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What To Do the week of February 23rd-March 1st

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Fripp Audubon presenting conserving swamp canaries

A free program on conserving swamp canaries will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Fripp Island Community Center.

“OK, so it’s NOT really a canary, but YOU try saying ‘prothonotary warbler’ a few times in rapid succession,” according to a release.

The National Audubon Society, South Carolina and its Francis Beidler Forest preserve have played key roles in emerging research about this tiny, iconic, wetlands songbird species. 

There will be a meet and greet at 6 p.m. and attendees are asked to bring a small plate to share. For more, contanct frippaudubonclub@gmail.com or visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Bands, Brews, BBQ coming to Port Royal

The Friends of Caroline Hospice’s annual Bands, Brews and BBQ will take place Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, on Paris Avenue in Port Royal.  

Bands scheduled to perform at the festival include The Cluster Shucks, Walker Harris Band, Eric Daubert and Cranford Hollow.  

Friday night’s Wing Throw Down event will feature wings recipes from participating cook teams. The evening will also include the first annual Hot Wing Eating Contest sponsored by the Carolina Tavern. Competing participants will eat as many wings as possible in 2 minutes.  

Saturday’s event schedule includes live music, barbeque tastings and a kid’s zone, including a bounce house and face painting.

Tickets for the event are available in advance for $10 per day for 12 years and older, under 12 is free. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Additional tickets for food and beverages will be available for purchase. No outside food, beverages or coolers are allowed.

Visit www.friendsofcarolinehospice.org.

Oyster roast, movie coming to Penn Center

Penn Center will host its first oyster roast and fish fry of the year from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

The movie, “Family Across the Sea,” will also be shown. It explores the remarkable connections between the Gullah of the South Carolina/Georgia Sea Islands and the people of West Africa, particularly those of Sierra Leone. 

Visit www.penncenter.com.

Fort Fremont tour to be held Feb. 25

A Friends of Fort Fremont monthly docent-led tour will be on Saturday, Feb. 25.  

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Helena Library, where guests will see a scale model of Fort Fremont in 1898 and then travel down Lands End Road to see the fort as it looks today.

Street Corner Symphony to play at arts center

Street Corner Symphony, an acappella group based out of Nashville, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the USCB Center for the Arts.

The group became internationally known in 2010 after becoming runners up on Season 2 of NBC’s all vocal competition, “The Sing-Off.” Their music covers a wide range of styles, appealing to young and old alike. 

Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors/military and $15 for students.

Visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.  

The Gloriosa Trio to headline on Feb. 26

The Fripp Island Friends of Music will host the Gloriosa Trio at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. 

Gloriosa, the beautiful flame lily, is an apt name for a trio that never fails  to fire up an audience. Pianist Yoonie Han, violinist Jennifer Carsillo, and cellist Kevin Bate are experienced musicians known for carefully-crafted programs and exuberant performances. They have received rave reviews for their musical imagination and feel for complex structures.

The concert will be held in the Fripp Community Center, 205 Tarpon Blvd.

Tickets at the door are $25 for adults; students are free. 

This event includes a catered reception.

Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-263-5916. 

State’s hidden past revealed at lecture

Spanning thousands of years, South Carolina’s hidden past will be revealed in the new book, “Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State” by editor Adam King.

The Verdier House Dinner & a Lecture will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

With more than 32,400 recorded archaeological sites, South Carolina’s rich history is exposed in this volume in which King, also an archaeologist, begins with the basic hows and whys of archaeology and introduces readers to current issues. 

A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; the program is at 6 p.m.

Admission for members is $15/$25 per member/couple. Nonmember admission is $20/$30 per person/couple. 

For reservations, call 843-379-3331.

USMC to hold program on World War I

The Parris Island Historic and Museum Society and Historic Port Royal Foundation will present a two-part commemoration of the USMC in WWI at HPRF’s Union Church, 1004 11th St. in Port Royal.

The first part will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, featuring Steve Price of the PIHMS’ Living History Detachment. 

Price, in full WWI uniform, will discuss the Battle of Belleau Woods, where the Marines earned the title Devil Dog, Teufel Hunden from the German Army.  

The second part will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, and will feature Mike Miller, author of the multi-book series. He will discuss the USMC’s role and involvement in WWI.

These programs are free and open to the public.

Two Island Girls Night Outs coming in March

Island Girls Night Out, an opportunity to socialize, win prizes and meet new friends, will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at MoonDoggies Gifts and Cafe at 930 Ninth St. in Port Royal.

A second IGNO will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at For The Birds and Gardens on 1002 Bay St.

These free events are sponsored by The Island News. Businesses that would like to book an IGNO can call Irene Goodnight at 615-243-4684.

Day trip to Savannah, Isle of Hope offered

The Beaufort Historical Society is offering a day trip to Savannah and the Isle of Hope on Thursday, March 2.

A private bus will leave from the HBF office in Beaufort at 9 a.m.

The first stop will be the Whitefield Chapel, the heart and soul of Bethesda Academy. The next stop is a private house and garden on Isle of Hope and the third stop will be Wormsloe Planation. 

The group will then travel back to the historic district for lunch at the private Oglethorpe Club overlooking Forsyth Park.

After lunch, participants will visit a private historic house before returning to Beaufort arriving around 4 p.m.

The cost is $150 for members; $180 for nonmembers.

For further information and reservations call 843-379-3331 or email info@historicbeaufort.org.

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Beaufort film festival tickets now on sale

Tickets are now available for purchase for the 11th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, which will be held through Sunday, Feb. 19.  

Tickets can be ordered online or purchased in person at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at 713 Craven St., Beaufort. 

Details regarding the schedule of events, screening times, trailers, ticket prices  and more are available at beaufortfilmfestival.com. For more information, contact the Beaufort Film Society at beaufortfilm@gmail.com. 

Program on Smalls to be held Feb. 17

The Beaufort County Historical Society and Tabernacle Baptist Church have assembled a countywide effort to bring Donald Sweeper’s presentation, “The Life and Times of Robert Smalls,” to the community.

The presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 901 Craven St. in Beaufort.

Tickets are $10 and seating is limited.

For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 225; email nhefter@coastaldiscovery.org; or visit www.coastaldiscovery.org .

Lecture to focus on researching family

The History Lecture Series, a cooperative venture by the Beaufort History Museum and the Beaufort County Library, will feature a presentation on how to research an African-American family. 

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road.

Researchers Kimberly Morgan and Akosua Moore will update what they’ve learned about a former slave and his many descendants through family lore, government records and library materials.  

While the lectures are free to the public, space is limited. Register at www.beauforthistorymuseum.com to ensure admission. (Those who do not pre-register will not be guaranteed a seat.)

Sing event to honor Black History Month

Penn Center on St. Helena Island will host a Community Sing honoring Black History Month at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. 

Call 843-838-2432; email info@penncenter.com; or visit www.penncenter.com.

Tea will feature book discussion

A Sea Island Lady Tea will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Verdier House at 801 Bay St. in Beaufort. Grace Cordial, of the Beaufort District Collection, will talk about the Beaufort locations in the book, “A Sea Island Lady.”

There will be sweets, savories, sandwiches and tea. Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the Historic Beaufort Foundation at 843-379-3331. Tickets may also be purchased at www.historicbeaufort.org/shop.

Poetry reading to focus on race

The Pat Conroy Literary Center will present Poets Respond to Race, a poetry reading and community discussion, from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. The event will be held at Grace Chapel AME Church at 502 Charles St. in Beaufort.

Children’s theater to hold auditions

The Beaufort Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for “Aladdin, Jr.” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the USCB Center for the Arts.  

Production dates for Aladdin, Jr., will be at 7 p.m. May 19-20; 3 p.m. May 21; and 9:30 a.m. and noon May 18 (for schools only) at the Center for the Arts.  

Rehearsals are held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 2-4 p.m. Sundays. 

Audition times are from 5:15-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, for ages, 7-9, and 6:30-8 p.m. for ages 10-12; and 5:15-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, for ages 13-18, and 7-8:15 p.m. for call-backs. 

Chorale looking for singers to join group

The Lowcountry Chorale, a mixed-voice community of singers, has begun preparation for its upcoming season. 

To that end, it is looking for singers to join the group. 

No auditions are necessary. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join. Rehearsals begin at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.

Thirteen weeks of rehearsals will culminate in performances on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20. The group is under the direction of Alan Lathan. The theme for this concert is “From Broadway to Hollywood.”

There is a $35 membership fee to help defray music and performance costs. Call Shari at 843-252-3990 for more information.

Fort Fremont tour to be held Feb. 24

A Friends of Fort Fremont monthly docent-led tour will be on Saturday, Feb. 24.  

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, where guests will see a scale model of Fort Fremont in 1898 and then travel down Lands End Road to see the fort as it looks today.

The Gloriosa Trio to headline on Feb. 26

The Fripp Island Friends of Music will host the Gloriosa Trio at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. 

The concert will be held in the Fripp Community Center, 205 Tarpon Blvd. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults; students are free. This event includes a catered reception.

Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-263-5916. 

USMC to hold program on World War I

The Parris Island Historic and Museum Society and Historic Port Royal Foundation will present a two-part commemoration of the USMC in WWI at HPRF’s Union Church, 1004 11th St. in Port Royal.

The first part will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, featuring Steve Price of the PIHMS’ Living History Detachment. 

The second part will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, and will feature Mike Miller, author of the multi-book series. These programs are free and open to the public.

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Penn Center presents historical art show

Penn Center celebrates Black History Month with the opening of “Been Here Before,” a compilation of artistic works and historical representations by 12 accomplished Gullah African Diaspora Artist (GADA).

The York W. Bailey Museum will open this exhibition with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. “Been Here Before” will be on exhibit through Tuesday, May 30.

For further information, email Diane Britton Dunham at GullahADA@gmail.com, call Penn Center at 843-838-2474 or email info@penncenter.com.

New production to open at The Shed

Coastal Stage Productions will present “Sylvia,” which opens Friday, Feb. 10, at The Shed in Port Royal. The production cast and crew is comprised entirely of Beaufort and Jasper county volunteers.

Coastal Stage Productions is a locally owned, traveling theatre company based in Ridgeland. Tickets are available at www.sylviaportroyal.bpt.me.

Music for organ, brass to be held at church

Charles D. Frost, organist, and the Charleston Symphony Brass Quintet will present a recital of music for organ and brass at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort.

The program will feature a variety of styles of music, including works by Gabrieli, Campra, Strauss, Pinkham and Gigout.

The quintet will also perform “The Girl in the Flaxen Hair” by Debussy, selections from “Westside Story” by Bernstein, and “Three-cornered Hat” by deFalla. Frost will perform Bach’s “Toccata in F Major.”

Donations will be appreciated. For more information, contact Frost at 843-525-0696 or cfrost@seaislandpresbyterian.org.

Monday Night is Movie Night returns to USCB 

Oscar-Nominated Shorts in Animation will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the USCB Center for the Arts at 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

All seats are $6 and tickets will be available at the door. There will be a variety of animated shorts shown. Visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

Books Sandwiched In offers discussions

The Books Sandwiched In (BSI) series, sponsored by the Friends of the Beaufort Library, is returning with local authors, well-known community leaders and Gullah experts lined up as presenters for these free events.

With a wide-range of book selection and subject matter, the series has attracted large audiences for the past 30 years.

Held at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Performing Arts, the series schedule also leaves time after each presentation for audience questions and answers.

Although the programs start at noon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. so that attendees can meet the presenter, chat with other book lovers and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies.

All BSI events take place at the USCB Center for Performing Arts at 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

Following is the calendar. All events take place on Mondays:

• Feb. 13: Andy Beall presents “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari.

• Feb. 20: Jim Jordan presents his book “Penny Savannah:  A Tale of Civil War Georgia.”

• Feb. 27: Ray McBride presents “The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” by Timothy Egan.

• March 6: Beverley Porter presents “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanthi.

• March 13: Lynn Markovich Bryant presents her book “I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

• March 20: Gene Rugala presents “United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists” by Peter Bergen.

For more information, contact Lolita Huckaby Watson at 843-812-6490 or at bftbay@gmail.com.

Audubon club offering plantation field trip

The Fripp Audubon club is sponsoring a guided field trip to the Nemours Plantation on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Nemours Plantation was created by Eugene DuPont III and includes almost 10,000 acres. Located in northern Beaufort County, the plantation contains a rich diversity of habitats including remnant rice fields, fresh and brackish water marshes, upland pine and hardwood forests, bottomland hardwoods and cypress/tupelo forests.

The plantation lies within the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto (ACE) River Basin which is listed by The Nature Conservancy as “one of the last great places.”

Participants should dress accordingly for the weather. They will be touring in an open trailer with bench seating and possibly getting out to walk (minimally) to birding spots. Bring binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, water, snacks etc.

Spotting scopes will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own.  Participants are also welcome to bring lunches and enjoy them on the plantation’s grounds after the tour.

Restrooms are available, as well as a refrigerator for storing lunches.

The tour is limited to 20 people, who will meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Lady’s Island McDonald’s for an 8 a.m. departure. To sign-up, send an e-mail to frippaudubonclub@gmail.com.

The Gloriosa Trio to headline on Feb. 26

The Fripp Island Friends of Music will host the Gloriosa Trio at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

Gloriosa, the beautiful flame lily, is an apt name for a trio that never fails  to fire up an audience. Pianist Yoonie Han, violinist Jennifer Carsillo and cellist Kevin Bate are experienced musicians known for carefully-crafted programs and exuberant performances.

They have received rave reviews for their musical imagination and feel for complex structures.

The concert will be held in the Fripp Community Center, 205 Tarpon Blvd. Tickets at the door are $25 for adult; students are free. This event includes a catered reception. Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-263-5916.

Civil War re-enactment coming to Beaufort

The Second Annual Living History Encampment will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Beaufort History Museum’s Arsenal Courtyard at 713 Craven St.

Union forces who occupied Beaufort during the Civil War after the Battle of Port Royal Sound  (Nov. 7, 1861) will be brought to life by more than 20 re-enactors arriving from several states.

They will stage an encampment in the walled courtyard space and provide a unique opportunity for people of all ages to interact with the soldiers and to learn firsthand how life was lived in Beaufort during the Civil War.

The museum is partnering with other Beaufort organizations, including the Beaufort County Library, to plan and conduct the weekend’s educational events.

Visit www.beaforthistorymuseum.com.

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Fripp Audubon Club bird walk set for February 4

The Fripp Audubon Club is conducting a bird walk at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Participants will see birds such as ducks, winter sparrows and possibly American pipits and horned larks.

Bird walks are designed for folks with a serious interest in birds, their behavior, habitat and identification. Those interested in attending should meet at in the parking lot adjacent to the Lady’s Island McDonald’s.

Departure is at 8 a.m.; orientation begins at 7:45 a.m. Participants should bring lunch, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, water, etc.

Visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Books Sandwiched In is getting underway

The Books Sandwiched In (BSI) series, sponsored by the Friends of the Beaufort Library, is returning with local authors, well-known community leaders and Gullah experts lined up as presenters for these free events.

With a wide-range of book selection and subject matter, the series has attracted large audiences for the past 30 years.

Held at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Performing Arts, the series schedule also leaves time after each presentation for audience questions and answers.

Although the programs start at noon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. so that attendees can meet the presenter, chat with other book lovers and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies.

All BSI events take place at the USCB Center for Performing Arts at 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

Following is the calendar. All events take place on Mondays:

• Feb. 6: Queen Quet presents her book “Gullah/Geechee: Africa’s Seeds in the Winds of the Diaspora.”

• Feb. 13: Andy Beall presents “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari.”

• Feb. 20: Jim Jordan presents his book “Penny Savannah:  A Tale of Civil War Georgia.”

• Feb. 27: Ray McBride presents “The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” by Timothy Egan.

Red Dam Baptist to host Snow Day 

Red Dam Baptist Church at 488 Red Dam Road in Hardeeville will host a Snow Day from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The event will include a 40-foot snow slide, music, marshmallow roasting, a crackling campfire, games, face painting, hot dogs, hot chocolate, lemonade, popcorn, snow cones, cookies, cupcakes, men’s chili cook-off, ladies pie contest and more.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Mystery books on tap at Lunch with Author 

Lunch with the Author series, presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort, will continue on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Moss Creek Clubhouse in Bluffton.

Author J.E. Thompson will speak about his mystery, “The Girl from Felony Bay” and the sequel “Disappearance At Hangman’s Bluff.”

Lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $42. Reservations can be made online at www.USCBCenterForTheArts.com or by calling 843-521-4145.

Fort Fremont offering docent-led tour

The Friends of Fort Fremont is offering a docent-led tour on Saturday, Jan. 28. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, where guests will see a scale model of 1898 Fort Fremont and travel to the remains of Fort Fremont today. Visit www.fortfremont.com.

Festival series to feature renowned musicians

The USCB Festival Series will present soprano Hyunah Yu, pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist Erin Keefe and cellist Edward Arron at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

For more information and tickets, visit www.uscb.edu/arts_cultural_events/festival_series.html.

Books Sandwiched In is getting underway

The Books Sandwiched In (BSI) series, sponsored by the Friends of the Beaufort Library, is returning with local authors, well-known community leaders and Gullah experts lined up as presenters for these free events.

With a wide-range of book selection and subject matter, the series has attracted large audiences for the past 30 years.

Held at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Performing Arts, the series schedule also will leave time after each presentation for audience questions and answers.

Although the programs start at noon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. so that attendees can meet the presenter, chat with other book lovers and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies.

All BSI events take place at the USCB Center for Performing Arts at 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

Following is the calendar. All events take place on Mondays:

• Jan. 30: Maxine Lutz presents “Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches” by Chlotilde R. Martin.

• Feb. 6: Queen Quet presents her book “Gullah/Geechee: Africa’s Seeds in the Winds of the Diaspora.”

• Feb. 13: Andy Beall presents “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.”

• Feb. 20: Jim Jordan presents his book “Penny Savannah:  A Tale of Civil War Georgia.”

• Feb. 27: Ray McBride presents “The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” by Timothy Egan.

• March 6: Beverley Porter presents “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanthi.

• March 13: Lynn Markovich Bryant presents her book “I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

• March 20: Gene Rugala presents “United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists” by Peter Bergen.

For more information, contact Lolita Huckaby Watson at 843-812-6490 or by email at bftbay@gmail.com.

Beaufort Theatre Co. to hold auditions

The University of South Carolina Center for the Arts and the Beaufort Theatre Company are holding auditions for “A Tribute to Broadway” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the USCB Center for the Arts.

The show will be a musical journey through some of Broadway’s classic musicals (“Singing in the Rain” and “South Pacific”) to recent hits like “Wicked,” “Newsies” and more.

“A Tribute to Broadway” is scheduled for March 11-13.

Auditions are for ages 17 and up. Those auditioning should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sign 16 bars from a Broadway musical. They will also need to provide sheet music or prerecorded music. Musical theater experience is preferable but not required.

For additional information, call the Center for the Arts 843-521-4145 or Anna Wheeler at 803-394-6999.

Red Dam Baptist to host Snow Day 

Red Dam Baptist Church, at 488 Red Dam Road in Hardeeville, will host a Snow Day from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The event will include a 40-foot snow slide, music, marshmallow roasting, a crackling campfire, games, face painting, hot dogs, hot chocolate, lemonade, popcorn, snow cones, cookies, cupcakes, men’s chili cook-off, ladies pie contest and more.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bird walk scheduled at wildlife refuge

The Fripp Audubon Club will conduct a bird walk at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Participants will see birds such as ducks, winter sparrows and possibly American pipits and horned larks.

Bird walks are designed for folks with a serious interest in birds and their behavior, habitat and identification. The trip will begin with a brief orientation before departure. Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide. Beginners are welcome.

Orientation will begin in 7:45 a.m. and departure will be at 8 a.m. at the parking lot adjacent to the Lady’s Island McDonald’s. Participants should bring lunch, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, water, etc.

Visit www.islc.net/audubon.

New production set to open at The Shed

Coastal Stage Productions is currently in rehearsals for “Sylvia,” which opens Friday, Feb. 10, at The Shed in Port Royal.  The production cast and crew is comprised entirely of Beaufort and Jasper county volunteers.

Coastal Stage Productions is a locally owned, traveling theater company based in Ridgeland. Tickets are available at www.sylviaportroyal.bpt.me

Conversation Café is getting underway

Starting in February, the Beaufort County Library’s St. Helena Branch is the site of the latest opening in a nationwide movement of Conversation Cafés. This open group welcomes everyone to join in on respectful and friendly discussions of topics that matter.

The Café will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, and will continue to meet one evening per month at the library.

The first topic for discussion is “What Are Your Hopes for 2017?”

Everyone is invited to attend this free event. No registration is necessary. The library is at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road.

Beaufort film festival tickets now on sale

Tickets are now available for purchase for the 11th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, which will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 15, to Sunday, Feb. 19.

Tickets can be ordered online or purchased in person at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at 713 Craven St., Beaufort.

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Carolina gold rice topic of history session

The Historic Beaufort Foundation will present a Rice Culture Field Session on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Participants will hear the story of the re-introduction of Carolina gold rice from passionate duck hunters Dr. Richard Schulze Sr. and his son, who have accomplished this at their Turnbridge Plantation.

They will be joined by Glenn Roberts, renowned for sourcing and preserving historic ingredients available through Anson Mills.

After visiting the fields at Turnbridge, participants will adjourn to Delta Plantation for lunch.

Field sessions are limited to 20 participants. They should dress for the weather and will need to provide their own transportation.

The cost is $125 per person for members; $150 for nonmembers. Lunch is included in each session. For more information, call 843-379-3331 or email info@historicbeaufort.org.

Mystery books on tap at Lunch with Author series 

Lunch with the Author series, presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort, will continue on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Moss Creek Clubhouse in Bluffton.

Author J.E. Thompson will speak about his mystery, “The Girl from Felony Bay” and the sequel “Disappearance At Hangman’s Bluff.”

Lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $42.  Reservations are necessary and must be made by Sunday, Jan. 22. Reservations can be made online at www.USCBCenterForTheArts.com or by calling 843-521-4145.

Festival series to feature renowned musicians 

The USCB Festival Series will present soprano Hyunah Yu, pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist Erin Keefe and cellist Edward Arron at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

For more information and tickets, visit www.uscb.edu/arts_cultural_events/festival_series.html.

Library offers variety of children’s programs

Following are some upcoming children’s programs at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St.

• Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?: Join the library for a couple of stories, a snowman craft and light snack. This is for ages 2-plus with adult caregiver. Registration is required. The event will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

• Second Annual Chocolate Olympics: The Chocolate Olympics is making a comeback from last year. Join the games all involving chocolate. Eat, eat, and eat … and compete. This is for grades 6-12. The event will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.

• Do It Yourself Creation Station: Create and pick out items at creation stations. This is for ages 2-plus with an adult caregiver. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30.

Port Royal battle lecture comes to library

The Beaufort Branch Library will present a lecture on the Battle of Port Royal Sound at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. The lecture is free, but advance registration is required. The library is at 311 Scott St. in Beaufort. This event is presented by the Beaufort History Museum. Visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com.

Retirement planning focus of library program

Social Security and Retirement Income Planning will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. Guests will learn how to take full advantage of Social Security benefits and prepare for retirement.

Charles Street Gallery to present Thompson art

Karol Thompson’s new works in graphite and pastels will be presented at the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort. There will be an opening reception from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and the exhibit will run through Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Charles Street Gallery is an established source for Lowcountry and international art, presented within a carefully renovated house surrounded by a lush garden in the middle of Beaufort’s historic district at 914 Charles St. 29902. Call 843-521-9054 or visit thecharlesstreetgallery.com.

Beaufort Theatre Co. will hold auditions

The University of South Carolina Center for the Arts and the Beaufort Theatre Company are holding auditions for “A Tribute to Broadway” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the USCB Center for the Arts.

The show will be a musical journey through some of Broadway’s classic musicals (“Singing in the Rain” and “South Pacific”) to recent hits like “Wicked,” “Newsies” and more.

“A Tribute to Broadway” is scheduled for March 11-13.

Auditions are for ages 17 and up. Those auditioning should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sign 16 bars from a Broadway musical. They will also need to provide sheet music or prerecorded music. Musical theater experience is preferable but not required.

For additional information, call the Center for the Arts at 843-521-4145 or Anna Wheeler at 803-394-6999.

Chilly Bean Run set for Feb. 4

The 4th Annual Chilly Bean Run 5K and 10K and Chili Cookoff will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at Coosaw Point in Beaufort. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. To register, visit www.chillybeanrun.com.

Red Dam Baptist to host Snow Day 

Red Dam Baptist Church, at 488 Red Dam Road in Hardeeville, will host a Snow Day from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The event will include a 40-foot snow slide, music, marshmallow roasting, a crackling campfire, games, face painting, hot dogs, hot chocolate, lemonade, popcorn, snow cones, cookies, cupcakes, men’s chili cook-off, ladies pie contest and more. The event is free and open to the public.

New production to open at The Shed

Coastal Stage Productions is currently in rehearsals for “Sylvia,” which opens Friday, Feb. 10, at The Shed in Port Royal. The production cast and crew is comprised entirely of Beaufort and Jasper county volunteers. Coastal Stage Productions is a locally owned, traveling theater company based in Ridgeland. Tickets are available at www.sylviaportroyal.bpt.me

Conversation Café is getting underway

Starting in February, the Beaufort County Library’s St. Helena Branch is the site of the latest opening in a nationwide movement of Conversation Cafés. This open group welcomes everyone to join in on respectful and friendly discussions of topics that matter.

The Café will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, and will continue to meet one evening per month at the library. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. No registration is necessary. The library is at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road.

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3-D paleontology coming to Ridgeland

The Morris Heritage Center will hold 3-D Paleontology: New Discoveries with Curator Matthew Gibson at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. The discussion will be centered around the advanced in 3-D scanning and printing, which allows paleontologists to study and examine fossils without damaging the specimen.

Attendees will learn about the Oligocene whale skulls and their scientific value as researchers take steps into the future to discover new species, new histories and new perspectives through the new era of 3-D scanning.

The center is at 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. Visit www.morrisheritagecenter.org.

Resolution run/walk to be held Jan. 14

The Resolution Run 5K Walk or Run will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. The event will be held on Marina Drive on Dataw Island and will benefit the Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity. The cost is $25 before Tuesday, Jan. 10. There are discounts for youth and military. Call 843-522-3500.

Wined It Up will feature jazz trio

Jazz with the Debbie McDaniel Trio, featuring special guest trumpeter Jeff Shawd, will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Wined It Up at 705 Bay St. in Beaufort. Visit www.wineditup.net.

Trio treat to feature trumpet, trombone, piano

The Brass-hoppers are coming to Fripp Island. This trio of gifted musicians includes trumpeter Mary Bowden, trombonist Alexis Smith, and pianist Milana Strezeva.

These three women create an exquisite brass sound with a lush keyboard, hopping from classical music to jazz-inspired arrangements of popular tunes. The three musicians have performed as soloists and principals with major chamber and symphony orchestras all over the world.

The trio will be hosted by the Fripp Friends of Music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Community Center at 205 Tarpon Blvd.

Tickets at the door are $25 for adults; students get in free. Guests will get a free pass at the Fripp gate and are invited to a catered reception after the performance. Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-263-5916.

Carolina gold rice topic of history session

The Historic Beaufort Foundation will present a Rice Culture Field Session on Saturday, Jan. 21. Participants will hear the story of the re-introduction of Carolina gold rice from passionate duck hunters Dr. Richard Schulze Sr. and his son, who have accomplished this at their Turnbridge Plantation.

They will be joined by Glenn Roberts, renowned for sourcing and preserving historic ingredients available through Anson Mills.

After visiting the fields at Turnbridge, participants will adjourn to Delta Plantation for lunch.

Field sessions are limited to 20 participants. They should dress for the weather and will need to provide their own transportation. The cost is $125 per person for members; $150 for nonmembers. Lunch is included in each session. For more information, call 843-379-3331 or email info@historicbeaufort.org.

Port Royal battle lecture comes to library

The Beaufort Branch Library will present a lecture on the Battle of Port Royal Sound at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. The lecture is free, but advance registration is required. The library is at 311 Scott St. in Beaufort. This event is presented by the Beaufort History Museum. Visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com.

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Verdi’s opera ‘Nabucco’ coming to USCB

Met Opera (Live) in HD will present “Nabucco” at 12:55 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, at the USCB Center for the Arts.

After Giuseppe Verdi’s second opera – “Un Giorno di Regno” – failed terribly in September 1840, he vowed that he would never write another. Months passed before a friend convinced him to read a libretto written by a young poet named Solero. Verdi took it home that evening, read it and was so intrigued that he was unable to sleep.

That morning, he began composing “Nabucco,” an opera that not only renewed his spirits, but those of his Italian countrymen as well. The reason? A chorus in the third act.

Known throughout the opera world as “Va, pensiero”, it’s sung by Hebrew slaves yearning to return to their fatherland after being trapped in Babylon on the banks of the Euphrates.

The great Spanish tenor Placido Domingo will step up a notch to the baritone role of Nabucco, with soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton co-starring as his two daughters, Abigaille and Fenena. The Met’s iconic conductor James Levine will be at the podium.

Tickets for all operas 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.

Resolution run/walk to be held Jan. 14

The Resolution Run 5K Walk or Run will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. The event will be held on Marina Drive on Dataw Island and will benefit the Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity.

The cost is $25 before Tuesday, Jan. 10. There are discounts for youth and military. Call 843-522-3500.

Wined It Up will feature jazz trio

Jazz with the Debbie McDaniel Trio, featuring special guest trumpeter Jeff Shawd, will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Wined It Up at 705 Bay St. in Beaufort. Visit www.wineditup.net.

Carolina gold rice topic of history session

The Historic Beaufort Foundation will present a Rice Culture Field Session on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Participants will hear the story of the re-introduction of Carolina gold rice from passionate duck hunters Dr. Richard Schulze Sr. and his son, who have accomplished this at their Turnbridge Plantation.  They will be joined by Glenn Roberts, renowned for sourcing and preserving historic ingredients available through Anson Mills. After visiting the fields at Turnbridge, participants will adjourn to Delta Plantation for lunch.

Field sessions are limited to 20 participants. They should dress for the weather and will need to provide their own transportation. The cost is $125 per person for members; $150 for nonmembers. Lunch is included in each session.

For more information, call 843-379-3331 or email info@historicbeaufort.org.

Trio treat to feature trumpet, trombone, piano

The Brass-hoppers are coming to Fripp Island. This trio of gifted musicians includes trumpeter Mary Bowden, trombonist Alexis Smith, and pianist Milana Strezeva.

These three women create an exquisite brass sound with a lush keyboard, hopping from classical music to jazz-inspired arrangements of popular tunes.

The three musicians have performed as soloists and principals with major chamber and symphony orchestras all over the world.

The trio will be hosted by the Fripp Friends of Music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Community Center at 205
Tarpon Blvd.

Tickets at the door are $25 for adults; students get in free. Guests will get a free pass at the Fripp gate and are invited to a catered reception after the performance. Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-263-5916.

Heyward House to hold docent recruitment

The Heyward House in Bluffton is hosting a docent recruitment meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, for prospective docents to learn more about the house and meet staff.

Anyone looking for more information on becoming a docent or on the recruitment meeting can call 843-757-6293.

The Heyward House Historic Center is at 70 Boundary St.

Library offers variety of children’s programs

Following are some upcoming children’s programs at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St.

• Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?: Join the library for a couple of stories, a snowman craft and light snack. This is for ages 2-plus with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. The event will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

• Second Annual Chocolate Olympics: The Chocolate Olympics is making a comeback from last year. Join the games all involving chocolate. Eat, eat, and eat … and compete. This is for grades 6-12. The event will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.

• Do It Yourself Creation Station: Create and pick out items at creation stations. This is for ages 2-plus with an adult caregiver. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30.

New production to open at The Shed

Coastal Stage Productions is currently in rehearsals for “Sylvia,” which opens Friday, Feb. 10, at The Shed in Port Royal. The production cast and crew is comprised entirely of Beaufort and Jasper county volunteers.

Coastal Stage Productions is a locally owned, traveling theater company based in Ridgeland. Tickets are available at www.sylviaportroyal.bpt.me

Beaufort History Museum invites public to meeting

Museum members and the public are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Beaufort History Museum, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the museum’s main hall on the second floor of The Arsenal, located at 713 Craven St.

At the meeting, milestones of the past year will be celebrated, including the opening in June of a special exhibit about the Reconstruction Era in Beaufort.

Plans for 2017 also will be revealed, including details of a project to completely renovate the museum’s main exhibit hall in the coming year. Current museum members will also vote on a slate of new board of directors nominees.

The Beaufort History Museum, which was founded in 1939, has evolved to focus specifically on the deep and rich history of the Beaufort District.  It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the city of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th century until modern times.

Local pageant seeking contestants, sponsors

The Miss Bluffton/Miss Hilton Head Island Scholarship Organization is currently seeking contestants and sponsors.

The official Miss South Carolina and Miss America Preliminary will crown a new Miss Bluffton and Miss Bluffton Teen and Miss Hilton Head Island and Miss Hilton Head Island Teen on Feb. 4. The event is for ages 13-24.

The organization is being co-directed by Sabra Stutz, owner of Chicas Bridal in Sheridan Park in Bluffton, and Rachel Wisnefski, of Hilton Head High School.

The Miss Bluffton/Miss Hilton Head Scholarship Organization is a subsidiary of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and is designed to bring opportunities to outstanding young ladies in the area as well as the state.

Like most pageants, it is open to young women across the state of South Carolina that participate in pageant circuits to earn monies for their education.

Visit www.missblufftonmisshiltonhead.org.

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Library to ring in new year for kids

The Bluffton Branch Library will hold a Noon Year’s Eve Party at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. The library will celebrate with a party, craft and a countdown until the clock strikes noon.

The library is at 120 Palmetto Way in Bluffton. For more information, email kbaxter@bcgov.net.

New Year’s services offered at Beaufort church

The Beaufort Church of Christ in Beaufort will hold its annual New Year’s Services from 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

“We are ‘Ringing Out the Old and Bringing In the New,’ ” according to a release. “Our theme Is “GOD Wants To Do A New Thing In You!”

This event is free and open to the public. There will also be a New Year’s Day Sunday Morning Bible Study at 10 a.m. and Sunday Morning Worship Service at 11:15 a.m.

The minister is Dr. Jonas Gadson. The Beaufort Church of Christ is at 170 Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort. For more information, email jg@jonasbonus.com, call 843-524-4281 or visit www. BeaufortCoC.com.

Trio treat to feature trumpet, trombone, piano

The Brass-hoppers are coming to Fripp Island. This trio of gifted musicians includes trumpeter Mary Bowden, trombonist Alexis Smith, and pianist Milana Strezeva.

These three women create an exquisite brass sound with a lush keyboard, hopping from classical music to jazz-inspired arrangements of popular tunes.

The three musicians have performed as soloists and principals with major chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras all over the world.

The trio will be hosted by the Fripp Friends of Music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Community Center at 205 Tarpon Blvd. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults; students get in free. Guests will get a free pass at the Fripp gate and are invited to a catered reception after the performance.

Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-263-5916.

Heyward House to hold docent recruitment

The Heyward House in Bluffton is hosting a docent recruitment meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, for prospective docents to learn more about the house and meet staff.

Anyone looking for more information on becoming a docent or on the recruitment meeting can call 843-757-6293.

The Heyward House Historic Center is at 70 Boundary St.

Library offers variety of children’s programs

Following are some upcoming children’s programs at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St.

• Let’s Get Crazy with Legos!: Let’s get those Legos moving! Participants will have fun playing with motors, gears, and battery power packs. This program is for all ages. It will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

• Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?: Join the library for a couple of stories, a snowman craft and light snack. This is for ages 2-plus with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. The event will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

• Second Annual Chocolate Olympics: The Chocolate Olympics is making a comeback from last year. Join the games all involving chocolate. Eat, eat, and eat … and compete. This is for grades 6-12. The event will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.

• Do It Yourself Creation Station: Create and pick out items at creation stations. This is for ages 2-plus with an adult caregiver. The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30.

Hurricanes, Social Security programs on tap

Following are some upcoming programs geared toward adults at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St.

• Social Security and Retirement Income Planning: Learn how to take full advantage of your Social Security benefits and prepare for retirement. This event will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

• “Hurricanes of Beaufort’s Past”: Hurricane Matthew is but the most recent hurricane to strike this area. Learn a bit about some of the other 100 or so hurricanes and tropical storms that have caused death and destruction in Beaufort County from colonial times through Hurricane Gracie in 1959. See photographs, scrapbooks and materials from the Beaufort District Collection seldom seen that will be on display. This free presentation for ages 12 and over is co-sponsored by the Beaufort History Museum. It will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. The event is free, but registration is required. Register through the Beaufort History Museum website “Events” page at www.beauforthistorymuseum.com.

Hurricane of 1893 to be topic at library event

Following is an upcoming program geared toward ages 12 and over at the Bluffton Branch Library at 120 Palmetto Way.

• “Tide of Death: The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893”: On a single terrifying night in August 1893 a devastating hurricane ripped through the islands and lowlands of South Carolina and Georgia, drowning thousands and leaving tens of thousands more destitute. Grace Cordial, manager of the Beaufort District Collection, will share photographs, diary accounts and other materials relating to the Great Sea Island Hurricane from the library’s special collections and archives unit. This event will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

New production to open at The Shed

Coastal Stage Productions is currently in rehearsals for “Sylvia,” which opens Friday, Feb 10, at The Shed in Port Royal. The production cast and crew is comprised entirely of Beaufort and Jasper county volunteers. Coastal Stage Productions is a locally owned, traveling theatre company based in Ridgeland. Tickets are available here: www.sylviaportroyal.bpt.me

Beaufort History Museum invites public to meeting

Museum members and the public are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Beaufort History Museum, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the museum’s main hall on the second floor of The Arsenal, located at 713 Craven St.

At the meeting, milestones of the past year will be celebrated, including the opening in June of a special exhibit about the Reconstruction Era in Beaufort.

Plans for 2017 also will be revealed, including details of a project to completely renovate the museum’s main exhibit hall in the coming year. Current museum members will also vote on a slate of new board of directors nominees.

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Marine band will perform concert

The Parris Island Marine Band Lowcountry Holiday Concert will perform on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Beaufort High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

There will be performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. They are both free and open to the public.

Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.

The Parris Island Marine Band’s primary mission is to provide musical support for recruit graduations and other military ceremonies and events. In addition to playing at approximately 40 recruit graduations each year, the band also performs concerts and parades across the United States.

For more information, visit www.mcrdpi.marines.mil/band.

Penn Center to have live Nativity scene

The Penn Center will showcase a live Nativity scene from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. The evening will include vocal performances by a mass church choir at the Frissell Community House.

The Penn Center is at 16 Penn Center Circle West on St. Helena Island.

For more information visit www.penncenter.com.

Hallelujah Singers to take the stage

The Hallelujah Singers will present a Gullah Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The event will be held at Campbell Chapel AME Church at 25 Boundary St. in Bluffton.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-757-3652.

Holiday fun planned at Bluffton Branch Library

Zapper, The Elf, is back at Bluffton Branch Library through Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Whenever a child visits the library looking for Zapper, the Elf, they can find out what book he is reading to enter for a drawing for a prize. The library is at 120 Palmetto Way in Bluffton.

For more information, email kbaxter@bcgov.net.

Library to ring in the new year for kids

The Bluffton Branch Library will hold a Noon Year’s Eve Party at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. The library will celebrate with a party, craft and a countdown until the clock strikes noon.

The library is at 120 Palmetto Way in Bluffton. For more information, email kbaxter@bcgov.net.

TLC encourages folks to attend Holiday Book Fair

The Literacy Center of the Lowcountry will hold a Holiday Book Fair at Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head Island. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the store, which is located at 20 Hatton Place.

Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read, find that last-minute gift and help raise money for TLC. Online sales will also benefit TLC. Use the code 12046991 when ordering.

Church to present Christmas celebration

Riverview Baptist Church will present its Christmas Celebration at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

The community is invited to join the church for this event.

The children of the church will present the Christmas musical, “Alice in Bethlehem,” where young Alice is transported back in time to Bethlehem to learn it is better to give than receive.

The adults will present “Scrooge and Three Wise Guys,” a comedy where all discover the true meaning of Christmas. The church is at 2209 Boundary St.

Santa Claus coming to farmer’s market                     

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 Saturday, Dec. 17, Port Royal Farmers Market. The event 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.

Unique gifts made by local artisans for sale

The Starving Artist Market near the Port Royal Farmers Market is offering one-of-a-kind gifts for the Christmas and holiday season.

The market features local artists who meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays to sell their wares on Paris Avenue in Port Royal.

Shoppers can typically find paintings, painting on wood, jewelry, glass art, photography, pottery, Christmas items and more.

Trains on display at Beaufort library               

The Beaufort Railroaders Model Train Club will present its 24th annual Christmas Train Show at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. through Saturday, Dec. 17.

The train show is a Christmas tradition, and has been enjoyed over the years by thousands who appreciate detailed modeling, action, lights, color, fun and nostalgia.

Visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/trains.

Symphony orchestra presents show

The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra will present “Seasonal Splendor: Corelli Christmas Concerto” on Thursday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 18.

The Dec. 15 show will be at 7:30 p.m., and the Dec. 18 show will be at 4 p.m. The concert will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church at 81 Lady’s Island Drive.

For more information, visit www.beaufortorchestra.org.

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