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June 2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Schedules and events are still 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 chris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings. 

Masks and social distancing help protect you and others from COVID-19. Learn more at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

ARTS, FUN AND LEARNING

SUMMER ADVENTURE is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays starting June 1 at Roper Mountain Science Center. Timed and ticketed entry will be required. Activities include the traveling exhibit “Be the Dinosaur,” which shows what happens when paleontology gets together with interactive video game technology. The new building also features the permanent interactive Orientation and Habitat Overview, Sustainable Future, and Our Water Story exhibits, and a Nature Exchange interactive forum where visitors trade ethically collected natural objects and glean information about them. Also available is the outdoor Dinosaur Trail, which begins above the Fossil Pit on the Nature Trail and stretches above the pond. This trail features life-size dinosaur models. For details, visit ropermountain.org. 

“MISS NELSON IS MISSING” is presented by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays June 12 – 27. Tickets are $20 each. For socially distanced seating information, tickets and more, visit scchildrenstheatre.org/mainstage-missnelson.

THE MAULDIN FARMERS MARKET is 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays in June at the Mauldin Cultural Center. For safety protocols and details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org.

STARRY NIGHTS are Fridays at Roper Mountain Science Center. June’s shows are “Two Small Pieces of Glass” at 6 p.m. and “Astronaut” at 8 p.m. Advance ticket purchases, social distancing and masks are required.  For details, visit ropermountain.org.

BEACHIN’ FRIDAYS are Friday evenings in June at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheatre. For safety protocols and details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org/events/festival-season/beachin-fridays. 

THE TD SATURDAY MARKET is 8 a.m. – noon Saturdays in downtown Greenville. For details, visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

GEO’S GOLF: SWINGING THROUGH GREENVILLE is open at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. The new exhibit features a custom-built putt-putt course with nine unique holes inspired by Upstate locations and landmarks. Each of the holes introduces children of all ages to STEM concepts in relation to the game of golf. Advance timed-entry tickets are required. Visit tcmupstate.org.

EDUCATORS: SPARTANBURG YOUTH THEATRE’S STORYBOOK LIVE is a virtual series performed by SYT actors. Educators will receive a curriculum companion with activities linked to SC content standards. The program is free for Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee County schools. View all available storybooks online at spartanburgyouththeatre.com/storybooklive. 

SPARTANBURG COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES’ SUMMER READING FOR ALL opens June 1 for all ages. Sign up at a local branch or download a Summer Reading for All card starting June 1. To earn a prize for your age group, read 9 books or read for 9 hours (or any combination to complete your card). Prizes can be picked up starting June 14 and are available while supplies last. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.

JOIN THE 2021 SUMMER READING TOUR from Greenville Library System. Babies, children and teens can all participate in the Summer Reading challenge. It is free, open to the public and does not require a library card. For details, visit greenvillelibrary.org/summer-reading.

PARENT AND CHILD INTRO TO WHEEL THROWING for ages 6 – adult is noon – 3:30 p.m. June 19 at the Spartanburg Art Museum. The cost is $60. This workshop is designed for families to create together while learning the basics of wheel throwing. For details and registration, visit spartanburgartmuseum.org/artschoolclasses. 

SALLEY MAVOR: SOCIAL FABRIC is open through Sept. 4 at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibition offers a three-dimensional flair to stories assembled on backdrops all stitched by hand. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

COOKING CLASSES at the Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center (CHI) include Baking 101: Intro to Cupcake Decorating on June 10, French Macarons for Beginners on June 17, Baking 101: Classic Fruit Pies on June 24 and Ballpark Home Runs: Corn Dogs, Funnel Cake and More on July 1. Each class 5:30 – 9 p.m. and the cost per class is $79 per adult ($39 per each child, one child ages 8 and older per adult). For details and registration, visit chigreenville.com.

THE ANDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY offers a variety of virtual events. For more information, visit calendar.andersonlibrary.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 palmetto.thebasics.org.

STRIDES, a nonprofit program, offers individualized instruction for ages 6 – 20 who need to catch up before school starts. Students with disabilities or ESOL are welcome. Virtual instruction is available. In-person or virtual tutoring is available at Cherrydale, Fountain Inn, Greer, Boiling Springs or Easley. For details, call 864-246-9898 or stridestutor.org.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Asheville June 1 – 6, vs. Hickory June 15 – 20 and vs. Winston-Salem June 29 – 30. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY KIDS FUN RUN is at 6 p.m. June 4 at the George. I. Theisen Family YMCA. Entry fee is a jar of peanut butter and jelly to help kids in need over the summer months when they are not in school. Jars will be collected through June 4 at the YMCA or bring your jars to the event and receive your bib upon turning in your collection. Packet pickup is at the YMCA through June 4 or race bibs will be available to pick up from 5 – 6 p.m. before the race. For details and registration information, visit runsignup.com/Race/SC/TravelersRest/VirtualPBJKidsFunRun.

THE TINY TOT TRIATHLON is June 5 at the Anderson Area YMCA. The event is for ages 3 – 7 and includes run, bike and water feature activities. Participants with diverse abilities can participate in an adaptive division with no age limit. For details and registration, visit andersonareaymca.org. 

DAY OF SWIMMING is June 12 at YMCA of Greenville pools at Caine Halter and Eastside Family YMCA branches and the Y Program Center. Registration is required. Visit ymcagreenville.org. 

TRI THE Y (Modified Triathlon 10-10-10) is June 12 at the Pickens YMCA. For details and registration, visit pcymca.net. 

GREENVILLE COUNTY’S WATERPARKS are now open for the summer. For safety guidelines and other details, visit waterparks.greenvillerec.com.

PARK HOP 2021 is underway at parkhop.org. This summer-long scavenger hunt runs across multiple park locations in the Upstate. Families can sign up for free and complete the scavenger hunt using a paper or mobile app version of the Park Hop Passport. At the end of the summer, families turn in their passports (by Sept. 7) for a chance to win prizes from the coordinating agencies. 

THE BATTLE OF MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE features new TRACK Trails from Kids in Parks. Kids can pick their own adventure full of interesting information, unique images and interactive activities. Visit kidsinparks.com and southcarolinaparks.com. 

iCan Bike, run by iCan Shine, is hosted by the Eastside Family YMCA at Taylors First Baptist Church July 26 – 30. Registration closes July 11. This week-long camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. The cost for riders is $100 each, but financial assistance is available. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed. Community members are also invited to sponsor a child by making a financial donation. For details about registration, volunteering or sponsorship, email Rebecca Barnes at rbarnes@ymcagreenville.org.

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER BASKETBALL for ages 4 – 14 continues through June 16 at YMCA of Greenville locations. Late registration is June 7 – 14. Practice begins the week of July 5. Games are July 17 – Aug. 14. Visit ymcagreenville.org. 

YMCA OF GREENVILLE SWIM LESSONS are June 14 – July 10. Registration ends June 20. Late fee begins June 13. Visit ymcagreenville.org. 

ICE SKATING is offered at The Pavilion. For details about activities and costs, as well as COVID-19 guidelines, visit pavilion.greenvillerec.com.

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

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.

CHECK OUT A SC STATE PARK PASSPORT at the Anderson County Library andersonlibrary.org/park-pass or Greenville County Library System. greenvillelibrary.org/sc-state-park-passport. 

ROAD TRIP

PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute offers private tours and evening viewings. For details, pari.edu. 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: YOUR MIND & THE MACHINE” is open at Discovery Place Science in Charlotte. Presenting information in interactive and accessible ways, the AI exhibition lets visitors explore smart machines to see how they work and learn about the concept of man-made intelligence. They can also see how the human brain goes through the process of learning and compare it to how machines are taught to “think.” Learn more at discoveryplace.org.

SUMMER ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS are at 11 a.m. weekdays in June at Chimney Rock Park. Join a Park Naturalist to meet some of the resident Animal Ambassadors. Included with admission. Visit chimneyrockpark.com.

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 12 at Chimney Rock Park. The park will host a variety of outdoor specialists and vendors that will provide information and gear demonstrations on activities such as hiking, rock climbing, camping and more. Included with admission. Visit chimneyrockpark.com.

NATURE AT NIGHT HIKE is 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. June 26 at Chimney Rock Park. Join a Park naturalist as you hike along the Hickory Nut Falls trail, a moderate hike. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Registration is required. Cost (includes park admission) is $25 each for adults, $8 each for adult annual passholders, $15 each for youth, $6 for youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholders. Register in advance at chimneyrockpark.com.

THE WILD ART SCULPTURE SHOWCASE is on view at the North Carolina Arboretum through Sept. 26. For details and events, visit ncarboretum.org.