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Salt Games, Paddlefest benefits return

Various special events will roll on Saturday, and two others are next week:

• Second annual Native Sons Salt Games, benefiting Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter (333-2034, 222-8288 or


), all day Saturday-Sunday on Ocean Boulevard between Eighth and Ninth avenues North in Myrtle Beach. Activities include pro-am surfing tournament 8 a.m.-sundown both days, children’s run for ages 5-12 11 a.m. Saturday, bikini contest 3 p.m. Saturday, lifeguard games 6 p.m. Saturday, hula-hoop dance-off 11 a.m. Sunday, keg toss 2 p.m. Sunday, and concerts both evenings, including Not Yet Rated and Bullfrog 6-7 p.m. Sunday. Free to attend. Some contests have registration fees. Full schedule at


. 448-0585.

• Third annual “Family Fun Day & Paddlefest,” benefiting Tara Hall Home for Boys of Georgetown County, on Saturday at Mingo Creek, on Van Vlake Street, off S.C. 41/51, between Hemingway and Andrews, in northwest Georgetown County: paddle launches at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for trips lasting 2-3 hours to or from Tara Hall, and for people not paddling, festival ($10 admission) opens at 10 a.m., including live music by local groups, arts and crafts vendors, games, a children’s barrel race for ages 8-12, kayak race for ages 13-16, a pileau dinner, and door prizes. For paddlers: $30 ages 17 and older, $15 ages 8-16, and free ages 4-7 (with adult on vessel), all including paddle trip and meal; kayak rentals $10. 546-3000, 546-3666 or



• Conway Downtown Alive’s “Rivertown Wine-Around” wine tasting, 3-6 p.m. Saturday across downtown. $20. 248-6260 or www.conwayalive.com.

• Annual spaghetti dinner, benefiting North Strand Housing Shelter, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 Eighth Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach. $8. 504-0032.

• “Wine Tasting from the South – South Africa and South America” benefit by Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach. $50 members, otherwise $65. 235-6016 or



• Father’s Day-themed social dance, by USA Dance Inc. Grand Strand Chapter 6024, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near The Market Common, with music provided by Rosalie and Jack Drust. Singles welcome, beverages supplied, and everyone’s asked to bring a snack to share. $7 members, otherwise $9. 808-3397 or



• “Make A Wave” charity concert by One Voice Productions and youth ages 8-15 from Stages Music School in Princeton, W.Va., for Myrtle Beach-based Surf Dreams Foundation (www.surfdreamsfoundation.org), 6-10 p.m. Wednesday at Mellow Mushroom, 1571 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. 444-1122 for eatery or 304-952-6647 for One Voice.

• Third annual Island Fest, by Rotary Club of Pawleys Island, benefiting Alzheimer’s research, 5-9 p.m. next Thursday on front lawn of Hampton Inn, at Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) and Willbrook Boulevard in Litchfield Beach, including concert by the Latitude “trop-rock” duo of Pawleys Island (www.latitudemusic.net), dancing, and children’s activities such as hula and limbo contests. Advance $10 or $15 at gate for ages 16 and older, free ages 15 and younger with adult. 457-3325 or 907-1878.


‘The Fantasticks’ at Stage Left

Stage Left Theatre Company will finish its first season at The Market Common with “The Fantasticks,” about two neighboring fathers who trick their respective children into falling in love by pretending to feud, but the younger people catch on and react to their dads’ deceptions and stunts.

Show times through June 29 are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, for $15, at the theater, 3064 DeVille St., Myrtle Beach, between Nevers and Lewis streets, and next to Coastal Dance Centre.

The troupe also has announced its 2014-15 season, continuing its Thursday-Sunday runs for three weekends each: “Southern Comforts” Aug. 14-31, “Dollhouse” Oct. 2-18, “You Better Watch Out!” Dec. 4-21, “Love Letters” Jan. 29-Feb. 15, and “Elvis Has Left the Building” May 28-June 14. Each is $18, or $15 for military or students, and season subscriptions are available.

Details at 232-0339 or www.stagelefttheatremb.com.


‘Monday Night Lights’ among fireworks galore

“Monday Night Lights” are back with a bang in Murrells Inlet for another summer. Presented by the owners and managers of the seven restaurants of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, fireworks will go off 9-9:10 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 25, but not June 30, a week during which the show will blast off at 10 p.m. on July 4. Details at 497-3450.

For everyone wanting to feast their eyes on more fireworks, these sites also have shows regularly, and bear in mind that all are subject to weather conditions:

• Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, 10:15 p.m. Mondays through August, as part of “Summerfest!” 272-8349 or



• Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach, 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and from June 20-Aug. 15, adding 10 p.m. Fridays. 444-3200,





• Off Second Avenue (North) Pier, 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 20, and on July 4, as part of Oceanfront Merchants Association’s “Hot Summer Nights.”



• After Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball games on June 19 and 26; July 2, 3, 13, 20 and 24; and Aug. 3, 14 and 31, at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach – parking lot accessed from Grissom Parkway. Game tickets in advance are $8 left-field bleachers, $11 upper deck reserved and $13 field box, and $1 more on game day, and all-you-can-eat seats, with buffet overlooking Pelicans’ bullpen, in right field, are $25. 918-6000, 877-918-8499 or




Summer at the Old Bridge

Besides the opening last month of its Old Bridge Museum, the Old Bridge Preservation Society, in Brunswick County, has loaded up another summer of activities.

Based at the Old Sunset Beach Swing Bridge, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C., programs starting next week are abundant, mostly free, and all weather permitting:

• “A Moment in Time,” 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 12, with local volunteers and storytellers sharing history of the bridge and town.

• Young Explorers Program, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 13, for children of all ages, with adult accompaniment, with different topics weekly and making of crafts to take home

• “Family Fun Nights,” 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, with cookouts June 19, July 17 and Aug. 7, and $3 donation for a grilled hot-dog combo; “Snakes and Turtles and Birds – Oh My!” animal program June 26 and Aug. 14; “If Bridges Could Talk” history talks on July 10 and 31; and “Pirate Night” July 24, with dressing up encouraged.

Also, celebrate July 4 at the bridge for games, a bicycle parade and patriotic music, with more details forthcoming. The bridge, museum and store have summer hours: 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. Details at 910-363-6586 or oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.


Two more family movie series

• “Family Dive-In Movie Nights,” Wednesdays through Aug. 13 at Myrtle Waves Water Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue North Extension and at U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, with movies at dusk, weather permtting: “Finding Nemo” on June 11, “Despicable Me 2” on June 18, “Scooby Doo: Case of the Lake Monster” June 25, “Monsters University” July 2, “Frozen” July 9, “The Lego Movie” July 16, “The Muppets“ July 23, “Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ ” July 30, “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. Park open 10 a.m. daily. Details at 913-9260 or



• “Summer Kids Series,” with a different family movie at 10 a.m. every Thursday at Carmike Cinemas 12 at Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S.17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres: starting with “Epic” on June 19, “The Croods” June 26, “Turbo” July 3, “Despicable Me” July 10, Despicable Me 2” July 17, “The Nut Job” July 24, “The Lego Movie” July 31, “Rio” Aug. 7, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Aug. 14, and “Rio 2” Aug. 21. Each $4, creening is $4 per person, including a small popcorn and small beverage. 272-6598 or