• Those concerned about a loved one's drinking or drug use are invited to join an Al-Anon Family Group, a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics and addicts who share their experience, strength, and hope to solve common problems.

Meetings are free and take place on Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton and in Okatie. Ala-Teen meetings are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights at Bluffton United Methodist Church. To find a local meeting, visit

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

Chef Amber Marie will be the guest speaker. She will discuss overcoming food addictions and emotional eating, which foods are most addictive and why, and how to manage related habits and challenges that interfere with health and wellness goals.

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

• Leighton Smith, First District director of the South Carolina Republican Party, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Greater Bluffton Republican Club.

The event will begin with a social time at 5 p.m. and meeting at 5:45 p.m. at Local Pie Bluffton, 15 State of Mind St. in Bluffton.

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).

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

• The St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church Bridge Builders Committee is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Patricia Felton-Montgomery at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 about Rosa Parks and how this courageous woman inspired change in America.

Felton-Montgomery is an educator focused on rigorous, standards-based and relevant instruction of students. She is an active community leader and the recipient of numerous education and service awards. Dr. Montgomery often lectures at institutions of higher education on famous black leaders and landmark events in African-American history.

The event will be held at the Bluffton Campus of St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC at 39 Persimmon St., Building 200, Suite 203. The program is free, but RSVPs are requested by calling 843-705-3918.

Special Olympics Adults and Unified Partners Bowling athletes are holding their annual fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Station 300, 25 Innovation Drive in Bluffton.

Athletes, unified partners and families are raising funds to attend the National Bowling Competition in Reno, Nev., in March.

There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cookie contest and other activities.

For more information contact Colette Rocca at 803-307-7793 or

• The Lowcountry Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America meets the second Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next meting is Feb. 11 at 1 Cooperative Way in Hardeeville. Our meeting is open to all who are interested in the needle arts, whether novice, beginner, or experienced stitchers.

For more information, email Lowcountry.EGA.Outreach

• The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club will meet Feb. 13 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.

Capt. Kevin Mears of Cast Away Charters will give a presentation on "Thieves of the Sea," featured sheepshead fish.

The meeting is open to members and guests.

For more information, contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or

• The eighth annual Race4Love will be held Feb. 15 at Cat Island in Beaufort, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration and a breakfast bar begin at 8 p.m.

The event will benefit Hopeful Horizons, which serves local survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Registration fee is $35 for the 5K run and $30 for the 3K walk.

The race began with the Tate/Coursen Memorial Walk/Run in 2012, to honor two Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies, Lance Cpl. Dana Tate and Cpl. Dyke "A.J." Coursen, who were killed in the line of service, answering a domestic violence call in 2002. Tate's widow, Marie, is still actively involved and will be on hand for the event.

Prizes will be given for winners in various categories, including best Valentine's Day themed outfit.

The event is open to all ages. For more information, visit

• The Lowcountry Christian Women's Connection will hold its next luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse in Bliuffton.

The feature will be Lila Arnold, founder of Lowcountry Raptors, and she will have live birds on display.

The speaker is Sharee Darian from Ridgeland, whose topic is "A Daddy's Girl."

Cost of the luncheon is $26, which must be prepaid by Feb. 12. Make checks payable to CWC Bluffton and mail to Carol Mock, 607 Argent Way, Bluffton, SC 29909. For more information, call Mock at 843-705-7604.

• A free screening of the movie "Diary of a Mad Cowboy" will be held Feb. 20, at 10:20 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m., at 51 Katie Miller Drive, off Gumtree Road on Hilton Head Island.

The film features Howard Lyman, a former cattle rancher who became an advocate for the whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

A plant-based meal will follow each screening. Space is limited, and reservations should be made by Feb. 17 to or 843-681-3575.

GFWC Woman's League of the Lowcountry will meet at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Fellowship Hall of Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Rd. in Bluffton.

The discussion will center on the club's involvement with Charleston's Doors to Freedom, which provides a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life.

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 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 843-705-3078 or

• The Camera Club of Hilton Head will met at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road on Hilton Head.

Stephen Dey will discuss "How do you photograph the Harbour Town Lighthouse 12 years in a row and make the pictures different in the 13th year?" Here's a hint: "Think like a child."

Dey faces that challenge each spring as an official photographer of the RBC Heritage tournament.

For more information contact Frank Barnako at

• Hilton Head Island's first Diversity Weekend is seeking choir members and soloists for two Lowcountry-style gospel, blues and standards concerts to be held April 24 and 26.

Singers from all churches and denominations are invited to participate in this non-religious event. It's all about diversity and unity in the community.

For more information, call or text Scott Gibbs at 843-812-6111 or Terry Herron at 843-271-9919.

Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron, aka America's Boating Club of Beaufort, a local nonprofit organization with a focus on boating safety and education, is offering free vessel safety checks to community boaters.

Contact Charlie Weaver at 843-836-1500 (leave a message) to schedule an inspection or email