THE WEEK AHEAD
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Traffic shifts at backgate Monday night
A second major traffic shift occurs at intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 707 in Myrtle Beach area.
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Starting Monday at 8 p.m., all southbound traffic in the overpass construction zone at U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 707 will shift 100 feet west onto two ramps.
This shift will take five to six hours to complete and the traffic signal there at the intersection will go dark from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Officers with the S.C. Highway Patrol will be in the area helping with traffic.
RiverRead Saturday in Conway
Words will roll at “RiverRead” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday , with a rain date of April 27, in Conway’s Riverfront Park, at the end of Elm Street, for free.
In addition to vendors and exhibitors of all sorts of items related to reading in this celebration of Conway as “The City That Reads,” an “Author’s Alley” will let visitors meet local authors and hear them read.
About 20 authors will take turns speaking about every 10 minutes, and during the 10 a.m. hour folk artist Jonathan Green and two-time Olympic hammer thrower and Coastal Carolina University alumna Amber Campbell will each take part in the “Celebrity Read.”
Three finalists from Horry County students in middle school through college will perform their entries for the “Poetry Slam” contest, children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character for a parade and contest and the will be entertainment from the Conway High School Step Team and The Bookworms rock and blues band.
Also, at the “Book Exchange,” run by the Horry County Literacy Council of Myrtle Beach, participants can take home some free books or bring some to donate or swap.
For details on this festival, a joint project by the city and the Literacy Alive coalition, visit www.riverread.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the literary council at 839-1695 or www.literacyhc.org.
Run for doughnuts
The third annual Krispy Kreme Doughnut Run is Saturday with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. at Waterbridge neighborhood in Carolina Forest.
The race is a 5K, but there’s a catch. Participants eat a dozen doughnuts at the halfway point and keep ‘em down. Teams of four can participate and split the dozen among themselves. The race starts at 9 a.m.
Runners receive a T-shirt and a dozen doughnuts at the finish. (The halfway snack isn’t required.) The event’s website describes the course as flat and says the race will be timed. Prizes go to the top three male and female finishers.
Visit www.festivalpromos.com/krispy-kreme-challenge.html for more details.
Artists return to Valor Park
Art in the Park kicks off its first weekend this year in Valor Park at The Market Common on Saturday and Sunday.
The group held its first weekend in Chapin Park this past weekend.
Artists will exhibit in the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday providing goods that could range from photography to jewelry to handbags.
For more information, visit www.artsyparksy.com.