Star-studded game scores in autism awareness
Before the 2015 Carolina League Mills Cup champion Myrlte Beach Pelicans begin their second season as a Chicago Cubs affiliate, it’s batter-up for a star-studded charity game at TicketReturn.com Field. The first pitch will fly at 8 p.m. Saturday for the “Legends Never Face Celebrity Softball Game,” helping the Reggie Sanders Foundation increase awareness about autism and raise funds for the Community Training Center in the Greater Pee Dee Area, helping young adults with autism.
Sanders, a Florence native who lives in Myrtle Beach – and whose 17-year Major League Baseball career as an outfielder included a World Series win in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks – will welcome such sports stars as Baseball Hall of Famers Tony La Russa and Cal Ripken Jr., Bobby Knight, Coastal Carolina University football coach Joe Moglia to coach these scheduled players in the game: Marlon Anderson, Rick Ankiel, Amber Campbell, Michael Chabala, Alex Cintron, Eric Davis, Ray Durham, Steve Finley, Rafael Furcal, Brian Giles, Orlando Hudson, Brian Jordan, Andruw Jones, Gary Matthews Jr., Russ Ortiz, Desi Relaford, Edgar Rentería, Junior Spivey, Greg Swindell, Tyler Thigpen, Larry Walker, Preston Wilson, and Dondre Whitefield.
With gates opening at 6 p.m., spectators are welcome to request autographs and take part in a live/silent auction. Tickets are $15, $18 or $20, at 843-918-6000 or www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/buy.asp?EventID=173092&promocode=RSF2016#.VvLZluIrKEA.
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Also, earlier in the day, the second annual Advantage Games will take place, in a private event for children and adults with autism who live in Florence, Dillon, Marion, Horry and Georgetown counties. More details at 843-712-1947 or www.reggiesandersfoundation.org.
Myrtle Beach graduates 31st Citizens Police Academy group
The Myrtle Beach Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will graduate its 31st class in ceremonies at 7 p.m. Monday at the Law Enforcement Center Annex on Mustang Street.
CPA participants study topics including crime scene investigation, emergency vehicle operations and learn about gang affiliations and paraphernalia. Class members also are required to ride and work with city police officers and staff to get a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement.
Two RIDE III public hearings scheduled for this week
Horry County’’s RIDE III Sales Tax Commission will have a public hearing on Tuesday and Thursday this week to hear from the public on the proposed 2016 sales tax referendum to funnd new and improved roads.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the commission will have a public information meeting at the Surfside Beach Town Hall, 115 Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach.
On Thursday at 5 p.m., the commission will have the same informational meeting at the North Myrtle Beach City Hall, 1018 2nd Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach.
In November, Horry County voters will decide whether to approve a one-cent sales tax that will be dedicated to an array of road projects throughout the county.
Brainstorming session scheduled for Five Points, Broadway
The Myrtle Beach Planning Department will host a brainstorming session at 4 p.m. Monday for the Five Points and Broadway Street areas in the Train Depot.
The meeting is open to the public.
The area is also known as the Superblock, which is an area of downtown bound by Ninth Avenue North, Main Street, U.S. 501 and Broadway Street. The 6-acre block is home to a few shops, a café, the Downtown Redevelopment Corp., a comic book store, a video production company, a law office and seven bars.
Orange barriers to be removed at U.S. 17, Shetland
The orange barriers in the median of U.S. 17 at Shetland Lane will be removed beginning 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Drivers may wish to use an alternate route between Farrow Parkway and Harrelson Boulevard that day, according to city officials. The southbound, inside lane of U.S. 17 will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. while barriers are picked up on that side of the median. Then, the northbound, inside lane will be closed to pick up the remaining barriers. Only one lane will be closed at a time. The work should be complete by 3 p.m.