Freeloaders: Summer Lovin' 

The week's best freebies, May 6-12

Looks like we're not the only ones ready for summertime. You can browse sunglasses, get your bod beach-ready, and learn how to stay skin-cancer-free this week.

Monday. The North Charleston Arts Festival is going on all week, and it's got plenty of free events you can take advantage of. And keep an eye on the Charleston Parks-MUSC Adventure Out schedule. The program is offering free (with the purchase of a $10 Adventure Out T-shirt) outdoor fitness classes throughout the whole month of May.

Tuesday. Ready for beach season? We are too. Get in the groove at Westbrook Brewing's Sun and Suds party, where you can browse designer sunglasses while enjoying free Brixx pizza and tasting Westbrook beer.

Wednesday. Moms and daughters can spend some quality time together at Bits of Lace's Mother-Daughter Day, which will feature 10 percent off purchases and complimentary cupcakes, candies, and bubbly.

You could also compete in trivia at Kickin' Chicken or Sticky Fingers.

Thursday. Keep your beach season preparations going at the Charleston Place Spa's Skin.Party.Fashion (SPF) party. They'll have a fashion show, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails, plus you can learn about how to keep that skin healthy and cancer-free with MUSC doctors. It's technically free, but there is a suggested donation to support skin cancer research.

Head to Gage Hall for the screening of I Voted?, a documentary about Alvin Greene's nomination and what it says about our democracy. Director Jason Smith will be there to answer questions after the film.

The Center for Women is hosting their weekly Brown Bag Lunch series, which focuses on a different topic affecting women each week. There's also a chance to network at the Evan Guthrie Law Firm.

Bring your pup to Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks at the Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park, and then hit the Kickin' Chicken in Mt. P for some Trivioke.

Friday. Brides- and bridesmaids-to-be should check out the Modern Trousseau Trunk Show. You'll save 10 percent off any custom accessory order. Then go downtown to the City Market for their weekly Evening Art Market, which runs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Art lovers should also check out Curt Butler's new art show, By the Shore, at the Wells Gallery.

Grab the kids for tonight's Movie in Marion Square, Wreck-it Ralph. And come hungry — there will be food trucks galore, not to mention wine and beer.

Celebrity attorney Pat Harris, who has represented Winona Ryder, Michael Jackson, and Mike Tyson among others, will sign copies of the new book he co-authored, Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works ... and Sometimes Doesn't at Blue Bicycle Books.

Take your yoga mat and some healthy comfort food to the Namaste Folly yoga class and potluck.

Saturday. Taking the plunge into homeownership? Learn what you need to know at the First-Time Homebuyer Workshop. Kids with special needs will enjoy A Very Special Prom, which is a prom created with their needs in mind.

Take the whole family to Hampton Park for the weekly Louie's Kids Saturday morning workout.

Sunday. Take the air at Second Sunday on King — window-shopping is always free.


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