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Johnson City Press • Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Charity motorcycle ride: On Saturday, June 9, Support and Training for Exceptional Parents Inc. will host its 5th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride to benefit Tennessee children and youth with disabilities. All motorcycle enthusiasts and riders are invited to join on as riders will depart from STEP headquarters  at 712 Professional Plaza in Greeneville. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Entry fee is $15 per bike, single or double. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. Riders will leave on a two-wheel scenic adventure that will take them along Tenn. Highway 107 to Erwin, on to Shelton Laurel, North Carolina, and back to Greeneville. Participants can register online at www.tnstep.org. The ride will be led by David “Fuzzy” Jennings, an experienced rider and father of a young man with special needs. Dutch treat lunch at a stop along the ride. Door prizes will be given to riders throughout the day. Snacks provided for riders at the conclusion of the ride. Rain date is June 16. For more information on this event call Donna Jennings at 423-639-0125, ext. 10.

Collison and Barrett-Justis Exhibit Work: Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center will host an exhibit Friday, June 8, from 6-8 p.m. featuring the woodworking of husband and wife team of Bill and Tina Collison, and the oil paintings of Suzanne Barrett Justis. The exhibition will run through July 2. The McKinney Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Most all the artwork will be on sale to the public during the exhibition. For information, email Theresa Hammons at [email protected] or call 423-753-0562.

Ruritan dinner: Greenwood Ruritan Club will host a Steak & Gravy dinner Saturday, June 9, from 5-7 p.m. The meal will cost $8 or $4 for children 6 and under. To-go options are available. the Ruritan is a local community service organization located at 118 Crockett Road off Mill Springs and Greenwood Road.

Buffalo Ruritan Club schedule change: Night Shift will play at the Buffalo Ruritan Club, 200 Willow Brook Drive, Bluff City, Saturday, June 9. The cost is $6 and the concert will last from 7-10 p.m. For more information, call 423-967-1651. 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton

Art League meeting: The Watauga Valley Art League will meet Sunday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is open to all. Each month a program is planned that ranges from talks to demos to hands-on projects.

Liberty Spinners: The Liberty Spinners will gather Tuesday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m. This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning.

Ranger-led bike ride: Preregistration is required for this ranger-led bike ride at Sycamore Shoals. Ranger Davis will lead a ride up the Tweetsie Trail to the Elizabethton Covered Bridge and back to the park by way of the Elizabethton Linear Trail. The total trip will be about 6 miles and should take about one hour, depending on the ability of riders. The event will begin at 10 a.m and will cost $5. Portions of the route will not be suitable for pull behind child carriers. Attendees are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and bring their own water. The program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather. To register, visit www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals.

Handbuilding pottery class: Greg High will be the instructor for a handbuilding woodland pottery class at Sycamore Shoals on Saturday, June 16. The class will begin at 8 a.m. and will cost $75. This class will be making a cord marked woodland period pot. Participants will need to bring a small bowl and dish towel, all tools and supplies will be provided. Call 423-543-5808 to register.

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