10 things to do!

Brandon Paykamian • Jan 9, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Boones Creek Opry music: Boones Creek Opry, located at 525 W. Oakland Ave. No. 1, will feature live music from Forgiven, Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by open mic at 7 p.m. Admission is $1. For more information on this and other future events at Boones Creek Opry, call 423-461-0151.

Senior Services offers film series American Film Noir: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is hosting a free, ongoing film series led by Dr. J. Catherine Herbert. She will hold discussions on various movies that have impacted and transformed American culture. Those 18 and older are welcome to join in from 1:15 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

Music at Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room: On Friday, Trisha Gene Brady, Beth Snapp and Morgan Wade will take the stage at Willow Tree at 8 p.m., followed by Folk Soul Revival, Saturday at 8 p.m. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Willow Tree also hosts its Open Mic Night. For more information on these events and others, visit www.facebook.com/willowcoffeehouse.

Live music in Kingsport: CJ’s Sports Bar, located at 516 G. Morelock St. in Kingsport, will host Crossroads, Saturday at 9 p.m. Gypsy Circus Cider Company, located at 2645 Fort Henry Drive will host Dirt Road Rising, Friday at 7 p.m. For more info on these events and others, visit both venue’s social media pages. 

Music at Down Home: Down Home, located at 300 W. Main St. in downtown Johnson City, will host Ray Scott, Friday at 8 p.m. For more information on this concert, tickets and other Down Home events, visit www.downhome.com or call 423-929-9822. 

Appalachian Skies at Bays Mountain Planetarium: Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Planetarium will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument as part of its “Appalachian Skies – Winter” feature, running until March 1. Produced in house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations and planets will be easily visible. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves. For more information on this event and more at Bays Mountain, visit www.baysmountain.com

Silly Straw Science at Hands-On! Discovery Center: Join Hands-On! for some fun and silly science experiments in honor of Drinking Straw Day through Jan. 12. Uncover the hidden science of straws with a floating ball game, make a straw "flute", and try out the double straw challenge. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. For more information on these and other events at Hands-On!, visit www.visithandson.org.

Yoga at Memorial Park: Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now holding a yoga class from 6-7 p.m. each Wednesday. The class is designed for beginners and older adults but open to those age 18 and older. All are welcome to join in this restorative practice. The cost is $5 per class. Register in person at MPCC on the evening of class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

Therapy dog reading event: Tail-Waggin' Tutor Samson is eager to sit and listen to children read to him. A trained therapy dog, Samson is available at the Gray Library once a month. He will visit Gray on Monday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. Appointments are available in 15-minute slots on that date. Call 423-477-1550 to make an appointment to read to Samson.

Discounts at Zoo Knoxville: For those looking for things to do further away, Zoo Knoxville is offering $5 off general admission tickets during Kroger Discount Days through Feb. 29, 2020. Many animals, including red pandas, river otters, elephants, gorillas, red wolves, lions and tigers, enjoy the cooler temperatures during these months. On days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, some animals will be moved indoors, but visitors can still see most in their indoor viewing areas. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket window during regular zoo hours and online at zooknoxville.org. Discounted admission tickets must be used by Feb. 29, 2020, and cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount or coupon.

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