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Visiting gospel choir to perform at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 70 Lady’s Island Dr., will host at masses at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, with Rev. Jeffrey Kendall and the Gospel Choir of St. James the Greater from Ritter, SC. St. James Catholic Mission was built around 1836 and  burned in 1856. The newly freed slaves of the community continued the Catholic presence there for about 40 years without priestly care. Local tradition credits a former slave, Vincent of Paul Davis with the preservation of the Catholic faith in the area. Visitors are welcome to hear the choir at St. Peter’s. For more information, call 843-525-0994.

Church sponsors three wellness workshops

Grace Chapel AME Church will sponsor three Health and Wellness Workshops on Saturday, May 31, at the church. The workshops on high blood pressure/stroke, Living with Lupus, and Coping with Arthritis are from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Lunch will be served. The church is located at 502 Charles Street. Call 525-0708 for more information.

Workshops help people create legal living will

As a person ages, it is important they discuss their needs and desires with loved ones. To help with this difficult process, “Planning Ahead & Five Wishes” will be presented Thursday, June 5. The two interactive group discussions will help each participant create a simple document to convey what their medical, personal, emotional and spiritual wishes are, so their families aren’t left to guess. Also addressed will be the importance of planning for housing, affordable options for burial or cremation, Social Security benefits and life insurance loopholes. A notary will be available to notarize the document making it a legal living will. The sessions are free and open to the public. The 10:30 a.m. – noon session will be held at Helena Place Senior Living at 1624 Paris Ave., in Port Royal. The 1:30-3 p.m. session will be held at Shell Point Baptist Church on Parris Island Gateway in Port Royal. To register for either session, email rewing@enlivant.com or call 843-252-3001.

American Red Cross holding blood drive

The next opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross in Beaufort will be on Thursday, June 5 in the CSUMC Fellowship Hall from noon until 6 p.m. It is extremely helpful if donors would make an appointment; please call 1-866-611-7137 or log onto www.redcrossblood.org. For the 1-866 number, after you get an answer press 2 for a Savannah-based operator to make your appointment. For the web site, you must register the first time and then for subsequent appointments, you just log on with your user name and PIN and make an appointment. Blood donated to the American Red Cross is used locally, nationally, and across the globe.To be eligible to donate you must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds; each donor will have a thorough medical screening to ensure safety of the blood supply. For questions, call Merle Hoagland 522-2073 or email merle13@embarqmail.com.

Speaker to discuss Harriet Tubman exhibit

The Beaufort District Collection Collaboration welcomes Dr. Eric Poplin back to Beaufort on June 9 at 6 p.m. The Archaeology Society of South Carolina Beaufort is pleased to be a part of an effort to bring Dr. Eric Poplin, senior archaeologist of Brockington & Associates in Charleston, back to discuss a newly installed exhibition on the story of Harriet Tubman and the Combahee River Raid that resulted in widespread destruction of rice plantations along the river and the freedom of more than 700 enslaved people in June 1863. The exhibit is a collaboration of Brockington & Associates, SC Department of Transportation, US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Beaufort County Engineering & Infrastructure, Beaufort County Planning Department and the Beaufort County Library. The Beaufort Chapter meeting will be held in the Children’s Programming Room on the first floor of the Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street at 6 p.m.

Annual golf tournament hosted by Rotary Club

The 10th annual Memory Links Alzheimer’s Benefit Golf Tournament will be hosted by Rotary Club of the Lowcountry on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Ocean Creek Course on Fripp Island. It is four man, captain’s choice and the $85 entry fee includes golf, cart, beverages, prizes, goody bag and lunch after the tournament. There will also be a putting contest, longest drive, closest to the pin, team prizes and a hole-in-one contest. For more information, call 843-575-2366.

Gamecock Classic Golf Tournament to be held

The Beaufort County Gamecock Classic Golf Tournament sponsored by DuPriest Construction Co. will be on Saturday, June 14. It will be held at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island. This is a 4 person scramble, Captain’s Choice format starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit USC Scholarship Athletes. Entry fee of $100 per player includes a green fee and golf cart, gift bag, sausage or chicken biscuits for breakfast,  awards lunch, beverages (on the course), and hole contests and prizes. Call Linda McCarty at 843-521-1445 for details.

Beaufort Church of Christ holding revival

The public is invited to the Beaufort Church of Christ, “Where All the Doors Swing Loose on Welcome Hinges to You and to Yours!” for the Gospel Meeting  and Revival, June 8 to 13. The theme is “A Pure Fountain But A Contaminated Stream” Proverbs 3:5-6. Guest speaker will be Brother Samuell Pounds, Minister from Winter Haven, Fla. Sunday, June 8 is Family & Friends Day, services are 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13, services will be 7:30 p.m. All services are held at the Beaufort Church of Christ, 170 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, SC, 29906. For more information, email jg@jonasbonus.com or call 843-524-4281 or visit www.BeaufortCoC.com.

Habitat for Humanity holds High on the Hog

The third annual CBC National Bank High On The Hog BBQ Festival to benefit LowCountry Habitat for Humanity will be held the first weekend in June at the old Whitehall Plantation on Lady’s Island. Friday, June 6, from 6 to 10 p.m., will be “Everything Lowcountry” where teams cook their favorite dishes in the Lowcountry theme. The local band Deas Guys will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wristbands are $20, active military, $18. There will also be a VIP tent Friday night, sponsored by The Island News. Tickets are $50 per person and include seating under the tent, unlimited samples while they last, two drink tickets per person and a dessert. Saturday, June 7, is the barbecue competition and the South Carolina BBQ Association certified judges will start Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Gates open to the public 12 until 4 p.m. Broke Locals will entertain. Wristband price is $15, active military $14, kids under 12 free. Two-day ticket price is $30, active military $27. For more information, visit www.highonthehogbeaufort.com. For more information on sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or build partnerships, call Habitat at 843-522-3500.

Fellowship choir holds annual summer concert

The Fellowship Concert Choir will present its annual Summer Concert with familiar hymns and contemporary music at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 2002 Greene Street, Beaufort, on Saturday, June 21, at 5 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 843-812-6111.

‘Diva’s Night Out’ being held by local nonprofit

Next Level Living, a non-profit organization that mentors children and families from all walks of life, with special emphasis on families facing economic hardship, is holding Diva’s Night Out “Creating The Life You Really Want.” This event will take place June 20 at the Quality Inn Town Center, 2001 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC, 29902. The speaker will be Lucinda Cross, a creative life activator and a pay-to-play empowerment partner. Her work is about helping women live a life of fire, fun and freedom. Lucinda Cross is the best-selling author of “The Road to Redemption: Overcoming Life’s Detours Obstacles and Challenges” as well as a nationally known speaker seen in Ebony Magazine, ABC Money Matters, NBC, Daily News, NY 1, Dr. Oz, The Bethenny Show, Black Enterprise, The Tom Joyner and the Al Sharpton Show. The event will also be honoring individuals in the community who have made strides in the following areas: Business: Pastor Donald Goodwine, St. Paul/Piggly Wiggly; Education: Priscilla Drake from Whale Branch High School; Community Endeavors: Fred Leyda of Beaufort Alliance; Ministry: Apostle Larry Green; and Bridging  the Gaps in Community recognizes Pastor Randy Roberts of Love House Ministries and Mike Green of The Link Church. For more information, contact Elder Phyllis Smart at 843-473-9776, or Sis Shontell at 843-263-2504.

NAMI offers support for mental illnesses

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Beaufort County provides support and education for the mentally ill and their families countywide since 1991. Peer support groups that offer support for individuals with mental illness are offered the second Friday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Beaufort Medical Plaza, Room 350, Beaufort. Family Support groups for caregivers are available the third Monday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Lady’s Island. For more information, call 843-681-2200 or nami@hargray.com.

YMCA seeks volunteers for boating program

The YMCA of Beaufort County, located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal, is actively seeking volunteers to assist with its new youth/teen boating program, set to launch this summer. The partnership between the YMCA and the Spirit of America Foundation, America’s Premier Youth Boating Education Program, will introduce young people to several different types and sizes of watercraft and water based activities, all of which nurture responsible behavior. This partnership is unique to the Beaufort YMCA branch and will play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the area’s youth around waterways. Interested parties should contact YMCA Boating Director Paul Spencer at boatingymca@gmail.com or 843-522-9622. The YMCA seeks volunteers with experience/availability in one or more of these areas: Sailing, kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard, motor boat; Experience and/or willingness to instruct seventh through 10th grade students in one of the above disciplines (both classroom and on water); Available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on selected days; CPR/First Aid desired.

Democratic club to hold anniversary celebration

Former S.C. Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Jerry N. Govan, Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club’s 11th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 31. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Beaufort’s historic Grand Army Hall, 706 Newcastle St. It’s free and open to the public. Govan has represented Orangeburg’s House District 95 since 1992 and is currently a candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education in the June 10 Democratic Primary. Long-time club Treasurer Ted Humphrey will receive the club’s first Sam Svalina — Lawrence “Baby” Washington Distinguished Community Service Award. To reserve a seat, contact NBCDC President Theresa White at 597-2482, or NBCDC Second Vice President Rev. Charlie Pearson at 843-263-5909.