Happy Holidays from you friends with NMCA. Take time to be with family and friends and reflect on all your blessings.
The Salvation Army administers many programs and services designed to restore broken lives, to build healthy relationships, and to develop and encourage people of all ages. The Salvation Army is more than just the bell-ringers that you see at Christmas, more than the family stores that you see around town. They also offer programs such as: character building programs for youth, music training, community-building and fellowship for adults, housing assistance. They are always looking for new ways to get involved in the community life.
Schneider Tree Care offers their residential clients an ever-growing list of services including tree pruning, emergency tree removals, insect control, tree fertilization, lightning protection and more. They pride themselves on quality of work and professionalism of their teams. “We have over 18 certified arborists in Greenville, Charlotte, and Charleston to provide you with the best solutions for your unique needs. Every time you call Schneider Tree Care you will be greeted by one of our representatives eager to assist you.” Their home office is at 231 Tanner Drive in Taylors. They can be reached at their website or via phone at 864.244.3088.
NMCA Fall Social Report
Thanks to the approximately 140 members who came out on a beautiful fall afternoon to join us at the Bohemian Café. For those not able to come, you missed a delicious meal and the barbeque received rave reviews! (And, yes, they do catering!) Thanks to our sponsors, The Bohemian, Northpointe, Wilson Associates Realty, Curry, P.A., and Greenco Beverage. Also thanks to Brian Heinbaugh for providing the afternoon’s music! Check out the photo album on our Facebook page.
Development Update and Other City News
- Northpointe is through the necessary City Council Approvals and gearing up to get on site as soon as they can! “We have a few more I’s to dot and T’s to cross with the permit departments at the City and SCDOT before we get out there like we want and, because of the holidays, we don’t expect to be moving dirt until after Christmas. However, there have already been a several utilities companies out there moving lines in preparation for the project and the closing of Column St. Also, Duke has promised that their contractors will be starting this week. They have several poles and lines that need to be adjusted out of the way of the new roadbed prior to our work being able to start. While, I cannot give a groundbreaking date quite yet, we are incredibly close. Please convey our thanks for the support that the community has given. I know we still have a lot of skeptics out there when it comes to our road improvements, but the overall support from the community for the project has been incredible.” (CRH email, 11/15/16)
- Greenville has been without a planning and development manager since July and now the long-time city employee who has served in the interim is leaving. Bryan Wood, the city’s zoning administrator and interim planning and development manager, has accepted a job as community development director in Perry, Ga., a city about 30 miles south of Macon. (Greenville Journal, 11/13/16)
- Meeting with a Planner? In an effort to streamline the application process and provide a higher level of individualized service, effective Nov. 28, the Planning & Development Division staff will meet with potential applicants by appointment only. Appointments will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. To schedule an appointment with a planner, call 864-467-4476.
Also, effective November 28, planning and zoning permit applications will no longer be accepted after 4 p.m.
- The City of Greenville Design Review Board – Neighborhood Design Panel will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, December 01, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the 10th Floor Council Chambers at City Hall. One of the applications to be considered is: CA 16-700. Application by LS Residential LLC For a Certificate of Appropriateness to Construct a House on A Vacant Lot Located at E EARLE ST (TM# 003500-08-02100). CA 16-700 E EARLE ST HOUSE CONSTRUCTION.PDF
- In addition to visiting the soon-to-be-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and seeing baby pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, the Wall Street Journal recommends that curious travelers looking for “unpredictable travel destinations, all on the brink of change” make their way to Greenville. On Wednesday, the newspaper released a list of 10 “buzzy, newly accessible destinations” that tourists should consider visiting in 2017, and our little corner of the South made the cut. Greenville was one of three North American destinations to be featured, the other two being St. Kitts in the Caribbean and the Canadian Arctic. Check out the other picks here.
- Jonathan Jones, Bobby Pearse Community Center Supervisor asked us to let North Main residents know that the center is available for rental for a variety of uses. You can check out the rental prices and additional information by calling 864-467-4331. They also welcome new ideas about classes that the community would like to have at the center.
If you’re like me, sometimes the best gift for the person who has everything is a donation in their name to charity. (That’s also what many of us prefer to receive). Be sure to check out the Charity Navigator Website to see exactly how the money is used. How much goes to administrative costs versus the actual charity? It’s also helpful because there are often several charities with very similar names but much different ratings, or none at all.
And if you shop on Amazon, a reminder to always use AmazonSmile. It’s the same except a small portion of the proceeds goes to the charity of your choice. Every little bit helps! Click here to find out more.
Recycle Your Holiday Cards to Help St. Jude’s
As we reported last year, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles used greeting cards and creates new holiday and greeting cards for any occasion. The program is beneficial to everyone – customers receive fun, “green” holiday cards they can feel good sending to their friends and loved ones, and the children at St. Jude’s Ranch receive payment for their work and learn about basic job skills and the importance of recycling. To learn more about how to submit used cards or purchase recycled ones, go to their website.
And after Christmas, don’t forget about the City’s “Grinding of the Greens” tree recycling program. Trees can be placed at the curb for collection on regularly scheduled pick-up days or taken to 1 of 4 convenient locations (see website) for recycling. All trees must be free of debris such as ornaments, tinsel, ribbons and lights to be recycled. All holiday boxes, tissue paper and wrapping paper (except foil-lined) can be recycled at the curb.
According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in Nov and Dec is 64°F and 54°F, respectively, and the average low is 41 and 34. The average rainfall per month is 3.7” and 4.11”. The record monthly high was 86 on Nov 1, 1961, and 79 on Dec 10 & 11, 2007. The maximum low temperature was 69 on Nov 5, 1977 and 67 on Dec 2, 1991. The minimum high temperature was 25 on Nov 25, 1950, and 18 on Dec 31, 1917 (all time low). The minimum low was 11 on Nov 25 & 26, 1950 and 3 on Dec 30,1917. Maximum precipitation (rain) in a 24-hour period was 3.61” on Nov 2, 1948, and 3.83 on Dec 29,1901. Record daily snowfall was 4.0” on Nov 15, 1906, and 14.4” on Dec 17, 1930. The last time we had a white Christmas was 2010. (Records are from 1884 to present. Normals are from 1981 to 2010. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php . According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the best chances for snow will be in late November, mid-February, and mid-March. So maybe we shouldn’t count on a white Christmas.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a State Forester’s Burning Ban, effective immediately, for five Upstate counties: Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg. Reports are that some of these wildfires may burn for months as we enter the dry season. As of Nov 10, Greenville County was listed as in extreme drought status (red area on map).
La Niña conditions have developed and may last through the winter, according to a new report released from NOAA. Generally, in a La Niña winter you would expect warmer and drier than average conditions in the southern tier, while the northern tier experiences cooler and wetter conditions. Overall, this is the trend that is expected this current winter, with drier than average conditions in the southern tier and wetter than average conditions throughout much of the northern tier.
Photo is Lake Hartwell taken recently near Anderson.
It’s Germy Up There!
- Although full of germs, the lavatory may not be the dirtiest place on the plane because it gets the most attention and the most thorough cleaning. But…don’t wash your hands (airplane water has been under FDA scrutiny for years). Use a bacterial hand sanitizer instead. And use a paper towel to open the door as you leave.
- Some airports still require you to remove your shoes. Wear socks! The floor is dirty and people are walking all over it. Who knows what is on there?
- Avoid grabbing onto seats when walking through the plane. If you must take hold to steady yourself, use hand sanitizer as soon as you return to your seat. A cold virus can live on an inanimate object for at least 48 hours.
- If someone is coughing and sneezing within three seats in any direction, you may get infected. Unfortunately, most planes are full, so moving may not be an option. Use saline nasal spray before and after the flight. Humidity on a plane is around 25% and that dries out your mucus membranes, which reduces your resistance to infection; but keeping these membranes moist with saline spray may help. Although you may feel awkward, you can always wear a paper mask over your nose and mouth.
- Bring your own pillow and headphones. Think of all the drowsy, drooling passengers who may have used them before you.
- Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water. The benefits are exponential. For one thing, you’ll have to get up to visit the lavatory more and moving your legs can help prevent ‘economy class syndrome,’ also known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in your legs that develop, especially after long flights. Even tapping your feet can help.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol as both are dehydrating. You’re better off with bottled water or juice.
- Avoid touching the seat pocket…one of the dirtiest places on the plane. Toenail clippings and mushy old french-fries are just some of the nasty surprises that have been found in seat pockets.
- Flight attendants have witnessed many repulsive misuses of the tray table, from parents changing dirty diapers to kids sticking their boogers underneath. Research confirms that the handy tray table is a petri dish for all kinds of health hazards, including MRSA. Bring disinfectant wipes to clean off your tray table before and after use, and never eat directly off the surface. CDC guidelines tell you what to look for in a disinfectant and recommend checking a product’s label to see if MRSA is on the list of bacteria it kills; Lysol disinfecting wipes is one reliable choice.
- If you’re concerned about airplane food (and with good reason) eat beforehand and bring your own snacks onto the plane. http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/12/22/bt.germs.breed.on.plane/index.html
Greenville Fire Department’s Free Smoke Alarm Program
The Greenville City Fire Department still provides smoke alarms and installation, free of charge, to city residents. You may use the city address locator to verify you live in the city limits. To request a smoke alarm please request one with a Smoke Alarm Request Form. If you feel your smoke alarm is not functioning properly, you cannot afford an alarm or do not have an alarm, call 864-232-2273 to request a smoke alarm appointment.
Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and the batteries changed annually. If your alarm is sounding continuously, call 911.
Safety Programs: If you would like to have a firefighter speak to your school or organization, please fill out the online Public Education Request form. They also offer fire extinguisher classes, and classes on other topics. They typically consist of a 20-25 minute video and Questions and Answers session. This will be followed up by a hands on practical demonstration. Class length is determined by the number of participants. Hosts are responsible for providing a meeting room, television, and a DVD machine. Participants must be 18 years or older.
Soda Shop Food Drive – Helping Those Less Fortunate
This year the Northgate Soda Shop will again be holding a food drive. They can use any non-perishable food items, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. This year they are also collecting dry and canned cat and dog food. The food and paper products will go to the North Greenville Crisis Ministry. This organization serves the needy in the northern part of the county. It will serve many families not just one. The pet food will go to Meals on Wheels to benefit those recipients who also have pets. You can drop off items between now and Christmas. There will be boxes at the Soda Shop starting Thursday, Nov 17. amily but we have met them and love them as our family. There will be jars in the SS / OS for your donations. This family needs money more than material things. If you have any questions please talk to Judy or Iris at the SS / OS.”
If you want to know more about the family, we have posted additional information on our website at http://northmaincommunity.org/soda-shop-adopting-a-family-for-christmas/If anyone knows of similar efforts elsewhere in the North Main Community, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our Facebook page. Written comments must be received by the Monday before the Hearing in order to be given adequate time for consideration by the Commission before the hearing. Comments received after that Monday will be provided to the Commission at the Hearing. Please reference the application number and include your name and address on all correspondence. All comments will be made part of the public record.
The developer may be required to have a public neighborhood meeting. A property owner that directly abuts the proposed project or owners of 20% of parcels within 500’ may also request a meeting. Contact the Planning and Development Office for further instructions. See attached photo from document.
For Our Four-Legged Friends
During the holiday season, eating seems to be a common component of celebrating. Don’t forget your pets and the dangers of some foods. We all know about chocolate being a no-no. The Humane Society of the United States has a comprehensive list of foods that may be dangerous. There are also many plants which have parts that are poisonous. Some common houseplants include poinsettias (ALL parts are poisonous), caladiums, Easter lilies (all parts poisonous to cats), hyacinth, and philodendrons. For a complete list, check out this website. If you must have these plants, locate them where your pet cannot have access.
With so many pets being reported lost or found, please try and keep your pets either inside or in a fenced yard. Have them microchipped and make sure they have a collar with ID tags and contact info. And remember, when we are celebrating the New Year with fireworks, this can be a terrifying time for animals, so be mindful of our furry friends. There are many tips on keeping animals calm during these times. Here are some tips from PETA:
- The most soothing thing for scared dogs is to have their guardians close by. Distract your pet with games, brushing, petting, or food, and make sure that you act upbeat and calm to reinforce the idea that he/she doesn’t have a reason to be afraid.
- Drowning out fireworks with white noise or, even better, with “Through a Dog’s Ear” CDs, which are specially created by a sound scientist, a veterinarian, and a concert pianist to calm anxious dogs, makes the loud booms seem less frightening, and shutting the curtains and keeping the lights on helps to camouflage any sudden bursts of light.
- Melatoninis the best calming natural supplement for dogs, and you can find it at any health food store. Give your dog from 1 to 4 mg, depending on bodyweight, and try to give it a little ahead of the fireworks, if possible.
- A Thundershirtmight well be the best solution of all. This snug garment (based on the same principle as swaddling a baby) has a very high success rate at calming anxious dogs. Many pet supply stores and vets now stock them.
If you’re thinking that a cute puppy or kitten might be a great gift for the little ones in the house (or the adults, too), please keep in mind that owning a pet is a responsibility and commitment not to be taken lightly. Hopefully, he/she will become a family member. So, remember that when you visit the local Humane Society or ACS. There are lots of animals that need homes but they need good, forever homes. First time pet? Please considering fostering. Just a little love and time is all it takes. No cost at all! Lots of animals only have the equivalent of a cold, and they get better faster in a home than in a cage. And if you fall in love, you can always adopt but there are not obligations.
For the Birds
Don’t forget about feeding birds in winter. Water is often more critical than food…especially if this drought continues. Keep bird baths filled with clean water, and most important…keep a clean, thawed source of water available! Though they can extract some moisture from their food, most birds drink water every day. Birds also use water for bathing, to clean their feathers and remove parasites. After splashing around in a bath for a few minutes, a bird usually perches in a sunny spot and fluffs its feathers out to dry. Then it carefully preens each feather, adding a protective coating of oil secreted by a gland at the base of its tail.
Birds are attracted to moving water. You can buy one of the commercially available products that drips or sprays water into a birdbath. Or recycle an old bucket or plastic container by punching a tiny hole in the bottom, filling it with water, and hanging it above the birdbath so the water drips slowly down. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/notes/BirdNote09_ProvideWater.pdf
This is the time of year when we are all busy and many will be out of town. It’s a good idea to let friends and neighbors know so they can keep an eye on your house. If you have security systems or security cameras, be sure to arm them. Keep valuable items out of site. Set timers for lights to make it look like someone is home. Either stop your mail and paper or have a neighbor pick them up each day. And remember that at night, even though you cannot see out, if your blinds or curtains are open, those outside, including potential thieves, can see very clearly into your house. And with Christmas not far away, remember NOT to put those big screen TV or other boxes out on the street…that’s just advertising to criminals. Tear them up and place them face down on the curb or take them to the closest recycling site.
If you have a theft at your home, when you file a police report, you can also ask for extra patrols in your area. We have had 2 incidences of vandalism at North Main Rotary Park in the last few weeks. Keep your eyes open, please.
Also, since many have private events at their home during the holidays, the police dept. has a webpage that provides information on how to acquire cones, traffic barriers, etc. to ensure safety. The police department appreciates knowing about these events so they can provide extra patrols where there will be more than normal cars and pedestrians. These are especially good on roads like North Main which is now two-lane.
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)
- Schneider Tree Care (864.244.3088)
- 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)
- Southern Accent Designs (603.520.6570)
- 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)
- The Salvation Army (864.235-4803)
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. 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 a number of programs for adults and children during the holidays. Check out their calendar
- Don’t forget about a great local resource for family activities. Macaroni Kid lists all kinds of local activities for kids and families.
- For a list of Nov and Dec events at the Upcountry History Museum, check out their website listing.
- For other community events including info on Main Street Fridays, Shakespeare Festival, Downtown Alive, TD Saturday Market, Reedy River Concerts, and other special events, check out the City Calendar.
Dance Ventures is accepting Adult Students for the New Classes in Tap, Ballet and Jazz that will start in January, 2017. See the ad on the first page. Address is 1156 N Rutherford Rd, Located at Stone Plaza. Email is email@example.com, phone is 864-271-7701, and they are on Facebook too. (Editor’s note: As a student at Dance Ventures, I can tell you that it’s one of the most fun ways to get exercise for your heart, your bones and your brain! Give it a try!)
Nov – Dec – There’s always lots going on at the Community Tap. Check out their calendar.
Ongoing – Dancing at the Sears Shelter (McPherson Park). Line Dancing each Tuesday from 6-8pm. Movement Ritual & The Dance of Life begins in early January. Explore the motion and rhythm of your dance of life in this series grounded in dance pioneer Anna Halprin’s technique of awareness.
Nov 18 to Jan 16– Ice On Main. City officials and sponsors will kick off the United Community Bank Ice on Main skating season on Friday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. The opening ceremony will feature entertainment, announcements about the season and the ceremonial first skate. The rink will officially open to the public at 4 p.m. United Community Bank Ice on Main is located next to the Courtyard Marriott and City Hall on the Village Green at Main@Broad. Admission is $10 per adult and $8 per child (12 and under), which includes skate rental. Visit www.IceOnMain.com for more details.
Nov 20 – 9AM - Dec 4. 11AM – Caring Santa will be held at the Santa Set in Center Court of Haywood Mall during private mall hours from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs to have an opportunity to visit Santa to have their photos taken. Haywood Mall will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. To access this private event, families can enter the mall through the Palmetto Moon entrance.
Nov 21 – Winter Yoga Session at the Bobby Pearse Community Center. The 2016-17 Winter Yoga session will begin on Monday, November 21 and continue until Monday January 16,2017. Classes are from 6:30pm to 7:45pm. Yoga mats and blocks are available if you need them. The cost for the 8-week class is $32.00 for city residents and $40.00 for non-city residents. You can register online or pay at the site. (You end up receiving one free class by registering for the program online) There is also a pay per class option of $5.00 for city and $6.00 for non-city residents. http://www.greenvillesc.gov/1066/Adult-Fitness
Nov 24 -Thanksgiving Holiday – Greenlink Transit Closed
Nov 24,25 – Thanksgiving Holiday. City Offices Closed
Nov 18 & Nov27 (Dec schedule TBA) – Carolina Bronze Handbell Ensemble presents The Music of Christmas. Nov 18. 7:00 pm..J.L. Mann High School. 160 Fairforest Way. Greenville. Suggested donation: $5. Nov 27, 4:00 pm. Woodlands at Furman. 1500 Trailhead Ct. Greenville. Donations accepted
Dec 1 – Holiday Open House at the Hughes Main Library. Meeting Room A. 10-11am. Hear Christmas stories, sing carols, trim a tree and make ornaments. Ages 1 month – 4 yrs with an adult caregiver.
Dec 1 – 28. St. Francis Festival of Trees. All proceeds from the 2015 Festival of Trees will benefit the Outpatient Cancer Center at millennium campus.
Dec 1-3 – 46th Annual Holiday Fair. TD Convention Center. The region’s largest holiday arts, crafts and gift show. Fine art, fine craft, crafts, commercial/retail and antique/collectibles exhibitors, and no food booths. This event will also include animal rescue. Visit their Facebook page for the latest updates and a chance for free tickets.
Dec 3 – Santa’s Workshop. 1 – 3 PM @ Sears Recreation Center at McPherson Park. Come visit Santa at the Sears Recreation Center on Saturday, December 3rd! Bring your camera and take a free photo with Santa. Yes, Santa will be checking his list by the chimney between 1pm and 3pm so kids will have their last chance to give him one more hint. There will also be cider, cookies, elves and crafts!
Dec 3– Poinsettia Christmas Parade. 6pm – 7:30pm. For more than 75 years, the parade has signaled the start of the Christmas season in Greenville. Each year the parade attracts thousands of visitors downtown to view the holiday floats and activities. The parade route stretches Main Street from Augusta St. to North St. View Parade Route 2016 Parade Guidelines & Application
(Parade Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2016)
Dec 3 – Breakfast with Santa at the Greenville Zoo. 9a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa! $20 per person includes breakfast with Santa, provided by Texas Roadhouse, a free guest pass to the zoo and a chance to win fun prizes! Seating is limited, register today.
Dec 3 –. Safari Santa. Greenville Zoo. 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Come enjoy the zoo AND take your photo with Santa! This event is free with paid admission and offers zoo guests the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy an afternoon at the zoo. The first 100 children to have their photos with Santa will receive a free cookie provided by The Bair Foundation. Delicious hot chocolate and coffee provided by The Snow Castle will be served to warm you up. We will also enjoy holiday music performed by Impact Church choir. Please bring your own camera to catch the moment.
Dec 5 – Kids – TWILIGHT TALES: Polar Express Special. Hughes Main Library Story Room. 7-7:30pm. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child. Call 527-9248 for more information.
Dec 3 – Come visit Santa at the Sears Recreation Center! Bring your camera and take a free photo with Santa! Yes, Santa will be checking his list by the chimney between Noon and 2 p.m., so kids will have their last chance to give him one more hint. There will also be cider, cookies, elves and crafts so come join Santa for a jolly day.
Dec 2 – Bob Jones University Annual Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony. 6:30 p.m. followed by BJU Symphonic Wind Band’s Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium at the center of campus. The Symphonic Wind Band will present Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1, the wind version of the J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Lord of the Rings. The concert is free.
Dec 3 & 17 – Holiday Food FLEA at The Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. 11am – 3pm. Holiday Fleas will be Saturdays 12/3 and 12/17 from 11 am to 3 pm. Shop for vintage finds, upcycled home goods, handcrafted jewelry, reclaimed wooden pieces, gifts for dog lovers, chocolates, hand-poured candles, artisan foods, and many other locally-made items. The Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery will also be stocked with great holiday gift ideas, house-made pies, and delicious foodie finds.
Dec 8 – “33rd Annual Christmas With the Chorale“. 7:30 PM .McAlister Auditorium, Furman University. Greenville Chorale (Bingham Vick, Jr., conductor) and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (Thomas Joiner, conductor) mark the 10th anniversary of their Christmas collaboration, one of the Upstate’s finest holiday traditions. Enjoy thrilling seasonal music including both orchestral and choral favorites, along with the beloved audience sing-along carols that make for a festive evening celebrating the season.
Dec 9 – Northgate Soda Shop Christmas Party….details to come
Dec 11 – 13 – Peace Concert Hall. Check all the holiday programs including Charlie Brown Christmas and the Nutcracker.
Dec 13 – Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis. For more help or information about the 2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk of Upstate, SC, contact Erica O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-620-9646.
Dec 17 – The Santa Run, 8:45 AM - 10AM @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The SANTA RUN presented by the GREENVILLE TRACK CLUB and BON SECOURS St. Francis Sports Medicine continues to break ground in 2016. The run is departing from using trails in Cleveland Park to using roads in the Downtown area. The mood will be more festive than ever and we hope to encourage spectators to come and watch the awesome throng of costumed runners. The run returns to the excellent venue at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (BSWA), and as mentioned before, has a brand new 5K course. Anyone who has participated in the SANTA RUN is aware of its magical qualities. Put on a Christmas-themed costume and come on out. Join the throng of Santas and Elves and witness a shocking display of amazingly tacky sweaters as we take to the streets of downtown. Spread the Joy!
Dec 19-22 – 7:30am – 6pm. Holiday Break Camp. Bobby Pearse Community Center. Call (864) 467-4331 for more information. $65 City Resident. $80 Non-City Resident
Dec 23-26 – City offices closed.
Dec 26 – Greenlink closed for Christmas holiday
Jan 2, 2017 – City offices are closed for the New Year’s holiday
As many of you may know, this is the last newsletter for 2016. Your editor, like most everyone else, is a procrastinator, and now must begin shopping, baking, etc…making plans for the holidays. We would like to remind you that we often post information on our Facebook page that we do not send out as emails…don’t want to clutter up your inboxes. So, visit us there and follow us to get even more information. Thank you for your continued support of the association and your community!
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