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HOOP SHOOT CONTEST: What: Bluffton Elks Lodge annual national free-throw shooting contest; Who: Children ages 8-13; When: Noon, Jan. 13; Where: Bluffton Boys and Girls Club; Notes: Three age divisions for boys and girls. Awards for division winners and runners-up. Winners advance to district competition in Charleston. Contestants must have valid birth certificate. Registration: Through local schools; Information: Call contest director Bob Peterson at 422-7096 or 681-3518, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEAUFORT SPORTFISHING AND DIVING CLUB MEETING: When: Dec. 13; Where: Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Lady's Island; Time: Social at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.; Notes: Al Stokes, general manager of the Waddell Mariculture Center, will be the guest speaker. He will give a presentation on the history of the Waddell Center and its future plans. No reservations are needed. Guests are welcome. Information: Call Capt. Frank Gibson at 522-2020.
HOSPITAL AUXILIARY INVITATIONAL: What: 26th annual Hospital Auxiliary Invitational presented by the Corkern Group; When: Dec. 10-11; Where: Harbour Town Golf Links and Wexford Golf Club, Hilton Head Island; Cost: $250 per player; Notes: Cost includes prizes, food and beverage each day and an awards ceremony. Net proceeds benefit the Auxiliary at Hilton Head Hospital and will be used to provide medical and nursing scholarships, and prescription medicine for those in need. Information: Call Lew Wessel at 301-2803 or the Hospital Auxiliary at 689-8246.
SPORTS ACADEMY GYMNASTICS AND DANCE: What: Fall registration for gymnastics and dance; Who: Ages 1 and up; When: Fall classes started Aug. 20; Where: Sports Academy Gymnastics and Dance, 20 Maxine Lane, Beaufort; Notes: Gymnastics and dance classes for children of all ages, as well as an after-school program. Information: Go to www.eteamz.com/sagym.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLASSES: What: McElroy's Martial Arts Academy karate classes; Who: Ages 5-14; When: Wednesdays, 6-6:45 p.m.; Where: Island Rec Center, 20 Wilborn Rd., Hilton Head Island; Registration Deadline: Sept. 5; Registration/Information: Call McElroy's Martial Arts Academy at 816-0153 or email email@example.com.
BEAUFORT COUNTY PALS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM: What: Registration for Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services After-School Program; Who: Kindergarten through fifth grade; Where: Burton Wells Recreation Center in Beaufort and Buckwalter Recreation Center in Bluffton; Cost: $75 per month, extra fees will apply for full days of after-school care when school is not in session. Notes: The program is from 3-6 p.m. on school days, and includes homework assistance, arts & crafts, snacks and recreation. Applications can be found at www.bcgov.net/PALS, click "After School"; Information: Call 255-6680 in Beaufort or 255-6710 in Bluffton.
JINGLE JINGLE RUN: What: 21st annual Hilton Head Hospital Jingle Jingle 5K Run and Health Walk; When: 9 a.m., Dec. 22; Where: Hilton Head Regional Medical Center Campus and Main Street; Notes: All standard male and female divisions. First 400 participants receive an event T-shirt, jingle bells and a candy cane. Participants who run in an elf or santa costume will receive a $5 Bear Foot Sports discount coupon. Award ceremony featuring refreshments and door prizes after the race. Holiday prizes to the top three overall male and female finishers. Participants are asked to bring gift cards or phone cards for donations to benefit CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse). People who donate gift or phone cards will qualify to win a holiday gift package valued at over $150. Registration/Information: Go to bearfootsports.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 757-8520.
NEW YEAR'S DAY POLAR BEAR 5K: What: Sixth annual Bluffton New Year's Day Polar Bear 5K; When: 10 a.m., Jan. 1; Where: Event starts at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton; Notes: New course this year. Award ceremony and post-race party with Hoppin' John, pizza, music and more. Race benefits the Palmetto Animal League and the Bluffton Fins swim team. Registration/Information: Go to bearfootsports.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 757-8520.
BEAUFORT WINTER CHALLENGER: What: 3rd annual USTA-sanctioned Level 4 junior tournament; Where: Beaufort High School; When: Dec. 7-9; Who: Boys and girls, 12-and-under through 18-and-under; Cost: $41.49 per player; Registration deadline: Noon, Dec. 5; Notes: Players must be USTA members. Tournament is intended to act as a feeder system into regular South Carolina junior tournaments. Registration: Go to www.southcarolina.usta.com. Tournament ID number is 700011012. Information: E-mail Beaufort High School tennis coach David Riedmayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.