Archive for February, 2010

Get Ready for your Spring Gardening with a class at SCC.  Garden Styles of the World will be on March 9, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Join the discussion and learn how gardens are not only floral designs but designed around a style or cultural aesthetic.  This class will discuss the major influences on garden style in the world and gardens in Japan, France, Italy and England will be highlighted.  Register online now.

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Spring is coming — Get ready to ride!

SCC offers Motorcycle Rider Education and Motorcycle Repair classes beginning in March.  Experience levels include Basic, Intermediate and Experienced

Learn the techniques of motorcycle riding.  Taking classes could qualify you for a discount on your insurance.  Various dates are available for your convenience.  Learn more or register today.

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Join SCC’s Basic Photography class starting Monday, February 22; from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. 

This hands-on class will teach students how to use a camera to control exposure, color balance as well as determining what settings to use to take good pictures. Students will learn photography terms and explanations as applied to emerging world of digital photography. Students are encouraged to bring laptops, cameras, and any other equipment to class. Film students are welcome but the class will be taught from the viewpoint of the modern digital SLR 35mm camera. If time permits, a field trip will be planned so students may critique their work.  Learn More or Register Online

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Heart Resource Center Open House
Thursday, February 18
2 – 5 p.m.
Heart Center Lobby
Are you interested in learning more about heart health? Please stop by the Spartanburg Regional Heart Center for the open house of our new Heart Resource Center! Here, our community can access valuable education tools to live a heart-healthier life. Light refreshments will be served.

Day of Dance
Saturday, February 27
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Westgate Mall Center Court
Proving that exercise can be both fun and beneficial to the heart, the program features interactive dance demonstrations, including shag, tap, the Electric Slide, Jazzercise, Nia and more. Free screenings include Body Mass Index (body fat measure), anemia, heart-health assessment, blood pressure readings, carotid artery ultrasounds and carbon monoxide screenings. Click here to register.


Embracing Life with Bravado
Wednesday, March 10
6 – 8 p.m.
Spartanburg County Headquarters Library
Learn how to deal with stress and take charge of your health with Hunter Mahon, the director of the Spartanburg Regional Center for Health and Healing. Later, Jim Rogers, a Spartanburg Regional security officer, will demonstrate self defense techniques. Click here to register for this free event, which includes a light dinner.

Free Mammograms
Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health
Spartanburg Regional offers free screening mammograms for women age 40 and up through a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the South Carolina Best Chance Network.

If you do not meet the requirement of this grant, you may qualify for other programs. To make an appointment or to find out more information about our mammography assistance program, call 864-560-6144.

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February 9, 2010
Amy Phillips
Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

Spartanburg, SC — Planning a vacation or business travel to Spartanburg  County just became a lot easier, faster and more fun with the launch of a new and improved tourism Website.

The Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced today the official tourism Website for the County– www.VisitSpartanburg.com— contains new and exciting features, and will be a very useful tool for visitors and locals alike. 

 “This Website has all the latest bells and whistles,” said Chris Jennings, Executive Director of the CVB.  “From online hotel room booking to hearing samples of local music, VisitSpartanburg.com is a one-stop resource for travelers.”

 One of the new elements on the Website is the ability for the users to create a personal itinerary by “packing their own suitcase”, like a shopping bag of things to see and do while in Spartanburg County. This suitcase can then be printed out or emailed to family and friends. The site also has customized itineraries to fit various interests, whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, an arts lover, a college student, an outdoor enthusiast, or a teacher planning a school trip.

 Paying tribute to the rich musical talent in Spartanburg, the Website features an online Jukebox, where you can listen to songs by local musicians while surfing the site. The site also features a community calendar that pulls info from other web-based calendar listings in the region, making it the one-stop source for all major Spartanburg events. 

“With nearly 80 percent of consumers searching the web to make travel decisions, it is crucial for our site to be as informative as possible,” said Dan Freeland, General Manager of the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park, and chairman of the CVB Steering Committee.  “I am extremely proud of the work that has taken place to fund and build such a critical tool for our County.  Our locals and visitors will have a single source to get “plugged in” to what’s happening in Spartanburg.  I am amazed what Lauren Ponder and Amy Phillips, with the CVB, have been able to do in such a short period of time.”

 Jennings also thanked Glenn Breed and the Spartanburg County Council, noting the Website redesign was funded through a grant from the County of Spartanburg, utilizing Accommodations Tax funds.

 Not only will this new Website contain many fun and interactive features, it will also play a very important role in tracking and measuring analytics. Being able to track visitation to the site by geographic areas will allow the CVB to focus its marketing dollars on those markets.

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2010 Summer Camps for Teens are coming soon at SCC Corporate & Community Education.  Classes will be running June 14 through June 25 and July 12 through July 23, 2010.  Stay tuned for a full list of classes and dates.  Or you may check of courses website at www.GoneToClass.com/camps.

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Save time — A good article from Microsoft at Home showing some great Computer Shortcuts when using Word, Excel and Explorer.  Click here to view

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Join the Belly Dance class for exercise but please stay for the fun! 

Express yourself through dance! Since the 1970’s, belly dance has been a fun and exciting way for women of all sizes and ages to build confidence, stay fit and make friends. Belly dancing is good exercise for the abdominals, quadriceps and helps to build stamina. 

SCC’s class starts on February 16.  It is an hour of non-stop dancing.  Dance to Arabic pop music and light orchestrated Arabic Egyptian songs.  Come work up an enjoyable sweat!  Learn more or Register online

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