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: 360 Meeting St. Price: Free with admission

More Info: 722-2996 or www.charlestonmuseum.org/exhibits- charleston-couture

What: Author Peter Troy will sign copies of his new novel, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You” ($26.95, hardback). Troy’s novel gives voice to four characters in two love stories set in 19th-century America.

When: Noon April 12. Where: Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.

What: Learn how to keep your life happy and productive through staying balanced emotionally, physically and spiritually. Tina Arnold, The Holistic Chick.

When: Noon April 12. Where: Center for Women, 129 Cannon St.

Price: Free More Info: 763-7333 or http://c4women.org

What: Nikki Hardin, the founder and editor of Skirt magazine, shares her experiences with launching and maintaining her popular blog, Fridaville.

When: Noon April 12. Where: Center for Women, 129 Cannon St.

Price: $25 C4W members, $35 nonmembers

More Info: 763-7333 or http://c4women.org

What: The 65th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens offers visitors the opportunity to venture inside nearly 150 Charleston private houses and gardens in the Historic District during blooming season. Daily tours, musical concerts, luncheon lectures and wine tastings.

When: 2-5 p.m. April 12-16, 6-9 p.m. April 17, 2-5 p.m. April 18 and 19, 6-9 p.m. April 20, 2-5 p.m. April 21

Where: Historic Charleston Foundation, 40 East Bay St.

Price: $45 per tour ticket, other events varied prices

More Info: 722-3405 or www.HistoricCharleston.org/Festival

What: An Estate Planning Class will cover the basics of estate planning and probate.

When: 6:30 p.m. April 12 Where: St. Andrews Regional Branch Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive.

Price: Free More Info: 926-3813 or www.ekglaw.com

What: The Ansonborough Guided Walking Garden Tour begins at 342 Meeting St., Wragg Square. Join Charleston Horticultural Society docents for a walking tour to some of the loveliest gardens in historic Ansonborough in the Old and Historic District of Charleston. Small groups of 10-12 guests will visit a series of six-eight gardens, pointing out plant material, elements of garden design and other attributes. Register in advance. Space is limited

When: 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Wragg Square Park, 342 Meeting St.

Price: $30 More Info: 579-9922 or www.charlestonhorticulturalsociety.org/?name=Site&catID=20374&parentID=15853

What: Plantasia, Charleston Horticultural Society’s plant sale, will be held at Wragg Square. Garden docents/volunteers will help with plant selections and answer questions. Workshops will be offered every hour on the hour on garden topics. Plants grown and donated by CHS “Members Favorites” will be on sale at bargain prices on Saturday only. There will be a “Real Yard Sale” featuring garden items such as pots, furniture and ornamental items on Saturday.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14

Where: Wragg Square Park, 342 Meeting St.

Price: Free More Info: 579-9922 or www.charlestonhorticulturalsociety.org

What: The 2012 Relay for Life. When: 5 p.m. April 13

Where: Stoney Field Stadium, 358 Fishburne St.

More info: www.relayforlife.org/collegesofcharleston

What: Put a spring in your step with three family-friendly concerts during The Spring Concert Series at Freshfields Village. Enjoy the sounds of Motown, rock ’n’ roll, classic rock, Southern beach music, ‘60s, ‘70s, blues and more. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets.

When: 6-9 p.m. April 13 Where: Freshfields Village, 130 Gardeners Circle

Price: Free More Info: 768-6491 or http://freshfieldsvillage.com/events/view/spring-concert-series

What: Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a box or carrier. South Carolina requires that all dogs and cats have a current rabies vaccination. The licensed veterinarian shall provide a certificate of vaccination to the owner of the pet. A serially numbered metal license tag, which must be attached to a collar or harness worn by the pet, shall also be furnished. Rain date: May 5. If a previous DHEC-sponsored clinic was canceled due to weather, go to the address of the original clinic.

When: 9 a.m.-noon April 14 Where: James Island Middle School, 1484 Camp Road.

Price: Prices may vary by clinic, not to exceed $10

More Info: 202-7020 or www.scdhec.gov/rabies

What: Pets and their owners are invited to a full weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment, and more. Highlights include Lowcountry Dog’s Cover Model Contest, “Meet the Breed Dog Show” and a dog food-eating contest. Food and beverages will be offered.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14 and 15

Where: Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway

Price: $5 per person. Children 12 and under, Gold Pass members, and leashed pets are free

More Info: 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=139

What: Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department will host the 2012 Earth Day Festival, which is a celebration of Charleston County’s environmental community.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14 Where: Greater Memorial Riverfront Park, Everglades Drive

More Info: 720-7111 or http://recycle.charlestoncounty.org

What: The eighth annual blues festival features Lucky Peterson and Tamara Peterson, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Biscuit Miller & the Mix. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Food and beverages will be for sale. No pets. Rain or shine (tented event).

When: 2-7 p.m. April 15 Where: Freshfields Village, 130 Gardeners Circle

Price: Free

What: Dr. Charles Kimball, author of “When Religion Becomes Evil” and his newest book, “When Religion Becomes Lethal,” will lecture.

When: 7 p.m. April 15 Where: Synagogue Emanu-El, 5 Windsor Drive

Price: Free More Info: 763-3150 or www.charlestoncjc.org

What: The Charleston Men’s Chorus rehearses weekly. New members should call to schedule an audition.

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays Where: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 142 Church St.

More Info: 720-8505 or www.cmchorus.com

What: Join the Charleston Museum’s curator of historical archaeology, Martha Zierden, to hear new details on construction, maintenance and eventual abandonment of the city’s early Colonial defenses and see several items that will go on permanent exhibit.

When: 6:30 p.m. April 17 Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Free More Info: 722-2996 ext. 235 or www.charlestonmuseum.org/event.asp?ID=470

What: Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services is sponsoring the Ethyl R. Brown Volunteer Award for the 12th year. The award is given annually to the nominee selected from nonprofit agencies in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. April 18 Where: Charleston Area Senior Center, 259 Meeting St.

Price: Free More Info: 722-4127 or www.charlestonareaseniors.org

What: More than a dozen restaurants will compete for the title “Best Wings” and guests will help judge. The band The 3 Dudes will perform and everyone is encouraged to participate in several wing-eating contests. Proceeds will benefit Eagle Harbor Ranch.

When: 5-9 p.m. April 18 Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $15/$20 at the door More Info: 688-5995 or www.lowcountrywingapalooza.com

What: Not Fiction Book Discussion features “Bossypants” by Tina Fey.

When: 11 a.m. April 19 Where: West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.

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