United Way seeks volunteers in national ‘Day of Action’

Seeking 600 volunteers to help tutor Beaufort and Jasper elementary students in reading, United Way of the Lowcountry is turning to social media Thursday as part of the national United Way’s “Day of Action.” The day includes “The Big Tweet” when United Ways across the country, including the local organization, send out special tweets on the social network Twitter. Follow United Way of the Lowcountry on Twitter at @UW_LowcountrySC or Facebook at UnitedWayLowcountry. “More and more people are keeping in touch using the digital world, and we are sharing our message and information through Facebook, Twitter and our website,” said Clarece Walker, CEO of United Way of the Lowcountry. “There’s nothing to replace face to face contact, but using social media helps us reach more people with more information,” Walker said. The 600 volunteer tutors are part of an expanded initiative by United Way of the Lowcountry to improve education in Beaufort County and Jasper County. The goal is to have 80 percent of students reading at grade level by... ...

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150th anniversary of Penn Center: Founder’s Day Celebration

By Tess Malijenovsky “It’s not just the unique history of St. Helena, or the state of South Carolina. It’s a unique American history, and a lot of people don’t know about it,” said Victoria Smalls about Penn Center. Smalls is in charge of organizing the 150th anniversary of Penn Center’s foundation in 1862 during the Civil War. The event will mark a three-year commemoration beginning this weekend, June 22-23. Founded by two missionaries, Penn School would be the first school of its kind in the South to educate newly freed slaves. It would be the only safeguard for interracial groups in South Carolina to meet with “the King” during the Civil Rights Movement. It would teach the first volunteers in the Peace Corps about “the third world,” the jungle-like St. Helena Island, which had not the modernized tools of agriculture but instead a rich language and culture foreign even to other Americans. Today, Penn Center is a nationally historical landmark and a community center with the mission “to promote and... ...

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Alzheimer’s Family Services fundraiser a big success

By Lanier Laney Executive Director Arlene Hull said the Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort had a sellout crowd of more than 240 people at last weekend’s dinner theater fundraiser at The Shed in Port Royal. The money will go directly to help caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease in our community. Arlene said, “Thank you, thank you to all of the hard-working volunteers and staff, and the generous sponsors, and the wonderful people who supported us by attending, and the night would have been nothing without our great entertainers, Ron Daise, Harry Chakides, Bernie Schein and Steven Keyserling — the “Unreliables” whose incredible talents made this event such a success. You are all my heroes!” She added, “Please also thank all of the donors of our many silent auction items and the generous people who bid on them.” The wonderful dinner stations were provided by Breakwater, Emily’s, chefs from  Lady’s Island Country Club,  Summit Place Assisted Living, Helena House, Morning Side Assisted Living. The salad bar was sponsored by... ...

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Webb Wilder and The Beatnecks to rock Port Royal

Hot on the heels of the energizing Havana Son show, the final act in the popular Street Music on Paris Avenue summer concert series will take to the stage Saturday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. Webb Wilder and The Beatnecks are described as “Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans.” The Associated Press calls the band’s music and stage performance “a glorious amalgamation of grunge chords, killer grooves, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatrics, a healthy sense of humor, and great pop melodies.” It’s “full of wit and personality, and devoid of technological or conceptual gimmickry,” added the Houston Post. Webb Wilder is an evangelist for real rock ‘n’ roll. As a singer, guitarist, bandleader, film actor, songwriter and humorist, he may be roots-rock’s only true Renaissance man. The Webb Wilder Credo is “Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need ’em.” Remember to bring chairs and dancing shoes to this show produced by ARTworks. The free concert series is a gift from... ...

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When it comes to artistic accomplishments, this student has all the right moves

Morgan Bennett, a 2012 graduate from Beaufort High School, is the recipient of the South Carolina Dance Education Organization (SCDEO) Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Merit Award. To be considered, Morgan was required to answer essay questions, provide a letter of recommendation, and submit a video of her own choreography. Morgan performed an original solo piece “Shattered,” which is her interpretation of someone struggling with Alzheimer’s. Morgan’s inspiration for the dance comes from a family friend who has been struggling for years with the disease. The SCDEO was so impressed with Morgan’s choreography that they nominated her for the National Dance Honor award, where she received Honorable Mention. Morgan is a member of National Honor Society for Dance Arts, was president of the Beaufort High School chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and dances with Low Country School of Performing Arts. Morgan will be attending College of Charleston in the fall where she plans to double major in dance and business. ...

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Chamber Civitas Awards honor Beaufort leaders

In its 10th year, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Civitas Awards will celebrate the best and brightest businesses and business leaders in Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands June 29 at the Dataw Island Clubhouse. Part of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, the event includes a cocktail reception for networking, dinner, comments by the outgoing and incoming chairmen of the Chamber Board, and the highlight of the evening – recognition of the Civitas winners. “This year, we recognize 34 highly qualified nominees and will celebrate 11 Civitas Awards,” said Blakely Williams, president of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The Civitas program is in line with the Chamber mission to lead the enhancement, expansion and diversification of the business community. The awards cover a wide scope of excellence in the community, she noted. “We are so proud of these nominees, the work they’ve done and the promise they hold for our future,” said Jon Rembold, 2011-12 Chairman of the Chamber Board. “It’s a real honor for us to recognize... ...

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Have some summer fungi fun

By Terry Sweeney OK, so fungi is not the most appetizing word in your vocabulary. But like ’em or not, mushrooms have been the wild forage food of choice all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome.  Mexican Aztecs used to call a very special magical mushroom the “food of the Gods” (if you don’t know what the heck they’re talking about, ask one of your old trippy hippy friends). The only “magic mushrooms” I ever knew were the cutesy toadstools with tiny doors and windows where little people with wings lived, found on the pages of my kiddie books and which delighted me to no end. Finding an actual mushroom on my childhood plate, however, could elicit highly confrontational dinner time drama. Eight year old me: “What is this?!” My mother: “A mushroom.” Me: “Quick, get it off my plate!” Mother: “But it flew all the way here from a farm in Pennsylvania, honey.” Me: “Well I hope it bought a round trip ticket ‘cuz I wouldn’t eat... ...

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The Indie Film Corner: “Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

By Dennis Tavernetti “Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog” from the World Film Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts on Monday, June 25 at 4 p.m. and Friday, July 6 at 4 p.m. Synopsis: Based on a true story, this is the sweet tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. After training at a Japanese school for guide dogs, Quill is paired with a blind man named Watanabe who at first is reluctant to rely on him. But Quill’s great patience, gentleness and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends. Ratings & Reviews:  Internet site Rotten Tomatoes rated: critics: 84/audiences: 88. Very high scores. Newspapers reviews: New York Times: “undeniably powerful … fascinating; Newark Star-Ledger: “…wonderful”; Roger Ebert: “… realistic in every aspect … they love us, listen to us, are happy when they help... ...

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Blue Mudd brings on the tunes

Blue Mudd had a sold out show in Charleston for the Piccolo Spoleto Jazz performance and the band will be back this Thursday at the Foolish Frog. Blue Mudd is Beek Webb on mandolin, Jevon Daly on fiddle, Roger Bellow on lead guitar, Adam Granade on doublebass, and Vic Varner on rhythm guitar and vocals. The band has added some new peices to the playlist, plus, they will have women singers sitting in — none other than Amanda Brewer and Jordan Norris.  There will be two one-hour sets, the first at 7 p.m., the second set at 9 p.m. They will perform on the deck, weather permitting (rain plan moves band inside) with great food and atmosphere. Foolish Frog is located at 846 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island. For more information, call 843-838-9300. ...

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New painting class at BAA Studio

“CAPTURING WATER’S MYSTERY” in Water Mixable Oils with Jay Kenaga will be offered Tuesday through Thursday, June 26, 27 and 28. Paint and some supplies furnished; all skill levels welcome. The instructor will supply water mixable oil paint, water bottles, paper towels, etc., at no charge. Learn to paint placid pond water, breezy low country water, rough water hitting rocks, water in beautiful swells hitting the coastline, or a single transparent wave slamming the beach. Class hours are from 1-4 p.m. at the BAA Studio of the Beaufort Art Association Gallery at 913 Bay St., Beaufort. Cost is $80 for three classes. Contact baastudio@yahoo.com to request registration forms and supply list. Call Ellen Long at 843-838-3205 for more information. ...

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