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

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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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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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