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Guests enjoyed the outdoor courtyard at The Rutherford before the rain started mid-evening at 2017's Tapas & Tinis event.

Rain delay

The first planned Hartness Fresh Friday was rained out in May, so let’s hope the weather holds for the next one, June 15, from 6-8 p.m. Gather on the Hartness grand lawn for a free yoga class (bring a mat), cornhole, beer, wine, and food and other items from 17 vendors, including Highway 301, Table 301’s food truck. Others to look for: Cup & Cake, Exchange Co. Coffee, Harvest Moon Farm & Flowers, Hearth and Home Forge, King of Pops, Creative-flavored Popsicles, La Fluer Chocolate, Liz Pero, Local Stature, Marvelous Pies, Miss Bee Haven Honey Bones, Orinjin Tea and Co., Oreno Hellenic Ladi, Overmountain Vineyards, Sandy Flat Berry Patch, Tiny House Big Farm, and Wind Wix Candles. Visit hartnessliving.com/fresh for more info.

Pay it forward

Also on June 15, Tropical Smoothie Café is running its National Flip Flop Day promo again this year. Wear a pair of flip flops into one of the three area stores (Five Forks, Pelham, and Woodruff Road) between 2-7 p.m., and get a free Sunshine Smoothie. No strings attached. But, if you really want to pay it forward, consider donating the cost of the smoothie to Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with life-threatening conditions and their families. Throughout the month of June, Tropical Smoothie Cafe raises money to send families to Camp Sunshine. This year, they are trying to raise $1 million to send 400 families to camp from all over the country. If you need even more of a reason to donate, know that your money could help a local family. One of the employees at the Five Forks location has applied for her family to attend Camp Sunshine this year. Her son had stage 4 neuroblastoma and just recently got the news that his cancer is in remission. Now that he’s healthy enough, they’re hoping to attend Camp Sunshine this summer.

euphoria gears up for September

All the eating, drinking, and dancing we’ll do in September during euphoria Food, Wine and Music festival presented by Lexus is, after all, for a good cause. Now through July 31, euphoria is accepting grant applications from local organizations focusing on musical or performing arts education, hunger, and/or area youth. While euphoria shines a spotlight on Greenville’s thriving culinary scene and art community, it also carries a significant charitable component and philanthropic impact. The festival’s annual grant program is organized and presented by Local Boys Do Good (LBDG), a nonprofit organization. Proceeds from euphoria are distributed by LBDG through direct grants to charitable organizations — mostly in Greenville and surrounding counties in the Upstate. Since its inception in 2006, LBDG has received more than 150 grant applications and requests, and has distributed more than $290,000 in cash and in-kind donations to deserving charitable organizations. Grant applications are available online at euphoriagreenville.com/about-euphoria/. Questions concerning the grant application should be submitted through the festival’s email address: info@euphoriagreenville.com. Grants will be announced and rewarded at the festival’s media breakfast held on Sept. 22.

Additionally, tickets for the annual Tapas & Tinis presented by TOWN summer euphoria event are now on sale. This year, the party (and it’s always a PARTY), will be held July 20, 7-10 p.m., at Zen. Serving as a tasty preview for the feasting and dancing to be had in September, get ready for seriously danceable jams by Steel Toe Stiletto, small plates from chef Tony Schmidt of Performance Food Service, endless glasses of wine from Beckon Wines, and bottomless summery cocktails featuring Larceny Bourbon and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tickets are $50 and are available at euphoriagreenville.com.

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