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Lowcountry VegFest on Hilton Head Island 21

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club will be hosting their second vegan festival (aka VegFest) on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am to 5pm at the Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island, SC. The festival is expected to attract over 800 people from all around the Lowcountry including Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, SC, and Savannah, GA. There will be ample vegan food from area restaurants, vegan beer and wine, music by two bands, speaker, vegan education and advocacy, merchandise, raffle, and entertainment for children. Nearly 60 vendors are registered to participate.
The event’s headline speaker is Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary and the music will be provided by The Nice Guys and then Cranford Hollow. Signature Ruby Roth artwork t-shirts will be for sale. The goal of Lowcountry VegFest 2017 is to teach and show how fun and easy it is to eat and live vegan in the Lowcountry and why it is beneficial to personal health, the animals, environmental conservation, and humanitarian concerns such as global hunger. This event is free, open to the public, and will take place rain or shine.
To learn more about Lowcountry VegFest 2017 including schedule, sponsors, and vendors, please visit:

Bishop Eye Center Ophthalmologist Receives Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recently announced that Scott K. Schultz, MD, Director of Glaucoma Care and Surgery for Bishop Eye Center, has received a prestigious Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Schultz for his many years of distinguished service in the programs of the AAO. He participates in the leadership development program, is on the glaucoma subcommittee, partakes in the mid-year forum for advocacy and lectures at AAO meetings.

“I am grateful for this honor that recognizes my passion and contributions to the advancement of ophthalmology,” said Dr. Schultz.

Additionally, Dr. Schultz has devoted his career to the treatment of glaucoma, which is actually a group of diseases with widely differing causes. Dr. Schultz utilizes the latest techniques and technologies in glaucoma and cataract care, including the Glaukos iStent, Alcon mini EX-PRESS, glaucoma laser treatments, and the CATALYS Precision Laser System for cataract surgery.

Bishop Eye Center is a Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC based leader in refractive cataract surgery that is internationally recognized for patient outcomes. The doctors and staff view each patient as unique and focus on their needs as they come together to achieve their personal best eyesight. Offering a wide variety of services from comprehensive eye exams to cataract surgery, Bishop Eye Center is focused on restoring their patients ability to see their world with their best personal vision.

For more information visit or call 843-689-3937.

Nurture Nature Retreat & Wild Walk Saturday, September 9th

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry is pleased to announce a Nurture Nature Retreat and Wild Walk on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry invites the public to join us in learning how we can live more deeply, more connected, more in love with nature, including human nature, and nurture ourselves through nature. The mostly indoor retreat will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry building at 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton from 10am to 1pm. The Wild Walk will take place at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge located midway on the Hilton Head Island bridge from 4pm to 6pm. The fee for the two-part event is $10.00.
The Nurture Nature Retreat and Wild Walk will be lead by Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner from White Plains, NY. Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner is an inspiring speaker, wildlife veterinarian, Unitarian Universalist minister, and trainer in Nonviolent Communication. She draws on 30 years working in Latin America with marginalized people and endangered wildlife and 20 years working in Unitarian Universalist ministry. She is also an adjunct professor at the Unitarian Universalist seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological School, where she teachers “Multispecies and Ecological Ministry, Theology, and Justice” and “Compassionate Communication.”
The Nurture Nature Retreat is suitable for ages pre-teen to adult. A $10.00 registration fee includes the retreat and walk. Proceeds benefit One Earth Conservation. Please mail check payable to ‘One Earth Conservation’ to: Nurture Nature, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 29910 or register online with credit card:


Local non-profit Arrhythmia Alliance and the Town of Bluffton have placed a further five public access defibrillators (PADs) around Bluffton. The five defibrillators were all officially placed by August 2, 2017.


Earlier this year, Arrhythmia Alliance, in partnership with the Bluffton Town Fire Department, (BTFD) launched the A-A Defibs Save Lives  –  #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign. The Defibs Save Lives campaign is a local and national education-based advocacy program that equips communities with the necessary tools to implement the chain of survival during sudden cardiac arrest.


According to Arrhythmia Alliance Founder Trudie Lobban MBE, “We are thrilled that the Town have followed through on their promise to donate five PADs to the Arrhythmia Alliance Defibs Save Lives – #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign.  Following the placement of 31 AEDs in all the Bluffton Police vehicles we then partnered with BTFD to make Bluffton Heartsafe.  It is wonderful to have the support of the Town and Mayor to support this great campaign.”
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