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Free lunch at the Beaufort County Library

Weekdays through Friday, July 30. Free Lunch at the library for every child and teen younger than 18. Schedule by branch: St. Helena Branch – 11 a.m.-noon; Hilton Head Branch – 11 a.m.-noon; Bluffton Branch – 11 a.m.-noon; Beaufort Branch – noon-1 p.m.; Lobeco Branch – 1-2 p.m.

Port Royal Cypress Wetlands

Open to the public everyday during daylight hours, located on Paris Ave. Free. Experience the wonders of the wetlands as you stroll the boardwalk and visit the rookery. This is a working organic laboratory and stormwater system for the benefit of all. A photographer’s paradise with nesting birds, alligators, turtles, etc. For more information visit www.friendsofportroyalcypresswetlands.org , Facebook at FriendsofPRCypressWetlands, or on Instagram at friendsofprcypresswetlands.

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 unionchurch1004@gmail.com or call 843-524-4333.

Ancestor of the Land – Rufus Daniel Mitchell

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, Beaufort Arts Council Exhibition Hall, Mather School Museum, Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribault Road, Building 1. A Tribute by Bernice Mitchel Tate, Andy Tate and Dr. Derek Mitchell Tate to the Beaufort County Rural Black Farmer. An authentic Beaufort County, S.C. Gullah Cultural Heritage photographic, visual art, digital art, material culture exhibition and instillation experience celebrating the life and times of Rufus Daniel Mitchell (1913-1987), his family and the historic Sheldon farming community.

Port Royal Farmers Market

9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, year round, 1615 Ribaut Road, Port Royal. Rain or shine. For more information, visit http://www.portroyalfarmersmarket.com/, visit @portroyalfarmersmarket on Facebook or call 843-295-0058.

Lady’s Island Business Professional Association meeting

8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, Beaufort Realtors’ Association Headquarters, 22 Kemmerlin Lane, Lady’s Island. State Senator Tom Davis will be the featured speaker for the August meeting. The public is welcome to stop by for coffee and conversation.

Beaufort SC Drum Circle

5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Pavilion. All are invited to share some good vibes with the Beaufort SC Drum Circle. Everyone is welcome to attend this family-friendly event. No experience is necessary. Rain or Shine. Please bring a chair, a friend, and maybe an extra drum or hand percussion instrument if you have one to share. For questions or to join our mailing list, email us at beaufortscdrumcircle@gmail.com or contact us on our Facebook page “Beaufort SC Drum Circle.”

Tornado Relief Event for Port Royal Veterinary Hospital

5:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 28, Port Royal Beer Garden. There will be games, food trucks, music by Brother Tonic, an online auction, Tree of Life/Paws of Hope and contests to choose the ugliest, fattest, cutest and loudest dogs. To enter, send photos to hospital@prvhsc.com. There will also be an online fundraising auction from July 26 to 31. Find out more at prvh.betterworld.org/auctions/port-royal-veterinary-hospital-a.

Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day

Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 31, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, St. Helena Island. Launching Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week. Bring chairs, drums, the family and an open spirit. The Gullah/Geechee Nation is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a series of events for Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week (July 31-August 8). The celebration is happening under the theme “Celebrating Gullah/Geechee Land & Living Legacy.” Numerous Gullah/Geechee artists and food trucks will be present for the event. The Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center will be open and the Gullah/Geechee Chamber of Commerce will be supporting the event for the first time. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to make donations to the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund” via CashApp ($GullahGeecheeNation) or via GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/gullahgeechee-land-amp-legacy-fund). You can make donations directly at the site for passes for the day: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157357244755. Everyone is encouraged to download passes ahead of attending. There will be an outstanding R&B mix by DJ Kwame Sha, as well as activities for children. For complete details about not only “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day,” but all of the events for “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week,” please visit www.GullahGeecheeNation.com or www.Facebook.com/GullahGeecheeWEBE.

Evolve Furniture Studio grand opening

5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, 1010 Middleton Street, Beaufort. Off Depot Road, near Spanish Moss Trail. Follow gravel road between two metal buildings and through gate. Parking is next to loading dock. Grand opening/ribbon cutting at 5 p.m., cocktail reception with light bites and studio tours to follow. Evolve specializes in 18th-century antique restoration and reproduction, as well as David J. Lunin’s surreal adaptations of traditional furniture. Visitors will see Lunin’s workspace, a showroom filled with original designs and his DaVinci-inspired wood lathe. For more information, visit evolvefurniturestudio.com.

Street Music on Paris Avenue

6 p.m., between 9th and 10th streets on Paris Avenue, downtown Port Royal. Free and open to the public. Bring you own chairs. Schedule: Saturday, Aug. 7 – Randall Bramblett; Saturday, Aug. 21 – Katie Henry; Saturday, Sept. 4 – Wayne Baker Brooks; Saturday, Sept. 18 – Big Al & The Heavyweights.

Maye River Quilters Guild meeting

10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. The social will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting following. For more information, call 843-530-1244.

CPR re-certification

8 a.m to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays, Aug. 14, Sept. 25, Nov. 13, at the Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal, offers CPR. Cost is $25 for YMCA certified course. Those interested need to register at the Y as space is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Contact William Howell, Aquatics Director, 843-522-9622. 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.

Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club fundraiser

6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Port Royal Beer Garden across from The Sands Beach. Advance tickets are $15, while a few tickets will be available at the door for $20 each. Musical entertainment will be provided by Debbie McDaniel and Mark Flasch. David Taub, a former Mayor of Beaufort and the former Beaufort County Democratic Chair, will be the guest speaker. You can pay in advance by credit card or PayPal at https://bit.ly/3xXW08c, or, if you prefer to pay by check, do so as soon as possible by mailing it to to NOB Dems, P.O. Box 690, Beaufort, S.C. 29901 and drop us a line at nobdems@gmail.com to let us know to look for your check. If you pay in advance, bring digital proof of payment.

LIVE After 5

5 to 8 p.m., every third Thursday each month, downtown Beaufort. Recurring monthly party with live music, local artists, late night shopping and drink and food specials. Rain or shine. Free entertainment, sponsored by Activate Beaufort. Entertainment schedule: Thursday, Aug, 19 – TD Hicks; Thursday, Sept. 16 – Wayne Graberbauer; Thursday, Oct. 21 – Alan Price; Thursday, Nov. 18 – Nick Poulin.

CPR training

8 a.m to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 11, at the Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal, offers CPR. Cost is $35 for YMCA certified course. Those interested need to register at the Y as space is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Contact William Howell, Aquatics Director, 843-522-9622. 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.

29th Annual Beaufort County Youth Conference

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, virtually on Zoom. This years theme: “This Is America. Quest for the Best.” Planned by teens for teens, the conference includes workshops, entertainment, door prizes and T-shirts will be available for middle and high school participants. Contact Carrie Major at 843-812-4399 or Janie W. Brown at 843-592-0013 for more information. Register on the Beaufort County Youth Conference Facebook page.

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