10 Out and About things to do

Hannah Swayze • Apr 18, 2019 at 8:47 AM

1. Take up axe-throwing: Kingsport’s newest spot, King’s Port Axe House will hold its grand opening and ribbon chopping ceremony on Friday evening starting at 5 p.m. The new business, located at 101 Cherokee Street, suite 20, in Kingsport, will be open for axe-throwing sessions and short lessons, giveaways and more. They will also have an open house even Thursday night where customers can try out axe-throwing for $5 and receive $5 off a reservation for a future date. King’s Sport Axe House is dog-friendly, kid-friendly and welcome to adults of all ages. Hokie Smokie food truck will be serving dinner and their neighbors, High Voltage, will also be open. 

2. Hop across the finish line: The Blue Plum Organization will present Johnson City’s third annual Bunny Hop 5K and Kids’ Dash Saturday. The course starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and the Kids’ Dash starts at 9:30 a.m. A joint awards ceremony will take place immediately after the race. Munsey Church’s annual community East Egg Hunt will take place in Founders Park at 10:30 a.m. Preregistration end April 18, but day-of registration will take place at packet pick-up before the race on Saturday, 7:30-8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20 per person and $25 day-of. Children under 12 years of age are free. Preregister here. 

3. Get outside: Outdoor-lovers will need to get out to Erwin this weekend for the annual Noli Fest at USA Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd. This festival will stretch April 19-21 throughout the day each day. Enjoy outdoor merchandising vendors, Stand-up paddle boarding, Kayaking and OneWheel activities and races. Tickets are available for various days and campsites. One day passes are $40 Friday Saturday or Sunday and tickets for the live music Friday or Saturday night is $24. Children ages 10 and under are free. Visit the Noli Fest 2019 Facebook page for tickets and more information.

4. Do you part in keeping the Earth clean: Earth Day is coming up on Monday, there are various events available in this region where you can do your part this weekend. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium will hold a clean-up along some of the trails throughout the park. Volunteers are asked to pre-register by calling the Nature Center at 423-229-9447 and should plan to meet in front of the Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. Bring drinking water, work gloves, and closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Keep Kingsport Beautiful will also hold the annual clean sweep from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at various locations across from Kingsport such as downtown, the Holston River, The Greenbelt, Lynn Garden and Highland. For more information and locations, visit kingsportchamber.org. 

5. Hunt for eggs: Elizabethton will hold their first Bunny Trail Easter Egg Hunt at Cover Bridge Park tomorrow from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Over 2,500 eggs will be hidden throughout Covered Bridge Park and Edwards Island at this free community event. There will also be inflatables, balloon animals, food trucks, game and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Visit johnsoncitypress.com for a list of Easter celebrations in the area. 

6. Tell a story: Do you ever fool around? Good! because “fooling around” is the topic for the April Re-generation Johnson City Story Slam. Prepare your best story for Friday night’s story slam. Stories must be ten minutes or less and match the theme. Stories can be told by anyone and the cash prize for the best story is based on donations. The story slam is an event by the ETSU Department of Communication and Performance and may contain adult material. The event begins at 8 p.m and will be held at JRH Brewing at 458 West Walnut St. in Johnson City. 

7. Support Artful Aging: Support the Johnson City Public Library’s Artful Aging program by attending A Soirée of Song & Story: Benefit for JCPL's Arts Initiative Saturday April 20 at 8 p.m. Artists include Rita Quillen, Jesse Graves, The Brother Boys, The Dependents and Richard Hood. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are a minimum $20 donation and can be purchased at www.downhome.com. For more information, call the Johnson City Public Library at 423-434-4454.

8. Share a laugh or two: Freshly Brewed Comedy returns this month tonight at 7 p.m. at  the Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room. Enjoy this free show featuring local stand up comedians. There will be some new comedians as well as comedian/magician Danny Whitson. The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room is located at 216 East Main St. in downtown Johnson City. 

9. Listen to live music: Join in on this birthday bash as local band, Doctor Ocular turns 2! April 20, Doctor Ocular and Love Unit will play live at The Hideaway. The night will also feature art for sale by The Artwork of Madison Miller, Crystal Cat Dyes, Luna’s Woodcraft and more. The Hideaway is located at 235 East Main St. in Johnson City. 

10. Give some pets some love: Take home more than just a library book this Saturday at the Johnson City Public Library as they partner with the Washington County Animal Shelter for a pet adoption event. Kittens will be located in the Jones Meeting Room and dogs will be in the amphitheater behind Youth Services. Donations of Purina One or Science Diet dry food and cat litter for the animal shelter will be also be accepted during the event that lasts form 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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