Bring your family for an inspiring performance through music and dance on Saturday, April 8. Tri-Cities Talent will present “Rise Up”, an Easter Celebration, at Kingsport’s Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 Center St, at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Special guests include National Dance Champions, former Male Vocalist of the Year at VBGCMA, Marcus Messamore, and the Showbiz Dance Company, which has performed its own show on the Disney Stage. Tickets are $10 at the door.
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 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.
Essential Oils program at Gray Library
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of using essential oils? Kelli Bray with Young Living Essential Oils will give a presentation about the oils and their benefits on Saturday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m., at the Gray Library.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 423-477-1550.
ETSU to host 5K to raise money, awareness of most fatal genetic disorder among children
East Tennessee State University’s Pre-Health Living-Learning Community will host a 5K run and one-mile fun walk on Saturday, April 8.
The event will raise money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal inherited neuromuscular disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness and degeneration. Although there is currently no cure, promising discoveries in gene therapy are being evaluated.
Dubbed “Garrett’s Hero Run-ETSU,” the 5K is being hosted in honor of a young, superhero-adoring boy named Garrett who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero.
The race will begin at 11 a.m. at the Quad on the ETSU main campus. Walk-up registration is available at 10 a.m., but runners and walkers are encouraged to register online in advance. Cost to participate in the 5K race is $20. Cost to participate in the one-mile walk is $15.
Awards will be given for the top overall male and female runner, for the top male and female from each age group, and for the best costume.
To register or donate, visit www.parentprojectmd.org/ETSU.
ETSU at Kingsport Allandale to hold Spring Yard Sale
East Tennessee State University at Kingsport Allandale will hold its Spring Yard Sale on Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the parking lot at 1501 University Blvd., near Allandale Mansion.
ETSU at Kingsport Student Service organization sponsors this event and invites members of the community to participate. Spaces are available for a $10 fee to accommodate individuals who wish to sell items or for commercial representatives who wish to promote businesses. Those who wish to reserve space must do so by Thursday, March 30, by contacting Debbie Marsh, whose information is listed below.
Spaces include one table and one parking space. Spaces with rental tables are $10 each.
Donations of money, used books and miscellaneous items are welcome and can be dropped off at the ETSU at Kingsport Allandale main office Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the sale go to the Megan Smith Scholarship Fund and to date have assisted seven students. A resident of Church Hill, Smith was a 2008 graduate of Volunteer High School and had just completed her freshman year at ETSU at Kingsport Allandale at the time of her death in 2009.
For further information, contact Marsh at 423-392-8004 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Night Dance to feature Jerry Pierce
Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services on April 7 for a Friday Night Dance featuring Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band. The dance will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 7-10 p.m. and is open to ages 50 and older. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call 423-434-6237.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites children ages 3-12 to a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 13. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with games and photos with the Easter Bunny followed by the hunt at 8 p.m. A separate hunt will take place for ages 5 and younger.
Participants are asked to bring their own flashlights. This special event is free and sponsored by the Knoxville TVA Credit Union.
For more information, please call 423-434-5749.
Bingo For Books
All ages are invited to the Johnson City Public Library Jones Meeting Room on Monday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. to play Bingo and win books. If planning on attending this free event, please RSVP to the Facebook event on the library’s Facebook page. This event is part of the library’s National Library Week programming to celebrate the role of libraries in communities.
To learn more about this and other upcoming events, visit the library’s events calendar at www.jcpl.net, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow the library on Twitter or Instagram. For more information about this program or other Youth Services programs, please call 423-434-4458.