Project Host to hold ninth annual BBQ Cook-OFF & Festival

Project Host will hold its ninth annual BBQ Cook-Off & Festival on April 27-28. The event is held in conjunction with the South Carolina BBQ Association and City of Greenville at the site of the future City Park at 320 Hudson St. The festival will include Friday night’s “Anything Butt” competition, which entails the barbecue cookers making anything that is not pulled pork. On Saturday, the barbecue cookers’ pulled pork competition and tasting will take place and end with the awards at 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be live music, food trucks, and children’s games. On Friday night, the live music will be LOZ and Hot Yoga, and then Saturday will be West End String Band and Matthew Phillips.

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County raises walls on Faith/Golden Strip Church Coalition Home

On Thursday, April 5, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County raised the wall of the 2018 Faith/Golden Strip Church Coalition Build home. This is the 21st home built by this partnership. The home is being built for the Beard family. Jacob Beard joined the Navy in 2001 and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His wife, Danielle, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2006 and has had two major brain surgeries to date. They have overcome many obstacles to get where they are today.

Like all other Habitat owners, the Beards have completed 25 hours of homeownership education classes and will complete 250 hours of sweat equity building their home and the homes of others. The Beards will pay an affordable mortgage for their home as well. The construction was made possible by the support of numerous churches around the Upstate.

Susan G. Komen South Carolina Laugh for the Cure to be held at a new location

Susan G. Komen South Carolina announced that the fifth annual Laugh for the Cure comedy event will take place at a new location, the Old Cigar Warehouse, 912B S. Main St., on April 26. The show will feature Mike Armstrong and Katherine Blanford opening for him. Additionally, Carole Walker will return as auctioneer.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. with light food, drinks, and the silent auction. At 7 p.m., the live auction will happen, and then the comedians will perform. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Greenville Komen office at 864-234-5035.

Furman University, Upstate Chamber Coalition, WYFF 4 to host gubernatorial debates

The Upstate Chamber Coalition, Furman University, and WYFF News 4 will host both Democratic and Republican gubernatorial debates this spring. The democratic debate will be held on April 22 at Furman’s Younts Conference Center. The Republican debate will be held on May 29 at McAlister Auditorium. A third debate for the general election will be announced at a later date but also will be held at Furman. The debates will be broadcast on WYFF 4 and carried to stations across the state. Tickets for the Democratic debate can be purchased for $25 at Tickets for the Republican debate will go on sale later in April.

CDS Hockey Night with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits raises over $11K

The 2018 CDS Night with the Swamp Rabbits raised $11,247 for the Center for Developmental Services. Families enjoyed the game and many pregame activities, such as the puck drop and being benchwarmers. The event was sponsored by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and SANDLAPPER Securities LLC. Proceeds from the game included a special jersey auction, donations, ticket sales, and a percentage of the Chuck-a-Carrot sales.

Duke Energy awards $30K to Peace Center’s Field Trip Performance Series

The Peace Center has received a $30,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of the 2017-2018 Field Trip Performance Series, which is one of the Peace Center’s community impact initiatives. On April 9, the Duke Energy staff members were at the Peace Center to greet local fourth- and fifth-grade students attending ArcAttack: Electricity. Duke Energy South Carolina President Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe and Senior Vice President of Economic Development Clark Gillespy presented a check to Peace Center board chairman Lynn Harton. The Duke Energy Foundation Grant will help fund scholarships to performances for students who may not normally have access to them.

The Cliffs at Glassy has joined ART OF THE HORSE public art project as title sponsor 

The Cliffs at Glassy has joined Art of the Horse public art project and fundraising campaign as the title sponsor. The project was made possible by Our Carolina Foothills to support the neighboring communities of Landrum, Tryon, Columbus, and Saluda. Art of the Horse is a community arts-based project that is happening for the second time. Life-size painted horses are showing up in the aforementioned foothills towns and surrounding areas. They will remain on public display until October, when they will be auctioned off at the Auction Gala Event held at the Cliffs at Glassy. Thirty-two horses are part of this year’s project and half are already on public display. The Cliffs at Glassy’s horse, titled “A Horse of a Different Color,” is designed by Barbour Bordogna of Spartanburg and was unveiled on April 15.

Barbour Bordogna designed the Cliffs at Glassy’s horse. Photo provided


School celebrates National Whole Grain Sampling Day

Legacy Early College celebrated national whole grain sampling day by learning about grains that are good for you and growing in popularity. On March 27-28, the school featured several options that showcased different grains including cinnamon oatmeal with warm apple parfait, chicken and rice soup, and an Aztec quinoa bowl. Students also had the opportunity to explore whole grains from around the world with fun activities in the café and classroom, including “guess the grains” and discovery kitchen. More than 600 students participated with the help of chefs Vanessa Evans-Floyd and Brandon Lewis and registered dieticians Colette Tyler and Sarah Maver.

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