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Christian Women’s Connection has luncheon

The Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection will hold its fall luncheon and meeting on Thursday, September 18, at the Hilton Gardens Inn from noon to 2 p.m. The feature will be “Essential Oil for a Better Life”.  Guest speaker is Holly Berry and her titled talk is “Playing for Keeps”. Luncheon and program is $15 which includes tax and gratuity. Reservations or cancellations by Friday, September 12, by calling Dawn Stroop at 838-4277 or email dkstroop@msn.com.

Society holds historical marker dedication, talk

The Beaufort County Historical Society continues its collaborative efforts as it partners with Beaufort County at the dedication of the Shanklin School Historical Marker, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. on Shanklin Road. The dedication ceremony will be followed by light refreshments. The event will then adjourn to the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club at noon for a talk by Anne Christensen Pollitzer including vintage slides on the founding and history of the Shanklin School. Pollitzer’s talk will begin at noon and is free and open to the public. RSVP by Sept. 14 to Linda Hoffman at hoffmaks@earthlink.net.

Sea Island Quilters to meet at Praise Assembly

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on Thursday, September 18, 6 p.m. at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris Island Gateway. Special guest speaker will be Judy Lilly, award-winning quilter and artist. Ms Lilly will share her trunk full of treasures. She will also teach a workshop on applique and thread painting on Friday, September 19. For details, contact Debi Bacon at kansaswx@verizon.net or 757-3416.

Life House Youth Chess Club holds tournament

A free Summer Chess Tournament will be held by the Life House Youth Chess Club on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Life House Child Enrichment Station Media Center, 36 Faith Station, Beaufort, SC, 29906. For more information, call Life House Church at 843-379-9673.

HBF dinner and lecture to discuss tabby sites

From ancient sites all over the world, architectural historian Colin Brooker will bring his discoveries, investigations and interpretations to Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Dinner & A Lecture Series at the Verdier House Monday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. Brooker, an international expert on form-built structures comprised of natural materials found on site, will present a survey of sites he’s studied on James Island, at Edisto Island, in Stateburg, SC, on Daufuskie Island, in the Bahamas and at Milton Abbot in southeast England. His investigations have widened accepted scholarship on where the use of these materials are found  He will discuss the character and techniques of these sites as well as their meaning during the period 1780-1845. Currently he is Heritage and Preservation Consultant to the Government of the Bahamas. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 5:30; the program is 6 to 7 p.m. Admission for members is $15/$25 per member/couple. Non-member admission is$20/$30 per person/couple. Call 379-3331 to make reservations. Reservations for Saltus’ three-course dinner for $19 may be made by calling Saltus at 379-3474.

Cosmetic surgeon holds anti-aging seminar

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Sept. 24, when Dr. Audrey Klenke from Pinnacle Plastic Surgery presents “Get Even with Age: An Introduction to Cosmetic Surgery” at the Lakehouse in Sun City. If you’ve ever been curious about cosmetic surgery or just want to hear about the latest advances in the field, here’s an opportunity to get the details and ask some questions, too. Dr. Klenke, Beaufort County’s only female plastic surgeon, will discuss some of the most popular, anti-aging cosmetic procedures including facelift, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, as well as non-surgical procedures such as Botox and fillers. There will be a “meet and greet” with the doctor at 5 p.m., followed by the seminar at 5:30. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested by calling 815-6699 or visiting PinnaclePlasticSurgeryMD.com.

Black chamber, SCORE class helps business plans

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) to offer a class on developing a business plan.  Included in the course will be information on accessing a business loan and other financial strategies.  The class will be held Monday, September 22; Wednesday, September 24; and Friday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chamber office at 801 Bladen Street in Beaufort.  Enrollment is $25 and will be reimbursed upon completion of all three session. To enroll, call 843-986-1102 ext.2.

Fall Clean for JOY 2014 offers all items for free

On Friday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., don’t miss Fall Clean for JOY 2014, a yard sale where everything is free.  The Lending Room, Roxanne Cheney Organizes and TheraVista co-sponsor this semi-annual event where community members clean out their closets, drawers and garages of all those items that no longer serve and offer them back to those who can use them now. Bringing joy for those who are giving and joy for those receiving. Donations are still being accepted. For drop off instructions, please call 843-812-1328.

Friends of Beaufort Library holds book sale

The Friends of the Beaufort Library: Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Branches (FOL) will hold its Annual Fall Book Sale September 26-28 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort. The Friends of the Library member-only preview sale is from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 26 with the sale opened to the public starting at noon (through 6 p.m.) and continuing on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. This book sale is the main fundraiser for the FOL with all proceeds benefitting the Beaufort County Public Library branches in Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Island. Always one of the biggest sales of its type held in Beaufort County, it will be just as grand this year with thousands of gently used books, CDs and DVDs available. Books will again be priced at $2 for most hardbacks, $1.50 for trade paperbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. Children’s books will be individually priced with many just 10 cents. On Sunday, all remaining books will be half-price. Also, the popular Silent Auction begins Friday morning and concludes at 4 p.m. on Saturday. As in previous years, the book sale includes titles of every genre, for all ages and covering every conceivable subject area. The fall book sale is the main fundraiser for the FOL, which, in turn, is the largest volunteer supporter of the three public library branches located in northern Beaufort County. To become a member of FOL, contact Alyssa Martin at 443-223-8108, amaps@aol.com. To volunteer, contact Patricia Ethier at 843-524-8442, patrishethier@hargray.com.

Stir It Up celebrates teen cooking class graduation

Stir It Up: Teen cooking class “cook-off” and graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Shed behind Gullah Grub, 877 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, SC, 29920. On the menu will be gumbo, fried fish, red rice, string beans, mac and cheese, cornbread and dessert, catered by Gullah Grub Restaurant and teen chefs. There will be dinner, cool music and hand-crafted jewelry. Donation is $20, all proceeds benefit the Gullah Style Cooking Class Scholarship Fund, a program that works to educate youth about Gullah culture through organic farming and cooking. To make reservations, contact Sara’ Reynolds Green, 843-473-0477. Sponsored by The Unitarian Fellowship of Beaufort, Gullah Grub Restaurant, SC Coastal Community Development Corporation, and Marshview Community Organic Farm.

Don’t miss 20th annual Beaufort Shrimp Fest

Main Street Beaufort, USA, and the South Carolina Shrimpers Association are gearing up for the 20th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival, to be held Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This two-day festival is a celebration of SC Wild Caught Shrimp, local food and fun in the Lowcountry. Friday, October 3, at 6 p.m.: Live music will take place on the Pavilion Stage featuring The Company Band. Saturday, October 4, 8 a.m.: Calling all walkers and runners to participate at the festival’s popular 5K Bridge Run/Walk (USATF certified course). The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Bay and Newcastle Streets. You may register at www.active.com or download applications from www.beaufortshrimpfestival.com. Saturday’s events continue at 11 a.m. with children activities, abundance of SC fresh wild caught shrimp, and the arts and craft market. Live music all day on the Pavilion stage will be provided by The Brewer Band, Aunt Pearlie Sue, and The Bull Grapes. Local restaurants will put their unique spins on fresh local shrimp, available to attendees, and will compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish” and “Best Booth Decoration” voted by a panel of judges, and the “People’s Choice”, chosen by festival attendees. The Sea Island Rotary Club will host its 6th annual Charity Shrimp Race, where 5,000 rubber floating shrimp will be dropped in the Beaufort River adjacent to Waterfront Park from a working shrimp boat. For more information or to adopt a shrimp, visit www.rotaryshrimprace.com. For more information or to register for the 5K Bridge Run/Walk, visit www.beaufortshrimpfestival.com or call 843-525-6644.

NAMI holds second Pig Pickin’ In the Park

NAMI Beaufort County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be holding the second annual Pig Pickin’ (And Chicken) In the Park in Live Oaks Park, Port Royal on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will feature Jimmy Fitts’ Catering with pulled pork, chicken and all the fixins. There will be live music, and beer and wine available at a cash bar. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids 12 and under, free from kids under 5. The event raises awareness and funds for local mental health programs offered by NAMI during Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 5-11. Contact 843-681-2200 or www.namibeaufortcounty.org.

PAL holds 2nd ‘Artisans Fur Animals’ Gala

Join animal and art lovers at Palmetto Animal League’s 2nd Annual Artisans Fur Animals Gala on Friday, October 10, hosted by Presenting Sponsor Hilton Head Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Mingle and bid on amazing silent and live auction artwork, featuring one-of-a-kind cat and dog sculptures as well as jewelry, wood carvings, photographs, paintings, and unique artisan works. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction, by Steve Allen and Mark Thibodeau of Gallery 95 Auction, begins at 6:45 p.m. Purchase advance priced $25 tickets at www.pal.ticketbud.com or $30 at the door. For more information, call 843-368-5358 or visit www.PalmettoAnimalLeague.org.