• The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a free group that supports plant-based eating, will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.
Chef Thomas Carrig will be the guest speaker. He will discuss exactly what grains are and why we should be eating them every day. In addition to the three most widely known grains - wheat, rice and corn - he will delve into the lesser known grains and discuss how they can be crafted into delicious and highly nutritious meals.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Chef Carrig will also teach a cooking class, "All About Grains," from 1 to 4 p.m. March 7 at the same location. The cost is $45 per person prepaid.
Participants in this hands-on class will prepare some recipes that bring grains to the forefront and demonstrate that they are not restricted to being served plain as a little pile on the side. Each recipe will also highlight a different grain. Dishes include Moroccan Carrot Sorghum Soup, Savory Millet Bean Cakes, Farro & Parsley Salad, and Barley Chili. Dessert will include Amaranth Pudding and Teff Pistachio Biscuits.
For more information, visit PalmettoPlantEaters.com. To register for the cooking class, visit CarlaGoldenWellness.com/Grains Class2020.
• The Heritage Library will host two ancestry classes this month at the USCB Hilton Head Campus, One Sand Shark Drive, off Pope Avenue.
"Understanding the Census" will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 4. The class looks at changes in the U.S. Census throughout history, and explores what information is missing and why. Discussion will include how census information can best be used in family searches.
"Genealogy Research: Where to Start for Free" will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 11. Discussion will include online resources such as Google, Find-A-Grave, state archives and other free services. The class is open to all levels of expertise.
Classes are held in Room 214. Cost for each class is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Register at HeritageLib.org.
• Dr. Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. March 6 meeting of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head (WACHH).
She will discuss the shift in dynamics of Japan from its strictly defensive posture following WWII to its recent offensive posturing.
Dr. Smith joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.
The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island. Non-members are welcome. For fees, reservations or information, call 843-384-6758 or visit wachh.org.
• Memory Matters will host its First Friday for Caregivers from 2 to 3 pm. March 6 at its headquarters, 117 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.
Cynthia Groff, owner of Sativa Health Products, will host a discussion on "Understanding CBD." Groff is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience in the health care field. She has studied CBD intensively for the past four years, attending classes and conferences.
The event is free and open to non-paid caregivers caring for a loved one; reservations are required. For more information and to reserve a space, call 843-842-6688.
• Hospice Care of the Lowcountry will host a Survivors of Suicide Support Group beginning at 6 p.m. March 9 at its office, 7 Plantation Park Drive, Unit 4 in Bluffton.
The group is open to family and friends of those whose lives were lost to suicide.
The group will be facilitated by Barbara Scobey, LMSW, bereavement counselor, and Charlie Tyler, M.Div., spiritual care coordinator for HCL, with guest supporter Lynne Hummell.
There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 843-706-2296.
• The Hilton Head Area Council of Estate and Financial Advisors will host South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis at its 3 p.m. meeting March 10 at the Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive.
The meeting is open to the public. Those interested may reserve a seat by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by voicemail to Sharyn at 843-842-9643. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.
• America's Boating Club of Hilton Head will offer the America's Boating Course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at the Skull Creek Boathouse Showroom, 397 Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head Island.
The class is appropriate for anyone new to boating, those who have never taken a boating course, or those who simply need a refresher course about boating and safety. Participants will learn the basics of recreational boating.
Upon completion of the course participants will receive the South Carolina Boating Educational Certificate from the DNR.
Cost is $75 per person and includes book, navigation tools and lunch. For more information contact Tom Ryley, education officer, at email@example.com or call 214-668-4639.
• The GFWC Women's League of the Lowcountry will host a Forget Me Not Fashion Show and Luncheon March 23 at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.
A vendor showcase, with cash bar, will open at 11 a.m. Luncheon is served at 12:15 p.m., followed by the fashion show by Aiden Lane and Pink Pineapple. A 50/50 raffle will be held as well.
Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds will benefit Memory Matters, a local nonprofit that provides memory care and brain wellness.
For more information, email co-chairs Mary O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or Margret Stephens at email@example.com.
• The Sandalwood Community Food Pantry 5K and 10K run-walk Kickoff to Spring event will be held March 28 at Mitchelville Freedom Park, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Registration is open at RunSignUp.com
This year, a new "pup run" will be open for participants who bring their dogs.
Proceeds from the Run for Hunger fund will again go directly to the Sandalwood building campaign to help make possible the Food Pantry's continued support of families in need for many years to come.
Registrations fee for 5K is $25, or $20 for students; fee for the 10K is $35, or $25 for students.
For more information, visit sandalwoodrunforhunger.com, call 843-715-3583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Congregation Beth Yam will hold a Passover Community Seder at 5 p.m. April 9, conducted by Rabbi Brad Bloom.
Traditional holiday food will be served. Non-members are invited to attend, and the deadline for reservations is April 1. Cost for non-members ages 14 and older is $75; children ages 6 to 13 is $18; and all children under 6 are free.
Congregation Beth Yam is located at 4501 Meeting St. on Hilton Head Island. For reservation information, call 843-689-2178 or visit bethyam.org.
• Registration is open for a free Real Estate Workshop Series to be held April 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Palmera Inn & Suites, 12 Park Lane on Hilton Head Island.
A Downsizing Workshop will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a break and light dinner. The Home Buying Workshop will begin at 6 p.m.
Attendees may attend one or both workshops. For more information and to register, visit CollinsGroupRealty.com/workshop.