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Freeloaders: Here comes cold season

The week's best freebies, Sept. 10-16

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As the weather starts to turn, it’s time to gear up our bodies to ward off those dreaded cool-weather colds. This week’s freebies provide plenty of holistic help to keep body and mind going strong.

Left-brain or right-brain, everybody can enjoy Monday's Second Monday Lecture Series at The Charleston Center for Photography. This session features Brian Francis Koury, a Charleston-based photographer who finds inspiration in water of all forms. Koury will present a series taken from a single post outside his backdoor and discuss different lighting and weather conditions.

Tuesday continues the art sessions, with a performance that will reinvigorate your ears at the St. Luke’s Recital Series. Thomas Bailey will perform organ music sure to reawaken your musical soul.

Even nonprofits are not safe from computer invasion. On Wednesday, help protect your organization by attending a lecture with Bob Hooper on "Computer Security and Your Nonprofit Organization." The expert will talk about computer security for nonprofit organizations, covering topics like the internet, networking, and physical security.

They say prevention is the best medicine. If you’re not sure where to start, Thursday hosts a day full of health seminars to fill in the blanks. Bright and early, the IOP Recreation Center is hosting free screenings at the Community Wellness Fair. Health care professionals and specialists will be available to answer questions and offer information on all aspects of health and fitness. Before lunch, stop by the Roper St. Francis Learning Center where Dr. Dawson and Susan Markam will explain the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, as well as common treatments. Lunch coupons are offered.

When speaking of health, we can’t forget mental well-being, since stress can take a toll on both personal and professional aspects of life. This week’s Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Center for Women will cover how to identify stress and personal strategies to created a balanced life. Registration is required. Also taking place today is a sneak peak of acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns’ newest film Death and the Civil War. Stop by the Citadel for the one-hour preview, which will be followed by a discussion.

On Friday, go literary at the Poetry Society poetry reading with Pushcart Prize-winner Alan Michael Parker and Poetry Society of South Carolina President Deborah Lawson Scott.

One of the most fun aspects of reading is imagining the scenes and characters. Fans of 19th century fiction will have an opportunity to see if their vision matches up this Saturday, as the Charleston Library Society will display fashion from that era in “Bodice to Bloomers.” Actress Kim Poovey will be at this monthly meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America to demonstrate what the author’s characters really wore.

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Later that afternoon, enrich your little Beethovens and Mozarts with the performances and interactive activities at the Mozart in the South: Little Mozart Circus at Marion Square. The event will bring together student and professional ensembles, classes, and an “instrumental” petting zoo, giving kiddos an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of instruments.

Sunday, enjoy blues music by the lake at Blue Pearl Farms' Lowcountry Blueberry Jam. If you're in the mood for something more serious, take in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide at the Olde North Charleston Picture House — it will keep you thinking clear through next Sunday.

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