Archives of Appalachia: Host “Readings from Visionary Women,” in conjunction with Women’s History Month, Tuesday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in Room 422 of the Sherrod Library, ETSU Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeremy Smith, director, Archives of Appalachia, at 423-439-5339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Studio Programs: Through March 31, join the Hands On! Discovery Center for a wax-resistant watercolor painting inspired by “Starry Night,” a Fox in Socks puppet and a 3-dimensional rainbow in the Art Studio. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided. Facilitated programs will be announced periodically throughout each day.
Biome Zones Eastman Discovery Lab Program: From March 25-April 28, unearth the wonderful world of biomes at the Hands On! Discovery Center 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. Candy may contain small parts and food allergens.
Can You Hear Me Now? Eastman Discovery Lab Program: Through March 24 at the Hands On! Discovery Center, 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.
Hales Community Ruritan Club: Hosting a Country Breakfast on Saturday, March 23, 7 to 10 a.m., 152 Hales Road, Jonesborough. Proceeds will be used for community service projects. Cost is $8 at the door. Children 10 and under eat free. Carry-outs are available. For more information, contact Ted Lynch at 753-8681.
Jonesborough Genealogical Society: Saturday, March 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the JGS will host its seventh Tour of Washington County. The tour will begin at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough. Arrive at the Center at least 30 minutes prior to loading. Cost is $50 for JGS members and $55 for the public. 25 seats are available. For more information or reservations, visit the JGS website at wwwjgstn.org.
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 21, 6:30 p.m., for an educational presentation on how composting benefits the Earth, the overall economy, and us.
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, ping-pong, foosball, and a comfortable lounge area. For more information, call 423-434-5749.
Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market St., Kingsport: Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Frank Hale, UT Professor and Extension Specialist, will discuss “What's Wrong with My Plants? - Insect Pests of Roses and Other Ornamentals.” Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society, this program is free and the public is invited. For more information, contact 423-348-6572, email@example.com, or www.saps.us.
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City:
• Afterdschool 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.
• Taking Strides with Strollers: A 30-minute run/walk and optional body-toning exercises and stretching afterward. This class will be held 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, March 20-May 3. Cost is free, and no registration is required. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Participants should meet in MPCC’s athletic/aquatics lobby. This is an outdoor activity, and class will be canceled during inclement weather.
• Saturday Special for special needs children: Class for special-needs children ages 5-12 from 2-3 p.m., April 20. Cost is $3 per class. Register in person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org.
• 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: Washington County Schools: April 1-5. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center. 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, call 423-434-5758.
• 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.
• Common Sleep Problems: Tuesday, 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.
• The Sweetwater Troubadours: March 19, 2-3 p.m., Charles Jones and Heidi Ehle – will present “Songs That Tell a Story: Timeless Tunes for Two.”
• Sweet Defeat: Conquer Your Cravings: Wednesday, March 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Discover five reasons why individuals may be craving sweets and learn tips to keep from caving to the craving. Dietician/nutritionist Crystal Woods will talk about the leading causes of sugar cravings and how to satisfy hunger in a healthy way. Samples provided.
• Blood Pressure Refresher: Thursday, March 21, 10-10:30 a.m. Learn blood pressure basics, including what the numbers mean, what the latest guidelines are, and tips for checking blood pressure at home. Attendees are encouraged to bring their personal blood-pressure cuff to learn about proper use.
• How Stable Are You? Balance Matters: Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m.-noon. ESTU physical therapy students will offer free balance screenings and provide a fall risk assessment for attendees.
• Spring Clean Without Chemicals: Wednesday, March 27, 10-11 a.m. Cleaning products containing chemicals can irritate your lungs and are especially harmful for people with COPD, asthma or other lung conditions. Dr. Mildred Maisonet and Taylor Dula with ETSU’s College of Public Health will share tips on healthy, effective cleaning solutions and ways to avoid harmful household chemicals.
• 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.
Johnson City 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 co-ed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed parental consent form. 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.
• 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.
• Girls spring softball and T-ball: 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. For more information, call 423-283-5822.
• Spring youth soccer registration: Cost is $25 for Johnson City residents, $30 for non-residents. A $20 late fee also applies. 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.
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. April 6 and 27.
Spirit and Soul: March 23, at 7:30 p.m., Milligan College, Seeger Chapel, 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. Tickets available at jcsymphony.org.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU: Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez, will lead “Instagram 101 - Stories, Hashtags, Engagement for Business Owners” workshop March 20, 10-11 a.m. The workshop is $25 per person and pre-registration is required. The event is at ETSU Innovation Laboratory, 2109 W. Market St. Contact Mark Bays of the TSBDC at 423-439-8505 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
Town of Unicoi Strategic Planning Retreat: March 21-24, Tally Ho Inn, 8314 TN 73, Townsend, open to the public. For more information, contact 743-7162 or email@example.com.
Unicoi County Hospital Auxiliary benefit fundraiser sale: Erwin Town Hall, Main Street, Erwin, March 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee Caregiver: will meet the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Brookdale, 2003 Water’s Edge Drive, Johnson City. For information, contact Tracey Kendall Wilson at 423-330-4532 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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