Saturday is Veterans Day, and families can honor those who have served with area events.
“The Unknown Soldier” is at 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Peace Center. The production tells two stories a century apart: the battlefields of WWI and the home front of modern day. Thirteen-year-old Charlie is coping with his father’s return from Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and his Aunt Angela is the peace activist trying to make sense of it all. Through the discovery of some old letters, Charlie and Angela piece together the stories of Albert, a 16 year-old solider preparing “to go over the top” while fighting for King and Country, and Grace, a mother and volunteer nurse who is searching for her lost son. Through Albert and Grace’s letters, the historical war comes alive, and Charlie and Angela find new perspective on the lives of soldiers, nurses, and the families back home. Friday’s performances are recommended for those in grade 9. Tickets are $10. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
A Thank a Vet Walk, sponsored by the Upstate Pathfinders, will be held Friday at Cleveland Park in Greenville. Register between 10 a.m. and noon for this non-competitive walk starting at Shelter No. 29. The first 50 registrants will receive a free Jimmy John’s box lunch, followed by a magic show. Pre-register at www.UpstatePathfinders.com.
The second annual South Carolina Veterans Upstate Salute will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Fluor Field in Greenville. Sponsored by The Greenville Drive, GE, Greenville Health System and Michelin, the free family friendly event will include a concert by country musician Craig Morgan, a 21-gun salute, parachuters, an aerial flyover, concessions and a laser light show. Field Street gates open at 4 p.m. Registration is required to attend. Register online at http://bit.ly/2AsUtcX. For more information, visit www.upstatesalute.com.
There are also plenty of other events for families this weekend.
The Greer Children’s Theatre will present “Elf Jr. The Musical” with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the J Harley Bonds Career Center in Greer. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students, and $7 for children 4 and younger. The play is based on the book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and movie starring Will Ferrell. For more information, visit www.greerculturalarts.com.
Make, create and be inspired during Maker Mania, the Second Saturday event at Roper Mountain Science Center. From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, families can experience 3D printing, music, printmaking, weaving, blacksmithing, robotics, art, soap making and more. Admission is $8 for adults and teens, $7 for children 4-12 and seniors, and free for children 3 and younger or members of RMSC. For details, visit www.ropermountain.org.
The Shops at Greenridge will open its all-weather ice skating rink Nov. 9-12. Skating is free, but skate rentals cost $6, and sizes range from a child’s size 10 to an adult’s size 12. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.facebook.com/events/180455829186068 for details.
There will be a special story time breakfast with Madeline of the book series by the same name at 10 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at the Shops at Greenridge. The event will take place in the café, where breakfast can be purchased. It will be followed by "A Loud Winter's Nap" story time at 11 a.m.with children's activities. For details, call 864-627-9197.
Greenville Classical Academy’s annual Fall Festival is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. This event celebrates fall with a kid zone (admission required), shopping, food and more. Visit greenvillefallfestival.com for more details.
As-Sabeel Academy will present the 4th annual International Festival noon - 5 p.m. Saturday at the UIC, 1601 Clement Road, Greer. Admission is $1 with children 2 and younger and students of As-Sabeel Academy admitted free. The event will include a parade of nations, food, a bazaar, children’s activities, face painting and more. For details, visit www.sabeelacademy.com.
A Christmas Holiday Bazaar is 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church of the Covenant in Spartanburg. For details, call 864-578-6717.
New Hope Ministries in Greenville will host a Harvest Festival 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. The event will include hot dogs, corn dogs, funnel cakes, a chili cookoff, games and more. The church is located at 2762 Anderson Road. For details, visit www.facebook.com/NewHopeGreenville.