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• Bridges Prep Hosts Beaufort Symphony Youth Orchestra during Open House on Thursday, Nov. 20: This is a free concert by The Beaufort Symphony Youth Orchestra and conductor Frederick Devyatkin, BSO Maestro. Donations will be accepted to benefit The Bridges Prep Music Program. Contact Jessica Mullen, jmullen@bridgesprep.org for information. The concert starts at 7 p.m.., at BPS Gym, 1100 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC, 29902.

• Christmas Party at the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort: Put a star on your tree and celebrate new art on Friday, December 12, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Charles Street Gallery. They are honoring their artists, Joan Templer, Jim Rothnie, Carol Henry, Lynn Brown, Sharon DeAlexandris, Cabell Heyward, Priscilla Merrick Coleman, Gary Geboy, Alexandra Sharma, Sue Munson, Betsy Chaffin, Robert Steinmetz, Sharon Hardy, Cynthia Zeiss, Sharon Fooshee, and Jorg Schmeisser. Their artwork decks the halls from Beaufort to the North Pole, bright as Rudolph’s red nose, clear as silver bells ringing. The Charles Street Gallery is an established source for Lowcountry and international art in the middle of Beaufort’s historic district. Call 843-521-9054, visit online at www.thecharlesstreetgallery.com or in person at 914 Charles Street, Beaufort.

• The Beautification Committee of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Park, “The Green”, is hosting its first Holiday Vendor Craft Fair.  The committee is a nonprofit organization responsible for the stewardship and improvements of the The Green which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for Beaufort on October 6, 1988. The Craft Fair will be held December 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, a.k.a. “The Green” is located on the corner of U.S. 21 and M.L.K. Jr. Drive on St. Helena Island, SC. Craft fair visitors can expect to find vendors and artisans of homemade quilts, crochet and knitted pieces, handcrafted jewelry, holiday cards, goat milk soaps, farm and homestead fruits and vegetables, as well as gift wrapping for items purchased. There will also be holiday music, and a few local food vendors will be on hand. Applications for crafters and artisans to participate in this holiday event are still being accepted. For more information please contact Ethel Sumpter, committee president at 843-838-2982 or email mlkparkcommittee@gmail.com.

• December events at USCB Center for the Arts: The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts has several events scheduled to transpire in the month of December. Detailed information regarding admission and the programs of the center in the 2014-2015 schedule are found on the website at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com. Tickets can be ordered online at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com or by calling the center box office at 843-521.4145. The programming scheduled to transpire in December 2014 at the center, located at 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort, includes:

December 8: An Evening with Pat Conroy’s Story River Books, 6 p.m. New York Times best-selling author and Story River Books editor-at-large Pat Conroy will hold discussions with Beaufort writers John Warley (“A Southern Girl: A Novel”), Bernie Schein (“Famous all over Town: A Novel”), and Maggie Schein (“Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves: Expanded & Illustrated Edition”) and artist Jonathan Hannah.

December 13: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg, Met Live, Noon.

December 18: Beaufort Theatre Company, Miracle in Bedford Falls, 7:30 p.m.

December 19: Beaufort Theatre Company, Miracle in Bedford Falls, 7:30 p.m.

December 20: Beaufort Theatre Company, Miracle in Bedford Falls, 7:30 p.m.

December 21: Beaufort Theatre Company, Miracle in Bedford Falls, 3 p.m.

December 23-31: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!