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Piccolo Spoleto brings Early Music to Beaufort

Two more Piccolo Spoleto concerts of Early Music will be performed in Beaufort over the next two weeks. 

Sunday, June 2, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Baptist Church of Beaufort, 3 p.m. 601 Charles Street, $25 cash or check only at the door. 

Featuring one of the most monumental works of all time, Charleston Baroque, an ensemble including members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, presents these four concertos, each representing a season.

Sunday, June 9, The Virtuoso Recorder with Steve Rosenberg: 3 p.m. at the Verdier House, 801 Beaufort, $25, cash or check only at the door (limited seating).

This unique program features music for the recorder and harpsichord. Performer Steve Rosenberg covers music from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras accompanied by Julia Harlow on harpsichord. 

Registration open for game design and development classes

The Beaufort Digital Corridor announces TWO summer camp sessions of Game On! – game design and development geared toward middle and high school students. Registration is now open for this limited seating opportunity.

The courses will be held at the Beaufort Digital Corridor’s BASEcamp facility from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday-Friday, June 10-14 and July 15-19.

Among the topics will be game strategy, puzzle design and a final project.

This is a special curriculum by Seth Konoza, an animation, game design and computer science educator at Beaufort High School. Students are introduced to the theory, tools, and practice required to create their own games.

Helping students to discover a passion for game design, computer science and coding, Game On! presents kids with the possibility of continuing their education in technology. 

Program manager Shelley Barratt adds, “In our third season of offering this course, we are well awareof the tech skills that the newer generation gains early on. The goal is to offer other skills — like critical thinking and user experience — to augment that, and the real work commences once they follow that curiosity throughout their education and into a potential tech career.”

Hunting Island Sand Sculpting Contest

The Friends of Hunting island will sponsor the annual Sand Sculpting Contest at Hunting Island State Park on Saturday, June 1 at North Beach near the Lighthouse.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and sand sculpting is from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. T-shirts and hot dogs will be for sale. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. You can cast your votes for a $1 donation in three categories of contestants: Sand Fleas, up to 10 years of age; Sand Hoppers, 11 to 17 years of age; and Sand Tribes, families and teams.

Friends of Hunting Island’s Tuesday Turtle Talks

The Friends of Hunting island announce the 2019 Tuesday Turtle Talks running Tuesday, June 11 through Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 10:30am at the picnic shelter by the Lighthouse. There is no fee for the TTT, but the park entry fee does apply. 

Each week various topics will be discussed including the natural history of loggerhead turtles, what happens when the turtles come to Hunting Island to lay their eggs, and the conservation and challenges specific to a barrier island such as Hunting Island State Park. Participation, ideas and questions are always welcome. 

After the talk, participants can join TTT host Peggy Willenberg on a short beach walk. All ages are invited to attend this educational and engaging program. 

And for early risers: If you want to join a turtle patrol to check out loggerhead nests, come to the Visitor’s Center parking lot at 6 a.m. sharp any day of the week, and talk with a volunteer in an orange shirt to join a group for that day’s patrol. All ages welcome.

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: 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

Three-part workshop at Pat Conroy Literary Center in June

The Self at the Center of Creativity is a three-part workshop for writers and artists that will include discussions, readings, writing prompts, and activities to stabilize and deepen your creativity and to bring more authenticity and enthusiasm to your own unique creative practice.
The workshop will be held the from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first three Tuesdays in June (June 4, 11, and 18) at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort.
Space is limited to 10 people, and two full scholarships are available. Those interested in applying should email a brief statement of financial need by May 27 to course instructor, Emily Davis-Fletcher, at emilydfj@gmail.com. Applicants will be notified by June 1. Three-part workshop fee is $100. For full information and to register, please visit: https://selfatthecenter.brownpapertickets.com/.

Santa Elena History Center hosting author Richard Thomas

The Santa Elena History Center is hosting a lecture and book signing with author Richard Thomas at 11:30 a.m. Saturday June 8, where he will discuss “Backwater Frontier: Beaufort County, South Carolina at the Forefront of American History.”

In this wholly original perspective on the history of a relatively isolated region of Southeastern coastline, Richard Thomas focuses on singular stories of leadership in various contexts to track and reveal a remarkable pattern of leading-edge developments which solely directed or heavily influenced the subsequent course of history across the entire American landscape.

The stories and their unmistakable implications, little-known historical highlights which chronicle 450 years of groundbreaking initiative, emanated from a concentrated and remote pocket of American wilderness. Comprehending these stories leaves the reader with no doubt as to the extraordinary and pivotal role Beaufort County, S.C. has played in the evolution of the American character and culture. 

Richard Thomas is a history scholar whose work since 2001 has included delivering presentations and leading tours for corporate executives to many notable historic sites in the U.S. and Europe. He is a graduate of Princeton University in East Asian Studies and did graduate field work in Cultural Anthropology with Thammasat University and the Siam Society in Thailand.

Beaufort Heritage Explorers Camp at the Santa Elena History Center

Immerse your child in a week of interesting local history from 1566 to the 1900s at the Beaufort Heritage Explorers summer camp at the Santa Elena History Center, hosted by the Santa Elena History Center, The Second Founding of America: Reconstruction Beaufort and the Historic Beaufort Foundation.

Dates are June 20-28 or July 29-Aug. 2, 9  a.m.-1 p.m. Each day concludes with lunch from 12:15 p.m. until pick up with lunch provided on Friday.
The cost is $150 per child with all proceeds benefit participating nonprofits. There are 15 openings for rising 3rd grade through rising 5th grade and 15 openings for rising 6th grade through rising 8th grade.
There must be a minimum of 10 per age group registered by June 15. For more information or to register, visit https://santa-elena.org/new-summer-camp-for-2019/.

Spring 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.

Thursdays: Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m. 

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.

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.

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