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10 things to do

Brandon Paykamian • Jan 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM

MLK Jr. Celebration Performance: Soul singer, songwriter and activist Ayanna Gregory will perform her one-woman show, “Daughter of the Struggle,” in a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at East Tennessee State University this evening at 7 in the Millennium Center ballroom. For more information, visit www.etsu.edu

Mellow Melodies: Do you want to share your favorite bands and artists with other people? The Jonesborough Washington County Library is happy to start a new monthly program for music enthusiasts. Mellow Melodies is for those who are always searching for new music, no matter the genre. Join for music discussions, themed games, jam sessions, karaoke and more on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.

Diba Alvi performance: Soprano singer Diba Alvi will return to Northeast Tennessee on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Munsey Memorial United Methodist at 3 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for ETSU students with ID. For more information, visit www.etsu.edu

The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room Events: Willow Tree will host Honey Dewdrops, Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Songwriters in the Round, Saturday at  8 p.m. On Sunday, Willow Tree will also host its Benefit Concert and Art Show for Joey Hashbrowns featuring Doctor Ocular, Magus and the Movers and much more, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more on these events and others at Willow Tree, find them on Facebook. 

Boones Creek Opry music: Boones Creek Opry, 525 W. Oakland Ave. No. 1, will feature live music from Tim White & Troublesome Hollow, Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information on this and other future events at Boones Creek Opry, call 423-461-0151.

Buffalo Ruritan Dance: Buffalo Ruritan, located at 200 Willow Brook Drive, Bluff City, will hold dance events every Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information on these and other Buffalo Ruritan events, call 423-967-1651. 

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. For more information on this event and more at Bays Mountain, visit www.baysmountain.com

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. The cost is $5 per class. Register in person at MPCC on the evening of class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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.

Sunday with Friends literary series continues: Ellen Elmes, who has painted murals throughout the greater Tri-Cities region, will give a lecture on her life in art, “Finding Community Through Fifty Years of Making Art,” on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m., at the Washington County Public Library as part of the Sunday with Friends literary series. The lecture is in conjunction with the recent publication of her book, “Appalachian Labyrinth: Painting to the Center.” 

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