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Holiday home tour celebrates Catholic education

Beaufort’s Homes for the Holidays fifteenth annual tour of homes will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, and will include St. Peter’s Catholic Church and school prior to five private homes along nearby Burckmyer Beach.

Special attention this year is in celebration of the school’s 25 years of educating Catholic and families choosing a faith-based education for their children.

Local interior design experts and florists will participate in what is now one of the region’s most state-of-the art home tours.

Designers include Scout Southern Market; Hollyhocks; Sweet Bay ALL on Bay; Tober Floral, WED; and McGlynn Sadler Designs.

A festive Christmas atmosphere includes refreshments and music to spark the season.

Tour times are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday with parking only at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Tickets can be purchased downtown at designers on Bay Street, at the church and on tour days.

Christian women’s group to hold holiday lunch

The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection Christmas Luncheon and Holiday Jubilee will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse.

The guest speaker will be author, singer and comedienne Tempe Brown, whose topic will be ” Putting the Puzzle of Life Together Without the Box Lid!”  Her CDs and book, “The Little Dirt People,” will be available for purchase. Lunch is $25 and must be prepaid by Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Make checks payable to “CWC Bluffton” and mail to Irene Cusato, 7 Nesting Lane, Bluffton, SC 29909. For more details, call 843-705-7604.

Habersham to host classic car show

An Antique and Classic Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Market Place in Habersham. The event will benefit Thumbs Up, an educational center providing a one-on-one homework assistance and tutoring approach for disadvantaged children in Beaufort. The event will include cars of yesteryear, live music, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Admission and parking are free.

Arts Council offers open call for artists

The Beaufort Arts Council/Mather Academy will host an open call for it December gallery show, Holidays in the Lowcountry.

The Beaufort Arts Council is inviting all novice and professional artists of any medium to submit up to five winter- and/or holiday-themed pieces by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at 916 Port Republic St. in Beaufort. The exhibit will run throughout December. Visit www.beaufortartscouncil.org, call 8433-379-2787 or email infor@artsbft.com.

Holiday hilarity on tap with ‘Christmas Belles’

Coastal Stage Productions returns for the holiday season with the holiday comedy “Christmas Belles.”

It’s Christmas-time in Fayro and the Futrelle Sisters are trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. Things are not looking too promising, but the feuding sisters find a way to pull it together.

“Christmas Belles” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at The Shed Event Venue, 809 Paris Ave., Port Royal; and at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head.

Tickets are $15 for students (18 and under) $18 for adults in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call the box office (including for group pricing) at 912-656-1598.

Latin Music Festival to be held at Shelter Cove 

The La Isla Latin Music Festival has been rescheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, on Hilton Head Island. The festival was originally intended as a celebration of Latino Heritage Month, but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew.

This festival is expected to welcome more than 6,000 guests from all over the region. Entertainment will consist of four Latin music bands of varying genres, two folkloric Latin dance groups, professional salsa instructors and lessons and a couples’ dance competition.

There will be more than 50 vendors offering Latin food from Mexico to Argentina, Latin beers, margaritas, sangria, Cuba libres, and plenty of treats for the kids.

There will also be a massive kids zone, climbing walls, bungee jumps, a magician, arts and crafts, face painting, sweets, and nonprofits and many businesses excited about reaching out to the Latino community. The festival’s feature event is the Miss La Isla Community Pageant.

This year’s selected Miss La Isla nonprofits are Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA), Health Community Project, supervised by the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, Mercy Mission in Jasper County, supervised by Catholic Charities, The Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton USA and The Literacy Center. For more information, call 843-681-2393.

Bluffton book fest coming Nov. 19

The first Bluffton Book Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, in historic Old Town Bluffton.

The day-long event will feature author presentations, book signings, children’s activities, raffles and a “taste of Gullah” with more than 30 local authors in attendance.

All proceeds from the Meet the Authors VIP Party and raffles will benefit The Literacy Center along with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

History museum to hold dinner, lecture

The Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, will present Native American Myths, Poetry & Trickster Tales from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

November is Native American Heritage Month. This interesting and entertaining talk will transport you to a magical past through the poetry, myths and trickster tales of Native Americans.

The lecture will be held at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. It is free to the public but donations will be accepted. Registration and updates on future history lectures in the series can be found at beauforthistorymuseum.com.

Meet the Authors party set for Nov. 18 

Join fellow book lovers for a Meet the Authors VIP Party from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Hilton Head BMW, 1230 Fording Island Road in Bluffton.

The event will feature authors Nick Chiles, Ellen Malphrus, Denene Millner and Sarah Pekkanen. There will also be a Lowcountry barbecue, beer and wine and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with the guest authors. A ticket purchase automatically enters you into a raffle for an opportunity to win a three-night vacation at any Sandals Resort.

All proceeds will benefit local adult and family literacy programs.Visit theliteracycenter.org/events/vip-party-tickets.

Santa Claus coming to farmer’s market

Santa Claus is coming to town … to the Port Royal Farmers’ Market to be exact.

This holiday season Smile for Santa, a new event sponsored by The Beaufort Garden Club, will take two photos of kids and pets with Santa Claus during the first three Saturdays in December at the Gazebo at the Port Royal Market. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kids and pets will have two photos taken with Santa when they visit him in the Gazebo. These holiday photos will then be emailed.

The suggested donation is $5, cash only. Donations will benefit charities and/or civic beautification projects that the Beaufort Garden Club supports, such as the Coastal Conservation League, the Open Land Trust, the National Cemetery, Garden a Day and various scholarships.

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Art of rice to be focus of program

Aerial photographs of the Lowcountry’s expansive rice fields will be the topic of Dinner & a Lecture from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Verdier House at 801 Bay St. in Beaufort.

Artist David Shriver Soliday will talk about the perspectives shot from a low-flying aircraft along hundreds of miles of coast over several decades. Over 50 of his large-formats photos infused on aluminum are on exhibit at the Verdier House through March 2017. Soliday is a freelance photographer whose editorial credits include National Geographic, National Wildlife and the Smithsonian.

A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30; the program is from 6-7 p.m. Reservations are necessary as seating is limited. Admission for members is $15; nonmember admission is $20. Call 843-379-3331 to make reservations. Reservations for Saltus River Grill’s special for lecture ticket-holders may be made by calling 843-379-3474.

SOBA Gallery to  welcome artist

The SOBA Gallery will hold an opening reception for “From Maui to Maine and Back to the Lowcountry” from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at 6 Church St. in Bluffton.

The featured artist is Joan Moreau McKeever. Her work is a range of scenes inspired by her travels, painted with skill and attention to detail. You can almost smell the salt air viewing her coastal landscapes and the scent of Plumeria in a gorgeous floral scene.

The SOBA gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit sobagallery.com or call 843-757-6586.

10K, 5K bridge runs to be held Nov. 12

The Hargray Hilton Head Island Silver Anniversary Bridge Run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The runs will start and finish at Crossings Park on Hilton Head Island. This is the 25th anniversary of the Hargray Hilton Head Island Bridge Run 10K and 5K. The events will take participants over the Broad Creek Bridge and on the Cross Island Bridge. For additional information, visit bearfootsports.com or call 843-757-8520.

‘Elf The Musical Jr.’ coming to Beaufort

Lowcountry residents will embrace their inner “elf” when Beaufort Children’s Theatre presents its production of “Elf The Musical JR.” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The show will feature 70 aspiring actors ages 7-18.

“Elf The Musical JR.” is an uplifting musical about one boy’s quest to find his true identity.

The performances will be held at the USCB Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15-$25 and are available online at USCBCenterForTheArts.com or at the box office at 843-521-4145.

Taste of Waddell to be held Nov. 13

A celebration of the Port Royal Sound Ecosystem, A Taste of Waddell, will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

The event, which will be held at the Waddell Mariculture Center on Sawmill Creek Road in Bluffton, is sponsored by the Friends of Waddell, the Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club, the Bluffton Marine Rescue Squadron and West Marine and Glidden Professional Paint stores. There will be shrimp from Hudson’s, buckets of May River oysters, beer and wine; music by Lowcountry Boil; and a raffle and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person; beer, wine and oysters extra.

This event benefits Waddell’s local cobia and red drum research, the summer intern program and the dolphin/turtle stranding program. Limited reservations are available. Visit www.friendsofwaddell.org to register or call Dave Harter at 843-785-4106.

Zonta to host oyster roast

The Zonta Club of Beaufort will hold its 18th Annual Oyster Roast from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal. There will be entertainment, oysters, beer, hot dogs, chili, soft drinks and desserts. There will also be raffle prizes and fun for the whole family.

Tickets are $25 per person; children under 10 are free. Money raised helps to fund the many Zonta community activities and its scholarship program. Purchase tickets in advance at Hair Studio 280, Parris Island Gateway, 843-525-1224; Myrna Breland, CPA, 1 Professional Drive, 843-986-1175; or email zontabeaufort@yahoo.com.

Bluffton book fest coming Nov. 19

The first Bluffton Book Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, in historic Old Town Bluffton. The day-long event will feature author presentations, book signings, children’s activities, raffles and a “taste of Gullah” with more than 30 local authors in attendance.

All proceeds from the Meet the Authors VIP Party and raffles will benefit The Literacy Center along with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

Annual turkey shoot to be held Nov. 19

The Parris Island Rod & Gun Club’s Annual Turkey Shoot will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The public is welcome. There will be opportunities to win turkeys and hams, firearms, fishing tackle and cash. The cost is $2 per shot and the club provides all ammunition. There will also be refreshments available. Bring your own gun in your car trunk (no ammo, no scopes, no barrels over 32 inches). There will also be a few guns on hand. Attendees must register online by Sunday, Nov. 13, at PITurkeyShoot.eventbrite.com.

History museum to hold dinner, lecture

The Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, will present Native American Myths, Poetry & Trickster Tales from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

November is Native American Heritage Month. This interesting and entertaining talk will transport you to a magical past through the poetry, myths and trickster tales of Native Americans. The lecture will be held at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. It is free to the public but donations will be accepted.

Beaux Arts Ball to be held Nov. 12

You may not recognize Tabby Place in Beaufort on Saturday, Nov. 12, as it is transformed into “a celebration of the senses and emotions” for the Beaufort Art Council’s Beaux Arts Ball.

The BAC’s Beaux Arts Ball will be an evening of art, music, design and flavor. There will be performing artists including a contortionist, aerialist and flame breathers; craft artists including sweetgrass basket-makers and indigo dye-makers demonstrating their craft and offering items for auction; and edible art. At individual stations, chefs will create and explain their culinary masterpieces, everything from signature cocktails to hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Guests will also be able to bid on art from professional artists, local packages, and several high-end trips with destinations as varied as Bali, New York Fashion Week and the 2017 U.S. Open golf tournament.

The Beaux Arts Ball will take place from 7-11 p.m. at Tabby Place. All proceeds raised by the ball will go to supporting artists and arts education through Beaufort Arts Council programs and services, including Mather Academy. For tickets and information, visit www.bacbeauxarts.com.

Holiday hilarity on tap with ‘Christmas Belles’

Coastal Stage Productions returns for the holiday season with the holiday comedy “Christmas Belles.”

“Christmas Belles” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at The Shed Event Venue, 809 Paris Ave., Port Royal; and at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head.

Tickets are $15 for students (18 and under); $18 for adults in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call the box office (including for group pricing) at 912-656-1598.

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Beer festival coming to Oyster Factory Park Nov. 5

Bluffton’s International & Craft Beer Fest will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Oyster Factory Park. There will be exotic and seasonal beers, music and more.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Visit blufftonbeerfest.com.

Gullah heritage to be celebrated at 4-day event

The 34th Annual Heritage Days Celebration will be held from Thursday, Nov. 10, to Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. This cultural event celebrates Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island history with folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy. There will be youth and family day events, a fish fry and oyster roast, a parade, African drummers and dancers, Gullah storytellers, educational symposium and more. Call 843-838-2432; email info@penncenter.com; or visit www.penncenter.com for more information.

Concerts to honor American veterans

The Lowcountry Wind Symphony will open its 2016-2017 season with two concerts honoring the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

This Veterans Day musical tributes will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Holy Family Church on Hilton Head Island; and at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Lady’s Island.

The program, “Salute to American’s Veterans II,” will feature patriotic music, including “America the Beautiful,” “Armed Forces Medley,” “God of Our Fathers,” marches by John Philip Sousa and R.B. Hall and much more. The LWS Brass Quintet will also offer selections.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. However, donations will be gratefully received. Visit www.lowcountrywindsymphony.com

Touch A Truck is coming to Port Royal

The Junior Service League of Beaufort will host its inaugural Touch A Truck fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in downtown Port Royal on Paris Avenue.

Touch A Truck is a family event that offers a unique and interactive experience for children of all ages who will have the opportunity to see, touch and safely explore their favorite vehicles that serve our community. The event will feature 20 different types of equipment to explore, including a fire truck, ambulance, bobcat and backhoe.

The entertainment area will include a variety of activities including face painting, bounce-houses and much more. There will also be food and beverages for sale. Pets will not be allowed at the event. Visit www.jslbeaufort.com.

Annual turkey shoot to be held Nov. 19

The Parris Island Rod & Gun Club’s Annual Turkey Shoot will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The public is welcome. There will be opportunities to win turkeys and hams, firearms, fishing tackle and cash. The cost is $2 per shot and the club provides all ammunition. There will also be refreshments available.

Bring your own gun in car trunk (no ammo, no scopes, no barrels over 32 inches). There will also be a few youth and adult guns on hand. Attendees must register online by Sunday, Nov. 13, at PITurkeyShoot.eventbrite.com.

Oyster roast coming to Port Royal park

The 20th Annual Lowcountry Rotary Family Oyster Roast will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Live Oak Park in Port Royal. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Admission includes oysters, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, music, an auction, hot dogs, chili and desert.

Annual fall bazaar coming to St. Helena

The Parish Church of St. Helena will hold its annual Olde English-Style Street Faire and Traditional Fall Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at 507 Newcastle St. in Beaufort.

The church will be going back in time to when the church was the center of the community and life. The streets surrounding the Parish House will be closed off to create an “Olde English Street Faire” with fun outdoor activities, food, music and wares. There will also be games, a bazaar, arts and more. Visit www.sthelenas1712.org/events/fall-bazaar.

Beaufort History Museum announces lecture dates

The Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, will present two lectures in November:

• 5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7: The Battle of Port Royal Sound

The Battle of Port Royal Sound was one of the earliest naval operations of the Civil War.

• 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30: Native American Myths, Poetry & Trickster Tales

November is Native American Heritage Month. This interesting and entertaining talk will transport you to a magical past through the poetry, myths and trickster tales of Native Americans.

Both lectures are taking place at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. The lectures are free to the public but donations will be accepted. Registration and updates on future history lectures in the series can be found at beauforthistorymuseum.com.

Libraries offers wide range of events

Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort: 

• Thankful Card Craft: Come make a thank-you card for someone who has made a difference. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.
When: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22

Lobeco Branch Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco: 

• History of Northern Beaufort County: Manager of the Beaufort District Collection, Grace Cordial, uses special collection items to shed light on the people, places and events in the settlements north of the Whale Branch River.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5

Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way:

• Amazing Race 2 — US Edition: Travel throughout the US, solve clues about landmarks and history and earn prizes!
When: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3

• Teen Advisory Group — Get your game on! Talk about books, movies, apps and anime, eat snacks and help plan teen programs.
When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9

• Cupcake Wars: Who will decorate the best cupcake?  It may be you!  Ages 8-17.
When: 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10

Website: beaufortcountylibrary.org

Bourbon, bubbles, brew back this year

The 4th annual Bourbon, Bubbles & Brew at Breakwater Restaurant will take place Sunday, Nov. 6, to benefit the Beaufort Film Society and the 11th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. Area beverage distributors will be on hand to provide tastings of their premium bourbons, champagnes and craft beers.

Hosted by Gary and Donna Lang and Beth Shaw, there will also be some culinary delights. Musical entertainment will be provided by the local Cluster Shucks band.

Tickets are available at Breakwater Restaurant or by calling 843-379-0052. The Beaufort Film Society will take orders online at www.beaufortfilmfestival.com or phone orders at 843-522-3196.

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Bourbon, bubbles, brew back this year

The 4th annual Bourbon, Bubbles & Brew at Breakwater Restaurant will take place Sunday, Nov. 6, to benefit the Beaufort Film Society and the 11th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. Area beverage distributors will be on hand to provide tastings of their premium bourbons, champagnes and craft beers.

Hosted by Gary and Donna Lang and Beth Shaw, there will also be some culinary delights. Musical entertainment will be provided by the local Cluster Shucks band.

Tickets are available at Breakwater Restaurant or by calling 843-379-0052. The Beaufort Film Society will take orders online at www.beaufortfilmfestival.com or phone orders at 843-522-3196.

New Conroy book available at libraries

Readers excited to get their mitts on the new Pat Conroy book “A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Reading Life” can pick up a copy at their branch library or place a hold on the book released Oct. 25.

Conroy’s other works are available in book, large print, audiobook, eBook and eAudiobook formats at the branches, through the library’s online catalog, Hoopla Digital service and cloudLibrary service. Beaufort County Library cards are free to Beaufort County residents and property owners.

Downtown Beaufort ArtWalk scheduled

The Beaufort Fall ArtWalk will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Attendees can visit more than a dozen galleries in downtown Beaufort featuring varied styles and mediums of art for all tastes and desires.

Participating galleries are: Atelier On Bay at 203 West St.; Beaufort Art Association at 913 Bay St.; Beaufort Arts Council/Mather Academy at 916 Port Republic St.; BeaufortPics.com at 910 Port Republic St.; Charles Street Gallery at 914 Charles St.; Greenfish Gallery at 812 Bay St.; Indigo Gallery at 809 Bay St.; I. Pinckney Simons Gallery at 711 Bay St.; LyBensons’ Gallery and Studio at 211 Charles St.; Rhett Gallery at 901 Bay St.; Scout Southern Market at 709 Bay St.; Thibault Gallery at 815 Bay St.; USCB Center for the Arts at 805 Carteret St.; and Sea Island Center Gallery at 1106 Carteret St.

The Fall ArtWalk in Downtown Beaufort is produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Visit www.DowntownBeaufort.com or call 843-525-8500.

Gallery to host reception on Oct. 28

The Beaufort Arts Council/Mather Academy will be hosting a gallery reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, for Earth- Fire-Light: a Lowcountry Glass, Clay, and Enamels Presentation. The exhibit will include two and three- dimensional functional, non- functional and experimental works.

In addition to the gallery reception, The Beaufort Arts Council has scheduled a variety of art classes to be held simultaneously. Call 843-379- 2787 or email info@artsbft.com.

Relay For Life coming Oct. 28

Relay For Life of Beaufort will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, at Battery Creek High School at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive in Beaufort. To sign up or for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/beaufortsc or contact Wendy Pollitzer at 843-263-3216 or Wendy.Pollitzer@cancer.org.

Monster Book Sale at Bluffton Library

The Friends of the Bluffton Library will hold its annual Monster Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Hundreds of books will be offered at greatly reduced prices, many for under a dollar. The sale will be held in the large meeting room of the Bluffton Library at 120 Palmetto Way near the Bluffton Post Office.

Oyster roast coming to Port Royal park

The 20th Annual Lowcountry Rotary Family Oyster Roast will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Live Oak Park in Port Royal.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Admission includes oysters, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, music, an auction, hot dogs, chili and desert.

Fiber artists to hold show in Bluffton

The Fiber Artists of Beaufort will hold its fifth annual show from Thursday, Nov. 10, to Saturday, Nov. 12, at the SOBA Center for Creative Arts at 8 Church St. in Bluffton’s historic district next to the SOBA gallery. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. a reception open to the public will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

Eileen Berchem, chairman of FAB, said, “For our fifth show we decided to move the event from Beaufort to Bluffton. Since half of our members are from the Bluffton area we are excited to present our work to an expanded audience.”

For more information about FAB, call Berchem at 843-379-4228. For information about the SOBA Center for Creative Arts, call 843-757-6586.

Church to hold homecoming concert

The Baptist Church of Beaufort will hold a Homecoming Concert featuring the Sweetgrass Angels on Friday, Oct. 30. The event will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at the church at 600 Charles St. in Beaufort. For more information, call 843-252-4104.

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Gullah/Geechee fest to be held Oct. 22

The Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival and Famlee Day will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Dr. Martin Luther King Park on St. Helena Island. There will be music, arts and crafts, cultural presentations, food and more. Vital information regarding recovery resources will be provided for free as well. There will also be sign up lists for volunteers that will assist elders with their yards and minor home repairs. Volunteers are also needed for food distributions in Beaufort County. Advance tickets can be obtained and donations can be made at www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-seafood-festival-famlee-day-tickets-27018262350. Email GullGeeCo@aol.com for more information.

Boots and Bling to be held this weekend

The 7th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction presented by CBC National Bank will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. This event raises funds for the YMCA of Beaufort County capital campaign. Boots & Bling is an evening of food, music, dancing, an enticing silent auction and new this year will be a live auction. Also, back again by popular demand is the golf cart raffle ($25 per ticket and five tickets for $100). Tickets will be on sale at the event. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at Boots & Bling but ticket-holders do not need to be present to win. Event tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple and can be purchased at the Y or online at ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

Ghost tours being held in Beaufort

Ghostly spirits are expected to take over downtown Beaufort while the Exchange Club hosts its 24th annual Ghost Tours. There will be carriage rides or walking tours through Beaufort’s Historic District while listening to haunting tales of the area. Tours last about an hour and will run in the evenings of Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30. All proceeds benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) of Beaufort County. Walking tour tickets are $12 for all ages and carriage tours are $12 for children ages 3-11 and $22 for adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult. New this year is a pet- and stroller-friendly walking tour leaving each night at 6:40 p.m. Reservations can be made online at www.capabeaufort.org or by calling 843-52-GHOST.

Seafood festival coming to Bluffton

The12th annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festical will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23. The festival showcases locally harvested seafood, Lowcountry cuisine, the rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found in Bluffton. The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest, which includes a juried fine art show featuring more than 100 artists displaying and selling their art; food provided by the area’s premier restaurants and caterers; and music and entertainment. Visit www.blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.

‘Art in the Life of Joan’ featured at BAA Gallery

Noted artist Joan Templer’s work will be featured at the Beaufort Art Association (BAA) starting Oct. 31, and running through Jan. 7. An opening reception will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Gallery at 913 Bay St. in Beaufort. There will also be exhibits of the work of 65 other local artists who are members of the gallery. The public is invited. Chartered in 1957, the Beaufort Art Association is a tax-exempt membership organization. Currently, there are around 175 local artists who are members, 65 of whom exhibit in the gallery. Call 843-521-4444, or visit www.beaufortartassociation.com.

Relay For Life coming Oct. 28

Relay For Life of Beaufort will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, at Battery Creek High School at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive in Beaufort. Relay For Life is a community fundraising walk to raise money to fight cancer. To sign up or for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/beaufortsc or contact Wendy Pollitzer at 843-263-3216 or Wendy.Pollitzer@cancer.org.

Halloween fun coming to Port Royal

Trunk of Treat, a safe, daytime alternative to evening trick or treating, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. There will be games, costume prizes, food and beverages. Attendees are encouraged to bring their decorated cars, trucks or golf carts and get in the spirit by handing out goodies to the children. For more information, contact Mike Seymour of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, one of the event sponsors, at 843-524-2010 or Mike@hol.edu.

COSY holding masquerade evening

The Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY) Trust is hosting its first, large fundraising event this fall. The COSY Trust Magical Masquerade Evening will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the St. Peter’s Catholic Walsh-Palmetto Room on Lady’s Island. According to Judy Almand, cirector of the COSY Trust, the group is hoping the event will draw over 225 supporters. A variety of local restaurants will be set up as food stations. There will also be beer and wine, music, magic acts, door prizes, a silent auction and more. There will also be contests for the best COSY-themed mask, with prizes for Best Male Mask, Best Female Mask and Best Couple’s Masks. An assortment of hand-made, one-of-a-kind masks will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple.

Fall street fest to be held at Habersham

The 8th Annual Habersham Marketplace Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and from noon to 4 pm. Sunday, Oct. 23. This family event is an entertaining and educational fall street festival and celebration. It will include entertainment, food, artisan crafts and more. There will also be a ferris wheel, vintage rides, contests, petting zoo, face painters, hayrides and more. Admission is free, with food, drink, art and crafts available for purchase. Habersham Marketplace is at 13 Market in Beaufort. Visit habershamharvestfestival.com.

Oyster roast coming to Port Royal park

The 20th Annual Lowcountry Rotary Family Oyster Roast will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Live Oak Park in Port Royal. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Admission includes oysters, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, music, an auction, hot dogs, chili and desert.

Fiber Artists of Beaufort show moves to Bluffton

The Fiber Artists of Beaufort will hold its fifth annual show from Thursday, Nov. 10, to Saturday, Nov. 12, at the SOBA Center for Creative Arts at 8 Church St. in Bluffton’s historic district next to the SOBA gallery. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. a reception open to the public fro 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. For more information about FAB, call 843-379-4228.

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Therapy dogs wanted in Beaufort

Does your dog have a sweet disposition? Does he/she like to be petted? Does your dog obey your commands? And most of all, does your dog love humankind?

Therapy dogs bring sparkle to a sterile day; rekindle old memories and good conversation. They come in all shapes and sizes – real dogs with real personalities. Some pure bred, others adopted or mixed breeds, but all proud to wear their Therapy Dogs International bandana and tags.

TDI is the oldest and largest therapy dog organization in the United States. Its objective is to provide comfort and companionship, increasing the quality of life for residents and staff at hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes.

They also participate in the Tail-Waggin’ Tutor program, helping children improve their reading skills at local elementary schools and the YMCA.

The Beaufort chapter will host a therapy dog pre-test clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Beaufort County Disabilities and Special Needs Center, 100 Clear Water Way.

There is no charge or minimum age for the clinic but you must attend a clinic to be eligible to take the TDI test the following month.

Before attending the clinic, read more about TDI, its chapters, evaluators and insurance, as well as important information about the test requirements at www.tdi-dog.org.

Dogs are required to wear a flat buckle collar with 6-foot leash, be at least 1 year old and owners must present their dogs up-to-date shot records.

Four weeks later, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, the chapter will hold a TDI test at the same location. Space is limited to 10 dogs and the cost is $10. Allow two hours for the clinic and the test. To register for the clinic and test or for more information on Therapy Dogs International, contact Russ Dimke, chapter director, at  dimke@hargray.com of at 843-846-9580.

Center for arts celebrates Etta James

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Etta James

The USCB Center for the Arts will host a musical tribute to the legendary three-time Grammy winner Etta James at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.

Dr. Marlena Smalls, world renowned singer, entertainer, educator and actress, will perform many of James’ hits, including her signature hit, “At Last.”

Smalls will perform other James classic tunes such as “All I Could Do is Cry, “Something Has a Hold on Me,” and “Don’t Loose Your Good Thing.”

She will be backed up by the Sweetgrass Angels (Penney Smith, Velma Polk and Elaine Lake) who are known for their phenomenal three-part harmonies.

The Lowcountry Jazz Band, under the direction of David Hershey, will provide the big band sound to make the tribute a “you-don’t-want-to-miss” performance.

James was discovered in her mid-teens, and her raw talent influenced the likes of Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt.

She was not easy to pigeonhole. In fact, she is in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. She was a soul pioneer who had her share of hard times and emerged a survivor. She is most often referred to as a rhythm and blues singer, and that is how she made her name in the 1950s with records like “Good Rockin’ Daddy.”

Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors and military; and $15 for students. Purchase them online at uscbcenterforteharts.com or call the box office at 843-521-4145.

TCL to hold 5K, Oysters on the Bay

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host its annual Oysters & 5K by the Bay on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the TCL Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road.

The 5K starts at 5 p.m.; check-in begins at 4 p.m. The race features chip timing and includes a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest men and women in several categories including a special military division. Runners, walkers and strollers are all welcome. 5K proceeds will go to the TCL Student Veterans Association.

Oysters by the Bay kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat oysters and barbecue, live music, children’s activities and raffles. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Admission is free for children 10 and under. All proceeds benefit the TCL Fund, which supports TCL students and programs. Visit www.tcl.edu/bythebay for more information, tickets and 5K registration.

Latina Music Fest being held Oct. 16

In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage month and as a way of crossing cultural divides and building cultural awareness, La Isla Magazine and the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition will host the 5th Annual Latin Music Festival on Hilton Head Island.

The festival will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Shelter Cove Community Park.

The Latin Music Festival is the largest Latino Festival in the region, and the Miss La Isla Community Pageant is the featured event of the festival.

Kids get cooking with Halloween fun

Whole Foods and Sprout Momma Breads invite parents and their children to a Kids in the Kitchen program at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Whole Foods on Hilton Head Island. The program will include kids making their own spooky pizzas in time for Halloween while learning about the benefits of healthy eating. This event is open to the public and free of charge. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14, by calling 843-842-0700 or e-mailing Abby.Wirth@wholefoods.com.

Lowcountry women’s group to hold October luncheon

The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection will hold its October Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse. The guest speaker will be Susan Davis, a singer, songwriter and author. There will also be a vendor fair and ladies can shop before (10:30 a.m.) and after the program. The cost for the lunch is $25. For additional information, call 843-705-7604.

Tickets on sale for Boots & Bling

The 7th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction presented by CBC National Bank will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. This event raises funds for the YMCA of Beaufort County capital campaign.

Boots & Bling is an evening of food, music, dancing, an enticing silent auction and new this year will be a live auction. Tickets are on sale at the YMCA and will be available at the event. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at Boots & Bling but ticket-holders do not need to be present to win.

Event tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple and can be purchased at the Y or online at ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

Arts Center presents ‘Pride and Prejudice’

“Pride and Prejudice” will be presented through Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. Visit www.artshhi.com for tickets and additional information.

Relay For Life coming Oct. 28

Relay For Life of Beaufort will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, at Battery Creek High School at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive in Beaufort. To sign up or for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/beaufortsc or contact Wendy Pollitzer at 843-263-3216 or Wendy.Pollitzer@cancer.org.

Halloween fun coming to Port Royal

Trunk of Treat, a safe, daytime alternative to evening trick or treating, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. There will be games, costume prizes, food and beverages. Attendees are encourages to bring their decorated cars, trucks or golf carts and get in the sprit by handing out goodies to the children. Or, you For more information, contact Mike Seymour of Sts Mark’s Episcopal Church, one of the event sponsors, at 843-524-2010 or Mike@hol.edu.

COSY holding magical masquerade

The Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY) Trust is hosting its first, large fundraising event this fall. The COSY Trust Magical Masquerade Evening will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the St. Peter’s Catholic Walsh-Palmetto Room on Lady’s Island. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Checks should be made out to CCF COSY Trust and mailed to P.O. Drawer 1228, Beaufort, SC. 29901-1228. Tickets will be mailed out when checks are received.

Ghost Tour schedule revised

Due to the damage of Hurricane Matthew, the Exchange Club has revised the schedule for their 24th annual Ghost Tours. There will not be tours on Oct. 14-16. The new dates are the Oct. 21-23 and 26-30. There will not be any walking tours on Oct. 26 or 27. All proceeds benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) of Beaufort County. Walking tour tickets are $12 for all ages and carriage tours are $12 for children ages 3-11 and $22 for adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult. New this year is a pet- and stroller-friendly walking tour leaving each night at 6:40 p.m. Reservations can be made online at www.capabeaufort.org or by calling 843-52-GHOST.

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TCL to hold 5K, Oysters on the Bay

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host its annual Oysters & 5K by the Bay on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the TCL Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road. The 5K starts at 5 p.m.; check-in begins at 4 p.m. The race features chip timing and includes a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest men and women in several categories, including a special military division. Runners, walkers and strollers are all welcome. Race proceeds will go to the TCL Student Veterans Association.

Oysters by the Bay kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat oysters and barbecue, live music, children’s activities and raffles. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission is free for children 10 and under. All proceeds benefit the TCL Fund, which supports TCL students and programs. Visit www.tcl.edu/bythebay for more information, tickets and 5K registration.

Arts Center to present ‘Pride and Prejudice’

“Pride and Prejudice” will be presented through Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s most famous novel comes to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation.

Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be more elusive than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice to make the best match of all?

Visit www.artshhi.com for tickets and additional information.

Relay For Life coming Oct. 28

Relay For Life of Beaufort will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, at Battery Creek High School at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive in Beaufort. Relay For Life is a community fundraising walk to raise money to fight cancer. To sign up or for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/beaufortsc or contact Wendy Pollitzer at 843-263-3216 or Wendy.Pollitzer@cancer.org.

Jazzing it up for a good cause

The Literacy Center is hosting a special jazz brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Hilton Head Island’s The Jazz Corner. There will be a gourmet brunch with bottomless mimosas while listening to the sounds of the renowned Martin Lesch Band. Tickets for this special fundraiser are $65 per person. All proceeds will benefit adult literacy needs in the local area. For tickets, go to theliteracycenter.org/events/jazz-brunch.

The Literacy Center serves more than 100 adults and children at Deep Well, Bluffton Self Help, Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Francis Catholic Church.

Beaufort dog park to open Oct. 8

Calling all dog lovers and their faithful companions! Celebrate the grand opening of the Beaufort Dog Park at Southside Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will include a ribbon-cutting, a fire truck and children’s fire hats, dog treats for the dogs and hot dogs and lemonade for the humans. Area animal rescue services, veterinarians, boarders and groomers will be on hand to talk about pet care.

Memorial walk, ride to be held Oct. 15

The 6th Annual J.T. Pringle Sr. Memorial Walk & Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Lady’s Island Airport at 39 Airport Circle Lady’s Island. The bike ride will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. A health fair will be held at the completion of the walk/ride. This event is hosted by the Pringle family to support the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease. The Pringle family has raised and donated over $15,000 to the American Heart Association. For more information, contact Daisy Pringle at 843-524-4566.

OktoPRfest coming to Port Royal

The 3rd Annual OktoPRfest “Party Port Royal Style,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 on Paris Avenue.

“This year, everything will be bigger and better,” said Brooke Buccola, of the Old Village Association of Port Royal, host of the event Entertainment will include Eric Daubert, Larew Dance Center, The Brewer Band, and a special performance by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers from Louisiana.

New this year will be a kids’ fun zone with a zipline, bounce house, rock wall, trampoline, face painting, Tux the Clown and more. For those brave and hungry for a challenge, Buccola suggests entering Carolina Tavern’s bratwurst eating contest. Along with activities for all ages, for those over 21, craft and domestic beer from around the country will be available. Pets are prohibited. Attendees can bring chairs, and while coolers are not prohibited, the festival encourages people to leave the coolers at home and support the food and beverage vendors. Parking can be found on side streets and along 14th Street.

Get taste buds ready for chili cook-off

The 32nd annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off will be held from 11:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head. In addition to chili, there will be beverages, children’s games and activities, a water slide, music and more. Tickets are $20, which entitles the holder to as many samples of chili as they want.

Libraries to offer variety of programs

Following are some upcoming free programs at local libraries:

Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton

• May River Brass Quintet Music Performance
What: This quintet will perform a variety of musical themes that will surely lift your spirits.
When: 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

• Grow a Salad & Make a Salad
What: Don’t miss Laura Lee Rose’s hands-on demonstration of seed sowing in a raised bed veggie garden, and as a bonus you can make a healthy salad using Laura’s garden veggies.
When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17

• Popular Jazz Ballads
What: Len Watson and his merry jazz band perform popular jazz ballads sure to bring some pizazz to your day.
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20

St. Helena Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena

• Soapmaking Class
What:  Ages 7-11 will learn how to make homemade goat’s milk soap. Register ahead by calling the library at 843-255-6541
When: Noon, Saturday, Oct. 15

• Microsoft Publisher
What: Learn how to make bulletins, brochures, family newsletters and more using Microsoft Publisher. Students will learn how to add images, use clip art, change fonts and other special features to produce professional looking materials. Registration is required; call 843-255-6487.
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18

• Cooking Club
What: The Cooking Club is back in full swing. Members are asking participants to present their favorite baked or roasted vegetable dishes in celebration of the fall.
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19

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Fort Fremont to hold fundraiser

In order to bring more awareness to historic Fort Fremont, the Friends of Fort Fremont will hold Down Caribbean Way, an evening of entertainment on Friday, Sept. 30, to raise funds for the interpretive center for the site. The event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Celadon Club on Lady’s Island. There will be music mixed by DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions, dancing, a buffet, drinks and more. For tickets, visit macoracle.com/fortfremont/social01.html or email GullGeeCo@aol.com or wendywilson@hargray.com.

Find our what your treasures are worth

Do you love Antique Road Show? Want to find out what your “treasures” are worth? Now is your chance!

What’s It Worth, an event to benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Holiday Inn’s Palmetto Ballroom on Boundary Street in Beaufort. Admission is $20 per person or $30 per couple. It includes the evaluation of one item. Up to three additional items can be evaluated for $15 each. For more information, visit www.afsgb.org.

‘Tristan und Isolde’ to open opera season

Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” a lyric tale of tragic passion, is the first of 10 live presentations by the Metropolitan Opera, beginning its 10th season at the USCB Center for the Performing Arts.

“Tristan und Isolde” will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 8. Tickets for all opera presentations are now available. All seats are general admission. Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for OLLI members; and $10 for students. Order online at www.centerforthearts.com, or by calling 843-521-4145. The box office opens at noon. The USCB Center for the Performing Arts is at 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

Second City improv coming to Beaufort

Improv comedy theater Second City is coming to USCB Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, with “The Second City Hits Home,” a new show featuring hilarious sketches, songs and improvisation about Beaufort as well as material from the famed Second City archives. This is a must-see night of comedy featuring some of Chicago’s brightest comedy stars in a special one-evening-only engagement. Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for seniors and military; and $15 for students. For more information, visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

Tickets on sale for Boots & Bling

The 7th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction presented by CBC National Bank will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. This event raises funds for the YMCA of Beaufort County capital campaign. Boots & Bling is an evening of food, music, dancing, an enticing silent auction and new this year will be a live auction. Also, back again by popular demand is the golf cart raffle. Tickets are on sale at the YMCA and will be available at the event. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at Boots & Bling but ticket-holders do not need to be present to win. Event tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple and can be purchased at the Y or online at ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

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Pedal 4 Kids to be held on Sept. 24

The 10th annual Pedal 4 Kids Community Bike Ride will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Hilton Head Island High School. This event is fun for all ages and benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Register online at www.pedal4kids.org

Annual book sale to benefit libraries 

The Friends of the Beaufort Library’s Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Branches (FOL) will hold its Annual Fall Book Sale from Friday, Sept. 23, to Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort. The Friends of the Library members-only preview sale is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 23, with the sale opening to the public from noon until 6 pm. Saturday, Sept. 24. The event continues from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, when all books and audio materials will be half-price. Sale co-chairs Kinsey and Kelly Baker report a “robust” selection of romance paperbacks for this year’s sale with books priced at five for $1.

“On Sunday, no offer will be refused for any remaining boxes of romance paperbacks,” Kinsey said.

A silent auction will also take place over the weekend, with bids accepted from 10 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday. The complete list of items in the silent auction is available at FriendsOfTheBeaufortLibrary.com. This book sale is the main fundraiser for the FOL with all proceeds benefiting the Beaufort County Public Library branches in Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Island. The FOL also maintain bookstores at each of the branch libraries, where books and audio materials can be purchased during business hours. The FOL also sells more unique books on eBay seller’s site, ebay.com/usr/beaufortbooks. Prior to the book sale, and at any time, book donations continue to be encouraged and accepted at all three library branches.

Annual ladies lunch to be held Sept. 30 

The fall edition of the Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Hampton Lakes Lakehouse in Bluffton. The event is co-sponsored by Nosoco, a local business solutions company. During lunch each table will have a female representative from local nonprofits and guests will learn all about their organizations. Local women business owners will also have displays around the perimeter of the room and guests will have time for shopping before and after lunch. Bringing business cards for networking and prize drawings is recommended.

Registration is now open and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/lowcountry-ladies-luncheon-tickets-26543289694.

Interested vendors can contact Laurie Brown at laurie@auntlauries.com for pre-approval. Vendor display tickets are $40 and include lunch; $5 of each ticket purchased will go to support local nonprofits.

Tickets on sale for Boots & Bling

The 7th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction presented by CBC National Bank will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. This event raises funds for the YMCA of Beaufort County capital campaign. Boots & Bling is an evening of food, music, dancing, an enticing silent auction and new this year will be a live auction. Also, back again by popular demand is the golf cart raffle ($25 per ticket and five tickets for $100). Tickets can be purchased at the YMCA and at the event. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at Boots & Bling, but ticket-holders do not need to be present to win. Event tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple and can be purchased at the Y or online at ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

Beer & Brats Fest coming to Bluffton

The Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society presents the 12th annual Beer & Brats Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Bluffton Village between the Old Town Bluffton Post Office and Library. Admission is $5 for adults, with children 12 and younger admitted free. There will be live music by The Rhinelanders Genuine Oompah Band and a Classic Car Show from 1-3 p.m. There will also be music by the B-Town Playaz from 4-7 p.m. German food will be provided by Bluffton Oyster Company, Cool Breeze, The Cottage, Kettle Korn, Shrimp Loco, Sippin’ Cow, Southern Spice and more. There will also be craft beers and German wines. For more information, visit www.oldtownbluffton.com.

Exploration is focus of upcoming event

Following is an upcoming free program at the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena Island:

•“Spirit of Exploration” with Rachel Haynie
Author Rachel Haynie examines the drive to conquer the unknown that links the early French, Spanish and English explorers of this area to the inventor of the laser Charles Towne. The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

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Historical society to host Fraser author

The Beaufort County Historical Society will host speaker Charlie Ryan at noon Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island. Ryan will provide insight into the life of Charles Fraser, who developed not only Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, but Amelia Island, Kiawah Island and Palmas del Mar. Publisher Pamela Martin Ovens, former BCHS president, will have Ryan’s book, “My Life With Charles Fraser” on sale and Ryan will be available to autograph them. An optional lunch will be served for $10 at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made by contacting Linda Hoffman at lindahof@earthlink.net, no later than Monday, Sept. 19. This lecture is free and open to the public. Visit www.beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Sea Island Quilters to meet Sept. 15

The Sea Island Quilters will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris Island Gateway. The guest speaker will be Susan Edmonson, an award-winning quilter from Concord, N.C. Edmonson will show many of her quilts and hold a quilting workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Carteret Street Methodist Church. For details, email Shelby Berry at eshelbyb@gmail.com.

Annual catfish festival to be held in Hardeeville

The Hardeville Catfish Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, at 205 Main St. in Hardeville behind City Hall. This fun-filled, community festival includes an educational day, parades, beauty pageants, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, rides, games and tons of fun for the whole family. The festival kicks off Friday night with live entertainment and rides for the kids. There will be food vendors, crafts and handmade items. Annual Catfish Festival T-shirts will be available for purchase during the festival. On Saturday, there will be a parade in the morning, followed by bake-off and cook-off competitions. There will also be live entertainment, a cornhole competition, rides and an evening fireworks display.

Bear Island bird walk to be held Sept. 22

The Fripp Audubon Club is conducting a bird walk on Bear Island on Thursday, Sept. 22. This is a peak time for the fall migration and Bear Island should have an abundant number of migrating shore birds and raptors. Bird walks are designed for folks with a serious interest in birds, their behavior, habitat and identification. The trip will begin with a brief orientation. Beginners are welcome and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, binoculars and a bird guide. Attendees will meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Lady’s Island McDonald’s. Orientation begins at 7:45 a.m. and departure is at 8 a.m. Visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Yard, bake sale will benefit school

Friends of Shanklin, a community-based nonprofit organization, will hold a Yard and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Habersham Marketplace, 13 Market Street, in Beaufort. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School. Bikes, furniture, home décor tools, toys, books and more will be available for purchase. Baked goods, including pies, cookies, cakes and other delights will also be on sale. Visit www.FOShanklin.org.

Sunset parties to end with Blufftemberfest

The 2016 Bluffton Sunset Party Series concludes at The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park Saturday, Sept. 17, with BlufftemberFest, a Bluffton-style Octoberfest celebration on the May River. BlufftemberFest will be held from 4-8 p.m. and will feature live music from OCD and La Bodega. There will also be a food court with German and American favorites from area restaurants plus all beers (German, craft, harvest and domestic ) will be only $4. Tickets will be available at the door for $5; children 12 and under get in for free. Bluffton Sunset Parties are sponsored by River Dog Brewing Company, Coastal States Bank, Sport Clips, Advanced Integrated Controls, Bare Foot Wines, Hilton Head Honda, Angry Orchard Cider and I2 Recycle. For more information, call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.

Tickets on sale for Boots & Bling

The 7th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction presented by CBC National Bank will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. This event raises funds for the YMCA of Beaufort County capital campaign. Boots & Bling is an evening of food, music, dancing, an enticing silent auction and new this year will be a live auction. Also, back again by popular demand is the golf cart raffle ($25 per ticket and five tickets for $100). Tickets will be on sale starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the YMCA and at the event. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at Boots & Bling but ticket-holders do not need to be present to win. Event tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple and can be purchased at the Y or online at ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

Battle Ball coming to waterfront park

Battle Ball, a free family event sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Beaufort County, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Otherwise known as bubble soccer, the game allows each participant to compete in several games. Participants will be in their own bubble ball and bounce into one another, run full speed ahead and come out unharmed. There will be five lanes for adults and children over 42 inches tall. Children and adults can play all day for $10. All Boys & Girls Club members with their club T-shirts on can play for free.

Restaurants offer special menus, prices

Restaurants in Beaufort, Port Royal and The Sea Islands will be offering special-priced menus as part of Fall Restaurant Week, which is being held through Sunday, Sept. 18. This is an opportunity to discover new dining hot spots or revisit a few of your favorites. Restaurants taking part include Breakwater Restaurant & Bar, Crosta, Fat Patties, Nautilus, Old Bull Tavern, Plums Restaurant, Q on Bay, Red Rooster and the Saltus River Grill. More restaurants are expected to join in. Visit www.BeaufortRestaurantWeek.com for a list of participating restaurants and their menus.

Libraries to offer variety of programs

Following are some upcoming free programs at local libraries:

Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St.
• Teen Craft Night
When: 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
What: Come socialize, get crafty and enjoy light refreshments; for ages 12 and over. Registration is required. Call 843-255-6435.

 

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