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Hannah Swayze • Jan 28, 2019 at 1:07 PM

Parks and Rec offers Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollinator Day: Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host a seed swap from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Attendees will swap native, heirloom and veggie seeds. Attendees who do not have seeds to swap will find plenty of information to jump-start their gardens. The event will include exhibits — many emphasizing pollinator needs and citizen science opportunities — a guest speaker and children’s activities. The event is free and open to all ages. 9 a.m.: Doors open. 9-9:45 a.m.: Exhibits available for viewing. 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Dr. Darrell Moore, ETSU Biological Sciences professor. 10:15 a.m.-noon: Guests welcome to visit exhibits and swap seeds. Sponsors/partners include Boone Watershed Partnership, Build It Up TN, ETSU Art & Design Dept., HERBalachia, What’s the Buzz, Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Tennessee Smart Yards, Wild Ones, Zoo Knoxville, Carver Peace Gardens, ETSU Biology Department staff and students, Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek and Tri-Cities Food Cooperative Interest Group. For more information, call 423-283-5821.

Volunteers needed for Health and Education Facilities Board: The Johnson City Commission will consider two appointments to the Health and Education Facilities Board. This board meets on an as-needed basis and aids medical and educational facilities in obtaining tax-free loans as allowed by a combination of federal and state statutes. Each term is three years. Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling 423-434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 22. For more information on the board, call Sheri Keenan at 423-434-6009.

Senior Services offering tickets and transportation to ETSU basketball games: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team and take advantage of special pricing on tickets and bus transportation to Freedom Hall Civic Center for two games in February. The ticket cost is $6 per person per game and includes round-trip transportation from MPCC. The Bucs will host the Wolford College Terriers on Thursday, Feb. 7. The bus will leave MPCC at 6 p.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. The game begins at 7 p.m. Register and buy tickets for this game by Jan. 31. The Bucs will host the Mercer Bears on Saturday, Feb. 16. The bus will leave MPCC at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game begins at 4 p.m. Register and buy tickets for this game by Feb. 9. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Parks and Rec sets Adult Spring Softball League registration, schedule: 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 begins Monday, Feb. 4, and 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.

Spring youth soccer registration opens today: Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer registration will be open from Monday, Jan. 28, 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 (coed), 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 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.

Health wellness and the arts: Innovation is the theme for spring programs at the Mary B. Martin School for the Arts. The first event will be a screening of the documentary film, “Digging Through Darkness” at the Millennium Center as part of the An Evening of Health, Wellness and the Arts. The film covers the issue of child sexual abuse and then a path to healing and justice behind a world-renowned piano quintet, The 5 Browns. Sisters Deondra and Desire will attend the free 7 p.m. screening and will answer questions after the show. The reception begins at 6 p.m.

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.

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.

Sycamore Shoals: Ben Hunter will teach a free raised-bed gardening class on Saturday from 9 am.-noon at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site. No registration is necessary. The Sabine Hill Social Society will host an afternoon of 18th-century card games Sunday in the Gathering Place. The afternoon is open for visitors and members and is fun for the whole family. Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps will meet in the park at 10 a.m. Saturday. The corps perform at historical events, dedications and parades. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary. For more information, call 423-543-5808 or visit sycamoreshoalstn.org.

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