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Pockets Full of Sunshine will host the 2019 Fun in the Sun for Everyone Day from 10 a.m. to noon June 7 in front of Marriott’s Surfwatch on Hilton Head Island. 

Special-needs participants and their families of all ages and abilities are invited to join in this annual event on the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. 

Barefoot in the ParkNeil Simon’s Broadway hit comedy Barefoot in the Park closes the Lean Ensemble Theater season with a light-hearted look at a newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter, who are just returning from their honeymoon.  Their bliss is punctured by reality in the dumpy Greenwich Village apartment they now share. To make matters worse, it’s February. 

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PUBLIC ART PROJECTS BUILD PRIDE ON HILTON HEAD

Everyone on Hilton Head Island has the chance to be an artist this year— thanks to a dynamic new public art series sponsored to the town to promote community engagement.

Art and culture are catalysts for civic engagement, and by participating in public art projects people build a stronger connection with where they live, said Jennifer McEwen, director of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs. 

ARTS CENTER CEO/PRESIDENT RECOGNIZED FOR DEDICATION TO THE COMMUNITY

Kathleen BatesonKathi Bateson is having her moment. In March, she earned South Carolina’s highest honor in the arts, the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts Individual. This award by the South Carolina Arts Commission recognized for her “outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.”

While her role as CEO, president and executive producer at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina requires her to wear many hats, teaching and learning are her strongest passions.

UNITARIAN CHURCH WELCOMES ALL, PROMOTES DIVERSITY

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Almost every church prides itself on being friendly, but one Bluffton church is officially a “welcoming congregation.”

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that values people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. The Welcoming Congregation Program — with its slogan “Standing on the side of love” — is a volunteer initiative to help congregations take intentional steps toward the LGBTQ community.

Palmetto Animal League has something for everyone at its upcoming auction fundraiser.

“Want to golf in Hilton Head, shop in Bluffton and dine in Beaufort?” asked Stephanie Bashaw, who is heading up this year’s event. “The sky is literally the limit with items, including a zip line adventure and other family-friendly activities.”