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SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 10.09-10.10

Italian Festival

Columbus Day will be celebrated 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the Sons of Italy Lodge 2662's Italian Festival at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. Admission is free.

Festivities include 50 arts and crafts vendors, free children's face painting, tattoos and bracelet making, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a spaghetti-eating contest. On both days, "Sister Act," with the Giammalvo Sisters, happens at noon, and Sal Manzo performs at 5:30 p.m. Other scheduled performers include Tony Posillico on keyboard, the Blues Brothers from Legends in Concert and Gabbie Rae.

"Grandpa Frog" story times ( www.grandpafrog.com) also will take place at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. both days; admission is $3.

Details at 421-6419.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 10.09-10.10

Shrimp and Jazz fest

The Little River Chamber of Commerce celebrates autumn with the sixth annual Shrimp and Jazz Festival on the Little River waterfront. Admission is $4 for ages 13 and older, otherwise free. Scheduled entertainment will be:

Saturday

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bates Holman Jazz Trio

1:30-3:30 p.m. U-N-I

4-5:45 p.m. Kat Daniels Band

6:30-8:30 p.m. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Sunday

Noon-2:15 p.m. Grenoldo Frazier

2:45-5 p.m. Kat Daniels Band

Details at 249-6604 or www.littleriverchamber.org/shrimp-jazz-fest.html.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 10.09-10.10

Folk Art Festival

House of Blues at Barefoot Landing will have its 10th annual Art Festival 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The more than 20 scheduled artists include Tim and Lisa Klutz, Billy S, Fleetwood Covington, Apple Lady, Ken Pease, Kim Dawn Clayton and Fred. Artwork will cover handmade straw grass baskets and jewelry to pottery and free-form metal lawn art.

The focus of the festival is to celebrate outsider folk art of the past and present.

Admission is free.

Details from Valerie Kontra at 913-3730.

TUESDAY | 10.12

Taste of the Town

St. Andrew Catholic School of Myrtle Beach will have its Taste of the Town 2010 fundraiser 4-10 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. Sample foods from more than 50 area restaurants and enjoy this slate of entertainment:

4:30-5:30 p.m. U "N" I jazz and blues

5:30-6:30 p.m. tribute artists from Dino's TV Variety Show

7-8 p.m. awards presentation

8-10 p.m. Soul Function band

Tickets are $5 in advance at HTC stores and the school, 3601 N. Kings Highway; $6 at the door for ages 15 and older; free for ages 14 and younger with an adult.

Details at 448-6062 or www.totmb.com.

WEDNESDAY | 10.13

CCU Fall Choral Concert

The Coastal Carolina University Chamber and Concert Choirs, directed by Terri Sinclair, will perform along with Waccamaw Middle and High School Choirs in the Fall Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium in Conway. The concert will consist of several selections by the four individual choirs participating, as well as selections performed by different combinations of the choirs. The program includes three selections by composer Eric Whitacre and other pieces in styles such as spirituals, sacred Latin and avant garde, and close with a combined performance of "May the Music Live On" by Russell Robinson. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required; call 349-2502.Check out all of CCU's arts and cultural events at www.coastal.edu/culturalarts.

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