Being an avid college football fan, it's sometimes hard for me to choose between spending my Saturdays screaming at the television and taking advantage of the fun events happening during the games.
Since this Saturday is especially full of football (both of my teams play back to back), I'm glad there are a couple of cool events today that I'll be able to make it out for.
The James Island County Park Dog Park is hosting another "Yappy Hour" event 9/22 beginning at 4 p.m.
Admission is free with the $1 park entry fee, and once inside, dogs and owners alike can socialize and listen to music by Nathan Calhoun. The human attendees will be able to purchase adult beverages.
The event lasts until sunset. The park is at 871 Riverland Drive. Call 795-4FUN or visit www.ccprc.com.
Beers for bikes
I have been looking forward to this event for an entire year. Tonight in Marion Square, Clips of Faith returns to Charleston for another night of good beer and good films for a good cause.
New Belgium Brewing Company's Clips of Faith tour travels across the country to sample more than a dozen beers and showcase indie short films made by fans of the brews.
Admission is free, but beers will cost $1.25 per 3-ounce sample or $5 per 12-ounce cup. I'll go ahead and tell you that it's worth spending a few bucks to enjoy at least a few tastes of New Belgium's beers. The money raised goes to support the efforts of Charleston Moves, a bicycling advocacy group. They'll be on hand to provide information.
The fun starts at 7 p.m., and I'd recommend bringing a chair or blanket to sit on while you enjoy the films.
Whether you're a collector or just a music lover, you can head to Monster Music and Movies in West Ashley this Saturday for the second annual Charleston Record Expo, happening 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Since it all starts before football comes on, I'm sure I'll see you out there.
The free expo brings together a bevy of vendors selling thousands of vinyl singles and LPs, as well as CDs, DVDs, music memorabilia and more.
Monster will add a festival-like atmosphere by bringing in the Hello My Name is BBQ food truck to keep shoppers fed. Also, throughout the afternoon, local musicians such as The Shaniqua Brown, Joel Hamilton and The Explorers Club will perform.
Monster Music is at 946 Orleans Road in West Ashley. Call 571-4657 or visit www.monstermusicsc.com.
Support a downtown park 4-7 p.m. Saturday during Picnic in the Park at the Corrine Jones Playground, 36 Marlow Drive downtown.
For $5, you'll get a barbecue sandwich and drink to munch on while children play in the jump castle, get their faces painted, groove to live music and enjoy other activities.
Funds raised go toward the playground's ongoing renovations, which include buying new equipment and creating a new walking trail.
To find out more, visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.