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FRIDAY | 12.07

Actress headlines gala

A TV, film and Broadway actress will be the guest speaker at the Pee Dee Area United Negro College Fund’s 20th Anniversary Gala.

The Pee Dee Area UNCF, which covers seven counties, including Horry, welcomes actress Aunjanue Ellis, known for such roles in the “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” this past summer on Lifetime, and “The Help.”

The California native raised in Mississippi also played as Mary Ann Fisher in the Oscar-winning film “Ray” and has graced the Broadway stage in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and “The Tempest.”

The gala is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Florence Civic Center, and tickets are $100. This UNCF chapter has raised more than $1.3 million the past two decades, helping students who attend Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College, and Voorhees College.

Details at 662-4164 or

MONDAYS-SATURDAYS | Through winter

‘1905: Georgetown’s Golden Year’

The S.C. Maritime Museum in Georgetown has begun its second year with its second major exhibit, “1905: Georgetown’s Golden Year,” continuing through winter.

This display of 35 enlarged and mounted photographs and other images show Georgetown’s waterfront and downtown area during 1905, the port’s busiest year. The images cover steamships, sailing ships, newspaper clips, and scenes such as the Centennial Celebration of December 1905. That year also marked the peak of Georgetown’s lumber industry.

The museum, 729 Front St., is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, for free, although donations are welcome. Details at 520-0111 or

FRIDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY | 12.07, 12.12, 12.13

Stock up on reading material

Used-book sales, which include CDs, DVDs and audiobooks, remain staples for bargains across the area.

Two Horry County Memorial Library “Friends of the Library” groups have sales at these branches (library details at

Little River -- 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday at 107 S.C. 57 N., in the back of the Ralph Ellis County Building. In this “Big Blowout Book Sale,” buy a library bag for $2 and fill it up. Details at 399-5541. Surfside Beach – 4:30-6:30 p.m. (open at 3:30 for Friends of the Surfside Library members) on the second Wednesday monthly, including Dec. 12, at 410 Surfside Drive. Details at 205-5280, or from the Friends group at 238-5969.

Elsewhere on the Strand:

Pawleys Island -- 5-8 p.m. next Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14, by Friends of the Waccamaw Library, at Georgetown County Library Waccamaw Neck Branch, 24 Commerce Lane, Pawleys Island, west of U.S. 17. Details at 545 3623 or The Horry County Literacy Council’s L’il Book Nook, is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays in the Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center, 3101 Oak St., and all proceeds benefit adult literacy programs. Details at 839-1695 or

Also, anyone A visiting Charleston might want to check out “That Holiday Book Sale,” by Charleston County Public Library and Charleston Friends of the Library. It’s 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, west of U.S. 17, just before the spur to Interstate 526 west. Details at 805-6882 or

DEADLINE MONDAY | For tour 12.15

Birding tours fly at Hobcaw

The deadline is Monday to sign up online for the next monthly guided birding/nature trip across Hobcaw Barony. The five-hour tours departs at 8 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month, next on Dec. 14, from Hobcaw’s welcome center, across 17,500 acres on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown.

Possible bird sightings among several dozen include bald eagles, ospreys, painted buntings, endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers and many shorebirds and wading birds, and the tour bus covers several ecosystems such as freshwater wetlands, marshes and salt-water tidal flats.

Admission is $30, and ages 14 and older are welcome. Feel free to bring a camera, binoculars, snacks, drinks and insect repellant (in warmer months).

Register at or call 545-3333 by Dec. 14. Tour details at 933-1372.

For information on Hobcaw Barony programs: 546-4623 or

FRIDAY | 12.07

Roundtable Art Group

The Roundtable Art Group, which showcases many Grand Strand visual artists, will have an art show 7-10 p.m. Friday at Travinia Italian Kitchen, 4011 DeVille St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, across from the Grand 14 Cinema.

Admission is a requested $10 donation,. Proceeds will help support local art and giving workshops for all ages. The nonprofit art guild was founded in 2003 by Calvin Blassingame and the late Jonathan Joyce to promote art and culture across Horry County.

Details at, and for the show: