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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. 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.

Events at ARTworks’ Melodic Latte Cafe
• Melodic Latte Cafe After6 presents A Monthly (Open Mic) ART Affair where music, art, dance, poetry are fused to caress the soul.
WHERE: Melodic Latte Cafe
2127 Boundary St Suite 18A
Beaufort, SC, Inside ARTworks
WHEN: Friday, December 16, 2011
TIME: 7 p.m.
PRICE: Free Admission. Call (843) 473-8129 for more information.
• Tara T. Greene book signing “The UpSide Down of Things” at Melodic Latte Cafe on Saturday, December 17, from  12-4 p.m. Visit www.TheUpsideDownOfThings.com for more about the author.

Library presents Smithsonian exhibit
The Smithsonian exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” is coming to town! The Beaufort Branch Library, in cooperation with The Humanities CouncilSC will explore aspects of America’s roots music as it hosts the local showing of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. New Harmonies will be on view beginning with a grand opening celebration on December 17 and continuing through February 4, 2012. For a schedule of events, log onto www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/newharmonies.

Ribbon cutting grand opening at Hecklers
Hecklers Unique Sports Grille located in Beaufort Town Center is having a grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration on Monday, December 19, at 4 p.m. Hecklers will have hors d’oeuvres, wings, and free brew on hand too.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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.

All Pro Dads group to meet for new year
Start your new year off right by being an All Pro Dad. The next monthly breakfast gathering is Friday, January 6, 2012, at 7 a.m. in the Coosa Elementary School Gym. This month’s meeting topic is “Encouraging Your Child” where you’ll learn practical methods to be a better dad.  There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP to www.allprodad.com/dd/2508 as space is limited and a good headcount in needed for breakfast, complements of Chick-fil-A. For more information please contact Mike Mashke, Team Captain at 843.525.5154.

Beaufort Agility Club to start new session
The Beaufort Agility Club announces that it will begin a new session of agility classes, practices, and trials for novice and expert handlers beginning January 14th at 10 a.m. to be held at Beaufort Dog- 1307 Boundary St.  Cost $120 for six session.  The Beaufort Agility Club is non-profit. Call Beaufort Dog at 812-5394 or e-mail kelley@beaufortdog.com for more details.

Sign up now for Senior Leadership Program
A new group is forming now for the January 2012 Program conducted by Clemson University’s Beaufort Extension office.. Space is limited to 35 participants, and applications are already being received. The one day per week, 13 week, Senior Leadership Program includes presentations about Beaufort County and local government with presentations by County Council members, mayors of Beaufort’s incorporated municipalities (there are four you know!), Economic Development with business leaders, county school and local university Education personnel,  Arts, Human Services, Health. If you are interested in joining the new 2012 group starting Jan. 10, please contact Bob Guinn at Clemson Extension: 843-255-6060, X-116 or go to the program website: www.beaufortseniorleadership.com.