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AUG. 4, 2011 - The Cancer Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing cancer prevention through education and research, is offering a cooking course designed to help Charleston residents prevent and survive cancer through proper diet and nutrition.
"The single easiest and best thing most of us can do to prevent cancer or its recurrence is to eat right," says Jennifer Reilly, R.D., a senior nutritionist for The Cancer Project. "More than a third of all cancer deaths in this country are due to poor diet."
The Rx for better health? It's a low-fat vegetarian diet. Load up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, Reilly says; they're naturally low in fat, chock-full of fiber, and filled with cancer- fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals. Cut down on fatty foods and added fats and oils, particularly saturated fats, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Likewise, look for healthy substitutes for dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, which have been implicated in the occurrence of breast and colorectal cancers.
The challenge, Reilly acknowledges, is not only to teach people which foods are good for them, but also to show them how to make the foods taste good. This class centers on important cancer-nutrition topics, guiding students through the preparation of tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes.
The class details are as follows:
For more information about Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Classes, visit www.CancerProject.org or call 202-244-5038.
The Cancer Project is a collaborative effort of physicians, researchers, and nutritionists who have joined together to educate the public about the benefits of a healthy diet for cancer prevention and survival. Based in Washington, D.C., The Cancer Project is a program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Keeping things in perspective
By MARSHA GUERARD , editor
AUG. 4, 2011 - When National Debt Ceiling Hell is still fresh in our minds, it's good to have a weather forecast to help put things in perspective.
Tropical Storm Emily was bearing down on Haiti and the Dominican Republic Wednesday night. She wasn't much of a storm yet by Charleston standards, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph. We generally don't haul out the plywood or bottled water for a storm like that.
But those same winds -- and the rain they blow in -- spell havoc for Haiti.
news service estimates that 600,000 Haitians still are living under makeshift
tents and tarps 18 months after the January 2010 earthquake that killed
more than 300,000.
nearly 22,000 of Charleston County's residents living in tents and shanties
for 18 months, and you've got the picture.
there is ordinary rain we can't stay here because water is running through
the tents and no one can sleep," Wideline Azemar, a 42-year-old mother
of four, told Reuters. "Now they're talking about a storm with a
lot of wind and rain. I really don't know what to do."
Hurricane Center predicted Emily could dump as much as 20 inches of rain
on the region, which is particularly vulnerable to flash floods and mudslides
because of Haiti's deforestation.
the 24-hour debt ceiling news cycle, it was tough to focus on other issues.
We all tuned in to find out whether our nation would default on its loans
for the first time in history. But now that we're out of the swamp that
was the Congressional debate, perhaps we could refocus on some life-and-death
The Lowcountry chapter of the American Red Cross was gearing up Wednesday in case Emily strengthens and shelters are needed here this weekend. And Red Cross workers manned their posts throughout Haiti. All were waiting to see what the storm would throw their way. Waiting to help. If you'd like to help them, you can focus your energy here.
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On July 26, 2011, the Americans With Disabilities Act celebrated its 21st birthday. We have made some progress, but not nearly enough.
I was unlucky enough 3 1/2 years ago to fracture my leg. I remember how inconvenient it was trying to get into stores and vehicles. Fast forward to July 13, 2011, and I did it again. This time I injured the same knee but had to undergo surgery. I have been sentenced to approximately six weeks of sitting around the house and am bored out of my mind. Simple things such as getting dressed are extremely difficult. We dream of being able to sit at home and read, or watch TV or play on the computer. The reality is, that when you HAVE to do it, it gets old very quickly.
I know that my current situation will be improving day by day but it is one heck of an eye-opener. I have never said thank you so often to my wife or others who have helped me. The help is appreciated but humbling. I have a couple of suggestions I would like to make just in case you end up in my situation.
Make sure you ask your doctor to authorize a wheelchair and a handicap placard. The DMV will take about a week to mail you the placard. Because of cheaters, the DMV no longer issue them that day. The wheelchair is necessary because many businesses do not supply them, do not have enough to go around or do not keep electric carts well charged. They probably do not realize how much business they lose because people get angry when they cannot get around easily. I had a cart die on me half way to the back of Costco.
Be patient with people because they will go out of their way to ignore you. They will stand in front of an electric cart and not move. Some people will do anything they can to NOT make eye contact. I guess it is a good thing the carts don't come with horns because I would have used it 50 times in one store.
On the other hand, many people are kind and helpful. I had people who held doors open and assisted me in many ways.
If you have children, play a game with them that requires them to not see where they are going, or hear, or speak, etc. After doing these things, let them tell you how frustrating it was for them. Now explain that there are many people who are disabled and may have these problems temporarily or permanently. I think if we take the time to work with our young they will grow up to be more sensitive to the needs of the disabled. It could make for a better world for all of us. It would also help me to more easily access the Triple Ginger snaps at Trader Joe's.
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. This issue's featured underwriter is the Charleston RiverDogs. The Lowcountrys leader in sports entertainment, Charleston RiverDogs baseball is an attractive, affordable medium for your group or business. The RiverDogs develop the next major league stars for the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees at one of the finest ballparks in Minor League Baseball -- Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Three short words sum up the every day approach taken by the Charleston RiverDogs front office. The brainchild of club President Mike Veeck, the nine-letter phrase Fun Is Good is meant to be a guideline and daily reminder of how employees should approach their jobs and in turn capture the imagination of the fans to turn them into repeat customers. Call them today at (843) 723-7241 or visit online at: www.RiverDogs.com. The season's underway!
The company that agreed to provide equipment for monitoring the air temperature in Charleston has withdrawn from the project, leaving the city's carriage horses back at the starting gate.
The temperature is used to determine when the horses are taken off the street due to excessive heat.
Charleston City Council agreed July 19 to a trial period of monitoring the air temperature using equipment provided by Rees Scientific Corp. Rees was to provide a new system to complement the existing WeatherBug System.
Rees Scientific Corporation has withdrawn from this project, according to a city press release. The city will continue to research other weather companies to find an alternative to the existing system, the release said.
Academy of Music begins new year with more faculty
The Charleston Academy of Music starts another year on Aug. 22 offering instruction to students of all ages regardless of financial status.
In addition to superior musical instruction by established and world-renowned musicians and educators, Academy students enjoy opportunities for performance and additional musical experiences such as master classes and workshops. Suzuki Violin Classes are also available for beginning students.
The Academy's Honors Program allows exceptional students to attend at partial or no cost to their families, whereas our Orchestra Program, supported by grants in its entirety, brings classical music to diverse and underserved communities of the Lowcountry.
This year, new teachers join the Academy's faculty: Lujza Durisova (cello), Pedro Uceda (piano), and Ulyana Machneva-Shanley are members of the Artist Certificate Program at the College of Charleston. In addition, Ann Caldwell, a fixture on Charleston's music scene, is joining the Academy for the first time this year. Ann performs and teaches music from several genres: jazz, spirituals, pop standards, folk and rhythm and blues. For a complete list of CAM faculty and a calendar of events, visit the website at www.charlestonmusic.org.
Academy students are scheduled to perform three times this year at Franke at Seaside, a retirement community in Mount Pleasant; Kidzymphony, the Academy's diverse and unique orchestra, will appear at Kiawah House Tour this November; studio recitals will take place at the College of Charleston throughout the year; and the benefit concert will jump-start fundraising activities in the beginning of 2012.
Roper makes plans for fall
Fall is on the way and for some men that brings thoughts of more comfortable playing weather on the golf course. But this is also an important time of year to remind men to think about prostate cancer. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month and screening for prostate cancer is par for the course.
"As a survivor of that dreaded disease, I want fall to be a trigger for men to remember to get checked by their doctors. When the season starts to change, make an appointment," said Ken Burger, recently retired Post and Courier columnist. "Now there's another fall tradition to help with the reminder -- the Burger Prostate Challenge Golf Tournament."
In the tournament's third year, Burger will again lead the charge to Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. Sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare, the tournament, which will be held Oct. 26, raises money for prostate cancer awareness efforts and screenings.
All funds raised from the Burger golf tournament will benefit Roper St. Francis Cancer Center's Prostate Cancer Fund. The entry fee for each foursome is $2,000 or participants can sponsor a hole for $500 or a foursome and a hole for $2,250.
Roper St. Francis also will sponsor free prostate cancer screenings at four locations in September for eligible patients.
"The screenings are simple and early detection is critical," explains Roper St. Francis Urologist William C. Carter III, who practices with Lowcountry Urology Clinics. "All men over 40 should be checked by a physician annually with a PSA blood test and prostate exam. This can detect trouble before other symptoms appear." Carter adds that survival rates are high for prostate cancer cases caught early.
To register for the tournament or for additional information, contact Pat VandenHeuvel at Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, 843-724-2734, or fill out an entry form online. Deadline for registration is Sept. 23.
To register for a free prostate cancer screening, please call 843-402-2273. Registration is required.
Firehouse Subs gives defibrillator to Ridgeville firefighters
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is set to donate today an automated external defibrillator worth $2,067 to the Ridgeville Fire Department.
The device allows the department to provide life-saving assistance if a citizen goes into cardiac arrest. This is particularly crucial as the mostly-volunteer department is an integral part of a rural area where residents lack the money for regular medical treatment. Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated $300,000 to public safety entities in South Carolina.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be able to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protect ours," said Kevin Hatton, franchisee of the North Charleston Firehouse Subs location. "The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation in the best way possible, by giving back."
Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to customers for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit's mission and collect spare change.
New publication focuses on balanced living
Tina Whetzel, owner of CrossFit Mount Pleasant, is launching a free publication focused on healthy living and leading a balanced life. The first issue of blueprint will be distributed in Mount Pleasant area businesses this month.
Blueprint will publish the first and third weeks of each month and will be distributed in 50 East Cooper businesses.
Whetzel opened CrossFit Mt. Pleasant a year ago and is committed to helping people lead healthy, balanced lives through fitness and nutrition. "I want to expand the concept of a balanced life beyond my CrossFit athletes and reach a broader audience with this message," she says. "This is also a way to showcase area businesses and strengthen our local business community."
The publication will feature local businesses, including columns on health, fitness, nutrition and beauty. Additional information will be available on the blueprint Facebook page and Twitter account. Those interested also can sign up online for an email version of the publication.
New gallery opens moves from Maine to Charleston
Fine Art has opened in downtown Charleston. Previously located in Wiscasset,
Maine, Ingram Fine Art has relocated to the Art District of downtown Charleston
at 111 Church St.
The Gallery boasts fine original art by nationally recognized artists, antique Oriental rugs, unusual objects of historical significance and rare antiquities. Visitors may view the works of the late Leonard Baskin, of artists Ronald Frontin, Susan Headley Van Campen, Jerry Weiss, Eric Jacobsen, Roberta Goschke, Mike Stiler, Sandy Crabtree and the remarkable paintings of New Hampshire artists Stephen Hodecker and Heidi Lorenz. They also represent New York sculptress Ellie Dolgin, and artist Michelle Henning, who specializes in porcelain jewelry and sculpture.
The Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Sunday and Monday by chance or by appointment, by calling 843-577-7047.
During the summer of 1781, Tories roved the countryside surrounding Charleston. Patriot colonel William Harden commanded a dwindling militia force south of the Edisto River and requested assistance from Brigadier General Francis Marion to counter this threat.
Arriving at the village of Round "O" on Aug. 22, Marion, pictured at left, set out to gather intelligence. He learned that a force of one hundred Tories under Colonel William "Bloody Bill" Cunningham was assembling on the banks of the Pon Pon River (present-day Edisto River) to join a larger body of British and Hessian regulars and Loyalist militiamen. Marion quickly prepared an ambush to prevent the juncture.
On Aug. 30 the patriot force took position in the thick woods of a swamp about forty yards from the road and within a mile of Parker's Ferry. A few light horsemen were sent forward as decoys. As the British force approached in the late afternoon, a Tory sentry noticed a white cockade - the mark of Marion's men -- in a soldier's cap in the woodline. Musket fire was exchanged, and the horsemen charged, forcing the Tories back toward the ferry.
From a distance, British lieutenant colonel DeBorck watched the engagement and ordered Major Thomas Fraser to charge with his dragoons. Fraser's men galloped blindly into the trap. As the British cavalrymen came abreast of the American position, they received several volleys of fire. Low on ammunition, Marion withdrew when a column of enemy infantrymen arrived on the scene. British losses were estimated at about twenty-five killed and eighty wounded, with minimal harm to Marion's force. This small but effective engagement checked the British cavalry and put a stop to the marauding of the Tories so that they never posed a threat in the region again.
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Top 10 on the debt ceiling
A good friend and loyal reader of Charleston Currents -- perhaps with a bit too much time on his hands -- came up with this amusing list. Here are the Top 10 reasons that we're happy that the federal debt ceiling crisis is almost over:
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should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it."
Small Business Lunch: 12 p.m., Aug. 4, Hall's Chophouse. Speaker will be Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and past president of the PGA. He'll speak about the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah's Ocean Course and how it will shine an international spotlight on Charleston. Go online for more information and to purchase tickets.
Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions: Prior to 7:05 p.m. RiverDogs game, Aug. 5. A day after he was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Roberto Alomar led the balloting for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted along with local philanthropist William Ackerman and former Wando High and Clemson pitcher Mike Kimbrell. Formal induction will take place on the field of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Play Auditions for Adults: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 7 and 8, South of Broadway Theatre Company (a non-profit organization),1080 E. Montague Ave.,North Charleston. Greater Park Circle Play Fest (3 plays on 3 separate weekends) audition dates for adults and older teens. Will provide sides from scripts.Minimal rehearsals (3 - 4). Performance dates will be Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
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Family Fun Weekends: Saturdays and Sundays in August. South Carolina residents who want to enjoy a "staycation" can take advantage of reduced admissions at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Weekend admission to the gardens and a nature train ride will be $40 for each vehicle carrying up to five passengers. Free snow cones and popcorn will be served at the Peacock Café. For more information, call 571-1266.
Facebook Seminar: 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23, Charleston Digital Corridor Flagship, 475 E. Bay St. (corner of East Bay and Calhoun streets). Step Ahead offers two seminars sharing tips for successfully using Facebook to promote and grow your business. Part 1 will focus on the basics of setting up a Facebook page, behind-the-scenes functions, posting strategy, photos, videos and tagging. The second will explain how to customize your page, strategies for generating results, Facebook apps and Insights (analytics). Each seminar is $65 or register for both and save $10 ($120 for both). For more information or to register, visit here or email here.
Forum: Noon, Aug. 10. The S.C. Chamber of Commerce's grassroots
meeting with an open forum session at the Charleston Metro Chamber of
Commerce allows attendees to share their legislative priorities to help
create the Competitiveness Agenda, the business community's annual list
of legislative priorities. Free and open to the public. To register, visit
online or contact Julie Scott at 803.255.2628.
Local First: 6 p.m., Aug. 10, Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King
St., Room: Carolina A. How to market your local business to tourists.
Conde Nast Traveler Magazine voted Charleston No. 2 of the Top American
Destinations. While the beauty of the area speaks for itself, local businesses
are what create the flavor of the Lowcountry. Meeting will explore how
can you make your business stand out and best market it to the growing
tourist industry. Go
online for more information.
(NEW) Charleston Young Professionals Anniversary: 8 p.m., Aug. 13, Johnson Hagood Stadium Club Level, The Citadel. Charleston Young Professionals will celebrate five years of professional development with an anniversary party Enjoy live music, dinner and cocktails for $50 CYP member, $75 non-member. To register, visit here.
Cart Sale: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 14, Charleston County Public
Library Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St. The Charleston Friends of the Library
will offer a taste of their larger book sales. Fiction and non-fiction
books will be available for $1 and $3, and children's books for 50 cents
and $1 at the Information Desk every second Sunday of the month.
(NEW) Business Before Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Aug. 18, ITT Technical Institute. The Charleston Metro Chamber presents Business Before Hours to allow businesses to work on relationship building while being exposed to a variety of industries and professionals. Cost: Chamber members $20 non-members $40 includes breakfast. Register online.
Briefing and Tour: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 18. The Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce hosts an update from Port leadership at the
Chamber then a bus tour of the new terminal and by boat, waterside views
of all the Port terminals. Cost: $75 for Chamber members $150 for non-members.
Art Exhibit Opening Reception: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 19, The Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island. Opening of Rothwell/Reinert, a new show of works inspired by the scenery of the Lowcountry. The artists, Junko Ono Rothwell and Rick Reinert, both inspired by nature and sunlight, have created numerous new works that will be on display in the gallery Aug. 19 to Sept. 2. Both artists will attend the Opening Reception on the evening of Aug. 19.
Signing: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 19, Blue Bicycle Books, 420
King St. Author Maurita Corcoran will sign her book, A House Interrupted,
a can't-put-it-down read about a wife's devastating discovery that her
physician husband had been living a double life. Recently, Maurita and
her husband appeared on national television on The Dr. Drew Show, where
they discussed their successful efforts to rebuilding their lives together.
Auditions for Youth Plays: 1:30 p.m., Aug. 21 and 22, and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22, South of Broadway Theatre Company (a non-profit organization),?1080 E. Montague Ave.,North Charleston. Ages 13-18: Power Play, remounting last year's popular production, with additional school performances in discussion. Ages 9-13: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a creepy musical experience. Power Play performance dates: Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow performance dates: Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.
& Earthquake Expo: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 24, at
SCRA MUSC Innovation Center, 645 Meeting St. The Charleston Metro Chamber
of Commerce hosts a Hurricane and Earthquake Awareness Expo. Get resources
on how to prepare for and protect your business from natural and man-made
disasters. Also speakers on how Charleston prepares for a disaster, how
to protect your employees and more. Cost: $55 Chamber Members, $95 Non-Members.
Book Signing: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 28, Wentworth Mansion,
149 Wentworth St. When the 1886 earthquake struck Charleston, construction
of the massive private home at the corner of Wentworth and Smith was nearing
completion. The owner, Francis Silas Rodgers, was a wealthy cotton factor.
Rodgers is a figure in the recently published, Upheaval in Charleston:
Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow, by Susan Millar Williams
and Stephen G. Hoffius. The authors will discuss their new book at the
Rodgers home, now known as the Wentworth Mansion. The event, which will
include food, drinks, and a tour of the building, is sponsored by the
Preservation Society of Charleston. Tickets are $35 online
or by calling (843) 722-4630.
The Bridge Ride: 6:30 a.m., Sept. 17, Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. Includes a spin session at the park, as well as a bike ride across the bridge. Proceeds go to East Cooper Community Outreach. Registration is open.
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