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Today’s Forecast

89º | Sunny | 9% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:19 a.m. | Sunset 8:32 p.m. | High tides 3:26 a.m. and 4:05 p.m. | Low tides 9:33 a.m. and 10:20 p.m.

🐛 Let’s play bug bingo
bug bingo
What’s your favorite bug? | Graphic by CHStoday and 6AM City
Grown-ups, do you have a kid who loves creepy-crawlies? Give them this field guide to local bug finding.

Have you ever gone looking for bugs? To be an expert bug hunter, you need:
  • A magnifying glass
  • A phone to take pictures with
  • A notepad to write down your discoveries
Now that you have everything, you’re ready to play bug bingo. Here are a few of our favorite local bugs:

Dragonfly (or damselfly)
Did you know that there are over 3,000 different types of dragonflies? They are great hunters and — unlike some other bugs — can fly in every direction.

Where to find it: Wet places like ponds, lakes, and marshes (like the pond in Quarterman Park). They also like really colorful flowers.

These wriggly slimy creatures are every gardener’s best friend. They help churn up the soil to make plants grow. Did you know that they don’t have eyes? They “see” by sensing light.

Where to find it: Sometimes, after rainstorms, they get flooded out of the ground. If you find one squirming on the sidewalk, cup it in your hands and carry it back to the grass. It won’t bite — earthworms don’t have teeth.

These bugs are the ultimate jumpers. If a grasshopper were the size of a human, it could jump the length of a football field.

Where to find it: Just like their name says, grasshoppers love the grass. Look around fields or near riverbanks. A great local spot to look is at Pitt Street Bridge next to the marsh.

Tap the button below for gross facts and hints for where the bugs might be. Be sure to send us pictures of any discoveries you’ve made.
Tuesday, July 11
  • Coffee With the Chamber | Tuesday, July 11 | 8-9:30 a.m. | Panera Bread, 2135 Ashley Phosphate Rd., North Charleston | $5-$10 | Head out to Panera for a coffee side chat with the Chamber of Commerce to learn more about what they are working on.
  • Language Club for Language Lovers | Tuesday, July 11 | 6 p.m. | Wando, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant | Free | Grab a friend and practice your language skills together.
Wednesday, July 12
  • Doggy & Me Wednesdays | Wednesday, July 12 | 3-6 p.m. | Snafu Brewing Company, 3280 Industry Dr., North Charleston | Free | Hang with your pup and get ready for a night of ice cream and tail wagging.
  • The Gallery Salon 2.0 Grand Opening Party | Wednesday, July 12 | 5-8 p.m. | The Gallery Salon, A Beauty Studio, 1374 Old Georgetown Rd., Ste. 101, Mount Pleasant | Free | Celebrate with locals at the opening of the largest hair salon in the Charleston area.
Thursday, July 13
  • North Charleston Farmers Market | Thursday, July 13 | 3-7 p.m. | Exchange Ball Park, 5025 Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston | Free | Feast your eyes on locally grown produce and specialty foods in the community.
  • Shark Week at the South Carolina Aquarium | Tuesday, July 11-Sunday, July 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston | Prices vary | Have a look at all of the different programs the aquarium is offering to celebrate Shark Week in the Lowcountry.
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🏠 Products to enhance your home
A Ninja Speedi cooker surrounded by dishes of food.
The Ninja Speedi can rapid cook, air fry, and even dehydrate food. | Photo via Amazon
Want to elevate your humble abode by updating old appliances and investing in the best of today’s smart home technology? Or simply indulge in a little redecorating?

Here are two of our favorite home must-haves:

Smart dimmer switch, $22.99 — Dim the lights and control brightness with your smart phone.

Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker + Air Fryer, $199.99 — Sous vide, air fry, and steam your way to dinner for four with this 12-in-one cooker.
News Notes
  • Sweet Belgium Waffles will be closing its doors on Sunday, July 16 at 424 King St. The waffle restaurant has released that it has different plans in the works and encourages locals to follow along for updates. (Holy City Sinner)
  • Two new hotels are up for review at the next Board of Architectural Review meeting this Wednesday, July 12. One hotel will be located at 56 State St. and the other at 657 King St. Each hotel will be boutique style with 50 rooms or less. (The Post and Courier)
  • Folly Beach is looking for community feedback on the Arctic Avenue Plan. This plan is meant to improve safety and mobility in downtown Folly Beach. Feedback can be submitted on the website until July 31. (WCSC)
  • The City of Charleston will be hosting its annual school supply drive on Sunday, August 13 from 1-4 p.m. at the Gaillard Center. Donations will be accepted until August 10 and then distributed at a drive event later that week.
  • There is a new Emergency Room opening on James Island on Tuesday, August 8. James Island Emergency will be over 13,000 sqft and located at 945 Folly Rd. to service residents of the Folly Beach, Johns Island, and James Island neighborhoods. (WCBD)
  • Festival Hall will be hosting Matti Anttila (founder + CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits) for the July Creative Mornings event on Friday, July 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The theme of the discussion is focused on treasure and is free and open to the public.
Plan Ahead
  • The McConnell Foundation has released the date of September 16 for its pediatric cancer research gala. The gala will be a black-tie event held at Harbor East in Mount Pleasant from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information on tickets and donations, you can check out the events website. (Holy City Sinner)
  • Good news, parents — We’re halfway through summer. If you’re looking for creative ways to keep your kiddos entertained the rest of break, here are three local spots to check out (think: sensory options for little ones, code programs for tech-inclined kids, and a math camp to keep skills sharp).*
  • Summer lunch idea: Fresh blueberries add color and flavor to these healthy, easy-to-make (and super tasty) blueberry chicken salad wraps, perfect for lunch on-the-go.*
  • It’s Amazon Prime Day. Browse deals including up to 75% off Amazon devices, 60% off Gap apparel, and 40% off appliances from Ninja, Keurig, and Breville.*
The other week we asked, “Do you have a cooking class you recommend in Charleston?” Here’s what you said:
CHStoday cooking class

Our mouths are watering looking at this picture.


Photo by CHStoday team

  • “Nordic cooking classes at Blum on Meeting Street. All plant-based. Fun classes!”
  • “The Carolina chef, Chef Sarah Cooper, is a private chef who offers a hands-on cooking experience as well. She puts her own spin on Lowcountry favorites.”
  • “AMOR Healing Kitchen hosts plant-based cooking classes which help to raise money for the nonprofit serving the critically ill in our community while empowering teen volunteers. Guest Chef lineup coming in the Fall!”
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This week is especially busy with things to do in the Holy City. Check out our events page to see all that there is to offer. I am thinking of going to Shark Week at the aquarium or one of the workshops from PlantHouse.
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