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Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo

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NOVEMBER 23, 2022

1.   Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.

2.   
City of Myrtle Beach employees will team up to paint a new mural from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 29.  Weather permitting, city staff will paint the back of the building that houses the Downtown Development Office and the Insurance and Risk Services Department, at 517 Ninth Avenue North.  The mural will feature Myrtle Beach’s Arts & Innovation District logo!  Contact Downtown Research & Development Associate Brian Schmitt at bschmitt@cityofmyrtlebeach.com for information.

3.   As part of “Winter Wonderland at The Beach,” a special tree lighting ceremony and Art Walk is set for 6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1.  The tree lighting takes place on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North (near the sand volleyball courts) and the Seacoast Artist Guild’s “Art Walk” includes the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Avenues North street ends.  We hope to see you there!

4.   Everyone is invited to Myrtle Beach’s annual Arbor Day Ceremony at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 2, at New Town Park, 200 Collins Street.  The event includes the Community Appearance Board’s annual awards presentation, as well as the city’s 26th Tree City USA award presentation.  The 2022 winners are listed below.

Outstanding Use of Natural Indigenous Landscape Award
Galen College of Nursing, Grand Strand Medical Center, 920 Doug White Drive

Outstanding Landscape Design Incorporating Stormwater Management Award
Del Webb at Grande Dunes Community, 1150 62nd Avenue North

Outstanding Dramatic Landscape Using Lighting and Building Placement Award
The Grove at Coastal Grand, 1749 Sea Pines Boulevard

Excellence in Tree Preservation through Building Location Award
1229 Shine Avenue

Outstanding Creative Landscape Design Award
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Coastal Grand Mall, 302 Seaboard Street

Outstanding Maintenance of Trees and Landscape Award
Carolina Roadhouse, 4617 North Kings Highway

Outstanding Residential Landscape Design and Tree Preservation Award
Jackson’s Residence, 4902 North Ocean Boulevard

The Community Appearance Board Chairman’s Award
Key West Village, 1325 Celebrity Circle

The Greening of Myrtle Beach Municipal Award
New Town Park, 200 Collins Street

5.   Seeing is believing at the second annual Polar Express event set for Friday, December 2, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway Street.  The free event includes hot chocolate, popcorn, letters to Santa, a holiday storytime and an outdoor movie screening of “The Polar Express.”  (Note:  The sensory-friendly portion is 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.)  Event attendees, please bring a beach chair and a blanket for the movie.

6.   The City of Myrtle Beach’s Neighborhood Services Department hosts the annual tree lighting celebration in the Garden of Hope, 1395 Carver Street, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4.  Everyone’s welcome to attend this free event.  The first 100 children will receive a gift!  The evening features a Myrtle Beach High School Show Choir performance, hot chocolate, cookies and photos with Santa. 

7.   The Myrtle Beach Police Department is collecting non-perishable food items as part of the High Speed Food Drive to benefit families in need.  The drive continues through December 8; items can be dropped off at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 North Oak Street.  The following non-perishable items are needed:  canned green beans, corn, mixed vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce; boxed stuffing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and cornbread; and, dessert cookies and holiday candy.  Donations benefit families in need.  Questions?  Call 843-918-1440.

8.   And, the Police Department’s annual Grand Strand Humane Society Angel Tree is now available at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 North Oak Street.  Stop by, pick up a tag, and help our community’s animals in need.  Participants return the tags with needed items to the Law Enforcement Center.  All donations benefit the Grand Strand Humane Society.  For information, call 843-918-1440.

9.   Instead of throwing out those large cardboard boxes this holiday season, bring your boxes to Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium, 1004 Crabtree Lane!  Recreation team members are collecting large cardboard boxes to use for an upcoming event this spring.  Boxes should be large enough for a young child, three to five years of age, to sit inside comfortably.  Staff are also collecting shoe boxes.  Any unused boxes will be recycled.  Questions?  Call 843-918-2355.

10.   Applications are now available for the Friends of Chapin Memorial Library’s Shirley W. Boone Scholarship.  The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2023.  The one-time $3,000 scholarship is available to a high school senior who meets the following requirements:  lives in Myrtle Beach city limits, attends school in Myrtle Beach city limits and/or volunteers at Chapin Memorial Library.  The late Shirley Boone served as the long-time librarian at Chapin Memorial Library.  She was a beloved part of the Myrtle Beach community and her legacy of service is memorialized with the annual Shirley W. Boone Scholarship.  See https://www.chapinlibrary.org/friends-scholarship to download application.  The Friends of Chapin Memorial Library organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization established in January 1987.  The group is made up of citizens who believe a strong public library is an essential part of a community’s success.  The organization sponsors activities, provides financial support, awards scholarships and more.  For information, call 843-918-1275.

11.   Would you like to serve on a volunteer board for the City of Myrtle Beach?  City Council appoints volunteers to serve on city advisory committees.  To be considered, submit a letter of interest and a brief biography or résumé to City Clerk Jennifer Adkins, P.O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.  Or, send an email  to jadkins@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.  If you'd like to deliver it in-person, bring all materials to City Hall, 937 Broadway Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.  The following boards have upcoming reappointments or vacancies:  Board of Zoning Appeals (1 seat), Cultural Resources Committee (1 seat), Human Rights Commission (1 seat) and Standard Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals (1 seat Licensed Contractor seat).

12.   A comprehensive list of city-related activities, recreation programs, festivals and events is available on the city's website.  The Events webpage is updated weekly.

13.   Myrtle Beach’s oceanfront boardwalk and promenade is ablaze with holiday lights, thanks to Winter Wonderland, and that’s the subject of our Photos of the Week.  Stroll the boardwalk from Second Avenue North to Plyler Park and enjoy the show!  Better yet, park-and-ride with the Holly Trolley, with seven stops along the way so that you can enjoy the full experience, including Nance Plaza and Plyler Park.  Stops are located on:  Ocean Boulevard at Second, Fifth, Ninth and 10th Avenues North; Chester Street at Ninth Avenue North and Mr. Joe White Avenue; and, Ninth Avenue North at Kings Highway.  Other activities (6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday) include entertainment and vendors in Plyler Park and the Family Fun Zone on the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Site, near Eighth Avenue North.  As you’ll see in the photos, the Family Fun Zone includes giant inflatables, “snow” for making snow angels, do-it-yourself s’mores, curling and more.  The light show is free, while the Family Fun Zone is $5 for a wristband for all of the activities.  (Note:  All transactions for the Family Fun Zone are cashless; see https://www.yodelpass.com/app-download-device-reroute/ to download the Yodel app.)  And, join us for a special tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m. on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North.  To view these photos and more, see our Photos of the Week Library webpage.

14.   Did you know...  That Nance Plaza is named for the late Daniel Wayne Nance and late Mary Ellen Todd Nance in recognition of their significant contribution to Myrtle Beach’s early civic, business and religious growth?  A master builder, Daniel Wayne Nance was responsible for many downtown buildings near the modern-day location of the plaza, as well as historic homes built along North Ocean Boulevard.  The late Mr. Nance moved to Myrtle Beach from Shallotte, North Carolina, at the age of sixteen.  The year was 1909, and he traveled on an ox-driven cart!  The late Mrs. Nance’s family owned a large farm and fishery near Withers Swash.  The duo together raised ten children while building and operating guest-boarding facilities.  Mr. Nance served as a commissioner for “Dogwood Neck Township,” which was included in modern-day Myrtle Beach.  He also petitioned at the state capital, alongside 13 other individuals, for the town’s name change to “Myrtle Beach.”  The plaza, 825 North Kings Highway, is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach’s Arts & Innovation District.

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