What: The Charleston Museum presents an original exhibition, “Indigo: Natural Blue Dye in the Lowcountry,” in its Historic Textiles Galleries. This small, focused exhibit will explore a brief history of the cultivation and production of indigo, Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s important role and its curious dyeing procedure, along with examples of indigo-dyed textiles. Ranging from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, these include clothing and household goods.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 2

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Included in general admission $10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free

More Info: 722-2996 or www.charlestonmuseum.org/indigo

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

When: 11 a.m. May 16

Where: West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.

What: The Karpeles Manuscript Museum’s new exhibit includes original manuscripts of authors of nursery rhymes. Also included are a number of first edition books containing first printing of several nursery rhymes.

When: 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday through Aug. 30

Where: Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St.

Price: Free

More Info: 853-4651

What: Wine tasting event will support Healing Farms that provides community-based supports for young adults with developmental disabilities, their families and communities.

When: 5-7 p.m. May 16

Where: The Pickled Palate, 411 Hibben St.

Price: Donation

More Info: 388-7813 or www.healingfarms.com

What: This seminar series will focus on “Free to Choose,” a 10-part television series on Public Broadcasting Services that won the Nobel Prize. Round-table discussions led by economists, journalists, civic leaders and other analysts will follow each viewing. Topics of the series include education, labor, free trade, inflation and more.

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through July 11

Where: The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St.

Price: Free

More Info: 270-5221

What: The Summerville Community Orchestra will present the last in its Subscription Series, featuring Mozart Symphony No. 40, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “That’s Entertainment,” “The Entertainer” and Shostakovich Festive Overture.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 16

Where: Northwood Baptist Church, 2200 Greenridge Road

Price: $10

More Info: 873-5339 or www.summervilleorchestra.com

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.

When: 8 p.m. May 16-18; 3 p.m. May 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: Oklahoma! takes place in the Wild West on Indian territory. A love story unfolds between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a charming farm girl, in this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.

When: 8 p.m. May 16-18; 3 p.m. May 19

Where: The Footlight Players, 20 Queen St.

Price: Tickets $30 for adults, $25 for seniors/military, $20 for students (student rush 10 minutes prior to show $15 with valid student ID) $18 for children

More Info: 722-4487 or www.footlightplayers.net

What: The Knights of Columbus is holding a book sale. Book, both hardcover and paperback, will all be priced at 99 cents. This is a fundraiser to support the Knights of Columbus Council 9475 philanthropic projects. Book donations will be accepted at the site.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17 and 18

Where: The Shoppes at Seaside Farms, Long Grove Drive

Price: 99 cents for books

What: The Girl TALK Charleston Retreat is a Family 59 Foundation event for young ladies between the ages of 14-18. There will be music, exercise, speakers, food and fellowship. Through different activities, participants will discuss their identities in Christ, the importance of purity and the makings of a Proverbs 31 woman.

When: 5-9 p.m. May 17; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 18; 8-11 a.m. May 19

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr.

Price: Free

What: A dozen of the area’s most sustainably focused chefs will come together to showcase the important connection between the local water quality and local seafood. Ben Bridwell and Creighton Barrett of the popular rock band Band of Horses will be giving a special performance at the event.

When: 7 p.m. May 17

Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $75 online; $90 at the door

More Info: 608-9287 or www.thewaterball.org

What: East Cooper Habitat for Humanity is hosting a house party. Featured will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music by The Plantation Singers and The Fantastic Voyage Band.

When: 7 p.m. May 17

Where: Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry Hallman Blvd.

Price: $75 per person or $125 per couple

More Info: For reservations, call 881-2600.

What: Free computer classes will be offered at Midland Park Community Center.

When: 7-9 p.m. Fridays

Where: Midland Park Community Center, 7349 Stall Road

Price: Free

More info: Contact Marcia Baez at marcitabaezb@gmail.com.

What: The Summerville Community Orchestra will present the last in its Subscription Series, featuring Mozart Symphony No. 40, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “That’s Entertainment,” “The Entertainer” and Shostakovich Festive Overture.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 17

Where: Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave.

Price: $10

More Info: 873-5339 or www.summervilleorchestra.com

What: The Run for Change is a 5K Run/Walk supporting Changed Lives Ministry, a 10-week, inpatient, Christian Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Moncks Corner.

When: 8 a.m. May 18

Where: Changed Lives Ministry of Santee Circle Community Church, 470 Reid Hill Road

Price: $25 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under, plus $3.25 processing fee.

More info: mcrunforchange.com/

What: A plant sale will be held at Cypress Gardens in the parking lot. Featured will be lots of native, rare, locally grown trees, bushes, flowering plants. Bring cash as there is no ATM and no cash back in gift shop.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18

Where: Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road

Price: $1-$15

More Info:553-0515 or www. cypressgardens.info

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, through June 2

Where: Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, 300 Park Road

Price: $5/participant; admission is not included

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

What: Eric DeLuca, who works with Georgetown County Stormwater Division and Mosquito Control, will discuss what to do in our backyards to discourage mosquitoes and decrease breeding grounds. He also will use discuss the ins and outs of insect collection.

When: 10 a.m. May 18

Where: Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 5821 U.S. Highway 17

Price: Free

More Info: 928-3368 or www.fws.gov/seweecenter or www.fs.usda.gov/scnfs

What: The event features a safety course for bike riders, demonstrations and activities. The rodeo teaches safe riding skills to children ages 5-13. Activities include water and fire safety, injury prevention, face painting and a climbing wall. Adults can learn the dangers of distracted driving at the simulation station. Select adult health screenings will be available.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18

Where: Dorchester County Service Complex, 500 N. Main St., Summerville

Price: Free

More Info: 792-1068 or http://summersafetyfestival.eventbrite.com/

What: A zookeeper’s day is never the same and neither is this program. Some days the bear will be the star, or it might be the bobcat or otters. You just never know who’ll be there until you are.

When: 2 p.m. May 18

Where: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: Free with price of paid admission

More Info: 852-4200 or www.southcarolinaparks.com/ctl/introduction.aspx

What: Partnering with SPCA to promote homes for people and pets. SPCA dogs available for adoption. Kickin’ Chicken food truck, jump castle, kids’ games, face painting, tour of Habitat for Humanity homes and more. Tickets on sale at site on Miken Lane for food, beverages and kids activities. All donations go to support Dorchester Habitat for Humanity in its 20th year.

When: 4-7 p.m. May 18

Where: Dorchester Habitat for Humanity Office, 101 Greyback Road

Price: Free to attend; food, games tickets sold on site

More Info: 851-1414 or http://dorchesterhabitat.org

What: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) of Old Fort Baptist Church in Summerville will hold a Family Fun Night Fundraiser.

When: 5-8 p.m. May 18

Where: Chick-fil-A, 8455 Dorchester Road

What: Spend an evening dancing on the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier to live music. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be good for any 2013 Shaggin’ on the Cooper event. Series passes also available.

When: 7-11 p.m. May 18 (Port Authority Band)

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard

Price: $10/$8 CCR Discount/$10 on-site (if available); Free: ages 3 & under

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

What: Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. Food and drinks available for purchase. No outside alcohol or beverages permitted.

WHEN: 8 p.m. May 18

Where: North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com for full movie listing.

What: The S.C. Youth Wind Symphony ensemble will perform all five movements of the Symphony No. 1, subtitled “The Lord of the Rings.”

When: 3 p.m. May 19

Where: Charleston Southern University Lightsey Chapel Auditorium, 9200 University Blvd., North Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 863-7966 or www.charlestonsouthern.edu

What: The Charleston Music Club will present Abby Kent in a solo harp recital. Refreshments will follow.

When: 3 p.m. May 19

Where: Franke at Seaside Rodenberg Hall, 1885 Rifle Range Road

Price: Free

More Info: 442-4835 or www.charlestonmusicclub.org

What: At this lunchtime lecture, the museum will present “Eclectic Interiors: A Mix of Antique and Contemporary Furnishings” with Susan Sally, based on her new book, “Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style.” A book signing will follow.

When: Noon May 20

Where: Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.

Price: $20 members, $30 nonmembers (prices include box lunch)

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

What: Trident Health and Agape Senior are partnering to present two sessions on qualifying for veteran’s benefits. Veterans and their family members are welcome to attend. When registering, specify if you are interested in the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. session.

When: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 22

Where: Trident Medical Center, 9330 Medical Plaza Dr.

Price: Free

More Info: Call 797-3463 to register or www.tridenthealthsystem.com for additional events

What: Artwork exhibit aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point features selections inspired by day-to-day operations of the U.S. Coast Guard. Original paintings in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, oil, chalk and pastel. Open to the public with regular admission.

When: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 24-June 6

Where: Patriots Point Naval And Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road

More Info: 866-831-1720 or www.patriotspoint.org/

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