The week ahead for the Myrtle Beach area

October 14, 2012 

THE WEEK AHEAD

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Presidential debate

The second of three presidential debates is from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. This will be a town meeting format debate with topics to include foreign and domestic policy. The candidates will debate from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Mini marathon

The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon weekend of events begins on Friday. Organizers expect 4,000 runners to participate in races that will include a 13.1 mile mini marathon, which takes place on Sunday. Other events through the weekend include a two-day health and fitness expo, a coastal 5K race, an 80-meter high heel run and one-mile doggie dash. For registration and more, visit www.runmyrtlebeach.com.

District 7 candidates to debate twice

Your first of two chances to check out the candidates for the area’s new U.S. Congressional district comes this week.

Tom Rice, R, and Gloria Tinubu, D, will debate for 60 minutes Wednesday at the Myrtle Beach High School auditorium, 3302 Robert Grissom Parkway, at the free event co-sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Strand Business Alliance, WMBF and WPDE.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. with appearances by national political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville. The debate begins at 8 p.m.

Can’t make it in person? The debate will be televised live on WPDE and WMBF.

Your next chance comes Oct. 23 when the two face off again in a debate at Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium on Oct. 23. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis at the auditorium. It too will be televised live on WBTW. This debate is co-sponsored by The Sun News, WBTW and CCU.

Wine Fest at Market Common

The Market Common will host the second annual Myrtle Beach Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free but you must pay $5 to obtain a wine sampling glass. Wine samples are pay as you go and range from $1 to $6.

The festival will feature more than 100 wines from across the world, more than 20 specialty vendors, food and live music.

And for those who aren’t wine lovers, beer will also be available.

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