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Souper Bowl of Caring accepting donations

The BCHS SADD Club is working with youth groups around the nation on the Souper Bowl of Caring Campaign to collect cans of any kind of soup for local food banks/pantries. Collection starts January 6th and ends January 30th.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office of Battery Creek High School. For more information, call Diane Grooms at 322-5580.

BHS Theater to benefit Healing Heroes

Beaufort High School Theater Dept. presents “UNITED WE STAND,” a USO-inspired variety show to benefit Healing Heroes of Beaufort. Friday, January 9, 2015 at the BHS Performing Arts Center – 9:30 a.m. ($8.00) and 7:00 p.m. ($10.00).

Free oil changes to deserving mothers

The LINK Church of Beaufort will give free oil changes for single mothers and mothers with deployed husbands in the parking lot of Love House Ministries,423 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort on Saturday, January 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is a free service provided to single mothers and mothers with deployed husbands only. Bounce houses for children and refreshments for those receiving an oil change will be provided. A canned or boxed food item donation is suggested in exchange for this service. All food collected will be donated to HELP of Beaufort.

Beaufort Aglow to hold January meeting

The Beaufort Aglow meeting will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Gilligans, located at 2601 Boundary Street from 10:30am – 12:30pm. For more information, please call (843) 290-5563. The Reverend Doctor Paulette Mari Elizabeth Stevens, a native New Yorker is a three-time graduate of Howard University, where she received the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Master of Divinity and the Doctorate of Ministry Degrees. She was ordained an Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
in 1994.

Session to help create a  “Five Wishes” document

As a person ages, it is imperative they discuss their future desires and changing needs with their loved ones. To help with this difficult process, “Planning Ahead & Five Wishes” will be presented twice on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Helena Place Senior Living. The interactive session 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 planning for an aging senior’s housing, Social Security benefits, life insurance loopholes and affordable options for burial or cremation. A notary will be available to notarize the “Five Wishes” document making it a legal living will. The presentation will be held twice on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10:30-noon and from 1:30-3 p.m. Both presentations will be held at Helena Place Senior Living at 1624 Paris Avenue in Port Royal. The sessions are free and open to the public, but space is limited so participants are asked to RSVP by calling (843) 252-3001 or by e-mail at rewing@enlivant.com.

CODA will be holding training for volunteers

CODA will be holding its next volunteer training beginning January 10.  Training hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on January 10 and will continue on January 12, 13, and 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All four sessions must be completed prior to beginning volunteer activities. 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 offices and/or the shelter, or at various community events as representatives of CODA. Interested individuals should contact Theresa Lacey at 843-770-1074 ext. 225, or visit www.codalowcountry.org and click on the volunteer tab.

NAMI hosts program to help caregivers

NAMI Beaufort County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its evidence based Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Saturday, January 10, 2015. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. It will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12 noon in Beaufort at Harrington Place at 1211 Harrington Street. The course provides a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness, while taking care of their own needs. “Mental illness does not involve just one person,” said NAMI Beaufort County Board President John Aiello, “Entire families are affected. NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing. It is taught by trained family caregivers who themselves have loved ones living with mental illness. They know first-hand what families face.”
For more information or to register for the course please contact Sarah Eliasoph, Executive Director at nami@hargray.com or by telephoning 843-681-2200. The course provides information about major mental illnesses and current research on their biological aspects; information about treatment strategies and prospects for recovery; empathy based on the “lived experience” of a person living with mental illness; specific skills for communication, problem-solving and handling crises and relapse; coping skills for family caregivers to alleviate worry, stress and emotional overload; and guidance on finding appropriate mental health care and supports in the community and how to advocate for them. Mental illness includes major depression, major anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.

Join church members in blessing Beaufort waters

Fr. James Bozeman and the members of St. James Orthodox Church will bless the waters surrounding Beaufort, South Carolina on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  He and his parishioners will make their way to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park at 12:30 p.m., walking in a procession into the park, where a service referred to as “The Great Blessing of the Waters” will be served by Fr James.  This service is a part of the commemoration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St John the Baptist, and is celebrated each year as part of Holy Theophany (or “Epiphany”), on January 6th. The term “theophany” refers to the “shining forth” or the “revelation” of Jesus Christ in the world, according to Christian tradition.  Jesus Christ’s ministry in his earthly life is reckoned as beginning with his baptism in the Jordan River when he was thirty years old. St James Orthodox Church, a mission parish of the Orthodox Church in America, is located at 1014 Charles Street in Beaufort.  Services are offered on Saturdays (Great Vespers, 6:00 pm), Sundays (Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am) and Wednesdays (Little Compline and Catechsim/Study Group), as well as liturgies on the feast days of the Church year.  All persons are encouraged to visit, regardless of whether they are Orthodox Christians or not.  Fr James may be reached via email (stjamesbeaufort@gmail.com), or by phone (706-716-3255).

USCB to hold youth acting classes

•  Acting A Song:  Star Power Acting Classes — Classes for ages 11-15   on Tuesdays from  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. These classes will be held January 13-February 17, 2015. The cost is $95 and pre-registration is required. Descprition: Passion, commitment and motivation are every bit as important as pitch, tone and register in performing musical theater.  We invite you to join us for a six-week exploration of the acting challenges and opportunities of performing a song.  During this time, we will cultivate the skills necessary for making a song an extension of character and story. *Instructors: Libby Ricardo and Anna Schaffer

•  Fundamentals of Acting — Classes for ages 11-15   on Tuesdays from  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. These classes will be held January 13-February 17, 2015. The cost is $85 and pre-registration is required. Descprition: This class will focus on healthy vocal production and physical-based character work.  By the end of the course, students will have applied these techniques to the preparation of an audition monologue uniquely suited to him or her.  The course will also provide each student with a basic acting vocabulary that will certainly be utilized in future theater endeavors. For more information to register or inquire about scholarship please call 843-521-4145 or email.tgates@uscb.edu.

Quilters will present Quilts of Valor

Members of the Sea Island Quilters spent most of 2014 making Quilts of Valor. During the year, 12 quilts were completed. At the January 15th meeting, several of the quilts will be awarded to the husbands of members who served in the Vietnam conflict. Anne Mixson, S.C. Coordinator for Quilts of Valor will attend and make the presentations. Mixson will also update members on the work and progress of Quilts of Valor around the state. Completed quilts will also be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation for distribution to service members throughout South Carolina. Monthly meetings are at 6PM and held at Praise Assembly, 800 Parris Island Gateway. For details contact Debi Bacon at 843-757-3416 or kansaswx@verizon.net.