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St. Helena Library Activities

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Lego Club, all ages welcome; 2 to 4 p.m., Thursdays, S.C. Works Job Coaching, free help with job searches, interviews; 1 to 2 p.m., Saturdays, Chess Club, ages 5 and older. 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, 843-255-6540.

Beaufort County Library Ongoing Programs

These are the ongoing programs available at the Beaufort Branch Library Downtown: 2:30 p.m., 1st Tuesday each month, Knitting/Crochet Class; all day during business hours, 1st Thursday each month, Chess Club; 2:30 p.m., last Tuesday each month, Book to Movie Club; daily during library hours, Escape Quest Games.

Bluffton Night Bazaar — a Lowcountry Made Market

5 to 8 p.m., first Thursday of each month, Burnt Church Distillery, 120 Bluffton Road. A highly curated selection of accessories, clothing, home goods, custom gifts and more by local artists and makers.

Rooted Beaufort Yoga classes

5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Cypress Wetlands, Port Royal; 9 to 10:15 a.m., Whitehall Park or Pigeon Point Park. Rooted Beaufort is a collective of local Yoga teachers who host outdoor yoga classes and donation-based events with proceeds being donated locally on a rotating basis.

The Historic Port Royal Museum

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or upon request, Thursdays through Sundays, The Historic Port Royal Museum, 1634 Paris Ave. The museum features the turn-of-the-century businesses and industries of Port Royal: Shrimping, crabbing, oystering, the railroad, the school and the mercantile. Great gifts featuring local artists are available. For more information. visit www.portroyalhistory.org, email historicportroyalfoundation@gmail.com or call 843-524-4333.

Tour Historic Fort Fremont

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Fort Fremont History Center, Fort Fremont Preserve, 1124 Land’s End Road, St. Helena Island. Docent-led tours are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Saturday. Travel back in time to the 1800s and the Spanish American War. Visitors to Fort Fremont can learn about the fort’s history by reading interpretive panels, taking a self-guided tour with a smart phone, visiting the history center exhibit hall, or attending a docent-led tour of the property. The Preserve is open to the public Monday through Sunday from dawn to dusk. For more information, visit www.fortfremont.org or contact Passive Parks manager Stephanie Nagid at snagid@bcgov.net.

Port Royal Farmers Market

9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, year round, Naval Heritage Park, 1615 Ribaut Road, Port Royal. Rain or shine. You will find fresh, local, seasonal produce, shrimp, oysters, poultry, beef, pork, eggs, bread and cheese, as well as plants, ferns, camellias, azaleas, citrus trees and beautiful, fresh cut flower bouquets. There are prepared food vendors serving barbecue, dumplings, she crab soup, crab cakes, paella, coffee, baked goods, bagels and breakfast sandwiches. No pets allowed. For more information, visit http://www.portroyalfarmersmarket.com/, visit @portroyalfarmersmarket on Facebook or call 843-295-0058.

A War on Two Fronts: African Americans Fight for Victory at Home and Abroad

Through Saturday, Aug. 13, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. A traveling exhibit adapted from an original exhibition and book developed by the Athenaeum Press at the Horry County Museum. The exhibition and book explore how African Americans in the 92nd and 93rd Army infantry divisions fought for racial equality during wartime, and then went on to be active participants in the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the little-known stories of soldiers on the front lines, and how segregation affected their training, service and recognition. The exhibition draws from the work of Maggi Morehouse, Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University and a daughter of a commanding officer in the 92nd infantry division. To learn more about “A War on Two Fronts” and other Athenaeum Press projects, visit www.ccu.press or www.warontwofronts.com. Morris Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.morrisheritagecenter.org or call 843-284-9227.

Lowcountry Made Markets

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., first and third Saturday of each month through December, Buckwalter Place Park, next to Kroger off Buckwalter Place Blvd., Bluffton. Each market includes local vendors, live music, food and drink. The events are free. Participating vendors include: Gullah Express LLC (food truck), Declan’s Delights, Pick N Paint Pottery, Preservation Tree Art, 7th & Palm, Kara Artman Art, Southern Botanica, Hedone (bath & body), Blue Door Boutique, The Herb Room Organic Apothecary, Juke Joint Sweets, BPC Custom Furniture, Back to Eden Self Care Products, LLC, Shutterbug Custom Designs LLC, Pet Wants Hilton Head, Grind Coffee Roasters, LLC, Fabula Collective, The Artsy Girl, KODA Glass Designs, Lowcountry Livin’, Legacy Art Gallery, Cottonwood Soap Company, Marsh View Candles and Crafted With A Purpose.

Lowcountry Made Markets in Port Royal

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month through May; second and fourth Saturday through November, Live Oaks Park, 904 14th Street, Port Royal. These markets showcase only local artists, artisans and small businesses. The open-air markets are held “farmer’s market” style with new vendors each month. Each market will also include live music, food and drink, and is free to attend. Vendors include Amidst the Alders, Preservation Tree Art, True South, Pet Wants, Meg’s Sweet Treats, Sativa Health Products, Back to Eden Self Care (Tea), Graceful Stitches, Cottonwood Soap Company (Bath & Body), Sweet Carolina’s Clothing Boutique, B&E Rustic Designs, Blue Door Boutique, Clayed by Reena LLC, Kara Artman Art, The Herb Room Organic Apothecary, Bliss Bites Cookies, Kilted Bee Mead (Soap), HandMade Beaufort, Lovin’ My Skin, LLC, Purely, Inc. and KODA Glass, Lovely Olive Designs, Gone Gullah, Tout Sweet Macarons, Moonlight Crow Creations, Fabula Collective, Finch Sign & Design Metalworks LLC and Honey Bunny Boutique.

“Pull Yourself Up” Group Exercise Class for women

9:30 a.m., select Saturdays, Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal. This multi-generational women’s group training is a 5-week program taught by Kelly Blackston. It is designed for females who wish to be stronger especially using back muscle shoulders and arms plus build camaraderie and make new friends. Free for ages 13-19; $10 per class for YMCA members; $20 per class for adult non-member. Questions should be directed to Denice Davis, YMCA Healthy Living Program Director at 843-521-1904 or beaufort-jasperymca.org.

Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s May meeting

7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Lady’s Island, Meridian Road. Social begins at 6:30 p.m. Tallboy Fishing Charters Captain Richard Pollitzer’s presentation will be on Cobia. Captain Pollitzer recently relocated his 31-foot Contender Center Console from the Northend Fleet (Hilton Head) to Port Royal Landing Marina – Safe Harbor. He will discuss inshore and artificial reef fishing for Cobia. This will include baits of choice, setups, rods and reel, and the importance of the correct use of netting Cobia before gaffing. Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply, Butler Marine, and Adams Marine Seminars again are our drawing sponsors. Remember to weigh in your favorite catch at the Port Royal Landing Marina – Safe Harbor – during regular hours. Winners must be present at the next month’s meeting to receive the cash award. Guests are welcome. Reservations are not needed. For additional information, please contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or fgibson@islc.net.

Basic Skills Computer Class

11 a.m., Thursday, May 12 or 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway. Presented by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. Call 843-255-6479 or stop by to register.

Full 30-hour lifeguard training

May 13-16 & 22, location TBD. Cost is $170. Schedule: Thursday 4 p.m. – swim test; Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 8-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Those interested need to register at the Y as space is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Contact Contact Frank Hamilton at 843-525-0233 or ghh60fwh@comcast.net. To register visit the Y front desk or online at beaufort-jasperymca.org and click ‘Register for a Program’ at the top of the page. See Frank Hamilton for lifeguard recertification dates and times.

Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands guided tours

Sunset walk at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 14; 9 a.m., Friday, May 27. The Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands (501c3) offers free tours with Master Naturalist Jill Moore, from Moore2Life, as guide. Learn about the different types of wildlife, birds, and plants that inhabit this special place. Tours are approximately 90 minutes and limited to 12 participants. To sign up for a tour please email Kat Bray at info@foprcw.org. For more information, visit www.foprcw.org.

City of Beaufort Public Safety Job Fairs

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14, City Hall. Police officers and firefighters from the Beaufort Police Department and Fire Department will be available to discuss career opportunities and what new recruits can expect. The Police Department is offering a $5,000 bonus for an officer who is already certified by South Carolina, and up to $2,500 in relocation assistance for candidates from out-of-state. Starting salary ranges from $42,484 to $50,000. The Fire Department, which serves both the City of Beaufort and Town of Port Royal, offers a starting salary of $40,144 to $50,180 depending on overtime. Firefighters work 48 hours on/96 hours off. The Fire Department is also hiring part-time firefighters.

Listen on the Lawn Concert Series: Gwen Yvette

6 p.m., Sunday, May 15, USC Beaufort’s Center For The Arts Lawn. Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic or snacks and beverages. The CFA Lawn will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 a person – children younger than 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com or by calling 843-521-4145. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved into the CFA theatre.

Late Season Gardening Class

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway. Class presented by Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Laura Lee Rose of the Beaufort County Clemson Extension. Call 843-255-6479 or stop by to register.

Christian Women’s Connection luncheon and fashion show

11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, Hampton Hall Clubhouse. The Christian Women’s Connection will host a fashion show and luncheon. Maggie and Me Boutique of Bluffton will show the latest trends – perfect for Lowcountry Spring and Summer. Anne Hart, former teacher, model and recording artist, will share “Finding the Missing Piece to the Puzzle.” Prepaid reservations are $28, payable to “CWC Bluffton” care of Carol Mock, 607 Argent Way, Bluffton SC 29909. For more details, contact Julie at 602-750-5465 or Julie.ott.az@gmail.com.

Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection May luncheon

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, Baptist Church of Beaufort. Cost of $18 includes meal and speakers. We will be collecting unwrapped baby supplies for the Radiance Pregnancy Center. Reservations can be made with Marti Myers at 843-321-0962 or puddlesportia@gmail.com.

Sea Island Quilt Guild

6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, Carteret Street United Methodist Church, 408 Carteret Street, Beaufort.

Sea Island Quilt Guild will be meeting “in person” and by Zoom. May is our Birthday Month so we will be having light refreshments and celebrating. We look forward to seeing you there. All are welcome.

Adaptive Golf Experience Clinic

9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, The Legends at Parris Island. Register at https://adaptivegolfexperience.org/monthly-clinic/ by May 8 to get on base. Free and open to civilians, veterans and active military. Led by golf professionals and physical therapists. Clinics target veterans and civilians with physical disabilities or challenges. As a participant, you’ll receive complimentary instruction on both the full golf swing and putting, taught by experienced professional golf instructors, fellow adaptive athletes who are already golfers and volunteers. No prior experience with golf is necessary – just a desire to learn or to help others. Our goal is to help those with disabilities learn new abilities through adaptive golf.

Original Gullah Festival

May 27-29, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. For more information, visit https://www.originalgullahfestival.org/.

Maye River Quilters

10 a.m., Saturday, June 4, Church of the Palms, 1419 Okatie Highway. The wearing of masks is encouraged. For more meeting dates and times, and for membership forms to join the group, call 843-530-1244. To attend the meeting as a guest, send an RSVP email to mayeriverquilters@gmail.com.

Aviation Careers Expo

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 4, Beaufort Executive Airport. Sponsored by the Beaufort Aviation Association. Learn about the many great careers available in aviation – maintenance and repair; design and engineering; management; avionics design; installation and repair; piloting; airline in-flight cabin service; space exploration; air traffic control; flight instruction; university and college opportunities; airline ticketing; cargo and ground servicing; and military aviation. Participants include American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Beaufort County Airports Department, the Beaufort County School District, the Civil Air Patrol, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the Society of Women Engineers, Technical College of the Lowcountry, and Women in Aviation International. For more information, text 843-812-9909.

Listen on the Lawn Concert Series: The Cluster Shucks

6 p.m., Sunday, June 5, USC Beaufort’s Center For The Arts Lawn. Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic or snacks and beverages. The CFA Lawn will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 a person – children younger than 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com or by calling 843-521-4145. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved into the CFA theatre.

Beaufort County Library Special Programs

These are the special programs available at the Beaufort Branch Library Downtown: 2:30 p.m., June 14, Hurricane Preparedness; 2:30 p.m., July 12, Comic Con; 2:30 p.m., Aug. 16, Local Art Display; 2:30 p.m., Sept. 13, Civic Awareness; 2:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Friends of the Library Celebration; 2:30 p.m., Nov. 15, Beekeeping; 2:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Gingerbread House Contest.

Broadway Bound Summer Camp

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 20 through July 1, USC Beaufort Center For The Arts. Campers will engage in all aspects of musical theatre, while gaining self-confidence and the ability to express themselves as they learn basic acting skills, vocal instruction and choreography. The highlight of the camp will be the children’s creation of their own show. Tuition is $275. Register and pay at https://www.uscbcenterforthearts.com/summer-camp.

Indoor Gardening: Fruits and Veggies Class

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway. Class presented by Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Laura Lee Rose of the Beaufort County Clemson Extension. Call 843-255-6479 or stop by to register.

Firecracker 5K

8 a.m., Monday July 4, downtown Beaufort. Hosted by HELP of Beaufort and Lowcountry Habitat For Humanity, the race starts at Freedom Mall, crosses the Woods Memorial Bridge and runs to Meridian Road before turning back. Pre-Raceday registration, $35. Virtual 5K registration, $25. Raceday registration, $45. For more information or to register, go to http://runsignup.com/race/SC/Beaufort.

Junior Building Detectives – Solving the Mysteries of Built Histories

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 10 through July 15, historic John Mark Verdier House. Hosted by the Historic Beaufort Foundation, this summer children’s camp for kids, ages 8 to 12, will enable participants to “solve the mysteries of built history” by learning about local architecture. The camp will teach the basics of historic architecture and preservation. Campers will learn how buildings change over time, the meaning of architectural features, and the relevance of historic buildings to our community through hands-on activities, walks, arts and crafts, experiments and more. Campers will create a building and present the design to the class and parents/guardians. Cost is $100 for HBF members and $125 for non members. Register by calling 843-379-3331 or visiting http://historicbeaufort.org. Registration paperwork must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the program to ensure a child’s spot.

THIS WEEK’S MOVIES AT HWY 21 DRIVE-IN

The movies scheduled for this week (Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15) at the Highway 21 Drive-In are Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (PG-13, 8:30 p.m.) and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (PG, 10:40 p.m.) on Screen 1 and Firestarter (R, 8:30 p.m.) and Ambulance (R, 10:05 p.m.) on Screen 2.

Online ticketing is available at hwy21drivein.com on the Now Playing page. Patrons are asked to arrive early on Friday and Saturday nights. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

“Our family at the Hwy. 21 drive in feel a responsibility to our community,” a statement from Highway 21 Drive-In management reads. “We are concerned about many things in these trying times and in making the right decisions. We are concerned with our employees, our patrons, our business, our community’s businesses, and the health and well-being of all.”

A reminder: no outside food or beverages can be brought into the drive-in.

Upcoming movies include Top Gun (Memorial Day Weekend) and The Bob’s Burgers Movie (May)

– Staff reports

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