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Help keep your family and others safe. Follow the CDC’s guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Updates, openings/closings and schedule changes are common. Be sure to check with any event organizer or location before heading out. 

Summer reading is back!

THE GREENVILLE COUNTY LIBRARY’S summer reading program continues through Aug. 1. Children ages 17 and younger who complete their reading challenge and participate in the program will earn prizes. This year, prizes (which include a color-changing stadium cup, a free pastry and more) can be collected beginning July 15. Get details at www.greenvillelibrary.org/summer-reading.

THE SPARTANBURG COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES’ Summer Reading for All 2020 program continues until July 31. All ages (children, tweens, teens and adults) can read nine books or for nine hours to complete and win a prize. To participate, visit any branch library to pick up a Summer Reading postcard or visit the website to print a copy or request a copy be mailed to you. Contact your local branch library or call 864-596-3504 (children and tweens), 864-596-3506 (teens) or 864-596-3502 (adults) for more information. For details, visit http://www.spartanburglibraries.org/Events/Summer-Reading-2020.

IMAGINE YOUR STORY – SUMMER READING is offered by the Pickens County Library System through July 31. Read 10 books of your choice or complete 10 activities listed from the program log – or do a combination of both to total 10. After completing the summer reading program, participants ages 18 and younger will receive a certificate of completion and a reading medal and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Adults that complete the program will also have their names entered a drawing for prizes. Virtual programs will be shared at https://www.facebook.com/PickensCountyLibrarySystem daily throughout the summer. Learn more at http://pcls.fyi. 

Science, learning, arts and more things to do!

SUMMER AT THE DOCK: A SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATRE EXPERIENCE is July 17 – 26 at the SCCT Loading Dock Stage, 153 Augusta St. The cost is $10 each. This is an original variety-style show, written and performed on SCCT’s new loading dock by six Upstate actors. Bring your own chair or blanket. Visit https://scchildrenstheatre.org.

SWIM LESSONS are offered at Spartanburg YMCA locations. For details for Thomas E. Hannah, email mdavis@spartanburgymca.org and for Middle Tyger and Willis Road, email mmurray@spartanburgymca.org.

T-BALL REGISTRATION is open at Spartanburg YMCA locations. At the Middle Tyger Family YMCA, a parent meeting is at 6:30 p.m. July 9. At the Tomas E. Hannah Family YMCA, a parent meeting is at 6:30 p.m. July 8. For details, visit spartanburgymca.org.

THE GREENVILLE ZOO is now open. For details, safety guidelines and to purchase a membership, visit https://greenvillezoo.com. 

THE UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM is open. Explore “Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog,” an interactive, bi-lingual (English and Spanish), exhibition featuring Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all the residents of Birdwell Island. The kids’ book club resumes July 14 with “Shiloh.” For updates, visit https://www.upcountryhistory.org.

DRIVE-IN MOVIES are at Brevard Music Center. July 4 (“Jurassic Park”), July 11 (“The Matrix”) and July 18 (“Avengers: Endgame”). Details are at https://www.brevardmusic.org.

THE MAULDIN FARMERS MARKET is 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Mauldin Cultural Center. For details, visit https://mauldinculturalcenter.org.

THE UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM’S COLLECTIVE MEMORY PROJECT is collecting stories and photos and family memories of this historic time. The categories include Class of 2020, Journals, Blogs, and Vlogs, Socially Distant, Unconventional Education, Empty Everything and Business at a Distance. For details, visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org/exhibitions-events/collective-memory.

THE TD ESSENTIAL MARKET presented by Prisma Health is Saturday mornings on Main Street in Greenville. For details and safety guidelines, visit https://www.saturdaymarketlive.com.

CAROLINA ELITE SOCCER ACADEMY (CESA) offers soccer programs across the Upstate. For fall registration information, visit www.carolinaelitesc.com. 

TEXT 2 READ, for parents of preschoolers, provides free weekly text messages offering practical tips and activities to promote reading readiness. Texts are created from South Carolina’s early learning standards and are segmented for early preschoolers, 36 – 48 months old or older preschoolers, 48 – 60 months old. Text 2 Read also provides parents with information to monitor their child’s growth and developmental milestones. To sign up, can text T2R to 734-5BOOK52 (734-526-6552).

NATURE CONNECTS: ART WITH LEGO BRICKS is open July 1 – Nov. 1 at the North Carolina Arboretum. Composed of nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks, the exhibit includes 16 nature-inspired sculptures constructed on a larger-than-life scale by artist Sean Kenney. This family-friendly exhibit draws inspiration from the living world and combines play with science to create an innovative intersection of education, entertainment and the environment. For details, visit  https://www.ncarboretum.org.

ARBOREVENINGS summer after hours series is 8 – 11 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, July through September at the North Carolina Arboretum. Local beverages, including beer and wine, are available for purchase along with light food options. A special admission price of $5 per person is required, collected at the door. Parking fees do not apply. For details, visit  https://www.ncarboretum.org.

FAMILY CAMPS are offered in July at the North Carolina Arboretum. The program is for a single family or multiple families led by a single Arboretum educator. One adult must be present at all times, with a minimum ratio of one adult per three children. Details are online at https://www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/discovery-camp.

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is open at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Learn about the practices of Sherlock Holmes, the world in which Conan Doyle drew from to develop his stories and the history of forensic science. Sherlock Exhibition tickets are $17.95 each for adults, $15.95 each for seniors (ages 62 and older) and $13.95 each for children (ages 3 –12) and include museum general admission. Infants ages 2 and younger are free. Visit scmuseum.org for more information. 

EXPLORE SCIENCE-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES through Discovery Place Science in Charlotte, NC. For details, visit https://science.discoveryplace.org.

RIVERBANKS ZOO is open with timed tickets required for entry. For details, visit https://www.riverbanks.org.

TODAY’S PLAY features virtual activities from EdVenture in Columbia. For details, visit https://www.edventure.org/todays-play. 

THE SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM IN CHARLESTON is open with limited capacity. Cloth masks or face coverings are required for visitors ages 3 and older. For details and tickets, visit http://scaquarium.org.

DO BASICS, weekly text messaging from the Palmetto Basics, gives parents and caregivers tips that align with the Palmetto Basics’ monthly theme. For Spanish, text “losbasics” to 888-111. For English, text “dobasics” to 888-111. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Message and data rates apply. For more information, visit http://palmetto.thebasics.org. 

STRIDES, a nonprofit program, offers individualized instruction for ages 7 – 20 who need to catch up before school starts. Students with disabilities or ESOL are welcome. Virtual instruction is available. For details, call 864-246-9898 or http://www.stridestutor.org.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROAD has reopened for the summer season. Note health-related guidelines and an altered schedule for the summer at https://www.gsmr.com.

DOLLYWOOD THEME PARK and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park are open.  Social distancing guidelines will limit the capacity of the parks. Season passholders must reserve the date and time they wish to visit and general admission guests will purchase a date-based ticket. For details, visit  www.Dollywood.com/reservations.

WILDERNESS RUN ALPINE COASTER in open in Banner Elk, NC. The coaster includes three circular loops, a series of waves and lots of twists. Riders use hand brakes to control speeds, which can reach 27 miles per hour. Wilderness Run is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Reservations are required Friday, Saturday and Sunday until July 12. Reservations are not required Monday – Thursday. For tickets and details, visit https://www.WildernessRunAlpineCoaster.com or call 828-898-7866.

Summer camp updates:

4-H in Pickens, Oconee, Anderson and Greenville Counties offers Camp in a Box, continuing through July with different topics each week. For details, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tri-county-4-h-virtual-summer-kits-tickets-105333290708?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch.

YMCA OF GREATER SPARTANBURG offers summer camps at locations including the new Willis Road YMCA. Register online, visit the front desk or call any Y location. Visit spartanburgymca.org.

SPARTANBURG SCIENCE CENTER is open and will have summer camps. For details and registration, visit https://www.spartanburgsciencecenter.org.

VIRTUAL ZOO CAMPS are offered by The Grenville Zoo for ages 5 – 7 and 8 – 11. These are live, interactive opportunities for campers to visit with friends, experience behind the scenes tours, see animals up close, play games and do crafts. During virtual camps, campers will “meet up” with other campers and counselors every hour in a constantly open private room so that there is no repeated sign in required. Campers will have all supplies and a camp water bottle delivered in their camp kit. For those campers living within 30 miles of the zoo, the Zoomobile can deliver the camp kit to your driveway. Take photos with the Zoomobile and meet the camp counselors the week before virtual camps begin. July 6 – 10 or July 27 – 31: Secrets of Survival, July 13 – 17 or Aug. 3 – Aug. 7: Animal Kingdom, July 20 – 24: Where in the World. Visit www.greenvillezoo.com to register.

SUMMER CAMPS are available at South Carolina Children’s Theatre in July. Choose from weekly themed camps. Each week includes three-hour morning or afternoon camps for K3 – K5, morning and afternoon sessions for grades 1 – 6 and a morning or afternoon session for older students in grades 6 – 12. Learn more at https://scchildrenstheatre.org/summer-camps-2020.

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE is phasing in reopening with modified summer camps. For details and updates, visit https://www.tcmupstate.org.

TWEEN STORYTELLING WRITING CAMP, a partnership of The Hub City Writers Project and Spartanburg County Library, is online via Zoom from 2 – 4 p.m. July 27 – 31. For registration information, email Leslie Sainz at leslie@hubcity.org.

THE SIXTH ANNUAL MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP "Into the Unknown" with Broadway's Kimilee Bryant is July 13 – 17 at Heather's Dance Academy in Greenville. Sessions are for ages 8 – 12 and 13 – 18. For more information, call 917-453-8951 or email kimilee@kimileebryant.com.

2020 VIRTUAL STEM CAMPS for ages 8 – 12 are offered by Clemson Life Sciences Outreach Center. Two live instructors will be present for all camps, which will be held via Zoom virtual classroom 9:30 a.m. – noon, Mondays – Thursdays. Camps start at $90 each, plus an additional fee of approximately $25 for camp materials to be mailed. Camps include Chemistry Connections June 22 – 25 and July 27 – 30, Engineering Design Challenge June 15 – 18, July 13 – 16 and Aug. 10 – 13, and Fun with Physics June 8 – 11, June 29 – July 2 and Aug. 3 – 6. To find out more or to register, visit Clemson.edu/CULSOC. 

LAWSON ACADEMY FINE ARTS DAY CAMP offers two-week sessions for age 4 – rising grade 6. The camp schedule has changed. “Brick by Brick” is July 6 – 17, “We Could Be Heroes” is July 20 –31 and “Let the Games Begin” is Aug. 3 – 14. For details and registration, visit https://www.converse.edu/academics/lawson-academy-of-the-arts/fine-arts-day-camp.

SPARTANBURG YOUTH THEATRE camps continue through Aug. 7. For details, visit www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com.

BALLET SPARTANBURG camps are continuing with safety protocols in place. For details, visit https://www.balletspartanburg.org/summer-camps-2020.

SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM has camps and classes scheduled in July. For updates, visit https://www.spartanburgartmuseum.org/kidsclasses.

TRAIL BLAZER SURVIVAL SCHOOL offers week-long day camps, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mondays – Fridays for ages 10 – 14. Camps are limited to 12 people per session to allow for social distancing. Drop off is at Park Place Children’s Center in Simpsonville. Camps include primitive survival July 6 – 10, recon July 13 – 17, adventure day camp July 20 – 24, Minecraft July 27 – 31, campcraft Aug. 3 – 7 and fishing adventure Aug. 10 – 12 The full list of camp dates and descriptions is available online at www.trailblazersurvival.com/summer-camps/

CHALLENGE CAMP @ HOME offers more than 100 elective STEM and arts enrichment virtual classes, For more information visit www.Challengecamps.com. 

Camp Bonkers is a new, irreverent, digital twist on summer camp, offering kids a safe, interactive and creative space online, developed by Wind Sun Sky, the creative team behind Angry Birds, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ice Age and My Singing Monsters. Live shows are at 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For details, visit https://www.campbonkers.com.

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