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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Arts Education Classes
Apr 16 all-day
Mauldin Cultural Center

Learn a new skill at the Cultural Center!

 

All of our classes are taught by community artists and are offered at competitive prices. We offer private lessons, classes and workshops. Our list of current classes and upcoming showcases are listed below.

Be sure to check back here often as classes and events are continuously added. If you are interested in teaching a class, contact us and we’ll help you get your class off the ground!

For more information on any class listed below, be sure to check the description first for instructor contact information, as they handle all class details including scheduling, pricing, and supply lists.

The Cultural Center team DOES NOT handle registration for classes outside of theatre.

Register and Learn More About Arts Education Classes
Celebrate Graduation at Craft Axe Throwing
Apr 16 – Apr 20 all-day
Craft Axe Throwing Spartanburg

Host Your Unforgettable Graduation Party at Craft Axe Throwing!

Are you ready to level up your graduation celebration? Say goodbye to the ordinary and hello to an adrenaline-fueled adventure at Craft Axe Throwing! Picture this: you and your friends surrounded by the thrill of competition as you unleash your inner lumberjack and hurl axes at bullseyes like champions!

At Craft Axe Throwing we’re not just about throwing axes; we’re about creating unforgettable memories. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer our expert coaches will guide you through every throw ensuring maximum fun and safety.

Forget about the typical boring party venues – at Craft Axe Throwing your graduation bash will be anything but ordinary.

So why settle for the mundane when you can celebrate in style? Book your graduation party at Craft Axe Throwing and make memories that will last a lifetime! Don’t wait let the axe-venture begin!

Donate: The Salvation Army Boys + Girls Club Summer Camps
Apr 16 all-day
online

Make summer bright for kids in Greenville

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club needs your help to make this summer the best one yet for kids in our community. For nine weeks while children are out of school on summer break, the Boys & Girls Club hosts its Summer Camp at the Kroc Center in Greenville.

The children spend their days doing fun-filled activities, taking field trips, participating in character building classes and much more. We need help funding the scholarship program to help offset the cost for families unable to afford this quality out-of-school time experience for their children.

  • $80 pays for a child to attend one week of summer camp
  • $160 pays for one child to attend one week of camp, all field trips, as well as covers their t-shirt cost
  • $720 pays for one child or half the summer session for two children. This includes field trips and a t-shirt.

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can support families in Greenville this summer through The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club!

Greer Relief Move to Berry Ave: Volunteer Opportunities
Apr 16 all-day
Greer Relief

The time has finally arrived. We are moving into the new building. The address is 113-C Berry Ave Greer, SC 29651. To make this as smooth as possible, we have a timeline of events.

  • March 29th: Last day we provide full food/household assistance to neighbors
  • April 1st-April 17th: Packing and moving of the pantry, household, RENEW Closet & small agency items
  • April 1st-April 17th: We will continue to receive and process food rescue at current space. These items will be pushed to the lobby for the neighbors.
  • April 18th: The big final move
  • April 19th: Final set up and clean up
  • April 22nd-26th: Orientation & Training-New Volunteer Activities!!

Pantry Activities

We will need many volunteers though these couple of weeks to help pack and move items to the new building. If you have a large group and/or a truck and can help email Jenn to coordinate.

Setting the Pantry Fixtures

  • April 8th 10am-1pm. We need a group of 7-10 volunteers to unload the fixtures from on-site storage into the pantry. This activity takes place at 113-C Berry Ave
  • April 8th 130pm-430pm. We need a group of 7-10 volunteers to load some fixtures from the old building and unload at the new building.
  • April 8th 2pm-5pm. We need 6-8 volunteers assemble the fixtures for the pantry and stockroom.
  • April 9th 10am-1pm. We need 6-8 volunteers assemble the fixtures for the pantry and stockroom.
  • April 9th 2pm-5pm. We need 6-8 volunteers assemble the fixtures for the pantry and stockroom.

Stocking the Pantry

We need many volunteers to bring the food and household items over to the new building and stock the pantry.**Great for Groups**

Move and Set up the RENEW Shoppe

We will move and set up the RENEW Shoppe. We will also move anything left that can be loaded to a pick up truck. If you have a truck that is a plus!!

Official Moving Day

It is the official moving day. We will need all hands on deck. **A great opportunity for groups!!

Final Day of Set up & Clean Up

To make sure we look great and are ready to go, one last day of prep.

Host a Meal: support United Way VITA volunteers
Apr 16 all-day
Greer Relief
Greer Relief is a host site for the United Way VITA Program. This is a tax preparation program for our neighbors in the community. We have certified volunteers that work up an appetite. If you are able to provide a meal of your choice for them please click on the date below.

Thank you for the support and supporting the neighbors in the community!!

INMC Startup Pitch Competition
Apr 16 – Apr 19 all-day
Anderson, SC
Ready to take your business to the next level? Compete for $5,000 and a marketing package in the Startup Pitch Competition! This exciting program aims to launch new businesses with a final competition to be held in Anderson on April 18!

The City of Anderson South Carolina USA is proud to host the 4th Conference of the International Network of Michelin Cities (INMC) April 15 – 19, 2024. Member cities from around the world will join us for an informative, innovative experience around the thematics of the INMC. INMC cities have curated content relating to economic development in areas including mobility, incubators, sports health, and art.

In addition to global experts, best practices, and exciting site visits, we will treat you to the best of southern culture with food and entertainment. From barbecue to banana pudding, from bluegrass music to college football, we invite INMC Members to experience our region in style.

Learn a New Language and Broaden your Horizons with Upstate International!
Apr 16 – May 3 all-day
Upstate International

Registration for Spring 2024 language classes at Upstate International is open!
Embark on a transformative journey with Upstate International’s language classes designed to elevate your career and broaden your horizons. With eight language options available our small classes provide an intimate learning environment where you can progress at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the richness of cultural diversity while acquiring valuable language skills that will open doors to new opportunities.
This 15-week semester beginning January 22nd offers Finnish French Spanish Russian etc. Whether you want to learn a language for work, expand your resume, play, travel, or stimulate your brain, UI has a class for you.
Classes are conducted in an informal relaxed atmosphere and are limited to no more than ten people. There are two types of classes: Regular classes meet once a week for 75 minutes costing $180 per semester and Intensive classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes each costing $480 per semester. Annual memberships are required for all students and cost from $75 to $100.
Classes are held both online and in person at Upstate International 9 S. Memminger Street Greenville SC.
For more information please visit www.upstateinternational.org

Mauldin Theatre Company’s 2024 Summer Camps registration open
Apr 16 all-day
Mauldin Cultural Center

We have 6 exciting camp options for various ages. See a preview below and click the link for more information on each camp and to register.

Leading Player 2-Week Intensive Camp (Ages 12-17)

June 3, 2024 – June 7, 2024 &  June 10, 2024 – June 14, 2024
9:00am – 1:30pm (Ages 12-17)

Young Playwrights Camp (Ages 10-17)

June 3, 2024 – June 7, 2024
2:00pm – 5:00pm (Ages 10 -17)

Behind the Scenes Camp (Ages 10-17)

July 10, 2024 – July 14, 2024
2:00pm – 5:00pm (Ages 10-17)

Shakespeare it Up! Camp (Ages 10-17)

June 18, 2024 – June 20, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Broadway Beginner Camp (Ages 6-11)

June 24, 2024 – June 28, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm

Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition (Ages 6-17)

July 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024 & July 22, 2024 – July 27, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Mile High Swinging Bridge
Apr 16 all-day
Grandfather Mountain

One of the top highlights and memories of visits to Grandfather Mountain nature park is walking across the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. Since 1952, visitors have “oohed” and “aahed” at the bridge’s 360-degree panoramic views. America’s highest suspension footbridge gives easy access to the spectacular views atop Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak, elevation 5,305 feet.

The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation (hence the name!). To reach the Mile High Swinging Bridge, drive the two-mile, winding scenic road up the mountain to the summit parking area by the Top Shop. Climb 50 stairs adjacent to the parking area or inside the Top Shop to reach the short pathway to the bridge. Also, an elevator in the Top Shop takes you to the third floor for a level walk to the bridge.

Top Shop

Located adjacent to the Bridge, the Top Shop features a gift shop, snacks, restrooms, elevator and second-floor exhibition area. Also get the latest park information and trail maps. Read more.

Accessibility

Inside the Top Shop, an elevator makes the Mile High Swinging Bridge accessible to people with mobility challenges, including those in wheelchairs. From the Top Shop, there is a paved 50-yard path to the bridge. Read more about our accessibility.

Tickets & Hours

Walking across the Mile High Swinging Bridge is included in your Grandfather Mountain admission ticket that includes many other things to do in our nature park. Buy tickets online and book a reservation time to enter the park. You do not need a separate reservation for the bridge. It’s open, weather permitting, every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. See hours.

More to Explore

Before or after visiting the Mile High Swinging Bridge, allow time to enjoy other parts of the mountain: wildlife habitats, Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, restaurant, hiking trails, roadside overlooks, picnic areas and more. See more Things to Do.

Nearby Hiking Trails

Trailheads to many of the Grandfather Mountain hiking trails are located near the Swinging Bridge. In fact, the 0.4 mile Bridge Trail takes you beneath the bridge, starting from the Black Rock parking area just below the summit. For details on our nearby trails, go to our Hiking Guide.

Bridge Tips & Tidbits

  • Does it really swing? Very little — unlike the original one. Today’s bridge is made of steel and reinforced with cables and springs. It has railings on the sides to ensure safety.
  • We suggest you wear rubber-soled shoes and walk with care when crossing the rocks on the far side of the bridge.
  • If heights give you pause, you can still enjoy Blue Ridge Mountain views from the ground before you reach the bridge and even from the parking area.
  • Due to periodic extreme weather conditions at the bridge, it closes when there is area lightning, high wind or icy conditions.
  • The official U.S. Weather Service Reporting Station atop the Mile High Swinging Bridge has provided daily weather observations since 1955. The temperature is usually 10 to 20 degrees cooler than in the flatlands you see below. It’s also one of the windiest locations in North Carolina, with a 124-mph record set in winter 2019. Learn more about our weather.
  • Pets are allowed on the bridge if well behaved and on a leash.
  • Photographs and videos to remember your visit are encouraged. Be mindful of sharp drop-offs along the Linville Peak ridge. Drones are not allowed. See our photography policies.
  • The Singing Bridge? When the wind blows, the Mile High Swinging Bridge “sings” in the same way as a harmonica.
  • In April through October, join Grandfather’s expert naturalists by the Bridge for Interpretive Talks about the our unique weather, climate, flora and fauna. Read more.
  • Need driving directions? The address for Grandfather Mountain’s entrance gate is 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 (click link for Google Maps). There are no shuttles, so you must have your own vehicle to explore our nature park. No RVs longer than 28 feet in length or hinged vehicles are allowed through the Entrance Gate. See detailed directions.
  • To see much more info, see our Plan Your Visit section.

Mile High Swinging Bridge History

Former North Carolina Tourism Director Charles J. Parker coined the name “Mile High Swinging Bridge” at the Bridge’s dedication in 1952. The term “mile high” refers to the structure’s elevation above sea level (5,280 feet). The term “swinging” refers to the fact that suspension bridges are free to sway.

The original 1952 bridge was designed by Charles Hartmann Jr. of Greensboro, N.C. It was fabricated in Greensboro and then reassembled on top of the Mountain. Erecting the bridge took three weeks, a process slowed by inclement weather created by a hurricane off the North Carolina coast. Cost was $15,000. It was dedicated on Sept. 2, 1952 by North Carolina Gov. William B. Umstead.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using the original towers. The cables, floor boards and side rails were all replaced using galvanized steel. One of the main advantages of the modern building materials is that they do not have to be painted. Now, Grandfather Mountain employees will not have to hang out over the gorge to paint the span. It was redesigned by Sutton, Kennerly & Associates Engineering of Asheville, N.C., and rebuilt by Taylor & Murphy Construction Company of Asheville. The cost of rebuilding was $300,000.

Mystery Rider Program
Apr 16 all-day
Greenville Area

Greenlink is seeking volunteers for its pilot Mystery Rider Program. This customer service initiative aims to collect trip feedback in real-time, is intended to gather details on the complete customer experience and will identify areas for improvement and employee recognition.

Why should you volunteer?

  • Help the Facilities team address bus stop issues.
  • Help the Maintenance team address mechanical issues and cleanliness issues on the bus.
  • Help the Safety & Training team address areas for improvement in operations and customer service.

Your feedback can lead to a better customer experience for everyone!

What is required and what do you get out of it?

Volunteers will be required to participate in a one-hour training to understand how to complete the Mystery Rider Report. In exchange for attending the training, volunteers will receive two 7-Day passes ($25 value).

Then, once the training is complete, passengers will be required to complete a minimum of 12 Mystery Rider Reports:

  • 3 completed on trips taken M-F between 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 3 completed on trips taken M-F between 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 3 completed on trips taken M-F between 4:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • 3 completed on trips taken on Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

In exchange for completing the twelve reports, volunteers will receive one 31-Day pass ($50 value).

All reports are due by April 30, 2024.

Spring 2024 Language Classes
Apr 16 – May 3 all-day
Upstate International Center

Stimulate your brain this Spring by learning a new language or building on your current foreign language skills at Upstate International, a 501(c)(3), empowering people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas.

Registration for Spring language classes at Upstate International will be open in a few weeks! The 15-week semester, beginning on January 22nd and ending on May 3rd, will offer classes in English, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Spanish. Whether you want to learn a language for work, expand your resume, play, travel, or stimulate your brain, UI has a class for you.

Classes are conducted in an informal, relaxed atmosphere and are limited to no more than ten people. There are two types of classes: Regular classes meet once a week for 75 minutes, costing $180 per semester, while Intensive classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes, costing $480 per semester. UI language classes are only available to UI members. Annual memberships are required for all students and cost $75 to $100.

Classes are held online and in person at Upstate International, 9 S. Memminger Street, Greenville, SC.

For more information, please visit www.upstateinternational.org

If you are interested in being notified when registration opens for the Spring semester, sign up on our Spring Semester Interest Sheet. https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/1PZ24MutkpKyTSJj7JwT4w

Spring Photo Contest: “Spring Inspiration”
Apr 16 – May 31 all-day
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Stem Day Camp High School registration open
Apr 16 all-day
Spartanburg Community College Giles Campus

Open to incoming 9th-12th graders.

2024 High School STEM Camp

July 8th – 12th

Please complete form by June 15th

The AgSouth Growing Our Communities Grant
Apr 16 all-day
online

Apply Now through June 30, 2024!

APPLY NOW

Keeping the future of agriculture bright 

Each year, AgSouth Farm Credit supports non-profit organizations and farmers markets with grants of up to $5,000 to help in their endeavors and to further the future of agriculture in our region of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Grant Mission & Objectives

The AgSouth Growing Our Communities Grant’s mission is to build strong partnerships and alliances, leveraging the resources within our grant program to preserve and promote the farmer, the family, and our communities. The grant has three main objectives:

  • Invest in the future of agriculture.
  • Enhance and impact the quality of life in the AgSouth territory.
  • Be recognized as a leading corporate citizen in the AgSouth territory.

Applications

The AgSouth Growing Our Communities Grant operates on an application-based grant system. Grants will be awarded for up to $5,000 per organization per year. To be considered for funding, organizations’ values and purpose must align with the grant program’s mission. Applications must be submitted online. You will be asked to attach a copy of your organization’s W9 to the application prior to submission. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. Please make sure you complete all fields prior to submission.

Project Guidance
As part of the application, organizations must submit a project the grant will help fund. Examples of previously funded projects include but are not limited to:

•    Providing farmers market programming for children
•    Purchasing fans for a livestock arena to help cool the animals
•    Developing a comprehensive chick hatching program to give tools and resources to those wanting to raise backyard flocks
•    Opening a demonstration farm in conjunction with a local school district
•    Purchasing grain bin rescue equipment for fire and rescue teams
•    Funding a bee-keeping education program for vulnerable youths
•    Purchasing an irrigation system at a local Farmers Market
•    Expanding a local church garden space and adding fencing
•    Hosting an annual agricultural event
•    Purchasing a cargo trailer to transport livestock equipment
•    Building a school greenhouse

Eligibility Considerations

Grants will be considered for programs only in the 147 counties and geographic areas where AgSouth Farm Credit conducts business. Grants will only be awarded to non-profit organizations and farmers markets and will not be awarded to individuals or private farms.

Funding Cycle

Grant applications will be accepted from April 1 to June 30th, 2024. Proposals will be reviewed and grants will be awarded in Nov-Dec of 2024. Funds awarded maybe utilized by recipients during the 2025 calendar year.

Application Deadline

The 2025 Grant Application period is now open. Applications can be received from April 1 to June 30th, 2024.

Winner’s Choice! Choose between a Cancun Paradise Vacation or a Colorado Front Range Getaway
Apr 16 all-day
online w/ Greer Relief

Win a 5‐Night Stay for 2 at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun OR a 3‐Night Stay for 2 in Colorado with Choice of Cog Railway or Rocky Mountain National Park

SWEEPSTAKES DETAILS
  • CLOSE DATE
    May 6, 2024
  • CLOSE TIME
    11:59 PM EDT
  • DRAWING DATE
    May 14, 2024
  • DRAWING TIME
    12:00 PM EDT
Greenville State Farmers Market
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Greenville State Farmers Market

Admission and parking are free

The Greenville State Farmers Market includes retail sheds and farmer stalls that offer a wide variety of locally grown products and specialty goods. Both quality and variety are standards for the volume of products offered for sale at the Greenville State Farmers Market. Market operations continue Monday – Saturday all year long, ceasing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Find information about upcoming events and what’s in season at our market’s Facebook page.

From its beginning as a tailgate produce market along the Court Street curbside in the heart of downtown, the Greenville Farmers Market has been an integral part of the community. When the need for more space and better facilities was recognized, the Greenville County Marketing Commission helped relocate the market to its present location on June 1, 1949. The Greenville Market continued to operate under the oversight of the Greenville County Marketing Commission until 1980 when by mutual agreement, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture assumed operations of the facility. After selling part of the market property in 2017, the Greenville State Farmers market now operates solely as a retail market on approximately 4 acres and continues its proud heritage of service to the Piedmont region of South Carolina.

The retail market includes a major produce vendor and horticultural vendor year-round. Market operations continue daily, ceasing only for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Retail hours are 8 am through 6 pm, Monday through Saturday. The market is closed on Sunday.

Small Vendor Saturdays operates from April through December and consists of local farmers and vendors who rent tables in the daily sales area to offer their products.

A privately-owned restaurant is also located onsite.

The market also sponsors two festivals each year:

Piedmont Plant & Flower Festival  |  April/May

  • Gardening plants from across the state, gardening advice clinics
  • Aquaculture products (koi fish and pond items)
  • Natural soil additives and worm castings
  • Lawn & garden accessories (yard ornaments, garden tools, etc.)

AutumFest at the Market  |  September/October

  • Reminds the public that there are Fall products still available at the Market
  • Apples, pumpkins, squash, gourds, etc.
  • Mums, pansies, and other Fall plants
Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
NC Arboretum

Baker Exhibit Center

In an age of complex environmental challenges, why not look to the ingenuity of nature for solutions? The forms, patterns, and processes found in the natural world—refined by 3.8 billion years of evolution—can inspire our design of everything from clothing to skyscrapers. This approach to innovation, called biomimicry, is becoming increasingly popular.

Nature’s Blueprints is supported in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, The Laurel of Asheville, RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide, and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.

2024 Earth Day
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Susan Jacobs Arboretum

Join us on Tuesday, April 16, 2pm – 6pm for activities in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum on the USC Upstate Campus.

We are excited to partner with TreesUpstate to provide a free tree giveaway. Please pre-register for 1 or 2 trees at  https://treesupstate.org/freetrees/ . Trees must be picked up by 5pm!

Additional activities include Nature Quest, and engagement with our community partners. Check back for more updates!

Bagels and cream cheese will be available at 2pm (while supplies last).

Why bagels? Well, they are a good option any time of day and…

We calculated our Carbon Footprint and found a low carbon option:

1.38 kg CO2e

.4219 kg CO2e

per serving of bagel and cream cheese

We are excited to host the No Man’s Land Film at 6pm in the Pavilion. Check out more information at  https://nomanslandfilmfestival.org/about  .

Visit the exhibitor tables throughout the arboretum to earn stamps on your “One Planet” card! Attendees with stamped cards are eligible for raffle prizes from our generous supporters!

Teens Meet: Furry Friends
Apr 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Middle Tyger Library

Meet adoptable animals from the Spartanburg Humane Society to pet and love. For teens ages 12-18 or in grades 7-12.

The Work of Remembering
Apr 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Montgomery Building

Join the Southern Studies Fellows, John W. Bateman and Mo Kessler, for a showcase of their mixed media art project examining Southern narratives built from selective history rejecting humanity in service to the status quo, as well as how power and control is perpetuated when those false narratives remain unchallenged. The cumulative event of their fellowship in Spartanburg will feature an art exhibit, mini-documentary screening, live readings, and an artist talkback.

Mo Kessler is an installation and conceptual artist. Utilizing the shadow of 1934, Kessler memorializes mill sites throughout Spartanburg County as hallowed battlegrounds for dignity and self determination.

John W. Bateman, a writer and visual artist and descendant of one of the earliest colonizers in Spartanburg County, explores narratives embedded within family memories. What control did those narratives have over individual identity and self-awareness? What lies do we tell ourselves? How do we know before we know?

These works of remembering are acts of unraveling.

First one hundred attendees will receive John’s chapbook.

The Southern Studies Fellowship in Arts and Letters is hosted by the Chapman Cultural Center and Hub City Writers Project, and made possible by the Watson Brown Foundation.