DO SOMETHING is a bulletin board for political and social activist groups to post upcoming events. Mail information to POINT, P. O. Box 8325, Columbia, SC 29202, or fax us at 771-6572. This is a free service; deadline for entry is the 23rd of each month.
The First Thursday Writers Series is held the first Thursday of each month at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St., SE. Call 641-9094.
52%, a women's political action group, usually meets the third Monday of each month, but this month's meeting has been cancelled because it falls so close to Christmas. The group will get together on Dec. 14 for happy hour at Channel Red, 467 King St. Everyone is welcome. Call 853-0052 for information on 52%.
Meetings of the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance are held the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Charleston County Library on King Street. Call 720-8088 or write: LGLA, P.O. Box 98, Charleston, SC 29402.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church, 2010 Hawthorne Dr. For details, call 856-0577.
13 Records has released Play it Safe, featuring the first-ever compilation of Charleston's musicians who donated time and talent to help raise money for Lowcountry AIDS Services. Play it Safe is available at all music outlets, at live concerts by participating musicians, consignment outlets or by mailing $13 to P.O. Box 20001, Charleston, SC 29413.
Call the Association for Children for Enforcement Support for information on how to collect child support. Services are free. Call 892-3403 (Lexington County) or 755-6713 (Richland).
Need a pal? Adopt a pet from the Animal Protection League, 6080 Old Leesville Rd. Call 783-2119.
Carolina Cats, a pet rescue foundation, needs temporary homes for cats awaiting adoption. Vet care and supplies are provided. Call 791-7707 for details. Donations of all kinds are gratefully accepted. Write: P.O. Box 210705, Columbia, SC 29221.
The Carolina Peace Resource Center invites you to its Peace Party drop-in on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at 305 South Saluda Ave. RSVP by Dec. 12 by calling 252-2221.
Columbia Audubon Society sponsors a variety of free events each month. Call 737-7204 or the Audubon Society's Infoline, 748-9066.
The Columbia Marionette Theatre will perform the holiday show "The Perfect Gift" through Dec. 31 at 401 Laurel St. Shows are at 3 on Saturdays and Sundays. For details, call 252-7366.
Gibbes Planetarium presents a holiday show, "Season of Light," through Jan. 7. Shows are at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For information, call 254-STAR. The planetarium is on the corner of Senate and Bull.
Hombres! is a support group for gay men to realize their true selves. Open sessions meet at 7 p.m. on Mondays at the GLPM Community Center, 1108 Woodrow St. Call 771-7713 for information.
Les Ms., a confidential group offering women the chance to learn about lesbian identity, meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the GLPM Community Center, 1108 Woodrow St. Call 771-7713.
Midlands Astronomy Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the USC Physical Science Center.
The Midlands Libertarians meet the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lizard's Thicket on Bush River Road. For details, call 894-4073.
The Columbia Branch NAACP meets the third Sunday of each month at various churches. For details, call the NAACP at 256-8771.
Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of recovery for those with food problems. Call 736-9878 for a meeting in your area.
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services offers two confidential support groups for people living with HIV; one for HIV+ men and women, one for HIV+ women only. For details, call 779-7257.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) offers a free monthly support group at 6 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the GLPM Community Center, 1108 Woodrow St. Call 799-6533.
Join Planned Parenthood of Central South Carolina in its efforts to protect women's reproductive rights. Stay informed and add your name to Planned Parenthood's Action Alert Network by calling 256-2600, ext. 24.
Rape Crisis Network is promoting nonviolence through HOPELIGHTS, its holiday fundraiser. White lapel ribbons or lights are available for purchase for a holiday display outside the Network's new office, 2611 Forest Dr., Ste. 201. Contributions may be made in memory of a loved one. For details, call 252-8393.
The Richland County Public Library will present a holiday storytime on Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at its many branches. The library also will present "Glad Christmas Comes or Stuffing a Turkey," a Victorian Christmas anthology of prose and verse selected and read by scholar Howard Burnham on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St. For details, call 929-3470.
The S.C. Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement (GLPM) meets the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Call 771-7713.
The S.C. Paddlesports Film Festival will benefit Canoeing for Kids, a charity that gives underprivileged kids a chance to canoe, on Dec. 20 with a 7 p.m. showing of Classic Alaska Whitewater at the Nickelodeon Theater, 937 Main St. Admission is $5. The 9 p.m. show will feature the world premiere of Wildside Production's hard-core whitewater kayaking Glacier Meltdown. (Last year's event was a sell-out, so come early. Box office opens at 6:30.) For details, call 254-3433.
Join a group of women in the Midlands who are in the process of creating a Women's Resource Center. It is in the development stages, and people with good ideas, lots of energy and organizing skills are needed. For details, call 791-8156.
The YWCA offers a variety of services for women at nominal fees, including computer training, employment skills development and legal information. For details, call 252-2151.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse offers 24-hour crisis line counseling, emergency shelter and help with orders of protection. Call 1-800-868-2632.
S.C. Environmental Watch and the Benedict College environmental program will hold a conference, "Environmental Justice Preparing Grassroots Leadership," on Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. at Benedict College Little Theater in Columbia. The conference will focus on resisting the impact of toxic waste and pollution on minority communities. For details, call 358-8423.
The S.C. Sierra Club holds monthly meetings across the state. Find the group nearest to you and help wage the fight to save South Carolina's environment. All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.