NMCA Newsletter (10/12)

2013 NMCA Elections – Call for Nominations

We need some new blood!  All officers must reside within the geographical boundaries of the NMCA for the entire period they hold office, Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2013.  All officers must have been a member in good standing for a minimum of 12 months prior to the election and 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.  This is the second call for nominations for the 2013 NMCA Board of Directors.  Any member may nominate someone for office.  Since we are not receiving many nominations, we are also soliciting volunteers who are interested in serving.  It’s not a large time commitment!  You may email the nomination or your information to pgilreath@aol.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.  Election ballots will be emailed or mailed to all members in November.

Don’t’ Forget to Vote!

You must have one of the following items to vote on Election Day:

  • Voter Registration Card*
  • Driver’s License
  • DMV-issued ID Card

*If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and did not submit proof of ID with your application; you may not vote with only your voter registration card. Additional ID, such as a driver’s license, will be required. New PHOTO ID Requirements NOT Yet in Effect .  Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. If you are registered, but have lost or not received your voter registration card, state law allows the use of a valid South Carolina drivers license or a DMV issued state ID as proof of identity at your precinct.

Voter FAQs    http://elections.mytimetovote.com/south_carolina.html


Autumn Harvest at TD Saturday Market

TD Saturday Market’s last event of the season is October 27….Autumn Harvest…an assortment of seasonal produce, gourmet foods and colorful flowers from over 40 different market vendors on Main St. in downtown Greenville. The market will also feature a morning filled with special events including:  Children’s Trick or Treating and Costume Contest: 8 am to Noon.   Children can trick-or-treat at all the market vendor booths. A fun-filled way for the entire family to shop at the market!   Cake Walk:  We’ll play a children’s game; the last one standing wins a cupcake!   Children’s Museum Ghost Buddies:  Children will be given a white helium balloon and invited to decorate with a face. We will then tie to a string so they can have their Ghost Buddy with them as they shop the market. Star Wars 501st Legion:  Members of the 501st Troop, wearing authentic Star Wars costumes, will be roaming the market. Watch out for Jabba the Hut!   Fall Recipe Swap:  Showcase your most prized fall recipes! The special event is part of the market’s annual Autumn Harvest and is open to the public for participants. Bring a handful of copies to share your favorite harvest recipes at our Recipe Swap Table.

Planning Commission Meeting on West Mountainview Property

The City of Greenville Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM in the 1st Floor Meeting Room of City Hall.   The following is one of the agenda items:

B. SD 12-200. Application of Mountainview Holdings, LLC for a Land Development Permit (Major Subdivision – Preliminary Plat) pursuant to Section 19-2.3.13, Land Development, of the Greenville City Code for property located at 10 Mountainview Avenue. The property is zoned ‘R-6’, Single Family Residential, District, consists of approximately 2.2 acres of land, and is proposed to be divided into a total of five (5) lots (TMS# 0178000502300).

You are invited to review documents relating to these Applications before the Public Hearing. The documents are available in the Planning and Development Office on the 5th floor of City Hall, 206 South Main Street, Greenville, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. You may contact the Planning & Development Office at 864.467.4476 or online @ http://www.greenvillesc.gov/PlanningZoning/PlanningApplications/default.aspx  for more information.


Neighborhood Halloween Celebrations

Halloween will be here before we know it!  As we did last year, we want to provide our members with a list of Halloween celebrations going on in the community.  So send us your info!  We will once again be joining Earle Street in their Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating.  Send us the dates and times for your events and we’ll get the word out!

Boo in the Zoo http://www.greenvillezoo.com/specialevents.aspx

For adults, the Northgate Soda Shop will hold its annual Halloween Party on Friday evening, October 19.  Prizes given for best costumes.  Food served until 9.

For pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides and other events in the Greenville area, check out http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/SCpumpkins.php


Protect Your Pets…Microchip

It seems like half the emails we send out from NMCA are about lost or found dogs.   Even if your dog is in a fenced yard like mine is, they can still get out if someone leaves the gate open, etc.  The first thing that is checked when a dog is found and turned in is whether they have been microchipped.  You’re diligent about insuring your dog is vaccinated, has good food and is in good health.  Why not take that one extra step and get him/her microchipped….  if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe, microchipping is your best option. Both the Greenville Humane Society and Animal Care Services (ACS) do microchipping.  The cost is only $7 at GHS and $10 at ACS…what cheap insurance!!  GHS requests appointments.  ACS accepts walk-ins.


Weather Tidbits

According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in October is 71.8°F, the average low is 49.5°F and the average precipitation is 3.83”.  The record maximum for the period 1962-2006 was 92°F on October 2, 1986.  The record minimum was 25°F on October 29, 1976.  Record high rainfall was in 1964 with 10.24”.   Record minimum precipitation was 0.00” back in 2000.  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html   http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php

NOAAs Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has updated its winter forecast for the months of December, January and February. And the winter outlook for this winter favors above average temperatures across much of the South, from New Mexico across the Southeast to the Atlantic coast… and also favors below average temperatures across much of the Northern plain, the Northern Rockies, the Pacific Northwest, and a good part of the West as well as the southern half of Alaska.

With regards to precipitation, we see those areas most likely to experience below-average precipitation across the South– in particular Florida and Texas– with a better than even chance of being wetter than average across much of the North– particularly from the Ohio valley and the Northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest.

For additional information on the winter outlook for 2011-2012, see the featured image Winter Outlook for 2011-2012.   http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/video/2011/winter-outlook-for-2011-2012


Double Your Garage Sale Shopping Pleasure!

Reminder: Keep cleaning out those closets and basements! The third annual North Main Community Yard Sale will be held October 13 at the Northgate Soda Shop back parking lot from 7 am to 2 pm. All spaces are FREE, first come first served. When you arrive, please unload, set up around the perimeter of the parking lot and move your car to the street. This will give more room for more people and will permit access to the Soda Shop and Beauty Shop. Sell what you can and the money is yours. Anything you do not want to take home with you can be left with Judy McBrearty and she will donate the items to charity. She will be at the light pole as you pull in, in the white Chevy truck.

Looking for even more bargains? That same day there will be a HUGE Sidewalk Sale from 10am-5pm at the intersection of Wade Hampton and Stone Ave– a combined effort of The Handlebar, Palmetto Drum Co, Cabin Floor Records, FrameMaker and Nyla Beans. Tons of fun stuff.


Reminder:  HABITUS Focus Group for October

The second HABITUS focus group is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, from 6:30-8pm at the Bobby Pearse Center, North Main Rotary Park.  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.  If you are interested in participating in this second group and have not yet signed up, please contact Dr. Blomquist at habitus.lab@gmail.com or call 864-294-2811. For more information on the program, go to the HABITUS website.


GHS Swamp Rabbit Maps

New and updated Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail maps are hot off the press! The map covers the entire 17.5 mile trail and offers users specific navigation on portions of the trail that go through the City of Greenville and highlight local parks and businesses to visit on your trip. The maps are available for FREE at the City Halls in Greenville and Travelers Rest as well as many local businesses and Greenville Rec locations throughout the County.


Flash From the Past

From Last Month:

Greenville Middle School began in 1938 as Greenville Junior High School. It was located on Prospect Hill at the head of what is now McBee Avenue. The facility, originally constructed in 1888, was the first public school building in the city of Greenville. The land was originally part of a 400 acre tract purchased in 1788 by Lemuel J. Alston from Colonel Thomas Brandon. Brandon had received the land as a grant from the State of South Carolina in 1784. Alston paid Brandon the sum of 217 pounds and 10 shillings for the property.  During the school’s early life it served grades one through seven. Later, other grades were added. Eventually it was called Central High School after other schools were built to house the elementary grades. The name Central was changed to Greenville Senior High School. It remained at the McBee Avenue-Wakefield Street location until the new Greenville Senior High School was completed on Vardry Street in 1938.  The building now houses the Greenville Water System.  http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/gvillem/news/history%20of%20gma2.pdf


Prior to GSP, Greenville and Spartanburg had separate airports and competed for airline service. Roger Milliken and other Upstate business leaders helped to create the vision of a shared airport facility.  In1958 a proposal was presented to the legislative delegations of Greenville and Spartanburg Counties to build a $5,500,000 airport.  The airport opened on October 15, 1962, becoming the first non-military airport to have runway center line lighting system, replacing Greenville Downtown Airport as the primary airline destination in the Upstate region.  In the 1980s the airport expanded its terminal and cargo facilities; the runway was twice lengthened in the 1990s. In 2004 the airfield was named in Milliken’s honor.  http://www.gspairport.com/history-photos/





This building is no longer here.   Does anyone recognize it?


                      What about this building which is a National Register Property in SC?





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 children.  Check out the October calendar.

October 11Hillcrest Garden Club. 10:00 a.m. Refreshments, horticulture in place by 10:15 a.m., Three or less specimens, extra horticulture will be picked up by Safe Harbor, on the back porch. HGC meets at the Greenville Woman’s Club, 8 Bennett St. 10:30 a.m. Devotion and Club Prayer, 10:45 a.m. Evelyn Jewell-Watkins, Greater Greenville Master Gardener, will show us how to create a lasting winter container, and discuss horticulture tips. 11:30 a.m. business meeting, 12:00 noon judging of horticulture complete and adjournment. Guests and prospective members welcome!  For more information call Mary Roberts, 458 7735.

 October 12Fall for Greenville.  5 – 11pm. Main St from Beattie to Camperdown including all side streets.  A food festival in downtown Greenville featuring several local restaurants, entertainment of live music and beer and wine.  Free admission.

 October 16North Main Blood Drive. The Blood Connection will be in the parking lot behind the Northgate Soda Shop from 4 – 8 PM.  Give blood and you have a choice of a Clemson or Carolina T-shirt or 2 movie tickets.  COME GIVE AND HELP SAVE A LIFE.

October 19SCARY-OKY HALLOWEEN PARTY with Don.  Northgate Soda Shop. Trivia from 7- 8pm.  Karaoke 8pm – 1am. Costume Contest…come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and win prizes!

October 19-21 – Special Olympics Fall Games at the Pavilion. 1,000 Special Olympic athletes from across the state will bring their skills, energy, and enthusiasm to the Pavilion to compete in 14 individual sporting events.View pictures and learn more here.

October 19-21 and 26-28Boo In The Zoo.  Greenville Zoo.  5:30-8pm Fridays;  4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission for adults is $3; children $6. Member adults are free; member children $4. Note: Guest passes will not be accepted. Reciprocal zoo discounts are not valid.  A safe, non-scary trick-or-treat event for kids 12 & under. Adults can come in costume too!  Contact: Crystal Rose  Telephone: 864-467-4311. 

October 21Spirits of Springwood Tours5pm – 7:45pmSpringwood Cemetery, between Main St and Elford St.  Hour long walking tours of Springwood’s oldest sections.  Contact: Jennifer Oladipo
Telephone: 864-467-3100

October 24 – “Shade Gardening” by Marian St. Clair, Garden Writer.   10am. Kilgore-Lewis House.  Call KLH to make reservations.  232-3030.

October 25-27 –  Enchanted Tracks at the Pavilion from 6pm – 9pm.   Join the staff for the biggest Halloween bash ever. Children can wear their favorite costume to ride George the Train through the Enchanted Forest, win prizes, have their face painted, jump on the clown bounces, and bring home holiday treats. Purchase advance tickets online beginning Oct. 15!

October 272012 Annual Greenville Council of Garden Clubs Plant Sale.  8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kilgore-Lewis House on Academy St.

October 27TD Saturday Market Autumn Harvest will offer an assortment of seasonal produce, gourmet foods and colorful flowers from over 40 different market vendors.

October 27 – Bark in the Park for CCA (Concerned Citizens for Animals). 11am-3pm.  Barton Campus Greenville Technical College.  506 South Pleasantburg Drive.  A fall festival to celebrate  Rescue Pet Adoption with great food, dog contests, games for families and children, and raffles and silent auctions.  Also… pet treats, pet accessories, herding demos, and the Greenville K9 Police. There will be vendors including trainers, rescue organizations, boarding, and vet clinics.  For more information, call 412-373-0346.

November 3City of Greenville Electronic Recycling Event.  Residents will have the chance to recycle electronics at no charge.  Recycling will take place at the Public Works offices, located at 360 South Hudson Street in Greenville from 10am to 2pm. Residents are limited to 10 electronic items and 10 fluorescent bulbs each.


November 3WoofstockGreenville Humane Society Fundraiser.  One day of Brews, Bands and Barks.  Watson Field, 65 Watson Aviation Road (off Pleasantburg Drive).  11am-5pm.

November 4At 2 am Daylight Savings Time Ends.  Remember to turn your clocks back one hour.  Remember:   Spring Ahead, Fall Back.

  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

Fall 2012 Paid Program Schedule

The City offers a variety of programs for youth and adults. From adult softball leagues to youth soccer, from After School Programs to Kid’s fitness, see what’s available by clicking on these links:

Youth Programs

Adult Programs

Please note that one of the new programs offered is being taught by NMCA member and North Main resident Beth Chandler.  Beth is hosting sewing lessons at the Sears Shelter starting October 20, but registration is open now. Greenville residents get a 20% discount. Here’s the link: http://elizabethchandlerdesigns.com/public-sewing-classes/  You can also check out her website at  http://elizabethchandlerdesigns.com

Writing Workshops

In partnership with the Emrys Foundation, the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is offering writing workshops this Fall at Bobby Pearse Community Center and Sears Recreation Center! For more information about these programs: at www.emrys.org.

2012 Pay-As-You-Go Programs

The City regularly offers pay-as-you-go recreational opportunities. No registration is required; payment is accepted at the door.


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.

Playstreet Events: Cleveland Park and Nicholtown
All Ages | Cleveland Park – Sunday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 7, 2012 | Nicholtown – Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 | 2pm – 5pm
For the past two years, Greenville has earned the recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as a “Playful City USA” for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. As part of its commitment to providing additional, safe “play space,” the City will host three FREE Playstreet events for the community this fall. Two of the Playstreet events will be on Lakehurst Drive in Cleveland Park on Sunday, September 30 and Sunday, October 7 from 2-5pm, and the third Playstreet event will be on Sumlar Street in the Nicholtown community on Sunday, October 21 from 2-5pm. The events will close the street to allow children to play basketball, ride bikes, and enjoy games and activities in the street. The events will also feature a bounce house, food by Sticky Fingers, a monster mural, music and much, much more! For more information, please call 864-467-4355.     Download Playstreet Map and Informational Flyer

NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick
Youth Ages 6-15 | Saturday, October 6 | Sirrine Stadium | Registration from 8am – 8:45am; Event begins at 9am
Join us for NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick at Sirrine Stadium on Saturday, October 6. Registration opens at 8:00am, and all participants MUST be registered by 8:45am. The event begins at 9:00am. No cleats are allowed – all participants MUST wear tennis shoes, present a valid birth certificate, and sign a release of liability upon registration! For your convenience, you may sign-up online or on-site. The first 100 participants will receive a FREE t-shirt. Winners will move on to the sectional competition in Pickens, SC! More Info

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

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

For a complete list of programs go to the Parks and Recreation Website.

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NMCA Newsletter (10/12)
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