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On the Cheap | Variety of inexpensive events to be held in Myrtle Beach area

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There’s something going on for just about everyone over the next few weeks in Myrtle Beach. If you enjoy live music, arts and crafts, monster trucks or learning activities, I think you’ll find something on this list to suit you:

July 24-26

Every other Friday through Sept. 11, the Hard Rock Cafe and Bud Light are holding a “Blue Out” on the Hard Rock patio to honor all first responders and military personnel. Admission is free. You do not have to be a first responder or a member of the military to attend. This event includes live music, giveaways and drink specials. The party starts at 8 p.m.

The bar on the end of the Pier at Garden City is open every night all summer long (weather permitting) and has live music from 8 p.m. to midnight. They also have live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Admission is free.

Broadway at the Beach is hosting a free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Celebrity Square. The Pizzaz Band (a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll and some of today’s hits) will be performing. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Drinks will be available for purchase.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Williams-Sonoma at The Market Common will hold a free cooking technique class for adults. This week’s class is nonstick sauteing. Registration is requested; call 238-2029.

July 27

On select days through Sept. 29, you can ride on Macho Mutt’s Monster Truck at the Myrtle Beach Speedway for $10 per person. Times will vary by date. Go to www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com to book your ride.

July 31-Aug. 2

The 33rd annual Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival begins today at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and runs through Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults; $1 for kids (6-12). Go to www.craftshow.com for a $1 adult ticket discount coupon. Your ticket is good for all three days, but you have to pick up a return pass at the show office before leaving. Parking is $3. This event features original works from hundreds of artists and craftspeople from across the United States. There also will be artist demonstrations throughout the weekend. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, all Home Depot stores will hold a free workshop for kids ages 5-12. The kids will be building a chalkboard door hanger. Go to http://workshops.homedepot.com and click on the “kids workshops” tab to register your child.

JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap: www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.

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