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Happenings in your community

Hannah Swayze • Oct 1, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 6: Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 6, with hundreds of rainbow trout up for grabs in Johnson City’s annual “Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” fishout. Children ages 3-14 (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in this free event. Poles and bait will be provided, and hundreds of prizes will be given. Volunteers will clean the fish caught by youth so they can take them home to cook. Then, on Sunday, Oct. 7, the rest of the community is invited to fish for the remaining trout for a donation of $10 per hour (proceeds go to the fishout program). Fishing will take place from noon until 5 p.m. “Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” was started in 1989 as a way to get area youths involved in a fun, wholesome activity. “The fishout is a great way for our officers to engage with the community and encourage children to become involved in positive activities,” said Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner. The program has seen broad-based community support ever since. Area sponsors provide prizes, exhibits and activities for participants. Local volunteers donate their time to work the event, along with representatives from the Johnson City Police, Fire, Communications and Marketing and Parks and Recreation departments; Washington County Sheriff’s Office; and Army National Guard. For more information, call the Johnson City Police Department at 423-434-6105.

Genealogists: The Watauga Association of Genealogists will meet in the Jones Meeting Room in the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. The October meeting will be “Help the Archivist Help You!” presented by Donna Cox Briggs, assistant archivist, Washington County Tennessee Records Management and Archives. She will discuss what can be done before coming to the archives to make research time more productive. Briggs will also explain what can be found in the archives and what can’t. For more information, call Kate Morgan at 423 743-3907 or visit the organization’s website at http://www.wagsnetn.org/.

Youth and adult basketball: Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth basketball registration will be open from Monday, Oct. 1, through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, by school district and a previous playing history with a returning coach. Divisions include: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 for both boys and girls. Registration fee is $25 for Johnson City residents; $30 for non-city residents. Practices begin Monday, Nov. 5. Games begin Monday, Dec. 3. Entry deadline is Thursday, Nov. 8. League play begins Monday, Dec. 3. Adult league play is open to ages 16 and older and includes: Men’s Open, Men’s Church and Women’s Open. Registration fees are $400 plus $5 for each non-city resident on the roster. Photo IDs and team rosters are due at time of registration. The league offers a 14-game schedule and a single-elimination tournament. Register for the youth league at myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office on Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Adult league registration must be conducted at Winged Deer Park.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Caregiver Support Group will meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Brookdale, 2003 Water’s Edge Drive, Johnson City. 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, contact Tracey Kendall Wilson at 423-330-4532 or [email protected] 

Quilt show: Sycamore Shoals Stitchers will present the 23rd Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show on Oct. 5-7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The show features a show and demonstration by local quilters. Bed quilts; wall hangings; holiday and baby quilts; miniatures; and antique quilts will be on display. 

Sewing class: An adult beginning sewing class will start Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. The class will run every Tuesday until Nov. 6. The cost is $65 plus supplies. The class includes the use of sewing tools for classroom usage. A supply list for the class will be provided at the first meeting. Students need to bring a sewing machine for the first class. The class will create a simple lined apron with pockets. The course will cover the basic operations of a sewing machine, pattern layout and hands-on techniques. 

Republican Women: The Washington County Federated Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Carnegie Hotel, 1216 W. State of Franklin Road. 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 Jason Emert, chairman of the Young Republican National Federation and East Tennessee native. For more information, call Chapter President Sharon Boreing at 423-741-6968 or email [email protected]

MPCC offers 3-on-3 basketball tournament: Head to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This tournament will offer three age brackets (10-12, 13-17, and 18 and older) with four players per team; males and females welcome. Prizes will be awarded. Fee is $40 per team. Register in person beginning Oct. 1 at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Metro Republican Women: The Metro Republican Women will meet Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Perkins Restaurant on Roan Street in Johnson City at 11:30 a.m. The program topic is the Washington County Election Commission. 

Country breakfast: Bowmantown Ruritan members will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Oct. 6 from 7-10 a.m. Proceeds will be used for community needs. The Ruritan building is located at 1573 Barkley Road in Telford.

Senior Services to host Aeronautical Adventure: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering an outing for adults and all students enrolled in Tennessee schools who want to soar above the clouds with Vietnam Fighter Pilot Lt. Col. Bill Powley. Powley will be giving 20-minute rides from the Tri-Cities Airport in a Cessna 172. He has extensive experience in the F-4, A-7 and F-16 aircraft, totaling 347 combat missions. He taught ROTC at Unicoi County High School, and established the Flight Lesson Instructional Grants Helping Teens program at Sullivan South High School, where he provides Foundation for Flight instruction, as well as student scholarships. The flights are Wednesday, Oct. 17. Cost is $25 for adults and $10 for students. There is an additional $1 fee for the bus ride to Tri-Cities Airport from MPCC, which leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Register in person at MPCC by Oct. 10. Seating is limited. This adventure at Tri-Cities Airport is made possible by The Foundation for Flight. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Identifying old photos: Do you have some old photos and you'd like to know who or what they are? Leslie Burgess has been learning about and identifying photographs for over 25 years with much success. Come and learn techniques and tips for discoveries and identifications that can be documented and proven. Topics covered will be beginner to advanced with examples and case studies. This is an event hosted by the Watauga Historical Association on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Tipton Haynes State Historical Site 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City.

Party in the Park community celebration: The city of Johnson City, Johnson City Police Department and Johnson City Community Roundtable invite citizens to Party in the Park from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Founders Park, 225 S. Commerce St. This free event is a celebration of our community and will feature live music, inflatables, face painting, cornhole, and more. This year’s entertainment includes Liberian dancers at 1 p.m. and music by Hollow Ground, which will take the stage at 2 p.m. Among other activities, MOMAC will be painting faces, Hands On! Discovery Center will offer a children’s activity and Downtown Yoga will host yoga in the park from noon-1 p.m. At the Pavilion, attendees can purchase delicious fare from popular local food trucks Li’l Delights, Bistro Snacks, Caribbean Grill, Feeding Frenzy, Me & K’s, and Top Dogs.

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