NMCA Newsletter (4/12)

Our annual Spring Membership Drive and Happy Hour will be held April 26 from 5-7pm in the Northgate Soda Shop back parking lot.  Free beer, soda and snacks!  Come reconnect with neighbors and make new friends….invite friends and neighbors who are not members & encourage them to join.

NMCA’s Great American Clean Up

Join us and help beautify our neighborhood by participating in the Great American Clean-Up program on Saturday, May 12 from 9am to 11am.

NMCA received a Palmetto Pride Grant to plant shrubs and trees around the ball field at the east end of the North Main Rotary Park. One requirement of the grant is that we sponsor a litter pick-up event in our neighborhood. We’ll be picking up litter along North Main Street between Stone Avenue and Rutherford Road, the North Main Rotary Park, and elsewhere in the North Main neighborhood based upon your involvement. We need to know how many participants we can count on so we can order our free trash bags, safety vests, gloves and banners. The deadline to register so you’ll receive supplies is Monday, April 16.

We’ll make it even easier for you. If you can’t make it that day, but are available any day between April 30  and May 12 to pick up litter on your street or around your own neighborhood, we’ll get your bags, vests and gloves to you. All you need to do is register.

To register or get answers to any questions… email pgilreath@aol.com on or before Monday, April 16.


NMCA Beautification Committee in Action

Next time you drive past the North Main sign behind the Rite Aid, take a look at the landscaping and mulch.  NMCA volunteers weeded, pruned and spread mulch over the last couple of weeks to spruce up the area!  We’ll have more work to be done soon in the Park.  Want to help out?  Just let us know and we’ll keep you posted on our next project.


North Main Community Yard Sale

Start your spring cleaning now and bring your ‘treasures’ to the North Main Yard Sale on Saturday, April 28, at the Northgate Soda Shop.  7am-1pm.  Don’t have anything to sell?  Then come and find bargains!  Shop early for the best selection!  What’s not sold can be donated there for charity.


Free Bike Safety Clinic

Mark your calendars now for NMCA’s free bike safety clinic, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 9.  We’ll have folks on hand to do mechanical adjustments, helmet adjustments, as well as give aways and safety instruction, an obstacle course and more. Watch for more details!


What can we do to meet your interests?  What workshops can we provide?  Gardening, energy conservation, lawn mower maintenance, etc.??  What activities can we sponsor?

We are here to keep you informed…let us know what we can do!


Meet the Pets of North Main  ??

This month we have no “pet of the month”!!  We can’t believe folks don’t want to brag about their pets!  Send a photo and some information about what makes your animal companion(s) special to you and we’ll include them in upcoming issues.  Just email pgilreath@aol.com

Side note: We’ve had several members ask if we can follow up on the lost and found pets we alert neighbors about.  We will try to do that in the future so you will know the outcome.  Thanks for caring!

For those who saw this weeks’ notice about the ‘found’ female bull dog…she has been happily reunited with her family!  As one of those involved wrote us… “It takes a village to raise a child (or a dog)… I love this village!”


Reminder…Secure your Lawn Equipment and Other Property

Now that most of us are doing more yard work, remember to secure your mowers, trimmers, etc., when finished.  A resident on Garraux St. reports that his lawn mower was stolen from his yard this week in the middle of the day.  A neighbor who saw the individual take it thought he was just ‘borrowing’ it.  The victim reported it, but the next day a weed eater was stolen from the same yard.  Don’t make it tempting for them!   Even if you take a break, you obviously need to place it out of sight.  Remember, to report a theft or suspicious activity, call the police non-emergency number (271-5333).


Weather Tidbits

According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in April is 72.3°F, the average low is 48.0°F and the average precipitation (rainfall) is 3.71”.  The record maximum temperature for the period 1962-2006 was 93°F on April 27, 1986.  The record minimum was 25°F on April 11, 1973.  Record high rainfall was in 1980 with 11.3”.

The highest tornado death toll in South Carolina’s history occurred on April 30, 1924, when two tornadoes struck. The paths of both were unusually long; each over 100 miles long. Together they killed 77 persons, injured 778 more, and destroyed 465 homes and many other buildings resulting in millions of dollars of damage. One tornado remained on the ground from Anderson County to York County; the other, which has been named “The Horrell Hill Tornado”, was the more destructive of the two. Its path was 135 miles from Aiken County to Florence County.   http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php


Mold and Pollen Information

 Want to know what’s out there making you sneeze and causing your eyes to water?  Check out the latest pollen and mold counts from Allergic Disease and Asthma Center’s Greenville Station.  Get reports sent to your email weekly by registering at their website.  For example, for April 9:
Station Notes for 04/09/2012: Oak, Birch, Pine, Willow, Poplar, Grass, Rumex
Trees: High Concentration
Weeds: Moderate Concentration
Grass: Moderate Concentration
Mold: Not Counted

MOBILE POLLEN APP NOW AVAILABLE!   Instantly access pollen and spore levels by location–anytime, anyplace. Visit: https://pollen.aaaai.org from your iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android and add this app to your home screen.


Make Your Next Birthday Party Special!

The Greenville Humane Society wants to help you make that special day even more fun!  Their staff and volunteers will make your birthday bash as memorable as possible with exciting games, crafts and a shelter tour.  And of course, you will meet the real “party animals” (*puppy kisses included)!  Party packages begin at $150 and include:

Exclusive use of their party room for 2 hours

Set up and clean up by the Greenville Humane Society

All paper products

The cake

A craft, game and tour

Accommodations for up to 10 party guests (Add $6.00 per additional guest.)

For prices and information just call 263-5602 or email paulac@greenvillehumane.com

And the best part…..all proceeds benefit animal welfare programs & services and for the care of animals at the GHS.


Pet Project Runway

The Greenville Humane Society’s first ever pet fashion show, Pet Project Runway, is April 19, 6 PM, at Wyche Pavilion, 300 S. Main St. Greenville’s community leaders and their canine friends will be strolling down the catwalk, and competing with each other to raise money for the Greenville Humane Society. You can participate in this exciting event and give to the GHS by attending the show and voting for your favorite pair!  All proceeds will go to help us continue to work on finding each animal at Greenville Humane Society a Forever Home. Pet Project Runway will be fierce, furry and for a great cause! Please visit the website to purchase tickets, vote, and find out more information:


Greenville Cares

The City of Greenville, Greenville Cares office takes service requests for any service the city of Greenville provides. They will be glad to also answer or forward any requests for information.  Hours of operation are 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday, (with the exception of official city observed holidays).

Please feel free to e-mail your request for service or information. You may also call 864-232-CARE (864-232-2273) or report a problem by clicking on the button on their website.


Flash From the Past

 Do you recognize where this photo was taken?  Watch for the answer in next month’s newsletter.




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

April 14 – Special K-9 event:  Free Family Demonstration Day.  Sirrine Stadium @ Cleveland St. and University Ridge, Greenville.  3:00pm.  You are invited to a fun, education, first-of-its-kind special event with both the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Grenville Police Dept. K-9 Unit.  Enjoy watching as Greenville’s finest K-9s perform their police duties such as locating a ‘lost’ child, finding illegal contraband and “taking-down” a suspect.  You’ll also get to see the vehicles they transport the K-9s in during their shifts and meet the K-9s and their handlers.  (*Pets will NOT be allowed in the stadium during this event* )

April 17  – SC Native Plant Society Meeting.  7:00 pm SC Mushrooms: Soulmates for Life.
Multipurpose Room #2 in McAlister Square in Greenville.

 April 22Earth Day 2012.  Many activities going on around the Greenville area.  

April 25 – 1st Annual Greenville International Film Festival1am, April 25 – 1am, April 28.  Zen, Coffee Underground, Centre Stage, Kroc Center.  The Greenville International Film Festival is a non-profit organization determined to unite film enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world in a multi-day event that displays the power of visual storytelling, creative excellence, and imagination of independent filmmaking.  864.735.8664.

 April 25 – National Walk @ Lunch Day.  11am-2pm.  Falls Park.  Free health and wellness event to promote walking at
lunch.    The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will include walking courses, health and fitness information and giveaways.  803-264-2211.

April 26NMCA Annual Spring Happy Hour and Membership Drive.  5-7pm.  Northgate Soda Shop Back Parking Lot.  Free beer, soft drinks and snacks.

April 27Project Hope Bar-B-Q Competition.   6 – 10pm.  East Broad St. and adjacent parking lots.  Proceeds benefit the Project Hope Soup Kitchen. 864.235.3403.

April 28 – North Main Community Spring Yard Sale.  Northgate Soda Shop.  7am – 1pm. Start your spring cleaning now!  No cost to you, first come….first selection on the parking lot behind the SS /OS.  Sell what you can, keep the money for yourself and if you have anything left that you do not want, they will collect it and take it to a charity.  Last year they delivered to 3 different charities.

April 28Project Rx: A River Remedy.  10am – 2pm.  McAlister Square. Project Rx provides the Upstate with a FREE and SAFE way to dispose of unwanted prescription and overt-the-counter medications with law enforcement, protecting our rivers and residents. Look in your medicine cabinets, and gather all of your household unwanted or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, this includes liquids and pet’s medications.  For more information go to 864-299-4000.

April 28Safe Harbor 5K Run.  Packet pick-up will be available at Fleet Feet Sports, 1708 Augusta Street, on Friday, April 27, from 12pm until 8pm. Race Day Registration will begin at the playground entrance of Fluor Field at 7:30am on Saturday, April 28.

April 28March of Dimes March for Babies.  8am – 12noon.  CU-ICAR.   Walk Distance 4.5 miles.  864.551.2640.

 May 5 – Hands on Greenville (HOG) Day. This is the largest day of service in the Upstate! On last year’s HOG Day, 6,817 volunteers completed 278 projects. That’s 27,268 hours of service and an economic impact of $550,813 for our community in just one day!
May 4Shredding Event. 10am-2pm.  TD Convention Center.  Businesses and individuals are welcome. All paper MUST be bagged or boxed and each person is limited to three large trash bags or three small boxes of paper. Bags and boxes must be intact, with no rips or tears. Reusable bags, boxes or containers will be returned to you. 864.467.8300.

May 5Electronics Recycling Day. 10am – 2pm.  Public Works Division.  360 Hudson St.  Free to City residents and businesses, the following items are accepted: computer monitors, keyboards, mice, CPUs, etc. (all things that plug into a computer), fluorescent bulbs, tubes, ballasts, etc.  864.467.8300.

May 5Reedy River Duck Derby.  10am – 4pm.  Falls Park on the Reedy River.  501 S. Main Street.  Fund-raiser of  Rotary Club of Greenville Evening for children’s organizations, featuring Mauldin Miracle League ballgame,stage & interactive entertainment, fun activities, artist booths, great food and the exciting rubber duck race over the falls, with prizes for duck adopters. Grand prize is groceries for a year from Publix.  864-527-0425.

May 5TD Saturday Market Opens for the Season.  The Booth for a Cause on opening day is the National Alliance of Mentally Ill (NAMI).

May 12 – NMCA Great American Clean Up.  9-11am. Meet at North Main Rotary Park.  See article above.

May 17Slow Food Earth Market 2012 opens for the season. 3pm-7pm. Third THURSDAYS monthly May through September 2012, on the front lawn of the Michael McDunn Furniture Studio, at the intersection of North Main Street and 741 Rutherford Road, Greenville SC.

May 28USA Cycling PRO Championships Road Race.  12pm – 5pm. Downtown, Cleveland Park and Surrounding Area.  Race starts at the intersection of S. Main St. and McBee Ave.


For other community events, check the Greenville City calendar  

Or, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau


Spring Programs at the Bobby Pearse Community Center & Sears Shelter at McPherson Park

Spring Session: Music Together of Greenville

Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Dates: March 19 – May 26 (9 weeks)
Times: Participants may choose one of the following 45-minute classes to attend:
Tuesdays, 4:45pm – 5:30pm
Tuesdays, 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Wednesdays, 10:30am – 11:15am
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

Downtown Line Dancing

Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Date: Wednesdays, April 25 – May 30, 2012 (6 weeks)
Time: 6:15pm – 8pm
Cost: Residents – $5 per class or $24 for 6 week session; Non-Residents – $6 per class or $30 for 6 week session
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: Register Online

Downtown Line Dance is a fun-filled activity that exercises the body and brain at the same time. In 45 minutes, participants learn dance steps for popular social line dances, such as Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, Tush Push, The Wobble, Good Time. Those who wish to go beyond these basic dances may extend their time for an additional hour of instruction in more advanced dances.

Downtown Line Dance is led by Barbara Steele who has taught line dance for 10 years at various venues in Greenville, Simpsonville, Flat Rock and Myrtle Beach. Barbara keeps up with the latest dances by attending national workshops in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina and through her association with World Line Dance and NTA.

Inner Strength

Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center & Sears Shelter
When: April 25 – June 21, 2012 (8 weeks)
No class on Wednesday, May 30 or Thursday, May 31
Times: Wednesdays, 10am – 10:45am at the Sears Shelter; Thursdays, 6:30pm – 7:15pm at the Bobby Pearse Community Center
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 is available for all classes: $1 per child
Contact: Jonathan Jones, 864-467-4331
Registration: Register Online

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 Sears Shelter on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 10:45am and at the Bobby Pearse Community Center on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm – 7:15pm. We provide a “child watch” at all classes 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.


Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
When: Saturdays, April 28 – June 16, 2012 (8 weeks), 10–11 am

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: Register Online

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.

Moving in the Right Direction – Acting for What You Want

Location: Sears Shelter Cabin at McPherson Park
When: 1-3 pm, Saturdays, April 14, 21 & 28, 2012
Cost: $12 for City Residents and $15 for Non-Residents
Participants: Ages 13-18
Registration: Register Online

In this session of the series – put theatre to work for you! Participants will continue to enhance understanding of acting fundamentals, but this time, the themes we explore are up to YOU! We’ll discuss what you think is relevant – what would make good fuel for drama and comedy, and we’ll play with those issues in mind! We’ll focus on objective – which in theatre terms is the goal a character works toward with purpose and passion. Comedy improvisation, as well as some seriously dramatic encounters with what impacts our lives and moves us toward proposing solutions, imagining a future, and learning to laugh through it all!

International Folk Dancing

Location: Sears Shelter
Dates: Mondays, April 23 – June 4, 2012 (Balkan Dancing)
Times: 7 pm–9 pm
Cost: Residents/College Students – $3 per class or $16 for 6 week session;
Non-Residents – $4 per class or $20 for 6 week session
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: Register Online

In partnership with the Greenville International Folk Dancers, the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation is offering International Folk Dancing. Immerse yourself in the stirring melodies and subtle rhythms of the Balkans. Think beauty, not war!

Lindy Hop

Location: Sears Shelter
Dates: Thursdays, April 5 – May 24, 2012 (8 weeks)
Times: 7-11 pm
Cost: Residents/College Students/Lindy Hop Members – $4 per class or $28 for 6 week session;
Non-Residents – $5 per class or $35 for 6 week session
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Registration: Register Online

In partnership with the Greenville Lindy Hoppers, the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation is offering Lindy Hop at the Sears Shelter! The Greenville Lindy Hoppers are an all-volunteer group dedicated to promoting and preserving historic swing era dancing in the Upstate of South Carolina, with an emphasis on Lindy hop and Lindy hop-related styles. This includes dances such as Lindy Charleston, ’20s Charleston, Balboa, East Coast swing, West Coast swing, and blues.

Bicycle Traffic Skills 101

Location: Sears Shelter at McPherson Park
Date: Sunday, April 29
Time: 12:30-5:30 pm
Cost: Residents – $20; Non-Residents – $25
Contact: Jan Cox, 864-467-4326
Ages: 14 and older
Registration: Register Online

Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 is taught at the Sears Shelter Cabin at McPherson Park. This class is covered in two sections: a 4-hour online course to be completed at your convenience and a 5-hour, in-person course that includes mostly on-the-bike training. Once registered, you will receive specific information regarding the 4-hour online course. Traffic Skills 101 is part of the League of American Bicyclists national “Smart Cycling” curriculum. Participants will learn things like bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, rules of the road, and crash avoidance techniques. On-the-bike training features certified instructors and real-life experience on Greenville streets and bicycle facilities. It provides new and experienced bicyclists the confidence they need to ride safely in traffic or on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The course is also a prerequisite for becoming a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI). View Program Flyer


Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center
When: 6:30-7:45 pm, Mondays; March 19 –May 7, 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: Register Online

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.  (You can still join us even if you missed the first classes!)




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