Freeloaders: Hit the books 

The week's best freebies August 13-20

MONDAY. Try out your acting potential, and audition for The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman Vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae. The contemporary play is a production of the Art Forms and Theatre Concept's 2012 MOJA Arts Festival.

TUESDAY. You don't have to be Wilford Brimley to be concerned about your cardiovasculars. Get yourself checked out at the Cardiovascular Risk Awareness Screenings. Ease your mind in Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation (TM) Program. Then fill that cleared out noodle with some punk from The Grand Kids, or laid back acoustics from Bill Johnson.

WEDNESDAY. You don't look a day over 25. But if your self-esteem is low and you don't believe us, check out Let's Do Health: The Aging Face. Dr. Kalus will be there to guide you back to the fountain of youth. If successful, take your foxy self to see Lily Slay and Friends on the Pour House deck. If you're still feeling stuck in the '60s, just step inside the Pour House for Grateful Dead covers by Reckoning.

THURSDAY. Hey bookworms, today's your day. For the history buffs, hit up the Book Signing: John Reynolds, to grab a signed copy of Reynolds's new civil rights memoir. For the botanists, author Angie LeClercq will be presenting her new book, A Grand Tour of Gardens: Traveling in Beauty through Western Europe and the United States. For everyone else with free time, use reading as a reason to stay in and avoid the storms.

FRIDAY. Need wedding accessories but can't afford to buy them? Lucky for you today is the Happily Ever BorroWED Trunk Show. The New York-based store will feature all sorts of rent-able goodies for you to seal the deal in style, without breaking the bank.

SATURDAY. If your health isn't a sufficient reason for you to exercise, do it for a good cause this morning at the NephCure Walk. If you prefer a little more flora and fauna during your morning workout, try a Guided Hike. Want to be a teacher? Find out how at the Be an SC Teacher Jobs Event. Then hear some research stories on Belize turtles with Thomas Rainwater.

SUNDAY. Distract the kids from the dread of the first day of school, or at least make them believe it'll be enjoyable. Take them out to the First Day Festival for snacks, educational exhibits, boat rides and tours, and a special kids zone. Show your appreciation by bringing along some school supplies for the supply drive. On the way home, pick up a can of French roast to avoid morning disasters. Good luck!

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