• The Compassionate Friends of Beaufort County meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.

Compassionate Friends is a support group for families after the loss of a child of any age, from any cause.

For more information, call Jay or Chris 843-781-6302 or visit

  • GFWC Women's League of the Lowcountry will meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Fellowship Hall at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Rd. in Bluffton.

Guest speaker is Lynda Halpern, executive director of Family Promise of Beaufort County.

Family Promise shelters homeless families with children while equipping them with the skills and resources needed for lasting independence. The program is non-denominational but works with a network of host congregations, where volunteers provide meals, essential needs and companionship.

The meeting is free and membership is open to all women of the Lowcountry.

The club is a service organization that reaches out to serve non-profits in the surrounding counties through a variety of projects and fundraisers.

For more information, call Karen Adams at 843-705-6596.

  • Victoria Smalls, program manager of the Charleston International African American Museum, will present a lecture on "The History of Praise Houses" at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the historic Campbell Chapel AME Church, 25 Boundary St. in Bluffton.

The event is part of the Bluffton Lecture and Dinner Series.

Smalls, a cultural preservationist, will be discussing praises houses in general, with a focus on three such structures in Bluffton. A native of St. Helena Island, Smalls formerly was the director of development and public relations for the Penn Center.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Dinner will follow the lecture, at Captain Woody's in the Promenade. Cost for the meal is paid by each participant.

For more information, contact Carolyn Coppola at or 914-475-1168 or Joan Heyward at or 843-707-7610. RSVPs are due by the Wednesday before the lecture by calling Heyward.

  • Island Recreation Association will host its annual Snow Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at Shelter Cove Community Park.

The family fun event will include inflatables, entertainment and a snow-covered field for play.

Tickets are $10 per person for ages 2 to 17, with adults admitted free of charge.

For more information, visit

  • "Optimize Your Brain Fitness" is the theme of the 2018 Memory Fest, hosted by Memory Matters Jan. 22 and 31 at two locations.

The Jan. 22 session will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.

On Jan. 31, the session will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way in Bluffton Village.

The engaging, educational program will teach participants how the brain learns and retains information; how emotions impact the brain; and how Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) can be controlled to improve brain function.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased online at or by calling Kacie at 843-842-6688.

  • Dr. David Phillips, an emergency room physician and Ironman triathlete, will speak on the topic "Apple or Scalpel: Which Will You Choose?" at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Blvd. in Bluffton.

A Harvard graduate and collegiate athlete, Dr. Phillips will explore the connections between lifestyle and disease.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required in order to receive a gate pass.

For more information and to make reservations, contact Marilea Lightner at 843-476-4661 or

  • The Maye River Quilters Guild will meet Feb. 3 at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, in Hardeeville.

The social will start at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting following at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 843-705-9590.

  • A Celebrity Cake Auction will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation.

The event is a benefit for the American Cancer Society. A silent auction will be available.

Cost is $25 per person.

For more information, contact Sandy Stern at 843-298-1036 or

  • American Revolution Round Table SC will meet Feb. 15 at Indigo Run Country Club. Social time begins at 11:30, with lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m.

Bill Davies, board member of the South Carolina Historical Society, will speak about "Lafayette and the Rights of Man." Attendees can learn about Lafayette, his service during the American Revolution, and his return to the USA to help celebrate our nation's 50th anniversary, as well as his lifelong dedication to protecting the rights of all individuals.

The Round Table meets quarterly to explore historic events and people of the American Revolution era emphasizing the importance and influence of the South.

Guests are welcome. For more information and reservations, contact Peggy Picket at 843-815-5311 or Maria Basch at 843-707-7049.

  • The Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Yam will host a community forum, titled "The Opioid Crisis: Who is at Risk?," from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at the synagogue, 4501 Meeting St. on Hilton Head Island.

The purpose of the forum is to combat the opioid crisis in Beaufort County through education.

The event is free and open to the public.

The format will be a panel discussion including four local experts involved in various aspects of the crisis: a prevention specialist, a pharmacist, a pain management physician, and a psychiatrist. Following each professional's remarks, there will be a question and answer period, led by a professional moderator.

For more information, contact Judie Aronson at or 843-342-6126.

  • St. Francis Thrift Shop has begun its grant application process for the coming year.

Applications will be accepted from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations of the Hilton Head Island and Greater Bluffton community. Applications must have specific project to fund and meet application requirements.

Grant applications can be downloaded on the St. Francis Thrift Shop web page,

Grants are made annually with completed applications due on March 31, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All local non-profit organizations may apply even though they have received grants in previous years.

Grants will be awarded June 2018.

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