What: Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center will host a Mental Health Sidewalk Sale. Mental health clients will make a variety of arts and crafts items such as sweetgrass baskets, paintings and jewelry. Sales from the event will go to a private nonprofit called Mental Health Heroes, which provides crisis support and funds to mental health clients and families in the area.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 2

Where: Charleston Mental Health Center, 2100 Charlie Hall Blvd.

Price: Free to attend; items priced accordingly

More Info: 852-4100 or www.charlestondorchestermhc.org

What: It is 1819: Beethoven is asked to write a variation on a waltz by Anton Diabelli. Beethoven is not interested. He becomes obsessed with this “cobbler’s patch” and spends the next five years writing not one but 33 variations. Cut to 2007: Dr. Katherine Brandt has been diagnosed with ALS. Yet she is obsessed to uncover why Beethoven is obsessed with writing variations on a mundane waltz. Such are the questions asked in this play.

When: 8 p.m. May 2-4, 9-11, 16-18; 3 p.m. May 12, 19

Where: Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St.

Price: $20/adults, $15/seniors, $10/students and military ID

More Info: 277-2172 or www.ThresholdRep.org

What: Midtown Productions presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her compassionate African-American chauffeur.

When: 8 p.m. May 2-4; 3 p.m. May 5

Where: Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road

Price: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 students

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

What: This temporary cooperative gallery presents many local artists of varied backgrounds working in a diverse array of media and representing a full range of styles. A variety of pieces including paintings, prints, photography and more will be available for sale. The public is invited to a free reception on May 8 from 5-8 p.m. during the Arts Festival Art Walk.

When: Reception 5-8 p.m. May 8; on view 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through June 1.

Where: The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave.

Price: Free

More Info: 740-5854 or http://northcharlestonartsfest.com/art-fine-craft-co-op/

What: Pinewood Prep will host its third annual Consignment Sale in the campus gym. Proceeds will benefit the school. Items for sale may include clothing, lawn goods, furniture, baby goods, sporting gear, housewares and more. The sale is open to the public. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

When: 3-8 p.m. May 3 and 7 a.m.-noon May 4

Where: Pinewood Preparatory School, 1114 Orangeburg Road

Price: Free

More Info: 376-0142, ext. 2002 or www.pinewoodprep.com

What: The seven-event IPRA Rodeo will be held.

When: Gates open at 6 p.m., rodeo begins at 8 p.m. May 3 and 4

Where: Double D Arena, 1256 Rodeo Dr.

Price: $18 in advance; $20 at the gate. Two children 10 and under free with one paid adult admission.

More Info: 909-4849 or www.doubledarena.com

What: Computer classes will be offered.

When: 7-9 p.m. Fridays

Where: Midland Park Community Center, 7349 Stall Road

Price: Free

more info: Marcia Baez at marcitabaezb@gmail.com

What: Sea Island Habitat will hold its 13th annual Women Build event. Join more than 200 women to sponsor, build and provide a home for a partner family.

When: 8 a.m. May 4, 6-11

Where: Laurel Oak Grove Community, Laurel Oak Grove

Price: $35 registration fee and $65 individual fundraising goal

More Info: 768-0998, ext. 109 or www.seaislandhabitat.org

What: Join friends and supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center for Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4

Where: Royal Lanes, 106 Central Ave., Goose Creek

More Info: 266-5232 or http://becomeabig.org/bowl-for-kids-sake/

What: Join a Park Ranger for an hour-long tour and explore the tabby ruins of a fort that dates back to 1757. Along the way, you will see how archaeological and historical information is gathered and used to interpret an historic site. Participants will get to handle special historic artifacts that offer insight into the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Colonial village of Dorchester.

When: Saturdays and Sundays, May 4-June 2

Where: Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, 300 Park Road, Summerville

Price: $5; admission is not included

More Info: 873-1740 or www.southcarolinaparks.com/ products/10003951

What: Have you been inspired to trace your family but aren’t quite sure how to begin? Have you found information on the Internet but don’t know how to piece that data together? A two-hour class to provide beginners with the foundational skills and tools needed for good genealogy research is being offered.

When: 10 a.m.-noon May 4

Where: Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

Price: Free

More Info: 763-0861, blackcd25@comcast.net

What: Local Charleston independent schools are hosting the third annual Independent School Peace Fair. Event benefits Water Missions International. This year’s fair will feature performances by The 3 Dudes and Riley Reinhard from Charlotte; student arts and crafts and baked goods for sale; water games and activities; free Cheerwine; a water buffalo from Charleston Water System; and more.

When: 3-5 p.m. May 4

Where: Ashley Hall Sport Complex, 3289 Plow Ground Road

Price: Free

More Info: 722-4088 or www.ashleyhall.org/is-peace-fair.php

What: Project Rhino Charleston is hosting an event to raise awareness about the African rhino poaching crisis. The affair includes all-you-can-eat South African cuisine, live music, family-friendly activities, alcohol for purchase and information on South Africa’s most treasured species. The proceeds will benefit a South African nonprofit that unites anti-poaching units and provincial game reserves to battle poaching.

When: 4-8 p.m. May 4

Where: Project Rhino Charleston, 1213 Fort Lamar Road

Price: $15

More Info: 735-8724 or http://igg.me/at/projectrhino

What: The Charleston Community Band will perform at the North Charleston Arts Festival.

When: 2-3 p.m. May 5

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr.

Price: Free

More Info: 856-0186 or www.charlestoncommunityband.com

What: Palmetto Bronze, an auditioned community handbell group, will perform a free concert, “Classics from Bach to Rock,” at North Charleston Arts Festival at Cathedral of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road. The concert will feature a variety of musical styles and genres. Selections range from classical arrangements to rock songs and everything in between.

When: 7 p.m. May 5

Where: Cathedral of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road

Price: Free

More Info: 708-2784 or www.palmettobronze.com

What: Attend a financial aid workshop to learn how financial aid can help you pay for college. Bring your 2012 federal tax return and W-2 statement, and experts will be on hand to help you fill out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended that you submit a FAFSA by June 7 to receive financial aid for fall semester.

When: 6 p.m. May 6

Where: Trident Technical College’s Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St.

Price: Free

More Info: 722-5516 or www.tridenttech.edu

What: Not Fiction Book Discussion features “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie.

When: 6:30 p.m. May 7

Where: Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

What: Attend a financial aid workshop to learn how financial aid can help you pay for college. Bring your 2012 federal tax return and W-2 statement, and experts will be on hand to help you fill out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended that you submit a FAFSA by June 7 to receive financial aid for fall semester.

When: 6 p.m. May 8

Where: Trident Technical College’s Mount Pleasant Campus, 1125 John Dilligard Lane

Price: Free

More Info: 958-5810 or www.tridenttech.edu

What: The Charleston Jewish Community Center invites anyone from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their families to this discussion about the challenges and rewards of being a Jewish member of the LGBT community.

When: 7 p.m. May 8

Where: Charleston Jewish Community Center, 1645 Wallenberg Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 571-6565 or www.charlestonjcc.org

What: Join Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Charleston Fat Blasting Boot Camp for a one-hour Charleston Fat Blasting Boot Camp course followed by a nutritional presentation featuring Kindal Boyle.

When: 6-8 p.m. May 9

Where: Parkshore Park, 1 Windsor Drive

Price: $15

More Info: 388-5968 or www.cff.org/chapters/sc/

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