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 Kiva Han Cafe & Coffee House, 235 East Bay St., 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. Call 803-853-0052.
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 a.m. 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. 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.
The 5th Lowcountry Black Economic Summit will be held at the College of Charleston on Oct. 19, 9 5 p.m. For information or to register, call 803-953-5822.
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The Poets' Corner is a group for published and unpublished writers. For a calendar of events, send SASE to 5009 Jenkins Ave., N. Charleston, SC 29405.
The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry will meet Oct. 20 at the Unitarian Church on Archdale St. at 4 p.m. Robert Black, one of Faulkner's attorneys in her lawsuit against The Citadel, will speak.
The YWCA will sponsor an Elimination of Racism and Hate Crime Luncheon Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 405 King St. RSVP by Oct. 8. Call 803-722-1644 for details.
Call the Association for Children for Enforcement Support for information on how to collect child support. Services are free. Call 803-951-7248 (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.
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 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.
A political forum sponsored by the Columbia Business and Professional Women will be held Oct. 15 at the Steak and Ale, 5143 Forest Dr., 6:30 9 p.m. The panel will include Rep. James "Bubba" Cromer; Inez Tenenbaum, state co-chair of Women for Clinton/Gore; Leon Lott, candidate for Richland County Sheriff; Elliott Close, candidate for the U.S. Senate; and state Rep. Joe Neal. For reservations, call 803-734-6260 or 803-733-3210.
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. Call 803-252-8393 for details.
Vis-a-Vis is a confidential social support group for bisexual women. To assure anonymity, meetings and locations may change regularly. Call 803-771-7713 and leave a first name and phone number stating where and when you may be contacted.
The National Council of Churches and the S. C. Organizing Committee for the Burnt Churches Fund will sponsor a national Emergency Conference on Racism Oct. 24 26. For details, call 803-799-8823 or 1-800-804-3624.
The League of Women Voters will hold a School Board Candidates Forum for Richland School District 2 on Oct. 17 at E.L. Wright Middle School from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Call 803-771-0063 for details.
The 1996 Midlands Crop Walk Against Hunger begins at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Finlay and Riverfront parks. To sign up to participate, call Harvest Hope Food Bank at 803-765-9181.
Rita Gardiol will present "Changing Perceptions of Women Protagonists in Argentine Literature" as part of USC's Women's Studies Research Series on Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in room 153 of Gambrell Hall. A reception will follow. For information, call 803-777-4007.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse offers 24-hour crisis line counseling, emergency shelter and help with orders of protection. Call 1-800-868-2632.
A conference on racism will be held Oct. 24 26 in Columbia to address the recent church burnings. Call 803-799-8823 or 800-804-3682 for information.
Call the GI Rights Hotline at 1-800-FYI-95GI to be connected with organizations in your area for assistance and support.
Rural Southern Voice for Peace offers The Listening Project, conflict resolution training, 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 benefits the donors, the environment and the 11,000 athletes in the S.C. 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 toll-free number. Fax 803-765-9219 or call 1-888-SC-READS or 803-765-9209 to leave information about a book-related event or to hear a list of upcoming events.
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.