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• Dec 13, 2017 at 12:15 AM

Civic Chorale to play Dec. 16

The Civic Chorale will present its annual seasonal concert on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St.

“Christmas Around the World” will feature repertoire from Nigeria, Spain, Argentina, Austria, England and Norway.

In addition to the performance, there will be a special remembrance of the chorale’s founding director, Robert LaPella.

There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

For additional information, visit the Civic Chorale web site at www.thecivicchorale.org.

MPCC to offer Rockin’ with Rudolph Saturday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Rockin’ with Rudolph on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1-3 p.m.

Children will enjoy music, refreshments and a special visit from Santa Claus.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Church to offer dinner theater

Gray United Methodist Church will present "Away From A Manger,” a dinner theater, on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.

A three-course dinner will be served between acts of the play.

Cost is $10 and children age 5 and under are free.

A reservation is required by calling the church at 477-3792 or Peggy at 245-1609.

Auditions for comedy to be held

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, 125½ W. Main St., Jonesborough will hold auditions for the comedy “The Foreigner” on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

The audition will consist of a cold reading. One-minute monologues are encouraged but not required.

There are roles for five men, ages 18-55 and two women, ages 22-70.

Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, Jan. 3, and the shows run March 2-11.

For more information, contact Janette Gaines at [email protected] or visit the Facebook event page: Auditions for The Foreigner.

Six churches included in Christmas Open House

Six downtown churches will open their doors on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2-5 p.m. as they host a Christmas open house.

The churches will be ornamented in Christmas decor and will feature musical entertainment, refreshments and opportunities to tour the churches.

Participating are Bethlehem Lutheran, Central Baptist, Munsey Memorial, Downtown Christian, First Presbyterian and First United Methodist.

For more information, call 926-5261.

New location for Bristol archives

BRISTOL, Va. — In November, the Virginia Intermont Board of Trustees made final arrangements to transfer the former college’s archive and memorabilia collection to the Bristol Historical Association.

This extensive collection ranges from the college minutes, vintage photographs and portraits, yearbooks and college memorabilia that were previously stored at the college, once located on Moore Street in Bristol.

The association will be inventorying the collection in preparation of a larger and comprehensive archiving process in 2018 and beyond in order to protect the collection and offer portions for public viewing.

Donations are now being received toward the collection and a special membership category is available through the association website, www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com.

Greeneville hosts Wreaths Across America program 

On Saturday, Dec. 16, the National Park Service will host the annual Wreaths Across America program at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, 121 Monument Ave., Greeneville, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The featured speaker this year is Lt. Col. Neal Kerney, Tennessee National Guard, with remarks also given by Acting Superintendent Eric Leonard.

The wreaths will be placed on the over 1900 graves by JROTC cadets from both city and county schools on the Thursday morning preceding the event. 

General parking will be at Hal Henard Elementary School with shuttle service will be provided by Premier Transportation of Greeneville to the cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing after the ceremony. Handicapped parking will be available at the National Cemetery with overflow parking onto Monument Avenue.

For more information, contact the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site at 423-639-3711.

Santa visits the zoo

Santa Claus is coming to Zoo Knoxville and will be in residence at Santa’s Village from Thursday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.

Santa Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and available for photos in Santa’s Village, located in the zoo’s Kids Cove area. Guests will have the option to purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer and can take their own photos.

Complimentary event activities included with general admission are a visit with Santa Claus, reindeer games, holiday crafts and a story time each day at 12:30 p.m. Kids can also write a letter to Santa and they will receive a personal reply from Santa himself in the mail after their visit.

For an additional ticket, rides will be available on the “Polar Express” train and kids can opt for a face-painting session for some holiday flair. All activities take place in the enclosed and heated Kids Cove tent for guests’ comfort.

Now through Feb. 28, 2018, zoo admission tickets are $5 off during Kroger Discount Days.

NSCC winter break schedule

The offices and campuses of Northeast State Community College will be closed to the public beginning Monday, Dec. 18 through Monday, Jan. 1 for winter break.

Offices of the College’s Blountville campus will be closed as will Northeast State at Elizabethton and Northeast State at Kingsport. The campuses at Johnson City, Mountain City, Bristol and Unicoi County will also be closed.

Students can access class management and register for spring classes at www.NortheastState.edu. Northeast State campuses will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Monday Club Auxiliary to hold Christmas party

The Johnson City Monday Club Auxiliary will meet Monday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for a Christmas party.

Bring a gift to exchange.

The monthly project is Safe Passage.

For information, call 282-8450.

Do you have community news to share? Email Sheri Walker at [email protected]

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