Is it just me or is this year flying by? How is April just around the corner? It seems like we were ringing in the New Year just weeks ago.

The older I get, the faster time seems to go. I can only guess it's because calendars fill up faster and life becomes more hectic, not that I'm complaining.

Just like last week and the week to come, this weekend is another signature busy time in the Charleston area, with plenty to choose from and not enough time to do it all.

Kids Fest Camp Fair

Citadel Mall will host a Kids Fest Camp Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, bringing together local and regional summer camps to provide information to parents.

Designed to make it easy for parents to learn about educational and activity-based summer camp programs and enroll their kids for camps all in one spot, vendors on-site will include the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston Museum, Leonard School of Music, Charleston Collegiate School, Blackbeard's Cove, ArtBuzz Kids-West Ashley, St. Andrews Parks and Playgrounds, and Ballet Academy of Charleston.

In addition to summer camp vendors, there will be a Belk kids fashion show, jump castles and more at this free event.

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Building Arts Festival

The American College of the Building Arts is celebrating its 10th annual Masters of the Building Arts Festival, with the main event of the week-long festival taking place Saturday.

The free event is open to the public and will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the American College of the Building Arts' downtown campus at the Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St.

Featuring demonstrations in traditional building techniques such as ironwork, plastering and timber framing, attendees will be able to check out hands-on demos from artisans involved in blacksmithing, timber framing, masonry, architectural stone, decorative painting, antique and salvaged wood, and more.

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Clothing swap

Re-Trend, a "guerilla clothing swap run by a local fashionista," is back at it again, hosting the latest Re-Trend Clothing Swap on Sunday at Mellow Mushroom Avondale, 19 Magnolia Road.

These swaps started three years ago and have continued to grow and expand since then, with an aim to have attendees freshen up their wardrobe at a price that can't be beat.

Guys and gals are invited to clean out their closets of "gently used, decent name-brand clothing and accessories" to bring to Mellow Mushroom 5-8 p.m. Sunday.

Here's how it works: After paying the $1 entry fee, you can pick out the number of items you bring, up to eight. If you want more items than you brought, you may purchase extra items for $3 each.

Mellow Mushroom will be offering food and drink specials, including $2 cheese slices (the Cheesy Couture), $3 specialty slices (the Retro Chorizo, Vintage Veggie and Haute Hawaiian), and $4 house liquor, wine and craft draft beer.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Kids ages 6 and under can get a jumpstart on their Easter celebrations with Mount Pleasant's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, families are invited to spend the morning at Alhambra Hall Park with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department. Beyond the egg hunt, there will be a jump castle and more.

Attendees are asked to bring their own basket to this free event. The rain date is April 9.

For more information, call Anne Selner at 884-2528.

Wine Down Wednesday

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is inviting folks to come check out a park that is not yet open to the public.

Throughout April on select Wednesdays, folks will be able to get a sneak peak of Old Towne Creek County Park during Wine Down Wednesdays.

The first event in this series is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Attendees will be able to enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music while taking in the sights of the new West Ashley park.

Admission is $20, $15 for Charleston County residents, and includes a commemorative wine glass.

For more information, call 795-4386 or go to