The week ahead in the Myrtle Beach area

Remember to wear your green. St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday.
Remember to wear your green. St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday. jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Trump, Clinton in the lead as presidential primaries continue

Presidential primaries will be held Tuesday in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio as GOP and Democratic contenders battle it out for more delegates.

Donald Trump remains in the lead among Republicans with 460 pledged delegates compared to Ted Cruz’s 369, Marco Rubio’s 163 and John Kasich’s 63. The candidate to win the party’s nomination will need to secure 1,237 delegates. A total of 358 delegates are up for grabs for Republicans in those states.

A Republican caucus will also be held Tuesday in the Northern Mariana Islands, where nine more delegates are up for grabs.

Hillary Clinton continues to lead the charge for the Democratic ticket with 766 pledged delegates compared to Bernie Sanders’ 551. The candidates need to secure 2,383 delegates to win their party’s nomination and they have a shot at 792 of them in the primary states this week.

Tour historic Conway

Hop aboard a free Conway shuttle Wednesday and Thursday to explore the history of downtown Conway during the 55th annual Canadian-American Days Festival. Shuttles will leave from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday to carry explorers to the Conway Visitor Center.

Once there, visitors can explore the unique Riverwalk, swing aboard a golf cart for a trip to the Horry County Museum, tour the Waccamaw River, take in a glass blowing demonstration, sign up for a walking tour or meander the downtown district discovering its shops and eateries.

The Conway shuttle returns to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information contact the Conway Visitor Center at 843-248-6260 or to download a complete schedule of events, visit conwayalive.com.

Public hearings on RIDE III projects start Wednesday

Horry County residents will get their first chance Wednesday and Thursday evening to weigh in on road projects chosen for the RIDE III proposal that would generate a construction boom across Horry County beginning with the widening of U.S. 501.

The RIDE III Sales Tax Commission voted unanimously last week to prioritize 20 projects, which will be constructed as the funding from a one cent sales tax rolls into county coffers, provided that tax is approved by voters in the fall.

The tax is expected to raise nearly $592 million over eight years, and officials estimate it would cover the cost of all proposed projects.

The first public meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd. Another meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Road.

Run to the Sun Car Show starts Thursday

The 28th annual Run to the Sun Car Show, one of the largest classic car shows in the Southeast, will be held Thursday through Saturday at the former Myrtle Square Mall at 2501 N. Kings Highway.

The Pee Dee Street Rodders Run to the Sun Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will feature a parade of classic cars down Ocean Boulevard at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The show brings thousands of classic-car enthusiasts from around the country together and also raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Calling all track stars Thursday

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational Track Meet will start Thursday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium and will run through Saturday.

More than 70 top men and women teams from 40 colleges are expected to participate in the meet, including teams from Coastal Carolina University, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.

The event will also feature a free Track and Field Day for kids (ages 6-12) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Kids will participate in a variety of running, jumping and throwing events with mentorship and assistance from Coastal Carolina University’s men and women track stars. A registration form is available online at www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/trackandfieldday.pdf or kids can sign up at the stadium at 5 p.m. Thursday.

St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday

Remember to wear your green to avoid the pinch of bad luck on St. Patrick’s Day Thursday.

Folks with the best St. Patty’s Day-inspired costumes could also win cash and prizes at The Luck of the MarshWalk in Murrell’s Inlet beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Secret leprechauns will be wandering through parties at each restaurant and bar along the marshwalk to award coins to their favorite costumed participants. Coins could win guests one of 20 prizes.

Highland Games & Heritage Fest kicks off Friday

The Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival kicks off Friday in Grand Park at the Market Common. The two-day event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, is presented by The Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the Celtic Heritage through music, athletics and customs.

The festival is full of activities and events, including athletic competitions, a clan village, Celtic marketplace, Scottish whisky tastings, a Ripley's Kid's Glen, Medieval Times Patron Games, live music and entertainment.

Visit http://www.myrtlebeachhighlandgames.com/ to buy tickets.