What: Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities, invites the public to benefit luncheon. Proceeds will support CATR’s scholarship program. Jane Jenkins Herlong will speak.

When: Noon-1 p.m. Sept. 27

Where: Embassy Suites, 337 Meeting St.

Price: $60

More Info: 412-1992 or www.catrfarms.org

What: Joe Crespino will discuss and sign his book, “Strom Thurmond’s America,” where he examines the political career of S.C.’s longest-serving senator and how Thurmond, a Democrat until switching parties in 1964, helped shape modern conservatism and sparked the realignment of Southern and national politics. Crespino is an associate professor of history at Emory University.

When: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27

Where: Bond Hall at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St.

More Info: 953-7477 or www.citadel.edu/root/humanities_lectures_fall2012

What: An evening of forgotten footnotes and sidelights as Peg Eastman signs her latest book, “Hidden History of Civil War Charleston.” A native Charlestonian, Margaret (Peg) M.R. Eastman was a professional guide at Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

When: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27

Where: Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Price: Free

More Info: 723-9912 or www.charlestonlibarysociety.org

What: The Charleston Museum presents an original exhibition, Charleston Couture, in its Historic Textiles Gallery.

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 www.charlestonmuseum.org/exhibits-charleston-couture

What: “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography” features photographs of iconic American musicians from genres rooted in southern traditions, including rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and hip-hop.

When: Through Oct. 27

Where: Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.

Price: $9 adults, $7 students, seniors and military, $5 children younger than 6

More Info: 722-2706 or www. gibbesmuseum.org

What: This energetic dance class taught by professional dancer Jessica Beran, explores movement, basic ballet technique and simple dance steps such as gallop, skips, kicks, turns and jumps. Recommended ages 2-5.

When: 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Dec. 13

Where: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: Rate per class for museum members $5, nonmembers $7 plus the price of museum admission (also $7).

More Info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org

What: College of Charleston students from the Children’s Theatre Repertory class will do an interactive performance of a surprise book.

When: 11-11:40 a.m. Sept. 27

Where: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: $7

More Info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org

What: The Karpeles Manuscript Museum has opened a new exhibit of two dozen items that explore the history, theory and success of mystery and spy novels through the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming and Dorothy Sayers. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and James Bond are featured in the manuscripts. Free parking/admission.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, through Dec. 28

Where: Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St.

Price: Free

More Info: 853-4651

What: Free Movie Night features selections from Gordon Brown’s “Sea Kayak Volume 1.” Bring a beverage and/or snack to share if you care. Social from 6:30-7 p.m.; movie starts at 7 p.m.

When: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27

Where: Sea Kayak Carolina, 1731 Signal Point Road

Price: $20

More Info: 225-7969 or www.seakayakcarolina.com

What: Award-winning documentary follows five 65+ competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. The documentary follows as they discover the power of the human spirit and triumph over the limitations of age. The film screens during the International Council on Active Aging’s 2012 “Active Aging Week” from Sept. 23-29.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 27

Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: Free

More Info: 953-4422 or http://halsey.cofc.edu/events

What: The New Belgium Brewing Co. will host the third annual amateur film screening to benefit Charleston Moves, a Lowcountry bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group. A Fat Tire Cruiser will be auctioned off and craft beer will be served in the screening of three films: “The Canning Queen of the Desert: Classie Parker,” “DamNation” and “Foxy Shazam-Unstoppable.”

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 27; films begin at dark.

Where: Marion Square Park, Calhoun and King streets

Price: Free

More Info: 303-433-7020 or 720-244-4268 or www.newbelgium.com

What: Midtown Productions will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one-woman musical about an ordinary, young British designer who follows her musician boyfriend to New York, optimistic for love and success but also discovers disappointment, Hollywood and more.

When: 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 28, 29; Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13; 3 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7

Where: Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road

Price: $25 adults, $20 seniors, $18 students

More Info: 795-2223 or www.midtownproductions.org.

What: Yoga Benefits Kids, taught by an experienced children’s yoga instructor, helps children improve motor skills as they take journeys through different lands around the world. While barking in downward dog, flying high like a butterfly, and breathing like a yoga lion, kids learn quickly through movement, song and meaningful play. Recommended ages 2-5. Walk-in rate per class for museum members is $5, nonmembers $7 plus museum admission (also $7).

When: 10-10:30 a.m. Fridays, through Dec. 14

Where: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: $5-$7

More Info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org

What: In conjunction with the “Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore” exhibition, experience the storytelling of Cookie Washington (Sept. 28, Oct. 28), Minerva King (Oct. 6) and Julian Gooding (Oct. 7).

When: 4 p.m. Sept. 28; 2 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 28

Where: City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St.

Price: Free

More Info: 958-6484 or www.CityGalleryatWaterfrontPark.com

What: The evil Grand Magician wishes to rule Arabia and can do so only by marrying the beautiful Yasmine. With the audience sitting two feet away from the action, there are hilarious lyrics, beautiful ballads, magical effects, chase scenes, audience participation and happy endings at Sprouts Musical Theatre.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Sept. 28

Where: Creative Spark Arts Center, 757 Long Point Road

Price: $10 in advance or $12 at the door

More Info: 881-3780 or www.creativespark.org

What: 31st annual Taste of Charlesto a three-day celebration, is hosted by Southern Living magazine and the Charleston Restaurant Association. For more than 20 years, this charity fundraising event has been named one of the “Top 20 events in the Southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. More than 10,000 guests are expected and there will be something for all ages to enjoy.

Where: Various venues, with Sunday’s main event at Boone Hall Plantation.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29, and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30

More Info: 577-4030 or www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/taste-of-charleston/

What: Haunted Charleston Tour. Age 13+. Explore Charleston’s most haunted places and people. A darkly romantic blend of ghosts, magic and the roots of Gullah superstition. Wicked Charleston Tour at 8 p.m. Adults only. Explore the unsavory bits of history, focusing on some of Charleston’s most colorful characters.

When: 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through Dec. 7

Where: Market Hall-Daughters of Confederacy Museum, 188 Meeting St.

Price: $17 per person

More Info: 800-979-3370 or www.blackcattours.com

What: “The Satire Diaries: Too Stupid to Fail!” Nothing is sacred in this satirical roast of movies, sex, dating, men and women, the arts, politics and more.

WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5; 7:15 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6; 9:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6

Where: Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St.

Price: $22 general admission or $19 for students/seniors/educators

More Info: 881-3780 or www.creativespark.org

What: After years at the forefront of Nashville’s alt-comedy scene, Corporate Juggernaut is taking its secret comedy recipe all over the Southeast with the help of friend Jane Borden. Borden has long been a staple of the New York stand-up scene. Now a resident of Tennessee, she’s joined forces with Corporate Juggernaut for stand-up, storytelling and a few surprises.

When: 10 p.m. Sept. 28

Where: Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St.

Price: $8

More Info: 853-6687 or www.theatre99.com

What: An afternoon of fellowship and Southern cuisine, sponsored by the Cooper River Baptist Association.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: Baptist Educational Center, 2026 Jacksonville Road

More Info: 760-9277, the Rev. Albertha Isler

What: For children ages 4-12. Registration is morning of the festival at Broad St. and Ashley Ave. Trophies and raffle prizes will be distributed after fishing is completed at 11 a.m.

When: 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 29

Where: Colonial Lake, Rutledge Ave

Price: $3 per child

More Info: 965-4002

What: Pirate historian Eric Lavender of Charleston Pirate Tours, in period apparel, brings Charleston’s Golden Age of Piracy to life with stories of Blackbeard’s most notorious exploit, the blockade of Charles Towne, the capture and execution of Stede Bonnet and other pirates, the romance between Calico Jack and Anne Bonny and more.

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29

Where: Powder Magazine, 79 Cumberland St.

Price: $8

More Info: 442-7299 or www.charlestonpiratetour.com

What: Named for the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox, the Harvest Moon signifies the end of the summer season. Traditionally, the strong light of this moon allows farmers to gather rice, corn, squash, beans and the rest of their fields’ bounty into the night. Join group and harvest the silvery light of the full moon on this gentle kayak adventure though Folly Creek.

When: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: Crosby’s Dock, 2223 Folly Road

Price: Adults $58/12 and under $38

More Info: 884-7684 or www.coastalexpeditions.com

What: As part of the annual Southern Living” Taste of Charleston, guests will be served Lowcountry cuisine from local caterers, have an opportunity to take a moonlit harbor cruise and listen to live entertainment.

When: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: The Lighthouse at Shem Creek, 100 Church St.

Price: $50 advance, $60 door

More Info: 577-4030 or www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com

What: Enjoy the “Rising of the Moon” over the calm harbor out of historic Shem Creek Shrimping Village. Group will stay alongside the marsh once it gets to the bay and will watch the moonrise over the ocean bay. All safety equipment and gear provided. Percentage of proceeds benefits an environmental cause.

When: 6-8:15 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: Shem Creek-Nature Adventure Outfitters, 483 West Coleman Blvd.

Price: $45/ages 13 and up, $35/ages 12 and under

More Info: 568-3222 or www.kayakcharlestonsc.com

What: In the finale, spend an evening dancing to live classic oldies and beach music from Groove Train. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Only 800 tickets will be sold for this event. Advance purchase is recommended. Ages 3 & up.

When: 7-11 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd.

Price: $10/$8 CCR Discount/$10 on-site if still available

More Info: 795-4386 for tickets or www.ccprc.com

What: Grammy award nominee Will Downing will perform in a cabaret setting as part of the MOJA Arts Festival.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: Family Circle Cup Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive.

Price: $21 general, $36 reserved table seating

More Info: 866-811-4111 or www.mojafestival.com/home

What: Enjoy a two-hour naturalist guided historic kayak paddle in the Mount Pleasant area among shrimp boats and saltwater marsh creek and journey out to a 22-acre island preserve called Crab Bank, home to thousands of nesting shorebirds.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: Nature Adventures Outfitters, 483 W. Coleman Blvd.

Price: $40 for ages 13 and up, $25/ages 12 and under

More Info: 568-3222 or www.KayakCharlestonSc.com

What: St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church in West Ashley is celebrating 20 years at this location with a combined service at 10 a.m., followed by a Fall Picnic.

When: 10 a.m. Sept. 30

Where: St. Andrews Parish UMC, 3225 Ashley River Road

What: Join group for the film “Hot Coffee” and a brief discussion afterward. This film explores the famous McDonald’s coffee case and the zeal behind tort reform. Beer, wine and other beverages and snacks available for purchase. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area.

When: 4 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: The Charleston Hippodrome, 360 Concord St.

Price: Free

What: Located behind Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, Morgan Creek meanders through rich salt marsh estuary dotted with small verdant hammock islands. The paddle eventually leads group to Gray’s Bay, a vast tidal flat that is home to a variety of creatures from egrets, herons, pelicans, and gulls to dolphins, turtles and otters.

When: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: Coastal Expeditions, 514 Mill St.

Price: Adults $58/12 and under $38

More Info: 884-7684 or www.coastalexpeditions.com

What: Walking tour company, Bulldog Tours is offering a Haunted Pub Crawl through October. Adults can learn about Charleston’s ghostly past while enjoying libations at some of the city’s finest bars and taverns.

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1-31

Where: Bulldog Tours, 40 N. Market St.

Price: $20

More Info: 722-8687 or http://bulldogtours.com/tours/haunted-pub-crawl/

What: Franke residents and their family members are invited to the service led by Pastor Sherry Owensby-Sikes to celebrate marriage. Residents will receive certificates in recognition of their years of marriage. A reception will follow the service.

When: 3 p.m. Oct. 1

Where: Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Road

Price: Free

More Info: 856-2874

What: Musicians of Chamber Music Charleston perform music for flute, viola and guitar by Claude Debussy, Francois Devienne and Anton Diabelli inside the historic Hastie Residence on The Battery. A post-concert reception follows the hourlong performance.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1

Where: The Hastie Residence, 20 S. Battery

Price: $35

More Info: 763-4941 or www.MozartInTheSouth.org

What: Not Fiction Book Discussion features Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller.

When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2

Where: Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

What: This dynamic class introduces school-age children to sports and fitness activities in a fun, non-competitive manner. Each week, the group will learn about a different sport, teaching the children the basics of that sport, the rules, with plenty of time available to practice and improve skills, Recommended ages 2-5. Walk-in rate for museum members is $5 per class, nonmembers are $7 plus the price of admission (also $7).

When: 11:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Through Dec. 5

Where: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: $5-$7

More Info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org

What: Join group for a paranormal investigation of the Old City Jail. Measure cold spots with infrared thermometer, take detailed photos and use special audio equipment to pick up hidden sounds. Use a ghost meter to pick up paranormal energies. Dare to enter the jail after hours for this traditional ghost hunt. For ages 13 and up. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Midnight-2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and Oct. 31

Where: Bulldog Tours, 40 N. Market St.

Price: $25

More Info: 722-8687 or http://bulldogtours.com/halloween-special/

What: “The Art of Pyrography Defined by Heritage.” There will be an opening reception for the series by artists Dewayne Sykes and Curtis Stephens, who create their works of art through wood burning. The event is in conjunction with the MOJA Arts Festival and will be on display from Sept. 27 until Oct. 30.

When: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 4

Where: Art Institute of Charleston, 24 N. Market St.

Price: Free

What: Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina will host the Sugar & Spice Soiree in Mount Pleasant. The Sugar & Spice Soiree will be an elegant evening featuring live music by Southern Flavor Bluegrass, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Fork catering, and a live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event will benefit Florence Crittenton Programs, which provide a safe haven for young mothers in need.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 4

Where: Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St.

Price: $75/individuals $125/couple

More Info: 722-7526 or www.FlorenceCrittentonSC.org

What: The play “Diary Frum De Neck Part 4” by Elder Carlie Towne follows Milah, a man of Gullah heritage, who is guided by his ancestry to overcome his past and achieve honor and wealth.

When: 7-8 p.m. Oct.4

Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

More Info: 572-6788 or www.mojafestival.com

What: The Native American Indian Business Expo will focus on introducing American Indian-owned small and large businesses to one another to discuss potential teaming opportunities. The ability to network with large corporations allows small business owners an opportunity to interact with high-level corporate contacts in order to get experience dealing with sales and contracts. A single vendor display table is $50.

When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 5

Where: Trident Technical College Main Campus, 7000 Rivers Ave.

Price: $20 member/$25 nonmember (includes lunch)

More Info: 329-4100 ext. 1100 or www.aiccsc.org

What: Travel back in time in this journey of art, culture and flavor. At Heirloom Book Company, listen as Jonathan Green discusses and reveals his plans for the Rice Culture project. Cocktails and samples of rice dishes will be available. Afterward, the event moves to the Charleston Library Society. Middleton Place historians will share the story of Carolina Gold Rice, to be followed by a plantation-style sit-down dinner.

When: 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 5

Where: Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Price: $35 for the cocktail hour; $75 for the seated dinner; $100 for both

More Info: 484-5365 or www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

What: David Scheffler, the Charleston Artist Guild’s featured artist for October, will reveal “Portals,” the latest exhibit of his photography.

When: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 5

Where: Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St.

Price: Free

What: The Fall Festival at Freshfields Village will host free family friendly entertainment and live music Oct. 5-7. Friday evening Palmetto Soul! will hit the Freshfields Village Green stage with a free concert. On Saturday, families are invited to enjoy fun events such as live music and children’s activities, as well as a special Farmer’s Market. The festival concludes Sunday with free concerts from three national roots music acts.

When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 6, 2-7 p.m. Oct. 7

Where: Freshfields Village Green, Crossroads of Johns, Seabrook and Kiawah islands

Price: Free

More Info: 768-6491 or http://freshfieldsvillage.com/events

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