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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Music Bingo at The Flat Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm
The Flat Spartanburg

Come join us for an amazing night of music, prizes, and drink specials. It’s Music Bingo at The Flat Spartanburg. Test your music knowledge and compete against your friends and other patrons. It’s easy to play, and everyone is welcome! We’ll see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/610468289358518/?event_time_id=610468412691839

Friday, November 15, 2019
America Recycles Day Today!
Nov 15 all-day
Western North Carolina
Take the Pledge!
 
Thank you to our friends at Keep America Beautiful for continuing the tradition of America Recycles Day for all these years.  If you haven’t taken the pledge, we will hunt you down and make you sign it.  Just kidding…wait, could we do that?

America Recycles Day (ARD) educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being, and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

We at CRA challenge you to not only take and share the pledge to recycle EVERYTHING you can, but to reinvigorate your commitment as a vocal and proud advocate of recycling in your community, family, and workplace.  Use the “7 Reasons Recycling is Here to Stay” talking points above and let everyone know, recycling is HERE for GOOD.

1. Citizens Want To Recycle.
Things are worth what people are willing to pay for them.  I’m not talking about grumpy old Mr. Jones that shows up raising cain at the Town Hall meeting every month.  I’m talking about the majority of citizens who want to do the right thing and know that recycling is good.  Never underestimate the power of getting citizens involved in supporting recycling programs.  They just might pay more for it or even save it from imminent doom as they did in Craven County (NC), Greensboro (NC), and Kernersville (NC) earlier this year.
2. Cheap Does Not Equal Better.

One trip to the dollar store will show you that… When we change our mindset about recycling, that it’s a utility, similar to power and water, and that it’s an essential part of sustainable waste management, suddenly it makes a lot more sense to pay what it really costs for something we need and to work together to share the burden.  We can’t take for granted that we have very cheap landfill fees compared to other parts of the country, but this will change eventually.  Landfill space is finite.
3. Investment. 
Like my non-existent stock market portfolio, there are ups and downs with any investment.  What’s the one piece of advice your broker gives you?  Don’t divest in a down market!  We have made a substantial investment in this system and can weather this period of market adjustment.   Unlike other utilities, recycling actually has a chance to recoup costs in the future.  And speaking with your dollars by buying recycled content products helps drive demand = markets improve.  So buy recycled!
 
4. Recycling Does Not Exist in a Vacuum. 
Sure things might ‘suck’ at the moment, but that’s not because of a vacuum.  When you do the math, curbside recycling takes up about twice the volume per ton compared with trash. That means if you put it all in the trash can, you’re looking at a MUCH fuller truck, MORE trips to the landfill, ADDING garbage routes, and really FILLING UP landfills at a double rate.  That’s a no-no and everybody knows it.
 
5. Change is the Only Constant. 
This period of reinvesting in domestic recycling capacity is a great opportunity to teach our citizens that recycling is market-based.  It really can’t be the “ol’ reliable source” of revenue all the time that we all hoped it would be when times were good.   It is always evolving and changing, and we should be evolving with it by correcting our expectations of recycling markets and demand for materials.
 
6. ENVIRONMENT.
Hello!!  Recycling remains the easiest activity that large portions of people across the US can do to help the environment.  Saving energy, water, land, and natural resources is hugely important to not only humans, but the entire ecosystem.  We have GOT to do this for the environment; we heard Greta Thunberg is already talking to her lawyers…
7. Tools. 
There are tons of tools, grants, and assistance out there to maximize your recycling program quality and participation!  Whether it is #RecycleRightNC, #RecycleRightSC, The Recycling Partnership, the WRAP Program, SERDC, Keep America Beautiful, or CRA, your tool cup should be overflowing.  For a list of these resources, visit CRA’s resources page.
Thank you for reading, and Happy America Recycles Day!!
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros: PRE Sale Event
Nov 15 all-day
U.S. Cellular Center - Asheville

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros announce a new string of tour dates, kicking off February 28 in Miami and seeing stops across the U.S. through March.

Is it your time to serve? South Carolina Women in Leadership
Nov 15 all-day
South Carolina

Filling the Gap

Last week South Carolina Women in Leadership (SC WIL) joined Governor Henry McMaster and Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette in calling on more women to consider serving on state boards and commissions.

Hundreds of open seats, as well as those with expiring terms, are appointed by our Governor. Additionally, legislative delegations select nominees for others boards. These are important positions that qualified women could – and should – fill.

When we overlook capable women, we shortchange our state. Board decision-making requires the ability to hear and consider different points of view, which come from people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Women make up 51.5 percent of the population in South Carolina but are vastly underrepresented in state government. Our co-chairs present diverse backgrounds as they support our work in recruiting diverse and qualified candidates for boards and commissions.

“Dressing for the Occasion: Mid-Century Sandburg as Celebrity and Family Man”
Nov 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Carl Sandburg Home

Sandburg Clothing on Exhibit

“Dressing for the Occasion” offers visitors a window into the style, culture, and feel of mid-century America. The family’s clothing and accessories weave together the roles of Carl Sandburg as a prominent writer, celebrity, father, and husband. This temporary exhibit offers an exciting opportunity for the public to view objects that are normally in storage or in the possession of Sandburg family members. Tours of the Sandburg Home are offered daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets are available first come, first served, each day from the visitor information area in the ground level of the Sandburg Home.

Nearly every room in the historically furnished house museum will be included in the exhibit. Visitors will see the characteristic scarves Carl Sandburg wore as he played his guitar and sang folk songs to entertain his family and guests, the dress Lilian Sandburg wore to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson, and many other mid-century pieces worn by the Sandburgs and their daughters. Historic photographs, paired with the clothing, will provide context.

Fall Foliage Photography Contest
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

No additional costs to enter.

The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.

Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.

All entries must be submitted to [email protected] or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.

https://www.facebook.com/events/354841472011965/?event_time_id=354841478678631

The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Greenville Scavenger Hunt
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
220 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, United States

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Greenville! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout Greenville, racking up points and laughs along the way. Greenville Adventure is the perfect small group activity for anyone looking to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Greenville.

Some of the more memorable landmarks you’ll see are: NOMA Square, Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville Drive Baseball Stadium, Baseball Library..

Let’s Roam scavenger hunts work great for outdoor team building games in Greenville too! Whether you work in Greenville or are just visiting, you are sure to learn some new facts about the city as well as your teammates on this creative corporate event! This is one of the happiest hours your team will spend together!

Fear not, maids of honor, these hunts are sure fire ideas for Greenville bachelorette parties! Bachelors and bachelorettes will both enjoy roaming around on their wedding-themed Greenville scavenger hunts. Why just bar hop when you and your team can jump for joy as you complete hilarious photo challenges and see the best that Greenville has to offer!

Looking to check out a different part of the city? Check out Downtown Asheville Scavenger Hunt, Classic City Culture & History, and Lap Around Charlotte as well!

Here is some more info about this hunt:

Follow the Blue Ridge Mountains and you’ll find one of South Carolina’s most picturesque cities. On this fun-filled Greenville scavenger hunt, explore the storied buildings, great green spaces and cultural institutions.Is there a waterfall in NOMA Square? Who left their sox in the baseball stadium? Find out on this scavenger hunt of Greenville!

Literacy Council November Community Box Partner: Chiesa Restaurant
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chiesa

Community Box Partner

Each month, we are honored to be a community partner to a local non-profit that is working to make Asheville a better place. Over the past year we have supported the following non-profits who are making a difference in our community: Pisgah Legal Services, Mountain Child Advocacy Center, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Helpmate, The Montford Players, Asheville Choral Society, Asheville Symphony, BeLoved, Food Connection, The Montford Neighborhood Association, Immediate Theatre Project, The Asheville Humane Society, Western North Carolina Aids Project, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Great food in Montford and when diners leave donations for the Literacy Council, Chiesa will match up to $500!

Chiesa (Italian for church) is a quaint Italian restaurant featuring generations of family recipes, house-made pasta, and local ingredients. Located in the historic Montford neighborhood, Chiesa (pronounced kee-ay-sa) is housed in a building that has been at the center of the community for over one hundred years, serving as the local grocery store, then as a church, and since 2014, the neighborhood Italian restaurant. Our friendly staff welcomes all guests as family, providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere for both inside and patio dining (when weather permits).

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Bryson City Depot

About This Trip

Over 90,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2018 and we hope to see you in 2019! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ begins November 8, 2019, and operates through December 31, 2019.

unnatural history
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm

unnatural history

The works in Unnatural History are portals backwards or forwards (or sometimes both at once) in geologic time, offering visions from before, after, and during the tenancy of humankind. Dioramas of cast resin depicting bizarre plants and animate slime suggest a post-human period wherein nature reclaims the planet. Artificial geodes made of oil paint, latex, foam, and soil transport viewers into a distant future where industrial waste has become fossil evidence of human activity. Abstract wall sculptures use motor and crude oil as raw material in the depiction of the vast, intricate industrial landscapes of the near future, while wooden mosaics made of materials salvaged from hurricane-affected cities and reconstructed glass objects found on beaches suggest a possible utopian remedy to decline, decay, and disintegration. Overall, the exhibition underscores and illustrates the many ways in which the technological processes of mass mining, manufacturing, resource extraction, and large-scale industrial agriculture have altered not only the present, but also the future history of our planet.

For more information, contact our Exhibitions Coordinator + Designer, Ashleigh Shuler, at 864.582.7616 x 254 or email [email protected].

​This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bagwell Fence, SantoLubes, Kerin Hannah, Margaret + George Nixon, Sikanas Family Charitable Fund, and Susu + George Dean Johnson, Jr.

Live Music at Smiley’s
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm

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LIVE MUSIC

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Please see our website for more information

6:30 & 10pm

111 Augusta St, Greenville, SC 29601

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Bryson City Depot

About This Trip

Over 90,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2018 and we hope to see you in 2019! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ begins November 8, 2019, and operates through December 31, 2019.

Blues Thursday!
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Southern Appalachian Brewery

third Thursday of the month. Hosted by Bill Altman the Gentlemen Callers there is a new special guest every month. Old school blues for a dancing good time!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2304005716513850/?event_time_id=2304005743180514

Charlotte Hornets vs. Detroit Pistons
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm
Spectrum Center
THE CLEVERLYS LIVE @ FR8yard!
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Fr8yard

LIVE @ FR8yard, it’s the CLEVERLYS!!!
w/Brandy Lindsey & the Punch

***August Presale Event: Get your $5 tickets while they last!***

The Cleverlys
The Cleverlys are a one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend coming from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas.

Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and Cub, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe, if the globe only consisted of the United States, performing at music venues and some of the nation’s largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Music Fest and even the Grand Ole Opry.

The New York Times wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.”

Don’t be fooled by this faux-family band – they are all accomplished musicians putting their unique bluegrass spin on cover songs from any genre. The Cleverlys’ set list includes genius arrangements of tunes like Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a medley of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Flo Rida’s “Low” that recently went viral on Facebook, with over 11 million views from a local TV appearance.

Rolling Stone Magazine says Digger’s “out-of-date eyeglasses are as thick as his hillbilly accent, but whose comic sensibilities are a hilariously off-kilter hybrid of Homer & Jethro and The Office.”

On Brandy Lindsey & the Punch
”An impressive mix of folk-tinged Americana and vintage-flavored jangle pop.” – Dan Armonaitis, Arts & Entertainment Journalist

https://www.facebook.com/events/2447718562114499/

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse

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Journey with us to Narnia, the iconic land of mystery and magic as we present The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The classic coming-of-age story by C.S. Lewis begins on a rainy afternoon when four children discover a wardrobe that transports them to this magical world. With every step they take into this new, fantastical land, the children must learn the difference between good and evil and how to stand up for what is right. Will the strength of goodness prevail in the face of cold, heartless evil? Find out in this fantasy adventure for the whole family!

Escanaba in da Moonlight on HCT Main Stage
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hendersonville Community Theatre

Escanaba in da Moonlight
By Jeff Daniels
Second Stage
Nov 15-24
Director: Zach Eden
A family in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan has a storied tradition of deer hunting. Everyone in the family has bagged their fair share of bucks except Rueben Soady who is on the verge of becoming the black sheep of the Soady family. However, this year is going to be different. The Soady men have retreated to their cabin deep in the woods and things start changing, some for the better, others for the worse. A hilarious show full of humor, horror and heart.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1184109405083253/?event_time_id=1184109418416585

Escanaba in da Moonlight on HCT Main Stage
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hendersonville Community Theatre

Escanaba in da Moonlight
By Jeff Daniels
Second Stage
Nov 15-24
Director: Zach Eden
A family in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan has a storied tradition of deer hunting. Everyone in the family has bagged their fair share of bucks except Rueben Soady who is on the verge of becoming the black sheep of the Soady family. However, this year is going to be different. The Soady men have retreated to their cabin deep in the woods and things start changing, some for the better, others for the worse. A hilarious show full of humor, horror and heart.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1184109405083253/

Alice Cooper
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Peace Center

Alice Cooper pioneered a theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, Cooper created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.

Along with his band, which features guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss, and Tommy Henriksen, drummer Glen Sobel, and bassist Chuck Garric, Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo.

His nightly radio show, Nights With Alice Cooper, continues to air in nearly 100 cities in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. One highlight of 2018 was Cooper’s widely praised performance as King Herod in NBC’s live Easter Sunday production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

https://www.facebook.com/events/826778857678434/