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SATURDAY | 09.29

Dogs flying for discs

Fur will fly on four legs as the town of Surfside Beach will welcome another Skyhoundz Local Championship, where dogs will compete on Saturday in catching flying discs.

Events start at 10 a.m. in the town’s Huckabee Complex, 499 Spanish Oak Drive, south of Glenns Bay Road, west of U.S. 17 Business.

No entry fee or advance registration applies, and admission is free for spectators.

All competitors will receive a free official Hyperflite K-10 competition-standard flying disc, and the top three teams will receive awards.

Details at 650-9548, or

SATURDAYS | 09.29, 10.13, 10.20

Fall bird migration walks

Santee National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1941 as a sanctuary for migratory birds, will have three free, guided, fall migration bird walks this fall: at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and on Oct. 13 and 20.

Charleston-native Nathan Dias will lead the walks, with a slew of birds on a checklist to see, including empidonax flycatchers, multiple thrush species, American kestrel and other raptors, rare warblers, scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow-billed cuckoos, bobolinks and painted buntings. Rare sightings last fall included a Vermillion flycatcher, mourning warbler and clay-colored sparrow.

Meet at the refuge Visitor Center, on the north shore of Lake Marion, in Clarendon County – from Georgetown, go west on U.S. 521, south on Interstate 95 to Exit 102 for U.S. 15 north a short distance. The center is off Fort Watson Road, seven miles south of U.S. 15/301.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a field guide, sunscreen, bottled water and snacks. Details at 803-478-2217, or email

SUNDAY | 09.30

Gospel concerts

The South Brunswick Interchurch Council in Brunswick County, N.C., has gathered seven area churches’ choirs for a gospel concert 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Calabash Presbyterian Church, 8820 Old Georgetown Road, Sunset Beach, N.C. Admission is free, but donations are welcome, along with canned goods for the council’s food pantry to relay to the needy.

Dessert and drinks will be served at the end of the concert. Details at 910-287-5115.

Also, on her first headlining tour, Francesca Battistelli, a Dove Award-winning artist, will play The Grand Theatre in Surfside Beach, with Andy Cherry and City Harbor, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The theater is at 301 U.S. 17 Business S., just south of Surfside Drive, and tickets are $18.74, $23.40 and $32.69 (which includes a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m.). Details at 808-9188, 800-252-5642 or

SUNDAY | 09.30

‘Farm to Table’

The Third Annual “Farm To Table Event” will comprise a five-course meal served in middle of a cornfield, after a hayride, all to benefit the Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival.

Dinner to music by Sawgrass is at 5 p.m. Sunday at Thompson Farm & Nursery, 1625 Bucksville Drive, off U.S. 701, south of Conway.

The 10 local chefs preparing the food are Caitlin Brady of Kingston Plantation, Bradley Daniels of Croissants Bistro & Bakery, Andrew Gardo of Sea Captain’s House Restaurant, Curry Martin of Aspen Grille, Eric Masson of The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, Mike McKinnon of The Cypress Room at Island Vista, Tom Mullally of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Darren Smith of Rivertown Bistro, Sean Thomas of Capriz, and Eric Wagner of Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Tickets are $150 per person or $750 for a table of six. Details at 839-8818 or

THURSDAYS | Starting 10.04

‘Equitrekking’ returns

A new season of the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series ‘Equitrekking’ premieres at 7 p.m. next Thursday on ETV (WHMC-TV 23 of Conway and WITV-TV 7 of Charleston).

The show’s horseback-riding host, writer and producer, Darley Newman, a Myrtle Beach native, went to Botswana, Africa, for safaris to view wildlife, hiking with one of the world’s oldest tribes on the planet, camping on a salt pan and fishing in a hippo pond.

The weekly series, which has consisted of 35 episodes, won Emmys in 2009 and earlier this year, both for Best Single Camera Photography. It’s broadcast in more than 65 countries, including France, Italy, Japan, Russia and Turkey. Details at