Community events keep Beaufort busy

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• Those dealing with a chronic disease such as Parkinson’s will get some helpful tips on Thursday, Feb. 7, when Margaret Crossen, a registered dietician, will discuss about how nutrition can affect one’s health. The monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting will be at Helena House on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. The meetings are free and open to anyone who is living with Parkinson’s Disease or who is a caregiver or has a loved one suffering from Parkinson’s. Contact Rose at Helena House at (843) 982-0233 or e-mail rewing@alcco.com.

• The Beaufort Lions Club invites you to a Pancake Breakfast on February 9 at Sea Island Presbyterian Church at 81 Lady’s Island Drive from 8-11 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the door or by calling Bob Griffith at 838-0098. Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase the latest eye screening device called Plusoptix which costs nearly $6,000.

• The Low Country Women’s Fellowship invites you to join them on Saturday, February 9, for their first annual TLC Women’s Valentine Luncheon The purpose of this luncheon is to provide food, fun, and fellowship around the Valentine’s holiday. Activities include creating Valentine’s card for the local nursing home residents.  The luncheon will be Saturday, Febrary 9, 1 to 3 p.m. at Cat Island Pub & Grill, Sanctuary Golf Club, Cat Island.  Call Tonya Phillips @ 843-322-0262 or thelowcountrywomen@gmail.com to RSVP by Thursday, February 7.

• The Beaufort High School Big Green Booster Club will hold its annual oyster roast fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple. All proceeds go to support Beaufort High School athletic programs.  Ticket price includes oysters, hot dogs, beer and wine. There will a silent auction as well as live entertainment by Mark Bonds.  Tickets will be available at the event or call Jonolyn Ferreri at 843-986-4093 or Benji Hill at 843-986-7169.

• Actress Donna Lee Williams is bringing her portrayal of voting rights activist and civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer to ARTworks, for two nights only. “The Power of 1ne: The Courage and Contributions of Fannie Lou Hamer” is a not-to-be-missed, one woman show about Hamer and 11 people who influenced her, good and bad. This performance is February 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort. Visit www.artworksinbeaufort.org, 843-379-2787.

• The Beaufort Shag Club is pleased to sponsor a Junior Shag Program in the Beaufort area. The Beaufort Junior Shag Club meets Sunday Feb. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at AMVETS on Ribaut Road in Port Royal for a dance party to learn and to dance. Instructors are on hand to teach shag steps. Parents are welcome. For more information, go to “Contacting Us” at www.beaufortshagclub.com and send an email.

• The next meeting of the Sea Island Fly Fishers will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort.  Following a social hour at 6 p.m., the featured program will be on finding redfish. Longtime local guide Jack Brown will describe what to look for during various times of the year in order to locate the number one fly fishing target. Call Jack Baggette at 843-522-8911 with any questions and visit www.flyfishingbeaufort.com.

• USCB is hosting the next meeting of the Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in their newly renovated Sea Islands Center Building on Thursday, February 14 at 2 p.m. The meeting is intended to honor the heritage of the school, established in 1795. A presentation of the history and the future of the historic Beaufort campus will be led by chapter member Lynn W. McGee, Ph.D, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement followed by refreshments and the opportunity to tour the buildings. As the meeting falls on Valentine’s Day spouses are invited to attend. Please call Regent Charlene Shufelt at 525-0158 for more information.

The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club’s February meeting will be held Thursday, February 14 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island, off Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Several major retail fishing tackle vendors will be on hand to review the best rods, reels, lures, and other fishing equipment of the previous year. More importantly, they will show and tell new items for the 2013 season. For more information, contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2020.