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Helping Out for Feb. 22, 2017

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Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

A Mardi Party to benefit the Red Shoe Society, a philanthropic arm of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at LoLA Park Circle. LoLA will donate $1 each for certain drinks sold. Additionally, the guest who collects the most beads will have his or her tab paid, up to $50.

The fifth annual Yes! I’m a Feminist Party will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston. This year the party will serve as a fundraiser for the school’s new Alison Piepmeier Scholarship. The event is free and open to the public and includes drinks, desserts, and live music from CofC alumni and Leah Suarez. Donations to Yes! I’m a Feminist are being accepted online.

The S.C. Aquarium is sponsoring the Breaking Down Plastic summit from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30 at the Gaillard Center. The summit is designed to generate long-term solutions to plastic pollution and is open to any individuals, organizations, community leaders and corporations that are interested in addressing the issue.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant is hosting a symposium on the life of Lake City native Ronald E. McNair from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday. McNair was one of seven astronauts killed in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in January 1986. The panel will include astronaut Christopher Cassidy; McNair’s brother, Eric McNair; and Ron McNair Life Center director Clyde Bess. Parking and admission are free.

An oyster roast to benefit the Carolina Children’s Charity is from 5-9 p.m. today at Water’s Edge restaurant on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $25, with free admission for children 12 and younger, and include oysters, barbecue, chicken bog, auctions and live music.

The Lowcountry Battle of the Beats drumline competition is from 5-7 p.m. March 4 at the North Charleston High School gymnasium. General admission is $10, students are $7, and children 5 and younger are free.

The Center for Women is hosting a Pathway to Politics forum will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 2 at the College of Charleston’s School of Education, Health and Human Performance Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St. in Charleston. Charleston politicians Colleen Condon, Priscilla Jeffrey and Toby Smith discussing their experiences as women running for office. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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