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Activities at Hunting Island State Park

There are fun, interesting and educational activities every day hosted by Park Ranger and Lowcountry Master Naturalist Megan Stegmeier. 

Sundays: Sand/candy art, 11 a.m. (Oct. 27); Hunting Island Bingo, 2:30 p.m. (Oct  27).

Mondays: Reptiles of the Lowcountry, 11 a.m. (Oct. 28).

Tuesdays: CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Beach Walk, 3 p.m.; Going Batty, 4 p.m. (Oct. 29).

Wednesdays: Alligator Talk, 11 a.m.; Stepping Stones, 2 p.m.; Lowcountry Legends & Lore, 4 p.m. (Oct. 30).

Thursdays: Interpretive Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m. (Oct. 24, 31); CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m.; Shark Tooth Excursion, 4 p.m. (Oct. 31); Spooky Lighthouse Lantern Tours, 6-8:30 p.m. (Oct. 31).

Fridays: Fish printing, 2 p.m. (Oct. 25).

Saturdays: Tie-Die, 11 a.m. (Oct. 26); Trunk or Treat, 5-9 p.m. (Oct. 26).

For a description of these programs and a complete calendar of activities, go to southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island and click on “Programs & Events.”

All are invited to attend these free events, though there is an entry fee to Hunting Island State Park and reservations are needed for lighthouse programs.

For more information, call 843-838-7437 or go to the Friends of Hunting Island website and the Facebook page: FOHI Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

Beaufort County Historical Society “Historically Speaking” lectures

All talks, held at noon on Thursdays, are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. First-come, first-seated, doors open 30 minutes prior to event. 

Nov. 21: Maxine Lutz, “Not Just Gossip: Who Dwelt in Beaufort’s Historic Houses,” Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St. 

Jan. 23: Dr. Bernard Powers, “The New Face of African American Public History in Charleston: The Center for the Study of Slavery and the International African American Museum,” Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St.

March 12: Dr. Lawrence Rowland, “Kate Gleason, Libby Rowland, and Beaufort in the 1920s,” St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Blvd. St. Helena Island.

May 7: 81st annual meeting, Dr. Dale Rosengarten, “Blue Collars to Blue Serge Suits: Beaufort’s Jewish Settlers,” St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Blvd., St. Helena Island.

Workshop: The Rhythm is the Cure

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Effervesce Yoga Spa in Port Royal. Workshop: The Rhythm is the Cure with Alessandra Belloni. Cost is $65. Lunch is included. Must bring ocean drum and/or tambourine. Register at www.bcfolkheritage.com.

Concert: Healing Journeys with The Black Madonna

6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, TCL Auditorium. Healing Journeys with The Black Madonna with Alessandra Belloni and a multi-artist art exhibit inspired by The Black Madonna. Doors open at 5 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres at Art Council Mather Building 1 and in Lobby of Auditorium at TCL. Cost is $10 at the door or reserve tickets at www.bcfolkheritage.com.

The Art of Elegance book signing

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25. A lunch, presentation and book signing for The Art Of Elegance with author Marshall Watson hosted by Historic Beaufort Foundation, 208 Scott Street. For tickets and information, call 843-379-3331 or historicbeaufort.org.

Dawn of the Light

5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, 178 Sam’s Point Rd. Lady’s Island. Baha’is of Beaufort County will celebrate the Bicentenary of The Birth of The Bab with a feature movie, Dawn of the Light. This short film follows the personal search for truth and meaning undertaken by eight people from different parts of the world. Each one describes the journey to discovering that God has sent two Divine Manifestations for today, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. The program will include dinner followed by the film, Dawn of the Light. An RSVP (Text 803-467-2459) would be appreciated.

The Rise of the Madonna: Creation Myths Across Cultures

4-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Lecture with Slide Show – The Rise of the Madonna: Creation Myths Across Cultures by Heather Ford, mythology scholar. Cost $10. Register at www.bcfolkheritage.com or at the door.

Legal clinics at downtown library

The Beaufort County Library is offering free legal clinics at the downtown branch at 311 Scott St.

Each clinic will feature a 30- to 40-minute lecture followed by an open question-and-answer session. All session run from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Get free answers concerning family law issues (Oct. 28). For more information, call the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program at 803-799-6653, ext. 158 or 1-877-797-2227, ext. 158 or visit www.scbar.org/clinics. The clinics are not designed to provide guidance on a specific situation. If you need legal advice on a specific situation, you will need to contact an attorney.

Workshop: Writing Through the Eyes of Your Ethnic Feminine Divinity

3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Workshop: Writing Through the Eyes of Your Ethnic Feminine Divinity with Susan Madison. Cost $40. Register at www.bcfolkheritage.com or at the door.

Barbershop groups looking for new members

3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, mission building behind St. John’s Lutheran Church on Lady’s Island Drive.

The Beaufort HarborMasters and the Beaufort Belles Barbershop choruses are starting their 2019-2020 season in October and need men and women. You don’t need to be able to read music, but you do need to enjoy having a good time. Please join us for camaraderie, song and snacks. Visit our website at www.beaufortharbormasters.org or call Hal McCann at 843-838-9326 and leave a message. 

Women’s Coastal Skills Clinic

Nov. 1-3, Hunting Island State Park. Cost is $250 per person. Limited to 30 participants, ages 16 and older. An exclusive outdoor experience designed just for women, the three-day workshop expands knowledge of the Lowcountry while teaching useful skills along the way. Learn about the history of the lighthouse, cast netting, salt-marsh kayaking, shell fishing and more. Register by calling 843-838-7437. Reservations are required. Sleeping accommodations are your responsibility. Make reservations to bring your tent/RV by calling 843-838-2011. 

Female Divinity in Our Unique Ancient Cultures

4-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Open Mic Community Sharing: Female Divinity in Our Unique Ancient Cultures. Share in poetry or writing from your own cultural perspective. Cost $10. Snacks and beverages provided. Sign up to listen or participate at www.bcfolkheritage.com or at the door. 

4th Touch A Truck Fundraiser

The Junior Service League of Beaufort will host its 4th Touch A Truck fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 16 in downtown Port Royal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Paris Avenue. Cost of admission is $5 per person.

Touch A Truck is a family event that offers a unique and interactive experience for children of all ages. Children will have the opportunity to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite vehicles that serve our community.

The event will feature many different types of equipment to explore, including a fire truck, ambulance, a Humvee, construction vehicles, and even a helicopter. The entertainment area will include a variety of activities including face painting, bounce-houses for kids and much more. And to round out the experience, enjoy music and fabulous food, drinks, and libations available for purchase. 

In the case of rain, the event will be postponed to Dec. 7. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Call Brittany Rosson at 618-967-6815 or visit www.touchatruckbeaufort.com for more information.

Art Gallery Artist Talk and Reception

2-5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Artists will talk about their art. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.beaufortartscouncil.org or www.bcfolkheritage.com.

Oyster Ghost Roast & 5k By The Bay

Saturday, Nov. 16, Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road. The 5K starts at 5 p.m., spanning campus and Spanish Moss Trail. The oyster roast starts at 6 p.m. with all-you-can-eat oysters, chili, hot dogs, brownies, lemon bars and more catered by Jim’N Nick’s. All-You-Can-Drink wristbands are $10. The event features a live DJ, karaoke, cornhole, a college football viewing area, and lots of children’s activities. Oyster roast is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 13-17 and is free for kids 12 and younger. The oyster roast and 5K, which includes oyster roast/afterparty ticket, medal, and T-shirt is $60 for adults, $30 for those 17 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Student Veterans of America TCL Chapter and TCL’s Student Government Association. Learn more at www.tcl.edu/oyster or call 843-525-8264.

YMCA to offer CPR class

The Wardle Family YMCA, located at 1801 Richmond Ave in Port Royal, offers CPR classes for community members on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35 for this YMCA-certified course and those interested need to register at the Y as space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact Lou Bergen, Aquatics Director to register for this class. Call the Y at 843-522-9622 or visit beaufort-jasperymca.org.

Get moving with Beaufort Track Club

Join the Beaufort Track Club at the Beaufort High School track from 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Tuesday night for an open community track workout. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts are posted each week to ensure that you are getting the workout that you need.

Visit the Facebook page “Beaufort Track Club” for more information.

May River Quilters Quild

On the first Saturday of every month, the May River Quilters Guild meets at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. Members meet at 9:30 a.m. for social exchange. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Please call 847-707-6034.

Seaside Stitchers sewing club

1 p.m., 3rd Monday of each month, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. The Seaside Stitchers, neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, holds a monthly meetings for everyone who sews. It is for sewers of a variety skill levels and interests so anyone who is interested in sewing is encouraged to attend and find out what ASG is all about. For more information, visit http://www.asg.org. For more information about Seaside Stitchers, call Sheila Tindall at 843-838-9473.

Parkinson’s support group

A support group for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and carepartners meets the first Thursday of each month at the Beaufort Memorial Lifefit Wellness Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit our Facebook page or call Ric at 843-525-1229.

Friends of Hunting Island lighthouse tours

The Friends of Hunting Island will present tours of the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse at 10 a.m. every Thursday in October. Keeper Ted and his team will tell you all about the history of the Lighthouse, which was built in 1875 and is the only Lighthouse in South Carolina open to visitors. 

If you are at least 44 inches tall, you may also climb the 184 steps to the top of the Lighthouse. Reservations are recommended by calling 843-838-7437 and the fee is $2 per person.

Puppy Plunge at the YMCA

YMCA Puppy Plunge will be held on the third Saturday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. (weather permitting) at the Y outdoor pool at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. Pups can splash, swim and play in our safe, enclosed outdoor pool area.

Cost is $10 per pup, and all proceeds benefit the Y’s Learn to Swim program, which teaches local children and adults to swim at a reduced cost or for free. Dogs must be well behaved, current on all required vaccines and leashed until inside the pool area. Owners must be present at all times and humans are not permitted to swim in the Puppy Plunge. Visit beaufort-jasperymca.org or call 843-522-9622 for more information.

Register to be a Tiger Shark

BYAC Tiger Sharks Swim Team registration is open for the 2019-2020 season. There are three levels of swim team for ages 5 and up who meet swim team group requirements: Shark Pups; Group 1; and Group 2. Evaluations on going on now for group placement. Learn more online at beaufort-jasperymca.org (click on Aquatics>Swim Team), stop by the Y in Port Royal (1801 Richmond Ave.) or call the Y at 843-522-9622.

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