2. Care for the earth: Various East Tennessee state parks will participate this Saturday in Weed Wrangle. This state-wide event asks volunteers to visit the parks and help remove non-native plant species from natural areas. Local parks taking part include David Crockett Birthplace State Park (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) Roan Mountain State Park (noon-4 p.m.) Rocky Fork State Park (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Warriors’ Path State Park (1-3 p.m.) Visit tnstateparks.com for more information on each event.
3. Learn to keep Bees: Appalachian Bee Club will offer a beginning beekeeping course on Saturday at the Appalachian Fairgrounds Farm and Home Building in Gray. Teaching the course will be ETSU professor Darrell Moore. Open registration begins at 8 a.m. and it is the first of 10 basic beekeeping classes. The cost is $25 per person and $5 per family member. Students 16 and under are free. The Appalachian Fairgrounds are located at 100 Lakeview St.
4. Celebrate Mardi Paws: Celebrate Mardi Gras and help out some homeless animals at the Mardi Paws fundraiser at Gypsy Circus Cider Company Saturday night. Money will be raised for Petworks Kingsport Animal services. Beth Snapp begins at 6:30 p.m. and A.M. Brunch Kingsport will be serving grub. Gypsy Circus Cider Co. is located at 2645 Fort Henry Dr. in Kingsport.
5. Take a trip under the sea! Johnson City Community Theatre’s production of Disney’s, “The Little Mermaid” opens Thursday night. Performances will run Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and $10 for children. Johnson City Community Theatre is located at 600 East Maple St. in Johnson City.
6. Try a new take on an old classic: Everyone loves bingo, but what if it was set to music? Model City Tap House will host an evening of musical bingo tonight. Instead of calling out letters, hosts will play the first 20 seconds of a song and markers are placed on top of the song title on the game sheet. The games begin at 7 p.m. and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Model City Tap House is located at 324 East Market St. in downtown Kingsport.
7. A 2-for-1 theatre experience: Take in a night at the theatre at this Kingsport Theatre Guild Downtown Double Feature. The theatre guild will present two well-known plays, “The Actor’s Nightmare” and “A Zoo Story” This weekend at the Kingsport Higher Education Center. Performances will be Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Kingsport Higher Education Center is located at 300 West Market St. downtown.
8. It’s official, you CAN pickle anything! Try something new this week as Johnson City Brewing Co. released their expiramental patch of pickled beer. Each brew was aged on a different pickled food: dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, olives and banana peppers. The four beers will only be served as a flight starting at 4 p.m. on Friday. Each one will be served with a side of the pickled food it was aged with. Johnson City Brewing Co. is located at 257 East Main St. in downtown Johnson City.
9. Watch local history come to life: This weekend, Jonesborough StoryTown will their latest production, The Long Trip Home. The play is a product f the StoryTown initiative which brings the extraordinary stories of Washington County resident to life onstage. Over 40 actors will take to the stage in the second production which follows last year’s “I Am Home.” Performance will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at The McKinney Center at 103 Franklin Ave. in Jonesborough. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
10. Throw it back on Saturday night: Vinyl nights at the Bloom Cafe and Listening Room has returned. Bring your own vinyl records and a few friends and spend the evening spinning those tunes. Vinyl night will start at 6 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m. Bloom Cafe and Listening Room is located at 606 State St. in Bristol, Tennessee.