Coming This Week for Jan. 1


Polar Bear Plunge: 11 a.m., Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island; Tim Guest, 843-683-1009

Pelican Plunge: 1 p.m., Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse shelter; registration is at noon; benefits "Discover Carolina" school programs; 843-812-5007, www.friendsofhuntingisland.org


Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry registration for adult students: through Thursday; daytime and evening ESOL, Learn to Earn and basic skills tutorial programs available; Beaufort, 843-525-6658; Bluffton, 843-815-6616; Hilton Head Island, 843-681-6655; www.lowcountryliteracy.org


Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting: 11:30 a.m., Golden Corral, Bluffton; guest speaker will be Wells Fargo adviser Libby Cherrington, who will discuss "Financial Markets Outlook for 2011"; Bill Coakley, 843-815-5604


Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce First Friday Networking: 6-8 p.m., Holiday Inn, 2225 Boundary St., Beaufort; Special guest will be Clente Flemming, President/CEO of South Carolina Community Bank; $5 members; $10 non-members; hors d'oeuvres; reservations required; 843-986-1102

JAN. 8

Hilton Head Branch of the AAUW meeting: 10 a.m., Seabrook House, Hilton Head Island; Cinda Seamon, public education officer of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division, will speak; 843-341-6638

Girl Scouts senior troops of service area 631 flapjack fundraiser: 7:30 -9:30 a.m, Applebee's, Hilton Head Island; $5; Deiha Torin, deiha_torin@yahoo.com, 843-342-3585

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce annual meeting: 9 a.m.-noon, Holiday Inn, 2225 Boundary St., Beaufort; supporters honored; 843-986-1102

JAN. 10

Books Sandwiched In: noon-1 p.m., USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort; "Doctor K: A Personnel Memoir," by Herbert Keyserling, will be reviewed by Mayor Billy Keyserling; free; doors open at 11:30 a.m.; 843-255-6458, www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

"Northern Atlantic Right Whales," presented by DNR veterinarian Al Segars: 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island; learn about the natural history of these highly endangered marine mammals and efforts to protect them; $5 donation requested; reservations required; 843-689-6767, ext. 223

JAN. 11

"How to keep your Body and Mind More Active" by Tim Dorion: 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 820 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island; presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Beaufort County; 843-681-2200, ext. 3

Beaufort Genealogy Society meeting: 2 p.m., library of the First Presbyterian Church, Beaufort; features "Forgotten Heroes" film set on the grounds of the National Cemetery in Columbia; introduction by Beaufort National Cemetery staff; reservations required; Nancy Anderson, 843-525-9192