Freeloaders: Countdown to the Cooper River Bridge Run

The week's best freebies, April 1-7

| April 02, 2013
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Whether you're running the bridge or sleeping through the whole 10K thing, these events will keep you busy.

Tuesday. Fairfield Charter High School is hosting their open house today, where visitors can learn about the combination of classroom and online learning they offer.

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Author Randy Bazemore will sign copies of his children's book The Legend of Putter Frog today at Sweet CeCe’s, and if you buy a book and a cup of yogurt, you get a cup for free. CofC students can attend the International Piano Series featuring Chu-Fang Huang for free. Head over to Big John’s for Karaoke with Tigger every Tuesday night or stroll over to the City Gallery at Waterfront Park and explore the exhibition Let Our Voices Emerge: Narratives by Olga Stamatiou.

Wednesday. Trident Technical College is hosting their Spring Career Fair featuring 130 employers and 800 job seekers.

Dr. Jeffrey Mims, director of the Academy of Classical Design, will deliver a lecture at Ann Long Fine Art in anticipation of the Pure Ornament Exhibition opening on Thursday.

Thursday. Ashley Hall on Rutledge Avenue is holding their open house for the 2013-2014 school year, and prospective parents and students are invited to attend. Enjoy artist demonstrations from local Summerville artists in various mediums and meet your local artists at the Off the Wall Gallery tonight.

Bottles ‘n’ Brushes is hosting their Brush Bus Premier Party this evening, and guests can enjoy beer, wine, appetizers, get a sneak peak at the new Brush Bus mobile studio, and receive special discounts on all Brush Bus parties and services.

Gearing up for the Bridge Run on Saturday, Blue Bicycle Books hosts the 15th Annual Bridge Run Reading. The event features readings by Jonathan Sanchez, Cameron Jones, Sara Peck, and Kristen Gehrman, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.

Take Back the Night 2013, the sexual assault awareness event, includes many speakers, a poetry competition, family-friendly arts and crafts, music by The V-Tones, and Cory’s Grilled Cheese and the Foodie Truck.

Friday. Bridge Run celebrations continue with the Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run and Wonderfest. This event incudes outdoor activities including pony rides, obstacle courses, jump castles, mad science, and of course a 1-mile run around the park. Guests can also donate to any of five charities: MUSC Children’s Hospital, Happy Wheels, Hugs for Harper, Abby’s Friends and Keys for Hope.

It's First Fridays on Broad, so get your fill of new art exhibitions. The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery is showcasing Birds on a Limb photos by Brain Koury, and the opening reception is tonight. You can also catch the openings of Breakthrough by Miguel Almaguer, Dark Matters by Kerry Brooks, Fresh Paint by Angela Trotta Thomas, Cathy Myers, and Kellie Jacobs.

Saturday. If you aren’t running the Cooper River Bridge Run there is plenty for you do to, just watch for road closures.

Start the morning off right at Louie’s Kids’ Saturday morning workouts and grocery store tours. Shop locally made products including pottery, handmade jewelry, clothing, photography, and more at the Kiawah Artist and Artisan Showcase today.

Local children’s book author, Cindy L. Hanson, will sign copies of her books A Mighty Eagle and Be Loved Eagle today and all proceeds will be donated to charity. At the Real Estate Studio see Colors of My Mind by painter Consuela Lange. Whiskey Diablo will be jamming out at Blind Tiger tonight with their swinging blues and rock.

Sunday. Check out local items at the Buy Local Artisan Market at the Clay Cottage and Art Studio. Shop the wares of local potters, painters, photographers, and others while enjoying live music and food from local vendors. Daisy Dog Rescue will also have dogs available for adoption.

Meet beekeepers, see live bees, buy local honey, and more at the Charleston Honey and Bee Expo happening today.

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I was going to run in this, but decided to go to Boston this weekend instead.

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