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•In recognition of Women’s History Month, the locally filmed comedy “My Man Done Me Wrong” will screen Thursday, March 28 at noon at Beaufort’s Plaza Stadium Theatre, 41 Robert Smalls Parkway. The event will include lunch and a Q&A with the cast and filmmaker Ron Small. The film stars Anita Singleton-Prather and other Beaufort residents. The screening is one of several designed to raise money for the Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theatre and the Community Circle of Hope Coalition. Tickets are $30 in advance or at the door and include lunch. Call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at 843-986-1102 or the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce 843-986-5400.

•Modern vs. Traditional Quilts: a panel discussion with noted sewists and you, at ARTWorks: Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m.: this discussion accompanies a two month exhibition of Modern quilts, all instigated by the Beaufort Modern Quilt Guild, which meets at Tabby Fabric & Studio in downtown Beaufort. The Guild is 24 members who strive to achieve and build the Modern aesthetic. They are having their first exhibition in the gallery at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center in April and May, and they’ve invited quilters from Greenville and Charleston to join in too. The gallery is free to browse Tuesdays through Saturdays and special events. ARTworks’ gallery is surrounded by artists working in their studios, a black box theater, and the BIG Story Fest from April 11 through the 14th. 2127 Boundary Street, 29902, www.ArtWorksInBeaufort.org, 843-379-2787.

•Attention, novelists and aspiring fiction writers: Callawassee resident Jim Jordan, author of the novel “Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia,” will speak about the novel-writing process at the next meeting of Beaufort ProWriters on April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Short Story America office at 2121 Boundary St., Suite 204, in Beaufort. The event is free and open to the public. Told from the viewpoint of a planter’s son and a slave brickmaker working toward his freedom, this thoroughly-researched novel uses actual and fictional Savannah residents to recreate the venerable city and its journey toward war from the 1830s through 1861. Jim Jordan spent his professional career in the Northeast working as a financial analyst and financial systems consultant. After moving to Callawassie Island in 1995, he embarked on a second career as an author, historian, and public speaker. “Savannah Grey” was nominated for the 2007 Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. He has lectured at various historical societies and adult education organizations on the colonial, antebellum, and Civil War history and architecture of South Carolina and Georgia.

•An impromptu four-part harmony songfest by The Beaufort Harbormasters:

We’ll be singing you all the songs that your heart embraces this April. The Beaufort Harbormasters and Belles present “When They All Come Marching Home,” A rousing, melodic tribute to all who serve and have served.  Hear familiar tunes from Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Francis Scott Keye, etc, performed in four-part harmony on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Beaufort High School Auditorium. Tickets are available through www.beaufortharbormasters.org or your melodic Harbormaster or Belle.

Four-part harmony, commonly called “Barbershop” is a truly American art form tracing its history back to the early 19th century.  The “Old Songs” were familiar to all and a popular economical pastime with the human voice as the only instrument required.  Come and enjoy an American treasure and enjoy the spring evening. For more information contact Gary Gebhardt at 843-368-6544.

Travel Right … Travel Write: Becoming a Travel Writer: Monday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m., Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort Campus $79. To register, call 843-525-8205 or go to www.tcl.edu/continuing-ed/life. Summer travel time is right around the corner. How would you like to manifest trips to exotic destinations on someone else’s nickel, or to travel on your own and earn back your expenses, just by writing a story about your experience? Freelance travel writers do both, and this class shows you how. Learn what magazine editors want, how to create a query letter and conduct an interview, and how to break into the travel writing market. In-class and take-home exercises help teach the nuts and bolts of writing a travel story that publications will snap right up. By the end of the course, you will have at least one story and several possible markets. Instructor Katherine Tandy Brown has been a freelance travel writer for 24 years.

• Ken Burger will be signing copies of his latest book “Salkehatchie Soup,” on Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at McIntosh Book Shoppe. Mr. Burger will also be signing his other books: “Swallow Savannah,” “Sister Santee,” and “Baptized In Sweet Tea.” McIntosh Book Shoppe is located on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort. Call 843-524-1119.

• The Friends of the Beaufort Library: Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Branches will hold the annual spring book sale at the St. Helena branch of the Beaufort County Library on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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