From minions to pirates to fishing, you’ve got a lot to choose from

Allison Nugent – Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is shown with two of his minions in a scene from “Despicable Me.”
  • Gru (voiced by Steve Carell, background center) is shown in a scene from “Despicable Me,” about a villain who meets his match in three little girls, Edith (voiced by Dana Gaier, foreground from left), Agnes (voiced by Elsie Fisher) and Margo (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove).
    ( File/Universal Pictures/AP )
    Gru (voiced by Steve Carell, background center) is shown in a scene from “Despicable Me,” about a villain who meets his match in three little girls, Edith (voiced by Dana Gaier, foreground from left), Agnes (voiced by Elsie Fisher) and Margo (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove).

  • Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is shown in a scene from “Despicable Me.”
    ( File/Universal Pictures/AP )
    Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is shown in a scene from “Despicable Me.”

Folks, we find ourselves, yet again, with too many options and too little time.

Ready. Set. Go!

Dive-In Movie

Get your weekend off on the right foot with the Dive-In Movie series at The Sanctuary pool at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Drive.

Families are invited to swim or lounge at the pool while watching this week’s film, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as Cindy and Jim Green, a childless couple that wants nothing more than to be parents.

After burying their dream, quite literally, a boy named Timothy with leaves growing from his ankles appears on their doorstep, throwing them into the middle of parenthood.

The movie, which begins at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to www.kiawahresort.com or call Leisure Services at 768-6253.

Music on the Green

On Friday, Freshfields Village will host its annual Music on the Green concert series.

From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by Shrimp City Slim. Led by singer-songwriter Gary Erwin, the group performs “a combination of post-modern blues and various musical flavors heard on the Carolina coast.”

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Go to www.freshfieldsvillage.com for more.

Big Kahuna Tourney

As in years past, the Folly Beach fishing pier plays host to a series of tournaments throughout the summer, and these continue with Saturday’s Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament.

In addition to prizes in categories including adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (12 and under), senior angler (60 and over) and total weight of five fish, this annual tournament also features a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2014 Subaru Forester from Crews Subaru of Charleston.

You read that right! So grab your fishing rod, or if you don’t have one, rental equipment will be available, and head out for a full day of fishing fun. Tournament hours are 6 a.m.-4 p.m. A maximum of two rods may be used at one time.

Online registration is available at www.ccprc.com/fishing but ends the Thursday prior to each tournament. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event. Registration fees vary.

Call the Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 588-3474 for more.

Sippin’ Saturdays

Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, will again be hosting its long-running Sippin’ Saturdays event this Saturday, with this weekend’s being the last one listed on their online calendar.

From noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music by Kristi Starr and Gary Hewitt, and food from Stono Cafe as you sip on tastings from the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery.

Tastings are $6 for six samples of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $5 for five wines. Patrons also will receive a complimentary glass during both tastings.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend an afternoon under the oaks. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not allowed.

Call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com.

Summer Concert Series

Another event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Saturday Summer Concert Series.

Held on The Grand Lawn from 5-8 p.m., this week’s free show will feature The Sneakers.

This family-friendly event is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring beach chairs or blankets. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Movie Night

At Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, another Charleston County Park and Rec happening is the Wannamaker Movie Night.

On Saturday, bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a screening of the family-friendly “Despicable Me.”

A personal favorite, the cute animated tale follows Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), a criminal mastermind who decides to use a trio of orphan girls in his grand scheme to steal the moon. Assisted by some adorably cute yellow minions, Gru’s finds a new goal in life with the help of Margo, Edith and Agnes.

The film is free with the regular $1 park admission. The movie begins at twilight, about 8 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Pets are allowed but must remain leashed.

Wannamaker is at 8888 University Blvd. Call 795-4386 or go to ccprc.com.

Charleston Pirate Fest

Hosted by the Old Exchange and the Charleston Maritime Center, the inaugural Charleston Pirate Festival will be held Sunday at 10 Wharfside St.

From noon-4:30 p.m., attendees will have the chance to meet and have photos taken with the likes of Blackbeard, Anne Bonney and Mary Read; peruse collections of pirate artwork and artifacts, including weapons, Colonial food and more; hear the history of pirating and stories about various plunderers; and more.

The free event is open to the public.

Find out more at charlestonpiratefestival.com.

Second Sunday

A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday on King Street will be 1-5 p.m.

With a portion of King Street closed to vehicular traffic, folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest.

The August event will feature numerous promotions and events at various shops and restaurants.

To find out more and to print out a free parking voucher, go to www.2ndsundayonkingstreet.com.

Starlight Cinema

Another event happening at Freshfields Village is the Starlight Cinema movie series.

A free outdoor screening of “Here Comes the Boom” begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

“Here Comes the Boom” stars Kevin James as a former collegiate wrestler and current biology teacher at a floundering high school.

When cutbacks threaten the music program and its teacher, he decides to earn money for the program by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter.