Family-oriented weekend events go to the dogs
Whether you love reading, museums or animals, there’s plenty of fun happening this weekend in the Upstate.
Best-selling children’s book author Eric Litwin will present a free performance at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Holland Park Church in Simpsonville. This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of “Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs” from Fiction Addiction prior to or at the event is required in order to join the signing line. Litwin will also sign copies of his backlist books (“The Nuts” books, the first four “Pete the Cat” books), but will only personalize copies of “Groovy Joe.” For more information, visit www.fiction-addiction.com.
Waggin’ at the Waterpark is 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Otter Creek Waterpark. Dogs can play in the waterpark during specially scheduled times throughout the day. Registration times are based on size. For registration, costs and vaccination requirements, visit http://greenvillerec.com.
Bark for Life Greenville is at 10 a.m. Saturday at County Square. The event is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. It also includes demonstrations, contests and games. Visit http://bit.ly/2btOtr5.
Paris Mountain State Park will hold a program on moths and butterflies and a program on animal/plant relationships on Saturday. At 10 a.m., Moths and Butterflies will be led by Dr. John Snyder of Furman University. Participants will go out briefly on a moth and butterfly hunt. Meet in the Park Center. No registration is required and the program is free after park admission. Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor will then present The Animal/Plant Connection at 1 p.m. During a walk around Lake Placid, participants will look for relationships between plants and animals during the hour and a half program. Cost is $7 per person, payable at the welcome station instead of admission, and will begin at the Park Center. Registration is required. Call the office at 8864-244-5565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiddie Academy of Five Forks will host a free Storytime Live 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at 321 Scuffletown Rd, Simpsonville. Special guest Curious George will make an appearance during the reading of one of his stories, and light refreshments and educational activities for children and families will be provided. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Register online at http://www.kastorytime.com/.
The Greenville Police Department will combat bicycle theft during a bicycle registration event 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Without a serial number, identifying and recovering a stolen bicycle is almost impossible. The bike registration program is designed to deter thieves and aid law enforcement in returning recovered property. The event is open to all city of Greenville residents and anyone who purchased a bike within the city limits. Participation in the bicycle registration program is free and voluntary.
“Hands-On Harley Davidson” opens Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibit continues through Jan. 8, 2017. It features a kid-sized motorcycle dealership and engineering lab, a design engineer experience that introduces visitors to how acceleration, speed, friction and gravity impact a motorcycle in motion and more. Visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org.
Speaking of museums, Museum Day Live! on Saturday includes free admission to participating museums, which include The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Upcountry History Museum – Furman University and Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green, all in downtown Greenville. You must go online and print a free ticket by visiting http://smithsonian.com/museumday.
Blue in the Zoo will be held 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The appreciation event for Greenville’s law enforcement and their families is sponsored by the Greenville Baptist Association. All officers from all municipalities and their families are invited to attend for free for food, door prizes, entertainment and access to the zoo. For more information, call 864-242-4330 or email email@example.com.
St. Francis Pet Services will present Waggin 'n Walkin, a benefit for Greenville County Animal Care, 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors. The event includes a dog walk along the golf course, a performance by Savannah the Wonder Dog, door prizes, and treat bags for all registered. Registration is $15 per dog. All dogs must be leashed at all times. Call 915-6990 or visit the GCAC Facebook page for more information.
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