Calendar of Lowcountry Events ... July 4 and beyond

calendar@islandpacket.comJuly 4, 2012 

"Brown Pelican Eating Lunch," by Michelle Vitale, for the 2010 Beaufort County calendar contest. • "Beaufort County Birds and Their Habitats," Beaufort County photo contest: Entries of pictures of birds and/or habitat locations taken within the physical boundaries of Beaufort County are due Sept. 4. Up to three photos may be entered in the contest. All photos must include the name of the photographer and the location of the shot on the back of the print. Both 8 by 10 prints and digital images are required. Images must be in jpeg format and at least 300 dpi. Photos will not be returned. They must be submitted on disc and mailed with prints and required forms to: Beaufort County Photo Contest, Beaufort County Administrator, PO Drawer 1228, Beaufort, SC 29901-1228. Winning photos will be used to create a 2013 calendar, which will serve as a public information tool regarding the county's Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program. www.bcgov.net. 843-575-5196

SPECIAL TO LOWCOUNTRY CURRENT

ARTS

Theater

"Shout! The Mod Musical," presented by Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: through July 29, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $42; $29 for children. 843-842-2787. www.artshhi.com

"Beauty and the Beast," presented by Main Street Youth Theatre: 7 p.m. July 11-13, 18-20, 25-28; 2 p.m. July 29, Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. $20; $18 for seniors and military; $10 for students. 843-689-6246. www.msyt.org

"The Producers," presented by May River Theatre Company: 8 p.m. Aug. 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25; 3 p.m. Aug. 12, 19 and 26, Ulmer Auditorium, Bluffton Town Hall, 20 Bridge St. Bluffton. $20. 843-815-5581. www.mayrivertheatre.com

"The Misanthrope," presented by Palmetto Theater Xperiment: Nov. 8-11 and Nov. 15-18, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $17; $12 for students; $7 for children; $12 for groups. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

Auditions

"Oliver!," for ages 8-adult: noon-4 p.m. July 22, Main Street Youth Theatre studio, 25 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island. A pre-audition workshop will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21. Reservations required. 843-689-6246. jodijdancer@hotmail.com. www.msyt.org/auditions

Music

First Friday for Folk Music: 7:30-10 p.m. July 6, First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave., Savannah. $2. 912-898-1876. www.savannahfolk.org/firstfriday.htm

Music at Noon, featuring organist Richard Lee Gray, presented by St. Luke's Church: noon July 13, St. Luke's Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Free. 888-840-0152

Fourth annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival: 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, Charleston. $50-$153. www.lowcountryjazzfestival.com

The Voices of El Shaddai: 8 p.m. Aug. 8, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $26; $19 for children. 843-842-2787. www.artshhi.com

Music at Noon, featuring Jonathan C. Davis, organist, presented by St. Luke's Church: noon Aug. 10, St. Luke's Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Free. 888-840-0152

Music at Noon, featuring Jay Yau, organist, presented by St. Luke's Church: noon Sept. 14, St. Luke's Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Free. 888-840-0152

Rehearsals

Hilton Head Barbershop Chorus: Guests and prospective members welcome. 5-7 p.m. Mondays, Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Plantation, 70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-290-9517, 843-384-9480. www.hhibarbershoppers.org

The Shore Notes (Sweet Adelines): Guests and prospective members welcome. 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Island Lutheran Church, 4400 Main St., Hilton Head Island. 843-705-6852. www.hiltonheadshorenotes.com

Beaufort Harbormasters: 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. www.beaufortharbormasters.org

Sun Tones women's chorus: New members welcome. 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, backstage at Magnolia Hall, Sun City Hilton Head. 843-705-7904

Hilton Head Choral Society: 6:30 p.m. July 8, All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. New members are welcome and singers of all voice parts are invited to join the rehearsals for the new season. www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org

Beaufort Belles women's chorus: New members welcome. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays starting July 16, Baptist Church of Beaufort, 600 Charles St., Beaufort. 843-524-1888, 843-838-5787. www.beaufortbelles.com

Visual arts and exhibits

"Time and Timelessness" -- the work of Mary Sullivan: through July 14, Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery, Calhoun and Church streets, Bluffton. 843-757-6586. www.socblufftonartist.com

"Exploring Textures" -- the works of Barbara Miller and Marilyn Dizikes, presented by the Art League of Hilton Head: through July 28, Walter Greer Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Shaken, Not Stirred" -- the works of Cathy Keup: through Aug. 4, Beaufort Art Association, 913 Bay St., Beaufort. Exhibit runs . 843-838-3205. www.beaufortartassociation.com

"Goddesses in World Cultures" -- exhibition of large format oil paintings by Mary B. Kelly: through Sept. 1, lectures are 1-3 p.m. July 7 and 14, Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. Free. 843-255-6506. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Hampton Lake Women's Art Group Exhibition: through Sept. 1, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-757-1158

"Looking Back, Rising Forward -- Honoring the History of Gullah-Geechee Islands," featuring the work of artists Amiri Farris and Judy Mooney: through Sept. 10, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767. www.coastaldiscovery.org

"The Artists of Sea Pines": through Sept. 24, CSA Gallery, 175 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-6961

"The Lowcountry Through My Own Lens" -- the works of Scott Quarforth, presented by the Art League of Hilton Head: Opening reception is 8 p.m. July 6, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. Free. Exhibit runs through August. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

"The Voice Within" -- the works of Mary C. Leto and Mira B. Scott, presented by Picture This Gallery: Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. July 7, Picture This Gallery, 78 D Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island. Exhibit runs July 7-Aug. 17. 843-842-5299

"Coastal Treasures," a member-themed show presented by the Art League of Hilton Head: Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 2, Walter Greer Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Exhibit runs July 30-Aug. 25. 843-681-5060. www.artleaguehhi.org

"A Low Country Splendor" -- the works of Terry Brennan, presented by the Art League of Hilton Head: Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 30, Walter Greer Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Exhibit runs Aug. 27-Sept. 22. 843-681-5060. www.artleaguehhi.org

Open studios and classes

"Capture the Beauty of Hilton Head," with Addison Palmer: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $60 for members; $70 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"The Fundamentals of Watercolor Techniques," with Lynda Potter: 1-4 p.m. Mondays, July 9-30, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Large Daisy Chain Necklace," with Lydia Chojnacki, for ages 6-9: 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays, July 10-24 and Aug. 7, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $26. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Small Daisy Chain Bracelet," with Lydia Chojnacki for ages 10 and older: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, July 10-24 and Aug. 7, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $28. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

Sweetgrass Basket Making: 10:30 a.m. July 10 and Aug. 7, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $65; $30 for kids first grade and older. Reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext 223. www.coastaldiscovery.org

"Flat Spiral Bracelet," with Lydia Chojnacki: 12:30-5 p.m. July 11, Aug. 1 or 29, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $45 for members; $53 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Open Painting -- Anything Goes," with Ted Jordan: 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 2, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Earring Designing," with Lydia Chojnacki: 1-3 p.m. July 12 or Aug. 2, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $20 for members; $24 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Landscape in the Medium of Choice," with Don and Joyce Nagel: 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 2, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Acrylics for All," with Marilyn Dizikes: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 2, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Drawing and Beyond," with Joyce Nagel: 1-4 p.m. Fridays, July 13-Aug. 3, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

Painting with 19th and 20th Century Masters," with Marilyn Dizikes for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade: 2-4 p.m. Fridays, July 13-Aug. 3, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $23. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Explore Acrylic Gels and Mediums for Water Media Techniques," with Lynda Potter: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $60 for members; $70 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Plein Air Painting Workshop," with Libby Mathews: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14, The Studio of Art, Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. $150. 843-290-5835. www.thestudiohhi.com

"Right-Angle Woven Textured Bracelet," with Lydia Chojnacki: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 14 or Aug. 11, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Animals and Birds in Oil or Acrylic," with Dennis Lake: 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, July 16-Aug. 6, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Printmaking 101 -- Batiking & Gyotaku" for ages 7-12, with Libby Mathews: 9 a.m.-noon July 16-20, The Studio of Art, Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. $125. 843-290-5835. www.thestudiohhi.com

"Printmaking 102 -- Found Objects, Reliefs and Embossing for ages 7-12," with Libby Mathews: 12:30-3:30 p.m. July 16-20, The Studio of Art, Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. $125. 843-290-5835. www.thestudiohhi.com

"Three-Step Woven Bracelet," with Lydia Chojnacki: 12:30-5 p.m. July 18 or Aug. 8, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $45 for members; $53 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Transparent Washes in Watercolor," with guest instructor J. M. Littleton: 9 a.m.-noon July 19-21, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $125 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Bracelet Designing," with Lydia Chojnacki: 1-3:30 p.m. July 19 or Aug. 9, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Right-Angle Weave Teardrop Necklace," with Lydia Chojnacki: 1-5 p.m. July 21 or Aug. 9, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $40 for members; $47 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Drawing and Painting Studio for Kids," with Cristofer Gutierrez, for ages 5-12: 10 a.m.-noon July 21 and 28, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $23. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Basketry Combinations and Continuations," with Kim Keats: 6-8 p.m. July 24 and 31 and Aug. 7 and 14, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $55 for all four classes; $15 a class. 843-384-2435. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

"Double Flat Spiral Bracelet," with Lydia Chojnacki: 1-4 p.m. July 25, Aug. 22 or Sept. 5, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Mirror Reflection Bracelet," with Lydia Chojnacki: 1-4 p.m. July 26, Aug. 16 or Sept. 6, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Crown Jewel Woven Necklace," with Lydia Chojnacki: 12-5 p.m. July 28 or Aug. 25, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $50 for members; $60 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Lacy Blossom Woven Necklace," with Lydia Chojnacki: 1-5 p.m. July 31 or Aug. 15, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $40 for members; $47 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"The Art of Seeing," with Marci Tressel and guest instructor Valerie Loiret-Brunissen: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Aug. 4-18, or Aug. 6-8, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $125 for members; $145 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Realism Combined with Drawing and Watercolor," with Ted Jordan: 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Aug. 9-30, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Basics of Oil Painting" with Dennis Lake: 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 13-15, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $90 for members; $105 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Calligraphy I -- Introduction," with Natasha Lawrence: noon-3 p.m. Aug. 18, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $50. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

"Quick Sketching in Hilton Head," with guest instructor Sandy Branam: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 20-22, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $150 for members; $180 for nonmembers. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

"Calligraphy II," with Natasha Lawrence: noon-3 p.m. Aug. 25, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $50. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

"Calligraphy III," with Natasha Lawrence: noon-3 p.m. Sept. 1, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $50. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

"Legal Lessons: A Series for the Public," presented by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Sept 4-Oct. 16, Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. $45. Deadline to enroll is Aug. 29. 843-525-8205. www.tcl.edu/continuing-ed/howtoregister

Call for artists

"Beaufort County Birds and Their Habitats," Beaufort County photo contest: Entries of pictures of birds and/or habitat locations taken within the physical boundaries of Beaufort County are due Sept. 4. Up to three photos may be entered in the contest. All photos must include the name of the photographer and the location of the shot on the back of the print. Both 8 by 10 prints and digital images are required. Images must be in jpeg format and at least 300 dpi. Photos will not be returned. They must be submitted on disc and mailed with prints and required forms to: Beaufort County Photo Contest, Beaufort County Administrator, PO Drawer 1228, Beaufort, SC 29901-1228. Winning photos will be used to create a 2013 calendar, which will serve as a public information tool regarding the county's Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program. www.bcgov.net. 843-575-5196

Film

"Nights in Rodanthe": 3 p.m. July 6, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog," presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Indie Film Series: 4 p.m. July 6, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $7; $6 for seniors/military; $5 for students. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"Forrest Gump," film and discussion presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design Cinema Circle: 7 p.m. July 7, Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah. $8; $6 for seniors, students and military. 912-525-5051. www.scadboxoffice.com

"First Position," presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Indie Film Series: 6:30 p.m. July 8, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $7; $6 for seniors/military; $5 for students. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"In the Family," presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Indie Film Series: 6:30 p.m. July 9, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $7; $6 for seniors/military; $5 for students. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"Otter 501," presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Indie Film Series: 6:30 p.m. July 11, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $7; $6 for seniors/military; $5 for students. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"Night at the Museum": 3 p.m. July 13, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Payback," presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Indie Film Series: 4 p.m. July 13, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $7; $6 for seniors/military; $5 for students. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"Cape Fear," film and discussion presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design Cinema Circle: 7 p.m. July 14, Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah. $8; $6 for seniors, students and military. 912-525-5051. www.scadboxoffice.com

"Night at the Museum -- Battle for the Smithsonian": 3 p.m. July 20, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Much Ado about Nothing," presented as part of First Presbyterian Church's Shakespeare Community Film Festival: 7 p.m. July 23, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

"Breakfast at Tiffany's," film and discussion presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design Cinema Circle: 7 p.m. July 28, Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah. $8; $6 for seniors, students and military. 912-525-5051. www.scadboxoffice.com

"The Merchant of Venice," presented as part of First Presbyterian Church's Shakespeare Community Film Festival: 7 p.m. July 30, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

"Henry V," presented as part of First Presbyterian Church's Shakespeare Community Film Festival: 7 p.m. Aug. 6, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

"Romeo and Juliet," presented as part of First Presbyterian Church's Shakespeare Community Film Festival: 7 p.m. Aug. 13, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

"Hamlet," presented as part of First Presbyterian Church's Shakespeare Community Film Festival: 7 p.m. Aug. 20, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

"The Taming of the Shrew," presented as part of First Presbyterian Church's Shakespeare Community Film Festival: 7 p.m. Aug. 27, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

"Othello," presented as part of First Presbyterian Church's Shakespeare Community Film Festival: 7 p.m. Sept. 3, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

Literary

Graphic Novel Book Club for ages 12-18: 3 p.m. Wednesdays through July 18, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Book signing with Ken Burger, author of "Baptized in Sweet Tea": 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. July 7, McIntosh Book Shoppe, 917 Bay St., Beaufort. 843-524-1119

"Creatures of the Night," featuring Marvin Bouknight, presented by the Bluffton library: 6 p.m. July 9, Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. Free. 843-255-6503. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Beaufort Writers meeting: 4:30-6 p.m. July 10 and 24; Aug. 14 and 28; Sept. 11 and 25; Oct. 9 and 23; Nov. 13 and 27; Dec. 11. Lady's Island airport. 843-524-9119

Beaufort ProWriters meeting: 7-8:30 p.m. July 10, City Java, 301 Carteret St. downtown Beaufort. 843-379-5886

Book signing with local caterer Debbi Covington, author of "Celebrate Everything! Delicious Menus for Festive Gatherings and Easy Entertaining": 5:30-7 p.m. July 12, Verdier House, 801 Bay St., Beaufort. 843-379-3331. www.historicbeaufort.org

Lowcountry Women Writers Critique group with Stephanie Edwards: 5:30-8 p.m. July 12 and 26; Aug. 9 and 23; Sept. 13 and 27; Oct. 11 and 25; Nov. 8. 843-597-3910

Chris Bohjalian, author of "The Sandcastle Girls," presented by University of South Carolina Beaufort's Lunch with Author Series: noon July 24, Hampton Hall Clubhouse, Bluffton. $42. Reservations required. 843-521-4147

Ron Rash, author of "The Cove," presented by University of South Carolina Beaufort's Lunch with Author Series: noon Aug. 2, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. $42. Reservations required. 843-521-4147

KIDS AND FAMILIES

"Storytime for Summer Reading," for kids up to age 3: 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through July 10, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Storytime for Summer Reading," for ages 4-7: 4:30 p.m. Mondays through July 16, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Graphic Novel Book Club for ages 12-18: 3 p.m. Wednesdays through July 18, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Get Fired Up," presented by The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum: 9:30 a.m. Mondays through July 30, The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. $15. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

"Imagination Hour," presented by The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum: 10 a.m. Thursdays through July 26, The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. $7. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

"Animals of the Lowcountry": 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 9, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $12; $7 for children. Reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. www.coastaldiscovery.org

Camp Dig It! -- "Excavate" simulated site: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 14, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $10. Reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. www.coastaldiscovery.org

"Pop Goes the Fourth!," presented by The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, The Sandbox Children's Museum, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. $10; $8 for military and seniors; free for kids under 12 months. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

Broadway choreography workshop for ages 8 and up: 10 a.m.-noon July 6, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $60. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

Musical theater audition technique workshop for ages 10-17: 1-3 p.m. July 6, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $55. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

"Hair and Makeup through the Decades," for ages 13 and up: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 5, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $55. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

Teens Own the Night -- Scavenger Hunt: 6-10 p.m. July 6, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Kazoos on Vacation: 7:30 p.m. July 7, 21 and Aug. 4, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $5. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

First Annual Strikers Clinic, presented by Lower Coastal Soccer Academy and Charleston Battery for ages 6-16: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. full day; 9 a.m.-noon half day, July 9-13, Buckwalter Soccer Complex, 905 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. $95 full day; $65 half day. 843-368-1553

"Theatre Camp -- Session 1," for ages 9-14: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 9-13, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $150. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

"Wee Read," for kids up to age 3: 11-11:30 a.m. July 9, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Small Daisy Chain Bracelet," with Lydia Chojnacki for ages 10 and older: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, July 10-24 and Aug. 7, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $28. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

Storytelling with Mr. Greg for ages 4 and older: 10-10:45 a.m. July 11, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Colonial Amusements": 10:30 a.m. July 12 and 26 and Aug. 9, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $10. Reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. www.coastaldiscovery.org

Bedtime stories with Mr. Greg for ages 3 and older: 6:45-7:30 p.m. July 12, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Painting with 19th and 20th Century Masters," with Marilyn Dizikes for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade: 2-4 p.m. Fridays, July 13-Aug. 3, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $23. 843-842-5726. www.artleaguehhi.org

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival children's toad fishing tournament: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 14, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. Free for ages 12 and under. Bring a rod, reel and tackle; bait will be provided. 843-252-1300. www.bftwaterfestival.com

"Take the Stage!," performing arts camp for ages 5-7 and 8-12: 10 a.m.-noon; 1-3 p.m. July 16-20, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $100. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

"Printmaking 101 -- Batiking & Gyotaku" for ages 7-12, with Libby Mathews: 9 a.m.-noon July 16-20, The Studio of Art, Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. $125. 843-290-5835. www.thestudiohhi.com

"Printmaking 102 -- Found Objects, Reliefs and Embossing for ages 7-12," with Libby Mathews: 12:30-3:30 p.m. July 16-20, The Studio of Art, Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. $125. 843-290-5835. www.thestudiohhi.com

"Wee Read," for kids up to age 3: 11-11:30 a.m. July 16, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Mixed-Up Masterpieces" visual arts camp for ages 5-7 and 8-12: 10 a.m.-noon for ages 8-12; 1-3 p.m. for ages 5-7, July 16-20, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $100. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

Pirate Day, presented by the Lobeco library: 1 p.m. July 17, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Crafts for ages 4 and older: 10 a.m.-noon July 18, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Family Matinee for ages 4 and older: 1 p.m. July 21, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Theatre Camp" for ages 9-14: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 23-27, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $150. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

"Kids 'n' Clay Camp," for ages 6-9 and 10-13: 10 a.m.-noon for ages 6-9; 1-3 p.m. for ages 10-13, July 23-26 and Aug. 2, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $100. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

"Wee Read," for kids up to age 3: 11-11:30 a.m. July 23, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Yostie's Puppetry, for ages 5-10: 1-3 p.m. July 24, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $15. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

Yostie's Puppetry -- "Summer Stock ... The Drama of Puppetry": 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. July 24, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $15. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

"Five Days of Art Camp," for ages 5-12: 10 a.m.-noon July 30-Aug. 3, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $20 a class. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

"Art in the Garden," for ages 11 and older: 1-3 p.m. July 30, Aug. 1 and 3, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $60. 843-686-3945, ext. 233. www.artshhi.com

Teens Rock! -- Summer Reading Wrap Up Party: 5-8 p.m. Aug. 3, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"The Golden Dragon Acrobats," for ages 15 and younger: 8 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. $40; $30 for children. 843-842-2787. www.artshhi.com

Ongoing events

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. $6. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

Coastal Discovery Museum: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767. www.coastaldiscovery.org

OUTDOORS/WILDLIFE

"Animals of the Lowcountry": 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 9, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $12; $7 for children. Reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. www.coastaldiscovery.org

Camp Dig It! -- "Excavate" simulated site: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 14, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $10. Reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. www.coastaldiscovery.org

FARMERS MARKETS

Buckwalter Place Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Buckwalter Place, Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. 843-384-1658. www.buckwalterfarmersmarket.com

Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays, West Street, Beaufort. www.downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market

Farmers Market of Bluffton: 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, Calhoun Street, Bluffton. www.farmersmarketbluffton.org

Habersham Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. Fridays, 13 Market St., Beaufort. www.habershamfarmersmarket.com

Hilton Head Island Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.farmersmarkethiltonheadisland.com

Jasper County Farmers Market: 1-6 p.m. Fridays, 9935 S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-717-3690. www.jaspercountysc.org

Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, behind 54 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort. There is a sign marking the entrance to the farm. 203-417-7512.

www.pickpocketplantation.com/farmersmarket

Port Royal Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Heritage Park, Ribaut Road, Port Royal. www.portroyalfarmersmarket.com

FOURTH OF JULY

27th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K run: 8 a.m. July 4, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. $35. 843-757-8520. www.bearfootsports.com

Fourth of July parade at Sea Pines Resort: 9:30 a.m. July 4, Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse at 8:30 a.m. to register and pick up decorating supplies. 843-842-1979, www.seapines.com

Bluffton Children's Fourth of July Parade: 10-11 a.m. July 4. Starts at The Church of the Cross on Calhoun Street and goes down Lawton Street. Calhoun Street will be closed for one hour from Water Street to Lawton Street for the parade.

"Pop Goes the Fourth!," presented by The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, The Sandbox Children's Museum, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. $10; $8 for military and seniors; free for kids under 12 months. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

Fireworks at Harbour Town: 5 p.m. July 4, Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island. Fireworks will be launched at dusk over Calibogue Sound between Harbour Town and Daufuskie Island. 843-842-1979. www.seapines.com

HarbourFest: 5 p.m. July 4, Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head Island. Cappy the Clown performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Entertainer Shannon Tanner performs at 6:30 and 8 p.m. An extended July 4 fireworks show begins at dusk. 843-686-9098. www.palmettodunes.com

Town of Port Royal Fourth of July celebration: 5-10:30 p.m July 4, The Sands, Port Royal. The fireworks shows on Parris Island and in Port Royal will be visible. 843-522-9923

Fireworks over Skull Creek: 6 p.m. July 4, Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. Skull Creek's fireworks are the last to go off. Free parking and shuttle service from the Hilton Head Island Boys & Girls Club on Gumtree Road starting at 6 p.m. Restaurants along Skull Creek will offer entertainment, food and drinks. 843-681-2772, ext. 100. www.facebook.com/hudsonsseafood

Independence Day Celebration at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island: 6:30-10 p.m. July 4, Peatross Parade Deck, 283 Boulevard De France, Parris Island. 843-228-3410. www.mccs-sc.com/july4th

FESTIVALS, CELEBRATIONS AND BENEFITS

Summer Jams, presented by the Island Rec Center: 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 14, Shelter Cove Community Park. Free. 843-681-7273. www.islandreccenter.org

Water Fun Day, presented by the Island Rec Center: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 2, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. $5 for children. 843-681-7273. www.islandreccenter.org

Footloose Friday, presented as part of the First Fridays series at Habersham Farmers Market: 4-9 p.m. July 6, 13 Market St., Beaufort. www.habershamfarmersmarket.com

Picnic in the Park, presented by artist Candace Lovely: Benefits the Foundation for Educational Excellence. 6-9 p.m. July 6, First Citizens Bank, 2 Northridge Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.candacelovely.com

Relay for Life Donation Lunch: Benefits Relay for Life. 12:30 p.m. July 8, fellowship hall, Red Dam Baptist Church, 488 Red Dam Church Road, Hardeeville. 843-784-6083. www.reddambaptistchurch.org

Third annual Beer Dinner, presented by Plums Restaurant: Benefits the Independence Fund. 6:30 p.m. July 12, Plums Restaurant, 904 Bay St., Beaufort. $65. 843-986-5092. www.plumsrestaurant.com

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival: July 13-22, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, 1014 Bay St., Beaufort. www.bftwaterfestival.com

Beaufort Lions Club Pancake Breakfast: 8-11 a.m. July 14, Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. $6; $3. for children. 843-475-5778

Brooke's Haven Fundraising Event: Benefits Brooke's Haven Animal Rescue. 6-10 p.m. July 14, Montana's Bar & Grill, 16 Kitties Landing, Bluffton. Free. 843-57-7387. www.brookeshaven.org

Christmas in July, presented by the Festival of Trees of Beaufort: 6:30-9 p.m. July 27, Coosaw Point River Club, 20 The Horseshoe, Beaufort. $10; $5 for kids older than 5; free for kids younger than 5. 843-525-6257. www.festivaloftreesbeaufort.com

Second annual Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge: Benefits Louie's Kids. 7:05 p.m. Aug. 4, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, home of the Charleston Riverdogs, 360 Fishburne St., Charleston. $12; $25 for box seats. 843-724-9267. www.louieskids.org

Fourth annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival: 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, Charleston. $50-$153. www.lowcountryjazzfestival.com

Health, Beauty, and Fashion Expo 2012: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 29, The Hamilton Group, 23 Hamilton Place, Yemassee. $10 in advance; $13 at the door. 843-726-3396

TOURNAMENTS, WALKS AND RACES

27th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K run: 8 a.m. July 4, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. $35. 843-757-8520. www.bearfootsports.com

Beach Bum Triathlon: 7 a.m. July 14, Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island. $35 early; $45 late; $55 early for teams; $65 late for teams. 843-338-1481. www.ononevents.com

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival bocce tournament: 9 a.m. July 14, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. $40 for a two-person team. 843-252-1300. www.bftwaterfestival.com

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival raft race: 9 a.m. July 14, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. $185 for businesses; $145 for military or nonprofit organizations. 843-252-1300. www.bftwaterfestival.com

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival badminton tournament: 11 a.m. July 14, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. $30 a team. 843-252-1300. www.bftwaterfestival.com

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival sailing regatta: noon July 14, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Beaufort. 843-252-1300. www.bftwaterfestival.com

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival croquet tournament: 9 a.m. July 16-19, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. $20 a person. 843-252-1300. www.bftwaterfestival.com

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival bed race: 5 p.m. July 20, Bay and Harrington streets, Beaufort. $25 a bed. 843-252-1300. www.bftwaterfestival.com

Jingle Jog 5K Race, presented by Festival of Trees of Beaufort: 6 p.m. July 27, Coosaw Point River Club, 20 The Horseshoe, Beaufort. $25. 843-525-6257. www.festivaloftreesbeaufort.com

Beach Bum Triathlon: 7 a.m. Aug. 11, Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island. $35 early; $45 late; $55 early for teams; $65 late for teams. 843-338-1481. www.ononevents.com

12 Hours of Head Endurance Event: 6 a.m.-noon biking; noon-6 p.m. running, July 28, On On Tri, 31 New Orleans R, Suite B, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-338-1481. www.ononevents.com

Lt. Dan Independence 5K Run and Ride: 8 a.m. Sept. 15, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Geiger Boulevard, Beaufort. $35; $20 for active duty; free for wounded veterans. www.ldw3.com

Tunnels to Tower Run Savannah 5K race: 8 a.m. Sept. 15, Orleans Square, Savannah. www.t2trun.org

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

"Insights" support group: 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843-682-3191

Celebrate Recovery Hilton Head Island meeting: 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Spanish Wells Business Park II, 386 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-5433

Emotions Anonymous: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sundays. 843-524-0098

Community Donation Yoga Class: Benefits local charities. Noon-1 p.m. Fridays, Jiva Yoga Center, 1032 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $5. 843-247-4549. www.jivayogacenter.com

Parkinson's disease lecture, with Bernie and Jackie Snead, certified research advocates for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation: 1:30 p.m. July 5, Helena House, 1624 Paris Ave., Port Royal. Free. 843-982-0233

Brain Boosters eight-week summer session: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 10-Aug. 28, Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $120. 843-842-6688. www.memory-matters.org

Adult Summer Reading Program lecture, presented by holistic health Dr. Rahmie Valentine: 2 p.m. July 12, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6525. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Blood Alliance Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 16, S.H.A.R.E. Senior Center parking lot, 6 Office Way, Hilton Head Island. Appointment required. 843-785-6444

Therapy Dog Tests, presented by Savannah Chapter No. 131 of Therapy Dogs International: 1:30 p.m. July 15; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5, Riverview Rehab Center, 6711 LaRoche Ave., Savannah. 843-522-2073. www.tdi-dog.org

Introduction to Meditation: 2 p.m. July 21, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

Lunch and Learn classes, presented by the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association: 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 15, Port Royal Farmers Market, Heritage Park, Port Royal. www.lowcountrymga.org

Parkinson's disease lecture, with Bernie and Jackie Snead, certified research advocates for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation: 1:30 p.m. July 5, Helena House, 1624 Paris Ave., Port Royal. Free. 843-982-0233

"Goddess, Women, Cloth," by Mary B. Kelly, sponsored by Friends of Bluffton Library: 1-3 p.m. July 7, Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. Free. 843-757-1519

"Own the Night Sky," presented by the Lowcountry Stargazer Club: 2 p.m. July 7, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Resume clinic: 2-3 p.m. July 10, Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. Free. Registration required. 843-255-6503. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Orchid University," presented by Hilton Head Regional Orchid Association: 11 a.m. meet and greet and 11:15 a.m. lunch. July 10, 104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island; July 14, 15 E. River St., Savannah; July 17, 140 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Wilmington Island; July 21, 91 Towne Drive Bluffton. Register by noon the day before the class. Upon "graduation," students may apply to volunteer for two-week local and overseas research projects planned for 2012-13. Free. 843-290-7897. lee@classicorchid.com. www.classicorchid.com

"Weather or Not," presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, featuring WSAV chief meteorologist Kris Allred: 1-2 p.m. July 11, WSAV studio, 1430 E. Victory Drive, Savannah. $10. Reservations required. 843-208-8247. www.uscb.edu

"Colonial Amusements": 10:30 a.m. July 12 and 26 and Aug. 9, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $10. Reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. www.coastaldiscovery.org

Adult summer reading program, featuring Rahmie Valentine, local speaker on holistic health, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, presented by the Hilton Head Island library: 2 p.m. July 12, Hilton Head library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6525

"Stories and Inspirations behind the Goddess Paintings," presented by artist Mary B. Kelly, sponsored by Friends of Bluffton Libary: 1-3 p.m. July 14, Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. Free. 843-757-1519

"CSI: Fiction vs. Policing Fact," presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, featuring Bluffton Police Chief David McAllister: 1-2:30 p.m. July 17, University of South Carolina Beaufort Hilton Head Gateway Campus, Hargray Building, Yanker Room 159. $10. Reservations required. 843-208-8247. www.uscb.edu

"Intro to Lowcountry Safe Boating, presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, featuing John Kern of Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron: 10-11:30 a.m. July 18, Pineland Station, Suite 304A, Hilton Head Island. $10. 843-208-8247. www.uscb.edu

"Global Literacy: An Essential 21st Century Skill," presented by the World Affairs Council Hilton Head, featuring speaker Martha Sharma: 2-3:30 p.m. July 18, Hilton Head Island library, Community Room, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-384 6758. www.wachh.org

Wild Animal program: 11 a.m. July 25, Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Free. 843-255-6479. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

The Battle of Honey Hill lecture, featuring Chris Clayton, presented by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society: noon Aug. 8, Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Hilton Head Island. $3. 843-757-6293

2012 Ursrey Memorial lecture, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea: 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 W. President St., Savannah. 912-398-3589

CLUBS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

Dos Lupes Gun Club open house: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through December, Dos Lupes Gun Club, Ridgeland. 843-842-6268. www.targetgunrange.com

American Needlepoint Guild, Hilton Head Island chapter: 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month through December, Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. babsy@hargray.com

Free family research assistance at the Heritage Library: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays or Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through September, Heritage Library, Savannah Bank Building, 852 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Reservations required. 843-686-6560. www.heritagelib.org

SHARE Senior Center Ice Cream Social: 1 p.m. July 13, SHARE Senior Center, 6 Office Way, Suite 915, Hilton Head Island. $3. Register by July 11. 843-785-6444

Beaufort Christian Women's Connection meeting, featuring Steve Battista, retired Navy chief and federal investigator: 11:30 a.m. July 19, Hilton Gardens Inn, 2015 Boundary St., Beaufort. Register by July 13. 843-838-7627

Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting, with Geri Rihn, a guild member: 1 p.m. July 19, Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $5 for nonmembers. 843-757-2613. www.palmettoquiltguild.org

Illinois group: 7-9 p.m. Sept. 17, The Pavilion, Sun City Hilton Head. $7. 843-705-9779

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

57th annual Beaufort Water Festival: Volunteers needed July 13-23. Fill out an application at www.bftwaterfestival.com

Beaufort County Library focus groups: Looking for volunteers to share what they know about Afghanistan. Register by July 18. 843-255-6464. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Bits of Love Visiting Equine Therapy: Nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to assist with visits, barn work and working with miniature horses. 843-757-3338. www.facebook.com/bitsofloveminihorse

Habitat for Humanity: Seeking volunteers for two large construction projects this summer. 843-384-9939. www.habitathhi.org

HELP of Beaufort: Volunteers sought to help sort and hang donated clothing from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Beaufort store, 1910 Baggett St., Beaufort. 843-524-1223

Hospice Care of America volunteer opportunities: Direct patient care and administrative volunteers are needed. No experience necessary. 843-785-5901 on Hilton Head Island; 843-322-0063 in Beaufort

Palmetto Animal League Thrift volunteer recruitment: Supports Palmetto Animal League Adoption Center in Okatie. Volunteers may complete an application and sign up for training at the store in Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Volunteers are needed for all shifts to manage inventory, cashier and merchandising and to assist customers. 843-837-6369

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry: Perishable and nonperishable food donations, especially for diabetics, sought for the pantry which is

open Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 Hunter Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-645-0935. www.sandalwoodfoodbank.com

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE): Volunteers sought in the Beaufort area. The organization provides mentoring for small businesses, nonprofit groups and anyone considering starting a business or nonprofit organization. 843-470-0800

Thumbs Up: Seeking volunteers for academic tutoring and other support. 843-379-8882. www.thumbsupbft.com

Tidewater Hospice: Looking for administrative and patient care volunteers to assist in Lowcountry locations. 843-757-9388

Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers ages 21 and older sought to work Tiki Hut at Beaufort Water Festival. 6:30-11 p.m. July 16; 6:30-midnight July 21. All volunteers will receive free admission on the day they volunteer. Register by July 11. 843-522-3500

ETC.

AARP driver safety course for Sun City Hilton Head residents: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 10, Sun City Hilton Head. $14; $12 for AARP members; $5 for retired and active educators. 843-705-5692

AARP driver safety course for Sun City Hilton Head residents: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 28, Sun City Hilton Head. $14; $12 for AARP members; $5 for retired and active educators. 843-705-5692

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