Today Evening With Friends What: The Friends of MUSC Children’s Hospital celebrate a month of “Friendraising” with a signature cocktail reception. Complimentary for current members, president Jennifer Hebra encourages new “Friends” to join in the celebration with a $25 contribution, which can also be applied toward any Friends membership.

When: 6-8 p.m. May 17 Where: Legare Waring House at Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: $25 for nonmembers More Info: RSVP to 824-9430 or http://friendsofmuscchildrens

Charleston Couture What: The Charleston Museum presents an original exhibition, Charleston Couture, in its Historic Textiles Gallery, through Nov. 4. The exhibit showcases more than 50 of the Lowcountry’s finest garments and accessories from the 1770s to the 1970s.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 4

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Free with general admission

More Info: 722-2996 or exhibits-charleston-couture

‘The Adams Family’ What: The Karpeles Manuscript Museum exhibit consists of two dozen items that focus on “The Adams Family” relating to the role played by one of America’s “founding families.” (Sam, John and John Quincy Adams). Free parking and admission.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, through Aug. 31

Where: Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St.

Price: Free More Info: 853-4651

Book discussion What: Not Fiction Book Discussion features “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton.

When: 11 a.m. May 17 Where: West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.

Yappy Hour What: Join group at the James Island County Park dog park for live music and beverages available for purchase. Outside alcohol or coolers are prohibited. No preregistration required.

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

Price: Free with regular park admission

More Info: 795-4386 or

Soccer tryouts What: Tryouts for boys and girls ages 13-18 for Classic and Challenge teams will be held at Bishop England High School track. Evaluations for ages 8-12 will be at Daniel Island Soccer Academy Complex. Evaluation and tryout fee $20 per player, $30 for two or more players in the same family. Walk-ups welcome or register online.

When: 5:30-8 p.m. May 17, 18, 21, 22, 24

Where: Bishop England High School, 363 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island.

More info: Call 608-9071 or visit

Heritage class What: From the Grand Modell to contemporary infill developments, students will learn how Charleston has grown from a Colonial walled settlement to a thriving metropolitan city through changes in topography, planned suburbs and expansions. Two sessions. This course is a prerequisite for the Charleston Master Preservationist Program.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 17, 9-11 a.m. May 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 31

Where: Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St.

Price: Member fee $25; nonmember fee $30

More Info: 722-4630 or

‘Dart After Dark’ What: This book and lecture series is led by faculty from the College of Charleston’s African-American Studies Program. The selection is “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness” by Toure, which addresses what it means to be black in post-civil-rights America, the benefits, viewpoints and the comparisons to the perspectives of earlier generations.

When: 6:30 p.m. May 17 Where: John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St.

More Info: 722-7550 Tautspiels Trio + 1

What: The season finale of the Library Society’s Chamber Music Series will feature violinist Rachel Kistler and pianist Wayne Helmly as they team up to play some familiar works by Beethoven, Janacek and Prokofiev. James Cannon will join the group for Claude Bolling’s work for violin and jazz trio.

When: 7 p.m. May 17 Where: Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Price: $25 More Info: 888-718-4253 or

Friday Home refinance series What: The St. James Foundation’s Lifelong Learning Series presents a community session with Carson Williams, vice president for mortgage services for the Bank of South Carolina, on the Home Affordable Refinance Program. He will discuss HARP’s criteria and recent changes that may make more homeowners eligible for the program. HARP is designed for homeowners who owe more than the value of their homes, are current with their mortgage loans, and who have either a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan.

When: 6 p.m. May 18 Where: St. James Presbyterian Church, 1314 Secessionville Road

Price: Free Work-to-Bike party

What: Help make Charleston more bicycle/pedestrian-friendly and celebrate Bike-to-Work day with an evening of live music. Charleston Moves’ Work-to-Bike Party will feature music by Satellite Rodeo, New Belgium beer, silent auction and Charleston Moves membership drive.

When: 6:30-10 p.m. May 18 Where: Charleston Hippodrome, Concord Street

Price: Free Saturday Basket workshop

What: Learn to weave baskets that are one of the oldest surviving African art forms in the U.S. Class will be taught by Henrietta Snype. Students will weave their own basket and learn about materials, tools and caring for your investment. One session. Limited seats available. All materials included.

When: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 19

Where: Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St.

Price: Member fee: $80; nonmembers $85

More Info: 722-4630 or

Pig Pickin’ BBQ What: A Pig Pickin’ BBQ Dinner will be hosted by Common Grounds Sunday school class. Proceeds benefit youth programs.

When: 4-7 p.m. May 19 Where: Bethany United Methodist Church, 1853 Maybank Highway

Price: $7 for adults in advance, $8 at the door and $4 for children.

More Info: 795-3527 or

Sunday Salt Marsh Mysteries What: Join Charleston Parks Conservancy biologist Mary Horton for a walk on the Wando to learn what makes the salt marsh one of the world’s most productive ecosystems. Bring sunscreen, bug spray and water. Class size is limited. Children under 18 must have a paid and registered chaperon.

When: 4-5 p.m. May 20 Where: Daniel Island Waterfront Park, River Landing Drive

Price: $10 in advance; $15 day of (checks only)

More Info: 724-5003 or