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Bible Study, Sandcastle

  • Newcomers and visitors are welcome at Monday morning Bible study. Worship and prayer begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by study of a specific book or topic.

More Information:

  • Schedule: Mondays, year-round, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Sandcastle
  • Contact: Susie Keefe at 843-768-9395 or Karen Watson at 843-243-0308

Bible Study, Women’s Community

  • The Women’s Community Bible Study is a women’s interdenominational Bible study group that focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith rather than any individual church or denomination’s doctrine.  The group’s mission is to help women grow in their relationship to Christ through Bible study, prayer, fellowship and accountability.

 More Information:

  • Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:30 -10 a.m., September – May, at the Sandcastle
  • Contact: Linda Wyatt, 843-768-9010 or 404-272-2296

Bridge at the Sandcastle

  • The group plays as many rounds of six hands of bridge as time permits, changing partners after each round. There are no dues, just $1 per person distributed back as prize money at the end of play at 4 p.m.  All property owners are welcome to participate. Advance registration required.

More Information:

  • Schedule: Tuesdays, 1 – 4 p.m., Sandcastle, year-round
  • Contact: Priscilla Burger at 843-768-9847 or Arla Lawson at 843-768-6666

Case for Smiles
(Formerly ConKerr Cancer Group)

  • This group of volunteer women meets to make pillow cases to brighten the lives of sick children at MUSC.  Sewing skills are helpful but not a requirement to join this dedicated group of caring women.  There is also a need for ironing, pinning, laundering and packaging to accomplish their monthly goal of 100 completed pillowcases.  Join the group for a “no skills required” afternoon of fun and fellowship.

 More Information:

  • Schedule: First and third Wednesdays monthly, 1 – 4 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour (4415 Betsy Kerrison Parkway)
  • Contact: Shirley Salvo, 843-768-9263 or greenwave21@bellsouth.net

Dinner for Eight

  • Dinner for Eight is a great opportunity for an evening of fellowship, delicious food, meeting new people and rekindling old friendships. Participants host once during the season, and everyone provides part of the meal.

More Information:

  • Dues and Fees: The cost to join is $20 per couple. Registration closes for the season in September.
  • Schedule: Third Saturday evening, November, January, February and March
  • Contact: Janice Rogers, 843-768-9941 or JanBill@comcast.net

Kiawah Cares

  • Kiawah Cares is KICA’s community partnership program, partnering with nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations which provide direct services to Johns and Wadmalaw islands, to celebrate the community and to work together to address social issues.

There are numerous opportunities (in areas ranging from education to veterans to seniors) to be a sponsor, assist with programs (from a few hours or a few weeks), to donate goods or financial aid, or to serve as advisers and chaperons. View programs, wish list items and get more information at the links below.

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Kiawah Island Art Guild

  • The Art Guild is open to Kiawah artists of any medium, beginner to professional.  They hold workshops at the Sandcastle, plan trips into Charleston, organize studio visits and participate in art shows held at the Sandcastle and Freshfields Village.  New members are always welcome.

More Information:

  • Dues and Fees: $10
  • Schedule:  Second Wednesday monthly, 10 a.m., September – May, excluding December. Location is generally at Sandcastle; however, some meetings are replaced by workshops and outings for which locations vary.
  • Contact: Shar Duffy, 843-768-9035 or swisteria1@aol.com
    or Dan Prickett, 843-768-0584 or Prickettdan@gmail.com

Kiawah Island Garden Club

  • The KIGC has an interesting schedule of events for the year and welcomes participation. In addition to regular programs, there are a number of workshops, during which members can dig in and get their hands dirty while learning some interesting skills and crafts.

 More Information:

  • Dues and Fees: Annual dues are $15 and may be sent to KIGC Treasurer Donna Pomian, 169 Bluebill Court, Kiawah Island.
  • Schedule: Second Monday monthly, 10 a.m., September – May. Locations vary.
  • Contact: Betsy Burke, 843-768-8143 or sunfun516@aol.com
  • Website: www.kiawahislandgardenclub.org

Kiawah Island Naturalist Group

  • KING has been in existence for over 30 years, conducting outings where group members have opportunities to observe the wide variety of wildlife that inhabit the Lowcountry. Members also dabble in history and visit different locales with historic significance.  Most outings are off-island but rarely more than 100 miles from Kiawah, and car pools are arranged so that all members who want to go on a specific outing have rides.

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Kiawah Island Photo Club

  • The Kiawah Island Photo Club offers opportunities for its members to learn about the art and science of photography. The club is open to any property owner or long-term renter. Professional photographers are brought in to discuss some aspect of photography at our regular meetings that often include photo shoots and/or critiques. A monthly challenge offers members a chance to show off their photos on the different topics suggested for each month. The club also engages in supporting the local community by partnering with Kiawah Cares partner as well as helping local schools document their activities. The club has also produced a book and a video on Johns Island.

The club aims to offer programs that interest both the point-and-shoot photographer and those who are more advanced. They focus on the basics as well as more advanced shooting and editing techniques.

More Information:

  • Schedule: October – May at Sandcastle. Regular meetings third Monday monthly, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Workshops Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Contact: Sylvia Bacon, 757-676-2652 or sdbacon@att.net
  • Website: www.kiawahphotoclub.org

Kiawah Women’s Group

  • Looking for fun without the strain of hitting a little white ball?  The Kiawah Women’s Group (KWG) offers diverse, delightful activities that are always social and often charitable and educational as well.  Newcomers to the island are encouraged to join. KWG offers a terrific opportunity to have a good time while meeting new friends.  Monthly events often include historical and enlightening trips, cooking demonstrations, luncheons and theatre outings.  The club is also involved in service activities (through the Kiawah Women’s Foundation) such as the Angel Oak and Frierson elementary schools Snack Pack Buddies Program.  KWG is a regular Kiawah Cares partner as well.

More Information:

  • Dues and Fees: $15 membership fee
  • Schedule: October – April, various times and locations.
  • Contact: Betsy Burke, 843-768-8143 or sunfun516@aol.com
    Beth Thomae, 843-576-4083 or beththomae@gmail.com

Ladies MahJong

  • The game of MahJong is often referred to as an ancient Chinese Game.  It originated in China in the mid-to late 1800s and was imported to America in the early 1920s, where it became extremely popular.  The popularity of the game declined in the 1960s, but it is now experiencing a renaissance and is played throughout the world.  MahJong is played with tiles and has three suites.  It is often compared to Gin Rummy, where one has to build a hand.  Little time is required to learn the basics of the game. Through playing, you will soon master the fine points of MahJong. If you already know the game, need a refresher or would like to learn the game, come join us.

More Information:

  • Schedule: Wednesdays, 1 p.m., year-round, Sandcastle
  • Contact: Betty Walker, 843-768-1186 or shutterbug@comcast.net

Made With Love Fleece Fridays

  • The Made With Love program is an exciting addition to Kiawah Cares’ community outreach. Members who are interesting in making a more personal contribution to the less fortunate on the Sea Islands are invited to make blankets and other craft items to give. Fleece Fridays is a gathering of members who will make fleece tie blankets, while enjoying the company of their neighbors.

More Information:

  • Schedule:
    Friday, April 8 | Sandcastle Community Center
    Friday, April 22| Sandcastle Community Center
    Friday, May 6 | Sandcastle Community Center
    Friday, May 20 | Sandcastle Community Center
    Friday, June 3 | Town Hall Council Chambers
  • Contact: Carla Howard, 843-768-9194 or kiawahcares@kica.us

Newcomers Coffee

  • A program of the Kiawah Women’s Group, newcomers gather the third Monday monthly at JavaJava in Freshfields Village.  All are invited to help welcome new friends and neighbors.

More Information:

  • Schedule: October – April, third Monday monthly, 10 a.m., at JavaJava in Freshfields Village
  • Contact: Connie Nelson, 843-277-2823 or conniewnelson@gmail.com

Opera Lite

  • Attention opera regulars, opera sometimers, and opera dodgers!  Since 2004, Opera Lite has offered 10 weekly sessions during the fall and winter. Works feature outstanding acting singers in vintage and current productions. English subtitle translations facilitate following the action and dialogue. The operas are slimmed down to fit a 90-minute period. Each week brings a different work, and historic background is provided.  A modest wine and munchies closing is held at the last meeting. This is a complimentary series.

More Information:

  • Schedule: Mondays 3 – 4:30 p.m., September – November and January – March, Sandcastle
  • Contact: John Benzel, 843-768-1174 or jdocbenz@gmail.com

POPS

  • POPS – property owner parties – is an island-wide, volunteer-coordinated organization dedicated to the sponsorship of social, educational and cultural activities.  Membership runs from September through August and allows members to participate in each of the parties planned for the season.

More Information:

  • Dues and Fees: No membership fees
  • Contact: Katie and Jack Kotz, 843-768-3239 or katiekotz@icloud.com

Sandcastle Book Club

  • Join fellow book enthusiasts for great reads and spirited discussions, socializing and refreshments. Books selected for the 2015 – 2016 season include:
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Somerset by Leila Meacham
  • The Storied Life of A J Firky by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Boys on the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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Sea Islands Parkinson’s Support Group

  • The Sea Islands Parkinson’s Support Group (SIPS) meets monthly at Church of Our Saviour, 4416 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island. Those diagnosed with PD, whether full- or part-time residents, as well as their Care Partners are welcome. Sessions will be informal, with perhaps a guest speaker from time-to-time. If there is interest, a separate group for Care Partners may evolve as well. Sessions are open to all, although the main focus is on residents of Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns and Wadmalaw islands. There are no dues, and RSVPs are not required.Read this detailed article to learn more about this support group. For questions, contact Floyd DeAndrade at deandrsj@comcast.net.

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Turtle Patrol

  • Kiawah is a critical nesting beach for loggerhead turtles, and boasts one of the largest turtle patrol volunteer programs in the United States, backed by the Town of Kiawah Island.

Schedule: Nesting season is May 15 – late October.  Nesting generally occurs May – July when, each morning just before sunrise, groups of volunteers meet to search for turtle nests.  Hatching takes place July – October. The beach is divided into eight zones to monitor hatching, with a group of volunteers assigned to each zone for one week. During their week, they monitor activity around the nests. Hatched nests are marked and recorded. Data are reported to the SC Department of Natural Resources.

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Weight Watchers

  • The Weight Watchers program has proven successful in helping members make positive changes to their diets, activities and lifestyles through personal accountability combined with group support. The program consists of weekly meetings and begins with Simple Start, a straightforward, doable two-week starter plan, to help members get started losing weight and on the path to long-term success.

More Information:

  • Dues and Fees: Cost for the program is $98, payable to Weight Watchers. Late registrations are $12 per week.  Sessions are year-round in 10-week periods.
  • Schedule: Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
  • Contact: Sandcastle, 843-768-3875 or sandcastle@kica.us