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Coastal Stage Productions presents ’The Hallelujah Girls’

Celebrating their fifth year of producing quality, local live theatre, Coastal Stage Productions is proud to announce their CSP Theatre Season 2019 opener, “The Hallelujah Girls.” Created by Jones, Hope, Wooten — the talented writers behind The Dixie Swim Club — the action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH, an abandoned church-turned-day-spa. The hilarity abounds when five feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to throw off their blues and shake up their lives. Set to be the first production in the new Coastal Stage @ AMVETS black-box playhouse, The Hallelujah Girls offers some of the most delightful and hilariously portrayed characters to ever hit the Lowcountry stage.

Location: COASTAL STAGE @ AMVETS, 1831 Ribaut Rd., Port Royal, SC.  

Dates: April 5, 6 at 8 p.m.; April 7 at 2 p.m.

Pricing: Reserved Seating – $25, Group (10 or more) Reserved Seating – $22, At the Door – $27

Tickets: www.coastalstageproductions.com or 843-717-2175

April activities at Hunting Island State Park

There are fun, interesting and educational activities every day hosted by Park Ranger and Lowcountry Master Naturalist Megan Stegmeier. 

Mondays: Secrets of the Salt Marsh, 4 p.m.

Tuesdays: CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Beach Walk, 3 p.m.

Wednesdays: Alligator Talk, 11 a.m.; Stepping Stones, 2 p.m. (April 17, 24)

Thursdays: Interpretive Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m. (April 4, 11, 25); CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m. 

Fridays: Fish Printing, 2 p.m. (April 5, 12, 19); Full Moon Lighthouse Climb, 8 p.m. (April 19)

Saturdays: Tie Dye, 11 a.m. (April 6); Creatures of the Night, 2:30 p.m. (April 6); Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m. (April 20)

Sundays: Reptiles of the Lowcountry, 11 a.m. (April 7, 14)

For a description of these programs and a complete calendar of activities, go to southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island and click on “Programs & Events.”

All are invited to attend these free events, though there is an entry fee to Hunting Island State Park and reservations are needed for lighthouse programs.

For more information, call 843-838-7437 or go to the Friends of Hunting Island website and the Facebook page: FOHI Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

Tour the Hunting Island Lighthouse

The Friends of Hunting Island will present tours of the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, April 4, April 11, and April 25. Reservations are recommended by calling 843-838-7437. 

There is a $2 fee and visitors must be 44 inches tall to climb the lighthouse. Keeper Ted and guides will discuss the history of the only lighthouse in South Carolina open to visitors.

Of special interest this month is the Friday, April 19, Full Moon Lighthouse Climb at 8 p.m. Fee is $10 per person. For pre-registration, call the Nature Center at 843-838-7437. 

BAC, BASEcamp Gallery to celebrate Gullah artists

Celebrating Gullah Art, the Beaufort Arts Council will showcase artists Diane Dunham Griffin, Claudette Humphrey, Renee Smith, Andy Tate, and Bernice Mitchell Tate at the Beaufort Digital Corridor’s BASEcamp Gallery from April through June.

Join us for the Artists Reception on Friday, April 5 as part of historic downtown Beaufort’s Spring Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. BASEcamp Gallery is at 500 Carteret St., midway between USCB Center for the Arts/Sea Islands Center Gallery and the downtown galleries.

Also, one of the gallery’s current artists, Omar “Omally” Patterson, will be one of the “artists in the street” downtown during Art Walk. 

Catch the Wellness Wave at USCB

The excitement is building as a new and unique festival is being rolled out in Beaufort. The Wellness Wave and Scavenger Hunt is a collaboration of USCB partnering with its neighbors, Beaufort Chiropractic, Free Spirit Yoga, Sanctuary Acupuncture, and Alchemical Healing.  Motivated to bring more fun, wellness, and sense of community to our college students and to the Beaufort community, the collaborators will turn the USCB campus into a hub of festivities, games and treats.

Come out and meet up with USCB students, community members and families for the day. Join the scavenger hunt, sample yoga and fitness moves, play games, win prizes, enjoy popsicles and other treats, network, and groove to the tunes spun by a local DJ. Best of all, admission is free!

The festivities are happening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, on the USCB Beaufort Campus lawn.

YMCA to offer CPR classes

The Wardle Family YMCA, located at 1801 Richmond Ave in Port Royal, offers CPR classes for community members on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon on the following dates in 2019: April 6, May 11, June 8, June 22, July 20, August 17, September 7, September 19, and November 23. 

Cost is $35 for this YMCA-certified course and those interested need to register at the Y as space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact Lou Bergen, Aquatics Director to register for this class. Call the Y at  843-522-9622 or visit beaufort-jasperymca.org

Noted photographer to present to local clubs

The Photography Club of Beaufort, with the support of the Callawassie Island Photo Club, the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island, and the Photography Club of Sun City are excited to announce that world renown photographer Bryan Peterson is returning to the Lowcountry for a one-night only program. Mr. Peterson will present “Expanding Your Vision” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry Auditorium, 921 Ribaut Road. 

This one night event and presentation will address how to become more aware of your surroundings and the often unseen potential for photography. In addition, he will emphasize compositional principles, exposure fundamentals, flash techniques and the importance of understanding the impact of color. This free program is open to the public and is an amazing opportunity for local photographers to hear Peterson explain his incredible insights on these topics.

Peterson is an internationally renowned photographer, educator, and commercial photographer with over 35 years of experience. He has authored over 12 books, including the seminal reference, “Understanding Exposure,” and is the founder of the world’s top online photography school (PPSOP.com). Copies of Mr. Peterson’s books will be available for purchase at this program.

The Photography Club of Beaufort meets on the second Monday of each month at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. Attendance at club meetings is open to the public.

YA Everlasting Book Club

If you are an adult but still enjoy reading Young Adult literature, this book club is for you. All meetings are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. 

• Wednesday, April 10: “The Astonishing Color of After” by Emily X.R. Pan

For more information, call 843-255-6458.

Conroy Center to host poetry reading

In partnership with the Beaufort Arts Council, the Conroy Center will host award-winning poet Tjawangwa Dema for a free public reading at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. Books will be available for sale and signing following the reading. 

Tjawangwa Dema is a Motswana poet, educator, and arts administrator. Her collection The Careless Seamstress won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry. Her chapbook Mandible was selected for the African Poetry Book Fund’s New-Generation African Poets series. 

Sea Island Fly Fishers to meet April 10

The speaker for the Sea Island Fly Fishers’ April 10 meeting is Capt. Gary Dubiel, a light tackle/ fly fishing charter captain out of Oriental and New Bern, N.C. Capt. Dubiel targets Redfish, stripers, speckled seatrout and a variety of other salt and fresh water game fish. He is a veteran guide, TV personality, rod designer, and writer.  The local fly fishing club is especially interested in hearing about his Pop N Fly, a fly he created for trophy redfish. The public is welcome to attend this free event, at 6 p.m. on April 10, at 815 Bay St. Refreshments will be served and anyone interested in fly fishing should consider attending. The club is also sponsoring a fly-only-redfish tourney April 15-21, which is open to non-members.  Sign up at 815 Bay St. Contact Jack Baggette at 843-441-4023 for information. 

Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club to meet April 11

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s April meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Beaufort Yacht Club on Lady’s Island off Meridian Road. 

The social begins at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s guest speaker will be local angler, Jim Golier a former S.C. Department of Natural Resources representative and current executive director of the Hampton Wildlife Fund. He will discuss the latest in electronic and maintenance issues. This will include various plotters, sounders, and utilization.

A representative from West Marine will also be available for various product pricing for makes and models.

Guests are welcomed and you do not need a reservation. For more information, contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.

YMCA Puppy Plunge 

YMCA’s Puppy Plunge will be held from 9-11 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month (weather permitting) at the Y outdoor pool (1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal). Pups can splash, swim and play in our safe, enclosed outdoor pool area. The cost is $10 per pup and all proceeds benefit the Y’s Learn to Swim program, which teaches local children and adults to swim at a reduced cost or for free. Dogs must be well-behaved, current on all required vaccines and leashed until inside the pool area. Owners must be present at all times and humans are not permitted to swim in the Puppy Plunge. Visit beaufort-jasperymca.org or call 843-522-9622 for more information.

Get moving with Beaufort Track Club

Join the Beaufort Track Club at the Beaufort High School track from 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Tuesday night for an open community track workout. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts are posted each week to ensure that you are getting the workout that you need.

Visit the Facebook page “Beaufort Track Club” for more information.

LCWC to hold April luncheon in Bluffton

The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection will be having their April luncheon meeting at Hampton Hall clubhouse at 11:30 a.m. on April 17. The feature will be floral designer Kerry Cross, and the featured speaker will be Debby Morris from Savannah, who will be speaking on, “So What’s Normal, Anyway?” Cost for the luncheon is $25 and must be prepaid by April 10. Make checks payable to “CWC Bluffton” and mail to: Carol Mock, 607 Argent Way, Bluffton, SC, 29909. For details, call Carol at 843-705-7604.

Beaufort Christian Women’s lunch supporting Radiance Women

The Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection will hold their monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Bermuda Bluff Club House, 10 Club House Drive, St. Helena Island, SC 29920. This is a change of venue for this month. The cost is $18 for the catered lunch and program. Guest speaker Debby Morris will speak on “So What’s Normal Anyway?” Radiance Women, a faith-based medical clinic providing pregnancy support is our feature. Guests are invited to bring unwrapped baby gifts or WalMart gift cards ( $10, $15, $20) for a baby shower for Radiance. Some of the needed items include onesies, newborn diapers, clothing sizes newborn to 18 mo, baby books, receiving blankets, Playtex “Dropins” bottles, teething toys, butt paste and pacifiers. Reservations can be made with Marti Myers at 843-321-0962 or email her at puddlesportia@gmail.com. More information is on Facebook at Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection. BCWC is part of Stonecroft Ministries.

Soft Shell Crab Festival returns to Port Royal in April

All are invited to the 16th annual Soft Shell Crab Festival on Paris Avenue in Port Royal on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Local chefs will be serving favorite soft shell crab dishes as well as a variety of other festival foods.

In addition to a Classic Car Show from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., attendees can enjoy a Kids Zone featuring affordable rides for a variety of ages, face painting and balloon animals by local favorite Tux the Clown.

A variety of craft vendors will line Paris Avenue. Bikers Against Bullies will also be in attendance.

Live music will include Frogmore Stu playing from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., The Blues Boys performing from 1-2:30 p.m., and Bootless from 3-5 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Beaufort will hold its annual crab race on Battery Creek, with a top prize of $40,000 to one possible winner and 10 chances to win $5,000. More information about the 2019 crab race is available at www.portroyalcrabrace.com.

For more details or inquiries about the Soft Shell Crab Festival, please visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com or call (843) 986-2211.

Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon

The next Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will be back in Bluffton on May 3 at the Oak Terrace at Rose Hill. The Luncheon event is intended to help support local women owned businesses and to help women network in effort to grow personally and professionally.

Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at Register lowcountry-ladies-luncheon. Interested vendors are to contact Laurie Brown at laurie@auntlauries.com for pre-approval. Vendor display tickets are $45 and include lunch. Vendor spots typically sell out, so register early.

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