EVENT — Last-Minute, Charleston-centric Holiday Gift Ideas
Adopt an Animal
577-FISH (3474)
IMAX Big Ticket Pass
Be A Tourist inYour Own Town

If you’re in a mad scramble to find the perfect Charleston gift for that special picky someone, there are a number of easy options that don’t require trying to fend off mall Santas or waiting in mile-long lines. In fact, all of these gift ideas can be obtained with just a few clicks of the mouse. A unique option for nature-loving children and adults is the S.C. Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program, with different levels of sponsorship ranging from $25-500 with various rewards for each level. The river otter (pictured above) is just one of the critters available for adoption. Information and adoption forms can be found at www.scaquarium.org. The perfect companion to adopting an Aquarium animal is, natch, an IMAX Big Ticket Annual Pass. These are a pretty sweet deal, with each pass garnering the holder unlimited entrance to standard IMAX films for the entire 2006 year, plus discounts with participating merchants. Adults can pick one up for $55, children ages 3-17 and seniors for $50. Visit www.charlestonimax.com for details and an order form. The Be A Tourist in Your Own Town program is another perfect option for the local who’s always wanted to explore Charleston’s myriad attractions. The program grants pass holders one-time admission to 28 area attractions, including places like Ft. Sumter, Carolina Ice Palace, Boone Hall Plantation, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, and more during the month of January 2006. Passes are $20 for an individual or $50 for four people (perfect for families, but good for groups of any age), and are available to residents of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. Passes are on sale only through Dec. 31 and can be obtained by calling 853-8000, at area visitors centers, or at www.beatourist.net.


VISUAL ARTS — The young man and the SLR
Ernest Hemingway and Walker Evans: Three Weeks in Cuba, 1933
Opening Fri. Dec. 23
Through Feb. 19
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.

Ernest Hemingway, one of the 20th century’s most venerated authors, was introduced to world-renowned photographer Walker Evans when they were both in Cuba in May 1933. Evans was there to work on The Crime of Cuba, Carlton Beals’ critical book about the Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado, while Hemingway was working on stories that eventually developed into To Have and Have Not. The two men formed a lasting friendship, culminating in Evans giving numerous photographs from his project to Hemingway, 46 of which will be on display at the Gibbes alongside other notes and personal artifacts found among Hemingway’s possessions after his death.


SPORTS — High sticking, not toe picking
Charleston Stingrays vs. Columbia Inferno
Wed. Dec. 21
N. Charleston Coliseum
5001 Coliseum Dr.

The Stingrays got off to a bit of a shaky start this year, fumbling through a losing streak before hitting their midseason stride. As of press time, they were 9-10-6 for the season, in large part thanks to the efforts of sophomore goalkeeper Maxime Daigneault, who has gone 7-0-1 in his eight appearances so far this year. Will he be guarding the net on Wednesday night against the Inferno, who are coasting on a 12-9-3 record? You’ll have to hit the ice to find out. Be sure to bring two coats — not because the Coliseum is especially chilly, but because Wed. night’s theme is the Salvation Army Coat Drive.


Keep Out the Cold
The Mankind Project of Charleston

For the second year in a row, the Mankind Project of Charleston sponsors this coat drive, which continues until Jan. 15, 2006. The MKP is part of an international nonprofit educational and training organization for men, and one of the core principles of the group is to encourage and challenge men to develop their abilities as leaders, fathers, husbands, and elders as a way of offering their gifts of service to the world. In that spirit, the men of the Charleston MKP organized this “mission of service,” where MKP drops off a collection box at businesses and institutions around town for donations of quality winter clothing, which are then commercially cleaned and readied for distribution to area churches, social service groups, and individuals. This year, donations will also be sent to help the victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes. To become a collection center for the MKP Coat Drive or for referral to a collection center to drop off donations, call Preston Maultsby at 810-6312.

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