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MARCH 12
The 34th annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Organizers say that this year’s parade may be the biggest in years, featuring marching bands from five high schools and five pipe and drum bands from as far away as Boston. The Marine Corps Band from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will also make a return appearance. www.hiltonheadireland.org.

 

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MARCH 1

A Fisherman’s Guide to Seafood in our Lowcountry Restaurants: 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. David Harter will present this program about our local seafood.  Harter, president of the Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club and tour guide for SCDNR’s Waddell Mariculture Center, will give advice about what are the best seafoods to order for your palette, health and your wallet when dining in our local restaurants and buying at our seafood distributors. The program is presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival. Cost is $7 per person (for ages 12 and older).  Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org.

MARCH 1-2

Community Forum: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, Hilton Head Plantation’s Plantation House; 4 p.m. in the Benjamin M. Rancusin Council Chambers at Hilton Head Island Town Hall; and 6:30 p.m., Hilton Head Public Service District Community Room; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at Sea Pines CSA Community Center; and 5 p.m., Central Oak Grove Baptist Church. The Town of Hilton Head Island will host a series of community forums to gather feedback from the public on entertainment, arts, culture and history efforts on the island. All events are open to the public and discussion and feedback is encouraged. Visit RawleMurdy.com or call 843-577-7327, ext. 1130 for more information.

MARCH 1

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. Lisa Syragakis will discuss vegan parenting and how she feeds her family of three children. Topics will include transitioning children’s diets, protein needs for growing bodies, and how to handle social situations as a vegan family. The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club is a PlantPure Nation pod group that meets monthly (free & open to the public) to educate and support plant-based eating Learn more about the Palmetto Plant Eaters at www.PalmettoPlantEaters.com.

MARCH 1-APRIL 30

“Where Nature Meets Art”:  Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, April 30, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Offered by the Artists of Spring Island, this exhibition will provide a glimpse into the beauty of one of our neighboring islands. Visit the museum to see the works from some Spring Island artists who have gained an appreciation for our area’s unique culture, heritage, and environment. Please check the Coastal Discovery Museum’s website at www.coastaldiscovery.org for images of some of the work in the exhibit and a schedule of artist demonstrations or gallery walks. More information about the Spring Island community may be found at www.springisland.com.

MARCH 3-5

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Golf Tournament: Friday, March 3-Sunday, March 5, Long Cove Club, Hilton Head Island. Top teams from around the country will travel to the island to compete for the title. Rucker, of Hootie and the Blowfish fame and a successful solo artist, is a University of South Carolina alum and an avid golfer. Kicking off the event will be a concert by Rucker at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The concert will be a private event for players, coaches, sponsors and Long Cove Club residents. For additional information, visit www.longcoveclub.com.

MARCH 4

All You Can Eat Oyster Roast: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, 12 Georgianna Drive. Rain or shine, bring your oyster knife and your appetite. This is a continuation of the Gala Celebration from Saturday, Jan. 21, where carpenters, boat builders, blacksmiths and masonries were honored and recognized. Tickets are $25. All proceeds will go to restore the two little houses on the historical site. To reserve a ticket, call 843-681-3254 or go to www.gullahmuseumhhi.org.  

MARCH 4

Foundation for Educational Excellence’s Annual Jewels and Jeans Event: 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive. The Beaufort County Foundation for Educational Excellence's annual Jewels and Jeans event will recognize the Esquivel family for their work as the unofficial voice of Lowcountry Latinos, helping to bridge the cultural gap on Hilton Head and throughout the Lowcountry.The evening also features live and silent auctions as well as a wine pull. $60 per person; for additional details visit www.foundationedexcellence.com or call 843-415-2331.

MARCH 4

Youth Arts Festival: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. See the next generation of Lowcountry talent. To celebrate National Youth Arts month, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina will host its annual Youth Arts Festiva. The festival, which has free admission, includes crafts, performing arts workshops, food, and more. For more information, visit www.artshhi.com.

MARCH 4

“By Request” The Hilton Head Shore Notes: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road. The Shore Notes’ women’s a cappella chorus will present “By Request.” Show host will be Monty Jett, and featured guest men’s quartet is A Mighty Wind, international champions. Tickets are $20 and available online at www.hhsn2017show.brownpapertickets.com and local outlets – Burke’s, Pretty Papers and Markel’s Gifts. For more information, contact HHShorenotes@gmail.com.

MARCH 5

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 available online at www.hhsn2016show.brownpapertickets.com and local outlets – Burke’s, Pretty Papers and Markel’s Gifts. Visit www.hiltonheadshorenotes.com for more details.

MARCH 5

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Cooks and Books Meet The Authors Champagne Brunch Kickoff:  Sunday, March 5. Presented by The Literacy Center. More restaurants, more authors and a VIP Meet The Authors Champagne Brunch Kickoff 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.

MARCH 5

Kids in Kayaks Scholarship Fundraiser: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Page Island from Harbour Town. The Outside Foundation will host a fundraiser for its Kids in Kayaks Scholarship Fund. An Afternoon on Page Island will include round-trip  cruises from Harbour Town, through the backcountry marshes, to remote Page Island. Once on the island, guests can enjoy tours, games, live music, drinks, an oyster roast and Lowcountry boil, silent and live auctions, and much more. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.outsidefoundation.org.

MARCH 6

2017 Biennale Entry Deadline: Monday, March 6. TheArt League of Hilton Head invites you to enter the 2017 Biennale, its 25th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $7,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This state of the art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility. For more information, visit www.artleaguehhi.org.

MAY 6-7

Boat Show

Hilton Head Island Boat Show: The 2017 show takes place in Windmill Harbour, home to the South Carolina Yacht Club, featuring power, electric and sail boats ranging in size from ten to one hundred feet; both freshwater and saltwater ready for boarding and viewing. www.hiltonheadislandboatshow.com

MARCH 6-11

Hilton Head International Piano Competition: Monday, March 6-Saturday, March 11, various locations. The road to Carnegie Hall begins on Hilton Head. This year’s competition will showcase 20 competitors from Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, South Korea and the United States. In the past, Hilton Head Island has hosted competitors from 23 countries. Many have gone on to perform with internationally renowned orchestras and at festivals all around the world. For more information, visit www.hhipc.org.

MARCH 6-12

Wine FestivalHilton 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, grassroots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique artists’ community. For more information, visit www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com or call 843-686-4944.

MARCH 8

MOAA Spouses for Service: noon, Wednesday, March 8, British Open Pub, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, in The Shops at Wexford. The Hilton Head Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America MOAA Spouses for Service will meet for its monthly luncheon. For more information, contact Jayne Danoff at jayne.danoff@gmail.com.

MARCH 8

Liberal Men of the Lowcountry: noon Wednesday, March 8, Golf Club at Indigo Run, 101 Berwick Drive. Speaker will be Andy Brack, leader of The Center for a Better South, which is a pragmatic, nonpartisan think tank that develops ideas, strategies and tactics to help to reduce poverty, increase economic opportunities and work with leaders who want to make a difference in the South. $20 for lunch. To attend, contact Richard Hammes at president@liberalmenhhi.org.

MARCH 8

All About Crustaceans: 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Bob Bender will present this program on crustaceans. Dating back to mid-Cambrian period, some 500 million years ago, the more than 67,000 described species of crustacea include some very tasty critters found in local waters today. They are featured in this presentation that includes some of their lesser-known yet quite fascinating cousins. Live critters will be shown. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.   

MARCH 9

Retina Specialist to Speak at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church: 4 p.m.Thursday, March 9, St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island.Dr.Peter Liggett, a retina specialist for Hilton Head Macula & Retina, will conduct an educational seminar, “What You Need to Know About Macular Degeneration.” The event is open to the public. Please RSVP by calling the church’s front desk at 843-785-4711 or visit www.hhmr.org.

MARCH 10

“Coastal Colors” by Christy McEvilly: Opening reception 5-7 p.m. March 10, SoBA gallery, 6 Church St., Old Town Bluffton. Christy McEvilly is passionate about color, and finds the luminous transparency of watercolor to be an excellent vehicle for portraying vibrant color. A lifelong artist and art history enthusiast, McEvilly has spent the past 10 years exploring and experimenting with this challenging, fluid medium. This event is free and open to the public. Please visit www.sobagallery.com for a complete calendar of events and other information, or call 843-247-2868.

MARCH 10

2017 CRF Sporting Clays Shoot: 9 a.m. Friday, March 10, Forest City Gun Club, 9203 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. Enjoy a beginners clinic, catered lunch, shooting exhibition, clay shoot and an awards reception. Team and title sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit www.pocketsfullofsun.org.

MARCH 10

Bach Birthday Bash

Bach Birthday Bash: noon-1 p.m.  Friday, March 10, St. Luke’s Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. This annual celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday on March 22, 1685, presents multiple organists and other musicians performing many of Bach’s well-known compositions. The concert is presented by the Low Country Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Admission is free and the public is invited. Come celebrate Bach’s 332ndbirthday. Visit LCCAGO.org or contact ninarodman@stlukeshhi.org for more details.

MARCH 10-11

Jewelry Redesign Event: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, Forsythe Jewelers, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. Clean out your jewelry box and let us repair broken jewelry or re-imagine tired designs and outdated treasures. Recycle your unwanted jewelry for cash or credit and enjoy complimentary cleaning and stone inspection while you wait. Paula Dawkins, Jewelers of America designer of the year and master goldsmith, will offer consultation and on-the-spot estimates for how you can turn old sentimental jewelry into new sensational designs. Call 843-671-7070 for your appointment.

MARCH 11

Live Pipe and Drum Bands: Saturday, March 11, Reilley’s Grill & Bar, 7D Greenwood Drive, Sea Pines Circle, Hilton Head Island. Gear up for the island's St. Patrick’s Day Parade and welcome some amazing pipe and drum bands to the island. It’s not a party until the pipe and drum bands kick it all off. Visit www.reilleyshiltonhead.com for more information.

MARCH 11

The Salty Dog Shamrock Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11, The Salty Dog, 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. Kids 12 and younger search for shamrocks hidden around South Beach Village Marina that are redeemable for T-shirts and fun prizes. Live Entertainment with Beth Green, The Music Lady. Free hugs from Jake the Salty Dog. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. Visit www.saltydog.com for more information.

MARCH 12

Parade Day: St. Patrick's Parade Day Party: 4 p.m. Sunday, March12, Reilley’s Grill & Bar, 7D Greenwood Drive, Sea Pines Circle, Hilton Head Island. Reilley's Grill & Bar is your post-parade party place. Green beer, Guinness and live music by The Single Husbands Band. Celebrate with the luck of the Irish and join us over at Reilley's after the parade. Visit www.reilleyshiltonhead.com for more information.

MARCH 12

Parade Day Pattypalooza at Aunt Chilada’s: 12:30 p.m. till close, Sunday, March12, Aunt Chilada's, 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Perfectly located along the parade route on Pope Avenue, rock from day till night with bands on three stages all day. Family-friendly Aunt Chilada's is a great place for everyone to enjoy the parade. Drop by for goodies from Guinness and snap a photo with the Jameson Irish Whiskey ladies. For details visit www.auntchiladashhi.com.

MARCH 12

Helping Parents Heal: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, Seaquins Ballroom, 1300 Fording Island Road, 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 please contact Irene Vouvalides at 201-233-6015 or email ivouvalides@aol.com

MARCH 14

Siege of Savannah 1779: 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Go back in time and learn more about this fascinating conflict and its place in the larger narrative of American history with Coastal Heritage Society military interpretation coordinator Aaron Bradford.  A question-and-answer period will follow. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 224.  

MARCH 14

Mortgage Network’s Tee Off Fore the Arts: Tuesday, March 14, Wexford Golf & Tennis Club, 111 Wexford Club Drive, Hilton Head Island. New for the 13th annual fundraising tournament 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. In addition, participants will enjoy a fabulous silent auction, a terrific Awards Reception and, of course, wonderful camaraderie. Register to be a hole sponsor, player or to donate by calling Lyn Kaplan at 843-686-3945, ext. 210.

MARCH 14

Unite Workforce Summit: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Be part of the solution to one of our Lowcountry business community’s most pressing issues: challenges related to finding and retaining a quality workforce. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is taking a leadership role partnering with the public and private sector to find viable solutions. For more information, visit www.hiltonheadchamber.org, or call 843-785-3673.

MARCH 15

“Lowcountry Snakes”: 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Tony Mills, the education director for the LowCountry Institute, will cover the natural history of many snakes commonly found in the Lowcountry. From the venomous rattlesnakes to colorful milk snakes, our region is home to numerous species that play essential rules in our ecosystem. Join Tony for an up close and personal session with these fascinating cold-blooded animals. Live snakes will be shown. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

MARCH 15-25

“The Music Man”: 7 p.m. March 15-18 and March 22-25, 2 p.m. March 19 and 26, Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St. “The Music Man” is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors older than 65 and $15 for students younger than 21. Call the Box Office at 843-689-6246 or go to www.msyt.org to get your tickets in advance.

MARCH 16

MOAA General Membership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16, Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive. Dick Dubiel will share his role as an emergency responder — the second person called — when the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant suffered a meltdown on in 1979.  For more information, contact Mary Lou Fehrman at marylou101041@aol.com

MARCH 16

Chorale Concert“When Irish Eyes are Smiling,”Mary Green Men’s Chorale Concert: Thursday, March 16, Holy Family Church, 24 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Soprano Laura Sutton Floyd and tenor Michael Schwartzkopf join the Men’s Chorale in a varied evening of Irish favorites along with a tribute to the Irish-American composer Victor Herbert. The concert will open with an 8th-century Irish hymn and close with a beautiful setting of the traditional Irish blessing. Virtuoso flutist Lorraine Jones will add her talents to the gala concert. For more information, visit www.marygreenmenschorale.org.

MARCH 16

Historic Belfair & Rose Hill, Intimate & Revealing Watercolors by Alexandra Sharma: opening reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Alexandra Sharma chooses watercolors for their spontaneity to conjure the magnificence, loneliness and mystery of the place while staying true to architectural detail. All document a time past and scenes that no longer exist. Gallery walk with history presentation by Iva Welton: Saturday, March 18, 1-3 p.m. Painting demonstration: Wednesday, March 22, 1-3 p.m. Call 843-681-5060 for more information or visit www.artleaguehhi.org.   

MARCH 16

The Palmetto Quilt Guild Meeting: 1 p.m. March 16, Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Club, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. Guests are welcome. The program this month will feature Toby Lischko. Lischko’s program lecture is titled “Making Minis, Not Harder, Just Smaller.” A presentation of what goes into making miniature quilts, including fabric selection, quilting supplies, and techniques. A trunk show will follow of her published and winning miniature quilts. The lecture is based on her published article in “Quilters World” magazine. More information can be found at www.palmettoquiltguild.com. For questions, call 304-543-6529.

MARCH 16-18

”Tarzan”: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16-Saturday, March 18, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Seahawk Cultural Center. 70 Wilburn Road, Hilton Head Island. The hit musical “Tarzan” will be performed by 36 Hilton Head Christian Academy students. Dinner and a Show packages with WiseGuys and Frankie Bones are available through SERG Restaurant Group. For tickets, go to www.hhcadrama.eventbrite.com.

MARCH 17-18

The Black Jacket Symphony Presents “Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon”: 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with a first class lighting and video production. With no sonic detail being overlooked, the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. For tickets, visit www.artshhi.com or call 843-842-2787.

MARCH 18

22nd annual BNC Bank Hilton Head Shamrock Run: 8 a.m. Saturday, March 18, New York City Pizza at Heritage Plaza, 81 Pope Ave. #15B, Hilton Head Island. The fun and colorful 5K Run & Health Walk will start in front of New York City Pizza at Heritage Plaza and finish inside Coligny Plaza. A percentage of proceeds from the event will go to benefit a local charity. The first 400 participants will receive a colorful Shamrock Run T-shirt and St. Patrick’s Day Party beads. There will also be a "Beat the Leprechaun" feature where every runner who beats our Hilton Head leprechaun to the finish line will also receive a Shamrock Run gift. For additional information, please visit www.bearfootsports.com or contact Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.

MARCH 18

Watercolor Exhibit & History Presentation by Iva Welton: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, Pineland Station, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Alexandra Sharma’s exhibition of intimate and revealing watercolor paintings, historic Belair and Rose Hill, and history presentation by Iva Welton. Belfair, a mysterious great house with a fatal staircase and structural issues — now destroyed, and Rose Hill, a survivor through periods of abandonment, a fire and final restoration. Visit www.artleaguehhi.org or contact Kristen McIntosh at 843-681-5060 for more details.

MARCH 19

Harbour Town Spring Fest: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, March 19, Sea Pines Resort. Enjoy an outdoor festival amidst the beautiful surroundings of Harbour Town with this family-friendly event that will include a sidewalk sale, with Harbour Town shops offering great deals and fabulous finds; Deas-Guyz in concert will feature an entertaining mix of old Motown, rhythm and blues, pop, rock, reggae, and dance beats; nautical activities featuring a variety of watersports, nature tours and boat rides; great dining on the Harbour all day; and children’s activities. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Hilton Head Flotilla will be exhibiting and providing safe boating information. For additional information about this event, contact the Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department at 843-842-1979.

MARCH 22

Volunteers In Medicine

Volunteers In Medicine Open House and Clinic Tour: 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, VIM Clinic, 15 Northridge Drive, Hilton Head Island. What does the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic do? Find out at the open house and tour. David Lauderdale will be a featured speaker at the Open House to discuss the history of health care in the Lowcountry. For more details, visit vimclinic.org, or call 843-681-6612.

MARCH 22

Watercolor Painting Demonstration by Alexandra Sharma: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Watercolor painting demonstration by artist Alexandra Sharma. Also see her exhibition of intimate and revealing watercolor paintings, historic Belair and Rose Hill, fulfills her fascination with finding scenes and objects discovered in hidden or forgotten places. Belfair, a mysterious great house with a fatal staircase and structural issues — now destroyed, and Rose Hill, a survivor through periods of abandonment, a fire and final restoration. Visit www.artleaguehhi.org or contact Kristen McIntosh at 843-681-5060 for more details.

MARCH 23

“Living with Low Vision” Seminar: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, Hilton Head Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L.Two local men with vision impairment will lead a seminar called “Living with Low Vision,” designed to educate and encourage others with vision problems. The event is open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling the Senior Center at 843-785-6444 or visiting www.hhmr.org/lowvisionseminar. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, March 21.

MARCH 23

Coastal Plant Communities: 3 p.m. Thursday, March 23, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Laura Lee Rose, the consumer horticulture agent in Colleton and Beaufort counties, will present this program as part of our lecture series. You will learn from a local expert gardener the nature of the diverse Lowcountry plant communities and the important role the communities and plants play in our environment. Cost is $7 per person for the program and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

MARCH 23

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Nonprofit Board Service Workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, Community Foundation Office, 4 Northridge Drive, Hilton Head Island. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is offering a free workshop for adults who are currently not serving on a nonprofit board but are considering it or want to learn more. Denise K. Spencer, president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, will offer insight into nonprofit board roles and responsibilities. We will also offer assistance to those completing the workshop to help identify potential board service opportunities. You must pre-register at www.lowcountryvolunteerconnections.org. Seating is limited.

MARCH 23-25

Forging Pathways: Southeast Biking Symposium: Thursday, March 23-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 hrath@heatherrathconsulting.com or 843-415-5978.

MARCH 23-25

LAGOS Special Event: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, Forsythe Jewelers. From luxe diamond bracelets to glamorous drop earrings, discover the newest Caviar designs for every day and every occasion from Philadelphia-based Steven Lagos. If you can't attend the special event on Thursday, join us for a trunk show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 843-671-7070 for more information.

MARCH 24

Caroline Rhea:8 p.m.Friday, March 24, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Laugh all night with Caroline Rhea, the hilarious standup comedian, actress and model who was the original host of the reality television show “The Biggest Loser” on NBC. Rhea voices Linda Flynn-Fletcher, the mother of Phineas and Candace Flynn and stepmother of Ferb Fletcher, on the long-running animated series "Phineas and Ferb." For tickets, visit www.artshhi.com or call 843-842-2787.

MARCH 25

World's Largest Yard Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Hilton Head Island High School's parking lot, 70 Wilborn Road. Hilton Head Island High School and The Island Packet present the World's Largest Yard Sale. Admission is free. Rent a space and sell your items for $55. Applications can be found at www.islandpacket.com/yardsale. Proceeds benefit Hilton Head Island High School. For more information call 843-689-4811.

MARCH 27-31

Gregg Russell Concert: 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, March 27-Friday, March 31, Sea Pines Resort. Over the years, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic. Under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town is where you'll find Russell entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Free. For additional information about this event, please contact The Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department at 843-842-1979.

MARCH 28

Camera Club of Hilton Head Island Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Matthews  Court, Hilton Head Island.Guest speaker will be the club’s own Fran Hubbell, who will be speaking on her travel photography titled “North of Norway.” Glimpse the sights that Hubbell had the privilege of photographing while in the Arctic: polar bears, reindeer, blue whales, bearded seals, walruses, ivory gulls, murres, puffins, arctic Turns, guillemots and more. Free, newcomers and guests welcome! For more information, visit www.cchhi.net.

MARCH 29

Colonial Nesting Birds of South Carolina-Seabirds and Wading Birds: 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Learn about the management concerns of these birds. The loss of just a few nesting sites can impact the entire species in South Carolina. Historically, several wading bird colonies supported more than 10,000 nesting pairs. Tom Murphy, a retired biologist with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, will share his knowledge of the natural history of these birds. The cost of the program is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

MARCH 30-APRIL 18

Music & Taste on the Harbour: 6-9 p.m. Shelter Cove Harbour’s Neptune Statue. Dance the night away on Thursday nights at Shelter Cove Harbour. Now in its ninth season, the spring outdoor concert series will kick off with The Headliners and will feature a variety of bands on Thursday nights throughout the spring. Featured Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will set up around Neptune and will offer a variety of specially priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. Limited seating will be provided, so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Admission is free and open to the public. All concerts are weather permitting and subject to change. For more information, including concert schedule, visit www.palmettodunes.com.

MARCH 31

Society of Lowcountry Magicians Public Magic Show: 7:30 p.m.  Friday, March 31, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. The Society of Lowcountry Magicians present its annual Public Magic Show (for adults). Partial proceeds from the show will go to the Red Cross in consideration of its help after Hurricane Matthew. Tickets are $12 before the show and $15 at the door. For tickets, contact Fred Reisz at 843-705-4742.

MARCH 31-APRIL 2

Hilton Head Dance Theater Spring Performance: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. “Paquita,” “Rich Man’s Frug,” and a Gershwin performance. For additional Information, visit www.hiltonheaddance.com.

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tennisAPRIL 1

Free Introductory Tennis Clinic: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1,Port Royal Racquet Club, 15 Wimbledon Court, Hilton Head Island. Tennis is a great way to get some exercise while having fun. For information, call or text 401-487-2627, or email coachhaley33@gmail.com. Visit www.haleytennis.com.

APRIL 2

Hilton Head Choral Society's Choral Festival: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 2, Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head Choral Society will host the first-ever Hilton Head Choral Society Choral Festival. The concert will include performances by the HHCS in addition to four invited choruses including: a choir of 30 singers from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri; a group of students from May River High School; the Charleston Southern University chorus; and the Parish Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Savannah. All seating is reserved. Order through the Choral Society's website, www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org, or by phone at 843-341-3818.

APRIL 2-3

Peter Millar Trunk Show at Knickers in Harbour Town: Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3, Knickers, 149 Lighthouse Road, Suite L, Hilton Head Island. A Peter Millar representative will be on hand to assist with fit and selection. For more information, visit www.knickersmenswear.com.

APRIL 8

5th Annual Taste of Bluffton: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, Calhoun Street. Bring your appetites because some of Bluffton’s best restaurants will be preparing their favorite samples. The Greater Bluffton Chamber is looking for vendors and sponsors for this year’s Taste of Bluffton. Please contact the chamber at 843-757-1010 if you are interested in participating. Visit www.tasteofbluffton.com for more information.

APRIL 11

Annual Christian Heritage Breakfast: 7 a.m.  Tuesday, April11, The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. Four-time PGA Tour champion Webb Simpson will be the guest speaker. The event is sponsored by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The College Ethics Symposium. Event is open to the public. Tickets are required in advance and are $30 per ticket or $275 for a table of 10. Additional Information and tickets available online at www.christianheritagebreakfast.comor by calling 843-290-3744.  

APRIL 21

Relay for Life: 4-10 p.m. Friday, April 21, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. The public is invited to this celebration to benefit the American Cancer Society. The theme for this year’s event is “Paint the Lowcountry Purple!” There will be a cancer survivor's dinner, a luminaria ceremony, a cancer survivors' and caregivers' walk, games and activities for kids and adults, food, entertainment and a huge silent auction. Please join in and bring a friend. It's free and we welcome the entire community to join us in honoring survivors, remembering those who lost their fights, and recognizing those currently battling cancer. For more information or of interested in being a donor or sponsor, contact Wendy Pollitzer at 843-263-3216 or email wendy.pollitzer@cancer.org.

ONGOING

Farmer’s Market of Bluffton:  1-6 p.m. Thursdays, 1271 May River Rd.  
We’ve got more great reasons to visit! The market is now open with additional public parking provided by the town of Bluffton. We’ll be adding an Artisan Showcase on the first Thursday of every month to highlight a handful of local artists and their incredible Lowcountry craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for fabulous new food and farm vendors this year and find your next favorite thing.  Real food, real people, real close. Visit www.farmersmarketbluffton.org for more information.

Savannah Culinary Tour: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Savannah Historic District, Savannah. Experience an exploration of Savannah’s deep association with fine food and drink in a two-and-a-half hour tour that offers tastes of the very best of the Hostess City’s delectable cuisine. Join your certified tour guide on an afternoon journey that is delicious, informative, and fun. Adults are $49 per person, military members are $45 per person, and children 12 and younger are $39. Reservations required, visit www.SavannahCulinaryTour.com or call 912-604-3007 for more information.

Spring Sports at Island Recreation Center: Registration is ongoing. There is still time to register for spring sports at Island Recreation Center. Call 843-681-7273 or visit www.islandreccenter.org for additional information.

May River Expedition by Coastal Discovery Museum: 10 a.m.- noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 30. The tour will go out most Tuesday and Thursday through May 30.  This two-hour exploration of Bluffton’s May River aboard research vessel Spartina will be led by marine biologist Capt. Amber Kuehn. Participants will observe nature up close with a display of live organisms.  A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through this scenic river and salt marsh. From microscopic animals to dolphins, the possibilities are endless. Cost is $40 for adults, $30 for children ages 12 and younger. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or by going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

Birding at Pinckney Island by Coastal Discovery Museum: 8-10 a.m. March 9, 15, 23, April 5, 14, 19, 27 and May 3, 11, 18, 24, Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Spring bird watching program at Pinckney Island led by experienced bird watchers from the Coastal Discovery Museum. The walk will include the combination of habitats at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Space is limited to 15 (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 going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes: 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 4 and 18, April 8 and 22, May 13 and 27, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island, with a temporary entrance on U.S. 278 eastbound between Spanish Wells and Gumtree roads. Learn about the history of the sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best-known art forms, from a local Gullah basketmaker. Then try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials.  The cost is $65 for adults and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

Dolphin Research Excursion by Coastal Discovery Museum: 10 a.m. until noon Wednesdays in March, April and May.The excursion will study acoustic communications between resident dolphins in the May River.  While researchers from Dr. Eric Montie’s lab at the University of South Carolina Beaufort visually identify and record dolphin vocalizations, marine biologist Capt. Amber Kuehn will share what we have learned about these fascinating cetaceans. Cost is $55 per person (ages 10 and older only, please), and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo at the Museum: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from March 22 through May 5, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. This casual “Meet and Greet” will help participants to learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Visitors can stop by various stations to meet the different types of animals on site. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger; those younger than 5 get in free.  No reservations for this program, just drop in and say hello.  

Monday Night Exhibitions: 5:30 p.m. Mondays, March 6-Aug. 28, except April 10 and 17, Sea Pines Racquet Club, 5 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island. Join in for an exciting tennis demonstration with valuable tips, refreshments, prize drawings, and our traditional fishbowl sale. For additional information, please contact the Sea Pines Racquet Club at 843-363-4495.

Live Jazz at ELA’s Blu Water Grille: 7 p.m. nightly and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. during Sunday Brunch, ELA's Blu Water Grille, Shelter Cove Harbour Shops, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For schedule and more information, visit www.elasgrille.com.

The Jazz Corner: Nightly concerts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. The Village at Wexford C-1, Hilton Head. 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.

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 or email firstbooksofbeaufort@gmail.com.

Charitable Advisory

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 organization 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 by contacting Erin Khalili at 843-686-1070 or ekhalili@longcoveclub.com.

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. Cost is $40 per person. Call Lou Anne Takach to book your tea time at 843-757-6046.

Swim Lessons at Island Rec: 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 classapro@pga.com.

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 28 to Aug. 6. All volunteers must attend a training session held on either May 10 or June 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Palmetto Dunes Fire Station. For more information, contact Carmen Oliver at HHIBikingAmbassadors@gmail.com.