Please Welcome Your 2017 Board of Directors:
President: John DeWorken
Vice-President: Phyllis Gilreath
Treasurer: Jim Gilreath
Recording Secretary: Taylor Cox
Membership Secretary: Dave Modeen
Social Com. Sec: Sunnie Harmon
Beautification Com Sec: Hunter Cutchin
You will notice some familiar faces and some new ones in the list of new board members. Thanks to all for their willingness to volunteer their expertise, time and energy to help improve our community.
*Normally the Board of Directors meets the first Tuesday of most months at 6:00 PM at the Bobby Pearse Community Center. Members are welcome to attend board meetings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the location and to find out if we are meeting that month.
A Message from New NMCA President, John DeWorken
Happy 2017 NMCA Neighbors! The NMCA Board and volunteers are planning an exciting and impactful agenda for our neighborhood for 2017.
Mark your calendars for May 20th for the Spring Social and membership drive. This event is a great opportunity to join other neighbors and friends for cokes, beverages, and food, as well as balloon-making, face-painting, prizes and live music. More details to come!
Issues facing North Main: Your Board plans to head up a series of discussions to talk about issues facing our neighborhood, such as growth, traffic and many more. Please email John DeWorken at JDeWorken@gmail.com for more information.
Educational Series: Your Board is also planning to provide neighbors with educational opportunities to learn more about our neighborhood, including topics such as Animal Care Services, their efforts to make Greenville a no-kill community, and how you can help.
Want to get more involved? The NMCA Board welcomes neighbors with ideas and time to help make this an outstanding place to live, work and raise a family. Email John DeWorken or you can call him on his cell phone at 864-905-5529.
It’s That Time…Time to Renew Your NMCA Membership
Yes, it’s been a year! Join or renew your annual membership in the North Main Community Association!
Please, please consider renewing now and not wait to receive a renewal notice from us or pay at the Spring Social as has been the past practice of some. We are attempting to ease the administrative burden on the Membership Secretary position. Your action now will also save NMCA over $100 in the cost of stamps sending out renewal notices and/or invoices. Those funds can be put toward other NMCA activities.
Dues are $20 per calendar year for residents and $30 per calendar year for businesses. Just go to our membership page (http://northmaincommunity.org/membership/) and choose Paypal or print and mail the membership form with a check.
If you use Paypal to pay your dues, please click on “return to North Main Community Association” to provide additional information. That way if we get your email wrong, we’ll at least have some way to contact you to correct it.
We do have some members that have previously paid for multiple years beyond 2016. If you think you are one of them, please send an email to Dave Modeen, email@example.com, our new Membership Secretary, to confirm.
Also, If you know someone who is a member and is not receiving emails, please tell them to email Dave. We have about 10 that bounce each time we email. We thank you for your membership and support!
Meet our Newest Business Members
Two Chefs Café and Market Judy and Bill Balsizer were two of the first chefs and restaurateurs to see the potential for chef-crafted dining in downtown Greenville. With years of culinary education and training—and more than a decade of experience in the hotel dining industry—Judy and Bill turned their vision into a small deli on Main Street in 1996. They have now opened at a new location at Main and Stone. “Our menu is designed to use the best local ingredients to make delightful dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—with organic and gluten-free options, too. In addition to your deli favorites, we also offer wines and desserts—such as brownies, melt-away
bars, tiramisu, and seasonal favorites, like our award-winning pumpkin cheesecake! The Market at our new location at Stone and Main is proud to offer a full selection of non-GMO, local in-season produce, cheeses, milk, and other cooking essentials. Our Market also opens early to serve on-the-go breakfast and get you started for the day.”
Berkshire Hathaway | C. Dan Joyner Welcome new business member Cathy Stuckey with C. Dan Joyner. “Our mission at Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner is to provide the highest level of real estate services with the
utmost integrity, quality, and professionalism. We build market leadership by establishing and nurturing long-term relationships through continued responsiveness to our customers’ and clients’ needs and the delivery of clearly superior, value-added services. We take a very strong interest in our people. We encourage and reward excellence, assist in the expansion of their horizons, and inspire personal and professional growth that helps them achieve their dreams and ambitions. We develop, recognize, and reward leaders who instill energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment and who endow in those around them a sense of pride in being a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate family.”
Southern Accent Designs Marcy Yerkes has been a working artist for more than 35 years. After spending 28 years in New Hampshire, she’s now back in Greenville and is now continuing her passion for art full-time, through murals, faux finishes, pet portraits, house portraits, etc. Marcy’s studio is located within 10 Central Avenue Studios. Her artwork is on display in Downtown Greenville at The Arts Cellar, across from the Westin Hotel. Whether for customized or commissioned artwork, Marcy is available to talk with you in person. She looks forward to discussing your interest in a portrait for a beloved pet, an expansive mural for an interior space or anything in between. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (603) 520-6570.
“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
- NorthPointe is now on track to break ground in February, so we should be seeing activity in the near future.
- In case you missed it, a purveyor of gourmet pizza from Charleston is the first tenant to take space in a new development underway along Mohawk Drive where it connects to Wade Hampton Boulevard in the North Main area. Greenville developer Ron Rallis said he plans to create a total of 10,000 square feet of new restaurant, retail or office space by renovating an existing brick complex where the Shinola art and antiques store used to be. The only tenant that’s signed a lease so far is D’Allesandro’s Pizza, which is taking 1,500 square feet for its first foray outside of Charleston.
- Upstate business leaders say it’s time to raise South Carolina’s gas tax to fund improvements for the state’s deteriorating roads. Those views surfaced in the Upstate Chamber Coalition’s 2017 Legislative Agenda Survey. New lawmakers will be joining the House and Senate — including local Republicans Jason Elliott, William Timmons and Scott Talley — to complete a political makeover in Columbia. To help fund road improvements, 44.8 percent of the Chamber Coalition’s survey respondents support raising the gasoline user fee, or gas tax, by 10 to 12 cents. Nearly 20 percent support raising the gas tax up to 12 cents, with a corresponding “revenue neutral” income tax cut — meaning that the cut in tax revenue would be offset by an increase in tax revenue elsewhere. (Upstate Business Journal, Dec. 2016)
Greenville City Boards and Commissions
The city offers many opportunities for citizens and business owners to participate in municipal government through its Boards and Commissions. City Council fills appointments on 13 various boards and commissions. In addition, the Mayor and City Council also appoint a limited number of members to six boards, which do not directly advise City Council, but act as policy-making boards and oversee the operations of their respective independent agencies.
Volunteering to serve on a board or commission is a good way to get involved and learn more about your local government. You can apply online. Check their website to view a list of committees and boards and find out about upcoming vacancies.
Citizens Police Academy Applications Now Open
GPD is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Greenville Citizens Police Academy, which will run from March 7th through May 30th. Information and online registration are available on the GPD website using the following link: http://police.greenvillesc.gov/1000/Citizens-Police-Academy .
The Citizens Academy is an excellent way for people who live and work in the City of Greenville to learn about the inner workings of the Greenville Police Department and step into the shoes of an officer during training simulations, mock crime scene investigations, and other police activities.
Graduates have an opportunity to join our Citizens Academy Alumni Association and be the first to hear about opportunities to assist the police department with other outreach programs.
Did You Know? Greenville Woodworker’s Guild
The Greenville Woodworkers Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization founded in 1981. Their membership is made up of primarily non-professional hobbyists who build wood products ranging from simple toys to furniture to items that are often displayed in a museum. Their mission is
- To help our members become better woodworkers.
- To elevate public knowledge of woodworking as an art.
- To help charitable causes through our woodworking skills.
Today members participate in many art activities and displays, particularly “Art in The Park”, where in 1998 the Guild received the best booth award. Their professional members have several showrooms in the city wherein they display outstanding productions of their craft and that of other crafts.
Since the Guild was formed, they have devoted the main effort of their outreach program to the Meyer Center. “Because of the diverse skills of our members, we have been able to create and build many unique devices to accommodate the special needs of the children at the Center. Nearly all chairs used in the classrooms are a result of a prototype developed by Guild members in conjunction with a school therapist, then modified further to adapt to special needs where necessary. Walking bars, special equipment racks, foot supports for bicycle pedals, and numerous other devices have been created and built free of charge to serve the needs of these children. At Christmas, each child receives a wooden toy, compliments of a Guild member. In 1998, the Guild received the J C Penny Golden Rule Award as Group Volunteer of the Year for its efforts at the Center. Of course, members of the group contribute to other groups too numerous to mention in the promotion of charitable endeavors.”
They have an amazing shop and once trained on the equipment, members are welcome to use the shop for projects as long as a supervisor is present. For more information about membership, class schedules, etc., check out their website. Local craftsman and NMCA member Michael McDunn with McDunn Woodworking Studio was a founding member of the Guild. For a list of his 2017 classes, please visit his website or FB page. There he describes the dates and times as well as the projects. He is an excellent teacher and an amazing craftsman.
We have not heard of an excessive number of crimes lately. Mostly some stolen property such as bicycles, and packages stolen from front porches. We also had a report from a resident who wanted to share her experience. “I was verbally, and very, very, very obscenely, accosted while walking her dog. I called police. It was an older white man, white hair driving a gray Mazda 6, four door. It happened where East Avondale and Morningdale meet. Right after it happened I flagged down two young girls jogging and he had already verbally accosted them on West Avondale.” The police were called but if anyone has this happen again, please call the police. If you are aware of crimes in your area, please let us know by emailing email@example.com or post on our FB page.
Greenlink Seeking Public Input on Proposed Trolley Routes
In an effort to expand service beyond the Central Business District, Greenlink will soon add two additional trolleys to its fleet. The expanded service is expected to begin this spring and will feature two new routes. Because a portion of the funding for the new trolleys will come from tourism related taxes, the new proposed routes have been designed to provide access to restaurants, retail, parks and leisure activities. The purpose of the following public input sessions is to give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the proposed routes, ask questions and provide feedback.
- Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., Caine Halter YMCA Conference Room
721 Cleveland Street
- Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 p.m., Greenlink Offices.
Greenlink Offices, West McBee Avenue
- Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m., West Greenville Community Center
8 Rochester Street
If you recall, we requested information from North Main residents about possible expansion of one route down to Gallivan and the Soda Shop. The new director, Gary Shepard, indicates staff is aware of the history regarding the trolley requests from the North Main Community Association and the requests were taken into consideration in relation to the proposed route expansions.
*He encourages interested Association members to attend one of the public information sessions advertised to learn more about the proposed route expansions and to use the opportunity to provide input.
For our Four-Legged Friends
Although we have mentioned this in the past, just wanted to remind you that you can help raise money for the Greenville Humane Society every time you walk your dog! Visit www.wooftrax.com to learn more. We have a lot of dog walkers in this neighborhood and every little bit counts. The Greenville Humane Society was also awarded the honor of being one of the top animal charities on Charity Navigator, with a score of 100 out of 100! Congratulations! And for the month of January they are offering 25% off male neuter surgeries (only $45). Please consider becoming a foster parent. All it takes is love and a little time. Foster care is temporary care and shelter for one of their animals that is either too small, sick, injured or needs socialization. Animals seem to recover faster in a home environment versus a cage; plus, it makes room for them to bring in other animals.
Animal Care Services is always in need of foster care for those animals with minor health issues or those that are too young to be neutered or adopted. Right now they need fosters for big dogs for one to two weeks. They are running out of room at the shelter temporarily due to the inclement weather. Stop by the shelter today to take a look. They need big dogs fostered today! Stop by the adoptions center to find a canine companion for the week or visit the foster lobby for more information. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org . Animal Care also tries to exhaust all possible options to keep pets in their homes through their Get Pet Help: A one-stop web page with advice on pet issues from behavior problems to life changes.
We’ve had numerous reports of coyotes recently, killing pets being the biggest issue. They have been reported on E. Earle St., E. Mountainview, Elizabeth St., Pinehurst, Wade Hampton, Richland Creek area, and even as close as Main and Stone, and other areas. The following is long but good information to have.
Coyotes are probably one of nature’s most adaptable animals. Too often, the response to coyote conflicts is lethal and indiscriminate—making victims of non-offending coyotes, non-target wildlife and even pets. Such an approach fails to address the root causes of most conflicts, i.e., available food, water, shelter and other attractants related to human habitation. It also fails to recognize the ecological value that coyotes provide to both urban and rural ecosystems, such as keeping rodent populations in check and helping control disease transmission. Finally, lethal policies go against the public’s overwhelming support for the protection and humane treatment of wildlife.
Despite intensive control efforts in other states that have had high coyote populations, they continue to thrive. Research suggests that when aggressively controlled, coyotes can increase their reproductive rate by breeding at an earlier age and having larger litters, with a higher survival rate among young. This allows coyote populations to quickly bounce back, even when as much as 70 percent of their numbers are removed. It is nearly impossible to completely eradicate coyotes from an area. Despite bounties and large-scale efforts to kill coyotes over the last 100 years, coyotes have in fact expanded their range throughout the U.S. and Canada tremendously. One study even found that killing 75 percent of a coyote population every year for 50 years would still not exterminate the population.
South Carolina passed a coyote bounty bill in 2016, overriding Governor Nikki Haley’s veto. Under the new plan approved by the legislature, the Department of Natural Resources will capture, neuter, tag, and then release 16 coyotes (4 in each of the state’s game zones). Any hunter who kills one of these tagged coyotes would receive a free lifetime hunting license (an approximately $300 value). In all cases, the use of bounties has been an ineffective and inefficient tool for controlling coyote populations. http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Learning/documents/Species/Fox_CoyotePopulationsReport.pdf
You can prevent coyotes and foxes from visiting your yard by taking a few simple precautions: keep your garbage in a secure container, and only put it outside on the morning of pick-up; do not put any meat scraps in compost heaps; do not leave any pet food outside over night; restrict the use of bird seed – coyotes are attracted to it and the birds and rodents that use the feeder; pick up fallen fruit from underneath trees; and cut back brush around your property that provides cover for coyotes or their prey. There are licensed trappers that can be called but be aware that coyotes trapped must be destroyed.
If you have a fenced-in yard, the Coyote Roller (available from Roll Guard, 619-977-6031 or www.coyoteroller.com) is an effective device for keeping dogs in and coyotes out. The Coyote Roller is a free-standing cylinder that attaches to the top of a fence, and literally “rolls” any animal off who is attempting to climb over. http://www.wildlifehotline.org/coyotesfoxes.html
The CoyoteVest might be an option for some concerned pet owners. Californians Paul and Pam Mott developed CoyoteVest Pet Body Armor after their own dog was killed by a coyote. Check out their website at https://www.coyotevest.com/ for more information.
Some areas are now adopting programs to co-exist with coyotes. Project Coyote educational materials are available to schools, agencies, community groups and individuals. Materials can be co-branded with city and partnering agency logos. Select materials are available in Spanish. The list of materials with links can be found at their website.
It’s hard to think of gardening when it’s this cold, but now is a good time to peruse those catalogs and think about what you want to plant in the spring. There are other things you can do this time of year.
I have bulbs that are up and some are already blooming. Flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus are some of the earliest flowers to appear in gardens each year, some starting to bloom as early as January.
Pruning – Winter is a good time to prune most trees and shrubs. However, do not prune azalea, dogwood, forsythia, redbud and rhododendron – they should be pruned after they bloom, since they set blooms in the fall on the previous season’s growth. If you prune now, you prune off the part that will bloom. Almost anything that blooms after June 1 (except oakleaf hydrangea and late-flowering azalea cultivars) can be pruned safely; however, make sure there is no green wood which could actually start sprouting new growth if we have a prolonged warm period. See Pruning Trees and Pruning Shrubs for more information.
Tree Planting – The winter months when trees are dormant are excellent times to plant. Be careful that you do not plant them too deep, or with too much soil amendment. See Planting Trees Correctly for information on the proper way to plant a tree.
Transplanting – This is also a good time to move plants that have overgrown a site or that don’t fit the microclimate of that site (sun, shade, etc.) Plants are dormant and will undergo less stress if transplanted now. Be sure to plant at a similar depth from where they came and get as much of the root ball as possible. http://www.clemson.edu/extension/county/laurens/yard_garden/01_january.html
And don’t forget, for the convenience of city residents, Christmas trees can be placed at the curb for collection on regularly scheduled pick-up days or taken to one of four convenient locations for recycling. All trees must be free of debris such as ornaments, tinsel, ribbons and lights to be recycled. This will continue as long as needed.
For the Birds
Don’t forget the birds during these cold periods. They need food, especially high calorie food such as black oil sunflower seed, suet, etc. But more importantly, keep a supply of water available. One easy way to do this is to buy an electric bird bath heater. They can be purchased for about $30-$40 and all you need is an outlet and an extension cord.
Did anyone else notice the large flocks of black birds around on New Year’s Day? Though studies have been inconclusive, it’s generally believed that there is safety in numbers, and all black birds tend to fly in large flocks in winter. With many more eyes and ears to search for food and watch for predators, the chance of an individual bird surviving winter is increased. Many people assume they are a sign of bad luck. Actually, it’s just the opposite.
- Crows, ravens, and blackbirds bring news of good passage and protection.
- Hawks represent clear-sightedness and vision.
- Owls are birds of ill omen.
- When a hummingbird hovers nearby it means you are capable of achieving the impossible.
- A bird in the house means different things depending on the bird and its behavior.
- When a bird flies in the window you may encounter an obstacle in your life soon.
- If a bird follows you it wants to be your guardian.
- Augury is using the flight patterns of birds to answer life questions.
- Dead birds represent metaphysical death and change.
According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in January is 52°F, the average low is 32°F and the average precipitation (rainfall) is 3.82”. January is typically our coldest month. Looking at records from 1890 to January 2016 the maximum high was 82 on Jan 14th in 1911. The highest low temperature was 62 on Jan 14th, 1932. The minimum high temperature was 20 on Jan 30th 1966 and the minimum low was -6 that same day. Maximum precipitation (rain) in a 24 hour period was 3.94” on Jan 6th in 1942. Maximum snow was 12” on Jan 7 back in 1988.Our snowiest winter was back in 1935-36 with 21.4”. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php
The Jan – March prediction for the east, including S.C., is for near to below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. According to Appalachian Folklore, “Three days on the ground and snow will come back around.” Well, it didn’t happen with this last snow, even though it did hang around for several days. And…it’s feeling more like spring now than winter. For many of you, I’m sure you’ll welcome the change back to a little warmer weather. Did you know there’s even a dictionary of Smoky Mountain English and a whole host of other sayings about weather.
Thank You to our Business Members
Keep your dollars in your community. The following companies are committed to preserving the beauty and economic well-being of the North Main Community and the greater Greenville area. Please thank them and give them your business when you can. Hover your mouse over each company name to read a brief description or click to go to their website:
Gardening and Plants
- Bonnie Berry Garden Design (864.449.5234)
- Dahlia a Florist (864.232.0112)
- Daylily and Hosta Gardens (864.297.9043)
- Plant & Tree Solutions (864.601.5115)
- WildEarth Landscaping (864.242.9225)
- Barrett-MacKenzie, LLC (864.232.6247)
- Carruthers Law Firm (864.467.0100)
- Catherine C. Christophillis, Attorney (864.242.2060)
- Christophillis & Gallivan, P.A. (864.233.4445)
- Curry, P.A. (864.855.5621)
- Global View Investment Advisors, LLC. (864.272.0818)
- Greyrock Accounting (864.662.7667)
- Holmes Law Firm (864.271.2381)
- Jason Elliott Law Firm (864.235.5308)
- Kehl Culbertson Andrighetti, LLC (864.370.8222)
- Law Office of Christine Howard (864.282.8575)
- Nathalie M. Morgan, LLC. (864.242.6655)
- Pope, Smith, Brown & King (864.242.0656)
- South State Bank (864.850.5140)
- TD Bank (864.255.4945)
- The Carolina Law Group (864.312.4444)
- Hightower Insurance Agency (864.233.4092)
- Liberty Mutual Insurance – Joseph Withrow (864.676.8080 x08760)
- State Farm – Michael Oliver (864.233.7779)
- KeenanSuggs Insurance (864.288.4950)
- The Rushton Agency (864.859.9953)
- Gary Hester Interiors (864.232.4975)
- Katy Carlyle Gift Boutique (864.421.0440)
- McDunn Woodworking Studio (864.242.0311)
- MarbleLife of the Carolinas (888.627.2530)
- Nicholson Stained Glass (864.235.8650)
- Shindig Furnishings (864.915.9705)
- Shinola (864.414.2691)
- Southern Accent Designs (603.520.6570)
- Thorn (864.373.9024)
- Urban Digs (864.233.6821)
- We Took to the Woods (864.451.7155)
- Allen Tate Realtors (864.386.3180)
- Ameripride Realty Group (864.312.6838)
- Bershire Hathaway | C. Dan Joyner (864.244.9111)
- Central Realty Holdings (864.250.9407)
- Griffin Property Solutions, LLC (GPS) (877.477.1407)
- Keller Williams Upstate: Tara Pickens (864.901.9644)
- Lil Glenn Company, LLC (864.242.0088)
- That Realty Group (864.520.8567)
- The Haro Group of Keller Williams (864.312.6424)
- The Marchant Company (864.467.0085)
- The Real Estate Shoppe (864.901.8141)
- Wilson Associates Real Estate (864.640.8700)
- At Your Service Personal Event Service (864.952.6448)
- The Bohemian Cafe (864.233.0006)
- DishOut Cafe and Catering, LLC (864.520.8201)
- Drop-in Store (864.242.0111)
- Greenco Beverage (864.242.1464)
- IPA (Independent Alehouse) (864.552.1265)
- Northgate Soda Shop (864.235.6770)
- Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery (864.255.3385)
- The Community Tap (864.631.2525)
- The Universal Joint (864.252.4055)
- Two Chefs Cafe and Market (864.370.9336)
- Vic’s Pizza (864.233.9191)
Personal Health/Well Being
- AlignLife Chiropractic and Natural Health Center (864.501.3600)
- Cindy’s Salon and Day Spa (864.271.9984)
- Dance Ventures at Stone Plaza (864.271.7701)
- Escape Artist Greenville (864.509.9305)
- Fellowship Bible Church (864.255.9520)
- Gateway House, Inc. (864.242.9193)
- IdealMD (844.433.2563)
- Main Street Chiropractic Wellness Center, Inc. (864.271.4240)
- Megan Diez Salon (864.271.4503)
- Next Step Counseling (864.990.4442)
- New View Counseling (941.751.8003)
- Northside United Methodist Church (864.233.8359)
- North Main Counseling (864.232.2212)
- Oriental Medicine Associates (864.365.6156)
- River Falls Spa (864.240.2136)
- Stone Plaza Pharmacy (864.233.7940)
- 3D Land Surveying, Inc. (864.272.0274)
- Carolina Crafted
- Catherine Smith Architect, LLC (864.504.5170)
- Corley Plumbing Air Electric (864.908-3377)
- Darrohn Engineering, LLC (864.346.2170)
- Flores Painting and More (864.631.5766)
- com (864.630.1629)
- Highland Homes (864.233.4175)
- Jordon Wholesale Lumber Co. (864.232.9686)
- JWK Design, LLC (864.214.5323)
- Moss Heating and Air (864.241.0108)
- O’Leary Cole, Inc. (864.233.1606)
- Royal Engineering, Inc. (864.235-4425)
- Southern Classics (864.238.2628)
- UBuildIt (864.676.1113)
Miscellaneous Professional Services
- Donald Shabkie Music (864.238.6361)
- Elizabeth Chandler Designs (864.416.1857)
- Escape Artist Greenville (864.509.9305)
- com (864.249.3378)
- Happen Associates (718.541.4375)
- Palmetto Plating Company (864.859.9314)
- Priority One Security (864.346.5351)
- Propel HR (800.446.6567)
- Redhype (864.232.2000)
- Star Auto Care, Inc. (864.242.9400)
- Sunnie and DeWorken Group (864.905.5529)
- Tangible Intentions (864.881.1855)
If you would like to see your company listed here, please join the NMCA today! Businesses do not have to be located in the North Main Neighborhood to be members. They only need to provide services to North Main residents.
City Council Formal Meeting and Work Session schedules can be found at http://www.greenvillesc.gov/city_government/meet.asp
- The Hughes Main Library has numerous programs for adults and children. Check out their January calendar.
- The Children’s Museum has great programs for kids. Check them out at their website calendar
- Check out the current exhibits and other programs at the Upstate History Museum.
- Don’t forget about a great local resource for family activities. Macaroni Kid lists all kinds of local activities for kids and families.
For other events in this area bookmark Go-greenevents for a listing of various events with registration, etc., handled online to save needless waste of paper.
Michael McDunn with McDunn Studio has released his 2017 schedule of classes. To view it, check out his website or FB page. There he describes the dates and times as well as the projects. He is an excellent teacher and an amazing craftsman.
Dance Ventures has also released their 2017 classes in jazz, ballet and tap. Classes are starting now but it’s not too late to sign up. Check the website for dates and times. Or call Sandra at 864-271-7701. Classes range from beginner to intermediate and advanced. She’ll help find the right class for you.
Jan – Feb – Check out the classes at the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery.
Jan – Feb – Check out the Community Tap calendar of events.
Every Tuesday. Line Dancing at the Sears Shelter at McPhearson Park from 6:15 – 8pm. Dances are taught in a fun and easy way with a variety of music – Hip Hop, R&B, Rock & Roll, Latin, Country, Shag, and Swing. Party dances include Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Bikers Shuffle, and Cha Cha Slide. Second hour moves into mainstream dances -Good Time, Tush Push, R&B Boogie and more. No partner or dance knowledge required. Two left feet are fine. Bring your friends and have some fun.
Greenville County Museum of Art – The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and on Sundays 1 – 5 pm. As always, admission is free. The Greenville Collection is now the largest and the most complete collection of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors owned by any public museum in the world. The GCMA’s respected Southern Collection surveys American art from colonial times to the present, ranging from 1726 pastel portraits and Civil War vistas to American Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, American Scene, and contemporary works. The GCMA boasts a particularly strong collection of works by South Carolina artist Jasper Johns.
Now until Jan 29– The Upcountry History Museum is hosting the traveling exhibition “Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays”. This beloved exhibition features over 40 of Norman Rockwell’s most memorable and enduring holiday images.
Now thru Feb 19 – The Smithsonian Institution for the second year in a row, has selected the Upcountry History Museum as the location to premiere its newest traveling exhibition Things Come Apart. Following its debut in Greenville, the exhibit will begin a three-year national tour. Read more at their website. Also, check out their events at a glance page.
Jan 16 – Dr. Martin Luther King Day. City of Greenville offices and schools will be closed. There will be no residential garbage, trash or recycling services on this day. Monday pick-ups will be made on Tuesday, and the collection schedule will continue to be one day late for the remainder of the week. Additionally, there will be no Greenlink service.
Jan 20, 10:00 AM - Jan 22, 5PM – South Carolina International Auto Show. TD Convention Center. Don’t miss the hottest new cars, trucks and SUVs as they roll into the TD Convention Center for the South Carolina International Auto Show, January 20 – 22. Attendees are invited to sample their favorite vehicles with dozens of the latest 2017 models available for test drives. Guests will further be delighted to check out a collection of classic & custom autos on display at the show that most can only dream about!
Jan 21 –Greenville News Run Downtown. At the Greenville News Building. 7:30am Late registration/Late packet pick-up. 9:00am Race. 10:00am Post-race event. The only 5K with a course on Main Street.
Jan 21 – Greenville Ice Breaker 5K. Conestee Park. Race Start: 9am.
Jan 21 – May 21 – Culture and Cocktails: Seussian Soiree. Upcountry History Museum. The Inaugural Culture and Cocktails event, this fun-filled evening will celebrate the arrival of “The Stoo Pendous World of Dr. Seuss,” with an evening of specialty drinks, themed food and Seussian entertainment
Jan 24 – Public Meeting – Proposed Trolley Routes. 6:30 PM @ Caine Halter YMCA Conference Room. Additional meetings are: Wednesday, Feb 1 at 12:00 p.m, Greenlink Offices, West McBee Avenue and Wednesday, Feb 1 at 6:30 p.m., West Greenville Community Center.
Jan 27 – Chili Cook Off. 7pm. Northgate Soda Shop. Trophy and Prize awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners. Sign up at the Soda Shop and have your pot of chili there by 6:30 pm that night.
Feb 4 – Meals on Wheels of Greenville will celebrate the 20th annual Sweetheart Charity Ball at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Proceeds go toward providing homebound residents with hot, healthy food and a daily check-in. Cost is $150 per guest. 233-6565 or email@example.com
Feb 6 – Foothills Drifter 6K. 9am. Greenville Municipal Stadium. 840 Mauldin Road. Conestee Park. Free. Trail Run to benefit the Conestee Foundation. The Foothills Drifter 6K is the only trail run of its kind in Greenville, SC. A festive atmosphere welcomes both the most advanced and novice runners.
Feb 6 – April 3 – Spring Yoga Session at the Bobby Pearse Community Center. Classes are held each Monday evening from 6:30 – 7:45. You can come for one class and try it out, or come as you can. Cost is $5 per class for city residents and $6 for non-residents. All levels are welcome and you do not need previous experience.
Feb 17-20 – Great Backyard Bird Count. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that occurs across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the birds. The 2016 GBBC was epic. An estimated 163,763 bird watchers from more than 130 countries joined in. Participants submitted 162,052 bird checklists reporting 5,689 species–more than half the known bird species in the world and 599 more species than last year! See top 10 lists and other 2016 results.
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