Virginia Creeper Fest
The first annual Virginia Creeper Fest will be held Saturday April 29, 2017 in Abingdon. The family-friendly festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and highlights the multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities along the trail. The Virginia Creeper Trail marks its 30th Anniversary in 2017. One of the earliest rails-to-trails success stories, the Creeper Trail is now a major economic engine for Southwest Virginia, drawing over 200 thousand visitors annually.
Running 33.4 miles from Abingdon, VA through Damascus and Jefferson National Forest, the Virginia Creeper Trail is a former railroad that’s now one of the most popular recreation trails in the southeast. It combines striking Blue Ridge Mountain scenery with unique trestle bridges and an accessible ride.
For more information: www.vacreeperfest.com or 276-676-2282.
Spring Garden Fair
The Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair Saturday, April 29 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, April 30 from noon-5pm. $3 admission for adults and children under 12 are free. Thousands of plants, traditional music and food and children’s activities are available. The 2016 Master Gardener class is sponsoring a “Back Porch Sale” at the event. Many gardening tools and supplies will be available for purchase. Proceeds go to the East Tennessee Master Gardeners association for educational funds. An “Ask a Master Gardener” area will be available.
4th Friday with Kids Our Age
Kids Our Age will be playing our favorite fun dance music on the 4th Friday, April 28th, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. This is one of the top bands in the area so if you have never visited this dance this is the one you won’t want to miss!
Line dance lessons offered at 6:30, with the dance from 7:00-10:00. Cost $6.00. For additional information call 423-952-0772. If you would like to receive a monthly email listing of local dances simply send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildlife Resources and Education Network
Please join us at the Jonesborough Library on Thursday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. for a program presented by Wildlife Resources and Education Network. Robert Jones and Liz Crandall from WREN will talk about knowing your wild neighbors, what to do when you encounter a wild animal in need, and what it’s like to run a wildlife rehabilitation center. You can learn how to advocate for and support your native wildlife. WREN also has many opportunities to get involved with their cause, including transporting injured wild animals to wildlife rescues.
Robert Jones and Liz Crandall met while working at Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center. Besides sharing a mutual passion for caring for injured raptors, they recognized the issues all rehabbers face regarding limited support and a need for public education on coexisting with our natural world. With the desire to rectify these issues, Robert and Liz created Wildlife Resources and Education Network (WREN). They are striving to bring about community awareness and sustainable support for wildlife rescues that care for our injured and orphaned native wildlife.
This program is free and is open to the public. For more information, please call the Jonesborough Library at 423-753-1800.
JCPL Hosts Poetry Ready Event @ The Willow Tree Coffeehouse
At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at the Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room (216 East Main Street), Johnson City Public Library interim director Lisa Krekelberg will host an evening of poetry reading and sharing that is free and open to the general public. This reading event, in honor of National Poetry Month, will highlight books of poems from the JCPL’s collection. Attendees are encouraged to bring and share their own favorite poems or to find a new favorite among the books featured from the library’s collection or the Willow Tree’s bookstore.
To learn more about this and other upcoming events, visit the library’s events calendar at www.jcpl.net/events, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow the library on Twitter or Instagram. For more information call 423-434-4454.
Spring Book Sale at Gray Library
Readers of all ages are invited to come to the Spring book sale at the Gray Library on May 5 and 6. Hours will be 9 to 5 on Friday and 9 to 2 on Saturday. A wide variety of adult and children’s hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, puzzles, etc., will be for sale. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County (TN) Library. FOL is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the activities of the library and providing funding for programs, services, and items outside the regular budget of the library.
You And Your Health
The Johnson City Public Library will host representatives from the Washington County Health Department each month from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the library’s first floor Reading Room. Each month will focus on a different health topic of wide interest. This is an opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed setting and receive one-on-one advice. On May 2, 2017, educators will present information about “Nutrition.” On June 6, the topic will be “Dental Hygiene.”
To learn more about these and other upcoming events, visit the library’s events calendar at www.jcpl.net/events, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow on Twitter @JCPublicLibrary. For more information call 423-434-4454.
Marsh Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the area locations. Visit http://tinyurl.com/n4aujx9 to find a location near you.
In addition to scheduled blood drives, donors are welcome at Marsh Regional’s collection centers: 111 W. Stone Drive, Suite 300, Kingsport, 2428 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City and 1996 W. State St., Bristol.
For more information about scheduling a blood drive at a local business, church, school or community organization, please call 423-408-7500, 423-652-0014 or 276-679-4669 or visit www.marshblood.com.