Lowcountry calendar of events ... Dec. 5 and beyond

calendar@islandpacket.comDecember 4, 2013 

Nic Thompson and Gabrielle Ruiz perform in "42 Street," which runs through Dec. 29 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

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ARTS

Theater

"42nd Street": through Dec. 29, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $55; $37. 843-842-2787. www.artshhi.com

"Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish": 7 p.m. Dec. 6, University of South Carolina, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $30; $35 at the door; $15 for students. 843-986-1102

"Away from the Manger" and "Sleepover at the Stable" Christmas events: 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Riverview Baptist Church, 2209 Boundary St., Beaufort. 843-252-6364

"Honky Tonk Angels' Holiday Spectacular": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, 21; 3 p.m. Dec. 22, University of South Carolina Beaufort, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $20-25; $18-20 for seniors; $10-15 for students. 843-521-4135. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy": Jan. 14-15, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. $32-$62. www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

"Shipwrecked," presented by South Carolina Repertory Company: Jan 22-Feb. 9, South Carolina Repertory Company, Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-2057. www.hiltonheadtheatre.com

"South Pathetic," presented by South Carolina Repertory Company: March 17-30, South Carolina Repertory Company, Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-2057. www.hiltonheadtheatre.com

"The Outgoing Tide," presented by South Carolina Repertory Company: April 28-May 11, South Carolina Repertory Company, Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-2057. www.hiltonheadtheatre.com

Auditions

"Broadway's Music of the Night," presented by Main Street Youth Theatre: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 13; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 14, Main Street Youth Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. Adult, teen and youth singers needed for principal solos and ensemble tracks. Seasoned dancers who sing needed for featured dancing roles. A small children's singing and dancing chorus will be featured. Fourth grade and older, exceptions may be made depending on experience. Show will run March 19-30. Rehearsals will begin in January. There is a production fee of $150 for all youth 18 and younger who are cast. Email sheristernitzke@aol.com for audition time.

Dance

2013 Charleston Dance Festival: Dec. 9-15, Dancefx Studios, 635 Rutledge Ave., Charleston. $15. www.charlestondancefestival.com

"Nightmare Before Christmas" presented by Lowcountry School of Performing Arts: 6 p.m., Dec. 14, 15, The Larew Centre, 206 Carteret St., Beaufort. $20. Details: www.dancelowcountrysopa.com

Music

Beaufort Symphony Orchestra's "Fa-la-la-la-la Winter Holiday Concert": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 3 p.m. Dec. 8, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $37.50. 800-595-4849. www.beaufortorchestra.org PHOTO-BSO

Celtic Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $17; $7 for children 12 and younger; $12 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787. www.beaufortcountyarts.com

The Trinity Singers: 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 40 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-341-3757

"Joy to the World" cantata: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696

Sixth annual "An Evening in December!": 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Hilton Head Island Community Church, 860 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadislandcc.org

"La Nozze de Figaro," presented by The Opera Lovers of Hilton Head presents: 1 p.m. Dec. 11, The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2610

Christmas Organ Concert: noon-1 p.m. Dec. 13, St. Luke's Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Free. www.lowcountryago.org

Hilton Head Choral Society's 38th annual Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert: 8 p.m. Dec. 13, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $25; $30 preferred seating. 843-341-3818. www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org PHOTO-HHCS

The Met Live in HD "Verdi's Falstaff": 12:55 p.m. Dec. 14, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $22. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

Morning Song Music's "The Angels Sang" Christmas Tour, featuring Steve Darmody, Jennifer LaMountain, Rudy Micelli and Angela Bryant-Brown: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. Free. 843-846-2600. www.beaufortsda.org

Handel's "Messiah": 5 p.m. Dec. 15, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-3696

University of South Carolina Beaufort Festival Series concert featuring music of Gershwin, Dvorak and Mozart: 5 p.m. Dec. 15, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $40 and up. 843-208-8246. www.uscb.edu/festivalseries

"Thais," presented by The Opera Lovers of Hilton Head: 1 p.m. Jan. 8, The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2610

"The First Emperor," presented by The Opera Lovers of Hilton Head: 1 p.m. Jan. 12, The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2610

The Met Live in HD "Dvorak's Rusalka": 12:55 p.m. Feb. 8, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $22. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

Beaufort Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven Bash -- Beethoven Violin Concerto, Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27; 3 p.m. March 2, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $37.50. 800-595-4849. www.beaufortorchestra.org

The Met Live in HD "Borodin's Prince Igor": 12:55 p.m. March 1, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $22. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"Porgy and Bess," presented by The Opera Lovers of Hilton Head: 1 p.m. March 12, The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2610

The Met Live in HD "Massenet's Werther": 12:55 p.m. March 15, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $22. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

The Met Live in HD "Puccini's La Boheme": 12:55 p.m. April 5, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $22. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"Rigoletto," presented by The Opera Lovers of Hilton Head: 1 p.m. April 9, The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2610

The Met Live in HD "Mozart's Cosi fan tutte": 12:55 p.m. April 26, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $22. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

Beaufort Symphony Orchestra's "Amour, Amour...": 7:30 p.m. May 1; 3 p.m. May 4, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $37.50. 800-595-4849. www.beaufortorchestra.org

The Met Live in HD "Rossini's La Cenerentola": 12:55 p.m. May 10, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. $22. 843-521-4145. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

"Quartet," presented by The Opera Lovers of Hilton Head: 1 p.m. May 14, The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2610

Rehearsals

Hilton Head Barbershop Chorus: Guests and prospective members welcome. 4-6 p.m. Mondays, Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Plantation, 70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-290-9517; 843-682-8250. www.hhibarbershoppers.org

Beaufort Belles Women's Chorus: New members welcome. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Sea Island Presbyterian Church choir room, 81 Lady's Island Drive, Lady's Island. 843-838-2643

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

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

New River Harmony -- The Sun City Barbershoppers: Accepting new singers for the upcoming season. Rehearsals take place 3-5 p.m. Fridays in Magnolia Hall backroom. 843-705-3488, 843-705-6632

Sun City Singers: New members are welcome. 3:30-5:30 pm, Mondays, Lake House Ballroom, Sun City Hilton Head. 843-707-7099

Visual arts and exhibits

"Here and There: The Art of Joyce and Don Nagel," presented by University of South Carolina Beaufort: through Dec. 6, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Pineland Station Shopping Center, 430 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 304A, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-208-8239

"In the Likeness of Everything," the artwork of Eric Horan: through Dec. 7, Beaufort Art Association, 913 Bay St., Beaufort. 843-521-4444

"New Works by Martha Worthy and Louanne La Roche": through Dec. 10, Four Corners Gallery, 1263 May River Road, Bluffton. 843-757-8185. www.fourcornersgallerybluffton.com

"The Girl From Nowhere's Eyes Speak," exhibit by Camille Clifton: through Dec. 12, Java Joe's Coffee Shop, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head Island. www.thegirlfromnowhere.com

Public Art Tours, presented by Coastal Discovery Museum: Fridays through Dec. 20, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $10. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

"Images," presented by Les Bonnes Artistes: through Jan. 14, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 224

"Warhol/JFK: Nov. 22, 1963, A Selection of Andy Warhol Prints from the Herbert Brito Collection": through March 9, Telfair Museum, 207 W. York St., Savannah. $20. 912-790-8802. www.telfair.org

"Spanish Sojourns -- Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain": through March 9, Jepson Center, 207 W. York St., Savannah. 912-790-8802. www.telfair.org

Beaufort Art Association's "A Holiday Boutique" sale: through Dec. 31, Beaufort Art Association, 913 Bay St., Beaufort. 843-521-4444. www.beaufortartassociation.com

"A Holiday Boutique," presented by the Society of Bluffton Artists: through Dec. 31, Society of Bluffton A Gallery, 48 Boundary St., Bluffton. 843- 757-6586. www.sobagallery.com

"Imagine," a nationally juried 2013 Craft Hilton Head exhibition presented by the Art League of Hilton Head: Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5, Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Exhibit runs Dec. 5-Jan. 4. 843-681-5060

"12," presented by the Society of Bluffton Artists: Opening reception is 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8, SoBA Gallery, 48 Boundary St., Bluffton. Exhibit runs through Jan. 4. 843-757-6586. www.sobagallery.com

"Masterpiece Masquerade," presented by Beaufort Art Association: Opening reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Beaufort Art Association, 913 Bay St., Beaufort. Exhibit runs Dec. 9-Jan. 5. 843-521-4444. www.beaufortartassocation.com

Open studios and classes

"Holidaze," decorating and crafts for the holidays: 4 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $5-$15 a project. 843-379-2787. www.beaufortcountyarts.com

"Mastering Pen and Ink Techniques" with Don Nagel: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 9, Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head, 106 Cordillo Pkwy., Hilton Head Island. $120 for members; $140 for nonmembers. 843-842-5738. academy@artleaguehhi.org

"Oil Painting Landscape," featuring Chris Groves: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 3-5, Society of Bluffton Artists' Center for the Creative Arts, 8 Church St., Bluffton. $450. 843-247-2868. www.sobagallery.com

Literary

Book signing with Janet Garrity, author of "Goin' Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands": 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 6, The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767. www.garrity.com

Book signing with Janet Garrity author of "Goin' Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands": 5-7 p.m. Dec. 6, McIntosh Book Shoppe, 917 Bay St., Beaufort. Free. 843-524-1119. www.garrity.com

Book signing featuring Patricia Bee, Sonny Bishop, Janet Garrity, Bubba Von Harten and Kathryn Wall: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 6, McIntosh Book Shoppe, 917 Bay St., Beaufort. 843-525-1066

Short Story Reading of "The Guest" by Tim Johnston: 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Beaufort library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. Free. 843-255-6430. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Book signing with Bernard Snyder, author of "The Mindset of a Mockingbird": 4-7 p.m. Dec. 7, Reilley's, 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-4414

Book signing with Carolyn Eastwood author of "Mystery at the Marsh": noon-2 p.m. Dec. 8, The Hilton Head Humane Association, 10 Humane Way, Hilton Head Island. 912-897-0616

"Books Sandwiched In" 2014 Opening Reception: 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 9, Lowcountry Produce Market and Cafe, 302 Carteret St., Beaufort. Free. Registration required. 843-379-5246

Book signing and reading with Michele Roldan-Shaw, author of "Rambler's Life: The South Reloaded": 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Corner Perk, Bluffton. www.beaufortcountyarts.com

University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch With Author Series, featuring Clay Rice, silhouette artist and author: noon Dec. 12, Moss Creek Clubhouse, 1523 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head Island. $42. 843-521-4147. www.uscb.edu/lunchwithauthor

Book signing and reading with Michele Roldan-Shaw, author of "Rambler's Life: The South Reloaded": 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Vineyard 55, Bluffton. www.beaufortcountyarts.com

Book signing and reading with Michele Roldan-Shaw, author of "Rambler's Life: The South Reloaded": 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. 843-379-2787. www.beaufortcountyarts.com PHOTO-RELOADED

Book signing with Janet Garrity, author of "Goin' Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands": 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 17, Lowcountry Produce Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-3003. www.garrity.com

Book signing and reading with Michele Roldan-Shaw, author of "Rambler's Life: The South Reloaded": 6 p.m. Dec. 18, Picture This Gallery, 78 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island. www.beaufortcountyarts.com

Books Sandwiched In Series: Sheriff P.J. Tanner presents "Catherine's Cross," by Millie West: noon Jan. 6, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. 843-694-2864. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch With Author Series, featuring Karen White, author of "The Time Between": noon Jan. 16, Belfair Clubhouse, 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd., Bluffton. $42. 843-521-4147. www.uscb.edu/lunchwithauthor

"Stephen Kinzer -- The Dulles Brothers and Their Secret World War": 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 24, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. www.wachh.org/contact-us

University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch With Author Series, featuring Nancy Horan, author of "Loving Frank": noon Feb. 17, Champions Ballroom at Seapines Conference Center, 11 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island. $42. 843-521-4147. www.uscb.edu/lunchwithauthor

University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch With Author Series, featuring Beverly Donofrio, author of "Riding in Cars with Boys," and Corban Addison, author of "A Walk Across the Sun": noon March 6, Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. $42. 843-521-4147. www.uscb.edu/lunchwithauthor

University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch With Author Series, featuring Mary Alice Monroe, author of "The Summer Girls": noon April 30, Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Road, Hilton Head Island. $42 or $270 for the whole series of seven luncheons. 843-521-4147. www.uscb.edu/lunchwithauthor

KIDS AND FAMILIES

Holiday Cookie Competition: through Dec. 5, Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400. www.sonesta.com/hiltonheadisland

Hilton Head Preparatory School's Festival of Trees: through Dec. 5, Sonesta Resort, Shipyard Plantation, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-8508

Toys for Tots: through Dec. 12, Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400. www.sonesta.com/hiltonheadisland

Amateur Gingerbread House Competition: Dec. 5-23, Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400. www.sonesta.com/hiltonheadisland

"Holiday Happenings," featuring Roland Washington from "We Island" and book signings with Lowcountry authors Barbara Muller, Janet Garrity, Patricia Bee and Kathryn Wall: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $65. 843-689-6767, ext. 224

The Sandbox Free Family Fun Night: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, The Sandbox, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Liberty Oak Tree, Harbour Town. 843-842-1979

Blizzard at Blue Heron Trail: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6, Blue Heron Nature Trail, Ridgeland. $5. 843-379-5430

Little Elves Workshop for children ages 3 months and older: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7, YMCA of Beaufort County, Beaufort. $15; $10 siblings. 843-522-9622. www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com

Cooking Lessons with the Chef: Dec. 7, 14, 21, Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. $25 per class. 843-842-2400. www.sonesta.com/hiltonheadisland

"Island Vibes" quilt exhibition: Dec. 9-Feb. 28, The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 224

The Uncalled For Trio's "Ugly Sweater" Christmas Tour 2013: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Port Royal Elementary School, 1214 Paris Ave., Port Royal. $8 for adults; $4 for kids. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

"A Child's Christmas in Wales," featuring Peter Townes: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14; 3 p.m. Dec. 15, ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $12 for adults; $5 for kids; $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

Gingerbread House Decorating Party: 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 14, First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island Fellowship Hall, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $10. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

Outdoor Movie -- "Polar Express": 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Liberty Oak Tree, Harbour Town. Free. 843-842-1979

Santa Claus at The Sandbox: An Interactive Children's Museum: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 23; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 24, The Sandbox, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

Gregg Russell Christmas Concert: 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 23, Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-842-1979

"Family Owl Program": 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 27, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $12 for adults; $7 for children. 843-689-6767, ext. 223

"Meet and Greet" Reptiles, presented by Joe Maffo, of Critter Management: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 30, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $5. 843-689-6767, ext. 224

13th annual Polar Bear Swim: 10 a.m. Dec. 31, Harbour Town Pool, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-842-1979

Rockin' Lock-in for children 7-13: 5 p.m. Dec. 31-8 a.m. Jan. 1, YMCA of Beaufort County, Beaufort. $25 per child. 843-522-9622. www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com

New Year's Eve Celebration: 7 p.m. and midnight Dec. 31, Harbour Town Lighthouse, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-842-1999

"Winnie the Pooh and Balloons Too," celebration of Winnie the Pooh's birthday: 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 1, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6500

"A World of Stories -- A Blizzard of Fun!": 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Teen Challenge: Madden Football for grades 6-12: noon-3 p.m. Jan. 25, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Everything But the Brush: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

National Puzzle Day Fun: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6529. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Performance of "The Ugly Duckling," featuring the Porkchop Players: 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 8, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6500

Storytime with "Pete the Cat": 11 a.m.-noon March 8, Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-255-6500

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

Imagination Hour Program: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays through October, The Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum, 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. $7. 843-842-7645. www.thesandbox.org

OUTDOORS/WILDLIFE

Audubon Christmas Bird Count: Dec. 14, The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island. 843-837-4597

FARMERS MARKETS

The Shops in Sea Pines Center Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Hilton Head Island. 843-322-1900

Buckwalter Place Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Buckwalter Place Boulevard, Bluffton. www.buckwalterfarmersmarket.com

Downtown Beaufort Farmer's Market: 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, West Street, Beaufort. www.downtownbeaufort.com

Farmers Market Bluffton: 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, Calhoun Street, Old Town Bluffton. www.farmersmarketbluffton.org

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

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

FESTIVALS, CELEBRATIONS AND BENEFITS

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Annual Christmas Wreath Charity Fundraiser: $30. Delivered within 25 miles. 843-525-0075

Fruit and Ornamental Tree Sale Fundraiser: Supports Clemson Extension Services of Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper Counties. Deadline for tree orders is Jan. 17. 843-726-3461

Hilton Head Preparatory School's Festival of Trees: through Dec. 5, Sonesta Resort, Shipyard Plantation, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-8508

Hilton Head Monthly Readers' Choice Party: Benefits Hospice Care of the LowCountry. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. $10; free for children 12 and younger. 843-6988, ext. 235. www.hiltonheadmonthly.com

Annual Nativity Display: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6-7; noon-3 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church Beaufort, Educations Building, 1201 North St., Beaufort. 843- 524-3051. www.firstpresbeaufort.org

Town Hall Christmas Tree Lighting: 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Town Hall, Bluffton. 843-706-4583

Blue Heron Nature Trail Christmas Light Display: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6, Ridgeland. 843-812-4357

Night on the Town at the Library: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6, Beaufort library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. 843-255-6458. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

28th annual "A Night on the Town!": 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6, downtown Beaufort. www.downtownbeaufort.com/anightonthetown

Bluffton Christmas Parade: 11 a.m. Dec. 7, Old Town Bluffton. 843-706-4583

2013 Hilton Head Island Winter Wonder Festival: Benefits Island Recreation Association Children's Scholarship Fund. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 7, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. $10 for ages 2-15. 843-681-7273. www.islandreccenter.org

Light up the Night boat parade: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. www.downtownbeaufort.com

Gullah Caribbean Christmas Cabaret: 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle W., St. Helena Island. $40. 843-986-1102

Pancake Breakfast fundraiser: 7:30-10 a.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. $6. 843-681-3696. www.fpchhi.org

Lutheran Men on Mission Pancake Breakfast fundraiser: 8-11 a.m. Dec. 7, St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. $5. 843-846-1016

Hilton Head Humane Association Holiday Open House: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8, Hilton Head Humane Association, 10 Humane Way, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8686. www.hhhumane.org

Tabby House One-Year Anniversary: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 8, Tabby House, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. Cat adoptions are $20.14. 843-255-5031

Beaufort Christmas Parade: 3 p.m. Dec. 8, downtown Beaufort. www.downtownbeaufort.com

The fourth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Buckwalter Place: 3:45 p.m. Dec. 8, Buckwalter Place, 25 Innovation Drive, Bluffton. Free. 843-706-4500

Outside Hilton Head In-Store Benefit for Volunteers in Medicine: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12, Outside Hilton Head, Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6996. www.outsidehiltonhead.com

Sporting Clays Shoot: Benefits the Children's Relief Fund. 1 p.m. Dec. 13, Forest City Gun Club, 9203 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. www.forestcitygunclub.com

Bluffton Historical Preservation Society's annual Old World Christmas Gala: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 13, Colcock-Teel House, Old Town Bluffton. $60; $75 after Dec. 1. 843-757-6293

Dance Boosters of Bluffton breakfast with Santa: Benefits Bluffton Dance Company. 8:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Bluffton School of Dance, Sheridan Park, Bluffton. $8. 843-815-2619

National Wreaths Across America ceremony: noon Dec. 14, Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort. 912-313-1506

Wreaths Across America ceremony: noon Dec. 14, Six Oaks Cemetery, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-3528

Heartful of Toys, hosted by The Dry Dock: Benefits the Deep Well Project. 3 p.m. Dec. 14, The Dry Dock, 21 Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-9775

Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the City of Hardeeville Parks and Recreation: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, City Hall, Hardeeville. 843-784-2231

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols hosted by Southern Deanery of the Episcopal Church: 5 p.m. Dec. 15, St. Luke's Baptist Church, 3048 Snake Road, Okatie. 843-681-8333

Christmas Party, presented by the Charles Street Gallery: 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 20, Charles Street Gallery, 914 Charles St., Beaufort. 843-521-9054. www.thecharlesstreetgallery.com

The "Winter Solstice" Sunset Party: Benefits CODA. 2-6 p.m. Dec. 21, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 55 Wharf St., Bluffton. $5; 12 and younger are free. 843-757-8520. www.blufftonsunsetparty.com

"Jazz 'Yule' Love" -- 38th annual Christmas Evening Jazz Concert, presented by the Coastal Jazz Association: 5 p.m Dec. 25, The Savannah Westin Resort, Savannah. $20 in advance; $25 at door. 404-997-3281

16th annual Musical Salute to MLK: 7 p.m. Jan. 14, The Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St., Savannah. Free. www.coastaljazz.org

Southern Women's Show: Feb. 21-23, Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, 1 International Drive, Savannah. $8; $10 at the door; $5 for ages 6-12; free for kids younger than 6. 800-849-0248. www.southernwomensshow.com

"Jewels and Jeans," sponsored by the Foundation for Educational Excellence: 6-9 p.m. March 1, Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. $48. 276-206-8737. www.foundationedexcellence.com

TOURNAMENTS, WALKS AND RACES

2013 Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run: Dec. 7, Talmadge Bridge, Savannah. www.savannahriverbridgerun.com

The Hilton Head Island Bridge Club Lowcountry Classic Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference regional tournament: Feb. 3-9, Marriott Resort and Spa Hotel, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6239

Hilton Head Island Golf and Tennis Festival: Feb. 27-March 2, The Westin Resort and Spa, Port Royal Golf and Racquet Club, and the Sea Pines Resort. 843-686-3355. www.hhigolfandtennisfestival.com

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Assistance in Applying for Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act: Assistance will be provided by appointment for those without insurance or those seeking options for insurance currently not available to them. St. Mark's Episcopal Church Activity Center, 1110A Paris Ave., Port Royal. 843-476-4226. www.stmarksc.org

Carteret Street United Methodist Church blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross: noon-6 p.m. Dec. 5, Carteret Street United Methodist Church, 408 Carteret St., Beaufort. 866-611-7137. www.givelife.org

The Blood Alliance Blood Drive, hosted by The New River Auto Mall: 1-4 p.m. New River Auto Mall, Okatie. www.thebloodalliancedonor.org

The Blood Alliance blood drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 13, Battery Creek High School, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort. 888-998-2243. www.igiveblood.com

The Blood Alliance blood drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16, Beaufort High School, 85 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort. 888-998-2243. www.igiveblood.com

The Blood Alliance blood drive: noon-7 p.m. Dec. 17, Hidden Cypress Golf Club, 672 Cypress Hills Drive, Bluffton. 888-998-2243. www.igiveblood.com

The Blood Alliance blood drive: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 20, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, 955 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. 888-998-2243. www.igiveblood.com

American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program offered by Beaufort Memorial's LifeFit Wellness Services: 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays Feb. 24-April 7, Beaufort Medical and Administrative Center, 990 Ribaut Road, Room 449, Beaufort. $30. 843-522-5635

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

"Les Bonnes Artistes" lectures and artist demonstrations: 1-3 p.m. through Dec. 5, The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767. www.coastaldiscovery.org

Power of Parents Facilitator Training, by Mothers Against Drunk Driving: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7, Palmetto Electric, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. 803-748-7333, ext. 5251

"Howard Gardner: On the App Generation," satellite presentation of 92nd Street Y series, sponsored by Congregation Beth Yam: 8:15 p.m. Dec. 9, Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. 843-689-2178

University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch With Author, featuring silhouette artist Clay Rice: noon Dec. 12, Moss Creek Clubhouse, 1523 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head Island. $42. 843-521-4147. www.uscb/lunchwithauthor.com

"What Does it Mean to Be Pro-Israel in America Today? with Jeremy Ben-Ami," satellite presentation of 92nd Street Y series, sponsored by Congregation Beth Yam: 8:15 p.m. Dec. 16, Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. 843-689-2178

CLUBS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

American Revolution Roundtable S.C. quarterly luncheon with guest speaker Doug Macintyre: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Indigo Club at Indigo Run, 101 Berwick Drive, Hilton Head Island. $22 for members; $30 for non-members. 843-706-7131

American Association of University Women-Hilton Head Holiday Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Dec 6, Sea Pines Country Club. 843-681-4062

Fall Herb Society of Hilton Head Sale: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7, Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-6602

Officers Quarterly Luncheon Meeting: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10, Dataw Island Club. $20. 843-524-5577

Christian Women's Club December Luncheon and Home Tour: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11, Hampton Hall Clubhouse, Bluffton. $39 for tour; $24 for luncheon. Registration deadline is Dec. 4. 843-808-8491

League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area Holiday Luncheon, featuring Dr. Jeffrey Moss: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11, Moss Creek Clubhouse, 1523 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head Island. $26. 843-681-6448. www.lwvhhi.org

The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, presented by the Opera Lovers of Hilton Head: 1 p.m. Dec. 11, The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2610

Democratic Club of Bluffton meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 11, Unitarian Universalist Church, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843 706-3735

Thomas Heyward Jr. Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meeting: 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Residence of Sam Chestnutt, 24 Creekside Lane, St. Helena Island. 843-525-0158

The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club meeting: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, 30 Yacht Club Drive, Beaufort. 843-522-2122

Hilton Head Island Ski Club Holiday Dinner/Dance: 6 p.m. Dec. 13, Sea Pines Country Club, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-4181

Rug Hooking Group: 1 p.m. Dec. 14, Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. Free. 843-255-6503. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

The Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting, featuring Paula Golden: 1 p.m. Jan. 16, Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. $5 for guests. 843-757-2613. www.palmettoquiltguild.org

ETC.

Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter's Catholic Church and Graveyard: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; 1-3 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; St. Peter's Catholic Church, 710 Carteret St., Beaufort. Free. 843-522-9555. www.stpeters-church.org

Technology and Computer Assistance: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thursdays, Beaufort library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. 843-255-6443. www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

1st S.C. Volunteers Exhibit: through Dec. 22, Beaufort History Museum, 1911 Boundary St. Beaufort. www.beauforthistorymuseum.com

NxLevel for Entrepreneurs (Existing Businesses) presented by The Technical College of the Lowcountry and Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, through Dec. 17, Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort. $195. 843-525-8205. www.bizbuildersc.com

Covert AireFood Drive Fundraiser: Donate food to Covert Aire and receive $1 off bill with max of a $25 discount between now and Dec. 31. 843-706-5090. www.covertaire.com

AARP Driver's Safety Course: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7, Sea Pines Community Center, 70 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. $14; $12 for AARP members. 843-671-2594

Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron Winter Safe Boating Seminar Series, "Basic Weather and Forecasting": 9-11 a.m. Dec. 7, Hilton Head Share Center, 70 Shelter Cove Way, Suite L, Hilton Head Island. $40. 843-785-8876. www.hhsps.org

Jasper Animal Rescue Mission adoptions: 11 a.m-3 p.m. Dec. 7, Petco, 1007 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. $100 for cats; $125 for dogs. 843-726-7799. www.jarmission.org

Beaufort County Clemson University Extension Service 2014 Master Gardener training classes: Tuesdays beginning Jan. 7, 1-4 p.m. County Extension Office, Beaufort; 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays beginning March 5, Community Room of the Hilton Head PSD, Hilton Head Island. $300. 843-255-6060

Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron Winter Safe Boating Seminar Series, "Mariner's Compass": 9-11 a.m. Jan. 11, Hilton Head Share Center, 70 Shelter Cove Way, Suite L, Hilton Head Island. $40. 843-785-8876. www.hhsps.org

Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron Winter Safe Boating Seminar Series, "TIdes and Currents": 9-11 a.m. Feb. 8, Hilton Head Share Center, 70 Shelter Cove Way, Suite L, Hilton Head Island. $40. 843-785-8876. www.hhsps.org

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