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November 2014

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James Island Connector Run

James Island Connector Run

Don’t miss out on the16th annual James Island Connector Run. The race features a 10K run/bike and a 5K run/walk from downtown to James Island offering scenic views of Charleston Harbor. Stay for the after party and enjoy live music, refreshments, and a jump castle for the kids. The event benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a charity that awards scholarships to local students with physical disabilities. Cannon Park, 131 Rutledge Ave. Saturday, 8:30am. $38. (843)724-5003, www.jicrun.com

November 1, 2014 - 8:30am
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Light the Night Walk

Light the Night Walk

In this awareness- and fund-raising event, community members join together to honor blood cancer survivors as well as those lost to the disease. Walkers raise money through donations, with proceeds benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. During the walk, participants carry illuminated balloons—white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of loved ones who have passed. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman, Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday, 7pm. Free to register. (843)884-8517, www.lightthenight.org

November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Charleston Cup Steeplechase

Charleston Cup Steeplechase

Head to Hollywood to watch highly competitive contenders race in this annual event. The weekend kicks off on Friday with an elegant black-tie gala featuring live music, food, and a race preview, but the main event takes place Sunday morning. Reserved parking packages include one parking spot and four general admission tickets. Gala: Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St. Friday, 7pm. $100. Steeplechase: The Plantation at Stono Ferry, 5000 Old York Course, Hollywood. Sunday, 9am. $25, $300 front row reserved parking; $200 infield reserved parking. (843)766-6202, www.charlestoncup.net

November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm to November 9, 2014 - 9:00am
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Whale of a Sale

Whale of a Sale

Dubbed “Charleston’s largest garage sale,” this Junior League of Charleston fundraiser returns for its 40th anniversary with fantastic deals on gently used items galore. Shop for furniture and home decor (including antiques), appliances, clothes, electronics, books, children’s toys, and more. Be sure to arrive early, however, as attendees are known to line up hours in advance in order to snag the best finds. Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 6-9pm. Free. (843)763-5284, www.jlcharleston.org

November 7, 2014 - 6:00pm
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Whale of a Sale

Whale of a Sale

Dubbed Charleston's largest garage sale, Whale of a Sale returns for its 40th anniversary with fantastic deals on gently used items including furniture and home decor (including antiques!), appliances, clothes, electronics, books, children's toys, and more. Be sure to arrive early, however, as attendees are known to line up hours in advance in order to snag the best finds. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Charleston, an organization of women that promotes volunteerism and strives to improve the community through the leadership of trained participants. Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 8am-1pm. Free. (843)763-5284, www.jlcharleston.org

November 8, 2014 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
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Charleston Cup Steeplechase

Charleston Cup Steeplechase

Head to Hollywood to watch highly competitive contenders race in this annual event. The weekend kicks off on Friday with an elegant black-tie gala featuring live music, food, and a race preview, but the main event takes place Sunday morning. Reserved parking packages include one parking spot and four general admission tickets. Gala: Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St. Friday, 7pm. $100. Steeplechase: The Plantation at Stono Ferry, 5000 Old York Course, Hollywood. Sunday, 9am. $25, $300 front row reserved parking; $200 infield reserved parking. (843)766-6202, www.charlestoncup.net

November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm to November 9, 2014 - 9:00am
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Going Places Gala

Going Places Gala

This second annual event benefits Be a Mentor, a local program that helps youth reach their fullest potential by building positive relationships with caring adults. Held at a beautiful waterfront location, the evening includes a silent auction, live music, an open bar serving beer and wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a program honoring the community members who support mentor programs throughout the Lowcountry. The Cottage on the Creek, 130 Mill St., Mount Pleasant. Thursday, 6:30pm. $75. (843)554-5987, www.beamentornow.org

November 13, 2014 - 6:30pm
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"There's No Place Like Charleston" Launch Party

"There's No Place Like Charleston" Launch Party

Fashion meets compassion as Charleston Autism Academy and local artist Jeff Fitzharris launch the new t-shirt brand, “There’s No Place Like Charleston.” Check out original artwork and variations of the initial t-shirt design available for purchase, as well as a live, unplugged performance by special guests John-Keith Culbreth and Will Blackburn of Stop Light Observations. All proceeds benefit the Charleston Autism Society. King Dusko, 541 King St. Thursday, 7 pm. Free. (843)301-1187, www.theresnoplacelikecharleston.com

November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights

With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

November 14, 2014 - 5:30pm to January 2, 2015 - 10:00pm
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The Music Battery Drumline Concert

The Music Battery Drumline Concert

The Music Battery, a children’s after-school drumline program, presents a high-energy concert for the community. This charity not only tutors young participants, but also teaches them drumming techniques as well as how to care for their instruments. The show includes marching and maneuvering drills and dance and music performances. Though the concert is free, donations encouraged. The Ferndale Community Center, 1919-A Bolton Rd., North Charleston. Friday, 6:30-7:30pm. Donations accepted. (860)305-7975, www.themusicbattery.com.

November 14, 2014 - 6:30pm
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Camp Happy Days Cabooty Party

Camp Happy Days Cabooty Party

Join Camp Happy Days for a special, 25-year anniversary celebration of its holiday Cabooty Party. The party, started by Happy Days camp counselor and childhood cancer survivor Allan "Cabooty" Cabading as a holiday tree trimming get-together, has grown into a holiday tradition and major fundraiser over the years. Enjoy dancing music, snacks, drinks from the bar, and a silent and live auction, all while helping Happy Days offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Friday, 8-11pm. $100 premium; $75. (843)571-4336 ext. 26www.camphappydays.org/cabooty

November 14, 2014 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
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11/14/2014 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
 
Plantation Days

Plantation Days

Step back in time to explore 18th- and 19th-century plantation life at Middleton Place. Guests are invited to watch costumed workers prepare the grounds for winter the same way slaves did in the antebellum period. Craftsmen demonstrate domestic skills and also celebrate African American culture with Gullah storytelling. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm. $28; $15 student; $10 child six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

November 15, 2014 - 10:00am to November 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Cupcake Camp Charleston

Cupcake Camp Charleston

Giving back is always sweet, but especially so when desserts are involved. In this local iteration of a nationwide event, Holy City Brewing offers their wide selection of beer to complement the icing-topped confections. To bake and showcase your own cupcakes, register online, or just participate as a spectator (and treat-taster!). All donations benefit Darkness to Light, a locally based national nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse. Holy City Brewing, 4155-C Dorchester Rd., North Charleston. Saturday, 3pm. Free. (843)225-6089. www.cupcakecampcharleston.blogspot.com

November 15, 2014 - 3:00pm
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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights

With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

November 14, 2014 - 5:30pm to January 2, 2015 - 10:00pm
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Plantation Days

Plantation Days

Step back in time to explore 18th- and 19th-century plantation life at Middleton Place. Guests are invited to watch costumed workers prepare the grounds for winter the same way slaves did in the antebellum period. Craftsmen demonstrate domestic skills and also celebrate African American culture with Gullah storytelling. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm. $28; $15 student; $10 child six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

November 15, 2014 - 10:00am to November 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
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St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk.

St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk.

Helping to save lives is as simple as a walk in the park. Join St. Jude Children's Research Hospital supporters in this event that brings the community together and raises money for the research facility as crowds march for a good cause: to change the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer. Although registration for this family-friendly event is free, participants are encouraged to fund-raise to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. The Tupelo Shelter at Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston. Saturday, 8:30am. Free. (704)554-7710, www.givethankswalk.org

November 22, 2014 - 8:30am
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The Tupelo Shelter at Wannamaker County Park
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11/22/2014 - 8:30am
 
Celebrity Chili Cook-Off & Oyster Roast

Celebrity Chili Cook-Off & Oyster Roast

What better way to spend a Saturday than filling up on endless chili and oysters? This year, the Charleston Animal Society hosts its annual Chili Cook-off and Oyster Roast at The Citadel’s football stadium, raising funds by encouraging donations to different teams. Admission is purchased by donating $20 to a specific team, and each group cooks three to five gallons of chili to share. Johnson Hagood Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave., The Citadel. Saturday, 1-5pm. $20. (843)747-6849, www.charlestonanimalsociety.org

November 22, 2014 - 1:00pm
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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights

With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

November 14, 2014 - 5:30pm to January 2, 2015 - 10:00pm
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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights

With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

November 14, 2014 - 5:30pm to January 2, 2015 - 10:00pm
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