NARFE meeting: The National Active And Retired Federal Employees will hold its July meeting at the Empire Buffet, 2614 N. Roan St., Johnson City, on Thursday, July 5. The speaker will be Maybell Stewart, from the election commission of Washington County. For more information, call Wayne Robertson at 423-741-0612.
Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board: The Johnson City Commission soon will consider four appointments to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. Each appointee’s term is three years. This board is charged with promoting economic redevelopment, reinvestment with land uses, raising capital, generating revenue, and acting to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of Johnson City with an emphasis on downtown. 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 visitwww.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, July 20. Applications are kept on file for the current year only. For more information regarding the Authority, contact Dianna Cantler at 202-3510 or [email protected]
Republican Women meeting: Metro Republican Women will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Johnson City. The Young Republicans’ Logan Burleson and Tyler Scott will be the guest speakers. They will give an overview of the group’s activities and recruitment efforts. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 423-741-6968
Core Fit: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to join a class focused on firing up the abdominals, lower back and gluteus muscles to build a stable, stronger and more powerful core. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats, though mats can be provided. Cost is $2 per person. Classes will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Friday in July. Participants must register and pay in person at MPCC to reserve one of the 12 spots in the class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.
Ballroom dance: Friday night ballroom dances will take place July 6 with the Shooter Band and July 20 with a veterans dance with local band Kids Our Age. Dances will be at the Memorial Park Community Center at 510 Bert St., Johnson City. For more information, call 423-434-6237.
Anvil shoot: The Museum of Appalachia will continue their time-honored tradition of shooting an 200-pound anvil into the sky this Independence Day. The day’s festivities include a bell-ringing ceremony, old-fashioned games and demonstrations from blacksmiths, beekeepers and more. Anvil shootings are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 3 p.m. The Museum of Appalachia is located at 2819 Andersonville Hwy. in Clinton. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 13-17, $6 for children ages 5-12 and $42 for a family. Members are free. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.museumofappalachia.org.
Parade: Veterans and the public are invited to attend the Welcome Home Veterans parade July 4 in downtown Erwin. From WWII to the Middle East conflict, all Veterans from all over the Tri-Cities will be honored in the parade that begins at 11 a.m. and ends with hot dogs and treats at the Veterans Memorial on South Elm Street, provided by the town of Erwin. There will be special transportation provided for any Veterans who would like to ride rather than walk the parade route, including floats. There will be a special place for Medal of Honor recipients for those who would like to participate. Everyone is invited to bring their flags and help welcome home the Veterans. Call Parade Coordinator Jamie Rice at 423-220-7624 if you need more information.
Fun Fest block party: The Carousel Fun Fest Block party will feature plein air painter Dawn Whitelaw. Members of the Kingsport Art Guild will join this nationally recognized painter and take to the outdoors on July 7 at the Kingsport Farmers Market beginning at 9 a.m. Each participating artist will be painting on location and will have their own work available for sale. Participating artists include: Carol Dixon, Renee Pitts, Donna Bird, Janet Hartmann, Joanne McDonough, Don Gotterbarn, John Youssi, Steven Reeves, Allison Parker, Judy Fitzgerald, Linda Loffmin and Kathy Hawk. For more information visit www.kingsportartguild.com.
Genealogists: The Watauga Association of Genealogists will meet at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard Street, on Tuesday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. Our July meeting will consist of family stories. Three of our WAGS members will give presentations on one of their ancestors. A group discussion will follow in which the audience may participate by talking about their ancestors. For more information, call Kate Morgan at 423 743-3907 or visit the organization’s website at http://www.wagsnetn.org.
Artful aging performance: A public performance by participants of the Artful Aging Introduction to Acting will be held at the Blue Moon Dinner Theatre on Saturday, July 7, starting at 2 p.m. Students of Ed Breese will share the acting skills they have learned in 10 weeks of workshop training, in a variety of scenes and monologues. The performance is free of charge, and the public is encouraged to attend. A reception will follow, and audience members will have a chance to talk with the performers and learn about their experiences. In 2017, the library was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. to receive a “Seeding Artful Aging” grant from Aroha Philanthropies, and the library received a second year of grant funding in 2018. Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. For more information about Seeding Artful Aging, visit arohaartfulaging.org. For more information about the workshops at the library, contact Lisa Williams at 423-434-4356 or [email protected]
Call for art: The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, in conjunction with Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts, is hosting its sixth Journeys of Women Art Exhibit. The exhibition is juried and will be open to the public Aug. 31-Sept. 8. The mission of the Women’s Fund is to serve as a catalyst to transform the lives of low-income women and girls in East Tennessee. Women artists are invited to submit up to two pieces of art (both for sale). Artists can find the prospectus and entry form online at jonesboroughtn.org. Deadline for entries is Monday, July 16, at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Theresa Hammons at [email protected] or 423-753-0562.
Breakfast fundraiser: Members of the Bowmantown Ruritan, 1573 Barkley Road, Telford, will be serving a benefit breakfast from 7-10 a.m Saturday, July 7. Donations will provide funds for community needs such as assistance for burned-out families, heart attacks, strokes, and other medical needs, as well as Little League teams.
Mended: Mended, A Path to Recovery for a Broken Heart, meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Munsey Church, 201 S. Roan St., Johnson City, in Room LL-13. All who are broken or have emotional trauma are welcome. Call 423-943-5559 or 423-292-3121 for more info.
Seniors BYOB: Seniors BYOB! (Bring Your Own Bible) for open Bible study Mondays, at 2 p.m. at the Johnson City Seniors Center. All are welcome. Call 423-943-5559 for more info.
Intro to Buddhism & Meditation: Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center will resume its free introduction to Buddhism and Meditation class Saturday, July 7, 1-3 p.m. The class is open to those who want an introduction to the basic teachings of Buddhism, learning more about meditation on how to be more mindful. The class is free but donations are accepted. The class will take place at the center, 108 W. 10th St., Johnson City.
Movie nights: Munsey Church will present Downtown Dinner and a Movie on Thursday evenings throughout July. The event will be held in the King Commons Amphitheatre, 112 Commerce St., with live music beginning at 8 p.m. followed by a movie at 8:45. There is no admission charge for the movie or music. Munsey will provide popcorn and water, while supplies last. On Thursday, July 5, Munsey will screen “The Last Jedi” on Star Wars night when children, adults and groups are invited to be part of a costume contest. The July 12 movie will be “Lilo & Stitch,” with a beach night celebration. Superhero night will be the theme of the July 19 showing of “Wonder Woman” accompanied by a kids’ superhero costume contest. On July 26, the community will have the opportunity to vote for the movie they would like to see. Votes must be cast by Tuesday, July 10, on the Munsey Church Facebook page. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, visit www.munsey.org/movie or www.facebook.com/munseychurch.
Roe to hold local office hours: U.S. Rep. Phil Roe’s staff will hold office hours in Johnson City and Jonesborough on Tuesday, July 10. Office hours will be held in Jonesborough in the Washington County Courthouse on the second floor from 2-4 p.m. and in Johnson City at the Memorial Park Community Center from 9-11 a.m. The staff will be available to assist First District constituents.
Storytelling Camp on tap at Princeton Arts Center: East Tennessee State University Storytelling Program graduate Charis Carter will guide children ages 6-12 through a weeklong experience aimed at strengthening communication by crafting and sharing stories. Storytelling Camp will include indoor and outdoor activities, yoga, crafts and other games and activities that will help inspire a desire for the telling of tales. Camp will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 16-20, at Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave. Cost is $95 per child. Please register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., by July 11. For more information, call 423-434-5725.
Open auditions: Symphony of the Mountains will hold open auditions for various sections in the symphony July 12 and 16. Positions open for auditioning are principal clarinet, violin section, principal viola and principal and section double bass. Visit www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org for a schedule and more details.
An Old Fashioned Independence Day: Rocky Mount State Historic Site will host its annual “An Old Fashioned Independence” on Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This event showcases how people in 1791 celebrated the birth of their nation and the independence they fought so hard to secure. There will be a special program in the afternoon including a reading of the Declaration of Independence as they would have done in 1791, a reading of the Liberty Tree poem, and more. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy on site. Admission for the event will be $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (55+) and $5 for children (ages 5-17). Children under the age of 5 are free. All members of Rocky Mount will receive free admission. For more information, call 423-538-7396 or email [email protected]