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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: 4 p.m., Monday, Dungeon & Dragons; 9 a.m., Wednesdays, Basic Computer Skills; 10 a.m., 2nd Monday of each month and 4 p.m., 4th Wednesday of each month, Hoopla Class; 2:30 p.m., 1st Tuesday each month, Knitting/Crochet Class; 4 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, Teen Art Club; 4 p.m., 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, Teen Anime Club; 4 p.m., 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, Teen Game Club; 3:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Thursdays, Line Dance Class; 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: 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., second Saturday of the month 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.

Maye River Quilters

10 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 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.

Bilingual Tours at Morris Lowcountry Heritage Center

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Learn about the history, art and culture of the Lowcountry. These guided tours are in Spanish and English. A tour starts every hour, the last at 1 p.m.

Junior Building Detectives – Solving the Mysteries of Built Histories

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 11 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.

Creative Arts Camp

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 11 to July 16, USC Beaufort’s Center For the Arts. Cost is $130. Camp is for ages 7 to 11. Subjects include Drawing and Clay, Mixed Media and Trash to Treasures – Focusing on Recycled Art. To register or for more information, go to www.USCBCenterForTheArts.com.

Musical Theatre Audition Skills Camp

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 11 to July 16, USC Beaufort’s Center For the Arts. Cost is $130. Camp is for ages 7 to 11. Class showcase at noon on July 15. Subjects include Monologue and Vocal Performance.

To register or for more information, go to www.USCBCenterForTheArts.com.

Last of The Right Whales

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, Lucas Theatre for the Arts, Savannah. Co-hosted by the Tybee Island Marine Science Center and IFAW. Learn more about Georgia’s official state marine mammal, the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for children. There will also be a post-screening Q&A. Learn more about the film, the cause, and view the trailer https://lastoftherightwhales.com/.

The Shrimp Fest Sunset 5K

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13. The Healy & Foreit Sunset 5K presented by Bluffton Trading Company will start at Oyster Factory Park taking walkers and runners thru the streets of Old Towne Bluffton to finish at Bluffton Trading Post. Participants in the 5K will receive an event T-shirt and post race party at Bluffton Trading Post with live music & refreshments. For more information, visit www.blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.

Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s July meeting

7 p.m., Thursday, July 14, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Lady’s Island, Meridian Road. Social begins at 6:30 p.m. Capt. Chris Butler, President of Butler Marine, will be the guest speaker for July. With two full-service boat dealerships in Beaufort and Charleston, he is the Chair of the South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Sportfishing Policy organization. Capt. Butler will lead a discussion on how these agencies are protecting and expanding boating and fishing in South Carolina. Following will be an explanation of a new law that will allow anglers along the coast year-round harvest of two red snappers per person with a minimum size of 20 inches in State waters. Capt. Butler can also discuss the current state (pricing/availability) of new and used boats. 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. Congratulations to Riley Teague as the monthly winner. 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.

May River Shrimp Festival

5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 14 to Friday, July 15, The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Entertainers scheduled to perform include “The Chiggers” and Rolling Stone tribute band “White Liquor” on Thursday, and “The Spike Ivory Band” and “The Horan Brothers Band” on Friday. The event features local shrimp and seafood, a craft beer garden, a wine bar, an arts & crafts village and more. Two day festival tickets are available on line at blufftonsunsetparty.com for $10. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, while children 10 and younger get in free. The festival benefits two local charities. For more information, visit www.blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.

Drainage meeting

10:30 a.m., Friday, July 15, City Hall Council Chambers, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort. The City of Beaufort is hosting a second informational meeting to discuss the Downtown/Point Stormwater Drainage Study. The meeting will include a brief presentation and a question-and-answer session. The public is invited. For more information, please contact Carrie Gorsuch at 843-986-5609.

Table Talk

11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 16, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 14. Part history lesson, part art installation, all homage. The Supper Table, it’s origins and impact on South Carolina Women’s History is the topic of conversation with Morris Center Curator Kayleigh Vaughn and Jasper Project Director Cindi Boiter. Nearlt 60 S.C. contemporary women’s artists from literature, filmmaking, theater and visual art created to the creation of The Supper Table. Visit morrisheritagecenter.org or call 843-284-9227.

Black In The Trenches

6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 17. From their training at South Carolina’s Camp Jackson to the trenches of the Western Front, the chilling experiences of the Black soldiers of the 371st Infantry Regiment during World War I are brought home by Joe Long, Curator of Education for the S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. This program is in connection with the War on Two Fronts exhibition on view now. Visit morrisheritagecenter.org or call 843-284-9227.

Jazz In The Park

7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny, 94 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. Tuesday, July 19 – Eric Jones Trio; Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Modern Daze Ensemble; Tuesday, Aug. 16 – Martin Lesch Band; Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Free. Bring chairs.

Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands guided tours

9 a.m., Friday, July 22; 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Sunset Tour. The Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands (501c3) offers free guided tours with Master Naturalist Jill Moore, from Moore2Life, as guide. Watch our baby egrets in their nests and learn about the other 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.

“Crazy for Conservation!” Camp

9 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29, Port Royal Elementary School. Eco camp finally returns for its 31st year as the Beaufort Conservation District presents “Crazy for Conservation!” Camp. There will be a Friday field trip to Morning Glory Homestead Farm. Ever wonder how many trees it takes to make a single sheet of paper? How do we use a fluffy ball of cotton to make clothing? Why are bees so important? Want to handle fuzzy chicks and wiggly worms? Join Eco Camp and learn how we can use and conserve these everyday resources through hands-on environmental science activities. Make ice cream, take home a T-shirt, handmade paper, and more. There will be three one-hour sessions each day. Bring your own snack. Hot dog lunch will be provided on Friday. For more information contact Beaufort Soil & Water Conservation District at bswcd@islc.net or 843-255-7306.

Beaufort County Library Special Programs

These are the special programs available at the Beaufort Branch Library Downtown: 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.

THIS WEEK’S MOVIES AT HWY 21 DRIVE-IN

The movies scheduled for this week (Thursday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 13 – Closed Monday) at the Highway 21 Drive-In are Thor, Love & Thunder (PG-13, 8:45 p.m.) and Lightyear (PG, 10:30 p.m.) on Screen 1; Minions: Rise of Gru (PG, 8:45 p.m.) and Jurassic World Domination (Friday & Saturday) (PG-13, 10:15 p.m.) on Screen 2; and Top Gun: Maverick (PG-13, 8:45 p.m.) and Elvis (Friday & Saturday) (PG-13, 11:05 p.m.) on the new Screen 3.

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 Super Pets (July 29) and Paws of Fury (July 15).

– Staff reports

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