Friday, January 25, 2019

Non-profits Reap Rewards for Volunteering

non-profits reap rewards for volunteering
Every fall the streets of Greenville are taken over by the BB&T Fall for Greenville festival and hundreds of volunteers keep it running smoothly.

This week those non-profits who provided the volunteers were given a portion of the proceeds from the festival.

Twelve organizations received $46,500 for their efforts. The charities that shared in the proceeds are:
  • Aloft Greenville on behalf of Lucky Pup Rescue SC 
  • Boy Scout Troop 260 
  • Boy Scout Troop 266 
  • Furman University on behalf of Heller Service Corps 
  • Girl Scout Troop 1763 
  • Greenville Chinese Cultural Association 
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank 
  • Newcomers of Greater Greenville on behalf of Ronald McDonald House 
  • Red Shoe Society on behalf of Ronald McDonald House 
  • ScanSource Charitable Foundation on behalf of Safe Harbor 
  • Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing on behalf of March of Dimes 
  • Vocal Matrix Chorus 
Over the last 15 years, BB&T’s Fall for Greenville has donated over $650,000 to more than 20 non-profit organizations in Greenville. Again, this year, the festival’s grant program initiative called “Fall for Giving” will expand its community giving. Non-profits involved in culinary food, cultural diversity, family and music will get grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. Grant applications are being accepted starting January 22nd through March 1st. Interested non-profits can apply here.

Artisphere Changes
Another popular festival held in downtown Greenville SC is Artisphere. It will be the 15th year and kicks off May 10th. Construction in the area of the Peace Center’s amphitheater is making it necessary to change the layout of the festival.

This fine-tuning began last year when artists were offered double-sized booths. More than a dozen booths took advantage of the option and it pushed the festival farther into the West End.

Two changes are the Wyche Pavilion and the Peace Center’s TD Stage are not available. Local performer’s will be moved to Graham Plaza and the headliners will be on Broad Street. This year’s festival will feature 135 visual artists, of which 36 are first-timers. The festival is growing each year. More details and schedules will be coming out in the next few months. Got to for more info.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Expanding Science at Roper Mountain

expanding science at roper mountain
Rendering provided by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership
Upstate residents will soon have a new place to learn about environmental stewardship and get science education. Greenville County Schools is planning to construct a $14 million facility at the Roper Mountain Science Center. This facility will provide environmental education and sustainability.

The new building will provide students and visitors an immersive education as well as the opportunity to foster exploration and stewardship of natural resources. There will be hands-on leaving and encouragement for committing to create solutions to combat human interaction with the natural environment.

Work is underway and construction will begin this spring or summer. Tentative open scheduled for fall of 2020. This new two-story building will have about 28,000 sf of interior space and located on a 5-acre parcel of land next to the Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences.

It will have flexible teaching spaces, open-concept exhibits and a lot of new amenities that they haven’t been able to provide to visitors before. Three in-depth learning classroom/labs, pledge wall and lobby are included on the top floor. And the history of Roper Mountain will be shared in a 1,200-sf orientation space with digital interactive upstate map and a habitat overview.

A 2,200 sf “Sustainable Future” museum exhibit will feature interconnected stations to highlight how decisions about energy, food, water, waste, transportation and clothing will affect our community’s future and the world. Each station will challenge students and visitors to measure their impact on the environment with graphic panels, action lists and local organization stories.

The ground floor will include a dining space with room for 200 seats and four classrooms. Also included is a 2,000-sf exhibit called “Water Story” that highlights the importance of the Greenville Watershed and the water cycle processes. This “Water Story” will include graphics and models depicting plants and animals living within the watershed environment.

The design process has included input from several Upstate businesses and organizations. Each of the museum exhibits will highlight how partner businesses and organizations work to help the environment.

Roper Mountain Science Center is also working with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University to incorporate new learning methods and techniques into brand new lesson plans that will be made available in the new facility. Due to capacity restraints, Roper Mountain’s natural science programs focused on elementary grade children. The new facility will allow them to expand and provide lessons and labs for middle-schoolers as well as expand the elementary programs. Students served will increase another 20,000 a year.

Projections show the facility costing around $14 million to complete. Ten million will be provided by the Greenville County School District’s Long-Range Facilities Plan and Capital Improvement program. Roper mountain is planning to start a fundraising campaign to gain the additional $4 million needed.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Timing Your Purchases

timing your purchases
What, we just had Christmas and we are already talking about shopping again? Well, there are certain times of the year when it is a bargain to shop for home furnishings, appliances, mattresses, tools and other materials. Here are some guidelines.

  • Furniture: January and July. Manufacturers introduce their new inventory in February and August so your best time to shop is January and July. Retailer are making way for the new styles by having specials to clear out existing inventory. Floor samples will often be your best bet so go ahead and ask about them.
  • Storage Essentials: January and August. Retailers slash prices and offer free shipping on storage bins, baskets, shelving and organizing systems. Once in January to help you organize your Christmas gifts and keep your resolutions and again in August to sell to parents sending their graduates to college.
  • Linens and Towels: January. Started in 1878, department store “white sales” are the perfect time to renew your bedding or linen closet. Most high-quality linens will be on sale and prices smashed to move them out. If something is not available, ask about a rain check.
  • Major Appliances: January, September, October and Holidays. Once an appliance becomes last years model, the price drops drastically except refrigerators. You can buy last year’s models in September, October and January for less when stores are making room for newer models. If you want a current model, shop on black Friday or any major holiday. If you have more than one appliance to replace, holiday shopping will get you better incentives for buying multiple items.
  • Mattresses: February and May. Best times are President’s day sales and Memorial Day sales. Department stores will offer coupons and specialty chains will offer 50 percent or more off. Don’t worry about price shopping. Different manufacturers will provide discounts based on models across the board. You would be better looking for a retailer having an inventory blow-out and negotiating from there.
  • Refrigerators: May. New units come out in May, hence Memorial Day sales are the best time for fridge shopping. Most retailers will offer savings all month long, so they are overwhelmed on that weekend. Check your local ads.
  • Roofing: May. This month will give you the best price on materials. If you are paying a professional, try for a wintertime installation since prices will rise on April 1.
  • Power Tools: June and December.
  • Paint: January, May, July, November and December. As temperature drops so does the price.
  • HVAC Equipment: March, April, October and November. Best time to buy is when you don’t need a new one. Months with moderate temperatures are when you will find the lowest prices. Installers may even run promotions during these months just to pick up business. You might even negotiate better prices for free upgrades.
  • Flooring: December and January. Mid-December through January reflects a decline in most home improvement projects due to the holidays. But flooring retailers and installers want your business. Use this slow time to negotiate better prices and get a good rate on your new flooring.

Hope these guidelines help you save some money in 2019 because who doesn’t want to save money. If one of your resolutions was to budget better, then using the months above could just help you get something for your home snuck into your budget a bit faster. Happy New Year!

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