Doe River Gorge Fall Family Fun Festival
Families are invited to breathe fresh autumn air, catch a glimpse of East Tennessee’s magnificent fall colors, and enjoy family-oriented activities at Doe River Gorge on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, from 10am-5pm, during the 2017 Fall Family Fun Festival.
Catch a ride through the beautiful gorge on the scenic and historic East Tennessee & Western North Carolina railroad, enjoy a relaxing game of corn hole, play disc golf, play volleyball, enjoy kid’s activities, or simply spend quality time with your family hiking around the beautiful grounds of Doe River Gorge. Other activities available for $5 include the technical tree climb, climbing tower ,UNIMOG 4×4 rides, and inflatables. Hot apple cider, hot chocolate, popcorn, cotton candy, and other snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
Meal tickets ($8) are also available to purchase upon arrival. Train tickets are $5 and a limited number can be pre-purchased online at www.doerivergorge.com. Parents or legal guardians must provide written consent on the legal release form also available online. Pets, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products are prohibited.
Visit www.doerivergorge.com or call 423-725-4010 for more information or to pre-purchase train tickets.
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!
‘Harvest: New Ceramics’ to be presented at Tipton Gallery
“Harvest: New Ceramics” by artist Lindsay Rogers will be on display at East Tennessee State University’s Tipton Gallery through Oct. 27.
A public reception will be held Friday, Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with downtown Johnson City’s monthly First Friday celebration. In addition, a ceramic wheel throwing demonstration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 3-5 p.m. as part of American Craft and Tennessee Craft Week.
Rogers, an assistant professor of ceramics in the ETSU Department of Art and Design, uses her work as a ceramic artist to advocate for a more locally based, sustainable food system. She has participated in collaborations with other artists, chefs and farmers, and her pottery, writing and words can be found in a range of publications, from blogs to books to podcasts.
The “Harvest” exhibition features Rogers’ series of new, unfired seed collection “baskets” titled “American Monolith,” in collaboration with Sow True Seeds. It also includes her “Tablescape” of contemporary functional ware and select sculptural vessels from her graduate thesis series, “Close to Home.” Rogers received her master of fine arts degree from the University of Florida.
“Harvest: New Ceramics” is presented by ETSU’s Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with Highwater Clays of Asheville, North Carolina; Sow True Seeds; the First Tennessee Development District; the Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Grant; and ETSU’s Women’s Studies Program.
The exhibit and associated activities are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, director of Slocumb Galleries, at 423-483-3179 or email@example.com. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.
Red Flag Campaign
The lawn outside the D.P. Culp University Center at East Tennessee State University will be covered with red flags next week when the Red Flag Campaign takes place on campus. This annual national campaign brings awareness to relationship and sexual violence and teaches students how to be active bystanders who say something when they see or hear something.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11-12, students are encouraged to stop by the campaign station outside the Culp Center adjacent to the Amphitheatre and Pride Walk to learn more about what to say or do if they see relationship or sexual violence “red flags,” view the flags others have placed, and fill out flags of their own.
For more information, contact Kate Emmerich, senior counselor and OASIS program coordinator, at 423-439-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.
The Pink Ball
Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host The Pink Ball to raise breast cancer awareness from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. This year’s theme will be “An Evening in Paris.” The Big Band Theory will provide live music, and refreshments will be served.Tickets are $5 (SilverSneakers® discount for those eligible). Please pre-register and pay at the Senior Services desk by Tuesday, Oct. 17. For more information, call (423)434-6237.