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Community Happenings

Contributed • Feb 17, 2019 at 10:57 PM

Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 101 Country Music Way, Bristol: Museum Volunteer Training, Feb. 26, 3-6 p.m. Training is provided at one 3-hour session that provides a detailed introduction to the museum and the volunteer program, including a chance for you to pinpoint your area of interest and learn more about the insand outs of being a museum volunteer.

Diana Wortham Theater, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, N.C.: Dance, deserts and optical illusion collide in MOMIX’s “Opus Cactus,” coming to Diana Wortham Theatre for two spectacular evening performances Feb. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. For more information on the main-stage series or to purchase tickets, call the theater’s box office at 828-257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

East Tennessee State University: Rural High School Medical Summer Camp will be hosted by East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. Participants will reside on campus in a residence hall during the weeklong camp. Tuition for the summer program is $225, which includes room, meals, supplies, extracurricular activities and transportation. To apply, visit https://bit.ly/2k3taMI. Space is limited to just 24 spots. The deadline for applications is March 15. For more information, contact Carolyn Sliger, rural programs coordinator for the Quillen College of Medicine, at 423-439-6737 or [email protected]

Garden Thyme Herb Society: Monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. featuring speaker Mary Williams of The Spice and Herb Tea Company in Gatlinburg. Meetings are held at the Rose Center at 442 W. Second N. St., Morristown.

Johnson City Commission: Two appointments to the Board of Building Codes will be considered. One vacancy is for a gas/mechanical representative and the other vacancy is for an electrical representative. Both appointments will serve a three-year term. Applicants must be city residents. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the City Commission. The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the board may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or obtain one by calling 423-434-6009. For more information, call the Codes Enforcement Office at 423-434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 8.

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.

Jonesborough Genealogical Society: Tuesday. Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, JGS will host a new workshop in a series called “Back 2 The Basics: Genealogical Workshop Series.” This new series of workshops is related to techniques and tips to help genealogists and beginners in their endeavors. The first workshop will be taught by JGS President Chad Fred Bailey and is titled “Tips for Beginning Genealogical Research and Miscellaneous Resources.” This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to [email protected], so enough handouts can be available.

King College, King’s Faith & Culture Institute: presents Holocaust Survivor Esther Starobin. The opening lecture is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at King Memorial Chapel on the King campus, with overflow seating available in the Fine Arts Building. A second talk is scheduled for 7 that evening at Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Va. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City: Hosting an 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. Register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Milligan College: Professor presents on social media’s role in learning languages: For Dr. Allysha Martin, assistant professor of Spanish and humanities at Milligan, applying social media to her Spanish courses came with little direction. Research on social media’s impact in the language learning classroom remains limited, leading her into a multi-year, intercollegiate research project with the University of Northern Iowa. Martin will present her research during the college’s upcoming Faculty Lecture Series on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium located in Hardin Hall. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.

Parks and Recreation: Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will host “Behold the Bat,” a presentation designed to help attendees learn about the benefits and struggles of one of the most mysterious groups of mammals. The presentation will also address the do’s and don’ts of attracting them to your property with a bat house. Families are welcome to attend this presentation Monday, Feb. 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The event is free and open to all ages. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

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, and is going on now. 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 girls spring softball and T-ball: will begin Feb. 25. Fees are $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A $20 late charge will be applied to registrations taken after March 24. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Leagues include T-ball (ages 5-6), machine pitch, (ages 7-8) and fast pitch (ages 9-10). Practices begin April 1 and games begin April 22. The first coaches meetings are set for Wednesday, March 13, at the Athletic Office. T-ball coaches will meet at 5:30 p.m., and softball coaches will meet at 6 p.m. For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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 are 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.

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.

Senior Services of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St, Johnson City: Invites those 18 and older to participate in a new class, Beginning French, from 1-2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Classes will begin Feb. 20. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the French language and culture from a native French speaker and former teacher from Paris. There is no cost for the class. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

Sullivan County Democrats: meeting Feb. 21. at 7 p.m. Location is in the lower level of the library at Northeast State campus. The chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, Mary Mancini, will be speaking.

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.

Toy F. Reid Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport: On Thursday, Feb. 21, come take part in a FREE Black History Month regional community celebration. You’ll experience an uplifting night of inspiration from the live stage performance of Layon Gray’s “Black Angels Over Tuskegee.” Inspired by true events, the Off-Broadway, award-winning production is an account of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first black aviators in the United States Army Air Forces.Event starts at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5). Seating is first-come, first-served so get there early.

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.

YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia: will be kicking off their 2019 EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop on March 15 in celebration of Women's History Month. Started in 2015, the female-focused, expert-led workshop series is geared to empower women at all levels of their career. The spring session will be held at Northeast State Community College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees of the workshop will also be awarded 0.5 Continuing Education Unit credit by Northeast State Community College. For pricing and registration, visit https://www.ywcatnva.org/emerge or contact the YWCA at 423-968-9444.

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