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National Library Week and “Got My Card” Giveaway
Ends on April 20
Spartanburg County Headquarters Library

Haven’t heard about the contest? Check out their Monday Minute. Saturday, the 20th, is the last day.


National Library Week is an opportunity for libraries of all kinds to highlight the unique role libraries play in people’s lives. This year’s theme is Communities Matter @ Your Library. With that in mind, the Spartanburg County Public Libraries present the ‘Got My Card’ Giveaway. We invite you to upload a photo of you and your Library card to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/spartanburglibraries) during National Library Week which runs from April 14 – 20, 2013. Four prizes will be awarded at random during the giveaway with the grand prize being a Kindle Fire! Contact 864-285-9013 for more information on the contest.

Spartanburg Youth Theatre: Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
A funny and fresh retelling of the classic fairy tale!
April 19 – 20
David Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center
Cost: Adults: $12 Youth: $9


There’s much more to this fascinating story than the beautiful Snow White and her seven funny little friends when this witty adaptation of the beloved fairy tale takes to the stage. Meet a whole host of new characters including the absent minded king, King Absent Minded, his new wife Bella, who is part queen and part witch, her frantic servant Maid Dim Witty, and the handsome, but conceited Prince Goodhearted. Joining them is the intriguing Miss Time, whose father, Father Time, started the whole “Once Upon a Time” business, and, of course all of Snow White’s furry animal friends. Don’t miss this captivating retelling of the fairy tale classic!

Event Time(s): April 19 at 4:30 and 7:00 pm; April 20 at 2:00 pm
Age: Suitable for all ages

Be sure to check out their upcoming Summer Camps here: http://www.spartanburglittletheatre.com/youth-theatre

Stone Soup Storytelling Festival
April 19-20
Woodruff City Hall in Woodruff

The Official Storytelling Festival of South Carolina with feature tellers and special events. Headliners are: John Fowler, Oba- “The Poetic Storyteller”- King, Ellouise Schoettler, Suzi Whaples plus a special Ghost Storytelling Concert, StorySlam Competition and Workshops. Guarantee to WOW you! 

Many free events. For more information, tickets and entry forms and lodging information, visit www.stonesoupsc.com or call the Woodruff Library (864-476-8770).

Hatcher Spring Plant Sale
April 20th 9am to 1pm
Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve, 820 John B. White, Sr. Blvd.


Once again we are delighted to have Linda Cobb as our emcee on Saturday! A contributor to Spartanburg’s Herald Journal, Linda is a local garden author and speaker. She and her gardens have been featured in various magazines. Besides Jeff and Peggy, Linda can give you plant advice on your purchases. You can visit her website at MyGardenersGuide.com

29th Annual Pickens Azalea Festival
April 20th 10am to 9pm
Opening ceremonies 10 am on the main stage.  The festival area is on Main Street in Pickens.



The Arts and Crafts Show will run from 10 am to 9 pm with free admission.

No admission charge to see “Little Texas.”

You can also take a helicopter ride Saturday at the festival from Bruce Football Field starting at 11 am.  A ride fee is required, weather permitting.

Azaleas will also be on sale Saturday during the festival.

A shuttle bus will also be available provided by Grace Methodist Church from the Save-O-Lot parking lot on Hampton Avenue to the Grace Methodist Church parking lot.  The church is located within walking distance of the festival and runs from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday.  Donations are appreciated to help cover fuel costs.

The Azalea Festival is presented by the Pickens Chamber of Commerce and 7 On Your Side and Carolina’s CW.

Black Wings Exhibit
Continues through June 16th
Spartanburg County Headquarters Library

Stop by the Headquarters Library to see our newest exhibit ”Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight” which chronicles the story of African Americans who, despite facing racial barriers, attained great achievements in the world of aviation. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum presents this story of a powerful group of aviation proponents that emerged to challenge racial obstacles and create their own legacy in the world of flight. “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight” is organized by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the MetLife Foundation. Contact 864-596-3505 for more information.

Money Smart Week @ Your Library
April 20 -27

READ more about Money Smart Week in this Upstate Information Hub article by Sherry Jackson.

Money Smart Week, hosted at the Headquarters and Inman Libraries, is April 20-27, 2013. We have several free workshops that are open to the public, from budgeting & small business to couponing & identity theft protection. Join us for a session, April 22-April 25. Please see the complete schedule or contact 864-596-3505/christinac@infodepot.org for more information. Morningstar will provide free webinars during Money Smart Week. Reference USA also offers free webinars that can assist you in checking out the local business competition or gathering data for market research. Check out their spring 2013 schedule. Money Smart Week is a partnership between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Rock the Denim Concert
Benefits local agencies who work with Sexual Assault victims
April 20th 3pm to 11pm at Barnet Park

Rock the Denim is a live concert event in Barnet Park on April 20th, 2013, to raise awareness of Sexual Violence and support local agencies who work with victims of Sexual Assault.

SAFE Homes - Rape Crisis Coalition, Children’s Advocacy Center and the Hope Center for Children are working together on the Rock the Denim Campaign. This Awareness/Fundraising Event will coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day USA.

The live musical acts will be JJ Dae, One Love, The

Wheresville Project, Sound Medicine, The Consumers and Greenfield Excursion. The Children’s Corner will be open from 3:00pm - 7:00pm and food and drink vendors will be available inside the park. We plan for this to be a time to celebrate our community and come together to take a stand against sexual violence.

To read more about Denim Day and the spirit behind the Rock the Denim Campaign visit http://denimdayusa.org/about/history/

Spartanburg Lions Club Night for Sight
April 20th at 6pm
Indigo Hall in downtown Spartanburg

Enjoy Jimmy Buffett style music, build your own “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, bid on fantastic live and silent auction items and raise funds to help the sight-impaired in Spartanburg.

Just Like Heaven: Second Chance Prom
April 20th at 9pm

The Showroom at Hub-Bub

Advance Tickets $35. Buy them here: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1322616961

Are you ready to Rock the Casbah?? Break out your 80’s dancing shoes, Mötley Crüe hair, Bon Jovi leather leggings, glitter, spandex, satin & lace minidress or turquoise tux!
Join us for HUB-BUB’s spring fundraiser, Just Like Heaven: Second Chance Prom and 80’s Party! 
Your ticket includes 2 drinks (beer, wine, and of course spiked punch), snacks and a full night of dancing to the sounds of Culture Club, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, etc …

Just Like Heaven will feature:

- A “7 Minutes in Heaven” janitor closet stocked with spiked punch,
- A chaperone to monitor dirty dancing
- A DJ taking all your favorite 80s dance requests
- The chance to freeze the moment in time in your very own prom/party portrait. 

HUB-BUB is partnering with several downtown restaurants for Prom Dinner deals. Cribbs Kitchen will be offering a special prom-themed prix fixe menu for the night!

Don’t miss this chance to revisit the 80’s! 

Your ticket includes two drinks (beer, wine, and of course spiked punch), snacks, and a full night of dancing to the sounds of Culture Club, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, and more!

Stump Jump Mountain Bike Race
Qualifying race for 2013 USAC XC Mountain Bike National Championships
April 21st, races begin at 8:45am
Croft StatePark in Spartanburg

Jam in the Park’s Earth Day Celebration
April 21st 1pm to 7pm
Duncan Park Amphitheatre

Head on out to the Park for a day of local music! Band line up includes The Soothsayers, Mill Billy Blues, M27, S.S.A.T.U.B, The Consumers, Rubber Canoo

 Also, from 2-5pm local green organizations will be set up to share more about their organization and how they are helping make Spartanburg more green!

Spartanburg Community Band: A Springtime Jubilee
April 21st 3pm
Adults: $6:00, Children 12 & under: Free.

Dr. Douglas Presley, director of the Spartanburg Community Band, invites you to “A Springtime Jubilee” symphonic band concert at the Chapman Cultural Center, Sunday, April 21, at 3:00 P.M. Songs featured will include Suite of Old American Dances by Bennett, Children’s March by Grainger, American Overture for Band by Jenkins, Kaddish by McBeth, Festive Overture by Shostakovich, Shenandoah by Ticheli, and Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa. Order tickets now from www.chapmanculturalcenter.org, or by phone at 864-542-2787 for this fantastic concert opportunity!

Little River Coffee Bar: Earth Day Celebration
April 22nd 7am to 8pm

Learn about our new Zero-waste program and other green businesses and non-profits in Spartanburg.

We will have information on…

Junk Matters, LLC, Hatcher Gardens, Hub City Farmers Market, Partners for Active Living, SPACE, Urban Planter, Hub City Bookshop …and MORE.

Spartanburg High School Spring Concert
April 22nd at 7pm
David Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center


The Spartanburg High School Choir is presenting its annual Spring Concert on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. A wide variety of music will be presented along with a slide show representing highlights from the school year. Admission is free. Call (864) 542-ARTS.

Music on Main: Ten Toes Up
April 25th 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for the 20th year of our weekly music series in downtown Spartanburg! Look for us in our brand new location near the Clock Tower.

Our featured band this week is Ten Toes Up, funky rock & roll. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor-Piedmont Natural Gas.

Jazz on the Square: Red Hot Sugar Babies
April 26th 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Spartanburg is always playing great music!

Come start the weekend with your friends every Friday evening in April and May.

Each week features a different group of great jazz musicians. Beer, wine, softdrinks & water are available for purchase. Bring a picnic dinner or hit one of downtown’s restaurants after the concert. This week’s band is Red Hot Sugar Babies.

The Rite of Spring Student Art Exhibit
This is what students see when they hear The Rite of Spring
April 18 – May 1

Artwork from three Spartanburg County school districts will be on display at Chapman Cultural Center for this exhibit, which is students’ visualizations of what The Rite of Spring might look like. Winners will be on display the night of the concert—May 4, Converse College.

Presented By: Music Foundation of Spartanburg

Exhibit Time(s): Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Ralph Paquin Art Exhibit
April 1 – 27

Artists’ Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center

Exhibit Time(s): Mon-Sat; 9:00 - 5:00 and Sun: 1:00-5:00

Art Market
April 27th 10am to 4pm
The Art Lounge
Artists set up booths in the parking lot of the Art Lounge and sell their wares. All types of artists are welcome to come and set up.

Booth space is just $20.00. Sign up at www.artlounge1.com or stop by the Art Lounge at 500 E. Main Street.

3rd Annual Stay in School…Stop Bullying!!!
April 27th at 6pm
The Empowrment Zone, 775 Woodruff Rd., Greenville SC


Join us as we unite to bring a entertaining yet educational message to our youth…STAY IN SCHOOL-STOP BULLYING! Bullying can lead to negative feeling toward school, which leads to higher dropout rates. We are committed to helping our youth and making a change in the community.

SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: Feature Speaker Miss Fountain Inn 2013 Rebecca Robinson and the No Bully Crew: Austin Glenn, Ciaran Sligh, Tre’ Smith, Morgan Kirby, Isaiah Stokley and Layla Lee Wallace!

PERFORMANCES BY: SuperStar, No Dayz Off, Schuyler Gray, Iconik Realm, Lae Lae Cain, Mary-Peyton Knapp, Jelly and Fly G.A.N.G.!

Sponsored by Think2xTwice.org. For more info please call Traci 864-325-3592

Carl Plansky: 30 Years of Painting
March 5 – May 4

Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center

Carl Planksy, artist, teacher & paint maker, maintained studios in Brooklyn and East Meredith, New York and Budapest, Hungary. Born in Miami Beach, Carl studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and moved to New York in 1970 to attend Hans Hofmann’s New York Studio School.

Plansky’s paintings are drawn from direct observation, and revel in pitch-perfect color, compositional elegance, and highly expressive brushwork. Plansky’s paintings are included in many public and private collections around the world.

Cost: members- FREE, adults-$4, seniors-$3, students-$2, children under 5-free

Southern Fashions Through the Years
March 15 – May 31
Spartanburg Regional History Museum at Chapman Cultural Center

Southern Fashions through the Years will be all about the changing clothing styles that people wore for special occasions ranging from 1st communion and weddings to veterans in portraits. A reception and fashion show will further illustrate the subject. Stay tuned for April time and date!

Exhibit Time(s): 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: $4 Adults, $3 Sr. Citizens & Vets, $2 Ages 6-17


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