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This week’s best freebies: Feb. 11-17

Monday. Start the week off by getting a free dental screening by senior dental students. They’ll even give you a filling on the house. For a change of pace, enjoy the day on a Magnolia Plantation Camellia Walk with a resident expert. It’s free with general admission price.

You could also get in touch with your intellectual side at a CofC Darwin Week event about zombie biology. Or maybe you should get a hobby and go to the Second Monday photography lecture.

Tuesday. It’s a day for music lovers, because classical guitarist Christopher Teves is performing at St. Luke’s. Learn about How to Become a Teacher in South Carolina, or the Myths of Modern Human Origins. If nothing else, you can get in the romantic spirit (or don’t) with live music and marshmallow roasting at Love Bites.

Wednesday. As always, it’s Team Trivia night at Kickin’ Chicken and Sticky Fingers. In other Darwin Week-related news, there’s another lecture, but this one is about Climate Change and Human Origins. It’s also time for open-mic comedy night again at the Big Gun Show with Dusty Slay.

Thursday. It’s almost Friday, so gear up for the weekend at Pet Helper’s Yappy Hour. There’s another Brown Bag Lunch series event, and a Tongues Aflame poetry reading by CofC poets at the Halsey Institute. For those of us who are anti-Valentine’s Day, prepare for the holiday by attending the F-Cupid party at Mellow Mushroom. Rumor has it that it’s a Walking Dead wedding reception featuring hip-hop rock fusion group High Society.

Friday. Bellelina Studio is hosting their one-year anniversary party with discounts, specials, and gourmet sweets by Honey's Bakery. Nikky Finney, the 2011 National Book Award Winner and South Carolina native, reads from her poetry works at the Charleston School of the Arts.

Saturday. This weekend is SEWE, and you won’t want to miss the Birds of Prey Flight Demonstration in Marion Square or the Living with Wolves Presentation at the Charleston Music Hall.

It’s never a bad idea to be informed, so attend the Charleston community HIV/AIDS forum and learn about the risks and statistics.

Wildlife Paintings by Betty Foy Botts opens today at Michael Mitchell Gallery on King Street. Or get yourself and your family in shape at the weekly Louie's Kids' Saturday Morning Workouts.

Sunday. We’re all in post-Second Sunday depression, so get your shopping fix at the Runaround Sue Vintage Fashion Show with live music and proceeds benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Be  The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights film screening hosted by the Charleston Trident Urban League of Young Professionals. The Charleston Jewish Community Center is holding the Camp Baker Fair, which will include games, crafts, and snacks for kids of all ages. With SEWE coming to a close, you don't want to miss one of its most popular events: the Dock Dogs Finals. Head to Brittlebank Park to see which long-jumping wet pooch with be deemed champion.

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