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, meets the third Monday of each month. The group also meets for happy hour every second Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Channel Red on King Street, followed by a board meeting (open to all) at 7 p.m. Join the party and make a difference! Call 803-853-0052.
Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon (for spouses or family) of Greater Charleston holds meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic church community bldg., Rm. 5, 6650 Dorchester Rd. (near the air base). Call hotline at 803-744-4357.
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 803-720-8088 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. Call 803-856-0577.
Call the Association for Children for Enforcement Support for information on how to collect child support. Services are free. Call 803-892-3403 (Lexington County) or 803-755-6713 (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 provided. Call 791-7707. Donations of all kinds are gratefully accepted. Write: P.O. Box 210705, Columbia, SC 29221.
Columbia Audubon Society sponsors a variety of free events. Call 737-7204 or the Audubon Society's Infoline, 803-748-9066.
The Columbia Zen Group meets Sundays from 6 8 p.m. at 2065 Blossom St. Call 803-790-5569 for details.
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 803-771-7713.
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 803-771-7713.
The Midlands chapter of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina will meet at 6 p.m., June 20, at S.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, USC campus, 1321 Pendleton St. Keith Derting will talk about rocks, stone artifacts and flintknapping. He will also identify any rock samples that have you puzzled. Call 777-8170 for directions or information
The Midlands Libertarians meet the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lizard's Thicket on Bush River Road. Call 803-894-4073.
The Columbia Branch NAACP meets the third Sunday of each month at various churches. For details, call the NAACP at 803-256-8771.
Outdoor lunch and street serenade will benefit Collaborative for Community Trust and its efforts on behalf of the Modjeska Simkins House. Noon to 2 p.m. on June 22 at the 200 block of Marion Street in Columbia. Enjoy an outdoor barbecue lunch served by the Grille and learn more about the Collaborative and the Simkins project. Tickets $10 on sale until June 18 at the Grille, 331 Sunset Dr., 803-252-3682 or 771-8864.
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services offers two confidential support groups for people with HIV; one for HIV+ men and women, one for HIV+ women only. Call 803-779-7257.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) offers a monthly support group at 6 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the GLPM Community Center, 1108 Woodrow St. For details, call 803-799-6533.
Pets Inc., a pet rescue group in the Midlands that has saved more than 5,000 cats and dogs, needs your support. To make a donation, call 803-749-9391.
Rape Crisis Network offers a support group for adult rape victims every 4th Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sessions are free and facilitated by professionals. Call 803-252-8393.
The S.C. Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement (GLPM) meets the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Call 803-771-7713.
Join a group of women in the Midlands who are in the process of creating a Women's Resource Center. Call 803-791-8156.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse offers 24-hour crisis line counseling, emergency shelter and help with orders of protection. Call 1-800-868-2632.
Instead of letting that extra car sit in the garage, why not donate it to charity? The Cooperative Ministry accepts donated cars in running condition and provides them to people willing to work but lacking transportation. It could mean a new start for a family trying to be self-sufficient. It's an easy way to recycle and feel good about helping the community. Call 803-799-3853.
The Fund for Southern Communities will offer a day-long workshop on July 13 titled "Fundraising: challenges and opportunities for community-based organization." Several foundations which provide funding will participate in a funders roundtable during the day. The workshop will be held at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Garrett Road, just south of Highway 15-501, between Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. There is a fee; some scholarships will be available to FSC grantees. Other events are planned. For details, call 919-682-3702.
The Recycle for Gold program lets you recycle your unwanted car simply by calling 1-800-590-1600. The program provides benefits to the donors, the environment and the 11,000 athletes in the South Carolina Special Olympics. Your car will be removed within 10 days of calling. Your donation is tax deductible.
Quaker House offers soldiers help. Want out? AWOL? Homosexual? Call Quaker House at 1-800-FYI-95GI (394-9544) for free, confidential information about your rights and discharge options. Call 803-252-2221 for a Columbia contact.
Save Our Swamp seeks support for legal effort. A grassroots group including the Audubon Society's Francis Beidler Forest Sanctuary, residents and the Coastal Conservation League have organized to oppose construction of the Interstate Speedway stock car track. The proposed track would be located just 1,000 feet from Four Holes Swamp and two miles from the downstream boundary of the wildlife sanctuary.
SOS is concerned about the impact of noise pollution on the swamp and those who recreate in it, as well as water quality issues stemming from the track's proximity to the fragile Four Holes Swamp ecosystem. Financial support to fight the track is needed. Donations should be made to the National Audubon Society and sent to: Francis Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville, SC 29448. For details, call 803-462-2150.
The South Carolina Center for the Book, dedicated to building a "book culture," will provide free publicity for any book-related events through a toll-free phone number, an Internet site and a newsletter.
For information, call 803-799-8370.
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.