Here’s a glimpse of some of the events and newsmakers on tap for the week of April 25:
Battle of the boats
Dragon boats will take over the lake at Grand Park on Saturday for the eighth annual competition and festival. The event also will feature a family fun zone, food vendors and a drummer costume contest. The festival, a fund-raiser for non-profit Ground Zero and its teen programs, runs from 8 a.m. to about 5 p.m. at Grand Park near The Market Common.
Spending your tax dollars
Horry County Council will start budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year during its annual retreat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. A property tax increase isn’t expected during the next budget year, which starts July 1.
Galivants Ferry stump
Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York, the vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Galivants Ferry Stump on May 2 at the Galivants Ferry General Store off U.S. 501.
Food and music start at 4:30 p.m., followed by Crowley’s speech at 6 p.m. Candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress and Horry County offices also are expected to speak during the stump, a tradition that started 140 years ago.
Ditch the car, grab a bike
Runners, bikers and pedestrians will take over some of the streets at The Market Common on Sunday for Cyclovia Myrtle Beach, an event aiming to encourage physical activity. The event, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., includes biking, walking, running, skateboarding, fitness classes, cross-fit demonstrations and a kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Parts of these roads will be closed to vehicular traffic: Howard Avenue, Hackler Street, Johnson Avenue, Iris Street, Cook Circle and Hall Street.
Celebrate by the bridge
Socastee will celebrate its roots Saturday at the Swing Bridge with the Socastee Heritage Festival. Music, food, activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.