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SATURDAY | 08.03

Broken Spoke Drag Race and Bike Swap Meet

Mountain bicycling fans have a convention of sorts this weekend. The Waccamaw Trail Blazers will have The Broken Spoke Drag Race and Bike Swap Meet 6-9 p.m. Aug. 3 at Beach Bikes, 711 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach. The public is encouraged to crack out bicycle paraphernalia and trade or sell with other cyclists. Entertainment will include bike drag races. Admission is free. Details at

FRIDAY, MONDAY | 08.02, 08.05

EASY ESCAPES: ‘Disney Junior,’ ‘Idol’ tours

Two tours will make their closest stops to Myrtle Beach in the next few days, and get tickets for them at 800-745-3000 and

• “Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure,” with a pre-show by Doc McStuffins, at 4 and 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Florence Civic Center, 3300 West Radio Drive, at Interstates 95 and 20. Tickets are $20, $25, $35 or $45. To reach the site, take U.S. 76 west through Florence, and veer right on David H. McLeod Boulevard, the I-20 spur, and turn left at the third or fifth traffic light. More details at 679-4525 or

• “American Idol Live 2013 Tour,” with winner Candice Glover, a St. Helena Island native, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive, between International Boulevard and Montague Avenue, off Interstate 526, one exit west of I-26. The concert also includes finalists Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Aubrey Cleland, Curtis Finch Jr., Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Paul Jolley, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor and Devin Velez. Tickets are $33.50-$66. More details at 529-5000 or

SATURDAY | 08.03

Tracing Myrtle Beach history

Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Library begins a new month in “Remembering Myrtle Beach: A Local History Series,” with guest speakers at 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays monthly.

On Aug. 3, Buddy Benton will recount his father Casper (Buddy) Benton, who worked for the first local power company, before Santee Cooper, and founded Benton Electric, a family business.

The topic will turn to “Terminal Barber Shop & Terminal Cab: a Story of Two Brothers” on Aug. 17. Luke West will reminisce about owning the Terminal Barber Shop, and about his brother, Wadus, who owned Terminal Cab Co., both on Eighth Avenue North, beside the bus terminal.

Admission is free. The library’s at 400 14th Ave. N., at Kings Highway. Details at 918-1282 or, or email

MONDAY | 08.05

‘Paint Millbrook’ exhibit

The Cultural Council of Georgetown County will honor all nine participants in its “Paint Millbrook” art competition with an exhibit Aug. 5-Sept. 5.

Mike Bowers, Nancy Bracken, Lanie Cameron, Johnnie Cowan, Patsy Givens, Annette Goings, Bart Healy, Brenda Lawson and Mary Morris each painted a scene of Millbrook Plantation. See the works in the Georgetown County Library Heritage Center, 405 Cleland St., Georgetown, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays.

Also, the council and its guild will have “Chocolate Sunday,” the group’s primary annual fundraiser, Sept. 15 at Millbrook, which is owned by Linda and Dan on North Santee River Road, south of Georgetown. The home was built in 1833 as “Annandale” by Andrew Johnstone, who later sold it to George Trenholm, treasurer of the Confederacy.

Details at 520-0744 or


Hot Summer Nights continue

The Oceanfront Merchants Association keeps the summer fun going through August at Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park and on Myrtle Beach boardwalk with “Hot Summer Nights.” The fun and events vary each night:

• Mondays – Kids’ Carnival, 7-10 p.m. at Plyler Park, with Blue Tie Guys comedy juggling shows, living statues and stilt walkers

• Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, concerts 8-11 p.m. in park.

• Wednesdays (and Aug. 31) – Fireworks over the ocean, 10-10:15 p.m. from Second Avenue (North) Pier, concert 8-11 p.m. on Ninth Avenue stage and Elvis tribute artist in park, 8-10 p.m.

• Fridays – Dixieland Band 6-9 p.m. on boardwalk, and Elvis tribute, 8-10 p.m. in Plyler Park.

• Sundays – Elvis tribute artist concert, 8-10 p.m. in park

Free. Visit

Also, Barefoot Landing on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach celebrates summer in its own way through August with “Summerfest,” which includes fireworks 10:15 p.m. Mondays, and a strolling boardwalk parade at 7 p.m. Wednesdays with a marching band, mascots and live animals; and boardwalk entertainers including stilt walkers, clowns, magicians, Kids’ Karaoke, Nigel and Allie’s Travelling Dance Party, and Nick Pike from “America’s Got Talent” nightly. Call 272-8349 or visit

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