Best Bets for the Myrtle Beach area, May 29-June 4

This photo shows “Alice Belle,” a watercolor by Larry Schafer, part of Franklin Square Gallery’s annual Summer Regional Show, opening Monday for three weeks through June 20, in Southport, N.C.
This photo shows “Alice Belle,” a watercolor by Larry Schafer, part of Franklin Square Gallery’s annual Summer Regional Show, opening Monday for three weeks through June 20, in Southport, N.C. Courtesy photo

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 05.30-05.31

Native Sons Salt Games spice up beach

The annual Native Sons Salt Games will play out from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard and beach, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North.

Two groups will benefit: the Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter (333-2034, 504-0396 or surfridergrandstrand.org), and Surf Dreams Foundation, which serves needy youth with surfing access, surfboards, leashes and wet suits. Anyone with extra surfing gear no longer in use is encouraged to donate the wares on site (www.surfdreamsfoundation.org).

Scheduled events include:

▪ Saturday – 5K “Beach Bum Run” at 7:30 a.m.; volleyball tournament 8 a.m.; children’s run 10 a.m.; “Beach Brawl Wrestling 10:30 a.m.; paddleboard races 11 a.m.; hula-hoop contest 1 p.m.; bikini and ledge contests 2 p.m.; and lifeguard games 6 p.m.

▪ Sunday – “Take a Kid Surfing Day” (with Surf Dreams Foundation) and junior volleyball tourney, 8:30 a.m.; hotdog-eating contest 1 p.m.; and ledge contest 2 p.m., with concert by Emerson Hart, with TreeHouse! and Oceans Orange opening.

▪ Both days – “Yoga on the Boardwalk” (also 2 p.m. Saturday) and pro/am surf off at 8 a.m.; Crossfit “Up Dog Summer Challenge” and start of open skateboarding, 9 a.m.; paddleboard clinic and amateur race 10 a.m.; and start of cornhole tourneys 11 a.m.

The game are free to see, with registration fees to compete in various events.

Details at 448-0585 or www.thesaltgames.com.


Planetarium, museum open six days weekly

Two sister entities in southern Brunswick County, N.C., have begun their summer schedules, in effect through Sept. 7.

Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C., opens at 10:30 a.m. Mondays-Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, with this schedule of Sky Theater dome shows:

▪ “Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea” at 1 p.m., “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” 2 p.m., “Sunstruck” 3 p.m., “Undiscovered Worlds” 4 p.m., and “Two Small Pieces of Glass” 5 p.m.

▪ Laser light and music shows, on Thursdays: “Laser Michael Jackson” 6 p.m., “Laser Zeppelin” 7 p.m., and “Laser U2” 8 p.m.; Fridays: “Laser Country” 6 p.m., “Laser Retro” 7 p.m., and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” 8 p.m.

Also, the “Science in Small Bytes” Series, noon Fridays: “Ancient Aliens” May 29, “The Moon & Tides” June 5, “Hurricane Preparedness” June 12, “Night Sky Photography” June 19, “The Future of Nanotechnology” June 26, “Pyrotechnics Science” July 3, “Hurricane History in North Carolina” July 10, “Hello, Pluto” July 17, “Severe Weather Safety & East Coast Tsunamis” July 24, “Robot Ozobot” July 31, “Asteroids & Meteors” Aug. 7, “Telescopes” Aug. 14, “The Behavior of Light” Aug. 21, “The Size of Space” Aug. 28, and “Navigation Through the Ages” Sept. 4.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, also with various programs, most included with admission:

▪ “Wildlife Portraits” exhibit by Don Bashore in gallery.

▪ “Touch-tank feedings, 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

▪ “Mondays – “Odyssey of the Sea Turtle” at 3:30 p.m., “Family Pirate Games” 6 p.m.

▪ “Tuesdays – “Beachy Bingo” 11 a.m.; “Ocean Reef Explorer” with Gyotaku fish print activity 3 p.m.; and Sand Bar Lecture Series, 6 p.m.: “Folk Music & Instruments of the American South” June 2, “Prehistoric Finds on the Coast” June 9, “Airhead! Let Your Imagination Fly” June 16, “Looking Back at Ocean Isle Beach: Stories of the Island” panel discussion June 23, “Honor Flight” movie June 30, “Pirates Have Problems” Magic Show ($4 per person surcharge) July 7, “Air Force One” July 14, “A Rare Titanic Family” July 21, “Kids: Build a Bridge” July 28, “Fantastic Fish!” Aug. 4, “North Carolina’s Hurricane History” Aug. 11, “Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter” Aug. 18, “Civil War River Pilots & the Blockade of the Lower Cape Fear” Aug. 25, and “Bonsai” Sept. 1.

▪ Wednesdays – Ocean Isle Beach Fire & Rescue 3 p.m. “Who Are You Swimming With?” 3:30 p.m., and Sunset Beach Nesting Birds 6 p.m.

▪ Thursdays – “Core Sounders” movie 11 a.m., “Megabites! All About Sharks” 3:30 p.m., and “Snakes Alive!” 6 p.m.

▪ Also, folk music program with Kyle Hughes, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Prices per planetarium show, and all-day museum admission, are each $9 ages 13-61, $8 ages 62 and older, $7 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger.

For more details, call the planetarium at 910-575-0033 or museum at 910-570-1016, or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.

SATURDAY, MONDAY | 05.30, 06.01

Exhibits at charter school, art gallery

Have your choice of special events:

▪ Saturday at Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, south of Murrells Inlet: Grainger McKoy, from “Carolina Roots” exhibit, speaking at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., free with admission (which lasts seven days: $15 ages 13-64, $13 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger); and “Breakfast with the Butterflies,” 10 a.m.-noon, $25 ages 13 and older, otherwise $20, including admission. Reservations required for lecture and breakfast at 235-6016. www. brookgreen.org.

▪ Second annual “Paddle for the Pets Build Your Own Boat Race Festival,” noon Saturday at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, benefiting the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach (249-4948 or www.humanesocietynmb.org), including “Furry Fashion Show” at 1 p.m., boat race 3 p.m., and awards and after-party at Dick’s Last Resort. 361-7949 or www.bflanding.com.

▪ “Elements of Art Show,” 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Bridgewater Academy Charter School, 191 River Landing Blvd., just west of Myrtle Beach, off Waccamaw Boulevard, near River Oaks Drive and U.S. 501, on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway. See works by the school’s students, from kindergarten through eighth grade. Free. Also, some pieces for sale, benefiting the school art program. 236-3689, bridgewateracademy.org, or email Beidler@Bridgewateracademy.org.

▪ Annual Summer Regional Show, opening Monday for three weeks through June 20, at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 East West St., Southport, N.C., behind Franklin Square Park, off Howe Street. Free. Meet the artists at a reception 5-7 p.m. June 5 during downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 910-457-5450 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com. Also, Vae Hamilton will lead a mixed-media collage workshop, “Romancing Your Muse,” Monday-Wednesday, for $250; register at 910-253-3101, or email jboland1@ec.rr.com.

TUESDAY | 06.02

Go mini-golfing, help Red Cross ‘Heroes’

The American Red Cross will have its “All in 1 Day” for giving on Tuesday, locally letting the public score in the fifth annual “Holes for Heroes.”

For simply a cash donation, everyone’s invited to play miniature golf on Tuesday anytime 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Gilligan’s Island Fun Golf, 3009 U.S. 17 Business S., Garden City Beach, near Kroger and across the highway from Jensen’s Retirement Community. Reach the site at 651-4220.

Also, folks talented in face painting and balloon artistry will be on hand to entertain children.

All proceeds will go the “Heroes Campaign” by the Red Cross’ Eastern S.C. Chapter, based at 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, in back of Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Grand Strand campus, and serving Horry, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion and Marlboro counties.

Details at 477-0020 or www.redcross.org/sc/myrtle-beach.

Also, during the Red Cross “100 Days of Hope” summer campaign, through Labor Day weekend, consider making a donation of blood or platelets. Make an appointment at 800-733-2767 (RED-CROSS) or www.redcross.org.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY | 05.29-05.30

Tribute bands fire up HOB’s start to summer

House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, has a busy weekend to close out May before a bustling June slate of concerts, and prices vary per event:

▪ Jana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini, 8 p.m. Thursday.

▪ Heart Brigade – A Tribute to Heart, 9:45 p.m. Friday.

▪ Departure – A Tribute to Journey, 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

▪ Draw the Line – A Tribute to Aerosmith, 8:30 p.m. June 5.

▪ Awolnation, with Family of the Year and Sickabod Sane, 8:30 p.m. June 12.

▪ Cowboy – The Kid Rock Tribute Band, 8:30 p.m. June 19.

▪ Juicy J, 9 p.m. June 20.

▪ Jamey Johnson, 8:30 p.m. June 26.

▪ “Fifty Shades of Men” male revue, 9 p.m. June 27, for adults only.

Also |

▪ Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday for all-you-can-eat buffet, with walk-ins also welcome, for $29 ages 13 and older, $14.50 ages 7-12, and free ages 6 and younger. Reservations at 913-3746.

▪ Dinner shows by Murder Mystery Productions (www.murdermysteryproductions.com), 7 p.m. Saturday, and Wednesdays (but not June 3) and Fridays through July. $42.

▪ Free concerts by various artists, 7-11 p.m. several nights weekly, outside on The Deck.

Details at 272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.