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Chamber of Commerce hosts networking event
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Beaufort Networking on Thursday, October 4, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Hilton Garden Inn, 1500 Queen Street, Beaufort. Mayor Billy Keyserling will be the featured speaker, discussing economic development. The event is free and open to the public.

Does exercise help fend off effects of Parkinson’s?
Senior certified personal trainer Denice Davis will demonstrate how specific exercises can help those suffering from the disease at the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Lowcountry’s next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Helena House on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. For more information, contact Rose or Whitney at 843-982-0233 or e-mail rewing@alcco.com.

Edwin McCain Trio to perform at USCB
The Edwin McCain Acoustic Trio will open the University of SC Beaufort’s Center for the Arts 2012- 2013 Season on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.  Blending equal parts folk, soul and rock, platinum-selling artist Edwin McCain is best known for his top ten hits  “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” To purchase tickets call the USCB Center for the Arts at 843-521-4145. Seating is reserved.   Tickets are $35 in advance, student tickets are $30 and all seats are $40 the day of the show. For more information, visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

Library discussion looks at role of America
Event: America’s Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century? Join a moderated discussion examining three options for America’s role in the world.  Registration is required. Free
Time and Date: Friday, October 5 at 2 p.m., Beaufort library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902. Call 843-255-6464, jorourke@bcgov.net or visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/ocroc.

Black Chamber of Commerce holds event
The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event on October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. hosted by the Hampton Inn Beaufort located at 2342 Boundary Street.  There will be refreshments.  Open to the public.  For more information, call 843-986-1102.

‘Blues and Brews’ night at First Friday series
The Habersham Marketplace will welcome Charleston’s Holy City Brewing as the featured beer vendor at its second annual “Blues and Brews” night Friday, October 5. With a regionally expanded farmer’s market, arts, crafts and specialty food vendors and live blues music by Beaufort’s The Blue Dots, this event is part on a free, ongoing First Fridays event series held annually in the Marketplace. Sponsored by Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Beaufort, “Blues and Brews” will also feature a display of several classic cars. Holy City Brewing will offer $5 beer tastings, from 5-7 p.m. The Blue Dots, with Chris Jones on guitar, Kelley Adams on Drums and Billy Drysdale on bass, is known throughout the Lowcountry for performing Blues, Rock ’n’ Roll, Swing and Surf music, and will perform from 6-9 p.m. The expanded farmer’s market begins at 4 and is ongoing throughout the event.

Lunch and Learn series has final class for year
The popular Lunch and Learn series at the Port Royal Farmer’s Market in Heritage Park offers free, open air classes at the gazebo. Presented by the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association, classes begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 6, the topic will be Winterizing Your Garden: Tips and advice on protecting in ground and potted plants from winter damage.

Author Janet Garrity to hold book signings
Beaufort author and photographer Janet Garrity will be signing copies of her book “Goin’ Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands” on Saturday, October 6, from Noon to 3 p.m. at McIntosh Book Shoppe, 917 Bay St.

Celebrate fall migration with Fripp Audubon
Thousands of birds stage through the Beaufort Barrier Islands Important Bird Area (IBA) in fall. The IBA includes Fripp and Harbor islands and Hunting Island State Park, where the first-ever Fall Migration Celebration takes place Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, open to all and sponsored by Fripp Audubon. Enjoy expert lectures & guided beachwalks. See www.beaufortbarrierislandsiba.com to get details. Tickets are $35 “at the door,” Hunting Island Nature Center; includes Sat. and Sunday access to Fripp, Harbor and Hunting islands, all programs, Saturday lunch and evening reception. For more information, contact Pete Richards at pete.richards@comcast.net.

Kickoff Relay for Life Beaufort at Q on Bay
Kick off the 2013 Relay for Life Beaufort event at Q on Bay at 822 Bay Street with pulled chicken and pork with different sides. Waterfront Park will be the new venue for 2013. The kickoff will be Sunday, October 7, from 2-5 p.m. There will be door prizes and prizes for those who bring new people to the event to get involved in this great event to support the American Cancer Society.

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