Volunteers Wanted: Make a BIG Impact
You can make a difference in a child’s life. Big Brothers Big Sisters believe that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential. Some kids need someone to help them along that path. Spend a few hours a month as a mentor to a child and you can make a BIG impact in that child’s life. It’s rewarding and fun! Call 423-247-3240 or visit www.tennesseebig.org to find out more about volunteering to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.
An Evening with Laura Dowling
The Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners Association presents an evening with Laura Dowling the Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009-2015. She will be discussing her role as creative director of flowers and decor and providing spring arranging tips. She will also be discussing her recently released book “Floral Diplomacy at the White House”. Books will be available for purchase.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held Monday May 8 at the auditorium in the Johnson City Power Board building 2600 Boones Creek Road in Johnson City. Doors open at 630pm and lecture begins at 7pm.
Free mulch giveaway
The Johnson City Public Works Department invites the public to a free mulch giveaway Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cash Hollow Convenience Center, 191 Cash Hollow Road. Staff will be available to assist with loading; there is no limit on amount.
This mulch has been ground with a grinder from brush that the City has collected. It is not compost and may contain weed material.
For more information, please call the Public Works Street Division at 423-975-2700.
Visiting Artist to Teach 3 Day Workshop
Georgie Bemis, New Mexico pastel artist, will teach a 3 day workshop exploring different strategies and techniques for painting with pastels May 4 -6 at the Renaissance Center, Kingsport, room 313. The workshop is sponsored by the Kingsport Art Guild and will include daily demos and cover pastel topics such as the use of soft and hard lines, vibrant versus muted color choices, and choosing your subject matter using photos. The workshop is open to members and non-members and is presented in conjunction with the Appalachian Arts Show where Bemis will serve as guest juror. Workshop fee is $320 for KAG members and $355 for non- members (includes 1 year membership). Visit kingsportartguild.com for complete information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antique Collectibles and Bottle Show and Sale
The State of Franklin Antique Bottle and Collectibles Club will sponsor its 19th Annual Antique Collectibles and Bottle Show and Sale on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in the Farm and Home Building at the Appalachian Fairgrounds located at Exit 13 off I-26. Admission is free with show hours from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Show includes sodas, medicines, milks, coins, tokens, post cards, fruit jars, advertising and table-top collectibles. For table rental or further information contact Carl Bailey @ 423-282-3119 or Peggy Cox @ 423-349-4027 or Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org..
Spring Book Sale & 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.
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.
Free Computer classes for May at Gray Library
f you need help learning or enhancing your computer skills this month, Gray Library is the place to go. Classes begin at 4:30 p.m., and last about an hour. You may bring a laptop or request to borrow one of the library’s for the class. Register by calling the library at 423-477-1550.
Tuesday, May 9 • Email
Thursday, May 25 • E-readers
Friday Night Dance featuring Lightnin’ Charlie
Citizens are invited to dance the night away with Lightnin’ Charlie from 7-10 p.m. on May 5. This performance is part of Senior Services’ Friday Night Dance series, which takes place the first and third Friday each month at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Cost is $5; discount available for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call 423-434-6237.
Free Comic Day @ the Library
Patrons of all ages are invited to attend Free Comic Book Day at the Johnson City Public Library on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Polly Peterson Reading Room. There will be crafts and activities for children, and cosplayers of popular characters will be on-site for photographs. Teens and adults can pick out one free comic book while supplies last, thanks to a generous donation from G2K Games. Costumes are encouraged. This program is free and open to the public.
To learn more about this and other upcoming programs, visit the library’s events calendar at www.jcpl.net, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow the library on Twitter and Instagram.