Discovery activities: Hands On! Discovery Center is located at 1212 Suncrest Drive in Gray and will hold several activities throughout the week. Sensory night is a time designed for children with sensory integration needs. Lighting, sounds and other environmental aspects will be adjusted. The center will be closed to the public for this event, which is by registration only. Sensory night is free and will be held on Monday, Jan 14. Register at 423-434-4263, ext. 808. Kid Inventors Day will be Jan 17. Discovery Guides will provide materials and guidance in the Make It. Take It. tinkering and maker space from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for this event, which is free with paid general admission. Celebrate World Snow Day at Hands On from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. by trying out polymer snow and make some peppermint-scented snow dough and print some snowflake art. Children must be supervised. The materials fee is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.
An afternoon of art: Masterpiece Mixers will visit Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site for a step-by-step winter landscape art class on Jan. 20 from 1-4 p.m. No experience is necessary and light refreshments will be provided by the Sabine Hill Social Society. The cost for the class is $25 and includes all supplies. Pre-register by calling 423-543-5808.
Fun at David Crockett Birthplace: Channel your inner pioneer at the Tomahawk Toss at 1 p.m. at the David Crockett Birthplace State Park on Jan. 18. Meet at the Black Powder Range to get the competition started. Tomahawks will be provided and proper instructions on throwing them will be given by park staff. Cost is $5 per person. Register at the park’s website at tnstateparks.com/events. Then on Jan. 19, return for the Nolichucky River cleanup. As part of the GoGreen initiative, a group will be picking up trash along the riverbank and sorting the recyclables. Volunteers should wear work clothes and shoes.
A gardening lecture: Nationally syndicated garden writer and host of, “Growing a Greener World” Joe Lamp’l will present, “No-Till Gardening: If You Love Your Soil, Ditch the Tiller,” at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Lamp’l will focus on how tilling affects the soil and how to garden without it. This event is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 423-348-6572 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A history lecture: James Ogden, chief historian at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park, will give a presentation called “Lightning Strikes at Chickamauga: Wilder’s Mounted Infantry Brigade,” Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport. This is a free program presented by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table. There will also be a dinner at The Chop House in Kingsport prior to the program at 5 p.m. Reservation are required. To make those reservations or for more imformation, call 423-323-2306 or email email@example.com.
Senior health program: Learn about the advances in joint replacement surgeries on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City. Misty Jenkins, director of orthopedics at Johnson City Medical Center, will discuss options for hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacements in addition to what to expect before and after surgery. This is a free event for all ages.
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