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What To Do the week of May 26th-June 1st

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Original Gullah Festival to be held

The 30th Annual Original Gullah Festival will take place at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, in downtown Beaufort on May 27-29th. Don’t miss this wonderful event that offers something for everyone. Great food, entertainment, crafts and lots of things to make you smile. For additional information, contact 843-525-0628 or 843-812-6111 or go to the website at www.theoriginalgullahfestival.org for the full details.

Lowcountry Hunt to have event June 4th

The Lowcountry Hunt will sponsor a hunter pace — for horseback riders of all levels — at beautiful Huspa Plantation on June 4th, 21 Huspa Plantation Road, Sheldon, SC. It will take place from 8-12 noon and lunch is included for after the event. Tickets are $35/adult and $20/child under 16. You may take the jumps or not. Rider or team coming closest to the set time wins a prize. Please RSVP to Christina Bates at crbates57@gmail.com to reserve your start time!

Greater Bluffton Republican Club sets meeting

The Greater Bluffton Republican Club is pleased to announce that their next meeting will be held at Rose Hill Golf Club at 4 Clubhouse Dr., Bluffton on Monday, June 6th. We are honored to have three young patriots who are graduating from local high schools and moving on to our nation’s greatest military academies with us. These young men will be presented with our First Annual Young Patriot Award.

The social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 5:45 p.m. Please come enjoy the beautiful clubhouse while enjoying the fellowship of likeminded conservatives. The public is welcome.

Learn more about hip-hop this summer

Hip-Hop Literature, Theory and Writing will be offered at the St. Helena Branch Library every Monday from June 6- July 25th from 1 to 1:45 p.m. as part of the summer reading program. Learn how to expressing everything using hip-hop. Why do we rap, how did we get into it, and what was the thinking behind it?

There is no charge for this course. For more information call 843-256-6487.

Register for annual dual sports camp 

Whale Branch Early College High School will hold its 4th annual dual sports camp the week June 6th-9th. The camp will offer a full day of instruction in football and basketball. Head Football Coach Jerry Hatcher and his staff will conduct the football camp from 9:00-11:30. After a 30 minute lunch break, Head Basketball Coach James Raymond will take over to provide basketball instruction from 12:00-2:30. All Beaufort County Students ages 8-13 are invited to attend. The cost is $60.00 for the full camp or students may choose a specific half day camp for $45.00. Registration forms are available at the school or by contacting Coach Hatcher at 843-466-2839 or Coach Raymond at 843-466-2838.

Good Neighbor to host Tomato Supper 

Join us for supper on June 18th at 6:30 p.m. for dinner in beautiful homes in and around Beaufort. Many good neighbors will be offering hospitality, spirits and delicious food. We will be celebrating tomatoes at the peak of their perfection. Heirloom tomatoes are courtesy of Dempsey Farms. Tickets are $35.00 a person and can be purchased through the Parish Church of St. Helena.

The Good Neighbor Free Clinic is located on Lady’s Island (behind Sonic) at 30 Professional Circle. For more information about this event, please contact Patsy Deer at Pdeer@hargray.com or Carole Fahey at carolefahey@embarqmail.com.

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

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AMIKids Beaufort to hold fundraiser

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support AMIKids Beaufort. Come in to the Chipotle at 6 Mill Creek Circle in Pooler on Friday, May 20th between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and this will make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to AMIKids Beaufort.

Future planning for families of adults with mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present a program entitled “Future Planning for families of adults with mental illness” this Friday, May 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Palmetto Electric, Community Room, Hwy 278, in Hardeeville. Space is limited so reservations are required. Bring your questions and concerns. To register or for additional information, please call 843-681-2200 or email nami@hargray.com.

Time to walk the dog and win prizes

How many times do you get to enjoy some shopping and take your dog along? Not often, right? Well, I hope you will join Dr. Parker T. Barker, noted pet columnist for The Island News, at the first ever Family and Dog Scavenger Hunt to benefit the Paws4vets Foundation this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at the Arsenal Museum at 713 Craven St. Bring your own poop bags, collars and leashes and we will all hit the streets to find wonderful items in local stores and maybe win lots of prizes! Sounds like fun to me. And all the proceeds go to getting service dogs for Vets who need them. For additional information, call 404-579-6000. The cost is $10 per dog and humans are free so bring the whole family!

TCL to host a BBQ for Veterans 

If you are a military Veteran, you are cordially invited to a special event, celebrating YOU! Actually, all US military, active duty, Veterans, and their families are invited. This free event will take place at the Technical College of the Lowcountry on Saturday, May 21, from 14:00-19:00 (2-7 p.m.). Come enjoy food, games, music, and more. Please come be the guests of honor! Donations of canned or dry goods will be gladly accepted, for the Veterans’ Resource Center (VRC). Thank you for your service.

Jazz Band presents spring concert

The OLLI Jazz Band, conducted by Director David Hershey, and sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), hosts its spring concert Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts in downtown Beaufort. The band is a sub-group of OLLI’s Lowcountry Community Concert Band.

The program’s theme – cross currents – pays tribute to pop tunes adapted for the big band setting and genre. Selections span more than 70 years, from 1938 illustrating the range of styles a big band performs. For more information, see the band’s website at www.ollilccb.com.

Reception to be held for SC Senator

All are invited to a reception for SC  Senator, Tom Davis on Wednesday June 8th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Head Lexus, 540 New River Parkway in Hardeeville, SC.

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

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Sportfishing and Diving Club to meet

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club May meeting will be held on Thursday May 12th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

If you enjoy the Lowcountry ecosystem and how it is constantly changing and the wonderful creatures we have living here from microscopic amoeba to the local 1,400 pound Tiger Shark, do not miss the May meeting. Captain Amber Kuehn, a Marine Biologist and owner/operator of Spartina Marina Charters will discuss our special local ecosystem and how it affects our fisheries. A colorful power point presentation will underscore the local uniqueness of the Lowcountry. Guests are welcome and you do not need a reservation. For additional information please contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.

Climate change event discussion scheduled

The South Carolina Aquarium is partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Educational Television, Allen University and the U.S. Department of Energy to host a community meeting about climate change.

The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 14 at the Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island. Participants will be introduced to climate change through the film “Climate Change: A Global Reality,” according to a release from the aquarium. Following the program, a group of local experts will be on hand to discuss the impacts in Beaufort County and how the community and individuals can best prepare for rising sea levels.

Celebrate a birthday for the birds

Join the Fripp Audubon Club and the Town of Port Royal in celebrating the birth of hundreds of new wading birds and witness the wonder of nature up close. May 14th from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Port Royal Rookery and Cypress Wetlands Trail on Paris Avenue. Games for children, live music and of course, a birthday cake! Don’t miss this fun event!

Pray-Z in the Park to be held May 14th

Join us to pray on May 14th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Gray’s Hill Community Center. For more information, contact Prophetess Carrie Major at 843-812-4399 or Pastor Joseph Josey at 843-476-3058.

Fripp Audubon Club to host lecture

With the help of pictures and real specimens, Margit Resch will introduce the audience to some of the invertebrate animals that we can find on the beaches of our barrier islands, such as mollusks, echinoderms, worms, tunicates and crustaceans—all critters that cannot fly, with one exception! Join the Fripp Audubon Club on Thursday, May 19th for a fascinating lecture by a fascinating woman. After retiring from 30 years of teaching and administration in the Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Languages at USC in Columbia, Margit moved to the Lowcountry. She earned a Master Naturalist Certification, developed a passion for marine biology, specifically invertebrates, and has been introducing tourists and students of all levels to barrzfrippaudubonclub@gmail.com for more information. Off-island visitors are welcome. Receive pass at gate with a license scan. There is no charge.

Beaufort Democrats to hold meeting 

The Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 19th at the Grand Army Hall, 706 Newcastle Street, Beaufort. The social gathering is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Guest speakers will be Bernadette Hamilton, the president of the South Carolina Education Association and Angel Ryan. Please join the Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club for this vital topic on the Importance of Education to South Carolina. All are welcome!

Local church to hold Women’s Conference 

The Gatekeepers Women’s Conference will be held Saturday May 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.at the Bethesda Christian Fellowship, 32-36 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island. For more information contact Prophetess Carrie B. Major  at Evangelistcbm1992@yahoo.com or 843-812-4399.

Beaufort Historical Society to hold 77th annual meeting

Beaufort County Historical Society is pleased to announce their 77th Annual meeting, Wed. May 25th at noon at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Meridian Rd. on Lady’s Island. RSVP no later than May 20th at 5 p.m. for an optional $10 light lunch catered by Debbi Covington which will be served at 11:30. Contact Linda Hoffman at lindahof@earthlink.net.

What To Do the week of April 14th-20th

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Sportfishing & Diving Club to discuss new Cobia fishing laws

The April meeting for the Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club will be held on Thursday April 14th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road on Lady’s Island. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.

The State and Federal laws will be changing this spring for Cobia. Three well-known Cobia experts will present a program on these changes and how to catch and protect this species for both in shore and off shore fishing. They are: Al Stokes, manager of the Waddell Center, Cpt. David Harter, Hilton Head Sports Fishing Club and local Captain Jim Clark from the “Stray Cat” making this important presentation. The monthly $50 drawing for weighing in one of the Year Round Tournament species was won by John Mucha Sr. last month. There will be another drawing at his meeting sponsored by Port Royal Landing Marina for an additional $50. Guests are welcome and you don’t need a reservation. For additional information contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email him at fgibson@iscl.net.

Join a Holistic/Spiritual Retreat in Beaufort 

The United Church of Jesus Christ for All People is pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Annual Master’s Touch Holistic/Spiritual Retreat at the Beaufort Holiday Inn on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016. Join us for what promises to be one of the most powerful and healing events in the Lowcountry! Experience and learn first-hand a wide array of natural healing methods to enhance and prolong your life.

Many local and national healing arts practitioners and spiritual leaders will be on hand to offer workshops, demonstrations and presentations, and a healing blessing service; as well as vendors sharing healing arts consultations and information. A sample of offerings will include chiropractic, acupuncture, Reiki, acupressure, aromatherapy, meditation, Zumba, spiritual readings, raw food demonstration, and many more. The healing blessing service will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Jack L. Bomar, Unity Minister of Hawaii, and Rev. Helen R. Cooper, Sr. Minister, Westside Center of Truth for Better Living, Chicago IL.

Accommodations for out-of-town guests have been arranged at the beautiful Holiday Inn on Boundary Street in Beaufort. Time for touring and exploring Beaufort and St. Helena Island will be available on Saturday. Registration for the retreat is: one day – $40.00; both days – $70.00. For retreat schedule or to register, please contact 843-525-6269.

Attention beekeepers!

In an effort to control sand flea and mosquito populations, Parris Island is scheduled to undergo aerial spraying during the week of April 19-22, 2016. Spraying will occur approximately an hour after sundown if weather permits.The insecticides used present no threat to humans, plants or animals in the area and are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency; however, beekeepers within a five-mile radius are urged to keep hives covered.

Visitors are invited to brunch at Community Bible Study class

The Beaufort Day Class of Community Bible Study will hold an informational Visitor’s Day Brunch for women on Thursday, April 21st, at 9:15 a.m. at Port Royal Baptist Church. This event is open to all area women interested in joining Community Bible Study for the 2016-17 class studying I & II Thessalonians, James & Mark beginning in September. CBS is a non-denominational in-depth Bible study in a caring format. The Beaufort class is open to women and children, infants to age 12; classes are limited. Childcare will be provided for Brunch, but advanced reservations are required for children. To make a reservation or for more information email fishnet@islc.net or call Sandi Fischer 843-838-0212 or visit the website at beaufort.cbsclass.org.

National acclaimed singer to perform locally

National touring artist and acclaimed singer/songwriter Shane Piasecki will be performing with his band in South Carolina April 21st-24th. Piasecki’s roots are based out of Toledo, Ohio, but his musical influences have grown while living in Nashville, TN, from Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams to Ray

Charles, making up his own, original sound of 50’s rock and R&B. He has opened up for Hootie and the Blowfish and Hanson, to currently touring with Howie Day for some his performances.

His album, Set You Free showcases his explosive, rootsy blend of R&B, pop, rock, folk and blues. Produced by versatile producer, Nathan Meckel, Set You Free features top Nashville session players including bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakum), drummer Jerry Roe (k.d. lang, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell), and keyboardist John Deaderick (Patty Griffin, Dixie Chicks). “To me, songwriting is really about chronicling the world as you see it, and that’s always been the essence of true American music.” Piasecki says. “At the end of the day, I’m trying to be a good American songwriter.”

He will be performing this April on the 21st in Hilton Head at Tiki Hut from 6 to 10 p.m.; 23rd in Bluffton at The Roasting Room beginning at 7 p.m.; and 24th in Hilton Head at The Boardroom from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Beaufort Democrats to meet April 21st 

The Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 21st at the Grand Army Hall, 706 Newcastle Street, Beaufort. The social gathering will be at 6:30 and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Earl Campbell, Beaufort County Board of Education Representative for Lobeco and he will talk about the Board’s challenges and its plans for the immediate future. In addition, all Democratic candidates who are facing opposition on June 14th, Primary Election Day, have been invited and asked to speak on their own behalf. Please join us, bring a friend; all are welcome.

Sea Island Quilters schedule April meeting

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. Monthly meetings are held at Praise Assembly, 800 Paris Island Gateway. Members will showcase and discuss their very first quilting project and how they have evolved as quilters since then. All members and quilters are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served.

Beaufort Republicans to meet April 21st

The Beaufort County Republican Party will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, April 21, at Palmetto Electric Co-Operative, 1 Cooperative Way in Hardeeville. Joseph P. McKeown, Executive Director for the office of Senator Tim Scott will be the featured speaker. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social period starting at 6:00 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served and the meeting is open to the public. For more information, please visit www.beaufortgop.com or email info@beaufortgop.com.

Join volunteers for an Integrative Healing Arts Sampler

On Saturday, April 23 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please join at 905 Bladen St. for an introduction to our health care volunteers who are offering 20-minute sessions of Chiropractic, Counseling, Healing Touch, massage, and more. These creative therapies in a clinical, nurturing, and integrative environment are for anyone, applying especially to those with mental conditions and disabilities, who cannot afford these services or without insurance for counseling. Cost of $10 per session goes toward the non-profit operating expenses. Prayer, scholarship applications for free services, and gift certificates also available on site. Visit MinistriesforSynergeticWellness.org for more information or call 843-770-9947.

What To Do the week of April 7th-13th

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Get your sports or camp physical for $20

Doctors Care is offering Sports Physicals or Camp Physicals for $20. Any physical dated April 1st, or after, is good for all of next school year. Go to www.doctorscare.com to find a location near you.

Friends of the Hilton Head Library to hold spring book sale

The Friends of the Hilton Head Library will hold its spring book sale on Friday, April 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head. Many gently used books in the bookstore and the lobby of the library will be available. Books will be $2 for most hardbacks, $1 for trade paperbacks and paperbacks will be 3 for $1 or 50 cents each.  Children’s books are individually priced with a price range from 10 cents to $3.  Gift certificates for the bookstore will be available. All proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Branch Library.

For more details, call 843-255-6532 or visit www.friendsofthehiltonheadlibrary.org or visit us on  Facebook.

Beaufort Sheriff to speak at Waterfront

On Friday April 8th the Take Back the Night annual event to raise awareness of child abuse and sexual violence will begin at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort. Sheriff PJ Tanner is the keynote speaker. This event is sponsored by Hope Haven of the Lowcountry. For more information, call 843-524-2256.

Fly Fishing Expo to be held April 9th

The fourth Annual Lowcountry Fly Fishing Expo is Saturday April 9th! This event is not to be missed for any outdoorsmen who enjoys the sport of fly fishing or has interest and wants to learn! Whether you are a beginner or advanced angler, this is an event for all experience levels. Come see what the surrounding Lowcountry waters have to offer and learn from a long list of great instructors and presenters. Limited tickets available so sign up today to reserve your spot online at www.baystreetoutfitters.com. If you prefer, you can also call the shop 843-524-5250 to sign up.

Beaufort County offers free secure shredding

The Beaufort County Public Works Department Solid Waste and Recycling Division has established a secure document shredding event for Saturday, April 9, 2016. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (or truck containers are full) at the Shanklin Convenience Center at 80 Shanklin Road in Beaufort.

Any types or colors of paper, file folders, or envelopes are acceptable. Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed. Materials can be brought in any container or bag and will be emptied into roll carts for immediate shredding. Only residential quantities will be accepted. No materials from commercial businesses will be accepted. No electronics will be collected at this event. For more information, contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division at 843-255-2736 or visit www.bcgov.net/recycle.

Meditate with Brittney Hiller at workshop

This will be a meditation for beginner’s workshop. Saturday, April 9th at 11:00 a.m. To register, call 843-255-6458 or email sinman@bcgov.net. The event will be held at 311 Scott St. in downtown Beaufort. Learn simple meditation techniques, including breath and posture with meditation expert, Brittany Hiller. For additional information, go to www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Duke Symphony Orchestra to perform

On Sat. April 9th the Duke Symphony Orchestra will perform at the USCB Center for the Arts, to benefit the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation. Tickets are $35. Patron tickets start at $75 and include premium seating and an invitation to the conductor’s reception after the concert. Ticket prices will be $5 higher at the door. To purchase tickets, please visit www.bmhsc.org or call 843-522-5774.

Buy Jazz Brunch tickets before they sell out!

The Jazz Brunch is just 10 days away, and is expected to sell out soon! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to enjoy specialty quiches, bottomless Mimosa’s, and a special performance of “A Journey Through Jazz” from the very popular Martin Lesch Band. The Jazz Brunch will be held Sunday, April 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Jazz Corner.

Help HELP at Fat Patties April 12th

HELP of Beaufort night at Fat Patties will be April 12th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Come join HELP for good food, information about HELP of Beaufort, and to help raise funds to continue providing services for Beaufort County residents who need a little help to get by.

Local author schedules lecture at library

Neil Baxley, author of No Prouder Fate: The Story of the 11th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry and Walk in the Light: The Story of the 10th and 19th SC Volunteer Infantry Regiments will share his research into the military career of Beaufort’s own Stee Elliott. This presentation premiered at the 2015 South Carolina Civil War Symposium and will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott Street in downtown Beaufort

This is great history for anyone 12 years old and older. For more information, contact info: Grace Cordial, 843-255-6446, or email her at gracec@bcgov.net.

Sportfishing & Diving Club to discuss new Cobia fishing laws

The April meeting for the Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club will be held on Thursday April 14th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road on Lady’s Island. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.

The State and Federal laws will be changing this spring for Cobia. Three well-known Cobia experts will present a program on these changes and how to catch and protect this species for both in shore and off shore fishing. They are: Al Stokes, manager of the Waddell Center, Cpt. David Harter, Hilton Head Sports Fishing Club and local Captain Jim Clark from the “Stray Cat” making this important presentation. The monthly $50 drawing for weighing in one of the Year Round Tournament species was won by John Mucha Sr. last month. There will be another drawing at his meeting sponsored by Port Royal Landing Marina for an additional $50. Guests are welcome and you don’t need a reservation. For additional information contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email him at fgibson@iscl.net.

Join a Holistic/Spiritual Retreat in Beaufort 

The United Church of Jesus Christ for All People is pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Annual Master’s Touch Holistic/Spiritual Retreat at the Beaufort Holiday Inn on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016. Join us for what promises to be one of the most powerful and healing events in the Lowcountry! Experience and learn first-hand a wide array of natural healing methods to enhance and prolong your life.

Many local and national healing arts practitioners and spiritual leaders will be on hand to offer workshops, demonstrations and presentations, and a healing blessing service; as well as vendors sharing healing arts consultations and information. A sample of offerings will include chiropractic, acupuncture, Reiki, acupressure, aromatherapy, meditation, Zumba, spiritual readings, raw food demonstration, and many more. The healing blessing service will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Jack L. Bomar, Unity Minister of Hawaii, and Rev. Helen R. Cooper, Sr. Minister, Westside Center of Truth for Better Living, Chicago IL.

Accommodations for out-of-town guests have been arranged at the beautiful Holiday Inn on Boundary Street in Beaufort. Time for touring and exploring Beaufort and St. Helena Island will be available on Saturday. Registration for the retreat is: one day – $40.00; both days – $70.00. For retreat schedule or to register, please contact 843-525-6269.

Visitors are invited to brunch at Community Bible Study class

The Beaufort Day Class of Community Bible Study will hold an informational Visitor’s Day Brunch for women on Thursday, April 21st, at 9:15 a.m. at Port Royal Baptist Church. This event is open to all area women interested in joining Community Bible Study for the 2016-17 class studying I & II Thessalonians, James & Mark beginning in September. CBS is a non-denominational in-depth Bible study in a caring format. The Beaufort class is open to women and children, infants to age 12; classes are limited. Childcare will be provided for Brunch, but advanced reservations are required for children. To make a reservation or for more information email fishnet@islc.net or call Sandi Fischer 843-838-0212 or visit the website at beaufort.cbsclass.org

Festival Series wraps us with grand finale

On Sunday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts, Historic Beaufort Campus, USCB will hold their Festival Series grand finale. Performing pieces from Schubert, Sollima, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky will be Aaron Boyd – violin, Jesse Mills – violin, Dimitri Murrath – viola, and Host, Edward Arron – cello. Tickets start at $42 and are available online at www.uscb.edu/festivalseries or by calling 843-208-8246.

What To Do the week of March 31st-April 6th

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Black Chamber to hold networking event

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event at the Quality Inn located at 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016. The host will be Gertha Dansby. The company, Total Life Changes will share information about the Long Life Tour of South Carolina. The public is invited. There will be refreshments and prizes.

YMCA hosts Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 

Don’t forget — the Childcare Staff of the YMCA of Beaufort County will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the YMCA located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal.

WVU President to address Palmetto Chapter alumni

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee will visit Hilton Head Island Saturday, April 2, to address alumni and friends of the Palmetto Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association. The noon luncheon at Sea Pines Country Club is open to Chapter members, WVU alumni and guests. Registration and a reception begin at 11:15 a.m.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Gee is able to join us for this spring event and update us on all the great things happening back in Morgantown,” said Chapter President Eric Magnin, a 1991 WVU graduate. “He is truly a visionary who is leading change at our University and transforming the arc of higher education nationally.”

In addition to Gee, several other distinguished guests will be in attendance, including Sean Frisbee, new executive director and vice president of the WVU Alumni Association. For further information, call Margaret Phillips, 304-290-7569 or margaret.phillips@mail.wvu.edu. All proceeds from this event will benefit the WVU Scholarship Fund.

Congressman Sanford to give legislative update

The Greater Bluffton Republican Club is pleased to announce that their next meeting will be held at Rose Hill Golf Club at 4 Clubhouse Dr. on Monday, April 4, 2016. We are honored to have Congressman Mark Sanford join us. He will give a legislative update, discuss our Second Amendment rights, and will answer questions from the crowd.

Faith Memorial Baptist celebrates anniversary

Faith Memorial Baptist Church will celebrate her Sixty-First Church Anniversary beginning April 4th through April 10th. Services will be held nightly Monday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and concluding on Sunday April 10th at 12:30 p.m. Participating Pastors are Monday night Pastor Kenneth Doe of Bethesda Christian Fellowship, Tuesday Pastor Sam T. Spain of Lady’s Island Baptist, Wednesday Pastor Kenneth Hodges of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Thursday Pastor William Carpenter of Orange Grove Baptist Church, Friday Pastor J.W. Williams of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and on Sunday Pastor Abraham Murray of Brick Baptist Church. Host Pastor Michael A. Williams. For more details, email faithmemorialbaptist@gmail.com.

Fly Fishing Expo to be held April 9th

The fourth Annual Lowcountry Fly Fishing Expo is Saturday April 9th! This event is not to be missed for any outdoorsmen who enjoys the sport of fly fishing or has interest and wants to learn! Whether you are a beginner or advanced angler, this is an event for all experience levels. Come see what the surrounding Lowcountry waters have to offer and learn from a long list of great instructors and presenters. Limited tickets available so sign up today to reserve your spot online at www.baystreetoutfitters.com. If you prefer, you can also call the shop 843-524-5250 to sign up.

Beaufort County offers free secure shredding

The Beaufort County Public Works Department Solid Waste and Recycling Division has established a secure document shredding event for Saturday, April 9, 2016. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (or truck containers are full) at the Shanklin Convenience Center at 80 Shanklin Road in Beaufort.

Any types or colors of paper, file folders, or envelopes are acceptable. Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed. Materials can be brought in any container or bag and will be emptied into roll carts for immediate shredding. Only residential quantities will be accepted. No materials from commercial businesses will be accepted. No electronics will be collected at this event. For more information, contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division at 843-255-2736 or visit www.bcgov.net/recycle.

Meditate with Brittney Hiller at workshop

This will be a meditation for beginner’s workshop. Saturday, April 9th at 11:00 a.m. To register, call 843-255-6458 or email sinman@bcgov.net. The event will be held at 311 Scott St. in downtown Beaufort. Learn simple meditation techniques, including breath and posture with meditation expert, Brittany Hiller. For additional information, go to www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Local author schedules lecture at library

Neil Baxley, author of No Prouder Fate: The Story of the 11th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry and Walk in the Light: The Story of the 10th and 19th SC Volunteer Infantry Regiments will share his research into the military career of Beaufort’s own Stee Elliott. This presentation premiered at the 2015 South Carolina Civil War Symposium and will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott Street in downtown Beaufort

This is great history for anyone 12 years old and older. For more information, contact info: Grace Cordial, 843-255-6446, or email her at gracec@bcgov.net.

Sportfishing & Diving Club to discuss new Cobia fishing laws

The October meeting for the Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club will be held on Thursday April 14th at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off of Meridian Road on Lady’s Island. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.

The State and Federal laws will be changing this spring for Cobia. Three well-known Cobia experts will present a program on these changes and how to catch and protect this species for both in shore and off shore fishing. They are: Al Stokes, manager of the Waddell Center, Cpt. David Harter, Hilton Head Sports Fishing Club and local Captain Jim Clark from the “Stray Cat” making this important presentation. The monthly $50 drawing for weighing in one of the Year Round Tournament species was won by John Mucha Sr. last month. There will be another drawing at his meeting sponsored by Port Royal Landing Marina for an additional $50. Guests are welcome and you don’t need a reservation. For additional information contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email him at fgibson@iscl.net.

Join a Holistic/Spiritual Retreat in Beaufort 

The United Church of Jesus Christ for All People is pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Annual Master’s Touch Holistic/Spiritual Retreat at the Beaufort Holiday Inn on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016. Join us for what promises to be one of the most powerful and healing events in the Lowcountry! Experience and learn first-hand a wide array of natural healing methods to enhance and prolong your life.

Many local and national healing arts practitioners and spiritual leaders will be on hand to offer workshops, demonstrations and presentations, and a healing blessing service; as well as vendors sharing healing arts consultations and information. A sample of offerings will include chiropractic, acupuncture, Reiki, acupressure, aromatherapy, meditation, Zumba, spiritual readings, raw food demonstration, and many more. The healing blessing service will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Jack L. Bomar, Unity Minister of Hawaii, and Rev. Helen R. Cooper, Sr. Minister, Westside Center of Truth for Better Living, Chicago IL.

Accommodations for out-of-town guests have been arranged at the beautiful Holiday Inn on Boundary Street in Beaufort. Time for touring and exploring Beaufort and St. Helena Island will be available on Saturday. Registration for the retreat is: one day – $40.00; both days – $70.00. For retreat schedule or to register, please contact 843-525-6269.

Visitors are invited to brunch at Community Bible Study class

The Beaufort Day Class of Community Bible Study will hold an informational Visitor’s Day Brunch for women on Thursday, April 21st, at 9:15 a.m. at Port Royal Baptist Church. This event is open to all area women interested in joining Community Bible Study for the 2016-17 class studying I & II Thessalonians, James & Mark beginning in September. CBS is a non-denominational in-depth Bible study in a caring format. The Beaufort class is open to women and children, infants to age 12; classes are limited. Childcare will be provided for Brunch, but advanced reservations are required for children. To make a reservation or for more information email fishnet@islc.net or call Sandi Fischer 843-838-0212 or visit the website at beaufort.cbsclass.org

Festival Series wraps us with grand finale

On Sunday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts, Historic Beaufort Campus, USCB will hold their Festival Series grand finale. Performing pieces from Schubert, Sollima, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky will be Aaron Boyd – violin, Jesse Mills – violin, Dimitri Murrath – viola, and Host, Edward Arron – cello. Tickets start at $42 and are available online at www.uscb.edu/festivalseries or by calling 843-208-8246.

Volunteers needed for Gullah Festival of SC

Volunteers for The Original Gullah Festival of SC scheduled to be held on May 26, 27, 28, 29 are needed. This is for Memorial Day Weekend and you will be working at The Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. Apply on the website www.theoriginalgullahfestival.org and/or call Ms. Pat 843-542-6007.

Sheriff’s Office to hold annual golf tournament

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is holding their annual Spring Golf Tournament on Friday, May 13th, 2016 at The Legends at Parris Island Golf Club to raise money for our Annual Appreciation Dinner. This event is held each year to thank our deputies, administrative staff and volunteers for their service throughout the year.

If you are interested in signing up to play in our tournament, please visit www.bcso.net/Events/Golf.

Upcoming Library Events

Hilton Head Branch Library: 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head
Turkish Hands: Gesturing in Turkey: Tara Alisbath, former resident of Turkey, will demonstrate and explain the significance of this ancient sign language. This event is free.
Time and Date: Monday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m.
For additional info: Priscilla Pomazal, 843-255-6524, priscillap@bcgov.net

Beaufort Branch Library: 311 Scott Street, Beaufort
Teen Movie Night: Ages 13-17 can enjoy a recent popular movie on the big screen (rated PG-13), and have some popcorn and drinks. Event is free.
Time and Date: Monday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m.
For additional info: Cat Williams, (843) 255-6441, cwilliams@bcgov.net

St. Helena Branch Library: 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena
BookEnders Book Club: If you are 7-11 years old and love to read, come and sign up for BookEnders Book Club! You will read whatever books you want, but then practice talking about your book and summarizing your book. Snacks and possibly a craft or two as well. Please sign up by calling the library at (843)255-6540. Free.
Time and Date: Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m.
For additional info: 843-255-6540

Bluffton Branch Library: 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
Lowcountry Flutes Spring Performance: Let Phoebe Stevens and her merry band of flute players enchant you with a variety of seasonal musical genres. Classical, jazz, familiar songs, and fun novelty pieces are their forte. Free.
Time and Date: Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m.
For additional info: Armistead Reasoner, 843-255-6512, areasoner@bcgov.net

Hilton Head Branch Library: 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head
Third Annual Poetry Month Reading: Six local poets – Michael Bassett, Jessica Goody, Marilyn Lorenz, Horace Mungin, Bill Newby, and Stephanie Orrell – will read their original poems. Mike Nicholson will also play his banjo. This event is co-sponsored by the Island Writers’ Network. Free.
Time and Date: Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
For additional info: Priscilla Pomazal, 843-255-6524, priscillap@bcgov.net

Beaufort Branch Library: 311 Scott Street, Beaufort
Meditation for Beginners Workshop: Learn simple mediation techniques, including breath and posture with meditation expert Brittany Hiller. Event is free.
Time and Date: Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.
For additional info: Stacey Inman, 843-255-6458, sinman@bcgov.net

Bluffton Branch Library: 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Read to a trained therapy dog. Grades K-5. Registration required. Event is free.
Time and Date: Saturday, April 9 from 1:30-2:30pm
For additional info: Kelli Baxter, 843-255-6510, kbaxter@bcgov.net

St. Helena Branch Library: 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena
Spring Break Book Bingo: Stop by the Library and pick up a bingo card of reading activities. Finish a bingo for a prize! All Ages! Event is free.
Time and Date: Now through Saturday, April 16
For additional info: Madeline Helser-Howard, 843-255-6558, mhelserhoward@bcgov.net

For information on any of the programs, visit beaufortcountylibrary.org or call (843) 255-6456.

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Community meeting to be held in Bluffton

Beaufort County Council members Cynthia Bensch of District 7 and Rick Caporale of District 8 will host a community meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the large meeting room of the Bluffton Branch Library at 120 Palmetto Way. The purpose of the meeting is to allow residents an opportunity to share their concerns. Residents do not need to register in advance for the meeting. For more information, contact Council member Bensch or Council member Caporale by email at cbensch@bcgov.net or rcaporale@bcgov.net or by phone at 843-255-2191 (Cynthia Bensch) or 843-255-2194 (Rick Caporale).

Women’s health and wellness fair scheduled 

My Sisters Keeper and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority present an event designed to empower encourage and inspire women to live their best lives. Plus it is an easy way to get free health screenings and lots of important health and wellness news. This event will be held on March 26th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Kate Gleason Park behind Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

As a bonus for attending, you can work out for 1 hour with Personal Trainer Extraordinaire Jeff Lewis – for free! Register today at www.eventbrite.com.

Local exhibitors who will be there are: Herban Marketplace, Veganist Michelle Grandy, Good Neighbor Medical Clinic, The Gullah Nurses, The Works Pilates, Mary Kay Rep. Lattannisha Roberts, Marie Beldon Massage Therapist, Gertha Dansby Total Life Change, Artizen Yoga and Massage, and many, many more!

Join volunteers for an Integrative Healing Arts Sampler

An Integrative Healing Arts Sampler will be held on Saturday, March 26th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 705 Bladen St., in Beaufort.

Join our health care volunteers for 20-minute sessions of Chiropractic, Counseling, Healing Touch, massage, and more. These creative therapies in a clinical, nurturing, and integrative environment are for anyone, applying especially to those with mental conditions and disabilities, who cannot afford these services or without insurance for counseling. Cost of $10 per session goes toward the non-profit operating expenses. Prayer, scholarship applications for free services, and gift certificates also available onsite. Visit MinistriesforSynergeticWellness.org for more information or call 843-770-9947.

Travel back in time to the 1890’s and Spanish American War 

Tour Historic Fort Freemont on Saturday, March 26th. Docent-led tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Helena Branch Beaufort County Public Library. Learn the history, see a scale model of Fort Fremont as it stood in 1898, and travel down Land’s End Road to walk through the remains of the fortifications.

The tour lasts approximately 2 hours. For more information visit fortfremont.org or call the St. Helena Library at 843-255-6487. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

RIY (Reiki Infused Yoga) is back for 2016 

Thursday, March 31st at 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. , join “The Laughing Yogini,” Brittney Hiller and Reiki Master, Chris “Sutty” Suddeth at the Port Royal Wetlands Amphitheater at the top of Paris Avenue.

Gentle Yoga stretching and the Spirit-Guided Life-Force Energy of Reiki combine for a family friendly, all ages welcome, opportunity for healing and unwinding after a long day. Commune with nature in the evening shade and your Lowcountry neighbors in the process.

What to bring: Yoga Mat or towel to practice on and a water bottle. Consider bringing a notebook to write down inspirations that may come. This class is free of charge and “Kajarma” will be available if you’d like to honor our time and energy with a gift. Text or call Brittney (843) 263-0320 or Sutty (843) 263-2397 with any questions.

Bluffton Elementary to hold PTO Fun Run 

Bluffton Elementary PTO Fun Run will be held on April 1st and is a fundraiser to help support the School Choice of Animation, Creation and Design. They are working to create a MakerSpace for our school. Call the school at (843) 706-8500 for more information.

YMCA hosts Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 

The Childcare Staff of the YMCA of Beaufort County will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the YMCA located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. Pancakes, sausage and beverages will be served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Annual Scholarship Fund which directly aids our community through financial assistance for YMCA preschool, afterschool, summer camp, sports and aquatic programs. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child and kids age 2 and under are free. Donations welcomed. Contact Hannah Manning at hannahmymca@gmail.com or 832-522-9622 for more information.

Congressman Sanford to give legislative update

The Greater Bluffton Republican Club is pleased to announce that their next meeting will be held at Rose Hill Golf Club at 4 Clubhouse Dr. on Monday, April 4, 2016. We are honored to have Congressman Mark Sanford join us. He will give a legislative update, discuss our Second Amendment rights, and will answer questions from the crowd.

Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association kicks off their “Lunch and Learn” series 

It’s back! That great summer gardening series, Lunch and Learn, begins Saturday, April 16th in the Gazebo at the Port Royal Farmers’ Market , and continues each Saturday until September 10th. This award winning series of classes, workshops and lectures is free to the public and no registration is required. The 2016 series will ably be kicked off by noted Landscape Designer, J. Weidner, who will show how to have a beautiful garden every season of the year. Master Gardeners and other professionals share their skills and knowledge to help the Lowcountry gardener meet the challenges of this hot and humid climate. Door prizes are abundant, and chances are good that you’ll go home with a unique plant grown right here in Beaufort County.

Stop at the Farmers’ Market for a great lunch, and bring it and a folding chair to the Gazebo at noon, and share a little Lunching and Learning with people who love gardening as much as you do!

The Master Gardeners also hold a Plant Clinic at the Farmers’ Market from 9:00 until noon. They will answer your questions, and identify plants, pests and diseases. The Plant Clinic and Lunch and Learn are brought to you by the volunteers of the Lowcountry Master Gardener Association.

2015 “Lunch and Learn” Schedule

•  April 16 – Program title: Low Maintenance Gardening with speaker J. Weidner. Flowering Shrubs and Long Blooming Perennials

•  April 23 – Program title: Ferns…..for Texture and Shape with speaker Gary Baker. Explore these underused perennials.

•  April 30 – Program title: Gardening for the Physically Challenged and Just Plain Lazy Gardener with speaker Alice Massey. We were thunder-stormed out last year! Tips and tools to help you get up, down and around the garden with the least effort.

•  May 7 – Program title: Lasagna and Raised Bed Gardens with speaker Laura Lee Rose. The no till, no dig, easy method to garden.

•  May 14 – Program title: Container and Small Pond Water Gardens with speaker Sandra Educate. Hands down, the lowest maintenance gardens there are.

•  May 21 – Program title: Basics of Good Garden Design with speaker Sheila Drouin. Start with good basics and create the garden of your dreams.

•  May 28 – Program title: Fruiting Trees and Shrubs with speaker Pete Godbey. Beautiful and edible. What more could you ask of a plant?

•  June 4 – Program title: Bringing your Garden Indoors Shrubs with speaker Victoria Bergesen. Invite your garden inside with natural décor.  show you the correct way to plant by planting one right here at the Gazebo.

•  June 11 – Program title: Moon Gardens with speaker Sandra Educate. Gardens are not just for the daytime. Get romantic!

•  June 18 – Program title: Plant Propagation with speaker Alice Massey. Free Plants!! What a concept!

•  June 25 – Program title: A Rose Must Remain, With The Sun and The Rain… with speakers Janet Bura and Becky Guinn. Yes, you can grow roses in the Lowcountry! Without creating a toxic waste dump.

•  July 2 – Program title: Native Plants with speaker Daniel Payne. Join the Back to Nature crowd. Well, sort of.

•  July 9 – Program title: Why Plant Annuals? with speaker Carol Guedalia. Garden elitists have given these garden staples a bad name. But they’re wrong!

•  July 16 – Program title: Tough as Nails, Pretty as a Picture with speaker Natalie Bowie. Think G.I. Jane. Just ‘cause you’re strong doesn’t mean you’re not gorgeous.

•  July 23 – Program title: Succulents and Cacti with speaker Lora Quincy. One of the best answers for water-smart gardening.

•  July 30 – Program title: Wreaths, again! with speakers Peggy Allard and Sandra Educate. Back by popular demand! A great workshop for making wreaths from found stuff.

•  August 6 – Program title: The Real Secret Life of Bees with speaker David Arnal. An expert to give you the back story on these essential creatures.

•  August 13 – Program title: Discover Foliage Gardening with speaker Joe Allard. Flowers aren’t the only way to bring color into your garden.

•  August 20 – Program title: Fall Vegetable Gardening with speaker Laura Lee Rose. One of our most popular classes.

•  August 27 – Program title: Bulbs for the South with speaker Sandra Educate. There are bulbs besides Tulips! We can grow bulbs year round in the Lowcountry.

•  September 3 – Program title: Getting Ready to Put Your Garden to Bed (an interactive workshop). Come and share your ideas for winterizing your garden. Do you have an  easy method for winterizing tropicals, etc.?

•  September 10 – Program title: Keeping it Growing with speaker Amanda McNulty. Our signature season end class. Put on your crazy hats and join TV’s Amanda McNulty for our version of her popular TV show.

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TheraVista and others team up for yard sale

TheraVista, The Lending Room and Roxanne Cheney Organizes team up again for Spring Clean for JOY 2016 on Saturday March 19th 7:30 to 10 a.m. This semi-annual ‘yard sale’ where everything is free is an opportunity for community members to go through their closets, drawers and garages clearing items that no longer bring joy or they are tired of storing for that ‘just in case’ moment. Then it is given away to those who can use the items now. Experience the joy of giving and receiving while expanding awareness about the valuable service of the Lending Room which provides medical equipment for short or long term use, to anyone for a minimum donation of $1. Donations of items in all categories from furniture, household goods, tools, clothes, etc. will be accepted up until 6 p.m. Friday, March 18th. For more info on dropping off donations, email theravista@gmail.com or call 843.812-1328. Event will be held at TheraVista, 263 Brickyard Point Road South on Lady’s Island.

Adaptive Golf this weekend at Parris Island Golf Course

The Masters are less than a month away and the flowers are starting to bloom. Are you ready to take your golfing talents to a new level this year? Practice, the right equipment, proper instruction and more practice will help make the difference. No matter your level of performance, we can all benefit from a little time outside with friends. I hope to see all of you out at the range to celebrate spring and the start of another golf season. We will be at the Parris Island Golf Club between 9 to 11 a.m. on March 19th. Bring a friend!

Community meeting to be held in Bluffton

Beaufort County Council members Cynthia Bensch of District 7 and Rick Caporale of District 8 will host a community meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the large meeting room of the Bluffton Branch Library at 120 Palmetto Way. The purpose of the meeting is to allow residents an opportunity to share their concerns. Residents do not need to register in advance for the meeting. For more information, contact Council member Bensch or Council member Caporale by email at cbensch@bcgov.net or rcaporale@bcgov.net or by phone at 843-255-2191 (Cynthia Bensch) or 843-255-2194 (Rick Caporale).

YMCA hosts Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 

The Childcare Staff of the YMCA of Beaufort County will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the YMCA located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. Pancakes, sausage and beverages will be served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Annual Scholarship Fund which directly aids our community through financial assistance for YMCA preschool, afterschool, summer camp, sports and aquatic programs. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child and kids age 2 and under are free. Donations welcomed. Contact Hannah Manning at hannahmymca@gmail.com or 832-522-9622 for more information.

Upcoming library events

To be held at the Hilton Head Public Library at 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island.

Event: Turkish Hands: Gesturing in Turkey
Date: Monday, April 4, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Tara Alisbath, former resident of Turkey, will demonstrate and explain the significance of this ancient sign language. For more information, contact Priscilla Pomazal at 843-255-6524.

Event: Third Annual Poetry Month Reading
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 6:00 from 7:30 p.m.
Description: Six local poets – Michael Bassett, Jessica Goody, Marilyn Lorenz, Horace Mungin, Bill Newby, and Stephanie Orrell – will read their original poems. Mike Nicholson will also play his banjo. This event is co-sponsored by the Island Writers’ Network. For more information, contact Priscilla Pomazal at 843-255-6524.

Event: Saturday Matinee
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Enjoy the town’s free big screen at our monthly showings with refreshments. To commemorate Earth Day, join us for an Academy Award-winner for best documentary that highlights the plight of a favorite marine mammal, the dolphin. Call or visit our website to reveal the title. This event is free. Call Lauren Read at 843-255-6531 for more information.

Event: Creative Upcycling
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Description: Be ready for Earth Day with functional crafts made at the library. Tee shirts will see new life as totes and produce bags. (Used shirt donations are welcome prior to the event.) Please register. Call Lauren Read at 843-255-6531 for more information.

For information on any of the programs, visit beaufortcountylibrary.org or call (843) 255-6456.

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TCL is hosting Latino open house on campus

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting a Latino Open House from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 10 at the TCL New River Campus, 100 Community College Dr., Bluffton. TCL representatives will be available to discuss admissions, financial aid, programs of study and more. The open house is free and parents are invited.

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.tcl.edu/latino or contact Alison Cadmus in admissions at 843.525.8356.

Beaufort Aglow meets March 12 at Gilligan’s

Beaufort Aglow will meet on Saturday, March 12th at Gulligan’s Seafood Restaurant, 2601 Boundary St. Beaufort from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The speaker will be Co-Pastor Theresa Roberts of Love House Ministries, 423 Parris Island Gateway. She graciously ministers to all with her husband, Pastor Randy Roberts. Love House is a Church that is God directed, Christ centered and Spirit led. Theresa is a former Beaufort County employee. Recently, she became a proud grandmother once again. The Roberts are in charge of the Beaufort County PALS and also operates the Community Bowling Center at 1140 Ribaut Rd in Beaufort where you’ll enjoy an old fashioned family fun. All are welcome to attend. Info: call: (843) 575-5377 or (843) 575-5377.

Chairman of SC GOP to speak at next meeting

The Beaufort County Republican Party will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 17th at Palmetto Electric Co-Operative, 1 Cooperative Way in Hardeeville. Matt Moore Chairman of the SC GOP will be the featured speaker. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social period (and pizza) starting at 6:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be served and the meeting is open to the public. For more information, please visit www.beaufortgop.com or email info@beaufortgop.com.

TCL is hosting Latino open house on campus

TheraVista, The Lending Room and Roxanne Cheney Organizes team up again for Spring Clean for JOY 2016 on Saturday, March 19th from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. This semi-annual ‘yard sale’ where everything is free is an opportunity for community members to go through their closets, drawers and garages clearing items that no longer bring joy or they are tired of storing for that ‘just in case’ moment. It is then given all away to those who can use the items now…the joy of giving and receiving while expanding awareness about the valuable service of the Lending Room which provides medical equipment for short or long term use, to anyone for a minimum donation of $1.They will be accepting donations of items in all categories from furniture, household goods, tools, clothes, etc. up until 6 p.m. Friday March 18th. For more information on dropping off donations, email theravista@gmail.com or call 843-812-1328. The event will be held at TheraVista, 263 Brickyard Point Road South on Lady’s Island.

BHS to hold cheer-leading info meeting

There will be a parent’s informational meeting March 22nd 6:00 p.m. in BHS Small Auditorium. Note all rising 7th – 12th graders are eligible to try out. Also note a back handspring is required to make the Varsity Squad. Tryouts will be April 26-28th and May 2nd – 6th in the BHS gym. All prospective cheerleaders should come in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes and be ready to work.

Final tryouts will be Friday, May 6th, starting at 3:30 p.m. (This will be an open door tryout where family members and friends can watch by paying a $5 entry fee). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Corrie Zimmerman or Hillary Savarese at corrie.zimmerman@beaufort.k12.sc.us and hillary.savarese@beaufort.k12.sc.us.

Gullah Festival in search of local talent

The Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina, Inc. is looking for local amateur singers, dancers, storytellers, etc. for the 2016 annual Original Gullah Festival and will be sponsoring a Gullah Festival Talent Showcase Audition, featuring Local Amateur Performers wanting to showcase their talents for “Exposure Only” during the Original Gullah Festival May 2016. This is free and opened to the public. It will be held at The United Church of Jesus Christ for All People located at 1801 Duke Street in Beaufort on Saturday, March 26th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To register or for additional information contact Angela Picot at 843-524-8814, Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

YMCA of Beaufort County hosts Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 

The Childcare Staff of the YMCA of Beaufort County will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. at the YMCA located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. Pancakes, sausage and beverages will be served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Annual Scholarship Fund which directly aids our community through financial assistance for YMCA preschool, afterschool, summer camp, sports and aquatic programs. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child and kids age 2 and under are free. Donations welcomed. Contact Hannah Manning at hannahmymca@gmail.com or 832.522.9622 for more information.

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Riverview Baptist Church invites all to Homecoming 2016

Riverview Baptist Church, located at 2209 Boundary Street Beaufort, invites you to join them on Sunday, March 6, at their Worship Service which begins at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Russ Williams. Fellowship meal to follow services.

Law enforcement officer to speak at Republican Club meeting Mar. 7

The Greater Bluffton Republican Club is pleased to announce that their next meeting will be held at Rose Hill Golf Club at 4 Clubhouse Dr. on Monday, March 7, 2016. We are very pleased to have Mike Sisno join us. Mr. Sisino is retired from a 31 year career in law enforcement with the final rank of Patrol Division Commander. During his career, Mr. Sisino worked in the Uniform Division, Detective Division/Special Investigations, Governor’s Security Detail, the Marine Division, and was assigned to two special teams, Search and Rescue and SWAT. He had the honor of working as the Head Firearms Instructor for the State Police Academy and has an impressive amount of advanced training. After his retirement, Mr. Sisino worked as a Government Contractor and now works for a private security company.

The social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. Please come enjoy the beautiful clubhouse while enjoying the fellowship of likeminded conservatives. The public is welcome.

New Hope Church to host Financial Course

New Hope Christian Church will host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) Course. This life-changing class, taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by Wilma Holman will be taught at New Hope Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Beaufort. The tools learned will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. For a $100 investment for books, on-line coaching, and access to invaluable information you will be amazed at the 9-month change in your life that has helped hundreds of people become free financially. New Hope Christian Church is located at 67 Parris Island Gateway in Beaufort. Classes start March 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact Wilma Holman at 843-252-8228.

Mayor Keyserling to be LIBPA Guest Speaker

City of Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling will be the guest speaker at the March meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association to be held on March 8 at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort County Realtors’ Association headquarters located in the Palmetto Business Park (behind the BB&T Bank) on Lady’s Island Dr. Subjects to be included in the discussion include Lady’s Island traffic, future commercial growth, annexation and infrastructure. The meeting is open to the public.

TCL invites the community to “Return to the Classroom” event

The Technical College of the Lowcountry invites local residents to its 2nd annual “Return to the Classroom” event from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 at the TCL New River Campus in Bluffton. The event is free and includes two morning classes followed by a lunch and learn session.

“We are excited to welcome the community to our beautiful New River campus for a day of exploration and discovery,” TCL President Dr. Richard Gough said.

The event features a variety of classes centered on the topic of wellness and taught by exceptional TCL faculty members. Participants will be able to choose two classes from the following:

1. Stress and Wellness
2. Couples Therapeutic Massage
3. Literature and Wellness
4. Health Monitoring

Beaufort High Theater to present three nights

The Beaufort High Theater proudly Presents Alice in Wonderland on March 10th, 11th and 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Arts Center at Beaufort High. Admission $5. For more information Please call 843-322-2152. Spend some qualify time and bring the kids for a “Family Date Night!”

Audubon takes trip to Bear Island WMA

Join the Audubon for a trip to Bear Island WMA on March 10th. You will see ducks in the old rice fields, Avocets, Black-Necked Stilts, White Pelicans, and Tundra Swans in the ponds. There’s no limit to the number of people who can go on this outing but for planning purposes, please RSVP. If you decide at the last moment, don’t hesitate to join the fun. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the (former) Lady’s Island McDonalds. Departure is 8:00 a.m. Bring lunch, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, water, etc.

Upcoming library events

To be held at the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathon Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena.

Event: Our Stories Matter: Documenting Our History in the Lowcountry
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Description: Presented by Once Upon A Time CEO Ryan J. Heathcock. Mr. Heathcock will be speaking about his “journey of discovery” tracing his genealogy from Africa, to Europe, to the Americas. Ryan has traced his Gullah roots to St. Helena Island as far back as 1800. Through “OUAT”, he offers his experience and his expertise to the residents of the Lowcountry and the organizations serving the communities within the Gullah/Geechee Corridor to keep their history alive and documented for generations to come. Call 843-255-6487 for more information.

Event: Teen Advisory Board
Date: Monday, March 14 and 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Description: Teens come together to discuss events, fundraising, collection development for St. Helena Branch Library. Call 843-255-6541 for more information.

Event: End of Life Issues: Health care power of attorney, living, wills DNR orders, power of attorney, funeral planning & cremation
Date: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Description: A local lawyer will give a 30-45 minute lecture with a question and answer period. Contact Meghan at mkilgore@bcgov.net or call 843-255-6559 for more information.

Event: Cooking Club
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Description: March’s theme is ‘In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb”. Make a recipe that will take us on an epicurean journey. The dish should have flavors that hit the palette strong like a lion and finish as smooth as a lamb or vice versa. Call 843-255-6487 for more information.

To be held at the Bluffton Branch Library at 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton.

Event: Teen Tech Week: Create it @ the Bluffton Branch!
Date: Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 during library hours
Description: Demo 3D printing, audio/video production and Raspberry Pi software in the new Bluffton Media Lab! For more information, contact Adam Farver at  843-255-6507 or afarver@bcgov.net.

Event: Let’s Juggle
Date: Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Description: Learn the first steps into becoming a juggling master. This event is for ages 8-12. For more information, contact Kelli Baxter at 843-255-6510 or kbaxter@bcgov.net.

Event: Raspberry Pi Day
Date: Monday, March 14 at 4 p.m.
Description: Learn to program using the Raspberry Pi. For more information, contact Belinda Blue at 843-255-6507 or bblue@bcgov.net.

Event: Process Art Class
Date: Thursday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Description: Join an art class where the only rule is to create.  This event is for ages 3-6. For more information, contact Kelli Baxter at 843-255-6510 or kbaxter@bcgov.net.

Event: Zumba Kids
Date: Saturday, March 19 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Description: A dance fitness party for ages 7-11. For more information, contact Kelli Baxter at 843-255-6510 or kbaxter@bcgov.net.

For information on any of the programs, visit beaufortcountylibrary.org or call (843) 255-6456.

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