On the Cheap | Take a class in something new this month in the Myrtle Beach area

If you’ve been in the mood to try something new, now’s your chance. There are several free or cheap classes taking place over the next few weeks where you can get some pointers on fishing or home decorating, and your kids can learn about cooking or building.

If you prefer activities that are a little more family-friendly, there are also a few free festivals the little ones might enjoy. Here’s what’s coming up:

July 11-13

• On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 30, Myrtle Beach State Park is holding some pier fishing classes from 8 to 9:30 a.m. If you have your own pole, the classes are free with paid park admission (pole rental is $5). Pre-registration is required 238-0874. Go to


for more details.

• A Race Day 500 Festival will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot at Waccamaw Pottery. Admission is free. This event includes lawnmower races, live music, inflatables, food trucks, a game truck, NASCAR simulators, face painting, a rock wall and more. Bring your own chairs.

• Pottery Barn is hosting a free class on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on how to “Decorate with Color & Pattern.” All attendees will also get a 10 percent discount on featured products. Registration is requested 238-0361.

• At 10 a.m. on Saturday, all Lowe’s home improvement stores will be holding a free Build and Grow workshop for kids ages 5-12. The kids will be building a Disney Movies Turbo with a pullback motor. Go to


to register your child.

July 14

• The Town of Surfside Beach is holding its annual Kids Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. in Fuller Park. Admission is free. This event includes inflatables; kids’ games; free pizza, ice cream and drinks for kids; and giveaways.

July 19

• La Belle Amie Vineyard at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River is hosting a Parrot Head Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8, but if you bring three canned goods to be donated to local food banks, they’ll give you a $3 discount. The festival includes live music, wine tasting, a gift shop, food and drink vendors, and a vineyard tour.

• At 9 a.m., Williams-Sonoma is holding a free Jr. Chef class for kids ages 8 and up. This week’s class is “Spectacular Summer Salads.” Reservations are requested 238-2029.