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What To Do the week of May 25th-31st

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Swingin’ Medallions to play at in June

The Swingin’ Medallions, known as, “The Party Band of the South,” will perform Friday, June 9, at the Jasper County Farmers Market.

Celebrated for their signature hit song, “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” which Bruce Springsteen once called, “The Greatest Fraternity Rock Song of All Time,” the Swingin’ Medallions, are South Carolina-bred from Greenwood. 

They blend the sounds of yesterday and today and this is their ninth summer-opening concert in Ridgeland.

Gates at the Jasper County Farmer’s Market will open at 7 p.m., with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

Advance admission is $15. Tickets purchased at the gate on concert night will be $20. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce at 843-726-8126. A portion of each ticket will be donated to the United Way of the Lowcountry.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the concert. 

There will be drinking wristbands for persons 21 and older available for purchase at $10 each. Special VIP “up close” tables can be purchased in advance for $250. VIP packages include tickets for 10 people (they don’t include drinking wristbands, which must be purchased separately).

Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. 

The event will be held rain or shine. Coolers are not permitted.

Jasper County Farmers Market is located on the south side of Ridgeland which can be accessed from Interstate I 95 at Exits 18 or 21.

For more information visit the www.JasperCountyChamber.com.

MOMA to meet at Dataw club

The Lowcountry Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be held at Thursday, May 25, at the Dataw Island Club.

The speaker will be Beaufort Memorial Hospital President and CEO Russell Baxley. 

There will be a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:15 p.m. lunch.

The cost is $25. 

RSVP by May 20 to Bill Severns at 843-263-0600 or by email at mnbseverns@aol.com.

Visit www.lcmoaa.org.

Conroy’s love of libraries focus of new program 

“I Was Born to Be in a Library: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries” will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St.

Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of libraries — exploring the roles that public libraries, school libraries and Conroy’s own personal library played in his writing life and career. 

This free program will also include an overview of the new Pat Conroy Literary Center, which continues Conroy’s legacy in his adopted hometown of Beaufort. 

Registration is required. 

Call 843-255-6458 to reserve your seat to this free event.

Tour scheduled for historic Fort Fremont

Travel back in time to the 1890s and the Spanish American War at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the St. Helena Branch Beaufort County Public Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road on St. Helena Island.

Learn the history, see a scale model of Fort Fremont as it stood in 1898, and take a guided tour of the remains of the fortifications

The tour lasts approximately two hours. No reservations are necessary and this event is free and open to the public.

Visit fortfremont.org.

Astrology program is being offered

The public is invited to learn about “The Marvels of Astrology” from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at ArtiZen Yoga Studio at1211 Newcastle St., #2F, in Beaufort.

Participants will learn why you need your birth time, date and place and hear about the archetypes of the 12 houses and 12 signs.

Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 at the door.

For more information, email ncloring@icloud.com or call 843-644-6069.

Church to dedicate new sanctuary

The Historic Grace Chapel AME Church family, under the leadership of Pastor Rev. Jeannine R. Smalls, will dedicate and lay the cornerstone for the church’s new sanctuary at 10 Holly Hall Road at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28.

The Historic Grace Chapel African Methodist Church was established in downtown Beaufort in 1869 at the corner of Charles and North streets.

The church needs for additional space to expand ministries and parking,

The dedication will include a motorcade led by the Smalls, ending at the new chapel.

All are welcome to attend this celebration. 

Visit www.gracechapelame.org.

Yamasee Indians focus of program

A History of the Yamasee Indians: Origins, Migration, Conflict and Pottery will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at 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.

The cost is $10. 

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

Volunteer orientation at Habitat for Humanity

Wondering how you might be able to help LowCountry Habitat for Humanity? 

Attend their Volunteer Orientation held at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of every month at 616 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. 

Volunteer opportunities exist in every area of operations at LowCountry Habitat; there is a need for all types of abilities and skill levels, from construction to volunteering at the ReStore to serving on various committees and more.

For more information on volunteering, contact Lee McSavaney, volunteer coordinator at 843-522-3500 or email info@lowcountryhabitat.org.

Starving Artist Market returns to Port Royal  

The Starving Artists Market, an open air art market featuring all original arts and crafts, is re-opening.

It is located at 1503 Paris Ave. in Port Royal.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through mid- December weather permitting. 

In addition to arts, crafts and antiques, there will be art demonstrations and art market T-shirts. 

This is the market’s third year in Port Royal and it will once again be featuring paintings, drawings, jewelry, photographs, scarves, woodwork, glass art, sea shell art and a vareity of other original creations by local artists. 

Local fine artists, crafters or local antique dealers who wish to participate should call or text Jim Torcum at 843-592-4285 for more information. 

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Island Girls Night Out coming to Boondocks

Island Girls Night Out, an opportunity to socialize, meet new friends and win prizes will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Boondocks Under the Oaks  Restaurant at 1760 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island. 

There will also be karaoke shag music and live music by Irene Goodnight and friends.

Art show to benefit Planned Parenthood

Beaufort Friends of Planned Parenthood and Charles Street Gallery & Frame are presenting “Care More! Judge Less,” an art show to support the work of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. 

It will be hled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Charles Street Gallery & Frame at 914 Charles St.

Care More! Judge Less will showcase local artist talent in photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media.

There will be hors-d’oeuvres, libations, music and the company of good friends as well as the opportunity to purchase the artist’s work.

Tickets are $25; $10 for students. RSVP at bit.ly/2qi5qeW.

Lowcountry Chorale to perform concert

The Lowcountry Chorale will perform its spring concert. “From Broadway to Hollywood” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive, Lady’s Island.

There will be music from “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Sound of Music” and more.

This concert is free. Refreshments will be served during intermission.  

The Lowcountry Chorale is comprised of local area residents who love music and singing. The chorale is composed of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses, all of whom have varied backgrounds in vocal performance.  The group is directed by Maestro Alan Lathan with piano accompaniment by Gloria Bockelman.

Black motorcyclists bicyclists, invited to event

May is National Bike Month and the Gullah/Geechee Nation is joining in the celebration.

Leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are encouraging Gullah/Geechee and black bike riders to cycle and cruise down to the St. Helena Community Market in the Dr. Martin L. King Memorial Park on St. Helena Island from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, for the “Gullah/Geechee Bike & Beauty.”

“Gullah/Geechee Bike & Beauty” will be a celebration of Gullah/Geechee and black bikers on motorcycles and bicycles. It will also celebrate the beauty of Gullah/Geechee culture and how the native Gullah/Geechees express that beauty.   

There will be crafts, books, food, and CDs on sale. DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions will be mixing while folks enjoy the dance party throughout the day.

“Gullah/Geechee Bike & Beauty” will conclude as everyone cycles over to the St. Helena Branch Library for the 2:30 pm screening of the new documentary, “Black Beach/White Beach.” The filmmakers will be on hand to talk about this film.

Although admission for these events are free, attendees are encouraged to go get advance passes at www.eventbrite.com.

Visit www.gullahgeecheenation.com.

TCL hosting appreciation event for military, veterans

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is giving back through its second annual “Day of Service” event. 

To that end, active duty military men and women, veterans, and their families are invited to a free barbecue from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 20. 

The event will be held outside building 12 at the TCL Beaufort Campus at 921 Ribaut Road and will include food, music, kids’ activities and bingo.

The Day of Service is presented by Technical College of the Lowcountry through support of the Veterans Resource Center, Student Veterans of America Chapter, and the TCL Student Government Association

For more information, contact Christina Welsch-Copeland at cwelsh-copeland@tcl.edu or 843-525-8264.

Hopeful Horizons hosts volunteer training

Hopeful Horizons, the local child advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center, will host a Volunteer 101 Training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and from 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, May 22, Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 24.

After the Volunteer 101 Training, Hopeful Horizons will host three supplemental trainings for the different volunteer opportunities available: child advocate from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 25; Crisis Hotline/Shelter Advocate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 26; Hospital/On-Call Advocate from 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31; and Community Education at a later date.

Community members interested in volunteering with Hopeful Horizons should complete a volunteer application on the Hopeful Horizons website or call CJ Akins at 843-770-1074, ext. 223. 

Due to the confidentiality of the shelter, volunteers will receive the location of the training directly from Akins.

The training will include an overview of Hopeful Horizons’ service, training from staff members, training from community partners and stories from survivors.

For more information on the mission and vision of Hopeful Horizons, visit www.hopefulhorizons.org.

Slave uprising topic of upcoming lecture

“The Stono River Rebellion: South Carolina’s Largest Slave Uprising” will be the topic at Dinner & a Lecture from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Verdier House at 801 Bay St.

South Carolina was the site in 1739 of the largest and most gruesome slave rebellion in British North America and it took place between Beaufort and Charleston between the Edisto and the Stono rivers while the state was still a colony.

Lecturer and author Ron Roth will speak about the Rebellion, its origins and its repercussions. Roth is a lecturer representing the Humanities Council of South Carolina. 

Dinner & a Lecture is a monthly educational series held from September to May, sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation.

Reservations are necessary as seating is limited. A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30; the program is from 6-7 p.m.

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

Call 843-379-3331 to make reservations

Reservations for the discounted Saltus’ River Grill Menu may be made by calling Saltus at 843-379-3474.

Local military officers group to meet May 25

The Lowcountry Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be held at Thursday, May 25, at the Dataw Island Club. The speaker will be Beaufort Memorial Hospital President and CEO Russell Baxley. 

There will be a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:15 p.m. lunch.

The cost is $25. RSVP by May 20 to Bill Severns at 843-263-0600 or by email at mnbseverns@aol.com.

Visit www.lcmoaa.org.

Conroy’s love of libraries focus of free program

“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St.

Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of libraries —exploring the roles public libraries, school libraries and Conroy’s own personal library played in his writing life. 

This free program will also include an overview of the new Pat Conroy Literary Center, which continues Conroy’s legacy in his adopted hometown of Beaufort. Registration Required. 

Call 843-255-6458 to reserve your seat to this free event.

Volunteers wanted for Gullah Festival

The Gullah Festival of South Carolina will be held Memorial Day weekend at The Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. 

Volunteers are needed. Apply at www.theoriginalgullahfestival.org or call Pat 843-542-6007.

Volunteer orientation at Habitat for Humanity

Wondering how you might be able to help LowCountry Habitat for Humanity? 

Attend their Volunteer Orientation held at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of every month at 616 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. 

Volunteer opportunities exist in every area of operations at LowCountry Habitat; there is a need for all types of abilities and skill levels, from construction to volunteering at the ReStore to serving on various committees and more.

For more information, contact Lee McSavaney, volunteer coordinator at 843-522-3500 or email info@lowcountryhabitat.org.

Starving Artist Market returns to Port Royal  

The Starving Artists Market, an open air art market featuring all original arts and crafts, is re-opening.

It is located at 1503 Paris Ave. in Port Royal and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through mid- December weather permitting. 

In addition to arts, crafts and antiques, there will be art demonstrations and art market T-Shirts. 

Local fine artists, crafters or local antique dealers who wish to participate should call or text Jim Torcum at 843-592-4285 for more information. 

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Volunteers wanted for Gullah festival

The Gullah Festival of South Carolina will be held Memorial Day weekend at The Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. Volunteers are needed. Apply at www.theoriginalgullahfestival.org or call 843-542-6007.

HELP of Beaufort to hold ‘Beach Party’

HELP of Beaufort will hold a “Beach Party” from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at The Shed in Port Royal. There will be live and silent auctions, music, dancing, food, beer, wine, door prizes and more.

Tickets are $40 per person; a table of eight is $300; and a table of 10 is $350.

This is the seventh annual fundraiser for HELP of Beaufort, a nonprofit organization that helps the needy with food, clothes, household items, rent, mortgage, electricity, water and the elderly homebound with a healthy meal Monday-Friday through its Mobile Meals program.

For tickets, visit helpofbeaufort.org or call 843-252-4105.

Beaufort History Museum to celebrate women’s hats

The Beaufort History Museum’s Third Annual Spring Tea will focus on “Crowning Glory – Celebrating the Role of Women’s Hats in Southern Culture.” 

Patrons are invited to wear their favorite hat and to “Strut their Hattitude” as they savor traditional delicacies, sip tea, learn about the allure of fashionable hats from celebrity speakers and enjoy a Parade of Hats.

The museum is also hosting a silent auction at the tea, which will include trips, dinners, cooking classes, tastings, luxury services and other items available for bidding. A preview of the auction items will be posted on the museum’s website with a “Buy it Now” option. 

The tea will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Dataw Island Club’s Carolina Room. Individual tickets are $60 and tables of 10 are available for $500. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made at tea.beauforthistorymuseum.com.  

Proceeds benefit the projects of the Beaufort History Museum (in the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven St.).

Visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com.

Birthday for the Birds comes to Port Royal

The town of Port Royal is celebrating its fifth Birthday for the Birds. 

The birthday celebration will focus on nesting birds, their hatchlings and the habitats that make this unique boardwalk so special.

This year Port Royal is planning to have the first “Birthday for the Birds Parade” which will start from the Port Royal Elementary School on 12 Street and Paris Avenue and is a short walk to the Cypress Bird Sanctuary. 

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. (when the parade starts) to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13.

Mother’s Day Tea at St. Helena Branch Library

St. Helena Branch Library, at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road on St. Helena, will be hosting a Mother’s Day Tea and Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome to dress up and to invite their special caregiver to have tea and light refreshments while hearing the story, “Chef-a-Rella,” with author Tonya Marie Agerton. Participants may receive a photo with their caregiver. Space is limited to the first 72 people. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6. RSVP to Maria Benac, branch manager, at 843-255-6487 or mbenac@bcgov.net.

Donations for free ‘yard sale’ needed

TheraVista, The Lending Room and Roxanne Cheney Organizes are teaming up for Spring Clean for JOY 2017 from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at TheraVista on 263 Brickyard Point Road South on Lady’s Island.

This semi-annual “yard sale” where everything is free, is an opportunity for community members to go through their closets, drawers and garages clearing items that no longer bring them joy or they are tired of storing for that “just in case” moment. 

The Lending Room provides medical equipment for short- or long-term use, to anyone for a minimum donation of $1. 

Donations of items in all categories from furniture, household goods, tools, clothes, etc. will be accepted up until 6 p.m. Friday, May 12. 

For more information on dropping off donations, email theravista@gmail.com or call 843-812-1328. 

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Literacy group to hold free workshop

Born To Read is hosting a free parent reading workshop with librarian Madeline Helser-Howard from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at the St. Helena Island Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena Island.

There will be free literacy materials and books, the Beaufort County School District’s traveling preschool bus, door prizes and light refreshments.

For more information, email borntoread@hargray.com.

Caw Caw center focus of guided field trip

Fripp Audubon is sponsoring a guided walking tour of the Caw Caw Interpretive Center on Thursday, April 27.

The Caw Caw Interpretive Center is rich in natural, cultural and historical resources. The area includes over 6 miles of trails and elevated boardwalks through wetlands, former rice fields, sites of the Stono Rebellion, and thousands of naturalized tea plants from a 20th century tea farm. 

Noted for its rich bird life, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina.  

This is a walking tour scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. 

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

A spotting scope will be available, but participants are also welcome to bring their own. 

The tour is limited to 24 people.

To sign-up, send an e-mail to: frippaudubonclub@gmail.com

The cost of this guided tour is $12 per person. 

Participants will meet at the parking area adjacent to McDonald’s on Lady’s Island for an 8:15 a.m. departure.  

Ella, Ellington tribute set for April 28 at USCB

The 21-piece Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra will present a musical birthday tribute concert, “Ella & Ellington” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort.

The Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra, conducted by Don Jemella, will perform music of Duke Ellington and will feature vocalists Gina René and Penney Lynn Smith performing some of Ellington and Fitzgerald best-loved hits.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $23 for seniors.

They are available online at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com or at the box office by calling 843-521-4145, and at the door before the concert.

1893 hurricane to be center of discussion

The Beaufort District Collection will revisit the most devastating natural disaster in Beaufort’s long and storied history in May.

 “Tide of Death: The Hurricane of 1893” will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. in Beaufort

BDC Manager Grace Cordial will share first-person accounts, photographs and other rare materials of the night in 1893 that death came to call in Beaufort County. 

The co-sponsor of the event is the Beaufort History Museum. Space is limited and registration is required.

This event is free. To register, visit beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org.

HELP of Beaufort to hold ‘Beach Party’

HELP of Beaufort will hold a “Beach Party” from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at The Shed in Port Royal.

There will be live and silent auctions, music, dancing, food, beer, wine, door prizes and more.

Tickets are $40 per person; a table of eight is $300; and a table of 10 is $350.

This is the seventh annual fundraiser for HELP of Beaufort, a nonprofit organization that helps the needy with food, clothes, household items, rent, mortgage, electricity, water and the elderly homebound with a healthy meal Monday-Friday through its Mobile Meals program.

For tickets, visit helpofbeaufort.org or call 843-252-4105.

Beaufort History Museum to celebrate women’s hats

The Beaufort History Museum’s Third Annual Spring Tea will focus on “Crowning Glory – Celebrating the Role of Women’s Hats in Southern Culture.” 

Patrons are invited to wear their favorite hat and to “Strut their Hattitude” as they savor traditional delicacies, sip tea, learn about the allure of fashionable hats from celebrity speakers and enjoy a Parade of Hats.

The museum is also hosting a silent auction at the tea, which will include trips, dinners, cooking classes, tastings, luxury services and other items available for bidding. A preview of the auction items will be posted on the museum’s website with a “Buy it Now” option. 

Guests will also be able to view the items, choose the ones they like and then bid with cash or credit cards at the event. 

The principal speaker at the tea will be celebrity shoe designer and milliner Etu Evans, who will be coming to Beaufort from New York. 

His grandmother and mother, both of whom had extensive collections of church hats, jewels and shoes, influenced Evans’ path in the fashion industry.

“Hats are really the stars this year,” said BHM Board President Carol Lauvray. 

“We’ll take a look back at how meaningful church hats were and are, especially in the African-American community, where they held a special significance.  

“We will also spotlight other occasions where hats play a key role, such as South Carolina’s legendary steeplechase thoroughbred horse races in Elloree, Aiken and Camden. 

“Southern women just know how to dress for a party. We are encouraging everyone to wear a beautiful hat and join in the festive spirit of the tea.”

The tea will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Dataw Island Club’s Carolina Room. 

Individual tickets are $60 and tables of 10 are available for $500. 

Seating is limited. 

Reservations can be made at tea.beauforthistorymuseum.com.  

Proceeds benefit the projects of the Beaufort History Museum.  

The Beaufort History Museum is in the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven St.

Visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com. 

Birthday for the Birds comes to Port Royal

The town of Port Royal is celebrating its fifth Birthday for the Birds. 

This event allows the town to showcase one of Beaufort County’s most unique and wonderful natural resources. 

The birthday celebration will focus on the large and diverse number of nesting birds, their hatchlings and the habitats that make this unique boardwalk so special.

This year Port Royal is planning to have the first “Birthday for the Birds Parade” which will start from the Port Royal Elementary School on 12 Street and Paris Avenue and is a short walk to the Cypress Bird Sanctuary. 

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. (when the parade starts) to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13.

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Women’s conference to be held in Port Royal

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

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

The cost is $10, which includes lunch.

Author Kimberly Sowell will be the speaker. 

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

Bird walk to be held at Donnelley area

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

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

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

The trip will begin with a brief orientation before departure. 

Bring binoculars and bird guide. Beginners are welcome. 

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

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

Visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Recycling program at Beaufort library

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

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

USCB author series to feature Barb Schmidt

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

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

Tickets are $42 and must be purchased in advance.   

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

Women’s group to hold fashion show, lunch

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

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

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

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

Sea Island Quilters to meet on April 20

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

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

Celebrate Poetry Month at Annual Poetry Gala

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

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

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

Visit otramslabess.wordpress.com.

Letter writing campaign coming to library

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

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

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

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

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

Symphony to hold last concert of season

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

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

Visit lowcountrywindsymphony.com.

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Tubman, Smalls topic of free lecture on April 6

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

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

Shrimp, grits cook-off to be held April 8

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

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

ArtWalk is coming to downtown Beaufort

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

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

Writing discussion coming to Beaufort

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

Santa Elena Center offers history programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilters invite public to participate in event

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

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

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

Spring tea coming to Dataw Island Club

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

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

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

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

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

Recycling, coloring at Beaufort library

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

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

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

Women’s conference to be held in Port Royal

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

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

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

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

Fashion show to be held on April 20

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

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

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

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

Christian women’s group to hold luncheon

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

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

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

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Woman talk about books at upcoming series

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

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

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

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

Volunteers needed for cleanup effort 

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

Taylor Festival Choir coming to St. Helena

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

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

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

For more information, email jstender@sthelenas1712.org.

World War II vets to be honored

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

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

Visit morrisheritagecenter.org. 

Tunis Campbell Day coming to market

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

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

Visit www.StHelenaIslandCommunityMarket.com.

Children invited to honk, explore and learn

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

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

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

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

Church to hold several events

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

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

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Island Girls Night Out being held March 23

Island Girls Night Out, an opportunity to socialize, win prizes and meet new friends, will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at For The Birds and Gardens on 1002 Bay St.

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

Gullah/Geechee offers documentary showing

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

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

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

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

The public is welcome.

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

Visit www.gullahgeecheenation.com.

Symphony orchestra to present program 

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

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

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

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

Arts council to celebrate winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends of Fort Fremont to hold oyster roast

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

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

Tickets are $30 per person. 

Visit fortfremont.org for more information on tickets.     

Women’s Conference set for March 25

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

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

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

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

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

Tour Fort Fremont on March 25

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

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

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

Musical program coming to Fripp

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

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

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

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

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

Letters For Hope to be held March 26

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.lettersforhope.org.

Lectures focus on history at upcoming events

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

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

Tickets are $10.

Also at the center:

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

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

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

Tickets are $10.

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

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

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

Tickets are $10.

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

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

Fort Frederick topic at March 27 event

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woman talk about books at upcoming series

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

These events are sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literacy Center.

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30

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

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13

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

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

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Writing family history focus of workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Architects’ Tour coming March 18

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

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

For additional information, email info@historicbeaufort.org.

Bird walk coming to Harbor Island

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

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

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

Beginners are welcome. 

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

Visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Symphony orchestra to present program 

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

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

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

Movie Night coming to USCB arts center

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

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

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

Arts council to celebrate winners

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

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

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

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

Friends of Fort Fremont to hold oyster roast

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

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

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

Women’s Conference set for March 25

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

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

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

Tour Fort Fremont on March 25

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

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

Musical program coming to Fripp

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

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

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

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

Letters For Hope to be held March 26

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

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

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

Cigar making topic of Santa Elena event

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

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

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

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Power of the Purse coming to Dataw

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

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

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

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

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

Tribute to Broadway coming to arts center

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

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

Visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

Local nonprofit to help girls with prom dresses

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.jslbeaufort.com.

Books, letters to be appraised at library

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilters Day to be held on March 11

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

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

Lowcountry PowWow celebrates culture

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

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

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

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

Woman who changed Beaufort topic of lecture

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

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

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

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

Take a wine tour at history center

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

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

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

Architects’ Tour coming March 18

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

Tickets are $65 per person.

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

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