SHIPPING EXHIBIT: Maersk Line's Climate Box, an interactive exhibit housed inside a prototype container that gives the community insight about the effects of global shipping, will be available to the public in Charleston from May 10 to 15 at the Charleston Maritime Center and the VELUX 5 OCEANS Race Village, which also is the site of the Charleston Harbor Fest 2011, May 12-15. The Maersk Line Climate Box exhibit educates visitors about greenhouse gas emissions generated by transporting cargo, eco-efficiency improvements in ship design and operational decisions made to use resources more efficiently. A special "cash register" lets visitors scan the CO2 footprint of everyday goods. The Climate Box will be open daily during the Charleston Harbor Fest event.
:: Big attention for Louie's Kids
:: My how things have changed
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MAY 5, 2011 - Hundreds of calls came in from communities across the United States, Canada and Japan after an article about the Louie's Kid's Run Buddies Program appeared in the April issue of Runner's World.
The response was nothing short of extraordinary for the organizers at the Charleston-based Louie's Kids, and it ignited their plans to take the Run Buddies and Fit Club programs to fight childhood obesity across the South and beyond.
is an athletic mentorship program, matching adult running mentors with
aspiring young runners at risk for childhood obesity. Currently, there
are more than 25 successful partnerships in Charleston. To learn more,
"The response in Savannah was so amazing for us as an organization and for me personally," Louis Yuhasz, founder of The Yoga Marathon, Run Buddies and Louie's Kids, said. "I am so indebted to the yoga community. It is such a blessing to take this event on the road to benefit other areas with our programs."?
June 4, Louie's Kids will host another Yoga Marathon in Charlotte's Freedom
Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can register by creating a personal
fundraising page. Friends and family can support their individual
efforts to complete 108 Sun Salutations. Sponsors also can donate money
for each Sun Salutation or minute of yoga completed. The Yoga Marathon
will benefit and launch a Run Buddies program in the Charlotte community.
Louie's Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that has raised more than $515,000 since 2004 for programs that benefit overweight and obese economically disadvantaged children in Charleston. Childhood obesity afflicts 25 million American children, and Louie's Kids works to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child.
Ashley Gunnin is director of development for Louie's Kids. She can be reached at 843-724-9267.
My, how things have changed
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
MAY 5, 2011 -- Sixty years ago, segregation was the common practice of the South as blacks and whites had different water fountains, sections of restaurants and school systems.
Fifty years ago, black families traveling in the South more than likely packed food to take on long car trips so they didn't have to encounter segregationists or stop to find a restaurant that would serve them.
Then 40 years ago, integration arrived across much of the small-town South. In August 1970, my new teacher was Frances Scott, a stout and powerful African American woman who instructed the 26 students - 20 white and six black - in my fourth grade class in Jesup, Ga., a town of 10,000 notable for its pulp mill, farming and forestry.
My, how things have changed.
These days, students across the South attend integrated classes filled with an array of white, brown and black students. Although some schools may be more white or black than others, integration is accepted and has become part of our culture - so much so that stories of racism are considered abnormal.
Today, a black family or professional can travel -- even at night -- without worrying about being refused a hotel room or a place at a restaurant's table. In fact, a Charleston friend who arrived in Birmingham at 3 a.m. just this week had trouble finding a hotel not because of his skin color but because so many rooms were occupied by tornado survivors.
On Tuesday, former Congressman Bob Inglis of Greenville and I discussed the enormous changes made in the South over the last 40 years. He recalled moving from a white elementary school in Bluffton in the fifth grade to an integrated one the following year where he was one of three white kids in a class of 25.
Inglis, who lost a reelection bid last year in the GOP primary, sat in his office at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he is has a prestigious fellowship for the spring semester. A convert for the need to deal with global warming, Inglis is teaching a class on energy policy.
In talking for more than an hour, we marveled by how much things had changed -- by how our children will be adults in a South not obsessed with race.
"I think my kids and their kids won't notice what race somebody is," he said. "Part of that comes with their learning experiences."
But just because today's young Southerners have a more color-blind childhood than people of 50 or 100 years ago, we should ignore challenges that still exist.
Inglis recalled being with a black House staffer several years ago as the two of them waited to catch a taxi to an evening meeting. The staffer said, "Boy, am I glad with you." When Inglis asked why, the staffer said some cabbies wouldn't stop for a black person -- even near the Capitol.
Talking about race with others this week in Boston, we observed how other parts of the country still need to work to eradicate racial prejudice. I reminded folks that Cambridge - smack dab in the middle of where some of the smartest people in the country work -- is where one of the nation's biggest recent racial clashes occurred. Remember when a prominent black Harvard professor clashed with a white Cambridge police officer in a racial misunderstanding that took a president to quell over a "beer summit?"
In the South, we seem to have come far relatively quickly in dealing with race. Perhaps that's because we had a long way to go. And yes, racism still exists here as elsewhere. But also recall that in the South, whites and blacks have been living with each other for generations. Then when the rules changed with integration, we started seeing something more in each other than skin color and started checking some preconceived notions at the door.
Today as Southerners who have been dealing with race, we also want people from other regions to check their preconceptions about the South at the door. Outsiders need to understand how the South has grown up over the last two generations. Everyone here is not a hackneyed version of a character in The Dukes of Hazzard.
While we need to keep working to accept everyone for who they are instead of what skin color they have, we should be thankful that the virulent racism that once characterized the region is no longer accepted or acceptable. And a large part of the reason is because we integrated our schools. Let's keep what we learned alive.
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MAY 5, 2011 -- Charleston-based PeopleMatter this week announced that it has secured $7.2 million in Series B funding: The company has now raised $14.2 million in venture capital money, making it the largest VC funding in Charleston. The round was led by Noro-Moseley Partners, with participation from previous investors C & B Capital, Intersouth Partners and Harbert Ventures.
The PeopleMatter products bring together HR software tools to hire, schedule, learn and engage the hourly workforce for convenience stores, hospitality, retail and foodservice industries
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business events in May
The Charleston Friends of the Library is one of 500 finalists in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning May 9.
Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota's Facebook page, facebook.com/toyota. Visitors to the page can vote once a day for the organization that they feel is most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle. The Charleston Friends of the Library will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Aug. 3, 2011.
Local residents are encouraged to support The Charleston Friends of the Library and their quest for a new Toyota Prius. If the Charleston Friends of the Library receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used for visits to all of 16 branches, community outreach, and transporting materials to and from book sales.
Go on a musical Lowcountry spiritual journey
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble performs A Low Country Spiritual Journey at historic First Scots Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., downtown Charleston on May 9 at 7 p.m.
This performance is free and open to the public; freewill donations will be accepted.
Director Nathan L. Nelson will lead the 35-member ensemble in highlighting the legacy of the Spiritual and its historical significance to the South Carolina Low Country. The ensemble has been performing together for three years; this is its first visit to First Scots.
congregation is one Charleston's oldest and most active and is known for
its appreciation of many forms of music. Acoustically, First Scots is
one of the best settings in Charleston. Having an opportunity to performing
spirituals in such a beautiful space will be quite a treat and an honor
for the singers," Lee Pringle, ensemble founder and president, said.
Magnolia offers free admission Friday
As part of its participation in the third annual National Public Gardens Day, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has invited 400 school children to the gardens on Friday for nature and history programs.
In addition to the public and private school students, more than 1,500 garden lovers also are expected to visit Magnolia to celebrate the special day set aside to bring the nation's attention to public gardens.
The American Public Gardens Association has designated Friday as National Public Gardens Day to raise awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and plant and water conservation.
The association's membership includes some of the nation's most prestigious gardens, such as the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University and Callaway Gardens at Pine Mountain, Ga. Magnolia, the oldest public garden in the United States, is a member of the association and the only garden in South Carolina participating in the nationwide observance.
Tom Johnson, Magnolia's director of gardens, said, "This is the first year that Magnolia has participated. We are honored to be among some of the nation's best gardens as they open their doors to allow Americans to experience a public garden free of charge.
"Given the demands on teachers and the budget cuts facing South Carolina educators, we also see this as an opportunity to enhance the educational experience for our students." Johnson said. "The educational programs we are offering have been designed to match the standards being taught in social studies and science."
information about National Public Gardens Day, visit www.NationalPublicGardensDay.org.
Aquarium to release 6 sea turtles Saturday
It's been a busy week at the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital, with three new strandings being cared for at the facility and six turtles cleared for release.
record 22 turtles are receiving treatment, and the release on Saturday
at 5 p.m. at the Isle of Palms County Park will open up some much-needed
space for the new patients.
Brook Benton, a musician, was born Benjamin Franklin Peay on Sept. 19, 1931, in Camden. His father was a bricklayer and choir director of a Methodist church. The young Benton delivered milk for a local dairy, sang with his father's choir and the Camden Jubilee Singers, and began writing songs.
Benton moved to New York in 1948 and worked at a variety of odd jobs, performing with several gospel and rhythm-and-blues (R&B) groups and recording "demos" of his and other writers' songs. He and partner Clyde Otis wrote hits for Nat King Cole ("Looking Back") and Clyde McPhatter ("A Lover's Question"), among others. In 1959 Benton recorded "It's Just a Matter of Time," the first of twenty-three Top Forty hits in the next five years and the first of his eighteen million-sellers. "Endlessly," "So Many Ways," "Thank You, Pretty Baby," "Fools Rush In," and "Kiddio" followed within the next eighteen months. A 1960 pairing with the temperamental Dinah Washington was personally difficult, but "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "Rocking Good Way" made the Top Ten. Some of Benton's other hits looked back to his gospel roots ("Shadrack") and cashed in on the folk-music craze ("Frankie and Johnny," "The Boll Weevil Song").
After the "British Invasion" by the Beatles and other groups, however, Mercury Records let Benton's contract lapse. He recorded several unsuccessful albums with different companies - one included "San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)," "Ode to Billy Joe," and "Stick-to-it-ivity" ("a philosophical saga of Sam and Curly, two dissimilar frogs") - and he covered hits by other artists ranging from Frank Sinatra ("My Way") to Johnny Cash ("I Walk the Line") in genres ranging from country to disco. His only major hit after 1965 was his memorably languid version of "Rainy Night in Georgia" (1970), recorded for Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records. He remained a popular nightclub and concert performer on the oldies circuit, however, especially in Great Britain.
Benton will be remembered for some of the songs he wrote and for his stylish delivery. Opinions differ about the lush strings that often accompanied him-roughly the R&B equivalent of the "Nashville Sound"-but his rich, gospel-inflected baritone recalled predecessors such as Billy Eckstine and set the stage for the explosion of "soul music" in the 1960s. He died in New York City on April 9, 1988, and was survived by his wife, Mary, and their four children.
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Five kinds of stuff
As you clean out your closets for spring, remember that Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is preparing its stores for a flow of fresh new inventory -- your stuff! Spring donations provide an enormous amount of support to the Goodwill mission of job training and employee development.
"We always encourage people to donate," said Goodwill President and CEO Robert Smith. "But we want to send out a special reminder during the spring season. Don't throw away those old clothes and household wares, donate them and help people in your community find work."
Keep these items in mind when preparing to donate:
Donations of gently used clothing, household wares and electronics help Goodwill provide job training and community-based services to more than 22,000 people in the Lowcountry.
"The cat could
very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it."
Charleston Arts Festival: The city of North Charleston's Arts Festival
continues this week with dozens of lectures, concerts, displays and performances.
Admission to these events is free. Go
online for a complete listing. A few highlights:
Small Business Lunch: noon, May 5, Halls Chophouse. The King Street Marketing Group and the Hall Family are launching "Small Business Lunch at Halls," a forum for business leaders to be held the first Thursday of each month. The events will be ticketed, with a maximum of seating for 50 attendees at $28 per person. Parking is included in the ticket price. The launch event on May 5 will feature Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, who will discuss opportunities the Port of Charleston presents to area businesses, development plans for Union Pier Terminal and the newly formed Cruise Business Council. Tickets are available online.
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
(NEW) David Mamet's "Race": 7:30 p.m., May 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m., May 22. PURE Theatre's production of "Race" by David Mamet will be presented at PURE Theatre at Ansonborough Square Shopping Center, 334 East Bay Street, Unit I. Multiple Award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Tickets are available online or by phone at 866-811-4111. Also, the box offices opens half an hour before showtime.
(NEW) Leslie McCravy 5k: 8 a.m., May 14, Edwin S. Taylor Pier, Folly Beach. Registration: $30 for adults, $15 for children on www.active.com. The 3rd Annual Leslie McCravy Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Top 3 overall Men and Women and top 3 Men and Women in each age group will win prizes, including makeup sessions at Stella Nova, Dinners at O-ku and Oak Steakhouse, tickets to visit the South Carolina Aquarium, one night stay at the Water's Edge Inn, a men's tie from Vineyard Vines, and more. After party begins by 11 a.m. at Blu Restaurant & Bar. Register online.
Golf Marathon: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 16, Daniel Island Golf Club. HALOS will host its 2nd Annual Hundred Holes for HALOS Golf Marathon and Tournament to raise funds for local abused and neglected children. Marathoners will golf all day and attempt to play 100 holes. Teams of four begin the 18-hole course at noon. Each team or marathoner will raise $1,000 to participate. Breakfast, lunch and on-course refreshments will be provided all day. Visit here to register and learn about sponsorship levels.
Trees and Tree People: 6:30 p.m., May 22, 297 East Bay St. "Trees and Tree People: Greening Ourselves, Saving the Planet" with Jean Shinoda Bolen. Her words will lead us from knowledge of what trees are and what they do, to the symbolic, sacred meaning, soulfulness and wisdom of trees. To read more and register, go online.
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