September 2020 Ongoing Events Calendar
Schedules and events are subject to change – sometimes at the last minute. Be sure to check with any event organizer or location before heading out. Stay safe and let us know about your events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your calendar listings.
SCIENCE, LEARNING AND MORE THINGS TO DO!
TEEN CUISINE online cooking classes for ages 11 – 17 are available from Greenville County Library. Visit https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE offers full-day classes and after-school care for the 2020-2021 school year. The partnership between TCMU and World Explorers is designed to provide flexible options for eLearning support and engagement within TCMU’s museum spaces, as parents navigate a shifting school schedule of both in-person and virtual learning. Classes are available for grade K4– 5, with additional learning opportunities for middle and high school students. Register at at www.explorerkids.us/sc.
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, at the Upcountry History Museum. For details, visit https://www.upcountryhistory.org.
GHOST TRAIL: U.S. Marines & The Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific, 1943 is open through Jan. 3, 2021 at the Upcountry History Museum. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
THE SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM now has extended hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Visit http://www.spartanburghistory.org.
GREENVILLE COUNTY WATER PARKS are open Sept. 5 – 7 with social distancing measures in place. For details, visit https://waterparks.greenvillerec.com.
VIRTUAL STORY TIME is uploaded to the Greenville County Library’s YouTube channel twice weekly. Visit https://bit.ly/3gSWB2p.
HUNGER GAMES VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM for ages 11 – 17 is available from Greenville County Library. Knowledge of the books series is not necessary to complete this activity, but it would provide some context. There is no time limit. Visit https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.
AVATAR: CHOOSE YOUR STORY, an online adventure for ages 11 – 17, is based on “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” You do not need to know the story to enjoy this activity. Visit https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.
PERCY JACKSON: VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM is a virtual activity based on the books by Rick Riordan. Knowledge of this series or Greek mythology may be helpful, but is not necessary to complete this activity. There is no time limit. This virtual challenge was created with teens and adults in mind, so children may need extra help. Visit https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.
ONLINE SCHOOL AND HOMEWORK HELP for kids and teens is available for free through Sept. 30 from Tutor.com through a program of the SC State Library. Real time tutoring is available from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Note: some of the services available in Tutor.com require the creation of a personal account but you do not need a library card. Visit https://lhh-tutor-com.scsl.idm.oclc.org/Landing.aspx.
THE ANDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM offers virtual events, including weekly virtual story times posted Mondays at 10 a.m., tween yoga for ages 9 – 12 and teen and adult trivia nights. For details, visit www.facebook.com/andersonlibrarysc and https://calendar.andersonlibrary.org/events.
CHECK OUT A SC STATE PARK PASSPORT at the Anderson County Library. Visit http://www.andersonlibrary.org/park-pass.
GET FREE SEEDS for fall planting from the Anderson County Library’s Seed Library in September. Learn more at http://www.andersonlibrary.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.
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).
EUPHORIA 2020 is offered as a scaled back version of the annual food, wine and music festival Sept. 17 – 20. For tickets and details, visit https://euphoriagreenville.com.
NATURE CONNECTS: ART WITH LEGO BRICKS is open through 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 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.
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.
TREETOP QUEST GREENVILLE is open at Westside Park. For hours and details, visit https://www.treetopquest.com/greenville.
SPARTANBURG SCIENCE CENTER offers camp and care hybrid camp for homeschoolers and families who have students who are attending school with hybrid schedules. For details and registration, visit https://www.spartanburgsciencecenter.org.
SAFE HARBOR RESALE SHOP opens Sept. 1 in a new location, 2830 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors. Learn more at https://www.safeharborsc.org.
FASHION WITH A PASSION – VIRTUAL-STYLE, benefitting Safe Harbor, is online – but still interactive – for 2020. Learn more at fashionwithapassionsc.org.
LAWSON ACADEMY OF THE ARTS offers fall programs, including individual and group lessons, musikgarten and dance classes and the Childbloom guitar program. For details and registration, visit http://converse.edu/lawsonacademy.
SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM’S fall art classes include in-person, virtual and “to go” options.
· Felt Geode workshop is Sept. 19 (virtual), ages 13 and older
· Ceramic pumpkin box (to go), all ages
· Ceramic catch-all dish (to go), all ages
· Create with clay (to go), ages 7 – 11
· Media Soup (virtual) is 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 22, ages 7 – 12
For details, visit spartanburgartmuseum.org.
BALLET SPARTANBURG camps are continuing with safety protocols in place. For details, visit https://www.balletspartanburg.org/summer-camps-2020.
M&G HOMESCHOOL DAYS: The Age of Antiquity will be virtual for 2020. Classes begin Oct. 9 with “Sumer: Ingenious Innovators.” For details and registration, visit https://www.bjumg.org/homeschool-days-2.
SWIM LESSONS are offered at Spartanburg YMCA locations. For details for Thomas E. Hannah, email email@example.com and for Middle Tyger and Willis Road, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAROLINA ELITE SOCCER ACADEMY (CESA) offers soccer programs across the Upstate. For fall registration information, visit www.carolinaelitesc.com.
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.