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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. Emailchris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings. 

CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH with Greenville County Library System by visiting an art exhibit, enjoying a story time, making a craft and more. Visit greenvillelibrary.org/hispanic-heritage-month.

·       Home/Hogar: An Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit featuring Aldo Muzzarelli and Jorge Rojas continues through Oct. 15 at the Hughes Main Library. 

·       Hispanic Heritage Month Story Time

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with this special edition of virtual Story Time. Watch online at https://bit.ly/3iHszj2.

Bilingual Story Time/Cuentos Bilingues: Cuentos bilingües en inglés y español para todas las edades. https://bit.ly/3kvnwmg

·       Make a Day of the Dead craft: Decorate sugar skulls and learn about traditions practiced during Day of the Dead. Materials provided while supplies last or use your own. Request a kit for pick up at the library location of your choice by clicking on Request a Kit at greenvillelibrary.org/hispanic-heritage-month.

·       Music offerings, reading lists and coloring sheets for adults and kids are available for download at greenvillelibrary.org/hispanic-heritage-month.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT is offered at the Willis Road and Middle Tyger locations of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit https://www.spartanburgymca.org.

HOMESCHOOL AT THE BARN is offered at Eden Farms. For details, visit http://www.edenfarms.net.

TEEN CUISINE online cooking classes for ages 11 – 17 are available from Greenville County Library. Visit https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events. 

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.

OCTOBER’S QUEST, a Play-Along-With-Me performance for ages 3 – 6, is presented Oct. 23 – 31 at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s Outdoor Performance Space at 153 Augusta St. Tickets are $11 each and are available online at www.scchildrenstheatre.org/Octobers-quest.

A FREE VIRTUAL EVENT from Fiction Addiction for kids with authors Jonathan Auxier, Kirsten Miller and Beth Ferry is at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 hosted. The event celebrates their latest early chapter books and is best suited for ages 6 – 9. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Get details at https://bit.ly/35Zbc9O. Purchase books online at https://bookshop.org/lists/attend-our-10-24-20-virtual-event-with-jonathan-auxier-kristen-miller-and-beth-ferry. 

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.

IN-PERSON HOMESCHOOL AT THE ZOO: “Animal Senses” is every Tuesday or Wednesday in October. Animals use many senses to understand the world around them. Discover the similarities and differences between human and animal senses. Monthly units include 4 weekly programs. The cost $40 for non-members and $35 for members. Grades K – 2: 9 a.m., grades 3 – 5: 11 a.m., grades 6 – 8: 1 p.m. Visit https://greenvillezoo.com. 

VIRTUAL HOMESCHOOL AT THE ZOO: “Animal Senses” is every Thursday in October. Animals use many senses to understand the world around them. Discover the similarities and differences between human and animal senses. 

Monthly units include 4 weekly programs. The cost $20 for non-members and $15 for members.Grades K – 2: 9 a.m., grades 3 – 5: 10 a.m., grades 6 – 8: 11 a.m. Visit https://greenvillezoo.com. 

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS are offered at the Greenville Zoo. Tours are roughly 90 minutes long and take you behind the scenes to into the zoo’s kitchen, barns and up close to zoo residents. Tours are $250 and can be for up to six participants, ages 5 and older. Contact the education department to book your experience at 864-467-4850 or email zooed@greenvillesc.gov. 

The Anderson County Library offers a variety of events on Facebook. For more information, visit https://calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

Oct. 6: Galaxy Slime – Jennifer and Allison make galaxy slime using ideas from CreativeBug (free with your library card). 

Oct. 20: Skittles Science – Jennifer and Allison bring a tasty lesson on density and dissolution for kids using Skittles.

Nov. 3: FeederWatch – Jennifer and Ahuvyah introduce the new FeederWatch program and show kids how to make a bird feeder out of a pinecone.

Every Wednesday: Yoga Break – Take a yoga break with Ahuvyah. 

Every Monday: Virtual Storytime – Rhymes, songs, stories, puppets in quick Monday morning story times for practicing early literacy skills.

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.

GATHER HOPE to raise funds for Project Hope throughout October. Host or attend small gatherings: gather in your home with those closest to you, gather neighbors with social distance in your yard or gather via Zoom another other virtual platform. Learn more at https://www.projecthopesc.org. 

DENVER DOWNS FARM’S CORN MAZE is open through Nov. 15. Visit https://denverdownsfarm.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.

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.

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.

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. 

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).

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.

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.

VIRTUAL TOURS OF COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG’S Capitol, Art Museums and the Governor’s Palace as well as a virtual scavenger hunt of the Art Museums are available at https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/learn/virtual-tours. 

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer virtual museum experiences, online educational resources and lessons plans, and living-history broadcasts for at-home audiences at https://www.historyisfun.org/at-home. 

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

GARDEN SPROUTS – Every Monday morning (around 10 a.m.) through November, Ms. Sue from the South Carolina Botanical Garden will post a new story online with the theme for the week. A downloadable package of activities to explore this theme at home and at the garden will be sent upon registration. These activities can be fun for all the family but are generally aimed at ages 3 – 5. The cost is $5 per session or $50 for the series. Visit https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.

JUNIOR NATURALISTS – Naturalists meet online at 4.30 p.m. each Thursday through November to receive a weekly nature mission, share nature discoveries and continue to learn about and love the natural world. The cost is $40 per child for the series. Scholarships are available. For information, contact Sue Watts at watts9@clemson.edu. Visit https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.

HAVE A PERSONAL GOOSE CHASE SCAVENGER HUNT or a private guided hike at Lake Conestee Nature Park. Learn more at https://www.conesteepreserve.org/events.

TREETOP QUEST GREENVILLE is open at Westside Park. For hours and details, visit https://www.treetopquest.com/greenville.

TUMBLE, FLIP AND ROLL for ages 4 and older begins Oct. 19 at the Middle Tyger location of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit https://www.spartanburgymca.org.

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER BASKETBALL for ages 4 – 14 is Nov. 9 – Dec. 6 at the Caine Halter, Eastside and YMCA Program Center locations of YMCA of Greenville. Practices and games begin in January. For details, visit https://www.ymcagreenville.org/youth-sports. 

HOMESCHOOL P.E. is offered at the Willis Road location of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit https://www.spartanburgymca.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.

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

CHECK OUT A SC STATE PARK PASSPORT at the Anderson County Library. Visit http://www.andersonlibrary.org/park-pass.

TAKE A ROAD TRIP

FAMILY FRIGHTS are Oct. 23 and 24 at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. The evening ticketed event allows families to explore the outdoor areas of Jamestown Settlement in a one-way, socially distanced direction. Children will be given pre-packaged candy. Learn more at https://www.historyisfun.org. 

HAUNTED WILLIAMSBURG returns to Colonial Williamsburg, with authentic 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters, costumed storytellers, candlelit walking ghost tours, explorations of haunted sites and more. For details, visit https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org. 

THE 8TH ANNUAL HAUNTED TRAIL is Oct. 8 – 30 at the Adventure Center of Asheville. The no-touch, no-contact outdoor haunted trail is ideal for ages 3 – 12. Younger children can enjoy the (actor-free) “Sweet Peek Tour” of the trail at 6:30pm before dark. The Treetops Adventure Park Aerial Glow Trail will also be available for ages 4 and older. Social distancing and face masks are required for ages 4 and older. For specific dates of operation, tickets and more, visit https://ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

THE NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION, held annually at Omni Grove Park Inn, is going virtual for 2020. The entry deadline is Oct. 12. Categories are available for ages 5 and older. Get the details at https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition.

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.

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. 

DOLLYWOOD’S HARVEST FESTIVAL continues through Oct. 31. For tickets and safety details, visit https://www.dollywood.com.

Thursday, Oct. 1

THE EGGS BENEFIT FUNDRAISER is a virtual event at 9 a.m. online. Proceeds help children with developmental delays and disabilities served by the Center for Developmental Services. Visit www.EggsBenefit.com.

Saturday, Oct. 3

JUST SAY SOMETHING’S SUNRISE RED RIBBON 5K is at Sugar Creek Clubhouse #3 at 119 Stonecrest Road, Greer. No parking will be allowed at the clubhouse.  Participants must park at Airport Baptist Church. No parking is allowed on Devenger Road. Register by Oct. 2 at https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Greer/RedRibbon5KatSugarCreek. 

THE LAKE JOCASSEE PADDLE SPLASH is at Devil’s Fork State Park. The event features races for kayaks, surf skis, canoes, paddleboards and other self-powered craft. Beginners and advanced paddlers are welcome. For details and registration, visit https://www.friendsofjocassee.org/paddle-splash.html.

FESTIFALL is at Walnut Grove Plantation. The event features a drive-through encampment and a drive-in movie showing of “The Patriot.” Advance tickets are required. For details, visit http://www.spartanburghistory.org.

GET NATURE SHEETS online today in lieu of Hunt Cabin and Nature Center open houses: Nature Learning Center – the science and beauty of leaves,

Hunt Cabin – Samhain: the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter. Visit https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.

Sunday, Oct. 4

FESTIFALL is at Walnut Grove Plantation. The event features a drive-through encampment and a drive-in movie showing of “The Patriot.” Advance tickets are required. For details, visit http://www.spartanburghistory.org.

Friday, Oct. 9

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.

CAMPFIRE KIDS CLUB for ages 6 – 12 meets via Zoom from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Young nature enthusiasts share observations of plants, animals and seasonal changes with each other during monthly Zoom “campfires.” Each month, kids receive an e-package containing observation themes, activities, suggested readings/viewings and more. A few weeks later, club members will join garden educators, Allison Jones and Kendra Vincent, around the virtual campfire to share findings, games and fun times together. The cost is $20 per household for the club series. For details, email allisoo@clemson.edu.

G — FALL FOR GREENVILLE is virtual for 2020. For details, visit  http://www.fallforgreenville.net. 

Saturday, Oct. 10

THE POWDERSVILLE YMCA KIDS’ TRIATHLON for ages 3 – 7 is at 8 a.m. Heats are divided by age group (3, 4 – 5 and 6 – 7). Register online for this run, ride and swim event at www.pcymca.net/events/kids-tri.

G — FALL FOR GREENVILLE is virtual for 2020. For details, visit  http://www.fallforgreenville.net. 

Sunday, Oct. 11

G — FALL FOR GREENVILLE is virtual for 2020. For details, visit  http://www.fallforgreenville.net. 

Tuesday, Oct. 13

A — LEARN PAPER HAIR STYLING for teens at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. Cut and style a character's paper hair. Learn to curl, crimp and braid to create fashionable looks. Register for this free teen event, then come by your Anderson County Library to pick up your activity bag. You will receive a Zoom link after you register. Register at https://calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

A — VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHT: CLASSIC HORROR for families, teens and adults, is at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Registration is required. Think you know everything about classic horror books and movies? Prove it with this live scored trivia game. Register at https://calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

Thursday, Oct. 15

G — BOO IN THE ZOO is at the Greenville Zoo. The event is modified with enhanced health and safety measures, including limited capacity and date-specific, timed entries. It features 15 trick-or-treat stations, spooky decorations and Halloween-themed areas, including Dragon Alley, a princess castle and an extinct species graveyard. Bring reusable bags for trick-or-treating. Face masks are required for ages 2 and older. For details, costs and to reserve tickets, visit https://greenvillezoo.com/260/Boo-in-the-Zoo. 

Friday, Oct. 16

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Saturday, Oct. 17

APPLE HARVEST DAZE is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in Waynesville. For event details and safety guidelines, visit haywoodchamber.com/events-calendar/signature-events/apple-harvest-festival.

THE TRICK OR TRAIL 5K AND SPOOKY SPRINT 1 MILE RUN/WALK RACE is at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville. This is a festive and Halloween-themed in-person running event. Register online at  https://idaph.net/trick-or-trail-5k-in-hendersonville.

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Sunday, Oct. 18

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

THE 2020 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR is at drive-through event at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.scstatefair.org. 

Wednesday, Oct. 21

THE 2020 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR is at drive-through event at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.scstatefair.org. 

A — BOOKMARK IT! for tweens ages 9 – 12 is on the Anderson County Library’s Facebook page. Registration required. Create a trio of bookmarks with secret messages that you can gift to someone special or keep for yourself. Register at https://calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

Thursday, Oct. 22

DINE OUT FOR MOM, benefitting Let There Be Mom, is at Upstate restaurants. For a list of participating locations and more, visit https://lettherebemom.org.

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Friday, Oct. 23

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Saturday, Oct. 24

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Sunday, Oct. 25

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Monday, Oct. 26

A — ANIME CLUB is at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. The group is continuing the series “Erased,” and will do paper folding based on characters. Register at https://calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

Thursday, Oct. 29

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Friday, Oct. 30

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Saturday, Oct. 31

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

Sunday, Nov. 1

G — BOO IN THE ZOO – See Oct. 15.

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