Let Go My Lego
They start so early these days. Future architects and urban designers, ages 12 to 15, can sign up to participate in the Charleston Civic Design Center's City Challenge. This free educational program teaches kids the fundamental concepts of urban planning. How are cities made? What makes them successful?
By learning some of the answers to these questions, the Charleston Civic Design Center hopes they will gain an appreciation for their own community. The class ends with a Lego city construct-off, where teams will compete to see who can make the most functional city using their new urban design knowledge. The program will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 18 in the Civic Design Center on 85 Calhoun St. Space is limited so call (843) 958-6416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a spot. —Alison Sher
Laugh for a Song
Theatre 99 has finally recovered from the Piccolo pandemonium and is back with shows and $2 beer specials all summer long. The Have Nots! will perform on July 26. See the Improv Smackdown on July 18 and Improv Riot on July 19 and 25. As always, Laugh for a Lincoln is every Wednesday night for just $5. For more, go to www.thehavenots.com. —Susan Cohen
With appetites already whetted by tabloids and the evening broadcast news, insight to Prince Harry's time serving in the Middle East is finally available in bookstores. Articles from War, written by lawyer and Lt. Colonel Bill Connor, gives a first-hand account of what it was like to fight alongside the third heir to the throne of England in Afghanistan. Connor says he's one of the few Americans ever to serve with British royalty in combat. —Susan Cohen
Art in the Parks
The South Carolina State Park Service is sponsoring the 12th annual Artist-In-Residence Program for the 2009 season. The program offers a one-week stay in a state park cabin to artists who wish to interpret the Palmetto State's natural beauty through their work. Artists are invited to submit their applications, including examples of past artwork, by Oct. 31. For more information about the program, go to www.scprt.com. —Susan Cohen
Check out Unscripted, John Stoehr's blog about arts news, culture, and ideas in Charleston, at www.arts.ccpblogs.com.