Applications being accepted for Citizens Police Academy
The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 46th session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Tuesday, April 18. The nine-week academy is designed to develop a better understanding of the police role in the community through a hands-on approach.
Participants must sign required waivers and agreements, have no criminal history, be at least 21 years old, and be physically able to meet training requirements. Participants are expected to attend three-hour weekly sessions and one eight-hour Saturday session, and to ride with a patrol officer for two eight-hour shifts. Applications may be obtained online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/police and at the Johnson City Police Department, 601 E. Main St. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 7.
For more information, please contact Glenda Aschenback at 432-434-6170.
Computer Classes @ the Jonesborough Library
Tuesdays @ 2:00
The Jonesborough Library will offer a series of computer classes on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. in March:
March 21 – Email Basics (Jaden)
March 28 – Organizing Files on your Computer (Kate)
Our classes will be taught by Jonesborough Library staff. These classes are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please call the Jonesborough Library at 753-1800. If you have a laptop or tablet, you’re welcome to bring it. We are also looking for a computer savvy person who is interested in volunteering to teach computer classes! If you are interested, please contact Dorothy Linton at the Jonesborough Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 423-753-1800.
Hands On! Calendar of Events
Now thru Sunday, March 12th: Can You Hear Me Now?
Discover some of the smallest bones in our bodies – the ones in our ear! Celebrate Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday by learning about sound and how Mr. Bell used sound in many of his inventions. Play a song on our palm pipes, listen to our singing crystal water glasses, and even try out our Boomwhackers! The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.
Tuesday, March 14th – Sunday, April 2nd: Springtime Science
Ring in spring with some fun and silly springtime science experiments. You won’t believe your eyes in our growing marshmallow Peeps experiment, test out an EGG-cellent floating egg experiment, and even try out some candy chromatography. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. (***Please note this program may contain peanuts and small parts that may not suitable for children under 3 years of age.)
315 E. Main St., Johnson City / 423-434-HAND
Abingdon Contra Dance
The Community Center of Abingdon hosts contra dances twice a month on the second and fourth Saturday. Times will alternate between afternoon dances from 3-6pm and evening dances from 6-9pm to accommodate all schedules. A live caller and band will be on hand for added fun. All ages and levels are welcome.
March dances will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 6-9pm with caller Terry Doyle. Admission is $7 and full-time students are $5. Family rate is $20.
Add to the fun with lessons and country dance waltzing an hour before each dance with Ashby Dickerson. A lesson for beginner contra dancers will be held in the first 30 minutes of each event. Snacks will be available for purchase. Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. All dances are taught. This dance is smoke and alcohol free.
For further information call The Community Center of Abingdon at 276-628-3911 or visit thecommunitycenterofabingdon.com.
BunnyHop 5K set for April 15
State of Franklin Healthcare Associates and LIFEWTR will host the BunnyHop 5K on Saturday, April 15, at Founders Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event is powered by the Blue Plum Organization and will be followed by a Community Easter Egg Hunt, also at Founders Park, sponsored by Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.
The 5K event includes the run, a kids’ dash immediately following the race as well as health and wellness activities. Underground Fitness will lead warm-up activities prior to the race.
The entry fee for the 5K is $20 per person in advance and $25 on the day of the race. Kids 12 and under can participate in all events at no cost, and the first 50 kids at the race will receive bunny ears. Participants who are 13 years and older and pre-register will receive a T-shirt.
Awards will be given for the top overall winners (male and female), top masters (over 40) male and female, and top three male and female in the following age brackets: 10 and under; 11-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70 and over.
The Easter egg hunt is free and open to the community and will also occur at Founders Park beginning at the amphitheatre at 10:30 a.m. Children 12 and under are invited to bring their baskets to use to collect eggs. The egg hunt will be divided into age groups.
Online 5K registration, which closes April 13, can be completed at www.athlinks.com/event/bunny-hop-5k-kids-dash-196147. A course map is also available at this link. Public parking is available in the Pavillion lot and at Munsey Church.
Founders Park is located at 226 Commerce St. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Gardening opportunities at Sycamore Shoals State Park!
Do you love to work outdoors and enjoy the beauty that results from your efforts in your gardens? If you do, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park would like to invite you to join the Sycamore Shoals Gardeners!
The Sycamore Shoals Gardeners is a group of dedicated folks who enjoy gardening and especially love to create and nurture natural places of beauty for others to enjoy. Currently the group takes care of a North American Butterfly Association certified garden and Monarch Waystation near our trail by the Watauga River in addition to the herb gardens at the Carter Mansion.
We are planning a spring orientation and gathering and would like to know if you would like to learn more about these volunteer opportunities at Sycamore Shoals! For additional information, please contact Jennifer Bauer by calling 423-543-5808 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carver Rec to offer St. Patrick’s Day crafts
Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will offer free St. Patrick’s Day crafts for grades K-12 on Thursday, March 17 from 4-5 p.m. Artwork will be displayed at the center.
For more information, call (423)461-8830.