• Chuck Swenson will be the featured speaker during the Athletic Club of the Lowcountry meeting Jan. 9 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway.

An informal reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by Swenson’s presentation at 7 p.m.

Swenson, former men’s collegiate basketball head coach at William & Mary, worked with teams at three Big Ten schools – Indiana, Michigan, and Penn State, along with stints at Duke and West Point. He was on Bob Knight’s coaching staff during the 1976 undefeated season at Indiana, when the team won the NCAA tournament.

Contact Judy Barry at golfmates202@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

• The next monthly meeting of Liberal Men of the Lowcountry will begin at noon Jan. 11 at the Country Club of Hilton Head. 

Guest speaker is Grant McClure from the Coastal Conservation League, who will talk about the protecting the natural resources of the South Carolina coastal plain.  

Cost for the luncheon is $27. Non-members who are considering joining the organization are welcome to come, but they must email bew_50@hotmail.com in advance.


Palmetto Quilt Guild will host an open meeting starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road on Hilton Head Island. A social hour begins at noon. The meeting is open to anyone interested in the art of quilting.

Featured speaker is Sandy Fitzpatrick, who will demonstrate how to use machine stitching to create dimension with amped -up appliqué, decorative stitches, and thread painting. She is head of Hissyfitz Designs and is an appliqué quilt pattern designer. Her fusible appliqué patterns are full of whimsy.

Guests are welcome at a cost of $5 or become a member for $35 a year.

The next day, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Fusible Appliqué with Decorative Stitching Workshop will be held at Palmetto Electric Community Room, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. Participants will learn Fitzpatrick’s techniques for fusible appliqué in the morning and focus on machine stitching enhancements in the afternoon to create a wall-hanging.

This class is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced appliqué artists and machine quilters.

Non-member cost is $48, and member cost is $40. A kit fee of $12 is due day of class. There is still time to register but seats are are limited. For more information and to register, email palmettoquiltguild@gmail.com.

  World Affairs Council of Hilton Head will present Ambassador Lawrence (Larry) Butler, former deputy secretary of state and NSC director for Europe, who will speak on “The Balkans: The Next Battle Ground?” Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.      

Butler will address the many issues that affect the Balkans and their path to EU membership and peace. He devoted four decades as an American and international diplomat to deterrence, crisis management, conflict prevention, and promotion of human rights and democracy. He currently helps train U.S. Army units preparing to serve in Europe, the Middle East and Korea.

Guests are welcome for a $20 fee. For more information, call 843-384-6758 or visit wachh.org/event-4791306.   

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization that takes no political positions. Its mission is to educate, engage and inspire the community about world affairs.

Lowcountry GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) provides help, compassion, understanding and grief support for those who have lost a child, spouse, parent, sibling or a loved one to drug or alcohol abuse. The meetings are free, non-denominational, and open to anyone who has experienced this loss. 

The next meetings will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 21 and Feb. 18 at the Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is suggested prior to first meeting.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Steven at 843-384-0938 or sweber7151@gmail.com, or visit the GRASP website grasphelp.com.

James River Greyhounds’ local representatives will be featuring retired race greyhound adoptions at local PetSmart stores on the following dates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Hilton Head Island, first Saturday of the month; Bluffton, second Saturday of the month and Hardeeville, third Saturday of the month.

Anyone may come meet these sweet gentle dogs and learn about their transition to pets after their racing years end.  

For more information, call Chris Schlentner at 847-321-1771 or Karen Shea at 804-356-4102.

• The Bluffton Branch Library will host two special programs this month.

A free series of South Carolina Law Talks will begin Jan. 24, held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The first topic is “Starting a Business,” suitable for anyone starting a business, or business owners who have legal questions. Registration is required by calling 843-255-6503.

On Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., author Suzanna Eibuszyc will discuss her book, “Memory is Our Home,” and travel back in time to Poland during WWI through WWII. She will talk about Soviet Russia, the Ukraine Famine, and of how members of her family survived Stalin’s Russia, Uzbekistan, and a forced labor camp.

This is a two-part presentation, with a short break between Part 1 and Part 2. Registration is not required. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. 

The Bluffton Library is located at 120 Palmetto Way, in Bluffton Village. To learn more about these and other events visit beaufortcountylibrary.org/calendar.

• Volunteers have always been the lifeblood of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO), and more people are being sought to help existing volunteers.

Opportunities include: Ushering for concerts at First Presbyterian Church, SoundWaves, or during the Hilton Head International Piano Competition; hosting an HHSO musician or HHIPC competitor in one’s home; coordinating HHSO musician hosts; helping out in the HHSO office at SoundWaves; and joining the HHSO League.

Anyone interested may call 843-842-2055 or email info@hhso.org.

• The quarterly Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd. in Bluffton.

The event will include a “Jazz It Up” feature, Speaker Tempe Brown, and a mini Jazz and Blues Concert. 

Reservations must be prepaid with a $28 check payable to CWC Bluffton mailed to Carol Mock, 607 Argent Way, Bluffton SC 29910. For information contact Mock at 843-705-7604 or Julie Ott at 602-750-5465 or Julie.ott.az@gmail.com.