A local cultural stalwart for more than 60 years, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra now proudly boasts world-class wand-wielder Edvard Tchivzhel as its conductor and music director. During the Grand Finale concert, Tchivzhel will lead skilled musicians through the melodic maze of Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 and Mussorgsky's engaging Pictures at an Exhibition, which synthesizes the aural and the visual better than a loud tropical shirt. Audience members in the upper balcony seats may check out free MP3 players proffering a wealth of concert information to additionally enliven listening.
The Generous Garden Project works to combat hunger in local communities by growing a steady supply of fresh produce, which it donates to local ministries and food banks. Volunteers plant and harvest vegetables in a 4.5-acre garden in Greenville, and share their skills by teaching others how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Local farmers also call upon The Generous Garden Project’s volunteers to glean crops that would otherwise be left to rot in the fields or be plowed after a harvest.
Headed by tae kwon duo Steve and Kathy Carter, Athens Tae Kwon Do Center has instilled generations of technicolor-dreambelted high-kickers with the tenets of their discipline. An introductory course includes a complimentary uniform, private lesson, and one month of unlimited classes. Check out the schedule online for your age group and specific class times. All ages can move up the belt line, from Little Ninjas ages 4–5 to adult classes for novices and veteran ninjas. The Carters trace their martial heritage back to Grand Master Chung, who founded the American Taekwondo Foundation and helped introduce the sport to the United States.
In 1916, Jeannette Rankin, a staunch proponent of women's rights, became the first woman to be elected to the US Congress. She left a portion of her estate to assist mature, unemployed women, which her personal assistant used to establish a foundation that provides financial help to women returning to school. Starting with Rankin's initial $16,000, the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund has awarded about $1.3 million in scholarships to more than 600 women since 1978. The organization continues to provide financial aid, care packages, and special events for low-income women aged 35 and older who are returning to undergraduate education or vocational-training programs.
Doro MMA staff, such as mixed-martial-arts fighter Ace Samples—whose fighting style is described as "elusive striker" in his online bio—train students in combat sports such as kickboxing. Opponents aren't the only thing the center's students learn to defeat; they also overcome body fat during cardio-boxing classes that consist of bag and pad work, running, and plyometrics. The center even holds kids' kickboxing classes so that children can learn to defend themselves when they're picked on by Don Rickles.