SPORTS EVENT — Block party serving love (for tennis, that is)
Family Circle Tennis Center
Sat. Aug. 12
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Family Circle Cup Stadium
161 Seven Farms Dr.
Whether your little one is a would-be Serena or you're still refining your inner McEnroe, the whole family can enjoy court time and activities at Daniel Island's biggest attraction. Professionals from the center's coaching staff will supervise King/Queen of the Court competitions, a fast serve contest, and an on-court carnival and obstacle course for the kids. Everyone gets a free tour of the facilities and is eligible for free giveaways. Rob Eppelsheimer, director at the center, says he's confident that once a person takes a racket in their hand, they're sure to have good time with tennis, which he calls "a sport of a lifetime." But this is one community event that spells fun even without the equipment.
EVENT — Drink for a cause
Battle of the Bars — One Night in Vegas
Sun. Aug. 13
Visitor's Center Bus Shed
375 Meeting St.
Ever wonder what it would be like if you could compact all of Charleston's hottest bars into one venue? How awesome would it be to drink everywhere you wanted without driving or walking anywhere? Well this is your chance to find out at the first-ever Battle of the Bars Charleston. About 20 or 30 Charleston area bars will be set up mixing signature drinks with prizes awarded for originality of drinks and booth décor. There will also be food vendors like King Street Grille and Wild Wing. For a mere $60, partygoers can sample and drink all night, plus you'll be helping three incredibly worthy charities. The Edisto Fork CDC is a non-profit group of educators, pastors, medical personnel, and community leaders dedicated to community development and making a difference for children, youth, and families. The Jewish Christian Alliance is working to bring 3,600 Jewish immigrants in Africa to Israel. The Cates family has a son, Cooper who was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma, a rare infant cancer. With his chemo he has a 40-50 percent chance at life, without it there is only a 10 percent chance. Proceeds from the evening will support all three charities.
EVENT — Hog heaven
Ride for a Cure
Sat. Aug. 19
Lowcountry Harley Davidson
6893 Rivers Ave.
Dust off your leather and rev up your engines. All bikers are welcome to "Ride for a Cure" in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with its 15th annual ride sponsored by the Charleston Harley Owners Group. The ride takes off at noon from Lowcountry Harley-Davidson and ends at 3 p.m. with a blowout at Big Deck Daddy's with music, prizes, and free eats. The chapter raised over $5,000 last year and plans to raise even more this year, with proceeds funding the local MDA Clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina. MDA is a voluntary health agency working to find treatments and cures for 43 neuromuscular diseases, and the first non-profit organization to receive the American Medical Association Lifetime Achievement Award for "significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity." So ride with a cause. Ride for a cure.
THEATRE — Do the mambo like-a crazy
The Wild One — The Life and Music of Louis Prima
The Village Playhouse
Opens Fri. Aug. 11
Playing Aug. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 20 at 5 p.m.
730 Coleman Blvd.
Novice jazz enthusiasts might first recognize Louis Prima for his deep, comforting voice that brought King Louis to life in Disney's The Jungle Book. But for more than three decades, the Italian-American New Orleans native brought far more than his vocal skills to the jazz scene. He also played trumpet and composed hits such as "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Jump, Jive, and Wail." Prima wowed New York's 52nd Street before joining successful swing combos in the '30s and playing a 10-year stint at the Sahara Hotel in Vegas through the '50s. This original play was first produced as part of the Village Playhouse's 20th Century Greats Series last year and features music from each stage of Prima's career by Joe Clarke's six-piece band. The cast includes locals John Roberts, Mary Hess, Jenna Brinson, and Joe Clarke — among others — with more shows on Aug. 18, 19, and 20.
SPORTS EVENT — There's no crying in baseball
RiverDogs Baseball 201 Clinic
Sat. Aug. 12
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park
360 Fishburne St.
"No boys allowed" is the motto for the day — ladies, this is a clinic for you. The Charleston RiverDogs are hosting Baseball 201 — a clinic for women that teaches the rules of the game and how to keep score. Every participant will receive top-of-the-line training from RiverDogs coaches, players, and staff members. Training also includes batting practice, base running, fielding grounders, bunting, and even a tour of the locker room. See what really goes on behind the scenes. Also enjoy a champagne social with Niki Leigh. Registration fee includes lunch and a ticket to the Aug. 12 RiverDogs game against the Kannapolis Intimidators. This is your chance to learn the ins and outs from the pros.