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Upcoming events at the Beaufort library
The following library sponsored events are scheduled for the month of September to take place at the Beaufort Branch Library:
• Beaufort Book Club: Thursday, September 15th at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library. Join the Beaufort Book Club as they meet to discuss the book, “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave on Thursday, September 15th at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library. Participation in this group is free and open to all.
• Inspirational Book Club: Wednesday, September 28th at 10:30 a.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library.  Join the Inspirational Book Club for a book discussion of “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand.

Sea Island Quilters to hold meeting
The Sea Island Quilters will meet Thursday, September 15, 6 p.m. in the Garden Room of Quality Inn on Boundary Street. The speaker for the evening will be Janet Swan quilt maker, who will show off her awesome trunk show of quilts in numerous sizes and various styles including pieced and appliquéd. For details call Helen Goldman, 525-6155.

DAR to hold wreath laying ceremony at park
The Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a wreath laying ceremony at Beaufort’s Waterfront Park on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. The wreath will be placed on the statue of Thomas Heyward, Jr. located slightly west of the pavilion along the walkway to the marina parking area. This event is to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of Beaufort as well as Constitution Week which is September 17-23. Thomas Heyward, Jr. was a member of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Articles of Confederation on behalf of the State of South Carolina, commanded the Charleston Battalion of Volunteers and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. For more information call Regent Nancy Crowther at 521-0134.

Don’t forget about the Yemassee Shrimp Fest
Yemassee Shrimp Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18. For more information, call  (843)589-2120  or www.yemassee.net.

Upcoming Pet Fair to benefit United Hospice
On September 17, at United Hospice of Beaufort, 1605 North Street, there will be an adoption fair, dog show, pet boutique, photos with your pet and more. Proceeds to benefit The United Hospice Foundation. For more information, call 843-522-0476.

Beaufort Kennel Club offers obedience classes
Beaufort Kennel Club will be offering a series of Dog Obedience Classes at Beaufort Academy starting on Saturday, September 17. Cost is $90. For more information and to register, please call 843-986-0834.

Lunch and Learn at farmers market
What’s all the hoopla about hoop houses?  Come to the Port Royal Farmers Market on Saturday, September 17, where Master Gardener Alice Massey will continue the “Lunch and Learn” series with a demonstration on easy to make PVC pipe hoop houses. Simple to erect and take down, these temporary structures are used to extend the growing season for vegetables, hold grow-lights or protect tender tropicals from winter damage. The open air classes are free and begin at 11:30 under behind the Master Gardener table.  Be sure to bring a folding chair and your market basket.

Beaufort High School cheerleading clinic
Learn cheers, chants, jumps, stunts and a dance from the Beaufort High Cheerleaders!! All participants will be invited to perform during half-time of a Beaufort High School Varsity game.
Who: Students in grades Pre-K through 8
When: Saturday, September 17, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (Walk-in registration begins a half hour before)
Performance will be Friday, September 23, 2011, during  half-time of the Varsity Football Game.

Author Linda Lovely will be signing books
Linda Lovely will be signing copies of her Lowcountry mystery, “Dear Killer,” on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at McIntosh Book Shoppe, Old Bay Market Place, 917 Bay St. 524-1119.

Learn to write grants at TCL workshop
Due to a demand for a second workshop for nonprofits: Keys to operating a successful Not-For-Profit, Shalom Grant Writing & Business Development, LLC is offering a grant writing course. On Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry there will be “PART 2 of Keys to Operating a Successful Not-for Profit workshop: Grant Writing 101. The workshop will be held in building 23 at TCL from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The primary purpose of the workshop is to help not-for-profits write successful grant proposal. Participants will receive hands on grant writing training and workbooks. For additional information and registration applications contact Wanda Lopez, CEO,  843-524-1150.

Sue Rex to speak to Democratic Women
Join the Democratic Women of Beaufort Tuesday, September 20 at Uptown Grill, 1001 Boundary Street in Beaufort. Sue Rex, wife of former SC Superintendent of Education Jim Rex, will speak about her efforts to encourage elected officials to appoint more women to positions of responsibility in the state. Dinner at 6 p.m., meeting at 7. Bring new children’s books for Born to Read and disposable diapers for CODA. More information: 441-3809 or 252-6467.

Register now for Business Expo 2011
Registration is now open for booths at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo 2011.  This year’s expo is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20 at the Beaufort Holiday Inn & Suites. The Expo will take place from 12 – 5 p.m. and will be followed by our September Business After Hours from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Contact Amy Kaylor at 843.525.8524 or email amy@beaufortsc.org with questions or for more details.

Safe boating course offered to the public
Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron’s Public Safe Boating Course begins Tuesday, September 20 at the Port Royal Town Hall, 700 Paris Ave., Port Royal. The class is limited to 40 and will continue for eight additional Tuesdays. A class for boating on local waters is included. This course satisfies the state registration requirement allowing persons under 16 to operate a boat with more than 15 HP without adult supervision and meets SC and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators requirements for certification in the U.S. and Canada. To preregister before September 20, call 843-812-6457 or safeboatingcourse@yahoo.com or mail a check for $75 ($115 per couple) payable to BSPS to Tom Mobley, 139 Sunset Blvd., Beaufort. Walk-in registration on space available basis is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 and from 5-6 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Port Royal Town Hall. The cost is $75 or $115 per couple and includes course manual and CD, plotter and dividers needed from charting work.

Lowcountry Alumnae of Pi Beta Phi to meet
The Lowcountry Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi will hold their first event of the club year on Thursday, September 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Edie Smith in Beaufort.  Tapas, Desserts & a Convention report will be the highlights.  For more information and to RSVP please contact Edie at 522-2003.

Beaufort snowboard, ski club to meet
The Beaufort Ski/Snowboard Club will have a meeting/greeting at Brick’s on Boundary on Fri., Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.  The owner, Josh Poticha has joined our club as well, and he’s offering great specials!  We will be discussing upcoming trips and activities as well as enjoying fellowship and networking.  Anyone with interest is welcome! For additional information, contact Julie at tugboatjulie@yahoo.com.

Historic Port Royal Foundation lecture
The Historic Port Royal Foundation is proud to present Dr. Chris Marsh, director of the Low Country Institute on Spring Island.  Dr. Marsh will begin the Fall Speaker Series presenting, “Port Royal, Past, Present and Future,”  a look at our environment 450 years ago, 100 years ago, and what it might be 100 years from now.  Dr. Marsh will speak in the Historic Union Church, 1004 11th Street, Port Royal, September 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling Anna Ellerbe at 522-9923, for advanced reservations. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Get ready for annual Youth Conference
The 19th Annual Beaufort County Youth Conference will be held September 24 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 914 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. This free conference is planned by teens, for teens. All middle and high school students are invited to participate. There will be workshops, T-shirts, lunch and entertainment. For more information/registration, call Carrie at 812-4399 or Theresa at 838-7922.

Fripp Island Friends of Music hosts Hotlanta
Hotlanta, Dixieland Jazz Quartet presented by Fripp Island Friends of Music: on 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept.. 25, at Fripp Island Community Center, Fripp Island. The cost is $20 a person; $10 for students. Free Fripp pass at gate. Attendees are invited to join the artists at a catered event after the performance. For details, call 843-838-6655.