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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: Jan. 10; Where: Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Lady's Island; Time: Social at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.; Notes: The awards for the 2012 Year Round Fishing Tournament will be presented. In addition, representatives from DNR will unveil the 2013 oyster restoration program. DNR is asking for input from local fishermen to help create new oyster beds in the northern part of Beaufort County. No reservations are needed. Guests are welcome. Information: Call Capt. Frank Gibson at 522-2020.
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.
RUN WITH THE RAVENS 3 MILE RESOLUTION RUN: What: Second annual Run With The Ravens 3 Mile Resolution Run; When: 3:30 p.m., Jan. 20; Where: Pinckney Colony fields; Cost: $10 per runner/walker; Notes: The run/health walk raises money for St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. Strollers allowed. First 300 participants receive a SGGCS water bottle. There are refreshments, music and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to top three overall males and females. Race-day registration is available from 2:15-3:15 p.m. with a $5 late fee. Registration/Information: www.playhardinbtown.com.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K: What: 11th annual Publix Hilton Head Island Half Marathon, 10K & 5K; When: 8 a.m., Feb. 9; Where: Jarvis Creek Park; Cost: $65 per runner through Feb. 4, $75 per runner for late registration; Notes: The half marathon starts runs through two parks and crosses the Broad Creek. The 10K annd 5K each begin and end at Jarvis Creek Park. A percentage of proceeds will go to benefit three local charities including: Hilton Head Island High School Athletics, The Hilton Head Rotary Club and National Alliance on Mental Illness. Registration/Information: 843-757-8520, www.bearfootsports.com.