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New volunteer tutor sessions being held

Beaufort County School District Adult Education will be holding a New Volunteer Tutor Information Session Monday, July 28; 5 to 6 p.m. at the new Adult Education site, 1300 King Street, Beaufort. Attending this session will inform participants about volunteer tutor opportunities with Adult Education. An English for Speakers of Other Languages Tutor Training Workshop will be offered Tuesday, July 29, Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Adult Education on King Street. All three training sessions and one information session are required and will prepare new volunteers to tutor adults in English-speaking skills. Please call Cindi Riley, ESL/Basic Literacy coordinator at 843-322-0787 for more information.

Hunting Island holds sand sculpture contest

The 7th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Hunting Island State Park will be hosted by Friends of Hunting Island on Saturday, July 26, from noon to 4 p.m. Gather family, friends, co-workers or put a team together. Enter as an individual or teams. The contest will be located on the beach in front of the lighthouse, the free registration will be at the beach. Listen to the Heritage Steel Band playing Beach Music during the contest. Prizes will be awarded in each category, with awards presentation held at 3:30 p.m. Tools permitted included hand tools and sculpting tools including buckets, shovels, scoops, carving tools, putty knives, spray bottles for water, kitchen utensils, strainers, rakes, etc. Work must be confined in given boundaries. Use only natural materials found on or near the beach. Decorations such as shells, reeds, and small rocks may be used. No artificial decorations or materials are permitted. Categories include:

• Sand Fleas (up to 8 years old, must have an adult as a leader)

• Sand Hoppers (ages 9-15)

• Sand Tribes (families)

• Sand Shapers (adult, team of adults)

• Best in Show

Judging will be based on originality, composition and technique. All contestants will be expected to take whatever they brought back out with them. Please respect all sea birds and animals on the beach.

Grace Chapel church celebrates anniversary

Grace Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates its anniversary with the theme “Grace: Our link to the past, our bridge to the future,” inspired by Ecclesiastes 3:15. The church is located at 502 Charles Street, Beaufort.

Pre-anniversary events:

• Friday, July 25, 7 p.m.: Rev. Herbert Temoney and St. Luke AME Church Family from Charleston.

• Sunday, July 27, at 4 p.m.: Presiding Elder Lorenza T. Baker, Orangeburg District and guest choirs

• Saturday, August 2: Church Picnic at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

Contact 843-524-6091 or 843-525-0708 for more information.

Eat at Fat Patties, support Healing Heroes

On Tuesday, July 29, Fat Patties will donate 10 percent of its sales that day to the Beaufort-based Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry Fund. Fat Patties is located at 831 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort, and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about Healing Heroes, visit www.hhlcf.org.

St. Helena library holds CreationStation events

• Rube Goldberg Challenge: Love to play with dominos and do you like to make tools?  This program is the best of both worlds because you will learn how to create domino effects that produce a chain reaction to make a tool.  Great program for groups — call in advance to schedule a day to participate. Monday, July 28; Wednesday, July 30; Friday, Aug. 1; Tuesday, Aug 5, and Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact 843-255.6547 or email mflorencio@bcgov.net. St. Helena branch library is located at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena Island, SC, 29920. All events free, visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org for details.

Sorority sponsors forum on scholarship searches

Mu Pi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., sponsors “Secrets to the Scholarship Search.” Answer the following questions: Do you need to apply for a scholarship to attend college? Do you find it difficult to find scholarships? If you answered yes to either question, this workshop is for you. Ms. Kimberly D. Brown, founder and CEO of Designing Creative Futures LLC, will be a guest speaker on August 1 at the St. Helena library branch during the teen lock-in. Ms. Brown will share “Secrets to the Scholarship Search.” Using her proven methods, a Battery Creek High School graduate was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship in 2014.

Save the date: Habitat’s Upcycled Art Auction

The LowCountry Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating its 10 years of operation with an art auction like no other.  Local and regional artists are treasure hunting within the store’s aisles for items to repurpose, recycle, reclaim or reimagine. They’re looking for the sometimes hidden beauty in gently-used items to create works of art. These new creations will be auctioned at an Upcycled Art Auction to be held at The Shed in Port Royal on Saturday, August 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. The auction’s Honorary Chair is artist Cassandra Gillens.  Another local artist, Deanna Bowdish, will serve as the evening’s auctioneer.   Entertainment will be provided by the Sweetgrass Angels. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available now at the ReStore at 612 Parris Island Gateway or online at www.lowcountryhabitat.org. Proceeds from the evening will support LowCountry Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing program. For more information, call 843-522-3500.

Holy Yoga combines worship and wellness 

Registered Instructor Carrie Carper will be offering Holy Yoga Class in Beaufort at the following locations:

• One Yoga Sanctuary, 73 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort: Tuesdays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 to 7 a.m.

• YMCA Beaufort County, 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

• Holy Yoga Outdoors, various locations, check facebook page (www.facebook.com/holyyogabeaufortsc): Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m.

Classes at the YMCA are for Y members and non-members. Classes outside of YMCA are donation based. Holy Yoga offers Scriptural meditation, breath work and movement that combines Hatha-style yoga with experiential worship and wellness. Holy Yoga, which ensures a space of non-judgment, grace and love, offers a fun and worshipful experience and is open to all regardless of spiritual preference, background or beliefs.

County accepting photo calendar submissions

Beaufort County is now accepting submissions for its tenth annual Land Preservation Calendar photo contest.  The 2015 calendar theme is “Branching Out: The Life, Landscapes & Love of Trees in Beaufort County.” Winning photos will be showcased in the 14-month calendar which is intended to help promote the County’s Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 25 at 5 p.m. Photos must be taken within the physical boundaries of Beaufort County.  The contest entry form and submission criteria are available at www.bcgov.net. For more information, email calendarcontest@bcgov.net or call 843-255-2354.

ABLE Foundation looking for volunteers

ABLE Foundation, the Disabilities Foundation for Beaufort County, is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors and to assist with special projects. The nonprofit ABLE Foundation supports services and programs assisting individuals with special needs. ABLE’s efforts in the recent past and this year have been to fund a summer camp, called Camp Treasure Chest, for children with special needs.  Children with needs such as developmental delays, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, genetic disorders and autism may require additional and special services and trained staff and accommodations, not usually available at regular summer camps.  In the absence of the Camp Treasure Chest, these special needs children would likely not have a summer camp experience.  Funds from the state for summer services have been virtually eliminated and the camp is almost solely supported thru fund raising and grants. ABLE has supported an expansion of the camp this year, so that more children will be served. One camp will be located in Bluffton in addition to Beaufort. Contact ABLE at 843-255-6300.

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