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 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.
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 Remember, we cannot accept glass containers, perishable food, or out-of-date items.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.
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.
31st Annual Halloween Festival
Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host its 31st annual Halloween Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m. This event is open to all ages and will include a variety of Halloween fun and games.
Admission is free for children ages 6-16 in costume, $1 for adults in costume, and $2 for anyone not in costume. Game tickets will be $.50 each. Best costume prizes will be awarded. For more information, please call 423-461-8830.
Made Around Here Market
Jonesborough will Host the Made Around Here Market Autumn Craft show on November 10 and 11.
Come out and take a stroll through nearly 40 various vendors’ booths and explore hundreds of skillfully handcrafted items. The Made Around Here Market is nearing its 40th anniversary and will feature local and regional artisans and crafters, as well as residents from surrounding states.
Items include handmade pottery, carefully crafted jewelry, seasonal décor, sea glass jewelry, handbags, woodcarvings, quilted items, aprons, and clothing, among other eclectic items.
Experience the Made Around Here Market on November 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. inside the Visitors Center, as well as an additional marketplace located outside in the main parking lot area. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for Jonesborough’s free children’s event in December. For more information about the Made Around Here Market visit Historic Jonesborough on Facebook or call 423-753-1010.
Friday Night Dance with Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
Citizens are invited to join Senior Services from 7-10 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 3.
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call 423-434-6237.
Android Tech Class
Does your Android smart phone make you feel less than smart? Will you be purchasing one for someone on your Christmas list? If so, come to the next tech class at Gray Library, at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 16. This class will focus on the basics of Android smart phones, plus some extra features that you might not know about. Questions are welcome from participants. Bring your own phone to the class, if you have one. All ages are welcome. Call the library at 423-477-1550 for more information or to register.
YWCA Bristol Offers Winter Volleyball League
YWCA Bristol will be offering a volleyball league for women’s quad teams. The league, held on Thursday evenings, will begin November 9th. Cost is $25 per player. Register your team by Monday, November 6th. For more information call the YWCA at 423-968-9444 or contact Patty Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get ready for holiday season with Carved
Join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for Carved, an hour-long body-weight workout designed to boost metabolism for ages 50 and older. Classes will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Cost is $2 per person. Sign in at MPCC prior to each class.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.