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Events for the week of March 7-13

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Happy almost-Spring y'all. You can feel it, can't you? Between last week's Wine + Food fest and the upcoming Charleston Fashion Week, we imagine your wallets are feeling it too. Fear not fam — we got you. Read on for all things fun, free, and, well, free.

Monday

Discuss labor issues at the March meeting of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment, held at the International Longshoremn's Association at 7 p.m.

Head down to the Charles Street Gallery from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. where you can check out a selection of paintings from Joan Templer's book Joan's Eye.

Think you're funny? Sign up at 8:30 at the Sparrow for comedy night and Drink 'til it's Funny.

Tuesday

Meet, mingle and discover the benefits of an MBA degree from the College of Charleston. Head to the Beatty Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Crack up at Cutty's Comedy Night. Stand up and improv starts at 8 p.m.

Bingo and Blues at Elliotborough Mini Bar starts at 7 p.m.

Artist Sharon Cooper-Murray leads visitors in Gullah song and movement at the Main Library at 11:15 a.m.

Head back to the library for a lecture from Dr. Nic Butler about French refugees in Charleston from 1789-1816 at 6 p.m.

There's no place like Charleston for Art ... this pop-up gallery at GALA Desserts is free to attend with the purchase of a drink, which you'd totally get anyway. Head there from 7:30-9 p.m.

Experience the ultimate interactive flight exhibition and enjoy an epic journey into the sky at the Gaillard's current exhibit, open Tues.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday

Listen to a panel of voices from the local legal community for an engaging discussion about policing, courts, and correctional facilities in South Carolina from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

Don't miss poet Nikky Finney give her reading as a part of Ashley Hall's 2016 Writer's Series at the school at 7 p.m.

Play Bingo with Lily at the Tin Roof.

Prohibition is giving free swing dance lessons followed by swing music by the V-Tones.

Stargaze before dinner. Bring the kids to Astronomy in the Park at Brittlebank Park at 6 p.m.

Thursday

Enjoy art, wine, and snacks at 4th Wall for EmBODYment of Self, a visual art show to celebrate the body and benefit the SC Coalition for Overcoming Eating Disorders, held from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Dominate your industry after attending a free small business workshop by Millie Attaway at the Charleston County Public Service Building in North Charleston from 6-8 p.m.

The Junior League of Charleston throws a party to launch their fundraising campaign, Little Black Dress Initiative. Check it out at the Belk Pop up shop on 473 King St. from 6-9 p.m.

Sip, Shop and Stroll down Pitt Street in the Old Village from 6-9 p.m.

Elliotborough Mini Bar hosts a free-form poetry night from 7:30-10 pm.

Friday

Grab a slice of pizza and enjoy a listening party and storewide sale at Monster Music & Movies from 5-8 p.m.

Palmetto Brewing will have live music and food truck fair for purchase starting at 6 pm.

There's a free yoga class and potluck at the Folly Beach Community Center at 7 p.m.

Saturday

Learn about organizations that work to restore and protect our community at Sewee Fire Fest and enjoy a day of family fun from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sewee Visitor Center. Guests can also look forward to a birds of prey demo.

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day two ways: Enjoy a family friendly Parade and Block Party kicking off at noon at Madra Rua near Park Circle or join Déjà Vu II for their Punk n' Drag show sponsored by PBR.

Hone your skills in growing flowers and veggies at the City of Charleston Greenhouse located in Hampton Park.

Check out Charleston's only year round farmers market at the Johns Island market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday

Take a walk. shop, eat, and see some dogs. It's Second Sunday on King Street from 1-5 p.m.

Shop for southern shift dresses and perfect Moon and Lola jewelry at the Borough Pop up Shop on King Street.

Red Rose Mobile Vintage Shop hosts its grand opening at Rec Room and will be giving away free PBR swag from 12-5 p.m.

Farmers Market Sunday Brunch is back at the Pour House, with food trucks, live music, lots of vendors, and bar for drink-buyin'. It's what every shopping trip needs. Join the fun behind PoHo from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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