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.
The Casual Word Adult Creative Writing Class
Join us for a free, fun, engaging, and different look into writing. In this class, we will not focus on structure, form, or rules, but on the freedom of writing. It is the goal of this class to open the mind to its full creative potential by allowing participants to write what they want, how they want to write it. Sessions will be student lead; we will engage in topics and subjects that are of interest to the students. The atmosphere is casual and jovial. This class is designed for all those 18 and up who wish to try their hand at creative writing.
Thursdays @ 6:00 p.m. Jones Creativity Center. Bristol Public Library.
JC Community Drum Circle
The Johnson City Community Drum Circle meets every Wednesday evening (April – October), 7pm – 8:30pm, inside the Farmers’ Market Pavilion next to Founders Park. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. Come drum, hoop/holler, dance, or just relax and take in the scene, no experience or “talent” necessary. There are shared instruments and of course you can bring your own drums or percussion. It’s all improvised, so there are no mistakes. We just smile and keep playing. Bring your own seating!
Stress Clinic Community Acupuncture
Enjoy a de-stressing and pain relieving thirty minute seated acupuncture session in the Art Gallery of The Renaissance Center in Kingsport. Hosted by Acupuncture Associates, come and get your painless acupuncture and get your nervous system strengthened! $40 (plus get a $20 bonus voucher to apply toward your next visit). Join us EVERY THIRD THURSDAY 12-3pm. For information, call 423-239-7044.
Off The Couch Tri-Cities Ladies Only Social Activities Group
For bi, lesbian or straight ladies. The goal of this group is to get you off the couch and out of the house so you can have fun going to various activities, meet new people and make friends. Activities include live music, open mic night, drum circle, storytelling, social/coffee hour, comedy, bingo, billiards, sporting events, theatre and karaoke. Locations for activities can take place in different areas throughout the tri cities.
Johnson City– The Willow Tree Coffeehouse, The Down Home, Founders Park, JC Community Theatre, Acoustic Coffeehouse, Yee-Haw Brewing Company, 50fifty Sports Tavern
Bristol– Border Bash, Quaker Steak and Lube, Studio Brew, Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Kingsport– Rush Street Neighborhood Grill, Gypsy Circus Cider Company, Sleepy Owl Brewery
Possible singers/groups: Wise Old River, Yarn, Amythyst Kiah, Annabelle’s Curse, If Birds Could Fly, Beth Snapp, The Black Lillies, The SteelDrivers, Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, Bill and the Belles, Sang Sarah, Indighost, The Steel Wheels, The Dustbowl Revival, The Get Right Band, The Ragbirds, Underhill Rose, Dangermuffin, Folk Soul Revival, The Jake Quillen Band, The Whiskey Gentry, and The Way Down Wanderers.
Master Gardener Classes
The Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener classes will be starting on 5 September thru 31 October and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until noon at the Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center 140 Spurgeon Lane Blountville Tennessee. The cost of the class is $175 which includes a massive textbook, 40 hours of classes, name badge and graduation dinner. Partial scholarships are available. Registration deadline is 15 August 2017. Please contact Chris Ramsey for more information at 423-574-1919.
Gray Library Adult Book Group
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley will be discussed at this month’s Adult Book Group at Gray Library. The group meets at 2 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month. New members are always welcome! For more information call the library at 423-477-1550.
The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Health and Education Facilities Board. This board meets on an as-needed basis and aids medical and educational facilities in obtaining tax-free loans as allowed by a combination federal and state statutes. Each term is three years.
Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling 423-434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 22.
For additional information regarding the Health and Education Facilities Board, please contact Sheri Keenan at (423)434-6009.
Sew Crazy Meeting
After a short summer break, Sew Crazy resumes its regular meeting schedule on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. The group will be making wheel chair bags, dog coats, activity mats and more for its November fund raiser. There is no cost to attend this meeting; sewing materials and notions are provided. For more information, please contact Donna Horowitz at 423-434-0424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in learning to shop online, come to the Gray Library for a free class at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8. Participants will learn tips to make their shopping easier and safer. Bring your own laptop or ask to borrow one of the library’s for the class. Call the library at 423-477-1550 to register.