In Our Community: Shakespeare Festival, summer reading program, and more

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival
The Upstate Shakespeare Festival celebrates 25 years. Photo provided.

Shakespeare’s classics ring in a quarter century of free performing arts in Greenville

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival celebrates 25 years of free family entertainment in Greenville. With 56 shows, over 450 performers/volunteers, and two dogs in the past 24 years, the festival has become one of the community’s cherished events. Producing artistic director John Fagan has presided over the performers for nearly all 25 years. He will be directing “Romeo & Juliet” and “The Tempest” this summer in Falls Park.

“Romeo & Juliet” runs May 23 – June 16, and “The Tempest” runs July 11 – August 4 on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 7 p.m. The Festival shows are always free and open to the public; donations are accepted. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.

CDS hosts Outshine Summer Reading Program

The Center for Developmental Services will host the Outshine Summer Reading Program every Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. this summer for rising first- through sixth-grade students. The free program begins on June 12 and ends on Aug. 7.

The Outshine Summer Reading Program strives to keep children academically engaged during the summer by reading with volunteers. The Greenville County School District Food and Nutrition Services will also be at CDS each week from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to offer free nutritional meals to all school-aged children.

On your mark, get set, break a South Carolina 5K record!

First place overall male award went to Ashley Liew at a previous Take Flight event. Photo provided.

The seventh family-friendly Take Flight 5K will take place on May 25 to raise money for Runway Park at the Downtown Greenville Airport. The 5K course is unique in that it has only a slight elevation change, gentle turns, and long, straight runs. Winners will receive unique race prizes. The Memorial Day weekend event will also include fun activities for all to enjoy.

“If you want to try and break an age-group 5K record in South Carolina, Take Flight is a great place to make the attempt,” race director Joe Lanahan said in the release. “With our new USA Track & Field Course Certification, we will be able to ratify any records broken.”

Greenville Tech ranks third among top South Carolina nursing schools

Greenville Technical College has been named the third best nursing school program out of 30 accredited nursing schools in South Carolina by in it’s third annual State RN Program Rankings. The rankings are based on the analysis of current and historical NCLEX-RN pass rates of all South Carolina schools that offer an associate in nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN, or direct-entry MSN degree.

Developed in 1971, Greenville Technical College’s associate degree nursing program is one of the state’s largest. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national registered nurse licensure examination and to begin their nursing careers.



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