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Sunday, January 29, 2023
New Year’s Resolutions: Be a community blood donor
Jan 29 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Blood Connection--Greenville

 Right now, a team of doctors is scrubbing in for a surgery while a patient waits for a procedure that they hope will save their life; blood bags are prepared and ready.  In a different hospital, a team of nurses is giving a trauma victim a lifesaving blood transfusion.  Several floors away, a cancer patient is receiving a platelet transfusion after chemotherapy.  Those patients, and thousands of others, can hope and plan for the new year because blood products were available.

 

As we enter 2023, many are looking at a piece of paper, writing down their new year’s resolutions and goals: ‘read ten books…get outside more often…go to the gym.’ The Blood Connection (TBC), the non-profit community blood center, is encouraging people to add one more thing to that list: save a life with TBC. It may sound daunting.  It may sound unachievable.  But with just one hour and one blood donation, three lives can be saved in this community. The difference between a joyous and tragic new year for many local families is community blood donors.

 

TBC is urging community members to make blood donation a priority in 2023 – because, simply put: lives depend on it.

Monday, January 30, 2023
New Year’s Resolutions: Be a community blood donor
Jan 30 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Blood Connection--Greenville

 Right now, a team of doctors is scrubbing in for a surgery while a patient waits for a procedure that they hope will save their life; blood bags are prepared and ready.  In a different hospital, a team of nurses is giving a trauma victim a lifesaving blood transfusion.  Several floors away, a cancer patient is receiving a platelet transfusion after chemotherapy.  Those patients, and thousands of others, can hope and plan for the new year because blood products were available.

 

As we enter 2023, many are looking at a piece of paper, writing down their new year’s resolutions and goals: ‘read ten books…get outside more often…go to the gym.’ The Blood Connection (TBC), the non-profit community blood center, is encouraging people to add one more thing to that list: save a life with TBC. It may sound daunting.  It may sound unachievable.  But with just one hour and one blood donation, three lives can be saved in this community. The difference between a joyous and tragic new year for many local families is community blood donors.

 

TBC is urging community members to make blood donation a priority in 2023 – because, simply put: lives depend on it.

Greenville County Schools open 4k enrollment
Jan 30 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
various locations

Greenville County Schools 4k enrollment is now open until March 10th 2023. 4K programs are offered at various elementary schools and six child development centers across Greenville County. Children who will be four years old on or before September 1, 2023 are eligible to apply for this free program. Priority for 4K placement is based on risk factors such as academic or developmental needs, low family income, or low parent education level. Parents will be notified of application status by April 1, 2023. GCS will be completing registration at the following locations:

  • January 24th Norwest Crescent CDC
  • January 25th Greenview CDC
  • January 30th Dunbar CDC
  • February 7th Overbrook CDC
  • February 8th Golden Strip CDC
  • February 27th Riley CDC

GCS will help with enrollments from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Parents should bring the child’s birth certificate and shot record, the parent’s picture ID, and two proofs of residency. No appointment is necessary. Parents can just come on the days listed. For more information, please contact Leanne Ramirez, District Social Worker.

Textile Mill + Village Tour: Early Years
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm
Around Greenville

The textile industry is the most significant aspect of Greenville’s history. It employed 1 out of every 3 people here for many years and had worldwide reach and importance. This driving tour takes you to eight of the mills built up between 1874-1902 in downtown Greenville and into the “Textile Crescent” at the city limits. Guests will learn in-depth about the mill leaders, workers, buildings, what village life was like, what the mills produced, why they closed, and what is going on there now. You’ll see 100s of historic photos on a screen that dramatically illustrate the themes discussed. You’ll also have a chance to actually touch and hold vintage artifacts from this era. Enjoy a fun and educational tour that gives you great insights to this important aspect of Greenville’s past and present success.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
New Year’s Resolutions: Be a community blood donor
Jan 31 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Blood Connection--Greenville

 Right now, a team of doctors is scrubbing in for a surgery while a patient waits for a procedure that they hope will save their life; blood bags are prepared and ready.  In a different hospital, a team of nurses is giving a trauma victim a lifesaving blood transfusion.  Several floors away, a cancer patient is receiving a platelet transfusion after chemotherapy.  Those patients, and thousands of others, can hope and plan for the new year because blood products were available.

 

As we enter 2023, many are looking at a piece of paper, writing down their new year’s resolutions and goals: ‘read ten books…get outside more often…go to the gym.’ The Blood Connection (TBC), the non-profit community blood center, is encouraging people to add one more thing to that list: save a life with TBC. It may sound daunting.  It may sound unachievable.  But with just one hour and one blood donation, three lives can be saved in this community. The difference between a joyous and tragic new year for many local families is community blood donors.

 

TBC is urging community members to make blood donation a priority in 2023 – because, simply put: lives depend on it.

Diabetes Prevention Program- Discovery Session
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Medical Group of the Carolinas - Diabetes Education - Spartanburg

The National Diabetes Prevention Program, also known as Prevent T2 , will have you work with a trained lifestyle coach and other participants to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. You will learn to eat healthy, add physical activity to your life, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

PreventT2 is a year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then meetings once or twice a month for the second 6 months to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle changes. By meeting with others who have prediabetes you can celebrate each other’s successes and work together to overcome obstacles.

This meeting on Jan. 31st will help you understand the requirements for this year-long program. You may come in-person or virtually using Microsoft Teams.

For questions, contact Madison Pate at [email protected]

VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance @ Anderson Road Library
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Anderson Road Branch Library

United Way’s VITA program provides free income tax assistance to individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 or less. IRS-trained and certified volunteers help participants receive all eligible tax credits and deductions.

Cards for Kids
Jan 31 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Hughes Main Library

Ages 5–11 | Create Valentine’s Day cards for children in the hospital.

Taylors Library: Plant to Plate: Growing and Cooking with Microgreens
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Taylors Library

Join Clemson SNAP-Ed and the Seed Library to learn all about how to grow and eat microgreens!

Incorporating a colorful variety of fruit and veggies in your diet doesn’t have to be complicated and during colder months growing some of your own fresh veggies is a great option to add nutrients to any meal. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables, and use our microgreens to create two recipes. You’ll leave our 1.5 hour class with the confidence to create delicious meals with microgreens, and a full kit to grow your own! Registration required. Email [email protected] or call 864-268-5955 to register.

Recipes: Microgreen Rainbow Salad & Pita Break Pocket with Microgreens

SECRETS OF THE WHALES WITH UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER, BRIAN SKERRY
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm
Charleston Gaillard Center

| Dive deep into the groundbreaking science of whale families – and their startlingly human parallels – through the awe-inspiring work of celebrated National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry. Discover the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures among four different species of whales – from the international cuisines of orcas to families of beluga whales playing at their “summer resort” – and learn what these majestic creatures can teach us about ourselves and our planet.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Volunteers Needed for Tax Season
Feb 1 all-day
Greer Relief
Each year, Greer Relief serves as a VITA site. VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, provides free tax preparation to our neighbors in need. Taxes are prepared by IRS certified volunteers, and that’s where YOU come in! Greer Relief needs volunteer preparers and greeters to keep our site running. Certification is simple and the Greer Relief VITA Team is here to help.
For more information on volunteering, contact Yvonne at 864.334.3493.
To learn more about the VITA program and the certification process, click here.
Middle Tyger Area Council – Penny Projects Update
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Middle Tyger Library
Join the Middle Tyger Area Council for their first meeting of 2023, featuring Spartanburg County Administrator Cole Alverson providing an update on the ongoing and upcoming construction projects funded by the penny sales tax.
Augusta Road African-American Genealogy
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Augusta Road Library

Get started with African-American genealogy and learn about useful Library System resources that will further your research. Registration required. Email [email protected] or call 864-277-0161 to register. Part of the event series: Black History Month Audience: Adults Category: History & Genealogy

Textile Mill + Village Tour: Early Years
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm
Around Greenville

The textile industry is the most significant aspect of Greenville’s history. It employed 1 out of every 3 people here for many years and had worldwide reach and importance. This driving tour takes you to eight of the mills built up between 1874-1902 in downtown Greenville and into the “Textile Crescent” at the city limits. Guests will learn in-depth about the mill leaders, workers, buildings, what village life was like, what the mills produced, why they closed, and what is going on there now. You’ll see 100s of historic photos on a screen that dramatically illustrate the themes discussed. You’ll also have a chance to actually touch and hold vintage artifacts from this era. Enjoy a fun and educational tour that gives you great insights to this important aspect of Greenville’s past and present success.

Evolution of our Food Pantry Greer Relief
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Greer Relief

Join us to help support the growth of our food pantry. Together we will discuss and cover the procedures to have an efficient and fulfilling food pantry.

Women’s Circle
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Commons

Topics to be discussed will be updated 7-10 days before event. Topics surround self-healing, embodying your highest self, and fun wild woman stuff :)

Location: The Commons- in the back by Community Tap (behind the wine racks). Our original location :)
Please check location prior to event… we try out different places. Putting in The Commons as a default.

There’s food and drink options, so feel free to come a little early and grab dinner or eat during our session. beer wine kombucha/ tacos sandwiches etc…
Children are welcome. I have a 6 year old and he’ll join. Let me know if you’re bringing any kids and I’ll have a few games for them.

Hughes Main Library Meet the Author: Holly Pinheiro, Jr.
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hughes Main Library
• Meeting Room A

Join author and professor Dr. Holly Pinheiro, Jr. as he details the racial discrimination experienced by freeborn northern African Americans from 1850-1920s in his book, The Families’ Civil War: Black Soldiers and the Fight for Racial Justice. Registration required.

Part of the event series: Meet the Author

Audience: Adults
Category: Meet the Author, Community Conversations
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Volunteers Needed for Tax Season
Feb 2 all-day
Greer Relief
Each year, Greer Relief serves as a VITA site. VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, provides free tax preparation to our neighbors in need. Taxes are prepared by IRS certified volunteers, and that’s where YOU come in! Greer Relief needs volunteer preparers and greeters to keep our site running. Certification is simple and the Greer Relief VITA Team is here to help.
For more information on volunteering, contact Yvonne at 864.334.3493.
To learn more about the VITA program and the certification process, click here.
18th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Chimney Rock State Park
Join Chimney Rock’s naturalists and our favorite NC rodent to find out if spring is coming early or if we have six more weeks of winter. Cheer on our resident groundhog, Pumpkin, as he seeks his shadow and meet some of his animal ambassador friends, too.
Hughes Main Library Winter Masquerade Ball
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hughes Main Library

All Learn to waltz and ballroom dance with Carolina Dance Collaborative. Be wowed by close-up magic and mentalism! Bring your best masks to don while dancing or create one at the ball. Part of the event series: Winter Reading Audience: Adults Category: Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, Games & Hobbies