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Ride of Silence

The Hilton Head Island annual Ride of Silence 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 by Kickin’ Asphalt Bicycle Club. Info: 412-360-9838 or www.kickinasphalt.info.

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THURSDAY

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 and younger).

CareerLaunch Job Fair

The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton invites businesses interested in offering paid summer job placements and cultivating their future workforce to register for the May 18 CareerLaunch Job Fair. Advance registration is required. The job fair will allow businesses to interview youth from the community, including teens ages 15-18 who are completing the CareerLaunch job-readiness and career exploration program. Info: keisha.glover@BCGLowcountry.org, 843-757-2845.

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FRIDAY

Silent movie, live organist

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 Chad Martin. Co-sponsors are the church and the American Guild of Organists.

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MAY 19-21

Stan Smith Super Series

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.

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SATURDAY

Kiwanis Club Rib Burnoff

The 21st annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest will be 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.

Church youth car wash

The youth group of First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, will hold a car wash at 10 a.m. May 20. Cost: $10.

Bluffton Band Boosters fundraiser

The seventh annual Boston butt sale and car wash to benefit the Bluffton Band Boosters will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at Advance Auto Parts on U.S. 278. Boston butts are available for pre-order for $30. Dinner plates will be available for $7. Plates include barbecue sandwich, coleslaw, baked beans and a drink. The Bluffton Band Boosters sponsor the Bluffton High School band programs. Contact Nicole at 843-301-8096 to place an order.

St. Matthew’s Baptist May festival

St. Matthew’s Baptist Church will hold its May festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at 3709 Okatie Highway. Organizers request a $10 donation. Info: 843-784-2849, 843-715-6870.

18-Hole Dolphin Splash for Muscular Dystrophy

The third annual 18-Hole Dolphin Splash for Muscular Dystrophy will be held at 10 a.m. May 20 at Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island. To register, call Heather Bailey at 843-263-5865 or Jason Bailey at 843-812-2453.

Day of Service

Active duty military men and women, veterans and their families are invited to a free barbecue from 1-4 p.m. May 20 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Beaufort campus, 921 Ribaut Road. It will include food, music, kids’ activities and bingo. Info: cwelsh-copeland@tcl.edu, 843-525-8264.

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TUESDAY

Dinner, variety show

First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, will hold “A Night Out with the Stars” dinner and variety show at 5:30 p.m. May 24. Cost: $10, reservations by May 23.

U.S. 278 project information meeting

Beaufort County will host a public information meeting to discuss the U.S. 278 widening/Jenkins Island improvements project May 23 at Hilton Head Island High School, 70 Wilborn Road. There will be an open house at 5 p.m. with maps and project display boards available for viewing until 7 p.m. The project team will make a brief, formal presentation at 6 p.m.

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MAY 25

‘I Was Born to Be in a Library’

Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss the author’s lifelong love of libraries and give an overview of the center at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Beaufort Library, 311 Scott St. Registration is required; call 843-255-6458. Info: beaufortcountylibrary.org.

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MAY 26

Gullah Lowcountry Dinner Theater

Gullah Lowcountry Dinner Theater at 5:30 p.m. May 26 at Tabernacle Baptist Church will feature a presentation by Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, entitled “Hallelujah Harriet: Mother Moses and de Gullah/Geechee.” The event is a fundraiser for a Harriet Tubman monument at the church. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullah-lowcountry-dinner-theater-harriet-tu....

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MAY 26-28

Gregg Russell concerts

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

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MAY 27-28

Hilton Head Art Festival

Shelter Cove Harbour will transform into an art-lover’s paradise from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27-28 during the ninth annual Hilton Head Art Festival. One hundred national artists are set to display their fine works from across the nation in a show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. Free and open to the public.

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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.

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JUNE 1

Celebrations Singers youth choir

The Celebrations Singers youth choir will present “Praise Ye the Lord” at 7 p.m. June 1 at Bluffton United Methodist Church. The suburban Atlanta choir has toured in New England, Canada, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Texas, Illinois, Alaska and much of the Southeastern U.S. Info: 843-757-3351.

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JUNE 3

Vettes 4 Pets dinner cruise

A Vettes 4 Pets dinner cruise will be held June 3 to benefit Palmetto Animal League. Participants are asked to arrive at John Paul II Catholic School at 3:45 p.m.. They will cruise to Hampton Lake for a parade lap and buffet. Cost: $100 per couple. Info: mmburton42@gmail.com, 321-446-6142.

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JUNE 10

Carolina Swing

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

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JUNE 17

Juneteenth at Mitchelville

Mitchelville Preservation Project will celebrate its third annual Juneteenth on June 17 at Fish Haul Park, 229 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Includes Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project, Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers, Lowcountry legend Anita Singleton-Prather, jazz legend Earl Williams and more. Also art, food and music customs of the people of Mitchelville. Cost: $15, $10 for students, free for children 4 and younger. Info: exploremitchelville.org.

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JUNE 19

‘Go the Distance’ sports camp

First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island will hold a ”Go the Distance” sports camp for ages 4-12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 19-23. Scholarships are available. Children are coached by trained athletes. Register at www.fpchhi.org. Info: 843-681-3696, calmeida@fpchhi.org, www.fpchhi.org.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JULY 24-25

‘Seven Keys to Successful Painting’

The Society of Bluffton Artists’ Center for Creative Arts will present “Seven Keys to Successful Painting” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 24-25 at 8 Church Street. This class will give artists a look at the principles that help make paintings work. Cost: $120 for members, $140 for non-members. Registration: 843-247-2868, www.sobagallery.com.

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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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