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Community Happenings!

Contributed/W. Kenneth Medley II • Mar 11, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Community Happenings!

Alzheimer’s Tennessee Caregiver Support Group: will meet the Second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Dominion Senior Living, 2412 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City. For information, call Tracey Kendall Wilson at 423-330-4532 or email tracey.kendallwilson@tnalz.org.

Art Studio Programs: March 4-March 31, join us for a wax resist watercolor painting inspired by Starry Night, a Fox in Socks puppet, and a 3-dimensional rainbow in our Art Studio. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided. Facilitated programs announced periodically throughout each day. Stop by and get creative!

Ballad Health Shamrock 4 Miler: set for March 15; registration is open. Participants can preregister for the race through 9 p.m. March 14, at www.JMHShamrock.com. Day-of registration for both events and packet pick-up for preregistered participants will be held prior to the race from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Abingdon Farmers’ Market. Day-of registration fees are $30 for adult runners, $15 for runners under 12, and $20 for all walkers.

Biome Zones Eastman Discovery Lab Program: March 25-April 28, unearth the wonderful world of biomes in honor of Earth Day! Experience animal adaptations with blubber gloves, uncover the illusion of camouflage with a candy* sorting survival challenge, and test your knowledge with a biome trivia game. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. *May contain small parts and food allergens.

Buffalo Ruritan Club, 200 Willow Brook Dr., Bluff City: Cost $6, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., (423)967-1651. Saturday, March 16, Southern 76; March 23, Cherokee Outlaw; March 30, Bulls Eye Band.

David Crockett Birthplace State Park: Ranger Coffee Break March 16, at 9 a.m.

Join Ranger Dodson at the campground pavilion to try some uniquely made coffee and discuss upcoming events at the park. It will be $2 per cup to assist with projects at the park. Great American Cleanup March 16, at 10 a.m. We will be cleaning areas behind our campground and along the Nolichucky River. Wear work clothes, sturdy boots, and bring water. GoGreen with us!

Bristol Historical Association: Featuring a presentation by a local physician, Robin Feierabend, titled, “Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918: Its Impact on Bristol and the Surrounding Region” March 11. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library, and is free to the public.

Can You Hear Me Now? Eastman Discovery Lab Program: February 26-March 24, Discover some of the smallest bones in your body-the ones in your ears! Celebrate Alexander Graham Bell's birthday by learning about sound and how Mr. Bell used sound in many of his inventions. Play a song on our palm pipes, listen to singing crystal water glasses, and even try out a tune on our Boomwhackers! The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.

The Crooked Road Offers Youth Music Workshops, Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road (TCR) is offering two youth music workshops as part of its Traditional Music Education Program. Professional Development Workshop for Musicians will be held on Saturday, March 16. Build an Event! – a youth presenter workshop, will be held on Saturday, April 6th. Both events will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Heartwood.

David Joe Miller's Spoken Word Open Mic: March 13, at The Historic Eureka Inn, 127 West Main St., Jonesborough. Sign up begins at 6:30 for the 7pm show. The show is best suited for participants and audience ages 16 years or older, due to possible adult content of the stories and poetry. There is never a theme, never any competition and never any censorship. The open mic will continue on the second Wednesday of each month in the front parlor of the Historic Eureka Inn. During the warmer weather months the event will be held in the rear courtyard of the Inn.

March hosts will be Jonesborough storyteller, Lori Olmstead and Moth Story Slam Champion, Lee Lindsey. The event is always free and sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. David Joe Miller of Asheville, NC.

East Tennessee State University: Rural High School Medical Summer Camp will be hosted by East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. Participants will reside on campus in a residence hall during the weeklong camp. Tuition for the summer program is $225, which includes room, meals, supplies, extracurricular activities and transportation. To apply, visit https://bit.ly/2k3taMI. Space is limited to just 24 spots. The deadline for applications is March 15. For more information, contact Carolyn Sliger, rural programs coordinator for the Quillen College of Medicine, at 423-439-6737 or sliger@etsu.edu. The Innovation Lab at East Tennessee State University will host a two-day workshop, “Grant Funding – Making Grant Writing Work for your Organization” presented by KFA Nonprofit Funding Solutions, March 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forgiveness expert to visit Milligan: Dr. Everett Worthington, Commonwealth Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University and clinical psychologist, will present two lectures on forgiveness at Milligan March 12. Worthington will speak during Milligan’s convocation service at 11 a.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Chapel and in Hyder Auditorium at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Johnson City Commission: Two appointments to the Board of Building Codes will be considered. One vacancy is for a gas/mechanical representative and the other vacancy is for an electrical representative. Both appointments will serve a three-year term. Applicants must be city residents. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the City Commission. The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the board may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or obtain one by calling 423-434-6009. For more information, call the Codes Enforcement Office at 423-434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 8.

Johnson City Fire Department: Firefighter Examination registration is being held through March 7. Requirements for registering: 18 years of age by March 23, 2019, high school graduate or GED, must be physically able to perform the duties of a firefighter trainee as defined by the city of Johnson City, and not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation. Applicants must possess a valid drivers’ license with no suspensions or revocations within the past 24 cumulative months.To register, present the following to the Human Resources Department, 601 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 37601: $25 non-refundable examination fee; city of Johnson City application for employment; release and waiver Form (print from johnsoncitytn.org); and copies of the following (copies will not be made for applicants): birth certificate; high school diploma/GED or transcript with graduation date; drivers’ license; Social Security card; college/university Diploma (if applicable); certification from Tennessee State Fire School (if applicable); EMT Certification (A or B) (if applicable); DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable). When registering, a test date and time for the firefighter exam and physical ability will be scheduled. For more information, call 423-434-6018.

The Johnson City UAW Retirees (Chrysler, Ford, GM): Will meet at the Pipe Fitters Training Center March 12, at 10 a.m., at 386 Highway 91, (Stoney Creek Rd), across from the Elizabethton Airport. Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information call: 727-7393 or 772-4777.

Jonesborough Genealogical Society Help Night: March 14, 6 to 8 p.m. Located at the Washington County- Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough. We welcome anyone interested in genealogy or history, whether a beginner or a pro. Our society’s collection will be available for use in research as well as society members who can help you navigate it well.

Jonesborough St. Paddy’s Celebration: Join Tennessee’s Oldest Town for their St. Paddy’s Celebration on Saturday, March 16. Events happening most of the day: treasure hunts, card making and dancing. There is a fee for some events. For more information, go to Main Street Jonesborough’s Facebook page or call 423.753.1010.

The JOSHUA Tree: A nonprofit grief support group for those who have lost loved ones due to substance abuse, will meet March 12, at 5:45 p.m. Meetings are held in the fellowship hall of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City. Please come to the rear of the building to park. Meetings are open to ALL family and friends. We have a free gift for those in attendance. Meetings are facilitated by Todd Adams. For more information, call 423-747-3484 or join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/joshtree/.

Keeping the Valley Beautiful is hosting Joe Hoffman: Want to learn about composting? Join Keeping the Valley Beautiful and the Town of Unicoi on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 pm for an educational presentation on how composting benefits us, the Earth, and the overall economy.

Keystone Community Center Teen Game Room: now open to youth 11-18 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center, located across the street from Memorial Park Community Center at 601 Bert St., offers Xbox One and PS4 Pro gaming systems, pool, pingpong, foosball, and a comfortable lounge area. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City: Hosting an after-school program for children 6-12 years old. The program includes homework helpers and snacks. Children will also be able to utilize the gymnasium and pool as well as participate in arts and crafts. The program is available now to May 24, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $20 per child per month. Spring Break camps for Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12. Camp fee is $40, camp will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10. Spring Break schedule: Johnson City Schools: March 11-15. Washington County Schools: April 1-5. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center. Please call MPCC at 423-434-5749 for more information. MPCC is seeking a Spanish instructor for children ages 4-10. Instructor will teach basic greetings, counting and Spanish culture. Classes may be scheduled between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, please call 423-434-5758. Senior Services Class: Common Sleep Problems, March 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A worthwhile class for individuals who struggle to get a good night’s sleep, want to learn more about sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders. A representative with the Johnson City Police Department will offer information on various scams that have been reported in our area and how to spot them on Thursday, March 14 from 11 a.m.-noon. Hula hoop dance class: The class is offered at 2-3 p.m. every Saturday. Cost is $5 per class or a monthly pass may be purchased for $15. Hoops are provided. The class is open to all ages, and no prior experience is required. Register in person at MPCC.

Northeast State Community College: host Home School Day March 12, for the region’s home-schooled students to visit and learn more about the College. The event is scheduled March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wayne G. Basler Library on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Airport.

Parks and Recreation Adult Spring Softball League registration: Adult spring softball leagues are forming. Divisions and associated fees include: men’s open/church ($400/14 games), women’s open/church ($200/eight games), and coed open/church ($300/10 games). A $5 non-resident fee applies. Registration ends Friday, April 5. Register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Players may play on only one men’s, women’s or coed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed parental consent form. Practices begin March 4 and games begin April 22. The coaches meeting is Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletic Office. For more information, call 423-283-5822.

Parks and Recreation Girl Squad program: Keystone Community Center will serve as Girl Squad headquarters for girl bosses ages 13-17. Participants will have fun making trendy creations, taking selfies with action shots and backgrounds, and sharing common interests through journaling. The program will be held 3-5 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, and is going on now. There is no charge for the program. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Parks and Recreation girls spring softball and T-ball: will begin Feb. 25. Fees are $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A $20 late charge will be applied to registrations taken after March 24. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Leagues include T-ball (ages 5-6), machine pitch, (ages 7-8) and fast pitch (ages 9-10). Practices begin April 1 and games begin April 22. The first coaches meetings are set for Wednesday, March 13, at the Athletic Office. T-ball coaches will meet at 5:30 p.m., and softball coaches will meet at 6 p.m. For more information, call 423-283-5822.

Parks and Recreation Spring youth soccer registration: Youth soccer registration will be open through Thursday, Feb. 28. Cost is $25 for Johnson City residents, $30 for non-residents. A $20 late fee will apply beginning March 1. Practices start March 16; games begin April 6. Age groups are 3-5 (co-ed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. Children are placed according to Johnson City school districts. An average of two games will be played each week (per team) during a 10-week season. Games are played at Civitan Park and Winged Deer Park. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Early registration is encouraged as team placement is not guaranteed. Age cutoff date is Aug. 15, 2018. For more information, call 423-283-5822.

Pi Day: March 14, join us for all things Pi and pie! Programs and activities by announcement throughout the day. FREE with paid general admission while supplies last. Some activities may contain small parts and food allergens.

Rocky Top Handgun Carry Permit School: March 16, at 135 Keenburg Road in Elizabethton starting at 8:00 a.m. Cost of the class is $55.00. Taught by Ken Potter. For more information call (423)341-1709, (423)543-6048 or email him at kpotter641@yahoo.com.

Seniors, BYOB!: (Bring Your Own Bible) and come share your wisdom at a fun-filled Open Bible Study discussion on Mondays at 2 p.m. at the Johnson City Seniors Center. All others welcome. Call 423-943-5559 for more information.

The Sesquicentennial Commission: Opening the old JCPenney’s building to allow public viewing of the 1969 time capsule contents, historical photos, a model train, and other memorabilia. The building, located at 309 E. Main St., will be open 1-4 p.m. on March 15, 16 and April 6, 27.

Spirit and Soul: March 23, at 7:30 p.m., Milligan College, Seeger Chapel, Elizabethton, Tennessee, Guest Artists: Esther Park, piano; Karen Smith, Alto; East Tennessee State University BucsWorth Men’s Choir, Alan Stevens, director; Appalachian Men’s Ensemble, Noah DeLong, artistic director.

St. Patrick's Day Pop-in Workshop: March 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to expose some Leprechaun secrets! Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing Leprechaun bead bracelet, and grow Leprechaun "eggs" that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye. Children must be supervised at all times, due to small parts this workshop is recommended for ages 3+. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table (TCCWRT): is proud to be bringing in this fine civil war guest speaker who specialize in historical, factual programs. She is Nancy McEntee, historian, author, etc. The sponsored program is titled “Haversacks, Hardtack, and Unserviceable Mules: the Civil War Journey of a Union Quartermaster in Tennessee - Major Webster Colburn.” It will be March 11, at 7 p.m. Since we are giving back to the community, our program will be a free program. The program will be at the Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660.

United Way of Southwest Virginia: will present 16 awards during the annual Impact Awards on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:00pm. For more information about United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit www.UnitedWaySWVA.org.

YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia: Kicking off their 2019 EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop on March 15, in celebration of Women's History Month. The spring session will be held at Northeast State Community College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees of the workshop will also be awarded 0.5 Continuing Education Unit credit by Northeast State Community College. For pricing and registration, visit https://www.ywcatnva.org/emerge or contact the YWCA at 423-968-9444.

Support Group:

MENDED, "A Path to Recovery for a Broken Heart" meets weekly in Johnson City. For more information on meeting times or to be added to the weekly webinar, email Mending12@gmail.com. The group says that all who are broken or have emotional trauma are welcome.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and other sleep ailments, meeting March 12, at 12:30 p.m., in the Card Room of the Renaissance Center located at 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. Discussed will be these progressive diseases or ailments involving the nervous system, as well as new medication and developments. Call Mary at 423-390-1187 or go to RLS.org if there are any questions.

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