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Top 7 international events for Upstate International Month

It’s Upstate International Month, a multi-county celebration that promotes the rich cultural diversity, heritage, and global connections across the Upstate region of South Carolina. It’s a collaboration of organizations, partners, sponsors and communities that support, educate and celebrate through a variety of internationally themed events.
Upstate International invites Upstate residents and visitors to share in the cultural diversity by attending a variety of activities. Here is a sampling of what’s planned:

1. TASTE OF THE WORLD
March 8, 4-7 p.m.
Oil & Vinegar, 220 Main Street, Greenville
Try a variety of oils and vinegars from around the world at this free, drop-in, tasting event.
FREE guided tour with lots of samples. Nibble on appetizers from Mediterranean countries while you learn about their food cultures. Enjoy a mocktail spritzer and receive Free recipes.
10% off your purchases that night.
Contact: (864) 241.6689 | greenville.sc@oilandvinegarusa.com

2. HISPANIC FLAMENCO BALLET
March 14, 9:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
McAlister Auditorium, Furman University
The most spectacular show of its kind! Aimed at school children. A journey exploring the culture and history of Hispanic countries. Students will witness the fusion of Spanish Colonial and Native American traditions reflected in traditional Mexican folklore, the African influence represented in the Colombian Cumbia, exciting Caribbean Salsa and Merengue, the intense Argentinean Tango, the intricate footwork of Malambo, the rhythmic bombos (Drums), the spectacular magic of Boleadores and so much more.

3. ORIGAMI HOUR
March 14, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Simpsonville Branch Library, Simpsonville
Good for beginners. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
Contact: simpsonville@greenvillelibrary.org or call 963-9031 for more information.

4. ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND IRISH FESTIVAL
March 16, 1-6 p.m.
NOMA Square, 220 Main Street, Greenville
Since 2012, The Ancient Order of Hibernians hosted a parade in Greenville, which has continued to grow from a small downtown march from St. Mary’s Church into a multi-unit event including multiple bands, civic groups, and charitable organizations. You’re invited to join this celebration of Irish heritage, civic pride, faith, family, friendship and tradition.

5. 24th ANNUAL ‘RETURN TO THE GREEN’ IRISH CULTURAL FESTIVAL
March 17, 1-2 p.m.
Fluor Field, 927 S. Main Street, Greenville
Greenville’s original and best Irish celebration is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day. Always fun and always FREE!

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6. LE MONDE FRANCOPHONE – A FRENCH CONVERSATOINAL CLU
March 19, 6-7 p.m.
Hampton Memorial Library, 304 Biltmore Road, Easley
Join us in the large study room at the Hampton Memorial Library on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6-7 pm for a relaxed time of conversational French. It’s free to join and all are welcome.
For more information call 864-850-7077.

7. DR. JOHN B. EDMUBNDS JR. DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS ADMIRAL JAMES STAVRIDIS
March 21, 5:30-8:15 p.m.
Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre, 170 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg
Admiral James Stavridis served four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and led efforts to halt piracy off the coast of Africa. Stavridis was in charge of U.S. Southern Command in Miami and was responsible for military operations throughout Latin America for about three years. He retired in 2013 as the longest-serving combat commander in recent U.S. History.
For more information, please call 864-503-7303.

See a complete list of Upstate International Month events here.

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