In Our Community: Book sale, cooking contest, and more

The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale takes place on Aug. 9-11. Photo provided by Greenville Literacy Association.


GLA announces 18th Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale

Greenville Literacy Association will hold its 18th annual Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale on Aug. 9-11 at McAlister Square on South Pleasantburg Drive. Shoppers can look through over 140,000 books. The weekend includes a ticketed preview party on Friday. On Saturday, the book sale, which is free and open to all, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wanting a head start can pay $10 to enter at 7:30 a.m. Shoppers can also return on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and pay $10 to fill a bag with books.

As GLA’s largest annual fundraiser, the book sale’s proceeds go directly to its three Greenville County learning centers. Shoppers can find books in a variety of categories: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult, cookbooks, self-help, and more — all ranging in price from two-for-$1 to $5. Community members and businesses may donate new or used books in good condition to be sold at the book sale. More information can be found at


euphoria launches 2019 Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown with Greenville County Schools

Greenville County Schools and euphoria invite district students from ages 8 to 18 to put their culinary skills to the test for the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown, presented by Lexus. euphoria’s signature kids’ cooking contest is accepting recipe entries until Sept. 9 at Recipes should be original, healthy, affordable, and delicious. Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges to compete with the help of world-famous Michelin-starred chefs on the culinary stage at euphoria’s Sunday Brunch: Fired Up on Sept. 22. The winner will receive a prize package from euphoria as well as have his or her recipe added to the Greenville County Schools menu during the 2019-20 academic year.

“The Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown gives students a chance to take an active role in improving the health, nutrition, and appeal of the dishes served on our school lunch menu,” Joe Urban, director of Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services, said in a news release. “For the past five years, the Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown has given our students the priceless opportunity to work alongside world-class chefs and develop their own culinary skills for careers in the dynamic and growing culinary industry.”


Fulbright grants awarded to three Furman University graduating seniors

Abigail “Abby” Harwell. Photo provided.

Three 2019 Furman University graduating seniors recently received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The three Furman seniors are among over 2,100 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2019-20 academic year through the Fulbright program.

Bernadette “Bernie” Chaney. Photo provided.

The recipients are Abigail Harwell, an English major/poverty studies minor who will teach in Taiwan; Bernadette Chaney, a neuroscience major with a concentration in German who will teach in Germany; and Yasmin Harrington, a biology and German studies major who will teach in Germany.

Yasmin Harrington. Photo provided.

The recipients are chosen for academic and professional achievement and their record of service and leadership potential. As the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, the Fulbright program is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the U.S. and other countries.


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