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Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection luncheon

The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 19 at the Hampton Hall clubhouse. The speaker will be Susan Schreer Davis of Kennesaw, Ga., a singer, songwriter and author of “The Great Undoing and My Journey Home.” Lunch is $25 and must be prepaid by April 12. Make checks payable to CWC Bluffton and mail to Kathy Walters, 10 Evening Tide Way, Bluffton, SC 29910.

Fight Back Against Parkinson’s

RiptideMMA will host a Fight Back Against Parkinson’s fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. April 19 at 36 Persimmon St., Suite 303. Wine tasting, silent auction, aerial silk performance and kickboxing demonstrations. Donations go to Michael J. Fox Foundation and buying equipment to help community members battling Parkinson’s.

Palmetto Plant Eaters Club film screening

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a PlantPure Nation pod group that meets monthly to educate and support plant-based eating, will host a screening of the film “What the Health” at 6:45 p.m. April 19 at Park Plaza Cinema, 33 Office Park Rd., Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door.

Grace with national figures series

U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn will discuss his book, “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black,” at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head Island. Free and open to the public. Preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dinner cost: $10, reservations required by 5 p.m. the Tuesday before. Info: www.fpchhi.org or 843-681-3696.

Parenting with a Purpose

Register by April 19. The Parenting with a Purpose workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. April 29, at First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Pkwy. Learn approaches when considering a household budget, planning for college, and ways to teach children healthy money habits. Free but must register for people attending with children at PWPHHI@gmail.com.

THURSDAY

Sea Island Quilters meeting

The Sea Island Quilters will meet at 6 p.m. April 20 at Carteret Street United Methodist Church. The guild is preparing for a Southern Comfort Quilt Show to be held May 5-6 at Holiday Inn-Beaufort. Info: joeypatrucco@yahoo.com.

Dress to Impress Career Seminar and Clothing Drive

The sixth Dress to Impress Career Seminar and Clothing Drive will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 20 at Bluffton Self Help, 39 Sheridan Park, Unit 10. More than a dozen employers will be on site to meet with job seekers. Info: julie@blufftonselfhelp.org, 843-757-8088.

FRIDAY

Special Olympics Spring Games

The Special Olympics South Carolina Area 8 Regional Spring Games will be held at May River High School on April 21. The event will kick off with a brief opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Athletes will compete according to their capabilities in assisted walks, independent walks, runs and ball throws. To register as a volunteer, go to http://bit.ly/2nMJqHR.

Bluffton Sunset Party

The Bluffton Sunset Party Series returns April 21 with the 2017 Summer Kick Off Fest. Bluffton Sunset Parties celebrate local foods, vendors, craft beer, music and other activities for all ages. They are held once a month on Friday nights from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door; children 12 and under get in free. Info: www.blufftonsunsetparty.com, 843-757-8520.

Day of remembrance

Temple Oseh Shalom will host a day of remembrance commemorating the lives lost in the Holocaust at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton. The service will include prayers, music and readings. Gently used or new shoes will be collected to donate to Bluffton Self Help. Info: 843-379-8787.

Essential oils class senior center

Preregister by April 21 for April 25 event. Learn about essential oils and the science behind aromatherapy during a class on essential oils at 2 p.m. April 25 at the Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L. Cost: $5. Pre-registration is required by April 21 at 843-785-6444.

‘A Day of Learning and Conversation’

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host “A Day of Learning and Conversation” at its Beaufort campus from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21. Faculty, staff and community members will lead a series of conversations in the humanities. The program is free and includes three hour-long sessions followed by lunch with faculty, community partners and leadership. Reservations are required and space is limited. To register, go to www.tcl.edu/conversation.

Bid for PAL Online Auction

The eighth annual Bid for PAL Online Auction starts at 8 a.m. April 21 and runs through 10 p.m. April 24. All money raised will help Palmetto Animal League rescue abandoned, abused and neglected animals and find them loving homes. Go to www.PALauction.org to browse the online catalog.

APRIL 21-25

Pinta, Nina ships at Port Royal

The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, will sail into Port Royal Sound, Beaufort, and be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21-25 until departure on April 26. Walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Cost: $8, $7 seniors, $6 students 5-16. Children 4 and under free. Info: visit www.ninapinta.org.

SATURDAY

Coastal Cultures Conference

Coastal Cultures Conference: Sustaining Cultural Heritage as the Climate Changes, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 at St. Helena Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road. The Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank invites families for a day of interactive environmental engagement to protect cultural heritage. Advance registration is required and the event is free. Email GullGeeCo@aol.com or call 843-255-6485. Info: www.gullahgeecheenation.com.

Superhero vs. Villains 5K

8 a.m. April 22 at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal. The race supports the Girls Run Club at Port Royal Elementary School and a portion will go to the Beaufort Child Abuse Prevention Association. Packet pickup is race day or April 21 at Port Royal Elementary’s gym 4-6 p.m. The cost is $15 for students and $20 for adults. Participants are encouraged to dress up as a superhero and can win $50 in cash if they beat the villain on course. Go to www.runsignup.com.

Letters For Hope

Join the folks at Letters For Hope at 2:30 p.m. April 22 at the St. Helena Island Library. The focus of the event is to urge politicians to safeguard the environment. This is an educational opportunity for elementary students who are learning how to write and high school students who are looking to become more involved in their community. Info: 843-415-3490, heather@braggmedia.com.

Otram Slabess poetry reading

Otram Slabess will hold its 10th annual poetry reading at 3 p.m. April 22 at the Charles Street Gallery, 914 Charles St., Beaufort. The event is free and open to the public. Info: https://otramslabess.wordpress.com, 843-521-9054, cultureconnections@embarqmail.com.

Flower show

A National Garden Club accredited standard flower show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 at the Walsh Palmetto Room at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Lady’s Island Drive. The show is hosted by the Beaufort Council of Garden Clubs. It is free and open to the public.

Lafayette Soirée

The Historic Beaufort Foundation’s annual gala, the Lafayette Soirée, will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the waterfront garden of Nancy and Howell Beach on Federal Street. Tickets are available for foundation members at $125 each and can be purchased at https://www.historicbeaufort.org or 843-379-3331. Open sales for non-members began March 1 and are priced at $150.

SUNDAY

Earth Day weekend field trip

Ogeechee Audubon field trip to Webb Wildlife Management Area, looking for spring migrants, red-cockaded woodpeckers, Bachman’s sparrows and more. Meet to carpool at Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at Savannah NWR entrance at 7 a.m. or at entrance to Webb WMA at 8 a.m. Leader: Steve Wagner at sjwgnr@hotmail.com.

All American concert

The Lowcountry Wind Symphony will give a concert at 4 p.m. April 23 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. Music is about celebrating America’s greatest composers. Free, donations accepted. Info: lowcountrywindsymphony.com.

John Paul II art fundraiser

Artist Richard Riverin do a painting in his unique pallet-knife technique in front of a live audience from 4-6 p.m. April 23 at La Belle Image Fine Art Gallery, 9 Shelter Cove Lane. A portion of the proceeds will go to the John Paul II Catholic School athletic center campaign.

APRIL 23-24

Orchestra to play Brahms

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will present Brahms’ “A German Requiem” at 4 p.m. April 23 and 8 p.m. April 24 at First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, at 540 William Hilton Pkwy. Includes the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Georgia Southern Chorale, soprano Alexandra Schoeny and baritone, Thomas Dreeze, 75 vocalists strong. A chat one hour prior to each concert. Reception to follow April 24 concert. Tickets: $30 to $55. Matinee prices for children. $10 students. Info: www.hhso.org or 843-842-2055.

MONDAY

BJVIM volunteer information night

The public is invited to Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine volunteer information night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 24 at 1 Burnt Church Rd. BJVIM depends on medical and non-medical volunteers to operate its free clinics. Volunteers must be 18 to serve. Info: 843-706-7090, Ext. 104.

APRIL 26

Grace with national figures series

Cassandra King Conroy and Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literacy Center, will discuss “A Generous Lowcountry Heart…Building on the Legacy of Pat Conroy” at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head Island. Free and open to the public. Preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dinner cost: $10, reservations required by 5 p.m. the Tuesday before. Info: www.fpchhi.org or 843-681-3696.

APRIL 27

American Revolution Round Table

RSVP by April 19. American Revolution Round Table will meet at 11:30 April 27 at Marley’s Island Grille, 35 Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island. Lunch at noon, presentation at 1 p.m. Guest speaker: Warren L. Bingham on “George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour.” Cost: $28 members, $35 guests, lunch included. Info: 843-815-9326, Chris Mitts 808-780-8186, Lynn Vitters 843-707-7562.

APRIL 28

‘Ella & Ellington’

The 21-piece Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra will present a musical birthday tribute concert, “Ella & Ellington,” at 7 p.m. April 28 at the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. Tickets are $28 for adults and $23 for seniors, available at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com, at the box office by calling 843-521-4145 and at the door before the concert.

APRIL 29

Humane Society fundraiser dog walk

Dog Walk at Coligny Beach is an April 29 fundraising event to benefit the Hilton Head Humane Association. Info: www.hhhumane.org.

Congressional art competition

The 2017 Congressional Art Competition for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District is accepting entries by April 29 at Rep. Mark Sanford’s Beaufort Office, 710 Boundary St., Suite 1D. Open to high school students who live in the District. The winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol and will be flown to Washington this summer along with one parent or guardian to attend a reception and the unveiling of their artwork. Info: sanford.house.gov/services/art-competition or 843-521-2530.

Parenting with a Purpose

Register by April 19. The Parenting with a Purpose workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. April 29, at First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, , 540 William Hilton Pkwy. Learn approaches when considering a household budget, planning for college, and ways to teach children healthy money habits. Free but must register for people attending with children at PWPHHI@gmail.com.

Palmetto Heart Walk

The American Heart Association will hold its annual Palmetto Heart Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. April 29 at Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. Prior to the walk kick-off, the first High School CPR Challenge takes place. Register: www.palmettoheartwalk.org.

APRIL 30

Free Stardust concert

The Stardust Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. April 30 at Bluffton’s Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Road. Free and open to the public. Contact Rick Eckstein at 843-707-7813.

All American concert

The Lowcountry Wind Symphony will give a concert at 7 p.m. April 30 at Magnolia Hall, Sun City residents only. Music is about celebrating America’s greatest composers. Free, donations accepted. Info: lowcountrywindsymphony.com

Fitness fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club

Early bird registration through April 30 for May 13 event. Hilton Head! SweatFest, a benefit for The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, will be May 13 at Shelter Cove Community Park. The event will consist of six workouts led by local instructors. The team that raises the most money for The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island will win a pizza party at Local Pie. A minimum $50 donation asked for each participant. Register at bit.ly/bcgsweatfest.

MAY 1

Greater Bluffton Republican Club meeting

The Greater Bluffton Republican Club will meet May 1 at the Roasting Room, 1297 May River Road. State Reps. Weston Newton and Bill Herbkersman will give a legislative update. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 6. The public is welcome.

MAY 2

Biennale

The 25th Biennale, featuring the best work of artists from across the country, opens May 2 at Art League of Hilton Head Gallery. Selected pieces will be on exhibit during May and available for purchase. An awards reception will be free and open to the public from 5-7 p.m. May 5. Info: 843-681-5060, www.artleaguehhi.org.

MAY 3-4

Golf-a-thon for Hospice Care

The Hearts Open Golf-A-Thon for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry will be May 4 with a pre-event party May 3 at Haig Point on Daufuskie Island. Your team raises money and will be eligible to win $10,000. Info: Darlene Schuetz at 843-706-2296 or www.hospicecarelc.org/hearts-open.

MAY 4

Pluff Mudd 15th birthday

Pluff Mudd Art Gallery will celebrate its 15th birthday with a special event from 3-7 p.m. May 4 at 27 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, with refreshments, giveaways and music. Info: 843-837-5152.

Hurricane preparation seminar for boaters

The Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron will host a hurricane preparation seminar for boaters at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at the Hilton Head Boat House Showroom, 1498 Fording Island Road. Cost is $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Register at http://conta.cc/2o2U9L8.

MAY 5

Palmetto Brass Ensemble concert

The Palmetto Brass Ensemble will present a patriotic concert at Bluffton United Methodist Church, 101 Calhoun Street, at 7 p.m. May 5. Admission is free.

MAY 6

Carolina Swing

Carolina Swing, a nine-member jazz and pop combo, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. May 6 at the Rooftop Bar, Poseidon, Shelter Cove Lane. Reservations/info: 843-341-3838. Contact Rick Eckstein at 843-707-7813.

HELP of Beaufort beach party

HELP of Beaufort will present a beach party from 6-10 p.m. May 6 at the Shed in Port Royal. Tickets are $40 per person, $300 for a table of eight or $350 for a table of 10. There will be live and silent auctions, music, food, beer, wine, door prizes and a raffle. Info: helpofbeaufort.org, 843-252-4105.

MAY 6-7

HHI Boat Show

The Hilton Head Island Boat Show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Windmill Harbour Marina. Tickets/info: hlltonheadislandboatshow.com or 843-879-8761.

MAY 8

Bill Verity Cup

The ninth annual Bill Verity Cup will be contested at Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island on May 8. All proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Club programs in the Beaufort area. The charity tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration, practice and lunch followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and an awards reception at 5 p.m. Participant donations are $150 per golfer or $600 per team of four. Info: 843-379-5430, alittlejohn@bgclowcountry.org.

MAY 10

Full Moon Shore Explore

8 to 9:30 p.m. May 10. Discover our beaches under a full moon. Search for nocturnal life, including ghost crabs and other sea creatures, which scurry throughout our dunes and surf systems. Reservations required at 843-842-1979. Cost: $16/adult, $11/child (ages 12 & younger). seapines.com/events

MAY 11

Step up to the Tee for Veterans

The Legends of Parris Island will host the Step up to the Tee for Veterans golf tournament with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. May 12. The cost is $100 for a single player and $400 for a foursome. The event will include a breakfast and auction. All proceeds will go toward www.paws4vets.org. Go to www.paws4vets.org/golf, call 404-597-6000 or email miami.phillips@paws4people.org.

Dreaming of Home Gala

The eighth annual Dreaming of Home Gala to support Family Promise of Beaufort County will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. May 11 at Hampton Hall in Bluffton, Tickets are $90. Info: 843-815-4211, minervafamilypromise@gmail.com.

MAY 12-14

Tennis Boot Camp

3-5 p.m. May 12; 9 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m. May 13; 9 a.m. to noon May 14. Ten hours of drills and instruction will to get back into tournament shape. Ages 17 & older. NTRP 4.0 and up. 6-to-1 student/teacher ratio. Cost: $300 per weekend . seapines.com/events

Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton spring gala

The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton will hold its annual spring gala at 6 p.m. May 12 at Palmetto Bluff. This black-tie optional affair includes a cocktail party, silent and live auction, and fine dining. Info: http://www.bgclowcountry.org/bluffton-club.

MAY 13

Bluffton Village Festival

The Bluffton Village Festival, also known as Mayfest, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 on Calhoun Street. Enjoy this eclectic and homespun Southern festival famous for its unique arts and crafts, music, delicious food, the 29th annual Ugly Dog Contest and the fifth annual Pie Eating Contest.

MAY 17

Ride of Silence

The Hilton Head Island annual Ride of Silence (ROS) honors those who have been injured or killed while bicycling on public roadways. The ride will begin with a safety briefing and sign-in at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza. Bring a bicycle, helmet, lights and black armband. The ride is a silent procession, sponsored locally by Kickin’ Asphalt Bicycle Club and is part of an international observance. Eleven bicyclists were killed in Beaufort County last year. Info: 412-360-9838 or www.kickinasphalt.info

MAY 18

Beaufort County Historical Society meeting

The 78th annual meeting of the Beaufort County Historical Society will be at noon May 18 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Optional catered lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Forest Preserve Wagon Journey

5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 23. Experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required at 843-842-1979. Cost: $17/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger). seapines.com/events

MAY 19

Silent movie, live organist at First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, at 540 William Hilton Pkwy., will hold a free silent movie night at 6:30 p.m. May 19. The movie will be Buster Keaton’s “The General,” an action-adventure-comedy silent movie made in 1926, with organ accompaniment by organist Chad Martin. Co-sponsors are the church and the American Guild of Organists.

MAY 19-21

Stan Smith Super Series

May 19-21. Sea Pines Resort’s touring professional, past champion of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and former U.S. Olympic men’s coach Stan Smith and his staff offer a class that features video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills. Reservations required at 843-363-4495. Cost: $305/adults only. seapines.com/events

MAY 20

Kiwanis Club Rib Burnoff

The 21st annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 20 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. South Carolina Barbecue Association certified judges will direct the blind judging for the judge’s award winners and ticket holders will vote for the popular vote winners. Tickets: $15 advanced sale, $20 at the gate. Contact Bill Haley at bhaley@hhivacations.com or Jim Gant at jim@gantfamily.com.

MAY 26-28

Gregg Russell concerts

8-9:30 p.m. May 26-28. Find Greg Russell under the Liberty Oak. Free concerts. seapines.com/events

MAY 29

Sandbox at the Stables

10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29. Annual Sandbox at the Stables with live music, games, exhibitions, pony rides, concessions and more. Cost: $5. Tickets for concessions and other activities are sold separately. Info: thesandbox.org. seapines.com/events

JUNE 10

Carolina Swing

Carolina Swing, a nine-member jazz and pop combo, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. June 10 at the Rooftop Bar, Poseidon, Shelter Cove Lane. Reservations/info: 843-341-3838. Contact Rick Eckstein at 843-707-7813.

JUNE 22

Lineberry to sign book

Cate Lineberry, author of “Live Free or Die-Robert Smalls” will give a talk and sign books June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., and at 3 p.m. at the Bluffton Branch.

JUNE 24

DragonBoat Beaufort race day

DragonBoat Beaufort, the local cancer survivor/supporter racing team, will hold its 2017 race day at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort on June 24. Info/register: www.dragonboat-raceday.com.

JUNE 28

Beaufort County Historical Society meeting

The Beaufort County Historical Society will host Doug Bostick, executive director of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, at 2 p.m. June 28 at the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St.

AUG. 4-6

Gullah/Geechee festival

The Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival will be from noon Aug. 4 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 on St. Helena Island. Cost varies. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-nation-international-music-movement-f.... Info: www.gullahgeecheenation.com.

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