NMCA Newsletter (12-11)


* The Board of Directors meets the first Wednesday of most months at 6:30 PM at the Northgate Soda Shop or other local venues …check the website for the date of the next meeting or email pgilreath@aol.com for the location and if we are meeting that month.

Your NEW 2012 Board of Directors

Thanks to all those who took the time to vote! Your newly elected Board of Directors is as follows:
President: Mike Cubelo
Vice President: Chad Chandler
Treasurer: Jim Gilreath
Recording Secretary: Phyllis Gilreath
Membership Secretary: Joyce Murphy

We already have suggestions for possible candidates for next year. We need some new blood, so if you are interested, keep us in mind. Congratulations to our new board and we’d love to hear your comments, ideas, and suggestions for improvement.

Thanks to Outgoing Treasurer Lois Graves

A very special thank-you to a very special lady….Lois Graves. Lois has served tirelessly as our treasurer for the past four years and is now getting a much deserved break! Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Lois!

From the Outgoing President….Jim Gilreath

I’ve enjoyed serving as your President for the past 2 years and I look forward to continuing working with the Park committee to make improvements there. I’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions/requests voiced by some of our members. Some of you have expressed a desire for more social events/block parties. One of our goals in the coming year will be to recruit new members for our social committee, with new emphasis on events involving kids and pets. If you are interested, please let us know! Because we cover such a large geographic area, it’s hard for the association to coordinate events on a street or block level. We are happy to help advertise or notify members, similar to what we did at Halloween, but block parties need to be coordinated by those who live on that street.

The same thing is true for Neighborhood Watch. We tried to instigate a more ‘formal’ NW program, but, again, we are just too big an area to easily coordinate one program. While we can possibly help secure signs for the North Main Community, the most successful NW program will be within individual smaller neighborhoods. We encourage each street to get together, form their own watch program, assign captains and co-captains and formulate some type of notification system. We would be happy to assist with this process and can even host a program with the local Police to kick start such programs. What we as an association have tried to do is email relevant crime alerts as quickly as possible to our members. But our information is only as complete as the flow of information from you – our members and neighbors. We urge you to post on our website or Facebook page any crime issues or break-ins you witness or experience so we can alert our members. You can also email pgilreath@aol.com and we’ll get the word out. At the same time, it’s important that you always notify the police when you are a victim or if you just notice suspicious behavior.

We’ve been a little disappointed this year with the rate of membership renewals, both residents and businesses. We work hard as volunteers to give you your $10 worth each year and we hope you find our efforts useful and informative. We still hope to hear from you by year’s end. Join us in helping to make North Main the best neighborhood in Greenville to call home! Thank you!

2011 NMCA Accomplishments

We’ve listed here a few of the things we’ve been up to in the past year. We hope, with your help, that the coming year will be a productive one!
 Completed permanent labeling of native plants in the North Main Rotary Park, thanks to a grant from the Master Gardeners supplemented by your dues.
 Hosted 2 social gatherings for neighborhood residents, participated in local Halloween events, worked with the Northgate Soda Shop on 2 community yard sales, and worked with the city on their first “Play Street” event.
 Held a raffle at our spring membership social with prizes donated by local business members. Raised approximately $350 which was used to replace dead or dying dogwood trees in the North Main median.
 Continued work at the Park, including 2 work days for weeding and planting of annuals and perennials, application of mulch to the hillside, work with the city on replacement of trees with funds from County Council member Bob Taylor, and purchase and installation of six bird houses.
 Currently working with the city Parks Department on landscaping and irrigation plans for the ball field area at the park. NMCA submitted a Palmetto Pride Community Beautification Grant for funds to supplement member dues for purchase of plants.
 Published monthly newsletters, sent out notices regarding lost and found pets, crime alerts and neighborhood/local events of interest.
 Maintained website and facebook pages.
 Board president or vice president attended quarterly neighborhood association meetings with City Manager for updates on issues of interest. Board attended and/or participated in City Council, Planning Commission and other meetings as needed.

Meet the Pets of North Main

If there’s one thing we’ve learned … it’s that our members love their pets! So, starting in January, we’ll be highlighting a “pet of the month”. Send us a photo and a brief description of what makes your animal companion special! Just send to pgilreath@aol.com and we’ll try to include as many as we can over the next year so you can get to know not only your neighbor but their pet(s) as well.

This month, as an example, meet our dog, Chuckie, who looks more like a big black bear! You may have seen Jim and Chuckie on their morning walks in the W. Hillcrest Drive area…more likely you’ve heard him! Chuckie was dumped a few years ago on a farm in Florida. We started feeding him and after about 3 months we actually got to touch him. It took over 6 months to get him into a vehicle so we could finally rescue him and take him home. We don’t know much about his history other than he’s been abused and shot and, although he loves people and thinks all humans just can’t wait to pet him, he’s very aggressive toward other dogs, hence the barking. Jim likes to say he’s a Czech shepherd. It’s a long story, but if you see them on one of their morning jaunts, just ask him and he’ll explain (oh…and be sure to pet Chuckie!).

Help the Homeless this Holiday Season

The holiday season is often a time when we think of those less fortunate, and there are lots of organizations you can donate to or volunteer your time to help. http://www.sciway.net/org/greenville-sc-homeless.html

But don’t forget about homeless animals … what a great time of year to give some loving dog or cat a forever home. There are several organizations in Greenville where you can find the purrfect companion, including The Humane Society, Greenville County Animal Care Services (ACS), Concerned Citizens for Animals (CCA), Feline Urgent Rescue of the Upstate and others. Is your pet micro-chipped? If not, what a great Christmas present for your companion! Even if your pet is mostly indoors, they can get out, collars can slip off, and the first thing that is checked for is a micro-chip. The cost is $7 – $10 at ACS and the Humane Society. Check their websites for schedules. The procedure is very quick…similar to a vaccination. What a great investment!

Shop Local

Someone forwarded an email my way recently about thinking outside the box this holiday shopping season. It basically said there is no longer an excuse that nothing can be found that is produced by American hands! Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in paper produced in some other country. How about some of the following ideas for ‘locally produced’ gifts?

 Gift certificates from local hair salons or barbers…everyone gets their hair cut.
 Gym memberships…appropriate for all ages and everyone is concerned about their health.
 Games at a local golf course or bowling alley
 Lawn mowing or tree trimming services
 Gift certificates to local restaurant, shops, florists
 Oil change at a local shop, AC tune-up,
 House cleaning services for a day
 Computer tune-up
 Local craft items such as jewelry, scarves or pottery

You can probably think of many others, but consider doing at least some of your shopping this season locally… put more of your dollars back into our community.

Thank You to Our Business Members

While you’re at it, please thank our business members who help support the community by their membership and sponsorship of events.

• 3D Land Surveying, Inc. (864.272.0274)
• A Child’s Haven (864.298.0025)
• A. H. C. Hardwoods (864.373.3504)
• Allen Tate Realtors (864.386.3180)
• Barrett-MacKenzie, LLC (864.232.6247)
• Briles Company (864.236.0800)
• Bullmoose Tree Company (864.444.4409)
• Carlton Landscaping (864.346.8909)
• Catherine Christophillis Attorney (864.242.2060)
• Childcare Network (864.232.8674)
• Coffee Underground (864.298.0494)
• CTS Tax & Accounting Services (864.631.9719)
• Dahlia a Florist (864.232.0112)
• Darrohn Engineering, LLC (864.346.2170)
• Even A Sparrow (864.241.7633)
• Gary Hester Interiors (864.232.4975)
• Gateway House, Inc. (864.242.9193)
• Global View Investment Advisors, LLC. (864.272.0818)
• Greenville Oriental Medicine (864.365.6516)
• He and Me Hair Designs (864.235.7550)
• Holmes Law Firm (864.271.2381)
• Jordon Wholesale Lumber Co., Inc. (864.232.9686)
• Kerry Morris Custom Sewing for the Home (864.361,0239)
• Kilby Builders, LLC (864.444.1842)
• King Searls Designs (864.386.9804)
• LakeHouse 411 (864.247.2426)
• Law Office of Christine Howard (864.282.8575)
• M33 Integrated Solutions (864.672.2862)
• McDunn Studio & Art Gallery (864.242.0311)
• Moss Heating and Air (864.241.0108)
• N&H Enterprises (864.467.1600)
• Northgate Soda Shop (864.235.6770‎)
• Palmetto Drum Co. (864.232.1726)
• Parkersway Food (864.271.8183)
• Pope, Smith, Brown & King (864.242.0656)
• Precision Automotive, Inc. (864.232.5460)
• Redhype (864.232.2000)
• Royal Engineering, Inc. (864.235-4425)
• Southern Classics (864.238.2628)
• Speros Pete’s Original Too (864.232.3132)
• Spinx
• Stone Plaza Pharmacy (864.233.7940)
• The Drop In Store (864.242.0111)
• The Marchant Company (864.527.4514)
• To Dye For Hair Salon (864.271.7557)
• WildEarth Landscaping (864.242.9225)

Weather Tidbits

According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in December is 53.3°F, the average low is 33.5°F and the average precipitation (rainfall) is 3.88”. The average snowfall is 0.6” with the record being 11.4” back in 1971. The record maximum temperature for the period 1962-2006 was 76°F on December 18, 1984. The record minimum was 5°F on December 26, 1985. In December 1932, Caesar’s Head received a record 6” of rain in 24 hours, part of the 20” total for that month. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php .

No one who suffered through it could forget the ice storm of December 2005. That damaging winter storm produced extensive ice damage in a large portion of the Southern United States on December 14–16, 2005, while extensive snows were reported across portions of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. It led to enormous and widespread power outages and at least 7 deaths. The effect of ice load on our old trees is still evident today in Greenville.

Snows of Christmas Past….
*Snow mixed with sleet fell in 1899 at a few western stations, but snow generally melted as it fell.
*Significant ice storm – mixture of rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain fell on 24th through early morning 25th in 1945 (8.5″ Caesars Head, 5.2″ Spartanburg, 2″ Greenwood). “Severest occurrence of its kind in 25 years”
*Winter storm brought heavy snow to coastal SC on the 22nd-24th 1989 (4″ Yemassee, 5″ Beaufort, 8 ” Charleston, 14″ Myrtle Beach).
*Late in the evening on the 25th in 2004, a mixture of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow began to develop over central and coastal sections. By sunlight on 26th, a light coating of ice had disrupted travel and caused power failures.

Calendar
City Council Formal Meeting and Work Session schedules can be found at http://www.greenvillesc.gov/city_government/meet.asp

December 9Holiday Party at Northgate Soda Shop. 6:30pm. All welcome! Bring a dish to share and a present if you would like to participate in the “Rob Your Neighbor” gift exchange. Cost of present should not exceed $10. Please wrap the gift and do not put a name on it. Come and enjoy good food, friends and fun!

Note: The Soda Shop/Other Side (SS/OS) has adopted a family for Christmas. They have 3 boys ages 3 – 12. If you would like to help make this Christmas more special for them please bring toys, warm clothes or BiLo gift cards by the SS / OS or bring them to the Christmas Party. The boys said “all they ask for is food to eat”. Iris and Ren will be collecting the items and gift cards. The SS / OS will add to the items collected and will deliver them to the family.

December 15 – Holiday Open House at ‘Even a Sparrow’. (New North Main Business) 6-8 pm. The shop is located at Stone Point…corner of Wade Hampton and Mohawk. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Even-A-Sparrow/196178843790960?v=info

December 17– Earth Markets Greenville Holiday Market – Michael McDunn Gallery, 741 Rutherford Rd. @ N. Main. 2-6 pm. Contact janettewwesley@yahoo.com for any questions or visit www.slowfoodupstate.com

December 17 – Kroc Center Santa Run. 5 – 7pm. County Square, Falls Park and Cleveland Park in Downtown Greenville,
SC. 301 University Ridge, Greenville, SC. Description: 5 Mile fun run for recreational runners and walkers, everyone is encouraged to take part. Start will be in County Square parking lot and run through Falls Park and Cleveland Park. http://greenvillesantarun.com/GSR_Welcome.html or call 864-419-6788.

December 19 – North Main Blood Drive. Northgate Soda Shop. 4 to 8pm. Donate and receive your choice of a pair of movie tickets or a long sleeve t-shirt with a winter theme.

December 23-26 – City Offices Closed.

Now through Dec 25 – St. Francis Festival of Trees. 220 North Main Street. Free. http://www.greenvillecvb.com/visit/event-info.aspx?coe_id=13906&date_id=593995

Now through Jan 8 – UBS Ice on Main is expected to play host to thousands of Greenville residents and visitors through its inaugural season. UBS Ice on Main is open daily from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. This includes skate rental. More info at http://www.iceonmain.com/

Now through December – The Greenville Library System has lots of special holiday events. Check out their calendar at http://www.greenvillelibrary.org/calendar/index.php

For other community events, check the Greenville City calendar at http://www.greenvillesc.gov/calendar/Calendar.aspx?tID=0

January/February Programs at the Bobby Pearse Community Center and the Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
The following programs will take place at the Bobby Pearse Community Center at 904 Townes Street. For additional information or to register call Jonathan Jones at 864-467-4331.

Holiday Camp
Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center
Date: Monday, December 19 – Thursday, December 22, 2011
Times: 7:30 am – 6 pm Cost: $32 for City Residents; $40 for Non-Residents
Participants: Ages 5-13 Contact: 864-467-4355
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
Need to finish up that holiday shopping? Register your children for Holiday Camp for a whole lot of Holiday Fun! The 4-day camp will run December 19 – 22 from 7:30am – 6pm at three of our community centers: Bobby Pearse, Nicholtown and West Greenville. The participants enjoy recreational games and activities, Holiday arts & crafts, movies and more! The children are provided an afternoon snack, but we do ask that parents pack a lunch for their child each day. The ages for these camps are 5-13 years old.

Let’s Move Kids Fitness
Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center
Date: Saturdays, January 21 – February 25, 2012 (6 weeks) Times: 10-11 am Cost: Free
Participants: Ages 5-12 Contact: 864-467-4355
Let’s get kids active! This FREE 6-week program focuses on kids’ fitness and nutrition. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. This fitness program incorporates components of this campaign. The classes are taught by our recreation staff at 3 of our community centers. Each class will incorporate stretching, nutrition, skills related to a specific sport and active games. This program is for children ages 5-12 years old.

Dog Obedience: Basic Manners
Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center
When: 6:45-7:45 pm, Tuesdays; January 17 – February 21, 2012 (6 weeks)
Cost: $72 for City Residents; $90 for Non-Residents Contact: Jonathan Jones, 864-467-4331
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter Does your dog need to learn a few basic manners? This 6-week dog obedience class is for dogs 5 months old and older and their families. It will take place inside Bobby Pearse each Tuesday evening. The instructor, Anna Abney, has been training animals for over 10 years. The first class is an orientation with the families, and the following 5 classes focus on teaching the dogs basic manners, such as sitting, staying, lying down, coming when called and other basic manners.

Inner Strength
Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center & Cleveland Park Annex
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; January 9 – March 2, 2012 (8 weeks)
Times: MWF – 9:30-10:15am (Bobby Pearse); Mon 7:00-7:45pm (Cleveland Park Annex)
Cost: $8 per class for City Residents; $10 per class for Non-Residents
Register on-line to purchase punch card: 8 classes – $56 for City Residents/ $70 for Non-Residents;
12 classes – $88 for City Residents/ $110 for Non-Residents.
Child Watch for morning classes: $1 per child
Contact: Jonathan Jones, 864-467-4331
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
Inner Strength is an effective group fitness class in which functional moves and flexibility is in focus. The different moves are built up in levels to give the participant strength, stability, balance and cardiovascular training. In this class, we use our body’s weight and a bar as the only equipment. This class can easily be adjusted to the participant’s level and the range can be from new beginners to advanced. Effective exercises and great music gives participants a great experience. The instructor, Jodie Popik, is certified in Les Mills Body Pump, Les Mills RPM and Inner Strength by Motivation and Move.
For convenience, these classes are offered at the Bobby Pearse Community Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00am – 9:45am and at the Cleveland Park Annex from 7:00pm – 7:45pm on Monday evenings. During the morning classes at Bobby Pearse, we provide a “child watch” for only $1 per child. Participants have the option of paying per class or registering on-line and purchasing either an 8-class punch card or 12-class punch card. Participants do need to bring their own yoga mat.

Writing Workshops

In partnership with the Emrys Foundation, the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is offering writing workshops this fall at the Bobby Pearse Community Center!

2nd Sunday Writing Workshops
When: Sundays; December 11, 2011, January 8 and February 12, 2012 Time: 2-4 pm Cost: $5 per class
Targeted Age: 17 & older Contact: Jonathan Jones, 864-467-4331
Registration: Register at www.emrys.org or the fee may be paid upon arrival to the class.
These writing workshops are led by various members of the Writing Room faculty. They are designed to stimulate creativity and generate ideas for fiction and nonfiction. We’ll use a series of short in-class writing exercises to inspire new work and deepen your writing. Come prepared to write in class, to share your exercises without fear or self-judgment, and above all, have some fun. All levels are welcome!

Write From the Art
Date: Wednesdays; January 18, 25 & February 1, 2012 Time: 7-9 pm Cost: $90; $80 for Emrys members
Contact: Jonathan Jones, 864-467-4331 Registration: Register at www.emrys.org
Jumpstart your writing with visuals to include collage exploration, mapping, and exploring ekphrastics. Works created will include poetry assignments as well as short creative nonfiction vignettes. The South Carolina Arts Commission awarded Terri McCord the Literary Arts Fellowship (in poetry) in 2002. Her publications include The Connecticut Review, The Seneca Review, The Cream City Review, Cimarron Review, Lips, as well as other national literary journals. She earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Queens University (Charlotte).

Yoga
Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center
When: 6:30-7:45 pm, Mondays; January 9 – February 27, 2012 (8 weeks)
Cost: Resident Fee – $32 for entire 8-week session or $5 per class; Non-Resident Fee – $40 for entire 8-week session or $6 per class Contact: Jonathan Jones, 864-467-4331
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
We invite you to join us at the Bobby Pearse Community Center for this 8 week yoga program, which is taught by Brooke Kleinfelter, who is a certified yoga instructor. This 75 minute class is taught once a week, and all levels are welcome; however, you do not need previous yoga experience to enjoy this class. Participants can pay $5 per class for city residents and $6 for non-city residents upon arrival. Participants are encouraged to register on-line for the entire 8 weeks for $32 for City residents and $40 for non-city residents. Participants do need their own yoga mat.

Yoga Workshop
Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center
When: 1-3 pm, Saturday, January 7, 2012 Cost: $12 for City Residents; $15 for Non-Residents
Contact: Jonathan Jones, 864-467-4331 Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
This 2 hour Yoga Workshop is taught by Brooke Kleinfelter, who is a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching Yoga for the City of Greenville for almost two years. The workshop will focus on specifics, such as hips, breathing, and posture. It will also give opportunities for participants to ask questions and get hands on adjustments from the instructor.

The following programs will take place at the Sears Shelter at McPherson Park at 100 E. Park Avenue in December and January!

A Day with Santa
Location: Sears Shelter Cabin at McPherson Park
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2011 Time: 1-4 pm Cost: Free Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
A day with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be just like your many memories of Santa sitting beside the open fire! Yes, Santa will be checking his list by the chimney of the Log Cabin in McPherson Park on Saturday, December 17. Children will have a chance to give one more hint to Santa before the big day. There will be a Candy Cane Hunt at 1:30pm, storytelling, ornament making, cider, hot chocolate, cookies, elves and photos available. (There will be a $3 fee for photos with Santa.)

Music Together of Greenville
The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is offering Music Together of Greenville at the Bobby Pearse Community Center and the Sears Shelter Cabin at McPherson Park! The instructor, Elizabeth Boone, who is a fully trained and registered Music Together teacher, works with 6-12 children and their caregiver to offer forty-five minutes of music and movement experiences. Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes. Children and their adults have opportunities to create and improvise — making up new words to songs, offering movement ideas, making silly sounds, and sharing musical ideas from the family’s play at home. These classes are for babies through kindergarteners and their caregivers.

Holiday Sing-and-Dance Along
Join us Saturday, December 10, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Sears Shelter at McPherson Park as the City of Greenville hosts a Holiday Sing-and-Dance Along with Music Together of Greenville, Let’s Dance, and Sing-Along Parties! Bring the whole family and have fun making homemade instruments, winning door prizes, participating in a giant music class, watching elite dancers perform, and getting in the holiday spirit! All families in attendance may register to win one of our Grand Prizes donated by our sponsors. So ring in the holiday season by attending this fun, free family event!

Winter Session: Music Together of Greenville
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: January 9 – March 10, 2012 (9 weeks)
Times: Participants may choose one of the following 45-minute classes to attend:
Tuesdays, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Wednesdays, 10:30am – 11:15am
Thursdays, 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Saturdays, 10:30-11:15am
Cost: Tuition for each 9 week session is $169/1st child and $125/sibling. Infants 8 months of younger who attend with paying sibling – FREE. There is a $15 registration fee for all new families. This fee is non-refundable.
This registration fee will be waived for City of Greenville residents. City residents enter the coupon code “GREENCITY” at checkout to waive the registration fee.
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326 or Elizabeth Boone, 864-630-0144
Registration: Contact musictogetherofgreenville.com or call 864-630-0144

Parents’ Night Out at the Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: Saturday, January 21, 2012 Times: 6-10 pm Cost: $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents
Participants: Ages 5-13 Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
Got the winter blues and need a Saturday night out on the town? This program provides an opportunity for parents to have a Saturday night out while we create a fun, recreational experience for your children! We provide participants with pizza, games, activities, arts & crafts, a movie and popcorn! This program is for children 5-13 years old.

ZumbAtomics
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
When: Saturdays, January 7 – February 25, 2012 (8 weeks), 10–11am
Cost: 1 child: For 8-week session, $32 for City Residents; $40 for Non-Residents OR
$5 per class for City Residents; $6 per class for Non-Residents
2 children: For 8 week session, $60 for City Residents; $75 for Non-Residents OR
$8 per class for City Residents; $10 per class for Non-Residents
3 children: For 8 week session, $80 for City Residents; $100 for Non-Residents OR
$12 per class for City Residents; $15 per class for Non-Residents
Participants: Ages 5-12 Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
This 8 week ZumbAtomics program is taught by Quisha Owens, who is a licensed Zumba and ZumbAtomics instructor with a Zumba Toning certificate. ZumbAtomics is designed for kids to participate in a rockin’, high energy fitness class with specially choreographed kid-friendly routines. This program is for children 5-12 years old.

Sugar & Spice: Teen Club for Girls
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
When: 5:30 – 7pm, Wednesdays; January 11, 25, February 8 & 22, 2012
Cost: Free Participants: Ages 13-16 Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Sugar & Spice is a Teen Club for Girls ages 13-16 years old. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm of each month at the Sears Shelter Log Cabin at McPherson Park. Meeting discussions focus on topics relevant to teen girls. The club also contains opportunities for community service, movie nights, shopping trips and other exciting activities.

Baby & Me Yoga
Location: Sear Shelter Cabin at McPherson Park
Date and When: Wednesdays & Fridays; January 11 – March 2, 2012 (8 weeks)
Cost: Resident Fee – $72 for entire 8-week session or $5 per class. Non-Resident Fee – $90 for entire 8-week session or $6 per class Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
This 8-week yoga class is taught by Katie Lee, who is a certified yoga instructor. The class is held at the Sears Shelter and geared to caregivers and their babies, ages 8 weeks to 18 months old. Yoga classes for parents and babies can help strengthen the parent/child bond and improve a baby’s overall well-being. The benefits of yoga for both parents and babies are numerous. Yoga can help babies sleep better, digest easier, learn to relax, and stay healthier. For parents, the benefits include increased flexibility and relaxation. Participants are welcome to pay per class or register on-line for the entire 8 weeks.

Guitar Basics: Introduction to Guitar
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
When: 11:15am – 12:15pm , Saturdays; January 14 – February 18, 2012 (6 weeks)
Cost: $92 for City Residents; $115 for Non-Residents
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
This 6-week Guitar Basics program is taught by Leslie D. Smith, a singer-songwriter, acoustic and uke player who has been featured as one of AudioSparx.com’s Hot New Artists. The program gives beginner guitar players the basic knowledge and skills of guitar playing. Participants learn the essential chords in order to play many different genres of music such as pop, country, rock, folk, worship, indie songs, as well as other genres. This class is intended to get the brand new player off to a great start! Participants are asked to bring a list of favorite recording artists to the first class to give the instructor a sense of their musical goals and preferences.

International Folk Dance
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: Wednesdays, January 18 – February 22, 2012 (6 weeks) Times: 6:30–8 pm
Cost: $32 for City Residents; $40 for Non-Residents Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
In this 6-week session, participants learn social dances that have simple steps and rhythms from countries and cultures all over the world. They may range from slow and meditative to more aerobic and dynamic, and may be done in circles, lines or with partners. Dances from Bulgaria, Israel, Romania, Turkey, England, Scotland, Greece, America, and many other countries will be taught. International folk dancers truly are “Dancers Without Borders.” The classes will provide fun, exercise and a way to meet new people. The instructor, Theresa Pizzuto, has been dancing since 1993 and instructing International Folk Dance since 1997. She loves learning and teaching about the infinite world of diversity around us, especially that pertaining to dance.

Lunchtime Yoga
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays; January 10 – February 16, 2012 (6 weeks) Times: Noon – 1pm
Cost: $52 for Residents; $65 for Non-Residents OR $5 per class for Residents; $6 per class for Non-Residents
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326 Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
Take a break from your day and join us for Lunchtime Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon at the Sears Shelter! Katie Lee, a certified yoga instructor, is teaching these lunchtime classes and tailors the class to the participants’ level. Beginners and experienced levels are welcome! Participants may register on-line for the entire 6-week session or pay per class at the door.

Mommy & Me Zumba
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: Wednesdays; January 11 – February 29, 2012 (8 weeks) Times: 9-10 am
Cost: 1 child: For 8-week session, $32 for City Residents; $40 for Non-Residents OR
$5 per class for City Residents; $6 per class for Non-Residents
2 children: For 8 week session, $60 for City Residents; $75 for Non-Residents OR
$8 per class for City Residents; $10 per class for Non-Residents
3 children: For 8 week session, $80 for City Residents; $100 for Non-Residents OR
$12 per class for City Residents; $15 per class for Non-Residents
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326 Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
Get your morning started with Mommy & Me Zumba! This 8 week Mommy & Baby Zumba program is on Wednesday mornings at the Sears Shelter. Quisha Owens is a licensed Zumba and ZumbAtomics instructor with a Zumba Toning certificate. This program is geared for parents and their children ages 18 months to 4 years old. The classes allow parents and their children to get an upbeat, cardio workout in together while also having a great time!

New Year’s Resolutions Brought to Life: A Vision Board Workshop
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: Saturday, January 7, 2012, 1pm – 5pm; Sunday, January 8, 2012, 1pm – 5pm; Thursday, January 12, 2012, 5:30pm – 9:30pm Cost: $12 for City Residents; $15 for Non-Residents
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326 Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
Tired of the same old New Year’s Resolutions? Try a fun, different way of fulfilling your goals. One of the best ways to clarify your vision of what you want in your life and accelerate your ability to fulfill that vision is through the creation of a Vision Board. Participants create their own unique vision board. The boards are made of poster board on which you paste or collage images and words that you have cut out from various magazines that represent your visions and goals. It is really easy, enjoyable and inspirational.

Progressive Bridge
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: Mondays, January 9 – February 27, 2012 (No class on Jan. 16 or Feb. 20 due to City Holidays)
Times: 1-4 pm
Cost: $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents for Fall Quarter; Participants may pay $2 per class at the door
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326 Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
The City of Greenville Progressive Bridge program meets at the Sears Shelter each Monday from 1pm – 4pm. We invite participants to join us!

Wine & Ceramics
Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: Thursdays; January 26 – March 1, 2012 (6 weeks) Times: 6–7:30 pm
Cost: $160 for City Residents; $200 for Non-Residents Participants: Ages 21 and older
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326 Registration: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter
Come enjoy a glass of wine and learn the art of hand-building with clay slabs to create mugs, bowls and platters. During this 6 week program, participants receive snacks and two complimentary glasses of wine for a relaxing ceramics class. With demonstrations each class, participants gain comfort working with clay. We also experiment with design through the textures and glazing to make finished works of art. Participants may have little or no experience with clay to participate in this program but must be 21 years old or older. For the instructor, Susan Goldsmith, art has always been a driving force. Over the years, Susan has studied ceramics, design, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. She worked for 16 years as a designer in textiles and apparel. With a Masters in Art Teaching, she then went on to work with students in within the Greenville County Schools. Presently, Susan teaches kids and adults while focusing on building her knowledge and skills in functional pottery.

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