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What To Do the week of Jan. 22nd-28th

Celebrate beauty at a  Beaufort ribbon cutting

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Takiya Smith, Beauty contributor to The Island News, cordially invites you to the official ribbon cutting of her newest salon, The Brow Company Beauty Bar & Makeup Studio. The evening will also feature the salon’s first annual pink carpet event and customer appreciation celebration. There will be great door prizes, gift bags, a chocolate and dessert bar, pink mocktails, photography and some fabulous and wonderful giveaways from her neighboring friends at: Andy’s Secret & Alterations, Indigo Salon, Crave Cupcake Boutique, ArtiZen Yoga, Hairplay Salon & Color Bar, Talbot’s, Laura Tucker Designs, Grace & Glory, Sugarbelle and more. Doors open at 10 am for $5 eyebrow waxing and threading services all day long with the salon’s official ceremony kicking off at 12 noon with the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are excited to kick off our new year as an established go to beauty staple in the community and look forward to seeing you so grab a girlfriend or two and let’s celebrate beauty!

AAUW to meet

The Beaufort Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Tuesday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m., at The First Presbyterian Church at 1201 North Street. Our dinner will be catered by Debbi Covington. Bob Lee, Founder of Heroes on Horseback, will speak about “Equine-Assisted Therapeutic Activities for People with Disabilities.” We hope all members will attend and bring a friend. We also invite new members to join our group, which works to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For details contact Dr. Diana Steele at 522-2796 or steele.diana@comcast.net.

Youth competition for scholarships

The ACT-SO youth initiative is looking for high school students with talent and interest in competing in any of the following categories:  Sciences, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, & Business.  The ACT-SO youth initiative will have its first informational meeting on Saturday, January 31 @ 12:00pm, @ the St. Helena Branch Library.  Lunch will be provided.  All Beaufort County youth in the 9th-12th grades, who are interested in participating in this year’s competition are asked to attend.  Winners from the local competition who advance to the national competition, will compete for cash awards and prizes totaling over $200,000.  To RSVP and gain more information, please contact:  Tonya Johnson Phillips @ (843) 441-4985 or Regina Jefferson @ (843) 812-6259.

Free tax preparation for qualifying taxpayers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) of the Lowcountry, a program of Together for Beaufort County, will offer free income tax preparation services to assist low to moderate income taxpayers beginning February 2, 2015. Last year, this effort helped to return more than $4 million dollars to local taxpayers. The program will be offered at multiple sites throughout the area on a rotating schedule to help accommodate those wishing to utilize this service. The tentative daily schedule and list of sites can be viewed at www.vitalowcountry.org. Qualifying taxpayers can also visit www.myfreetaxes.com to prepare their income taxes independently for free. For more information or to volunteer with VITA, contact Mark Schneider, VITA Program Coordinator, at Mark450sl@aol.com or George Friedman, VITA of the Lowcountry Lead Site Coordinator, at georgefriedman@sc.rr.com.

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NAMI hosts program to help caregivers

NAMI Beaufort County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its evidence based Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Saturday, January 10, 2015. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. It will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon in Beaufort at Harrington Place at 1211 Harrington Street. The course provides a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness, while taking care of their own needs.

“Mental illness does not involve just one person,” said NAMI Beaufort County Board President John Aiello, “Entire families are affected. NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing. It is taught by trained family caregivers who themselves have loved ones living with mental illness. They know first-hand what families face.”

For more information or to register for the course please contact Sarah Eliasoph, Executive Director at nami@hargray.com or by telephoning 843-681-2200. The course provides information about major mental illnesses and current research on their biological aspects; information about treatment strategies and prospects for recovery; empathy based on the “lived experience” of a person living with mental illness; specific skills for communication, problem-solving and handling crises and relapse; coping skills for family caregivers to alleviate worry, stress and emotional overload; and guidance on finding appropriate mental health care and supports in the community and how to advocate for them. Mental illness includes major depression, major anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.

Fly the American Flag on Monday

According to US Code Title 36, Section 174, Chapter 10, The Exchange Club would like to remind everyone to fly their American Flag from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting on all patriotic holidays including the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19th. No symbol better signifies our nation’s greatness or inspires respect and love of country than our American flag—the Stars and Stripes. The Exchange Club has a program known as Proudly we Hail. It encourages regular display of the flag by individuals, commercial establishments and industries by honoring them through the presentation of a specially designed plaque. This outstanding program promotes Americanism as well as community recognition by the Exchange Club. If you know of a business or individual that proudly and properly flies the flag, please contact Angel Flewelling at 525-0102.

Beaufort Memorial offers joint pain seminar

Do you suffer from hip and knee pain? Beaufort Memorial will host a free seminar on Monday, January 19 at 9 a.m. in Room 364 of the hospital’s Medical and Administrative Center at 990 Ribaut Rd. (directly across the street from the main hospital campus), where Beaufort Memorial Orthopedic Care Coordinator and Physical Therapist Andrea Sadler will provide information about normal knee and hip anatomy, signs and symptoms of joint-related problems, and treatment options to relieve or resolve pain. From in-home exercise and medical management, to physical therapy and surgery, she will explain appropriate options that can be personalized for a patient’s specific needs. The seminar is free but registration is requested. To learn more or make a reservation call (843) 522-5585.

Celebrate the New Year  in Beaufort

The Beaufort Republican Women’s Club invites members, guests and newcomers to a cocktail party at the cost of $10.00 (excluding drinks) on Tuesday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m. at The Holiday Inn on Boundary Street.  Please RSVP to 338-1824; lzkeaton@aol.com; or www.beaufortrepublicanwomensc.com.

Souper Bowl of Caring accepting donations

The BCHS SADD Club is working with youth groups around the nation on the Souper Bowl of Caring Campaign to collect cans of any kind of soup for local food banks/pantries. Collection started January 6th and ends January 30th.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office of Battery Creek High School. For more information, call Diane Grooms at 322-5580.

YMCA offers Creative Movement Class

The YMCA of Beaufort County is offering a new, 12 session Gymnastics/Creative Movement class for kids age 4-7 beginning on Feb. 2, 2015. This is a non-competitive movement class that will incorporate dance, tumbling and gymnastics at a basic level. Curriculum will include warm-ups and learning tumbling skills like the cart-wheel, round-off, bridge, various roll-overs as well as dance, stretching and flexibility movements. Register at the YMCA or online (ymcabeaufortcounty.com).The class will be taught by instructor Destinee Andrews who brings more than 9 years of gymnastics training. Students should wear comfortable t-shirt, shorts (or leggings) and tennis shoes. Register soon – space is limited!
The 4-5 year old student class is Mondays (starting Feb. 2, 2015) and 6-7 year old student class is Wednesdays (starting Feb. 4, 2015) at the Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Avenue, Port Royal, SC 29935. The cost $100 per student for YMCA members and $120 per student for non-members for all 12 sessions. Please contact Lisa Redwine, Sports & Aquatic Boating Director at ymcasportsco@gmail.com  or 832.522.9622 or visit ymcabeaufortcounty.com for more information.

Sea Island Fly Fishers to meet

Sea Island Fly Fishers, will meet on February 11 at 6 p.m., at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St. Beaufort.  The event is free and the public is welcome.  The speaker is local guide Ja Malphrus, born and raised on the Broad River.  Ja will talk about fishing for redfish with top water flys and on tactics for Winter reds.  Join us for refreshments and tall tales.  Contact Jack Baggette at 522-8911 with questions or visit our website at www.seaislandflyfishers.com.

Events for Adults at the St. Helena Library

• Family Law Issues: Divorce, Custody, Visitation & Support: This 30-45 minute lecture will be followed by an open question and answer session and will be held Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathon Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena. The price is free. For more information, please contact Meghan Kilgore at 843-255-6559 or mkilgore@bcgov.net  or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org

• End of Life Issues: Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Wills, DNR Orders, Power of Attorney, Funeral Planning & Cremation: This 30-45 minute lecture will be followed by an open question and answer session and will be held on March 16th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathon Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena, The price is free. For more information, please contact Meghan Kilgore at 843-255-6559 or mkilgore@bcgov.net  or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Photography contest underway

Each year the Photography Club has awarded monetary prizes and awards to local Beaufort County High School students for excellence in nature photography.  The contest is underway, and submissions are being accepted. Judging will be on March 9.  Area high school teachers are award of the contest, but home schooled students are also encouraged to participate. The 2015 Dale Westcott Memorial Nature Photo Award will be given to the student photographer who submits the best nature photograph, as judged by the Photography Club of Beaufort. Any area student currently enrolled in a Beaufort County high school or home schooled is eligible. Each student may only submit one photograph. The photo may be black & white or color and must be 8”x10” or larger and mounted on 11×14 board. The photo may not be framed. The photo must be in the club’s possession by Friday, March 6, 2014. Arrangement can be made with Sandy Dimke (263-4340 ordimke@hargray.com) to deliver photos before this time.

Beaufort District Collection’s Program

The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) is the Library system’s special local history collection and archives. BDC supports research and provides free programs about the people, places, events, and themes of our long, broad, and deep history. The Shaping of South Carolina is on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society and will be on exhibit Mondays – Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street through January 30, 2015 except Mon., Jan. 19th when the library system is closed to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  Learn how troublesome establishing our state boundaries was and remains in this traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society. The price is free. For more information, please contact Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468 or gracec@bcgov.net or visit the website at beaufortcountylibrary.org.

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Souper Bowl of Caring accepting donations

The BCHS SADD Club is working with youth groups around the nation on the Souper Bowl of Caring Campaign to collect cans of any kind of soup for local food banks/pantries. Collection starts January 6th and ends January 30th.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office of Battery Creek High School. For more information, call Diane Grooms at 322-5580.

BHS Theater to benefit Healing Heroes

Beaufort High School Theater Dept. presents “UNITED WE STAND,” a USO-inspired variety show to benefit Healing Heroes of Beaufort. Friday, January 9, 2015 at the BHS Performing Arts Center – 9:30 a.m. ($8.00) and 7:00 p.m. ($10.00).

Free oil changes to deserving mothers

The LINK Church of Beaufort will give free oil changes for single mothers and mothers with deployed husbands in the parking lot of Love House Ministries,423 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort on Saturday, January 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is a free service provided to single mothers and mothers with deployed husbands only. Bounce houses for children and refreshments for those receiving an oil change will be provided. A canned or boxed food item donation is suggested in exchange for this service. All food collected will be donated to HELP of Beaufort.

Beaufort Aglow to hold January meeting

The Beaufort Aglow meeting will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Gilligans, located at 2601 Boundary Street from 10:30am – 12:30pm. For more information, please call (843) 290-5563. The Reverend Doctor Paulette Mari Elizabeth Stevens, a native New Yorker is a three-time graduate of Howard University, where she received the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Master of Divinity and the Doctorate of Ministry Degrees. She was ordained an Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
in 1994.

Session to help create a  “Five Wishes” document

As a person ages, it is imperative they discuss their future desires and changing needs with their loved ones. To help with this difficult process, “Planning Ahead & Five Wishes” will be presented twice on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Helena Place Senior Living. The interactive session will help each participant create a simple document to convey what their medical, personal, emotional and spiritual wishes are, so their families aren’t left to guess. The document will help avoid the difficult situations that are so common as a person ages and/or becomes seriously ill. Also addressed will be planning for an aging senior’s housing, Social Security benefits, life insurance loopholes and affordable options for burial or cremation. A notary will be available to notarize the “Five Wishes” document making it a legal living will. The presentation will be held twice on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10:30-noon and from 1:30-3 p.m. Both presentations will be held at Helena Place Senior Living at 1624 Paris Avenue in Port Royal. The sessions are free and open to the public, but space is limited so participants are asked to RSVP by calling (843) 252-3001 or by e-mail at rewing@enlivant.com.

CODA will be holding training for volunteers

CODA will be holding its next volunteer training beginning January 10.  Training hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on January 10 and will continue on January 12, 13, and 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All four sessions must be completed prior to beginning volunteer activities. CODA volunteers will be trained in working with victims of domestic violence, answering the 24-hour crisis line and a variety of activities working either on site in CODA’s offices and/or the shelter, or at various community events as representatives of CODA. Interested individuals should contact Theresa Lacey at 843-770-1074 ext. 225, or visit www.codalowcountry.org and click on the volunteer tab.

NAMI hosts program to help caregivers

NAMI Beaufort County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its evidence based Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Saturday, January 10, 2015. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. It will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12 noon in Beaufort at Harrington Place at 1211 Harrington Street. The course provides a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness, while taking care of their own needs. “Mental illness does not involve just one person,” said NAMI Beaufort County Board President John Aiello, “Entire families are affected. NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing. It is taught by trained family caregivers who themselves have loved ones living with mental illness. They know first-hand what families face.”
For more information or to register for the course please contact Sarah Eliasoph, Executive Director at nami@hargray.com or by telephoning 843-681-2200. The course provides information about major mental illnesses and current research on their biological aspects; information about treatment strategies and prospects for recovery; empathy based on the “lived experience” of a person living with mental illness; specific skills for communication, problem-solving and handling crises and relapse; coping skills for family caregivers to alleviate worry, stress and emotional overload; and guidance on finding appropriate mental health care and supports in the community and how to advocate for them. Mental illness includes major depression, major anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.

Join church members in blessing Beaufort waters

Fr. James Bozeman and the members of St. James Orthodox Church will bless the waters surrounding Beaufort, South Carolina on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  He and his parishioners will make their way to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park at 12:30 p.m., walking in a procession into the park, where a service referred to as “The Great Blessing of the Waters” will be served by Fr James.  This service is a part of the commemoration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St John the Baptist, and is celebrated each year as part of Holy Theophany (or “Epiphany”), on January 6th. The term “theophany” refers to the “shining forth” or the “revelation” of Jesus Christ in the world, according to Christian tradition.  Jesus Christ’s ministry in his earthly life is reckoned as beginning with his baptism in the Jordan River when he was thirty years old. St James Orthodox Church, a mission parish of the Orthodox Church in America, is located at 1014 Charles Street in Beaufort.  Services are offered on Saturdays (Great Vespers, 6:00 pm), Sundays (Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am) and Wednesdays (Little Compline and Catechsim/Study Group), as well as liturgies on the feast days of the Church year.  All persons are encouraged to visit, regardless of whether they are Orthodox Christians or not.  Fr James may be reached via email (stjamesbeaufort@gmail.com), or by phone (706-716-3255).

USCB to hold youth acting classes

•  Acting A Song:  Star Power Acting Classes — Classes for ages 11-15   on Tuesdays from  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. These classes will be held January 13-February 17, 2015. The cost is $95 and pre-registration is required. Descprition: Passion, commitment and motivation are every bit as important as pitch, tone and register in performing musical theater.  We invite you to join us for a six-week exploration of the acting challenges and opportunities of performing a song.  During this time, we will cultivate the skills necessary for making a song an extension of character and story. *Instructors: Libby Ricardo and Anna Schaffer

•  Fundamentals of Acting — Classes for ages 11-15   on Tuesdays from  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. These classes will be held January 13-February 17, 2015. The cost is $85 and pre-registration is required. Descprition: This class will focus on healthy vocal production and physical-based character work.  By the end of the course, students will have applied these techniques to the preparation of an audition monologue uniquely suited to him or her.  The course will also provide each student with a basic acting vocabulary that will certainly be utilized in future theater endeavors. For more information to register or inquire about scholarship please call 843-521-4145 or email.tgates@uscb.edu.

Quilters will present Quilts of Valor

Members of the Sea Island Quilters spent most of 2014 making Quilts of Valor. During the year, 12 quilts were completed. At the January 15th meeting, several of the quilts will be awarded to the husbands of members who served in the Vietnam conflict. Anne Mixson, S.C. Coordinator for Quilts of Valor will attend and make the presentations. Mixson will also update members on the work and progress of Quilts of Valor around the state. Completed quilts will also be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation for distribution to service members throughout South Carolina. Monthly meetings are at 6PM and held at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris Island Gateway. For details contact Debi Bacon at 843-757-3416 or kansaswx@verizon.net.

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Bingo to start back beginning in January

Knights of Columbus Charity BINGO will begin again on Wednesdays starting on January 7 at Columbus Club Hall on Ribaut Road (behind Keith’s Plumbing).  Doors open at 6 p.m.; play starts at 7 p.m.  All are welcome. Come join us for an evening of fun!

Public invited to Holy Convocation 2015

You are invited to participate in Bethesda Christian Fellowship’s Holy Convocation 2015, Hungering and Thirsting After Righteousness with five nights of praise and worship January 5 through January 9. We gather expecting a Rhema Word. The event is free to the public. For more information, please call 843-838-4410.

CODA will be holding training for volunteers

CODA will be holding its next volunteer training beginning January 10.  Training hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on January 10 and will continue on January 12, 13, and 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All four sessions must be completed prior to beginning volunteer activities. CODA volunteers will be trained in working with victims of domestic violence, answering the 24-hour crisis line and a variety of activities working either on site in CODA’s offices and/or the shelter, or at various community events as representatives of CODA. Interested individuals should contact Theresa Lacey at 843-770-1074 ext. 225, or visit www.codalowcountry.org and click on the volunteer tab.

Kick Off 2015 with “Clear Vision”

Want to reconnect with intuition and creativity in 2015? The “Clear Vision 2015!” workshop teaches participants how to reconnect with these natural abilities. These invaluable tools help to chart the way, like a compass and map. The workshop aims to inspire and provide tools to remember these natural abilities and start to use them again to respond to the ever-shifting landscape of life and thrive in 2015. Two gifted teachers, award-winning author, Debra Moffitt, and internationally renowned intuitive, Sarah Scott (Scotti) Putnam, draw out participants’ strengths and help them to gain more self-confidence and trust in their abilities. Debra and Scotti work together in this experiential workshop to give participants a firsthand experience to understand how they feel when their intuition is ‘on’ and how to open up creative life. A free meet & greet is on Friday night from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Theravista, 263 Brickyard Pt Rd S, Ladys Island, SC 29907 (Beaufort) (Theravista.org). The full-day workshop is Jan. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $155 per person. Sign up with the ‘bring-a-friend’ rate for $225 when two people register at the same time. Light lunch is provided. For more info contact Theravista.org or see www.awakeintheworld.com.

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Get help enrolling in Affordable Care Act

A free presentation about enrolling in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Love House Ministries Community Bowling Center, 1140 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. For questions or help understanding the law, this event is open to the public and certified ACA Navigators will be available. There will also be translators for Spanish speakers. For details, contact 843-476-4226.

Group celebrates Yule, the Winter Solstice

Encounter the longest night of the year with merriment, mirth and magic. Come join Ancient Sea Island Continuum for Yule, the Winter Solstice, mankind’s oldest continuous celebration. Bring a dish for the potluck feast and a non-perishable food donation for Help of Beaufort. Child care provided but this indoor celebration is kid-friendly on Saturday, December 20, at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady’s Island at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. Smudging begins at 6 p.m. For questions, email asic.herald@gmail.com.

TCL Women’s Holiday Luncheon to be held

Everyone is invited to attend the 3rd Annual TLC Women’s Holiday Luncheon, to be held Saturday, December 20, at noon at the Cat Island Pub & Grill. The luncheon will include food, fellowship, and fun wrapping gifts for children in the local shelters and community. Average cost of lunch is $12. Call Tonya Phillips for any questions at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

Adaptive Golf Clinic for those with disabilities

Don’t let a disability or physical challenge keep you from enjoying the game of golf. Learn how to play with other civilians, veterans and active military personnel at the Adaptive Golf Clinic being held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Legends of Parris Island. Using adaptive techniques and tools, you’ll be able to tee off with the best of them and sink putts like a champion. Golf is an excellent therapeutic activity for those with disabilities that helps with balance and coordination and builds strength. Adaptive Golf clinics, sponsored by Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Legends of Parris Island, are held the third Saturday of each month at the driving range. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to register, contact either BMH physical therapist Steve Giammona at 843-522-5850 or Sgiammona@bmhsc.org, or PGA professional Andy Hinson at 843-228-2240, hinsonca@usmc-mccs.org.

Plant the Seed Ministry offers Christmas meal

Plant the Seed Ministry is offering a free Christmas Meal, Thursday, December 25 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The meal is offered in the parking lot of the Atlantic Inn, 2249 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. For more information, to volunteer or donate, please contact Joy Kircher at 843-575-2200 or email joykircher028@gmail.com.

Drop off Toys for Tots at Merry Maids office

The local Merry Maids office at 829 Parris Island Gateway will once again serve as a Toys for Tots drop off location. They are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be accepting toys until Dec. 24.

Support ‘Adopt A Child’ gift giving drive

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate the holidays, while giving back to the community. The Lowcountry Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring an “Adopt A Child” Christmas Gift Giving Drive for the children in local shelters and the community.  Most of the children in CAPA, CODA, Family Promise and Hope Haven are displaced due to homelessness or abuse. Let’s put smiles on their faces by showing them our love and support during this holiday season. If you would like to purchase a gift or gifts for a child or children, please contact Tonya Phillips at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

Penn Center holds annual Nativity Play

Penn Center holds its annual Nativity Play on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frissell Community House, Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island, SC.

Healthy living class to be at Herban Marketplace

Sarah Mastriani-Levi, an International Health Coach and Personal Chef will hold her sixth class, “Oil Pulling, Colon Cleansing.”  The class will be held Sunday, Dec. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the kitchen at Herban Marketplace. “Eat Well. Live Well. Stay Well. Series is designed to give an introduction into the principles of authentic healthy eating including: organics, food preparation and eating to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Recipes, demonstrations and samples will be provided. The cost is $30. Call 843-379-5550 or visit herbanmarketplace.com.

Don’t forget to donate medical equipment

Are you clearing out clutter to ring in the New Year? Consider donating your lightly used medical equipment to The Lending Room, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) charity that lends gently used medical equipment to individuals regardless of income, age or insurance status for a $1 donation. The organization aims to connect those who need medical equipment with unwanted equipment that would otherwise collect dust in an attic or be discarded. Operating in Beaufort since 1961, the organization accepts and loans items in good condition such as walkers, canes, crutches, shower chairs, bedside commodes and wheelchairs. Walkers and wheelchairs are in high demand. Other types of medical equipment will be considered. To arrange to donate or borrow items, please contact The Lending Room at 843-524-2554. The pick-up/drop-off location is at Helena Place Senior Living at 1624 Paris Ave., Port Royal, SC 29935 directly across the street from the Port Royal Post Office. Arrangements for very large items must be made in advance. Tax deductible receipts can be given out on request.

Black chamber can assist with high mortgage rates

Mortgage rates too high? If your mortgage rate is too high and you have not had a permanent modification, call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce to apply for a permanent modification. There are programs to help homeowners who are overwhelmed by today’s economic conditions. The chamber is located at 801 Bladen Street. Contact Wilma Holman, office manager, at 843-986-1102.

CODA will be holding training for volunteers

CODA will be holding its next volunteer training beginning January 10, 2015. Training hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 10 and will continue on January 12, 13, and 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All four sessions must be completed prior to beginning volunteer activities. CODA volunteers will be trained in working with victims of domestic violence, answering the 24-hour crisis line and a variety of activities working either on site in CODA’s offices and/or the shelter, or at various community events as representatives of CODA. Interested individuals should contact Theresa Lacey at (843) 770-1074 ext. 225, or visit www.codalowcountry.org and click on the volunteer tab.

Clemson Extension fundraiser selling trees

The Clemson Extension Services of Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties are having their annual Fruit and Ornamental Tree sale fundraiser. Please contact Patti Chapman at 843-726-3470 ext. 114, for order forms, or stop in at one of the extension offices in Beaufort, Colleton, or Jasper county.  Deadline for tree orders is: Wednesday, January 21. Make checks payable to: Clemson University P.O. Box 1089 Ridgeland, SC 29936. Clemson Extension employs Extension Agents who work closely with state extension specialists and researchers located on campus and at the various research and education centers located across the state.

Musical production features ‘Watch Night’

“Watch Night: Gullah/Geechee Freedum Cum!” will premiere at Penn Center’s Darrah Hall on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4 p.m.   This new Gullah/Geechee histo-musical production features Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, the chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, “Dayclean de African Spirit” and members of “De Gullah Cunneckshun.” “Watch Night: Gullah/Geechee Freedum Cum!” will take the attendees on a Gullah/Geechee historical journey set on St. Helena Island, SC. This dramatic production done in Gullah/Geechee by natives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will reveal the history of the Watch Night tradition that began during the 1800s and which lives on throughout the Sea Islands. “Hunnuh gwine yeddi why de Gullah/Geechee still da shout and ting fa tru!” Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 4 p.m. Proceeds from the tickets will benefit the Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net).  Tickets are $10 in advance, and are on sale at the Welcome Center at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Admission will be $15 at the door. Gullah/Geechee cuisine will be on sale along with books, CDs, DVDs, and other Gullah/Geechee items.  For more information, email GullGeeCo@aol.com or call 843-838-1171.

PAL introduces Season for Second Chances

Homeless pets are often overlooked during the holidays, so Palmetto Animal League is introducing Season for Second Chances this year. Running from now through the end of the year adoption fees will be waived on most pet adoptions at Palmetto Animal Leagues facility in Okatie. There will be no fees with cat, kitten and dog adoptions. Puppy adoptions will not be included in this promotion as puppies never have a problem getting adopted.With the Season for Second Chances adoption promotion is a certificate for a free wellness exam at the Palmetto Animal League’s Community Clinic. Palmetto Animal League has over 200 cats and dogs waiting for their second chance at life, love and a holiday home.  If you’re not able to adopt, then please consider donating towards the care of homeless pets. Visit PAL at 56 Riverwalk Boulevard, Okatie, or call 843-645-1725.

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DAR to hold meeting, annual Christmas Tea 

The December meeting of the Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, December 11, at 522 Island Circle East, Dataw Island, SC. This month’s meeting is the annual Christmas Tea. For more information, contact Regent Harriett Bosiack at 843-466-0305.

ArtiZen Yoga holds class for active military

ArtiZen’s Being of Service class will be Thursday, December 11. On the second Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ArtiZen Yoga provides a free all-level yoga class exclusively for active military and their spouses. It will be taught by Ayren Pfeifer, certified Ashtanga teacher and a military spouse of 13 years. (Childcare will be available for a small fee: $5 for one child/$3 for each additional child.)

Free workshop discusses how to prevent falling 

As a person ages, a fall can become a devastating health crisis that has the potential to lead to life altering consequences such as pain, fractures, surgery, prolonged hospitalizations or even death. Those who want to avoid the consequences of falls can find help at a free workshop on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Helena Place Senior Living. Tim Gurley, physical therapist with Amedisys Home Health, will speak about the “Balance for Life” program, which outlines ways a senior citizen can use his/her five senses to prevent falls and improve strength, gait and balance. He will also discuss tips on strengthening, maintaining a safe walking speed and creating a living space to reduce the chance of falls. Helena Place Senior Living is located at 1624 Paris Avenue in Port Royal, directly across from the U.S. Post Office. Space is limited. To register, please e-mail rewing@enlivant.com or call 843-252-3001.

Riverview Baptist holds Christmas Celebrations 

Riverview Baptist Church, 2209 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902, announces Christmas Celebrations on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 6 p.m. “Don’t let the Grouches Steal Your Christmas,” an adult comedy, and “A  Light at Christmas,” a children’s musical, will be performed. Fellowship to follow plays.
Community members invited.

Port Royal holds fifth annual Golf Cart Parade

The 5th annual Port Royal Christmas Golf Cart Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at Helena Place Senior Living on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. All area residents are invited to decorate their golf carts and participate in the parade. All golf carts must be lined up in the Helena Place parking lot by 5 p.m. The procession of carts will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. The parade will advance down Paris Avenue to 8th Street, then to London and end at Live Oak Park. Everyone wanting to partake in the Christmas revelry is encouraged to line the parade route. All are invited to enjoy hot refreshments and snacks under the pavilion at Live Oak Park where the winners of the golf cart decorating contest will be announced. The parade will feature a special guest appearance by Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Town of Port Royal and the Old Village Association of Port Royal. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 14. For more information, call 252-3001 or e-mail rewing@enlivant.com.

Open house supports LowCountry Food Bank

Edward Jones is having an Open House on Thursday, December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the local office located at 1702 Ribaut Road, Port Royal, SC. Refreshments will be served. Jeff Baumhoer is also supporting The LowCountry Food Bank by using his office as a drop-off location for a food drive. Visitors to the open house may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the office.

45th Senior Citizen’s Tea will be held at MCAS 

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will be hosting its 45th Annual Senior Citizen’s Tea on Sunday, December 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the MCAS Beaufort Officer’s Club. Transportation is available to local senior citizens. Food, entertainment and refreshments will be provided. Since 1968, the club has been celebrating the holidays by hosting the Senior Citizens’ Tea — a celebration of the Lowcountry’s senior citizens and greatest generation. This time-honored tradition is a special way of thanking the community for its long-standing support of the Beaufort South Carolina Military Tri-Command. Seniors may RSVP to 843-593-0197 or mcasbeaufortosc@gmail.com.

Beaufort Memorial has free joint pain seminar

If you suffer from hip or knee pain, you’re not alone, as over 25 million Americans experience joint discomfort. To learn more about available solutions, join Beaufort Memorial for a free seminar on Monday, December 15 at 9 a.m. in Room 364 of the hospital’s Medical and Administrative Center at 990 Ribaut Road (directly across the street from the main hospital campus) where Beaufort Memorial Orthopedic Care Coordinator and Physical Therapist Andrea Sadler will provide information about normal knee and hip anatomy, signs and symptoms of joint-related problems, and treatment options to relieve or resolve pain. From in-home exercise and medical management, to physical therapy and surgery, she will explain appropriate options that can be personalized for a patient’s specific needs. The seminar is free but registration is requested. To learn more or make a reservation, call 843-522-5585.

Get help enrolling in Affordable Care Act

A free presentation about enrolling in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Love House Ministries Community Bowling Center, 1140 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. For questions or help understanding the law, this event is open to the public and certified ACA Navigators will be available. There will also be translators for Spanish speakers. For details, contact 843-476-4226.

Group celebrates Yule, the Winter Solstice

Encounter the longest night of the year with merriment, mirth and magic. Come join Ancient Sea Island Continuum for Yule, the Winter Solstice, mankind’s oldest continuous celebration. Bring a dish for the potluck feast and a non-perishable food donation for Help of Beaufort. Child care provided but this indoor celebration is kid-friendly on Saturday, December 20, at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady’s Island at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. Smudging begins at 6 p.m. For questions, email asic.herald@gmail.com.

TCL Women’s Holiday Luncheon to be held

Everyone is invited to attend the 3rd Annual TLC Women’s Holiday Luncheon, to be held Saturday, December 20, at noon at the Cat Island Pub & Grill. The luncheon will include food, fellowship, and fun wrapping gifts for children in the local shelters and community. Average cost of lunch is $12. Call Tonya Phillips for any questions at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

Adaptive Golf Clinic for those with disabilities

Don’t let a disability or physical challenge keep you from enjoying the game of golf. Learn how to play with other civilians, veterans and active military personnel at the Adaptive Golf Clinic being held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Legends of Parris Island. Using adaptive techniques and tools, you’ll be able to tee off with the best of them and sink putts like a champion. Golf is an excellent therapeutic activity for those with disabilities that helps with balance and coordination and builds strength. Adaptive Golf clinics, sponsored by Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Legends of Parris Island, are held the third Saturday of each month at the driving range. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to register, contact either BMH physical therapist Steve Giammona at 843-522-5850 or Sgiammona@bmhsc.org, or PGA professional Andy Hinson at 843-228-2240, hinsonca@usmc-mccs.org.

Plant the Seed Ministry offers Christmas meal

Plant the Seed Ministry is offering a free Christmas Meal, Thursday, December 25 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The meal is offered in the parking lot of the Atlantic Inn, 2249 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. For more information, to volunteer or donate, please contact Joy Kircher at 843-575-2200 or email joykircher028@gmail.com.

Drop off Toys for Tots at Merry Maids office

The local Merry Maids office at 829 Parris Island Gateway will once again serve as a Toys for Tots drop off location. They are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be accepting toys until Dec. 24.

Support ‘Adopt A Child’ gift giving drive

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate the holidays, while giving back to the community. The Lowcountry Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring an “Adopt A Child” Christmas Gift Giving Drive for the children in local shelters and the community.  Most of the children in CAPA, CODA, Family Promise and Hope Haven are displaced due to homelessness or abuse. Let’s put smiles on their faces by showing them our love and support during this holiday season. If you would like to purchase a gift or gifts for a child or children, please contact Tonya Phillips at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

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Upcoming events at the libraries

ST. HELENA BRANCH

• First Friday Crafts: Create an ugly Christmas sweater on Friday, December 5 at 3 p.m., St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• First Saturday Movie: Sponsored by the Children’s Department on Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m. at St. Helena Branch Library. Free. Contact 843-255-6541 or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org.

• Beginning Microsoft Word for first-time users of Word on Tuesday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. Free.

Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• Poison Pen Mystery Book Club: Bring a short description of a favorite mystery that you’ve read this year. We will pick next year’s reading list from your descriptions. Come share a holiday cookie with us on Monday, December 15 at 6 p.m. at St. Helena Branch Library. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• Gullah Night on the Town: Potluck, please bring heavy hors d’oeuvres on Saturday, December 13, 4 to 6 p.m., at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• Gingerbread Houses: Design and build an edible gingerbread house. Everyone welcome on Saturday, December 20 at noon at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, SC 29920. Free. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

Website:  beaufortcountylibrary.org.

BEAUFORT BRANCH

• Beaufort Railroaders Library Train Show: The Beaufort Railroaders Model Train Club will present its 22nd annual Christmas Train Show at the Scott Street Branch of the Beaufort County Library. On exhibit will be several different scales of model and toy train layouts, large and small, some with realistic themes and some very whimsical. The train show has been enjoyed over the years by thousands who appreciate detailed modeling, action, lights, color, fun and nostalgia. The trains will be on display Tuesday, December 16 through Saturday, December 20. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday:  1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC 29902. Contact: 843-255-6456.

• The Shaping of South Carolina Exhibit: The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) is the library system’s special local history collection and archives. It supports research into the people, places, events, and themes of the community’s long, broad, and deep history.. Learn how troublesome establishing state boundaries was and remains in this traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society.  Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through January 30, 2015, except as otherwise noted for holidays. Beaufort District Collection is located on the second floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. Contact Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468, gracec@bcgov.net, www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.

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What To Do

Franciscan Center holds Christmas Yard Sale 

A Christmas Yard Sale will be held at The Franciscan Center, 85 Mattis Road, St. Helena Island, SC, 29920, on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many treasures await including children’s toys, Christmas items, home décor, collectibles, housewares, electronics, bedding and linens, books, cds, tapes, furniture, designer clothing and jewelry. For more information, contact the Franciscan Center at 843-838-3924.

Local Military Officers Association to meet 

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is committed to a strong national defense and protects the rights and interests of all U.S. commissioned and warrant officers: Active, reserve, National Guard, former and retired. Come meet the Low Country Chapter at its quarterly lunch and business meeting on Tuesday Dec. 9, at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Officers Club. Speaker will be S.C. Adjunct General, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr. The meet and greet starts at 11:30 a.m.; noon will be luncheon buffet, $20 per person; casual dress. For reservations, call or e-mail Acting Treasurer Rich Baker at TL9198@embarqmail.com or 843-694-1329 by Dec. 1; or visit online at http://www.lcmoaa.org.

DAR to hold meeting, annual Christmas Tea 

The December meeting of the Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, December 11, at 522 Island Circle East, Dataw Island, SC. This month’s meeting is the annual Christmas Tea. For more information, contact Regent Harriett Bosiack at 843-466-0305.

ArtiZen Yoga holds class for active military

ArtiZen’s Being of Service class will be Thursday, December 11. On the second Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ArtiZen Yoga provides a free all-level yoga class exclusively for active military and their spouses. It will be taught by Ayren Pfeifer, certified Ashtanga teacher and a military spouse of 13 years. (Childcare will be available for a small fee: $5 for one child/$3 for each additional child.)

Free workshop discusses how to prevent falling 

As a person ages, a fall can become a devastating health crisis that has the potential to lead to life altering consequences such as pain, fractures, surgery, prolonged hospitalizations or even death. Those who want to avoid the consequences of falls can find help at a free workshop on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Helena Place Senior Living. Tim Gurley, physical therapist with Amedisys Home Health, will speak about the “Balance for Life” program, which outlines ways a senior citizen can use his/her five senses to prevent falls and improve strength, gait and balance. He will also discuss tips on strengthening, maintaining a safe walking speed and creating a living space to reduce the chance of falls. Helena Place Senior Living is located at 1624 Paris Avenue in Port Royal, directly across from the U.S. Post Office. Space is limited. To register, please e-mail rewing@enlivant.com or call 843-252-3001.

Riverview Baptist holds Christmas Celebrations 

Riverview Baptist Church, 2209 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902, announces Christmas Celebrations on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 6 p.m. “Don’t let the Grouches Steal Your Christmas,” an adult comedy, and “A  Light at Christmas,” a children’s musical, will be performed. Fellowship to follow plays.
Community members invited.

Port Royal holds fifth annual Golf Cart Parade

The 5th annual Port Royal Christmas Golf Cart Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at Helena Place Senior Living on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. All area residents are invited to decorate their golf carts and participate in the parade. All golf carts must be lined up in the Helena Place parking lot by 5 p.m. The procession of carts will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. The parade will advance down Paris Avenue to 8th Street, then to London and end at Live Oak Park. Everyone wanting to partake in the Christmas revelry is encouraged to line the parade route. All are invited to enjoy hot refreshments and snacks under the pavilion at Live Oak Park where the winners of the golf cart decorating contest will be announced. The parade will feature a special guest appearance by Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Town of Port Royal and the Old Village Association of Port Royal. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 14. For more information, call 252-3001 or e-mail rewing@enlivant.com.

Open house supports LowCountry Food Bank

Edward Jones is having an Open House on Thursday, December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the local office located at 1702 Ribaut Road, Port Royal, SC. Refreshments will be served. Jeff Baumhoer is also supporting The LowCountry Food Bank by using his office as a drop-off location for a food drive. Visitors to the open house may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the office.

Group celebrates Yule, the Winter Solstice

Encounter the longest night of the year with merriment, mirth and magic. Come join Ancient Sea Island Continuum for Yule, the Winter Solstice, mankind’s oldest continuous celebration. Bring a dish for the potluck feast and a non-perishable food donation for Help of Beaufort. Child care provided but this indoor celebration is kid-friendly on Saturday, December 20, at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady’s Island at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. Smudging begins at 6 p.m. For questions, email asic.herald@gmail.com.

TCL Women’s Holiday Luncheon to be held

Everyone is invited to attend the 3rd Annual TLC Women’s Holiday Luncheon, to be held Saturday, December 20, at noon at the Cat Island Pub & Grill. The luncheon will include food, fellowship, and fun wrapping gifts for children in the local shelters and community. Average cost of lunch is $12. Call Tonya Phillips for any questions at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

Drop off Toys for Tots at Merry Maids office

The local Merry Maids office at 829 Parris Island Gateway will once again serve as a Toys for Tots drop off location. They are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be accepting toys until Dec. 24.

Support ‘Adopt A Child’ gift giving drive

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate the holidays, while giving back to the community. The Lowcountry Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring an “Adopt A Child” Christmas Gift Giving Drive for the children in local shelters and the community.  Most of the children in CAPA, CODA, Family Promise and Hope Haven are displaced due to homelessness or abuse. Let’s put smiles on their faces by showing them our love and support during this holiday season. If you would like to purchase a gift or gifts for a child or children, please contact Tonya Phillips at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

‘Market of Hope’ supports global artisans

Sea Island Presbyterian Church’s Market of Hope offers Christmas gifts with a purpose. Until December 7, the public is invited to discover an exquisite collection of handmade gifts, home decor, musical instruments, jewelry and personal accessories at the Market of Hope. The market will help skilled artisans in 38 countries receive a fair price for their products. Featured items include hand-loomed textiles, pottery, jewelry, baskets, toys and a variety of nativities. The market will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. until December 5. On Saturday, December 6, the market will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. The items are marketed by Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade organization based in Akron, Pa. To learn more, visit http://seaislandpresbyterian.org.

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What To Do

Watch Carolina/Clemson game at Fat Patties  

MyCarolina Alumni Association will be hosting a viewing party for the Carolina/Clemson game at Fat Patties on Saturday, Nov. 29. It will be a noon kickoff and all the money raised will go toward the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Event to honor Jewish members of community 

Breslov of South Carolina invites the community to “The First Jewish Beaufortonian.” Start the Jewish holidays on the Saturday (Motzei Shabbat) after Thanksgiving, November 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Locals Bruce and Miriam Lipsitz will share about growing up Jewish in Beaufort, and beyond. “The Jewish Beaufortonian” will honor a famous Beaufortonian to come and honor the crowd with their stories and share a talk on the Torah portion of the week. A nosh will follow. RSVP by calling Reb Zusha Kalet at 843-532-3992 or via email Reb@BreslovSC.org. For more information, see www.BreslovSC.org.

Event to discuss Santa Elena settlement history 

More than 40 years before the English settled Jamestown, the Spanish established a foothold in the new world — a town and fort on the shores of Port Royal Sound. Learn more about Santa Elena, the 16th century settlement on Parris Island, in a program sponsored by the Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association and feature organizers of the Santa Elena Foundation. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 2225 Boundary St. in Beaufort. The presentation will include a brief history of the events leading to Spanish colonization in the Port Royal Sound, the establishment of the first European capital in the present-day United States, and the historical and cultural context of the Spanish community on Parris Island from 1566-1587. Also to be discussed is the foundation’s effort to preserve this history and open an interpretive center to showcase it. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call Bennett Schiller at 843-379-5006.

Franciscan Center holds Christmas Yard Sale 

A Christmas Yard Sale will be held at The Franciscan Center, 85 Mattis Road, St. Helena Island, SC, 29920, on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many treasures await including children’s toys, Christmas items, home décor, collectibles, housewares, electronics, bedding and linens, books, cds, tapes, furniture, designer clothing and jewelry. For more information, contact the Franciscan Center at 843-838-3924.

Local Military Officers Association to meet 

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is committed to a strong national defense and protects the rights and interests of all U.S. commissioned and warrant officers: Active, reserve, National Guard, former and retired. Come meet the Low Country Chapter at its quarterly lunch and business meeting on Tuesday Dec. 9, at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Officers Club. Speaker will be S.C. Adjunct General, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr. The meet and greet starts at 11:30 a.m.; noon will be luncheon buffet, $20 per person; casual dress. For reservations, call or e-mail Acting Treasurer Rich Baker at TL9198@embarqmail.com or 843-694-1329 by Dec. 1; or visit online at http://www.lcmoaa.org.

DAR to hold meeting, annual Christmas Tea 

The December meeting of the Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, December 11, at 522 Island Circle East, Dataw Island, SC. This month’s meeting is the annual Christmas Tea. For more information, contact Regent Harriett Bosiack at 843-466-0305.

Riverview Baptist holds Christmas Celebrations 

Riverview Baptist Church, 2209 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902, announces Christmas Celebrations on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 6 p.m. “Don’t let the Grouches Steal Your Christmas,” an adult comedy, and “A  Light at Christmas,” a children’s musical, will be performed. Fellowship to follow plays.
Community members invited.

Port Royal holds fifth annual Golf Cart Parade

The 5th annual Port Royal Christmas Golf Cart Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at Helena Place Senior Living on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. All area residents are invited to decorate their golf carts and participate in the parade. All golf carts must be lined up in the Helena Place parking lot by 5 p.m. The procession of carts will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. The parade will advance down Paris Avenue to 8th Street, then to London and end at Live Oak Park. Everyone wanting to partake in the Christmas revelry is encouraged to line the parade route. All are invited to enjoy hot refreshments and snacks under the pavilion at Live Oak Park where the winners of the golf cart decorating contest will be announced. The parade will feature a special guest appearance by Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Town of Port Royal and the Old Village Association of Port Royal. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 14. For more information, call 252-3001 or e-mail rewing@enlivant.com.

Downtown Beaufort presents holiday fun

Main Street Beaufort, USA, proudly presents the 29th Annual A Night on the Town. This opening of the holiday shopping season takes place on Friday evening, Dec. 5, beginning at 6 p.m., and ending at approximately 9 p.m. A long standing tradition in the community, A Night on the Town is a mix of traditional and the contemporary. An evening with a surprise around every corner and a number of things that will entertain, delight and get you in the holiday spirit. Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers. The evening also includes the City of Beaufort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, entertainment by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band and choral performances. New to this year’s event is a Living Window Display contest. Vote for your favorite businesses’ living window display at the event. Take your pick of holiday parades by land or sea. Join Main Street Beaufort, USA, and the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. for the Light Up the Night boat parade on the Beaufort River. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Hot chocolate will be available courtesy of The Greenery. The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade will be Dec. 7, at 3 p.m., through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate. Application forms for Light Up The Night Boat parade and Beaufort Christmas Parade are available at www.downtownbeaufort.com/anightonthetown. For more information, contact Main Street Beaufort, USA at 843-525-6644 or email info@downtownbeaufort.com.

Open house supports LowCountry Food Bank

Edward Jones is having an Open House on Thursday, December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the local office located at 1702 Ribaut Road, Port Royal, SC. Refreshments will be served. Jeff Baumhoer is also supporting The LowCountry Food Bank by using his office as a drop-off location for a food drive. Visitors to the open house may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the office.

Group celebrates Yule, the Winter Solstice

Encounter the longest night of the year with merriment, mirth and magic. Come join Ancient Sea Island Continuum for Yule, the Winter Solstice, mankind’s oldest continuous celebration. Bring a dish for the potluck feast and a non-perishable food donation for Help of Beaufort. Child care provided but this indoor celebration is kid-friendly on Saturday, December 20, at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady’s Island at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. Smudging begins at 6 p.m. For questions, email asic.herald@gmail.com.

TCL Women’s Holiday Luncheon to be held

Everyone is invited to attend the 3rd Annual TLC Women’s Holiday Luncheon, to be held Saturday, December 20, at noon at the Cat Island Pub & Grill. The luncheon will include food, fellowship, and fun wrapping gifts for children in the local shelters and community. Average cost of lunch is $12. Call Tonya Phillips for any questions at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

Drop off Toys for Tots at Merry Maids office

The local Merry Maids office at 829 Parris Island Gateway will once again serve as a Toys for Tots drop off location. They are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be accepting toys until Dec. 24.

Support ‘Adopt A Child’ gift giving drive

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate the holidays, while giving back to the community. The Lowcountry Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring an “Adopt A Child” Christmas Gift Giving Drive for the children in local shelters and the community.  Most of the children in CAPA, CODA, Family Promise and Hope Haven are displaced due to homelessness or abuse. Let’s put smiles on their faces by showing them our love and support during this holiday season. If you would like to purchase a gift or gifts for a child or children, please contact Tonya Phillips at 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com.

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What To Do

Local branch of AAUW will meet, eat, discuss 

The Beaufort Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Tuesday, November 18, at 6 p.m., at The First Presbyterian Church at 1201 North Street. The dinner will be catered by Debbi Covington. Robb Wells, Director of Tourism for the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, will speak about “Tourism and How It Works for Beaufort’s Economic Development.” We hope all members will attend and bring a friend. We also invite new members to join our group, which works to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For details, contact Dr. Diana Steele at 522-2796 or steele.diana@comcast.net.

Sea Island Quilters meet, present donated quilts

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on Thursday,  November 20, at 6 p.m. The monthly meeting is held at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris Island Gateway. Quilters will display their “ugly fabric” quilts and awards will be given. Representatives from CODA and CAPA will be present and will be presented donated quilts made by SIQ members. For details, call Debi Bacon at 843-757-3416 or email kansaswx@verizon.net.

Group offering golf clinic for those with disabilities

Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Legends at Parris Island will host a free adaptive golf event on Saturday, Nov. 21 to introduce individuals with physical disabilities to techniques and equipment they can use to enjoy the game of golf and the therapeutic benefits it offers. Designed to encourage and educate would-be players, the two-hour session will include demonstrations by golf professionals and therapists. Participants will be playing alongside other physically challenged civilians, veterans and active military personnel.. During the program, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., players will learn about ongoing adaptive golf events, tournaments and clinics, including classes held the third Saturday of each month. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to enjoy golf — and improve your balance, strength and coordination. For more information or to register, contact either physical therapist Steve Giammona at 843-522-5850 or Sgiammona@bmhsc.org, or PGA professional Andy Hinson at 843-228-2240 or hinsonca@usmc-mccs.org.

Turkey Shoot to be held at Parris Island gun club 

A Turkey Shoot at Parris Island Rod & Gun Club will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island for family fun and friendly competition. Win delicious hams and turkeys. The public is welcome. The first shotgunners to firing line at 7 a.m. Refreshments available so you can shoot all day. Bring your own gun (barrels up to 32”) in car trunk, leave ammo and scopes at home. Club provides all ammo: $2 per shot. Shotgun deprived? A few youth and adult guns will be available for use. Details: Contact Nick Russell at 843-812-9697 or captnick@hargray.com.

AARP offering Smart Driver class in Beaufort 

Friday, November 21, a new AARP Smart Driver class will be given at The Summit Place of Beaufort, 1119 Pickpocket Plantation Dr., Beaufort, from 9 a.m.  till 4 p.m. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. You will be issued a certificate upon completion for a possible discount on your auto insurance. Register now by calling 843-521-1941.

Therapy Dog test scheduled for Nov. 22 

Would you like to see if your dog has what it takes to be a therapy dog?  Beaufort Chapter No. 229 of Therapy Dogs International will host therapy dog test from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at BayView Manor LLC, 11 S. Todd Dr. in Beaufort. Space in the test is limited, and dogs must be over one year old to take the test. Dogs being tested must be on a flat buckle collar with a 6-foot leash.  No training treats can be used during the test. Teams should plan to be at the test for at least 2 hours. Before the test, go to the TDI website, www.tdi-dog.org, to read the test requirements. To register for the test, or for more information, please contact Merle Hoagland at 522-2073 or merle13@embarqmail.com.

Support Island Charities 5K Race and 3K Walk

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, The Island Charities 5K Race and 3K Walk will take place. Late registration goes from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. race morning; race starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25 for the race ($5 off each entrant for groups of 5 or more), and $20 for the 3K Walk. To register go to www.theislandcharities.com. This year’s race is being dedicated to Julie Williams, a Training Coordinator for Beaufort County EMS in Beaufort. Julie is currently going through treatments for Pancreatic cancer. All of her fellow brothers and sisters who have worked with her from the Beaufort County Fire, Police, and EMS Departments wish her a speedy recover and The Island Charities hope to make this year’s race one to remember. The other beneficiary this year is Payton Green. She is the adorable daughter of Creg and Jessica Green, born premature at MUSC and now living at home here in Beaufort, and is doing very well. For someone so small she is a fighter and is living up to the title of Super Hero! Grow, Payton, Grow!

There will be the Morgan Dash for kids 7 and under and as usual it is donation only for each entrant and is named after Morgan Porter, a 4 year old who’s family lives in Olde Tabby Park — and now has a new heart!  All proceeds will go towards The Island Charities Scholarship Fund.

Herban Marketplace hosts healthy eating class 

Sarah Mastriani-Levi, an international health coach and personal chef, will hold her fifth class, “Eating to Avoid Nutritional Deficiencies.” The class will be held Sunday, Nov. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the kitchen at Herban Marketplace. “Eat Well. Live Well. Stay Well.” series is designed to give an introduction into the principles of authentic healthy eating including organics, food preparation and eating to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Recipes, demonstrations and samples will be provided. The cost is $30. Call 843-379-5550 or visit herbanmarketplace.com.

Event to honor Jewish members of community 

Breslov of South Carolina invites the community to “The First Jewish Beaufortonian.” Start your Jewish holidays off each year on the Saturday (Motzei Shabbat) after Thanksgiving, November 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Locals Bruce and Miriam Lipsitz will share about growing up Jewish in Beaufort, and beyond. “The Jewish Beaufortonian” will honor each year a famous Beaufortonian to come and honor the crowd with their stories and share a talk on the Torah portion of the week. A nosh will follow. RSVP by calling Reb Zusha Kalet at 843-532-3992 or via email Reb@BreslovSC.org. For more information, see www.BreslovSC.org.

Plant the Seed Ministry offering free turkey meal 

Plant the Seed Ministry is offering a free Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 27 from 11 a.m.. until 1 p.m.

Franciscan Center holds Christmas Yard Sale 

A Christmas Yard Sale will be held at The Franciscan Center, 85 Mattis Road, St. Helena Island, SC, 29920, on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many treasures await including children’s toys, Christmas items, home décor, collectibles, housewares, electronics, bedding and linens, books, cds, tapes, furniture, designer clothing and jewelry. For more information, contact the Franciscan Center at 843-838-3924.

Riverview Baptist holds Christmas Celebrations 

Riverview Baptist Church, 2209 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902, announces Christmas Celebrations on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 6 p.m. “Don’t let the Grouches Steal Your Christmas,” an adult comedy, and “A  Light at Christmas,” a children’s musical, will be performed. Fellowship to follow plays.
Community members invited.

Donate coats to FWDG annual Coat Drive

For more than 24 years, FWDG has been sponsoring a coat drive to help those less fortunate in the community. Collecting outerwear for the FWDG Coat Drive has become a way of life for many people of the Lowcountry, said Larry Mark, owner. The coat drive has been a resounding success. Schools, churches and other organizations have also participated in the drive. When it first started in 1990, FWDG collected over 300 coats. In recent years, it has averaged  over 1,500 coats, even reaching 3,000 at one point. This year, a new twist has been added to the coat drive: an organization named Stitches of Love has contacted FWDG and wishes to create some caps to keep children’s heads warm during the winter months. The coat drive started on November 1 and ends on December 31. This year, FWDG at 745 Robert Smalls Parkway, Carolina Stamper at 203 Carteret Street, and Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, 1211 Boundary St.,  will be drop-off points in  Northern Beaufort County. For more information, please contact Larry Mark at 843-524-8695 or lmark@fwdgonline.com. FWDG has provided the Lowcountry with great value, service and selections of furniture for more than 40 years. For more information, visit fwdgonline.com.

Downtown Beaufort presents holiday fun

Main Street Beaufort, USA, proudly presents the 29th Annual A Night on the Town. This opening of the holiday shopping season takes place on Friday evening, Dec. 5, beginning at 6 p.m., and ending at approximately 9 p.m. A long standing tradition in the community, A Night on the Town is a mix of traditional and the contemporary. An evening with a surprise around every corner and a number of things that will entertain, delight and get you in the holiday spirit. Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers. The evening also includes the City of Beaufort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, entertainment by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band and choral performances. New to this year’s event is a Living Window Display contest. Vote for your favorite businesses’ living window display at the event. Take your pick of holiday parades by land or sea. Join Main Street Beaufort, USA, and the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. for the Light Up the Night boat parade on the Beaufort River. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Hot chocolate will be available courtesy of The Greenery. The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade will be Dec. 7, at 3 p.m., through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate.

Application forms for Light Up The Night Boat parade and Beaufort Christmas Parade are available at www.downtownbeaufort.com/anightonthetown. For more information, contact Main Street Beaufort, USA at 843-525-6644 or email info@downtownbeaufort.com.

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