Take advantage of this week's smorgasbord of free fun

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Why spend the money if you don't have to? Here are some things going on this week in Charleston that you can do for free!

Monday, November 23

Cookbook Release Party: Release party for 'Hot and Hot Fish Club' Cookbook by Chris and Idie Hastings. Sponsored by Garden and Gun Magazine, there will be drinks and samples of seared foie gras torchon with wild persimmon jam. The event is 5 to 7 p.m. at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Downtown. 

the6Pzzzzzz: The Charleston Artist Guild teams up with local artists Robert Harris, Brian Koury, Kenton James and Kimberly Harper to help the Extraordinary Arts Competition for special education students. An after-party catered by Pearlz will allow the public to purchase art. The event is 6 to 10 p.m. at the Former Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 6 N. Atlantic Wharf.

Tuesday, November 24

Michael Moran Exhibit: This is the last day to check out this interesting exhibit. Michael Moran creates functional furniture in which the simplicity of the design and natural beautify of the wood command and notice attention. Moran's interested in the interaction of the natural and man-made worlds and explores these concepts through exotic woods he finds all over the world. The is event is at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery, 169-B King Street.

Wednesday, November 25

Boardwalk Beach Party w/ Jim Bowers: Local beach/oldies station, 1340 The Boardwalk AM presents a "Boardwalk Beach Party" with Jim Bowers. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. at Tantra, 1034 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant.

Free Skateboarding Day: Try out SkateLike Pro Ramps for free. Participants must bring their own skateboard and safety equipment (helmet, knee pads and elbow pads). All skatepark rules apply. Participants must have a current, signed waiver on file. The event is Noon to 5 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Skatepark, 391 Egypt Road, Mt. Pleasant.

The Amazing Mittens: Acoustic ukulele combo featuring Eden and Noodle and special guests (on uke, slide whistle, kazoo, pizza box, tap shoes, etc.) The event is 6 to 8 p.m. at City Lights Coffeeshop, 141 Market Street, Downtown.

Thursday, November 26

Kiawah Fall Festival: There will be a bluegrass band, an inflatable jump castle, crazy train, a climbing wall, and family friendly competitions and relays will also be held throughout the festival. The event is 5 to 8 p.m. at Night Heron Park at 4000 Sea Forest Drive, Kiawah.

Turkey Trot: Boardwalk #18 will be the starting line for Kiawah Island's Turkey Trot on the beach. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Night Heron/Mariner's Watch beach access point. This race is a one to three mile run on the beach for families, beginners, or competitive runners. All participants receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing that will be held at 9:05 a.m. at the race start/finish line. The run will begin at Kiawah Resort in Kiawah Island.

Knights of Columbus Council #704 Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble: This 5k race is held every Thanksgiving morning. About 5,000 participants register for this run/walk and cash awards are presented to the top three female and male over-all winners, and to the first place Master and Grand Master finishers. There is a post-race party with food, drinks and live music. While registering costs money, attending is free! The event is 9 a.m. to Noon, at Marion Square Park, Downtown.

Friday, November 27

Take a walk in the park or host a bake sale. The event is all day, at any location you'd like.

Saturday, November 28

Charleston Farmers Market: The Farmers Market offers a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans. The event is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Marion Square, Calhoun and King, Downtown.

Holiday Craft Fair: Page's Thieves Market hosts a Holiday Craft Fair where local artists will be selling anything and everything handmade. The fair will be held every Saturday from Halloween until Christmas, except for Dec. 12 (Mt. Pleasant's Holiday Fair). Everything is handmade including jewelry, candles, baked goods, etc. Any interested artists are welcome to e-mail primoduds@usa.com. The event is 9a.m. to 2 p.m., at Page's Thieves Market at 1460 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant.

An Extraordinary Life: This is the last day to see this exhibit! The newest collection of works by Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets. They moved from Russia to America 17 years ago and have been making history ever since. The event is at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad Street, Downtown.

Sunday, November 29

Blessing of the Hounds: Following a 35-year tradition, Middleton Place Hounds will host the Annual Blessing of the Hounds at the Greensward, Middleton Place. Hounds follow a drag line, rather than a live fox. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, West Ashley.

But as always, if there's something else, share in the comments below.