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HOLIDAY | Patriot Acts
July Fourth Celebrations
Wed. July 4
Various times, locations, and events (see list below)

There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned Constitutional showdown in Washington, D.C. to help get us in the mood for a celebration of our nation's independence. The drama! The rhetoric! The subpoenas! What better time to bring in the big gun himself — no, not Dick Cheney, but countrypolitan pop star Lee Greenwood. That's right, the guy who in 1984 penned what's either, depending on your POV, the most patriotic song that ever was or the most reviled piece of saccharine, faux-patriotic tripe ever to insult the airwaves will be at North Chuck's Riverfront Park to perform "God Bless the U.S.A." If all that shirtsleeve patriotism makes you gag on your watermelon, fear not: There will be plenty of other stuff to keep you distracted from the state of world affairs. Hot dogs, beer, swimming, sparklers, music, a little red, white, and blue, and lots of IEDs (Independence-Day Explosive Devices) will surely give you enough reason to make you feel proud to be an American — or at least happy you're not catching "flowers" from the natives in Iraq right now. —Patrick Sharbaugh WEDNESDAY

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FUNDRAISER | Shooting for a $300K night
Dine for the Charleston Nine
Sun. July 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
$150
Charleston Place Hotel Grand Ballroom
205 Meeting St.
For reservations:
329-4918
To donate to the auctions, call Mickey Bakst: 810-5960
www.dineforthecharlestonnine.com

"The biggest event in Charleston in a long, long time." That's how organizer Mickey Bakst describes Dine for the Charleston Nine, a benefit dinner dedicated to the firefighters who lost their lives in action on June 18. Bakst is expecting at least 1,250 people to attend and predicts the event will take in as much as $300K. That's great news for the families of the fallen firefighters, who will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the evening. From a gastronomic perspective as well, Dine for the Charleston Nine is sure to take on epic proportions. More than 40 of Charleston's best restaurants will be on hand to serve up their signature dishes, while bartenders will be pouring fine wines, beer, and cocktails from the area's top distributors. The night will also feature a silent auction including original paintings, jewelry, and a piano, in addition to a dynamite live auction. They're still looking for donations for both auctions, but so far they've already lined up a private lunch and tour of the Senate with Lindsey Graham, a $10,000 chandelier, and package for dining around Charleston for a year. Sounds like a heroic affair to honor heroic deeds. —Josh Rosenthal SUNDAY

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SPORTS | Two scoops of truthiness
Stephen Colbert at the RiverDogs
Sat. July 7, 7:30 p.m.
$4-8
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Stadium
360 Fishburne St.
www.riverdogs.com

Charleston native Stephen Colbert, eponymous host of Comedy Central's funniest faux neocon news program, now has his very own Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor, AmeriCone Dream. Colbert returns home for the RiverDogs game against the Savannah Sand Gnats this Saturday night. Fans are in for a real treat, as Colbert will be throwing the first pitch, (not a baseball, but a pint of his ice cream) to Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield. Colbert and Greenfield will also be a part of the RiverDogs' radio broadcast, and the pair will lead the crowd in the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch. Fans will receive two-for-one general admission tickets when they present an AmeriCone Dream pint top, available at Piggly Wiggly stores. They will also receive AmeriCone Dream coupons as well as some actual ice cream, and the first 1,000 fans through the gate will get a free beach towel. There's more than just fun and ice cream, though. The AmeriCone Dream Fund takes all proceeds from the sales of the flavor to help children and veterans in need, as well as some environmental causes. Colbert claims, "I will save the world." Piggly Wiggly is donating the ice cream sales through the end of the Riverdogs' 2007 season to the fund. And the Ben & Jerry's Charleston Scoop shop at 96 N. Market St. has issued a challenge to other businesses in the greater Charleston area to donate. For each $1,000 donor, they'll provide an ice cream office party on Fri. July 6, and the RiverDogs will provide 20 tickets for Saturday's game. It's an opportunity to see the RiverDogs, eat ice cream, and witness Colbert saving the world one AmeriCone pint at a time and maybe toss out a little truthiness too. —Jillian Stephenson SATURDAY

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SPORTS | Another war between the states
Clash of the Carolinas
Sat. July 7, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.,
$8
Blackbaud Stadium
1990 Daniel Island Dr.
Daniel Island
971-4625 ext. 206

The thud of flesh on flesh, the spray of dirt and grass being kicked up into the air as enemies grapple their way towards victory, the smell of men enjoying themselves. Is it a civil war re-enactment? An al fresco WWF smackdown? Nope, but the North and the South are at it again. This Saturday it's the Sandlappers versus the Tarheels, when Columbia United FC sponsors the very first "Clash of the Carolinas," featuring 32 of the best high school soccer players in North and South Carolina. The girls kick off at three, followed by the guys at five, and a professional match at 7:30 p.m., between the Puerto Rico Islanders and our own Charleston Battery. And if the thought of sweaty soccer players isn't enough to catch your interest, a little economy should be. The event is a three-for-one deal, where an $8 ticket buys entry to all three games. Whether you're a soccer fanatic or you're just looking for a cheap family outing, this fits the bill. —Liz Robinson SATURDAY

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MUSIC FEST | A shagadelic party
Riverfront Park Beach Music Festival
Sat. July 7, gates open at 9 a.m.
$20, kids under 12 free
North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Dr., N. Charleston
569-2459
www.charlestonbeachmusicfestival.com

Worried you won't get enough of North Charleston at Wednesday's July 4th celebration? Then get your doorknob on — shaggers from near and far will shimmy to Riverfront Park for one enormous shagfest on Saturday at Riverfront Park Beach Music Festival, an all-day celebration of easy listening and Lowcountry leisure. Organizers boast of combining the two great Southern traditions of beach music and barbecue. (As far as Southern traditions go, those are interesting options, considering they could have picked, say, racism and incest.) The Coppertones kick things off at noon, followed by Susan and Donny Trexler, Lia and the Wave, and The Sensational Epics. For the 6:30 p.m. finale, old-school heavyweights The Original Tams and The Drifters will face off in the "Battle of the Legends." And you know what that means: Somebody's gonna get served. —Josh Rosenthal SATURDAY

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EVENT | Vino verde
G.R.E.E.N.S. Fund(raiser) and Wine Tasting
Mon. July 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Free
Dunes Properties office, 214 King St.
529-3421

When kids have an idea, it's normally not hampered by all the socioeconomic factors and instant negativity us grown-ups instinctively apply to everything. That's the notion behind the G.R.E.E.N.S. Fund's (Grants Reinvesting Environmental Ethics in Neighborhood Sustainability) initiative to help make the sustainability-driven ideas of high school students a reality. On Monday, they'll host a fundraiser at the Dunes Properties office at 214 King St., with hors d'oeuvres catered by McCrady's and muscadine wine from Wadmalaw's Irvin-House Vineyard. High school classes are encouraged to submit ideas to the fund, from planting trees on campus to installing solar panels. The winning classroom receives a minimum grant of $7,000 to implement their idea, and the Sustainability Institute and Lowcountry Earth Force are merging resources to ensure the proposal will become a reality and be an educational tool for future students. Perhaps the most inspiring aspect of the event: The whole G.R.E.E.N. project has been spearheaded by a College of Charleston undergrad. Raise a glass of muscadine red and cheers to youthful motivation. See www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org/greens_invite.html for more information or to donate. —Stratton Lawrence MONDAY

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