Happenings in your community

Hannah Swayze • Sep 24, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Folk Arts Festival: The Exchange Place Living History Farm will host its annual Fall Folk Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon-5 p.m. For the 47th consecutive year, artists from the region will gather to demonstrate 19th century crafts, as well as to sell a wide array of traditional folk arts and hand-crafted arts of today. Pumpkins and other autumn produce, dried flowers and plants for fall planting, as well as a wide range of baked goods and goat milk cheeses, will be available. Admission is $5, with those under age 12 admitted free. Proceeds go toward the care of the farm’s animals and the continued restoration and preservation of the site, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ready or not, here comes Manhunt to MPCC: Teenagers age 13-17 are invited to a fun game of Manhunt at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 8:30-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. The hide-and-seek Manhunt game is played in the dark. Individuals or small groups hide, and everyone else will have 15 minutes to find them. The last hider to be found gets to pick who will hide in the next round. Participants are asked to bring their own flashlight. The event is free, but preregistration is required by Thursday, Sept. 27. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Haunted fundraiser: Hales Community Haunted Forest will run their 31st annual fundraiser. It begins Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and runs through October. Funds go towards school supplies for kids, clothes, Christmas gifts and helping less-fortunate families with utility bills and food. Scheduled dates to be open is Sept. 28, 29 and Oct. 5 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and Halloween night, Oct. 31. Hours are from 7 p.m. until midnight. For more information, call 423-491-1473 or 423-202-8349.

Dodgeball tournament fundraiser: Get ready to duck, dodge and dive at the Dodgebrawl, a fundraiser for Jeremiah School. The school is the only therapeutic day school in the in the Tri-Cities for students on the autism spectrum. The fundraiser will be Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City. Corporate, community and collegiate teams are welcome. Register online or print forms at ww.jeremiahschool.com/dodgebrawl or email the school at [email protected]

Revolutionary War Days: Trace the steps of the heroic Overmountain Men and learn about Morganton’s prominent role in the struggle for Independence during the annual Revolutionary War Days celebration Sept. 29-30. The weekend kicks off with a bang Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Crossing of the Catawba River at Greenlee Ford. Folks are invited to gather on the lawn behind Judge’s Riverside Restaurant and watch Patriot militia re-enactors and others cross the river. The re-enactors will fire their muskets during the crossing. Admission is free both days and there is no charge for food Sunday. On Saturday, a chicken tender lunch is available for $10 per person, or folks may dine inside the restaurant. For information on the events of Revolutionary War Days, go to www.historicburke.org, or call the Historic Burke Foundation at 828-437-4104, or Linda Lindsey at 828-448-2923.

“Chased by the Wolf” authors to give presentation: Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Jill and Fred Sauceman on Tuesday, Sept. 25, as they talk about their new book “Chased by the Wolf: A Life with Lupus and the Kidney Transplant That Saved It.” The free presentation is from 10:30 a.m.-noon and open to all ages. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. Registration will continue through the day of the event. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Pinnacle Trail challenge and Huger Hike: The Pinnacle Trail Challenge is a race up Buffalo Mountain that will take place Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. Racers can register for $35 the day of the race. Prizes for men’s and women’s divisions will be awarded. All registration fees will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, a member of Feeding America. The hunger Hike will be the same day at 9 a.m. and is a free family event. There is no fee to participate in this hike, but hikers are asked to bring canned goods to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2365107430167827.

Information meeting: Clinchfield Senior Adult Center will host a public information meeting concerning the new Unicoi County Hospital facility at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 at the center, located at 220 Union St., Erwin. Presenters will be Eric Carroll, Unicoi County Hospital CEO; April Jones RN, director of nursing; Kellee Blevins, human resources; and Michael Slemp, diagnostic services. This is an opportunity to learn about the new facility, new equipment and new services. For more information, call Clinchfield Senior Adult Center at 423-743-5111.

Book sale: The Washington County Friends of the Library invites the public to come out for their Annual “Big Tent” book sale at the Jonesborough Library. There will be a wide variety of books and magazines on sale. All proceeds will be used to fund library programming. The sale will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, from noon-8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers are also needed.

Fall festival: In combination with the North Side Elementary PTA, Munsey United Methodist Church is hosting a fall festival, Fall for North Side, at North Side on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 4-6 p.m. The North Side PTA does not currently have funds to put on a fall festival for the school, so Munsey has jumped in to help. There will be inflatables, food, games, prizes, and a free costume closet to help families prepare for Halloween.

Dog show: Join fellow dog lovers on Friday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. for a fun, family-friendly dog show. The 7th Annual Lakebridge's Cutest Pooch Dog Show is a benefit for the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter. Every friendly dog and his/her human companion may enter the contest by making a donation of money or items the shelter can use. Participants must bring a copy of current shot records. The first 25 to register will receive a gift bag. For more information, contact the Lakebridge Activity Department at 423-975-0095, ext. 308, or email [email protected] Lakebridge is located at Woodlawn Drive, Johnson City.

Turkey shoot: The Leesburg Ruritan will be starting up its turkey shoot Saturday, Sept. 29. Starting time is 6 p.m. and the cost is $2.50 a round. The address is 1429 Old Stagecoach Road, Jonesborough. For any questions, call Carl Barker at 423-753-6854 or 856-466-1695.

Volunteers needed for Civil Service Commission: The Johnson City Commission will soon consider three appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The group addresses police and fire employees’ civil service matters. These appointments will begin in January and expire December 2020. Applicants must be city residents. Applications may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or can be mailed or faxed by calling 423-434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 19. Applications are kept on file for the current year only. For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, call Richard Lockner at 423-434-6018.

Support group: Tennessee Caregiver Support Group will meet the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The men’s only group meets at The Courtyards Senior Living, 2109 E. Lakeview Drive, Johnson City. This meeting alternates locations. Call D. Simerly at 423-967-4431 for more information. Participants can learn about community resources, share coping techniques and gain insight and feedback from others who understand. The confidential group provides education, hope and encouragement to caregivers and family members of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or any related dementia. For information, call Tracey Kendall Wilson at 423-330-4532 or email her at [email protected]

Block party in Abingdon: The Totally ’80s Block Party, presented by Abingdon Music Experience, takes place Saturday, Sept. 29 from 4-9 pm. Abingdon, Virginia, will shut down the street for a free block party featuring a costume contest, kids’ games, street fair, pop-up vintage arcade, and a concert by ’80s tribute band Rubiks Groove. There will be dancing in the street – literally. Main Street will be closed to vehicles between Cummings and Wall Streets, creating a true block party experience. Visitors can browse the booths of the street fair, shop at Main Street stores open for extended hours, take a photo in the ’80s Photo Booth, and check out a genuine vintage DeLorean car that’s the same model as the one driven by Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future.” For more information, visit AbingdonMusicExperience.com.

Health event: There will be a women’s health event at Spine and Sports Chiropractic Office, 215 E. Watuaga Ave., Johnson City, on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. RSVP by calling 423-388-3643.

Big Country Breakfast: The Liberty Hill United Methodist Church will host a Big Country Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6:30-10 a.m. Enjoy country ham, bacon, sausage, gravy, biscuits, eggs, fruit, coffee and juice. The meal is by donation. For more information, call 423-257-2346. The church is located at the corner of Old Snapps Ferry Road and Graysburg Hills Road at 3585 Old Snapps Ferry Road.

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