Goat Yoga on the Kiawah River (Johns Island) – Saturday, January 30, 2021 (Including other future dates)

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Come enjoy a 60-minute Vinyasa with the help of our baby goats and maybe an occasional pig. This is a great experience for all ages and levels. Our yoga is outdoors and COVID safe. LEAVE YOUR STRESS AT THE FARM!

Be prepared for baby goat hugs!

100% refund available if the class is canceled.

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When: Saturday, January 30, 2021 – 10:30 AM EST – 11:30 AM EST (Also additional dates)

Where: The Goatery at Kiawah River – 3883 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

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Charleston, SC Based Youth Empowerment Services Inc. Announces 8th Annual Virtual Dream Girls US Conference – Saturday, March 13, 2021

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SERVICES, INC. ANNOUNCES

8TH ANNUAL VIRTUAL DREAM GIRLS US CONFERENCE 

Charleston, S.C. – January 28, 2021- Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. (Y.E.S.) is thrilled to host their 8th Annual Dream Girls US Conference virtually on Saturday, March 13 at 11 a.m. The Charleston-based nonprofit is expecting over 2,000 middle and high school-aged girls from across the country to participate in this free event-filled day, featuring live music from artists like Erica Cumbo and a plethora of motivational speakers like the legendary Jackie Brewton to inspire and empower young girls to be the best version of themselves. 

We are hopeful that being virtual, this year’s conference will reach an even greater audience, including family and friends at home, in small groups, in faith-based organizations and in schools,” shares Y.E.S. Executive Director Roslin Fields. “It’s important for young girls to fully understand their value, and to learn the skills necessary to build meaningful lives for themselves. We can’t wait to provide them with information on relevant, thought-provoking and life-changing community resources.”

The Dream Girls US Conference will be available for live viewing on the Dream Girls Conference Facebook page on March 13 at 11 a.m., including a live chat option so viewers can ask mentors and speakers direct questions. 

Registration is now open?HERE. For more information visit?www.dreamgirlsus.org.?

?Free COVID-19 Testing Coming to CARTA Hubs

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TRANSIT SYSTEM PARTNERS WITH SC DHEC, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PROVIDE SCREENING SERVICE

NORTH CHARLESTON (Jan. 26, 2021) — The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will partner to offer Covid-19 testing at two of the transit system’s key hubs. 

Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, mobile testing kiosks provided by DHEC will operate at the CARTA Mary Street stop, 63 Mary Street (adjacent to the City of Charleston parking garage), and the CARTA SuperStop, 3376 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. 

Walk-up testing will be available from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. No appointment is necessary. 

Pre-registration for testing is available online at www.gogettested.com. Those seeking tests can also register onsite with assistance from staff. 

“The partnership offers readily available and much-needed testing for transit-dependent individuals,” said CARTA Board Chairman Mike Seekings. “Additionally, given the central location of both testing sites, many will now be able to walk to get a Covid-19 screening. Ultimately, this program is addressing an acute transportation issue related to testing during a national health crisis.” 

Tests will be administered through the WellHealth GoGetTested program and samples will be collected orally via pain-free oropharyngeal (OP) swab. Turnaround time for results is 48-96 hours. Results will be provided by email or text message.  

The program is being made possible by the cooperation and support of Charleston County, the City of Charleston, the City of North Charleston and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. 

“These important testing opportunities are another example of the shared successes DHEC continues to have with essential partners like CARTA to ensure all South Carolinians, including our underserved communities, have equal access to testing,” said Myra Reece, DHEC Director of Environmental Affairs. “We appreciate the support of the local governments, community officials and political leaders who’ve helped bring these new testing opportunities to fruition during our going battle against COVID-19.”     

The possibility for the program in the Charleston region arose after SC Rep. Marvin Pendarvis identified a similar effort underway in Columbia. 

“I’m grateful to DHEC, CARTA and our local governmental partners for making this vision a reality in such a short period of time,” Rep. Pendarvis said. “When DHEC approached me about the opportunity, I was enthused because CARTA provides an essential, yet often overlooked, role in our local economy. The health and safety of its riders and operators is paramount, and providing screening services at two key hubs will go a long way in sustaining our community amidst a national health crisis.”  

Once the program was recommended, Charleston County and the region’s two largest municipalities worked quickly to make the testing sites a reality.

“Over the next few months, we hope the vast majority of our region and country have the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “But until then, making testing readily available, social distancing, and washing hands remains imperative. The free, walk-up site at the CARTA Superstop allows for direct service within the community to help slow the spread.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg added:

“As we continue working to keep our communities safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of widespread testing is paramount. That’s why I’m so proud to have worked alongside key partners like DHEC, CARTA, Charleston County, the City of North Charleston and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments to bring those vital testing opportunities to the folks who need them.”  

ABOUT CARTA
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit in the Charleston, S.C., community through local fixed routes, on-demand paratransit and express commuter service. For the latest on CARTA, visit ridecarta.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to plan rides and track buses with the CARTA-endorsed Transit app

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Grain & Barrel Spirits Partners With Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – January 26, 2021 – ( Newswire.com )

Grain & Barrel Spiritstoday announces a partnership with Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey, another Charleston-based craft spirit company. Virgil Kaine joins Grain & Barrel’s award-winning lineup – such as Dixie Vodka and Chicken Cock Whiskey – as well as the soon-to-be-released High Goal Gin.

Virgil Kaine was founded by Charleston-based chef David Szlam in 2011. He and his business partner chef Ryan Meany are driven by flavor, and their debut release was Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon, a Bourbon blended with ginger grown on a nearby sustainable farm, Spade & Clover Gardens (Johns Island, SC). The Bourbon’s nose of sorghum, orange, and oats is followed by a ginger palate balanced with dried apricot and sherry, finishing full with vanilla and light tannins. Virgin Kaine Ginger has become a bartender favorite along the east coast.

Grain & Barrel Spirits founder and CEO Matti Christian Anttila says, “Virgil Kaine fits naturally into the Grain & Barrel portfolio: similar to our other brands, it highlights American craftsmanship and takes a very flavor-driven approach to product development. Virgil Kaine Ginger is not just a delicious product beloved by consumers and bartenders, but also a great starting point for what will be exciting innovation as we expand Virgil Kaine nationally in 2021.”

Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey founder and President David Szlam adds, “With Grain & Barrel at the helm of distribution, we at Virgil Kaine can focus on what we do best: making delicious whiskeys.”

About Grain & Barrel Spirits

Based in Charleston, South Carolina,?Grain & Barrel Spirits?develops and scales craft spirits that connect the best artisans to consumers worldwide. One of the company’s core brands is?Dixie Vodka, the leading premium homegrown vodka produced in the Southeast and the Official Vodka of NASCAR; one of the fastest-growing craft brands in the United States, Dixie won prestigious?2019?and?2020“Rising Star”?Growth Brands Award?s from Beverage Dynamics magazine. Other brands in the Grain & Barrel portfolio include?Chicken Cock Whiskey, an historically significant whiskey brand established in Paris, Kentucky,?in 1856; and, coming to market in Q1 2021,?High Goal, a small batch, ultra-premium gin produced in Charleston. Grain & Barrel has twice been named to the prestigious?Inc. 5000?list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America and is a proud member of 1% For The Planet.

About Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey

Founded in Charleston South Carolina, Virgil Kaine started with a simple idea: to use its founders’ culinary know-how to make great-tasting whiskey. Chefs David Szlam and Ryan Meany source the best ingredients and apply the creativity yet scientific rigor of a professional kitchen to the art of whiskey making. Their aim is to create the most delicious whiskeys, no matter what the industry may expect. Receiving national recognition and numerous awards — including Gold Medals in 2016, 2017, and 2018 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition — Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey is for the whiskey lover looking for something distinctive and above all – tasty.

Hi-res images, interviews, and media samples available upon request.

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY

Contact: 
Christine Deussen 
Deussen Global Communications, Inc. 
cdeussen@deussenglobal.com
m. 917-545-1459

Related Links 

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Virgil Kaine Website

Charleston, S.C. Selected as Pilot Market for American Dream 2021: Showcase of Smart Homes

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House X provides “smart mortgage”, free air purification and free renewable energy for home buyers

CHARLESTON, S.C.,?Jan. 26, 2021/PRNewswire/ —?House X?today announced?Charleston, South Carolina?as one of the 21 Pilot Cities to launch the?American Dream 2021,?expanding home ownership;?featuring over?40,000 new, healthier, energy-efficient homes across the country valued at over?$18 Billion?with up to?$364 million?in stimulus?by providing home buyers free renewable energy and a discounted mortgage.

The virtual home buying event is limited to selected markets in the United States–admission is free to consumers. Free stimulus incentives apply to all contracts executed from January 27-April 15, 2021 for registered home buyers.

The Charleston Pilot includes: 

  • Over 1,100 new homes in over 115 communities with 329 homes ready for quick move-in
  • Renewable electricity at zero cost to registered home buyers  
  • 1% discounted mortgage for the first 12 months, followed by either 14 or 29 years of fixed-rate record low mortgage rate on FDA conforming loans 
  • Local Impact:
    • Potential reduction in carbon emissions–equivalent of removing 2,420 gas-powered cars off the road per year 
    • Potential free stimulus for renewable energy= $7.7 milliongoing back into the local economy 

Experts Available for Interview:

  • House X: William Farrell, President 
  • Delos: Paul Scialla, CEO and Founder  
  • RESNET: Ryan Meres, Program Director
  • The MReport: Rachel Williams 

WHY: The purpose of the event is to expand home ownership by educating consumers on the advantages of smart, healthier, sustainable homes that are more efficient, lower carbon footprint and less expensive to own, operate, protect and maintain – lowering total cost of ownership. The home is more important than ever since the onset of the pandemic and the trend was a highlight at CES with smart home technology with a focus on hygiene, cleanliness, energy-efficiency and sustainability.

HOW:

  • The Smart Mortgage?: House X has partnered with a leading mortgage lender to create a special below-market mortgage; a one percent discounted mortgage for the first 12 months of a 15- or 30-year fixed rate conforming mortgage. 
  • The Healthier Home: In collaboration with Delos, every home buyer will receive a multi-room advanced air purification system for their new home upon move-in, helping reduce particles that carry airborne bacteria, viruses and allergens.
  • The Location Report?:  Nothing will impact the financial picture of a home as much as its location. With custom insights available nowhere else, the House X Location Report reveals 300+ insights about any address in America. It is free to registered home shoppers.
  • The RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Similar to a MPG sticker for cars, except for new homes.

WHEN: American Dream 2021 Pilot Program will include free stimulus incentives on fully executed purchase contracts betweenJanuary 27 – April 15, 2021.

WHERE: American Dream 2021 is limited to home purchases in selected pilot cities available on houseX.com. 

PILOT MARKETS:

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles/Riverside Area 

Orange County 

Sacramento

San Diego Area

San Francisco

FLORIDA

Jacksonville

Orlando

Naples

Sarasota

Tampa 

Miami

GEORGIA

Atlanta

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte

Raleigh/Durham

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

TENNESSEE 

Nashville 

TEXAS

Austin

Dallas/Fort Worth

Houston

San Antonio

About House X:

House X World is a consumer-focused Smart Home Marketplace that empowers home enthusiasts with data and resources to make more informed decisions while making their home purchase and investing on the consumer’s behalf to make a home a smart home at zero cost to them.  HOUSE X companies are consumer advocates and licensed realty organizations that exclusively represent home shoppers and buyers – not home sellers.  The company serves as the primary manager of American Dream Pilot Project. The executives of House X have over 40 years of experience in representing builders, developers, Federal, State and local governments.

Attention Pug Owners: Mount Pleasant has a Pug Meetup Group

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Official Website to Learn More and Join

What they are about

Okay, so you’re owned by a pug – that goes without saying! I am too, as are many others. Why do we love these big-eyed, wrinkle-faced Pugsters so much? There are so many reasons & that’s reason enough to join the Charleston Area Pug Group! Our steadily-growing group of friendly Pugaholics & their Pugs meet for outings once a month to provide our furbabies and ourselves with some time for socialization and out-and-out fun! We encourage members to get involved, suggestions for outings and events are always welcome!

There are currently almost 500 members

The next event is Valentine’s Day!

South Carolina Ranked as 5th Worst State during COVID-19 in Latest WalletHub Study

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On January 21, WalletHub released its latest study on the safest and least safe states during COVID-19.

WalletHub used the following methodology to determine its findings:

In order to identify the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics: 1) “Vaccination Rate,” 2) “Positive Testing Rate,” 3) “Hospitalization Rate,” 4) “Death Rate,” and 5) “Transmission Rate.”

These metrics are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the safest conditions.

We then determined the weighted average across all metrics to calculate an overall score for each state and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states.

  • Vaccination Rate: Double Weight (~25.00 Points)
    Note: This metric refers to the share of the population age 16 and older initiating vaccination. It is calculated as follows: Total Number of People Initiating Vaccination / Population age 16 and older.
  • Positive Testing Rate: Full Weight (~12.50 Points)
    Note: This metric refers to the positive COVID-19 testing rate in the state between January 13, 2021, and January 19, 2021.
  • Hospitalization Rate: Full Weight (~12.50 Points)
    Note: This metric refers to the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the state between January 13, 2021, and January 19, 2021.
  • Death Rate: Triple Weight (~37.50 Points)
    Note: This metric refers to the COVID-19 death rate in the state between January 13, 2021, and January 19, 2021.
  • Estimated Transmission Rate: Full Weight (~12.50 Points)
    Note: This metric refers to the current COVID-19 reproduction number, which is an estimate of the average number of people to whom an infected person will transmit the COVID-19 virus.

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Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The COVID Tracking Project and rt.live.

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Go for A Walk In The Parks to Raise Money for Charleston Parks

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Charleston Parks Conservancy hosts virtual marathon throughout February

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston Parks Conservancy is hosting A Walk In The Parks during the month of February. Complete 26.2 miles worth of exercise in 28 days while learning more about Charleston’s most beautiful parks.

For more than 13 years, the Conservancy has been working to create stunning public spaces and to connect people to their parks. 

From Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, sign into your event registration account to record your walk, run or bike ride. Each time you record an activity, you will see your progress along the virtual route. Hit a milestone along the way to receive an email with additional information on a certain Charleston park. 

There is no limit to the number of activities you can record during February, and no limit to the miles that can be recorded. In fact, the participant who logs the most miles during the event will receive a special prize. 

Register at www.awalkintheparks.org for $35 per person. Participants are encouraged to create a customized peer-to-peer fundraising page and invite friends and family to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy’s work beautifying and maintaining parks in the City of Charleston.?

Participants can exercise anywhere they choose (gym, neighborhood, beach). Or, try some of these park routes: 

  • Cannon Park: 1 lap around the park = 0.2 miles
  • Colonial Lake: 1 lap around the park = 0.5 miles 
  • Hampton Park: 1 lap around the park = 1.5 miles 
  • Riley Waterfront Park: 1 lap around the park = 1 mile
  • West Ashley Greenway: 8 miles from end to end
  • West Ashley Bikeway: 2.5 miles from end to end

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.

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Charleston Parks Conservancy on social media:

Twitter / Instagram @charlestonparks

Facebook?www.facebook.com/CharlestonParksConservancy

Charleston Local Business and Activity Spotlight – Coastal Climbing Gym

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WE ARE A CLIMBING COMMUNITY

At Coastal Climbing Gym we believe that with hard work and dedication?you can achieve any?goal, but there’s no point of doing it without having fun. ?Located in?Charleston, SC, Coastal Climbing?is dedicated to sharing, educating and?encouraging people through?the unique?sport of indoor rock climbing. ?Join us and be a part of a growing?community.

Official Website

Hours

MTWT:? ?Noon to 9p

Friday: Noon to 8p

Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 6p

What will you find

Indoor Rock Climbing

Weights

Yoga

Adjustable Training Platforms

Cafe / WiFi

Lounge

https://www.coastalclimbing.com/prices