Dollar Days: College of Charleston bands will battle; birds will prey in Awendaw

Metro -- This saker falcon flies with a radio telemetry transmitter and a bell during a flight demostration the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw. "It's our responsibility to find them if they were to fly off," Stephen Schabel said on Tuesday May 13, 2008. The center is opening for tours in June. (Wade Spees/Staff)

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The College of Charleston Battle of the Bands returns to the Music Farm this Saturday.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 8 p.m. Performers will include Tyler Boone, South Street, Brother, Tom Mackell and Bianca & Page.

Admission is $3 per person and free for C of C students who show their IDs. Proceeds will benefit ACE Africa, an organization dedicated to supporting orphans and other children affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

The Music Farm is at 32 Ann Street. Go to www.

For the birds

The Center for Birds of Prey is showing some love for locals during January by offering two-for-one admission for the upcoming three Saturdays.

Residents of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Horry counties can pay $12 for two adults and $10 for two youths 6-18. Children under 6 can get in free.

While at the center, guests will learn all about hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and falcons through guided tours, flight demonstrations, the Owl Wood and other attractions.

The Center for Birds of Prey is at 4872 Sewee Road in Awendaw. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 971-7474 or go to www.thecenter

Civil rights film

On Sunday, just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Olde North Charleston Picture House in Park Circle will host a free screening of "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock."

The documentary, which begins at 4 p.m., tells the story of Daisy Bates, a woman who advocated the right of nine African-American students to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

Following the film, Daisy Alcox will discuss her life as a teenager living in Orangeburg during the civil rights movement.

The Olde North Charleston Picture House is at 4820 Jenkins Ave. Go to

Budgeting seminar

Kick off the new year the right way by attending a free budgeting seminar at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The South Carolina Federal Credit Union's Rivers Avenue branch, 6265 Rivers Ave., is hosting the seminar, titled "Building a Budget."

Led by Leslie Howard, the seminar will teach participants how to set up realistic spending goals in order to save money, get and stay out of debt and stay motivated.

The event is free, but tickets should be reserved by going to