Merchant Marine monument unveiling scheduled for Friday
The United States Merchant Marine Monument unveiling ceremony will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Warbird Park, Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach, presented by The John T. Schmidt Palmetto Mariners – Chapter of South Carolina.
Congressman Tom Rice is the keynote speaker. Mayor John T. Rhodes will welcome the monument to Myrtle Beach. State Representatives will remark as well. Elected officials of all levels of government, all veteran organizations, members of all Armed Services and the public are invited to attend. A tented area with limited seating is available. The public is encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.
Surfside Beach elections slated for Tuesday
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A general election in Surfside Beach for the mayoral seat and three council positions will be held Tuesday. There will also be a special election to fill an unexpired term left behind by the late Councilman Ralph Magliette.
Mayor Doug Samples is seeking his fourth term on the council and his second term as mayor. He has opposition in councilman Bob Childs.
Incumbent council members Mark Johnson, Mary Beth Mabry and Randle Stevens have all filed to keep their seats that expire in May. But also joining them on the ballot are former Councilwoman Vicki Blair, Surfside Beach Board of Zoning Appeals Chairman Ron Ott and his fellow board member Holly Ann Watson, senior citizens committee chairwoman Wanda Spannuth and political newcomer Stanley Wrobel.
Blair and Wrobel have also filed for election to fill the open seat left behind by Magliette.
Joining them in the special election are Board of Zoning Appeals member Tim Courtney and senior citizens committee member Steve Shore. That term is set to expire in 2018.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. for the nonpartisan election Tuesday.
California Roots: Carolina Sessions music fest next weekend
California Roots: Carolina Sessions will be Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the old Pavilion site in downtown Myrtle Beach.
The fest features two stages of music from artists such as Soja, 311, Treehouse, The Movement and more.
Also: “Cali Roots Kickoff Party,” 9 p.m. Friday at The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, 201 Fantasy Harbor Blvd., along the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of Myrtle Beach, off U.S. 501, next to Clarion Hotel. Free of charge. For more information about the pre-party, call 843-903-2628 or www.boathousemb.com.
For more information about the fest, log on to www.CaliforniaRootsCarolina.com.
Opening Day for Pelicans on Thursday
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, kick off their season at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at TicketReturn.com Field, 21st Avenue North and Robert Grissom Parkway.
The opener is part of a seven-game homestand, also featuring division rival and Chicago White Sox affiliated Winston-Salem Dash.
44th Art in the Park slated for next weekend
The Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild’s 44th year of “Art in the Park” is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Park, at Kings Highway and 14th Avenue North; and April 16-17 in city’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common. The cost is free.
For more information, call 843-446-3830 or www.artsyparksy.com.
NC Azalea Festival this weekend
The N.C. Azalea Festival will be from Thursday-Sunday in Wilmington, N.C., in various sites. Events include concert series, 7 p.m. outside Cape Fear Community College, 411 N. Front St., with The Avett Brothers on Thursday ($55), Snoop Dogg with Doug E. Fresh on Friday ($46.50), and Chase Rice with Kane Brown on Saturday ($36.50). For more information, call 910-794-4650 or log on to www.ncazaleafestival.org.
Battleship North Carolina celebrates commissioning anniversary
The 75th Anniversary of the Battleship North Carolina’s commissioning will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday – including active duty Marines from Camp LeJeune as special guests, and birthday cake cutting at 1 p.m. – at battleship museum, at U.S. Routes 17, 74, 76 and 421 in Wilmington. The event is free with admission: The admission cost is $14 ages 12-64; $10 ages 65 and older, and active duty or retired military with ID; $6 ages 6-11; and free ages 5 and younger. For more information, call 910-251-5797 or log on to www.battleshipnc.com.
Wisc., Colo. and Wyo. have big presidential primaries week ahead
An active week for those seeking the 2016 U.S. presidential nomination from their respective parties.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin will host its primary. On Friday, Colorado will have its Republican Conventions, then on Saturday, there will be the Wyoming Democratic Caucus.
‘Hootie’ Monday After the Masters coming next Monday
Hootie & the Blowfish’s Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am will be April 11 at the Barefoot Resort Dye Club in North Myrtle Beach.
The annual event is on the heels of the Masters Tournament finish, and includes the presence of numerous PGA Tour golfers, current or retired athletes and celebrities.