What To Do the week of December 24th-30th

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Sea Island Carriage offers holiday rides 

Sea Island Carriage Company brings Holiday Carriage Rides to Old Village Port Royal every weekend all December long. Sea Island Carriage Company will be operating Holiday Carriage Rides through the Old Village of Port Royal to see the lights, meet and feed the horses and have lots of holiday fun while supporting the efforts of Friends of Caroline Hospice.

A special staging area has been set up behind The Shed along 8th Street Extension where attendees can meet and feed the horses treats and get a photo too. Enjoy a hot chocolate station, holiday treats and more. Blankets will be provided or you can bring your own to stay warm as you ride through the streets of Port Royal and enjoy Christmas music while taking a look at the decorated houses of the Old Village.

Rides will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and last approximately 30 minutes each. Departure times are 5:45, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 8:45 and 9 p.m. nightly and tickets are only $12 each, with children under 3 free. Call 843-524-TOURS for reservations. Proceeds benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice.

Church invites all to Christmas Eve Service 

Port Royal United Methodist Church will be having Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 5pm at 1602 Columbia Avenue, Port Royal. Communion will be served, and all of the public are welcome to attend. Please call 843-524-2005.

YMCA opens winter sports registration

Registration for youth and adult basketball is now underway at the YMCA of Beaufort County. Youth basketball (age 3-12) registration is open until Dec. 29 with games starting January 4. Cost is $55 per person for Y members and $70 for non-members. Adult (age 18+) basketball registration is open until Dec. 21 with games starting Jan. 11. Cost is $40 per person for Y members, $50 for non-members, and teams are $250.

Registration for our Cheerleading Clinic (ages 4-10) is also underway at the YMCA through Jan. 3, 2016. Class is once per week for 5 weeks starting Jan. 3, 2016. Cost is $ 50 for Y members and $ 70 non-members. Class size is limited. Register for any of these programs at the YMCA located at 1801 Richmond Ave., in Port Royal, online at ymcabeaufortcounty.com or call 843-522-9622.

Beaufort Church of Christ holds New Year’s Eve Worship Service

Join members of the Beaufort Church of Christ for a New Year’s Eve Worship Service on Thursday December 31st beginning at 9:30 p.m. until 2016 arrives. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Lord, Let It Alone Another Year!” taken from Luke 13:6-9. Here is your chance to ring out the old and bring in the new! The speaker will be Dr. Jonas Gadson, Minister who will lead the congregation in a Worship Service, Prayer, Congregational Songs, and share “Educational, Inspirational & Motivational” Messages. The New Year’s Eve Service will be held at 170 Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort (Down the street from the Golden Corral – Next to Salvation Army Family Store). This celebration is free and the public is invited! For additional information contact jg@jonasbonus.com or call (843) 524-4281.

Coloring event to be held by local artist

Local artist Candace Whittemore Lovely is holding a coloring event January 6th, 2016 at the French Bakery on the Shelter Cove Waterfront Park. Feast on Croissants and tea while coloring with Candace Lovely! Bring questions and your own art, and the event is $20. For reservations and information call the French Bakery at 843-342-5420.

Reserve your seat at the Legislative Luncheon

Reserve your seat or table at the Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Callawassie Island Club sponsored by the Beaufort County Association of Realtors, Lockheed Martin, and South Carolina Lowcountry Tourism Commission. Registration and networking begins at 11:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $35 for members, $50 for non-members. A formal lunch will be served. Individual seats and tables of 8 or 10 are available. RSVP today by calling 843-525-8500 or emailing Valerie@BeaufortSC.org.

Retina specialist to speak in Hilton Head 

Peter Liggett, M.D., a Hilton Head retina specialist, will conduct an educational seminar on macular degeneration from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13th, at the Country Club of Hilton Head at Hilton Head Plantation. The seminar will take place before the Lions Club luncheon. The public is invited to attend the seminar and the luncheon. To register for the seminar, call Heather Bragg at 843-415-3490 or RSVP at www.hhmr.org/lionsclub. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided during the seminar. Separate registration is required for the luncheon. To gain entry into Hilton Head Plantation, attendees only need to tell the plantation security guard that they are attending Dr. Liggett’s presentation.

New Year, New You Community Health Fair coming in January

Health care providers, Herban Marketplace, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Carolina Sports Care and more will exhibit at the Dataw Island Community Center as part of the Resolution Run on Friday, January 15th from 9 a.m. to noon. You can also pick up your number if you are running the next day. All proceeds will benefit LowCountry Habitat For Humanity. Contact Info@lowcountryhabitat.org for more information.

LowCountry Habitat For Humanity to benefit from 5K

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, join the local runners at the Resolution Run/Walk 5K on Dataw Island at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a fast, flat course with beautiful views and great amenities. Active duty military and youth discounts available at www.runsignup.com/Race/SC/DatawIsland/HabitatResolutionRun. All proceeds benefit LowCountry Habitat For Humanity.

History Museum announces Winter 2016 Docent Program 

The Beaufort History Museum (BHM) is recruiting the winter 2016 class of volunteer docents to lead tours and serve as community liaisons. BHM Docent Educator Lorrie Burleyknoles announced the new class sessions. “The training curriculum will cover all aspects of history relating to Beaufort. Our educators will provide docents with knowledge of the museum’s collections, history and mission,” she said. “Once docents have completed the training process, which consists of five classes, they will be asked to serve approximately four shifts per month and will commit to a one-year period of service to the museum.”

All sessions will be held at The Beaufort History Museum, which is located in The Arsenal at 713 Craven Street in Beaufort’s historic district. For more information on the docent program, or other volunteer opportunities with the museum, contact Lorrie Burleyknoles at lburleyknoles@beaufortschistorymuseum.com.