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.
Sundays: Sand/candy art, 11 a.m. (Oct. 20, 27); Hunting Island Bingo, 2:30 p.m. (Oct 20, 27).
Mondays: Reptiles of the Lowcountry, 11 a.m. (Oct. 28); Secrets of the Salt Marsh, 4 p.m. (Oct. 21).
Tuesdays: CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Beach Walk, 3 p.m.; Going Batty, 4 p.m. (Oct. 29).
Wednesdays: Alligator Talk, 11 a.m.; Stepping Stones, 2 p.m.; Lowcountry Legends & Lore, 4 p.m. (Oct. 30).
Thursdays: Interpretive Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m. (Oct. 17, 24, 31); CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m.; Shark Tooth Excursion, 4 p.m. (Oct. 31); Spooky Lighthouse Lantern Tours, 6-8:30 p.m. (Oct. 31).
Fridays: Fish printing, 2 p.m. (Oct. 18, 25).
Saturdays: Sunrise Lighthouse Climb, 6:30 a.m. (Oct. 19); Tie-Die, 11 a.m. (Oct. 19, 26); Trunk or Treat, 5-9 p.m. (Oct. 26).
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.
Beaufort County Historical Society “Historically Speaking” lectures
All talks, held at noon on Thursdays, are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. First-come, first-seated, doors open 30 minutes prior to event.
Oct. 17: Dr. Stephen Wise, “Civil War Views of Beaufort,” Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St.
Nov. 21: Maxine Lutz, “Not Just Gossip: Who Dwelt in Beaufort’s Historic Houses,” Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St.
Jan. 23: Dr. Bernard Powers, “The New Face of African American Public History in Charleston: The Center for the Study of Slavery and the International African American Museum,” Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott St.
March 12: Dr. Lawrence Rowland, “Kate Gleason, Libby Rowland, and Beaufort in the 1920s,” St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Blvd. St. Helena Island.
May 7: 81st annual meeting, Dr. Dale Rosengarten, “Blue Collars to Blue Serge Suits: Beaufort’s Jewish Settlers,” St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Blvd., St. Helena Island.
Frisky, One Cool Cat anti-bullying program
2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, St. Helena Branch Library. Grammy-nominated music mogul and gun-shot survivor Tobias Thomas will be at the library to kick off an anti-bullying campaign using his book Frisky, One Cool Cat. Bring you kids by the library for a story and to meet other cool anti-bullying guests on bikes.
Oyster Ghost Roast & 5k By The Bay
Saturday, Oct. 19, Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road. The 5K starts at 5 p.m., spanning campus and Spanish Moss Trail. The oyster roast starts at 6 p.m. with all-you-can-eat oysters, chili, hot dogs, brownies, lemon bars and more catered by Jim’N Nick’s. All-You-Can-Drink wristbands are $10. The event features a live DJ, karaoke, cornhole, a college football viewing area, and lots of children’s activities. Oyster roast is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 13-17 and is free for kids 12 and younger. The oyster roast and 5K, which includes oyster roast/afterparty ticket, medal, and T-shirt is $60 for adults, $30 for those 17 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Student Veterans of America TCL Chapter and TCL’s Student Government Association. Learn more at www.tcl.edu/oyster or call 843-525-8264.
Swing Bridge 5K & Sunrise Prayer Walk
8:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, downtown Beaufort. Holy Trinity Classical Christian School is offering a 5K race event in downtown Beaufort that features the Woods Memorial Bridge. In addition to the 5K, there will be a 1-mile family run and a prayer walk. The cost to register for the 5K is $35. The 1-mile run is $10 per person, and the prayer walk is free. The race will be preceded by a Community Prayer Gathering at 7:15 a.m. in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The prayer will be led by Bishop Mark J. Lawrence of the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina. The gathering will conclude with a walk across the Woods Memorial Bridge led by the Rev. John Chol Daau, headmaster of Holy Trinity’s sister school in South Sudan. All are welcome at this free event. Online registration is available at RunSignUp.com, search S.C. events for Swing Bridge 5K. Race day registration will also be available from 7-7:45 a.m. The course is pet and stroller friendly.
Concert: Brass Roots Trio
5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, Fripp Island Community Centre, 205 Tarpon Blvd. The fabulous Brass Roots Trio (piano, trumpet, French horn, vocals) will perform an adventurous mix of Americana, jazz, light classical, tango, and spiritual music. You receive a free pass at the security gate. Tickets are available at the door — cash or check only. Cost is $30 for adults; students and children are free through a grant from the Peg Gorham Memorial Fund. Reserve tickets by calling Sheila Carlson at 843-812-2753. Become a member of Fripp Island Friends of Music and save $50 for the season’s five concerts. A “Meet-the-Artists” reception that follows the performance. The concert is sponsored by the Fripp Island Friends of Music, the S.C. Arts Commission and Hargray, and helps sustain the FIFOM’s Music-in-the Schools Program. For more information, visit frippfriendsofmusic.com.
Workshop: The Rhythm is the Cure
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Effervesce Yoga Spa in Port Royal. Workshop: The Rhythm is the Cure with Alessandra Belloni. Cost is $65. Lunch is included. Must bring ocean drum and/or tambourine. Register at www.bcfolkheritage.com.
Concert: Healing Journeys with The Black Madonna
6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, TCL Auditorium. Healing Journeys with The Black Madonna with Alessandra Belloni and a multi-artist art exhibit inspired by The Black Madonna. Doors open at 5 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres at Art Council Mather Building 1 and in Lobby of Auditorium at TCL. Cost is $10 at the door or reserve tickets at www.bcfolkheritage.com.
The Art of Elegance book signing
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25. A lunch, presentation and book signing for The Art Of Elegance with author Marshall Watson hosted by Historic Beaufort Foundation, 208 Scott Street. For tickets and information, call 843-379-3331 or historicbeaufort.org.
The Rise of the Madonna: Creation Myths Across Cultures
4-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Lecture with Slide Show – The Rise of the Madonna: Creation Myths Across Cultures by Heather Ford, mythology scholar. Cost $10. Register at www.bcfolkheritage.com or at the door.
Legal clinics at downtown library
The Beaufort County Library is offering free legal clinics at the downtown branch at 311 Scott St.
Each clinic will feature a 30- to 40-minute lecture followed by an open question-and-answer session. All session run from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Get free answers concerning family law issues (Oct. 28). For more information, call the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program at 803-799-6653, ext. 158 or 1-877-797-2227, ext. 158 or visit www.scbar.org/clinics. The clinics are not designed to provide guidance on a specific situation. If you need legal advice on a specific situation, you will need to contact an attorney.
Workshop: Writing Through the Eyes of Your Ethnic Feminine Divinity
3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Workshop: Writing Through the Eyes of Your Ethnic Feminine Divinity with Susan Madison. Cost $40. Register at www.bcfolkheritage.com or at the door.
Barbershop groups looking for new members
3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, mission building behind St. John’s Lutheran Church on Lady’s Island Drive.
The Beaufort HarborMasters and the Beaufort Belles Barbershop choruses are starting their 2019-2020 season in October and need men and women. You don’t need to be able to read music, but you do need to enjoy having a good time. Please join us for camaraderie, song and snacks. Visit our website at www.beaufortharbormasters.org or call Hal McCann at 843-838-9326 and leave a message.
Women’s Coastal Skills Clinic
Nov. 1-3, Hunting Island State Park. Cost is $250 per person. Limited to 30 participants, ages 16 and older. An exclusive outdoor experience designed just for women, the three-day workshop expands knowledge of the Lowcountry while teaching useful skills along the way. Learn about the history of the lighthouse, cast netting, salt-marsh kayaking, shell fishing and more. Register by calling 843-838-7437. Reservations are required. Sleeping accommodations are your responsibility. Make reservations to bring your tent/RV by calling 843-838-2011.
Female Divinity in Our Unique Ancient Cultures
4-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Open Mic Community Sharing: Female Divinity in Our Unique Ancient Cultures. Share in poetry or writing from your own cultural perspective. Cost $10. Snacks and beverages provided. Sign up to listen or participate at www.bcfolkheritage.com or at the door.
4th Touch A Truck Fundraiser
The Junior Service League of Beaufort will host its 4th Touch A Truck fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 16 in downtown Port Royal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Paris Avenue. Cost of admission is $5 per person.
Touch A Truck is a family event that offers a unique and interactive experience for children of all ages. Children will have the opportunity to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite vehicles that serve our community.
The event will feature many different types of equipment to explore, including a fire truck, ambulance, a Humvee, construction vehicles, and even a helicopter. The entertainment area will include a variety of activities including face painting, bounce-houses for kids and much more. And to round out the experience, enjoy music and fabulous food, drinks, and libations available for purchase.
In the case of rain, the event will be postponed to Dec. 7. Pets are not allowed at the event.
Call Brittany Rosson at 618-967-6815 or visit www.touchatruckbeaufort.com for more information.
Art Gallery Artist Talk and Reception
2-5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, TCL Building 1 (Arts Council Mather Building). Artists will talk about their art. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.beaufortartscouncil.org or www.bcfolkheritage.com.
YMCA to offer CPR class
The Wardle Family YMCA, located at 1801 Richmond Ave in Port Royal, offers CPR classes for community members on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. 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.
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.
May River Quilters Quild
On the first Saturday of every month, the May River Quilters Guild meets at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. Members meet at 9:30 a.m. for social exchange. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Please call 847-707-6034.
Seaside Stitchers sewing club
1 p.m., 3rd Monday of each month, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. The Seaside Stitchers, neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, holds a monthly meetings for everyone who sews. It is for sewers of a variety skill levels and interests so anyone who is interested in sewing is encouraged to attend and find out what ASG is all about. For more information, visit http://www.asg.org. For more information about Seaside Stitchers, call Sheila Tindall at 843-838-9473.
Parkinson’s support group
A support group for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and carepartners meets the first Thursday of each month at the Beaufort Memorial Lifefit Wellness Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit our Facebook page or call Ric at 843-525-1229.
Friends of Hunting Island lighthouse tours
The Friends of Hunting Island will present tours of the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse at 10 a.m. every Thursday in October. Keeper Ted and his team will tell you all about the history of the Lighthouse, which was built in 1875 and is the only Lighthouse in South Carolina open to visitors.
If you are at least 44 inches tall, you may also climb the 184 steps to the top of the Lighthouse. Reservations are recommended by calling 843-838-7437 and the fee is $2 per person.
Puppy Plunge at the YMCA
YMCA Puppy Plunge will be held on the third Saturday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. (weather permitting) at the Y outdoor pool at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. Pups can splash, swim and play in our safe, enclosed outdoor pool area.
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.
Register to be a Tiger Shark
BYAC Tiger Sharks Swim Team registration is open for the 2019-2020 season. There are three levels of swim team for ages 5 and up who meet swim team group requirements: Shark Pups; Group 1; and Group 2. Evaluations on going on now for group placement. Learn more online at beaufort-jasperymca.org (click on Aquatics>Swim Team), stop by the Y in Port Royal (1801 Richmond Ave.) or call the Y at 843-522-9622.