Activities, whether outdoors, otherwise, abound this weekend

Tony Casey • Apr 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

If sunshine on your shoulders makes you want to get out of the house this weekend to do something, many groups are holding functions that benefit and clean up the region. Here are some options:

Roan Mountain 56th Annual Spring Naturalists Rally (April 25-27): The Friends of Roan Mountain will hold their yearly rally that will give nature enthusiasts a chance to engage with each other and explore Roan Mountain. Dan Dourson will be the featured speaker tonight and there will be lunch-time workshops, field trips and programs scheduled throughout the weekend, including discussion of Dourson’s book, “Of Ice Thorns, Tree Crotches and Love Darts: Shelled Creatures of the Southern Appalachians.” Local wildflower expert Bob Hale will also speak at the event to share his collection of wildflower photos from many local trails and mountains. More information about the event can be found at www.friendsofroanmtn.org.

Spring Garden Fair (April 25-27): For the 30th year, the oldest garden fair in the region will take place at the farmstead at 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, and give people a chance to mingle with farming and gardening experts, folk and yard artisans, musicians and other interested people from the region. Old-fashioned hearth-cooked foods, iron formed over the forge, basket weaving and other crafts will be present. There will be sheep-shearing demonstrations, 4-H and Girl Scouts activities and more. For admission, ticket prices are $3 for adults and free for children under 12.

Justice in Motion 5K (April 26): The 3rd Annual Justice in Motion 5K will take place Saturday at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Jonesborough. It’s being held to raise awareness of victims’ rights and to focus on victims from Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties. A walk will also be offered to participants. The cost of the run/walk is set at $20 and will include a T-shirt and hot dogs and chips.

East Tennessee Vinyl and CD Collectors Show (April 27): Rare vintage vinyl LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs, memorabilia and more will available at this year’s event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 211 Mockingbird Lane, and will give local collectors a chance to wheel and deal and take advantage of a wide variety of prices. Organizers are billing the event as “the biggest and best one-day music store” in Tennessee. For more information about the event, email Greg Neal at GregNealShow@gmail.com.

Jacob Francisco Memorial Century & Awareness Walk (April 26): Hosted by Tri-Cities Road Club and Johnson City Morning/Evening Rotary Clubs is a walk and bicycle ride for Jacob Francisco, who died at age 6, when he was contaminated with E. coli bacteria from an unknown source. The bike ride will offer routes of different distances that begin in the East Tennessee State University parking lot behind Knights, with the 2.5-mile non-competitive walk going beside the Millennium Trail parallel to West State of Franklin Road. Proceeds will go to the Boone Watershed Partnership. Registration costs and more information can be found at www.jacobfrancisco.com.

Other Saturday Events:

E-waste collection (8 a.m.-noon): Keep Jonesborough Beautiful will be sponsoring two cleanup projects in town. More information can be gathered by calling Jeff Thomas at 753-1006.

Green Mile (9 a.m.-noon): A one-mile walk/run at the Wellness Center in Johnson City, where participants can shred papers and drop off unwanted shoes to be recycled. There will also be an electric car on display.

Railroad Day (10 a.m.-3 p.m.): This monthly event at ETSU will focus on “Norfolk & Western, Then & Now.” It will take place at the George L. Carter Railroad Museum.

Special Day for Special Kids (1-3 p.m.): This free event put on by the city of Johnson City is designed for children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families. The entire family is invited for lunch, holiday-themed crafts and other surprises at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Line dancing workshop (6-9 p.m.): Memorial Park Community Center will host the dancing event set for youths 5-12 and adults. Instructor Rachel Pearson will offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced, using a variety of contemporary dance moves to various musical genres. Light refreshments will be served. Fee is $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Call 434-5749 for more information.

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