Big Brothers Big Sisters–Polk

Program Coordinator: Karen Dacey
Phone: 828-859-9230
Fax: 828-859-5364
Karen email: polk@bbbswnc.org

School Mentoring Coordinator: Latisha Miller
Phone:  864-764-3621
Latisha email:  latisham@bbbswnc.org


301 N. Trade St., Tryon, NC 28782

Polk News: Events & Important Dates

BBBS News:  Polkin’ Around                                         May 2016

Happy Anniversary!

BB Ernie Giannini                  LB Russell     8 years!!

BS Linda Long                           LS Sydney     7 years!

BB Craig Williams                  LB Kesley      7 years!

BC Bill & Charlotte Stow   LB Rick            3 years

BB Jeff Byrd                               LB Anthony   1 year

Calendar of Local Events

  • Bingo! Every Friday night at 7 pm, American Legion Post 250, Tryon. Small fee to play, prizes!! The local American Legion just donated $500 to BBBS from bingo proceeds. They make donations to area organizations throughout the year. Like their Facebook page at American Legion Post 250 and Auxiliary.
  • 1st and 3rd Sundays, SCLT Walk in the Woods, meet 2 pm at Saluda Library, 828-749-1560 or www.saludasclt.org for info.
  • Tryon International Equestrian Center info at www.tryon.com
  • Local Farmer’s Markets are now open!

…May 4-8, Kung Fu Panda, rated PG, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.

…May 4, Super Geeky Day, Polk Library, 5-7pm, pizza, crafts, games, more, FREE.

…May 5, Teen Scene: Cupcake Wars, Saluda Library, 4-5:30pm, gr6-12, snacks, FREE.

…May 6, Star Viewing, FENCE, telescopes provided, 7-9pm, FREE.

…May 7, Steeplechase at FENCE, 9am-4pm.

…May 8, Pearson’s Falls, Mother’s Day guided tour, 1-3pm, www.pearsonsfalls.org

…May 10, Teen Scene: Cupcake Wars, Polk Library, 4-5:30pm, grades 6-12, snacks, FREE.

…May 11-15, The Lady in the Van, rated PG13, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.

…May 12, Nintendo Wii U, Teen Scene at Saluda Library, 4pm for grades 6-12, snacks, FREE.

…May 12, The Guitar & Carl Sandburg, a Jhon Akers concert at Tryon Fine Arts Center, outdoor Peterson Amphitheater, 7:30pm. FREE, donations accepted.

…May 13, Dogwhistle concert, McCreery Park, Saluda, 7pm, bring chairs & coolers, FREE.

…May 14, Butterflies program at Walnut Creek Preserve, 10:30am, FREE.

…May 14, Canoe session, Lake Julian, 2 pm. Email jamyed@bbbswnc.org to sign up, and info and waivers will be sent to you.

…May 14, Saturday Night Lights, TIEC, jumping competition, live bands, children’s activities, more, 6-9pm, FREE admission.

…May 17, Nintendo Wii U & board games, Teen Scene at Polk Library, 4pm for grades 6-12, snacks, FREE.

…May 18, Book Folding Art, Polk Library, 4-5pm.

…May 18-27, Miracles from Heaven, rated PG, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.

…May 19, Minute to Win It, Teen Scene at Saluda Library, 4pm for grades 6-12, snacks, FREE.

…May 19, Noah Proudfoot concert at Tryon Fine Arts Center, outdoor Peterson Amphitheater, 7:30pm. FREE, donations accepted.

…May 21, Saluda Arts Festival with music, food vendors & 70 artists, FREE admission.

…May 21-22, Green River Games, observe biking, kayaking and running competition at the Green River Gorge, www.greenrivergames.com

…May 21, Saturday Night Lights, TIEC, jumping competition, live bands, children’s activities, more, 6-9pm, FREE admission.

…May 23, Lego Junior Makers, Polk Library, 4pm, FREE.

…May 24, Minute to Win It, Teen Scene at Polk Library, 4pm for grades 6-12, snacks, FREE.

…May 24, Lego Builders, Landrum Library, 4:30 for kids and tweens, snacks, FREE.

…May 25, Littles Recognition Dinner, BBBS group activity to honor Littles for their achievements, Asheville High School cafeteria, 6-8pm. Polk matches please RSVP to Karen by May 20.

…May 26, Nintendo Wii U & board games, Teen Scene at Saluda Library, 4pm for grades 6-12, snacks, FREE.

…May 26, Monarch Butterflies program, Landrum Library, 6:30pm, FREE.

…May 26, Mac Arnold blues concert, at Tryon Fine Arts Center, outdoor Peterson Amphitheater, 7:30pm. FREE, donations accepted.

…May 26-29, The Affectations of May, Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage, Polk matches contact Karen for free passes, visit https://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/#mainstage for more info.

…May 27, last day of school for Spartanburg Co district 1

…May 27, Summer Tracks concert, Rogers Park, Tryon, 7pm, FREE, donations accepted.

…May 28, Saturday Night Lights, TIEC, jumping competition, live bands, children’s activities, more, 6-9pm, FREE admission.

…May 31, Nintendo Wii U & Terrariums, Teen Scene at Polk Library, 4pm for grades 6-12, snacks, FREE.

…June 6, last day of school for Polk Co public schools

Explore Tryon lists area hiking opportunities at: http://exploretryon.com/see-do/outdoor-adventures-hiking-recreation/hiking-trails-waterfalls/

Visit http://www.kidsinparks.com/ for info on exploring area trails with children, including Kid’s Main Street Safari in Rutherfordton. Games, tree climbing, gold hunting and a search through a Civil War cemetery are highlights. Also featured in our region are The Gold Mile and the Historic Downtown Walking Tour in Rutherfordton, Chimney Rock State Park, the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock, and more.

Helpful Tips for Bigs:

Bigs please remember to take advantage of our Enrichment Funds designated to support Polk matches. Feel free to request reimbursement for outing-related expense such as movies and concessions, admission fees, tickets, etc.

BBBS events:

The 5th annual Have a HeART for Big Brothers Big Sisters opening reception at the Upstairs Artspace was delayed by snow to January 30.  A huge crowd gathered to review more than 100 heArts donated by many talented and generous artists for this silent auction to benefit BBBS. Many thanks to the Upstairs Artspace board and staff for hosting this event. Generous bidders, supporters, and many helpful volunteers to joined us in making this the best year ever!             Thanks to Jim Cornell & Doug Dacey for making the bisque hearts. We are so grateful for our sponsors: Heart of Gold Sponsor – Song Hill Reserve; Opening Reception Sponsor – Walker Wallace & Emerson Realty; Closing Night Sponsors – Dave & Sue Anderson and Anonymous; Bronze Heartwarming Sponsors – Happy Horse Farm, Roger & Joanie Newman, , David & Patty Slater, Tryon Daily Bulletin, Tryon Estates. Heart & Hand Artist Sponsors – The Book Shelf,  Garrison Chapel Baptist Church and Vines & Stuff.

Polk Big Brothers Big Sisters was a charity recipient of the Tour de Leaves 2015 bicycle tour on October 18, with about 200 riders participating!

Special thanks to our friends and neighbors at Soups On, a benefit for BBBS  hosted by Chris and Linda Tinkler.

Bevin Corbin&KD AmLeg donation 3-16 $500.00
Karen Dacey, Polk BBBS Program Coordinator accepts a donation from Bevin Corbin from the American Legion

American Legion Post 250 recently made a generous donation to Polk BBBS from their Friday night bingo proceeds! Thanks to  former BB Darrel Moore of the Veterans Services for arranging the gift, to BS Robin Edgar for initiating it, and to Finance Officer Bevin Corbin.

BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE! was held on Saturday, October 31. Thanks to all who helped make it a great success, including Becky Kennedy (center below) and her team “The Bowled & the Beautiful” from the Polk County Democrats. Becky again amassed pledges of more than $3000! Teammate Judy Arledge, right, came in 2nd with pledges.

Frances Parker, Becky Kennedy & Judy Arledge of The Bowled & The Beautiful team!
Frances Parker, Becky Kennedy & Judy Arledge of The Bowled & The Beautiful team!

Presenting Sponsor: Terry Ackerman, Strike Sponsors: CooperRiis and Roger & Jennifer Smith; Pin Sponsors: Rob Fuller, Lichty Guitars, Morning Glory Farm, A.Bailey Nager – Attorney at Law.

Team Sponsors: John & Cindy Boyle of Wells Fargo Advisors – Landrum, Digit & Beth Laughridge, Kiwanis Club of Tryon and Musselwhite Electric. Lane Sponsors: Bonnie Brae, Diamond B Energies, Cindy Viehman, Andy & Linda Haynes, HomeTrust Bank, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Sandy McCormack, Millard & Co, Mike & Paula Mullenax, North State Gas, PANGAEA, Paws Prayer & Promises, Jim Peterman, Po Kitties, Prince Gas Co, ServiceMaster, Blake Smythe, St Luke’s Hospital, Stearns Education Center, Walker Wallace & Emerson Realty.

 

Aaron's Argonauts
Aaron’s Argonauts team of Big Brothers & Little Brothers – BFKS October 2015

 

Additional Events:

Area Opportunities:

Felburn Foundation Nature Library, 3161 Hwy 176 next to Caro-Mi, open M-W-F, 12-6, (828) 859-6745, call for info on expanded hours.

There are lots of children’s activities at Hands On! A Child’s Gallery in Hendersonville: 828-697-8333, www.handsonwnc.org.

The Hendersonville Museum under the old courthouse downtown is free and open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. www.hendersoncountymuseum.com

KidSenses Children’s Museum in Rutherfordton, (828) 286-2120, www.kidsenses.com

For hiking, visit

  • The Norman Wilder Forest for a moderate 2-3 mile hike, Hwy 176 & Tau Rock Vineyard Rd, Tryon.
  • The trailhead to the Blue Wall Preserve is on Dug Hill Road off Lakeshore Drive on Lake Lanier.
  • FENCE has miles of hiking trails.

WNC Nature Center, Asheville: Free admission for Littles when their Bigs show participant cards.

For more regional discounts, visit our organization’s webpage at www.bbbswnc.org – Match Central.

Local Discounts:

Flat Rock Playhouse – Free tickets for select plays, contact BBBS.

Chimney Rock Park – Big pays, Little gets in free.

Pearson’s Falls is offering Polk Bigs/Littles free admission  once per year. Present your BBBS ID card at the gatehouse. Pearson’s Falls is open, 10-5 M-Sat, noon-5 Sun. For info visit www.pearsonsfalls.org.

Check out these regional websites:

Polk County Public Library Online Resources: Freegal: Download free music! Reading Rockets: Reading comprehension and language arts teaching strategies for kids. 
Homework help and other online learning tools from NC LIVE (call the library for password to access resources, 894-8721 Columbus, 749-2117 Saluda), www.publib.polknc.org.

For homework help via Polk County Library visit: www.nclive.org/browse/homeworkhelp

For more area activities:

www.nc-mountains.org

www.nc-mountains.org/event

www.funthingstodointhemountains.net

More About BBBS Polk County:

Plk-Xmas2014Polk BBBS Christmas at Morning Glory Farm, December 13, 2014

Bigs & Littles celebrated summer fun with a pool party and picnic at Matthew's backyard paradise!Bigs & Littles celebrated summer fun with a pool party and picnic at Matthew’s backyard paradise!

BS Monica, BS Helen, LS Allie, LS Vicky

BS Monica, BS Helen,  LS Allie, LS Vicky

BB Mike, LB Zane, BS Paula

BB Mike, LB Zane, BS Paula

BB Michael & LB "King" George

BB Michael & LB “King” George

Traditional Program: Volunteers are matched with Littles and develop friendships through outings in the community.

M&M: Volunteers spend one hour a week one-on-one with a student who needs a little extra attention at school. Schools served: O P Earle, Polk Central, Saluda and Tryon Elementary schools.