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Activities for Pawleys Island, Litchfield and Murrells Inlet


Grand Strand Area Transportation Study: Policy committee meets. Jan. 30, 10 a.m., Surfside Beach Town Hall

Georgetown County Parks and Recreation Commission: Feb. 2, 5 p.m., Beck Recreation Center

Georgetown County Board of Education: Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center


Refresh & Renew: Retreat sponsored by United Methodist Women. Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m., Jan. 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (includes lunch), Herbert United Methodist Church, Georgetown. Free. Call 546-7875 to register

Church anniversary: Duncan Memorial United Methodist marks 230 years, making it the oldest Methodist church in the state. Feb. 1, worship with stories and history, 11 a.m.; Feb. 3 and 5, tours of church facilities and archives, 2-4 p.m.; Feb. 4, supper and worship with visiting choirs, 5 p.m.; Feb. 8, celebration service, 10:30 a.m., 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown

Women’s retreat: Natalie Daise is the featured speaker and storyteller for the Heart 2 Heart Women’s Retreat. Feb. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 7, 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. $45. Call 325-0955 for tickets and registration

A Spiritual Journey: Deacon Beth Sprinkle of All Saints Church is the featured speaker at a day of worship, discussion and music sponsored by the Catholic Church Women. Feb. 10, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. $10 for materials and meals. Register by Jan. 30 by sending check, payable to the women’s club, to 24 Revolution Ct., Pawleys Island, 29585

Divorce recovery: A 13-week series for those who are divorced or going through a divorce. From Feb. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pawleys Island Community Church. $15 includes workbook. Call 237-5402 for more information

Food and fellowship: Bread of Life soup kitchen. Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, Highway 17

• Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, Waverly Road

• Island Grace Café. Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., All Saints Church, Kings River Road

• Harvest of Grace Café. Last Sunday of the month, 4:30-6 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Highway 17


Business workshop: Tonia Speir of Case Solutions talks about marketing on a shoestring budget at a Chamber of Commerce workshop. Feb. 4, 8:30-10 a.m., Bunnelle Center. $15 ($10 for chamber members). Register by Feb. 3 at visitgeorge.com

Heart Truth: Presentation from Julie Pope of Georgetown Hospital System about women’s heart issues. Feb. 6, noon, Wachesaw Conference Center. Free, but call 527-7405 to register

Gullah culture: Birgitta Johnson explores the way music and dance maintained memories and traditions of Africa. Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m., Georgetown County Library. Free

Arts & Entertainment

Moveable Feast: Linda Grabeman (“Praise on Purpose: A Year of Uplifting Words”), Jan. 30, 11 a.m., Carefree Catering; Rick Bragg (“Jerry Lee Lewis: In His Own Words”), Jan. 31, 11 a.m., Pawleys Plantation. Signings at Litchfield Books, 2 p.m. Next: Jim Rogers (“Moving Around”), Feb. 6, Sabella’s. $25. For more information, call 235-9600

Tea and Poetry: Terry L. Kennedy of Greensboro, N.C., and Dan Albergotti of Conway read from their works and answer questions. Feb. 5, 3 p.m., Coastal Carolina University Education Center, Litchfield. Free

“Love Letters”: A.R. Gurney’s play directed by Mark Brown with a changing cast of familiar faces from the Swamp Fox Players. Feb. 6-7, 13-14, 19-21 at 8 p.m., Feb. 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m., Strand Theater. $15. Call 527-2924 for tickets

Gospel fest: Performances by Greg Rowles of the Alabama Theatre, Blake Graham, the Men of Zion and others benefit the JOY School for special needs children and adults. Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Pawleys Island Community Church. Free, but donations accepted

Rhythm in Blue: Air Force Band jazz ensemble performs. Feb. 8, 4 p.m., Waccamaw High. Free, but donations accepted for Georgetown County Cultural Council


Environmental Impact: Works by 75 artists from around the world in a variety of media that focus on natural resource issues. Jan. 31-April 26, Brookgreen Gardens. Free with regular admission

Black History Month: Works by area artists go on display with a reception. Feb. 1, 4 p.m., Georgetown County Cultural Council, 922 Front St.

“Swim – An artist’s journey”: Charles Williams, a Georgetown County native and regular visiting-artist at the Waccamaw schools, debuts works inspired by a near-drowning experience and the cultural fear of the water among black youth. Through April 23, Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m., Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. Free

“A Closer Look”: Works by Bruce Chandler. Through March 7, Rice Museum. Free

Sandy Island: Traveling exhibit from USC’s McKissick Museum.Photos of the island’s Gullah community by Vennie Deas Moore. Through March 22, Brookgreen Gardens. Free with regular admission


WHS basketball hosts Mullins, Jan. 30; at Loris, Feb. 3. Girls at 6 p.m., boys at 7:30 p.m.

WHS lacrosse: Girls scrimmage Socastee, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., Stables Park

WHS wrestling hosts Region VIII-AA tournament, Jan. 31, 11 a.m.

Pawleys Island Bridge Club: Play for all levels of experience. Pawleys Island Senior Center. Schedule at pawleysislandbridgeclub.com

Et cetera

Shopping for a cause: Portion of boutique’s sales aid Miss Ruby’s Kids early-childhood literacy program. Jan. 30, noon-5 p.m. only, Chico’s, Pawleys Island

Blood drive: Donate a pint to the Red Cross. Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Georgetown Memorial Hospital

Champagne and chocolates: Benefit for S.C. Cares animal sanctuary includes hors d’oeurvres, live music and auctions. Feb. 7, 5-9 p.m., The Cooper House, Socastee. $30 or $50/couple at Sweeties on Front Street or sc-cares.org

Fat Tuesday benefit: Tickets on sale for Friends of Waccamaw Library dinner with Chef Jeff Tuttle’s menu featuring a Mardi Gras theme. Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Carefree Catering. $37.50. Call 237-8859 for reservations

Culinary Symphony: Tickets on sale for Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art benefit that pairs chefs, gourmet menus and private homes with guest parties of 10 to 12 people. March 14 dinner, drawing for reservations Feb. 17. $125/person. Call 626-8911 to register a group

Support groups

Alzheimer’s and dementia support: Caregivers support group. First Mondays, noon, Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. 237-3459

Narcotics Anonymous: Tuesdays, 8 p.m., Barefoot Barista

Autism Support Group: Second Tuesdays, 6 p.m., call 436-5900 for location

Bereavement ministry: First and third Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m., Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. 385-2074

Mended Hearts: For heart patients and their families. Final Tuesday, 6 p.m., HealthPoint. 685-3378

Al-Anon Family Group: Thursdays, 7 p.m., Georgetown Presbyterian Church. 957-4028

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Second Thursday, 2 p.m., Lakes at Litchfield. 651-2335

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: Second Thursday, 7 p.m., National Healthcare Center, Garden City. 357-2306

Overeaters Anonymous: Fridays, 9 a.m., Litchfield Exchange. 237-8617

Better Breathers: American Lung Association group for patients and families. Third Friday, 1 p.m., Waccamaw Community Hospital. 652-1624

Alcoholics Anonymous: Saturdays, 10 a.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

Nar-Anon: Support for friends and families of addicts. Sundays, 7 p.m. nar-anon.com

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