Freeloaders: Holiday festivities, parades, and more 

Free events this week!

Tuesday. For the freeloader looking to go back to school, Trident Technical College’s Main Campus is hosting Ready, Set, Enroll! Visitors can attend a financial aid workshop, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), submit an admission application, attend orientation, take or schedule a placement test, meet with a career counselor, register for classes, and take care of other necessary steps to enroll in college this spring.

As temperatures fluctuate from the unseasonably pleasant to the downright chilly, sickness is on the rise. Earth Fare welcomes Dr. Lovegrove to discuss different holistic regimens to boost your immune system.

Wednesday. The World AIDS Day Event, emceed by News 2’s Carolyn Murray, takes place on the College of Charleston campus. Mayor Summey and Mayor Riley will sign the World AIDS Day proclamation and speak. There will also be a candlelight march from the Physician's Auditorium to Addlestone Library for the viewing of the names project quilt, HIV testing, and refreshments.

Thursday. College of Charleston history professor Dr, Jason Coy will give a presentation at the Main Library entitled The Real Harry Potter: Magic and Witchcraft in Premodern Europe. Coy explores magic and witchcraft in Renaissance-era Europe, revealing the historical bases of the magical practices featured in the Harry Potter novels.

Friday. Head downtown for the French Quarter Art Walk, featuring tons of art openings. One we're especially excited for is SCOOP Studios' reception for Smut and Paste, an exhibit by artist William Goodman. With a knack of using scissors, Goodman uses cutouts, words, numbers, signs, and a variety of undertones and colors to create an emotional connection with the audience.

Saturday. North Charleston invites families, friends, and neighbors to share the joys of the season for their Christmas Festival and Parade, featuring delightful entertainment, children's activities, carriage rides, festive food and decorations, thousands of twinkling lights, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an evening parade.

Holiday spirited Freeloaders who enjoy boats will want to view the Holiday Parade of Boats. The parade begins on the Mt. Pleasant side of the peninsula and ends in the Ashley River. Viewing from the peninsula begins at 6:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday is the Official City of Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Riley and Santa who invite the downtown community to join them in lighting Charleston’s 60-foot tree in Marion Square.

Sunday. Bands, floats, marchers, and performers parade through downtown for the Charleston Christmas Parade. The parade begins at the intersection of Calhoun and Meeting streets and proceeds down King Street to Broad Street to Lockwood Boulevard.

For our Jewish Freeloaders, Chanukah in the Square, put on by Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Department of the College of Charleston, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry. There will be live music by Eden and the Jewish Choral Society, dancing, lighting of the nine-foot menorah by Charleston's Holocaust survivors, crafts, and many treats including latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).


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