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Buyer Auditorium in
In the past, the fair has been attended primarily by Citadel faculty and staff. However this year, The Citadel wants area residents to know the annual informational fair is open to them.
"The wellness fair is a great event to help promote healthy living for employees, students, visitors to our campus and for residents throughout our community," said Lydia Diaz, training manager in The Citadel Human Resources Department. "Businesses and community organizations have been invited to encourage, educate and share their health and wellness expertise."
Visitors to the health and wellness fair can receive free glucose and blood pressure checks along with information and advice on everything from weight loss and fitness to medical and home health care and aging.
For more information, email Lydia Diaz or call her at 843-953-6709.
Charleston County park commission elects new officers
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission changed leadership this week with the election of new officers on Monday.
Former Vice Chairman Ravi Sanyal was elected chairman of the commission, with former Secretary-Treasurer Matthew Yelverton named vice chairman. Commission member Benjamin Cooke was named to the position of secretary-treasurer.
Chair Lisa Steed King remains as a member of the commission, as do other
commissioners Rosemarie Gregory-West, J. Michael Surles and Mickey Whatley.
Tom O'Rourke is CCPRC's executive director.
Formed in 1971, the Marshall Tucker Band laced its rock and roll with doses of country, blues, and jazz, selling millions of albums in the 1970s and 1980s and influencing acts such as Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels and Kid Rock.
Named for a blind South Carolinian who tuned pianos, the group kept Spartanburg as a home base, a fact that allowed the upstate town to share the band's limelight. The original Marshall Tucker Band included lead guitarist and chief songwriter Toy Caldwell, bass player Tommy Caldwell, lead singer Doug Gray, drummer Paul Riddle, rhythm guitarist George McCorkle, and flutist/saxophone player Jerry Eubanks.
Signed to Capricorn Records, Marshall Tucker Band released its self-titled debut album in 1973. That album contained a Toy Caldwell composition called "Can't You See," a song that would later be covered by Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, and others.
The band's most successful album was Searchin' for a Rainbow (1975), which included the McCorkle-penned "Fire on the Mountain," a song whose lyrics are displayed at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. Other notable Marshall Tucker Band songs include "Take the Highway," "Long Hard Ride," and the Top-Twenty single "Heard It in a Love Song." Each of the band's six albums with Capricorn sold at least 100,000 copies, with two selling more than one million. A late 1970s shift to Warner Brothers Records proved less fruitful.
Tommy Caldwell died in 1980 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Former Toy Factory bassist Franklin Wilkie then joined the band, which soon added keyboardist Ronnie Godfrey. Toy Caldwell, McCorkle, and Riddle left the group in 1984, with Caldwell going on to record a solo album in 1992. Caldwell passed away after a heart attack in 1993 at age 45. Gray and Eubanks carried on the Marshall Tucker Band name, utilizing various supporting musicians, until Eubanks departed in 1996 and left Gray as Marshall Tucker Band's only remaining original member.
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Get out of the house
February can be one of those months where your instinct tells you it's time to cocoon at home. But what the heck does your instinct know about what's going on in Charleston? From softball to poetry, here are six good reasons to get out of the house next month:
Hour: 5 p.m., Jan. 27, at Oak Steakhouse. Lowcountry Local
First celebrates Happy Hour.
Business After Hours: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Jan. 27, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd. Hosted by the Charleston Metro Chamber. Cost: $40 non-member, $20 Chamber member. Register.
Knitting for beginners: 6 p.m., Jan. 27, Knit, 87 Wentworth St. Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Join us for a two-hour beginners' class. You will learn how to cast on (put yarn on the needles) and the basic knit stitch. After taking the class, you'll be able to start your first scarf or other knitting project. A starter kit with knitting needles and yarn will be provided that you can take home. Instructor: Faye Slater. Registration required: $25 Center for Women members, $35 for non-members.
State of North Charleston Address: 7 p.m., Jan. 27, North Charleston City Hall. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will give his annual State of the City Address.
South Carolina Flag Day: 2:30 p.m., Jan. 28, Fort Moultrie
Visitor Center, 1214 Middle St., Sullivan's Island. The National Park
Service, in response to a bill passed in May 2010 by the state Legislature,
is observing the "first annual South Carolina Flag Day." The
program will include an address on the flag by Dr. Eric Emerson, director
of the state Department of Archives and History, and comments by the state
senators who co-sponsored the bill, Sen. George E. "Chip" Campsen
III and Senator Daniel B. Verdin III. On Jan. 28, 1861, after its secession
from the Union, the state Legislature passed legislation officially establishing
the state flag. Admission: Free. For more information, call the Park at
(843) 883-3123 x 20 or go
Creativity with Anne LeClaire: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 28, 297 East
Bay St. Theologians, poets, artists, writers and philosophers have long
known that in order to create anything, including a deeply fulfilling
life, the first requirement is that we become quiet. It is in this space
of stillness that truths surface, understandings expand, and we discover
in the silence of our hearts answers to living authentically. Begin the
new year by joining Anne in exploring the possibilities of silence and
its connection to creativity and to living not just to survive but to
thrive. Tuition: Evening lecture only, $25 in advance and $35 at the door.
Weekend workshop (includes lecture): $195 by January 5, $250 after. Register
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
South Carolina Premiere of "Blue": 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday matinee, through Jan. 30, at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Charles Randolph-Wright's acclaimed play "Blue" chronicles the life of an affluent and prominent African-American family that runs a funeral home in a rural South Carolina town. The story centers around a relentlessly driven and highly stylish woman, Peggy, who is mesmerized by the music of the great jazz singer Blue Williams. Tickets, $22 to $48, may be purchased online, in person at the theater, or by calling 843-577-7183.
Children's Ballet Series: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Jan. 29, and 3 p.m., Jan. 30, at The CBT Black Box Theatre, 477 King St. Charleston Ballet Theatre's popular Children's Series of family-friendly ballets returns with its second show of the season, "Angelina Ballerina Goes to the Circus." Everyone's favorite ballerina mouse pirouettes onto the stage with a brand new dance adventure that takes her into the colorful world of circus animals and sideshow oddities. Tickets: Adults: $22 Child: $12. Box Office: 477 King Street M-F 10am - 4pm 723.7334 or online.
(NEW) Young Professionals Networking: 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 2, College of Charleston School of Business, Beatty Center, 5 Liberty St. Cost: $15 non-member, $10 CYP member. To register visit www.charleston-yp.com.
Conscious Evolution: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 4. What does conscious evolution mean? How can we live it in our relationships and spiritual unfolding, and use it to discover our vocations of destiny? How do we follow the compass of joy: the Law of Attraction to What We Want to Give? Futurist and evolutionary pioneer Barbara Marx Hubbard tells her powerful personal journey of transformation, emphasizing the discovery of life purpose, the evolution of motherhood, a vision of our future, the importance of Evolutionary Spirituality, and the discovery of Regenopause in post-menopausal women. Tuition: evening lecture only, $25 in advance and $35 at the door; weekend workshop (includes lecture): $250 by January 4, $295 after. Register online.
Cuban Exhibit: Feb. 4-March 28, City Gallery at Waterfront Park. An opening reception for Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba, an exhibition that introduces North America to the new generation of influential artists from Cuba, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4. The exhibit offers more than 40 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation art to provide a sense of the serious aesthetic and conceptual concerns that characterizes Cuban art today. The City Gallery, at 34 Prioleau St., is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Window Exhibit: Through Feb 28, 2011, The Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Ave. North Charleston. In his exhibit, "Sea and Shore," local artist David Springer will present metal sculpture depictions of Lowcountry birds, plants, and wildlife. Window viewing, free parking.
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