Myrtle Beach notebook | Push bed through Market Common, raise money for Habitat for Humanity

02/18/2013 3:00 PM

02/18/2013 6:38 PM

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County is seeking teams of five to push beds down Johnson Street in The Market Common next month, all in the name of charity.

The Bed Race, which will raise money for the charity that helps low-income residents become homeowners, is scheduled to take place April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is the first time the organization is hosting the event.

The teams will have one person on the bed, which is encouraged to be themed and decorated. Four people will push the bed on wheels from Phillips Boulevard to Nevers Street – about one-eighth of a mile.

Beds are to be constructed and decorated prior to the race. The frame of the bed doesn’t have to be an original bed, but it must mimic a real bed in appearance and hold a manufactured adult twin-size mattress. The beds must carry one blanket and one pillow, have a distinct headboard and footboard and only can be powered by people. No motors allowed.

The race will be done in two timed heats: The fastest teams in each heat will advance. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams, the team with the best theme and the team that raised the most money.

It costs $125 to enter the race and teams are asked to raise at least $250 for Habitat for Humanity. The deadline to enter a team is April 5.

For more information about the bed race or to enter a team, visit

Rock band Passafire to headline St. Patrick’s Day bash

Passafire, a Savannah, Ga.-based rock band, will headline this year’s Downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

The Oceanfront Merchants Association announced the bands that will play at the all-day event held March 16. Passafire will close the day of performances.

Music will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Ocean Boulevard between Eighth and Ninth avenues north.

This year’s musical lineup includes:

• 12:15-1:15 p.m. – Broken Strings
• 1:15-1:45 p.m. – Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band
• 1:45-2:45 p.m. – Band on the Run
• 2:45-3:15 p.m. – Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band
• 3:15-4:15 p.m. – Bullfrog
• 4:15-4:45 p.m. – New York Shields Pipes and Drums
• 4:45-5:45 p.m. – Paul Grimshaw Band
• 5:45-6:15 p.m. – New York Shields Pipes and Drums
• 6:15-7:15 p.m. – Austin Mowery Band
• 7:15-7:45 p.m. – New York Shields Pipes and Drums
• 7:45-9 p.m. – Weaving the Fate
• 9:30-10:45 p.m. – Passafire

For more information on the celebration, visit the Oceanfront Merchants Association’s Facebook page at

Black History Month Art and Essay contest

The winners of the “African-American Pioneers Who Advanced Science and Technology” past, present and future art and essay contest will be announced Friday at 2 p.m.

The announcement will be part of a Black History Month celebration at the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center, 900 Dunbar St.

Grade levels have been split into categories – grades one to three, four to eight and nine to 12 – and prizes will be award for first, second and third place.

For more information, call 918-1050.

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