Coming This Week for May 19


"The European Struggle to Settle North America," led by authors Margaret Pickett and Dwayne Pickett: 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island; presentation and book signing; authors will discuss settlement efforts along the Carolina coast, particularly the Port Royal Sound region; free; no reservations required; www.coastaldiscovery.org

Beaufort County Historical Society's 72nd annual meeting: noon, Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Road, Beaufort; Dr. Gerald Schwartz will discuss his book, "A Woman Doctor's Civil War: Esther Hill Hawks' Diary"; an optional light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for $10; reservations required; Nancy Gilley, 843-524-7969; www.beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org

Middle East Forum meeting: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hilton Head Island library; topic is "The Arab Spring and Bin Laden: Retrospect and Prospect"; free; Don Snow, 843-682-2765

Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting: 1 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 879 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island; visitors, $5; 843-540-1952, www.palmettoquiltguild.org

Sea Island Quilters meeting: 6 p.m., Charles Lind Brown Activity Center, Hamar and Greene streets, Beaufort; Vicky Klontz, a fiber artist, will discuss the use of wool in quilts; Helen Goldman, 843-525-6155


"High-tech Fishing Research" program: 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island; David Harter, president of the Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club and director for the Hilton Head Reef Foundation, will discuss the latest technology used to study the health of our fisheries; $5; reservations required; 843-689-6767, ext. 223

La Dolce Vita Dinner-Dance Social: 4:30-7 p.m., the pavilion in Sun City Hilton Head; features food and live music; members, $17, non-members, $22

Senior Services of Beaufort County Open House: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Burton Wells Senior Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Beaufort; 843-524-1787


Free health screenings: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Apartment 29, The Oaks apartments, Hilton Head Island; tests available might include blood pressure, blood glucose, PSA blood, HIV and breast exams; sponsored by Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services and Neighborhood Outreach Connection

National Learn to Row Day demonstrations by the Palmetto Rowing Club: 9-11 a.m., Old Oyster Factory, Hilton Head Island; learn about rowing, no experience necessary; wear comfortable clothes; free; www.palmettorowingclub.com

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association meeting: 10:30 a.m., Candler Heart & Lung Building, second floor, Room 2, 5356 Reynolds St., Savannah; polio survivors and guests are invited; 912-355-1221, 843-837-1230, www.coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org

Concert in the Commons III: noon-6 p.m. fish fry and 6-9 p.m. concert, Old Commons Neighborhood, Prince and Scott streets, Beaufort; music by The Foundation Band; meals $9; 843-597-5600

Robert Smalls High School Class of 1966 class reunion fundraiser breakfast: 8-10 a.m., Applebee's, Boundary Street, Beaufort; $5; Jack Washington, 843-252-3096; Barbara Hampton Jenkins 843-525-0658

"Lunch and Learn" gardening seminar: 11:30 a.m., Port Royal Farmers Market, Heritage Park; presented by the Clemson University Extension Office and Lowcountry Master Gardener Association; Alice Massey will discuss "Plant Progagation"

Opening reception for art exhibit by Diane Britton Dunham: 2-5 p.m., Penn Center, York W. Bailey Museum, Martin L. King Drive, St. Helena Island; $5; 843-838-2474

Let's Help Lisa yard sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 1401 North St., Beaufort; fundraiser to assist Lisa Hesse, who has been diagnosed with cancer; Susan Palmer, 843-522-0299

Jozey Pickering Fundraiser: 8-9 a.m., Shell Hall Community Center, off Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton; features live entertainment, food, silent auction, car wash and prizes; money raised benefits Pickering, who was recently paralyzed in a car accident; www.touchofchristministries.org; clownbrown@aol.com