• The holidays are often a difficult time for family members and friends of loved ones who struggle with alcoholism and addiction.

Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics and addicts who share their experience, strength and hope to solve common problems.

Al-Anon is not affiliated with any religion and membership is free. For a local meeting schedule call 843-785-9630 or visit

• The Greater Bluffton Republican Club will meet Dec. 4 at Local Pie, 15 State of Mind St., in the upstairs room. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with the meeting at 5:45 p.m.

Sen. Tom Davis will attend and give a legislative update.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Santa Paws at Pinnacle, a holiday donation drive benefiting Palmetto Animal League (PAL), will kick off with a party from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Pinnacle Medical Group's Sheridan Park office, 7 Mallet Way in Bluffton.

The kick-off event will feature door prizes, refreshments and a visit from PAL's furry friends. Guests are encouraged to bring new blankets, towels, dog toys, food, cleaning supplies, shampoos, collars, leashes, beds and tennis balls. Pet store gift cards and cash donations are also accepted.

All donations will be given to PAL and distributed among rural shelters with limited resources. PAL is a nonprofit no-kill shelter in Okatie that houses dogs and cats in need of a good home.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required, at

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

Kerri Dodson, a wellness and nutrition coach, will be the guest speaker, discussing the scientific benefits of intermittent fasting, the different approaches and the positive effects it has on health, especially when doing it in conjunction with a plant-based diet.

Professionally, Dodson's focus is on helping those who are dealing with age-related weight gain, high cholesterol, fatigue, high A1C, dementia, and those simply looking for better overall health.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

• The 30th annual Taste of the Season, featuring samplings from favorite local restaurants, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Marriott Hilton head Resort & Spa.

The event, hosted by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, includes esteemed chefs from throughout the community, offering their signature tastes. A cash bar will be open for beverages.

A silent auction is offered for attendees to bid on such items as airline tickets, spa treatments, art and décor, hotel packages and gifts.

General admission is $65, with limited VIP tickets available for $125. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

• The Maye River Quilters will meet Dec. 7 at Palmetto Electric Cooperative Way in Hardeeville.

Block-of-the-Month members will meet at 9 a.m.

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

For more information, visit or call 843-707-6034.

Hilton Head Island Spartans, an official alumni club for Michigan State University, invites all alumni and fans to cheer the Spartans on to victory for all football and basketball games at the Hickory Tavern, 44 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island (on Hwy. 278 near Kroger). The group also meets for MSU football bowl games.

Events are open to residents and visitors who are fans and Spartan loyal friends. For weekly basketball game reminders, sign up at

• Again this year, Lord of Life Lutheran Church will offer a special Service of Comfort and Hope, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway.

This Stephen Ministry-sponsored service is for people who know that Christmas will be difficult, either because they have had a death of a loved one, a loss or broken relationship or because of painful memories of Christmases past.

The mission is that this service will encourage people to move toward hope. The quiet, simple service will offer time to reflect and remember in a calming, candlelit space.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact, Mitzi Dube at 843-705-2416 or Donna Myers at 843-705-9199.

Palmetto Dunes Cares is seeking grant applications for its 2020 grant program. Grant application forms are available at and are due by Jan. 15.

Different focus areas are emphasized through the application process each year. In 2020, the focus will be environment, health and education.

The Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund is a charitable fund created by property owners in Palmetto Dunes. Targeted areas of interest of giving include health, environment, arts and culture, community development, and education within the greater Hilton Head area. Palmetto Dunes Cares raises funds through community events, most notably the Turtle Trot 5K race series and Turtle Talks.

In 2019, Palmetto Dunes Cares distributed grants totaling $10,000 to the Coastal Discovery Museum, The Outside Foundation and Sea Turtle Patrol-Hilton Head Island.

• Hospice Care of the Lowcountry will host its 10th annual chili cook off, Merry Meals, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Village Cove, 80 Main St. on Hilton Head Island.

Tickets are $10 each and include several kinds of chili, hot cider and dessert. A cash bar will be available.

A Grab-and-Go area will be available for take-home chili portions.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Deep Well Project, specifically for holiday meals for seniors.

• Congregation Beth Yam will sponsor another Lev Simcha, or Joyful Heart, Sabbath Service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at St. Andrew By-The-Sea Methodist Church's Bluffton campus, 39 Persimmon St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Rabbi Brad Bloom will lead this fun-filled worship which will include music, singing and activities for children. Refreshments will follow.

For more information, contact Candy Solomon at the CBY office at 843-689-2178.

• A New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Jazz Corner in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island.

Music will be provided by Dave Masteller and the Jazz Corner Ensemble. Brunch will include bottomless mimosas.

The event is a benefit for Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head, a nonprofit organization that provides food for hungry children through the public schools.

Tickets are $60 per person and reservations are required at

• In order to better serve clients during the upcoming holidays, Bluffton Self Help will not accept donations of clothing through Dec. 23.

Clothing items may be donated to BHS partners in Bluffton, such as the Palmetto Animal League Thrift Store, 1 Sherington Drive, Suite B; Off Island Thrift, 4375 Bluffton Parkway; Goodwill, 509 Island West Park; as well as Goodwill of Hilton Head, 95 Mathews Drive.

For more information, visit or call 843-757-8000.

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