DIY Cardboard Gingerbread House Craft
The Johnson City Public Library’s Adult Services will host a DIY Cardboard Gingerbread House Craft program on Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 pm in the Jones Meeting Room. Participants will be able to create a decorative gingerbread house with paint, candy, and other embellishments. Registration is required.
Please call Johnson City Public Library at 423-434-4454 for info.
Parks and Rec accepting applications for seasonal lifeguards
The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for seasonal lifeguards. Applications are available at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
For more information, please call (423)434-5755.
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The “Limited Edition” band will be playing our favorite fun dance music on the 4th Friday of this month, December 23rd, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center located at 117 Boone St. If you have never visited this dance, this is the one you won’t want to miss! While it is billed as a Ballroom Dance, a variety of music is played from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that provides enjoyable dance opportunities for everyone…can you still do the Twist? Also, Line Dance Sessions are offered at 6:30 and during the break. The dance goes from 7:00-10:00 pm and cost is only $6.00. For additional information call 423-943-4190. If you would like to receive a monthly email listing of local dances simply send an email request to email@example.com.
First Ever Contra Dance in Abingdon with Live Caller, Live Band
The Community Center of Abingdon, in partnership with the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, will present the first ever community contra dance in Abingdon on Saturday December 10, 2016. The dance will be held at The Community Center, in The Virginia Ballroom, 300 Senior Drive, Abingdon, Virginia.
Class for beginning contra dancers will start at 7:00 pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:00 pm. Snacks will be available for purchase.
Now that contra dance has become so popular all over this country, there are many step-by-step guides on how to do contra dance on the internet. “Even though we teach a brief workshop prior to the dance, there are other resources including contra dance videos, essays and other instruction available all over the web” states event co-organizer David Wiley. “We also encourage newcomers to partner with experienced dancers for the first few dances to build their confidence and show them how easy and fun contra dancing is. You can bring the whole family to dance.”
Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance or just to listen and watch. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. This dance is smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7.
For further information call The Community Center of Abingdon at 276-628-3911 or visit thecommunitycenterofabingdon.com.
MPCC to offer Finding Mindfulness Through Meditation class
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free course on Finding Mindfulness Through Meditation for ages 12 and older on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 10. From 3:30-5 p.m., participants will have a safe, comfortable space to meditate, practice mindfulness techniques, and relieve body tension with gentle yoga poses.
Please register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call (423) 434-5749.
Saint Paul’s Christmas Dinner
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport will host its annual Christmas Day dinner for anyone in the community wanting to enjoy a festive meal with others. Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings are provided by Holston Valley Medical Center, with home-baked desserts made by Saint Paul’s parishioners. The meal is served from 3 – 5 pm on Dec. 25 in the church parish hall on the corner of Watauga St. and Ravine Rd. There is no charge to attend, and all are welcome.
12 Days of Christmas Programs
Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Twelve Days of Christmas programs for ages 50+. All programs are free. For every program attended, participants will be entered in a chance to win gift cards.
• Dec. 6 – Silversneakers® Yoga, 11:45 a.m. or 1 p.m.
• Dec. 7 – Travel Sign Up, 9 a.m.-noon
• Dec. 8 – What’s Cooking? Holiday Dessert, 11:30 a.m.
• Dec. 9 – Silversneakers® Circuit, 10 a.m.
• Dec. 12 – Herbs for Arthritis, 11 a.m.
• Dec. 13 – Dig Into History, 11 a.m.
• Dec. 14 – Coloring Class, 1 p.m.
• Dec. 15 – Heart Healthy Bingo, 11 a.m.
• Dec. 16 – Pickleball, 8-11:30 a.m.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.
Gray Fossil Site Events
Tues, Nov.15th – Sun, Dec. 4th: Alligator Alley
Discover the significance of the alligator to the Gray Fossil Site. Put together pieces of a 3-dimensional puzzle of an alligator skull, and learn about the differences between alligators and crocodiles.
Tues, Dec 6th – Sat, Jan 1st: Curious Coal
Celebrate Miner’s Day by learning about the link between coal and fossils. Get an up close and personal look by examining coal specimens and core samples.
If you have any questions on these or other programs, please call (423) 439-3662.
Gentle Flow Yoga Class
A gentle flow yoga class will be offered at Gray Library, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. This free class is suitable for adult beginners and up. Participants should bring their own mats and water bottles. This will be the only yoga class offered in December, due to the holidays. However, classes will start up again in January. Call the library at 477-1550 for more information.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church 36th Annual Christmas Dinner
Emmanuel Episcopal Church will once again open its doors to the community for the Annual Christmas Dinner. Emmanuel has welcomed the community to this event for 35 years. This year the Christmas celebration will be Sunday, December 25 from 4:00-6:00 pm, 700 Cumberland Street, Bristol, Virginia, and will include all the traditional holiday dinner trimmings.
Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee for the dinner. Just bring your family and friends and some holiday spirit to share. We welcome everyone to partake in the joy of Christmas as we share a wonderful meal and a fun-filled evening of fellowship, entertainment, and caroling.
For additional information please contact Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 276-669-9488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.