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Penn Center has annual Labor Day celebration
The annual Labor Day program will be held at the Penn Center campus on Monday, September 3. The Keynote Speaker for the day is Dr. Edward Johnson, Pastor of Union Baptist Church in Port Royal and counselor at Hilton Head Island High School.  Attendees will enjoy musical selections by local church choirs, learning the history of Labor Day on St. Helena Island, an old fashioned fish fry, hot dogs, Penn Club Flea Market, more music and fun for the whole family. Visit the York W. Bailey Museum to view the new exhibit featuring artists Bruce Ingram, Min. Johnnie Simmons and Hank Herring. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Penn School National Historic District is located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on St. Helena Island, six miles from downtown Beaufort off Sea Island Parkway. For more information call 843-838-2432.

Literacy Volunteers adult classes begin
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry’s adult classes begin Tuesday, September 4. Evening and daytime programs available include ESOL, pre-GED, citizenship preparation and basic literacy tutoring. The student registration fee is $40. Scholarships are available. For schedules, call 525-6658 in Beaufort; 815-6616 in Bluffton; or visit www.lowcountryliteracy.org. For 39 years LVL has been equipping adults with the reading, writing, speaking, and math skills they need to succeed in the family, the workplace, and the community.

S.C. Bar to present ‘Legal Lessons’ at TCL
The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program is sponsoring “Legal Lessons: A Series for the Public,” a seven-week program being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays September 4 through October 16. Classes will be held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road, Building 12, Auditorium. Space is limited. Cost is $45 for the complete series. The series is designed to give the public an overview of the South Carolina legal system and insight into common legal problems people face. Some of the topics covered will include issues in family law, consumer law, real estate, workers’ compensation, criminal law and issues affecting the elderly. For more information, visit www.tcl.edu/continuing-ed/legal-lessons. To register, please call 843-525-8205.

Beaufort Women’s Center offers support
If you are a post-abortion woman struggling through the pain of issues relating to an abortion experience, there is healing and hope. The Beaufort Women’s Center is offering abortion recovery assistance through “Healing Hearts,” a 10-week support group that will meet at the Center on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning September 6. All inquiries are confidential. Seating is limited so call 843-525-0300 today and let the healing begin. Ask for Susanne or Donna for more details.

Monthly support group helps with Parkinson’s
Are you or a loved one living with Parkinson’s disease? There are ways those living with Parkinson’s disease can improve their lives and the public is invited to learn more about them at the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Lowcountry’s next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1:30 p.m. Speakers will be Jay and Marilyn Phillips of Parkinson’s Advocates in Research. The support group meetings are held at Helena House on Paris Avenue in Port Royal  on the first Thursday of every month. They are free and open to the public. For more information or to arrange transportation, contact Rose Ewing or Eric Fennell at Helena House at 843-982-0233 or e-mail rewing@alcco.com.

Black chamber has First Friday Networking
The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event hosted by William Mobley on September 7 at Mobley’s Shoe Repair located at 12 Old Jericho Road in Beaufort from 6 to 8 p.m. All members and the public are invited.  Cost $5 members and $10 non-members.  Details call 986-1102.

Putting your life on the lines: Memoir Writing
Your life story doesn’t have to have been overly dramatic in order to write a memoir. In this class, you’ll recount and record those tales you’ve been telling your family, children and grandkids for years. Whether you choose to write about a specific experience or cover a number of years’ worth, you’ll learn the skills necessary to organize and craft a written legacy for yourself, your family and/or publication. Through in-class and at-home exercises, you’ll have a great start on your memoir by the end of the six weeks. Mondays, September 10 through October 15, 6 – 8 p.m. $110,Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort Campus, www.tcl.edu/continuing-ed/life or 843-525-8205.

Wedding photographer to speak to photo club
The guest speaker at the Photography Club of Beaufort’s Sept. 10 meeting will be the talented and funny Jade McCully. Jade, and her husband Matthew, are owners and photographers of the Savannah-based photography business: Jade and Matthew Take Pictures. Graduating with a degree in interior design and photography, Jade continued her education at Savannah College of Art and Design and received a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography. Now she focuses on documenting her couples with a unique and distinctive happiness that truly captures the emotions and spirit of them as individuals. Jade will talk about how she approaches photographing people and will discuss and demonstrate how they process their images after they are captured. She laughs a lot and will keep you smiling and entertained during the evening. To see her and Matthew’s work, visit www.jadeandmatthew.com. The Photography Club meets the second Monday of every month, at 7 p.m. at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary Street.  For more information, please check the club’s website:  www.photoclubbeaufort.com  or email  pkseas@hargray.com.

Democratic Club helps  ‘Get Out the Vote’ effort
As part of the “Get Out The Vote” effort to re-elect President Barack Obama, the Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club has scheduled a series of three meetings. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, and Oct. 18, inside the Beaufort County Democratic Party Headquarters for Northern Beaufort County, which is located at 705 Carteret St. Those interested in working as campaign volunteers are welcome to attend. For more information, contact NBCDC President Theresa White at 597-2482.

Kiwanis Club to hold annual golf tournament
The 17th Annual Kiwanis Club of Beaufort Scholarship Golf Tournament will be Saturday, September 22, with 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Ocean Point Golf Club at Fripp Island. Cost is $85 per player, foursomes. There will be door prizes and rounds of golf for winners. All of the proceeds will be used to benefit graduating seniors from Beaufort County schools with scholarships.

Autumn beginnings basketry workshop
Begin the autumn season with the creation of a handmade basket. Kim Keats will provide instruction and materials for a start-to-finish basket or sculpture using gathered and harvested materials such as vine, cedar bark, palm roots and fronds. Participants will learn a variety of basketry techniques including lashing, rib work, simple and random weaving. The workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced basket makers. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a bag lunch. The workshop is for ages 12 to adult and will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ARTworks,
2127 Boundary Street, Suite 18A in the Beaufort Town Center. Fees: $55. Registration: Contact Kim Keats, 843-384-2435 or keatskim@yahoo.com.

Purge unwanted items and Let Reality Prevail
Sponsored by The Lending Room, Roxanne Cheney Organizes, and TheraVistas, the JOY event lets you purge, purge, purge all those things you no longer need or want and release them. So, start purging and gathering your “Joy” for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Martha O’Regan’s home. Martha said, “Let me know when you want to drop it off so the door will be open for you. For me, this Joy event has a theme and it’s: Let Reality Prevail! So, as I look at an item or hold it up in front of a family member, I ask ‘Really? Do you really want to keep this, store this, clean this, fix this?’ If the answer is no — it’s JOY for someone or possibly it is just trash. Having two parents and all grandparents transition to other realms, I have managed to acquire much of their JOY.   I’ve decided that just because they loved their JOY and I loved them, I don’t need to love their JOY, so I release it. Ah, freedom!”

Knights of Columbus hold Charity Bingo
Knights of Columbus Charity Bingo will be held Monday nights. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. All profits are distributed to charities within the Beaufort community. Bingo is located at 210-BB Ribaut Rd (behind Keith’s House of Plumbing). 522-3531.

Wanted: Used Medical equipment donations
The Lending Room is a local community service organization offering used medical rehabilitation equipment to those in need. They accept donations of equipment and are currently in need of wheelchairs, transport chairs, bedside commodes, shower chairs, shower benches, walkers, canes and quad canes to support this essential community service. Please contact The Lending Room at 524-2554 or drop equipment off at Therapeutic Solutions, 73 Sams Point Road, Lady’s Island.

Military officers invited to leadership dinner
The national nonprofit Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the local MOAA Low Country Chapter need your help. Active, retired, National Guard, Reserve and former officers of any U.S. uniformed service — you’re all invited! Leaders, find out what you can do for you and yours — and for the troops! Details, call 843-524-5577. Join us at Beaufort’s Holiday Inn, 2225 Boundary St., on Monday, Oct. 15. Social hour (cash bar) from 6-7 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $25.50 per person; casual dress. For reservations, contact Rich Baker by Oct. 1 at tl9198@embarqmail.com or call 843-525-0795 or visit www.lcmoaa.pcriot.com.