Hilton Head International Piano Competition: Twenty of the world’s best pianists, ages 13-17, compete in three exciting rounds for $21,500 in cash prizes. In addition, the First Prize winner earns a return engagement as soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and other performance opportunities.
The prestigious 2017 juries are comprised of eight internationally acclaimed pianists from numerous countries. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.hhipc.org.
Urban Trees vs. Urban Forests: Why Biodiversity Matters: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Sally Krebs, the sustainable practices coordinator for the Town of Hilton Head Island, will help guests learn why urban trees and forest matter. One of the most sustainable actions we can take is to help preserve earth’s biodiversity, the many different forms of life with which we share our planet. The cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or by going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. This PlantPure Nation pod group meets monthly to educate and support plant-based eating, and will be hosting Karla Yesika as its guest speaker. She will be discussing vegan tropology (food combining) and how it healed her body and fuels her dance exercise. Meetings are free and open to the public; for more on the Palmetto Plant Eaters, go to www.palmettoplanteaters.com.
FEB. 1, 9, 15 and 23
Birding at Pinckney Island: 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9 and 15, and Thursday, Feb. 23, Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The Coastal Discovery Museum will host a winter bird-watching program at Pinckney Island led by experienced bird watchers from the museum. The walk will include the combination of habitats at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Space is limited to 15 people ages 12 and older. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars and the program will be canceled in case of rain. The program is $12 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or by going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
FEB. 1 TO MARCH 10
Poster Contestants on Display: Feb. 1 through March 10,Hilton Head Hospital, 25 Hospital Center Blvd.Each year, the All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour sponsors a poster contest for local artists. The work of the winning artist will appear on the 2017 poster, which will be displayed in businesses throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties. This year, over 60 artists entered work for judging. The public is invited to visit the exhibit and cast their votes for the People's Choice Award. The contest winner will be announced at a reception in the hospital lobby from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. For more information, call Carole Galli at 843-689-9495.
XX Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale Opening Party: Thursday, Feb. 2, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. The first opportunity for patrons to see the display of original work by emerging and leading artists at the Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale, a display of original work by emerging and leading artists that represents the life of Gullah people on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding community. The exhibit will run Feb. 1-28. Artists will be onsite at various times throughout the exhibit; for exact schedules, check www.gullahcelebration.com.
Carolina Swing: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, the Rooftop Bar at Poseidon Restaurant, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Island. Carolina Swing, a nine-member band featuring the vocals of Candice Skingley, will perform for cocktails and dancing. Tickets are required for this event and are available at https://carolinaswing.eveyevents.com. For more information, call 843-707-7813.
HHSO Youth Concerto Competition: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, St. Luke’s Church, Hilton Head Island. Ten instrumentalists from throughout the southeastern United States have been selected from a field of 50 applicants to compete for cash prizes and a chance to perform as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. They will perform on violin, cello and clarinet. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door the afternoon of the performance or by calling the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra office at 843-842-2055.
Junior Heritage Golf Tournament: Saturday, Feb. 4, Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, and Sunday, Feb. 5, Harbour Town Golf Links. The Junior Heritage has a rich history of world-class golf with a list of champions that includes Paula Creamer, Charles Howell III, Brittany Lang, Sean O’Hair, Kyle Stanley and Alexis Thompson. This year’s two-day tournament will feature some of the country’s finest junior golfers playing at the Sea Pines Resort. For more information, call 843-363-8385.
Miss Bluffton/ Miss Hilton Head Island Pageant: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Hilton Head Island High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road. Four young ladies will compete for the crown at this preliminary for the Miss America Pageant. Presented by the Miss Bluffton/Miss Hilton Head Island Scholarship Organization. Tickets will be available on the day of the pageant and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit www.missbluffton.com.
Daddy-Daughter Dance: 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Rooftop Bar at Poseidon Restaurant, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Island. The theme of this year’s Daddy-Daughter Dance is “A Sweet Evening,” inspired by “Candy Land”. Dads and daughters will have fun dancing, indulging at the candy bar, and taking silly photos at the selfie station. Pre-sale prices are $25 per father-daughter couple, and $10 for additional children. At the door, tickets are $30 per couple and $15 for additional children. Tickets are available online at www.islandreccenter.org or at the Island Rec Center office at 20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island.
Super Sunday Golf Tournament: 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, Palmetto Dunes Resort, 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island. Captain’s choice format on the Robert Trent Jones Course. Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive, low team gross, and low team net. For more information, go to www.palmettodunes.com.
FEB. 6 and 20
Let’s Make a Movie: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 20, Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way. Make a movie from start to finish. Use camera equipment, editing software and even a green screen. For ages 8 and older. Registration is required. Free. For more information, go to www.beaufortcountylibrary.org, contact email@example.com or call 843-255-6510.
Ken Ludwig's “Leading Ladies”: Feb. 7-26, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. A hilarious comedy about two Shakespearean actors who find their careers in a rut. They hear about an elderly lady of failing health who is leaving her fortune to her long-lost relatives, and decide to impersonate the heirs. Hilarity ensues when they have to play nieces, not nephews. Romantic entanglements abound while the guys play the part of their lives. Visit www.artshhi.com for more information.
Women’s Association of Hilton Head Luncheon: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation. Kathy Merlino will present "The Changing Landscape of Retirement." Explore the changing landscape of retirement and how to respond to it. To make a reservation, sign up at www.wahhi.com.
Liberal Men of the Lowcountry: noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Golf Club at Indigo Run, 101 Berwick Drive. Beaufort County Solicitor Isaac Stone will discuss his office’s role in assisting victims of crime, his approach to dealing with violent crime and other legal issues that concern the citizens of the county. Lunch is $20. For details, contact Richard Hammes at 847-921-8188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hilton Head Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America: noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, Santa Fe Café, 807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. For more information on the monthly luncheon meeting, contact Mary Lou Fehrman at email@example.com.
Heart Making Crafts: 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way. Drop in and make a Valentine’s Day craft for that special someone. For all ages. Free. For more information, visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-255-6510.
Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife: Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 12, Jekyll Island Beach Village and The Westin Jekyll Island in Georgia. Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife blends gourmet food with nature and nurture. W3 artfully combines legendary beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South's best chefs and local culinary superstars with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close. The weekend's events will raise funds and awareness for the Jekyll Island Foundation, with the island's research and education experts on hand Friday and Saturday showcasing some fun, interactive programs with coastal wildlife from turtles to alligators. Ticket savings are now available at www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com, along with some great W3 Weekend Getaway Packages and fun volunteer opportunities to get involved behind the scenes in the inaugural event.
Shore Bird Migration: 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Nicholas Wallover, the regional biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, will present a program about our shorebirds. Every spring, thousands of shorebirds visit South Carolina’s beach and marsh habitats. Come learn about the important role the state plays in the life cycle of spring migrants and local nesting species, and what we can do to protect this incredible part of our state’s natural heritage. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Organ/Piano Duet Concert: noon Friday, Feb. 10, St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. The Low Country Chapter of the American Guild of Organist's is presenting an organ/piano duet featuring Debby Graves of St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, Linda Hamilton of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nina Rodman of St. Luke's Church, and JooSoo Son of Providence Presbyterian Church. Free. For more information, call 843-785-4711 or visit www.hhiumc.com.
Hilton Head Preparatory School Annual Jubilee: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. The evening’s theme will be “Love is in the Air," celebrating the enormous love that is found in Hilton Head Prep's community. The jubilee will benefit academic excellence and student tuition assistance. The focus of the evening will be to honor and showcase distinguished individuals for their leadership and unyielding commitment to Hilton Head Prep and the community. To register, go to www.hhprep.org or call Prep's development office at 843-715-8536.
2017 Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, departing from Jarvis Creek Park. Participants will follow a course that will take them on the Cross Island Parkway, through several parks, numerous neighborhoods and over Broad Creek. Participants will receive a colorful long-sleeve tech T-shirt, plus all finishers will receive a medal. The Sonesta Hilton Head Resort & Spa will host a Race Expo and Packet Pick-Up on Friday, Feb. 10.To register, volunteer or for more information, call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520 or visit www.bearfootsports.com.
“Fine Art & Fine Wine”: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Rotary Community Center, Oscar Frazier Community Park, Bluffton. Tickets are $25 and include the wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to bid on great art donated by local artists. Wine will also be available to purchase, by the bottle or the case. Tickets are available at the SOBA Gallery and from Society of Bluffton Artist members. For more information, visit www.sobagallery.com or call 843-247-2868.
Valentine’s Weddings: Saturday, Feb.11, The Beaufort Inn, 809 Port Republic St. Weddings, elopements and vow renewal ceremonies. The Valentine’s Wedding Package includes a private ceremony in the Palmetto Courtyard with just the two of you or up to eight guests. For more information, visit www.yesloveweddings.com or call 912-509-0187, or contact the Beaufort Inn at www.beaufortinn.com or 843-379-4667.
The Salty Dog Heart Hunt: 10 a.m. Salty Dog Bluffton Restaurant and Pizza, 1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. Join in for the beginning of Salty Dog hunting season. Kids can search for hidden hearts that are redeemable for free Salty Dog T-shirts, prizes and treats. After the hunt, Jake the Salty Dog will be giving away free hugs and Beth Green, The Music Lady, will charm kids of all ages with her whimsical music style. Come out and fall in love with The Salty Dog! Visit www.bluffton.saltydog.com for more information.
Big Screen Matinee “Iris”: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Hilton Head Library. Enjoy the town’s free big screen at our monthly showings with refreshments. “Iris” is a documentary by Albert Maysles about a quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. This screening will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the film. This event is a collaboration with “POV,” the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. For more information, on “POV,” go to www.pbs.org/pov. For more information about the event, contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531 or email@example.com, or go to www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.
FEB. 11 and 12
The Savannah Disc Golf Club Pro-Am Tournament: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12, Shipyard's Brigantine golf course, 45 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. Practice rounds at Shipyard's Brigantine golf course Friday afternoon, Feb. 10. Organizers are specially outfitting the venerable Shipyard course for the tournament with 18 disc golf holes. Serious players won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to throw discs on one of the South’s most popular golf courses. Entry fees are $40 for juniors and $65 for adults. Proceeds will benefit The First Tee of the Lowcountry. To register for the event or to learn more about both this tournament and disc golf in the Lowcountry, go to hiltonheaddiscgolf.com.
Helping Parents Heal: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Just Be Centre, 159 State St., Bluffton. Monthly meetings of this nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting parents who have lost children, giving them support and resources to aid in the healing process. For more information, contact Irene Vouvalides at 201-233-6015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOAA New and Eligible Members: 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Dinner for new and eligible MOAA members. To make a reservation or for more information, email email@example.com.
Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Life Plus Seminar: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Hilton Head Christian Academy, 55 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head Island. Topics will be: “Let them be Little—K-4th,” “Adolescents—5th-7th,” and “Sex and Dating—8th-12th.” For more information, visit hhca.org.
Salty Dog Sweetheart Cruise: 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. This Valentine's Day set sail for romance. The evening starts with a sunset champagne cruise around Calibogue Sound featuring live music with Sara Burns and concludes with a custom Valentine's Day menu crafted by executive chef Herb Britton. Capture your honey's heart by literally sailing off into the sunset with The Salty Dog. Cruise only is $50 per couple, cruise and dinner is $125 per couple. For more information, visit www.cruise.saltydog.com.
Valentine’s Day: Tuesday, Feb. 14, Links, an American Grill, located in the Harbour Town Clubhouse or Coast, located in the Sea Pines Beach Club. Enjoy a romantic evening with that special someone. Reservations recommended; call Links at 843-363-8380 or Coast at 843-842-1888.
Legal Clinic: Family Law Issues: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Hilton Head Library. A local lawyer hosts lecture and question-and-answer session on divorce, custody, visitation, child support and more. Free. For more information, contact Priscilla Pomazal at 843-255-6524 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Microsoft Word Basics: 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 24, Hilton Head Library. Get started with this indispensable word processing program. Registration is required. Free. For more information, visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org or contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531 or email@example.com.
“Human Impact on Wild Fish Populations and the Need for Sustainable Aquaculture”: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Al Stokes, manager of the Waddell Mariculture Center, will present a program on population growth, impacts on fisheries and the need for sustainable aquaculture technology. The cost is $7 per person for ages 12 and older and reservations are required due to limited seating. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon and Fashion Show: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. The fashion show will feature the latest fashions and accessories from Chico's and will be followed by guest speaker Deanna Hansen-Doying of Beaufort. A successful writer and business entrepreneur, her topic is "Laugh and the World Laughs With You. Cry and Your Shirt Gets Wet." The cost is $25, with prepaid reservations due by Wednesday, Feb. 8. For more details, contact Carol at 843-705-7604.
The Palmetto Quilt Guild Monthly Meeting : 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. Guests are welcome. The focus for February is a trunk show of machine quilting techniques. Come and learn how to enhance your quilts with free motion quilting designs. More information can be found at www.palmettoquiltguild.com. Any other questions, please call 304-543-6529.
FEB. 17- MARCH 5
“Boeing Boeing”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Ulmer Auditorium, Bluffton Town Hall, 20 Bridge St. The May River Theatre Co. production takes the stage Feb. 17. For tickets, call the box office at 843-815-5581.
The Gullah Celebration Arts, Crafts and Food Market: Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19. Music, dance and messages presented to strengthen the community and enhance the understanding of the native island culture. The Gullah Market will be open with food and shopping. There will be children’s events and more in this nationally recognized program. For more information, call 843-255-7303 or visit www.GullahCelebration.com.
Memory Matters 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Brunch: Sunday, Feb. 19, Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. Retiring executive director Eddy Hoyle's countless contributions to Memory Matters and our community will be recognized at Memory Matters’ 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Brunch. For information and tickets, call 843-842-6688 or go to www.memory-matters.org.
The Intercontinental Art Experience Show and Lecture Series: noon-7 p.m. daily, Tabby Place, 809 Port Republic St., Beaufort. Explore the artistic bridge between Europe and America. The close historical ties between these two geographic regions will be showcased on the local level in Beaufort. Internationally recognized French artists will be joined by popular Lowcountry artists in a curated exhibit that explores the life and landscape of coastal France and South Carolina. The show will host a lecture series, “Art for Lunch,” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The public is invited to bring a bag lunch and join a conversation led by experts in contemporary art, French regional culture and local history. The event is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. For more information, go to www.beaufortinn.com/promotions/art-experience.htm.
Winged Wonders of the Lowcountry at Coastal Discovery Museum: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Coastal Discovery Museum. Lila Arnold of Lowcountry Raptor will present birds that are non-releasable due to permanent injury. You will see these magnificent birds up close and hear about the role they play in the ecosystem of the Lowcountry. Cost is $7 per person; ages 12 and older only. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or by going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
MOAA Monthly Meeting: 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon, Thursday, Feb. 23, Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive. Monthly meeting of the Military Officers Association of America. For more information, contact Mary Lou Fehrman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Presbyterian Church Organ Dedication: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Dr. Richard Elliott, principal organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, will present an organ dedication concert. At the Mormon Tabernacle,. Elliott participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Æolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.” The concert is free. Call the church at 843-681-3696 for more information.
Salty Dog Revvin' Up Oyster Roast: 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Salty Dog Bluffton Restaurant and Pizza, 1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. The Lowcountry is known for succulent oysters, and The Salty Dog will be serving them up by the dozen. Enjoy fresh oysters steamed over an open fire and other cookout favorites served with a side of live entertainment on the café’s stage. Get there early — the oyster bell rings at 4 p.m. Visit www.bluffton.saltydog.com for more information.
10th Anniversary Celebration of Justice: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. Sponsored by the board of directors of the Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, the event includes a silent auction and live auction, with music by Harden & Crenshaw. The theme for the event is "Diamonds are Forever" and Dr. Jane Upshaw, recently retired chancellor of University of South Carolina Baufort, will be honored for her service in the community. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 843-815-1570 or go to www.lowcountrylegalvolunteers.org.
23rd annual VanLandingham Rotary Auction: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Tune in to WTOC and bid on unique items auctioned simultaneously live and online. Proceeds will go to local children’s organizations and charities, including The First Tee of the Lowcountry, The Sandbox and The Deep Well Project. For more information, visit www.vlrauction.com.
Otterbein University Concert Choir Concert: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Bluffton United Methodist Church, 101 Calhoun St., Bluffton United Methodist Church will host the Otterbein University Concert Choir. The concert is free and a freewill offering will be gratefully appreciated. Visit www.blufftonumc.org or call 843-757-3351 for more information.
Camera Club of Hilton Head Island Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Matthews Court, Hilton Head Island. Guest speaker will be Susan Roberts, who will speak on "Hummers to Herons: Adventures in Bird Photography." Roberts has lived on Edisto Island for the past 20 years and focused on capturing the beauty and mystique of the Lowcountry. Free. Newcomers and guests are welcome. For more information, go to www/cchhi.net.
SAVE THE DATE
The Hilton Head Shore Notes present “The Magic of Broadway”: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road. Featured guest quartet is “Speed of Sound,” 2016 International Champions. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.hhsn2016show.brownpapertickets.com and local outlets: Burke’s, Pretty Papers and Markel’s Gifts. For more information, go to www.hiltonheadshorenotes.com.
Cooks and Books Meet The Authors Champagne Brunch Kick-Off: Sunday, March 5. Presented by The Literacy Center. More restaurants, more authors and a VIP Meet The Authors Champagne Brunch Kick-Off event! Volunteers for the planning committee and at the event are needed. This is a great opportunity to highlight your business by being a sponsor. Contact Pam Wall for more information at 843-815-6616.
Hilton Head Food and Wine Festival: Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, Sea Pines Resort. Greet the island’s popular spring season with a six-day celebration to embrace the fruits of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grass-roots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique artists’ community. For more information, visit www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com or call 843-686-4944.
Tee Off Fore the Arts: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, Wexford Plantation, 111 Wexford Club Drive, Hilton Head Island. New this year is the addition of a mixed doubles round robin tennis tournament. This will be a perfect day on the links or the court in support of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina programming! For information on how to get involved, contact Lyn Kaplan at 843-686-3945, ext. 210, or email LKaplan@artshhi.com.
Forging Pathways: Southeast Biking Symposium: Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25, The Beach House, 1 S. Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. Come together to showcase the Southeast as a leader in biking and cycling tourism. Exchange ideas on the future of bike friendly communities. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Heather Rath at email@example.com or 843-415-5978.
First Books of Beaufort in Need of Volunteers: First Books of Beaufort holds story hours at Title I schools and distributes over 750 books each month to 4-year-olds to take home. The organization is in need of volunteers to read at three locations on Hilton Head Island. Volunteers can chose a time, date, and school convenient for them once per month. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.firstbooksofbeaufort.com.
Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee Now accepting 2017 Grant Applications: Application deadline is March 31. To be considered, organizations should be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Beaufort or Jasper counties, and have plans for a project to improve health, housing, hunger or educational issues. The application and all pertinent information can be found at www.longcoveclub.com under the “People” tab and “Caring Community”, or contact Erin Khalili at 843-686-1070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tea Time at Rose Hill Mansion: 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. Experience afternoon tea at the most beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. Selections include custom crafted teas, elegant finger sandwiches, and heavenly desserts. Small groups or large groups welcome. $40 per person. To book a tea time, call Lou Anne Takach at 843-757-6046.
Swim Lessons at the Island Rec Center: Through April, Island Recreation Center, 20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. Make a splash this spring. For more information, visit www.islandreccenter.org or call 843-681-7273.
Golf Clinics for All Ages: Times vary, Country Club of Hilton Head. Group and individual golf programs for adults and juniors led by PGA professional Jeff Picus of Excel and Enjoy Golf Academy, To learn more or to register for any of these programs, contact Picus at 843-295- 8888 or email@example.com.
Gullah History Tours: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, departing from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Take a two-hour tour narrated by native Gullah folks. Tour guests travel through the Gullah communities on Hilton Head Island when the island’s landscape was only farmlands, trees, dirt roads, wildlife and natural waterways throughout and around the island. No reservations are required — unless you’re a party of 10 or more. The cost is $32 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes before the tour. For more information or to book tours for 10 or more people, call 843-681-7066.
Tour Daufuskie: The only locally owned and operated touring company on Daufuskie Island, Tour Daufuskie offers a variety of intimate tours, including a History & Artisans tour, eco-tour and kayaking tours. Now offering a Gullah tour led by a native professional guide, Sallie Ann Robinson. For more information, call 843-842-9449.
The Jazz Corner: Nightly concerts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. The Village at Wexford C-1, Hilton Head Island. Celebrating 18 years of jazz. The Jazz Corner's intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by our innovative Southern flavors menu and personal, attentive service. For concert schedules and more information, visit www.thejazzcorner.com, or call 843-842-8620.
Bike Tours of Hilton Head Island: 1 p.m. Thursdays, 137 Squire Pope Road. Transport yourself through history on a guided bicycle tour. Learn about native islanders, fishing and farming, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gullah community — all along the Squire Pope Road waterfront corridor. On safe routes, bicycling provides the perfect pace for sightseeing. This 1.5-hour tour is organized by the Heritage Library. Register online at heritagelib.org. Bring your own bike and helmet; water and bug spray recommended. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 10 and older.
Ancestry Classes: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Heritage Library, Hilton Head. Explore your lineage. Classes available for all levels of expertise. $10 for foundation members; $15 for non-members. Class size is limited and reservations are required. Call 843-686-6560 or register online at www.hreitagelib.com.
Meditation Mondays: 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Hilton Head Library. Meditation is a great way to promote well-being by grounding oneself to feel more focused in today’s fast-paced world. And group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a routine for a brand-new, spotty or long-time practice. The group will start with a brief introduction before sitting in meditation for 30 minutes. Soft chairs are available; to sit cross-legged, please bring a cushion. Free. For more information, contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Fort Mitchel Civil War Tours: 10 a.m. Thursdays, Fort Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation. Experiencea tour covering the origin, construction and operation of Fort Mitchel as well as the soldiers’ lives during the Union occupation of Hilton Head Island during the Civil War,when the coastal fort’s artillery defended the headquarters of the Federal Department of the South. To attend, call the library at 843-686-6560, or register online at www.HeritageLib.org. Tickets are $12; $7 for children ages 7 to 12; no children younger than 7, please.
Farmers Market of Bluffton: 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, Carson Cottages, Calhoun Street, Bluffton. Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and herbs abound at the Farmers Market of Bluffton, a weekly community event where locals and tourists gather not only to buy excellent produce but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. Located in historic downtown Bluffton along Calhoun and Lawrence streets and through Carson Cottages, this family-friendly market showcases local growers, local food vendors, local entertainment, local community causes and local information about the Bluffton area. For more information, visit www.farmersmarketbluffton.org or call 843-415-4227.
Kayaking on Jarvis Creek: 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Jarvis Creek Water Sports, Hilton Head Island. Join a certified guide for a closer look at the salt marsh aboard a stable, touring kayak. Venture into creeks and inlets to view local wildlife, such as wading birds and dolphins. No children younger than 5. Cost is $32 for adults, $28 for children ages 5-12 with adult. Presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum, reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Explore Pinckney Island: 9-11 a.m., Pinckney Island, between the bridges to Hilton Head Island. A brief historical and natural history overview is given by a Coastal Discovery Museum docent, followed by a walking tour of this National Wildlife Refuge, including salt marsh and maritime forest. Wildlife may include variety of birds, alligators and marsh inhabitants. $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Salt Marsh Discovery: 10 a.m. Fridays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. As one of the most productive environments on the planet, the salt marsh functions as a filter and nursery for the coast. Learn from a museum docent how marsh plants adapt to the salt water, and why we should protect this interesting ecosystem. $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Honey Horn History Walk: 10-11:30 a.m. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Travel back in time with the stories of Honey Horn’s past 200 years. You’ll learn about the planters, the northern hunters who visited in the winter, the islanders who worked on site and the Hack family, who lived at Honey Horn from 1950 until the late 1990s. This walk, led by a museum docent, will take you past the places they lived and worked. $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Beach Discovery: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Burke's Beach, Burkes Beach Road, Hilton Head Island. Learn to be a beachcomber! Ever wonder what lives in those holes in the sand? What living fossil can you find at the beach? Why do sea turtles “dig the dark”? Come explore with the Coastal Discovery Museum the ever-changing marine environment at Burkes Beach, near the Folly, a tidal inlet. Spot shorebirds, search for seashells and learn about how our beaches are formed and changed with each cycle of the tide. $12 for adults, $7 for children; reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Civil War Era: 3 p.m. Thursdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Join a Coastal Discovery Museum docent and learn how Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Find out why they were here and how they spent their time. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head from 1861-1865. $7 per person (no children younger than 7) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Rock Steady Boxing: 11 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, Riptide MMA, 36 Persimmons St., Suite 303 in Bluffton. Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing professionals, but adapted for people living with Parkinson’s disease, is now available in Hilton Head/Bluffton area. Rock Steady offers a sense of community and fun to everyone involved in the program. An initial assessment is required to be scheduled in advance. For more details about the program, contact John Juarez at 843-422-6641.
Hilton Head Comedy Club: Wednesdays and Saturdays, plus special engagements, 18 Harbourside Lane, second floor, Shelter Cove Harbour. Fan of funny? Hilton Head Comedy Club offers different headliners every week. General admission is $20, VIP seating is $22 and all shows are rated ”PG 17.” For more information, visit www.comedyclubofhiltonhead.com or call 843-341-5653.
Volunteer Biking Ambassadors Needed: The Hilton Head Island Bicycle Advisory Committee is seeking individuals to help foster a welcoming environment and enhance safety on Hilton Head Island bike paths. Volunteer bike ambassadors provide directions, maps, safety tips and flyers to visiting cyclists. Bike Ambassador Volunteers will work primarily during the busy summer season from May 29 to Aug. 8. For more information or to volunteer, contact Maurice LaRoche at email@example.com or 603-447-5353.
Roasting Room Lounge and Listening Room: 1297 May River Road, Bluffton. The Lowcountry’s brand-new intimate music venue and bourbon bar. Weekly concerts. Visit www.roastingroomlounge.com for featured shows and tickets.
Golf Croquet: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, other times available by appointment. Sea Pines Resort. An introduction to the fastest-growing version of croquet due to its simplicity and competitiveness. Reservations are required; contact 843-842-1979. $10 per person.
Forest Preserve Wagon Journey: 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, other times available by appointment, Sea Pines Resort. Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. Minimum of six guests. $15 per adult, $12 per child (ages 12 and younger).
Freshwater Fishing: 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort. Enjoy a relaxing morning fishing by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. All supplies provided. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. $19 per adult, $14 per child (ages 12 and younger).
Charter Fishing: Daily; call for reservations, Sea Pines Resort.Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo and Integrity, will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Trips range from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact Harbour Town Yacht Basin at 843-363-8335.
Forest Preserve Wagon Journey: 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays, other times available by appointment, Sea Pines Resort. Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. Minimum of six guests. $15 per adult, $12 per child (ages 12 and younger).
Freshwater Fishing: 9-10:30 a.m.Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Sea Pines Resort. Enjoy a relaxing morning fishing by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. All supplies provided. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. $19 per adult, $14 per child (ages 12 and younger).
Introduction to Fly Fishing: Daily; call for reservation. Learn the art of fly-casting and the basics of fly fishing in the scenic Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Join Capt. Fuzzy Davis for a custom two-hour clinic that will have you casting like a pro. All tackle and flies are included and no license is required. Targeted species include bass and bluegill. Reservations are required; contact 843-842-1979. $200 for up to two anglers, $75 for each additional angler with a maximum of five anglers.