Best Bets for the Myrtle Beach area, Aug. 8-14

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SATURDAY | 08.09

Hop on boat to see swallow-tailed kites

Hop aboard Coastal Expeditions’ Island Cat boat for “Seeking the Swallow-Tailed Kite,” a trek to see these birds that break from their graceful soar into predatory acrobatics. The tour, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, also includes Sandy Island Preserve, with a naturalist-led walk to see wildlife of this protected island.

Meet at the visitor center of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, 21424 N. Fraser St. (U.S. 701), midway between Georgetown and Conway. This area is the northernmost, documented nesting site for the kites and has the highest concentration of the species in South Carolina.

Tickets are $35 ages 13 and older, otherwise $20.

Reservations at 843-884-7684, or email info@coastalexpeditions.com. More details at www.coastalexpeditions.com.

Also, the visitor center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Details at 527-8069 or www.fws.gov/waccamaw.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AND WEEKLY 08.08-08.10

‘Cirque Italia’ and late nights at water parks

The “Cirque Italia” water circus, on a 35,000-gallon water stage, opens Friday for three days in a white and blue tent in the parking lot on the east side of Oak Street, across from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, near 21st Avenue North. Show times are 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$50. Details at 877-628-6872 or cirqueitalia.com.

Also, two local water parks, which both open at 10 a.m. daily, stay open later into dusk, one night weekly:

• “Dive-In Movie Nights,” Wednesdays through Aug. 13 at Myrtle Waves Water Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue North Extension and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, with movies at dusk, weather permitting: “The Smurfs 2,” Aug. 6, and “Space Jam,” Aug. 13. Special general admission after 4 p.m. for $11.99 plus tax, and all-day rates also available. Also, join a back-to-school supply drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, when all guests who donate at least $5 worth of new school supplies for schools in Myrtle Beach will receive same-day park admission of $13.99 each plus tax for all heights and ages, plus the next day free, and all donors will be entered into a drawing for a pair of movie tickets to any movie at the Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common. Details at 913-9260 or www.myrtlewaves.com.
• “Live After Five,” 5-9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 22 at Wild Water & Wheels, 910 U.S. Business S., Surfside Beach, with this lineup of entertainment in the stage overlooking the wave pool: Not Yet Rated, Aug. 8; Lowcountry Soul, Aug. 15; and a wave-pool dance party, Aug. 23, with DJ Wally B from WYEZ-FM “Movin” 94.5. $9.95 admission on these nights after 5 p.m. 238-3787 or www.wild-water.com.

FRIDAYS-SATURDAYS | Through 10.04

Strand Cinema lines up slew of films

Strand Cinema, a local group that shows independent, foreign and documentary films, has begun a new stretch of screenings.

All are at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown., and each is $5 for members, otherwise $7:

• “The Debt,” from 2010, at 2:30 p.m. Friday
• “Watermark” (2013), 7 p.m. Friday
• “Chinese Puzzle” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Saturday
• “Secrets and Lies” (1996), 7 p.m. Saturday
• “Alan Partridge” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 7 p.m. Aug. 23
• “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me!” (2013), 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 23
• “As High as the Sky” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 7 p.m. Aug. 22
• “Wet Behind the Ears” (2013), 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22
• “The Railway Man” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29 and 7 p.m. Sept. 6
• “Tim’s Vermeer” (2013), 7 p.m. Aug. 29 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6
• “The Rocket” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 7 p.m. Sept. 5
• “The Lunchbox” (2013), 7 p.m. Aug. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5
• “The Selfish Giant” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 7 p.m. Sept. 20
• “Instructions Not Included (2014), 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20
• “Triple Divide” (2008), 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13
• “Still Mine” (2014), 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19
• “Addicted to Plastic” (2008), 7 p.m. Sept. 19
• “Venus in Fur” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 7 p.m. Oct. 4
• “Ida” (2013), 7 p.m. Sept. 26 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4
• “Words and Pictures” (2013), 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 7 p.m. Oct. 3
• “Like Father Like Son” (2013), 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Details at 527-2924 or www.strandcinema.org.

OPENS SUNDAY | 08.10

‘Mopars at the Beach’ ready to roll

The third annual “Mopars at the Beach,” putting the spotlight on Chrysler makes and models through the years, opens Sunday for eight days through Aug. 17 with this slate of events:

• Meet-and-greet at Planet Hollywood, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach (448-7827). Free admission, but preregistration requested.
• Cruise-in, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, for Mopars only, at Addy’s Harbor Dodge, 4849 U.S. 501, west of Myrtle Beach, near Carolina Forest (236-2277). Free, but preregistration requested.
• Kickoff Party, 6-11 p.m. Monday at House of Blues, Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach (272-3000). Free admission, but preregistration requested.
• Cruise-in, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, for all cars, with Hot Rod Promotions, at Hooters, on U.S. 17, by S.C. 22, and Myrtle Beach Mall, near Briarcliffe Acres (272-3739). Free admission, but preregistration requested.
• “Race Challenge,” noon-5 p.m. Wednesday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, off U.S. 501, near Tanger Outlets and Carolina Forest (353-1692). $27.50 to participate with preregistration, otherwise $30, and $5 spectators.
• “Off-Road Challenge,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday at Battery Park Off Road, 98 Harvest Road, Nesmith, near Hemingway (319-3504). $27.50 to participate with preregistration, otherwise $30 and $5 spectators.
• Cruise-in and barbecue, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday for all cars, with Hot Rod Promotions, at Wheels of Yesteryear auto and truck museum (903-4774), 413 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501, near Carolina Forest, across from Tanger Outlets, by Myrtle Beach Speedway. Free, but preregistration requested.
• “Charity Ride,” noon.-6 p.m. next Thursday in more than 120 miles to and from Hard Rock Cafe, at Broadway at the Beach, U.S. 17 and 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach (946-0007) and benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. $22.50 preregistered, otherwise $25.
• “Coastal Cookout,” noon-5 p.m. Aug. 15 at home of Tommy Bridges, president of the Carolina Coastal Mopars, in Murrells Inlet, for $10 preregistered only, at 325-4758.
• Cruise-in and Pre-Car Show Party, for all cars, with Hot Rod Promotions, 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 15 at The Carolina Tavern, 852 Mall Drive, Murrells Inlet (947-0708), by Inlet Square, west of U.S. 17 Business. Free admission, but preregistration requested.
• Classic & Modern Muscle Car Show, with Hot Rod Promotions, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16 at Inlet Square, U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. $25 preregistered vehicle admission, Mopars only, (or $12 to display only), otherwise $25 and $15, respectively. Free for spectators.
• Concert party, 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. Free for participants.
• Cruise-in, noon-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Wheels of Yesteryear. Free, but preregistration requested.

Details at www.moparsatthebeach.com, or email: frog@moparsatthebeach.com, lisa@moparsatthebeach.com or sambo@moparsatthebeach.com.

TUESDAYS-SATURDAYS | Through 09.13

EASY ESCAPES: Blackbeard ship artifacts in exhibit

A cannon ball, window glass and gold dust from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, are on exhibit at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, N.C., through Sept. 13.

Artifacts shown represent weaponry, nautical tools and personal items, all on loan from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the repository for artifacts from the shipwreck. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has led research on the shipwreck near Beaufort since 1997.

Also, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, take in the special program “Mine Games: Torpedo Warfare in the Cape Fear River,” apprising visitors, with demonstrations on the hour, about the role that Union Navy-feared torpedoes played in the Confederates’ Cape Fear Defense System during the Civil War.

Brunswick Town, 8884 St. Philip’s Road S.E., off U.S. 17, about 15 miles southwest of Wilmington, N.C., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and admission is free.

Details at 910-371-6613 or www.nchistoricsites.org/brunswic/brunswic.htm.

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