CHARLESTON SCHOOL BOARD: 5:15 p.m., 75 Calhoun St. The Charleston County School Board will have the first reading of its 2010-11 school year budget. The school district has suffered $21 million in cuts the past two years, and it's projected to lose up to $30 million next year.
BOOK SIGNING AND AUTHOR TALK: 6 p.m. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson will speak about his new book, 'A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West.' The author also will be available to sign copies of the book. 805-6930.
PARENT MEETINGS ON SEISMIC RELOCATIONS: 6 p.m. James Simons Elementary, 741 King St. School officials will meet with parents to discuss the schools' relocation. James Simons and Memminger Elementary will share space at the former Brentwood Middle campus in North Charleston because engineering reports have shown their current buildings could threaten the safety of occupants during a quake.
CHARLESTON COUNCIL: 5 p.m. Sanders-Clyde Elementary School, 805 Morrison Drive. The regular meeting of Charleston City Council will be held at the elementary school.
IOP COUNCIL: 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1207 Palm Blvd. A hearing will be held on an ordinance to limit the maximum number of overnight guests in newly constructed short-term rental homes to no more than 12 people. Altered existing rentals would be limited to no more than 12 people if the maximum occupancy is currently 12 or less.
ALLERGY TREATMENT WORKSHOP: 6:30 p.m. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road, James Island. Free. Learn how to treat allergies through neurologic stress reduction therapy. 769-4800.
PARENT MEETINGS ON SEISMIC RELOCATIONS: 6 p.m. Memminger Elementary School, 20 Beaufain St. School officials will meet with parents to discuss the schools' relocation. James Simons and Memminger Elementary will share space at the former Brentwood Middle campus in North Charleston because engineering reports have shown their current buildings could threaten the safety of occupants during an earthquake.
'NOVELTY': 6-10 p.m. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Free. Muralist Cory Obendorfer's new exhibit, 'Novelty,' will open as part of Piccolo Spoleto, and the opening reception will begin with a skating parade by The Lowcountry Highrollers roller derby team. www.reduxstudios.org or www.lowcountryhighrollers.com.
GARDEN BOOK SIGNING: 5-7 p.m. The Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St. The society has teamed up with the Charleston Horticultural Society to present a collection of gardening books, tools and accessories and will host a debut event that will feature a book signing and floral demonstration. 722-4630. www.preservationsociety.org.
BLUEGRASS HOE DOWN: May 28: 5:45-10 p.m.; May 29: 11:45 a.m.-10 p.m.; May 30: 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. One Star BBQ & Mercantile, 2212 State Park Rd., Santee. The Eighth Annual One Star Bluegrass and Country Music Hoe Down will feature fourteen bands and other special entertainers. Bring lawn chairs. No entrance fee. (803) 854-2000 or (803) 515-3938.
SPOLETO MUSIC: 5 p.m. Mad River Grille, 32 N. Market St. The citywide arts festival, which showcases South Carolina artists, kicks off with a performance by Drink Small, a South Carolina blues legend known as the "Blues Doctor." Tickets, $11. 723.0032. www.piccolospoleto.com.