Pony Up for CATR Movie Night Oct 22

Bring the whole family for some fun at the farm!

Pony Up for CATR Movie Night
Saturday, October 22, 2022
4:30 to 8:30 pm
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
2669 Hamilton Road, Johns Island

Kid-friendly games, a photo booth, a cake trot, a spin-to-win game with fun prizes, and our 4th Annual Pony Up Stick Horse Derby await! Enjoy a delicious dinner from the Dashi Food Truck and dessert from King of Pops.

Relax with a glass of wine, a beer, or a signature fall cocktail. As the sun goes down, kick back and watch our feature film, Flicka

All proceeds benefit CATR’s talented herd of therapy horses! Our amazing equine partners provide the connection between our students, volunteers, and instructors, which is the core of all that we do.

Event t-shirts and CATR hats are also on sale and orders close on September 22.
Click here for additional information, tickets, and more.


Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR) empowers children and adults with disabilities to enjoy more active and fulfilling lives through therapeutic horsemanship. Since establishment in 1991, CATR’s purpose has been to provide quality therapeutic riding sessions. Seven Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) certified instructors, 150 volunteers, and ten horses work together to serve over 150 students each year in a variety of specialized programs.

-Submitted by Norm Powers for CATR

Kayaking Tour to Deveaux October 22

On Saturday, October 22, Outdoor Encounters will lead a guided kayak birding tour to Deveaux Bank. Nationally recognized for its key role in bird migration and nesting, Deveaux Bank is the largest bird nesting area north of Florida on the East Coast. We will lead a 3-hour guided kayak tour from 11:00 am-2:00 pm to observe multiple species of shorebirds. After October 15, nesting season officially ends for the seabirds and more of the island can be accessed below the high tide line and we will be able to get closer to the main bird nesting area. Come join us for an incredible journey! No previous kayak experience is required.

Kayaking Tour to Deveaux Bank
Saturday, October 22, 2022

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost is $60 per person
Space is limited

For more information and to register, click here.

– Submitted by Laurinda Rapp, Director, Barrier Island Environmental Education Outdoor Encounters Coordinator, St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Preservation Society Fall Tours in October

Now in its 46th year, the Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC) presents its Fall Tours of Architecture, History, and Gardens from October 5 – 29, 2022. This year’s Fall Tours offerings are designed to maximize the educational experience for guests while minimizing impacts in the historic district. Join us as we venture into the city’s storied streets, landscapes, and buildings. 

Piazzas and Gardens Tours
Go beyond the garden gate onto the porches and piazzas of some of Charleston’s finest homes. Each tour includes 4-6 private properties in the Historic District. Enjoy going from site to site at your leisure, where docents will provide interpretation. Click here for dates, times, and tickets.

Insider’s Architecture Tours
Step inside some of Charleston’s finest buildings, seldom open to the public. Led by experts such as architects, contractors, or historians, these tours dive deeper into Charleston’s unique architectural styles, preservation ethic, and interior design. Click here for dates, times, and tickets.

Insider’s Garden Tours
Led by experts such as landscape architects, garden designers, and horticulturalists, these tours take guests into some of Charleston’s most beautiful private gardens. Learn more about the city’s rich horticultural history and diverse flora and faunaClick here for dates, times, and tickets.

Specialty Tours
Led by a Preservation Society staff member or noted expert in their field, Specialty Tours are designed to provide a closer look at the Preservation Society’s advocacy work, preservation initiatives, and mission. Each tour is unique and space is limited. Click here for topics, dates, times, and tickets.

Historic Walking Tours
Traverse the streets of Charleston while learning more about the historical events, people, and cultures that have shaped our city. This year’s walking tours explore a wide variety of subjects and are all led by professional, certified tour guides. Click here for dates, times, and tickets.

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(Image credit: preservationsociety.org)

Check Out the Library

Have you had a chance to visit the newly renovated Johns Island Library on Maybank Highway? If not, you might want to stop by and get acquainted with this beautiful new facility. September is Library Sign-Up Month and will find that a Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) Card is the key to unlocking a wide variety of resources.

The John’s Island Library closed in August 2020 to undergo renovations as part of the ongoing $108.5 million referendum-funded project passed by Charleston County voters in 2014 to build five new libraries and renovate all existing branches. It reopened in August 2021 and now the communities of John’s Island, Kiawah, Seabrook and Wadmalaw have access to a modern, state-of-the-art library, equipped with resources, services, and technology that extend well beyond books.

Updates at the library include:

  • new interior finishes 
  • replacement of shelving 
  • refreshed collection items (40,000 volumes, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, and a telescope) 
  • new furniture 
  • technology upgrades (approximately 40 computers and Chrome Books for public use, hotspots, and copy machines with mobile printing capability)
  • new designated children and teen areas.

While the Johns Island Library facility is impressive, you might prefer to access CCPL resources from the comfort of your computer or phone. All you need is a library card to get yourself started. There are several ways to access materials digitally using any of the following: 

  • The Libby app is a free app that allows you to borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. 
  • Flipster is a  next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of magazines, courtesy of the library. With Flipster, patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can also be downloaded to phones and tablets, for offline reading anytime, anywhere. 
  • Hoopla is an online streaming service that offers free access to e-books,  comics, audiobooks, music, films & television.  To use hoopla, all you need is a valid CCPL library card and a web browser or mobile device.  Each user gets 10 downloads per calendar month for the available formats. 

In addition, with a CCPL library card, you gain digital access to current and past issues of The New Times, The Post and Courier, USA Today, and Consumer Reports.

Also, check out Explore with CCPL! A CCPL card gives you access to parks, museums, and devices that can help you explore the Lowcountry, the state, and even the Milky Way.  You can check out an Orion telescope and obtain free passes (when available) for local museums and parks.

Finally, the next time you go to Charleston, allow extra time to visit the main branch of CCPL at 86 Calhoun Street, which houses additional educational, cultural, and historical resources. For example, the Saul Alexander Gallery exhibits the works of artists on a monthly basis and the Holocaust Collection provides references on the persecution and destruction of European Jewry and other minorities. If you are interested in delving into South Carolina History, visit the South Carolina Room on the second floor, which houses a non-circulating collection of books, maps, microfilm and other research materials on the history and genealogy of South Carolina.

And remember…

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!

Dr. Seuss

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(Image credit: Johns Island Library)

Donate Gently Used Home Items to Habitat ReStore

Are you clearing out a few things before hurricane season, trying to update your home, or moving into or out of Seabrook Island?  Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore makes getting rid of these items easy.

The ReStore is an amazing asset to the community and to Sea Island Habitat for Humanity as a whole. All of the proceeds from their sales go right back into funding Habitat’s mission which is to make sure that everyone has a safe and decent place to live. 

One of the many amazing things about ReStore is that they offer free donation pickup. This makes it easy to donate gently used household appliances, furniture, or leftover building materials. 

Deconstruction is another service that Habitat provides, and it’s also free! ReStore and construction employees team up, come to your residence or business, and remove unwanted cabinets, appliances, countertops, and any other items that you’re trying to get rid of. Our team will uninstall an entire kitchen, bathroom, or any room at no expense to you. 

Your contribution will benefit working families in our community, and your gift may be tax deductible. Click here to schedule a pickup online or call (843) 559-4009. 

Stop by the ReStore at 3304 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, and see what treasures you can find for your home. New items are coming in every day.

For more information about Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, click here.

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(Image credit: Habitat for Humanity)

Library Book Sale August 12 and 13

Charleston Friends of the Library Book Sale
Johns Island Public Library
Thursday, August 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Member Pre-Sale
Friday, August 12 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, August 13 from 10 :00 am – 4:00 pm

Do you love your local library and want to show your support? Then come out to the John’s Island book sale hosted by the Charleston Friends of the Library. The Friends are a volunteer-run nonprofit and one of Charleston County Public Library’s (CCPL) biggest advocates. Proceeds from fundraising events like these are used by the Friends to fund and support many favorite CCPL programs, such as STEM activities for kids, computer classes, author talks, guest lectures, and more. Materials available at the book sale are donated by the community and sold at bargain prices. 

-Submitted by Johns Island Public Library

(Image credit: Johns Island Public Library)

Made With Love Seeks Volunteers

Do you have the heart to serve those in need, a desire for fellowship with terrific people, and an interest in doing various handicrafts? If so, Made With Love (MWL) may be for you!

We have projects for all skill levels to make items to give to Johns and Wadmalaw neighbors who need a little extra love. We have kits to make a variety of fleece-tie blankets for children and adults, including veterans. We have yarn and needles to knit and crochet scarves and hats for all ages. We sew a variety of cotton totes and small purses for seniors, teachers, parents, and moms-to-be (we even have a sewing machine and serger!). We make fleece lavender sachets, magnets, and other small items for appreciation gifts. We take donated used greeting cards and turn them into new cards and bookmarks for use by parents, teachers, and seniors. We compile toiletry packs for basic needs and special gifts. And for our furry neighbors in shelters, we make braided fleece pull toys.

And there’s more… but no matter what, it’s all Made With Love! Join us for Fleece + Fridays from 10-Noon in the KICA offices at 23 Beachwalker Drive (take the road on the right before Kiawah’s first gate — no pass needed! KICA’s office is up the road on the left). Made With Love is open to anyone. We have members from Johns, Wadmalaw, James, Kiawah, and Seabrook Islands. and a few far-flung members as well.

Made With Love is a program of Kiawah Cares Foundation. Want more info? Email Made With Love Coordinator Donna Porritt at dporritt@att.net

-Submitted by Jada Phillips

OLM Needs Volunteers

Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) Community Outreach has been an anchor in the Sea Islands community since 1989 and in downtown Charleston at Neighborhood House since 2005. We give those in need access to free dental and prenatal care, food, clothing and financial assistance, job assistance, critical home repair, hot lunch five days a week at Neighborhood House, and education opportunities for youth and adults. Our in-house social workers utilize case management to determine the root cause of their needs, set goals, and develop an action plan to be on the path to self-sufficiency. We focus on the whole person and wrap our services around individuals and families wherever possible and, where we can’t, we coordinate with broader community organizations to collaborate.

Make an impact on your community. With two locations, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach helps thousands a year with basic and emergency sources, wellness services, and education programs, and we need volunteers to make it all happen! 

Volunteers are essential to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, and we depend on helping hands to keep our programs running. We currently have positions available in all areas of our services. You can volunteer based on your interests and schedule! 

Call today at 843-559-4109 x106.

-Submitted by Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Nighttime at the Museum June 3

Friday, June 3, 2022 

6:00 – 8:00 pm

An evening of adventure awaits you at The Charleston Museum’s  Nighttime at the Museum! Explore the galleries after-hours with your flashlight and discover characters from the past. Enjoy special displays, craft activities and an engaging themed scavenger hunt which is sure to be an evening of fun for the entire family. Nighttime at the Museum is appropriate for children of all ages and the young at heart. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes.

The Don Sazon food truck and Ben & Jerry’s
will be on site for purchase.
Space is limited. Reservations required.

$15 Museum Member Adult | $25 Non-Member Adult
$5 Museum Member Child| $10 Non-Member Child

Register online here or call 843.722.2996 ext. 235.

-Submitted by The Charleston Museum

(Image credit: charlestonmuseum.org)

Charleston’s Men’s Chorus Memorial Day Concert – May 30

When: Monday, May 30 at 12:00 pm

Where: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St., Charleston

Cost: $25

Please join the Charleston Men’s Chorus on Memorial Day at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul as we honor and celebrate in song those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Click here to purchase tickets

-Submitted by Thad Peterson

(Image credit: Charleston Men’s Chorus)

Sea Island Habitat Women Build “Seabrook Day”

During the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Women Build Week, ladies from Seabrook Island worked hand-in-hand with Mr.Gathers, the homeowner of the house they were working on.  Blessed with cool weather, they spent time hammering stabilizing nails into the walls of his new home.

A different group of super-strong Seabrook ladies arrived in the afternoon and were joined by Mr. Gathers as they lifted end trusses onto the walls that framed the house to help form his roof. Now it is really beginning to look like a home!

Mr. Gathers said he felt better having a hand in lifting the roof that he will soon live under. He’s just that kind of guy. And we think he’s awesome for that.

Habitat for Humanity “gives a hand up, not a handout.”  Homeowners must, among other requirements, put in service hours helping to build their home, either on-site or in other venues.  Click here to see more about Sea Island Habitat for Humanity.


-Submitted by Sue Dostal

(Photo credit: Kate Sherwood)