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What To Do the week of September 29th-October 5th

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Fort Fremont to hold fundraiser

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

Find our what your treasures are worth

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

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

‘Tristan und Isolde’ to open opera season

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

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

Second City improv coming to Beaufort

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

Tickets on sale for Boots & Bling

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

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Pedal 4 Kids to be held on Sept. 24

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

Annual book sale to benefit libraries 

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

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

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

Annual ladies lunch to be held Sept. 30 

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

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

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

Tickets on sale for Boots & Bling

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

Beer & Brats Fest coming to Bluffton

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

Exploration is focus of upcoming event

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

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

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Historical society to host Fraser author

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

Sea Island Quilters to meet Sept. 15

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

Annual catfish festival to be held in Hardeeville

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

Bear Island bird walk to be held Sept. 22

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

Yard, bake sale will benefit school

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

Sunset parties to end with Blufftemberfest

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

Tickets on sale for Boots & Bling

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

Battle Ball coming to waterfront park

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

Restaurants offer special menus, prices

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

Libraries to offer variety of programs

Following are some upcoming free programs at local libraries:

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

 

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Sunset parties to end with Blufftemberfest

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

Art auction to benefit family

As part of an effort to build a home for a local family, an UpCycled Art Auction will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at The Shed at 809 Paris Ave. in Port Royal. This Lowcounty Habitat for Humanity’s UpCycled Art Auction is a celebration of local and regional craftsman who have repurposed, recycled, reclaimed or re-imagined materials to create art. There will also be food, fun and fellowship for all. The funds raised from this event will go toward building the ReStore house, which is in the Mossy Oaks Neighborhood and will become a family home for Crystal Johnson and her family.

“I am excited to be able to call a house a home,” she said, “a place for my children to be able to grow up in and one day look back on all the special memories we will make in our home. The group of people, volunteers, ReStore, office and board have been incredible with helping us succeed in the steps for us to make this long dream, hope, and  wish, to be homeowners, come true.”

Restaurants offer special menus, prices

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

Celebrity chef, Virginia Willis at Callawassie club

A four-course dinner event featuring celebrity chef Virginia Willis and other notable chefs and food authors will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Callawassie Island Club. The evening, to benefit the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, will include a silent auction, live music, dancing and an opportunity to learn secrets of Lowcountry culinary traditions. The evening is dedicated to the celebration of Lowcountry cuisine, a concept echoed alongside the Morris Center’s ongoing exhibit, “Roots: The Lowdown on Lowcountry Cuisine.”

Virginia Willis, praised by The Chicago Tribune as one of “Seven Food Writers You Need to Know,” will reimagine a popular Lowcountry entree for the dinner and oversee its preparation. Chefs Sallie Ann Robinson, BJ Dennis and Jim Spratling will add their Lowcountry expertise by creating signature dishes to complement the main course.  All the chefs will be on hand for discussion and book signings. Other highlights of the event include music, a bourbon tasting, craft beer and more. Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at www.morrisheritagecenter.org.

Glass fusion class offered in Beaufort

The Beaufort Arts Countil is offering a Glass Fusion/Sea Glass Beginner call for people who are interested in learning how to cut glass and assemble it into an artistic pattern that will be fused into an 8-inch square dish that you can take home and use. There will be discussions of different types of glass, safety, the science of glass fusing and the amazing potential of fused glass. All students must wear closed toe shoes. Safety equipment and glass cutting tools will be supplied. The cost of the class is $75. It will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 916 Port Republic St. in Beaufort. Register at www.beaufortartscouncil.org/classes.

Battle Ball coming to waterfront park

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

Meet creatures of night at Hunting Island State Park

Creatures of the Night, a free program at Hunting Island State Park, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 24. These educational programs, presented by Gryphon Den, are devoted to creating awareness in humans of our natural world. It is both state and federally licensed to care for and present live educational programs on raptors and mammals. For more information, call 843-838-2011.

Teens invited to submit films

It’s time to get started on submissions for the 6th Annual Beaufort County Library Teen Film Festival. The movies must be directed, filmed and edited by teens ages 11-17 or in grades 6-12. Films cannot run more than 15 minutes, and each filmmaker may submit up to three films. Films can be on any topic but must be G or PG rated in language and subject matter or it will be disqualified. All editing must be done before submitting the film; title pages and credits must be included; films must be submitted in DVD format; and all music used in the film must be either an original score, in the public domain or used with permission from the copyright owner. Films will be judged and there will be a separate awards ceremony and public viewing of the films. Submissions are due by Friday, Oct. 14. The awards ceremony will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 22, at the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road on St. Helena Island. For questions or more information, contact Victor Kulik at 843-255-6560 or by email at Vkulik@bcgov.net.

Library offers free program for kids

Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
• Scratch Computer Coding for Kids
When: 4 pm. Monday, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26
What: Use coding and computer programming to create games. Ages 8+ (registration required). 843-255-6510, kbaxter@bcgov.net

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Lands End festival celebrates culture

The 12th Annual Lands End Woodland River Festival celebrating Gullah culture will be held Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3. On Friday, there will be a Caribbean Night fish fry and crab boil with reggae music on the river banks of the former Riverside Plantation. On Saturday, the all-day festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. featuring Gullah master storyteller, Aunt Pearlie Sue of the Gullah Kinfolk, African drummers, dancers, the Family Sliders, gospel choirs, and step teams. There will also be arts and crafts, food vendors and tours of the historic tabby ruins on the former Riverside Plantation, Fort Fremont and the historic Penn Center, Inc. The festival will be at 100 Lands End Road. Visit www.landsendwoodland.org.

Pocotaligo fest offers rides, more

The Pocotaligo/Point South Festival will take place from Sept. 1-3 at exit 33 off Interstate 95 in Jasper County. There will be rides, food, music and more. Visit ppsfestival.strikingly.com for more information.

Pancake breakfastbenefits responders

The Bluffton Fire and Auxiliary will host the 9/11 Memorial Pancake Breakfast on from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the BTFD Station 30 at 199 Burnt Church Road. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk and will be $5 per adult, $3 per child and $15 for families of four. There will also be tours given of the fire station during the breakfast. The breakfast is held to remember those firefighters and first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in New York. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Tunnel to Towers run, a benefit for the Stephen Siller Foundation, providing smart homes and assistance to severely injured veterans and first responders.

Gullah celebration at Penn Center

A Labor Day Celebration will be held Monday, Sept. 5, at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District at 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island. There will be music, food and more. Visit www.penncenter.com. Additionally, the third Gullah Geechee Bike Ride will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District. There will be a 25-mile ride on St. Helena Island and a 50-mile ride on St. Helena and Hunting Island. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the starting time will be 8:30 a.m. Visit www.penncenter.com.

Battle Ball coming to waterfront park

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

Meet creatures of night at Hunting Island State Park

Creatures of the Night, a free program at Hunting Island State Park, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 24. These educational programs, presented by Gryphon Den, are devoted to creating awareness in humans of our natural world. It is both state and federally licensed to care for and present live educational programs on raptors and mammals. For more information, call 843-838-2011.

Sunset parties to end with Blufftemberfest

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

Libraries to offer variety of programs

Following are some upcoming free programs at local libraries:

Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton

• Football Tailgate
When: 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8
What: Celebrate the kickoff of the new football season with snacks and tailgate games.

• Saving the Revolution – The Origin of Our Constitution
When: 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
What: With the end of the American Revolution, the United States were hardly united and the benefits of the war began to be lost. In the summer of 1787, a remarkable assembly of great minds met in Philadelphia to draft a document saving the revolution’s achievements for posterity. Come hear this compelling segment of our nation’s history.

• Lowcountry Flutes Fall Performance
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
What: Mexican folklore, classical pieces and popular tunes to enjoy.

• Foundations for Investing with Jan Williams
When: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30
What: Make better informed financial considerations or decisions based on the latest U.S. and global economic data.

Lobeco Branch Library: 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco

• Read It and Eat It Junior Book Club
When: 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2,
What: Call the library at 843-255-6479 to sign up and receive the reading list for book club meetings.

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

• The Roald Dahl Experience
When/where: 5 p.m. Tuesdays in September
What: Come for a Roald Dahl movie, book reading and a craft; for ages 5-10.

• Teen Indulge Day
When/where: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
What: Cookie decorating, tie dye and more for ages 11-18.

• Family Uno Tournament
When/where: 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
What: All ages bracket-style Uno tournament.

• iStop Motion
When: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20
What: Learn how to make and edit your own Stop animation movie with iStop Motion. Students ages 8 to 10 must have a parent with them. Students ages 11-17 can enter their film in the Teen Film Festival. Registration is required and a participation waiver must be signed. Call 843-255-6487.

Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St.

• Heart Health Drop-In Clinic
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12
What: Learn heart health basics with demonstrations and questions answered by Arrhythmia Alliance.

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Military appreciation day set for Aug. 27

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual military appreciation day on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Atlantic Marine Corps Communities Tri Command Welcome Center at 600 Laurel Bay Road in Beaufort. This event allows the Beaufort community to show its appreciation for the local military and all they do for our country and community. This family event will feature children’s games and activities, water fun, entertainment, volleyball and an abundance of food and drink. Sponsorships opportunities are available by contacting LaNelle Fabian at 843-525-8537 or LaNelle@BeaufortSC.org.

Exercise-A-Thon coming to Port Royal YMCA

The YMCA of Beaufort County will hold a Back to the ‘80s Exercise-A-Thon from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Port Royal Y. This event is open to the public and will include four hours of group exercise classes including kick boxing, spinning and more. The fee is a $10 minimum to participate. All proceeds will benefit the Y Scholarship Program. Cyclers can reserve a bike by calling the YMCA at 843-522-9622. The Port Royal Y is at 1801 Richmond Ave.

‘Abstract Imagination’ coming to gallery

The Beaufort River Glass Gallery is hosting an art show called “Abstract Imagination” by Becky Marshall from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, at 208 West St. in Beaufort. Refreshments will be served. Marshall worked with local pre-K and kindergarten students for 18 years, with most of those years spent at DODS schools at Laurel Bay.

“I fell in love with children’s art because it was pure and innocent,” said Marshall. “Although the children were focusing on a project to paint it always came out almost in an abstract form. After retiring last year, I decided to do what I love. I have taken their abstract level up to an adult level and I am enjoying it to the fullest.”

Arts Center to host The Fifth Dimension

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island will present Florence LaRue and The Fifth Dimension for two performances on Saturday, Sept. 3. Show times are 4:30 and 8 p.m. The six-time Grammy Award winning group’s repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz and hits like “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.”

Tickets are $51 for adults and $34 for children ages 5-15 and can be purchased at the box office (843-842-2787) and online at www.tickets.artshhi.com.

Gullah Geechee Bike Ride to be held on Labor Day

The third Gullah Geechee Bike Ride will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District. There will be a 25-mile ride on St. Helena Island and a 50-mile ride on St. Helena and Hunting Island. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the starting time will be at 8:30 a.m. Donations will be accepted and will support the annual fundraising campaign for the Penn Center. For more information, visit www.penncenter.com.

Street Music is back in Port Royal

Street Music on Paris Avenue’s series continues on Saturday, Aug. 27, with the Gas House Gorillas. These rockers from New York put on an amazing, high-energy show featuring a bass player named “Crusher” who sets the tone for the group. The town of Port Royal’s Street Music on Paris Avenue is held in Old Town Port Royal. Guests are invited to bring their chairs and dancing shoes to this free concert. The rain location is The Shed on Paris Avenue, one block from the outdoor site.

Tickets going on sale for Boots & Bling

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

Travel back in time at Beaufort museum

The Beaufort History Museum recently unveiled its special “Islands of Hope in a Sea of Distress” exhibit, featuring the Civil War Reconstruction Era in Beaufort. Experience how education, politics, industry and agriculture thrived in Beaufort while being surrounded by devastation. Learn more about the museum and its current exhibits at www.BeaufortHistoryMuseum.com.

DragonBoat races set for Sept. 2-3

The 4th Annual Dragonboat Beaufort Race Day will be held Sept. 2-3 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. There will be a free concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, with The Cluster Shucks and The Sweetgrass Angels. Guests should bring blankets or chairs. On Saturday, Sept. 3, the DragonBoat races will be held. Anyone can form a dragonboat team to compete at DragonBoat Race Day 2016. A team consists of 20 paddlers, two alternates (recommended) and one drummer. All teams will be trained how to safely and successfully paddle a dragonboat prior to DragonBoat Race Day with experienced coaches and boat steerers. On race day, teams will paddle in three races competing for medals. In the past, teams have included civic clubs, community neighborhoods, local businesses, cancer-survivors, schools and hospitals. Last year, teams raised over $65,000, which is used to support those impacted by cancer in Beaufort County. For more information or to register a team, visit www.DragonboatRaceDay.com or email info@DragonBoatRaceDay.com.

Celebrity chef on menu at Callawassie club

A four-course dinner event featuring celebrity chef Virginia Willis and other notable chefs and food authors will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Callawassie Island Club. The evening, to benefit the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, will include a silent auction, live music, dancing and an opportunity to learn secrets of Lowcountry culinary traditions. The evening is dedicated to the celebration of Lowcountry cuisine, a concept echoed alongside the Morris Center’s ongoing exhibit, “Roots: The Lowdown on Lowcountry Cuisine.”

Virginia Willis, praised by the Chicago Tribune as one of “Seven Food Writers You Need to Know,” will reimagine a popular Lowcountry entree for the dinner and oversee its preparation. Chefs Sallie Ann Robinson, BJ Dennis and Jim Spratling will add their Lowcountry expertise by creating signature dishes to complement the main course. Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at www.morrisheritagecenter.org.

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Exercise-A-Thon coming to Port Royal YMCA

The YMCA of Beaufort County will hold a Back to the ‘80s Exercise-A-Thon from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Port Royal Y. This event is open to the public and will include four hours of group exercise classes including kick boxing, spinning and more. The fee is a $10 minimum to participate. All proceeds will benefit the Y Scholarship Program. Cyclers can reserve a bike by calling the YMCA at 843-522-9622. The Port Royal Y is at 1801 Richmond Ave.

Drugs, news, ethics are topics of coming programs

The Beaufort Branch Library will host an author book talk about “Operation Jackpot” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

“Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs,” by Jason Ryan, is a book about a period in the late 1970s when some Beaufort County residents engaged in large-scale drug smuggling activities and were caught by the sting code-named “Operation Jackpot.”

At the Hilton Head Branch Library, former newsman Tom Crawford will discuss his book, “Resurrections of an Obituary Writer,” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 6. The book’s essays and obituaries cover influential and memorable people whom Crawford knew during his travels at home and abroad.

Also at the Hilton Head branch will be a program called “Ethical Choices.” Attendees will be empowered to make thoughtful, responsible lifestyle decisions in order to improve their health, protect the environment and decrease animal suffering. It will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Wine tasting to be held at Rose Hill

Rose Hill Mansion in Bluffton will present An Evening Wine Tasting with Juan Carlos Jiménez, wine connoisseur, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. There will be wine tastings, assorted artisan cheeses, desserts and a silent auction. Guests will receive a Rose Hill wine glass keepsake. The cost is $35 per person. Reservations can be made at 843-757-6046.

DragonBoat races set for Sept. 2-3

The 4th Annual DragonBoat Beaufort Race Day will be held Sept. 2-3 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. There will be a free concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, with The Cluster Shucks and The Sweetgrass Angels. Guests should bring blankets or chairs. On Saturday, Sept. 3, the dragonboat races will be held. Anyone can form a dragonboat team to compete at DragonBoat Race Day 2016. A team consists of 20 paddlers, two alternates (recommended) and one drummer. All teams will be trained how to safely and successfully paddle a dragonboat prior to DragonBoat Race Day with experienced coaches and boat steerers. On race day, teams will paddle in three races competing for medals. In the past, teams have included civic clubs, community neighborhoods, local businesses, cancer-survivors, schools and hospitals. Last year, teams raised over $65,000, which is used to support those impacted by cancer in Beaufort County. DragonBoat Beaufort awards outreach grants to local cancer patients to assist with specific needs they are unable to afford or for which they lack coverage. For more information or to register a team, visit www.DragonboatRaceDay.com or email info@DragonBoatRaceDay.com.

Military appreciation day set for Aug. 27

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual military appreciation day on Saturday, Aug. 27. This event allows the Beaufort community to show its appreciation for the local military and all they do for our country and community. This family event will feature children’s games and activities, water fun, entertainment, volleyball and an abundance of food and drink. Sponsorships opportunities are available by contacting LaNelle Fabian at 843-525-8537 or LaNelle@BeaufortSC.org.

Singers needed for Lowcountry Chorale

Singers are needed for the Lowcountry Chorale, a mixed-voice community of singers. The chorale has been singing as a group since the spring of 1997, with continuous performances twice a year, and it is preparing for its upcoming season.No auditions are necessary; anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join. Rehearsals begin at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive in Beaufort. Registration for the rehearsal will start at 6:15 p.m. Thirteen weeks of rehearsals will culminate in performances on Nov. 18-19. Call Shari at 843-252-3990 for more information.

Catfish Fest to host 5K walk/run

The 42nd Annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival is sponsoring its first Annual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the 4,700-acre Hilton Head Lakes residential community in Hardeeville.Start time is at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $35 until Sept. 9 and $35 plus a $5 sign-up fee on Race Day, from 7-7:45 a.m. Visit runsignup.com/Race/SC/HardeevilleCatfishFestival or pick up an application at the Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce.

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Red Piano Too holding annual show

The Red Piano Too Art Gallery will hold its 24th annual Summer Show on Saturday, Aug. 13. This year’s featured artists include Jackie Haliburton, Sonja Evans, Leonard Jones, Sayid Majid and others. The gallery is at 870 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island. For more information, visit www.redpianotoo.com.

Benefit for Duff to be held Aug. 11

A benefit for J. Howard Duff will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room at 1297 May River Road in Bluffton. Duff is known throughout the community for his gift for teaching and mentoring guitar students, who range in age from 9 to 65. He is also the lead singer/lead guitarist in one of the South’s premier blues and swing groups, Red, White & Blues. He also handles the dual lead roles in the 1960s retro rock ’n’ roll band, Flashback. He began playing with the Praise Band at the Church of the Cross in Bluffton and later became a worship leader there. He recently suffered two 90 percent blockages in his heart, which resulted in a surgical procedure with subsequent complications. Doors open at 5 p.m., and several bands will be featured throughout the evening. Tickets to the event are $25.

Concert for youth scheduled at St. Helena library

Sterling Silver Songs, a free concert featuring Gary Sterling, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Helena Branch Library. Sterling is a recording artist, entertainer, world traveler and graduate of St. Helena High School. The purpose of the concert is to celebrate and inspire local youth with the message, “This Mountain I Must Climb!” Admission is free and all ages are invited.The St. Helena Branch Library is at 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road. The event is being sponsored by the St. Helena Branch Library.

Event to pay tribute to Vietnam vets

The Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry Fund will host the annual Vietnam Veterans Celebration on Friday, Aug. 12, at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort in honor of the 51st anniversary of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. This event seeks to honor our nation’s Vietnam War veterans of all branches of the military for their service and sacrifices to our country during a difficult era in our history. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Parris Island Marine Band and Beaufort’s Katie McAllister will be featured. For more information, visit www.hhlcf.org.

Sunset party to be held Aug. 19

Dog Days of Summer Sunset Party will take place at sundown, Friday, Aug. 19, at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Dog Days of Summer is a celebration on the May River. The party will feature a food court, craft beer garden, wine bar, kids play area and other fun activities for the entire family. Performing at Dog Days of Summer will be Chris Jones and The Will Snyder Trio. Bluffton Sunset Parties are family-friendly fun. Everyone is welcome. Come by boat, bike or golf cart. Lawn chairs and leashed pets are permitted, but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. A percentage of proceeds from the Bluffton Sunset Parties go to benefit local area charities. Tickets are $5 at the door, with children 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, visit www.blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.

Yamasee Indians focus of Santa Elena program

A program called “The History of the Yamasee Indians: Origin, Migration, Conflict and Pottery,” will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St. in Beaufort. This presentation will focus on the origins and migrations of the Yamasee Indians. It will incorporate some of the most recent research, and includes a brief overview of the Yamasee War and a short discussion of the evolution of Yamasee pottery. For more information, visit www.santa-elena.org.

Yoga program offered in Port Royal

RIY (Reiki Infused Yoga) is offering a free event call “The Laughing Yogini” at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. This program, led by Brittney Hiller and Reiki master Chris “Sutty” Suddeth, will be held at the Port Royal Wetlands Amphitheater. The family-friendly event will combine gentle yoga stretching and Reiki. All ages are welcome. Participants should bring a yoga mat or towel and a water bottle. Text or call Hiller at 843-263-0320 or Suddeth at 843-263-2397 with any questions.

International artist’s work on display in St. Helena

World-renowned artist Alex Palkovich has chosen the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road to display his award-winning bronze sculpture “On the Way to Market.” The sculpture illustrates the heritage of African descendants in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and has won the 80th Annual National Sculpture Society Exhibition People’s Choice Award.

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Event to focus on keeping Broad clean

The Outside Foundation will hold the first Keep the Broad Creek Clean Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour on Thursday, Aug. 11. The purpose of the event is to educate the community, especially local youth, about the importance of keeping local waterways clean through hands-on activities, exhibits and entertainment. The festival will kick off with a kayak-based cleanup of Broad Creek from 2-5 p.m., followed by a variety of dockside attractions at the harbor from 4-7 p.m., and topped off with a live performance by Shannon Tanner at 7 p.m. Free kayak rentals from Outside Hilton Head are available for the cleanup with reservations, which can be made by calling 843-686-6996. The dockside attractions will include a “How to Sort Recyclables” event directed by i2 Recycle, which will sort all of the trash retrieved from the creek. The foundation also invites all local residents and visitors to drop off hard-to-recycle items, such as long florescent bulbs and CFLs, batteries (all except rechargeable), laptops and cell phones. The Port Royal Sound Foundation, Coastal Conservation League, Beaufort Conservation District, Coastal Discovery Museum and Waddell Mariculture Center will also have fun and interactive exhibits. The Outside Foundation will be providing eco-focused crafts activities for children. All events are free and open to all ages.

Concert coming to St. Helena library

Sterling Silver Songs, a free concert featuring Gary Sterling, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Helena Branch Library. Sterling is a recording artist, entertainer, world traveler and graduate of St. Helena High School. The purpose of the concert is to celebrate and inspire local youth with the message, “This Mountain I Must Climb!” Admission is free and all ages are invited. The St. Helena Branch Library is at 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road. The event is being sponsored by the St. Helena Branch Library.

Variety of classed offered at BAC

The BAC/Mather Academy is offering a variety of upcoming programs. They include:

• Friday, Aug. 5: Wine and Paint – Beginner

Come and explore your palette with beautiful acrylics and wine as the BAC continues its popular “Wet Your Palette” wine and paint classes. Bring a group of friends and relax for a couple of hours as you paint together, listen to some music and enjoy the spirit of good company. Each class offers a new design.

• Saturday, Aug. 6: Decorative Bookmaking – Beginner

Take an ordinary cardboard children’s book and turn it into a work of art. This class is suited for adults or older students. Participants use a cardboard book, decorative papers, stamps, fiber and found objects to create a transformed piece of artwork that revolves around a chosen theme.

• Monday, Aug. 8: Sweet Grass Basket Making – Beginner

This is a Lowcountry favorite. While learning basic techniques and developing your own basketry skills, your instructor will guide you while also sharing the history and stories of the Lowcountry and Gullah heritage. During this two-day workshop, several basketry techniques will be identified while students create their own basket using grasses and other natural found objects native to the Lowcountry. Class size is limited and all supplies are included.

• Saturday, Aug. 13: Glass Fusing/Sea Glass Bowls – Beginner

Students will learn how to cut glass and assemble it into an artistic pattern that will be fused into an 8-inch square dish that you can take home and use. Participants will learn about different types of glass, safety, the science of glass fusing and the amazing potential of fused glass. All students must wear closed-toe shoes. Safety equipment and glass cutting tools will be supplied.

For additional information about the BAC/Mather Academy classes, call 843-379-ARTS (2787) or visit www.beaufortartscouncil.org. The BAC/Mather Academy is at 916 Port Republic St. in Beaufort.

Event to pay tribute to Vietnam vets

The Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry Fund will host the annual Vietnam Veterans Celebration on Friday, Aug. 12, at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort in honor of the 51st anniversary of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. This event seeks to honor our nation’s Vietnam War veterans of all branches of the military for their service and sacrifices to our country during a difficult era in our history. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Parris Island Marine Band and Beaufort’s Katie McAllister will be featured. For more information, visit www.hhlcf.org.

Gallery event to raise awareness of sea turtles

The Endangered Arts Gallery will host a special art event to support and raise awareness for the Sea Turtle Protection Project. Artist Rodel Gonzalez will be painting live at the gallery both days, and project manager Amber Keuhn will be available to answer questions on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Endangered Arts Gallery is at 41 William Hilton Parkway, South Island Square Shopping Center on Hilton Head. For more information, call 843-785-5075 or visit www.endangeredarts.com.

SOBA to hold reception for wildlife artist

An opening reception for “Wildlife Art and More” art show will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the SOBA Gallery at 6 Church St. in Bluffton. Sandy Rhodes is the featured artist in August with her “Wildlife Art and More” show. This collection features several still lifes, figurative paintings, Lowcountry scenes and more. The SOBA gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.sobagallery.com or call 843-757-6586.

Sunset party to be held Aug. 19

Dog Days of Summer Sunset Party will take place at sundown, Friday, Aug. 19, at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Dog Days of Summer is a celebration on the May River. The party will feature a food court, craft beer garden, wine bar, kids play area and other fun activities for the entire family. Performing at Dog Days of Summer will be Chris Jones and The Will Snyder Trio. Bluffton Sunset Parties are family-friendly fun. Everyone is welcome. Come by boat, bike or golf cart.  Lawn chairs and leashed pets are permitted, but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. A percentage of proceeds from the Bluffton Sunset Parties go to benefit local area charities. Tickets are $5 at the door, with children 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, visit www.blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.

Exercise-a-thon coming to YMCA

The sixth annual YMCA Exercise-a-thon will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at the YMCA of Beaufort County at 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal. Classes will include spinning, kickboxing, yoga, Tabata, H.I.T.S. and more. Participants can take one class join as many as they want. All money raised will benefit the annual 2016 Scholarship Campaign, which funds financial assistance for local individuals and families in need. Non-YMCA members are encouraged to participate and will receive a complimentary Y day pass. The cost is $10 per person with additional donations welcome. Visit ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

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Free showing of ‘The Incredibles’

In honor of its second anniversary, Freedom Life Church in Bluffton will host a community movie night on Saturday, July 30. The movie night, which is open to families, will take place at the Mill Creek/Cypress Ridge Development Clubhouse on the lawn. The evening will start at 7 p.m. with games and snacks, followed by the feature film, “The Incredibles.” Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets and bug spray. The event is free. Freedom Life Church was founded in 2014 by Ken and Patreice Cox.

Event to focus on keeping Broad clean

The Outside Foundation will hold the first Keep the Broad Creek Clean Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour on Thursday, Aug. 11. The purpose of the event is to educate the community, especially local youth, about the importance of keeping local waterways clean through hands-on activities, exhibits and entertainment. The festival will kick off with a kayak-based cleanup of Broad Creek from 2-5 p.m., followed by a variety of dockside attractions at the harbor from 4-7 p.m., and topped off with a live performance by Shannon Tanner at 7 p.m. Free kayak rentals from Outside Hilton Head are available for the cleanup with reservations, which can be made by calling 843-686-6996.

The dockside attractions will include a “How to Sort Recyclables” event directed by i2 Recycle, which will sort all of the trash retrieved from the creek.

The foundation also invites all local residents and visitors to drop off hard-to-recycle items, such as long florescent bulbs and CFLs, batteries (all except rechargeable), laptops and cell phones.

The Port Royal Sound Foundation, Coastal Conservation League, Beaufort Conservation District, Coastal Discovery Museum and Waddell Mariculture Center will also have fun and interactive exhibits. The Outside Foundation will be providing eco-focused crafts activities for children. All events are free and open to all ages.

Hardeeville to host catfish tournament

The 42nd Hardeeville Catfish Festival is sponsoring its second annual Catfish Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Millstone Landing in Hardeeville.

“The tournament made a big splash last year and we are looking forward to an even bigger turn-out this year,” said Deanne Spikes, festival chair.

Local fishing enthusiasts consider the river waters near Millstone Landing among the best catfishing spots in this region. Channel catfish and blue catfish are typically the most prevalent types of catfish found locally.

Craig Scott, one of the tournament coordinators, said prize money will be awarded to the boat with the five largest catfish (by total weight). There will be first-, second- and third-place prizes, with first prize receiving $500.

The tournament gets underway at 7 a.m. with the weigh-in taking place at 3 p.m. General registration with a cost of $100 per boat is available through Aug. 5. Late registration will be held by 6:30 a.m. on the morning of the event with a $25 late fee.

Boats will be launched in order of each application date and when payment is received. All boats will have the opportunity to participate in the Big Fish division for an additional $10 fee. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.hardeevillecatfishfestival.com. Mail the completed form and entry fee to Hardeeville Catfish Festival, P.O. Box 653, Hardeeville, SC 29927. For additional information, contact Scott at 843-505-0950. The Hardeeville Catfish Festival will be held Sept. 16-17.

Learn about reptiles at Morris Center

Discover the hidden lives of reptiles and learn why they are so important to the environment at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Morris Center in Ridgeland.

Participants will also be invited to hold the reptiles at the end of the show, which will be presented by Jeff Culbertson.

The Morris Center is at 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd. Pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a seat, but walk-ins are welcome. For a complete schedule of events, lectures and exhibits, visit www.morrisheritagecenter.org.

Church will hold Family/Friends Day

The Beaufort Church of Christ will hold its third Family & Friends Day on Sunday, July 31.

The theme is “Fighting for your Family,” and the speaker will be minister Dr. Jonas Gadson. There will be a morning Bible study at 10 a.m.; a worship service at 11:15 a.m.; and a special afternoon worship at 3:30 p.m.

Services are held at Beaufort Church of Christ, 170 Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort. Call 843-524-4281 of visit www.BeaufortCoC.com.

Learn how to make traditional crab net

The Morris Center will host a program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, where participants will learn how to make a traditional Gullah crab net by expert Isaac Martin Jr. of the Pin Pointe Heritage Center.

Crab netting is deeply rooted in South Carolina’s history, and the art of making nets has been passed down through generations. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit www.morrisheritagecenter.org.

Tribute to Vietnam vets to be held

Beaufort’s Tribute to Vietnam Veterans will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

This free event, which is being sponsored by the Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry and the city of Beaufort, will feature the Parris Island Marine Band. For more information, call 843-263-6023.

‘The Miracle Worker’being presented in Bluffton

“The Miracle Worker” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and 3 p.m. Sundays from, Aug. 13-28 at the May River Theater in Bluffton Town Hall at 20 Bridge St. in Bluffton.

“The Miracle Worker” is William Gibson’s 1959 play based on Helen Keller’s autobiography “The Story of My Life.”

The show is produced by the May River Theatre Company and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. Ticket sales will open July 31 at www.mayrivertheatre.com and at the box office, 843-815-5581. Tickets are $25.

Exercise-a-thon coming to YMCA

The sixth annual YMCA Exercise-a-thon will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at the YMCA of Beaufort County at 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal. Classes will include spinning, kickboxing, yoga, Tabata, H.I.T.S. and more. Participants can take one class join as many as they want. All money raised will benefit the annual 2016 Scholarship Campaign, which funds financial assistance for local individuals and families in need. Non-YMCA members are encouraged to participate and will receive a complimentary Y day pass. The cost is $10 per person with additional donations welcome. Visit ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

Penn Center to show The Water’s Edge exhibit

The Water’s Edge, by Diane Britton Dunham, will be on display through Saturday, Oct. 29, at the York Bailey Museum at the Penn Center. Call 843-838-2432.

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