Review Category : What 2 Do

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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What To Do the week of March 12th-18th

Lobeco Library offers children’s events

On March 12th, starting at 11:15 a.m., join us with your 0-4 year olds for Storytime at the Lobeco Library. Enjoy listening, singing songs and positive social interaction for your little ones. No registration required and there is no fee. On Wednesdays March 18th & March 25th at 4:30 p.m., join us for our “Crazy 8’s Math Club” where we make it fun for your children ages 8-12 to learn math by building cool things, running, jumping and even making music. Both programs are held at the Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. For more information or to register for Crazy 8’s, please call Jennifer at 843-255-6479.

New boutique hosting opening event

Spring cleaning isn’t just for houses. Most women feel the need to spruce up their wardrobes as well when the weather turns balmy. Maybe it’s the psychological effect of shedding the heavy layers that cocoon us in the winter that makes us all yearn to be butterflies by sporting bright colors, gossamer fabrics and a bit of sparkle. Whatever the reason, a new boutique has just opened in ARTworks at Beaufort Town Center which will satisfy those cravings for something fun and frilly. Run by three very elegant women, the boutique is actually a collective, comprised of Ngome (Pronounced “En-Go-May”) Enterprises, The Stylist Café, and Mahoganee’s Vintage Pieces. This well-curated mix of vintage and modern fashion and jewelry, draws from a range of cultures and eras. The partners are Donellia Chives, a young clothing and accessories designer; Mahoganee Amiger, a local songstress and fan of glamourous vintage style; and Cynthia Stewart, a former cosmetologist and self-described “fan of jewelry and feminine beauty since childhood”.  To introduce the boutique to stylish ladies of Beaufort, the trio will be hosting a “Sip & Shop” event on Saturday, March 14th with a variety of hot and cold teas available for sampling starting at noon, and a “Royal Tea” Tea Party from 4 to 6 p.m. with the additional offering of finger foods and homemade sweets. In addition to a social event and opportunity to preview the wares, special deals will be offered to shoppers throughout the afternoon. The boutique is located inside ARTworks at 2127 Boundary St., Suite 18-A in the Beaufort Town Center shopping plaza. For more information, please call 843-575-3725.

Lecture by Dr. Ken Meyer date changed

If you love birds, and support the protection of our birds, don’t miss this important lecture 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 year‐round 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.

Sport Fishing Diving Club meeting scheduled

Beaufort Sport Fishing Diving Club next meeting will be held Thursday, March 12th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club off Meridian Road on Lady’s Island. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Jane Kokinakis, a well-known local Ophthalmologist, will give the first presentation on protecting your eyes and skin while fishing followed by tips on how to see more fish, birds, and baits. She will conclude with a presentation on how to protect your eyes from fishing disasters and what to do if a hook is caught in the eye with graphic pictures. Following Dr. Kokinakis will be a presentation by both the Beaufort Marine Rescue Squad and US Coast Guard representatives. These presentations will give insights of who can respond to issues on the water, and how to contact them in case of an emergency by VHF, cell phone, or satellite phone. It will conclude with comments mainly concerning what to expect when someone has to be evacuated in an extreme emergency by helicopter. The Marine Rescue will also have their command post available during the social. You don’t need a reservation and all avid boaters are welcomed. For further Information please call Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122.

Musical night planned at the Spaghetti Club

Maggy Norden and Bill Zimmer bring songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s for their “Memories” show to the Spaghetti Club in the Habersham Marketplace. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Dinner is served; call 466-3663 for reservations.

March Events at the St. Helena Branch Library

The library has two great events coming up. The first is called “Irish Heritage” on Thursday, March 12th at 1 p.m. Here you will learn and appreciate Irish Heritage through lecture, songs, and dancing presented by the Sun City Irish Society Members. Seating is limited.
The second 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. Both events will take place at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd; St Helena Island. For additional information or to RSVP, please call 843-255-6487.

Sea Island Quilters to host speaker

The Sea Island Quilters (SIQ) will meet on Thursday,  March 19, 6 p.m. at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris  Island Gateway. Special guest speaker will be Nancy Prince an award winning quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, specializing in thread painting. She will also conduct a workshop on Saturday, March 21 at Carteret Street United Methodist Church from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For details contact Sharon Kimber at 838-2870 or skimber76@gmail.com or Trudy Flanaghan flanag@embarqmail.com.

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.

Meet the (unexpected) Beaufort Beauties

It’s not every day that you get to see seven gentlemen dress up as women and compete in a beauty contest. Right? Well that is just what is going to happen as Main Street Beaufort hosts Beaufort Beauties on March 21st starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Shed of Port Royal to raise money to support the efforts of four local charities: Main Street Beaufort, USA, Friends of Hunting Island, HELP of Beaufort, and the Humane Association of the Lowcountry. The good natured beauty contestants are: Will Achurch, Doug Boyne, Bob Ellis, Dick Geier , Zack Manley, Seth Parsick, and Bill Zimmer. The pageant’s judges are Representative Shannon Erickson, Pat Green, Beppie LeGrand, Nan Sutton, and Councilman Stephen Murray. They all promise that you will feel you are in Atlantic City as they judge the talent and evening gown competitions plus crowning Miss Congeniality, the contestant who has raised the most money for the event. Tickets can be purchased from Main Street Beaufort at (843) 525-6644 or at 101 West Street Extension in downtown Beaufort for $35.00 each. Tables of 10 or 12 are available for reservations as well as VIP on-stage seating this year for $250, includes seating for 5 and complementary drinks. You can also donate money towards a specific beauty’s quest to become Miss Congeniality. The event is expected to sell out. For inquiries call (843) 525-6644 or email director@downtownbeaufort.com.

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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What To Do the week of March 5th-11th

Beaufort High School to present musical

The Beaufort High School Theater Dept. will present “BACK TO THE 80’s – THE TOTALLY AWESOME MUSICAL” on March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at the BHS Performing Arts Center. All shows begin 7:00 p.m. Cost for Adults is $10, and cost for Students and Military with ID is $8.

One Yoga Sanctuary to offer free yoga on Friday

One Yoga Sanctuary, located at 73 Sea Island Pkwy. in Beaufort, is offering a free evening of yoga, “Friday Night Free for All,” on March 6, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Mike Boyne and Kinghorn Insurance.

Black Chamber of Commerce to hold event

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event at Penn Center on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at Hampton Cottage. Information on the new Business and Hospitality Center will be introduced. The speaker will be Isiah Smalls, recently retired City of Beaufort’s Public Works Director. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling (843) 986-1102.

Free mandatory safety training for SC hunters

One-day Hunter Safety Education course/test taught by expert outdoorsman—you need this for SC hunting lic. if you are resident or non-res. born after June 30, 1979 (optional for all others). Young hunters & families welcome! Moose Lodge #1855, 350 Broad River Blvd., Bft, SC 29906; Sat., Mar. 7th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.—FREE food/drinks by Parris Island Rod & Gun Club (or bring own). Pass test, get temporary Hunter Ed. Card. Call instructor Danny Vinson NOW, 843-812-1984. SC DNR Hunter Education is dedicated to safe enjoyment of our outdoors. Participants learn firearm & bow safety, fieldcraft, responsibility & ethics afield, wildlife identification & conservation. Visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted.html for more information.

Beaufort Republican Women’s Club luncheon

The Beaufort Republican Women’s Club will host a luncheon meeting on Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at The Holiday Inn on Boundary Street at the cost of $20. Our guest speaker is John Warren, a former Marine Captain who spent time in Iraq and the Middle East. Capt. Warren speaks regularly on US Foreign Policy, leadership and entrepreneurship. John recently participated as a principal in the largest bulk sale of single family homes in US history, selling 1400 rental properties in Atlanta for over $100 million.  All members, guests and spouses are invited. Please RSVP to Linda at (843)338 1824 or lzkeaton@aol.com.

JSLB gives back through annual Prom Boutique

The Junior Service League of Beaufort wants every girl in Beaufort and Jasper counties to be able to experience the magic that is finding the perfect prom dress. The league will hold its fourth annual Prom Boutique from noon to 5 p.m. March 7 at the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence, 80 Lowcountry Drive, just off S.C. 170 in Okatie. Prom Boutique shoppers will be able to choose from a wide variety of new and gently used formal dresses, including some from bridal designer Jenny Yoo, accessories and jewelry. JSLB members act as personal stylists during the event, helping each girl to pick the perfect gown and complete her look. Girls are welcome to bring friends or family members to help them shop and will be able to take as much time as they need to find the perfect dress. This year, the boutique will offer a red-carpet experience to all shoppers and will include a special VIP hour, from noon to 1 p.m., for girls who pre-register for the event. Those girls will have first pick of the dresses and accessories and will enjoy a shopping experience that includes even more personalized attention, sparkling grape juice and light hor d’oeuvres. Any student in Beaufort and Jasper counties is invited to attend the boutique. Shoppers must show their student ID or have a letter on school letterhead from their guidance counselor, teacher or school administrator. Those who would like to pre-register for the VIP experience can do so by emailing their name and school to jslbft@yahoo.com. For more information, please visit www.juniorserviceleagueofbeaufort.org, email jslbft@yahoo.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JSLBFT.

Happy Days For HELP prom themed fundraiser

The 5th annual “Happy Days For HELP” fundraiser will be held on March 7th at “The Shed” in Port Royal from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The theme is a 50’s – 60’s prom and everyone is encouraged to dress that era. All proceeds will go to support HELP of Beaufort. You can find more information and/or purchase tickets on our website at helpofbeaufort.org
You may also purchase tickets by calling 252-2710.

Sea Island Fly Fishers holds free meeting

Beaufort’s fly fishing club, Sea Island Fly Fishers, will meet on Wednesday, March 11th at  6 p.m., at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St.  The meeting is open and free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.  After a social period, John Holbrook will discuss wading for reds as we prepare for the coming season. John is the club president and resident expert on wading for redfish.  John’s presentations are always the highlight of the year. Call Jack Baggette at 441-4023 with questions.

Daughters of the American Revolution to meet and host speaker

The Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12th at the home of Mrs. Barbara Wood. The guest speaker will be Mary Lou Brewton, President of The Beaufort County Historical Society. For more information, contact Regent, Harriett Bosiack at 843-466-0305.

Battery Creek High School open house

Join us to learn more about Battery Creek High School’s academic programs.  The open house will be on March 12, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Refreshments and Fellowship: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and School Choice Meeting and Event: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.). During the evening, representatives from each of BCHS’s hallmark programs will be on hand to showcase our school’s offerings including MCJROTC/military science, aviation and aeronautical engineering, health science, and the arts. We will also feature our new career and technology education program’s expansion to include new courses in agricultural and bio systems science, culinary arts and welding. You don’t want to miss this event!

Seminar by Dr. Klenke at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery

Dr. Audrey Klenke of Pinnacle Plastic Surgerywill present a seminar titled “Spring into Summer: Make a Daring Debut” on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. The seminar will be at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910.

Sea Island Quilters to host speaker
The Sea Island Quilters (SIQ) will meet on Thursday,  March 19, 6 p.m. at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris  Island Gateway. Special guest speaker will be Nancy Prince an award winning quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, specializing in thread painting. Her “anyone -can- do- it” approach to thread painting is fun and easy. Nancy is the author of Simple Thread Painting and Thread Painting with Style, both published by the American Quilters Society. Ms Prince will also conduct a fun filled workshop on Saturday, March 21 at Carteret Street United Methodist Church from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For details contact Sharon Kimber at 838-2870 or skimber76@gmail.com or Trudy Flanaghan flanag@embarqmail.com.

Color-a-thon fundraiser for Lady’s Island Middle

It’s a Color-a-thon fundraiser race for Lady’s Island Middle School PTO. The event is March 21 at Lady’s Island Middle School. Register online at schoolathon.org.

ArtWalk to be held in downtown Beaufort

Main Street Beaufort, USA, invites you to and artful evening Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the Spring ArtWalk. Visit more than a dozen  galleries in downtown Beaufort featuring varied styles and  mediums of art for all tastes and desires. Refreshments will also be offered.

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 9am 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.

Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival in April

Beaufort County will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 18, from noon – 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.Port RoyalCrabRace.com. For more information about the Soft Shell Crab Festival, visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or call (843) 592-2356.

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What To Do the week of Feb. 26th-March 4th

Bethesda Christian Fellowship worship event

You’re invited to attend an afternoon of Praise and Worship featuring The Hymn Choir of Rock Hill, South Carolina on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The event is free to the public and will be held at Bethesda Christian Fellowship, 32 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on Saint Helena Island, SC. For additional information, please contact the church at (843) 838-4410.

Homecoming 2015 at Riverview Baptist

Join Riverview Baptist Church for their annual Homecoming titled “He’s Still Jesus” on March 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. There will be special music by Sweetgrass Angels, Pat & Robert Claxton, Tara & Travis Moore, and Riverview Youth Choir and special Guest Amanda Bonds from the Savannah River Association. THe message will be given by Pastor Leon Meadows.

Commandment 11 to play at Red Dam Baptist

Commandment 11, a musical group from Simpsonville, SC, will perform at Red Dam Baptist Church in Hardeeville on Sunday, March 1, beginning 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Commandment 11 Ministries was founded in January 2005 as a non¬profit organization that operates entirely on faith. While most of C11’s engagements are at churches, the group experienced a dramatic shift in its focus in 2007 when it began extending its missions into prisons and drug & alcohol recovery centers. The event is free and open to the public. RDBC is located at 488 Red Dam Road. For more information, please call (843) 784¬6083, or send an email to info@reddambaptistchurch.org. Red Dam Baptist Church is located at 488 Red Dam Road, Hardeeville, SC 29927.

New Hope Church to host financial course

New Hope Christian Church will host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) Course. This life-changing class, taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by Wilma Holman at New Hope Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Beaufort, will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. New Hope Christian Church is located at 67 Parris Island Gateway in Beaufort. The class will be held starting March 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact Wilma Holman if interested in enrolling 843-252-8228.

Free mandatory safety training for SC hunters

One-day Hunter Safety Education course/test taught by expert outdoorsman—you need this for SC hunting lic. if you are resident or non-res. born after June 30, 1979 (optional for all others). Young hunters & families welcome! Moose Lodge #1855, 350 Broad River Blvd., Bft, SC 29906; Sat., Mar. 7th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.—FREE food/drinks by Parris Island Rod & Gun Club (or bring own). Pass test, get temporary Hunter Ed. Card. Call instructor Danny Vinson NOW, 843-812-1984. SC DNR Hunter Education is dedicated to safe enjoyment of our outdoors. Participants learn firearm & bow safety, fieldcraft, responsibility & ethics afield, wildlife identification & conservation. Visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted.html for more information.

Sea Island Fly Fishers holds free meeting

Beaufort’s fly fishing club, Sea Island Fly Fishers, will meet on Wednesday, March 11th at  6 p.m., at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St.  The meeting is open and free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.  After a social period, John Holbrook will discuss wading for reds as we prepare for the coming season. John is the club president and resident expert on wading for redfish.  John’s presentations are always the highlight of the year. Call Jack Baggette at 441-4023 with questions.

Battery Creek High School Open House

Join us to learn more about Battery Creek High School’s academic programs.  The open house will be on March 12, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Refreshments and Fellowship: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and School Choice Meeting and Event: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.). During the evening, representatives from each of BCHS’s hallmark programs will be on hand to showcase our school’s offerings including MCJROTC/military science, aviation and aeronautical engineering, health science, and the arts. We will also feature our new career and technology education program’s expansion to include new courses in agricultural and bio systems science, culinary arts and welding. You don’t want to miss this event!

Seminar by Dr. Klenke at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery

Dr. Audrey Klenke of Pinnacle Plastic Surgerywill present a seminar titled “Spring into Summer: Make a Daring Debut” on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. The seminar will be at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910.

Color-a-thon fundraiser for Lady’s Island Middle

It’s a Color-a-thon fundraiser race for Lady’s Island Middle School PTO. The event is March 21 at Lady’s Island Middle School. Register online at schoolathon.org.

Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival in April

Beaufort County will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 18, from noon – 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.Port RoyalCrabRace.com. For more information about the Soft Shell Crab Festival, visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or call (843) 592-2356.

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What To Do the week of Feb. 19th-25th

Beaufort High School baseball clinic

Will you please announce information about the Beaufort High School Baseball Clinic in next week’s Island News (and the week after that too, if possible)? Participants will receive instruction on fielding, hitting, pitching, and base running from the Beaufort High School coaching staff and current members of the BHS varsity baseball team. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-14; players will split into appropriate age groups. Camp participants are required to bring their own equipment (gloves, cleats, bat, hat, and helmet) and water bottle. In the event of inclement weather, a make-up day will be scheduled. Applications will be available at the field on the day of the clinic. It will be held Saturday, February 21 at Beaufort High School Baseball Field from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Ages 8-14 welcome. The clinic fee will be $50.00. Questions? Contact Keith Riley at riley1995@embarqmail.com.

Fellowship concert at church on St. Helena

Bethesda Christian Fellowship of 32 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on Saint Helena Island, South Carolina invites you to a Fellowship Concert featuring: The Kirk Choir of Sea Island Presbyterian Church and The Voices of Victory on Sunday, February 22, 2015 4:00PM at Bethesda Christian Fellowship. This event is free to the public. Come, worship with us. We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact the Church at (843) 838-4410.

Learn efforts to conserve natural resources

The migratory birds that flock to the Lowcountry depend on critical habitat both here & many thousands of miles away. Learn about efforts to conserve natural resources in SC & as distant as Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Columbian Andes & the Amazon.  Fripp Audubon & Naturally Fripp Community Wildlife Habitat host The Nature Conservancy’s SC Executive Director Mark Robertson & wildlife biologist Jerry Touval, Thurs, Feb. 26, 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. Contact Pat Cotter patrck.r.cotter@gmail.com & visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Homecoming 2015 at Riverview Baptist

Join Riverview Baptist Church for their annual Homecoming titled “He’s Still Jesus” on March 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. There will be special music by Sweetgrass Angels, Pat & Robert Claxton, Tara & Travis Moore, and Riverview Youth Choir and special Guest Amanda Bonds from the Savannah River Association. The message will be given by Pastor Leon Meadows.

Free mandatory safety training for SC hunters

One-day Hunter Safety Education course/test taught by expert outdoorsman—you need this for SC hunting lic. if you are resident or non-res. born after June 30, 1979 (optional for all others). Young hunters & families welcome! Moose Lodge #1855, 350 Broad River Blvd., Bft, SC 29906; Sat., Mar. 7th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.—FREE food/drinks by Parris Island Rod & Gun Club (or bring own). Pass test, get temporary Hunter Ed. Card. Call instructor Danny Vinson NOW, 843-812-1984. SC DNR Hunter Education is dedicated to safe enjoyment of our outdoors. Participants learn firearm & bow safety, fieldcraft, responsibility & ethics afield, wildlife identification & conservation. Visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted.html for more information.

Battery Creek High School Open House

Join us to learn more about Battery Creek High School’s academic programs.  The open house will be on March 12, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Refreshments and Fellowship: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and School Choice Meeting and Event: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.). During the evening, representatives from each of BCHS’s hallmark programs will be on hand to showcase our school’s offerings including MCJROTC/military science, aviation and aeronautical engineering, health science, and the arts. We will also feature our new career and technology education program’s expansion to include new courses in agricultural and bio systems science, culinary arts and welding. You don’t want to miss this event!

Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival in April

Beaufort County will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 18, from noon – 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.Port RoyalCrabRace.com. For more information about the Soft Shell Crab Festival, visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or call (843) 592-2356.

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What To Do the week of Feb. 12th-18th

Battery Creek High School PTSO meeting

The BCHS Robotics Team will doing a presentation on February 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the BCHS cafeteria. In addition, please bring a plate of your favorite Valentine Goody to share with all.

Archaeological Society of SC speaker series

The Beaufort Chapter of the Archaeological Society of SC and the Beaufort District Collection opens the ASSC/Beaufort Chapter Speakers Series Feb. 12th at 6 p.m. with Dr. Steve Smith discussing “Francis Marion and the newest information about Fort Motte” at the Beaufort District Collection space upstairs in the Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC. Dr. Smith is Director of SCIAA South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. While in the Low Country, Dr. Smith will also speak to Dr. Kim Cavanagh’s anthropology class at USCB-Bluffton.  Steven D. Smith has a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D from the University of South Carolina. He has thirty-seven years professional experience in archaeology as an historical archaeologist in a private firm and on the Louisiana SHPO staff, Deputy State Archaeologist for South Carolina, and for the last 30 years, an historical archaeologist/P.I. at SCIAA. His research interests military sites archaeology and military history. He also teaches Public Archaeology and African American Military History.

Mystery writer Millie West book signing

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, South Carolina mystery writer Millie West will be signing copies of her books including Catherine’s Cross and The Cast Net on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 from noon until 3 p.m. at McIntosh Book Shoppe at 917 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort. For more information, call 524-1119 or visit the author’s website at www.milliewestauthor.com.

Fripp Audubon Bird Count this weekend

Please consider participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 13-16, 2015. Participation in requires as little as 15 minutes of your time on any day of the count. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world.  The Backyard Bird Count is both a fun and useful event.  More than 100,000 people in 135 countries participated in the 2014 Count.  See these web sites for information about registering for the Count and submitting results: http://www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count and http://gbbc.birdcount.org.

Riverview Baptist Church Valentine event

We will have our annual chili cook off and silent auction on Feb 14, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Husbands can eat and wives’ can shop all in the same place. There is even a room for our children! Then, wrap it all up with Christian fellowship ad love – a great evening to share together.

Beaufort Sport Fishing and Diving Club to meet

The Beaufort Sport Fishing and Diving Club meeting will be held on Thursday February 12th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Ladys Island off of Meridian Road.  Our guest speaker will be local marine dealer Chris Butler.  Captain Butler will have an array of depth/fish finders with mock set ups.  He will describe what the anglers are seeing on the bottom and varieties of fish and or structures.  The social begins at 6:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. You do not need a reservation and guest are welcomed. For additional information call Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122.

Lions Valentine’s Pancake Breakfast

On February 14, 2015, at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Lady’s Island, SC, the Beaufort Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast for Valentine’s Day from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00. for children. Also we will be collecting used eye glasses. Please contact Honika Plowdeniz @ 843-846-6664 or 843-694-1875 or via email @ honikaplowdeniz@gmail.com.

COSY holds monthly training for February

The Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY) will hold its monthly training Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Understanding the Sandwich Generation” is the training topic. Jennifer Massey, LMSW, Community Outreach Coordinator at Island Hospice, will serve as the presenter.  Participants will receive two social work continuing education units (CEUs). The training will occur in the auditorium of the Center for the Arts at USC Beaufort, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort. Contact Paula Settles at 843-521-3150 or psettles@uscb.edu to register.

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What To Do the week of Feb. 5th-11th

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event and a VIP Gullah FM Radio Launch on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Regions Bank Building, 2nd Floor located at 69 Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort.  The event is free and open to the public.  RSVP by calling (843) 379-0004.

EarthFIT to be host charity training

This Saturday, February 7th, at 8:30 a.m. EarthFIT will be hosting a charity training for the LymeLight Foundation to help people struggling with Lyme’s disease something that hits close to home. I grew up in CT where many people I know have been affected by Lyme’s disease. We will meet by the water right in front of Saltus Restaurant downtown. Minimum donation is for $10. The training will include a warmup, then what is called Hurricane training along with a cool down. The training will be about 35-40 minutes. Bring all your friends and family.

Daughters of the American Revolution to meet

The Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12th at Beaufort’s First Presbyteraina Church Fellowship Hall on North Street.  The American History and Good Citizenship awards will be presented. For more information, contact Regent Harriett Bosiack at 843-466-0305.

Harbormasters sing sweet Valentines

Looking for a unique Valentine for your sweetheart and special friends on February 13 or 14? The Beaufort Harbormasters will deliver your Valentine greetings with a love song, a rose and a card….and maybe a box of chocolates. Quartets will suddenly appear at the place and the time you arrange and sing in a Capella four-part harmony. The surprise and delight of person you honor will be unforgettable. Guaranteed. For details and to place your order, just go to:www.beaufortharbormasters.org.

COSY holds monthly training for February

The Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY) will hold its monthly training Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Understanding the Sandwich Generation” is the training topic. Jennifer Massey, LMSW, Community Outreach Coordinator at Island Hospice, will serve as the presenter.  Participants will receive two social work continuing education units (CEUs). The training will occur in the auditorium of the Center for the Arts at USC Beaufort, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort. Contact Paula Settles at 843-521-3150 or psettles@uscb.edu to register.

The Sea Island Quilters to hold meeting

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on Thursday, February 19, at 6 p.m. Monthly meetings are held at Praise Assembly, 800 Paris Island Gateway. Connie Davidson from Bluffton, will be the special guest speaker. Connie is a S.C. State Guild teacher and a National Quilting Association certified teacher. Her topic, “What are the judges judging”, will help quilters identify what judges look for in a quilt. Quilters are invited to attend to get valuable information to improve quilts entered in SIQ’s upcoming quilt show May 1-2. For details call Sharon Kimber at 838-2870 or skimber76@gmail.com.

Revolutionary War Battle of Port Royal Island event         

The Beaufort County Historical Society and the Governor Paul Hamilton Chapter– Sons of the American Revolution will partner to present,  “The Revolutionary War Battle of Port Royal Island” by J.Thomas Mikell on Friday, February 20 at The Tavern at Royal Pines on Lady’s Island. The lunch lecture will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a dutch treat luncheon and the meeting will begin at noon.  The talk and question and answer period will last about 45 minutes and the Governor Paul Hamilton Chapter– Sons of the American Revolution meeting will follow, should you care to remain for that meeting. The Tavern at Royal Pines is located at 139 Francis Marion Circle, Beaufort, SC 29907.  For more information, please call 843-522-9700. Please RSVP to Linda Hoffman lindahof@earthlink.net no later than Tuesday, Feb. 17th at 5 p.m. The next BCHS meeting will be March 26 to celebrate Women’s History Month. Carolyn Curry will discuss her definitive biography of an extraordinary woman, Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas. The Beaufort County Historical Society, established in 1939 is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary and continues its mission as an all volunteer Society dedicated to the study and preservation of Beaufort County history.The Beaufort County Historical Society is the oldest historical association in Beaufort County.

Invitation to financial aid workshops for students
The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host a free financial aid workshop in February for any and all college-bound students at the TCL Beaufort Campus on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 12, Student Center, 921 Ribaut Road. The “College Goal South Carolina” workshop is designed to help all college-bound students – not just those planning to attend TCL – and their families with the financial aid application process and will provide assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the first step to receiving federal aid at college, and it is a requirement for most college students who plan to pay for college with the help of grants, work study funds, student loans and scholarships. Participants should plan to bring the following: Social Security Number; Alien Registration Number, if applicable; You or your parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned; and your Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically (visit www.pin.ed.gov to get one).

Free Workshop to Gullah Geechee Artist’s

The SC Arts Commission is offering a free workshop to help Gullah Geechee artists create materials to promote their work. The workshop is scheduled for Tues., Feb. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center (formerly the Marina at Lemon Island) at 310 N. Okatie Highway, Okatie, S.C. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Artists should register by contacting Susan Duplessis at (803) 734-8693 or sduplessis@arts.sc.gov and provide name, art form, phone number and email address.

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What To Do the week of Jan. 29th-Feb. 4th

Souper Bowl of Caring accepting donations

The BCHS SADD Club is working with youth groups around the nation on the Souper Bowl of Caring Campaign to collect cans of any kind of soup for local food banks/pantries. Collection started January 6th and ends January 30th.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office of Battery Creek High School. For more information, call Diane Grooms at 322-5580.

Beaufort District Collection’s Program

The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) is the Library system’s special local history collection and archives. BDC supports research and provides free programs about the people, places, events, and themes of our long, broad, and deep history. The Shaping of South Carolina is on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society and will be on exhibit Mondays–Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street through January 30, 2015 except Mon., Jan. 19th when the library system is closed to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  Learn how troublesome establishing our state boundaries was and remains in this traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society. The price is free. For more information, please contact Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468 or gracec@bcgov.net or visit the website at beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Youth competition for scholarships

The ACT-SO youth initiative is looking for high school students with talent and interest in competing in any of the following categories:  Sciences, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, & Business.  The ACT-SO youth initiative will have its first informational meeting on Saturday, January 31 at 12:00 p.m., at the St. Helena Branch Library. Lunch will be provided.  All Beaufort County youth in the 9th-12th grades, who are interested in participating in this year’s competition are asked to attend. Winners from the local competition who advance to the national competition, will compete for cash awards and prizes totaling over $200,000. To RSVP and gain more information, please contact: Tonya Johnson Phillips at (843) 441-4985 or Regina Jefferson at (843) 812-6259.

Public invited to join a Lowcountry choir

The Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry is a choir whose goal is to bring ease and comfort to those at bedside by offering gentle voices and simple sacred songs, along with sincere kindness.  Two to four singers go to a bedside when asked and sing a cappella and in harmony   They practice at St. John’s Lutheran Church the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month from 2:30-4:30.  Their songs are their gift of service. There is no charge.  If this speaks to you, call Pat Keown at 843-476-6073 or just join them for practice.

Free tax preparation for qualifying taxpayers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) of the Lowcountry, a program of Together for Beaufort County, will offer free income tax preparation services to assist low to moderate income taxpayers beginning February 2, 2015. Last year, this effort helped to return more than $4 million dollars to local taxpayers. The program will be offered at multiple sites throughout the area on a rotating schedule to help accommodate those wishing to utilize this service. The tentative daily schedule and list of sites can be viewed at www.vitalowcountry.org. Qualifying taxpayers can also visit www.myfreetaxes.com to prepare their income taxes independently for free. For more information or to volunteer with VITA, contact Mark Schneider, VITA Program Coordinator, at Mark450sl@aol.com or George Friedman, VITA of the Lowcountry Lead Site Coordinator, at georgefriedman@sc.rr.com.

YMCA offers Creative Movement Class

The YMCA of Beaufort County is offering a new, 12 session Gymnastics/Creative Movement class for kids age 4-7 beginning on Feb. 2, 2015. This is a non-competitive movement class that will incorporate dance, tumbling and gymnastics at a basic level. Curriculum will include warm-ups and learning tumbling skills like the cart-wheel, round-off, bridge, various roll-overs as well as dance, stretching and flexibility movements. Register at the YMCA or online (ymcabeaufortcounty.com).The class will be taught by instructor Destinee Andrews who brings more than 9 years of gymnastics training. Students should wear comfortable t-shirt, shorts (or leggings) and tennis shoes. Register soon – space is limited! The 4-5 year old student class is Mondays (starting Feb. 2, 2015) and 6-7 year old student class is Wednesdays (starting Feb. 4, 2015) at the Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Avenue, Port Royal, SC 29935. The cost $100 per student for YMCA members and $120 per student for non-members for all 12 sessions. Please contact Lisa Redwine, Sports & Aquatic Boating Director at ymcasportsco@gmail.com  or 832.522.9622 or visit ymcabeaufortcounty.com for
more information.

Join fellow officers to help yourselfs and troops

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is committed to our nation’s defense. MOAA protects interests of all US commissioned & warrant officers: Active, Reserve, NG, former & retired. Meet MOAA’s Low Country Chapter at its quarterly social/biz luncheon, Feb. 11, MCAS Beaufort Officers Club. Speaker: CAPT Patricia Cole, USN (Ret.), MOAA Dep. Dir. for Career Transition Svcs (job guru). Meet ‘n’ greet, 11:45 a.m.; buffet lunch, 12:30 p.m., $25; casual dress; reservations, contact Rich Baker:TL9198@embarqmail.com/(843) 694-1329 by Feb. 4; Web:http://www.lcmoaa.org. Call now; be part of a great group with a vital mission!

Sea Island Fly Fishers to meet

Sea Island Fly Fishers, will meet on February 11 at 6 p.m., at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St. Beaufort. The event is free and the public is welcome. The speaker is local guide Ja Malphrus, born and raised on the Broad River. Ja will talk about fishing for redfish with top water flys and on tactics for Winter reds. Join us for refreshments and tall tales. Contact Jack Baggette at 522-8911 with questions or visit our website at www.seaislandflyfishers.com.

Archaeology Society to host series of speakers

The Beaufort Chapter of the Archaeological Society of SC is pleased to announce an upcoming Spring series of speakers and events. On February 12th at 6 p.m., Dr. Steve Smith will discuss “Francis Marion and the newest information about Fort Motte” at the Beaufort District Collection space upstairs in the Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC. On February 28th, the Annual ASSC Meeting will be held at Gambrell Hall at USC in Columbia.  This year’s theme is the Yamasee War, which should be of particular interest to those of us in the Low Country.  Check website for addition information. On March 21 at 1pm, Dr. Sue Moore and Lilith Logan will explain the artifacts relating to the “Heart of the Home” exhibit (Heart of the Home; Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose Exhibit March 16-June 12 Beaufort District Collection). All these wonderful meetings and events are free and open to the public; however, membership in ASSC is encouraged.

Sportfishing and Diving Club to meet

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club meeting will be held on Thursday February 12th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Ladys Island off of Meridian Road.  Our guest speaker will be local marine dealer Chris Butler.  Captain Butler will have an array of depth/fish finders with mock set ups.  He will describe what the anglers are seeing on the bottom and varieties of fish and or structures.  The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. You do not need a reservation and guest are welcomed. For additional information call Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122.

TCL to host Valentine’s Day Luncheon

You are invited to TLC Women’s 3rd Annual Valentine Luncheon, to be held Saturday, February 14, 12 – 2:00 p.m. at Cat Island Sanctuary Golf Club. The featured speaker, Leslie Roldan, will be signing her newly released book, Joy Unspeakable. Activities include creating Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly at Bay View Nursing Home. The cost of the luncheon meal is approximately $10-15. Please join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship! All are welcome to attend, RSVP Tonya Johnson Phillips @843-322-0262 byThursday, February 12. Thanks in advance!

Events for Adults at the St. Helena Library

• Family Law Issues: Divorce, Custody, Visitation & Support: This 30-45 minute lecture will be followed by an open question and answer session and will be held Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathon Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena. The price is free. For more information, please contact Meghan Kilgore at 843-255-6559 or mkilgore@bcgov.net  or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org

• End of Life Issues: Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Wills, DNR Orders, Power of Attorney, Funeral Planning & Cremation: This 30-45 minute lecture will be followed by an open question and answer session and will be held on March 16th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathon Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena, The price is free. For more information, please contact Meghan Kilgore at 843-255-6559 or mkilgore@bcgov.net  or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org.

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What To Do the week of Jan. 22nd-28th

Celebrate beauty at a  Beaufort ribbon cutting

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Takiya Smith, Beauty contributor to The Island News, cordially invites you to the official ribbon cutting of her newest salon, The Brow Company Beauty Bar & Makeup Studio. The evening will also feature the salon’s first annual pink carpet event and customer appreciation celebration. There will be great door prizes, gift bags, a chocolate and dessert bar, pink mocktails, photography and some fabulous and wonderful giveaways from her neighboring friends at: Andy’s Secret & Alterations, Indigo Salon, Crave Cupcake Boutique, ArtiZen Yoga, Hairplay Salon & Color Bar, Talbot’s, Laura Tucker Designs, Grace & Glory, Sugarbelle and more. Doors open at 10 am for $5 eyebrow waxing and threading services all day long with the salon’s official ceremony kicking off at 12 noon with the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are excited to kick off our new year as an established go to beauty staple in the community and look forward to seeing you so grab a girlfriend or two and let’s celebrate beauty!

AAUW to meet

The Beaufort Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Tuesday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m., at The First Presbyterian Church at 1201 North Street. Our dinner will be catered by Debbi Covington. Bob Lee, Founder of Heroes on Horseback, will speak about “Equine-Assisted Therapeutic Activities for People with Disabilities.” 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.

Youth competition for scholarships

The ACT-SO youth initiative is looking for high school students with talent and interest in competing in any of the following categories:  Sciences, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, & Business.  The ACT-SO youth initiative will have its first informational meeting on Saturday, January 31 @ 12:00pm, @ the St. Helena Branch Library.  Lunch will be provided.  All Beaufort County youth in the 9th-12th grades, who are interested in participating in this year’s competition are asked to attend.  Winners from the local competition who advance to the national competition, will compete for cash awards and prizes totaling over $200,000.  To RSVP and gain more information, please contact:  Tonya Johnson Phillips @ (843) 441-4985 or Regina Jefferson @ (843) 812-6259.

Free tax preparation for qualifying taxpayers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) of the Lowcountry, a program of Together for Beaufort County, will offer free income tax preparation services to assist low to moderate income taxpayers beginning February 2, 2015. Last year, this effort helped to return more than $4 million dollars to local taxpayers. The program will be offered at multiple sites throughout the area on a rotating schedule to help accommodate those wishing to utilize this service. The tentative daily schedule and list of sites can be viewed at www.vitalowcountry.org. Qualifying taxpayers can also visit www.myfreetaxes.com to prepare their income taxes independently for free. For more information or to volunteer with VITA, contact Mark Schneider, VITA Program Coordinator, at Mark450sl@aol.com or George Friedman, VITA of the Lowcountry Lead Site Coordinator, at georgefriedman@sc.rr.com.

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What To Do

NAMI hosts program to help caregivers

NAMI Beaufort County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its evidence based Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Saturday, January 10, 2015. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. It will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon in Beaufort at Harrington Place at 1211 Harrington Street. The course provides a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness, while taking care of their own needs.

“Mental illness does not involve just one person,” said NAMI Beaufort County Board President John Aiello, “Entire families are affected. NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing. It is taught by trained family caregivers who themselves have loved ones living with mental illness. They know first-hand what families face.”

For more information or to register for the course please contact Sarah Eliasoph, Executive Director at nami@hargray.com or by telephoning 843-681-2200. The course provides information about major mental illnesses and current research on their biological aspects; information about treatment strategies and prospects for recovery; empathy based on the “lived experience” of a person living with mental illness; specific skills for communication, problem-solving and handling crises and relapse; coping skills for family caregivers to alleviate worry, stress and emotional overload; and guidance on finding appropriate mental health care and supports in the community and how to advocate for them. Mental illness includes major depression, major anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.

Fly the American Flag on Monday

According to US Code Title 36, Section 174, Chapter 10, The Exchange Club would like to remind everyone to fly their American Flag from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting on all patriotic holidays including the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19th. No symbol better signifies our nation’s greatness or inspires respect and love of country than our American flag—the Stars and Stripes. The Exchange Club has a program known as Proudly we Hail. It encourages regular display of the flag by individuals, commercial establishments and industries by honoring them through the presentation of a specially designed plaque. This outstanding program promotes Americanism as well as community recognition by the Exchange Club. If you know of a business or individual that proudly and properly flies the flag, please contact Angel Flewelling at 525-0102.

Beaufort Memorial offers joint pain seminar

Do you suffer from hip and knee pain? Beaufort Memorial will host a free seminar on Monday, January 19 at 9 a.m. in Room 364 of the hospital’s Medical and Administrative Center at 990 Ribaut Rd. (directly across the street from the main hospital campus), where Beaufort Memorial Orthopedic Care Coordinator and Physical Therapist Andrea Sadler will provide information about normal knee and hip anatomy, signs and symptoms of joint-related problems, and treatment options to relieve or resolve pain. From in-home exercise and medical management, to physical therapy and surgery, she will explain appropriate options that can be personalized for a patient’s specific needs. The seminar is free but registration is requested. To learn more or make a reservation call (843) 522-5585.

Celebrate the New Year  in Beaufort

The Beaufort Republican Women’s Club invites members, guests and newcomers to a cocktail party at the cost of $10.00 (excluding drinks) on Tuesday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m. at The Holiday Inn on Boundary Street.  Please RSVP to 338-1824; lzkeaton@aol.com; or www.beaufortrepublicanwomensc.com.

Souper Bowl of Caring accepting donations

The BCHS SADD Club is working with youth groups around the nation on the Souper Bowl of Caring Campaign to collect cans of any kind of soup for local food banks/pantries. Collection started January 6th and ends January 30th.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office of Battery Creek High School. For more information, call Diane Grooms at 322-5580.

YMCA offers Creative Movement Class

The YMCA of Beaufort County is offering a new, 12 session Gymnastics/Creative Movement class for kids age 4-7 beginning on Feb. 2, 2015. This is a non-competitive movement class that will incorporate dance, tumbling and gymnastics at a basic level. Curriculum will include warm-ups and learning tumbling skills like the cart-wheel, round-off, bridge, various roll-overs as well as dance, stretching and flexibility movements. Register at the YMCA or online (ymcabeaufortcounty.com).The class will be taught by instructor Destinee Andrews who brings more than 9 years of gymnastics training. Students should wear comfortable t-shirt, shorts (or leggings) and tennis shoes. Register soon – space is limited!
The 4-5 year old student class is Mondays (starting Feb. 2, 2015) and 6-7 year old student class is Wednesdays (starting Feb. 4, 2015) at the Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Avenue, Port Royal, SC 29935. The cost $100 per student for YMCA members and $120 per student for non-members for all 12 sessions. Please contact Lisa Redwine, Sports & Aquatic Boating Director at ymcasportsco@gmail.com  or 832.522.9622 or visit ymcabeaufortcounty.com for more information.

Sea Island Fly Fishers to meet

Sea Island Fly Fishers, will meet on February 11 at 6 p.m., at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St. Beaufort.  The event is free and the public is welcome.  The speaker is local guide Ja Malphrus, born and raised on the Broad River.  Ja will talk about fishing for redfish with top water flys and on tactics for Winter reds.  Join us for refreshments and tall tales.  Contact Jack Baggette at 522-8911 with questions or visit our website at www.seaislandflyfishers.com.

Events for Adults at the St. Helena Library

• Family Law Issues: Divorce, Custody, Visitation & Support: This 30-45 minute lecture will be followed by an open question and answer session and will be held Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathon Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena. The price is free. For more information, please contact Meghan Kilgore at 843-255-6559 or mkilgore@bcgov.net  or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org

• End of Life Issues: Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Wills, DNR Orders, Power of Attorney, Funeral Planning & Cremation: This 30-45 minute lecture will be followed by an open question and answer session and will be held on March 16th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathon Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena, The price is free. For more information, please contact Meghan Kilgore at 843-255-6559 or mkilgore@bcgov.net  or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Photography contest underway

Each year the Photography Club has awarded monetary prizes and awards to local Beaufort County High School students for excellence in nature photography.  The contest is underway, and submissions are being accepted. Judging will be on March 9.  Area high school teachers are award of the contest, but home schooled students are also encouraged to participate. The 2015 Dale Westcott Memorial Nature Photo Award will be given to the student photographer who submits the best nature photograph, as judged by the Photography Club of Beaufort. Any area student currently enrolled in a Beaufort County high school or home schooled is eligible. Each student may only submit one photograph. The photo may be black & white or color and must be 8”x10” or larger and mounted on 11×14 board. The photo may not be framed. The photo must be in the club’s possession by Friday, March 6, 2014. Arrangement can be made with Sandy Dimke (263-4340 ordimke@hargray.com) to deliver photos before this time.

Beaufort District Collection’s Program

The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) is the Library system’s special local history collection and archives. BDC supports research and provides free programs about the people, places, events, and themes of our long, broad, and deep history. The Shaping of South Carolina is on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society and will be on exhibit Mondays – Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street through January 30, 2015 except Mon., Jan. 19th when the library system is closed to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  Learn how troublesome establishing our state boundaries was and remains in this traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society. The price is free. For more information, please contact Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468 or gracec@bcgov.net or visit the website at beaufortcountylibrary.org.

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