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The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2011-12 season with "A 20th Century Celebration" at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center. There will be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Oct. 16. Guest soloist will be Alexander Pershounin on bass. Tickets for adults cost $35 and $5 for high school students and children. The USCB Performing Arts Center is at 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort. Details: 843-524-3593; 843-838-9309; www.beaufortorchestra.org
The Beaufort Exchange Club will host the 19th annual Ghost Tours beginning Oct. 14. The event features carriage rides or walking tours through Beaufort's historic district while listening to haunting tales of the area. Tours will run in the evenings of Oct. 14-15, 21-23 and 27-30. Walking tour tickets are $12 for all ages and carriage tours are $10 for children ages 3-11 and $20 for adults. Money raised benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Association of Beaufort County. Reservations are encouraged. Details: 843-524-4678
The Island Recreation Association's Cajun Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. Several local restaurants will provide authentic Cajun cooking. Other concessions will include hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream and more. There will be live mucis and a Kids Zone with bounce houses, games and arts and crafts. Admission is $5, children 12 and younger get in free, and food and activities will be sold separately. Money raised benefits the Island Recreation Association's Scholarship Fund. Details: www.IslandRecCenter.org, 843-681-7273
The seventh "Pink Out" celebration for breast cancer awareness is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Park Lane Hotel & Suites, 12 Park Lane, Hilton Head Island. Three unique cancer survivor stories will be told. The Sunday "Pink Out" observance begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Donna DeVoe Baker, first lady of Townsley Chapel AME Church in Savannah, will speak. Details: 843-681-6018
The Old Village Association will present a Festival of the Sea from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. The pirate-themed festival will include a 3K Walk the Plank for Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, music, food, craft and artisan booths, a collector car display, kids activities and more. Admission is free. Details: www.oldvillageportroyal.com
The seventh annual Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is scheduled for Oct. 16-23. The weeklong festival will start with the Blessing of the Fleet and a boat parade on the May River. Other events include an oyster roast, tour of the Waddell Mariculture Center, Family Night, storytelling and movies for children, daily gallery events, kayak tours, an author night, a 5K run, a children's fishing tournament, boat tours and a street fest. Details: www.blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com, 843-757-2583
The Rotary Club of Okatie's 18th annual Polo For Charity will be held Oct. 16 in Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton. The gates open at noon, and the match begins at 2 p.m. The event features picnics, tailgating, equestrian demonstrations, a local art display, the Bluffton High School Junior ROTC color guard and a polo match. Tickets cost $15 a person; children younger than 12 are admitted free. Money raised will go toward several local charitable efforts. Details: email@example.com; Betsy Bennett, 843-568-1244