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What To Do the week of May 21st-28th

Are you a teacher in need of a job?

Public school districts from across South Carolina will converge upon the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on Friday, May 29th in an effort to fill current and anticipated teaching vacancies. The one-day job fair attracts jobseekers and offers them an opportunity to network with representatives from a number of the state’s public school districts. This year’s Expo, sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), is designed to help districts find top-notch candidates to fill shortages in all subject areas and grade levels. Participation in the Expo is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative licensure program in South Carolina. For more details and registration information, visit www.cerra.org/expo.aspx.

Don’t miss the 29th annual Gullah Festival

The 29th Annual Original Gullah Festival is this weekend May 22-24, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, in Beaufort. Check out all the non-stop events at www.theoriginalgullahfestival.org. And on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. don’t miss hearing St. Helena’s own Candice Glover and TruSound perform. Questions? Check the website or call 843-525-0628.

Celadon Club Grand Opening this Saturday

On May 23rd kick off summer at the Celadon Club Wellness Center! This is the public grand opening event from 10:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. with activities for all ages. This is a free event offering swimming pool games, a jump castle, face painting, a free yoga class, cooking demonstration, healthy living talks, balance testing and more. Joel Garrett from 94.5 the Coast Radio will be doing a remote broadcast and playing everyone’s favorite tunes. Come hungry because local favorites Joe Loves Lobster Rolls, Jack Frost Ice Cream and Piace Pizza will be there selling their tasty treats. Stop in and tour the facility because the Club will be raffling off a one year membership to a lucky individual, couple, or family. For everyone else who joins on Saturday, the Celadon Club will be waiving the initiation fee. For more information or to sign up for membership, please contact Amber Reynolds at Celadon Club (843.379.1088). The Celadon Club Wellness Center is located at 61 Celadon Drive. From downtown take the Woods Memorial Bridge to Lady’s Island. Turn left at the second stop light onto Sam’s Point Road. Celadon is 1.5 miles down on the right. Follow Celadon Drive and event signs to the Celadon Club.

Book signing for The Sound of Glass

Karen White will be signing copies of her new book, The Sound of Glass at McIntosh Book Shoppe on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort on Thursday, May 28th starting at noon. The Sound of Glass is set in Beaufort, when a young woman realizes that she has inherited her late husband’s family homes on the Bluff overlooking the Beaufort River. White, who resides with her family outside of Atlanta, is author of the popular Tradd Street mysteries, set in Charleston, as well as The Memory of Water, Learning to Breathe and Pieces of the Heart. For more information, contact the book store at 524-1119.

Free Reiki Infused Yoga event

On Thursday, May 28th from 6 to 7 p.m. join the Outdoor Yogini Brittney Hiller and Reiki Master Chris (Sutty) Suddeth at the Port Royal Wetlands Amphitheater for a Free Reiki Infused Yoga event. Gentle Yoga stretching and the Spirit-Guided Life-Force Energy of Reiki combine for a family friendly opportunity for healing and unwinding after a long day. Commune with nature and your Lowcountry neighbors in the process. Bring a Yoga Mat or towel to practice on and a water bottle. Consider bringing a notebook to write down inspirations that may come. A gratitude bucket will be available if you’d like to leave a gift. Text or call Brittney 263-0320 or Sutty 263-2397 with any questions.

Need to learn to drive?

A new AARP Smart Driver class will be given on Friday May 29th, 2015 at the SUMMIT PLACE of BEAUFORT, 1119 Pickpocket Plantation Dr. Class will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. {A 6 HR. CLASS) and include a lunch break. The cost is $15:00 for AARP members and $ 20:00 for non/AARP members. A certificate will be issued upon completion to be used for a discount on your auto insurance. Class size is limited. Call now to register: 843-521-1941.

Kick it with Beaufort Academy! 

Beaufort Academy will host a co-ed adult kickball tournament to kick off the summer on Saturday, May 30th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Beaufort Academy Blue & White Club. Neal McCarty is the organizer for the kickball tournament. Registration for the tournament is available online at www.camperregsecure.com/beaufortacademy.

Try something new

Integrative Healing Arts Sampler is scheduled for May 30th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Experience clinical style delivery of counseling, massage, chiropractic, neuro emotional, Healing Touch, nutritional, holistic MD and more by licensed volunteer practitioners and Christian healing prayer team. The event is located at 705 Bladen Street, Beaufort. The cost is a $10 donation for a 20 minute session. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and spots are limited for those who want a service. Entry is free of charge to the public to visit. Samplers will occur on last Saturday of each month with next on May 30. Sponsored by the Ministries for Synergetic Wellness to raise funds for those who cannot afford holistic mental health services. Scholarship applications are available on site. For questions email reneesutton@healthierhealing.com.

Fifth Sunday Music at local Methodist Church  

Fifth Sunday Music Hymn Fest will be presented at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 31st at the Port Royal United Methodist Church, 1602 Columbia Avenue at 16th Street, Port Royal. The gathering music and the postlude will include organ selections composed by Johann Pachelbel, played by Margaret Bukkosy, Director of Music. Robert Gibson, from Atlanta will be guest soloist. Guitarist John O’Neill will participate along with the PRUMC Choir. Everyone is invited to attend the free luncheon following the Hymn Fest. Please call the church at 524-2005 for more information.

Red Dam Baptist Vacation Bible School

Welcome to Camp Kilimanjaro, where kids will have an epic expedition through the book of Proverbs! Every day, our kids are faced with choices—will they choose wisely or foolishly? As they safari up Mount Kilimanjaro, these trekkers will learn that true wisdom comes only from the one true all-wise God, who wants us to be wise! The adventure runs from June 7-12 at 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night. Our youngsters will meet at the Red Dam Baptist Church (488 Red Dam Road, Hardeeville, SC). Camp Kilimanjaro is free and open to the public; early registration encouraged. Contact Children’s Pastor Calvin Smith, (843) 684-0826 or (843) 784-6083 if you have questions. To pre-register, log onto www.reddamvbs.com; anyone who is registered by June 1st will be entered in a drawing for a $10 gift card to Wal-Mart.

Pancakes = Scholarships

The Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, is holding a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, located at 2338 Boundary Street, in Beaufort on Saturday, June 13. From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Applebee’s will be serving up short stacks of pancakes for a TALL cause. The cost of a ticket is $7.00 per person. The purpose of the fundraiser is raise funds in support of scholarships given to local high school students continuing their education at various colleges. To purchase tickets call Steve Mendoza at (843) 521-3771. Come on out to Applebee’s on Saturday and have breakfast for a good cause.

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What To Do the week of May 14th-20th

2016 Senior Leadership Program is full

Registrations received from this point on will be placed on a waiting list, in case of cancellations. Registrants on the waiting list will receive an email notice when the 2017 registration opens. Additionally, we ask that interested persons visit the BCSL Program website at www.beaufortseniorleadership.com for more information about registering for the 2017 Program.

Fripp Audubon sponsored field trip

Webb WMA (located near Garnett, SC) is largely made up of pine forest but also contains good cypress swamp, farm fields, and fresh water ponds. Birds we will look for include Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Pine Warbler. It is also a good spot this time of year for Swallow-tailed kites and Mississippi kites. On May 14th, meet at the parking area adjacent to McDonald’s on Lady’s Island for a 7 a.m. departure. Bring binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, water, snacks/lunch etc. There’s no limit on the number of people who can take this trip. Still, to have an idea of how many are joining the group, please email me, Patrick Cotter, at patrick.r.cotter@gmail.com so I will know if you are planning to participate.

Sportfishing Diving Club May meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing Diving Club May meeting will be held Thursday May 14th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Jim Scott Middleton of the Catmandoo Charters will be the guest speaker on Spanish and King Mackerel. His presentation will cover planers, spoons, and more importantly live baiting techniques. Also, types of baits, rod and reel set ups, and proven area locations for these species will be covered. You do not need a reservation and guests are welcomed. For additional information call Captain Frank Gibson 843-522-2122 or fgibson@islc.net.

Youth Crusade & Revival coming May 15th

Bethesda Christian Fellowship at 32 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Saint Helena Island, invites you to their Annual Youth Crusade/Revival beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, featuring guest speaker, Minister Arthur Cummings, Jr., Associate Minister at Bethel Word and Worship Deliverance Temple in Burton. This will be followed with a concert on May 16th at 5:00 p.m. featuring “The Singing Saints” from Sandlewood High School (Jacksonville, Florida) under the direction of Mr. Joseph McDomick, III and we will end on May 17th at 10:00 a.m. with Sunday morning worship at Bethesda Christian Fellowship. Please call 843-838-4410 for details.

Gospel Brunch for babies on May 16th

The XI Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be sponsoring a March of Dimes “March for Babies” Gospel Brunch on Saturday, May 16th at 11:30 a.m. at the USMC Air Station Officer’s Club, Beaufort. Our 2015 theme is “Setting a Spiritual Sail for Stronger & Healthier Babies.” Featured entertainers will be: The Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter Alpha Ensemble, Dr. Jacqui Richardson Lawton, Marshell Jenkins Mulligan & Friends, Sheila Hudson, and Matthew Wade all of Beaufort, SC. Did you know one in seven babies in Beaufort and Jasper Counties are born premature? And premature babies may die or have lifelong disabilities as a result of their premature births. All proceeds from the $30 ticket sales will go directly to support the March of Dimes’ March for Babies mission. Send an email request for tickets to scotta1@hargray.com or greeklife@lowocuntry.com or for more information, call 843-812-6111.

St. James Orthodox Church Festival

Enjoy international foods such as Greek, Russian, and Ukranian cuisines. Artisans will be showcasing stained glass, Iconography, and Pysanky. Come and see Orthodoxy in Beaufort and get a church tour. The festival will be on Saturday, May 16th, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at 1014 Charles Street in Beaufort. Everyone is welcome!

Fort Fremont fundraiser

Friends of Fort Fremont will sponsor a spring wine social event on Monday, May 18th at Saltus River Grill on Bay Street from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Assorted wines and appetizers will be provided and all proceeds will go to support the Fort Fremont Interpretive Center. The cost of the event is $25 per person and tickets are limited to 75 guests. Go to www.fortfremont.org or call 843-441-3036 for further information.

Historic Beaufort Foundation lecture

A leader in South Carolina Reconstruction era politics will be the subject of the May Dinner & Lecture presented by Historic Beaufort Foundation at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, May 18th, 5:30 to 7 p.m. USCB history professor and director of the upcoming teachers’ institute, “America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story,” J. Brent Morris, will discuss the life of Robert Brown Elliott and the radical politics of Reconstruction in South Carolina. Morris, who teaches, writes and lectures on slavery and antislavery in America, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to teach Reconstruction history to educators at USCB in July. Robert Elliott, a black man of West Indian descent, established a successful political career in South Carolina and was twice elected to the U.S. Congress. During this period, the government attempted to grant equal rights to former slaves and they achieved political leadership positions. He left Congress to fight political corruption in South Carolina. He was elected SC Attorney General but was forced out of office as the Federal government decreased its support of Reconstruction policies. Morris is widely known for his writings on the abolitionist and Reconstruction periods and in 2010 received the South Carolina Historical Society’s award for the best scholarly article appearing in the society’s journal. Seating is limited for the lecture. A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program running from 6  to 7 p.m. Admission for members are $15/$25 per member/couple. Non-member admission is$20/$30 per person/couple. Call 379-3331 to make reservations. Reservations for dinner at Saltus, at which patrons receive a 20% discount on food and beverage, may be made by calling Saltus at 843-379-3474.

AAUW to meet and present scholarship

The Beaufort Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Tuesday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m., at The First Presbyterian Church at 1201 North Street. We will be giving out our Non-Traditional Student Women’s Scholarship to this year’s recipient. We hope all members will attend and bring a friend. We also invite new members to join our group, which works to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our dinner will be catered by Debbi Covington. For details contact Dr. Diana Steele at 522-2796 or steele.diana@comcast.net.

Are you a teacher in need of a job?

Public school districts from across South Carolina will converge upon the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on Friday, May 29th in an effort to fill current and anticipated teaching vacancies. The one-day job fair attracts jobseekers and offers them an opportunity to network with representatives from a number of the state’s public school districts. This year’s Expo, sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), is designed to help districts find top-notch candidates to fill shortages in all subject areas and grade levels. Participation in the Expo is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative licensure program in South Carolina. For more details and registration information, visit www.cerra.org/expo.aspx.

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What To Do the week of May 7th-13th

Only six seats left for 2016 Beaufort Co. Senior Leadership Class

A Voyage of Discovery: Life in the Lowcountry. Enroll now for 2016 program. Take the journey once- a-week (Wednesdays) for 12 weeks from January through early April to learn how Beaufort County works and enhance your understanding of key issues. The program, sponsored by Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, is open to all Beaufort County residents. Registration forms can be downloaded from the website: www.beaufortseniorleadership.com. Browse the website to learn more about the program and view “Highlights from the Class of 2015.” Call Bob Guinn at Clemson Extension with specific questions, 843-255-6060, X116. Reserve your seat today!

Bottles & Barrels plans a big weekend

Don’t miss this unique event that spotlights select fine wines, craft brews and farm-to-table dishes. Bottles & Barrels 2015 kicks off Friday, May 8th with small, breakout pairings dinners at private homes throughout the Habersham neighborhood. Guests will sit down to a professionally prepared meal, complete with hand-selected wine and beer tastings by vineyard representatives in attendance for the event. The tasting event takes over the Marketplace Saturday, May 9th in Habersham. Bottles & Barrels features a menu from boutique wineries and craft beer breweries. Guests are able to experience a classic tasting event in a timeless setting with friends and neighbors. This year’s wineries include Spellbound, Villa Sandi, Pietra Santa, Boxwood, Colterenzio, 6 wines from South America presented by Juan Carlos & Isabella of Ta-ca-ron. Breweries on site include Palmetto, Wooden Skiff, Shebean, and Benford. New this year Bottles & Barrels will have Daufuskie Rum, Dixie Vodka, and from North Carolina, Asheville Distillery. This year Big Green Egg partners with Bottles & Barrels to present the Culinary Cook-off. This year’s protein is brought to you by Whisky Pigs of Asheville. Their hogs are an old heirloom breed called American Mulefoot hogs. They produce a red meat rather than the typical white and have a unique and wonderful taste. Big Green Egg will be on site providing demos and samples throughout the event. Cook-off Chefs include Beaufort and Bluffton’s finest! The six chefs up to the challenge are: Tyler Slade, Penn TenEyck, Beth Shaw, Brandon Carter, Brian Waters and Christopher Hewitt. More details can be found at Bottles and Barrels website: www.bottles-barrels.com. The event is hosted by Habersham Marketplace and produced by Plum Productions.

Rev up those motorcycles for a good cause

The Second Annual Relay for Life Poker Run will be held on Saturday May 9th. Registration is at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at American Motorcycle Company, 2512 Boundary St. This year there are 6 stops on the ride including: Harold’s Country Club, Yemassee; Ned’s Pub & Grub, Ridgeland; Tail Gators, Okatie; Mad Hatters, Okatie; Steamer Pub, Beaufort; and Rosie O’Grady’s, Beaufort. The last stop at Rosie O’Grady’s will have free hamburgers and hot dogs. Last bike in at 1:45 p.m., food starts at 2:00 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to benefit Relay for Life Beaufort, SC. Cost is $15 per rider, $5 per passenger. All proceeds from entry fees benefit Relay for Life of Beaufort, SC. All riders/passengers will ride at their own risk. For more information or to sign up call 843-263-8723.

Beaufort Aglow International to meet

Beaufort Aglow International will meet at the Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, 2601 Boundary St. Beaufort on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The speaker is Elder Patricia Bee, our local group advisor. She is a graduate of Iowa State University Science and Technology, and holds a certificate from Rhema Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. For info: Please call (843) 290-5563 or (843) 525-0525.

Sports Extravaganza for the entire family!

Join the Lowcountry Jaycees for their 2nd annual Sports Extravaganza on Saturday, May 9th. There will be food, drinks, bounce houses, popcorn, a DJ from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and live music from 4 to 8 p.m. You will find all this fun at Live Oaks Park, 1304 Paris Ave. in Port Royal (behind Port Royal Elementary School). There will be a Corn Hole Tournament (with a cash prize) as well as a Free Throw contest both starting 3 p.m. Entry fee for the Free Throw Contest is $5 and for the Corn Hole Tournament it is $20 per team. The Jaycees will use proceeds from this event to start Jayteens chapters here locally for kids ages 12-17 as well as a few more community projects.

Mayor Keyserling to be LIBPA Guest speaker 

Mayor Billy Keyserling will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, May 12th meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association which will be held at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort Realtor’s Association headquarters (located behind BB&T on Lady’s Island Drive). The meeting is open to the public and is free of charge.

Kim Poovey book signing event 

On May 12th, author Kim Poovey will be at the Dataw Island Club from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. signing copies of her latest book, Truer Words. Poovey, a resident of Beaufort, pens an engaging tale of Emma Brown, who is not like most young girls of her era – passive, polite, and prim. She swims in her Sunday dress, passes the days sitting in a tree, and refuses to fall in love. Like most girls, she has her best friend, Charlotte, throughout it all. But Charlotte might be exactly what’s keeping her from living a life like the other girls her age. As she grows up and attends medical school, much of her life is turned around when the Civil War arrives. While nursing wounded soldiers, Emma learns that life isn’t about following the rules. It’s not even about not following the rules—it’s about being true to herself. And with that, she knows there are no truer words.

Support the Gamecocks 

Come to the Beaufort County Gamecock Club Dinner featuring speakers Everette Sands (Coach of the running backs) and Jay Brown. They will bring us up to date about the Gamecock Club and facility projects. The dinner is being held on Tuesday, May 12th, 6 p.m. at the Sanctuary Golf Club, Cat Island, SC. Tickets are $20 (dinner is included). To make your reservations, please contact Linda McCarty at 843-521-1445 or email at l.mccarty01@comcast.net Come out and support your Carolina Gamecocks!

The Redfish are coming 

Ja Malphrus will be the featured speaker at the May 13th meeting of the Sea Island Fly Fishers, 6 p.m. at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St. Beaufort. Ja is a native guide who grew up fishing local waters and will share his extensive knowledge. His talk will focus on redfish and how to catch them on top water lures. The public is welcome to this free event and refreshments will be offered. Call Jack Baggette at 843-441-4023 with questions.

The inside skinny on local fishing

The Beaufort Sportfishing Diving Club May meeting will be held Thursday May 14th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Jim Scott Middleton of the Catmandoo Charters will be the guest speaker on how to catch Spanish and King Mackerel. His presentation will cover planers, spoons, and more importantly live baiting techniques. Also, types of baits, rod and reel set ups, and proven area locations for these species. You do not need a reservation and guests are welcomed. For additional information call Captain Frank Gibson 843-522-2122 or fgibson@islc.net.

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What To Do the week of April 30th-May 6th

Quilters meeting

The Sea Island Quilters are having their Quilt Show May 1 & 2 at the Holiday Inn on Boundary Street, in Beaufort. Over 100 handmade quilts will be on display. Members of the SIQ have a strong community outreach program. Finished handmade quilts are donated to various organizations such as CODA, CAPA, Friends of Caroline Hospice, Quilts of Valor, and the Franciscan Center on St. Helena Island. For additional information about the show, the judging and the organization, please contact Lynn O’Neal at creativeclutter2010@yahoo.com or Brenda McLeod at claudemcleodjr@gmail.com.

BA to hold cheerleading clinic this weekend

New Beaufort Academy cheer coach, Amanda Patel, will hold a cheer clinic and tryouts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Participants in the clinic and tryouts will need to wear shorts, T-shirt and tennis shoes. A brief informational meeting was held on Tuesday, April 14. Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting must sign up prior to the clinic. For more information on the upcoming clinic, email Patel at awilson-patel@beaufortacademy.org.

Church youth yard sale for summer camp 

The Red Dam Baptist Church Youth Group is organizing a Yard Sale for Saturday, May 2nd, at the church’s secondary campus – Euhaw Baptist in Ridgeland, SC. Proceeds from the event, scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon, will go toward the cost for a youth summer camp. Donations are welcomed. Euhaw is located at 2576 Bee’s Creek Road, Ridgeland. For more information, please call Youth Pastor Aubrey Mixon at (843) 783-1799 or the church at (843) 784-6083. You can also send an email to info@reddambaptistchurch.org or visit the church’s website at www.reddam.org.

Music won’t get any better than this!

On May 6th, The Beaufort High School Concert Band, the Beaufort High School Symphonic Band, the newly minted Lowcountry Wind Symphony and the Parris Island Marine Band will perform together in a joint concert at the Beaufort High School Performing Arts Auditorium. The concert is free to the public. No ticket required with open seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The ensembles will perform both separately as well as together on stage during this memorable event. Familiar compositions from the world of Rock, Broadway, Hollywood, and the classics will be performed. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear these fantastic groups of Beaufort youngsters, Lowcountry adults and patriotic Marine musicians combining forces for the first time- together on stage! The Beaufort High School Performing Arts Auditorium is located at 84 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island.

Beaufort Aglow International to hold meeting

Beaufort Aglow International will meet at the Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, 2601 Boundary St. Beaufort on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The speaker is Elder Patricia Bee, our local group advisor. She is a graduate of Iowa State University Science and Technology, and holds a certificate from Rhema Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Patricia is also a teacher in the Beaufort County School District, and is the author of two books. Currently, she faithfully serves in ministry at the Lighthouse Christian Center. For info: Please call (843)290-5563 or (843) 525-0525.

Rev up those motorcycles for a good cause

The Second Annual Relay for Life Poker Run will be held on Saturday May 9th. Registration is at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at American Motorcycle Company, 2512 Boundary St. This year there are 6 stops on the ride including: Harold’s Country Club, Yemassee; Ned’s Pub & Grub, Ridgeland; Tail Gators, Okatie; Mad Hatters, Okatie; Steamer Pub, Beaufort; and Rosie O’Grady’s, Beaufort. The last stop at Rosie O’Grady’s will have free hamburgers and hot dogs. Last bike in at 1:45 p.m., food starts at 2:00 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to benefit Relay for Life Beaufort, SC. Cost is $15 per rider, $5 per passenger. All proceeds from entry fees benefit Relay for Life of Beaufort, SC. All riders/passengers will ride at their own risk. For more information or to sign up call 843-263-8723.

Support the Gamecocks 

Come to the Beaufort County Gamecock Club Dinner featuring speakers Everette Sands (Coach of the running backs) and Jay Brown. They will bring us up to date about the Gamecock Club and facility projects. The dinner is being held on Tuesday, May 12th, 6 p.m. at the Sanctuary Golf Club, Cat Island, SC. Tickets are $20 (dinner is included). To make your reservations, please contact Linda McCarty at 843-521-1445 or email at l.mccarty01@comcast.net Come out and support your Carolina Gamecocks!

The Redfish are coming 

Ja Malphrus will be the featured speaker at the May 13th meeting of the Sea Island Fly Fishers, 6 p.m. at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St. Beaufort. Ja is a native guide who grew up fishing local waters and will share his extensive knowledge. His talk will focus on redfish and how to catch them on top water lures. The public is welcome to this free event and refreshments will be offered. Call Jack Baggette at 843-441-4023 with questions.

Lilies on the River celebrates for 11th year

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry is celebrating its 11th annual signature fundraiser “Lilies on the River” event to be held on May 16th. This event is put on by and benefiting Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, the region’s nonprofit children’s advocacy and rape crisis center. The event gives people the opportunity to honor loved ones who have made a positive impact in their lives. This year at Lilies on the River, Hope Haven will be honoring former board member and current board member emeritus David Ames. For ten years, Dave has consistently supported and worked tirelessly to advance the mission of Hope Haven. As a tribute to him, the sale of lilies this year will be opened up to honor women and men! The public can purchase lilies to honor or memorialize the important people in their lives. The names of all honorees that lilies have been purchased for will be printed in a full page tribute ad in the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette on Mother’s Day, May 10th. This year’s event will be held at the Berkeley Hall Club House. The event begins with a luncheon at 12 p.m. and is followed by a silent auction, a champagne toast, and includes a ceremony where all the lilies are released into the water with the names of women and men being honored and remembered displayed. Tax-deductible lilies may be purchased through May 1 for $15 per lily per person honored by visiting Hope Haven’s website at www.hopehavenLC.org or calling Hope Haven at 843-524-2256. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased at the early bird rate of $60 per person by May 1. Seats are limited so call Hope Haven to make your ticket reservation at 843-524-2256.

Calling all women!

W.M.U. Garden Party to be held May 16, 2015 between 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall Riverview Baptist Church, 2209 Boundary Street in Beaufort. Decorate a hat for the party! Prizes will be given for: Best All Around, Best Use of Flowers, and Funniest. Special Guest Speaker & Special Musical Guest!

A wine social

As part of our fund-raising for the Interpretive Center at Fort Fremont, the Friends of Fort Fremont are hosting a Spring Wine Social at Saltus Grill on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Leaders, join fellow officers to help troops 

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is an organization of US uniformed officers: Active, Reserve, NG, former & retired. We promote a strong America & defend the rights of all who have served their families & survivors. Meet MOAA’s Low Country Chapter at its quarterly social/biz dinner, May 20th at Traditions at MCRD, Parris Island. The speaker will be Lt. Col. Paul Merritt, USMC (Ret.), Dir. of Transitioning Military Training, Technical College of the Lowcountry. Meet ‘n’ greet, 5 p.m.; dinner 5:45 p.m. Menu: Garden Salad, Chicken Francaise with pasta & vegetables, Tiramisu, coffee/ tea/soft drinks/cash bar, $25; casual dress. For reservations, contact Treas. Bill Severns MnBSeverns@aol.com/ (843) 770-9982 by May 12th; Web: http://www.lcmoaa.org. Call now; be a part of a great group with a vital mission!

Zumba to benefit Spina Bifida

GG’s Zumba Fit will be sponsoring a Zumbathon® to benefit Spina Bifida on May 30th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will go for two hours and consists of exercise geared for “all levels of participants: hard core Zumba enthusiasts, those new to Zumba, and even entire families! “ Come out and have fun while helping to raise funds for children with Spina Bifida. Zumba is a non-traditional work out focused on dance styles from around the world. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to help support children with Spina Bifida that cannot afford the cost of a special Spina Bifida camp, as well as for books and supplies for families in hospital waiting rooms, and medical research to help find a cure for Spina Bifida. The Zumbathon® will also include a silent auction plus great snacks & beverages for all the exercisers. It will be held at the Praise Assembly of God at 800 Paris Island Gateway in Beaufort.The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from your local Zumba instructor or contact GG at ggzumbafit@gmail.com, www.ggmack.zumba.com or on their Facebook page: GG’s Zumba Fit. See you there!

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What To Do the week of April 23rd-29th

Register for 2016 Beaufort County Senior Leadership

Take this amazing journey once- a-week (Wednesdays) for 12 beginning next January 2016 through early April to learn how Beaufort County works and enhance your understanding of key issues. The program, sponsored by Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, is open to all Beaufort County residents. Registration forms can be downloaded from the website: www.beaufortseniorleadership.com. Browse the website to learn more about the program and view “Highlights from the Class of 2015.” Call Bob Guinn at Clemson Extension with specific questions, 843-255-6060, X116. Reserve your seat today as the class size is limited to 35 participants and 15 paid registrations have already been received.

Fripp Audubon & Naturally Fripp present  on our barrier islands

South Carolina & Georgia’s vital barrier islands protect the coastal mainland from destructive storms & erosion. Their diverse coastal habitat & abundant wildlife are substance & sustenance for the US southeast. The Beaufort Barrier Islands’ natural riches are celebrated far beyond the Lowcountry. Join Fripp Audubon & Naturally Fripp Community Wildlife Habitat for rare insights into unique flora and fauna of our beaches, salt marshes & maritime forests from seasoned naturalist, educator & field guide author Taylor Schoettle: Apr. 23, 7 p.m., Fripp Island Community Centre. Free presentation & free pass at Fripp gate. Meet ‘n’ Greet, 6 p.m.; please bring small plate of nibbles to share. At 10 a.m. the next day, Taylor Schoettle will lead a beach walk from Rock Beauty Rd.; y’all come! Contact Pat Cotter patrick.r.cotter@gmail.com & visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Final spring organ concert features JeeYoon Choi 

Dr. JeeYoon Choi of First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston will present the final concert in the free spring series of Friday organ concerts at noon on Friday, April 24th at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort. Dr. Choi, a native of Seoul, Korea, is Director of Music and Senior Organist at First Scots and an adjunct faculty member of Limestone College. She received her Doctoral degree from Boston University, a Master’s with honors from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor’s with distinction from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul. She studied organ with Stefan Engels and James David Christie. Dr. Choi founded the Bach Festival of Charleston and served as its artistic director from 2008 to 2013. She has taught organ at Boston University and served as a board member of the Charleston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She will perform on the church’s historic Taylor & Boody organ as the final guest organist in the spring series. Concerts are free and open to the public. Details: Patricia Gould, pgould@sthelenas1712.org or 843.522.1712, ext. 214 ; or Kelly Newnham,  knewnham@sthelenas1712 or 843.522.1712; or visit www.sthelenas1712.org.

Outdoor volunteers needed

In partnership with Beaufort Elementary School (BES), Fripp Audubon is holding a volunteer work project from 9-12 on Saturday, April 25th. The project will clean and organize the BES outdoor garden/living lab. Volunteers are also needed to assist with a Beaufort Elementary Schools field trip to the Port Royal rookery on May 15th. Please contact Betsy Richards if you can work on either or both of these Audubon projects at richardsbetsy43@gmail.com.

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What To Do the week of April 16th-22nd

Harriott Powers, Extraordinary Quilter

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m. at Praise Assembly, 800 Paris Island Gateway. A special presentation will be made by local quilter and guild member Mary Hampton Campbell on African-American quilt maker Harriott Angeline Powers, born into slavery in Georgia in 1837. How did her quilts make their way into collections of the Smithsonian and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts? Mary will tell Harriott’s story along with stories of the people who lovingly cared for her quilts so that they can be admired and enjoyed today – over 100 years later. She will also show a replica of Harriott Angeline Powers’ iconic Bible Quilt. For details contact Sharon Kimber at 838-2870 or skimber76@gmail.com.

Concert at the Parish Church of St. Helena

Steven Young of Bridgewater State University will present the fourth in the free spring series of Friday organ concerts at noon on Friday, April 17th,  at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort.  Dr. Young is a Professor of Music at Bridgewater, where he teaches music theory, music history, and choral techniques and is Director of Choral Activities, conducting the college’s two choral ensembles. He is also the organist and music director at the Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Taunton, MA. He holds degrees in organ performance from Barrington College and New England Conservatory of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. He also holds the Associate Certificate from the American Guild of Organists.  He will perform on the church’s historic Taylor & Boody organ as the fourth guest organist in the spring series. Concerts are free and open to the public.  The spring concert series will conclude on May 1 with a presentation by JeeYoon Choi of Charleston.

Love theatre?

Blithe Spirit, a comedy by famous playwright Noel Coward, is playing April 17th and 18th at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 3 p.m.at the USCB Center for the Arts. Please join us in celebrating this genius play and fantastic ensemble of actors. Directed by USCB Theatre Professor George Pate.

Earth Day at the Farmers Market

On April 18th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon celebrate Earth Day at the Farmers Market in Port Royal. Numerous environmental groups will be set up with information and giveaways.  Judge the Rain Barrel decorating Contest. Learn how to put fittings into a rain barrel. Help plant a tree. Come learn about your environment, shop, and eat local foods at the Farmers Market! For additional information, contact Shelby Berry, Beaufort Conservation District at 843-522-8100.

“Coming home” is important!

The old adage, “There’s no place like home” can mean even more when we consider our relationship with God.  If you have been away from the Catholic Church or are newly returned to the practice of your faith, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 70 Lady Island Drive welcomes you to join us April 18 through May 23 for six consecutive Saturdays, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for presentations, discussions and Q/A designed to help brothers and sisters come home.  For more info, please contact Deborah Richard at 843-575-3742 and deborahmrichard@hargray.com or Theresa Pulliam at 843-524-2604 and pulliams@hargray.com.

Don’t miss the Soft Shell Crab Festival

Celebrate the 12th annual Soft Shell Crab Festival with food, fun and festivities for all on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 5 p.m. on Paris Avenue in cool, coastal, far from ordinary Port Royal, SC. The festival is free and open to all. It will feature a variety of eclectic cuisine in addition to the Lowcountry’s soft shell crabs prepared in a variety of styles by area chefs. In addition to live music, there will be an all-ages cornhole tournament, a kids’ zone entertainment area, a craft/artisan fair and a car show by Beaufort’s Classic Car & Truck Club. The festival will also feature Port Royal’s annual Crab Race where approximately 5,000 rubber crabs are “adopted” by individuals for $10.00 each. Proceeds from the Crab Race benefit the Rotary Clubs of Beaufort, which support several charitable causes. To adopt a crab and learn more about the charities, visit www.PortRoyalCrabRace.com. For more information about the Soft Shell Crab Festival, visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or call (843) 592-2356.

Birders take note

Fripp Audubon is sponsoring a field trip to the Edisto Nature Trail on Thursday, April 23rd.  Edisto Nature Trail is a one-mile walk through typical low country forest with a spur trail leading to a bottomland swamp of the Edisto River. We hope to find early Swainson’s, hooded and Kentucky warblers. Depending on time and interest, we will ride through Donnelley WM/A on the way home. Meet at McDonald’s, Lady’s Island, for 8 a.m. departure. Bring binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, water, snacks/lunch etc. In order to have an idea about the size of the group, please email Patrick Cotter at patrick.r.cotter@gmail.com if you are coming on the Edisto trip.

Community bible study brunch for visitors

The Beaufort Women’s Day Class of Community Bible Study will hold an informational Visitor’s Day Brunch on Thursday, April 23, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Parish Church of St. Helena’s Parish Hall, Beaufort. This event is open to all area women interested in joining Community Bible Study for the 2015-16 class study of the books of Daniel and Revelation beginning in September. Community Bible Study is non-denominational presenting an in-depth Bible study in a caring format. The Beaufort class meets weekly from September to May on Thursday mornings and is open to women and children, infants to age 12; classes are limited. Women may bring children to the brunch, but advance reservations are required for childcare. For more information call Sandi Fischer 838-0212 or visit the Beaufort CBS website at beaufort.cbsclass.org or Beaufort CBS on Facebook.

Renowned speaker at the Archaeological Society speakers series

On Thursday, April 23rd at 6 p.m. the Beaufort Chapter of the Archaeological Society of SC and the Beaufort District Collection will present a lecture by Dr. Chester DePratter discussing Santa Elena at the Beaufort District Collection Space upstairs in the Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St., in Beaufort. Dr. DePratter is a Research Associate Professor at SCIAA South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. Chester DePratter has worked on a variety of Native American sites, primarily in South Carolina and Georgia, and has written numerous articles on prehistoric archaeology, exploration routes of Spanish explorers and the early European presence in the southeastern United States. Seating is limited to the first 50 guests. There is no charge for this event.

Opportunity to try new healing methods

Integrative Healing Arts Sampler is on April 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Clinical style delivery of acupuncture, Christian counseling, massage, chiropractic, neuro emotional, Healing Touch, nutritional, holistic MD and more by licensed volunteer practitioners and Christian healing prayer team. The event will take place at 705 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC.  There is a $10 donation for a 20 minute session to raise funds for those with mental and a disability condition is requested. Scholarship applications for free services are available onsite. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and spots are limited but entry is free to public if you just want to visit. Samplers will occur on the last Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Ministries for Synergetic Wellness, Inc. a filed nonprofit to raise funds for those who cannot afford holistic mental health and integrative services. For questions email reneesutton@healthierhealing.com or see ministriesforsynergeticwellness.org.

Bird and turtle volunteers needed

The Fripp Audubon Club is planning a work day on Saturday, April 25th to clean and organize the Beaufort Elementary School outdoor garden/living lab. But we need volunteers to make this all happen. We need you from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and that should do it if we get a lot of volunteers so entice your neighbors to join you.  If you would like to help, email Betsy Richards at richardsbetsy43@gmail.com. Volunteers are asked to bring any of the following: Spades, screw drivers, hammers, drills, shovels, clippers, saws (for small Popcorn trees) and mallets. Plus, your own gloves. We will have water, coffee, snacks, plastic gloves, feeders, plants, bird seed, and rocks.

Youth Rally

Don’t miss the “Souled Out” Youth Rally on April 25th between 5 to 8 p.m. This is the perfect Saturday night for kids between 7th to 12th grades. This is a free region-wide youth rally featuring performances by Clear Vision Drama Co. (Springfield, MO), “One Way” (student praise band of FBC of Richmond, GA), guest speakers and pizza. The rally takes place at the Red Dam Baptist Church, 488 Red Dam Road, in Hardeeville. For additional information, please call (843) 784-6083, email info@reddambaptistchurch.org, or visit www.reddambaptistchurch.org.

Next events at the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center:
Sat. April 18:
Kayak Tours, 12 to 2 p.m
Sat. April 18: Prayers for the Water Community Concert, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wed. April 22: Story Time, 12:30 p.m.

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What To Do the week of April 9th-15th

Free yoga for military families at ArtiZen

Join us on Thursday, April 9th (or the second Thursday of every month) from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at ArtiZen Yoga. This is exclusively for active military and their spouses. It will be taught by Ayren Pfeifer, our certified Ashtanga teacher, and a military spouse of 13 years. Childcare will be available for $5 for per child. ArtiZen is located at 1211 Newcastle St. For additional information call 843-298-0734.

DAR set meeting with guest speaker

The Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th, at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located at 1208 North Street, Beaufort. The guest speaker will be Dr. Brent Morris, USCB Assistant Professor of History. For more information, contact Regent, Harriett Bosiack at 843-466-0305.

Cobia on a spinning rod

The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club’s next meeting will be held Thursday April 9th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. As the saying goes, “When the jasmine bloom the Cobia will arrive offshore and in Port Royal Sound and St Helena Sound’. Well known Fishin’ Coach Capt. Dan Utley will deliver a Cobia presentation. He will discuss locations, tides, baits of choice, rods, reels, and particularly rigging for this well-known local species. You do not need a reservation and guests are welcomed. For additional information call Captain Frank Gibson 843-522-2122 or fgibson@islc.net.

Free Organ Concert on Church St.

Jay Yau of Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio will present the third in the free spring series of Friday organ concerts at noon on April 10th at noon at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort. Yau, the Featured Young Organist for the spring series, is the organist and music director for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, Ohio. He was the organist and assistant music director for Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island in 2012-2013.  He began studying organ in 2011 with Dr. Julia Harlow in Charleston. Concerts are free and open to the public.

Beaufort County offers document shredding

The Beaufort County Public Works Department Solid Waste and Recycling Division is hosting a secure document shredding event for Saturday, April 11, 2015. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Public Works site located at 80 Shanklin Road in Beaufort.  Any types or colors of paper, file folders, or envelopes are acceptable.  Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed.  Materials can be brought in any container or bag and will be emptied into roll carts for immediate shredding.  All materials will be shredded on site for as long as the receptacle trucks have the capacity. Only residential quantities will be accepted. No materials from commercial businesses will be accepted. No electronics will be collected at this event.  For more information, contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division by calling 843-255-2736 or visiting their website at www.bcgov.net/recycle.

Have you ever wanted to try Dragon Boating?

DragonBoat Beaufort is hosting an open paddle event at Port Royal Landing Marina on Sunday April 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members will be on hand to talk about dragon boating and explain the link between dragon boating and cancer recovery. Cancer survivors especially welcome. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience paddling in a dragon boat.

Book talk and singing at the Penn Center

Join us on April 12th for an afternoon of book talk and singing plus hear more about the book Blessed Experiences by Congressman James Clyburn. The event starts at 3:00 p.m. at Frissell Community House on St. Helena. This event is open and free to the public. For more information contact Penn Center: (843) 838-2432 or info@penncenter.com.

Don’t miss the Soft Shell Crab Festival

Celebrate the 12th annual Soft Shell Crab Festival with food, fun and festivities for all on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 5 p.m. on Paris Avenue in cool, coastal, far from ordinary Port Royal, SC. The festival is free and open to all. It will feature a variety of eclectic cuisine in addition to the Lowcountry’s soft shell crabs prepared in a variety of styles by area chefs. In addition to live music, there will be an all-ages cornhole tournament, a kids’ zone entertainment area, a craft/artisan fair and a car show by Beaufort’s Classic Car & Truck Club. The festival will also feature Port Royal’s annual Crab Race where approximately 5,000 rubber crabs are “adopted” by individuals for $10.00 each. Proceeds from the Crab Race benefit the Rotary Clubs of Beaufort, which support several charitable causes. To adopt a crab and learn more about the charities, visit www.PortRoyalCrabRace.com. For more information about the Soft Shell Crab Festival, visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or call (843) 592-2356.

Harriott Powers, Extraordinary Quilter

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m. at Praise Assembly, 800 Paris Island Gateway. A special presentation will be made by local quilter and guild member Mary Hampton Campbell on African-American quilt maker Harriott Angeline Powers, born into slavery in Georgia in 1837. How did her quilts make their way into collections of the Smithsonian and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts? Mary will tell Harriott’s story along with stories of the people who lovingly cared for her quilts so that they can be admired and enjoyed today – over 100 years later. She will also show a replica of Harriott Angeline Powers’ iconic Bible Quilt. For details contact Sharon Kimber at 838-2870 or skimber76@gmail.com.

Concert at the Parish Church of St. Helena

Steven Young of Bridgewater State University will present the fourth in the free spring series of Friday organ concerts at noon on Friday, April 17th,  at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort.  Dr. Young is a Professor of Music at Bridgewater, where he teaches music theory, music history, and choral techniques and is Director of Choral Activities, conducting the college’s two choral ensembles. He is also the organist and music director at the Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Taunton, MA. He holds degrees in organ performance from Barrington College and New England Conservatory of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. He also holds the Associate Certificate from the American Guild of Organists.  He will perform on the church’s historic Taylor & Boody organ as the fourth guest organist in the spring series. Concerts are free and open to the public.  The spring concert series will conclude on May 1 with a presentation by JeeYoon Choi of Charleston.

Community bible study brunch for visitors

The Beaufort Women’s Day Class of Community Bible Study will hold an informational Visitor’s Day Brunch on Thursday, April 23, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Parish Church of St. Helena’s Parish Hall, Beaufort. This event is open to all area women interested in joining Community Bible Study for the 2015-16 class study of the books of Daniel and Revelation beginning in September. Community Bible Study is non-denominational presenting an in-depth Bible study in a caring format. The Beaufort class meets weekly from September to May on Thursday mornings and is open to women and children, infants to age 12; classes are limited. Women may bring children to the brunch, but advance reservations are required for childcare. For more information call Sandi Fischer 838-0212 or visit the Beaufort CBS website at beaufort.cbsclass.org or Beaufort CBS on Facebook.

Opportunity to try new healing methods

Integrative Healing Arts Sampler is on April 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Clinical style delivery of acupuncture, Christian counseling, massage, chiropractic, neuro emotional, Healing Touch, nutritional, holistic MD and more by licensed volunteer practitioners and Christian healing prayer team. The event will take place at 705 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC.  There is a $10 donation for a 20 minute session to raise funds for those with mental and a disability condition is requested. Scholarship applications for free services are available onsite. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and spots are limited but entry is free to public if you just want to visit. Samplers will occur on the last Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Ministries for Synergetic Wellness, Inc. a filed nonprofit to raise funds for those who cannot afford holistic mental health and integrative services. For questions email reneesutton@healthierhealing.com or see ministriesforsynergeticwellness.org.

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What To Do the week of April 2nd-8th

Grief Support Group available in Beaufort

Agape’ Hospice of the Lowcountry is offering a Grief Support Group to anyone in the community who has recently lost someone in their family or with anyone who is in need of grief support. This group is open to not only those served by Agape’ Hospice but also to the entire community. The meetings are led by Bereavement Coordinator Danny Swain of Agape’ Hospice and are held the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in our Beaufort Office located at 907 Boundary St. For more information on the group please contact Danny at 803-943-2278 or 803-842-9800.

SADD Club at BCHS host food drive

The Battery Creek High School SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions Club) is conducting a food drive For HELP Beaufort  April 1st to April 30th. The SADD Club is collecting all types of pasta and rice products. Donations may be left with Mrs. Grooms in the front office.

Next Level Living hosts discussion event 

Many of us have had shameful things happen in our past and we have allowed it to take ownership in our present. Bitterness, hurt, anger, or hopelessness does have the right to vent but it does not have the right to stay. So if you want to be free from this kind of stuff, join us Saturday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m. at The Quality Inn Town Center 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort. This event is FREE to the public. Invite your friends, family, and co-workers to this event.

Hunting Island offers Easter Eggstravangza

On April 4th, Hunting Island State Park will host an Easter Eggstravangza. There is included at no additional cost with your park admission. Park Admission is: Adults: $5 • SC Seniors: $3.25 • Ages 6-15: $3 • Children 5 & under: Free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the picnic shelter by the lighthouse. The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Enter our creative coloring contest to win prizes! Age groups: ages 5 & under and ages 6-12. For additional information, contact us at huntingisland@scprt.com or 843-838-2011.

Family Easter carnival to benefit the YMCA

The Link Church and Decibel Church of Beaufort is hosting a free family Easter carnival Saturday, April 4th, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Park (near the skate park in Port Royal). This annual event benefits the Beaufort County YMCA Preschool. Please consider donations of Kleenex, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, Styrofoam bowls, plastic forks and spoons, learning puzzles, dress up clothes and pretend kitchen items in exchange for free entry and event participation. Vendors and activities include The Blood Alliance blood drive, inflatable bouncers, games, Sno Cones, popcorn, music by The Brewer Band and much more. For information, visit www.thelinkbeaufort.com.

Easter at Riverview Baptist Church

Riverview Baptist Church, located at 2209 Boundary Street in Beaufort invites you to join them for Easter Sunrise Service on April 5th. Resurrection Sunday will begin with Easter Sunrise worship service on the banks of the marsh (behind the church) at 7 a.m. Morning worship will begin at 11 a.m. At the conclusion of the morning service, the 2015 Annual Consolidated Mission’s Offering will be collected. Following the conclusion of worship service and the Mission Offering, all folks are encouraged to join in for a Fellowship Lunch.  Bring your favorite covered dish and join in this time for Christian Fellowship.

Wine tasting to benefit Under One Roof

On Wednesday, April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., a free wine tasting will be held at Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties’ new Beaufort Office on North Street to promote Under One Roof: a growing local non­profit dedicated to helping aging residents who want to stay in their homes. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres while learning more about this important organization’s meaningful work. Five wines will be presented for tasting by Ta­ca­ron Trading Company in Okatie.  All wines will be available for purchase and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Under One Roof. The event is being held at Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties’ new office at the corner of North and Bay Streets, with spectacular views of the Bay. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to chat with board members and view a presentation of the work that Under One Roof has completed in the community. Under One Roof founder Richard Drake (a Certified Aging in Place Specialist) says “we are thrilled to have this opportunity to raise awareness for Under One Roof as we seek to grow the organization and to help more Beaufort residents stay in their homes”. There will be another opportunity to learn more about Under One Roof on Sunday, April 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as the organization hosts Guest Bartender Night at Sweetgrass Restaurant on Dataw Island. An informational session with complimentary hors d’oeuvres will will precede the event, beginning at 5 p.m.

Cobia on the fly

The April 8 meeting of the Sea Island Fly Fishing Club will be at 6 p.m. at Bay St. Outfitters, 825 Bay St. in downtown Beaufort. The speaker will be veteran Beaufort guide Capt. Doug Gertis. Doug will speak on cobia, the species that he helped make popular in our area. A pioneer cobia expert, Doug can remember when he had the Broad River to himself during cobia season. Today we see a fleet of boats chasing cobia during the season. His talk will include refusals and how to change tactics and be successful in spite of temperamental fish. Capt. Gertis’ boat until recently held the SC cobia record at 86 lbs., and he once had two over 70 lbs. in one day on the fly. The public is welcome to attend this free event and refreshments are available. Join us for fishing talk and cobia wisdom. Anyone interested in fly fishing should attend, or check out the club at www.seaislandflyfishers.com. Call Jack Baggette at 843-441-4023 with questions.

Free yoga for military families at ArtiZen

Join us on Thursday, April 9th (or the second Thursday of every month) from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at ArtiZen Yoga.  This is exclusively for active military and their spouses. It will be taught by Ayren Pfeifer, our certified Ashtanga teacher, and a military spouse of 13 years. Childcare will be available for $5 for per child.  ArtiZen is located at 1211 Newcastle St. For additional information call 843-298-0734.

DAR set meeting with guest speaker

The Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th, at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located at 1208 North Street, Beaufort. The guest speaker will be Dr. Brent Morris, USCB Assistant Professor of History. For more information, contact Regent, Harriett Bosiack at 843-466-0305.

Cobia on a spinning rod

The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club’s next meeting will be held Thursday April 9th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. As the saying goes, “When the jasmine bloom the Cobia will arrive offshore and in Port Royal Sound and St Helena Sound’. Well known Fishin’ Coach Capt. Dan Utley will deliver a Cobia presentation. He will discuss locations, tides, baits of choice, rods, reels, and particularly rigging for this well-known local species. You do not need a reservation and guests are welcomed. For additional information call Captain Frank Gibson 843-522-2122 or fgibson@islc.net.

Free organ concert at Church of St. Helena

Jay Yau of Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio will present the third in the free spring series of Friday organ concerts at noon on April 10th at noon at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort. Yau, the Featured Young Organist for the spring series, is the organist and music director for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, Ohio. He was the organist and assistant music director for Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island in 2012-2013.  He began studying organ in 2011 with Dr. Julia Harlow in Charleston. Concerts are free and open to the public.

The Soft Shell Crab Festival is coming!

Beaufort County will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 5 p.m. on Paris Avenue in cool, coastal, far from ordinary Port Royal, SC. The festival is free and open to all. It will feature a variety of eclectic cuisine in addition to the Lowcountry’s soft shell crabs prepared in a variety of styles by area chefs. In addition to live music, there will be an all-ages cornhole tournament, a kids’ zone entertainment area, a craft/artisan fair and a car show by Beaufort’s Classic Car & Truck Club. The festival will also feature Port Royal’s annual Crab Race where approximately 5,000 rubber crabs are “adopted” by individuals for $10.00 each. Proceeds from the Crab Race benefit the Rotary Clubs of Beaufort, which support several charitable causes. To adopt a crab and learn more about the charities, visit www.PortRoyalCrabRace.com. For more information about the Soft Shell Crab Festival, visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or call (843) 592-2356.

Beaufort Water Festival

It’s that time again. The 60th Beaufort Water Festival is coming so you need to get out your calendar and mark all this down because there is something here for everyone. Tickets for the nightly events are available online at www.bftwaterfestival.com. Besides specific event tickets, you can get a Seasons Pass that includes a ticket for each night (excluding the Teen Dance), at a cost of $95. You don’t want to miss:

Music & Dancing
•  Teen Night — DJ Donna Patrick
•  Motown Monday — Deaz Guys
•  River Dance — Slippery When Wet (a Bon Jovi cover band) followed by Silicone Sister (opening act)
•  Commodore’s Ball — Too Much Sylvia

Water & Air Events
•  Paddle Battle — May 9th – Will be held at the Village of Battery Creek & Parris Island Landing
•  Kayak and SUP – 3 and 6 mile races will travel up and down Battery Creek
•  Sailing Regatta – May 30th – Held at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club

Fishing Tournament
June 6th – Captain’s Meeting at the Shed, Port Royal SC, June 6th followed by – Awards Banquet at the Shed, June 8th

Water Ski Show
July 18th – Being brought back this year to the Waterfront Park

Air Show
July 26th – Moved to the final Sunday, and is following the Blessing of the Fleet. The show includes two aerobatic planes and parachute jumpers, each performing twice.

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What To Do the week of March 26th-April 1st

Tween event at the Lobeco Branch Library

Nail Art for Tweens is being offered FREE at the Lobeco Library. Come design your own nails, a perfect afternoon for 9-13 year olds, but registration is required so call early to reserve your spot. It will be on Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway. For additional information contact the library at 843-255-6481. Website:  beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Circus to the max comes to Beaufort

Featured acts include: Judit and Juergen Nerger’s Tigers—the largest and most spectacular tiger act ever! High Wire Feats—high tension thrills performed in most unusual fashion: rather than using typical balance poles, our funambulists traverse the wire aided by umbrellas! Elephants: Yes, we have them! We love our elephants! And Clowns- lots and lots of clowns. The Circus will be held at 201 Cherokee Farms Rd., adjacent to Habersham Marketplace and performances begin at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on March 26th.

Fish fry to support scholarship students

Please join the St. Helena/Lady’s Island Chapter of NAACP, support scholarships for the ACT SO High School Students scholarship competition, by purchasing a ticket for or attending the upcoming Fish Fry Fundraiser.  The fish fry will be held Saturday, March 28, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. near the Lady’s Island Shell Station at the corner of Chowan Creek Rd and Old Distant Island Rd.  To purchase tickets, gain more information, or make a donation please contact: Barbara Jean at 347-497-9326 or Tonya Johnson Phillips at 843-441-4985.

Free merchandise at yard sale

TheraVista, The Lending Room and Roxanne Cheney Organizes team up again for Spring Clean for Joy on March 28th 7:30 to 10 a.m. at TheraVista, 263 Brickyard Point Road South on Lady’s Island. This ‘yard sale’ where everything is FREE is held twice a year to get folks feeling joyful about clearing out those unused items that just sit in closets, drawers and garages then allow others to feel joyful in receiving items that they could use now. We are currently accepting donations of items in all categories from furniture, household goods, tools, clothes, etc. For more info on dropping off donations, email theravista@gmail.com or call 843.812-1328. Together let’s spread great JOY!

YMCA to host pancake breakfast fundraiser

The Childcare Staff of the Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, March 28th at the YMCA located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. Pancakes, sausage, bacon and beverages will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be a special appearance by Tux the Clown and the Easter Bunny with photo opportunities as well as musical entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Annual Scholarship Fund which directly aids our community members through financial assistance for YMCA childcare, membership, summer camp, sports and aquatic programs. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child and children aged 2 and under are free. Contact Hannah Manning, Early Childhood Director, hannahmymca@gmail.com, call her at 832.522.9622  or go to their website at  www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

Need a car wash?

Battery Creek High School Band is raising money by washing cars on March 28th, April 11th, and May 2nd. They will be having this event at Bojangles located at 109 Robert Smalls Parkway from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please come out and get your car washed and support the BCHS Band.

Join the second annual VOLKSMARCH

The Friends of Hunting Island announce the second annual VOLKSMARCH or People’s Walk on Saturday, March 28th. Walks along the lagoon and through the maritime forest will feature major segments of the Hunting Island Trail System. Walkers can start from the Nature Center (next to the fishing pier) anytime from 9 a.m. to 3pm. Following signs along the path, the walk can be completed in 1.5 hours. Contributions ($10 for a participation pendant) will benefit the Discover Carolina Program for local schools.So, get your friends and neighbors together and join us! For more information, visit www.friendsofhuntingisland.org.

20th Annual KidFest – free to the public!

The 20th Annual KidFest, a fun day of FREE activities, games, and entertainment for families is set for Saturday, March 28th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cross Creek Shopping Center (near Belk and Best Buy).  The event is presented by Marine Corps Community Services-South Carolina in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), The Exchange Club of Beaufort and the Department of Social Services (DSS).  Over 50 local agencies will be present to educate and entertain our community in celebration of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The DoD/OSD theme for 2015 is “Children deserve to be protected.  Know the warning signs. Help Stop Child Abuse… before it happens.” This event is free to the public.  We invite all families to join us for snow cones, crafts, fire truck tour, face painting, animals, prizes, a talent show, and much more!

Learn “Brainy & Bendy” yoga backbends

One Yoga Sanctuary, located at 73 Sea Island Pkwy. in Beaufort, is offering “Brainy and Bendy,” a workshop dedicated to the art of backbends, on Saturday, March 28, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Instructors Carol Morrissey and Stacy Hannah from One Yoga will lead participants through an exploration of the movement necessary to achieve safe, satisfying backbends. The cost of the workshop is $25 and advanced registration is required as space is limited. Register online at oneyogasanctuary.com or call (843) 476-1388.

Friends of Garden’s Corner to hold meeting

The Friends of Garden’s Corner will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. under the oaks at Garden’s Corner. If it is raining, the meeting will be held in the vacant building (former furniture store) on the southwest quadrant of the site. The program will include Brad Hill of BPG: Beaufort Planning Group speaking on the beautification project plan. There will be a short business meeting, update on progress and projects, election of new officers and light refreshments will be serviced. For additional information, please contact Woody Collins at 843-846-2322.

LowCountry Fly Fishing Expo this weekend

The third annual LowCountry Fly Fishing Expo to be held Saturday, March 28th is just days away and there are limited tickets left. This is a great way to start learning or advancing your knowledge of the sport of saltwater fly casting. Go to our website to see all of the events and who will be offering sessions on topics like Techniques of Fly Fishing Casting, How to Tie Flies and much more. If you still need information call us at 843-524-5250 or go to our website at www.baystreetoutfitters.com.

Next Level Living hosts discussion event 

Many of us have had shameful things happen in our past and we have allowed it to take ownership in our present. Bitterness, hurt, anger, or hopelessness does have the right to vent but it does not have the right to stay. So if you want to be free from this kind of stuff, join us Saturday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m. at The Quality Inn Town Center 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort. This event is FREE to the public. Invite your friends, family, and co-workers to this event.

Family Easter carnival to benefit the YMCA

The Link Church and Decibel Church of Beaufort is hosting a free family Easter carnival Saturday, April 4th, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Park (near the skate park in Port Royal). This annual event benefits the Beaufort County YMCA Preschool. Please consider donations of Kleenex, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, Styrofoam bowls, plastic forks and spoons, learning puzzles, dress up clothes and pretend kitchen items in exchange for free entry and event participation. Vendors and activities include The Blood Alliance blood drive, inflatable bouncers, games, Sno Cones, popcorn, music by The Brewer Band and much more. For information, visit www.thelinkbeaufort.com.

Cobia on the fly

The April 8th meeting of the Sea Island Fly Fishing Club will be at 6 p.m. at Bay St. Outfitters, 825 Bay St. in downtown Beaufort. The speaker will be veteran Beaufort guide Capt. Doug Gertis. Doug will speak on cobia, the species that he helped make popular in our area. A pioneer cobia expert, Doug can remember when he had the Broad River to himself during cobia season. Today we see a fleet of boats chasing cobia during the season. His talk will include refusals and how to change tactics and be successful in spite of temperamental fish. Capt. Gertis’ boat until recently held the SC cobia record at 86 lbs., and he once had two over 70 lbs. in one day on the fly. The public is welcome to attend this free event and refreshments are available. Join us for fishing talk and cobia wisdom. Anyone interested in fly fishing should attend, or check out the club at www.seaislandflyfishers.com. Call Jack Baggette at 843-441-4023 with questions.

Cobia on a spinning rod

The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club’s next meeting will be held Thursday April 9th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. As the saying goes, “When the jasmine bloom the Cobia will arrive offshore and in Port Royal Sound and St Helena Sound’. Well known Fishin’ Coach Capt. Dan Utley will deliver a Cobia presentation. He will discuss locations, tides, baits of choice, rods, reels, and particularly rigging for this well-known local species. You do not need a reservation and guests are welcomed. For additional information call Captain Frank Gibson 843-522-2122 or fgibson@islc.net.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Port Royal Farmers Market

Support Earth Day 2015! Enjoy the many environmental displays, live critters, activities, giveaways, and have some just plain fun on April 18th at the Port Royal Farmers Market –Heritage Naval Park. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn how to make it easy to go green in Beaufort. Have breakfast or lunch and enjoy live music while you shop for locally grown foods. Call Beaufort Conservation District for details at 843-522-8100 or email shelby.berry@sc.nacdnet.net or visit www.portroyalfarmersmarket.com.

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What To Do the week of March 19th-25th

Make it a night to remember in Beaufort

The production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Shakespeare Rep will be this Thursday – Sunday March 19-22 at USCB. Shakespeare Rep continues its Season of Wonders with a lovely, modernized interpretation of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in 1967, the Summer of Love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings a lot of happy vibes and great music to help fuel the comic masterpiece. You can get tickets to the play by visiting http://www.uscbcenterforthearts.com or calling 843-521-4145. The tickets to the show are $20.  Plus, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights you can make it an evening to remember by starting with dinner hosted by Southern Graces at the Beaufort Inn. It will be four courses that promise to make your mouth water. And all this for only $25 per person. Reservations are required (843-379-0555).

First in free organ concert series to begin

Dr. Sarah Mahler Kraaz will present the first in the free spring organ concert series on Friday, March 20th at noon at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort. Dr. Kraaz is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department and Organist of the College at Ripon College in Wisconsin, where she teaches piano, organ, harpsichord, music history, counterpoint, Women in Music, Topics in 20th-century American Popular Music, and Music and War. Her Scottish folk songs and sea chanteys have been published, and her anthem, “The Bitter Winter,” was premiered by the Ripon College Choral Union in 2008.
Concerts are free and open to the public. For further information contact Patricia Gould, 843.522.1712, ext. 214 or email her at pgould@sthelenas1712.org; or visit www.sthelenas1712.org.

March event at the St. Helena Branch Library

This event is a “Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre” on Friday, March 20th at 4 p.m. This is a fundraiser for teen services through the Friends of the Beaufort Library. Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson along with a host of book characters to solve the mystery of who killed King Henry, VIII. The cost is $10 per person (payable at the door) for dinner which gives you a choice of either Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo or Plain Pasta with marinara sauce and steamed broccoli. Dinners are served with beverage, salad, garlic bread, and dessert. All proceeds are tax deductible. The event will take place at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd; St Helena Island. For additional information or to RSVP, please call 843-255-6487.

Lookin’ for just the right thing?

The annual Beaufort Academy Junior Class Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, March 21st – in the BA gym.

Spring cleanup planned for Port Royal

The Beaufort County Public Works Department, Solid Waste and Recycling Section, and Keep Beaufort County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., are jointly hosting a Great American Cleanup event in the Town of Port Royal.  The event will take place on March 21st. Keep Beaufort County Beautiful will lead a land cleanup beginning at 7:30 a.m. Beaufort Kayak Tours will lead a water cleanup beginning at 10:00 a.m. from the Sands Beach to the Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve. Great American Cleanup events offer volunteer opportunities for individuals, schools, communities, businesses, and other groups to take action and get involved with their environment.  Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Those interested in volunteering for the land cleanup should contact Kathryn Madden at kmadden@bcgov.net and plan to meet at the Port Royal Town Hall located at 700 Paris Avenue. Individuals interested in the water cleanup should contact Beaufort Kayak Tours to reserve a kayak free of charge at info@beaufortkayaktours.com or 843-525-0810. Event organizers will provide trash bags and safety vests.  Volunteers are strongly encouraged to bring gloves and a bottle of water.

Players invited to adaptive golf clinic

Adaptive golf instructors will be out at The Legends at Parris Island this Saturday teaching players with disabilities how to enjoy the game of golf. The free monthly clinic, sponsored by Beaufort Memorial and Legends, is being held this Saturday, March 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. on the driving range. Civilians, veterans and active military personnel are invited to join the free two-hour session and learn how to use adaptive techniques and tools to tee off and putt better than ever. Whether you’re recovering from a stroke, spine or joint injury, amputation or traumatic brain injury, you can have fun playing golf and improve your balance and coordination in the process. Adaptive Golf clinics are held the third Saturday of each month and are open to everyone. Other events and tournaments also are scheduled regularly. For more information or to register, contact either Beaufort Memorial physical therapist Steve Giammona at (843) 522-5850 or Sgiammona@bmhsc.org, or PGA professional Andy Hinson at (843) 228-2240 or hinsonca@usmc-mccs.org.

Marines’ charity dinner helps military families

Do two things at once. Enjoy a delicious spaghetti & meatball dinner with all the fixins’ on Saturday, Mar. 21st between, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and at the same time, raise money to help military families. If you close your eyes you’ll think you’re dining in Italy…OK, Port Royal. This fine feast is provided by the nonprofit Marine Corps League Yellow Footprints Detachment chefs! Where will this feast be? At AMVET’s located at 1831 Ribaut Rd., The cost is only $10 for adults and kids eat for $5; Dine in or takeout plus a cash bar. Dinner, silent auction & chances to win a home defense shotgun will benefit Youth Scholarships & Marine Family Outreach programs. You can buy tickets from League members or at door. You can also get them at Spectrum Graphics, 196 Sam’s Point. Rd., Lady’s Is. & Computer Dynamics, 399-B Parris Island Gateway. For additional information contact Bernie Eveler at (843) 525-1059 or email him at eveler1154@yahoo.com.

Are you ready to run? Ready to eat?

Join in the 7th Annual Beaufort Twilight Run 8K/5K in Habersham, on the weekend of March 20-21st beginning with a pasta dinner on Friday night and followed by a fun day of racing starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will be 1/4 mile Fun Run for kids and a Lowcountry Oyster Roast with live music from Tell Scarlet on Saturday night. The Beaufort Twilight Run supports Riverview Charter School opened in 2009. The school’s mission is to create a small, diverse learning community that actively engages students in meaningful and innovative learning experiences. Emphasizing “learning by doing,” family and community involvement, and engaged citizenship. For more information visit www.beauforttwilightrun.com.

Dr. Ken Meyer gives lecture on Swallow-tailed Kites

If you love birds, and support the protection of our birds, don’t miss this important lecture on March 21st by Dr. Ken Meyer who founded and now directs the nonprofit Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI), located in Gainesville FL where they study and supports management and conservation of rare birds. Prior to the 1900s, Swallow-tailed Kites nested in 21 states, but a decline from 1880 to 1940 resulted in the present scattered population mainly in six southeastern states. The Swallow-tailed Kite is of critical conservation concern to all state agencies, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners in Flight, Audubon, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1988, the staff of Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) has studied the yearround ecology and behavior of Swallow-tailed Kites to inform management and conservation planning. Ken will share with us critical strategies in place for conservation and the support of a rigorous population monitoring program. The Meet and Greet will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Fripp Community Center followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. If attending, please bring a small plate of nibbles. For additional information, please contact: patrick.r.cotter@gmail.com.

Welcome spring with Bridges Prep art auction

Help us raise funds for public restrooms to be added at the Washington St. Park. Join us on Monday, March 23, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at our Main Campus located at 1100 Boundary St. in downtown Beaufort.

Program honoring five local women 

The Hestelle Woodbury Women’s Missionary Society of Grace Chapel A.M.E Church presents it’s Annual Women’s History Month Program Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. The national theme for 2015 is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” Five women in the areas of education, social services, cultural arts, administration, and community services will be honored at the program. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing five local women. For more information call 843-525-0708 or 843-524-6091.

AAUW to host dinner and yoga info session

The Beaufort Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Tuesday, March 24, at 6:00 p.m., at The First Presbyterian Church at 1201 North Street. Our dinner will be catered by Debbi Covington. Glenda Stecki, Yoga Instructor, will speak about “The Benefits of Yoga.” We hope all members will attend and bring a friend. We also invite new members to join our group, which works to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For details, contact Dr. Diana Steele at 522-2796 or steele.diana@comcast.net.

Tween event at the Lobeco Branch Library

Nail Art for Tweens is being offered FREE at the Lobeco Library. Come design your own nails, a perfect afternoon for 9-13 year olds, but registration is required so call early to reserve your spot. It will be on Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway. For additional information contact the library at 843-255-6481. Website:  beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Join the second annual VOLKSMARCH

The Friends of Hunting Island announce the second annual VOLKSMARCH or People’s Walk on Saturday, March 28th. Walks along the lagoon and through the maritime forest will feature major segments of the Hunting Island Trail System. Walkers can start from the Nature Center (next to the fishing pier) anytime from 9 a.m. to 3pm. Following signs along the path, the walk can be completed in 1.5 hours. Contributions ($10 for a participation pendant) will benefit the Discover Carolina Program for local schools.So, get your friends and neighbors together and join us! For more information, visit www.friendsofhuntingisland.org.

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