All phone numbers are area code 843 unless otherwise listed.
HOOP SHOOT CONTEST: What: Bluffton Elks Lodge annual national free-throw shooting contest; Who: Children ages 8-13; When: Noon, Jan. 13; Where: Bluffton Boys and Girls Club; Notes: Three age divisions for boys and girls. Awards for division winners and runners-up. Winners advance to district competition in Charleston. Contestants must have valid birth certificate. Registration: Through local schools; Information: Call contest director Bob Peterson at 422-7096 or 681-3518, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW YEAR'S DAY POLAR BEAR 5K: What: Sixth annual Bluffton New Year's Day Polar Bear 5K; When: 10 a.m., Jan. 1; Where: Event starts at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton; Notes: New course this year. Award ceremony and post-race party with Hoppin' John, pizza, music and more. Race benefits the Palmetto Animal League and the Bluffton Fins swim team. Registration/Information: Go to bearfootsports.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 757-8520.
RUN WITH THE RAVENS 3 MILE RESOLUTION RUN: What: Second annual Run With The Ravens 3 Mile resolution Run; When: 3:30 p.m., Jan. 20; Where: Pinckney Colony fields; Notes: The run/health walk raises money for St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. The cost is $10 per runner/walker. Kids in strollers are free. First 300 participants receive a SGGCS water bottle. There are refreshments, music and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to top three overall male andd females. Race-day registration is available from 2:15-3:15 p.m. with a $5 late fee. Registration/Information: www.playhardinbtown.com.