Freeloaders: This week's best free events 

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MONDAY. This is the last week for Fractals: Mathematics & Science as Art at the Charleston Area Convention Center, which will close on Sunday. It’s an interesting way to look at math and science as other than just formulas and headaches.

TUESDAY. Aspiring novelists will want to meet CofC English professor and best-selling author Brett Lott, who will discuss writing and publishing. He is speaking at the Addlestone Library at 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY. Best Bet: For anyone who has played the popular video game Assassin’s Creed 2, prepare yourself. Gius Gargiulo, a professor at the University of Paris West, will discuss the narrative, visual, and interactive qualities of the game relates to controversial excerpts from Machiavelli’s The Prince. This lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Education Building on 25 St. Phillip St. Whole Foods Market in Mt. Pleasant is hosting an Autism Lecture Series in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Tiffany Jackson, ND, who is a naturopathic doctor and an owner of EcoHealth & Wellness, leads this lecture. It'll be from 6-7:45 p.m.

THURSDAY. Best Bet: Space, the final frontier. Last year’s summer blockbuster, Star Trek, is coming downtown for another installment of the City Paper’s Movies in Marion Square at 6 p.m. It’s National Poetry Month and the Charleston County Public Library is celebrating by bringing in award-winning poet Marjory Wentworth from 6:30-8 p.m. Right after, you can listen to multiple works from three budding student composers in the Composer’s Forum at the Simons Center for the Arts at 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Planning on retiring soon? The Felix Davis Community Center is hosting the Third Annual Retirement Living Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring informative vendors who will help you on your way. There will also be free health screenings, entertainment, and door prizes.

SATURDAY. Best Bet: Plant lovers will enjoy going to Plantasia. The Charleston Horticultural Society hosts this event, featuring flora from various shapes and colors. It begins at 8 a.m. in the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. Car lovers will want to head on over to Kiawah for Cars in the Park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Night Heron Park. Gape and gawk over rare, antique, and exotic cars from all over the world. Then celebrate springtime at the Market at Oakland with live music from Awendaw Green. Families will get to partake in local arts and refreshments. The party goes on from 12-6 p.m. Aspiring writers can “Take a Step in the Write Direction” in this free writing workshop at the Charleston County Public Library from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. After that, go to Night Heron Park for an Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

SUNDAY. Best Bet: Celebrate and honor the local shrimping industry in the 23rd annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival. The fest takes place at its new location at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Get down to music from DJ Jim Bowers, Permanent Vacation, and the East Coast Party Band. Festivities go on all day from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Join the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 50 on the Battery for a memorial service in honor of the USS Hobson, where 176 perished in the worst peacetime disaster in U.S. history. The service begins at 1 p.m. Then, lift your spirits with Americana rocker Charles Cook at Smoky Oak Taproom from 4-8 p.m. Did we miss anything? Feel free to post any free events in the comment board below.

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