Program Coordinator: Karen Dacey
Karen email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latisha email: email@example.com
301 N. Trade St., Tryon, NC 28782
Polk News: Events & Important Dates
BBBS news: Polkin’ Around May 2015
BB Ernie Giannini LB Russell 7 years
BS Linda Long LS Sydney 6 years
BB Craig Williams LB Kesley 6 years
BC Bill & Charlotte Stow LB Rick 2 years
Local Events Calendar:
…May 1, Fantastic Friday, KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, free admission on first Fridays, 9:am-8:pm.
…May 1-3, Divergent Series: Insurgent, PG13, Tryon Theater, 859-6811.
…May 2, May Fest!, downtown Rutherfordton, all day!
…May 2, Doug Elliott’s Wildwoods Wisdom, Tryon Youth Center, songs, storytelling, humor, 11:am, FREE. Yardsale begins at 9:am. Guided nature walk following the stories.
…May 2, Blockhouse Steeplechase, FENCE, 10:am-4:pm, 828-863-0480 for ticket info.
…May 3, Salamander Talk with Ranger Tim Lee, FENCE, 2:pm, FREE.
…May 6, Teen Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades 6-12, Polk Library, Columbus, 6:pm.
…May 7, Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades K-5, Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm.
…May 7-10, Always Patsy Cline, Flat Rock Playhouse, Polk matches contact Karen for FREE passes.
…May 8, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks Concert, McCreery Park, Saluda, 7-9:pm, FREE.
…May 9, Quick Start Canoe (intro to canoeing), Lake Julian, 1-3:pm.
…May 13, Lego Junior Makers for grades K-5, Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm.
…May 14, Drum Circle, Polk Library, Columbus, 5:30-7:30pm. Instruments provided or bring your own.
…May 16, Saluda Arts Festival, 10:am-4:pm, arts & crafts, music, Children’s Art Tent, FREE.
…May 17, Crossroads String Band, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC,3:pm, admission by donation.
…May 18, Teen Book Club for grades 6-12, Polk Library Columbus, 4:pm.
…May 19, Recognition Dinner for Littles! Celebrate your Little’s achievements at this free dinner, Asheville High School cafeteria, 6:pm.
…May 20, Teen Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades 6-12, Polk Library, Columbus, 6:pm.
…May 21, Paddington movie,Polk Library, Columbus, FREE popcorn & drinks, 4pm.
…May 21, Wilhelm Brothers Concert, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC, 8:pm, admission by donation.
…May 22, Human Dynamo, KidsSenses at Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm. Discover how the human body works.
…May 23, Guided Nature Hike & Scavenger Hunt, FENCE, 10:am-noon, FREE.
…May 27, Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades K-5, Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm.
…May 28, Drum Circle, Polk Library, Columbus, 5:30-7:30pm. Instruments provided or bring your own.
…May 28, Wrenn Pop & Chris Padgett concert, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC, 8:pm, admission by donation.
…May 30, Quick Start Canoe (intro to canoeing), Lake Julian, 10:am-noon.
…May 30-31, Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition, FENCE, 9:am-6:pm, FREE.
…May 31, Hooked on Fishing, Derbyshire/Lake Sandy Plains, 4-7:pm. BBBS has been invited to participate in this series of FREE fishing events. They supply fishing equipment, instruction, drinks, and great opportunities to fish in a variety of locations in Polk County. To RSVP please call: First Baptist Church of Tryon at 828-859-5375 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help your Littles discover his/her interests visit: www.search-institute.org/sparks
Have a HeArt for Big Brothers Big Sisters was a great 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!!)
Polk Big Brothers Big Sisters was a charity recipient of the Tour de Leaves bicycle tour on October 18, with over 230 riders participating!
BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE was a great success! Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Strike Sponsor: CooperRiis Healing Community; Pin Sponsors: Terry Ackerman, Lichty Guitars, Morning Glory Farm, Bailey Nager, Roger & Jennifer Smith; Team Sponsors: Larry & Gretchen Boyd, John & Cindy Boyle, Becky Kennedy & the Polk County Democratic Women, Kiwanis Club of Tryon,Digit & Beth Laughridge, Mill Spring Baptist Church, No Problem Builders, St Luke’s Hospital, David & Patty Slater, The Tryon Daily Bulletin; and many Lane Sponsors , Pledge Friends, and Door Prize Donors.
Special thanks to Becky Kennedy, Dan Dworkin, and Michael & Sheila Veatch for their extraordinary pledge-raising success! Thanks to all bowlers & donors; to volunteers: Alan Breeden, Karen Dacey, Rob Fuller, Sharon Kolbye, Beth Laughridge, Lynn Montgomery, Paula Mullenax, Tristan, and Michael & Sheila Veatch; to Autumn Lanes Bowling Center; to all of our volunteer Bigs, and generous supporters.
BBBS is also a charity recipient of the 3rd annual Tryon BeerFest, and we appreciate their generosity!
- 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 (regularly $5 ages 13 up, $1 ages 6-12) 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.