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October 2011

D i g e s t The Official Publication of the Kiawah Island Community Association

West Beach Task Force Forges Ahead

The West Beach: Looking to the Future Task Force has been working hard as it continues to progress towards its strategic goals. In recent months the task force has accomplished the following: • Member input obtained, results analyzed and published – The task force hired Diana Permar of Permar, Inc. to survey the 1,100 association members who own property in the West Beach area. A summary of the survey results was published in the September issue of Digest. The full results are available at www.kica.us/news/ west_beach/. Diana presented a summary analysis to the KICA Board of Directors and attending members at the September board meeting. She will present at two upcoming sessions this month: Oct. 4 at Town Council Chambers before the 2 p.m. Town Council Meeting, and Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. during the Regime

Executive Council session at the Sandcastle Community Center. In addition, a video taped presentation of the Oct. 4 session will be on KICA’s West Beach virtual studio (see below for details). • Subcommittees formed - The task force formed two subcommittees recently to further refine its work. The first subcommittee is tasked with creating a communications plan to assure that the KICA membership is kept abreast of ongoing work, goals and accomplishments. The second subcommittee is analyzing the processes and standards of both KICA and the Architectural Review Board (ARB) as they relate to existing property and landscaping. The group plans to work on the interrelationship of standards between these two groups, with the goal of simplifying the process for members to enhance their properties. • Implementation plan – The task force created and is fine-tuning an implementation plan that outlines the strategies and goals for the West Beach project. This plan will act as a guide for the task force going forward. • West Beach on the Web – The West Beach “virtual studio” is now live on the KICA website at www.kica.us/news/west_beach/. This page contains links to useful information and resources on the West Beach project, including: past Digest articles, a map and aerial shot of the West Beach area, survey results and analysis, current West Beach zoning information and a photos gallery of ongoing property enhancements within the West Beach area. • An impressive 85% of those responding to the survey indicated a willingness to participate in further research. As the task force continues its work, it plans to reach out to these members for valuable input. Keep an eye out for upcoming communications regarding these opportunities. For more information on the West Beach: Looking to the Future Task Force, visit www.kica.us/news/ west_beach/ or contact westbeach@kica.us.

Board Meeting Quick Hits – September Edition • Approved – 2012 Draft Budget Timeline (Timeline is featured in It’s Budget Time – Getting to the Numbers on Page 3 of the September Digest) • Approved – Repair of Sinkhole near Beachwalker Drive. Cost - $3,925 • Approved – Replacement of intake/exhaust fans at the Sandcastle. Cost - $2,314 • Approved (via mail vote) – Lengthening of pilings on the Cinder Creek walk bridge. Cost - $23,100

• Approved (via mail vote) – Renewed consulting agreement for the Sea Islands Greenway project. Cost – Up to $25,000 (KICA intends to work with other island entities to help defray a portion of the cost.) • Presentation – West Beach Survey Analysis (survey can be viewed at www.kica.us/news/west_beach/) • Status Update: Concept of small beach fires at the Sandcastle beach - Concept was reviewed by the Town of Kiawah Island’s Public Safety committee. No agreement has been reached yet by the committee and no vote has been taken by the board.


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Amenities and Services Task Force Forms Subcommittees The Amenities and Services Task Force, one of several major strategic planning task forces, is beginning a lengthy and thorough project to accomplish the following: • Assess the amenities and services we have now on Kiawah, • Learn what similar communities offer, and • Determine what community members want and how we might pay for anything we add or improve.

These subcommittees will collect and collate the data on which the Amenities and Services Task Force will base its eventual recommendations to the board. The task force has broad representation from many island groups, including residents, non-residents, regimes and neighborhoods, as well as the resort and the developer. Its goal is to determine the range of facilities, programs and services that will enhance the community, are financially feasible, and are in the best interest of association members.

To that end, task force Chair Jim Williams has named four subcommittees to begin the process. The subcommittee tasks are:

Members with questions or suggestions should contact the task force by email at astf@kica.us.

• Demographics and financial condition: understand the demographics of the present community, the financial condition of the association, and the impact of potential buildout on the community and finances. • Current state assessment: conduct a thorough review of existing KICA programs, facilities and services and the physical capacity of the association. • Communications and member input: determine multiple ways to keep members informed about the task force’s work and how to gather input from KICA members. • Like communities: survey other high-end resort communities to learn what they do and don’t offer and why, and how they finance their programs and services.  

Article contributed by Digest Feature Reporter Sue Schaffer.

Task Force Updates Available Online Information and updates on the Amenities and Services Task Force can now be found on the KICA website. To learn more about the task force or to follow its work and progress, visit www.kica.us (News/Amenities and Services Task Force).

Regimes Convene at Executive Council Meeting -Save the Date-

Regime Executive Council Oct. 10, 2011 • 9 a.m. Sandcastle Community Center Do not miss this important opportunity to share interests, concerns, ideas, common problems and common solutions with other Kiawah Island regime owners. In addition to a brainstorming session to highlight issues common to all regime owners, there will be presentations by Peter Miller of Miller Dodson on Regime Capital Reserve Studies, Dan Butts from Wells Fargo Bank on Regime Mortgage Financing, Amanda Mole from Kiawah ARB on Modifications Process, and Chris Drury from Kiawah Island Real Estate on Market Statistics. Status reports will be made from task forces on financial stability, new materials and technology and the West Beach survey results. Plus, the Renter’s Task Force will unveil their new YouTube Video, which was created to express to island rental guests the importance of maintaining Kiawah’s natural beauty. Roger Warren, KIGR president, and Town Councilman Greg VanDerwerker will also be on hand to answer questions. Regime owners are invited to contact Carrie Newbern (carrie.newbern@kica.us) with suggestions for topics of discussion at the meeting. For more useful regime information, visit Regimes on the KICA website at www.kica.us (Island Living/Regimes).

Public Hearing: Oct. 20, 6 p.m. The Kiawah Island Utility Company has applied with the Public Service Commission for a rate increase. A public hearing has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at East Beach. KICA has filed a petition for the purpose of obtaining further information.

KICA Board: Filing Begins Soon It's time again to seek candidates for the KICA Board of Directors to replace the two directors who are completing their terms in March 2012, Paul Hilstad and Marilyn Olson. Please consider serving on the board. Watch for the November issue of Digest or contact execoffice@kica. us for more details on the open board seats and the filing process. For more information on the KICA board, visit www.kica.us (About/ KICA Board Information).


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Landscape Projects On Kiawah: An ARB Perspective

On The Web

Autumn in the Lowcountry brings cooler temperatures. Once again, we enjoy sitting on our porches and working in our gardens without the threat of heat stroke. The Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board (ARB) is available to assist you with planning for a landscape improvement or property maintenance.

KICA is on Facebook and Twitter. Visit the KICA website for more information.

Landscape improvements may require the involvement of a South Carolina licensed landscape architect or a landscape designer and must receive ARB approval prior to installation. Landscape improvements include changes in grading, drainage and landscape bed lines as well as vegetation, drives, walks, landscape structures, game structures, pools, fountains, fences, statuary and lighting. The ARB's Landscape Coordinator Jennifer DeCiantis will meet with designers to review the drawings on-site. This provides an opportunity to consider site conditions specific to your project.

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Digest Contributors

Frances Boyd Gregg Bragg Virginia Chapel Bill Hindman William Hutchinson Sarah Markel Mary Beth McAnaney Alan Primason Susan Schaffer Deb Stewart Russ Warren

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Staff Production Team

Doug Reynolds - Communications Manager Leah Jerden - Communications Assistant Tammy McAdory - Executive Director

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Mission Statement

The association is committed to accurately and effectively reporting news affecting it, and its members, board, and volunteers, and to presenting discussions of significant issues in a balanced and constructive manner.

Statement of Editorial Policy

The association, through its Digest reporters, shall endeavor to report objectively and wholly the significant island news relating to the association and its members. The association welcomes members’ suggestions on issues they deem significant for publication or discussion, and will publish editorials, identified as such, where there is a need to clarify, expand, or express views and opinions on relevant issues. To submit an editorial, write to Digest care of Doug Reynolds or email to doug.reynolds@kica.us.

Landscape maintenance includes both work that must receive ARB review and approval, and work that may be conducted without prior approval. The ARB requires submittal of a Vegetation Removal Request Form (available at www.kiawaharb.com) for the removal of any vegetation, with the exception of non-native invasive species. These requests are reviewed on-site by the landscape coordinator and must be approved prior to commencing work. Pruning of any limbs four inches or greater in diameter must be approved; pruning of limbs six inches or greater require a certified arborist. Pruning in sensitive areas such as lagoon edges, marsh edges, maritime forest and beachfront areas also requires ARB approval. The involvement of additional entities may be required for work in sensitive areas, at the responsibility of the homeowner. Landscape maintenance that does not require previous approval by the ARB includes the addition of fresh mulch or pine straw, removal of leaf and other litter, minor pruning of shrubs and trees, and typical lawn practices. This fall, many homeowners are making efforts to manage invasive species and diseased vegetation. The popcorn tree, or Chinese Tallow Tree, is a highly invasive plant that is capable of establishing small groves of seedlings. They are a realized threat to Kiawah Island, and will take years to remove completely. The ARB has developed a new guideline to support the eradication of the Chinese Tallow, which states, “Popcorn (Tallow) trees may not be included in the count of existing trees on the undeveloped lot, as they are an invasive species and shall be removed during the development of the lot.” Owners of existing homes may eliminate the plant from their property without ARB approval. In most cases, no mitigation is required. The ARB also encourages homeowners to remove dead red bay trees from their property, and requires submittal of a Vegetation Removal Request Form to ensure each situation is handled properly. The red bay is sensitive to twig borers, which stress and kill the tree limb by limb. Trees affected by this condition respond to chemical treatment. However, the recent threat of Laurel Wilt Disease is far more serious. This fungus, spread by ambrosia beetles, can kill the tree rapidly. It is important that dead red bay trees be cut to the ground, and debris chipped. Ambrosia beetle eggs and larvae are killed by temperatures produced as a result of the composting process. Stumps left in the landscape may sprout shoots and develop into trees that will survive this epidemic.

In conclusion, it is the responsibility and goal of the ARB to assist each homeowner in attaining a successful project. For your personal copy of the ARB's “Designing with Nature” guidelines, or for answers to specific questions concerning design standards or procedures, please visit the ARB's website at www.kiawaharb.com or call the ARB office in the Freshfields Design Center at 843-768-3419. Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Jennifer DeCiantis, landscape coordinator with the ARB. ARB staff may be reached at 843-768-3149 or arb@kiawahisland.com.

Sea Islands Cooking On Sale Now! The recently released Sea Islands Cooking recipe book is now available for purchase. The books are $12 each and can be purchased through Communities in Schools on their website at www.cischarleston.org. Proceeds from the sales of the book go directly to benefit St. John’s High School, Haut Gap Middle School, Angel Oak Elementary School, Mt Zion Elementary School and Edith Frierson Elementary School. For more information on Sea Islands Cooking, visit www.seaislandscooking.org.


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October 2011

Community Calendar Your Island Event Planner

SANDCASTLE HOURS Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Recurring Events at the Sandcastle • • • • •

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - POPS Bible Study • Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. - Women’s • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Ladies' Mah-Jongg Mondays, 3 p.m. - Opera Lite Community Bible Study • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Weight Watchers Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - POPS Bridge • Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - Mah-Jongg • Wednesdays, 3 p.m. - Beginning Bridge Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - Intermediate Bridge Refresher Class • Thursdays, 10 a.m. - Beginning Italian Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - Advanced Bridge • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Beginning Mah-Jongg • Thursdays, 1 p.m. - Italian Conversation KICA Paddlesports Program - www.tidaltrailskiawah.com

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9 a.m. Photography Club 1 p.m. Budget 2012 Meeting (Sandcastle) 1 p.m. POPS Book Club 3 p.m. Environmental Committee Meeting

2 p.m. Town Council Meeting

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2 p.m. 6th Annual American Music Celebration 6 p.m. Conservation Matters - Premier of "The Legacy of Kiawah" and "Nature of Kiawah" (Cassique Garden Tent)

9 a.m. Photography Club (now at Town Council Chambers) 9 a.m. Regime Executive Council Meeting

16 4 p.m. Arts Council: Charleston Musical Heritage Production “The Sound of Charleston” (Holy Spirit Catholic Church)

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10 a.m. Photography Club 12 p.m. Kiawah Reads

9 a.m. Ways and Means Committee Meeting

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3 p.m. Our World/ Photography Club Presentation 3 p.m. Arts Council Meeting

6 p.m. Fall Festival: Free Concert

All day. Fall Festival

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9 a.m. KPOG Board Meeting 3 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting 5 p.m. Arts Council: Piano Bar Series (Sandcastle)

3 p.m. Sandcastle Community Center Committee 3 p.m. Invasive Plant Species Presentation (Town Council Chambers)

9:30 a.m. Art Guild 10 a.m. Art and House Tour Committee 5 p.m. Arts Council: Piano Bar Series (Sandcastle)

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9:30 a.m. ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Project 10 a.m. Photography Club 4 p.m. Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

10 a.m. Mornings with Joe (Sandcastle) 10 a.m. CPR/AED/First Aid Class 3 p.m. Public Safety Committee Meeting 3 p.m. KICA Finance Committee Meeting (KICA Admin)

2 p.m. KICA Eays and Ears Committee 3 p.m. Our World Presentation 3 p.m. KICA Safety and Security Committee Meeting

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10 a.m. KICA Fishing Tournament

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6 p.m. Public Hearing Utility Rate Increase (East Beach) 7:30 p.m. Arts Council: Beautiful Music “Michelle Amato Quintet” (Turtle Point)

6 p.m. POPS Autumnfest 6 p.m. Bohicket Marina’s 30th Birthday Party

10 a.m. Bohicket Marina’s 30th Birthday Parade 3 p.m. Dogtoberfest (Freshfield Village)

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6:30 p.m. Kiawah Sundown Festival 8:30 p.m. Starlight Cinema

3 p.m. Our World Presents Mike Veeck 6 p.m. POPS Dinner for 8 Kickoff

29 6 p.m. Conservation Matters - An Evening with Rudy Mancke (Sandcastle)

Association Fitness Classes Offered

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4 p.m. Arts Council: Pure Theatre “Superior Donuts” (Turtle Point)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 9 a.m. Photography Club

Yoga Zumba Strength and Stretch

Water Aerobics Body Sculpt Assorted Cardio Classes

**View class times and descriptions at www.kica.us/events_classes_fitness.htm. Please note that all fitness classes are complimentary to members.

For more info on these events... Town of Kiawah Island 843-768-9166 www.kiawahisland.org

Freshfields Village 843-768-6491 www.freshfieldsvillage.com

Sandcastle 843-768-3875 www.kica.us/sandcastle.htm

Kiawah Island Golf Resort 843-768-2121 www.kiawahresort.com

* The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has several ongoing events. Please refer to their website for a full listing of events offered.

**If you have an event you would like included on the calendar, please e-mail doug.reynolds@kica.us.

Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please refer to the contact information listed below for the most up to date information on events.


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November 2011

Community Calendar Your Island Event Planner

SANDCASTLE HOURS Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday

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7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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2 p.m. Town Council Meeting

9 a.m. KPOG Meeting 3 p.m. Planning Commission

9:30 a.m. Ladies Bridge 3 p.m. Our World 3 p.m. Arts Council Meeting

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9 a.m. Photography Club 1 p.m. POPS Book Club 1:45 p.m. KICA Board Meeting Comment Session 2 p.m. KICA Board Meeting 3 p.m. Opera Lite 3 p.m. Environmental Committee Meeting

3 p.m. Sandcastle Community Center Committee

9:30 a.m. Art Guild 10:30 a.m. Town Communications Committee Meeting

2 p.m. Eyes and Ears Committee 3 p.m. Safety and Security Committee Meeting Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz

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Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz

10 a.m. Photography Club 3 p.m. Opera Lite

10 a.m. Mornings with Joe (Sandcastle) 2 p.m. KINHC Board Meeting 3 p.m. KICA Finance Committee Meeting (KICA Admin)

10 a.m. Art and House Tour Committee

3 p.m. Our World

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4 p.m. Fall Arts Festival Reception Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz

10 a.m. Fall Arts Festival Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz

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Happy Thanksgiving!

9 a.m. Photography Club 9:30 a.m. ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Project 4 p.m. BZA Meeting

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10 a.m. Photography Club

9 a.m. Ways and Means Committee Meeting

Association Fitness Classes Offered

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Yoga Zumba Strength and Stretch

Water Aerobics Body Sculpt Assorted Cardio Classes

**View class times and descriptions at www.kica.us/events_classes_fitness.htm. Please note that all fitness classes are complimentary to members.

Recurring Events at the Sandcastle • • • • •

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - POPS Bible Study Community Bible Study • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Weight Watchers Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - POPS Bridge • Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - Mah-Jongg • Wednesdays, 3 p.m. - Beginning Bridge Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - Intermediate Bridge Refresher Class • Thursdays, 10 a.m. - Beginning Italian Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - Advanced Bridge • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Beginning Mah-Jongg • Thursdays, 1 p.m. - Italian Conversation Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. - Women’s • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Ladies' Mah-Jongg - KICA Paddlesports Program - www.tidaltrailskiawah.com -

For more info on these events... Town of Kiawah Island 843-768-9166 www.kiawahisland.org

Freshfields Village 843-768-6491 www.freshfieldsvillage.com

Sandcastle 843-768-3875 www.kica.us/sandcastle.htm

Kiawah Island Golf Resort 843-768-2121 www.kiawahresort.com

* The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has several ongoing events. Please refer to their website for a full listing of events offered.

**If you have an event you would like included on the calendar, please e-mail doug.reynolds@kica.us.

Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please refer to the contact information listed below for the most up to date information on events.


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An Update on Your KICA Contributions to Reserves At a recent meeting of the Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) Finance Committee, Deborah Retalis, KICA controller, brought the group up to date on the island’s 2011 forecast, with a particular focus on the status of KICA's Contributions to Reserves (CTR).   Reserve funds are the portion of the balance sheet committed to major repairs and replacements to buildings, their components, and infrastructure owned by the community association (including roads, bridges, lakes, leisure trails, boardwalks and bulkheads). These funds come from one source – the CTR fee, a 0.5 percent transfer fee on properties sold on the island as described in the Covenants. The receipt of these funds fluctuates, and in recent years has seen declines due to negative trends in the housing market. Annual receipt of these funds peaked in 2005 at $3 million, with a recent history as follows: 2008 - $1.5 million 2009 - $882,000 2010 - $1.3 million The budget for 2011 is $1.5 million. Deborah’s report indicated that through July of this year, CTRs are 30 percent below budget ($618,650 compared to a budget of $856,500). This total is 20 percent behind 2010 levels. If this trend continues, it is estimated that reserve contributions will total $1- $1.1 million compared to a budget of $1.5 million. All of this is caused by continuing pressure on home prices and number of completed real estate transactions. As for the spending that this year’s budget supports – it is currently forecast to end 2011 at $2.8 million, compared to a budget of $2.7 million. This negative variance is driven primarily by the Cinder Creek walk bridge project, culvert drainage emergencies and the Marsh Tower emergency repair. So, what does this mean for 2012? John Connolly responds, “As the budgeting process for 2012 begins, we will need to take a hard look at capital projects for next year, as well as the next five, and realistically forecast our Contributions to Reserves. According to the association reserve policy,

the minimum acceptable level of reserves will be an amount determined by totalling the projected major repairs and replacements expenses for the next five years and dividing by half. The 2011 minimum was set at $5.2 million. So, annual projects were funded in this context.” Connolly continues, “Despite these recent declines, it is important to note that our reserves are healthy and important projects are being actively funded. We have balances available to weather unexpected expenses or emergencies that may come our way. We will keep the community informed as we move forward into 2012 and beyond and welcome your input.” Article contributed by Digest Member Volunteer Deb Stewart.

Budget Info For more information on the budget process for 2012, view the Budget Timeline, which was approved at the Sept. 12 board meeting, at www.kica.us (go to About on the navigation bar, next click on KICA Board Information, then click on Sept. 12 under Meeting Schedule and Agendas). The 2012 Budget will be finalized and approved at the Nov. 7 board meeting. If you are interesting in participating in 2012 budget discussion, all members are welcome to attend the following meetings: Oct. 3 – Budget 2012: The board reviews a copy of the first draft of the budget and provides comments to the COO. Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. – Mornings with Joe: The second draft of the 2012 budget will be presented to members. Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting: The second draft of the 2012 budget is reviewed, recommendations are made to the board, and the final draft of the budget is created.

Coming Attractions: Fall Island Events For more information or to make reservations for events at the Sandcastle, please contact the Sandcastle Community Center at sandcastle@kica.us or at 843-768-3875.

POPS Autumn Fest Friday, Oct. 21 The first POPS event, Autumn Fest, will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Sandcastle. The evening will begin with cocktails (open bar), with dinner to follow. The Fat Hen will be catering a delicious Italian meal for attendees. This is one of POPS most popular gatherings. The cost is $40 per POPS member or $50 per guest. Please make checks payable to POPS and mail to Carol Regan, 405 Snowy Egret Lane, Kiawah, SC 29455. All checks must be received by Oct. 12.

Kiawah Presents: Artists and Artisans of the Lowcountry

Nov. 11, 4-8 p.m. and Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For many years, the bi-annual Kiawah Island arts and crafts fest has provided a venue for all to enjoy the talented creations of island artists and artisans with fine art, photography, quilting, chocolates, woodworking, jewelry and much more. This fall will be no exception, with both familiar faces and fresh additions. On Nov. 11, from 4 - 7 p.m., we will hold a reception for participants and event attendees. If you would like to attend the reception, please RSVP with the Sandcastle by Nov. 4.

From hobbyists to professionals, all are encouraged to participate in our seaside show and sale. If you would like to add your talent to the fall showcase, the participation fee is $15 for one 6-foot table, and $10 for one additional table. Those who wish to bring their own display items, e.g. easels or mirrors, are welcome to bring up to three for a fee of $10 per additional item. Please note that crafts may be limited according to genre and preference will be given in order of reservation. Booth reservations are due by Oct. 14.

Kiawah Presents: Our World

The Our World series picks back up this October with a variety of exciting offerings! Presentations occur on Thursdays at 3 p.m., and the current fall schedule is as follows: Oct. 6 - Photography Club Presentation, The Johns Island Project Oct. 13 - Dr. Steve Silver of the Citadel will present China, the U.S., and World Trade. Oct. 27 - Mike Veeck, business consultant and minor league baseball team owner, will present Fun Is Good.

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Coming Attractions (Continued from Page 6...) Nov. 3 - Al Thibault, former deputy chief of mission in India and Saudi Arabia, will present A Problem for the US: Pakistan Revisited. Nov. 17 - Dr. Herman Blake, MUSC humanities fellow, will present Coastal South Carolina Gullah Culture. Dec. 1 - Adam Parker, Post and Courier journalist, will present Voodoo Beliefs and Folk Religions.

Our World is a complimentary educational program and reservations are due the Monday before each presentation. A light selection of wine and cheese will be provided and participants are invited to interact with speakers following their presentations.

Expert Surveys Invasive Plants on Kiawah Tallow tree encroachment has long been a topic of discussion among the different entities on Kiawah. The community association’s Land and Lakes Department has undertaken significant small-scale efforts to control tallow trees on areas of KICA owned/managed land. However, the problem cuts across all sectors of the island, private homeowner lots, undeveloped property, Kiawah Golf Resort property, as well as KICA common property. Other plant species seen on Kiawah also present a threat to the native ecosystem: Russian Olive (Elaeagnus sp.), Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sp.) and Japanese Honeysuckle (Loniceria sp.), for example.

in the coastal Carolinas, and evaluation of species richness across South Carolina’s marsh islands.

A systematic vegetation inventory has not been performed in many years. Consequently, current knowledge of the extent of the problem is based largely on anecdotal data.

To help better educate members, Dr Gramling is offering a free seminar to those interested in learning more about these plant species. He will discuss the threats to Kiawah’s natural habitat, how to identify invasive plants, and what to do about it when you see them.

To remedy this situation, the Kiawah Island Town Council unanimously approved a contract with Professor Joel Gramling, assistant professor of Plant Ecology and Evolution at The Citadel, to perform an updated inventory of Kiawah’s plant communities with specific emphasis on evaluating the extent of invasive plant species colonization and formulating a management plan for their control. Dr. Gramling is an experienced field scientist. His research projects include monitoring the status of invasive and rare plant species in South Carolina, the effects of Laurel Wilt Disease (Red Bay die off) on plant communities

The survey will require approximately one year to complete. Components of the study include: a GIS map layer of plant communities; a list of invasive collected and archived plant species; an updated plant species list; an invasive plant management plan; and educational materials to give residents and visitors a better understanding of invasive plants and appropriate management actions.

Additionally, Dr. Gramling will outline how he intends to carry out this project, what we can expect to gain from the survey, and how members who might be interested in joining him in some of the fieldwork can become involved over the next year. Please join Dr. Gramling on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers (21 Beachwalker Drive) for this interesting presentation. For more information, please contact the Town of Kiawah Island at 843-768-9166 or visit their website at www.kiawahisland.org.

Furry Friends Flock to Freshfields Calling all animal lovers! Bring yourself and your furry friend to the fifth annual Dogtoberfest on Oct. 22 at Freshfields Village. This wine tasting pet expo will benefit the great cause of animal rescue, with rescue organizations on site to answer questions and show off a selection of adoptable pups, both large and small. Throughout the event, musician Dave Berry will provide a selection of favorites for the listening pleasure of wine tasters and event browsers and Tanya Dowdy, RN, of Angel Oak Animal Hospital, will provide a must-see presentation on animal dental care. There will also be a selection of vendor booth aisles, where local pet service and product providers will have information on animal care and ownership as well as items for sale. Star Therapy, The Charleston Dog Show, and Middleton Place Hounds are just a few organizations that will be represented. Preceding the event, from 2:30 - 3 p.m., there will be a blessing of the animals by Reverand Michael Clarkson of Church of Our Savior. Due to the volume of people and animals that will be present, we do not want owners roaming the grounds unattended. Therefore, pets attending the event must bring leashes.   Prize drawing tickets for the event are currently on sale for $1 apiece or seven tickets for $5 at the KICA administrative offices (23 Beachwalker Drive) and the Sandcastle (1 Shipwatch Road). They may also be purchased at

the event. The grand prize for 2011 is a stay in an oceanfront villa, provided by Akers Ellis Real Estate and Rentals. You need not be present to win. Event tickets are $20 in advance ($25 on the day of the event) and include a commemorative Dogtoberfest wineglass. All profits will be donated to participating rescues, including Carolina Coonhounds, Daisy’s Place, Grateful Goldens, Karen’s K-9s, Pet Helpers, and Shih Tzus and Furbabies. Each organization will have a selection of animals currently needing homes, and those interested in adoption may sign up to begin the screening process. To purchase drawing or event tickets, contact Sandcastle Member Services at 843-768-3875 or dogtober@kica.us. For your convenience, tickets may be purchased via phone and mailed to the purchaser.   But wait, there's more! In the spirit of the season, the event will begin with a Doggy in Disguise costume contest. This is a complimentary activity and pets may be enrolled at the time of ticket purchase or beginning 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. All participating pets must be checked in and assembled by 3 p.m. There will be prizes for crowd favorite and most creative costume. For updated information, event schedule and vendor list, visit www.facebook.com/dogtoberki.


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Catch a Winner at KICA Fishing Tournament On Saturday, Oct. 1 the KICA Lakes Department will be hosting our fifth annual Fishing Tournament! This complimentary tournament is suggested to be a "catch and release" event, open to all members, any visitors staying on the island and island employees. All ages are welcome. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy the bounty of the island's ponds and lakes, share time with neighbors and meet the members of the Lakes Department. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish, largest fish per category, smallest fish and the most fish caught. Fishing can be done in any pond on the island, but is encouraged at KICA docks, piers and other common property. Onsite registration and check-in will begin at 10 a.m. at the Canvasback Pond parking area on Flyway Drive. All tournament fishing data sheets are to be turned in by 3 p.m., with an awards presentation at 3:30 p.m. Individuals wishing to begin fishing before 10 a.m. on the Oct. 1 will need to pre-register. Registration forms are available at www.kica.us (click on About, Departments and Lakes Management) or at the information desk at the Town Hall Visitor's Center (23 Beachwalker Dr.), Night Heron Park Nature Center and the association's maintenance office (20 Kestrel Ct.). For additional information regarding this year's tournament, including the registration form, data collection sheet and suggested fishing location maps, contact the KICA Lakes Department via email at KICALakes@kica.us or by phone at 843-768-2315.


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