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Freeloaders: Local carriage tours, the death penalty, and more.

This week's freebies, Jan. 24-31

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Monday. Charleston-based band, Shovels and Rope, will play a country and blues variety at the Pour House. Lara Wilson and Amanda Hurren will perform a vocal performance at the Charleston Music Club Recital at Franke at Seaside. Or head to Ashley Hall for guest writer Cassandra King’s reading and book signing of one of her four best-selling novels.

Tuesday. Follywood Productions Anniversary Party will showcase local songwriters at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ. The Charleston Poetry Series will present its monthly reading at Circular Congregational Church. Not to get too personal, but anyone interested in digestive problems should head to Wooddruff Wellness Clinic for a free health seminar to learn about natural solutions.

Wednesday. For the health conscious (who isn’t these days?), learn how to holistically lower blood pressure and cholesterol and prevent heart attack and stroke from Dr. Lovegrove’s discussion at Whole Foods.

Thursday. Josh Kelley will perform a special set of his new album, Georgia Clay, with an opening by local songwriter Mary Gilmore. If you want to learn about an often side-skirted but heated topic, head to the Charleston School of Law to hear about today’s death penalty from Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

Friday. IOP’s Morgan Creek Grill will host the Wintertide Acoustic Series featuring Gary Hewitt, Kristi Starr, and The Sons of Summer. Carl Weber will be signing copies of his newest novel, The Choir Director at Books-A-Million. Trust us, the book is more than just pulpits and preaching.

Saturday. The Weather Channel predicts sunshine for Saturday. Folly Beach is the perfect place to enjoy the weather and live music at the sixth annual Taste of Folly event, which aims to raise awareness for Beach Management Patrol while highlighting local restaurants and food-oriented fun. You'll probably end up spending some money, but it's free to check out. If you’re considering buying a new home, you might want to head to the First Time Homebuyers Workshop to learn more. But hurry, you have to register by Friday. For the secret gospel singer in you, the Circular Congregational Church welcomes beginners to its Sacred Sharp Singing.

Sunday. Ever wanted to see the Holy City like visitors do? Try this Sunday’s free carriage tours for locals from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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