Cinco de Mayo: Does anybody even know why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated? It's not Mexico's Independence Day, which is Sept. 16 and the more important of the two holidays, at least in Mexico. Instead, Cinco de Mayo marks the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It's not a mandatory Mexican holiday, but in the U.S., it's evolved into a major party time.

The Mellow Mushroom in Mount Pleasant is hosting a four-course "Cinco De Mellow" Mexican beer dinner at 7 p.m. today. The cost is $30. Reservations required, call 881-4743. Mellow Mushroom is at 3110 U.S. Highway 17, across from the Shops at Oakland. Visit

Also, Coast Bar & Grill, 39-D John St., will celebrate Cinco de Mayo 5 p.m.-until today in Hutson Alley. Premium selections of Mexican brews will be available along with housemade margaritas, sangria and a special tapas menu. Live guitar music and vocals by Miriam Allen. Seating is available on the outdoor patio, at the bar and inside the restaurant. Call 722-8838, or e-mail for reservations.

Farm-To-Table: Woodlands Inn hosts its second outdoor Farm-to-Table Dinner on May 12 at $55 per person. The three-course dinner, held in conjunction with Legare Farms on Johns Island, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Woodlands' herb garden. The farmer introduces each course and explains the "roots" of the dish and the significance. Local and regional wines will be paired with each course. After dessert is served, a band will continue playing for dancing. The $55 cost excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations required; call 308-2115. Visit for more details.

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