Sometimes you need to go to a gathering of like-minded people for inspiration and rejuvenation, especially in the steamy Southern summer.
In my dad's day, it was the tent revival.
I myself have always loved the Native American term "pow-wow," because it sounds so powerful and generally describes a tribal gathering to meet, sing, dance and socialize.
On Saturday, local cyclists will have a chance to pow-wow with an event, Dinner & Bikes, from 7-10 p.m. at Tivoli, 656 King St.
The event, which raises money for Charleston Moves, is touring the East Coast, bringing people together in at least 11 cities to eat gourmet vegan and gluten-free food, served by chef Joshua Ploeg, and "get inspired about bicycle transportation."
Coast Brewing Company and Palmetto Brewing will provide local beer for purchase at the event.
While eating and enjoying beer, documentary filmmaker Joe Biel plays a series of his short films about bicycle activism and culture. Then, local advocates and sponsors will have a chance to get up and talk about their work promoting cycling.
Elly Blue, author of "Bikeconomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy," will provide a compelling economic case for bicycling, equity and transportation activism.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Trek Bikes in Mount Pleasant, The Bicycle Shoppe in downtown Charleston, Tivoli (11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday), online or at the door.
Summer 5K series
While we're not even past the first week of official summer yet, anyone who was in the Charleston area last weekend would have experienced an early case of doldrums. The weather was steam-bath hot and the lineup of activities was on the dull-side of normal for us.
As we gear up for the long Fourth of July weekend in another week, it looks like another lazy sleeper this weekend.
If you want to resist that urge to sit in the AC and watch World Cup soccer again, try revving the engines this evening by participating in one of two different 5K running series.
OnShore Racing's second of five summertime races in the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K series will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Family Circle Stadium. The cost is $20.
The races coincide with the Daniel Island Farmer's Market, and runners are encouraged to arrive early to buy local produce and enjoy live music. The camaraderie follows each race to a nearby bar. This week, it's at Vespa. Subsequent races are July 24 and Aug. 28.
Even more low-key is the Bulldog Breakaway 5K series at The Citadel, also at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The USA Track and Field-certified 5K begins on the track at The Citadel, where participants will run a lap around campus, go through Summerall gate of The Citadel, run one lap around Hampton Park, come back through Summerall gate of The Citadel, and then run another lap on campus, finishing on the track.
Registration the day of the race will be available 5:30-6:15 p.m. on the track at The Citadel. The fee will be $25 with no T-shirt for anyone who did not pre-register.
Reach David Quick at 937-5516.