Happenings in your community

Hannah Swayze • Sep 10, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Barbecue fundraiser: Leesburg Ruritan will have a barbecue fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The meal is $10 to eat in or take to-go. Fund will go toward community service projects that benefit veterans and schools.

Hidden Heroes family retreat: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites veterans, their caregivers and their children to enjoy an afternoon together. This free event will be held at MPCC on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 12-4:30 p.m.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at noon, followed by billiards, cards, games, sharing time, basketball, and pickleball for veterans; neck massages, stress management, crafts and sharing time for caregivers; and games, swimming and crafts for children. Participants must call 423-434-6237 to register by Monday, Sept. 10.

Warrior to Soulmate: The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center offers Veterans and their significant others a chance to reconnect through participation in a program called “Warrior to Soul Mate,” or W2SM. This program, run by the chaplain’s office in cooperation with mental health services, offers an effective way to positively impact veteran’s relationships, in turn helping their overall health and well-being. W2SM is not “couples therapy,” but a practical educational program for couples that helps develop skills for deepening their relationships and working through conflict and difficulties. The workshops are scheduled through the chaplain’s office by calling 423-926-1171, ext. 2485, or through a VA provider. Additional workshops will be scheduled throughout the year to serve as many beteran couples as possible. The next workshop is scheduled for Sept. 15-16.

Wild bees seminar: Sam Droege, head of the Bee Inventory & Monitoring Program at the U.S. Geological Survey, will present "Wild Bees – A Gardener’s Best Friend” on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market St., Kingsport. Sam Droege is a biologist who has spent most of his career at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, online identification guides for North American bees at www.discoverlife.org, and with Jessica Zelt reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program. Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society, the program is free and the public is invited. For more information, phone 423-348-6572 or email [email protected]

WERQ Dance Fitness cardio/dance class: Join certified group fitness instructor Jennifer Howard at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for the fiercely fun WERQ (pronounced “work”) dance fitness workout based on pop and hip-hop music. This ongoing class for those 16 and older begins Tuesday, Sept. 11, and will be held Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon. Cost is $5 per class. Register at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

MPCC fuses fitness, creates Bells and Barre class: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a new, 50-minute class called Bells and Barre that combines 25-minute segments of two of today’s most popular and effective techniques for overall fitness. Kettlebell AMPD Express combines basic kettlebell and strength moves with inspiring music to create a fun total body workout focused on arms, legs and core. It employs a low weight-high rep formula that can be easily modified for all fitness levels. Barre Above Express blends the best of Pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of the strengthening exercises used by dancers to deliver a results-driven workout that is not only fun and dynamic, but that also will sculpt your body. This is a low-impact toning and sculpting class focused on legs and core. No dance experience is needed, and modifications are available for all fitness levels. The class will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 12. Cost is $6 per class. Register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Senior Services offers fitness video and discussion series: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to attend a free fitness video series that will be held twice a month on an ongoing basis. The 30-minute videos will be followed by a group discussion.

The Sept. 13 topic is “Components of Fitness.” The Sept. 20 topic is “How Fit Are You?” Sessions are from 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Senior Services offers ETSU football outings: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the ETSU Buccaneers at two September home football games. Saturday, Sept. 22: ETSU vs. Furman University Paladins. Cost: $21, includes roundtrip transportation. Bus leaves MPCC at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. Must register and buy tickets by Sept. 15 at either MPCC desk. Saturday, Sept. 29: ETSU vs. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. Cost: $26, includes roundtrip transportation. Bus leaves MPCC at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. Must register and buy tickets by Sept. 22 at either MPCC desk. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Barbecue Dinner: The Greenwood Ruritans Club will host a barbecue dinner Saturday, Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m. Sugar-free barbecue sauce will be available. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. To go is also available. The location is 118 Crockett Road, near the intersection of Mill Spring and Greenwood Drive.

UAW Retirees meeting: The Johnson City UAW Retirees (Chrysler, Ford, GM) will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Pipe Fitters Training Center, 386 Highway 91 on Stoney Creek Road across from the Elizabethton Airport. Spouses and friends are welcome. For information, call 772-4777.

Grief support group: The JOSHUA Tree, a nonprofit grief support group for those who have lost loved ones due to substance abuse, will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11 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. The group is offering a free book for those who attend to help on their journeys from grief to joy. Meetings are facilitated by Todd Adams. For more information, call 423-747-3484 or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/joshtree.

Square dancing: The Johnson City Grand Squares will have beginning square dance classes at the Johnson City Memorial Park Community Center on the second and fourth Fridays of the month starting Sept. 14. Classes will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and cost $6. You do not need a partner or any dance experience to participate.

Freedom Hall searching for temporary employees: Freedom Hall Civic Center is currently accepting applications for temporary concessions employees. Work hours are typically nights and weekends on an as-needed basis. Rate of pay is $8.50 an hour. Applicants must be 18 or older. Please print and complete the paper application found at www.johnsoncitytn.org/HR and return in person to Freedom Hall, 1320 Pactolas Road, during normal business hours. For more information, call 423-461-1855.

Registration under way for Dolly & Me Tea: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls age 4-12 to make an entrance on the red carpet with their special doll for a Dolly & Me Tea. The event, set for 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, will include light refreshments, crafts, photo opportunities and a runway show. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost is $5 per person. Preregistration is open through Friday, Sept. 21, at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Genealogists meeting: The Watauga Association of Genealogists will host a genealogy help night in the Tennessee Room at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. WAGS members will be there to assist in searches. For more information, visit the organization’s website at http://www.wagsnetn.org.

Race for Wandell: The ALS Awareness Race will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at East Side Elementary School in Elizabethton at 10 a.m. This year's shirt is available at the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce. Register for the race or register online by visiting https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Elizabethton/RaceforWandell.

Seniors at Dolly Parton’s Stampede: Dolly Parton’s Stampede will host its special Senior Day event on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The event takes place from 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Stampede dinner show, 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. Senior Day begins at 11 a.m. with a Health and Wellness Fair featuring a variety of complementary health screenings including carotid artery, allergy and bone density screenings, information for seniors and their families on strokes, audiology, breast health/mammography and low-dose lung screening. Information from more than 30 organizations and area activities of interest to the public – especially seniors — and numerous door prizes also are available at the event. Popular Stampede emcee Jay Teter hosts the Health and Wellness Fair. Limited space is available for this event. For tickets or more information, please call 865-453-4400 or 800-356-1676 and mention Senior Day. Mention any special needs at the time of purchase so Stampede can accommodate guests appropriately.

Volunteer needed for JC Regional Planning Commission: The Johnson City Commission will consider one appointment to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. This vacancy is for the remainder of an existing term that expires in June 2020. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation. Applicants must live within the Johnson City city limits. 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, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Sept. 21. Applications are kept on file for the current year only. For more information, call Nicole Lawrence at 423-434-6071.

Sew crazy: The next Sew Crazy meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. The group will be meeting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. The month-long project is making small and large mastectomy aprons for Ballad Health Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. There is a great need for both male and female breast cancer patients. Turn in for the aprons is October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is no cost to attend this meeting. Sewing materials and notions are provided. Contact Donna Horrowitz at 423-434-0424 or email [email protected] for more information.

Amateur horse show: The South Central Ruritan will be hosting its Amateur Horseshow on Saturday, Sept. 15. Gates open at 4 p.m. with the show at 6. Admission is $5. Kids under 10 free. Bring some school supplies and get in for $3. Check the group out on Facebook at South Central Ruritan to get event information first-hand. For questions, call Daryl Broyles at 423-791-2161.

Story collectors: The McKinney Center in Jonesborough, which now houses the Jonesborough Story Initiative, just completed the first training series focused on teaching the basic tools in how to collect oral stories from members of the community. Eight members received their training and are now certified story collectors. The interviews they gather will be archived for future generations, and will be used in the production of the many story-based programs in the town, to include an annual play, like that “I Am Home,” a production that performed at the McKinney Center in February, as well as the monthly radio shows at the storytelling center, the annual play at the Seniors Center, and more.The members certified in the first training session are: Paul Braxton, Lee Clements, Judy Donley, Lynda Harris, Deborah Lowery, Marat Moore, Maggie Polden and Jimmy Neil Smith. The training sessions this semester will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at the McKinney Center. Those interested in learning how to collect family and community stories should call Skye McFarland at the McKinney Center at 423-753-0562.

Civil war speaker: The Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table will host Frank O’Reilly, the Fredicksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park’s lead historian, to speak at their gathering Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. The program will be held in the Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, at 400 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport. The group will also have a dinner with the guest speaker at Chop House in Kingsport at 5 p.m. Reservation is required. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call 423-323-2306 or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public.

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