Program Coordinator: Karen Dacey
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301 N. Trade St., Tryon, NC 28782
Polk News: Events & Important Dates
BBBS news: Polkin’ Around November 2015
BC Lynne Parsons/Ernie Giannini LB Russell 11 years!!
BS Monica Jones LS Vicky 10 years!
BS Darlene Stone LS Hannah 3 years
BS Robin Edgar LS Ivy 1 year
Welcome to our newest matches:
BS Ashley Brewington & LS Morgan and BB Ryan Lail & LB Kamron
Big Successes during a very busy fall for Big Brothers Big Sisters…
- Thank for the volunteers who helped out on a cold day with the Tour de Leaves bike ride, which will benefit BBBS. BS Sue Anderson and LS Nathalie were a big hit at the Flat Rock rest stop handing out water and snacks with BB Michael Veatch’s daughter and granddaughters. Such troopers!
- Thanks so much to all the sponsors, bowlers, pledgers, and volunteers who made Bowl for Kids’ Sake a big success!!
- BBBS led the Hammerschlagen games at Tryon Beer Fest, and will receive a donation to BBBS from their proceeds. Many thanks to those who came out for the occasion. Despite gloomy predictions the weather held up for a great event!
Local Events Calendar:
…Nov 8, Storytelling at FENCE with Mary Davis & Lance Smith, 4pm, FREE.
…Nov 11, Veteran’s Day parade, Columbus, 10am, Memorial service 11am.
…Nov 12-15, 19-22, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Tryon Little Theater, www.tltinfo.org. Polk matches eligible for enrichment funds.
…Nov 14, Tie Dye workshop, Tryon Arts & Crafts, 9am-5pm. For info call 859-8323 or visit www.tryonartsandcrafts.org
…Nov 14, Paper Flower workshop, Ustairs Artspace, 1-3pm, $35/person – Polk matches eligible for enrichment funds.
…Nov 16, Lego Junior Makers, Polk Library, 4-5pm.
…Nov 17, Nintendo Wii U, grades 6-12, Saluda Library, 4-5:30pm.
…Nov 18, Teen Scene: The Hunger Games party, Polk Library, 4-5pm, crafts, costume contest, movie, snacks.
…Nov 18, Charity Art Show, PC Early College, 6-9pm, email@example.com.
…Nov 18-22, Hotel Transylvania, rated PC, Tryon Movie Theatre, 859-6811.
…Nov 21, Holiday Bazaar with arts, crafts & baked goods for sale, Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, (843) 271-0257.
…Nov 22, Free Wild for Life, wildlife rehab program at FENCE, 2-4pm, FREE.
…Nov 23, Teen Book Club discussing Drawn, Polk Library,4pm, snacks, FREE.
…Nov25-29, Polk & Spartanburg Co schools closed for Thanksgiving holidays.
…Nov 26, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
…Nov 27, Light Up Landrum, street lighting, hot chocolate & treats, 6pm.
…Nov 27-29, Chasing Rainbows, Flat Rock Playhouse, FREE passes for Polk matches.
…Nov 28, Holiday Heritage Arts & Crafts Show, Stearns gym, Columbus, 9am-3pm. Live music, door prizes.
Stay tuned for news on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Christmas party!
…Dec 3, Landrum Christmas parade & stroll, 6pm, free music & goodies.
…Dec 5, Tuba Christmas, 1:30pm, Polk Co High School, FREE.
…Dec 5, Tryon Christmas stroll, 4-8pm, music & treats downtown.
…Dec 5, Columbus Christmas parade, 4pm.
…Dec 9, Tryon Christmas parade, 5pm.
…Dec 11, Saluda Hometown Christmas, 6-8pm, festivities downtown.
- For info on the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site programs online at nps.gov/carl.
- For info on KidSenses programs visit kidsenses.org
- For info on Hands On Museum programs visit handsonwnc.org
- To help your Littles discover his/her interests visit: www.search-institute.org/sparks
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!
BBBS is also a charity recipient of the 4th annual Tryon BeerFest, and we appreciate their generosity!
Special thanks to our friends and neighbors at Soups On, a benefit for BBBS hosted by Chris and Linda Tinkler.
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! Team mate Judy Arledge, right, came in 2nd with pledges.
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.
Have a HeArt for Big Brothers Big Sisters is a highly anticipated event held in Jan-Feb at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon. The 2015 fundraiser was a heArt-warming success! Many thanks to the Upstairs Artspace board and staff, all the talented artists, the generous bidders and winners, the many helpful volunteers, and to Jim Cornell & Doug Dacey for making the bisque hearts. We are so grateful for our sponsors: Event Sponsor – Song Hill Reserve, Opening Reception Sponsors – Mike & Paula Mullenax, Heart Sponsor – Phoenix Futures Inc, and Closing Night Sponsors – Dave & Sue Anderson. Special thanks to BS Sue and her LS Nathalie for preparing and donating such a wonderful spread! (We are still getting kudos about our caterer!!) We are looking forward to our HeArts project for 2016 opening January 23.
- Hands On! A Child’s Gallery listed at www.handsonwnc.org
- KidSenses, www.kidsenses.com/about/events
- Team ECCO Center for Ocean Awareness, www.teamecco.org
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.
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:
More About BBBS Polk County:
Bigs & Littles celebrated summer fun with a pool party and picnic at Matthew’s backyard paradise!
BS Monica, BS Helen, LS Allie, LS Vicky
BB Mike, LB Zane, BS Paula
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.