4th Friday @ Visitors Center
The “Steve & Nancy Duo” will be playing our favorite fun dance music on the 4th Friday of this month, January 27th, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center located at 117 Boone St. In addition to Nancy’s vocals and Steve’s guitar, these guys always do a terrific job of making great sounds with their generous supply of electronic backup selections.
While the event 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Looking for Community Volunteers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities (BBBSGTC) is looking for community volunteers to make a difference in a child’s life. Spending 2 to 4 hours a month with an at-risk youth can help them improve in school, their behavior and their self-esteem.
“We have a need in our community, and are looking for caring adults to be mentors,” said Kathy Lowdermilk, Regional Director of BBBSGTC. “If you have a few hours a month and the desire to make a difference, we want to talk with you about our program.”
Our local Big Brothers Big Sisters office, which serves the Greater Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City area, is part of one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States. It’s a system that has been proven to work and transforms the lives of children who might not otherwise ever get the support they need to grow and successfully meet life’s challenges.
“We currently have over 40 children on the waiting list,” says Lowdermilk, “and we need volunteers for these great kids.”
Child-volunteer matches are made based on in-depth and comprehensive interviewing with parents, children and potential volunteers. Stringent safeguards are in place to assure that all parties are safe. Volunteer and parent engagement and training also play a big role.
Anyone wanting to find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities should contact the office by calling 423-247-3240, or visiting TennesseeBig.org.
MECC Offers Old Time Dance Class
Mountain Empire Community College will offer PED 195 Old Time Dance on Monday’s from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This course will cover basic styles of traditional dance from the central and southern Appalachian region. Classes will provide an overview of solo and group dancing history, accompanied by instruction and performance of each dance. The instructor is Tyler Hughes. To enroll, call 276-523-2400 ext. 372 or register online at www.mecc.edu.
MPAC to offer Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint event
Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will host Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Participants ages 2-5 can wear their pajamas while painting and eating pancakes. All art supplies will be provided. Cost is $5.
Space is limited. Please register by Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Princeton Arts Center or by calling 423-283-5800.
Tri-Cities Senior Softball League accepting applications
Applications are now being accepted for the Tri-Cities Senior Softball League, a slow-pitch league for men ages 60 and older of all skill levels. League play begins in March, and Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer winter conditioning for all players at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 2. A softball camp will be held in late February.
Registration forms are available at MPCC, Winged Deer Park, and online at www.tricitiesseniorsoftball.com/. Fee is $40 per player, which includes hat and T-shirt. An organizational meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at MPCC.
Games will be played at Winged Deer Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays through November. The season will include intra-league games, tournaments, and regional play.
For more information, contact Jim Hastings at 423-491-0444, Ron Settle at 423-538-9612 or Charlie Mattioli at 423-543-1962.
Senior Services to offer Mental Health Fair
Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer adults 50 and older a free Mental Health Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 12:30-2 p.m. Discussions will cover depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, PTSD, borderline personality disorders, and treatments.
Please call 423-434-6237 for more information and to register.
SOUPER BOWL V Friends of the Library “Souper Bowl” Fundraiser
Join us at the Jonesborough Library on Wednesday, February 1 for our fifth annual “Souper Bowl!” The Friends of the Washington County Library will be serving a variety of soups and chilies for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., or while supplies last. You can eat in or come to our convenient drive-through for pick up. Friends will also be making deliveries for group orders around Jonesborough.
The Friends’ menu will include a choice of taco soup, vegetable soup (no beans), red chili, white chicken chili, or vegetarian chili. With the soup you will receive a side salad, crackers, and brownie for dessert. All of this for a minimum of an $8.00 donation!
Order forms are available at the Jonesborough Library. To ensure you get your selection, large groups are encouraged to turn in a completed check-off order form by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30. Individuals and small groups may order at any time.
In case of snow & inclement weather, our snow date will be February 8.
For more information, please call the Jonesborough Library at 753-1800.
Senior Services to host Sweetheart Ball
Sweetheart Ball from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Tickets are $5 and must be purchased by Tuesday, Jan. 31.
423-434-6237 for information.