Aaliyah “Jellybean” Outterbridge, a 2-year old Johnson City girl recently diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a genetic disorder that has resulted in multiple spiral tumors in her brain, is set to begin treatment at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center in April.
To help her young parents with the out-of-pocket costs of her treatment, travel and lodging expenses during their time in Nashville, Aaliyah’s uncle, Adam McMillan, and some musical friends will stage a benefit concert March 23 at the Encore country and rock lounge and grill at 1121 N. Roan St.
Music will begin at 9 p.m. with McMillian’s solo performance of an acoustic mix of classic and new age rock, country and old soul followed by his metal band, Damage Done, and the show’s headliner, Five Cent Killers. Admission is $5. All door proceeds will go to assist Aaliyah and her family and any additional donations will be welcomed.
For others who wish to help, the Church of Jesus on West Main Street also is accepting donations to help the family. They may be made payable to the church and earmarked for the “Aaliyah Outterbridge Medical Fund.” Donations may be made at the church or by mail to Church of Jesus, 809 W. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers will host a literacy celebration Saturday to benefit the East Tennessee State University chapter of Turning Pages Together, a book club that promotes social connectedness, literacy development and community inclusion for children and adults with and without intellectual disabilities.
Activities to be available throughout the day include performances by the ETSU Storytellers, a Dr. Seuss & Friends Story Time, a POP Arts performance, a leprechaun scavenger hunt, shamrock designing, bookmark decorating, face painting, door-prize giveaways and a meet and greet with the book club members. The day also will include opportunities to join the America Reads Challenge and to learn more about the local Turning Pages Together chapter.
Funded by a three-year grant from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, the club meets weekly at locations throughout the Tri-Cities. A portion of all Barnes & Noble sales made Saturday with the use of special code number 10680858 will go to Turning Pages Together to help continue the program when the grant funding expires.
More information about the club may also be obtained by emailing the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 439-7586.
The River, First Presbyterian Church’s downtown ministry for women, is signing up teams for its third annual “Rolling At The River” benefit bunco tourney.
This year’s tournament will be held March 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at The River, 125 W. Main St. Doors will open at 6:45.
The entry fee is a $25 donation to help change the lives of women and children in need. Players will be treated to a performance by the Joyful Noise River Choir, appetizers, mock cocktails and a chance at prizes, including gift certificates donated by Johnson City Country Club, Firehouse Barbecue, Earth Fare and other ministry supporters.
Players are encouraged to dress in pink or black, official colors of The River and a sure edge in the tournament’s “best dressed player” competition. To enter or for more information, call the ministry at 926-8111.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at email@example.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.