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December 12, 2013 

This image showing a photo of sunshine peeking through pines in a woods is part of the Seacoast Artists Gallery in Myrtle Beach honoring photographer Sandi Blood as its artist of the month for December.

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DAILY | Through December

Light shines on Sandi Blood’s photos

The Seacoast Artists Gallery in Myrtle Beach honors photographer Sandi Blood as its artist of the month for December.

The Massachusetts native, who has lived in Murrells Inlet since 2007, focuses on textures, patterns, light and shadows, to pique a viewer’s interest or tell a story. She has won several awards in judged art shows and was chosen as a “Artist in Residence” sponsored by the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, also spending a week at Cheraw State Park.

Also, meet Blood 1-4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the gallery, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common. It’s open noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Details at 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com.

BY APPOINTMENT | Minimum six people

Birding/nature tours of Sandy Island

Tours de Sandy Island has begun four-hour ecotours on a historic isle in northeast Georgetown County.

Depart on a pontoon boat from a dock/landing at the end of Sandy Island Road, just south of Brookgreen Gardens, and cruise for a while for possible sightings of such wildlife as wading birds, raptors (eagles, ospreys, great-horned owls), waterfowl, and in season, alligators.

Upon reaching Sandy Island, board a bus or van to visit private land to walk amid sites such as piney woods that are habitat to birds including red-cockaded woodpeckers and brown-headed nuthatches, as well as oak groves and a large freshwater lake. Stops to see a bear scratch, and look for and identify numerous mammal tracks along the way, also are part of the adventure, which hits the highest elevation in Georgetown County.

Tours are $60 per person, with a six-person minimum needed per excursion. A catered, home-cooked Gullah lunch is optional, for an extra $15. Also, regular, smaller scale tours also are available for $30 ages 17 and older, otherwise $25, with at least six people needed. Details at 843-408-7187 or www.toursdesandyisland.com.

SATURDAY | 12.14

Fundraisers take foot on road, greens

Two special benefits will take foot on the morning of Dec. 14:

• Folks who lend their feet for “Misty’s Category 5K” race, coordinated by the Grand Strand Running Club ( http://grandstrandrunner.com), will help Misty “The Hurricane” White, a local runner with medical costs in her long recovery after a collision with a car. The race, also aiming for increased overall awareness for running safety, is at 9 a.m., with a party afterward.

The course covers 3.1 miles from Dirty Don’s at Barefoot Resort Marina, 2051 Bridge View Court, in the Barefoot Resort community, near North Myrtle Beach, and going through proximate neighborhoods. Register for $21.95 advance at www.mistyscategory5k.com.

• An 18-hole, golf tournament fundraiser, for Bridgewater Academy Charter School, just west of Myrtle Beach, will start at 8:30 a.m. at Heather Glen Golf Links in Little River, with contests including closest ball to hole, longest drive and top three teams. Registration fee includes golf cart and a lunch catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Details at 236-3689 or email Metzger@bridgewateracademy.org.

SATURDAY | 12.14

Wheels roll at convention center

The Palmetto State Rollergirls will have their third annual “Deck the Dolls” invitational, a benefit for Lowcountry Food Bank, based in Charleston (747-8146 or www.lowcountryfoodbank.org).

Bouts are Dec. 14 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North: for Levels 1 and 2 Juniors at 1:30 p.m., Level 3 Juniors 2:30 p.m., derby demo 3:35 p.m., “Fresh Meat” 4 p.m., Men’s 5 p.m., and Women’s Veterans Skaters 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults ($8 in advance, online), and $6 children/seniors; and $3 for parking. Details at www.palmettostaterollergirls.com or email psrg@mail.com.

SATURDAY | 12.14

Tennis clubs match up

The Myrtle Beach Tennis Club Match will showcase teaching professionals on North and South Strand teams competing, including juniors, in a benefit for Friendship Medical Clinic & Pharmacy, a free clinic based at 1396 S.C. 544, Conway.

Play is 1:30-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the hybrid tennis court, 3833 Socastee Blvd. (S.C. 707) – from U.S. 17 Bypass, one mile on left; turn between Glass Tec and The Rat Hole, and follow narrow drive leading to open field.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Bring your own chair. Details at 347-7199 or www.friendshipmedicalclinic.org.

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