Carter Mansion celebration: Sycamore Shoals State Park will celebrate the oldest frame house in Tennessee with two days of traditional arts and family fun at the Carter Mansion and Militia Muster. The celebration will take place on April 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and April 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit to travel back in time to the 1780s and tour the mansion and witness living history reenactors demonstrating aspects of 18th century life and see local craftsmen showcasing traditional skills.
Learn the Carolina Shag: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer those over 18 a chance to learn basic moves of the Carolina Shag, an internationally recognized dance, usually set to “beach music.” Classes in the six-week series will be directed toward beginners interested in learning basic steps. No partner needed. The cost is $18 and classes will be held from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10 and 17. Pre-register in person at the community center by April 5. For information, call 423-434-6237.
High School Reunion: Unicoi County High School alumni, male and female, who attended Erwin High anytime during the 1950s, are invited to our first “UCHS ’50s Home Gathering” of 2018 on Friday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Restaurant in Unicoi. Handshakes and visiting are the only program planned and breakfast will be available.
Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed with excavation and lab crews at East Tennessee State University’s Gray Fossil Site and Museum. A volunteer orientation session for prospective “paleontological assistants” is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-noon in the museum’s Eastman Credit Union Classroom. Many volunteer positions are available, but are primarily needed in the field to help excavate a new discovery: a nearly complete mastodon skeleton. Volunteers will work side-by-side with the crew, excavating the massive bones and wet-screening the sediment produced during the dig. Training and orientation is required. The museum cannot accept new volunteers outside of the orientation dates. Volunteers must be 15 or older. For information, email Shawn Haugrud, laboratory and field manager, at email@example.com or call 423-439-3661 and leave a voice message.
Tree Giveaway: The city of Johnson City will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 7, by giving away trees at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive. Tree giveaway will begin at 9 a.m. and 1,900 seedlings will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number will be offered to each person. Varieties offered include Dogwood, Redbud, Trident Maple, Bald Cypress, Sweet Bay Magnolia, American Hornbeam, Dwarf Red Buckeye and Nuttall Oak.
Opening of King Commons: A ribbon cutting will be held for the opening of King Commons on Friday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. This event will take place under the landmark Johnson City sign at 112 N. Commerce St.
Art gallery: Pawned Quinceanera Jewelry: Installations by Chicanx Rosalie Lopez will be on display at Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St., April 5-6. A reception will be held April 6 from 6-8 p.m. ArtIFact Gallery Talk will start at 6:30 p.m. with Papel Picado and Milagros art demo at 3 p.m.
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