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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: Walk in the Woods, 10 a.m.; Hunting Island Bingo, 2 p.m.

Mondays: Sand/candy art, 11 a.m. (Nov. 18, 25); Secrets of the Salt Marsh, 3 p.m..

Tuesdays: Alligator Talk, 11 a.m., CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Beach Walk, 3 p.m.; Full Moon Lighthouse Climb, 5:30 p.m. (Nov. 12).

Wednesdays: Reptiles of the Lowcounty, 11 a.m.; Fish Printing, 2 p.m. (Nov. 20); Stepping Stones, 2 p.m. (Nov. 13, 27). 

Thursdays: Interpretive Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m. (Nov. 7, 14, 21); CCC Video, 1 p.m. (Nov. 7, 14); Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m. (Nov. 7, 14, 21).

Fridays: Stepping Stones, 2 p.m. (Nov 8, 22); Fish printing, 2 p.m. (Nov. 15, 29).

Saturdays: Pinecones for Passerines, 11 a.m. (Nov. 23, 30); Story River Dolphin Cruise, noon (Nov. 9); Tie-Die, 2 p.m. (Nov. 9, 23, 30).

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.

Hunting Island Lighthouse Tours

10 a.m., every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving).The Friends of Hunting Island will present Lighthouse tours of the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse. 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. 

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 there will be a special Full Moon Lighthouse Climb.

6:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 there will be a unique Sunrise Climb.

Reservations are recommended by calling the Nature Center at 843-838-7437. Regular Thursday tours are $2 per person. The Full Moon Climb is $10 per person and the Sunrise Climb is $15 per person. Park entry fees apply. 

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.

Wardle Family YMCA’s Enhance Fitness program

1:30-2:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 1-2 p.m. Friday. Began Monday, Nov. 4, Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal. Open to Y members and non-members. Participants can jump into the 16-week class after this date if the program is not full. Geared toward older adults and those with chronic health conditions, like arthritis. Class meets 3x per week for 60 minutes. Free for Y members and $150 for non-members. Become a Y member as part of this program and we’ll waive your joining fee! For more info,  contact Denice Fanning at 843-522-9622 or beaufort-jasperymca.org.

Music at St. Helena’s Concert Series

Noon, Friday, Nov. 8, Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church Street. All events are free and open to all. Dr. Julia Harlow & Dr. Steve Rosenberg, Friday Recital Series, Early Music, recorder and harpsichord. Become a Friend of Music by contributing to retiring collections at an event or contact our offices at 843-522-1712 or visit vfisher@sthelenas1712.org.

Beaufort Chapter of Therapy Dogs International clinic

10 a.m. Nov. 9, Disabilities and Special Needs building, 100 Clear Water Way. The test for Therapy Dogs International certification will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the same location. Please contact Merle Hoagland (merle13@embarqmail.com) at 843-522-2073 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.

November Beaufort drum circle

5:30-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, Contemplative Garden, Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. All are invited to share some good vibes with the Beaufort Drum Circle. Everyone is welcome to attend this family-friendly event. No experience is necessary. Rain or shine. Please bring a chair, a friend, and maybe an extra drum or hand percussion instrument if you have one to share. For questions or to join the mailing list, email beaufortscdrumcircle@gmail.com or contact us on our Facebook page “Beaufort SC Drum Circle”.

Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s November meeting

Thursday, Nov. 14, Beaufort Yacht Club, Meridian Road, Lady’s Island. Social begins at 6:30 p.m.; meeting begins at 7 p.m. Guests are welcomed and you do not need a reservation. For additional information, please contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.

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.

Zonta’s Old Tyme Table Dumping Oyster Roast

6-9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, Live Oaks Park, Port Royal. The Zonta Club of Beaufort will be hosting it’s annual Oyster Roast. Lots of oysters, homemade chili, hot dogs, desserts, beer, wine and soft drinks, plus entertainment by Chris Jones, all for the inclusive price of $30 for advance tickets ($35 at the gate). This fund and FUN raiser enables the Club to help with all their local community projects and charities throughout the year. Tickets are available at The Chocolate Tree downtown, Port Royal Senior Center on Paris Avenue or Bygone Days on Parris Island Gateway. Come celebrate Zonta International’s Centennial with their Annual Raffle during this great event. For more information, call 843-592-0100.

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.

9 String Theory to play Fripp Island

5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Fripp Island Community Centre, 205 Tarpon Blvd. The duo 9 String Theory – domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning classical guitarist John Huston – will perform an intriguing variety of music from around the world, ancient, classical and modern. You receive a free pass at the security gate. Tickets are available at the door — cash or check only, no credit cards. Call Margit Resch at 843-263-5916 to reserve seats; adults $30, students and children are free through a grant from the Peg Gorham Memorial Fund. You are invited to the catered “Meet-the-Artists” reception that follows the performance. Sponsored by the Fripp Island Friends of Music and the S.C. Arts Commission. Performance helps sustain the FIFOM’s Music-in-the Schools Program. See our website frippfriendsofmusic.com for more information.

Seaside Stitchers sewing club

1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, 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. 

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.

Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dec. 5, Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive. Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection will host their luncheon catered by Cynthia Holmes. Cost is $18 payable at the door. Our feature will be Debbi Covington, chef, caterer and author. “Putting Together Life’s Puzzle Without the Boxlid” is the topic of our speaker Tempe Brown. There will be a Stonecroft Fundraiser. If you can, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child age birth through 12 years to support Toys for Tots. For reservations by by Nov. 29, please call, text or email Marti Myers at 843-321-0962 or puddlesportia@gmail.com.

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 Guild

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.

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.

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.

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.

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