The week ahead for the Myrtle Beach area

December 22, 2013 

Christmas celebrated


Christmas arrives on Wednesday and many local governments and businesses will be closed to observe the holiday. See a list of closings on page 11A.

Annual Beach Ball Classic begins Thursday

The 33rd annual Beach Ball Classic – a high school basketball tournament featuring some of the best teams and players in the nation – tips off Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The tournament officially begins with a 3:30 p.m. game Thursday and runs through New Year’s Eve. Myrtle Beach and Socastee will be representing the Grand Strand.

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Kwanzaa begins Thursday

Thursday is the first day of the annual celebration of Kwanzaa, or “First Fruits of the Harvest” – lasting for seven days, which was established to celebrate and strengthen the African-American and Pan African community, family and culture. Each day a principle of Kwanzaa is celebrated, with Thursday’s principle being umoja, or unity.

Get help enrolling in health care

The Benefit Bank of South Carolina will be hosting an Affordable Care Act enrollment forum Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for S.C. residents at the North Myrtle Beach Library.

Benefit Bank staff, who are certified application assistants and navigators, will be there to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act, and to help navigating and enrolling in the online health insurance marketplace. They will also have paper applications available.For more information, contact Kristine Henry at 803-399-9073, visit the Benefit Bank website at or call the library at 915-5281. The North Myrtle Beach Library is located at 910 First Ave. S..

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