Today Robert Mills

What: Robert Mills (1781-1855), America’s first trained architect, will be honored with a dinner. Enjoy a three courses and a lecture on Robert Mills by John M. Bryan, who is a noted architectural historian and retired professor of art history at the University of South Carolina. Seating is limited. Reservations required.

When: 7 p.m. April 25

Where: Historic Rice Mill Building, 17 Lockwood Drive

Price: $100, reservations required

More Info: 723-3225, ext. 11 or

Film Festival

What: The Charleston International Film Festival returns.

When: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. April 25-28

Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: Various

Full Moon Kayak Tour

What: As the sun sets over the horizon and the moon rises, you’ll realize that the estuary at dusk is a mystical place. This is offered once a month on the full moon.

When: 6-9 p.m. April 25

Where: Crosby’s Dock, 2223 Folly Road

Price: Adults $58, kids 12 & under $38

More Info: 884-7684 or

Bowling Tournament

What: The Florence Crittenton Programs of S.C. will present a bowling tournament and party to raise funds to support the mission of healthy babies and responsible mothers. The six-member team registration fee includes bowling, shoes and a bucket of beer. Winners will receive a prize pack from the The Alley.

When: 6-9 p.m. April 25

Where: The Alley, 131 Columbus St.

Price: $350 for team of six

More Info: 722-7526 or

Book Discussion

What: Not Fiction Book Discussion presents “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo.

When: 11 a.m. April 25

Where: West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.

Friday ‘Falling into Place’

What: Goose Creek High School and Berkeley Center for the Arts will perform its spring musical “Falling Into Place.” The play was written by student Megan Montgomery.

When: 7 p.m. April 26-27

Where: Goose Creek High School Performing Arts Center, 1137 Redbank Road

Price: Tickets are $4 with a Goose Creek High student ID and $5 for general admission.

Oxygen Ball

What: The fifth annual “Lowcountry Dancing With the Stars” Oxygen Ball will feature local celebrities dancing with their paired professionals from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. This event raises funding for the local American Lung Association and its mission. The event includes a silent and live auction, gourmet plated dinner, entertainment and dancing.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. April 26

Where: Marriott Charleston, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Price: 250

More Info and Tickets: 556-8451 or www.CharlestonOxygen

Boy Scout Fundraiser

What: Come out and enjoy a plate that includes barbecue, coleslaw, hash and rice, green beans, roll and iced tea. Takeout or eat in.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26 and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27

Where: Boone Hill United Methodist Church, 801 Boone Hill Road

Price: $8

More info: For orders, contact Christi Pearson at 906-3357 (call in or text your order) or email to

Stand Against Racism

What: This event is part of the YWCA’s four-day series known as STAND, which promotes civil and human rights for women and minorities. The rally will feature a poetry slam, music, food, drummers and dancing. There also will be a human chain demonstration that will stretch around Calhoun, St. Philip and Coming streets.

When: 3-6 p.m., April 26

Where: YWCA-Greater Charleston, 106 Coming St.

Price: Free

More Info: 722-1644 or

Quick Fit Bootcamp

What: Wando Community School is offering Quick Fit Bootcamp with Vicki Walker. Steps, weights, stability balls, kettlebells and jump ropes are used for this all-over fitness blast. Register before any class and equipment will be provided.

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Where: Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, 1120 Rifle Range Road

more info: Email

Free Computer Class

What: Free computer classes will be offered.

When: 7-9 p.m. Fridays

Where: Midland Park Community Center, 7349 Stall Road

Price: Free

more info: Marcia Baez at

Saturday Breakfast with queens

What: Join group for a pancake breakfast supporting the 2013 Miss Charleston/Summerville titleholders. All four queens will be present to serve tables and meet ’n’ greet with guests. Proceeds will support the titleholders’ state pageant expenses and the Children’s Miracle Network.

When: 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 27

Where: Fatz Cafe, Centre Pointe Drive

Price: $7, which include pancakes, sausage, fruit and a beverage. Children under 6 eat free. Purchase at the door.

Comcast Cares Day

What: Founded in 1983, the mission of the Lowcountry Food Bank is to feed the poor and hungry of the 10 Coastal counties of South Carolina. Join others to make a positive impact on families in need in the Charleston area by assisting with activities, including food packing and processing, painting, semi-truck washing and more. Participants in this project must be at least 14 years of age.

When: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 27

Where: Lowcountry Food Bank, 2864 Azalea Drive

more info: www.lowcountry

Charleston Dog Show

What: Dogs of all breeds, rescues, pound puppies and pedigrees, dogs of all shapes, sizes, talents and tails are invited to show off style, form, personality and showmanship in 13 different classes in the 10th annual Charleston Dog Show. There will also be exhibitions, demonstrations, vendors, vets, a silent auction, hospitality tent and more. Proceeds will support the Greyhound Pets of America-Charleston, the 10Dog Rescue Village and Middleton Place Hounds.

When: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 27

Where: Marion Square, Calhoun and King streets

Price: Free admission.

More Info: 849-8096 or

Church festival

What: New Hope United Methodist Church is hosting a Spring Festival. This year’s festival will feature handmade arts and crafts, lots of good food, homemade bake sale, live music from some of the area’s finest gospel and bluegrass singers, magic show, lots of games for the kids, as well as an antique car and tractor exhibit, and silent auction.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27

Where: New Hope United Methodist Church, 1253 Jedburg Road, Summerville

More Info: 209-7963

Silver Lifesaving Medal

What: The U.S. Coast Guard will present a posthumous Silver Lifesaving Medal to James Coste, a surfman with the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Coste drowned off Sullivan’s Island while saving the life of young Ned Schacte in 1898. The ceremony will be held on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Sullivan’s Island. An exhibit of historic Lifesaving and Sullivan’s Island photos will be on display in the former boathouse. The public is invited.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. April 27

Where: Sullivans Island Lighthouse, 815 I’on Ave., Sullivan’s Island


Kayak Leader Training

What: This is a two-day program for American Canoe Association Training & Assessment for Coastal Kayak Day Trip Leaders. This training is perfect for club members, guides, informal leaders in a group of kayak friends, or for anyone that wants to improve their rescue, group management and trip planning skills. Participants that meet the criteria will be registered with the ACA as Coastal Kayaking Day Trip Leaders.

When: 9 a.m. April 27

Where: Sea Kayak Carolina, 1731 Signal Point Road

Price: $50

More Info: 225-7969 or

Natural Blue Dye

What: The Charleston Museum presents an original exhibition, “Indigo: Natural Blue Dye in the Lowcountry,” in its Historic Textiles Galleries. This small, focused exhibit will explore a brief history of the cultivation and production of indigo, Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s important role and its curious dyeing procedure, along with examples of indigo-dyed textiles. Ranging from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, these include clothing and household goods.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27-Sept. 2

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: General admission $10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free

More Info: 722-2996 or

‘Hollywood Pride’ Finale

What: The town of Hollywood will present the finale for its “Hollywood Pride” April contests at the center of town. Winners of the children’s poster contest, “Sprucin’ Up” for businesses, “Neighborhood Pride,” “Name It and Claim It” and the “Best Improved Yard” will all be awarded with prizes. Vendors will be on-hand with booths that emphasize landscaping, gardening and home improvement.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27

Where: Hollywood, 6322 S.C. Highway 162

More Info: 889-3222

Caravan Tour

What: A caravan tour in the Francis Marion National Forest will guide participants through a close-up look at the floral and fauna that benefit the prescribed burning program.

When: 10 a.m. April 27

Where: Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 5821 Highway 17 North

Price: Free

More Info: 928-3368 or

Town Hall Forum

What: The St. James Foundation will host a Town Hall Forum with Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, centering on housing initiatives and development opportunities on and surrounding James Island. Former HUD Director Gregorie has served on Charleston City Council since 2009.

When: 10 a.m.-noon April 27

Where: St. James Presbyterian Church, 1314 Secessionville Road

Price: Free and open to the public

More Info: 795-3959 or

Vendor and Craft Fair

What: The Johns Island Market will host the Wadmalaw Island Community & Senior Center Vendor and Craft Fair. The Fair will have food, handbags, jewelry, handmade quilts by seniors, sweetgrass baskets and more. All proceeds from the vendors will be donated to support the Wadmalaw Island Community & Senior Center.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27

Where: Johns Island Market, 3153 Maybank Hwy.

Price: Free

More Info: 793-1234 or

Festa Italiana

What: The Lowcountry will celebrate its Italian pride with food, fun and music, including bocce ball, dancing, kids’ activities, crafts, food and wine vendors and more. Gary Pecorella from Port Authority Band will be singing at noon.

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 27

Where: Azalea Park, 118 W. 5th S St.

Price: Free admission and free entertainment

Food, music festival

What: This free daylong food and music festival features live bluegrass and rock music, along with a barbecue contest. All proceeds benefit the Summerville Miracle League, an organization that provides opportunities for kids with special needs to play baseball. Eddie Bush and the Mayhem will headline the event with other music by Dee Dee Cumbee, Common Ground and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 27

Where: The Ponds Farmhouse, Hundred Oaks Parkway

Price: Parking is $10 per car at the gate or $8 per car purchased in advance online.

Indigo dyeing workshop

What: In conjunction with its special exhibit, “Indigo,” the Charleston Museum invites knitters and textile enthusiasts to a workshop focusing on dyeing with the quintessential natural dye of the Lowcountry: indigo. With the assistance of instructor Tamara Goff, participants will have the opportunity to dye a hank of wool yarn using a pre-reduced natural indigo and experiment with various techniques and exposure times.

When: 1-3:30 p.m. April 27

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: $47/member, $53/nonmember

More Info: 722-2996, ext. 235 or

Leap Day of Discovery

What: Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (LEAP) will offer an opportunity to observe and/or participate in the therapy work done with horses, along with mock demonstrations with professional clinicians. Bring the kids and brown-bag it for lunch.

When: 2-6 p.m. April 27

Where: Bugby Plantation, on Bugby Road off Maybank Highway

Price: Free but donations welcomed.

More Info: 559-2392 or

Jailbreak 5

What: JailBreak 5 will be offer artists and vendors, local food trucks and craft beer available for sale. New to the festival this year are showcases from local fashion designers. Tickets are available at or can be purchased the day-of the event.

When: 4-11 p.m. April 27

Where: Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St.

Aquarium Gala

What: The sixth annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Gala: Ocean will include cocktails, seated dinner, theatrical performances and an After Affair inside the Aquarium. The South Carolina Aquarium gala is a black-tie affair.

WHEN: 6 p.m. April 27

Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $300 per person.

More info: Call Tanya Fitzgerald at 579-8540 or email

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

What: Spend an evening dancing on the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier to live music performed by Groove Train. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Only 800 tickets will be sold for this event. Advance purchase is recommended.

When: 7-11 p.m. April 27

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard

Price: $10/$8 CCR Discount/$10 on-site (if available); free: ages 3 & under

More Info: 795-4386 or

Preservation Party

What: Dance the night away 1930s-style with nods to the speakeasies and jazz culture of the era. Enjoy an open bar and delicious food while listening to the tunes of Momentum or bidding on items in the silent auction. Proceeds from the event will support the Preservation Society of Charleston’ Seven to Save Fund.

When: 7 p.m. April 27

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $65 PSC members/$75 nonmembers

More Info: 722-4630 or

Sunday Blessing of the Fleet

What: The festival features a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp and fishing fleet, plus savory seafood samplings from local restaurants, live music, an arts and crafts show, shag dancing and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities.

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard

Price: Free

More Info: 795-4386 or or

Shem Creek Bird Tour

What: Departing from its Shem Creek location, this tour focuses on the birds that nest on Crab Bank Island, a thriving bird rookery at the entrance to the Charleston Harbor. This is a great tour for photography (for wildlife and extraordinary views of the Holy City skyline) and birding.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28

Where: Coastal Expeditions, 514 Mill St.

Price: Adults $58, kids 12 & under $38

More Info: 884-7684 or

Na Fidleiri concert

What: The renowned Na Fidleiri and the professional Taylor Festival Choir present “From the Lowcountry to the Old Country,” a concert of choral, vocal and instrumental music reflecting the synergism between Celtic and American culture. This concert will be featured in five Irish cities in July, including invited performances at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, the Titanic Center Concert Hall in Belfast and at the prestigious Willy Clancy Traditional Music Festival in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.

When: 4 p.m. April 28

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St.

Price: $10 students, $18 general admission, $25 preferred seating

More Info: 819-6961 or

TuesdayGolf tournament

What: The Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament is a day of fun and competition. The event includes a dinner reception and an awards ceremony. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and tournament play begins at 10 a.m.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30

Where: RiverTowne Country Club, 1700 Rivertowne Country Club Drive, Mount Pleasant

Price: $75-$500

More Info: 266-5232 or

Wednesday Celebration for a Cause

What: This event is being hosted by Stacy Pearsall, a disabled combat veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom, in order to raise money and awareness for severely injured war veterans. Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, door prizes, entertainment and a live auction. All proceeds benefit the Independence Fund.

When: 6-8 p.m. May 1

Where: The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Football Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave.

Price: $85

More Info: 953-7477 or

Thursday, May 2 Sidewalk Sale

What: Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center will host a Mental Health Sidewalk Sale in West Ashley. Mental health clients will make a wide variety of arts and crafts items such as sweetgrass baskets, paintings, jewelry etc. Sales will go to a private nonprofit called Mental Health Heroes ( This organization provides crisis support and funds to mental health clients and families in our area.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 2

Where: Charleston Mental Health Center, 2100 Charlie Hall Blvd.

Price: Free to attend; items priced accordingly

More Info: 852-4100 or

Drill Project

What: The Drill Project: West Africa’s Rare Primates and the Illegal Bushmeat Trade. The Bioko Island Drill is one of Africa’s highest conservation priorities. Conservation biologist and College of Charleston graduate Justin Jay set about raising awareness for this incredible species through a conservation documentary, “The Drill Project,” which he recently completed. He will share clips of the film during the presentations.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. May 2

Where: MUSC Baruch Auditorium, 284 Calhoun St.

Price: Free

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