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The streetscape project is nearly complete and we are celebrating the spirit of community by giving back! Join us for a series of activities over several weeks to see the new improvements, create connections safely with neighbors, and give back to the community by helping people in need. Activities include:

Past activities

Blood Drive - Another successful blood drive! Many thanks to all the donors.

Community Art Project - Stop by the new sculpture on S. Washington St to see the results!

School supply drive to benefit Kurls 4 Girls and Kutz 4 Boyz -- drop off items at T'Adore Hair Studio (219 E. Marion St), Morgan Chandler Bartique, Cleveland County Arts Council, Toscanos Bistro, Peace Avenue, or Academy of Performing Arts. There will also be a box for donations at the Saturday, Sept 19 Foothills Farmers Market. - Thanks to all who gave!

Clothing & shoes drive to help people experiencing homelessness -- drop off at Encore Cuts & Styles. Organized by Alexsis Vinson. - Thanks to all who gave!

Sept 22 - Oct 22

Storybook stroll featuring Shelby the centipede who learns about the importance of helping others. Walk around Uptown to read all the pages to the book! This is a safe and fun (and free!) activity to do with the kids that promotes exercise, reading, and fresh air.

The Storybook Stroll starts at the Earl Scruggs Center Guest Services Building on the Washington St side of the Court Square. You will get to read the first page of the story about Shelby the Centipede posted in a window. Then you will walk to the next location to read the following page. The Stroll Order Guide is in each window too. The Stroll will take you on a nice walk around Uptown as you get to read the story placed in business windows. 
The author, Dallas L. Dixon, has generously donated a set of books as a prize for one lucky reader. Enter a drawing for a set of books by submitting a picture of your child enjoying the Stroll. You can enter by messaging a picture to our Facebook page or on Instagram @UptownShelby or by emailing it to twoodland @ uptownshelby.com. 
Many thanks to Dallas L. Dixon for sharing these "Shelby" books with us. Born in Dallas, Texas, Dallas L. Dixon grew up in the palm trees and sand of the sunshine state of Florida. She started composing creative works in elementary school, sharing works and words with friends and strangers. As the eldest sister of five siblings, Dallas says "there were always fun stories to share". Having a deep desire to add value to everyone she meets, Dallas shares her childhood poetry and short stories with children of all ages as each book in the series has a special message. Dallas currently lives in the breathtaking Foothills of North Carolina with her husband and best friend of 30+ years and her two precious and talented daughters who inspired her to write these stories!
The Storybook Stroll story will be changed to a new story on October 22.

Oct 10

Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale - enjoy a sidewalk sale throughout Uptown Shelby! Participating businesses will be announced after October 1. Click here for the Facebook event.

Oct 17 - new date (rescheduled due to rain)

Community Support Friendship Drive - Compeer Cleveland County is launching their Community Supported Friendship project in conjunction with the Open Streets, Open Hearts celebration. Community Supported Friendship (or CSF for short) is a project created in response to the unique challenge of prolonged physical isolation that all of us are experiencing as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Many of the Compeer participants do not have access to computers, internet, or smartphones that are now critical for distanced social connection. 

CSF aims to provide a physical form of connection to the Compeer participants through creative gift giving and storytelling, while promoting community-wide creativity and self care practices through this unique volunteer opportunity. For more information about CSF, please visit their website

The Community Supported Friendship drive is seeking gifts from the community inspired by the giver's unique and diverse personal interests. These gifts can be art you've created, poems you've written, or any other shareable object that means something to you. Along with your gift, the Compeer program asks that you fill out a contribution form to share a story of connection. There will be a drop-box for contributions on Saturday, October 17 on the Warren/Lafayette St corner of the Court Square from 10 am to 1 pm. 
Self Care on the Square Art activity (pre-registration required) - The Compeer program is hosting local artist Betsy Kendrick, who will lead a creative printmaking and collage art workshop at 11 am on October 17 called Self-Care on the Square. Participants are invited to contribute their finished project to the CSF drive happening on-site. There is no cost to participate but seating is limited and pre-registration is required (click to register). Masks are required for participants. Participants must be 12 and up.