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Exchange Club collects supplies for workers

The Exchange Club of Beaufort is collecting items for legal migrant workers through Wednesday.

Donations of school supplies and toiletry items such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo will be accepted at Beaufort Rentals in the Regions Bank Building on Robert Smalls Parkway.

Details: Call Angel Flewelling at 843-525-0102.

Garden tour planned for charity

All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island will present its 24th annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14.

Six private gardens on Hilton Head and in Bluffton will be featured. Proceeds will benefit Bluffton Self Help, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry and Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.

Tickets are $30 and include a luncheon served in the church's parish hall. A boutique and bake sale, along with vendors selling plants and herbs, will be included. Tickets are available at a number of area retail outlets or at the church on the day of the tour. The church is at 3001 Meeting St.

Details: 843-681-8333.

Medical tests offered at women's conference

The 2011 Women's Empowerment Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Building 12, on the Beaufort campus.

The keynote speaker is human-trafficking survivor and author Theresa Flores. Girls between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to the teen conference, which will offer educational workshops and activities.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital's Mobile Wellness Unit will offer several free tests for blood glucose, skin cancer and blood pressure, as well as mammograms. HIV testing also will be available through ACCESS Network. Hemoglobin A1C and cholesterol screenings will be available for $10 each; fasting is required.

Registration is required by May 14.

Details: 877-582-2737,

Gullah corridor commission to meet in Bluffton

The four-state Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its second 2011 quarterly meeting May 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bluffton library at 120 Palmetto Way. The public is invited.

The meeting will include discussions to enhance the management plan before its public release.

For more information about the corridor, contact Michael Allen, National Parks Service Gullah Geechee coordinator, at 843-881-5516 ext. 12 or go to