Music: Wanted Stranger will play at the Buffalo Ruritan, 200 Willow Brook Drive, Bluff City, on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The cost is $6. For more information, call 423-967-1651.
Fish Fry: Unicoi Ruritan Club will host a fish fry Friday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at Unicoi Methodist Church, 115 Mountain View St. The cost for the meal is a $10 donation. The menu includes a baked potato, cole slaw, hush puppies, a drink and dessert. Dine-in and carry-out options are both available.
MPCC offers Start Smart Basketball: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Basketball, a six-week program for 3-5 year olds that teaches them the basic rules of the game. Skills such as shooting, passing, catching and running will be taught during the program. Exercises will become increasingly more difficult as improvements are made, and parents are required to participate with their children. Participants should wear comfortable shoes. The program will be conducted each Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Sept. 27 through Oct. 18. Cost is $25 for city residents; $35 for non-city residents. Register in person at MPCC or at myjcparks.org from Sept. 10 until Sept. 25. For more information, call 423-434-5722.
Grandfather Mountain bonfire: Learn about what Grandfather Mountain’s resident critters like black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and elk like to do at night on Sept. 29 at the annual Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight. The nighttime events lasts from 6-9:30 p.m. and includes spooky stories by firelight and rare after-dark tours. Guests of all ages can enjoy hot chocolate and warm apple cider by the glow of a bonfire. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own S’mores), but the park will provide marshmallow roasting sticks, cider, hot chocolate and seating. From there, guests will join Grandfather staff members on a nocturnal trek to the top of the mountain (via shuttle) and the environmental wildlife habitats. The cost is $20 per person, and participants must be at least 8 years old to attend. Space is limited, meaning registration is required by visiting https://bit.ly/2PaBpXk. Registration opens Saturday, Sept. 1. For the event itself, guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets, flashlights and s’mores ingredients to enjoy around the fire. For more information, call 828-733-2013, or email [email protected]
EMERGE: YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will host their second EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop on Sept. 28. Started in 2015, the female-focused, expert-led workshop series is geared to empower women at all levels of their career. The fall session will be held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The half-day workshop for professional women will feature three accomplished presenters with a diverse set of expertise in creating your professional brand, building confidence through your identities and developing a productive work environment through collaboration. The workshop will include a light breakfast and lunch. Attendees can obtain 0.4 Continuing Education Unit credit by Northeast State Community College. For pricing and registration, visit www.ywcatnva.org/emerge or call the YWCA at 423-968-9444.