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Activities at Hunting Island State Park

There are fun, interesting and educational activities every day hosted by Park Ranger and Lowcountry Master Naturalist Megan Stegmeier.

Sundays: Sand/Candy Art, 11 a.m.; Do You Want To Build a Snow Globe (March 15, 22), 2 p.m.

Mondays: Reptiles of the Lowcountry (March 16), 11 a.m.; A Walk In The Woods (March 16), 3 p.m.; Secrets of the Salt Marsh, 4 p.m.; Full Moon Lighthouse Climb (March 9), 7 p.m.

Tuesdays: Driftwood Painting, 11 a.m.; Beach Walk, 3 p.m.

Wednesdays: Alligator Talk, 11 a.m.; Stepping Stones, 2 p.m.

Thursdays: Interpretive Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m.; Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m.

Fridays: Nature Center 20th Anniversary Celebration, 1 p.m.; Fish Printing (March 6, 13, 27), 2 p.m.

Saturdays: Sunrise Lighthouse Climb (March 28), 6:45 a.m.; Tie-Die, 11 a.m.; No Bones About It (March 7, 21), 1 p.m.; Driftwood Painting, 2 p.m.

For a description of these programs and a complete calendar of activities, go to southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island and click on “Programs & Events.”

All are invited to attend these free events, though there is an entry fee to Hunting Island State Park and reservations are needed for lighthouse programs. For more information, call 843-838-7437 or go to the Friends of Hunting Island website and the Facebook page: FOHI Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

Donate non-perishable foods to YMCA

Snowbirds! Wondering what to do with your unopened, non-perishable food items at the end of your stay? Drop them off at the YMCA and we’ll deliver them to a local food bank on your behalf. The YMCA is conveniently located in Port Royal at 1801 Richmond Ave. For more information, call 843-522-9622 or email beaufort-jasperymca.org.

Hunting Island Lighthouse Tours

10 a.m., every Thursday (March 5, 12, 19, 26) and some Tuesdays (March 10, 17, 24). The Friends of Hunting Island will present Lighthouse tours of the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse. Keeper Ted and his team will tell you all about the history of the Lighthouse, which was built in 1875 and is the only Lighthouse in South Carolina open to visitors. If you are at least 44 inches tall you may also climb the 167 steps to the top of the Lighthouse. Reservations are recommended by calling the Nature Center at 843-838-7437. Regular Thursday tours are $2 per person. Park entry fees apply.

Monday night is Movie Night

7 p.m. Mondays, USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online (www.uscbcenterforthearts.com) or at the USCB Center for the Arts box office. Upcoming schedule: March 9 – Parasite; March 16 – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood; March 23 – 1917; April 27 – Little Women.

COSY’s All Things Southern fundraiser

6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Tabby Place, Port Republic Street, Beaufort. The Beaufort County Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY) Trust will be celebrate “All Things Southern” at its annual fundraiser. Advance tickets are $25 per person, $35 per couple; at the door, $35 per person, $45 per couple. To purchase tickets online contact https://helpalowcountryfamily.org.

The evening will feature food from local restaurants, entertainment and the opportunity to give back to the Trust which provides financial support to at-risk children and their families. For more information about the event or the COSY program, contact the COSY Trust Facilitator at PeggySimmer2019@hotmail.com.

Beyond the Bricks: eBooks, Audiobooks, and More!

9:30-11 a.m. Friday, March 6, Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Bring your tablet, cell phone, or laptop and learn how to use the free digital services offered by the library. Free. For more information, call 843-255-6458 or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org/subscribe.

Indivisible Beaufort March meeting

11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, St. Helena Island Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena Island. Indivisible Beaufort’s March meeting will focus on the issue of voter suppression and how to prevent it. Michael “Nathan” Campbell, an educator at May River High School, will present “A Guide to Fighting Voter Suppression.” The documentary SUPPRESSED by filmmaker Robert Greenwald will also be shown. Mr. Campbell currently runs the Youth in Government, Model United Nations and Academic World Quest programs at the school as well as serving as the Advanced Placement Coordinator. Indivisible Beaufort S.C. is a non-partisan group of local residents who believe this nation embodies rights and respect for all. The group is working to ensure those rights and freedoms remain available to everyone. For more information contact JusticeIndivisibleBSC@gmail.com.

Maye River Quilters Guild

Saturday, March 7, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. On the first Saturday of every month, the Maye River Quilters Guild members meet at 9:30 a.m. for social exchange. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Block-of-month members meet at 9 a.m. Please call 847-707-6034 or visit www.mayeriverquiltguild.com.

Shorebird Stewardship Training

10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, Harbor Island Community Center. With Nolan Schillerstrom of Audubon S.C., learn about our beautiful shorebirds and how you can help them survive in a changing world. Every summer Shorebirds in South Carolina face many obstacles in their fight to survive. Come and learn how you can help make a difference by becoming a Shorebird Steward. No experience required. We will learn about the birds that visit our beaches in migration, the ones that raise a family here and how to be an advocate for their survival. Email Hlshorebirds@gmail.com to register.

Wardle Family YMCA offers CPR training

The Wardle Family YMCA, at 1801 Richmond Ave in Port Royal, offers CPR classes for community members from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays on the following dates in 2020: March 7, April 4, May 9, May 16, June 27, July 18, Aug. 22, Sept. 12, Oct 24 and Nov. 21. Cost is $35 for this YMCA certified course and those interested need to register at the Y as space is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Contact Lou Bergen, Aquatics Director to register for this class. Call the Y at 843-522-9622 or visit beaufort-jasperymca.org.

Full Moon Lighthouse Climb

7 p.m., Monday, March 9, Hunting Island Lighthouse Complex. Cost $15. Come and join a naturalist in climbing the lighthouse to explore the stars and the full moon all from the quiet of the lighthouse. Must be 44-inches tall to climb. Pre-registration is required. 15-person limit. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 843-838-7437.

Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s March meeting

7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Beaufort Yacht Club, Lady’s Island off Meridian Road. The social begins  at 6:30 p.m. March’s presenter will be Capt Mike Edmond. Edmond is well known for his expert rod and reel repair and custom fishing rods. He will assist everyone preparing their equipment for the upcoming season, including discussing the latest fishing lines, rods, reels, and very importantly of setting your drags properly. As a bonus all members are invited to bring their extra fishing equipment to display before the meeting to sell or trade.

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