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.
MPCC seeks cooking instructors
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is currently in search of contractual instructors to implement youth and adult cooking classes. Candidates should apply in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5758.
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
Annual Bluegrass and Bayou Low Country Boil
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City, Tennessee presents the Annual Bluegrass and Bayou Low Country Boil on Sunday, August 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On the stage will be Rockingham Road and The Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the church office using cash or check.
Visit annualbluegrassandbayou.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets online. The church is located across the street from the Johnson City Public Library at 500 N. Roan Street. For more information please call 423-926-8141.
Card Making/Scrapbook Page Making Class
Are you looking for a new hobby or a creative way to remember your summer fun? Come to the Card Making/Scrapbook Page making class at Gray Library on Thursday, Aug. 17. The class will begin at 2 p.m. Participants will meet for two hours and learn how to create a greeting card of their choice and one summer-themed scrapbook page. Supplies are provided, but you must register by calling the library at 423-477-1550.
Free Tastings, usually 2 liquors and a wine at Tri Liquor, every Friday from 4-7pm. 6681 Bristol Hwy, Piney Flats. Next to Food City. 423-538-7000.