Community Happenings

Johnson City Press • Jun 10, 2019 at 9:40 AM

Registration is open for these upcoming events at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City:

· Farmer’s Market Fresh Ideas: Monday, June 17, 11 a.m.-noon. Celebrate Eat Your Veggies Day with fresh ideas and recipes to make the most of fresh summer produce. Whitney Marshall with the UT Extension Office will demonstrate a recipe during this interactive session. Ages 18-up. Free.

· Take the Stress Out of Cooking: Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m.-noon. If the kitchen has become more of a source of perspiration than inspiration, this class will provide some simple strategies that will allow individuals to go from the grocery store to the table with less stress and more time to enjoy healthful, delicious meals. Speaker: Crystal Woods, MS, registered dietitian, Ballad Health. Ages 18-plus. Free.

· Self Defense for Women: Wednesday, June 26, 11 a.m.-noon. Gain confidence and skills needed to defend yourself. Dixie Neth, RN, seventh-degree black belt, will share awareness tips and offensive strategies that could save your life. Ages 15-up. Free.

• Storytelling camp for children ages 6-12 will take a comprehensive journey through the art of listening, understanding, crafting, and sharing stories during a week-long experience at Rotary Park aimed at strengthening communication. The outdoor camp will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 24-28, at Rotary Park’s Harris Pavilion. It will incorporate crafts, games and other activities to help inspire a desire in participants to share their stories and knowledge.  Cost is $120 per child. Early drop-off is available from 7:30-9 a.m. for an additional $15. Register in person at the center, 510 Bert St., or online at myjcparks.org. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

All classes and programs require registration and/or an appointment. For more information or to register, call 423-434-6237.

MPCC Senior Services

• 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.

· Nutrition Needs as We Age – Can Supplements Help?: Monday, June 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. It’s best to get your nutrients from food, but how do people know when supplements may be needed? Food City registered dietitian Elizabeth Hall will talk about how to choose the right foods and supplements to stay and age well. Ages 50-up. Free.

· Hearing Screenings: Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m.-noon. How’s your hearing? Find out with a free hearing screening by East Tennessee Hearing Center. Limited appointments available. Ages 50-plus. Free.

· Ladies Night Out: Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. Bring a friend or meet new ones at this special ladies-only event. Treat yourself to a neck and shoulder massage, a fun craft project with all supplies provided and some simple summer recipes and nutrition tips from dietitian Crystal Woods. Ages 50-plus. Cost: $10 per person. Limited spots available.


The town of Jonesborough has issued the call for Jonesborough Days Festival parade entries. The patriotic parade is set to march down Boone and Main Streets in downtown Jonesborough on Thursday, July 4, at 10 a.m. The festival committee is seeking floats and entries decorated in their best red, white and blue and playing everyone’s favorite patriotic music. Registration is $25 for regular entries and $50 for political and commercial entries. Apply online at jonesboroughtn.org. Along with your entry fee, donations are being accepted for the Jonesborough Food Pantry. The pantry helps provide food for families in need in the community. Bring non-perishable food items to Jonesborough Town Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit jonesboroughtn.org, email Rachel Conger at rachelc@jonesboroughtn.org or call 423-791-3869.

The Lamar Ruritan will have a steak and gravy supper on June 15 from 5-7 p.m.  The meal includes three sides, dessert and drink for $9.  Everyone is welcome. Proceeds go toward community projects. 

Hampton Lodge No. 750 in Hampton will hold a BBQ dinner June 22 from 3-6 p.m. at the lodge. The meal includes BBQ pork, baked beans, slaw, chips, dessert and drink for an $8 donation

The Melungeon Heritage Association holds its 23rd annual gathering in Wytheville, Virginia, on June 20-22. The theme will be Melungeon Women.

The Johnson City UAW Retirees (Chrysler, Ford, GM) will meet at the Maple Grove Restaurant  in Erwin, on Tuesday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Spouses and friends are welcome. Directions: Take I-26  to exit 32, at end of ramp go left, restaurant is two-tenth of a mile on the right. For more information, call 423-727-7393 or 423-772-4777.

Wetlands Water Park offers swim lessons ranging from beginners learning how to put their face in the water to advanced swimmers desiring to perfect their strokes. Each level will have a maximum capacity of 15 participants with 3 instructors per level. Participants must be 4 years or older. All sessions will be held Monday through Thursday at the park from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Each session is $60. Session 1: June 17-20, Session 2: June 24-27, Session 3: July 8-11, Session 4: July 15-18. For more information about swim lessons and to register online, visit wetlandsjonesborough.com or call Wetlands at 423-753-1553. 

Chris’ Twirlette’s Reunion is scheduled for June 22 at Rotary Park in Johnson City from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Attendees are coming from Michigan, New York, Colorado, Florida and everywhere in between. For more information, email Chris Woods at cm_woods@hotmail.com or call 423-477-3757.

David Crockett Birthplace State Park swimming pool is open for the season; hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; $5 per person, $3 for campers. For more information, call 423-257-2167.

Hands On Discovery Center:

  • June & July — Summer Paleo Camp: Children ages 5-12 can dig for fossils, examine rocks and minerals, make a plaster cast of a fossil, dissect an owl pellet, tie-dye a Paleo Camp T-shirt, and so much more. Half day and full day camps available. To learn more, visit https://visithandson.org/summer-camp.
  • Through June 30 — Bubble-ology Eastman Discovery Lab Program: Pop on over for a bubbling good time. Discover the science behind bubbles while assisting in formulating a fizzy CO2 "sandwich," construct 3-dimensional square bubbles and make rainbow bubble snakes. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. Free with paid general admission.
  • June  — June Art Studio Programs — Join us for a Katsushika Hokusai-inspired wave painting, a Monet inspired water lilies paper craft, and make your own M.C. Escher-inspired tessellations. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided, plus facilitated programs announced periodically throughout each day. Stop by and get creative. Free with paid general admission.
  • Mondays and Tuesdays in June — Snap Circuits: Use building pieces with snaps to assemble different electronic circuits on a simple grid that functions like the printed circuit board found in most electronic products. Create exciting builds such as launching a flying saucer, ringing a bell and more. Snap Circuits will be setup on our Discovery Cart throughout each day. Free with paid general admission, all pieces and creations must remain on site. Contains small parts that may not be suitable for children 3 and under.
  • Monday, June 17-Sunday, June 23 — National Week of Making: Join us for the National Week of Making for a variety of challenges in Make It. Take It., with special materials available only for the week. We provide the inspiration and materials, you provide the ingenuity to craft, invent and tinker a masterpiece. Free with paid general admission.
  • Friday, June 21 — Solar-scope for Summer Solstice: Join us for some star gazing of our Sun on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Take a turn using our Celestron EclipSmart solar safe-finder telescope, which allows the scope to align to the sun without directly viewing it. Programs by announcement periodically throughout the day. Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for updates regarding weather. Limited access to scope based on participants. Free with paid general admission. This program made possible by TVA.

Support Groups

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

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.

The JOSHUA Tree, a nonprofit grief support group for those who have lost loved ones due to substance abuse, will meet Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Our Saviour Lutheran Church,  212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City. Park behind the building. Meetings are open to all family and friends. 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.

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