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Johnson City Press • Sep 4, 2018 at 12:15 AM

Parks and Recreation offers fall after-school program: Memorial Park Community Center and Keystone Community Center will serve as fun locations for children 6-12 this fall, hosting an assortment of after-school enterprises, including arts, crafts, sports, special programs, and a variety of other activities. The program is available Sept. 10-Dec. 21, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $75 per child for the entire program. Please register in person at MPCC, 510 Bert. St. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

September Friday Night Dance to feature Kids Our Age: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Kids Our Age on Friday, Sept. 7. Those 50+ are invited. The dance is at the MPCC gymnasium and dining room from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Senior Services will announce the entertainment for a second September dance in the near future. For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

MPCC offers baton-twirling classes: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 5-15 to learn everything from basic wrist twirling, finger twirling, and baton throwing to advanced routines that will be performed at local venues and events. Participants should wear tank tops or T-shirts with mini sleeves, shorts or yoga pants, tennis shoes, and have hair pulled back in a ponytail. No oversized shirts or baggy pants. Participant must supply their own batons. Two classes are available on Mondays beginning Sept. 10: beginner from 5:50-6:30 p.m. and advanced from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per class. Registration is under way at MPCC will remain open until Sept. 24. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

MPCC to hold Party on Pardee: Memorial Park Community Center’s Recreation Services and Senior Center staff invite their neighbors to a block party at the end of Pardee Street, next to the Johnson City Housing Authority buildings. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. Games for children and adults, music, hot dogs, a hula hoop contest, and other activities will be available. The block party is free, requires no registration, and is open to all ages. For more information, please call 423-434-6237.

MPCC to host an evening with Valerie Houston: Johnson City Senior Services and ETSU’s Slocumb Gallery will welcome Valerie Houston to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., where she will perform excerpts from her theatrical presentation of “Madam C.J. Walker.” Through storytelling, singing, and acting, Houston will present a story about challenges overcome by America’s first African-American female millionaire. Houston – a singer, actress, playwright and composer – started performing at a young age. As a teenager, she sang blues music on Beale Street in Memphis and traveled the blues circuit as a background singer for various artists. Houston also composes, performs, and records gospel music. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and will include dinner followed by a question-and-answer session. Cost is $2 per person, and the event is open to all ages. Register in person at MPCC by Tuesday, Sept. 4. For more information, please call 423-434-6237.

City to co-host forum on community-wide systems of care: On Sept. 5, the City of Johnson City will co-host a forum entitled Moving from Understanding to Implementing Trauma-Responsive Services in conjunction with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The forum will address SAMHSA recommendations for communities to treat trauma as a component of effective behavioral health service delivery. The forum will feature presentations from several distinguished representatives of state, regional, and local agencies. Event sponsors include Camelot, Insight Alliance, System of Care Across Tennessee, the East Tennessee State University Psychology Department, and the Johnson City Police Department. The free forum will take place from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Hotel, 1216 W. State of Franklin Road and will include lunch. Program details and registration are available online at EventBrite.com.

RLS Support group meeting: There will be a Restless Leg Syndrome support group meeting Tuesday September 11 at 12:30 p.m. in the card room of the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. Restless Leg Syndrome is a progressive movement disorder disease that involves the nervous system. The meeting and brochures are free. Form more information, call 423-390-1187. The Renaissance Center is located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport.

Constitution Week: The Town of Jonesborough has declared the week of September 17-23 as Constitution Week. The Fifth Annual Constitution Week Bell Ringing will be held Sunday September 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Oak Hill School, 212 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough. Heritage Alliance will host the event. A program on WWI veterans from Jonesborough will be presented by Alan Jackson, USAF Ret. The program will end with the singing of My Country Tis of Thee and the ringing of the bells. Attendees may bring any type bell to ring. The program runs just over an hour so participants should bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting. Immediately after the Bell Ringing the assembly will move to Veteran’s Park at Town Hall for a wreath laying.

Workshops at Tusculum: The Museums of Tusculum University will be offering two exciting workshops in the coming weeks that are open to the public. According to Dollie Boyd, director of museums at Tusculum University, participants in both workshops will have an opportunity to learn a traditional regional art from a bygone era. On Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m.-noon, there will be a workshop opportunity for participants to learn how to dye fabric and other natural fibers with dyes derived from plants and other natural sources. The registration fee for this event is $10 per person. All materials are included and registration is required. This workshop is open to ages 12 and up, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited in the class. Contact Dollie Boyd at 423. 636.8554 or [email protected] to register for this event.

Graveyard forensics: Watauga Historical Association will present "Graveyard Forensics Update" by Art Bohanan Thursday September 6, 2018 6:30 pm at Tipton Haynes State Historical Site 2620 South Roan St Johnson City. Art Bohanan is a forensics scientist who lectures about his discoveries and inventions. “Graveyard Forensics Update” will take forensic science into the cemeteries, old and new, with forensic discoveries.

Intro to Taoism: Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center will hold a free introduction to Taoism’s approach to death and dying on September 15 from 1-3 p.m. Anyone interested in learning about this ancient Chinese philosophy is welcome to attend. This presentation will introduce Taoist principles focusing on the common human concern of death and dying. The goal of this presentation on ancient Taoism offers a unique perspective and valuable insights that can be relevantly applied to life today regardless of one's religious or philosophical affiliation. For more information, contact the presenter Gary [email protected]

Metro Republican Women: metro Republican Women will meet Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018 at Perkins Restaurant on Roan Street, Johnson City at 11:30 a.m. John Moore, Dillow Taylor Funeral Home Director and Paster of Church of the Bretheren will be the featured speaker. He will provide information on funeral, burial, cremation and financial prearrangements.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference: The Alzheimer’s Regional Resource Center and the Kingsport Kiwanis Club are hosting an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference at the Parish Life Center of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport. The Conference will be held on September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Conference speaker is Jolene Brackey, a celebrated nationwide speaker on Alzheimer’s education. Conference fees (including a light breakfast and full lunch) are $50 for non-professional caregivers; $95 for professional caregivers; and $100 for a vendor table (including one attendee fee). Professional caregivers can earn 6.5 hours of CEU credits (NAB). For additional information about the Conference, registration and fee payment, visit the Kiwanis website at www.kingsportkiwanis.org. You may also call Kiwanis at (423) 343-4147 for registration assistance. You may reach the Resource Center by phone at (423) 378-4357 or email at [email protected] .

Line and Ballroom dance: THe Kingsport YMCA will host the PF Flyers Band September 14 for a night of line and ballroom dancing. The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $7 and anyone over 13 is welcome. 

Dance: Night Shift will be playing at the Buffalo Ruritan Club, 200 Willow Brook Dr. in Bluff City Saturday September 8 at 7 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 423-967-1651. 

Elizabethton Choral Club begins rehearsals: Rehearsals for the fall season of the Elizabethton Choral Club will begin on Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. in the choir room of First Baptist Church, 212 E. F Street, Elizabethton. Please note the new location. First Baptist Church has graciously invited the group to return for weekly rehearsals and concerts. The group is led by Debbie Gouge, director, and Charles Dugger, accompanist. Weekly rehearsals will culminate with a Christmas concert on Monday, December 10 at 7:00 pm. All interested singers, at least 18 years of age with experience in a choral ensemble and preferably with note reading ability, are asked to report to the first rehearsal and subsequent Mondays. Enrollment for new members closes on Monday, September 17. For more information, please contact Jan Tillman, president, at 423-543-5286. 

NARFE: The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold their next meet on Thursday September 6, at the Empire Buffet located at 2614 N. Roan St., Johnson City. The speaker will be Dawn Day from the American Red Cross. For further information contact Wayne Robertson at (423) 741-0612.

Community yard sale: The Town of Unicoi invites citizens to this month’s Community Yard Sale on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th from 8am-2pm at the Tourist Information Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place (Exit 32 off I-26). Registered vendors have items ranging from children’s clothes to antique furniture. There will be something for everyone! Vendor applications are still being accepted. There is no fee for vendors to set up a booth, but tables, chairs, and other set-up equipment will not be provided. Vendors are to call and reserve their space ahead of time and fill out an application. For more information, call Trish Bennet (423) 735-0517 or email [email protected]

Washington Co. Republican Women: The Washington County Tennessee Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, September 10 at the Carnegie Hotel, 1216 W. State of Franklin Rd. Fellowship will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will start promptly at noon. Lunch is available (optional; cost is $15 including tax and tip, reservation not required). The meeting is open to the public. Guest speaker for the meeting will be Scott Golden, Chair of the Tennessee GOP. For more information, contact Sharon Boreing, chapter President, at (423) 741-6968 or [email protected].

Public discussion on King Commons: Citizens are invited to a public discussion Tuesday (Sept. 4) to share input on proposed improvements to King Commons. Set for 6 p.m. at The Venue, 300 E. Main St., the session will include a presentation from Barge Solutions. Proposed amenities include a natural adventure area, splash pad, and cascading water feature.



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