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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, 2 p.m.; Stargazing Lighthouse Climb (Feb. 23), 5:45 p.m.

Mondays: Reptiles of the Lowcountry, 11 a.m.; A Walk In The Woods (Feb. 10, 24).

Tuesdays: Interpretive Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m. (Feb. 18); Driftwood Painting, 11 a.m.; CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Beach Walk, 3 p.m.

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

Thursdays: Interpretive Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m.; CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m.

Fridays: Fish Printing, 2 p.m.; Valentines Day Couples Lighthouse Climb (Feb. 14), 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays: Sunrise Lighthouse Climb (Feb. 29), 6:30 a.m.; Tie-Die, 11 a.m.; No Bones About It (Feb 22), 1 p.m.; Pinecones for Passerines (Feb. 15, 29), 1 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.

Hunting Island Lighthouse Tours

10 a.m., every Thursday (Feb. 13, 20, 27), as well as couple of Tuesdays (Feb. 18). 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.

Books Sandwiched In

Noon-1 p.m. each Monday,  USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort. The Friends of the Beaufort Library host the popular 8-week series, featuring book talks by local personalities to provoke interest in books; both fiction and non-fiction. After each talk presenters will welcome questions. The series is free and open to the public. For program details, email Vicki Mix at scvgamix7@gmail.com. For more information, visit friendsoftheBeaufortlibrary.com.

Schedule: Feb. 17 – Minnow authored and presented by James McTeer; Feb. 24 – Being Mortal by Atul Awande, presented by Dr. Steve Kessell; March 2 – Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway, presented by Liz Farrell.

Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s February meeting

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Beaufort Yacht Club, Lady’s Island off Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. February’s species is a great Lowcountry table fair – Sheephead. Local, well known Captain Kevin Mears of Cast Away Charters will be the presenter. Congratulations to John Mucha, winner of the monthly weigh-in drawing sponsored by Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply. Guests are welcome. No reservations are needed. For more information, contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.

Valentine’s Day Couples Lighthouse Climb

5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, Hunting Island Lighthouse Complex. Cost $20 per person. Take a tour of Hunting Island Lighthouse and watch the sunset and moonrise over the ocean with your Valentine. Must be 44-inches tall to climb. Pre-registration is required. 16-person limit. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 843-838-7437.

Beaufort Lions Club Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast

8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, Sea Island Presbyterian Church. Stop by and support those needing vision services in northern Beaufort County by enjoying fresh, hot pancakes and sausage, real scrambled eggs, cheese grits, homemade sausage gravy and biscuits and juice or coffee. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from a Lion. Ticket prices are $8 adult and $5 for those younger than 12. All major credit cards are accepted. Donations accepted. Bring the family and enjoy a leisurely, healthy breakfast while helping those in need of vision services.

The Beaufort Squares square dance club

7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Pine Wood Fire Station, 158 Bay Pines Road, Burton. Dances are Mainstream with some instruction at the start. Hugh Gibbs will be calling. All are welcome. For more information call 843-271-0441. The club dances the third Saturday each month.

Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection luncheon

11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, Hampton Hall Clubhouse, Bluffton. The featured guest will be Lila Arnold, founder of Low Country Raptors, and she will have live birds on display. Our speaker is Sharee Darian from Ridgeland. The cost $26 and must be prepaid by Feb. 12. Make checks payable to “CWC Bluffton” and mail to Carol Mock, 607 Argent Way, Bluffton, SC 29909. For details, call Carol at 843-705-7604.

Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection lunch

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, Sea Island Presbyterian Church, Lady’s Island. Lunch by Holmes Catering is $18. Sheree Darian is the guest speaker. Tours of Beaufort is the focus of Bill Reynolds’ feature talk. Call Marti Myers at 843-321-0962 by Feb. 14.

Bruff presents Trouble the Water

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Local author Rebecca Bruff will present her debut novel Trouble the Water about the life of Beaufort hero Robert Smalls. There will be a question and answer session with a book signing to follow. Sponsored by the Beaufort Branch Library Book Club and the Friends of the Beaufort Library, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-255-6458.

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