The Highlands Youth Ensemble: The premier high school choir of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy will perform its 13th annual Valentine Cabaret on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. These young singers will present “Blast from the Past” with a Cabaret show, a dessert reception, a silent auction with gift baskets and a raffle. The dessert reception and silent auction begin one hour before showtime.
Johnson City Fire Department: Firefighter Examination registration is being held through March 7. Requirements for registering: 18 years of age by March 23, 2019, high school graduate or GED, must be physically able to perform the duties of a firefighter trainee as defined by the city of Johnson City, and not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation. Applicants must possess a valid drivers’ license with no suspensions or revocations within the past 24 cumulative months.To register, present the following to the Human Resources Department, 601 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 37601: $25 non-refundable examination fee; city of Johnson City application for employment; release and waiver Form (print from johnsoncitytn.org); and copies of the following (copies will not be made for applicants): birth certificate; high school diploma/GED or transcript with graduation date; drivers’ license; Social Security card; college/university Diploma (if applicable); certification from Tennessee State Fire School (if applicable); EMT Certification (A or B) (if applicable); DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable). When registering, a test date and time for the firefighter exam and physical ability will be scheduled. For more information, call 423-434-6018.
Johnson City UAW Retirees (Chrysler, Ford, GM): will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Pipe Fitters Training Center, 386 Highway 91, Stoney Creek Road, across from the Elizabethton Airport. Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information or directions, call 423-727-7393 or 423-772-4777.
The JOSHUA Tree: A nonprofit grief support group for those who have lost loved ones due to substance abuse will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5:45 p.m. Meetings are held in the fellowship hall of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City. Come to the rear of the building to park. Meetings are open to all family and friends. We have a free gift for those in attendance. Meetings are facilitated by Todd Adams. For more information, call 423-747-3484.
Lamar Ruritan Club, 108 Charlie Parker Road, Jonesborough: The February Steak and Gravy supper will be Saturday, Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m. The dinner will include three sides, drink and dessert for $9. Everyone is invited, and carry outs available. February is also the club’s Membership Drive Month. The club welcomes anyone interested in good fellowship and community service.
Limestone Ruritan Club, 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, Limestone: There will be an all-you-can-eat Fish Fry on Friday, Feb. 15, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The meal is $12 per person. Church groups are welcome. For large groups, call 423-257-5995 or 423-257-6580 and let us know how many will be coming.
Parks and Recreation Adult Spring Softball League registration: Adult spring softball leagues are forming. Divisions and associated fees include: men’s open/church ($400/14 games), women’s open/church ($200/eight games), and coed open/church ($300/10 games). A $5 non-resident fee applies. Registration ends Friday, April 5. Register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Players may play on only one men’s, women’s or coed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed parental consent form. Practices begin March 4 and games begin April 22. The coaches meeting is Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletic Office. For more information, call 423-283-5822.
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, beginning Feb. 11. There is no charge for the program. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, call 423-434-5749.
Parks and Recreation Senior Services: A Heart Wise Health Fair will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert Street. The event will include heart health and wellness information, free massages, food samples, screenings, and giveaways. This event is free and no registration is required. Attendees can participate in cholesterol and blood sugar level screenings between 8-10 a.m. The cholesterol panel includes screenings for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. Attendees should fast eight to 12 hours prior to the screening for best results. The cost for the cholesterol screening is $15. The A1C screening measures average blood sugar over three months and no fasting is required. The cost for the A1C screening is $20. Following the health fair, Ballad Health is sponsoring a free “Love Your Heart Lunch” from noon-1 p.m. Nurse Practitioner Spencer Maden will serve as guest speaker and will provide tips on how to maintain a healthy heart. Preregistration is required for lab tests and lunch. Call 423-434-6237 for more information.
Parks and Recreation Spring youth soccer registration: Youth soccer registration will be open through Thursday, Feb. 28. Cost is $25 for Johnson City residents, $30 for non-residents. A $20 late fee will apply beginning March 1. Practices start March 16; games begin April 6. Age groups are 3-5 (co-ed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. Children are placed according to Johnson City school districts. An average of two games will be played each week (per team) during a 10-week season. Games played at Civitan Park and Winged Deer Park. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Early registration is encouraged as team placement is not guaranteed. Age cutoff date is Aug. 15, 2018. For more information, call 423-283-5822.
Rainbow Meditation with Mantra and Sound Bath: Hosted by Flavia Krishna & Gershone 7 p.m. Feb. 15, at Samadhi Healing Arts Center, 423 W. Walnut Street, Johnson City, call 423-926-2020. Suggested offering: $30 No one turned away!
Rocky Top Handgun Carry Permit School: The class will be offered at 135 Keenburg Road, Elizabethton, on Saturday, February 16, starting at 8:30 a.m. Ken Potter, a veteran law enforcement officer, is the instructor for the class. Cost of the class is $55. You will need to bring your weapon and 50 rounds of ammo. Potter says that for those who haven’t purchased a gun yet, loaner guns are available. For more information, call Potter at 423-341-1709, 423-543-6048 or email him at [email protected]
Senior Services offering tickets and transportation to ETSU basketball games: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team and take advantage of special pricing on tickets and bus transportation to Freedom Hall Civic Center for one more game in February. The ticket cost is $6 per person and includes round-trip transportation from MPCC. The Bucs will host the Mercer Bears on Saturday, Feb. 16. The bus will leave MPCC at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game begins at 4 p.m. Register and buy tickets for this game by Feb. 9. For more information, call 423-434-6237.
Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert Street, Johnson City: ”Think Pink — Cooking to Prevent Cancer,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6-8 p.m. A hands-on experience for attendees to learn easy, quick and healthy recipes that will be sampled after class. Reservation required, all ages free.
Seniors, 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.
Sew Crazy: The next meeting will be Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The group will be meeting at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. Call Susan Kubenka at 423-467-9662 or email [email protected] for more information. Bring your sewing machine and sewing kit.
Support Group: 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.
Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City: Hosting its 16th Annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sap will be extracted from maple trees located on the grounds and will then be boiled down over a wood-fired furnace until it becomes rich, flavorful maple syrup. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 years old and under (children 3 years old and under are free). Breakfast is $2 extra for everyone. As always, Tipton-Haynes members are free. Donations are welcomed and will go to help the site continue its mission values. Genuine maple syrup will also be for sale — $15 per pint and $8 per half-pint. For more information, call 423-926-3631 or email [email protected]
Volunteers needed for board: The Johnson City Commission will consider two appointments to the Health and Education Facilities Board. This board meets on an as-needed basis and aids medical and educational facilities in obtaining tax-free loans as allowed by a combination of federal and state statutes. Each term is three years. Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling 423-434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 22. For more information on the board, call Sheri Keenan at 423-434-6009.
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