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Five Facts To Share With Your Mom On Mother’s Day

Mothers are our biggest cheerleaders, always there to back us up and support us. This Sunday, as you celebrate Mom, you can also dazzle her with your knowledge of little-known facts about her special holiday.

You know she'll be proud.

After several false starts in the 1800s, Mother's Day finally made it onto the roster of national holidays in 1914. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing the second Sunday in May as national Mother's Day. Today, official Mother's Days are celebrated in about 50 countries — but not always in May.

The first Mother's Day cards were designed and sold by Hallmark in the early 1920s. Today, about 130 million cards are sent each Mother's Day — more than at any other time of the year, with the exception of Christmas and Valentine's Day.

Flowers are also big business for Mother's Day. Interestingly, roses are not the most popular flowers. That distinction goes to the humble carnation.

Today's American families often live far apart, so it's no surprise that a lot of folks reach out to their mothers via phone on Mother's Day. Last year, approximately 122 million phone calls were made to moms throughout the U.S.

Celebrating Mom's special day is important to us. Mother's Day is the third most popular holiday in the world, second to only Christmas and Easter. So make your plans for May 10 now.

Mother's Day is the perfect day to treat Mom to a day of shopping, food and fun at Broadway at the Beach. Challenge Mom to some mini golf at Dragon's Lair — and let her win. Through Monday, May 11, Moms get one round of golf for free. Or stop by Old Tyme Portraits By Treadway and get a photo taken together. She'll treasure this forever.

If Mom loves jewelry, surprise her with a Brighton necklace and bracelet from Gemini Boutique. As an added bonus, you'll get a pair of earrings free. She'll be impressed with this lovely gift set. For Moms who love the Pandora jewelry line, you'll want to stop by The Mole Hole. While supplies last, there are a variety of charms and a gift set made especially for Mom. With inscriptions like "first my mother" and "always my friend,"and "always in my heart," she'll know just how much she means to you.

Of course you can't go wrong if you spoil Mom by picking up the tab for a nice lunch or dinner. Over some scrumptious food, casually charm her with your grasp of five fun facts about Mother's Day. She'll probably assume you took the time to find such nuggets just to see her smile. And, you'll make her happy.

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Do You Love Movies? Check Out The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Thru April 25

Its time for the 10th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival at Carmike Cinema 17 at Broadway at the Beach.

Sometimes called "The East Coast's answer to the Sundance Film Festival," the Festival has earned well-deserved praise over the years. It's been the recipient of numerous awards, including a spot onMovie Maker Magazine's list of the "Top 25 Film Festivals To Submit To In The World."

From April 22 through 25, short films, documentaries, comedies, horror films, and other genres will be lighting up the Carmike screens.

Tickets are $10 to attend scheduled blocks of films. But an all-access pass ($50) gets you four days of films, plus complimentary food and beverages on Friday and Saturday nights. And you won't want to miss the awards ceremony, immediately after the last film is shown on Saturday.

The participating films — and many of the filmmakers — are from all over the world. Over the years, this event has grown to be a popular stop on the festival circuit for up and coming filmmakers, as well as seasoned professionals. Several of those creators will be on hand so that fans can learn more about them and their films during Q & A sessions.

Don't miss the 10th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival at Carmike Cinema 17. It's four days of movie magic at the beach!

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Take Them Out To The Ball Game: Pelicans Stadium Is Next To Broadway

When was the last time you took the whole family to a professional baseball game? An evening of minor league baseball delivers great family fun, and it just happens to be one of the best entertainment bargains in Myrtle Beach. Tickets start as low as $9.

TicketReturn.com Stadium, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is right across 21st Avenue from Broadway at the Beach. The Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the much-beloved Chicago Cubs, and they're looking to defend their Southern Division Championship Title.

The first batter up will approach home plate at 7:05 p.m. on April 9 when the Pelicans face the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Pelicans' home opener. You're likely to see some great play by future major league players — nine Pelicans players this year are among the Cubs top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America. As the Pelicans enter their 17th season in Myrtle Beach, they have already sent 127 players up to the major leagues.

Grab some dinner at Broadway at the Beach, then take the family out to the ball game. You'll never strike out with a game plan like that!

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Celebrate Easter at Broadway at the Beach

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail to Myrtle Beach.

Like many visitors and locals, our favorite floppy-eared rabbit is heading to Broadway at the Beach to celebrate Easter.

While in town, the big bunny's itinerary calls for him to chomp down on some delicious food and visit with boys and girls at two outstanding locations on Saturday, April 4.

Ripley's Aquarium will welcome kids of all ages to a morning of fun with the Easter Rabbit and Ripley's own mascot, Sharkee, on April 4. For $19.95, there's a scrumptious breakfast buffet (with your choice of two seatings at 8 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.). There will be giveaways during the event and an opportunity to have your picture taken with Mr. Bunny! Reservations are required, so call 843-916-0888 ext. 3272.

If your family just loves to be edu-tained, head over to the upside down house known as WonderWorks on Saturday. Beginning at 8 a.m., Professor Wonder is hosting an egg hunt for kids ages 1 to 12. Will you be lucky enough to find the Wonder Egg or win a prize? Don't miss the opportunity to get a discount on admission to this amusement park for the mind. The activities are free, but you're asked to register online.

Mr. Bunny's arrival is a sure sign of Spring, and we're celebrating all weekend with extended shopping hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 3, 4 and 5.

And, no celebration would be complete without a Fireworks Extravaganza. So join us at 9 p.m. on Saturday night and watch the sky light up!

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Do You Believe In Magic? Mystery? Mayhem?

Do you enjoy great illusions, performed with all the razzle dazzle of beautiful costumes, sensational sets and awesome special effects? Are you a fan of high-octane danger acts with lives in the balance? Do you get thrills witnessing feats of strength that hold the promise of both amazing and stunning you?

A new show in Myrtle Beach this season delivers all that and more. Beginning March 31, headliner Peter Gossamer will be amazing audiences with his special brand of magic, including an all-new line-up of never-before-seen illusions. The magician with the regular guy persona, Gossamer has built a reputation intriguing and entertaining audiences in places like Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Miami, Montreal, Tokyo and Guam.

Gossamer will be joined this year by alumni from the popular America's Got Talent (AGT) show. Christian Stoinev, a fifth generation circus performer and extreme hand balancer, will be wowing audiences with impressive feats of strength. His act includes his tiny dog, Scooby, who balances on and walks on Christian as, high in the air, Christian precariously balances them both on his hands. Their act wowed the judges at AGT, while charming audiences.

AGT alumni the King BMX Team will also be bringing their danger-filled high-octane stunt act to Myrtle Beach. The acrobatic team, which does extreme stunts with bikes, skates and skateboards, while flying around high-speed ramps, delivered chills and thrills to the AGT audience and later at NBA and NFL half-time shows.

You can enjoy all this action in one big show, the 2015 Carnival of Magic at The Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach. Showtimes from March 31 through May 30 are Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Thursday shows in April (only) are at 2 p.m. From June 1 through August 29, there will be shows on Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m.

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