Best Bets for the Myrtle Beach area, Dec. 6-12

December 5, 2013 

Dawnn Lewis, a longtime TV and movie actress, will be the special guest at the Pee Dee Area United Negro College Fund Gala, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Florence Civic Center.


FRIDAY | 12.06

United Negro College Fund Gala

The Pee Dee Area United Negro College Fund, whose area includes Horry County, will have its 21st UNCF Gala, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Florence Civic Center.

Dawnn Lewis, the special guest, is an actress best known for her roles on the hit TV shows “A Different World,” “Hangin With Mr. Cooper” and “Any Day Now,” as well as many films such “Dreamgirls,” “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” and “The Preacher’s Kid,” and lending her voice to several characters in “Monsters University.”

Admission is $100. All UNCF funds raised in South Carolina stay within the state. Scholarships support more than 8,000 S.C. students to attend Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College and Voorhees College. The Pee Dee Area fundraising goal for 2013-2014 is $125,000. Details from the two people co-chairing UNCF efforts in Horry County: Sam Frink (450-0605 or email and Tiffany Andrews (236-8214, 385-1523 or email

SATURDAY | 12.07

‘Art from the Heart’ benefit

An “Art from the Heart” benefit, with more than 30 paintings for sale by artists from Brightwater Senior Living’s Magnolias Memory Care, is 2-5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Art & Soul, An Artisan Gallery Inc., 5001 N. Kings Highway, Suite 105, Myrtle Beach, in Rainbow Harbor plaza. Besides a silent auction and meet and greet with artists, wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. All proceeds will benefit the the Alzheimer’s Association (800-272-3900 or For a catalog of works for sale and reservations, call 903-8953. Reach the gallery at 839-2727 or

FRIDAY-SATURDAY | 12.06-12.07

Trio of special concerts at CCU

Coastal Carolina University will score a hat trick of special concerts this weekend, all in Wheelwright Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway:

• Annual Coastal Honor Band and Scholarship Festival Faculty Recital, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Free with ticket, from box office.

• Spectrum 2 Concert, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6, for $15 general; $10 CCU/Horry-Georgetown Technical College faculty, staff, alumni, OLLI members, seniors and teens; and $5 CCU/HGTC students and children.

• Annual Coastal Honor Band and Scholarship Festival concert, by students in grades 8-12, 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Free with ticket.

Details at 349-2787 or

SATURDAY | 12.07

‘Post’ Mark visits Barnes & Noble

See “Post” Mark Perry, known as The North Pole Postman, read aloud his debut book, “ ‘Post” Mark – Santa’s Misfit Postman,” sign copies, and collect letters for relay to Kris Kringle himself.

This event, part of an “Elf from the Shelf” story time, is at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3346 Reed St., Myrtle Beach, at The Market Common, with plenty of parking off Phillis Boulevard, in back of the store.

The “Postman” book, illustrated by Lia Marcoux, folows a young boy who felt left out by his peers, but later found his niche as Santa’s official mail carrier.

Also, parents who visit can arrange a letter from Santa to their child for $9.95, and $1 from each order will go the Children’s Museum of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach. (The museum’s at 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, also accessible from Oak Street, and open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Details at 946-9469 or

Also on Dec. 7, Harborwalk Books, 105 Screven St., Georgetown, across from the clock tower, will have several local children’s authors signing books 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Darlene Eichler and Illustrator Betty Wyles (“Where’s the Kitty?”), Patrica David (“Hugs Inc.: The Amazing Adventures of Hope, Understanding, Guidance and Support for Kidz with Cancer”), Goffinet McLaren (“Sullie Saves the Seas”), and Nancy Lorraine and illustrator Dorothy Herron (“Tatty, the Lonely Monarch”). Dr. Phildini, also known as Van Brady, will give a magic show at 3 p.m. Details at 546-8212.

FRIDAY, WEDNESDAY | 12.06, 12.11

Book sales at two libraries

Browsers of local library book sales, which also might include an assortment of other such items as videos, CDs, audiobooks and puzzles, have two outlets in the next week to splurge, for a home collection or for gift giving.

Visit these Horry County Memorial Library ( branches:

• “Big Blowout Book Sale, “ 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6 in Little River, 107 S.C. 57 N. – buy a library bag for $5 and fill it up for free. Details at 915-5284.

• Monthly sale, 4:30-6:15 p.m. Dec. 11 in Surfside Beach, 410 Surfside Drive – always on second Wednesday monthly – and open at 3:30 for Friends of the Surfside Beach Library members, with most items costing 25 cents-$2. 238-5869 for Friends group, library at 205-5280. Also, the Surfside library will have an open house at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7.

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