Earth Day clean-up: Tipton-Haynes Historic Site will host an Earth Day clean-up on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the historic site located at 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City. Volunteers are welcome and will be weeding, clearing brush, tilling and planting.
Free health programs: The Johnson City Health Resources Center, located in the Mall at Johnson City, will offer two free health programs, “Belly Fat: Your Middle Matters” and “Diabetes Control on the Go.” “Belly Fat: Your Middle Matters” will take place Wednesday, April 18, from 5-6 p.m. The speaker will be Doreen Lancaster, registered nurse, and will give participants nutrition tips, targeted abdominal exercises and lifestyle changes to help firm and flatten the abdomen. “Diabetes Control on the Go” will be held Thursday, April 19, from 2-3 p.m. Teri Hurt, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator will speak at this program about how to keep blood sugar under control during busy times. Registration is required for these programs. Call 1-844-488-7827 to reserve a space.
Great American Cleanup is Saturday: Citizens are encouraged to dispose of unwanted household items from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, during the Great American Cleanup. Drop-off locations will be at the corner of Legion Street and East State of Franklin Road and Freedom Hall at Parking Lot I (near the vocational school). Acceptable items include household items not normally collected by city crews as well as recyclable materials such as metals, e-waste, plastics marked with a 1 or 2, cardboard, aluminum and paper. Prohibited items include air conditioners, hazardous waste, paint and tires. Loads larger than pickup truck size are not allowed. Please call Solid Waste Services at 423-975-2792 with any questions.
Hymnal Sing: Sullivan County Red Back Church Hymnal Sing will take place at Clay Hill Baptist Church, 122 Hobbs Hollow Road, Blountville, on Saturday, April 21 at 5 p.m. The group meets every third Saturday. The church is located just off U.S. Highway 11W approximately 5 miles west of the Pinnacle Shopping Center, Bristol.
Soup bean supper: Hampton Masonic Lodge No. 750, 509 1st Ave., Hampton, will host a soup bean supper Saturday, April 21, from 4-6 p.m. There will be soup beans, fried potatoes, onions, slaw, cornbread, dessert and drink. A donation of $6 is suggested for the meal.
Research conference: Milligan students will present their findings at the college’s RISE Above Research Conference Thursday, April 19, in Derthick Hal from 2-8 p.m. The RISE Above Research Conference is a culminating event for undergraduate and graduate students who have been engaged in faculty-mentored research. Presentations will showcase scholarly and creative research from many disciplines and majors. This year’s topics include examinations of U.S. and China consumer food sustainability, Tennessee residential water consumption and techniques of astrophotography. For information, visit www.milligan.edu/research.
Hospital fundraiser: There will be a fundraiser for the Ballad Health/Unicoi County Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Erwin Town Hall, 211 N. Main Ave. $5 hospital jewelry and accessories will be sold and all proceeds will benefit the hospital and its patients.
Fish fry: The Limestone Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday, April 20, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The meal is $10 per person. Church groups are welcome. For large groups, call 257-5995 or 257-6580 in advance.
Nature festival: The 39th Annual Spring Nature Festival will be held April 20-22 at Warriors Path State Park and will be full of nature discovery and outdoor learning. Guests naturalists from across the region will give “mini-seminars” and guided nature walks. Topics include stream ecology, local geology, wildlife tracking, spring botany and more. These events are free and open to the public.
Astronomy Day: The Bays Mountain Astronomy Club will celebrate International Astronomy Day with displays, activities and planetarium shows on Saturday, April 21, from 1-10 p.m. Displays, demonstrations and information will take place at the walkway in from of the nature center. SunWatch Solar Viewing will be held at 3 p.m. on the dam and 8:30-10 p.m. will be StarWatch viewing in the observatory. Visitors can also enjoy a planetarium show during Astronomy Day. “Out There — The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds” is the main feature and “A Part of the Sky Called Orion” is the alternative feature for April. The main feature will show at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and the alternative feature will show at 2 p.m. Planetarium show tickets are $5 per person. Children ages 5 and younger receive free admission with a paying adult. All non-planetarium astronomy-related activities are free and family-friendly. For more information, visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.