Adult spring softball leagues are forming. Divisions and associated fees include: men’s open/church ($400/14 games), women’s open/church ($200/eight games), and coed open/church ($300/10 games). A $5 non-resident fee applies.
Registration ends Friday, April 3. Register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Players may play on only one men’s, women’s or coed team. Ages 16-17 may play with signed parental consent form.
Practice dates and times have not yet been determined. Games begin April 20 and will be played Monday through Thursday at Winged Deer Park.
For more information, call 423-283-5822.
• Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an informational meeting from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12 for those 50 and older interested joining one of three hiking groups — Hip Hikers, Hiking 101 and Walkers & Talkers.
The free meeting will include guest speakers from Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy and information about upcoming schedules. The meeting will be held in the MPCC dining room. For more information, call 423-434-6237.
Memorial Park Community Center
• Children ages 1 to 3 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 21 to enjoy free Tot Time Gym. Toys for climbing, crawling, running and playing will be available. Children must be accompanied by a parent.
Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
• Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a fitness boot camp. This ongoing circuit-style class incorporates cardio, core, strength and more. With an emphasis on showing up and moving, participants work at their own speed. Tracking progress is optional with private weigh-ins and measurements.
The class meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Cost is $3 per class or $40 for eight sessions. Open to those 18 and older. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
Hands On! Discovery Center
• Monday, March 2-Sunday, March 29: Art Studio programs
Join in for a wax-resist watercolor Starry Night-inspired paintings, Dr. Seuss-inspired optical illusion line art drawings, and a Piet Mondrian-inspired collage in the Art Studio. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided, with facilitated programs announced periodically throughout each day.
• Mondays through Wednesdays in March: K'nex on our Discovery Cart
All K'nex pieces and components must remain on site. Contains small parts that may not be suitable for children 3 and under.
• Saturday, March 14: Pi Day
Join us to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π). Programs and activities by announcement throughout day. Free with regular admission while supplies last.
• Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Leprechaun Science Family Pop-in Workshop
Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to expose some Leprechaun secrets! Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing rainbow Leprechaun bead bracelet, grow Leprechaun “eggs” that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye and make some sudsy Leprechaun “toothpaste.” Materials fee of $5 per person for HODC members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last. Museum admission is an additional cost. Children must be supervised by an adult (18+) at all times. Due to small parts, this workshop is recommended for ages 3+.
• Tuesday, March 31, 4 to 6 p.m.: Fossil & Artifact ID Night
You don't have to be a paleontologist to find fossils, but identifying them is a different story. Bring in any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.
Sycamore Shoals State Park
• On Saturday, March 21, Sycamore Shoals State Park will host a gardening seminar series from 9 a.m. to noon in the community room. The seminar will focus on vegetable gardens, and will be presented by Ben Hunter and Vonda Little. The seminars are free to the public. For more information, call 423-543-5808.
• Alzheimer’s Tennessee Caregivers will meet the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Dominion Senior Living, 2412 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City. For information, contact Tracey Kendall Wilson at 423-330-4532 or [email protected]
• MENDED, "A trauma-Informed" support group, meets in south Johnson City. For more info on meeting times and location, email [email protected] All who are broken or have emotional trauma are welcome.
• The JOSHUA Tree, a nonprofit grief support group for those who have lost loved ones due to substance abuse, meets Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City. Park behind the building. Meetings are open to all family and friends. Meetings are facilitated by Todd Adams. For more information, call 423-747-3484 or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/joshtree.
Train Excursion Tickets Available
On Saturday, May 16, the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will sponsor its Spring Excursion — a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through the majestic mountains and beautiful countryside of western North Carolina from Dillsboro through Bryson City and the Nantahala Gorge. The excursion will depart Johnson City at 8:15 a.m. from Liberty Bell Middle School. There will be a passenger pickup at 9 a.m. in the Asheville/Weaverville area for passengers who find that location more convenient. Passengers may also choose to drive on their own to Dillsboro.
Upon reaching the end of the excursion, the train will return to the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Passengers will board buses for the return trip. Expected arrival times are Dillsboro at 5:50 p.m., Weaverville at 7:15 p.m., and Johnson City at 8 p.m. Ticket packages — which range from $69 to $158 — are available now. Tickets and pre-purchased meals may be ordered only online at www.wataugavalleynrhs.org, where more information on the excursion can be found.
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