My Charleston Weekend: April 12-18

Plantasia This event is all about plants. Put on by the Charleston Horticultural Society, this is the group’s premier plant sale, offering a range of greenery that will leave you wondering where to start. Held in Wragg Square across from the Embassy Suites on Meeting Street, this event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. If you’re looking to get a jump-start on your plant purchases, consider attending Fete, the Preview Party, 6-8 tonight. Refreshments and live entertainment will be available as you tiptoe through the tulips. Tickets to Fete are $50. Check out www.charlestonhorticulturalsociety.org for details.

Spring Soiree: Shaggin’ on the Water

This annual fundraiser put on by the Charleston Junior Women’s Club will feature live music from Brotherman, shag lessons, barbecue, beer and wine, cornhole and a silent auction. Tickets to the Saturday event are $30 and include food and beverage. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s House. Held 7-11 p.m. at Gold Bug Island Hall, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd., call 860-4288 or go to www.cjwc.org for more info.

Laffey homecoming “The Ship That Would Not Die” will be celebrated with a series of events Friday-Sunday as it returns to Patriots Point. Friday will boast a free (parking is $5) Celebrate the Heroes party, complete with live music and dancing on the pier. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Saturday will bring an opportunity to meet some of the men who served aboard the Laffey; they’ll share their stories and give ship tours. This event is free with admission to Patriots Point (parking is $5). On Sunday, commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Laffey’s survival of a Kamikaze attack. A Marine Corps Band will perform. Admission is free 12:30-2 p.m. (parking is $5). Check out www.patriotspoint.org for details.

Benefit for the Lowcountry Food Bank

On Friday, The Hippodrome, 360 Concord St., will host a singer/songwriter night in partnership with Awendaw Green and the C of C school-led record label 1770 Records. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 and is sure to impress with a lineup that includes Tyler Boone, Jordan Igoe and Will Hastings along with at least 10 more. Tickets are $10, $7 for students. Don’t forget to bring canned goods, as it is a food drive! For details, check out www.charlestonhippodrome.com.

Benefit for Veronica From 3:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Bowen’s Island off Folly Road will be hosting an oyster roast and live music to benefit the Capabionco family in their adoption case. Featuring an assortment of food and drink vendors, along with oysters and barbecue, you’re sure to walk away full. In addition to the food, entertainment will be provided by Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links, Hank Marley, The Stilletos, special guest David Ezell and more; there also will be face-painting. Tickets are $10. Go to www.saveveronica.org.

Lowcountry Wingapalooza More than a dozen area restaurants will compete for the title “Best Wings” in a benefit for Eagle Harbor Ranch. On Wednesday, dig into some hot wings and cold beers as this second annual event gets under way at 5 p.m. at the Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St. The band The 3 Dudes will perform, and what would a wingapalooza be without a wing-eating contest? Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Check out www.lowcountrywingapalooza.com.

Spoleto SCENE Kickoff Party Get a head start on all things Spoleto with this Wednesday night party at Spoleto Festival USA’s garden, 14 George St. Featuring sip signature spirits and wine and some tasty nibbles, find out what’s in store for the 36th festival. The event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. For tickets, which are $20, call 579-3100.

South Carolina Hit Parade At 7-11 tonight in Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., the Charleston Jazz Orchestra Chamber Ensemble will make its debut. This nine-piece big band will pay tribute to the late producer (and Charleston Scene writer) Jack McCray by playing a lineup that includes music composed, arranged and made famous by South Carolina musicians. Admission is $100 and includes a Garden Cocktail Hour, beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. If you’re feeling fancy, go for one of the VIP options ($150-$500), which also includes premium bar access, a bottle of wine or champagne and dessert. Call 641-0011 or go to theJAC.org for more info.

‘In the Company of Horses’ Serving as a fundraiser for Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, 2669 Hamilton Road, Johns Island, this event is all about the fun. At 4-7 p.m. Sunday, enjoy live music from The South Carolina Broadcasters, food and drink from Crave Catering, Palmetto Brewing Company, Red Drum Restaurant and the Ben Arnold Beverage Co. A live and silent auction will feature plane tickets, Disney World passes and much more. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate; kids 10-17 get in for $10. Call 559-6040 or email admin@catrfarms.org for more.

‘Forks Over Knives’ This free screening, three actually, will be hosted by Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Highway on Monday. The film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, degenerative diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Screenings will be at 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The first 50 guests of each screening receive a gift bag provided by Whole Foods and Stella Nova. There will be tastings, door prizes, a raffle and speakers. Call 469-2835 or go to www.facebook.com/ForksOverKnivesCharleston for more info.

‘The Hooping Life’ Hosted by HomeSpun Hoops and the Charleston International Film Festival, this feature-length documentary is all about, you guessed it, hula-hooping. In addition to the film, which begins at 8:30 tonight at Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, a “hoop jam” will be at 6:30 p.m. and hooping performances and a fire show will follow. Check out www.thehoopinglife.com and www.homespunhoops.com.

RiverDogs Golf Tournament Wild Dunes Resort will be taken over Tuesday by the Fiesta de RiverDogs themed tournament, something Director of Fun Bill Murray allegedly won’t miss. From chile pepper eating contests to flip cup and doing “the worm,” this tourney is all about having fun. Prizes will be awarded for an array of categories. $500 for a four-person team, and $150 gets an individual in on the action. Call 723-7241 or go to www.rileyparkevents.com for details.

Kiawah Island Art, House Tour

On Friday, five Kiawah Island homes will be open to the public for touring in a benefit for the Gibbes Museum of Art. From 1-5 p.m., tour within the gated community. Tickets are $55 and include light refreshments. Check out www.gibbes etc.org for details.