Hug a friend or stranger: National Hugging Day occurs Jan. 21 and residents and staff of Brookdale Rock Springs, 640 Rock Springs Road, Kingsport, are planning to “hug” it out a day early, on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 2-4 p.m. in the lobby. Health benefits are the same, regardless of whom you hug. Research shows hugs do more than make us feel good — hugs can deliver some real health benefits, from easing stress to lowering blood pressure. For more information about the event contact Suzy Cloyd, 423-278-6347, email@example.com.
Sit and knit: Starting Friday, Jan. 19, the Johnson City Public Library will host a monthly knitting circle on the third Friday of every month from 4-6 p.m. in the second floor Buffalo Mountain Room. Yarn crafters of all skill levels and interests are invited to bring their current projects to these events, which are free and open to the public. Library staff will be on hand to direct patrons to collection materials for those learning to knit or looking for inspiration for future projects. For more information, call Adult Services at 423-434-4454.
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