River Ministry to host open house celebration

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The River Ministry for Women will host an open house celebration in conjunction with November’s First Friday celebration downtown.Set for 6-8 p.m. at The River at 125 W. Main St., the celebration will include a benefit art-and-craft sale, music by the Joyful Noise women’s choir and a diaper drive to help support the ministry’s Changing Lives from the Bottom Up program.The sale will feature original works of art and handmade crafts donated by local artisans to help support The River’s work to connect local women in need with the resources that can improve their lives and the lives of their children and provide them with a safe place “to listen, learn, laugh and wash clothes.”Sale items will include hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, ceramic tiles, pillows, knitted and sewn items, an antique cradle, Christmas ornaments, dried herbs from The River’s garden, baked goods, canned goods and more.The Joyful Noise Choir will perform hymns and old-time music and tours of the ministry will be provided.Admission is free but guests are encouraged to bring along a donation of disposable diapers of any size for the Tri-Cities Diaper Ministry of Bristol that assists The River in its monthly distribution of 3,480 diapers to 60 local infants and toddlers in need. The most needed sizes are 5 and 6 infants and “pull-ups” for toddlers.Because diapers come at an average cost of $1,200 per child per year and because going without them negatively impacts the health and well-being of both infants and their mothers, The River launched its diaper subsidy program in April through a $10,000 grant from the Harris Fund and ongoing support from the Tri-Cities Diaper Ministry. The program is open to income eligible families in Washington County with children under age 3, and others with special needs or disabilities.For more information about Friday night’s celebration, The River or its Changing Lives from the Bottom Up program, contact Stacy Larsen at The River at 926-8111 or theriverministryforwomen@yahoo.com.If you or someone you know is in need, Buffalo Valley Christian Church will be conducting a clothing giveaway Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the church at 111 Buffalo Valley Church Road.The giveaway is open to the public and clothing of all sizes for men, women, children and infants will be available.The church is located just off South Roan Street and Chestnut Lane about one mile south of Tipton-Haynes Historic Site.Fatz Restaurant will host its annual Short Stacks for Big Change pancake breakfast for the United Way of Washington County on Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage links, mixed fruit, coffee, tea, orange juice and milk. Tickets are $7 and include a free breakfast for one child age 6 and under accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Fatz is located in the Walmart shopping center at 3101 W. Market St. For advance tickets call the United Way 282-5682 or email officeassistantuw@centurylink.net.The eighth annual Red Shoe Gala and Masquerade Ball to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee will be held Saturday night at Carnegie Hotel.The evening will include dinner and cocktails, dancing and music by D.J. Michael Hawkins and live and silent auctions of items donated from across the country to help CASA recruit and train volunteer advocates to help area courts find safe homes for local children who have been abused and neglected. The gala will begin at 6. Red shoes, symbolizing the longing for home of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” are encouraged but not required. News anchor Sarah Diamond will serve as the master of ceremonies.Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased in advance online at www.casanetn.org or by calling CASA at 461-3500.For those who cannot attend but wish help, gala ticket sponsorships and annual sponsorships for children served by CASA are available.If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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