November Things to Do 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. Emailchris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings.
THE MUTT STRUT presented by Papa John’s benefiting Greenville Humane Society is virtual for 2020. All registrations are $30 and include a free large one-topping pizza from Papa John’s, a T-shirt, a race bib, finisher medal and more. Complete the two-mile walk/run between Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. To register, visit http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com. Visit the virtual Mutt Market at
THE SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES hosts virtual information sessions throughout the fall semester for individuals interested in arts programs for middle and high school students. These 30-minute, online sessions are offered at a variety of times and dates and provide details about the school’s summer and residential high school programs. Visit https://www.scgsah.org.
CATCH A VIRTUAL STAR PARTY and a Sky Talk at Virtual Starry Nights at Roper Mountain Science Center. For dates and details, visit https://www.ropermountain.org.
TASTE OF THANKFULNESS a stay-at-home culinary experience event benefiting Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, is at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 livestreamed from The Kennedy in Spartanburg. Tickets on sale through Nov. 9 – It features recipes to help with holiday menus, musical entertainment and stories of hope from CCP families and supporters. CCP serves children battling cancer throughout the Carolinas. For tickets and sponsor opportunities, visit www.childrenscancerpartners.org.
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.
THE PAVILION has reopened. For details about activities and costs, visit https://pavilion.greenvillerec.com.
SEE SANTA 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 6 – Dec. 20 at Hidden Pasture Farm’s Yuletide Unicorn Festival in Fountain Inn. Santa will be socially distanced behind his desk. Pictures will be available for purchase at the event. Admission to the festival is $10 each and free for ages 2 and younger. For details, visit www.hiddenpasture.com.
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: “Secrets of Survival” is every Tuesday or Wednesday in November. Explore the secrets of survival. Defense strategies such as camouflage, mimicry and behavior are introduced along with the familiar methods of defense like shells, spikes, poison and venom. 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: “Secrets of Survival” is Nov. 5, 12, 19 and Dec. 3. Explore the secrets of survival. Defense strategies such as camouflage, mimicry and behavior are introduced along with the familiar methods of defense like shells, spikes, poison and venom. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ANDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY offers a variety of events on Facebook. For more information, visit https://calendar.andersonlibrary.org.
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.
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 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 through Nov. 21 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 email@example.com. 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 is offered 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and for Middle Tyger and Willis Road, email email@example.com.
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
THE NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM’S WINTER LIGHTS holiday light show will be a drive-through show, allowing guests to navigate through a one-mile stretch of the campus and see unique exhibits covered in thousands of holiday lights. The event is 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. (incoming gate closes at 10 p.m.) Nov. 20 – Jan. 10. Pre-sale admission is $25 per personal vehicle and $30 at the gate the night of the event. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. For tickets and details, visit ncwinterlights.com.
CHRISTMAS AT BILTMORE is Nov. 6 – Jan. 10 at Biltmore Estate. Daytime and candlelight evening programs are offered. For tickets, visit https://www.biltmore.com.
RIDE THE POLAR EXPRESS Nov. 6 – Dec. 31 at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. For details and tickets, visit https://www.gsmr.com.
THE NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION, held annually at Omni Grove Park Inn, is going virtual for 2020. An inside look at the competition is available through film, Nov. 23 – Jan. 3, to overnight guests only.
Virtual options include:
· 12 Days of Gingerbread – a new and socially distanced way of celebrating the 2020 National Gingerbread House Competition winners. From Dec. 1 – 12, one winner per day will be announced via Facebook @omnigroveparkinn and Instagram @omnigrovepark.
· Baking Spirits Bright: Gingerbread Making Class Series is a three-part online series featuring all-star chefs. A portion of the proceeds from class sales goes toward ACFEF’s Chef & Child initiative. Details will be announced on Facebook @omnigroveparkinn and Instagram @omnigrovepark.
Get the details at https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition.
ENCHANTED AIRLIE is at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC. The garden gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 – 29, and nightly, Dec. 4 – 22. This year there are four one-hour event times each evening – 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Find details and tickets athttps://airliegardens.org/events/enchanted-airlie.
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.
Friday, Nov. 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 7
ZOO TOTS: ANIMAL TOOLBOX is at 10:15 a.m. at the Greenville Zoo. The event is for ages 2 – 4. For details and registration, visit https://greenvillezoo.com.
GET NATURE SHEETS online today in lieu of Hunt Cabin and Nature Center open houses: Nature Learning Center – All the water in the world,
Hunt Cabin – Old fashioned family games and activities. Visit https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
Sunday, Nov. 8
CAROLINA YOUTH SYMPHONY presents a concert at 1:30 p.m. at the Airnaisium of the Church of God Conference Center in Simpsonville. Bring your own chair. Admission is free but donations are always welcome. Visit https://carolinayouthsymphony.org.
Friday, Nov. 13
ICE ON MAIN opens in downtown Greenville. The opening ceremony is at 2 p.m. Skating opens to the public at 4 p.m. It continues through Jan. 31. Modifications will be made to limit capacity with date-specific, timed entries at the ice rink and enhanced health and safety guidelines. For details, visit https://iceonmain.com.
LEARN TO TURN THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS into pregame appetizers at an open house from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Greenville Technical College’s Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center. Registration and masks are required. For details and to register, visit https://chigreenville.com.
Saturday, Nov. 14
WHITE CHRISTMAS: THE EXHIBITION opens at the Upcountry History Museum. Explore the iconic film through original costumes, memorabilia and more. For details, visit https://www.upcountryhistory.org.
SATURDAY SAFARI: ON GUARD is 10 a.m. – noon at the Greenville Zoo. The event is for ages 4 – 6. For details and registration, visit https://greenvillezoo.com.
PARENTS’ DAY OUT is at the Easley YMCA. For details and registration, visit www.pcymca.net/parents-day-out.
Sunday, Nov. 15
AUGUSTA ROAD’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE is 1 – 5 p.m. on Augusta Street in Greenville. Santa will be six feet away in his sleigh at The Elephant’s Trunk and at other locations throughout the day. There will be opportunities to talk and take photos with Santa from a distance. Masks are required. Shoppers must adhere to capacity limitations. Families are urged to practice social distancing. For details, visit www.onlyonaugusta.com.
Monday, Nov 16
TASTE OF THANKFULNESS, a stay-at-home culinary experience event benefiting Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, is at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 livestreamed from The Kennedy in Spartanburg. It features recipes to help with holiday menus, musical entertainment and stories of hope from CCP families and supporters. CCP serves children battling cancer throughout the Carolinas. For tickets and sponsor opportunities, visit www.childrenscancerpartners.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
WORLD WAR WOMEN: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF WORLD WAR II, a virtual presentation, is at 7 p.m. For details and registration, visit http://historycomesalive.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 24
DIGGING OUR HISTORY: HOMESCHOOL DAY is at the Upcountry History Museum. For details, visit https://www.upcountryhistory.org.
Thursday, Nov. 26
THE TREES GREENVILLE TURKEY DAY 8K, 5K AND TOT TROT is virtual for 2020. Run or walk your race Nov. 26 – 29. For details and registration, visit http://www.turkeyday8k.com.
A VIRTUAL TURKEY TROT AND ROLL, benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville continues today through Dec. 1. To register and raise funds, visit http://SHCtrotandroll.org.
Saturday, Nov. 28
A HOLIDAY MARKET edition of the TD Essential Market is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Main Street in Greenville. For details and safety guidelines, visit https://www.saturdaymarketlive.com.
FREE COMMUNITY ZUMBA is at the Easley YMCA. For details, visit https://www.pcymca.net/events/free-community-zumba-easley-ymca-0.