Big Brothers Big Sisters Looking for 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.
MPCC to offer Functional Interval Training
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Functional Interval Training (F.I.T.) for ages 50 and older from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in February.
Participants will experience a high-energy class that combines aerobic movements with strength and stabilization exercises. F.I.T. workouts offer the ability to reach fitness goals in a challenging yet fun way. Cost is $2 per class. Pre-registration is not required.
For more information, please call 423-434-5749.
4th Friday Dance with Kids Our Age
One of the great dance bands in the area, Kids Our Age will be playing our favorite fun dance music on the 4th Friday of this month, February 24th, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center located at 117 Boone St.
While the event is billed as a Ballroom Dance, a variety of music is played from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
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.
Auditions for Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals!
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm OR Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Passionate about our heritage? Interested in performing in Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama? The time has come to audition for the 2017 season!
This year we offer two options for you to join us for auditions –
Sunday, February 26 at 2 pm OR Saturday, March 4 at 5 pm in the Visitors Center at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.
Performances are held in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater the last three weekends in July. Dates for 2017, our 39th season of outdoor drama, are Thursdays- Saturdays, July 13 – 15, 20 – 22, and 27 – 29; shows beginning at 7:30 pm.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. 1651 W. Elk Avenue – Elizabethton, TN. 423-543-5808. www.sycamoreshoalstn.org
Cupcakes & Candlelight
Exhale Fitness Studio in Johnson City is hosting a charity event for FRIENDS our local Downs Syndrome support group. All donations go to FRIENDS. We will be featuring a free yoga class followed by cupcakes donated by Petite Sweets. The event is called Cupcakes and Candlelight and is on February 23rd at 7pm.
NE State hosts Information Fair
With Tennessee Promise the high school kids are alright. Now, the Tennessee Reconnect Act hopes to give adults their turn.
Northeast State invites the public to learn more about returning to college at an Information Fair scheduled Feb. 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the College’s Johnson City campus, 101 E. Market Street. Northeast State hosts this free informative session for adults as well as younger students seeking a college degree or certificate.
Northeast State representatives from the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veterans’ Affairs will be on hand to answer questions. Fair attendees can meet with staff and learn more about the College and Tennessee Reconnect.
Like the Tennessee Promise Scholarship for upcoming high school graduates, the Tennessee Reconnect Act seeks to establish a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend a community college tuition-free. With this extension of the Drive to 55, which comes at no additional cost to taxpayers, every Tennessean will have the opportunity to enter or reenter public higher education with no tuition expenses.
For more information about this event, contact Northeast State Enrollment Services at 423-323-0229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whiskey Rebellion to Host Oscar Viewing Party
Roll out the red carpet, Whiskey Rebellion is hosting an Oscar viewing party to benefit PUSH! Film Festival!
This private event, taking place Sunday, February 26th at 7:00 PM, will make you feel like you’re celebrating with the stars.
Priced at $45 per individual and $80 per couple, ticket includes passed hors d’oeuvres, full champagne service, a chance to win 2 tickets to this year’s PUSH! Film Festival, and of course a viewing of the awards!
Tickets are for sale at both Whiskey Rebellion and the Believe in Bristol office.
*Cocktail attire is encouraged, but not required.