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December 20, 2012 

DAILY | Through 12.31

Exhibit decks out bar

The “Deck the Halls” exhibit, with designs of skateboard decks – boards without the wheels – continues through month’s end at Coastal Coffee Bar, 748 S.C. 544, Conway, near Pine Valley subdivision.

This show concept arose nearby at Coastal Carolina University from an intermediate graphic design course project introduced by Jeff Case, assistant professor of graphic design.

See works by him and fellow faculty Armon Means, John Schiro, Easton Selby and Cat Taylor, and student artists Jazmin Cortes, Christina Cruz, Scott Cullum, Sarah Evans, Matt Fram, Nathan Rood, Nicole Scott, Dave Short, Sarah Swartz, Robert Taylor, Haocun Wang and Stephanie Williams.

Admission is free, and many of the decks are available for purchase. Regular hours are 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Details from Case at 349-6555.

FRIDAY | 12.21

Senior dances start in MB

The city of Myrtle Beach brings its senior dance series for the winter, starting Friday night.

Meet 7-10 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near Farrow Parkway and The Market Common, and the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus.

Other dates, all on second and fourth Fridays monthly, are Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22.

Each dance is $7 per person, and ticket sales start a week before each dance. Snacks will be available for purchase. Details at 918-2381 or

FRIDAY | 12.21

‘True Blues For Food’

The Grand Strand Blues Society will have its second annual Christmas party on Friday, to collect food for local homeless people.

The party opens at 9 p.m. at Pawleys Island Tavern, 10635 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17), Pawleys Island, and admission is free.

The Rev. Spider Webb Boogie Blues Revue will feature Chicago Bob Hess, Digger Tozzi, Vern Cygan, Oscar Valencia, Dollar Bill, Jerry W. Wells, and George Davis, and other special guests. Everyone is asked to being canned and nonperishable goods for relay to the needy. Details at 237-8465 or

FRIDAY | 12.21

Winyah Auditorium benefit

“The Winyah Auditorium Christmas Show,” at 7 p.m. Friday, will raise funds for the newly restored historic building at 1200 Highmarket St.

Kenny Johnson, Georgetown County coroner, will be master of ceremonies for the variety of entertainers scheduled: David Gaines, composer; Karen Donaldson, a Dolly Parton tribute artist; Bryan Bone; Robbie Taylor from Pawleys Island Community Church, Tracy Mau of Screven Baptist Church; Jennifer Schmale, a violinist.

Tickets for ages 13 and older are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and $10 for ages 12 and younger either way. Food and beverages will be free. The majority of the funds raised will help pay for a labor cost of a theater curtain made in Greenville that will be installed in 2013. Russ Bratcher, auditorium director, and Dustin Ashenfelder, technical director, also welcome any cash donations for the cause. Details at 461-1342 or

SATURDAYS | 12.22, 12.29

Local appreciation days

Two proximate parks in Myrtle Beach will take turns with a Local Appreciation Day this month, for residents of Brunswick County, N.C., and Horry, Georgetown, Florence and Williamsburg counties who show a photo ID.

• At Pavilion Nostalgia Park, at Broadway at the Beach, near Grissom Parkway and 29th Avenue North, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, an unlimited ride wristband will be $9.99 plus tax (Regular pricing for tickets is $20 for nine, and $35 for 18.) Family activities will include face painting, character appearances and a prize wheel.

Regular hours through the next two weekends are noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday-Dec. 29; noon-5 p.m. Monday; and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Details at 918.8725 or

• At NASCAR SpeedPark, at 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 29, an unlimited ride wristband will be $9.99 plus tax, (a $20 savings from the regular price). That covers five go-kart tracks, a rock climbing wall, miniature golf courses, children’s rides and on this locals day, karaoke.

Through year’s end, the SpeedPark is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Monday, and Wednesday-Dec. 30. Details at 918-8725 or

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