Myrtle Beach notebook | Applications for Citizens Police Academy due Friday

The Myrtle Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the 25th session of the Citizens Police Academy until Friday at 5 p.m. The academy begins Jan. 14.

Classes meet on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. for 10 weeks with members graduating on March 26.

“The Citizens Police Academy is not designed to turn you into a police officer, but it will give you an appreciation of what law enforcement officers do and the decisions they must make,” according to the CPA website.

Applicants must be residents of Horry County – though Myrtle Beach residents receive first preference – and be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license. A criminal history check and driver’s license check are also required of all applicants.

Those accepted to the class will study topics including crime scene investigation, emergency vehicle operations and simulated firearms training. Class members also ride and work with city police officers and staff to get a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement.

In order to graduate, participants must attend at least eight of the 10 classes and complete at least 15 hours of ride-along and work-along experience.

Applications are available at the law enforcement centers as well as online at www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/cpa.html. For more information, contact Lt. Deborah McCorkle at dmccorkle@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or 918-1800.

Coats for Kids

Coast RTA has kicked off its Coats for Kids campaign and the city of Myrtle Beach has five drop-off locations for you to donate your outerwear.

Donations of new and gently worn coats, jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats and blankets are being accepted through Friday Nov. 30 at the five city building drop-off locations.

Locations in Myrtle Beach include:

Locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Chapin Memorial Library, which opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., depending on the day.

Coats also can be dropped off at the Coast RTA main terminal located at 1418 Third Ave. in Conway.

Coast RTA will collect the boxes from the city locations and plans to distribute them Dec. 15 at the National Guard Armory, 501 19th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach.

Love collard greens?

Myrtle’s Market will host a collard green cook-off Saturday afternoon. All are welcome to enter their recipes for a $10 registration fee with proceeds going to the community kitchen.

Competitors have three hours to prepare their greens for tasting and two rounds of judging – first by a panel of judges and then by the public. Each competitor is to bring three judges to sample the greens, with those judges paying $10 for 10 sampling tickets.

Those who don’t cook and just want to sample the collard greens can pay $10 for 10 tickets. Children 12 and under can get five tickets for $5.