2. Three new exhibits: Spring has sprung and so have three new exhibits at the Abingdon Arts Depot. In the depot’s juried Spotlight Gallery is “Right in our own Backyard,” presented by artist Richard Goff, which will run through June 2. Five Depot Artists Association members – Maggie Bischoff, James Turner, Clara B. Thomas, Theresa McGrath and Kay Sutherland – will be showcased in the Members Gallery. Both receptions will be Saturday from 2-4 p.m. The third exhibit in the depot’s Founders Gallery will feature work created by students of Highlands Community Services, which will run through May 5. That reception will be Friday from 2-4 p.m.
3. Phil Vassar: Award-winning country singer-songwriter Phil Vassar will be performing at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol Saturday from 8 1p 11 p.m. A Virginia native, Vassar has eight albums including 10 No. 1s, 15 Top 10s and 26 Top 40s under his belt. Tickets for the show are $43.43 and are available at paramountbristol.org.
4. Dark Matter: MIlligan College senior Lukas Williams’ personal experience with mental illness is highlighted in his photography exhibit, “Dark Matter,” which is on display at Milligan’s Art Gallery through April 13. The exhibit is free and open to the public and can be viewed during the gallery’s regular hours The reception for the exhibit will be Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the gallery.
5. ”Twist of Faith”: Symphony of the Mountains’ season finale includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Dan Forrest in the “Twist of Faith” concert at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert will also include guest choirs Voices of the Mountains, ETSU Chorale, Highlands Youth Ensemble and the Milligan College Concert Choir. Tickets are $30 per person and available at symponyofthemountains.org or by calling 392-8423.
6. A matter of the heart: Latino culture will be at the forefront of the 9th annual Corazón Latino Festival Friday from 4-10 p.m. in Founders Park. The free festival will include activities, live music and food for the afternoon. Representatives from local health agencies will also be on-hand to provide awareness and prevention information on healthy living and self-care management.
7. Dinner and a derby: Small Miracles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center in Kingsport will be hosting a Western Derby Dinner Saturday from 5-7 p.m. The event will be catered by Pratt’s BBQ and will be served as guests enjoy live music and facility tours. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Small Miracles’ program.
8. Reading through the past: Jump back in time to listen to accounts of Washington County citizens during World War I Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Jonesborough/Washington County History Musuem. The event is hosted by the Heritage Alliance and is free and open to the public.
9. ”The Birds” Blue Moon Theatre Company’s presentation of Connor McPherson’s “The Birds,” beginning Saturday at 8 p.m., and will run every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through April 21. The play is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story, which also inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie. The show contains mature language, and tickets are $19.99 per person.
10. It’s a pig! It’s an anteater! Neither, it’s a tapir! One of the most familiar faces at Gray Fossil Site will be on display for the next few weeks, as Tapir Days kicks off Tuesday, April 10. Programming is to be announced, and Tapir Days runs through May 20, but in the meantime, visitors can visit the site to check out tapir fossils and learn why their discovery is to the site.