Tuesday, April 27, 2010

iRecycle and Win! Contest Winners Announced this Friday.


The City of Spartanburg, Coca-Cola of Spartanburg and BI-LO would like to invite the press to join us as we present gift cards to winners of the iRecycle and Win! Contest.

Speakers include Bill Thompson, Manager, Solid Waste Division for the City of Spartanburg; Tony Price, Sales Center Manager, Coca-Cola of Spartanburg; and John Crocker, Store Director, BI-LO.
Press Conference
Friday, April 30, 2010
11:00 a.m.
140 Fernwood Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29307

For more information contact Sonya Culbreth, City of Spartanburg, at 864-596-2020 or sculbreth@cityofspartanburg.org.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Public is invited to vote for their favorite ArtCycle Artist

Public is invited to vote for their favorite ArtCycle Artist

The City of Spartanburg will kick-off the “People’s Choice Award” contest for the public as they view the five ArtCycle sculptures beginning Thursday, April 15th, during ArtWalk in downtown Spartanburg. A unique aspect to ArtCycle is the guide by cell program, a free audio tour that participants can call in and learn more about each sculpture at their own pace. This program will also launch on April 15, 2010. The contest will end at the close of the September ArtWalk on September 16, 2010.

As part of the Spartanburg Creative Energy campaign, Artcycle is a new initiative that promotes regional artists, each of whom has been commissioned to build an outdoor sculpture from recycled bicycle parts. The sculptures need not be made only of bicycle parts, nor need they be made of a specific percentage of bicycle parts. However, the sculptures must be made of enough bicycle parts that the viewer readily sees that a significant portion of each sculpture contain parts that were formerly from of a bicycle.

The sculptures will be on display in Spartanburg’s downtown area from April to September of this year. The project is the result of a collaboration between Spartanburg Creative Energy, HUB-BUB and Partners for Active Living. Artcycle celebrates the City's national designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community, which made it the first in South Carolina to receive that honor in 2007.

2010 ArtCycle Artist
Adam Campbell - Spartanburg, SC
Sterling Kenny and CarrĂ© Razzano – Woodruff, SC
Lauren Ponder -Spartanburg, SC
Cody Roberts – Spartanburg, SC
Daniel and Mikki Tripp- Campobello, SC

For more information, please visit: http://www.spartanburgcreativeenergy.com or contact Amanda Mathis, Economic Development Coordinator at 864-596-3068 or amathis@cityofspartanburg.org.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

City of Spartanburg partners with CollegeTown Service Initiative


College Town Service Initiative (CSI) provides opportunities for college students all over Spartanburg County to become involved and connected with the community around them through volunteer projects.

In partnership with the City of Spartanburg, and coinciding with Christmas in Action on April 10th, CSI will begin with a breakfast at The Hangar at First Baptist, following with a short program educating the students on the projects for the day. They will be installing Born Learning trails in three neighborhood parks, which will encourage parent-child interaction with signs that encourage singing, playing, and learning.

In partnership with the City of Spartanburg, CSI will also work on various neighborhood clean ups and graffiti painting removal, as well as other landscaping and maintenance projects throughout the City.

College Town Coordinator, Rogers Brandt states, “It is our hope that this day of service will help students feel more invested in their college community, which is their home for their college education and beyond.”

Monday, April 5, 2010

Zumba Fitness tonight at the new C.C. Woodson Community Center

ZUMBA® Fitness @ C.C. Woodson Community Center
210 Bomar Avenue
Spartanburg, SC 29301

Mondays & Thursdays 6 - 7pm

Spartanburg City Council to participate in Citizen Spartanburg forum tonight.

Spartanburg City Council 2010

Spartanburg City Council will be participating tonight in an informal forum sponsored by the Citizen Spartanburg group at 6:00 p.m. at The Showroom at Hub-Bub located at 149 South Daniel Morgan Avenue. Each City Council member will speak briefly about, “why citizen participation is important to them, what inspires them to serve our community, and how we, as citizens, can help them make Spartanburg the best it can be.”

Please address any questions you have to Tammy Stokes
[tdreamweaver@hotmail.com] or 582-1817.

City of Spartanburg partners with Christmas In Action


Christmas In Action Spartanburg is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency that, in partnership with the community, repairs homes of low-income elderly, and/or disabled homeowners. Approximately 525 homes throughout Spartanburg City and County have benefited from this semi-annual “Rebuilding Day” over the last 13 years.

On Saturday, April 10, from early morning until the work is finished, over 600 volunteers will gather to rehabilitate 24 homes located throughout the City in areas such as Hampton Heights, Beaumont Mills and in the Southside. Most work teams are formed by local businesses, churches and the City of Spartanburg. Chores vary from home to home depending upon the need, and can range from exterior painting to complete roof repair.

Wes Corrothers, the City’s Neighborhood Services Director states, “The City of Spartanburg is proud to be able to partially fund the administrative expenses and materials through funding from our Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). This worthwhile investment to the silent part of our community helps to improve the quality of life in their older years.”

Volunteers will meet at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast at First Baptist Spartanburg. They will then move on to their assigned job sites to begin repairs by 8:00 a.m. Volunteers will prepare lunch at First Baptist Spartanburg which will be delivered to the individual job sites.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with Christmas in Action, please contact Andrew Hoyer-Booth at 576-7101.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Jazz on the Square starts tonight!


The City of Spartanburg and presenting sponsor QS/1 will once again be bringing live Jazz music to downtown Spartanburg when the 2010 season of Jazz on the Square begins in April. The series is returning to Morgan Square for its fifth season and will be held every Friday in April and May and then again in September and October. Concerts are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Fans can bring a blanket or chair and listen to some fantastic jazz music,” said Coordinator Jane Warner. “Several brand new jazz groups will be performing this year – including Capital Jazz, who will be kicking off our season on April 2.” Other groups scheduled to perform include Blue Chip Jazz, Dirty Martini, Calvin Edwards Trio, and the Firecracker Jazz Band.

The open venue and free admission provides the entire community an opportunity to enjoy Spartanburg’s beautiful surroundings while listening to great musicians. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are available for purchase at the event.

Jazz on the Square is produced and coordinated by the City of Spartanburg’s Special Events Office. Event goers can check the Special Events Hotline number at 864-596-3613 for updated information and any cancellations because of inclement weather.

The City is committed to promoting responsible drinking. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to minors or intoxicated persons. Anyone wishing to consume an alcoholic beverage must show a valid ID and wear a wristband. Guests of Jazz on the Square are asked to leave pets and coolers at home.