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Sea Island Quilters will meet at Praise Assembly 

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris Island Gateway. The meeting will focus on “Ugly Fabrics.” For details, contact Diana DeWitt, 379-3353.

Fripp Audubon holding bird behavioral program 

Fripp Audubon, in partnership with Naturally Fripp Community Wildlife Habitat, presents avian behavioral detectives Ed and Cindy Boos with their fascinating photographic observations and expert insights into rarely seen aspects of bird lifecycles with “Avian Courtship, Mating and Nesting.” The program will be held Thursday, April 24, at Fripp Island Community Centre. Meet ‘n’ greet starts at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m. This is a free presentation, and a free pass is available at the Fripp gate. Contact pete.richards@comcast.net or 843-441-2153 and visit www.islc.net/audubon.

Parris Island Officers’ Spouses’ Club has event 

Friday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m., Parris Island Officers’ Spouses’ Club 3rd Annual Silent and Live Auction will be held. All proceeds will be used to benefit the local military community. The public is invited for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, a silent and live auction and a raffle at Traditions Restaurant on Parris Island.  Tickets will be $10 at the door; advanced ticket purchases include five free raffle tickets and are available online at http://parrisislandosc.com/2014-silent-and-live-auction. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PIOSCAuction.

Lowcountry Ladies have luncheon, fashion show 

The Lowcountry Ladies of SC will present its annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show, Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Beaufort. The organization awards a scholarship to a graduating senior from  Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties. For ticket information, contact Veronica Miller at 838-4575.

Church to celebrate National Day of Prayer 

National Day of Prayer will be celebrated at Riverview Baptist Church, 2209 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, on May 1, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Claxton at 379-9084 or Rev. Leon Meadows at 524-8335.

Gospel Brunch supports local March of Dimes 

The XI Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be sponsoring a March of Dimes: March for Babies Gospel Brunch. The 2014 theme is “Setting a Spiritual Sail for Stronger & Healthier Babies.” The event will be Saturday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the Jasmine Room at the Quality Inn at Beaufort Town Center, 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort. Donation is $30. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to support the March of Dimes’ March for Babies mission. Send an email request for tickets to scotta1@hargray.com  or greeklife@lowcountry.com or for more information, call 843-812-6111. The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies.

Helena House offers many support services

• As a person ages, it is important they discuss their needs and desires with their loved ones. To help with this difficult process, “Five Wishes” will be presented on Thursday, April 24. The two interactive group discussions, both led by Jennifer Redmond Strawn of United Hospice, will help individuals address their medical, personal, emotional and spiritual needs if they become seriously ill. Also presenting will be Daniel Bennett of Lowcountry Cremation, who will discuss affordable options for burial, cremation, Social Security benefits and life insurance loopholes. Both sessions are free and open to anyone over the age of 18. The 10:30 a.m. – noon session will be held at Burton Wells Senior Center, located at 1 Middleton Recreation Dr., in Burton. The 1:30-3 p.m. session will be held at Helena Place Senior Living at 1624 Paris Ave., in Port Royal. To register for either session, e-mail jrstrawn@uhs-pruitt.com or call 843-252-2920.

• Are you grieving a loss? Help can be found by attending, “Finding Healing Through the Grieving Process,” a free workshop from 1:30-3 p.m. on Friday, May 2, at Helena House Assisted Living in Port Royal. An interactive group session will be presented by Alan Poe, who has been a hospice chaplain for eight years and has more than 35 years of experience as a relationship counselor. The sessions are free and open to the public. Helena House is located at 1624 Paris Avenue in Port Royal. Please RSVP by calling 843-592-2356 or by e-mail at rewing@enlivant.com.

Church workshops promote ‘coming home’

The old adage, “There’s no place like home” can mean even more when we consider our relationship with God.  If you have been away from the Catholic Church or are newly returned to the practice of your faith, St. Peter’s, 70 Lady Island Drive, welcomes you May 3 through June 7 for six consecutive Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for presentations, discussions and questions and answers designed to help our brothers and sisters come home. For more info, please contact Deborah Richard at 575-3742, deborahm@catholic.org.

Volunteers can help build local oyster reefs

• South Carolina Department of Natural Resource’s SCORE program is holding local opportunities to volunteer to build oyster reef. The events will be Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Section 5 of the Spanish Moss Trail, Beaufort. And also Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brickyard Landing, Lady’s Island. As always, participants must wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you do not mind getting a little dirty. They will provide gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, and water, but volunteers can be eco-friendly and bring a refillable bottle. To join any of these events, please RSVP by email at score@dnr.gov.

• Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), SC’s Topwater Action Campaign and SCDNR’s SCORE program need help with the Beaufort County Oyster Reef Habitat Build on Thursday, May 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. They will depart from Whitehall Landing on Lady’s Island. The build and restoration part of the SCORE program works with local citizen groups to conduct actual habitat restoration projects and to monitor the success of those efforts. Projects involved building new reefs with recycled shells for recruitment of oyster larvae. As these pilot reefs begin to recruit new oysters and attract other critters of the estuary, they are being used as living classrooms and research platforms. Volunteer citizens are critical to monitoring the new reefs throughout the year to increase our understanding of how best to restore oyster habitats. To volunteer or for more information, contact CCA SC by calling 803-865-4164 or email hsmith@ccasouthcarolina.com.

Volunteer with Friends of Caroline Hospice 

FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice has cared for generations of Beaufort County residents nearing the end of their life’s journey. Volunteers fulfill critical roles providing support to the individuals as well as their families and friends. Friends of Caroline Hospice volunteers serve Beaufort County as patient volunteers, child bereavement team volunteers, drivers, office assistants, fundraising assistants, event planners, sales assistants at The Red Door Thrift Shop, and a variety of community awareness and outreach programs. All volunteers receive training for their roles.  Volunteers work in conjunction with other volunteers and under the supervision and guidance of a staff member. they are in current need of patient and Red Door Thrift Shop volunteers. If you are interested in joining the team, please call Cristin Casper at 843-525-6257 or visit www.freindsofcarolinehospice.com.

Military Officers group holds meeting at Dataw

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)/Low Country Chapter protects rights and interests of all present and past U.S. commissioned and warrant officers — active duty, Reserve, National Guard, former and retired. Join the chapter for lunch May 6, in the Dataw Island Club’s Tabby Room (free pass at gate). Recently appointed Beaufort County Veterans Affairs Officer Carl Wedler (a vet himself), will bring the group up to date on federal and state veterans’ issues. At 11:30 a.m. there will be cash bar, with luncheon at noon. Cost is $25 per person; casual dress. For reservations, call or e-mail chapter Treasurer Robert de Treville at redetreville@sprintmail.com or 843-522-1255 by Apr. 30; or visit www.lcmoaa.org.

Community Prayer Breakfast held at YMCA

The YMCA of Beaufort County, located at 1801 Richmond Ave., will host the 6th Annual Community-Wide Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 1, at 7 a.m. The event is part of a nationwide National Day of Prayer celebration and is free and open to the community. Sponsored by the Wardle Family YMCA and The Link of Beaufort, the event will feature guest speaker Reverend Chad Lawrence with Holy Trinity Classical Christian School of Beaufort. Breakfast will be provided. Reservations to the prayer breakfast are required and may be made by calling 843-522-9622.  YMCA membership is not a requirement to attend.

Run Hog Wild benefits Lowcountry Montessori 

On May 10,  from 4 to 10 p.m., The Run Hog Wild event on Cat Island will benefit Lowcountry Montessori School. The event will kick off with a Kids Hog Jog, 5K and 10K, followed by post race concert and BBQ. The first male and female runner to cross the finish line in each age division will be awarded a custom Run Hog Wild medal. The band Cranford Hollow will take the stage at 7 p.m. for a lively, family friendly concert. Treat yourself to a cold craft beer from River Dog Brewery. Catering being provided by Cat Island Grill with Big Pig BBQ or Little Hog Dog option. Registration now open on www.active.com. Concert is free, $20 for the Big Pig BBQ Platter or $10 for the Little Hog Dog. Alcohol Bracelet includes Craft Beer Tent and Wine for only $10. Find out more about the event online at www.lowcountrymontessori.com.

United Methodist has Carteret Closet Sale

The United Methodist Women of Carteret Street United Methodist Church will be holding their 3rd annual sale of gently used clothing for all members of the family in the fellowship hall of the church at 408 Carteret Street, Beaufort, on Friday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wonderful bargains for everyone at the Carteret Closet Sale! For questions or directions, call Sally Fordham at 843-812-3311 or the church office at 843-524-3841.