• GFWC Woman's League of the Lowcountry will meet Sept. 20 in the Fellowship Hall at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Road in Bluffton.

A social half hour begins at 3 p.m., followed by the first business meeting of the 2018-2019 club year.

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

For more information, contact Sharon Quinter at 843-705-3078 or

Additionally, the group will host its fourth annual Game Day Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Indigo Run Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.

Tickets are $30 per person. The event includes buffet lunch, games, and door prizes.

Proceeds will benefit Beaufort GED Scholarship Fund, Hardeeville-Jasper schools, and Operation Smile.

General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) Woman's League of the Lowcountry was formed in 2014 as part of the national GFWC network of clubs. The club is a service organization that reaches out to serve non-profits in Jasper and Beaufort counties and beyond. Membership is open to all women of the Lowcountry.

For more information, email Nancy Smith at or Stephanie Meola at

  • An inspiration concert by Ivan Parker, formerly with the Gaither Homecoming Family, and his son Josh Parker, will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Red Dam Baptist Church, 488 Red Dam Road in Hardeeville.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ted Bostik at 843-304-6758.

  • The Bluffton Speech Achievers Toastmasters Club will present the club speech contest Sept. 20 at the Bluffton Fire Station, 357 Fording Island Rd. (Hwy. 278), next to St. Gregory the Great.

The contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Courtney Peeples at 843-290-7768.

  • The Kiwanis Clubs of Hilton Head Island will host its 34th Annual Chili Cook-off from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

The rain or shine, all-you-can-eat chili event will focus on local chili cooks in the professional and amateur category, with separate awards for competitors in the nonprofit group.

In addition, local band B Town Playaz will be providing entertainment. Also, there will be a Kids' Zone with children's games and activities, including face painting so families can enjoy the festivities.

The Club expects 20 to 25 restaurants and amateurs alike, including last year's winners One Hot Mama's, San Miguel's, The Sonesta, and The Cypress of Hilton Head in the professional category. Amateur winners included Your Mom's Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club, Colorado Chili Peppers, Hilton Head PSD and Second Helpings.

Advance tickets, $15, will be available at several island locations including Coastal Discovery Museum, Burke's Pharmacy and Reilley's South; in Bluffton at Honey Baked Ham and Bluffton Pharmacy; and any Kiwanis member.

Each ticket entitles the holder to as many samples of chili as they want. Tickets on the day of the event will be $20.

For more information, contact Richard Chalk at or Bill Haley at, or visit

  • 100+ Women Who Care Greater Bluffton will hold its quarterly meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Lakeview Room, 200 Hampton Lake Crossing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and social time.

All women are welcome to attend and learn about this group that uses the power of collective giving to make a difference in the Bluffton community.

The concept provides a quick and effective way to make a significant contribution to a local charity chosen by members that evening. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information, call Carolyn Day at 843-816-0967, email, or visit

  • The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host its annual oyster roast along the Beaufort River Oct. 13 at the Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road.

This year's Oyster Ghost Roast is fall-themed and kicks off at 6 p.m. with all-you-can-eat oysters, chili, hot dogs, caramel apples and more. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

New this year, the event will feature a live DJ, karaoke, expanded children's activities and a costume contest. A cornhole tournament will also be held, beginning at 7 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Student Veterans of America TCL Chapter and TCL's Student Government Association.

Tickets for the two events are $50 each until Oct. 1, $55 after Oct. 1, and $60 at the gate. Separate tickets are available. For more information, call 843-525-8264 or visit

  • America's Boating Club of Hilton Head (formerly known as Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron) will host the America's Boating Course from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 at the Hilton Head Boathouse showroom, 1498 Fording Island Road in Bluffton.

This course covers the basic fundamentals of safe boating and qualifies participants for the SCDNR Boating Education Certificate. Topics include what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, how to recognize and handle hazards, and other topics. This is a "must" class for new boaters.

Both courses are taught by certified United States Power Squadron instructors.

To register, contact Peter Dion at or 631-456-9134.

  • The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held Oct. 27 at the Bluffton Old Town Promenade. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with opening ceremony at 10:45 a.m. and the walk at 11 a.m.

Held annually in more than 600 communities, the Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

The walk is open to all, especially caregivers, those who have lost loved ones to the disease, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, civic organizations and anyone wanting to join the movement to end Alzheimer's.

Registration is free for the family-friendly walk, but all walkers are encouraged to donate or raise money. Anyone who raises $100 or more will receive a Walk T-shirt.

Find the local walk and register at

  • Tickets are now on sale for the annual Auldbrass Plantation Tour in Yemassee, to be held Nov. 9-11.

Frank Lloyd Wright's only home in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Auldbrass, is now on tour every year. The privately owned home was previously only open for public tours every two years, but that's changed.

The Beaufort County Open Land Trust has teamed up with local event planner Ashley Rhodes to host the Auldbrass Plantation Tours annually.

Tours will be held each of the three days from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person and are being sold through under "Auldbrass Tours 2018."

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Beaufort County Open Land Trust.