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Happenings in your community

Hannah Swayze • Oct 8, 2018 at 9:27 PM

Rocky Mount festival: Rocky Mount’s inaugural “Family Fall Festival” will take place Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. celebrating the harvest season with a variety of fun family events. The day will include sack races, and craft classes where attendees can paint pumpkins, make soap and candles, corn-shuck dolls and baskets. Craft classes require an additional ticket purchased at the front desk. Mountain Boys Kountry Kitchen will be on site as well as picnic tables for families to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. The usual living history tours will take place all day. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and children 5-17 are $5. Children under 5 years old are free. Rocky Mount Historical Association members will be admitted free. For more information, call 423-538-7396 or 888-538-1791 or email [email protected]

Fall Festival: The Shell Creek General Store, 8712, Highway 19E Roan Mountain, will host its Fall festival in their pumpkin barn Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will also be a celebration of the store’s 1-year anniversary. There will be family-friendly activities, pumpkin and mums for sale, vendors, live music, homemade treats and more old-fashioned fun. For more information, call 423-213-1588.

Senior Services to offer Let’s Go Travel Show: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer its annual Let’s Go Travel Show from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Seniors on the Go will provide information to those 50 and older about charter trips available in 2019. Participants will enjoy entertainment, snacks and door prizes. This event is free and sponsored by the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation. Register Saturday, Oct. 13, in person at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

Star Party at Hand’s On!: Travel down to the Hands On Discovery Center, 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray for a night of stargazing on Friday, Oct. 12, from 3-9 p.m. The center will have both a solar observation telescope for safe daytime viewing and a traditional night viewing scope. This event is weather permitting.

Citizens Climate Lobby meeting: Join others concerned about the environment Saturday, Oct. 13, at the monthly meeting of the Northeast Tennessee chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby a national nonpartisan organization. The meeting begins at 12:45 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive, Johnson City. The meeting room is at the rear of the building. The featured speaker at the meeting will be former U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) was an early member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and a cosponsor of the Republican climate resolution introduced by former Rep. Chris Gibson.

UAW meeting: The Johnson City UAW Retirees (Chrysler, Ford, & GM) will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m., at the Pipe Fitters Training Center, 386 Highway 91 (Stoney Creek Road) across from the Elizabethton Airport. Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information, call 423-727-7393 or 423-772-4777.

Fish fry: Unicoi Ruritan Club will host a fish fry Friday, Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m. at Unicoi Methodist Church, 115 Mountain View St. Menu consists of fish, a baked potato, coleslaw, hush puppies, a drink and dessert, all for a $10 donation. Carry out and dine-in are both available.

MPCC offers hands-on experience to assist Gray Fossil Site: Pick through the past and assist with ongoing fossil research at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Gray Fossil Site Collections Manager April Nye and East Tennessee State University graduate students will conduct a free, interactive class for those 50 and older on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 10:30-noon. The class includes an introductory PowerPoint presentation on the fossil site’s history and a search to identify fossils within samples brought from the site. Identified fossils will become part of the East Tennessee Museum of Natural History collection in Gray. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. Seating is limited.

Ruritan supper: Lamar Ruritan, 108 Charlie Parker Road, will have a steak and gravy supper on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5-7 p.m. The meal will include three sides, dessert and a drink for $9. The proceeds will help buy Christmas gifts for Lamar School students.

College financial aid workshop: Anyone thinking about returning to college or taking classes for the first time is invited to attend one of three free Financial Aid and College Admissions/Transfer Workshops being offered. The workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9, or Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market St., from 4:30-7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad St., in the auditorium, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by East Tennessee State University TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, the workshops are open to the public. No matter which college is being considered, attendees will receive information and assistance with college admissions, financial aid and scholarships. The workshops will also provide information about Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect. Seating is limited. Call 423-392-8041 to reserve a seat. Individual appointments are also available by calling 423-392-8041 or 423-408-8163.

Author talk: If you are a fan of mystery/suspense and historical fiction, local author Jo Allison (pseudonym for Linda Dobkins) shares your passion. A resident of Bristol, Virginia, Jo will speak at the Gray Library at 6 p.m., Oct. 16. She will talk about her writing, answer questions, and sell and sign her books. The protagonist in Allison's series of five books is Julia Nye, a typist for the St. Louis City Police Dept. in 1910. She engages in the detective work she experienced with her sheriff father. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call the library at 423-477-1550 for more information.

Teen S.T.A.G.E. club: Teens are invited to the first meeting of the Screenplay/Theater/Acting/Grand Entertainment Club at the Jonesborough Library on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3:30-5 p.m. S.T.A.G.E. is a laid-back group of teens interested in performing and making skits, plays and much more. We will have acting games, lip sync, music video making, stage makeup instruction, easy dance choreography and more. This program is free and open to sixth- through 12th-graders. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call the Jonesborough Library at 423-753-1800 or email [email protected]

Community yard sale: The Flag Pond Ruritan will have its first annual community yard sale and and also a sale for specialty candles and baked goods Saturday, October 13, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. There will also be hot cider and cocoa. All proceeds go to benefit community projects. Rental spaces are still available. For more information or to rent a space, call Judee Krom at 423-388-5503. 

Stories from the Pumpkin Patch: The 25th annual Stories from the Pumpkin Patch will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4-8 p.m. at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site. Between 4-6 p.m. there will be crafts for young children. Families can enjoy a hayride courtesy of Johnson City Kubota, family friendly stories, spooky stories at the cave, apple cider warmed over an open fire and food from local vendors. This year’s storytellers will be Libby Tipton, Judy Farlow, and Marjorie Shaefer. Admission is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Members are always free. The event is located art 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City. For more information, call 423-926-3631.

Barbecue supper: Telford Ruritan Club will host a barbecue supper and yard sale Friday, Oct. 12, from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-noon. Dinner will include a barbecue sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drinks. Meals may be purchased for a donation and will be available for carryout. Veterans eat free. Telford Ruritan Club is located at the corner of Telford School House Road and Telford-New Victory Road.

Bike rally at Holston River Brewing Co.: A mini Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will take place Oct. 11-13 at Holston River Brewing Co. in Bristol. The rally will feature Full Throttle Saloon's Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree with Jackyl and Molly Hatchet. Patterned after the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota's Black Hills, meet Ballard and Dupree at Holston River Brewing Co., and Thunder Mountain Campground, Volunteer Parkway, at 2623 Raceway Villa Drive in Bristol, near Bristol Motor Speedway. Thunder Mountain Bike Rally offers special appearances, contests, and bikes of all kinds. Highwire bike acts and more are part of the excitement. Ride alongside Dupree at noon Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $30 in addition to event admission with part of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children. For camping and vendor information, call 423-361-1572. Visit ThunderMountainBikeRally.com for all ticket prices.

Amateur horse show: The South Central Ruritan will be hosting its last Amateur Horseshow of 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 13, Gates open at 4 p.m. with the show at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 and kids under 10 are free. Bring socks, gloves, or hats for Homeless Veterans of Washington County and get in for $3. Bring the family out for some fun and good food. Check Facebook at South Central Ruritan to get all events first hand. For questions, call 423-791-2161.

Genealogy help night: 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., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. WAGS members will be there to assist you in your search. For more information, visit the organization’s website at http://www.wagsnetn.org. 

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