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 at Channel Red on King Street, followed by a board meeting (open to all) at 7 p.m. Also, volunteers are needed for clinic defense at the Charleston Women's Medical Clinic Saturday mornings 7:30 10 a.m. to protect women from protesters who come out to scream at them as they enter the clinic. Call 803-853-0052.
The Black United Front of Charleston will meet Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. to discuss voter registration efforts and mobilizing the community around the issues, including Burke High renovation and upcoming events. For details, call 803-722-6371.
The Center for Women offers support services and enrichment programs for women. Hours are from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. on Mondays; 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Tues Fri. The Center offers a support group for expectant mothers, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 11:30 at 20 Mary St. Call 803-772-4909 for details.
East Cooper Democrats hold their monthly Democratic Revival on the first Tuesday of each month. The August meeting will be held at the East Cooper Branch Library in Mt. Pleasant at 7 p.m. Call 803-884-0624 or 884-6312.
Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon 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.
For information on gay-related events in your area, contact the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance at 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.
The Poets' Corner is a new group for published and unpublished writers of all types. For a calendar of events, send SASE to 5009 Jenkins Ave., N. Charleston, SC 29405.
Survivors' Art Exhibit is a group show for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The exhibit is at Halsey Gallery, Simons Center for the Arts, College of Charleston, Aug. 5 7 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
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 true-blue pal? Adopt a pet from the Animal Protection League, 6080 Old Leesville Rd. Call 803-783-2119.
Carolina Cats, a pet rescue foundation, needs temporary homes for cats awaiting adoption. Vet care and supplies provided. Call 803-791-7707. Donations of all kinds are gratefully accepted. Write: P.O. Box 210705, Columbia, SC 29221.
The Collaborative for Community Trust is sponsoring "Breaking Bread Together" on Aug. 23 24 to raise funds for the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House Renovation Project. Ms. Simkins was a tireless activist who devoted her life to promoting human rights. Groups and organizations are invited to use the event to generate funds for their projects and to promote upcoming events. For information, call 803-783-4540.
Columbia Audubon Society sponsors a variety of free events. Call 803-737-7204 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!, a support group for gay men, meets at 7 p.m. Mondays, Les Ms., a confidential group for gay women, meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and PFLAG, a support group for family members, meets the third Thursday of each month at the Center, 1108 Woodrow St. Call 803-771-7713.
The Columbia Branch NAACP meets the third Sunday of each month at various churches. For details, call the NAACP at 803-256-8771.
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services offers confidential support groups for people with HIV; one for HIV+ men and women, one for HIV+ women only. Call 803-779-7257.
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 recent adult rape victims every 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m at Richland Memorial. Sessions are free and facilitated by professionals. Also, if you are between the ages of 15 and 18, interested in public speaking or drama, and want to make a difference in your community, the Rape Crisis Network invites you to join its teen peer education program. Call 803-252-8393 for details.
Help build a Women's Resource Center in Columbia. Call 803-791-8156.
Cafe and Then Some will hold a fund-raiser for ProJustice Carolina (formed to seek reversal of the Greenville County Council's Anti-Gay Resolution) on Aug. 11. Tickets are $25, which will include hors d'oeuvres, beer/wine and the comedy troupe's latest show, "It's Not the Heat, It's the Stupidity! A Resolution." Food will be served at 6:30, showtime is at 7:30. For tickets, call 864-232-2287 or 864-421-0202. For details, call ProJustice Carolina at 864-370-0089.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse offers 24-hour crisis line counseling, emergency shelter and help with orders of protection. Call 1-800-868-2632.
The Cooperative Ministry is sponsoring a school supply drive. Boxes will be placed in stores and businesses in Richland and Lexington counties to collect school items until Aug. 10. The goal is to serve 3,500 kids.
Rural Southern Voice for Peace offers The Listening Project, conflict resolution training in community organizing, public education and action. For details, call 803-252-2221.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness offers legal assistance with rights violations. For information, call 1-800-922-5225.
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.
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.
The South Carolina Center for the Book, dedicated to building a "book culture," has a new toll-free number and address: 2820 Devine St, Box 102, Columbia, SC 29205. Phone: 1-888-SC-READS or 803-765-9209 (Columbia); Fax: 803-765-9219. Call to leave information about an upcoming event or to hear a list of upcoming events. The Center for the Book provides free publicity to bookstores, libraries, museums, literary groups and literacy initiatives; the public, in turn, has free access to this information at one stop.
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.