Indulge and then give back in this week's 5 Around Town

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Spring is almost here and soon you'll be soaking up the Charleston sun day in and day out. But for now, let's enjoy the fact that the rain and cold should be moving out this weekend. Here's a look at how you can indulge and give back "Around Town."


Charleston's annual culinary celebration is back in full swing with more than a hundred events scheduled all over the area from Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9, 2014. Marion Square is ground zero for some of the biggest events of The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Most of the events are already sold out, but you can still find passes into some of the lunches, dinners, wine tastings, and oyster roasts. In addition to the Culinary Village in Marion Square, festival events are also scheduled in Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. The festival wraps up on Sunday. Check out for all the festival information and tickets.


If you want to get outside and challenge yourself, the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is coming to Boone Hall Plantation Saturday, March 8, 2014. Adrenaline junkies will tackle twenty-five obstacles designed to physically challenge runners. The race in run in waves, with the first group starting at 9:00 a.m. Registration online is already closed, but you can still register at the race for $80. Check out the race website, for more information.


A 4-hour Spinning Marathon starts Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. It's held at Pattison's Academy for Comprehensive Education Charter School (P.A.C.E.), located at 2014 Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley. The event raises funds for Pattison's Academy summer camp. It is only therapeutic summer camp in the Lowcountry for children with multiple disabilities. The Spinning Marathon has already raised $880,000 in six years. The ride is full, but if you'd like join the wait list, email, or go to to find out more about the fundraising efforts.


Sunday, March 9, 2014 you can take a leisurely walk at Smythe Park on Daniel Island to support anyone living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and also help raise money to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The 1.2 mile JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes helps fund research toward prevention, treatment, and curing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. and the walk starts at 2:15, following the Opening Ceremonies. Go to the event website to find out more about the walk and how you can donate.

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