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American Sewing Guild group to begin gathering

Attention for all those who love to sew: Beginners and advanced sewing enthusiasts are welcome to attend a start-up meeting for a local neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild. The South Carolina- Central Savannah River Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is pleased to announce the formation of a neighborhood group in the Beaufort area. The neighborhood group will have a startup meeting at the Beaufort library on Thursday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. The regular meetings will be at the Beaufort library on the first Thursday of the month starting September 4 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

AARP smart driver courses scheduled

An AARP smart driver course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 22 at The Summit Place of Beaufort, 1119 Pickpocket Plantation Drive. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Participants will be issued a certificate upon completion, for  a  possible discount on auto insurance for a three-year period. Class size is limited. To register, call Harry Ammon at 843-521-1941.

Church presents ‘A Tea: The Essence of Joy’

The Grace Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church presents A Tea: “The Essence of Joy” (hats on parade) on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort log cabin. Donation is $20. For more information, please call 843-522-1470 or 843-525-0708.

Eat at Fat Patties, help local Team in Training

On Tuesday, August 26, come out to Fat Patties from 5 p.m. until close and 10 percent of all proceeds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Help support the local Team In Training at 831 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort.

Seminars help seniors make wishes known

As a person ages, it is important they discuss their needs and desires with their loved ones. To help with this difficult process, “Planning Ahead & Five Wishes” will be presented twice on Wednesday, August 27. 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. The document will help avoid the difficult situations that are so common as a person ages and/or becomes seriously ill. Also addressed will be the importance of planning for a senior’s housing, affordable options for burial or cremation, Social Security benefits and life insurance loopholes. A notary will be available to notarize the “Five Wishes” document making it a legal living will. Both sessions are free and open to the public. The 10:30 a.m. to noon session will be held at Helena Place Senior Living at 1624 Paris Ave., in Port Royal. The 2 to 3:30 p.m. session will be held at the St. Helena Island library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, SC, 29920. To register for either session, e-mail rewing@enlivant.com or call 843-252-3001.

Library to discuss 1893 Sea Island Hurricane 

Grace Cordial, manager of the Beaufort District Collection, will share first person accounts and rare materials from the night that death came to call in a presentation titled “Tide of Death: The Sea Island Hurricane of 1893” on Thursday, August 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Beaufort branch library meeting room, first floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. Ages 12 to adult, and the event is free. For more information, please call 843-255-6458, email gracec@bcgov.net or visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Museum announces new fall docent program

The Beaufort History Museum is recruiting the Fall 2014 class of volunteer docents to lead tours and serve as community liaisons. Museum President Anna Shaffer announced the new class sessions. An informational session for interested candidates will be held August 28 at the Beaufort History Museum from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Docent training classes will be held weekly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Sept. 4 through 25. All sessions will be held at The Beaufort History Museum, which has recently relocated to The Arsenal at 713 Craven Street, Beaufort. For more information on the docent program, or other volunteer opportunities with the museum, contact Lorrie Burleyknoles at docent@beaufortschistorymuseum.com.

Celebrate Lands End Woodland River Festival 

The Lands End Woodland, Inc. of St. Helena Island will celebrate the 9th Annual Lands End Woodland River Festival on Labor Day weekend, August 29-30. The festival is a multi-cultural community celebration of the Gullah ancestry and culture of the people of St. Helena Island through music, storytelling, historical presentations, local art, crafts, and a “taste of Gullah” specialty dishes.

The River Festival has become a favorite event for families looking to soak up cultural festivities during the last days of summer. On Friday evening, the festival will kick off with a good old fashioned fish fry and music on the beach from 5-11 p.m.

On Saturday, August 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., center stage will open with a special performance of children’s folktales in Gullah by S.C. Folk Heritage winner “Aunt Pearlie Sue”, Latin folk dancers, the Community Bible Church youth puppet show, gospel choirs, African drummers and dancers, and more. Visitors can sample delicious Lowcountry seafood, Gullah specialties and homemade ice cream at food trucks; then spend the day fishing, and taking tours of historic tabby ruins, nearby Fort Fremont Park and the Penn Center museum. There will also be information on voter registration, the Gullah Farmers Cooperative Association and the Center for Heirs Property Preservation. Admission is $3 for adults; children (16 and under) free; free parking. The Woodland beachfront property is located at 100 Lands End Road, six miles south of Penn Center off Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on St. Helena Island. For more information, call 843-263-5261, email rbrowne@embarqmail.com or visit www.landsendwoodland.org.

Unitarian Fellowship holds annual yard sale

The Annual Unitarian Fellowship Yard Sale will be held Saturday, August 30, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady’s Island. Cash only.

Free sessions focus on skin, plastic surgery

• September 4: Breast Reconstruction Lecture: 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bluffton Medical Campus (Room 150), 75 Baylor Drive Bluffton, SC 29910. Join Beaufort County’s only female plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Audrey Klenke, and fellow breast cancer survivors for food, fellowship and an informative lecture on reconstruction options. Please RSVP at 843-815-6699 or Lindsay@PinnaclePlasticSurgeryMD.com.

• September 15: Skin Cancer Checks: 9 a.m. to noon at Curves of Bluffton, 365 Red Cedar St., #302. Dr. Audrey Klenke, of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, will be conducting complimentary skin cancer checks. Please call 843-706-2844 to reserve a spot.

• September 24: Get Even with Age: An Introduction to Cosmetic Surgery: 5 to 7 p.m. at The Lake House at Sun City Hilton Head. Bring your friends for a fun and informative evening as Dr. Audrey Klenke talks candidly about the evolving trends and time-honored procedures in the field of plastic surgery. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at 843-815-6699 or www.PinnaclePlasticSurgeryMD.com.

CODA holds final volunteer training

CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse) will be holding its final volunteer training of 2014 in September.  The training is comprised of four sessions which will be held Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and September 8, 9, and 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. CODA volunteers will be trained in working with victims of domestic violence, answering the 24-hour crisis line and a variety of activities working either on site in CODA’s shelter or at various community events as representatives of CODA. Interested individuals can download the application by visiting www.codalowcountry.org and clicking the “volunteer” tab.  Pre-registration required. For more information, contact Theresa Lacey at 843-770-1074, ext. 225.

Local military officer’s chapter holds meeting

The Low Country Chapter, Military Officer’s Association of America 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 group for lunch September 9 at the Dataw Island Club’s Carolina Room (free pass at gate). Guest speaker will be the new MCAS Commander Col. Peter Buck. Cash bar opens 11:30 a.m., with luncheon served at noon. The cost is $25 per person; casual dress. For reservations, call or e-mail Treasurer Robert de Treville: redetreville@sprintmail.com, 843-522-1255 by Sept. 1; www.lcmoaa.org.

Sea Island Fly Fishers to hold monthly meeting

The Sea Island Fly Fishers will resume monthly meetings on September 10.  A social hour at 6 p.m. will be followed at 7 p.m. by a program on bone fishing.  David Cargile, a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor, will share his bone fishing experience from numerous Florida, Bahamas, Mexico, and Belize trips. He will tell where to find them, how to catch them and the flys and equipment required, plus handling and how to photograph them. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments are free.  Anyone interested in the sport is welcome to attend. Visit www.flyfishingbeaufort.com for details of club activities. Meetings are at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, 825 Bay St. Call Jack Baggette at 843-522-8911 for more information.

Community invited to annual memorial service

Pruitt Health Hospice, or United Hospice, is hosting its Annual Memorial Service for the community on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. All community members are invited to honor deceased loved ones. Families are encouraged to bring a photograph of their loved one.  Light refreshments will be served. The Parish hall is located at 507 Newcastle Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. RSVP to Pruitt Health Hospice at 843-522-0476.

Hospice organization to hold fashion show

Belles, Baubles and Burlap, Fashion for Compassion, is this year’s theme for Friends of Caroline Hospice of Beaufort’s annual fashion show, which will be held Wednesday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on Dataw Island. Tickets are $55 or $500 for a table of 10. If you would like to donate a live auction item or purchase tickets, call 843-525-6257.