The City Paper’s Movies in Marion Square series got started last Thursday with a park full of people, delicious spring weather, and a Monty Python cult favorite. Food vendors ranged from BlackJack Barbecue to Häagen-Dazs ice cream, with plenty of kettle korn and cold beer to satisfy the masses. (Next week’s feature is the irreverent Anchorman, starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate.) The Upper King Street Design Walk also took place Thursday evening, with scores of cosmopolitan folks socializing amidst the city’s swanky home wares boutiques. Roper St. Francis celebrated the opening of its new heart and vascular tower with a week of special events that included a butterfly release, a community health day, and culminated with a black tie gala on Friday night. Although thunderstorms threatened to put a damper on Park Circle’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, the morning was filled with educational exhibits, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, jump castles, and animal demonstrations. Rock(N)Research, an auction of wooden rocking horses designed by local artists and autographed by celebrities that raises money for MUSC’s Charles P. Darby Children’s Research Institute, transformed the Gaillard exhibition hall into a rollicking dance party that featured a performance by Mary Wilson of The Supremes on Saturday night.

Have a tip for The Scene? E-mail us at chas_nightlife@yahoo.com.

1. Phillip, Zoe, and Kay Hyman make Thursday night’s movie a family affair 2. Beth Simmons and Hildur Schmidt in dazzling spring fashions at the Roper gala 3. James Maybank and Jamey Tinkey of BlackJack Barbecue 4. The rainbow water slide provided sweet relief from the heat on Saturday at the Earth Day festival 5. Maggie Morgan tosses the football with the boys on Saturday 6. Wilbur White from Charleston Water Systems runs the recycling wheel of trivia 7. Kate Pleasants and Zoe Savery camp out in Marion Square 8. Scott Varner with Carly the bird at the Earth Day festival 9. Turner and Mary Fabian get ready to rock out at MUSC’s Saturday night fundraiser 10. Elizabeth and Cleave Ham, with James and Pamela Price, lift their glasses to toast the opening of the new heart and vascular tower