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. Hours are 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 every 2nd and 4th Monday at 11:30 a.m. at 20 Mary St. Call 803-772-4909.
East Cooper Democrats hold their monthly Democratic Revival on the first Tuesday of each month. Call 803-884-0624 or 884-6312.
Gamblers Anonymous meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Community Bldg., Rm. 5, 6650 Dorchester Rd. Call 803-744-4357.
Lowcountry AIDS Services seeks volunteers for its summer training class, which runs three sessions. Volunteers are asked to provide at least four hours each week to clients. Call 803-577-2437, ext. 205.
For information on gay-related events in your area, contact the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance at 803-720-8088.
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The Poets' Corner is a group for published and unpublished writers.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 Airport Codependency Meeting, working for better relationships from a 12-step point of view, meets Sunday and Thursday nights at 7:30 at Willow House on Boston Ave. Call 803-731-5920.
Amnesty International helps eradicate human rights abuses worldwide. In Columbia, call 803-216-0097, and visit the Web site at http://members.aol.com/leighline/index.html.
The Women's Resource Center offers a Legal Information Clinic for Women. An attorney is available Mondays, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Cost is $5 per session. Call the YWCA at 803-252-2151.
Call the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support for information on collecting child support. Call 803-951-7248 (Lexington County) or 803-755-6713 (Richland). Services are free.
Need a 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 needed. Write: P.O. Box 210705, Columbia, SC 29221.
Columbia Audubon Society sponsors a variety of free events. Call the Infoline at 803-748-9066.
The Columbia Film Society seeks volunteers. Call 803-254-8234.
The Columbia Shambhala Center offers free meditation instruction on Wednesdays 7 - 8 p.m. and Sundays 9 - noon at 2065 Blossom St. Call 803-254-9048.
The Columbia Zen Group meets Sundays 6 - 8 p.m. at 2065 Blossom St. Call 803-779-4902.
Harvest Hope Food Bank needs volunteers. Call 803-765-9181.
HELPLINE, the 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention and referral hotline of the Midlands needs volunteers. Call 803-790-4357.
Hombres!, a support group for gay men, meets at 7 p.m. Mondays; Les Ms., a confidential group for gay women, meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; and PFLAG, a support group for family members, meets the third Thursday of each month at 1108 Woodrow St. Call 803-771-7713.
Historic Columbia Foundation and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will sponsor the Juneteenth Festival on June 14 on at Mann-Simons Cottage, 1403 Richland St. For program information, call 803-252-1770. Entertainment runs from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Columbia Branch NAACP meets the third Sunday of each month. Call 803-256-8771.
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services offers confidential support groups for people with HIV. Call 803-779-7257.
Pets Inc., a pet rescue group in the Midlands, needs support. Call 803-749-9391 to find out how you can help.
Rape Crisis Network offers a support group for recent adult rape victims every 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m at Richland Memorial. Sessions are free and facilitated by professionals. The Network's 24-hour hotline is 803-771-RAPE.
The S.C. Committee Against Hunger has opened an advocacy center at 1919 Hampton St. Its hotline, 1-800-529-5837, links clients with services, and the organization also offers a variety of other programs. Call 800-529-5837.
Vis-a-Vis is a confidential support group for bisexual women. Call 803-771-7713 and leave a first name and phone number where and when you may be contacted.
Downtown Residential Neighborhood (DRN) is creating a citywide neighborhood network to fight rezoning, crime, substandard housing problems and the like. Call 864-271-7678.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse offers 24-hour crisis line counseling, emergency shelter and help with orders of protection. Call 1-800-868-2632.
Call the GI Rights Hotline at 1-800-FYI-95GI to be connected with groups in your area.
Public Campaign is a new nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to taking special-interest money out of America's elections. Find out how you can get involved by calling 202-293-0222 or visiting its Web site: www.publicampaign.org.
Rural Southern Voice for Peace offers The Listening Project, conflict resolution training, public education and action. Call 803-252-2221.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness offers legal assistance with rights violations. Call 1-800-922-5225.
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.
Recycle for Gold lets you recycle your unwanted car by calling 1-800-590-1600. The program benefits donors, the environment and the S.C. Special Olympics.
The S.C. Center for the Book has a toll-free number. You can 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. Organ Procurement Agency offers speakers for groups and clubs. Call 1-800-462-0755.
Grassroots activists are invited to join the South Carolina Progressive Network, a coalition of groups across the state working for social, economic and environmental justice. Help build a viable progressive community in South Carolina, and see what the Network can do for you. For a free brochure, call 1-800-849-1803, 808-3781 in Columbia, or write: PO Box 8325, Columbia, SC 29202. The Network holds informal discussion groups every third Wednesday of the month at GROW, 18 Bluff Rd., at 7 p.m. On June 18, the topic will be class consciousness in South Carolina, with a focus on anti-union bias. 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.
South Carolina Forest Watch meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 113 Retreat St. in Westminster. Forest Watch is a citizens' group that educates policymakers and interested individuals on the importance of managing public resources from a true ecosystems perspective, and facilitates citizen involvement in public lands planning. Call 864-647-8804.