Art on the East Side

Water balloons will be a “weapon” of choice at Deluge at The Grove this weekend.

International street artist Sergio Odeith recently installed two of his signature 3-D murals in public spaces on the upper peninsula. One, painted during Piccolo Spoleto, is on the side of a Hester Street home facing Corrine Jones Park. The other is on a corner of the Dixie Furniture warehouse on Huger Street, which he created as the first installment of Enough Pie’s street art project called “Awakening III: Solstice.” Cathryn Zommer, executive director of the local organization, said it’s “inspired by the idea of letting sunshine into a neglected place for a vibrant awakening.” Artists of all types from across the Lowcountry have been tapped to expand on Odeith’s mural by adding their creative touches to the wall and the grassy area around it. The 14 artists and performers chosen to participate will begin the installation process Friday and work until Saturday evening, when the full project will be unveiled during a celebration of local art.

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Corner of Huger and Hanover streets, Charleston

Price: Free

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Raise the roof

While our primary job is to tell you about the fun things to do in town every weekend, we can all admit that sometimes, there’s nothing better than getting cozy on the couch and just being at home. But what if your home wasn’t a place where you could relax? What if it was a constant reminder of how you couldn’t afford to fix the leaky ceiling, or install that ramp for your elderly relative? That’s the reality many across the Lowcountry live in every day. But with the help of Operation Home, hundreds of families have been able to make their houses feel like home again. The local organization raises funds to make repairs on homes for low-income families that might otherwise be displaced by problems they don’t have the money to fix. This weekend, The Alley will host the Gimme Shelter party to benefit the organization with live music by New Breed Brass Band from New Orleans, a silent auction featuring a Scout boat and, of course, food and libations. So, if you’re a homebody, maybe consider a night on the town this weekend to raise money that could be used to make others in the community happy homebodies, too.

When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Alley Charleston, 131 Columbus St., Charleston

Price: $20 general admission, which includes food by Home Team BBQ. VIP tickets are $125, which include an expanded menu and an open bar.

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Blast from the past

As kids, the water-related fun can be endless. And not just playing sharks and minnows at the community pool, or body surfing in the waves at the beach. What we really miss out on as adults are those neighborhood slip-and-slide parties, or sneak attacks with water balloons and SuperSoaker water guns. If any of that makes you feel nostalgic, the Deluge at The Grove this weekend is your kind of party. Described as a combination of the TV shows “Wipe Out” and “American Gladiator,” Deluge offers everything from sprinkler systems and giant water slides to water balloon fights and slip-n-slide races. There’s also plenty of liquid courage to indulge in at the beer wagons, and food trucks for when all that running and sliding around works up an appetite. The organizers encourage attendees to wear swimsuits, tennis shoes and plenty of sunscreen. Bring the kids, but leave dogs at home.

When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Grove at Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant

Price: $10 for adults and kids in advance, adult tickets are $15 at the gate. Kids younger than 6 get in free.

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Jokes for all folks

With a sense of humor that’s often described as a healthy mix of goof-ball and clever wit, Grant Lyon is the kind of comedian who can entertain just about any crowd. That’s part of the reason the stand-up performer from San Francisco has won the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, one of the largest national comedy competitions, as well as appeared on the Bob and Tom radio show and the TV show “Comics Unleashed.” He’s performing in the Lowcountry this week at the Tin Roof, with Jessica Mickey and Jeremy McLellan up first to warm up the crowd.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: 1117 Magnolia Road, Charleston

Price: $7

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Pitt stop

Out of Hand in Mount Pleasant, the retail arm of Ooh! Events, is hosting another one of its Pitt Street Strolls this week. The shop in the Old Village subdivision off Coleman Boulevard will host a trunk show with Los Angeles-based Groceries Apparel; a workshop to learn how to make flower crowns; an artisan soap maker, Dakota Rae Soapworks, a Spartanburg company that specializes in bath products made from goat’s milk and essential oils; and lastly, makeup trials where attendees can check out specialty skin care products. Treats can be purchased on-site from Hot Links and King of Pops. Ten percent of proceeds will benefit Pet Helpers, a local pet shelter that will showcase adoptable dogs at the event.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: 113 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

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Colors & cocktails

Posting up at a bar just to drink can be a bit of a passive activity. If you want to make your night on the town a little more creative, consider the Thirsty Painters workshop at the Bay Street Biergarten this weekend. At the event, attendees will be supplied with everything they need to paint their own original piece of art while enjoying some cold beverages. As an added bonus, the first drink is free.

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: 549 East Bay St., Charleston

Price: $45

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