NMCA Newsletter (05/2016)

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     Please Welcome Our Newest Business Members

10494911_512834015513564_401201000783317520_oKehl Culbertson Andrighetti, LLC is a full-service law firm, combining the talents of four lawyers who are all Greenville  natives and passionate about the community.  Located downtown at 11412540637_743885432408420_163900145366929216_n Manly Street, near the Bon Secours Arena, they handle a wide variety of legal matters, with a particular emphasis on commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation, estate planning, LGBT issues, criminal defense, family court litigation, business formations and transactions, and personal injury litigation.  Call 864-370-8222 with all your questions.  You can also find them on Facebook.

escapeEscape Artist Greenville offers a one-hour entertainment experience in which you work together as a team to “escape” the room before time runs out. To succeed, you’ll need to solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items and more. Created, owned and run by North Main residents, Will and Kim Rutherford.  Their careers in theme park engineering and costume and set design led them down the long road from haunted houses and murder mystery parties to creating Escape Artist Greenville They are located at 217 E. Stone Ave. Suite 7.  Phone:  864.509.9305 or check out their website or visit their Facebook page for photos of former escape artists.

NMCA May Membership Drive and Member Social

socialSaturday, May 21, 4-7pm.  You should have received an invitation postcard in the mail.  If you have not already joined or renewed, please do so now to avoid the lines.  Go to www.northmaincomm.org/membership or mail a check to PO Box 571, Greenville, 29602.  It will once again be held at the home of Maria and Roland Gomes (corner of N. Main and W. Earle).  Join us for free beverages, food and music.  Plus, free face painting and balloon making for the kids.  Please thank our sponsors for this years’ event: Presenting sponsor:  Jason Elliot Law Firm.  Gold Sponsors:  Lil Glenn Company, Inc.  Greenco, Drake Curry, P.A., The Drop-In Store, Darrohn Engineering, and RedHype.

Development Update and Other City News

NorthPointe: According to CRH staff, they are working hard to satisfy the contingencies that the DRB and Planning Commission imposed and intend to be present at the May 23rd City Council meeting for the First Reading and June 13th for the Second Reading.  This timeline will allow them to be breaking ground on the roads in July.

all inRecycling:   Big Blue is coming!  Beginning May 30, the city will be delivering the free carts.  But they won’t start collecting with the new system until June 6.  But remember, effective April 1, the city is no longer accepting glass for recycling at the curb or at its Stone Avenue and Rutherford Road recycling centers. The new 95-gallon roll carts have lids, which keep the materials contained and dry; wheels, which make them easier to get to the curb and much more room for bulky items and plenty of recyclables. If you recently moved into a new home, call 864-467-4345 to request a cart and find out what your collection day is. For answers to FAQs about the new system and what can and cannot be recycled, go to the city’s website.

May Gardening

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”. Ever wonder how that phrase started?  The saying has a long line of history, dating back to the fourteenth century to Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. His version is more of a prequel to today’s saying.  And with global warming…it all goes out the window! If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  June bugs?

  • You should be almost finished pruning your perennials and other plants.  Reminder: Summer Flowering Plants:  Prune before spring growth begins (produce flowers on current season’s growth) Spring-Flowering Plants:  Prune after flowering (produce flowers on previous season’s growth).  And try to resist the urge to commit ‘Crepe-murder’.  Topping is not the correct way to prune crepe myrtles!
  • Fertilizer your lawn, shrubs and trees.  When fertilizing shrubs and trees, be sure to scatter the fertilizer out around the drip line and not up close to the trunk to prevent burning roots.  If using liquid foliar fertilizer, be sure to wait until leaves are fully expanded so they will be able to take up the fertilizer and try to do it later in the day to avoid leaf burn.
  • Now is a good time to inspect your irrigation system for repairs and upgrades.  You should also make sure the timer is set properly for early season irrigation.  See the Home and Garden Center’s irrigation publications for more information.

Don’t forget about the 10th Annual Upstate Farm Tour coming June 18 – 19.  Load up a car with your friends and family, choose from 22 farms on the map that you’d like to visit and get out in the countryside! Your button is your car pass – good for a full carload of people. Meet Your Local Farmers! It’s Farm Fresh Fun for the Whole Family on Father’s Day Weekend! Tour local, sustainable farms and discover the delicious meat, dairy, fruits and veggies produced right here in the Upstate! The tour is self-guided and farms and sites are located throughout the Upstate in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Laurens, Greenwood and Spartanburg Counties. Visit any farm in any order. RAIN OR SHINE. And, don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can take home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms! The tour is an educational event produced by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. For more information, https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/uft/ , stephen@carolinafarmstewards.org  or call CFSA at (919) 542-2402.

Home Canning and Food Preservation seems to be enjoying a comeback in recent years. This is partly due to the concern of what is in purchased food, but also the increasing availability of local produce and folks growing their own.  It really isn’t that hard to preserve that delicious summer harvest for use in the winter.  Did you know that Clemson offers both Water-bath and Pressure Canning Classes here in Greenville at the local county Extension Office?  Check out their website for information on dates and cost.

Crime Prevention

With increased lawn and garden work comes the habit of leaving tools out which makes it so tempting for thieves. Remember to keep all your tools out of site and locked up when not in use.

As Communities seek ways to become involved in crime prevention, the Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the requests for Neighborhood Watch and other safety programs. This unit can provide training on internet safety, personal safety, “stranger danger”, senior citizen safety, and many other programs.  Let us know if you are interested in programs on these topics and NMCA will be happy to arrange one or more.

As a reminder, the Non-Emergency number is 864-271-5333.  The Police Tip Line is 864-271-4273.

As part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program, the downtown surveillance network will soon number over 200 cameras. The network is being upgraded with high-definition and low-light cameras that can zoom in close to see a face or a license number.  They hope it will deter crime and help in investigating crimes.

Some residents are even considering installing motion sensitive cameras to record suspicious activity around their homes.

HOG Day 2016 at the North Main Rotary Park

Over 5,000 volunteers completed 160 projects across Greenville County Saturday morning, April 30, as part of the United Way Hands on Greenville (HOG) Day.  106 teams with representatives from area companies, organizations, church groups, and families worked as part of the event, now in its 22nd year.   Projects ranged from landscaping to neighborhood clean-ups and construction.

NMCA is a partner in HOG and we had 14 volunteers from AGFA helping to spruce up the North Main Rotary Park.  Agfa HealthCare is a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions for hospitals and care centers around the world.  The business group is a major player on the diagnostic imaging market, providing analog and digital technology, as well as IT solutions to meet the needs of specialized clinicians.  Last Saturday they put on a different hat and for 3 hours worked hard to help beautify the park.  They were some of the hardest working volunteers we have had.  Here are a few photos…you can view more on our FB page. 13131645_10154058701501605_3427044355524620688_o

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Attention All Animal Lovers

Roper Mountain Science Center is hosting Butterfly Adventure which kicks off on Saturday, June 11 and runs Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm, through July 9.  They need volunteers to be outside in the sunshine, helping with activities dealing with butterflies and other animal stations that involve crafts and games. If you would like to help out for any or all of the dates listed below, please contact Tim Taylor, the Life Science Specialist at Roper Mountain, at 864.355.8917  tmtaylor@greenville.k12.sc.ustmtaylor@greenville.k12.sc.us  RoperMountain.org

DATES and TIMES:

From 9 – 2 pm, Monday – Friday the weeks of June 13, June 20, June 27 and July 4.

From 9 – 2 pm on the following Saturdays: June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2 and July 9.

Here’s the website where you can find out more about the program: http://www.ropermountain.org/main.asp?titleid=butterflyadv

For Our Four Legged Friends

kittenKitten Season is here!!  We will be seeing more and more kittens available for foster and/or adoption at local animal shelters, as stray and pet cats have kittens.  Look for specials on cats, dogs and kittens at both ACS and GHS.   The Greenville Humane Society almost always needs foster homes for young or sick animals …usually for only a couple of weeks. Plus, the more they can place in homes, the more room they have to take in others.  If you’re interested in fostering, please visit www.greenvillehumane.com/foster-program or stop by the facility on Airport Road to find out more about the Foster Program and fill out a Foster Application. It doesn’t cost a dime, just some love and your time…

11081188_800504533363243_265386794312606700_nYappy Hour is back!  Join your friends (human and/or furry) every 2nd Thursday.  $10 for Beer, Bark and Band!  Bring your friendly, spayed/neutered and vaccinated dogs to play off-leash in the fenced courtyard next to the Greenville Humane Society adoption center while you enjoy Brewery 85 beer, Papa John’s Pizza, and live music.  Check out their Facebook page for more information.  Due to the new expansion construction, the June thru October Yappy Hours will be held at Brewery 85 at 6 Whitlee Ct. in Greenville.)

Animal Care Services is still offering all adoptions for $35 …. Dogs, cats, kittens.  The Greenville Humane Society (GHS) has some “long term cat residents” for only $15. These are sweet cats who may need to be the only cat in a family and/or need a little more patience and love than some in order to adjust.  Some have been there as long as 3 months.  Stop by and meet them soon…you may just fall in love.

Camp Animal Care at ACS is a great way to educate kids about proper care and treatment of pets, give ideas about how to help animals at Animal Care, create volunteers for tomorrow and show campers how they can make life better for animals. Check out their website for more info and dates and registration.

Vet-Camp-Website-Picture-300x200Do You Have a Student Looking Ahead to a Career in Veterinary Medicine?  Join a select group of high school students for a dynamic two-hour overview of the medical side of an animal shelter. Led by Greenville Humane Society Medical Director, Dr. Kelly Grisham, you will learn about pet diseases, animal first aid, vaccines, pet responsibility, and observe a real spay/neuter procedure. In addition, you will receive an insider’s tour of our facility and participate in a brief service-learning activity. This action-packed session can help you decide if a career in animal science is right for you.  To be a part of this special mini-camp, you must be a rising 10th – 12th grader and submit a complete application to the Director of Humane Education. After submission, your application will be reviewed and if approved, you will then be invited to register for ONE of four camp dates. Enrollment is $25 per student and is paid online when you register for a session. Availability is limited and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.   Camp Dates:  June 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Do you know about Animal Care Service’s ‘Community Cat Diversion Program’? It operates under the guidelines of the proven Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) method.   With the health of the community and the animal as the priority, the TNR program is a scientifically proven method that reduces cat overpopulation in an effective and humane way.  Only unwanted or abandoned cats living outdoors full-time and brought to Greenville County Animal Care by animal control agencies or surrendered by the public will qualify for this program. Kittens must be at least 12 weeks old and healthy enough to undergo spay/neuter surgery. The key to TNR is to return the cat back in its own territory with its own colony mates – not to just release the cat anywhere. If you think you have a cat in your area that would qualify, trap it and take it to ACS.  But be sure to first look for a clipped ear tip.  This is the humane, universal symbol of a sterilized cat.

Weather Tidbits

According to climate data from 1884 to the present, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in May is 80°F, and the average low is 57°F.  The maximum high was 100 on May 28, 1916. The maximum low temperature was 73 on May 24, 1953.  The minimum high temperature was 46 on May 7, 1992 and the minimum low was 27 on May 3, 1885. Average rainfall in May is 3.76 inches. Maximum precipitation (rain) in a 24-hour period was 8.2” on May 8, 1910.  We actually recorded a trace of snow on May 17, 1992. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php .

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, May will be slightly cooler than normal, with near-normal rainfall.  Summer will be cooler than normal, with the hottest period in mid-August, and rainier than normal. The greatest hurricane threats will be in early to mid-July and mid- to late September. The greatest threat of tropical storms will be in mid-August.  September and October will be much warmer than normal, with rainfall above normal in the north and below in the south.

 

Proposed Trolley Route Change

Thanks to all those who responded to the proposed Trolley route change.  We have submitted a summary of all the responses to the Manager of Transit Planning at Greenlink.  They have indicated the information will help them weigh the pros and cons of altering the service.  They will continue to discuss the details of such a change with their staff and the folks at City Hall. We’ll keep you posted.

 

For You Astronomy Buffs

May 21 is a Full Moon, Blue Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 21:15 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. Since this is the third of four full moons in this season, it is known as a blue moon. This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving rise to the term, “once in a blue moon.” There are normally only three full moons in each season of the year. But since full moons occur every 29.53 days, occasionally a season will contain 4 full moons. The extra full moon of the season is known as a blue moon. Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years.

May 22Mars at Opposition. The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Mars. A medium-sized telescope will allow you to see some of the dark details on the planet’s orange surface.  http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-current.html

 

Cancer Survivors Park

parkThe Cancer Survivors Park is located on a 6.8-acre site along the Swamp Rabbit Trail in downtown Greenville. It occupies the space below the Chamber of Commerce building, stretching from the edge of Falls Park at Church Street to the edge of Cleveland Park at the Cleveland Street Bridge.  The space includes a central pavilion, specialty gardens, and sculptural and educational elements. The park will also house numerous community programs designed to help anyone learn to live with cancer, or any life-altering illness or loss.  Just in time for World Cancer Day, the boardwalk at Greenville’s Cancer Survivors Park was dedicated last Thursday marking the completion of the first phase of the much anticipated project. Over 200 people lined the 1,000-foot long boardwalk. The land was donated by the Naturaland Trust, which was founded by Tommy Wyche, and Renewable Water Resources, or ReWa.   If you haven’t been, stop by.  Visit their website to learn more, join or make a donation.

 

 

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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

  Law Firms/CPAs/Financial

Insurance

Retail/Home Décor

Realtors

Food/Drink/Catering

Personal Health/Well Being

Home Improvement/Builders/Architects

Miscellaneous Professional Services

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.


      Calendar

 

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 May 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. 

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.  Considered the premier American art museum in the South, the GCMA is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth.  The GCMA also has an impressive collection of paintings and prints by contemporary artist Jasper Johns. Ranging from Federal portraits to contemporary abstractions, the GCMA’s acclaimed Southern Collection invites viewers to survey American art history through works with ties to the South.

 Listed below are some of the events coming up in May & June…for more, check the city calendar.

 Mondays, Tuesdays and ThursdaysLine Dancing, Lindy Hop and International Folk Dance at the Sears Shelter at McPhearson Park.  Dances are taught in a fun and easy way with a variety of music. No partner or dance knowledge required. Two left feet are fine. Bring your friends and have some fun. Check out the Parks and Rec website for times and registration for each.

 May 16 – June 13Yoga at the Bobby Pearse Community Center.  6:30 – 7:45pm each Monday.  Start the week feeling great!  Cost is only $32 for the entire session or $5 per class for city residents ($40 or $6 for non-residents.)  You can pay at the door or register online for the entire session.  The summer session will start in late June.  Watch for details.

May– Check out the classes at the Swamp Rabbit Grocery and Café and the special events at the Community Tap.

Every Wednesday in May – Fidelity Investments Moonlight Movies at Falls Park on the Reedy.  Free.  Food Trucks on site. Bring your chairs, a blanket, and a picnic, but leave your pets at home. If you bring alcohol to consume on site, a wristband must be purchased for $1. Movie begins at dusk.  Upcoming movies include, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Searchers.

May 7 to October 29, Saturdays –  TD Saturday Market, 8am – noon. Downtown Greenville.

May 13 – 15Artisphere.  3-day art festival.  Friday, May 13: 12PM-8PM, Saturday, May 14: 10AM-8PM, Sunday, May 15: 11AM-6PM. Artisphere is committed to celebrating the arts and this area’s rich international and multicultural flair by providing a high-quality event that attracts, entertains, educates, inspires and enriches a diverse audience and thus brings the community together through the arts.

All Year – Check out the 2016 schedule of classes at Dance Ventures at Stone Plaza.  Everything from tap to ballet to jazz.  Join a class today. It’s fun and it’s good for you, too!  864-271-7701.

May 21Save the date!!   NMCA Spring Social and Membership Drive.  4-7pm. See article in newsletter.

May 21Armed Forces Day Parade. 5-6pm. Main Street from Broad Street to Flour Field.  Military vehicles, displays, bands, a cruise-in, and much more! Wear your patriotic colors and say “Thank you” to our heroes!

May 22Taste of the Upstate. 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Hyatt Regency Greenville.  Taste of the Upstate2016-05-22T18:30:00.      Loaves and Fishes is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a very special Taste of the Upstate event. The event is a premier food event featuring “tastes” from 12 of Greenville’s most celebrated restaurants. It is scheduled for May 22nd, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Greenville, silent auction, gourmet cake walk and live music. Select wine, beer and spirit will be served to compliment the savory and sweet creations on offer. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased online at http://loavesandfishesgreenville.com/taste-of-the-upstate

May 27Brew in the ZooA fun filled evening from 6pm – 9pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Greenville Zoo. Guests will sample craft beer and food, with sounds from Dead 27’s all while walking through the zoo and visiting the animals.

zoo campDid you know you can now enjoy live streaming video of the zoo’s giraffe couple, Walter and Autumn, live on their giraffe cam? But you may have to be patient.  The day I tried a couple of times, they were nowhere to be seen…

Look at the Zoo’s calendar for additional events.

 

May 27Great Scot! Parade.  Main St. 6pm.  Check out the other events on Saturday, May 28, including the Scottish Games at Furman, Border Collies, Pipe and Drum Competition, Wee Scotland for kids and more.  It will be a rare treat to watch the collie handlers and their teams of this caliber demonstrate their skills; the level of performance will be extraordinary. This year, they’re keeping the sheep shearing demonstrations (we’re not sure if the shearer has to catch the sheep or he has his dogs do it). Also, you can watch the dogs herd ducks through an obstacle course, a task many mothers of small children may relate to!   And, the ‘Greatest Scottish Happy Hour in the World & Celtic Jam kicks off at 5:30.

June 2 – Last day of school for Greenville students. Last 3 days are half days.schools out

ribbonJune 5Cancer Survivors DayA celebration for all cancer survivors coinciding with National Cancer Survivors Day will be held at The Embassy Suites on Verdae Blvd in Greenville, 2-4pm.  Whether a patient, caregiver, family member or friend, this event will offer a chance to appreciate the survivors in your life and celebrate the successes with educational exhibits.

June 24Chautauqua History Alive – Amelia Earhart.  7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Falls Park TD Amphitheater.  Chautauqua History Alive – Amelia Earhart

Take to the skies with Amelia Earhart whose courage and plucky personality showed how women could soar beyond society’s expectations. You’ll laugh . . . you’ll cry . . . you’ll just flat out have a good time. If you like something that holds you spellbound, entertains you and incidentally teaches you – then you’re going to love Chautauqua. Historic figures appear on stage, and you question them – no holds barred! And you, the audience, are always a part of the show. Bring your lawn seating and picnics and the whole family and enjoy a summer evening outdoors.   Falls Park TD Amphitheater, South Main Street and Falls Park Drive

 

 

The use of trade names or advertisements in this publication does not constitute endorsement or discrimination by the North Main Community Association.

 

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