NMCA Newsletter (08/12)


Woodstock Revisited:  Benefit for Greater Greenville Master Gardeners

Palmetto Drum Co. is sponsoring a benefit for the Greater Greenville Master GardenersWoodStock Revisited. August 18th, 8:30pm, $10.00.  15 local musicians will perform music from WoodStock artists including Janis Joplin, Ten Years After, Blood Sweat & Tears, Joan Baez, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Dead, & More.  Nyla Beans, Karen Dillingham with her tie dyed clothing and Cabin Floor Records are all going to be there to sell 60’s/70’s vinyl records, clothing, jewelry, and fun stuff.  Tickets are available at Palmetto Music, The Handlebar & Horizon Records.


Pet Theft is on The Rise

The American Kennel Club, which has been tracking pet thefts since 2007, reported a 32% increase in dog thefts last year.  While some animals are snatched from their yards or during home invasions, opportunistic thieves most commonly steal dogs left in cars or tied up outside stores. In the ASPCA’s hometown of New York City, dognappings skyrocket every summer as pet parents take advantage of nice weather to combine dog-walking with errand-running.

Protect Your Pet:  Avoid becoming a victim of this heartbreaking crime!

  • When running errands around town,      visit pet-friendly establishments or please leave your dog at home.
  • Keep a close eye on your pet in      designated off-leash areas, where he could become a target for criminals      looking to make a quick buck. (Pet thieves often try to resell—or even      hold for ransom—stolen dogs.)
  • Avoid leaving your pet unattended      in the front yard, especially if your lawn is exposed or accessible.
  • The same rules apply for leaving      your pet tied up outside a store. In addition to being vulnerable to theft      and teasing, your dog might escape or get injured.

Microchip your pet! Microchipping can often mean the difference between temporary and permanent separation from your furry loved one.  http://blog.aspca.org/content/dognapping-rise-protect-your-pet


NMCA Blood Drive

Calling all blood donors!  Come to the Northgate Soda Shop Tuesday, August 14, from 4 – 8PM.  Donate blood and get a free T-Shirt!  Help save a life!  Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat before donating!  And take a look at the Soda Shop’s new website for information on the Soda Shop history, events, menu and more.


What’s Going on at the Park?

For those who noticed the digging going on down by the bridge near the ball field at the North Main Rotary Park, the city (with financial assistance from NMCA) is installing a ‘Rain Garden’ to help capture and filter water that flows down and accumulates in that area.  Storm water has always been a problem there, washing soil down and over the paved area by the bridge and around the triangular planting bed.  The plan is to have it backfilled and planted in the next couple of weeks… weather permitting.  The garden will include plants such as Beauty Berry, Helleri Holly and Adagio Grass.  Since they started the project a week or so ago, it’s been working well…better than a rain dance since we’ve had rain almost every day!!

For more information on ‘Rain Gardens’ and how they function, check out the Demonstration Rain Garden established at Cleveland Park back in 2009 by the Clemson University Extension Service, the City and local cooperators.  It’s open to the public with the goal of teaching local residents how to use rain gardens in their own landscapes to reduce problems associated with storm water runoff.  Soon North Main will have our own “teaching tool”.

Back to School!

School will be starting before we know it…where did summer go?  For school information and to view or print the 2012-13 school calendar, go to http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/Parents/main.asp?titleid=calendar

Weather Tidbits

According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in August is 87.0°F (watch for more records to fall this year!), the average low is 67.7°F and the average precipitation is 4.21”.  The record maximum for the period 1962-2006 was 103°F on August 22, 1983.  The record minimum was 52°F on August 29, 1968.  Record high rainfall was in 1995 with 17.37”.   Record minimum precipitation was 0.79” back in 1999.  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html   http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during July was 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, marking the hottest July and the hottest month on record for the nation. The previous warmest July for the nation was July 1936 when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F. The warm July temperatures contributed to a record-warm first seven months of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895.  According to the Palmer Drought Severity Index, whose record spans the 20th century, about 57% of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate-to-extreme drought in July. The last drought this extensive was in December 1956 when about 58% of the nation was in moderate-to-extreme drought.    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120808115055.htm


Now Available: Urban Naturalist Program

Livability educator, Jaclin DuRant, has completed the first part of the Curriculum for Sustainability, the Urban Naturalist Program. The Urban Naturalist Program is designed to provide educators and parents the tools they need to introduce students of all ages to the natural world in an urban setting.

The Urban Naturalist Teacher’s Guide includes background information, handouts, and how-to guides for exploring nature in the city, as well as information and tools specific to identifying some of the flora and fauna common to Greenville, SC.

The first edition of the Urban Naturalist Program is now available for download from the Connections for Sustainability Website.


North Main Crime Update

We recently sent out the following email crime update:  An older clean-shaven man was observed August 1 walking down W. Hillcrest Drive, looking into parked automobiles in front of houses. If you see suspicious activity of this nature, please call the police non-emergency number at 271-5333 and also let us know so we can alert our neighbors. Remember…do not leave valuables in your car and keep the doors locked. Let’s all be a part of ‘North Main Neighborhood Watch’ and watch out for our neighbors.   Remember…you can request a free “security survey” of your property.  Just contact Courtney Palmer, Greenville Police Dept. Crime Prevention Specialist, at cpalmer@greenvillesc.gov or call her at 864-467-4372.

Also, for those who noticed the helicopters flying around the Summit Drive area that same day, we understand there was a meth lab busted on Druid Street.  This is obviously another suspicious activity that folks can keep their ‘eyes’ and ‘noses’ open for.  There isn’t any single odor that would be a tip-off for meth production, but several chemicals waft distinctive odors. Examples of odors from a meth lab might be a sweet ether smell, acrid chemical fume, ammonia or cat urine odor, or rotten egg sulfurous stink.  Some say it smells like burning plastic.


HABITUS Focus Group Reminder

Dr. Kerstin Blomquist, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Furman University and head of the Healthy and Active Bodies in the UpState (HABITUS) lab, is seeking to partner with the North Main Community.  She wants to hear residents’ thoughts and concerns about nutrition, eating behaviors and physical activity, in order to identify new opportunities for community-based initiatives. We had our first focus group in July.  She will be organizing another small focus group of 6-8 residents later this fall after school starts.  It only takes a couple of hours.  If you are interested in participating in this second group, please contact Dr. Blomquist at habitus.lab@gmail.com or call 864-294-2811. We’ll be sending out reminders later, but once she has enough for a group, she can work with you to determine the best day/time to best suit your busy schedules.  For more information on the program, go to the HABITUS website.


Flash From the Past

Recognize these two places?







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 in the summer for children.  Check out the August Calendar.

August 14   NMCA Blood Drive. Northgate Soda Shop.  4 – 8 pm.  T-shirt for all donors.

August 14 – Community Tap Anderson Valley Brewing Company Tasting drop-in 5:30-7:30 FREE

August 16Earth Market Greenville  On the lawn of the McDunn Studio and Gallery.  3-7 PM.

August 16Itty Bitty Bites, Kids Eat Free night at Earth Fare.  3620 Pelham Rd.  Fighting to eliminate childhood obesity, Earth Fare Market has launched a program to educate children on the food they eat, and how to make healthy choices.

August 17 – 26 Upstate Foodie FestLocal restaurateurs have teamed up to offer you the chance to experience some of the area’s best cuisine at an appetizing price. This year, restaurants will be offering a “3 for $30,” “2 for $20,” or “Buy 1, Get 1” menu.

August 17Karaoke at the Northgate Soda Shop.  8pm – 1am.  (Food served until 9pm)

August 18Woodstock Revisited.  8:30 PM.  The Handlebar.  See article above.

August 21Upstate Chapter Native Plant Society Meeting.  7 PM.  Greenville Tech. University Center.  “The Natural and Cultural History of Fire in the Southlands”.  Outdoorsman, land manager, and DNR biologist Johnny Stowe will discuss the philosophies and benefits of burning, both historically and currently, illustrating his points with photos of many types of ecosystems.

August 22 – All Pink – Wine Tasting for Awareness 5-7pm ($15)  Community Tap. The Pink Wine Tasting benefits breast cancer awareness.  Call 864-631-2525 to reserve your spot.

August 24 – Veteran DJ and Radio Personality “SPANKY” Jim Miller will be spinning tunes, featuring his music videos from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.  Northgate Soda Shop.  8 pm.  Come sing along!

August 25Mutt Strutt to benefit the Greenville Humane Society.  8:30-11am.  Cleveland Park.  5K Run/Walk for people and their dogs.  Telephone:  864-242-3626.

August 25Zoo-A-PaloozaB93.7 is taking over the Greenville Zoo on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from 6pm to 9pm! Tons of food, vendors, free BEE prizes and more…plus, you can watch the monkeys while listening to live music.  Telephone:  864-467-4311

August 30 IPA Battle Royale (Victory vs. Stone) drop-in.  Community Tap. 5:30-7:30pm. FREE.

Starting September 5Fidelity Investments Moonlight Movie SeriesWednesdays, 8 – 10:30 pm.  Falls Park Amphitheater.  Free family fun entertainment and each week a different movie from the 50’s to the 80’s. Coolers, food, beverages, blankets, chairs are permitted.   Telephone: 864-467-4484

September 22Upstate Native Plant Society Plant Sale.  9am – 1pm.  McAlister Square North Parking Lot.


For other community events, check the Greenville City calendar 

Or, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau


Fall Programs at Greenville Community Centers


Program Instructors Needed

The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is seeking instructors to offer fun and exciting recreational and educational classes to our community. Our department offers a wide variety of recreational programs to citizens of all ages. These programs take place in city parks, community centers and other locations.   For a full listing of programs visit  http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/RecPrograms.aspx



When:  August 22 – December 19.   2:30-6pm.

Where:  Bobby Pearse Community Center

Fee:  This class is currently FULLCall 864-467-8011 for information on the waiting list.



When:  Mondays, 6:30  – 7:45pm.  September 10 – October 29.  No experience necessary.

Where: Bobby Pearse Community Center.

Fee: $32 for city residents; $40 for non-residents.

Register online or call 467-4331



When:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm.  September 4 – November 29.

Where:  Sears Recreation Center.  McPherson Park.

Fee:  City residents $96.  Non-residents $120.

Register online or call 467-4326


The City of Greenville works with a variety of organizations to host programs in city facilities. Registration for these programs is available through their websites.



Adults | Sept. 1-Nov. 30 | Monday-Saturday classes, times vary
The Jazzercise workout program combines jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing movements into one 60-minute total body workout. Each workout blends dance aerobics with muscle toning and stretching movements. Our certified fitness instructors make all the routines fun and easy-to-follow. Note: Registration is not available through the city of Greenville. Please visit jcls.jazzercise.com to register.


Girls on the Run
Ages 8-11 | Sept. 13-Nov. 15 | Tues & Thurs 6pm – 7:15pm
Girls on the Run is an after school program that uses the power of running to help girls become strong, content, self-confident young women. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the program are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Note: Registration is not available through the City of Greenville. Please register at www.ghschildrens.org.


Adults | Sept. 8-Nov. 24 | Saturdays 9:30am – Noon. Gower Park (24 Evelyn Ave.)
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. It is easy to learn and played by persons of all ages but seniors in particular. It provides good exercise, competition, fun, and social interaction. The game is played on a shortened and narrowed tennis court, singles or doubles, with a hard paddle and a plastic, baseball-sized, light-weight whiffle ball. It’s like playing ping-pong on a tennis court. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend, but we would recommend some paddle-sport experience like tennis, or a bit of coordination and the physical ability to move around on the small court. The program is free to try, and there’s only a quarterly $10 charge for new balls if you continue. Loaner paddles will be provided until you purchase your own. Just come, wear your court shoes, bring your sense of humor, and be prepared for lots of fun.  Want more info on the sport?  Go to http://www.upstatepickleball.blogspot.com/

Senior Softball
Adult Seniors | Sept. 4-Nov. 27 | Tuesdays 10 am – Noon
Grab your glove, grab your cleats and join us on Tuesdays at 10am at Cleveland Park for Senior Softball! This program is for adults 55 years old and older and meets weekly. There is no fee to play. The goal of this program is to create a league of teams to compete with each other; however, participants will continue to meet weekly and scrimmage until there are enough players to form an adequate number of teams.

In partnership with the Greenville Sports Leagues, the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation is offering Adult Co-Ed Kickball, Adult Co-Ed Flag Football and Men’s Flag Football.

Kickball, Co-Ed
Adults | Oct. 3-Dec 7 | Wednesdays & Fridays | Games are between 6 and 10 pm
Interested in playing Adult Kickball? Join us at N. Main Rotary Park this fall with other young professionals in a sport that is fun to play and easy to learn! Note: Registration is not available through the City of Greenville. Please register at playgreenville.com

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NMCA Newsletter (08/12)
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