• 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 BSH 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 blufftonselfhelp.org or call 843-757-8000.
• The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a free group that supports plant-based eating, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.
Carla Golden, facilitator of the group, will be the guest speaker, discussing the benefits of a whole food, plant-based vegan diet to prevet and reverse chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders and many cancers.
The focus will be on the basics of getting started in this way of eating. Golden and other experienced practitioners will be on hand to support and encourage beginners.
The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit PalmettoPlantEaters.com.
• The 20th annual LightHouse Awards Gala, hosted by Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association along with BB&T Home Mortgage, will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Sonesta Resort and Spa, 130 Shipyard Drive on Hilton Head Island.
The LightHouse Awards were established in 1999 as an annual program specifically for members of the Home Builders Association to recognize quality craftsmanship and design excellence in homes throughout the Lowcountry.
Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at HHAHBA.com.
• 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 Land on Hilton Head Island.
November football games are Nov. 9, vs. Illinois; Nov. 16, vs. Michigan; Nov. 23, vs. Rutgers; and Nov. 30, vs. Maryland. All times are to be determined.
Basketball begins Nov. 5, vs. Kentucky.
For more information and weekly game reminders, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @SpartansHHI.
• Hampton Hall Club will honor Veterans Week by inviting all active duty, disabled and retired members of all branches of the U.S. military to play a round of golf with complimentary greens fees (cart fees apply) Nov. 11-17, after noon any day.
On Nov. 16, all veterans are invited to play, with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Again, cart fees apply.
Military ID will be required. For more information and tee times, call the pro shop at 843-815-8720.
• The Athletic Club of the Lowcountry will meet Nov. 11 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton.
A social time with refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m.
The speaker will be Gus Dean, a Bluffton native and competitor in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, who began his racing career at age 9 with a go-cart.
Members and guests are welcome to attend. Guests should call Judy Barry at 843-705-5223 to register their intention to attend the meeting.
• The annual Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale will be held Nov. 6-8 in the lobby of Hilton Head Hospital, 25 Hospital Center Drive.
Hours are 9:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6; 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7; and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 Nov. 8.
The Boutique will be held again Nov. 20-22 in the lobby of Coastal Carolina Hospital, 1000 Medical Center Drive in Hardeeville.
Hours 9:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20; 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21; and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 Nov. 22.
Proceeds from both event will benefit the Auxiliary Caring Touch Program which helps members of our community in need.
• The Lowcountry Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America meets the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palmetto Electric Cooperative community room, 1 Cooperative Way in Hardeeville. The next meeting is Nov. 12.
Note the time change for this month only.
Meetings are open to all who are interested in the needle arts, whether novice, beginner or experienced stitchers. Classes are taught by members and also national instructors. Most projects include counted cross-stitch, surface embroidery, and needlepoint.
For more information, email Lowcountry.EGA.Outreach@gmail.com.
• The League of Women Voters of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area will host a forum on Legislative Redistricting and Gerrymandering from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Matt Saltzman, associate professor at Clemson University and newly appointed director for redistricting for the League of Women Voters of South Carolina.
The purpose of the event is to discuss nonpartisan strategies, techniques and actions that can be uses to create equitable and fair voting districts in order to make everyone's vote count.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact MaryAnn Bromley at email@example.com or 843-298-2320.
• The Opera Lovers of Hilton Head will present the St.-Saens' opera "Samson et Dalila" at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive on Hilton Head Island.
The performance, on DVD, is open to the public.
Visitors may attend one session at no charge. Membership is $20 per year, or $30 per couple, and includes eight performances. Residents of the Seabrook are admitted at no charge.
Coffee and pastries will be provided. For information, call 843-671-1464.
• Sen. Tom Davis will host a non-partisan "Talk to Tom" public forum and open discussion from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fat Patties in Bluffton.
The event is free and open to the public. Appetizers and some beverages will be provided.
Those wishing to attend should register at eventbrite.com, by searching "Talk to Tom Bluffton."
• The League of Women Voters of Beaufort will host a public meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Beth Israel Synagogue, 401 Scott St. in Beaufort.
The meeting will include a presentation by Michael Kroll, S.C. Partnership Specialist of the U.S. Census Bureau. He will talk about several important points about the 2020 Census, including Census job opportunities and how to partner and become part of a powerful network of government, nonprofit, corporate and community organizations.
Every ten years, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation's founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.
For the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone, as well as by mail.
The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about becoming a 2020 Census partner, visit census.gov/partners and for the latest updates on the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.
• The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club will meet Nov. 14 at the Beaufort Yacht Club on Lady's Island off Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting at 7 p.m.
Erin Levesque, new manager of the Waddell Mariculture Center, along with several key personnel, will present the story of Waddell's past, present and future.
Guests are welcomed and do not need a reservation. For more information, contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Technical College of the Lowcountry will host its annual Oyster Ghost Roast and 5K Nov. 16 at the Beaufort Campus, 9221 Ribaut Road in Beaufort. The event was postponed from Oct. 19.
The 5K starts at 5 p.m., spanning the campus and the Spanish Moss Trail. The oyster roast begins at 6 p.m., with all-you-can-eat oysters, chili, hot dogs and dessert. Drink wristbands are available for purchase at the gate for $10.
Registration for the full event is $60 for age 18 and older, or $30 under 18. The oyster roast only is $30 for age 18 and older, $15 for ages 13-17, and free for age 12 and under.
The event will include live DJ, karaoke, corn hole, college football viewing area, and children's activities. All proceeds benefit the Student Veterans of America TCL Chamber and TCL's Student Government Association.
For more information, visit tcl.edu-oyster or call 843-525-8264.
• The Lowcountry Tennis Project for Community Health and Hunger will host a social round robin of men's and women's doubles Nov. 17 at Berkeley Hall Club, beginning at 9 a.m.
Proceeds will benefit the Greater Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine and Bluffton Self Help.
Participants are asked to bring to the event non-perishable food items to fill the pantry with items on the BSH Thanksgiving food list at blufftonselfhelp.org.
For more information and to register, find Reynecke Sports & Services on Facebook.
• GFWC Woman's League of the Lowcountry will meet at 3 p.m. Nov. 21st in the Fellowship Hall at the Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton.
A panel of victim advocate representatives from Beaufort and Jasper county law enforcement agencies will discuss the scope and the socio-economic consequences of domestic violence and human trafficking, including the challenges faced by these professionals in identifying, rescuing and caring for the victims that include both sexes and all ages.
The meeting is free and membership is open to all women of the Lowcountry.
The club is part of the international General Federation of Women's Clubs founded in 1890 and 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, contact Sharon Quinter at email@example.com.
• The American Revolution Round Table-SC meets quarterly to explore historic events and people of the American Revolution era, emphasizing the importance and influence of the South.
The next luncheon meeting is Dec. 5 at TidePointe. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon and speaker at 1 p.m.
Joann Zeise will speak about Revolutionary War Women.
Guests are welcome. For more information and reservations, contact Peggy Picket at 843-422-0091 or Lynn Vitters at 843-707-7562.
• Volunteers are needed for the 2020 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament taking place April 13-19, 2020, over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island.
RBC Heritage volunteers are annually rated among the best on the PGA TOUR.
RBC Heritage volunteers are an important part of the Heritage Classic Foundation's mission to improve the lives of the people in South Carolina. Since it was founded as a 501(c)(3) in 1987, the Foundation has donated $43 million to people in need.
For more information, call volunteer coordinator Sydney Brewton at 843-671-2448 or visit rbcheritage.com/volunteers to learn more.