Congratulations to Weston Newton. He recently was sworn in and will be joining Bill Herbkersman in the General Assembly when it convenes in January. Weston leaves some big shoes to fill as former chairman of Beaufort County Council. If you watched him at any of the meetings he led, then you know how amazing he was at that job. With Bill and Weston in Columbia working for us, I expect great things for our area. The Church of the Cross is offering a special program at the Parish Hall, at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Dr. Lisa Ciresi, professor of art history at University of South Carolina Beaufort, and Father Owens will present a new and compelling look at the way artists through the centuries have depicted Christmas. This should be a very interesting evening. Details: 843-757-2661 Women in Philanthropy, a fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, is inviting grant applications from nonprofit organizations offering programs for women that improve and enhance life skills and careers for ladies in Beaufort County. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Jan. 4. This is a wonderful opportunity for a worthy group. If you would like to apply, contact Dr. Cindy Smith at 843-681-9100 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Coastal Carolina Hospital and the Hospital Auxiliary of Hilton Head are sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Hilton Head Hospital. The blood is to be collected by The Blood Alliance, a nonprofit blood bank. All the blood collected will stay in our community. This is a busy time of year for all of us but if you have ever needed blood, you know what an important thing this is. Details: 843-689-8246
* This is the time of year to plant a tree or trees. The Bluffton town tree is the crape myrtle. The crape myrtle is a wonderful tree that is beautiful even in winter. It looks like a beautiful gray sculpture. If you are thinking about planting a tree, perhaps you will choose a crape myrtle. The color I like is watermelon red, but white is nice too. If you look around Old Town you will see some of the crape myrtles we planted 30 years ago. Also the narcissus is the town flower, so don't overlook them.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.