Program Coordinator: Karen Dacey
301 N. Trade St.
Tryon, NC 28782
Polk News: Events & Important Dates
Polkin’ Around May 2013Happy Anniversary!
- BB Ernie/LB Russell 5 years
- BS Linda/LS Sydney 4 years
- BB Craig/LB Kesley 4 years
- BB Stacey/LB Zion 1 year
The weather is getting nice… so you know what that means? The Asheville Tourists baseball season has begun! Free tickets for Bigs & Littles for Sunday-Wednesday home games, excluding fireworks games. To reserve tickets call 828-253-1470 between 9 a.m. and noon on the day of the game, or between 9 a.m. and noon Friday for a Sunday game. Pick up your tickets at the will call window at the ball field under the Big’s name. This great offer is for Bigs and Littles only. Thanks to Asheville Tourists Baseball Club for supporting BBBS!
…thru May 5, The Croods, rated PG, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.
…thru May 19, The Cotton Patch Gospel, Flat Rock Playhouse. Polk matches contact Karen for tickets. Once you have your voucher you will need to call FRP at their toll free phone number to reserve your seats. Each voucher serves as a pass for two people. Visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org for more info.
…May 2, Jim Farrell, poet, playwright, singer-songwriter, Polk County Public Library, 5:30 pm, FREE.
…May 4, PAC Walk, ¾ to 2 miles, Tryon Estates, 10:AM, registration 9-9:45, pet friendly event, free lunch. For more information visit online where you can register on-line, and/or print a registration form, or call PAC at 828.859.5060 or e-mail email@example.com. Registration is $20 and $5 for K-12. Polk BBBS will reimburse Polk matches for half the fees upon request.
…May 4, National Day of Puppetry, downtown Asheville, 11:AM-3:PM, FREE performances, parade, crafts, music, fee for games and concessions.
…May 4, Wild Plant Walk, Hendersonville, 10:AM-noon, www.eco-wnc.org
…May 4, Celebrate Our Earth @ FENCE, 1-5:PM, entertainment and family fun, FREE.
…May 8-26, Songs My Mother Taught Me, Flat Rock Playhouse. Polk matches contact Karen for tickets. Once you have your voucher you will need to call FRP at their toll free phone number to reserve your seats. Each voucher serves as a pass for two people. Visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org for more info.
…May 11-12, Tour de Falls, Dupont State Forest, 828-883-3700, www.dupontforest.com
…May 11, Venus in the Evening, astronomy program at FENCE, sunset, telescopes provided, FREE…
…May 12, Happy Mother’s Day!!
…May 12, Billy Jonas Family Concert, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 3-5:PM, 859-8322 for info. Polk BBBS will reimburse admission fees for Polk matches upon request.
…May 15-19, 42, PG13 movie about Jackie Robinson & baseball, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.
…May 18, Saluda Arts Festival, 10:AM-4:PM, art, demos, music, children’s tent, visit www.saluda.com for more info. FREE, food concessions for sale.
…May24-26, Mountain Sports Festival, Carrier Park, Asheville, music, sports, kids’ events, 828-989-3587, http://mountainsportsfestival.com/
…May 25, Tryon Arts & Crafts annual yard sale, 8:AM-3:PM.
…May 25, Introduction to Geocaching, Walnut Creek Preserve, 10:AM, FREE. Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Using a smartphone or GPS, participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates, trying to locate hidden containers, called geocaches. Cachers can then share their experiences online. This is a great way to get out and explore in the local area and abroad, and a great way to figure out how to use your GPS!
Tailgate Markets are open!!
Thursdays, 4-6:30PM, McCown St, Tryon
Fridays, 4:30-6:30PM, West Main, Saluda
Saturdays, 8:AM-noon, courthouse square, Columbus
Saturdays, 7-11:AM, near Depot, Landrum, beginning May 18
Summer camp registrations have begun. Polk BBBS has limited scholarship funds available for Polk Littles, first come B first served.
- Summer Sizzler at Tryon Arts & Crafts, weekly July 8-Aug 8, 859-8323, www.tryonartsandcrafts.org.
- Summer Theatre Camps, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 2 weekly sessions, June 17-Aug 3, $140.
- Adventure School Summer Camps: weekly sessions June 24-Aug 1, 817-0454, www.theadventureschool.org
- Polk Co Recreation Summer Day Camp: June 10-Aug 23, 7:AM-6:PM, $70/wk, 894-8199, www.polknc.org
- FENCE camps: weekly sessions June 10-Aug 2, 859-9021, www.fence.org
- Gibson Park Pool swim lessons: weekly June 8-Aug 25, 894-2646, www.polknc.org
Chess Club, third Saturdays, call BS Lynne Parsons at 894-5595 or email firstname.lastname@example.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,
KidSenses Children’s Museum in Rutherfordton, (828) 286-2120, http://www.kidsenses.com/
For hiking, visit 1) the Norman Wilder Forest for a moderate 2-3 mile hike, Hwy 176 & Tau Rock Vineyard Rd, Tryon. 2) The trailhead to the Blue Wall Preserve is on Dug Hill Road off Lakeshore Drive on Lake Lanier. 3) 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), http://www.publib.polknc.org.
For homework help via Polk County Library visit: http://nclive.org/browse/homeworkhelp
For more area activities:More About BBBS Polk County:
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.