• The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a free group that supports plant-based eating, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.

Felicia Spence, RD, LD will be the guest speaker. She will be discussing the epidemic of obesity and weight gain in America, the keys to successful and long-term weight loss, and the many extra benefits of maintaining a healthful weight.

For more information, visit

  • 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 (in the Plaza at Shelter Cove).

The next basketball game will be against Ohio State on Jan. 7 (time TBA), followed by Rutgers at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, and noon Jan. 13 against the University of Michigan.

Residents and visitors are welcome. A private room in the back of the restaurant has been reserved for the group. For more information, contact us at hhi

  • The Greater Bluffton Republican Club will meet Jan. 8 at Southern Barrel Brewing Company, 375 Buckwalter Place in Bluffton.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with the meeting at 5:45 p.m.

Sen. Tom Davis will be the guest speaker and will give a legislative update.

For more information, contact Paul Runko, vice president, at

  • The Athletic Club of the Lowcountry will meet Jan. 8 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton.

Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting at 7 p.m.

The speaker will be Steve Wilmot, tournament director of the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament and chief operating officer and executive director of the Heritage Classic Foundation.

Wilmot will discuss the specifics of conducting a Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournament.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Guests should call Judy Barry at 843-705-5223 to register.

  • 100+Women Who Care Greater Bluffton will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Hampton Lake Lakeview Room, 200 Hampton Lake Crossing. Doors open at 6:30 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.

It 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 and stay within the community.

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

  • The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area will hold its next general meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Public Service District #1 building, 21 Oak Park Drive on Hilton Head.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Julie Hussey, co-president of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina, will be the guest speaker on "Where the League is Today and Where We are Going in 2018."

Hussey is the immediate past president of the Charleston Area League of Women Voters, the co-president of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina, the co-chair of the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees and an ambassador for Tell Them.

For more information, contact Sandy Stern at 843-298-1036.

  • A Beginner Bird Walk, led by master naturalist Bob Speare, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 13.

Participants should meet at 8:30 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited of Hilton Head, 45 Pembroke Drive, Suite 130 in Festival Centre, then carpool to Jarvis Creek Park.

A registration fee of $5 must be paid in advance at the store. Participants will receive a $5 coupon for later use at the store.For more information, call 843-802-2010 or email HiltonHeadWBU

  • The fifth annual Reilley's Plaza Chowder Challenge will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at the plaza on Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island.

Amateurs and professionals may enter the competition. Those attending will vote for the best chowder.

The family friendly event will include a Kidz Zone, silent auction and music by The Headliners.

Admission is $5 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free of charge. Admission includes one tasting ticket. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Proceeds will benefit the Heather Trew Foundation for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation.

For more information and to register for the competition, call Chris Heyburn at 843-422-5385 or 843-363-2303, or email her at

  • On Jan. 18, the Hilton Head Island Republican Club and the Beaufort County Republican Party will host the first of many candidates running for public office in the November election.

The first candidate, Catherine Templeton, is running for governor of South Carolina.

This event will be held at noon at Aunt Chilada's, 69 Pope Ave. on Hilton Head. The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch and a soft drink.

For more information, contact Bonnie Pastore at or 843-368-5877.

  • The Palmetto Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Club, 40 Folly Field Road.

Mickey Depre, author of "Pieced Hexies," will be the guest speaker. She likes to mix traditional quilting techniques, machine appliqué and thread works.

Guests are welcome.

  • The Camera Club of Hilton Head Island will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Mathews Court on Hilton Head Island.

Guest speaker Kenny McKeithan will present "Up Close-Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Better Macro Photography." McKeithan possesses a wealth of knowledge and is an award-winning photographer whose portfolio includes, fashion, glamour, portraits and aviation images.

The meeting is free and open to guests and members. For more information, visit

  • Reservations for the Feb. 1 meeting of the Women's Association of Hilton Head luncheon at the Sonesta Resort are due by Jan. 25.

The event will begin with a Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to noon. Local artists, craftsmen, upscale stores, jewelry shops and authors will have items for sale.

The luncheon begins at noon.

Harpist and WAHHI member Lucy Scandrett will perform special music.

Liz Farrell, columnist and senior editor of the Island Packet, will be the guest speaker. Farrell has lived in the Lowcountry for 12 years, but grew up in Brookline, Mass., a town just outside Boston.

To make a reservation, sign up at by Jan. 25.

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