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Christian Women’s Club meets at church
The Christian Women’s Club of Beaufort (Formerly Beaufort Women’s Connection) will meet on Thursday, December 8 at the St. Helena Parish Church at 507 Newcastle Street. The theme is “Singing into Christmas.” The doors open at 11:45 a.m. and lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. followed by the program with speaker Candice Pope. Music and feature with be Karen Ayers and Caroline Peterson.  Cost for the luncheon and program is $12 which includes gratuity and tax. Reservations can be made to Karen Whitehead by calling 838-7627 or E-mail mommakaren@islc.net.

Chamber holds Business After Hours
When: Thursday, December 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where:  Ashton Pointe Apartments, 100 Ashton Pointe Blvd, Beaufort. What: Ashton Pointe Apartments, Coastal Connections and Port Royal Pasta Company will host December Business After Hours at Ashton Pointe.  Business After Hours is the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce’s premier monthly networking opportunity.  Please RSVP to Amy Kaylor at amy@beaufortsc.org or 843.525.8524 or register online.

Von Harten to speak to county historical society
On Thursday, Dec. 8, Beaufort County Historical Society is pleased to present longtime Beaufort County Historical Society member and former Treasurer, Bubba Von Harten who will discuss his new book “Little Geech: A Shrimper’s Story.” All meetings are held at noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Road, Lady’s Island. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend at no charge. This fun biography is an easy read for anyone interested in shrimping, the Lowcountry or just local name dropping (just enough to make it interesting but not incriminating, isn’t that really what we want to read?) Bubba was born in Beaufort in 19340, joined the Air Force and helped create a shrimping heritage that’s near “legendary along the coast of South Carolina.” Please RSVP to Pamela Ovens 843-785-2767. An optional light lunch catered by Debbi Covington will be served at 11:30 a.m. for $10.

American Revolution Round Table to meet
For the American Revolution Round Table, it’s December program and lunch time on Thursday, December 8,  at the Callawassie Country Club’s “River Club” building. The schedule is: 11:30: Social, 12: Luncheon, 1: After the Fall of Charles Town: May 1780 – December 1782, 1:45: Q & A. In May of 1780, Charles Town fell to the British who quickly established inland posts across the state.  These were dark days for the supporters of the American cause.  Relive these times with Eliza Lucas Pinckney and discover how despair turned to triumph. Speaker Peggy Pickett is a noted historian, author, a living history interpreter, a teacher, and an experienced Williamsburg guide.  Members’ cost of lunch is $19.50, Guest cost for lunch is $25.50.

Sport fishing and diving club meets monthly
The December meeting of the Beaufort Sport Fishing and Diving Club will be held on Thursday, December 8 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located off Meridian Road on Lady’s Island. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7. Dr. Glen Ulrich, who is working with the Port Royal Sound Foundation, will present a two year study on the adult Red Drum. The study was initiated in 2007 by a grant from SCDNR to provide data on the population characteristics of the adult Red Drum of Port Royal and Calibogue sounds. Not only is this a very interesting presentation with professional photography, but Dr. Ulrich will also discuss where the Red Drum are usually located, while providing information on tackle and bait techniques. Charts and these locations are also a highlight of this presentation. This recreational Red Drum fishery annually generates $150 million in revenue for South Carolina. Beaufort County has roughly half of the state’s productive habitat and nursery for this iconic species. All guests are cordially invited, no reservations are required. For additional information, call Captain Frank Gibson at 522-2020.

Daughters of American Revolution to meet
The Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their Christmas Tea at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 at the home of Mrs. Samuel Chesnutt at 24 Creekside Drive, St. Helena Island. All DAR chapter members and their guests look forward to this annual event as it give everyone a chance to exchange their holiday good wishes to each other in a lovely festive setting. For more information, call Regent Nancy Crowther at 521-0134.

Voices of Victory Choir holds annual concert
The Voices of Victory Choir (of Bethesda Christian Fellowship) cordially invites you to share in our 24th Annual Concert/Fellowship honoring Beaufort County Senior Citizens on Saturday, December 10, at 3 p.m. at Lady’s Island Middle School Gymnasium, 30 Cougar Drive, Lady’s Island. Please call Deacon Benjamin Fields (843-846-6769) or Sister Lynetta Pollock (843-986-0910) with any questions or concerns.

42nd Senior Citizens’ Tea will be at MCAS
The 42nd Senior Citizens’ Tea hosted by the Officers’ Spouses Club of the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will be held at the MCAS Officers Club on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.  The tea, a favorite event for local senior citizens is an afternoon of fun, food, entertainment and holiday cheer.  All senior citizens are welcome and there is no cost to attend.  Limited transportation is available.  Join us for this time honored tradition; RSVP by November 30 to Kate Jindrich at (843) 476-6948 or katejindrich@yahoo.com for reservations and information.

Auditions being held for ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’
Auditions for Tennessee William’s  “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be held Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, Carteret Street. If you are interested in auditioning, please bring a non-returnable recent photograph to the audition. Actors will be reading from the show script the night of audition. The Beaufort Theatre Company is a community based theatre group comprised of amateur and professional actors who share a love for the performing arts. For more information, call the CFA box office (843) 521-4145. Show dates are March 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2012.

Beaufort Writers meet
Beaufort Writers meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Lady’s Island Airport Conference Room. The next meeting will be December 13.

Big holiday book sale being held at library
Friends of the Beaufort Library (FOL) is having a huge sale of gently-used books every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday between now and December 14 in their store in the Beaufort library — just in time for the upcoming holidays! New inventory, slashed prices, Books by the Bag. Wednesday hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday hours are 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 843-812-3574 for additional information. Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

Royal Pines December events
• The Royal Pines Homeowners Association will once again hold its Annual Holiday House Decorating contest. Judging will take place starting December 14 through Dec. 17 between 5 and 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded and the association invites all to participate.   Just decorate your Royal Pines home and make sure your lights are on during these dates and times.
• Plans are also under way for Royal Pines Christmas Caroling. Members of the community will carol throughout the neighborhood on Saturday, December 17.  Carolers will travel in golf carts provided by the Lady’s Island Country Club, and will meet at the clubhouse at 2 p.m. If you need more information or would like to participate, contact Donna Drohan at 986-9178.

Vic Varner to perform many holiday gigs
Vic Varner’s band with Blue Mudd includes Beek Webb on mandolin/vocal, Adam Granade on bass, and Varner on voice/guitar. They get to pull out their holiday charts, which include a couple dozen obscure tunes from the season, such as “Christmas Island” and Louis Armstrong’s “Cool Yule.”
• Dec. 9: Saltus from 9 p.m. to midnight with Jevon Daly
• Dec. 16: Foolish Frog from 7 til 10 p.m.
• Dec. 17: Grand Opening of “New Harmonies” Smithsonian exhibit at Beaufort library from 2 til 3 p.m.
• Dec. 23: Saltus from 9 p.m. to midnight with Jevon Daly
• Jan. 22: “New Harmonies Show” at ARTworks from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with Roger Bellow.

Exchange Club wants baseball equipment
The Exchange Club of Beaufort is collecting gently used cleats and baseball gloves to be used by disadvantaged high school players in the Dominican Republic.  Weber and Mattison Pike from Beaufort High School will be attending a camp near Santo Domingo where they will immerse themselves in baseball and the Dominican culture. They will practice and participate in the same drills done by Dominican baseball players and play in daily games against the Dominican teams. Once on the field they will realize that baseball is truly a passion for most Dominican kids their age. Donations of gently used baseball cleats or old baseball gloves can be dropped off at Logan Law Firm on Charles Street or Beaufort Rentals in the Region Bank building through December 22. For more information, contact Angel Flewelling at 525-0102 or Linda Pike at 522-9348.