• Thorough the end of December, Beaufort County Library will forgive any library fines (up to $20 per card) for those who donate a new or like-new baby or children's book to the library.

Books may be dropped off at any county library, and will be donated to the Born to Read program to support its goal of promoting early literacy to parents and children in Beaufort County.

Fine forgiveness applies only to fines from overdue items for Beaufort County Library cardholders only.

  • The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a free group that supports plant-based eating, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.

Ray Bing of Savannah, a vegan athlete, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss his pre-fueling strategies in preparation for long-distance runs, and the myths pertaining to veganism and athleticism.

For more information, visit

  • The Festival of Lights Chanukah Service, The Night of 100 Menorahs, will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St. on Hilton Head Island.

Rabbi Brad L. Bloom will lead the service, assisted by student cantor Olivia Brodsky.

Participants are invited to bring their menorahs and seven candles to light.

The event is free and open to the public.

  • The inaugural Bluffton Coffee and Chocolate Fest, a tasting event, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 on the Green on Calhoun Street, next to Gigi's Boutique.

The event will feature offerings from eight local vendors, showcasing and offering samples of their product lines, from coffee roasts to decadent desserts.

The event is free and open to the public.

  • The second annual Santa's Workshop will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at Peacock Automotive in Hardeeville.

Families are invited to join in gingerbread cookie decorating and Christmas caroling with musician David Ross. Free hot dogs and a hot chocolate bar will be available.

Santa Claus will be available for photos.

The event is free and open to the public.

A toy collection drive will be held until the end of the day for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry. The organization operates six clubs in Beaufort and Jasper counties, with more than 2,200 members ages 6 to 18.

Wish-list items include children's books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, puzzles, sports equipment, board games and art supplies.

All items must be new and unwrapped.

For more information, visit

  • The Town of Bluffton is hosting its annual Toy Drive again this year for local children.

New, unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at Bluffton Police Department, 101 Progressive St.; Harbor Light Insurance, 97A Towne Drive, in the Belfair Towne Village; Collins Group Realty, 14 Westbury Parkway, #101; or Sentry Management, 4454 Bluffton Park Crescent, Suite 107.

Gifts collected range from toys and sports equipment to clothing and accessories. Gifts for ages 9 and up are needed in particular.

The Town is partnering with Bluffton Self Help to distribute the toys.

  • Mu Pi Zeta, the local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, will host A Blue and White Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Beaufort.

Proceeds from this fundraising holiday event will help support several community projects such as Stork's Nest, elder care awareness, mental health and autism awareness.

Mu Pi Zeta has three locations in Beaufort County that provide free resources to expectant mothers as well as educational support.

For more information, contact Mu Pi Zeta at or 843-476-0526.

  • The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area will hold a holiday party and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Palmetto Hall Golf and Country Club.

Featured speaker is Ahmad Ward, executive director of the Mitchelville Preservation Project.

To RSVP, mail a $30 check by Dec. 5 to Jan Billingslea, 5 Lansmere Place, Bluffton 29910 and indicate luncheon choice of chicken marsala, flounder piccata or vegetarian.

For more information, call 843-815-3743 or email

  • The Women's Association of Hilton Head Island (WAHHI) will hold its Holiday Luncheon Dec. 19 at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation. Social hour begins at 11 a.m. with the meal at noon.

Entertainment for the luncheon will be provided by the cast of "An American in Paris" from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Toys for The Children's Center and Bluffton Self Help will be collected at the luncheon.

The event is open to WAHHI members and the general public. To register for the luncheon, visit or contact Anne Lambdin at 443-418-6445 or Tickets are $30 ($32 online) for members and $38 ($40 online) for guests.

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