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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. TheraVista is located at 263 Brickyard Point Road South on Lady’s Island.

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.

Free program highlights reptiles, amphibians

Tony Mills, the host of the award winning television show “Coastal Kingdom,” and Rob Lewis from The County Channel will share facts and information about reptiles and amphibians of the Lowcountry on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Beaufort library, 311 Scott Street, downtown Beaufort. Come see these live animals and learn about their environment. Clips from programming of “Coastal Kingdom” will be used during this program. Come see the new collection of “Coastal Kingdom” programs available for circulation.  Contact Kathleen McTeer, kmcteer@bcgov.net or call 255-6469.

Music from the Heart benefits Broken Tails

October’s First Friday in Habersham features Music from the Heart — a concert to benefit animals in need of emergency care.  Although admission to the October 3 event is free, donations will be accepted for Broken Tails, a fund that provides grants for critical medical assistance to pets whose human companions need financial assistance.  The concert will be at Habersham Market, 6 to 9 p.m.

Black chamber will have Friday networking event

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event hosted by Gullah Heritage Trail Tours at Simmons Fishing Camp located at 11 Simmons Road, Hilton Head Island SC 29926 on October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Open to the public. Refreshments and prizes. Details call 843-986-1102.

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.

Lowcountry Patriots host fundraising banquet

Join the Lowcountry Patriots at their annual fundraiser banquet for the nonprofit NRA Foundation, Saturday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 2001 Boundary St., Beaufort. There will be fine BBQ, auctions, games, firearms and fundraising. Proceeds benefit youth shooting sports, JROTC, hunting and firearms education, law enforcement, National School Shield Program and more. Tickets $30, purchase online at www.friendsofnra.org/sc or call Skip Mercer 843-263-3671 or Patrick Lengel 843-368-2749. Limited seating, no tickets sold at door.

Fripp Audubon has Fall Migration Celebration II

Every fall, thousands of birds transit the Beaufort Barrier Islands Important Bird Area (IBA), where the three inhabited islands — Fripp, Harbor and Hunting Island State Park — will host Fall Migration Celebration II, October 4 and 5, open to all. Expert presentations and guided beachwalks sponsored by the Fripp Audubon Club and Naturally Fripp Community Wildlife Habitat Team. Space limited. Go to www.beaufortbarrierislandsiba.com for program and ticket information/registration. Ticket covers events, multi-island gate pass and box lunch: $30 online; $40 at sign-in, 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Hunting Island Nature Center.

Port Royal Baptist Church hosts two events

All former members are invited to a special Homecoming service at Port Royal Baptist Church, located at Ribaut Road at the Naval Hospital, 707 Pinckney Drive, 521-1994. Pastor Rev. Steven Ruff will be at the Homecoming on Sunday, October 5 at the 11 a.m. service.  The special guest speaker will be Rev. Dan Messer, a former pastor who lives and ministers in the Upstate. Immediately following the service, there will be a special fellowship luncheon honoring all former members. For more information, call 521-1994 or visit www.portroyalbaptist.org or our FB page, Port Royal Baptist church.

• There will be a revival at Port Royal Baptist Church from Sunday, October 12 through Wednesday, October 15.  October 12 services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. October 13-15, services are 6:30 p.m. each night. Come enjoy special music and worship with us. Guest speaker is Rev. Eddie Blalock, pastor of Orchard Community Church, Lake City, Florida. For more information, call the church office at 521-1994.

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, 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 with 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.

Hope Haven holds weekly support groups

The silence of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault can lead to a lifetime of trauma and fear.  Survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse can find hope and healing by finding their own words to express their experiences and by sharing and listening to experiences and insight with other survivors. Hope Haven of the Lowcountry offers adult support groups for survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse.  The groups meet weekly on Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., or bi-weekly on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Hope Haven of the Lowcountry is located at 1212 Charles Street, Beaufort, SC. The group is offered free of charge and participants must be at least 18 years old.  To participate in the group or obtain more information, contact Marian Lindsey at 843-524-2256.