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Community Happenings!

W. Kenneth Medley II • Feb 25, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Community Happenings!

Town Meetings:

Johnson City: February 26, at 8 a.m., Sesquicentennial Commission meeting in Administrative Conference Room, contact Ann Marie French by phone 434-6021 or email [email protected] At 4 p.m. the Tree and Landscaping Board will meet in the Conference Room, Street Department contact Patrick Walding 975-2681 or email [email protected] At 5:30 p.m. the Historic Zoning Commission will meet at the Commission Chambers, Municipal and Safety Building contact is Matt Manley at 434-6059 or [email protected] February 17, at noon the Johnson City Housing Authority will meet at the JC Housing Authority contact Richard McClain by phone, 232-4781 or email [email protected] At noon the Public Building Authority Board will meet in the Board Room of the Millennium Centre. Contact is Mitch Miller (423) 202-3510 or [email protected] At 6:30 p.m. the Joint Meeting BOC & BOE about the Liberty Bell discussion at the Administrative Conference Room, 601 E. Main. Contact is Beth Greene, executive assistant at (423) 434-6002 or [email protected] February 28, at 3:30 p.m. the BOC will visit EMS Headquarters, 296 Wesley St. Contact is Greene. At 4:00 p.m. the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet at the P&R Administration Offices, Winged Deer Park.Contact is James Ellis at 283-5815 or [email protected] At 7 p.m. the Board of Dwelling and Review will meet at the Commission Chambers in the Municipal and Safety building. Contact is Hedy Bartley at 232-1226 or [email protected]

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m., March 4, in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider the second reading of Ordinance 4684-19, an ordinance to rezone a parcel located at 220 E. Millard St. from B-3 (Supporting Central Business District) to I-1 (Light Industrial District).

Jonesborough: February 26, at 6:30 p.m. – JRT Board of Directors, Community Room at Visitor Center. February 28, at 4 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, Senior Center, 307 East Main Street; 7 p.m. – Historic Zoning Commission, Board Room at Town Hall.

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 ins and outs of being a museum volunteer. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum explores the vast musical influences of African American musicians from across the Volunteer State with a new special exhibit, I Have a Voice: Tennessee's African American Musical Heritage, open now through April 30, 2019. For more information on this event and the I Have a Voice special exhibit visit BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org. Radio Bristol presents another exciting Farm and Fun Time variety show, March 7, at 7 p.m. This is live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, featuring Bruce Molsky and Mountain Drifters with Kaia Kater.

Benefits of Garlic Class: Barbara Desso, master gardener, will be teaching the culinary and medicinal benefits of garlic and how to grow. The free class will be held at the Clinchfield Senior Center at 220 Union Street in Erwin February 28, at 10 a.m. You do not have to be a member to attend and any age is welcome. There will be an opportunity to taste one of Barbara’s signature recipes. For more information, call the Clinchfield Senior Center at 743-5111.

Carter County Democratic Women: Meeting February 26, at Dino's Restaurant, downtown Elizabethton. The dinner/social hour will begin around 5 and 6 p.m. Speakers from the Elizabethton Electric System will address the buyout by BrightRidge. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

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]

Hands On! Discovery Center, open Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

February 26-March 24, Can You Hear Me Now? Eastman Discovery Lab Program: Discover some of the smallest bones in your body-the ones in your ears! Celebrate Alexander Graham Bell's birthday by learning about sound and how Mr. Bell used sound in many of his inventions. Play a song on our palm pipes, listen to singing crystal water glasses, and even try out a tune on our Boomwhackers! The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.

March 4-March 31, Art Studio Programs: Join us for a wax resist watercolor painting inspired by Starry Night, a Fox in Socks puppet, and a 3-dimensional rainbow in our Art Studio. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided. Facilitated programs announced periodically throughout each day. Stop by and get creative!

March 14 to Pi Day: Join us for all things Pi and pie! Programs and activities by announcement throughout the day. FREE with paid general admission while supplies last. Some activities may contain small parts and food allergens.

March 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Patrick's Day Pop-in Workshop: Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to expose some Leprechaun secrets! Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing Leprechaun bead bracelet, and grow Leprechaun "eggs" that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye. Children must be supervised at all times, due to small parts this workshop is recommended for ages 3+. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

March 25-April 28, Biome Zones Eastman Discovery Lab Program: Unearth the wonderful world of biomes in honor of Earth Day! Experience animal adaptations with blubber gloves, uncover the illusion of camouflage with a candy* sorting survival challenge, and test your knowledge with a biome trivia game. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. *May contain small parts and food allergens.

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.

Johnson City Woman’s Club: Meeting March 8, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for meet and greet, business and lunch to follow. Guest speaker is Ronda Paulson, director of Isaiah 117 house. All are welcome. Tickets are $15 payable at the door by cash or check. To make reservations email [email protected], no later than noon March 5.

Keystone Community Center Teen Game Room: now open to youth 11-18 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center, located across the street from Memorial Park Community Center at 601 Bert St., offers Xbox One and PS4 Pro gaming systems, pool, pingpong, foosball, and a comfortable lounge area. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Mary B. Martin School of the Arts: Peterson Toscano, who will be in residence at ETSU for several days, talking to student groups about an array of things including faith, climate change, the Bible and gender and his own struggles with gay conversion therapy and his now-Quaker-Christian-gay lifestyle. He will have two public events, a free panel discussion on climate change on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and a ticketed comedy performance on Thursday, Feb. 28. For more information about Toscano, visit https://petersontoscano.com. For information about ETSU’s Mary B. Martin School of the Arts or to purchase tickets – $15 general, $10 for seniors 60+ and $5 for students of any age with ID – visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-TKTS (8587). Follow the Martin School of the Arts @artsatetsu and on Facebook. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

The McKinney Center, Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts: Artist Exhibition 2019 Series Opening on Friday, March 8, 6-8 p.m. featuring the work of artists Sydney Williams and Joel Yarger. The exhibition will run through April 19. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It will be available for viewing at the McKinney Center Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between March 11 and April 19. Artwork will be on sale to the public through the duration of the exhibition. For more information, email Theresa Hammons at [email protected] or call 423-753-0562.

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.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greenville: Welcomes back the esteemed Russian National Ballet as they bring the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet to the stage with Cinderella on Sunday, March 3rd at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 for orchestra level seating, $30 for mezzanine seating and $25 for balcony seats. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at NPACgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office, or by calling 423-638-1679.

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. The Senior Services will also be offering “Willow,” a class proven to benefit both the mind and body by pairing easy-to-learn meditation techniques with Tabata’s a high-intensity, yet fun and energizing, type of interval training. The classes will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Friday during the month of March beginning Friday, March 1. Cost is $2 per participant per class. Please register at MPCC the morning of each class. For more information, call 423-434-6237. The center will feature The Shooter Band from 7-10 p.m. March 1. The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of March. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and other sleep ailments, meeting March 12, at 12:30 p.m., in the Card Room of the Renaissance Center located at 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. Discussed will be these progressive diseases or ailments involving the nervous system, as well as new medication and developments. Call Mary at 423-390-1187 or go to RLS.org if there are any questions.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park: March 8-10, unveiling a new program this March entitled The Overmountain Institute. This new approach to sharing the regions rich cultural heritage will give participants the chance to get a closer more in-depth look at life on the 18th century frontier with a focus on the area known as the Watauga Settlement in the late 1700s. The Overmountain Institute is limited to 100 participants. The fee to attend is $50.00 per individual and covers all three days of activities. For registration please visit www.liberty.ticketleap.com/omi2019.

The Watauga Association of Genealogists: Meeting in the Jones Meeting Room, Johnson City Public Library, 100 West Millard Street, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. Our March meeting will be an open forum to discuss genealogy brick walls or any unusual discoveries you have found. This new information will be shared to help other members and guests. For additional information, please visit the organization’s web site at http://www.wagsnetn,org/.

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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