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COMEDY — Hobos sing more than the blues
HOBO: the Musical
Wed. July 26 and Thurs. July 27
8 p.m.
$10
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St.
853-6687
thehavenots.com

Hobos, by nature, have a rough go at it. But life in Justice, the setting of this locally-produced comedy/musical, is especially hard when a rift between the homeless Nibbles and Kenneth threatens a town already plagued by an evil mayor. CofC theatre student Henry Riggs, Theatre 99 ensemble member John Brennan, and resident theatre student Chris Gingrich wrote the script and the music. The group returns after selling out two shows at The Playground Theater in Chicago. CP's very own Jessica Chase plays Nibbles. Chase says the play is an all-out romp, with Tenacious D-like music that parodies popular movies and plays. Subtitled "A Fight for Survival," the play offers a not-so-serious look at life on the street. As Chase descries it, "It's just a goofy good time."
WED-THURS


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EVENT — Be a good — and comfy — Samaritan
Flip Flop Ball
Sat. July 29
7-11 p.m.
$25 ($20 adv.)
Goldbug Island
367-1016, tickets available at Poe's Tavern (883-0083)

Forget those fancy-schmancy galas that require a penguin suit to raise money. Show some skin — well, toes at least — while you enjoy beer, wine, and barbecue from Charleston Bay Gourmet at the inaugural Flip Flop Ball. Proceeds will benefit WINGS, a nonprofit organization that offers summer camps and after-school programs for kids from low-income families. Using five central themes — self-awareness, managing emotions, motivating oneself, empathy, and handling relationships — the organization offers a curriculum of social and emotional learning for more than 200 kids in the area. At the ball, local band Two 3 Ways will cover everything from Dave Matthews to Johnny Cash as you chill on this typically private island. Parking might be limited, so carpool if you can. After all, who cares if you get sweaty on your way to such an easygoing benefit?
SATURDAY


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NATURE & PETS — Pick up a few new hoe tricks
Sustainability Institute Garden Workshop
Sat. July 29
9:30-10:30 a.m.
$5
The Sustainability Institute's Green House
1441 East Montague Avenue
843-529-3421
sustainabilityinstitutesc.org

Do you find yourself getting bored with your home garden during the summer or winter months as your seasonal flowers wither and die? Then the nonprofit Sustainability Institute of North Charleston is here to help. The Institute is offering a workshop titled "Blooming Throughout the Year: Using Annuals and Perennials to Maintain Interest in Your Garden Year-Round." The workshop will be led by Thomas Sheppard, owner of the Blooming Idiots Nursery, and Bronwyn Santos, a gardener at Christ Our King Catholic Church. For just a few bucks, you can learn everything you need to know about keeping your garden going all year long so that you never have to take a break from your favorite hobby. The Sustainability Institute offers several workshops throughout the summer and fall that focus on organic gardening and sustainable landscaping. The SI asks gardeners to please register for the workshop in advance.
SATURDAY


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EVENT — Be SMARTA, Choose CARTA
Free Ride Friday
Fri. July 28
724-7420
www.ridecarta.com

With gas prices at an all-time high, what better way to save a few bucks than to just show up, get on, and ride? Offering local, express, and neighborhood routes to and from North Charleston, downtown, Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley, CARTA connects the entire community. Getting you to work, home, doctor's appointments, the salon, the beach, and more, CARTA meets all transportation needs. Free Ride Fridays are part of Ride CARTA Weeks, a summer-long campaign to educate the public about CARTA and encourage new riders to try the system. On Free Ride Fridays, free rides will be available on all buses, on all routes, all day. This summer's other Free Ride Fridays are Aug. 25 and Sept. 22. Say goodbye to traffic jams and parking tickets. For schedules, routes, and general info, visit www.ridecarta.com.
FRIDAY


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