Thrill The World Practice at Johnson City Public Library
Thrill the World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller for world records. Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn the Thriller dance and perform it precisely at the same time. All ages may participate in dance practice to learn Thriller at The Johnson City Public Library in the Jones Meeting Room on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. Sign-ups will take place at the practices and are a commitment to participate in the Thrill the World event on October 28.
For more information about these and other Youth Services programs, please call 423-434-4458.
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!
Carver Rec to offer First Responders Day
Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a First Responders Day on Monday, Sept. 25 as a thank you to area first responders for their dedication and hard work. All first responders are invited to enjoy a free lunch or dinner from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the center. Identification is required.
For more information, please call 423-461-8830.ll 423-434-5758.
MPCC to offer Eat Smart Cooking Program
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Eat Smart Cooking, a free class for ages 18 and older using basic recipes for healthy eating. Classes will be offered from 11 a.m.-noon and 4-5 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, October-March. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5758.
Virginia Highlands Songwriters Group
Virginia Highlands Songwriter’s group we would like to invite folks to join. We meet once a month, play assignments for each other, give positive feedback and will be playing at Heartwood once a month on Saturdays 1-3 free for the public. The events are FREE to the public. Everyone interested in songwriting is welcome to join. We meet at VHCC in Abingdon in the MEC building room 114 next Thursday September 14th at 6:30. Interested folks may email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fun with Tablets at Gray Library
If you are thinking about purchasing a tablet, but don’t know which one best meets your needs, on Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m., is your opportunity to find out. Participants will learn about differences between name brands and also discover some fun things to do on tablets. Registration is suggested, but not mandatory. Bring your own, or the library’s tablets will be available for you to try out during the class. Call the library for more information at 423-477-1550.
Family Weekend to be held Sept. 22-24 at ETSU
Families of East Tennessee State University students are invited to campus Sept. 22-24 for a fun-filled Family Weekend.
The weekend allows families to visit their students, stay connected to ETSU and explore Johnson City. Highlights include a Welcome Reception, a Family Weekend Tailgate and a Sunday brunch. The Welcome Reception will be held Friday, Sept. 22, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Alumni House, located at 914 W. Maple St. Participants may drop by to pick up a Family Weekend schedule and enjoy dessert, as well as meet ETSU Student Affairs staff who can answer questions and get to know members of students’ families.
The Family Weekend Tailgate will be Saturday, Sept. 23, at noon outside the new William B. Greene Jr. Stadium. Participants may hang out with students, faculty, staff and alumni while preparing for the ETSU football game vs. Mercer, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Student tickets to the game are free and are available online. Discounted single-game tickets for family members are available online; these may be purchased by contacting Jake Allen at email@example.com for the discount code and visiting ETSUBucs.com or calling the ticket office at 423-439-ETSU (3878).
The Family Weekend Brunch will be held Sunday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Multipurpose Room of the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA).
For Family Weekend registration, plus a complete schedule of these and other activities both on and off campus, visit www.etsu.edu/students/nsfp/family/familyweekend.php.
For more information, call ETSU New Student and Family Programs at 423-439-8452. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.