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This photo shows “Pier Fishing” by John Ross Palmer, from “Ocean Isle Memories,” a exhibit of paintings opening Friday for the summer at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., which also will host a Tuscan-themed “Wine Fest,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdayapril 30. Details at 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org.
This photo shows “Pier Fishing” by John Ross Palmer, from “Ocean Isle Memories,” a exhibit of paintings opening Friday for the summer at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., which also will host a Tuscan-themed “Wine Fest,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdayapril 30. Details at 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org. Courtesy photo

FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 04.29-05.01

Coffeehouse serves up Act Two’s ‘Evening with Mark Twain’

Act Two Productions will embark on the weekend with “An Evening with Mark Twain.”

Shows are at 7:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Fresh Brewed Coffee House, 933 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach.

This revue will cover such writings as “The Diaries of Adam and Eve”, “Noah and the Bureaucrat” and “Tom Sawyer,” with Scott Lawrence in the lead role, and including music by Glenn “Houndog” Hanson and an ensemble.

Tickets are $10 advance by Thursday, otherwise $15. Details at 843-995-2756.

FRIDAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 04.29, 05.05

Take in ‘Ocean Isle Memories,’ ‘Passages’

Two new art exhibits will sail into summer:

▪ “Ocean Isle Memories,” with paintings by John Ross Palmer of Texas, opening with reception 6 p.m. Friday, and going through Sept. 5, in Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Coastal Gallery, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach. Free with admission: $9 ages 13-61, $8 ages 62 and older, $7 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. Museum open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Also, museum’s Tuscan-themed “Wine Fest,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, for $50. 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org.

▪ “Passages,” a solo show of works by Gaston Locklear of Murrells Inlet, opening with reception 5-8 p.m. May 5 and continuing through July 2, at Artspace 506, 506 37th Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach. Gallery open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Free. 843-273-0399 or www.artspace506.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 04.30-05.01

Events highlight special causes, themes, awareness

▪ Eighth annual Dragon Boat Festival, for Ground Zero of Myrtle Beach, ministry to teens, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, on Farrow Parkway, across from The Market Common. Free. 843-945-9440, ext. 203; or www.gzdragonboat.com.

▪ Awareness Walk on boardwalk, benefiting Rape Crisis Center of Horry and Georgetown counties, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Sharkey’s, 600 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach (843-626-4411), with games and activities afterward. Registration requested at 843-448-3180.

▪ “World Tai Chi Day,” 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, at Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North, outside Chapin Memorial Library. Free. Chapin Memorial Library. Free. 843-918-1281 or www.chapinlibrary.org.

▪ National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Pawleys Island Compounding Pharmacy at 9710 Ocean Hwy, Unit 2, Pawleys Island. Bring potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs – the three Ps of pills, powder, and pouches – for free and anonymous disposal. 843-235-3009 or www.picompounding.com/drugtakeback.php.

▪ Sixth annual Socastee Heritage Festival, for Socastee Heritage Foundation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on Dick Pond Road, between S.C. 707 and Peachtree Road, by swing bridge. Free. 843-458-1461 or www.socasteehf.com. Also, sixth annual festival car show, by Hot Rod Promotions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with $20 registration on site (843-503-8245).

▪ Family event benefiting Children’s Trust of South Carolina (based in Columbia: 803-733-5430 or www.scchildren.org), noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Coastal Holistics, 2020 Oakheart Road, Carolina Forest, near new Publix, including Spider-Man and Supergirl appearances, prizes for dressing as a favorite superhero, children’s games, and massages for parents. Free. 843-796-1769.

▪ “Healthy Kids Day,” noon -4:30 p.m Saturday at Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA, 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Drive, Myrtle Beach, opposite 62nd Avenue North, including family fun walk with aerobics warmup 12:30-1 p.m., tae kwon do demonstrations 1:45-2:15, Zumba dance party 2:15-2:45, Canine Angels veterans’ service dogs visit 2:45-3:15, and family pickleball 3:30-4:30. Free. 843-449-9622 or www.coastalcarolinaymca.org.

▪ “Compassion through Fashion” artistic fashion show for Myrtle Beach-based New Directions of Horry County Inc.’s homeless shelters for men, women and families, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach. Buy tickets – $25; or $50, including VIP reception 6-7 p.m. – at bit.ly/compassionthroughfashion. Shelter details at 843-945-4902 or www.helpnewdirections.org.

▪ “Beach Bash” benefiting Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River (843-427-4568 or www.veteranswelcomehomeandresourcecenter.org), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Scotty’s Beach Bar, in Surfside Beach Resort, 15 S. Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach, including fish fry and children’s activities. 843-238-9363.

▪ “Mother’s Day Cruises” benefiting Waccamaw Riverkeeper, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday (rain date: May 15), for 90 minutes each, on Capt. Jim’s “River Memories” by electric boat from Conway Marina, at end of Elm Street. $40, including food, wine, corsage, and gift for mothers. Reservations required at www.winyahrivers.org.

.▪ “Cyclovia Myrtle Beach,” with free outdoor and fitness activities, 1-5 p.m. Sunday at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, off Farrow Parkway, with portions of Howard and Jackson avenues, Hackler, Hall and Iris streets, and Cook Circle closed, to auto traffic. 843-918-1073.

▪ Holocaust Remembrance Day Service, with unveiling and dedication of Permanent Butterfly Memorial Monument – a 6-by-8-foot limestone and steel memorial – 1 p.m. Sunday in Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, along Farrow Parkway. www.permanentbutterflymemorialmonument.com.

▪ “Letters from Home” revue to kick off “Military Appreciation Days” for May, 3 p.m. Sunday in Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near The Market Common. Free. www.militaryappreciationdays.com.

SATURDAY | 04.30

Birdwatching walks take flight at raptor center

Guided spring birdwatching walks will take foot at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, with groups in search of such colorful migrants as the painted bunting and summer tanager.

As breeding season begins, some species will settle in the Lowcountry while others will stopover and continue northward on the Atlantic Flyway.

Walks are at 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, and May 14 and June 4 and 11, for $25 each, by advance reservation only, and that includes the morning site tour and raptor flight demonstration program.

The center, at 4719 U.S. 17 N., about 35 miles south of Georgetown, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with guided site tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and flight demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $15 ages 17-64, $14 seniors and active duty military, $10 ages 6-16, and free ages 5 and younger.

Details at 843-971-7474 or www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

SUNDAY | 05.01

Youth orchestra, and pop and big bands, play outside

Two free concerts will energize the outdoors on the North and South Strand this Sunday afternoon:

▪ Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, 1 p.m. on lawn at Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown. 843-545-4067 or kaminskimuseum.org.

▪ “Pops in the Park, 5 p.m. with the North Myrtle Beach Community Band and Stardusters big band, at North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway (or in case of rain: 7:30 p.m. in city’s J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road.). 843-488-6742 or www.nmbcommunityband.com, and for Stardusters: 843-215-3377.