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FRIDAY-SATURDAY | 04.05-04.06

Elvis tribute contest, festival

Legends in Concert in Myrtle Beach will go all-Elvis for one night for the sixth annual Myrtle Beach Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Preliminary Contest, 7-10 p.m. Saturday. The winner, who receives a $1,000 prize, will gain a berth in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest finals in Memphis, Tenn., in August during “Elvis Week.”

Lou Krieger, who spent many years on Myrtle Beach radio, will be master of ceremonies. The judges are Janice Duffy from Hard Rock Cafe; Ed Piotrowski, chief meteorologist at WPDE-TV 15; and Paul Eve, the current Johnny Cash tribute artist at this Legends theater, which is at U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North, next to Planet Hollywood.

Tickets cost the same for the regular Legends in Concert shows: $39.95 or $44.95 ages 17 and older, and $14.95 or $19.95 ages 3-16; booth $50.95 and $24.95, respectively per age group; and VIP $47.95 for all.

Also, an inaugural Elvis Fest, leading up to the contest, includes various free events at Broadway at the Beach, starting at 8 p.m. April 5 with a free outdoor showing of the Elvis movie “Viva Las Vegas,” co-starring Ann-Margret, in Broadway Commons, in front of the guest services center.

On April 6, in Broadway’s center court, catch the “Jailhouse Rope Jump Rock Contest” at noon, “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear Musical Chairs Contest” 12:30 p.m., “Love Me Tender Doggie Costume Contest” (register for $5 with a form at 1 p.m., “Blue Hawaii Hula Hoop Contest” 1:30 p.m., “Color My Way Coloring Contest” 2 p.m., and Junior Elvis Competition 3 p.m. Other activities are a “Blue Suede Shoes Scavenger Hunt,” face painting, and while supplies last, Elvis cake and cupcakes.

Regular Legends shows continue with its winter-spring lineup through May 11, also paying tribute to Adele, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner. Through April, show times are 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Details at 238-7827, 800-960-7469 or; more festival information at

SATURDAY | 04.06

‘Park Palooza’

Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business, just south of the city, celebrates its sixth annual “Park Palooza” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6.

The menu of activities is vast, as usual, including a Grand Strand Shell Club display, and these programs, by hour:

• 10 a.m. | “Outdoor Cooking For Dummies!” for $1, “Spineless Wonders,” “Garbage Monster” and “Cast Away!”
• 11 a.m. | “Juggling 101,” “Feeding Backyard Birds,” “Plant a Tree” and “Snakes and Lizards,”
• Noon | “Going Batty!” “Finding Your Way – Introductory Orienteering,” “Family Camping Made Easy,” with Bass Pro Shops, and “Dazzling Dragonflies!”
• 1 p.m. | “Family Camping Made Easy,” “Make your own Colorful Cordage Bracelet” and “Plant Your Own Seed” (both while supplies last), “May the Forest be with You!” and “Owlology.”
• 2 p.m. | “Campfires Made Easy,” “Tale of the Whale,” “Orvis Fly Fishing!” and “Hermie Hermit Crab,” for ages 4-7.

Most activities are free with park admission: $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. The park’s open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Details at 238-0874 (nature center), 238-5325 (park office) or


SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 04.06-04.07

Special events and causes

• Big yard sales on April 6: 8 a.m.-noon by American Legion Post 41, 2556 Main St., Loris, with the Legion Riders motorcycle club and Horry County Veterans Affairs office personnel on hand (756-7879); and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for benefit Bikini Beach Cat Rescue, at SBB 4 Corners, on U.S. 17 Bypass and Tournament Boulevard in Murrells Inlet, across from Inlet Square. (450-3724 or 655-7881).
• Spring Plowing and Planting Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6 at Horry County Museum’s L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, off U.S. 701, north of Conway, with such activities as tobacco setting, plowing with a mule, cooking on a wood stove, making lye soap, blacksmithing, and grinding grits. 365-3596 or
• “Kids Day in the Park,” for kindergartners through third-graders, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 in Franklin Square Park, at Howe and West streets in Southport., N.C., including spin art, jewelry making and bumper-sticker making. 910-457-5450 or
• The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach’s 13th annual “Doggie Bone Hunt” benefit, for dogs, at 1 p.m. April 6 in the city’s McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, south of Main Street, between First and Second avenues South. Register a dog for $10 at noon that day, or in advance at the shelter, 409 Bay St., North Myrtle Beach. Other festivities include contests for Pet-Owner-Look-A-Like, Best Trick, Longest Stay and Best Kisser. Details at 249-4948 or
• Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3’s second “Salute to Women of the Military, Past and Present,” 1 p.m. April 6 at Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. 579-3668.
• Seventh annual Shag Festival benefit by the Rotary Club of Georgetown, for Alzheimer’s research and other community service projects, 7-11 p.m. April 6 on 100 block of King Street in downtown Georgetown, with lesson at 6 p.m. and music by the Sensational Epics. $20 advance or $25 at gate.
• All 4 Paws Animal Rescue Shelter in Pawleys Island will have various events, noon-4 p.m. April 7 at the shelter, 67 Waverly Road, off U.S. 17, just south of the Hammock Shops: live music by local musicians, a free hot-dog lunch, a fundraising sale, and an adoption fair with dogs and puppies. 506-2688.
• Lost At Sea Memorial annual name-adding ceremony, 2 p.m. April 7 in Morse Park, on U.S. 17 Business, on south end of Murrells Inlet, by the Hot Fish Club. 458-7671 or

SUNDAY | 04.07

Troupe performs ‘Trio’

The Murrells Inlet Community Theatre’s Second Stage repertory troupe will perform a free, staged reading of David Zinman’s “Trio” on April 7. These one-act plays, at 2:30 p.m. at Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, comprise:

• “Love Insurance,” about a woman selling a new policy designed to protect those who have had an unfortunate encounter with Cupid.
• “Pigtails in the Outfield,” about a macho Little League coach who gets a girl on his team.
• “Bedtime Story,” about an old man trying to bond with his grandchildren who are bored by his story reading.

Mike Bivona, Linda Cookingham, Vonna Gengo, Phillip ’”Smokey” Jakey and Ronnie Murphy make up the cast.

Free. Reach Zinman, an author specializing in classic movies and a retired newspaper reporter, at 248-4169, and the theater at 651-4152 or

Also, check out three exhibits at the museum, which is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, with free admission: the 12th annual Horry/Georgetown High Schools Juried Fine Art Exhibition, through April 21, and “Mullen: 2009-2012” and “Room with a View: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” both through April 25. Details at 238-2510 or

TUESDAY | 04.09

‘F.L.A.V.O.R’ full of food

More than 20 participants will serve samples at the third annual “F.L.A.V.O.R” (Fresh. Local. Appetizing. Valuable. Original. Restaurants.)

The event, 5-8 p.m. April 9 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North, supports culinary students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College as they vie for scholarship funds during a restaurant judging contest.

Admission is free, and every sample costs one to three tickets. A beer and wine garden also will be set up.

Details at 855-0527 or

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