Pints and Pumpkins
Junior League of Bristol’s “Pints and Pumkins”, Saturday, Oct. 28th, 5:30-9:15pm at Holston River Brewery. Tickets are $25 and proceeds are to benefit the JLB scholarship fund. Tickets include entrance, 2 drinks and a Brew House tour. For tickets contact: email@example.com.
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.
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.
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.
Bluegrass, BBQ & Bolivia
Bluegrass, BBQ, and Bolivia is set for Thursday, October 26 6-9 PM at The Camp at Buffalo Mountain. It will be a night of great music, fellowship and BBQ. Joe Mason Coffee Truck will also be onsite for all coffee lovers.
Your four-legged friends are also welcome but will need to remain on a leash. There will be limited seating so please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs.
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens of all ages to visit an aquatic pumpkin patch from 4-5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Swimmers will select a pumpkin from the teaching pool, then move on to the Activities Room to paint/decorate their pick.
Cost is $5 per person. Please register at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5754.
Food for Fines & Pet Food for Fines
The Washington County Library is again accepting donations of food for area food banks during the month of November in lieu of collecting fines for overdue materials. The Jonesborough Library will be donating their collections to the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry (JAMA). The Gray Library is collecting for the Gray Community Chest Food Pantry.
The foods needed are assorted canned food items (fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.), dried beans, cereal, peanut butter, rice and pasta, cereals, boxed dinners. Also included are baby formula and baby food. Remember, we cannot accept glass containers, perishable food, or out-of-date items.
Both libraries are also doing a Pet Food for Fines drive. Donations will go to Good Samaritan Ministries Pet Food Pantry. We can accept canned cat/dog food, cat litter, bagged food (small bags preferred), treats, and potty- pads. No open packages please!
For each qualified item donated, $1.00 in fines will be forgiven. Payment for lost or damaged library materials and processing fees are not included in the program.
Even if you do not have fines, please donate! There are many in our communities that depend on these services.
Book Group: Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Oct. 26 @ 2 p.m., Gray Library
Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick will be the topic of discussion at this month’s book group at Gray Library. Everyone is welcome to attend the 2 p.m. meeting. The group is led by Christy Widner, Branch Manager at Jonesborough Library. For information call the library at 423-477-1550.
Turkey Shoot ‘fowl’ shot
Do you have what it takes to win a holiday turkey? The Turkey Shoot “fowl” shot competition will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The winners in two age groups (11-14 and 15 and older) will take home a bird for the family feast. This is a free event. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5758.