After all that political hullabaloo last week, we bet you’re in need of some distractions. Luckily we’ve got plenty to get you ready for the main event, the Carolina Green Fair, on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday. This month’s Second Monday Lecture Series at the Charleston Center for Photography features Lowcountry photographer Sandy Dimke, who will share her experience on how to develop, fund, and even publish a photo project.

Tuesday. Experience the music of the 17th and 18th century at St. Luke’s Recital Series: La Belle Musique, where the focus will be on women composers. Or, scope out fall trends at the Trunk Show at O-Ku. You’ll find Colleton’s Boutique and eco-friendly jeweler Drift Projects, not to mention some complimentary sushi.

Wednesday. All right freeloaders: maybe it’s time to start thinking about making some cash. Spruce up your application materials at the Resume and Cover Letter Workshop. Then get your mind off all that work stuff at Heirloom Book Company, where you can meet the fan favorite from Bravo’s Top Chef, Kevin Gillespie as he signs his new cookbook, Fire in My Belly.

Thursday. Join a discussion at the CCPL One Book: Religion in a Post-9/11 World event. For something lighter, follow the story of the 85-year-old sushi master, Jiro Ono, at the Slow Food Charleston Film Series showing of Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Ono’s 10-seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station has garnered him a three-star Michelin rating. The flick is free but the reception will cost you $10.

See what local artists have produced lately at the Inside Out: a Coalition of Local Artists art opening.

Friday. Get ready for the Green Fair with author Angela Halfacre, author of A Delicate Balance: Constructing a Conservation Culture in the South Carolina Lowcountry. She’ll be discussing themes in her book and exploring ways in which Lowcountry residents have sought out conservation.

Saturday. After checking out all the eco-friendly, sustainable awesomeness at the Green Fair, head out to the ‘burbs for two more fall festivals. Goose Creek residents can check out arts and crafts, food vendors, and entertainment while listening to live music. If you can bring two non-perishable food items, you’ll be entered into a raffle for door prizes. West Ashley will host its own two-day open air craft fair where you can browse vendors, enter a logo contest and get gardening tips.

Get your read on at North Charleston’s Reading on the Circle Festival, featuring renowned storyteller Hawk Hurst and the CCPL’s bookmobile, plus crafts and free books.

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with Smokey Bear and local fire fighters at the Seewee Visitor Center.

Sunday. It’s that time of the month again: take a stroll down King for Second Sundays on King St. Then, finish out your week with  Charleston Community Band’s free Fall Concert.

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