The Charleston In-Water Boat Show returns to the Lowcountry this weekend for the first time in five years.

JBM & Associates is partnering with the Tri-County Marine Trade Association to bring back the Ashley River springtime event that went on hiatus during and after the last recession. The two organizations sponsor the Charleston Boat Show, held each January at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

The In-Water Boat Show will be held noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park. Yachts, speedboats, fishing boats and other vessels will be on display and for sale at discounted prices. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for military personnel and children ages 4-12. Young children are admitted free.


Five Loaves Cafe, a local restaurant known for its soups and sandwiches in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston, will expand to Summerville by the end of the year. The new restaurant is under construction at 214 N. Cedar St., the former site of Farringdon Bistropub. Five Loaves owner Casey Glowacki said the new location should be open by October.

Ruthie Harman, manager of the downtown cafe, and husband Stephen Harman, head chef of Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant, will be managing partners of the Flowertown site, Glowacki said.

Sprouting up

St. George in Dorchester County will launch its weekly farmers market series Thursday. The market will run 2-6 p.m. every Thursday until Oct. 2.

In addition to local produce and prepared foods, the farmers market offers live entertainment and cooking demonstrations with local produce by the Clemson Extension Service.

Battery exchange

This week, North and South Carolina motorists can earn $5 and help protect the environment by donating used car or marine batteries to any AAA Car Care Center until Saturday. Local centers are at 2031 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in Charleston, 1733 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant and 9980 Dorchester Road in Summerville.

AAA is sponsoring the initiative during the week of Earth Day to encourage motorists to responsibly dispose of their used batteries.

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