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Community Happenings for April 29-May 5

• Apr 29, 2019 at 9:05 AM

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City:

Mother’s Day Tea for girls 6 and older and their mothers, guardians or grandmothers to a special tea party from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. Attendees will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to create special crafts. Cost is $5 per person Please register in person at MPCC by May 3. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

After school program for children 6-12 years old: The program includes homework helpers and snacks. Children will also be able to utilize the gymnasium and pool as well as participate in arts and crafts. The program is available now to May 24, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $20 per child per month.

• Taking Strides with Strollers: A 30-minute run/walk and optional body-toning exercises and stretching afterward. This class will be held 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, through May 3. Cost is free, and no registration is required. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Participants should meet in MPCC’s athletic/aquatics lobby. This is an outdoor activity, and class will be canceled during inclement weather.

• Hula hoop dance class: The class is offered at 2-3 p.m. every Saturday. Cost is $5 per class or a monthly pass may be purchased for $15. Hoops are provided. The class is open to all ages, and no prior experience is required. Register in person at MPCC.

• MPCC Sport Training: MPCC invites youth 12-17 interested in training for a sport or getting in shape to attend a coached strength, agility and speed training class. The class is held from 3-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Cost is free. Register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Outshine Fitness: Fridays in May, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Outshine Fitness is a class that combines an outdoor walk/run with weighted exercises and is open to all fitness levels. As participants’ level of energy and strength increase, so will the difficulty; 18 & up. $2 per sessions, register in person at MPCC the morning of each class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Pre-registration is open for these upcoming  MPCC events:

Cupcakes and Pretty Pancakes: June 12, 13, 14. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $50. Join the fashion-food world and create tasty cupcakes and pancakes. Decorate chocolate cupcakes with ice cream cones, icing, sprinkles and fun toppings. Make pancake sculptures topped with warm syrup. Enjoy arts and crafts and fun games.

Beach Boys Camp: June 19, 20, 21. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost $50. Venture under the deep blue sea and throw your towel on the gritty, moist sand. Create dodging 3D sea creatures, racing rainbow fish, high-five an octopus and prickle a spiny sea urchin using a wide selection of arts and crafts supplies. Snacks will be provided.

Playdate and Messy Mate: June 26, 27, 28. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $60. Play stations will be loaded with dress-up items, games, make-a-snack items, videos, reading materials, relaxing ideas and painting fun. Snacks will be provided.

Lemonade Camp: July 17, 18, 19. Cost: $40. Campers will design and build a lemonade stand with flair and appeal, make signs, choose their recipes and use their imaginations to come up with creative ways to draw customers. Proceeds from lemonade sales will be donated to the Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollination Day program, which educates the public about soil, seeds and plants we use in everyday life. Snacks will be provided.

MPCC expands yoga class offerings:

• Prenatal Yoga: Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. The class is open to all fitness levels and those 18 and older. Cost: $6 per class.

• Kids Yoga: Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. Children 3-5 will learn to practice yoga. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Cost: $6 per class.

• Mommy and Me Yoga: Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $6 per class. Children free. No yoga experience required.

MPCC Senior Services:

· Diabetes Self-Management: Tuesdays through May 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This six-session series will help you better understand diabetes and provide daily tips for improving your numbers and preventing complications. From meal ideas to medications, this series is for anyone with diabetes, as well as the recently diagnosed. All ages.

· BYOB!: (Bring Your Own Bible) and come share your wisdom at a fun-filled Open Bible Study discussion on Mondays at 2 p.m. at the Johnson City Seniors Center. All others welcome. Call 423-943-5559 for more information.


A free wedding workshop, "Weddings 101", is scheduled for Monday, May 6, from 6-7 p.m. at the Johnson City Holiday Inn, 101 West Springbrook Drive, in Johnson City. . Doors open 30 minutes before the workshop begins. Light refreshments will be served. Brides must RSVP to (423) 631-0640.

Parks and Recreation Girl Squad program: Keystone Community Center will serve as Girl Squad headquarters for girl bosses ages 13-17. Participants will have fun making trendy creations, taking selfies with action shots and backgrounds, and sharing common interests through journaling. The program will be held 3-5 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, and is going on now. Program is free, but must register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Parks and Recreation: is seeking citizen input about Pine Oaks Golf Course. Suggestions and opinions are welcomed via a brief online survey that can be accessed directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/POGC2019. It is also available at www.pineoaksgolf.com, www.johnsoncitytn.org, and on Facebook and Twitter at @JCParksTN. A printed version can be picked up and dropped off at Pine Oaks Golf Course, 1709 Buffalo Road. For more information, call 423-434-6250.

Free Baton Twirling Lesson: Twirling Instructor Barbara Desso will be offering a free introductory baton twirling lesson on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at the old Flag Pond School Pavilion located at 110 School House Road. Ages: children to teen. Students must wear comfortable clothing (no hanging sleeves), long hair to be pulled back and tennis shoes. If student does not have a baton, they may still attend. There is a possibility of the group participating in some upcoming events. For more information call Desso at 423-735-7355.

Samadhi Healing Arts Center: The Golden Path with Russill Paul teaches people to learn powerful methods of identifying and transforming negative conditions of the soul. Through these workshops, participants will be offered a safe space to transform their own negative thoughts and impulses. May 3-5; tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-golden-path-with-russill-paul-tickets-56763023732; More info on Russill Paul: https://russillpaul.com/about/ More info about the venue, Samadhi Healing Arts Center: https://samadhihealingartscenter.com/ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/400882674009582

Support Groups:

Alzheimer’s Tennessee Caregiver: will meet the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Dominion Senior Living, 2412 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City. For information, call Tracey Kendall Wilson at 423-330-4532 or email [email protected]

MENDED, "A Path to Recovery for a Broken Heart" meets weekly in Johnson City. For more information on meeting times or to be added to the weekly webinar, email [email protected] The group says that all who are broken or have emotional trauma are welcome.

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