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Helping Out for April 5, 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

The St. John’s Fire Department will host its annual Spring Into Safety event during the Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 at Freshfields Village, with tours of the fire engine, fire extinguisher training, escape planning, safety tips and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog at the Village.

Kevin Wadley, Kdog Production and The Royal American are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Royale happy hour party at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive in Charleston, to benefit Charleston Parks Conservancy from 3 to 7:30 p.m. May 5. The band Brianna y Sus Guardianes Del Norte will perform. Rebel Taqueria food truck will be serving food, and there will be Chihuahuas, tequila, sombreros, margaritas, beer and pinatas.

Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy.

Fresh Future Farm has taken over the leadership role of managing Chicora Place Community Garden. The farm and Metanoia have also reached an agreement to provide support for classes to occur at Fresh Future Farm.

The garden sits between Orvid and Calvert streets at 3107 North Carolina Ave., within the Chicora/Cherokee Neighborhood of North Charleston.

The city of North Charleston purchased the Community Garden, a former trailer park, with greenbelt tax funds to create a recreation space in the Chicora-Cherokee community. After receiving a $1,000 grant from the Healthy North Charleston, Metanoia turned a portion of the space into a garden in 2011. Germaine Jenkins was a Metanoia board member and a Clemson Extension master gardener and resident garden volunteer.

This year, Metanoia has awarded a $23,000 grant to support Fresh Future Farm’s efforts to manage the garden and host quarterly Introduction to Home/Urban Gardening trainings at the farm a few blocks away.

Fresh Future Farm will coordinate volunteer groups to work at the garden on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon, and to seek funding for the garden. The farm also hopes to create one or more paid internships to take care of the space between monthly workdays and to add an outdoor fitness center.

Charleston Library Society is hosting a series of Wide Angle Lunches, with a theme for the year of Making Community. The lunches will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25. Individual tickets are $20 for society members and $26 for nonmembers; season passes are available for $75 for members and $95 for nonmembers.

The Glass Onion has selected Lowcountry Local First as the featured charity for their monthly tasting, set for 5:30-7:30 tonight. The event will include cocktails with Dixie Vodka paired with small bites, for $10 per person.

For every ticket sold, $5 will benefit Lowcountry Local First, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate an economy anchored in local ownership. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Windwood Family Services is partnering with Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center and Darkness to Light to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and blanket the area with pinwheels during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

During the month of April, look for pinwheel gardens all around Charleston County as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Since 2008, the pinwheel has been the national symbol for child abuse prevention, through the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

Windwood plans to place close to 2,000 pinwheels throughout the Lowcountry, each one representing 10 children in our state who suffer from abuse or neglect.

In addition, the city of Charleston will sign a proclamation declaring Charleston a “Pinwheel City,” and the town of James Island will present a proclamation at its April 20 meeting declaring April “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

Pinwheel gardens will be at these locations during the month of April:

  • North Charleston: Park Circle, Tanger Outlets, Trident Technical College
  • West Ashley: Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, John Wesley United Methodist Church, Citadel Mall
  • Johns Island: Johns Island Library, Tattooed Moose, Sea Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Hollywood Public Library
  • James Island Town Hall
  • Charleston County Public Library
  • Tot Lot on Sullivan’s Island
  • Mount Pleasant: Towne Centre and the Patriots Point Athletic Complex

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