*The Board of Directors now meets the first Tuesdays of most months at 6:30 PM at the Bobby Pearse Community Center. Members are welcome to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in case there is a location change and to insure we are meeting that month.
Second Call for Nominations – 2017 NMCA Board of Directors
All officers must reside within the geographical boundaries of the NMCA for the entire period they hold office, Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017. All officers must be 18 years or older. The President and Vice President may serve 2 consecutive terms and may then run for any office other than the one currently held. The Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary will be able to succeed her or himself as elected by the members. Any member may nominate someone for office. The nomination must be submitted no later than November 1. You may email the nomination to email@example.com or mail to PO Box 571, Greenville, SC 29602. The person nominated must agree to serve if elected and a brief statement of their qualifications and past contributions would be helpful for those who may not know them. Election ballots will be emailed or mailed to all members in late November.
Note: We are particularly in need of a membership secretary. This board member would keep the membership list current and participate in board meetings (monthly at most). Currently the list is in an Excel spreadsheet and the busiest time is the first quarter of the year when the majority of renewals come in.
Welcome to NMCA’s Newest Business Member
The Rushton Agency, LLC is a Nationwide Insurance Office founded in 1970. They service members in Easley, Pickens, Liberty, Clemson and the rest of the Upstate, offering auto, home, motorcycle, boats, RVs and Life insurance. “Let us help you select life insurance coverage that meets your needs, your life and your budget.” Agent, Janet Overton can be reached at (864) 859-9953. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
SAVE THE DATE! Sunday afternoon, October 23. Join us for the NMCA Fall Social. Watch for more details on location and specific times.
Development and Other City News
- There are two items on the upcoming Planning Commission meeting on September 15 at City Council Chambers that may be of interest to some of our members:
- SD 16-544. Application By Reid Hipp For A SUBDIVISION From 9 Lots Into 8 Lots On Approximately 2.22 Acres Located At 22 W MOUNTAINVIEW AV And TOWNES ST EXT In The R-6, Single-Family Residential District (TM# 017800-05-03700, -04100, -04200, -04300, -04400, -04600, -04700, -04800, -04900)
- SD 16-544 8 LOT SUBDIVISION AT 22 W MOUNTAINVIEW AV AND TOWNES ST EXT.PDF
- SD 16-545. Application By Renaissance Custom Homes For A SUBDIVISION With 35 Lots On 5.867 Acres Located At WHITE OAK RD And TWIN LAKE RD In The RM-1.5, Single- & Multi-Family Residential District (TM# 027500-07-00501, 027500-07-00301, 027500-07-00500)
- The NorthPointe zoning proposal scheduled for second reading on July 11 was tabled. We understand from city staff that the project has been through final review process, and the applicant has asked to postpone 2nd reading at council until they have worked out final construction costs. Road construction was expected to begin in late August/September with other construction beginning early winter. Obviously, the timeline will be delayed.
- For those interested, a meeting was held Tuesday, August 30, regarding the development between W. Mtn. View and W. Hillcrest. Comments from residents who were in attendance were mixed. The new plan shows seven lots in the subdivision, all around a very large cul-de-sac, with access from W. Mountain View instead of Townes Street as on the previous plan. (Keep in mind that with the two lots facing Townes where the small homes have been demolished, this would still be 9 lots.) Some thought the new design was preferable as no one would have a street in their back yard. The big concern is still drainage and storm water management. Some residents on W. Mountainview still have drainage issues from previous developments. They are concerned this will magnify the problem. The developer emphasized that he will be installing some type of “detention tanks” under the private access road to collect and slow the release of storm water, surface water and seepage. It’s obvious from past experience that a very sound plan must be devised and carefully reviewed by the city before any earth is moved. Bryan Wood, City Zoning Administrator, indicated that the developer will not be able to ‘sell lots’ or build spec homes (his current plan) until after all site grading, installation of detention tanks, etc. He also has to have a HOA agreement in place to sell lots – and the city has to sign off on this agreement. Another concern was lack of visitor parking as the access road is very narrow. As mentioned above, it is scheduled to go before the PC on September 15. In the meantime, Bryan agreed to take comments and/or suggestions from anyone. He can be reached at email@example.com or 864-467-4476.
- Expanded Trolley Service: Interim Public Transit Director informs us that Both the City of Greenville and the Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) have included funding in their respective budgets for trolley route expansion, and staff is working on an implementation plan for this coming spring. The GTA Board of Directors is still evaluating the draft criteria for trolley route expansion. The focus on route expansion has been to increase the connection to hospitality establishments (restaurants, tourism facilities, recreation areas), but there have not been any official route proposals put forward at this time for consideration by the GTA Board or City Council. Greenlink has issued a Request for Proposals in order to purchase two new trolleys to serve the new routes, with plans to move forward with acquisition of those vehicles in the next month. The idea of new/expanded trolley routes is still very much alive and in progress.
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” (Davy Crockett, 1834)
- In terms of crime…two bicycles were stolen from a front porch on Earle Street. Please keep valuables locked up or at least out of site. No more recent reports about packages stolen from front porches.
- We believe there was an attempted break-in on an older model truck on W. Hillcrest. The gasket around the “wing” window was damaged as if someone was trying to use a wire to unlock the door.
- As always, be alert for suspicious activity and let a neighbor or two know when you will be out of town. Stop your mail or have someone pick it up, along with your paper.
Informational Meeting with Greenville Police Chief Miller and Officers
Reminder: The North Main Community Association will be holding an informational neighborhood meeting on Wednesday evening, September 14, at 6pm at the Sears Shelter at McPherson Park. Our speaker will be Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller. As you know, police in many communities have been a frequent news topic and we feel there is a need to help address the understanding and mutual respect issues we are all reading about. This meeting will give our residents a chance to hear information on topics of interest, as well as ask questions of Chief Miller, Lt. Blair, Captain Thompson and CRT (Community Response Team) officers. The formal program should last approximately one hour. Possible topics include:
- Body Camera Policy and Practices, including proposed roll out date
- Disciplinary Policy and Practices, including how citizen protests are processed
- Use of Force Policy: Increasing Awareness & Understanding of the public
- Crime Statistics: Both city-wide and specific to North Main, as well as GPD initiatives
- Reverse 911 and how NMCA can be of assistance in database expansion
- Ride Along Program: This opportunity would be based on current environment and workload
- Requests for increased patrols. Contact info for our Community Resource Officer.
- Gang Resistance Program (GREAT/GRAVITY) – Initiative for summer school program
We look forward to seeing you there. With the ever present crime issues we seem to have in our neighborhood, a better knowledge of our police department will be helpful for all of us.
According to climate data from 1884 to the present, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in September is 82°F, and the average low is 62°F. The average rainfall for the month is 3.43”. The maximum high was 101 on Sept 6th (1954) and 9th (1939). The maximum low temperature was 78 on Sept 5th (1925) and 15th (1927). The minimum high temperature was 52 on Sept 28th, 1957. The minimum low was 32 on Sept 30, 1888. Maximum precipitation (rain) in a 24-hour period was 6.52” on Sept 30, 1936. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php . While the threat of rising seas is well established, a phenomenon that is, in a sense, its opposite receives far fewer headlines: large coastal cities sinking faster than oceans can rise. That is the conclusion of a review article published by a team of scientists who recently assembled in New Orleans, La., and in Venice, Italy, to examine the problem. Extraction of groundwater or fossil fuels, and sometimes simply generations of farming, are causing large metropolitan areas in coastal zones around the world to subside surprisingly quickly—making the relative rise of adjacent seas an even greater potential hazard. “There are areas where it is happening more rapidly than sea level rise.” “I think it is not fully appreciated how much greater subsidence is in some of these areas, and how much it contributes to the loss of wetlands.” The fastest subsidence rate, 250 millimeters or nearly 10 inches per year, was seen in China’s Huanghe Delta. Southeast Asia saw 30 to 60 millimeters (1.2 to 2.4 inches) per year, while Katrina-ravaged portions of New Orleans saw rates as high as 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) per year. https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/58/big-coastal-cities-sink-faster-than-seas-rise
Next Door North Main Street Website
Just a reminder to those who may not be aware of this useful website. If you haven’t signed up already, go to Next Door North Main and join. It’s just one more site for information for the North Main Community and it’s free. Nextdoor is a national private social network. Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home. You can post on Next Door North Main and it will go to other members in this and surrounding neighborhoods.
People are using Nextdoor to:
- Find a reliable handyman or someone to mow your lawn
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter
- Find out who does the best paint job in town
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog or cat
- Find a new home for an outgrown bike
- Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
And while you’re at it, if you do Facebook, go to our FB page and like and follow us. We post a lot of information there that is not sent out in emails.
Save the Date: Friday, October 7 The Summit Drive Fall Festival is coming up soon! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 7 and plan to join Summit Drive families and community members at this annual event. The Fall Festival cannot happen without volunteers of all types – be on the lookout for sign-ups and see how you can help! Own a business or just want to help make this event a success? Please consider a Fall Festival Sponsorship.
Where Does All the Water Go?
How does the water we see get back into the oceans to keep the water cycle going? A lot of runoff ends up in creeks, streams, and rivers, flowing downhill towards the oceans. Unless the river flows into a closed lake, a rare occurrence, or is diverted for humans’ uses, a common occurrence, they empty into the oceans, thus fulfilling their water-cycle duties. http://water.usgs.gov/edu/watercyclestreamflow.html Looking at the creek at the North Main Rotary Park, I found myself wondering about the interconnection of local waterways. Katie Hottel with Upstate Forever was kind enough to pull together two maps showing some of the main waterways in our area. They are very large so we have put them on our website. The first map is a zoomed in version of the North Main Community, showing streams, roads, etc. You can see where the creek that runs through the park starts. The major creek of note here is Richland Creek, which drains directly to the Reedy River. The second map shows a larger area and shows where Richland Creek meets the Reedy River, about 2 miles downstream.
Stone Academy Gift Cards for Kids Program
When you buy the things you need through Stone, you can help your child to enjoy more at Stone. How? It’s easy. You buy gift cards through their new Gift Cards for Kids program for what you would normally and the retailers give a percentage of each Gift Card purchase back to the school. And that’s how they pay for the arts at Stone Academy. So buy your gas or groceries or gifts, and help Stone and your kids! Gift cards will be for sale every month. Choose from hundreds of retailers and buy those gift cards for yourself or as gifts for others. Email Bernadette Moncher with any questions.
Don’t let this recent cool spell fool you. Summer is not officially over until September 22 when autumn begins. My pruning shears may be going back on the shelf for a couple more weeks. And daylight savings time doesn’t end this year until Nov 6.
Applying iron to St. Augustine this month will provide dark green color without stimulating excessive growth. If you plan to plant a cool-season (fescue) lawn, the best time to plant is between September 15 and October 15. It’s also a good time to aerate cool season lawns. Just remember it will need about a month of good growing weather to recover after aerating. Cool-season turf grasses are best renovated (seeded, plugged, etc.) during the early fall (September to October) at the beginning of their growing season.
It’s time to divide spring and summer blooming perennials. See Dividing Perennials for more information. IT’s still too early to plant your spring flowering bulbs. Late fall and winter are the best times to plant trees and shrubs. If you found you put a shrub in the wrong spot, fall and winter are the best times to move it.
And don’t forget to adjust your irrigation system as the weather cools and plants are transpiring less and require less water.
Are there really dead wasps in your figs? Yes! A friend posted about this on FB and I found it intriguing. Since my fig tree is producing better than ever this year, I started watching the ripening and rotting figs and taking pictures. It’s amazing all the different insects that feed on figs. The story is interesting, and sad in a way. First, it’s important to understand that figs aren’t technically a fruit; they’re actually an inverted flower. So the fig blooms inside its pod. As you know, flowers need to be pollinated so that they can reproduce, but since a fig’s flower is hidden inside itself, that means its pollinator — in this case, the fig wasp — needs to crawl inside the fig to bring the pollen directly to the flower…a relationship called mutualism. Female wasps know they need to get inside a fig to lay their eggs, so they crawl inside both male and female figs to try to do that. The female wasp burrows inside the fig through a narrow opening called an ostiole. If she arrives in a male fig, she is able to lay her eggs in an ideal environment and then dies. Her eggs hatch, with males hatching first (they are blind and flightless) and they mate with their female counterparts. The male wasps then burrow a tunnel out of the caprifig (male fig), and the females fly out, full of fertilized eggs and carrying pollen, starting the cycle anew.
If a female burrows into a female fig, not only does the narrow passage tear her wings off, but she can’t lay her eggs and dies of starvation. However, she does bring pollen into the internal flowers of the fig, pollinating it. After that, the figs quickly ripen, and people (and other animals) eat them.
So yes, there is at least one dead wasp inside the figs that we like to eat. But not to worry, the figs produce ficin, a special enzyme that breaks down the insect’s body into proteins that get absorbed by the plant. So the crunches you feel when you are chewing a fig are simply the seeds, not sacrificial wasps. http://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/fig-wasp1.htm
Park Committee: We have had a lot of folks say they were interested in the park and the park committee, but we need a few volunteers who are willing to BE this committee and help coordinate work days. The North Main park is in need of some TLC but the city is vastly understaffed to take care of all the parks and new projects the city keeps initiating. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in helping out and/or chairing or co-chairing the committee.
Caesar’s Head Hawk Watch
From early September until late November each year, members of the Greenville County Bird Club participate in a count of migrating hawks at Caesar’s Head State Park. The Hawk Watch is normally manned by volunteers who call themselves “Wing Nuts”, but other birders are welcome too. The birds are attracted by the thermals and updrafts generated by wind currents on the south facing escarpment. On a good day in September, hundreds, even thousands of raptors might be seen passing through. It’s not unusual to see 200 to 300 hawks at one time soaring or circling in a thermal overhead. This phenomenon is referred to as “kettling” or a “kettle” of hawks. To date, the highest single day count was over 5,200 birds. For information about the number of hawks seen at various locations along the migration route, including Caesar’s Head, visit the HawkCount Website. While it’s a little early here, and thus no count data yet, you can see counts at more northerly locations to get an idea of when they may start showing up here. The peak numbers here seem to come near the end of September…usually from the 18th to the 24th. But with the weird weather of late, that’s definitely not cast in stone!
When is the Best Time to See Fall Foliage
This varies due to weather but thanks to recent August rains, many predictions call for a close to normal schedule. According to the Blue Ridge Mountain Foliage Guide for 2016, this means “September 28th – October 5th: Peak time for areas above 5,000 feet. This would include: Clingmans Dome, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell and Graveyard fields (the first location on the Parkway to turn) and higher elevations of The Blue Ridge Parkway. October 5 – 16: Peak time for areas above 4,000 feet. This would include: Devil’s Courthouse, Waterrock Knob. This is peak time for the majority of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fall Colors as well. This is a great time to visit places like: Porters Creek Trail, Alum Cave Trail, Deepcreek, Big Creek, Cataloochee Valley, Hen Wallow Falls and Flat Creek Trail. Many of our Top 10 Family Friendly hiking trails are included in this elevation as well, along with our favorite trails in the Smokies. Included in this elevation are the Boone and Blowing Rock areas.”Check out their website for more information and good locations for later in the season. This Month’s Trivia – Greenville’s Sister CityA sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A sister city, county, or state relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement. It was originated here by President Eisenhower. How many of you can name Greenville’s sister city? Did you know we actually have 3? Bergamo, Italy: a city in Lombardy, Italy, about 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Milan and 30 km (19 mi) from the lakes Como and Iseo. The foothills of the Bergamo Alps begin immediately north of the town. Kortrijk, Belgium: Kortrijk is a Belgian city and municipality located in the Flemish province West Flanders.; and Tianjin, FTZ (Free Trade Zone), PRC (China). Tianjin can be described as an advanced city. With a population close to 9.6 million, Tianjin boasts a world-class educational network of over 20 colleges and universities and 320 vocational and technical schools producing thousands of well-trained professionals and industrial workers each year.
For Our Furry Friends
It seems like we are seeing more and more reports of missing cats and dogs. If you are a dog owner, please get your dog microchipped. It will insure a much faster reunion. At the very least, make sure the collar has contact information. If an animal ends up at Animal Care Services, don’t assume it’s an automatic death sentence. They do have to keep them for a minimum of 5 days before they can be adopted by a new family. Friendly animals often do get adopted. But because they are required to take in any animal brought in, they do sometimes run very short on space, so adopt from ACS when you can. It makes room for other animals that are brought in. They have more cats and dogs than the Humane Society. If you haven’t visited there lately, do so. There have been a lot of changes.
Community Cat Program – Greenville County Animal Care and the Petco Foundation are proud to announce a partnership that accelerates Greenville County’s dramatic move to becoming a lifesaving community. The Petco Foundation awarded Animal Care a $175,000 grant to establish, implement, and sustain the highly effective Community Cat Diversion Program. www.GreenvillePets.org Whether you love or loathe community cats, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is the most effective, humane way to control feral cat populations. Cats are trapped, neutered, ear-tipped (the universal symbol of a sterilized cat), and returned to their outdoor home. Check their website for more information.
Greenville Humane Society also supports TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) efforts in Greenville by offering discounted surgery, vaccine, flea/tick treatment, and ear-tipping prices for the feral cats in our community. Check out their website for details.
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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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 August calendar.
- The Children’s Museum has summer camps and other great programs for kids. Check them out on their website.
- 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.
- And check out Kidding around Greenville, a great site for fun things to do in Greenville.
Every Tuesday – Line Dancing at the Sears Shelter at McPhearson Park from 6 – 8pm. Swing Dance – McPherson Log Cabin each Tuesday evening. Lessons begin at 7pm. $4 for City residents! No partner or dance knowledge required. Two left feet are fine. Bring your friends and have some fun.
September– There’s always lots going on at the Community Tap. Check out their calendar.
September– Check out the classes and events at the Swamp Rabbit Café
Sept 12 – Fall Yoga Session begins. Monday evenings from 6:30 – 7:15. Bobby Pearse Community Center on Townes St. (North Main Rotary Park). Only $6 per class (Greenville City Residents $5). You can register for the entire session or just come as you can to single sessions and see what it’s all about. It can’t hurt to try. Come start the week out feeling great! Bring your own mat if you have one.
Every 2nd Thursday of the month, March–October – Yappy Hour. 6-8pm. Due to the new expansion construction, the July thru October Yappy Hours will be held at Brewery 85 at 6 Whitlee Ct. in Greenville. For $10, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and live music from local artists. Meanwhile, your dog (neutered and vaccinated) can run off leash in our canine courtyard and take a dip in our “doggie pools”. For more details or in case of inclement weather: consult their Facebook page or event calendar.
Sept 8 – The Hillcrest Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Kilgore Lewis House. They will have horticulture and each member can bring up to 3 specimens, to be in place by 9:45 a.m. The meeting will be an organizational one for the year and they will also have a video of English Gardens and refreshments. All members and guests are invited and for more information, call Mary Roberts at 238 -6851 or 458 -7735. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month, September through May. We are usually through by 11:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. We hope you can come!
Sept 14 – Neighborhood Meeting with Greenville Police Chief Miller. See newsletter body for info.
Sept 18 – NFL Punt, Pass,and Kick Competition. 1:30 – 3pm. Greenville High School Practice Field. Boys and girls ages 6-15 invited to compete. Free. 864-467-8011. For more information about the competition, and to register online, visit www.nflppk.com.
Sept 23 – Euphoria: Taste of the South. 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Charitable Food, Wine and Music Festival. This highly anticipated four-day event includes exclusive tasting events, intimate musical experiences, food truck rodeos, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, as well as multi-course dinners and live music concerts. Dedicated to excellence, euphoria features domestic and international wines, award winning chefs, master sommeliers and renowned singer/songwriters. Check out events and tickets, but hurry…some events are already sold out!
Sept 24 – Bark for Life. 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ County Square. A dog walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money for Relay for Life. Your reasons for walking in the Bark for Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives.
Sept 29 – Oct 2 – Oktoberfest. Four days of live music, German Beer, brats and contests to help celebrate the German influence in our community. Check out their website for daily times, locations and events.
Oct 7 – Summit Fall Festival. See information in newsletter body.
Oct 8 – Shredding and E-Waste Recycling Day. 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ TD Convention Center, Crosrol parking lot. Non-profit partner Loaves & Fishes will be on-site throughout the event to accept donations. At this free event, citizens can dispose of unwanted electronics and have their sensitive documents destroyed and recycled in a secure manner. All paper to be shredded MUST be bagged or boxed, and each person is limited to three large trash bags or three small boxes of paper. Bags and boxes must be intact, with no rips or tears. Reusable bags, boxes or containers will be returned to you. City residents and businesses can drop off the items listed below for free during this special event. There is a limit of 10 electronic items per person. *The City no longer is accepting fluorescent bulbs for recycling. (Note: A Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event is scheduled for November 12.)
The city will be selling compost bins for $20, payable by cash or check, during the Shredding and E-Waste Recycling event. For more information, visit recycle.greenvillesc.gov or call 864-467-8300.
Oct 8 – Walk To End Alzheimer’s. 8am at Fluor Field. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for hundreds of participants who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. Register a team online today at www.alz.org/walk .
Oct 9 – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K. 12:30-5pm. The Peace Center. Registration at 12:30. Walk at 2:30. Sponsors, volunteers and walkers needed! A celebration of survivorship – an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century.
Oct 7-9 – SCNPS 2016 Symposium. Co-sponsored by South Carolina Native Plant Society, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Garden Club of South Carolina. The 2016 Symposium will be held at Clemson University. This year we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary, and the theme for the symposium is Native Plants Connect Communities.
We have an exciting lineup of speakers, workshops, field trips and fun fellowship events planned. Our keynote speakers will be Drs. Patrick McMillan and Drew Lanham. Patrick is Director of the SC Botanical Garden, Bob Campbell Geology Museum & Clemson Experimental Forest and host of the Emmy Award-winning nature show Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. Drew is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson, a widely published author and popular speaker whose focus is translating conservation science to a broad spectrum of audiences.
Oct 14-16 – Belk Fall for Greenville. 5-11pm. Main Street. Three-day food festival. Fall for Greenville relies on the support of over 1,800 dedicated community volunteers during the course of the three-day event. Check out the food line-up at http://lineup.fallforgreenville.net/?sort=food
Oct 23 – NMCA Fall Social. Mark your calendars now and don’t miss it. Help us welcome in fall and visit with your friends and neighbors. Watch for more information soon.
Hard to believe but Halloween is just around the corner. Northside United Methodist Church has already sent us information about their pumpkin patch which opens Oct. 1. Send us your events so we can let our members and readers know about them. Just email email@example.com
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