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What To Do the week of April 13th-19th

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Women’s conference to be held in Port Royal

Local women are invited to Lost on a Familiar Road Women’s Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Port Royal Baptist Church

Deadline for registering is Friday, April 14, and groups of women are welcome.  

The cost is $10, which includes lunch.

Author Kimberly Sowell will be the speaker. 

For more information, call 843-521-1994, email secretary@portroyalbaptist.org, or visit www.portroyalbaptist.org.

Bird walk to be held at Donnelley area

The Fripp Audubon Club is conducting a bird walk at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, April 15.  

This is a peak time for the spring migration. Songbirds, shore birds, ducks and late winter birds should be present.

Bird walks are designed for folks with a serious interest in birds, their behavior, habitat and identification. 

The trip will begin with a brief orientation before departure. 

Bring binoculars and bird guide. Beginners are welcome. 

Participants will meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Lady Island McDonald’s. Departure is at 8 a.m.; orientation begins at 7:45. 

Participants should bring lunch, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, water, etc.  

Visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Recycling program at Beaufort library

The Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. is hosting How to Recycle Right in the Lowcountry.

Recycling differs by region. Learn the most effective ways to recycle in Beaufort County at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

USCB author series to feature Barb Schmidt

The University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch with Author series continues at noon Wednesday, April 19, at the Country Club of Hilton Head with author Barb Schmidt.   

A practitioner of mindfulness and meditation for over 30 years, Barb Schmidt is the author of the internationally bestselling book “The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness.”

Tickets are $42 and must be purchased in advance.   

Call the USCB Center for the Arts 843-521-4145 or online uscbcenterforthearts.com.

Women’s group to hold fashion show, lunch

The Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection will hold “Fashions and Lunch” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1500 Queen St. in Beaufort.

The guest speaker will be Susan Davis, who will speak on “She Lives Empowered as a Prisoner of Hope.”

Tickets are $18, which includes taxes and tip. Reservations or cancellations must be made by Friday, April 14.

Contact Marti Myers at 843-321-0962 or puddlesportia@gmail.com.

Sea Island Quilters to meet on April 20

The Sea Island Quilters will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Carteret Street United Methodist Church.

For more information, email Joey Patrucco at joeypatrucco@yahoo.com.

Celebrate Poetry Month at Annual Poetry Gala

In celebration of Poetry Month in April, the Beaufort poetry group Otram Slabess will hold its 10th annual poetry reading at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Charles Street Gallery, 914 Charles St., Beaufort.

Featured readers will be Warren Slesinger, Quitman Marshall, Jacquelyn Markham, Olivia Stiffler, and Emily Davis-Fletcher, followed by an open mic for guests. 

Refreshments, poetry, music, and inspiring conversation will flow. The event is free and open to the public.

Visit otramslabess.wordpress.com.

Letter writing campaign coming to library

What are you doing to honor Earth Day? Bring your kids and join the folks at Letters For Hope at 2:30 p.m. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at the St. Helena Island Public Library’s conference room.  

The focus of the event is to urge politicians to safeguard the environment.

This Letters For Hope event is co-sponsored by MomsRising Beaufort County Circle, a local hub that represents the national MomsRising Advocacy group. 

Special activities for children are planned — including color-your-own postcards. This is an educational opportunity for elementary school students who are just learning how to write, as well as high school students who are looking to become more involved in their community. A tutor will be available to help those who are having trouble constructing their letters. Worksheets with tips on how to write a letter, along with addresses for local politicians, also will be provided.

This event is family friendly. Parents are encouraged to bring children. For more information, call 843-415-3490 or e-mail heather@braggmedia.com. For more information about Letters for Hope, visit www.lettersforhope.org.

Symphony to hold last concert of season

The Lowcountry Wind Symphony will present its final public concert of the 2016-2017 season at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive in Beaufort.

The free concert will include compositions of American icons John Williams and excerpts from Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” Also on the program are popular tunes of Henry Mancini, a medley entitled “Benny Goodman, King of Swing,” “Gershwin by George” and a march or two by John Philip Sousa.  

Visit lowcountrywindsymphony.com.

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Tubman, Smalls topic of free lecture on April 6

Dr. Andrew Billingsley will lecture at Tabernacle Baptist Church on the topic of “Harriet Tubman and Robert Smalls in South Carolina during the Civil War” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April6.

The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Shrimp, grits cook-off to be held April 8

The 4th Annual Bridge Block Party-Shrimp and Grits Cook-off, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. In addition to the cook-off, there will be music, raffles, a kids zone, artisans, food and beer.

The event is being presented by Ameris Bank and is a fundraiser for Bridges Prep.

ArtWalk is coming to downtown Beaufort

An ArtWalk featuring more than 400 artists will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in downtown Beaufort.

More than a dozen galleries will be open featuring varied styles and mediums of art. Refreshments will be offered.

Writing discussion coming to Beaufort

The Pat Conroy Literary Center will host Kelly Egan, who will discuss “On Writing, Living, and Making Meaning: A Discussion on Writing about the Spiritual Life” from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Grace Chapel AME Church at 502 Charles St. ($5 donation) and from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Technical College of the Lowcountry Auditorium, Beaufort.

Santa Elena Center offers history programs

The following programs will be held at the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St. Tickets are $10 for each event and can be purchased at santa-elena.org/calendar-of-events.

• The European Struggle to Settle North America: 3-4 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, England, France, and Spain struggled to establish permanent settlements in North America. Most of their attempts failed, but each country finally achieved success. The area that would become South Carolina played an important role in this struggle. 

The authors of “The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521-1608” will delve into settlement efforts in the Southeastern United States and in particular the Port Royal Sound region.

• Games of the Past: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 11

Did you ever wonder how people amused themselves before there was TV, computers and tablets?  Travel back in time with us and learn about the games our ancestors played. You will have chance to play a variety of them including Nine Men’s Morris, Put and Take, Buck and Mancala just to name a few. Whether you are an adult or kid, you might find them a lot of fun!

• Indigo Tie-Dyeing with Eliza Lucas Pinckney: 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 12

In this family program Pinckney will help guests understand the historical importance of indigo and how it became a valuable cash crop in South Carolina.  Participants will have a chance to interact with her and ask her questions before they explore the parts of the plant used to make the dye and then tie-dye their own t-shirts in indigo. Bring a white T-shirt, preferably cotton, on the day of the event.

Quilters invite public to participate in event

The Sea Island Quilters will hold a Quilters Day Out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Carteret Street Methodist Church.

“If you are interested in the art of quilting, you are urged to attend this very special, informative and fun day,” according to a release.

For more details, contact Joey Patrucco at mjpatrucco@gmail.com.

Spring tea coming to Dataw Island Club

The Third Annual Spring Tea, presented by the Beaufort History Museum, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10.

Reservations must be made by Monday, April 10. Seating is limited.

The event, Crowning Glory – Celebrating the Role of Women’s Hats in Southern Culture,” will be held at the Dataw Island Club.

Patrons are invited to“Strut  their Hattitude” as they savor raditional delicacies, sip tea, listen to informative speakers and bid in a silent auction.

To make reservations, visit tea.beauforthistorymuseum.com. Proceeds will benefit the projects of the Beaufort History Museum.

Recycling, coloring at Beaufort library

The Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. is hosting the following upcoming events:

• Relax and Color @ Beaufort Branch Library – Stop by to color, meet new friends and relax at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 11.

• How to Recycle Right in the Lowcountry – Recycling differs by region. Learn the most effective ways to recycle in Beaufort County at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

Women’s conference to be held in Port Royal

Local women are invited to Lost on a Familiar Road Women’s Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Port Royal Baptist Church

Deadline for registering is Friday, April 14, and groups of women are welcome.  

The cost is $10, which includes lunch. Author Kimberly Sowell will be the speaker. 

For more information, call 843-521-1994, email secretary@portroyalbaptist.org, or visit www.portroyalbaptist.org.

Fashion show to be held on April 20

The Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection Annual Fashion Show will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1500 Queen St.

Reservations must be made by Friday, April 14. The cost of the lunch and program is $18 per person (includes tip and tax).  

Fashions will be presented from Nuances of Port Royal and JCPenny.  

For reservations, contact Marti Myers at 843-321-0962 or puddlesportia@gmail.com. 

Christian women’s group to hold luncheon

The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection will hold its April luncheon at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19. Lunch is $25 and must be prepaid by Wednesday, April 12.

The double features will include Linda DePue of Savannah, presenting the latest line of Premier Design Jewelry for purchase and Nicole Smith, owner of Make It Pretty studio in Bluffton, who will give a presentation on floral design and demonstrate seasonal do- it-yourself ideas. The key speaker will be Susan Schreer Davis, of Kennesaw, Ga. She is a singer, songwriter and author of the book, “The Great Undoing and My Journey Home.”

Make checks payable to “CWC Bluffton” and mail to: Kathy Walters, 10 Evening Tide Way, Bluffton, SC 29910

What To Do the week of March 30th-April 5th

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Woman talk about books at upcoming series

Following are some upcoming events related to “Women of Carolina: A Let’s Talk About It Series” sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literacy Center.

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30: Julia Eichelberger (College of Charleston) discusses Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees,” the national best-seller that became the subject of a major motion picture.

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13: Valinda Littlefield (University of South Carolina, Columbia) discusses Dori Sanders’ “Clover,” the Lillian Smith Award-winning first novel from the Upstate peach farmer-turned-author.

All discussions will be held at the main branch at 311 Scott St., Beaufort. 

Volunteers needed for cleanup effort 

Port Royal is taking part in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, April 1. Volunteers are needed around the town to help pick up litter. For more information, email katkatbray@gmail.com.

Taylor Festival Choir coming to St. Helena

The Parish Church of St. Helena invites the Beaufort community to an evening concert presented by the Taylor Festival Choir at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. 

The concert will be held in the historic church at 505 Church St., downtown Beaufort (other entrances to the historic churchyard are located on Newcastle, King and North streets). Free parking is available in the church’s parking lot located across the street at the corner of Church and King streets.

The Taylor Festival Choir is a professional chamber choir based in Charleston. It was one of only two American adult chamber choirs featured at the prestigious 2009 American Choral Directors Association National Convention and 50th anniversary celebration.

For more information, email jstender@sthelenas1712.org.

World War II vets to be honored

Homegrown Hero: The Lowcountry in World War II, will be held from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Morris Center at 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. in Ridgeland.

There will be music by the Parris Island Marine Band at noon, guest speakers, kids activities, light refreshments and a special ceremony to honor World War II vets.

Visit morrisheritagecenter.org. 

Tunis Campbell Day coming to market

The St. Helena Island Community Market will open its second month of activities with Tunis Campbell Day and a seed swap from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park on St. Helena Island.

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is collaborating with the market for this celebration of Gullah/Geechee sustainability and self-sufficiency in honor of Freedman’s Bureau Commissioner Tunis Campbell, who assisted with land redistribution on the Sea Islands. There will also be crafts, music and more.

Visit www.StHelenaIslandCommunityMarket.com.

Children invited to honk, explore and learn

Children and their families will have the opportunity to touch, climb on and explore trucks and vehicles from Beaufort County’s Stormwater Department, EMS and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, as well as vehicles from a variety of industries, at the second annual Touch-A-Truck event.

It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Tanger 1 center in Bluffton.

At this year’s event, the Beaufort County Stormwater Department will team up with Lowcountry Stormwater Partners to present Enviroscape, an engaging educational demonstration on water quality.

The event is open to children of all ages and their families. This year’s event will feature a variety of trucks and vehicles from Beaufort County, Bluffton Township Fire Department, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Palmetto Electric and many more. 

Church to hold several events

Riverview Baptist Church at 2209 Boundary St. in Beaufort, is offering several events on Sundays in April. 

They include:
• April 2: Collection of the 2017 Consolidated Missions Offering
• April 9: Easter Cantata (11:30 a.m.)

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Island Girls Night Out being held March 23

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 23, at For The Birds and Gardens on 1002 Bay St.

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

Gullah/Geechee offers documentary showing

A new program called the Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club at Penn Center will launch with the documentary “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23. A second part will be held on Thursday, April 27.

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and Penn Center are partnering to host a series of movies at the St. Helena Branch Library.  

These monthly gatherings will take place at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. 

Each showing will involve dialogues and links to additional educational resources for each film or TV broadcast.

The public is welcome.

For more information, email GullGeeCo@aol.com or call the History, Art & Cultural Programs Department at Penn Center at 843-838-2432.

Visit www.gullahgeecheenation.com.

Symphony orchestra to present program 

The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra will hold “Hurray for Hollywood!” and “Bravo Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

There will be music from “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “West Side Story.”

Performances will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church at 81 Lady’s Island Drive.

Tickets are $40; $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at www.beaufortorchestra.org or by calling 800-595-4849.

Arts council to celebrate winners

The Beaufort Arts Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising will host a public reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, to congratulate the 2016-2017 ArtPop Beaufort winners.

The event will be held at the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s Maritime Center, located at 310 Okatie Highway in Okatie. 

In partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising and ArtPop, the Beaufort Arts Council held its second annual ArtPop Beaufort program, a program that promotes local artists’ work through available media space. 

The 10 winners of the 2016-2017 ArtPop Beaufort Program selected by a jury of seven include: David Shipper, Nancy Adams, Mary Lester, Zach Grether, John K. Crum, Julie Jones, Michael B. Karas, Eve Miller, Sandy Dimke and Michael Reibel.  Their winning artwork can be viewed on billboards throughout Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.

Visit www.beaufortartscouncil.org for additional information on the winners and images of their submissions.  

For more information, visit email artpop@artsbft.com.

Friends of Fort Fremont to hold oyster roast

Friends of Fort Fremont is hosting its annual oyster roast from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Port Royal’s Live Oak Park.

There will be a silent auction, oysters, appetizers, dessert and live music. Guests should bring beverages and chairs.

Tickets are $30 per person. 

Visit fortfremont.org for more information on tickets.     

Women’s Conference set for March 25

A women’s conference entitled “Blooming for Christ” is planned for Saturday, March 25, at Red Dam Baptist Church in Hardeeville. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is geared for women ages 13 and up, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program will wrap at 3 p.m. 

Keynote speakers will be Sandy Lore during the morning session beginning 9 a.m. on the topic “In the Garden – Genesis 2.8,” followed by Fayth Lore during the afternoon session with a message of “Whatsover a ‘Daughter’ Sows – Galations 6:7-10.”

Door prizes and favors will be given throughout the day. A nursery will be provided for children 3 and under. 

RDBC is located at 488 Red Dam Road. For more information, call 843- 784-6083, email info@reddambaptistchurch.org.

Tour Fort Fremont on March 25

Friends of Fort Fremont is offering its free monthly docent-led tour on Saturday, March 25. 

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, where guests will see a scale model of the 1898 Fort Fremont and learn its history and then travel to Land’s End to see the remains of the fort today. 

For more information, visit fortfremont.org or call the library at 843-255-6486.

Musical program coming to Fripp

The Fripp Island Friends of Music will hold an upcoming program featuring singer-songwriter Kathy Tugman and her trio.

Tugman has amassed a buffet of music, including spirituals, lullabies, jazz, popular tunes, and, in her latest release, “Love Song Nineteen,” gritty, “bluebilly” music. 

The event will be held at 5 p.m. March 26, at the Fripp Community Center, 205 Tarpon Blvd. 

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

Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-838-1777.

Letters For Hope to be held March 26

A letter writing campaign expressing concerns over the replacement for the Affordable Care Act will take place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.

Letters For Hope is a letter writing campaign with the primary goal to voice concerns to politicians in a constructive and compassionate manner through hand-written letters. 

Limited writing supplies, including paper, pens, envelopes and postage, will be available. 

This event is family friendly. Parents are encouraged to bring children.  Worksheets with tips on how to write a letter, along with addresses for local politicians, also will be provided.

Register by calling 843-415-3490 or e-mailing info@lettersforhope.org. 

Visit www.lettersforhope.org.

Lectures focus on history at upcoming events

“The History & Art of Cigar Making” will be held from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St. in Beaufort.

The speaker will be Cuban-born Juan Carlos Jiménez, who from his own factory in the Dominican Republic has been producing handcrafted Cuban seed cigars for the past 20 years. 

Tickets are $10.

Also at the center:

• “Fort Fremont: Homeland Security at the Dawn of the 20th Century” will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St. in Beaufort.

Fort Fremont was a Spanish-American War era fortification on the shores of historic Port Royal Sound in Beaufort. Fort Fremont closed the book on a 350-year history of coastal fortifications in Beaufort, beginning with the establishment of French and Spanish forts on Parris Island in the 16th Century. 

This lecture will highlight the strategic significance of Port Royal Sound and discuss the history of Fort Fremont in the context United States security concerns at the dawn of the 20th Century.

Tickets are $10.

• “Review of the Book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25. 

The book “Sapiens” by historian Yuval Harari explores the history of humankind.  

Dr. Andy Beall reviews the anthropology, science, social development, and economics Harari includes in his work.

Tickets are $10.

• On Saturday, March 25, the center invies the public to meet Eliza Lucas Pinckney and discover how she developed indigo on her father’s plantation and created a profitable industry for South Carolina planters.

For tickets, visit santa-elena.org/calendar-of-events.

Fort Frederick topic at March 27 event

Beaufort’s oldest tabby ruin excavated to tell the story of British occupation “The Inevitable Evolution of Fort Frederick,” a Telly Award-winning documentary about the archaeological investigation of  Fort Frederick on the grounds of the Naval Hospital will be the topic of Dinner & a Lecture sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation.

The event will be hold on Monday, March 27, at the Verdier House, 801 Bay St. in Beaufort. 

The story of the excavation of the oldest tabby structure in South Carolina will be presented by archaeologist/photographer Meg Gaillard of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Heritage Trust Program.

A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; the program will be from 6-7 p.m.

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

Call 843-379-3331 to make reservations. Reservations for Saltus River Grill’s special for lecture ticket-holders may be made by calling Saltus at 843-379-3474.

Woman talk about books at upcoming series

Following are some upcoming events related to “Women of Carolina: A Let’s Talk About It Series.” 

These events are sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literacy Center.

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30

 Julia Eichelberger (College of Charleston) discusses Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees,” the national best-seller that became the subject of a major motion picture.

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13

Valinda Littlefield (University of South Carolina, Columbia) discusses Dori Sanders’ “Clover,” the Lillian Smith Award-winning first novel from the upstate peach farmer
turned author.

All discussions will be held at the main branch of the Beaufort County Library at 311 Scott St., Beaufort. 

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Writing family history focus of workshop

Writing Your Family Narrative using Microsoft Word will be the topic Thursday, March 16, at the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St. The event will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Have you wanted to start writing your family’s story, but didn’t know where to start? Attendees will be shown different capabilities of Microsoft Word for writing, adding pictures, captions, etc. Basic computer skills are required for this class.  

This is a “hands on” class. Participants should bring their laptop with some items saved and a basic paragraph of one or two of your ancestors to utilize some of the practices discussed.

Tickets are $15; $10 for Heritage Library members.

Visit santa-elena.org/calendar-of-events.

Architects’ Tour coming March 18

The 2017 Architects’ Tour will be held Saturday, March 18. Guests will visit private homes in downtown Beaufort and the nearby sea islands of Distant and Dataw.

Tickets are $65 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 843-379-3331 or at www.historicbeaufort.org/shop.

For additional information, email info@historicbeaufort.org.

Bird walk coming to Harbor Island

The Fripp Audubon Club is conducting a bird walk on Saturday, March 18, on Harbor Island.

These bird walks are designed for folks with a serious interest in birds, their behavior, habitat and identification. 

Participants will observe and study birds in their natural habitat. The trip will begin with a brief orientation before departure. This walk will focus on identifying shore birds and sea birds. 

Beginners are welcome. 

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Beach & Racquet Club parking lot on Harbor Island. The parking lot is around the bend and beside the tennis courts. Tell the person at the gate that you are with the Fripp Audubon group.  Bring binoculars, bird guide, bug spray, sunscreen, water, etc.  

Visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Symphony orchestra to present program 

The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra will hold “Hurray for Hollywood!” and “Bravo Broadway” at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

There will be music from “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “West Side Story.”

Performances will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church at 81 Lady’s Island Drive. Tickets are $40; $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at www.beaufortorchestra.org or by calling 800-595-4849.

Movie Night coming to USCB arts center

Monday night is Movie Night at the USCB Center for the Arts at 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

The move on Monday, March 20, is “A Good American,” a 2015 Austrian documentary film that chronicles the work of whistleblower William Binney, a former official of the National Security Agency who resigned shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. 

The film contends that Binney’s work was thwarted by high officials of the agency, and that he might have been able to prevent the attacks. The film was produced, directed and written by Friedrich Moser. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and the cost is $6. 

Arts council to celebrate winners

The Beaufort Arts Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising will host a public reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, to congratulate the 2016-2017 ArtPop Beaufort winners. The event will be held at the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s Maritime Center, located at 310 Okatie Highway in Okatie. 

In partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising and ArtPop, the Beaufort Arts Council held its second annual ArtPop Beaufort program, which promotes local artists’ work through available media space. 

The 10 winners of the 2016-2017 ArtPop Beaufort Program selected by a jury of seven include: David Shipper, Nancy Adams, Mary Lester, Zach Grether, John K. Crum, Julie Jones, Michael B. Karas, Eve Miller, Sandy Dimke and Michael Reibel.  Their winning artwork can be viewed on billboards throughout Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.

Visit www.beaufortartscouncil.org for additional information on the winners and images of their submissions.  

Friends of Fort Fremont to hold oyster roast

Friends of Fort Fremont is hosting its annual oyster roast from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Port Royal’s Live Oak Park.

There will be a silent auction, oysters, appetizers, dessert and live music. Guests should bring beverages and chairs.

Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased by Tuesday, March 21. Send check payable to Friends of Fort Fremont, P.O. Box 982, St. Helena Island, SC 29902; or purchase online at fortfremont.org.     

Women’s Conference set for March 25

A women’s conference entitled “Blooming for Christ” is planned for Saturday, March 25, at Red Dam Baptist Church in Hardeeville. The event, which is free and open to the public, is geared for women ages 13 and up, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program will wrap at 3 p.m. 

Door prizes and favors will be given throughout the day. A nursery will be provided for children 3 and under. 

RDBC is located at 488 Red Dam Road. For more information, call 843- 784-6083, email info@reddambaptistchurch.org.

Tour Fort Fremont on March 25

Friends of Fort Fremont is offering its free monthly docent-led tour on Saturday, March 25. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, where guests will see a scale model of the 1898 Fort Fremont and learn its history and then travel to Land’s End to see the remains of the fort today. 

For more information, visit fortfremont.org or call the library at 843-255-6486.

Musical program coming to Fripp

The Fripp Island Friends of Music will hold an upcoming program featuring singer-songwriter Kathy Tugman and her trio.

Tugman has amassed a buffet of music, including spirituals, lullabies, jazz, popular tunes, and, in her latest release, “Love Song Nineteen,” gritty, “bluebilly” music. 

The event will be held at 5 p.m. March 26, at the Fripp Community Center, 205 Tarpon Blvd. Tickets at the door at $25 for adults; students are free. 

Visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com or call 843-838-1777.

Letters For Hope to be held March 26

A letter writing campaign expressing concerns over the replacement for the Affordable Care Act will take place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.

Letters For Hope is a letter writing campaign with the primary goal to voice concerns to politicians in a constructive and compassionate manner through hand-written letters. Limited writing supplies, including paper, pens, envelopes and postage, will be available. This event is family friendly. Parents are encouraged to bring children.  Worksheets with tips on how to write a letter, along with addresses for local politicians, also will be provided.

Register by calling 843-415-3490 or e-mailing info@lettersforhope.org. Visit www.lettersforhope.org.

Cigar making topic of Santa Elena event

The History & Art of Cigar Making will be held from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St. in Beaufort. 

The speaker will be Cuban-born Juan Carlos Jiménez, who from his own factory in the Dominican Republic has been producing handcrafted Cuban seed cigars for the past 20 years. Tickets are $10.

Visit santa-elena.org/calendar-of-events.

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Power of the Purse coming to Dataw

Power of the Purse, hosted by the United Way of the Lowcountry Women United, will be held Thursday, March 9, at the Dataw Island Clubhouse.

The 2017 Woman of the Year will be announced at the event.  

Proceeds from Power of the Purse will support education initiatives benefiting children and families throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties through the Women United’s Breaking Barriers to Education Fund.This fund seeks to help fulfill needs that would otherwise prevent a student from attending school or from reaching their full potential. 

The event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction.

Tickets are $65. RSVP to Jaime Dailey-Vergara at 843-982-3040 or jdaileyvergara@uwlowcountry.org.

Tribute to Broadway coming to arts center

A Tribute to Broadway will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the USCB Center for the Arts. 

Tickets for adults are $30, senior/military $25 and students $15.

Visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

Local nonprofit to help girls with prom dresses

The Junior Service League of Beaufort’s 6th annual Prom Boutique will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the YMCA of Beaufort.

The JSLB Prom Boutique is the Junior Service League of Beaufort’s signature service project each year. Members collect dress donations, as well as accessories, and create a boutique for girls to shop for the dress of their dreams.

Juniors and senior in schools around the area are invited to come and pick up a dress for free. They will also be able to shop for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, shawls and clutches to round out their look.

Any student in Beaufort, Jasper or Hampton county is invited to attend the boutique. Shoppers must show their student ID or have a letter on school letterhead from their guidance counselor, teacher or school administrator. 

The YMCA of Beaufort is at 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal.

Visit www.jslbeaufort.com.

Books, letters to be appraised at library

If you’re harboring some potentially rare and unique treasures amongst your books and papers, bring them to the Beaufort Branch Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 311 Scott St., on Saturday, March 11, for an assessment.   

Renowned book experts Kinsey Baker, David Anderson, and Wilson McIntosh will be on hand to tell whether you have something really special or just another book or scrap that has meaning to you.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Beaufort Library as a fundraising event. 

Each piece will be evaluated for a $5 donation to the organization. 

Verbal appraisals will be offered on any books, prints, maps, manuscripts, autographs and other paper items, including documents, postcards, letters, advertising, magazines and posters. Anything printed or written on paper can be brought in.

For more information, contact the Friends of the Beaufort Library at FriendsBeaufort@gmail.com.

Quilters Day to be held on March 11

The Sea Island Quilters will hold Quilters Day Out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Carteret Street Methodist Church at 408 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

All levels of quilting are invited. For details, contact Joey Patrucco at mjpatrucco@gmail.com.

Lowcountry PowWow celebrates culture

The 17th Annual Lowcountry Pow Wow and Cultural Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at 55 Millstone Landing Road in Hardeeville.

Native-American traditions will be on display including 60 or more tribal dancers in full regalia, captivating story-telling, period encampment, authentic demonstrations, crafts, basket weaving, native foods, crafts and more.

Millstone Landing Road is off of I-95 at Exit 5; signage will show the way. 

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and children 6 and under are free. Two-day passes are available as well for $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Woman who changed Beaufort topic of lecture

The legacy of Beaufortonian Abbie Holmes Christensen will be in the spotlight at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, when the Beaufort History Museum presents a talk as part of its history lecture series.  

The event will be held at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St.

The lectures, created in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, have been filled to capacity and pre-registration is required for seating.

The lectures are free. Visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com to secure a reservation.

Take a wine tour at history center

Uncork Your Palate World Wine Tour will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St. in Beaufort.

Spend an entertaining (and educational) afternoon with wine aficionado Juan Carlos Jiménez as he takes guests on a tour of exotic wines from around the world. There will also be assorted tapas. 

The cost is $20; tickets are available at santa-elena.org/calendar-of-events.

Architects’ Tour coming March 18

The 2017 Architects’ Tour will be held Saturday, March 18. Guests will visit private homes in downtown Beaufort and the nearby sea islands of Distant and Dataw.

Tickets are $65 per person.

Reservations can be made by calling 843-379-3331 or at www.historicbeaufort.org/shop. For additional information, email info@historicbeaufort.org.

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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.

Re-enactors to bring Civil War to life

The Beaufort History Museum will present the second edition of its popular living history encampment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the Arsenal courtyard. 

Union forces that 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 visitors of all ages to interact with the soldiers, to participate as soldiers themselves and receive orders to join regiments, and to learn firsthand how life was lived in Beaufort during the Civil War. 

The Arsenal address is 713 Craven St. Normal BHM hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. A donation of $7 per visitor ($6 for seniors) is required. Children and active military are admitted free of charge. 

Visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com or the BHM Facebook page for updates and news from the museum.

Oyster roast to benefit scholarship fund

An Oyster Roast & Dinner will be held form 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday March 4, at David Smith Coosaw/Sams Point Community Center at 140 Sams Point Road.

This event will benefit the Coosaw Community Scholarship Fund.

Dinners are $10 for fried fish or fried chicken and can be eaten in or taken out.

Roasted oysters are $7 for a small basket and $10 for a large basket.

For more information, call 843-263-0469 or 843-524-0157.

Barbecue festival to be held Friday, Saturday

The South Carolina/Georgia Barbeque Festival will be held Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, at 205 E. Main St. in Hardeeville.

There will be a Friday night wing competition and live music from 6-10 p.m. Admission is $10.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, there will be all-you-can-eat pulled pork samples, amusements, a car show and awards. Admission is $10.

Church to hold annual homecoming

The 17th Annual Homecoming Sunday will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 5, at Riverview Baptist Church of Beaufort.

The Rev. Leon Meadows will be the speaker for this celebration. A Fellowship Feast will follow the homecoming program.

Current church members, former church members and the community are invited to this celebration.

Riverview Baptist Church is at 2209 Boundary St. in Beaufort.

Various events coming to St. Helena library

Following are some upcoming free events at the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road: 

• Conversation Café: How Do We Create Community?: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.

Talk with neighbors about things that matter over a cup of coffee or tea. Sessions are hosted, drop-in conversations among people with diverse views and a shared passion for engaging others.  March’s topic is “How do we create community?” This program is for adults and ages 12 and up.

• End of Life Issues: Health care power of attorney, living, wills, DNR orders, power of attorney, funeral planning and cremation. 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 13.

A local lawyer will give a 30-45 minute lecture with a question-and-answer period.

• Friends of Fort Fremont Tour: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18.

Take a tour of the historic Fort Fremont. Tours start at the St. Helena Branch Library.

18th century agriculture explored at plantation

The Impact of 18th Century Rice Plantations on 21st Century Conservation will be explored at Nemours Plantation on the Combahee River in the third field session sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation in conjunction with its exhibit, Remnants of the Rice Culture: Agricultural History as Art. 

The session, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, will include a riding tour of the plantation’s ancient rice fields and long-leaf forest with lunch served at the DuPont family home prepared by long-time chef, Peachie Washington.

Nemours, at 10,000 acres, contains the largest extant rice fields in the Lowcountry. Comprised of five historic plantations, the fields were last planted in rice in the 1920s. 

In 1995, the Nemours Wildlife Foundation was established and is dedicated to biological research and stewardship of the management area. 

Reservations, at $125 per member and $150 per nonmember, are required by calling HBF at 843-379-3331 or emailing info@historicbeaufort.org. Lunch is provided.

Power of the Purse coming to Dataw

Power of the Purse, hosted by the United Way of the Lowcountry Women United, will be held Thursday, March 9, at the Dataw Island Clubhouse. The 2017 Woman of the Year will be announced at the event.  

Proceeds from Power of the Purse will support education initiatives benefiting children and families throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties through the Women United’s Breaking Barriers to Education Fund.

This fund seeks to help fulfill needs that would otherwise prevent a student from attending school or from reaching their full potential. 

The event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction.

Tickets are $65. RSVP to Jaime Dailey-Vergara at 843-982-3040 or jdaileyvergara@uwlowcountry.org.

Local nonprofit to help girls with prom dresses

The Junior Service League of Beaufort’s 6th annual Prom Boutique will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the YMCA of Beaufort.

The JSLB Prom Boutique is the Junior Service League of Beaufort’s signature service project each year. Members collect dress donations, as well as accessories, and create a boutique for girls to shop for the dress of their dreams.

Juniors and seniors in schools around the area are invited to come and pick up a dress for free. They will also be able to shop for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, shawls and clutches to round out their look.

Any student in Beaufort, Jasper or Hampton County is invited to attend the boutique. Shoppers must show their student ID or have a letter on school letterhead from their guidance counselor, teacher or school administrator. 

The YMCA of Beaufort is at 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal. 

Visit www.jslbeaufort.com.

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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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