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Beaufort Civic Master Plan has presentations

The draft Beaufort Civic Master Plan will be presented to area residents and groups through April, and the document also is posted to the Beaufort City website, www.cityofbeaufort.org.

Additional information about the master planning process and public involvement will be posted to the city website in coming weeks.

All meetings will be held at City Hall in the Council Chambers unless otherwise noted.

• Sector 3 Workshop (South of Allison Road): April 11, 5:30 p.m.

• Sector 4/5 Workshop (Boundary Street, Burton & Lady’s Island): April 22, 5:30 p.m.

• Citywide Workshop, May 1, 5:30 p.m.

Sportfishing and diving club has monthly meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club’s April meeting will be held Thursday, April 11 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island, off Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be local, well-known Captain Owen Plair of Bay Street Outfitters. His presentation will be on Cobia, where he will discuss live bait vs. lures, and sight casting on very calm days. He will also display rods and reels, and compare different lures and techniques. You do not need a reservation and guests are always welcome. For additional information, contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2020.

Beaufort Junior Shag Club has dance party

The Beaufort Shag Club is pleased to host the Junior Shag Club April Dance Party on Sunday, April 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at AMVETS Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Road, Port Royal.  The dance is free and open to juniors age 8 to age 18 who want to learn the SC state dance, the Carolina Shag.  Instructors will be on hand to teach beginner, intermediate and advanced steps.  Parents welcome and encouraged.  Visit the Junior Shag page at www.Beaufortshagclub.com.

Artisans & Antiques event held at Habersham

The picturesque Habersham Marketplace will be the site of the premier event Artisans & Antiques at Habersham on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking is free to this one day event. The Habersham Marketplace is located at 13 Market, just off of Joe Frazier Road in Beaufort. For more information visit www.ArtisansAndAntiquesSC.com or call 843-644-1864.

Light It Up Event to benefit autism group

The Low Country Autism Foundation is holding “Light it Up Event” on Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at The Irish Rose Pub and Bistro located at 2121 Boundary Street, Suite 100, Beaufort.  Christopher Drury will perform, there will be hair chalking by Michelle as well as featured “Blue Drinks” and giveaways. Ten percent of sales to be donated to Low Country Autism Foundation. For more information, contact Cjira Presland at irishrosepubandbistro@gmail.com.

Parents find out more about Junior Cotillion

The 2013-2014 Junior Cotillion parents’ meeting will be held at The Arsenal, Sunday, April 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. Director Mary Kennerty will explain the details of the upcoming classes and events along with the purpose of the Junior Cotillion, its benefits to the students, the family and the community. Any interested parents are encouraged to attend. The classes teach manners, etiquette, protocol, and social dancing to rising fourth through ninth grade students. To apply for a scholarship, please contact Mary Kennerty at mary.kennerty@nljc.com. For  information and to register, visit the website at www.nljc.com/chapter/beaufort.

Sea Island Quilters will have meeting, workshop

The Sea Island Quilters will meet Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. at Praise Assembly, 800 Paris Island Gateway. The guest speaker will be Peggy Barkle who will speak about “Journey in the life of a fabric-holic.” SIQ and Barkle will hold a workshop on Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carteret Street United Methodist, the topic is “Curvaceous Quilting.” For details call Nan Brown, 828-989-7477 or Char Lane,  910-880-0690.

10th annual Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival

The 10th annual Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival presented by Old Village Association will be held Saturday, April 20 from noon to 5 p.m. in the historic town of Port Royal. There will be great food and drink, live music, a classic car show and a crab race. For more information, call 843-470-1110 or visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com.

57th annual Spring Tour of Homes to be held

Continuing in its tradition of celebrating the beauty of Beaufort homes and historic buildings, the Parish Church of St. Helena announces its 57th Annual Spring Tour of Homes on Friday, April 19 and Saturday April 20. This year’s tour of homes includes six historic homes in downtown Beaufort, as well as several plantations and historic buildings on St. Helena and Distant islands. Attendees will be able to visit the interiors of these lovely homes and plantations and docents will be on hand to talk about their histories. Tickets are available online by visiting www.sthelenas1712.org. or they may be purchased by writing to: Parish Tours, P.O. Box 1043, Beaufort, SC 29901. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 843-524-0363.

Palmetto Animal League holds online auction

Palmetto Animal League’s 4th annual BID FOR PAL is an online auction that enables the organization to help homeless, stray, abused, and unwanted animals get a second chance at life. The auction runs from 8 a.m. April 19 through 10 p.m. April 22. There will be a preview of all items up for bid online now. You can access the auction site at www.pal.dojiggy.com or visit PAL’s website www.palmettoanimalleague.org Proceeds will help care for the many pets awaiting adoption at Palmetto Animal League’s innovative Adoption Center in Okatie’s Riverwalk Business Park on Highway 170.

Upcycled Art celebrates Earth Day at Habersham

Upcycled Art: The Habersham community’s Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 19, 4 – 7 p.m. in the Habersham Market Place, will feature an art exhibit created from recycled materials.  This year’s theme is, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” and will have installations created by The Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort and various schools.

Friends of Beaufort Library has spring sale

The Friends of the Beaufort Library: Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Branches is holding its spring book sale. Visit the new St. Helena Library branch location and browse a handsome selection of gently used books and media items. All proceeds benefit the three Beaufort County library branches north of the Broad. The book sale will be Saturday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. For more information, contact Book Sale Co-Chair, Geni Flowers at 843-812-3574, MEFLOWER@uscb.edu, or online at beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Lowcountry Ladies of South Carolina gather

Lowcountry Ladies of South Carolina, honoring our many years of community service, will feature a delightful luncheon, music by The Lavon Stevens Band and a Fashion with a Passion Show on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at The Holiday Inn in Beaufort, 2225 Boundary Street. $35 Donation. Contact Veronica Miller for details, 843-263-6929.

MARTeaNI fundraiser will be at Breakwater

The 2013 MARteaNI, an evening of cocktails and friends, will be held Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at Breakwater Restaurant & Bar 203 Carteret St., Downtown Beaufort. No cover charge, special martini menu, raffles, regular Breakwater menu offered. Everyone is welcome! The MARTeaNI is a fundraiser for the Officers Spouses Club Senior Citizens Tea — a 44 year tradition celebrating local seniors.

Sheriff’s Office holds annual golf tournament

The 2013 Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Spring Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 17, at The Legends Golf Course on Parris Island. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start Four-Man Captain’s Choice. Cost is $65 per player. Prizes for first, second and third place teams, hole-in-one or closest to the pin on all Par 3s and longest drives for men and women. Refreshments will be provided following the tournament. The first 120 golfers to pay their entry fees will be guaranteed to participate. The golf tournament raises money for the Sheriff’s Office’s annual Appreciation Dinner to thank deputies, administrative staff and volunteers for their service. Any support of this worthwhile event in the form of donations of rounds of golf, golf equipment, gift certificates or other items to be given away as prizes would be appreciated. Your company could also sponsor snacks or beverages to be given away during play, sponsor the dinner after play, or sponsor a team of four deputies to play in our tournament. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact Brian Baird at 255-3405 or email brianb@bcgov.net.

Local minister will hold graduation celebration

Jonas “With the Bonus!” Gadson was born and raised on St. Helena Island. He attended St. Helena Elementary and graduated from Beaufort High School where he was inducted into the Beaufort High Alumni Hall of Fame for distinguishing himself in “profession, leadership and service.” Gadson will receive his Doctorate Degree in Theology on Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Theological Bible Institute in Bowman, S.C. The nationally-known motivational speaker, radio personality, author and minister of the Beaufort Church of Christ will graduate from the Leadership Class of 2013 through the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in May. The public is invited to his Graduation Celebration on Saturday May 11 at 4 p.m. at the Quality Inn – Town Center, 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort. Formal dinner for young adults and adults only. For more information, call 843-524-4281 or 843-379-8145 or email jonasgadson@yahoo.com.

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