The Hilton Head Island Republican Club will hold its official grand opening Sept. 9 of its new location, 37 New Orleans Road, Suite B in Orleans Plaza. The first weekly of its Friday Nigh Speaker Series will begin at 5 p.m. For more information call the office at 843-842-7323.

Lowcountry Indivisible will meet in-person from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Rd, Bluffton.

The program will feature two South Carolina election candidates: Lisa Ellis, candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education; and Cathy McClellan, candidate for Beaufort County Council, District 11 on Hilton Head Island.

There is no fee to join the group, which meets monthly. For more information, visit or register for the meeting at

• The Lowcountry Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Okatie Pines Retirement Community in Okatie.

The group welcomes anyone, beginner or experienced stitcher, who is interested in any type of embroidery to join the gathering for stitching, learning and fellowship.   

For more information, email

Audubon Hilton Head will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

Guest speaker is Diana Churchill of Savannah, who will present “Fall Migration: With Hints to Warbler Identification.” An author and naturalist guide, she will present an illustrated talk about migrating warblers.

For more information, contact

• Four local authors will host an Afternoon of Words and Music from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Driftwood Eatery, 5 Waterway Lane on Hilton Head Island.

The authors and their books are Tricia Mikouchi, “The Sunny Side of Crazy”; Marijanet Dooonan, “Journeys of the Mind: Stories from the Therapist’s Couch”; Barry Dickson, “Maybe Today”; and Michelle Casey, “Your Hairy Godmother.”

Admission is free. For more information, email

• The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area will host a Gender and Sexual Identity Forum at 3:30 p.m. Sept 21 in Hargray Room 156 at the USCB Bluffton Campus, 1 University Blvd.

An expert panel of speakers will address the difference between facts and misinformation, seeking to enhance the understanding of complexities of gender and sexual identity, particularly as they relate to personal and political issues.

Register by Sept. 16 at

The nonpartisan organization seeks to empower voters and does not support or oppose any candidates of any party.

Coastal Discovery Museum will host its fall native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 24 on the grounds at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

The sale will offer more than 90 native plant species to cover diverse landscaping needs, from vines to blooming bushes to butterfly-friendly landscaping.

Plants are available in one- and three-gallon pots. Payment is by cash or check only. For a list of available plants, visit

• The Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 on the lawn adjacent to the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town at Sea Pines Resort.

The family-friendly event will feature shrimp dishes prepared by 18 area chefs (while supplies last), craft beers from 14 breweries (while supplies last), specialty vendors, and live music by Groove Town Assault. A Kid Zone will include bounce house, face painting and arts and crafts.

Tickets are $75 for adults 21 and older, $50 for 21 and under, or nondrinkers of any age, and free for children 8 and under. For tickets and information, visit