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                                         February 2016

Jan 30-Feb 13, Have a HeArt for Big Brothers Big Sisters, benefit at the Upstairs Artspace, Tryon. Please visit and feel free to take your Little by the gallery 11-5, Tuesday-Sat to see the wonderful hearts donated for this fundraiser. Closing bids reception Feb 13, 4-7 pm. Volunteers needed.

Calendar of Local Events:

…Feb 3-7, Daddy’s Home, Tryon Theatre, rated PG13, 828-859-6811.

…Feb 4, Tween Time @ Landrum Library, activities & snacks, 3:30pm.

…Feb 4, Teen Scene @ Saluda Library: Fun for teens grade 6-12, Nintendo WiiU, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 6 , Kiwanis Chili Supper, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Tryon, 5-7pm, tickets at the door, Owens Pharmacy, or Kiwanis members.

…Feb 7, Armchair Traveler @ FENCE, Animals & Culture of East Africa, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 8, Teen Time @ Landrum Library, grades 7-12, make Valentine cards, snacks, 3:30pm, FREE.

…Feb 9, Teen Scene @ Polk Library: Fun for teens grade 6-12, Crafternoon, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 9, Valentine’s Party, Landrum Library, make cards,treats, 6pm, FREE.

…Feb 10-14, Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Tryon Theatre, rated PG, 828-   859-6811.

…Feb 11, Anime Club @ Landrum Library, teen activities, shows & snacks, 3:30pm.

…Feb 11, Teen Scene @ Saluda Library: Fun for teens grade 6-12, Anti-Valentine’s Party, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 12, Astronomy program @ FENCE, stargazing with telescopes provided, sunset.

…Feb 13, Animals We Love to Hate @ FENCE, www.fence.org, 2pm, FREE.

…Feb 13, Closing Bids Reception Have a HeArt for Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-7pm, Upstairs Artspace. Volunteers needed.

…Feb 13, Celebration to honor Martin Luther King, Jr, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 6-8pm, FREE.

…Feb 15, Teen Time @ Landrum Library, grades 7-12, Nintendo WiiU, snacks, 3:30pm, FREE

…Feb 16, Teen Scene @ Polk Library: Fun for teens grade 6-12, Nintendo WiiU & beading, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 16, Video Game Tournament @ Landrum Library, Mario Kart, kids & tweens, 4:30-5:15.

…Feb 17-21, Concussion, Tryon Theatre, rated PG13, 828-859-6811.

…Feb 18, Tween Time @ Landrum Library, activities & snacks, 3:30pm.

…Feb 18, Teen Scene @ Saluda Library: Fun for teens grade 6-12, Nintendo WiiU, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 18-21, Once Upon a Mattress, Princess & the Pea musical, Tryon Little Theatre, www.tltinfo.org or 828-859-2466 for ticket info.

…Feb 19, Saluda Train Tales @ Saluda Depot, 6:30pm, FREE.

…Feb 20, Foothills Business Expo, Landrum Middle School, 10am-4pm, FREE admission and lots of free giveaways to collect!

…Feb 23, Teen Scene @ Polk Library: Fun for teens grade 6-12, Nintendo WiiU & duct tape challenge, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 23, Lego Build – Leprechaun Trap contest @ Landrum Library, 4:30pm, FREE.

…Feb 24, BS Beth Child piano recital, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Tryon, 12noon, FREE.

…Feb 25, Anime Club @ Landrum Library, teen activities, shows & snacks, 3:30pm.

…Feb 25, Teen Scene @ Saluda Library: Fun for teens grade 6-12, Crafternoon, 4pm, FREE.

…Feb 25-28, Once Upon a Mattress, Princess & the Pea musical, Tryon Little Theatre, www.tltinfo.org or 828-859-2466 for ticket info.

…Feb 27, The Mountains of Polk County, Walnut Creek Preserve, Mill Spring, 10:30 am, FREE. Visit www.pacolet.org for info.

…Feb 29, Teen Time @ Landrum Library, grades 7-12, movie, snacks, 3:30pm, FREE.

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

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. We are planning for generous bidders, supporters, and many helpful volunteers to join us in making this the best year ever!                                                                                                New this year, 5 heArts were selected and placed on a website for online bidding only to accommodate those unable to attend the event.  Please visit www.32auctions.com/BBBSHeart to place a bid on any of these five entries January 30-February 13, 2016.  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 – Roger & Joanie Newman, Phoenix Futures Inc, and David & Patty Slater; Heart & Hand Artist Sponsors – The Book Shelf, Vines & Stuff, and staff of Tryon Estate.

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.

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.

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.