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Hannah Swayze • Nov 5, 2018 at 12:28 PM

November at Hands On!: Art studio programs for the month will include watercolor resist leaf paintings, leaf plate rubbings and paper weaving until Dec. 2. Activities are self-guided and instructions are provided. Facilitated programs will happen throughout the day. Snap Circuits activities will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 22. Visitors can use building pieces to assemble electronic circuits on a simple grid that functions like circuit boards on electronics. The activity will be set up on the TVA Discovery Cart. National Fossil Day will be celebrated Nov. 10 with more details to come. Hands On! Discover Center is located at 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray. For more information, call 423-434-4263.

Fire cider class: Mountain Harvest Kitchen will host a Fire Cider-making class on Nov. 17 taught by Camille Cody, herbalist and farmer at Great Oak Farms. They will discuss the health benefits of fire cider that range from immunity building to improving circulation and improving digestion. Those who register before Nov. 5 will only pay $25, after, the price increases to $35. Supplies are included. Registration is online at this link: https://www.picatic.com/event15379756131104. The Mountain Harvest Kitchen is located next door to the Town of Unicoi Tourist Information Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi, TN 37692. It’s just off I-26, Exit 32. For more information, contact Mountain Harvest Kitchen at [email protected] or 423-330-9650.

City soliciting input on ADA accessibility: The city of Johnson City is providing two tools to help improve ADA accessibility throughout the community. The first, an online survey, will be available through Nov. 20. This brief questionnaire seeks input about city facilities, services and programs. The second is an interactive map that allows users to identify locations where accessibility issues may exist and report them in detail. These tools, and further information about the city’s ADA program, can be found at www.johnsoncitytn.org/ADA.

Senior Services to offer Thanksgiving-themed workout: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering Carved, an hour-long, body-weight workout designed to boost metabolism and offset holiday pounds. This class is for those 50 and older and will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in November with the exception of Nov. 23, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Cost is $2 per person. Register in person at MPCC the morning of each class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Explore the possibility of life beyond Earth at MPCC presentation: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will welcome Dr. Gary Henson on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as he offers an overview of the study of life on Earth and in space. The presentation, “Astrobiology and the Possibilities of Extraterrestrial Life,” will include a discussion about the possibilities of extraterrestrial life in the universe. Henson, an East Tennessee State University Physics and Astrology Department professor, will speak from 10-11:30 a.m. The presentation is free, and those 18 and older are welcome. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

Mended Hearts meeting: The November meeting of Chapter 259 of Mended Hearts Inc., will be held on Nov. 6 in the seventh-floor Auditorium of Johnson City Medical Center. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the speaker will start at noon. The speaker is Dr. Tamir Paul, cardiologist with the ETSU Medical School. Mended Hearts is a National Support group for those who have had a heart event, their family and their caregivers. The group meets each month on the first Tuesday. For more information, call Lynn at 423-282-6058.

Colonial Harvest Festival: Join re-enactors and fiber enthusiasts at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site’s Colonial Harvest celebration, Militia Muster and Fiber Fair on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Taking place in the visitors center at Sycamore Shoals, take part in one of the many workshops and learn to make items such as Tunisian crochet slippers, crochet Christmas stockings, a hairpin lace cowl or learn about the drop spindle. Register and prepay in advance by calling the park at 423-543-5808.

Support group: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Caregiver Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Dominion Senior Living, 2412 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City. 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]

MPCC offers Teen Trivia Night: Youth ages 12-17 are invited to Teen Trivia Night at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. The evening will include pizza, trivia, and games. This program is free. Register at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Christmas Connection: The Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, will fill up Nov. 9-11 with holiday decorations, crafts, baked goods and more for the annual Christmas Connection. Local authors will be signing books, and kettle corn and other food items will be available for purchase at this free event. Christmas Connection will be open Nov. 9, noon-7 p.m., Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 11, noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

Support Group: Mended, "A Path to Recovery for a Broken Heart" meets weekly in Johnson City. For more info on meeting times or to be added to the weekly Webinar, email [email protected] All who are broken or have emotional trauma are welcome.

Seniors, BYOB!: Bring Your Own Bible and come share your wisdom at a fun-filled open Bible study discussion Mondays at 2 p.m. at the Johnson City Senior Center. All are welcome. Call 423-943-5559 for more information.

Citizens Climate Lobby: Northeast Tennessee chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby will meet Nov. 10 at 12:45 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive, Johnson City. Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, will be the featured guest on the national monthly conference call. Citizen Climate Lobby is a national nonpartisan organization. To learn more about CCL, visit citzensclimatelobby.org.

New hours: Beginning Nov. 5. The Chuckey Depot Museum at Jonesborough will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. The museum is also available for private event rentals outside of regular hours. For more information, contact Rachel Conger at 423-791-3869 or [email protected]

MPCC hosts Mother-Son Date Night: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Mother-Son Date Night on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m. Participants will enjoy a dinosaur-themed event featuring a catered meal, dessert, crafts and a movie. Cost is $7 per person. Preregistration is required in person at MPCC by Nov. 9. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Citizen Survey open through end of November: The city of Johnson City is conducting its biennial Citizen Survey. Collected data will be used to determine how the city can best serve the public. The online survey is available on the city’s web page, www.johnsoncitytn.gov. Conducted in partnership with the National Research Center, the survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is crucial to planning projects and providing services. All input is greatly appreciated. Citizens are encouraged to complete the online Citizen Survey by Tuesday, Nov. 30. Responses from previous surveys have resulted in improvements to the downtown area, including enhanced street sweeping and maintenance and the addition of LED lighting. The last survey, conducted in 2016, indicated an increase in satisfaction among residents in the areas of downtown safety, overall cleanliness, storm drainage and walking trails. For more information, email [email protected] or call 423-434-6196.

Inaugural Shop With a Cop Superhero 5K: The inaugural Shop With a Cop Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run is set for Nov. 10. All proceeds from the race will go toward the Johnson City Police Department’s Shop With a Cop event, set for Dec. 13. Area children, selected from the Johnson City School System, are treated to dinner before a police escort takes them to Walmart for a shopping spree. Each child’s family receives a food box, and if there are siblings in the home, they receive gifts as well. Registration for the event is now under way at http://thegoosechase.org/shop-with-a-cop-5k. Participants may register for the 5K event or the 1-mile Family Fun Run. Online registration will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. Early registration for each event is $25 per entrant and $15 for participants 10 and under. Late registration (Nov. 9) is $30 per entrant and $20 for participants 10 and under. Packet pick-up will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., near the start/finish line located on East Tennessee State University’s campus near The Quad, which is outside of Brooks Gym.

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