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• Dec 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Auditions set for choral society: The Knoxville Choral Society will hold auditions for all voice parts on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. including assessment of vocal quality, sight-reading and tonal memory drills. No prepared piece is required. To schedule an audition time, call 865-312-2440 or send an email to membership@knoxvillechoralsociety.org. Once a time is set, location and other details will be provided. Audition forms can be downloaded at www.knoxvillechoralsociety.org.

Choir auditions scheduled: Auditions for membership in the East Tennessee Children’s Choir will be held Monday, Jan. 8, from 4-5:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St. Children who are in rising grades 4-8 may audition. Children are auditioned in small groups and no preparation is necessary. Auditions take about 25 minutes and are conducted on a first come, first served basis. Children in grades 1-3 may register for the Choristers from 4-5:30 at Central Baptist Church. The Choristers perform in several concerts and events per year with the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy choirs.

Ruritan to host breakfast: Bowmantown Ruritan, 1571 Barkley Road, Telford, will host a country breakfast Saturday, Jan. 6, from 7-10 a.m. The menu will be biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, pork loin, grits, cooked apples, hash browns, coffee, juice, fresh-made jams and sticky buns. Donations will be used for community needs.

Congressman to hold office hours: U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, announced he will send staff to hold office hours in Johnson City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Memorial Park Community Center from 9-11 a.m. A staffer will also be in Jonesborough on Jan. 9 at the Washington County Courthouse on the second floor from 2-4 p.m. Roe’s staff will be available to assist 1st Congressional District constituents. For information, call 202-225-6356 or 101-116-8072.

NARFE to hold monthly meeting: The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Empire Buffet, 2614 N. Roan St. The speaker will be Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal. For information, call Wayne Robertson at 423-741-0612.

Seniors to offer Pickleball 101: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and up to join Pickleball 101 to learn the fundamentals of how the game is played. Newcomers will build experience through a series of classes held from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Jan. 9 and Feb. 6. Paddles will be provided as needed, and a registration fee of $20 for the series is due by Jan. 8. For information, call 423-434-6237.

Library to offer ‘Sensory Storytimes’: The Johnson City Public Library is offering Sensory Storytimes for children ages 3-6 on the autism spectrum on the first Saturday of the month from January through April at 11 a.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. There will be interactive stories interlaced with songs using bean bags, bubbles and other manipulatives. Children may bring favorite blankets or sleeping bags to sit on. Families of children are encouraged to attend and participate. Space is limited and registration is required for this free program. For information and to register, call 434-4458.

Support group to meet Tuesday: The Mended Hearts Chapter 259 will meet Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Community Room at The Mall in Johnson City, beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by the meeting. The group provides an opportunity for heart patients to get together, have discussions and ask questions. For information, call 423-928-1405.

Do you have community news to share? Email Sheri Walker at tempo@johnsoncitypress.com.

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