Big Brothers Big Sisters Looking for Community Volunteers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities (BBBSGTC) is looking for community volunteers to make a difference in a child’s life. Spending approximately 4 hours a month with an at-risk youth can help them improve in school, their behavior and their self-esteem. “Our kids have a need, and we are looking for caring adults to step up and volunteer,” said Kathy Lowdermilk, Regional Director of BBBSGTC. “If you have a few hours a month and the desire to make a difference, we want to talk with you about our program.”
Our local Big Brothers Big Sisters office, which serves the Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City area, is part of one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States. It’s a system that has been proven to work and transforms the lives of children who might not otherwise ever get the support they need to grow and successfully meet life’s challenges.
Child-volunteer matches are made based on in-depth and comprehensive interviewing with parents, children and potential volunteers. Stringent safeguards are in place to assure that all parties are safe. Volunteer and parent engagement and training also play a big role. Anyone wanting to find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities should contact the office by calling 423-247-3240, or visiting TennesseeBig.org.
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.
Polar Express storytelling and Tweetsie holiday excursion
The George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University will host two holiday-themed events on Saturday, Dec. 2, including storyteller Linda Poland’s presentation of “Polar Express” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a bus ride to the new “Tweetsie Christmas” railroad excursion in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
The “Polar Express” storytelling presentations will be held in the D.P. Culp University Center Forum Room 311. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are $10 each.
A separate ticket is required to attend the Tweetsie Railroad excursion. Tickets are $90 each and include a three-mile train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains in an open-air train car pulled by a historic steam-powered locomotive, as well as a visit with Santa in his gingerbread house and full access to the Tweetsie Railroad theme park.
Tickets to attend both the storytelling performance and train excursion are $99 each. The bus will depart the Carter Railroad Museum parking lot at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at Tweetsie Railroad at 5 p.m. Riders will enjoy the excursion and dazzling holiday light display, then the bus will depart the Tweetsie Railroad at 8:30 p.m. to arrive back at the ETSU campus around 10 p.m.
Those attending the storytelling presentations only may purchase tickets up to the day of the event and some may be available at the door. Ticket order forms and liability waiver forms for the train excursion can be picked up at the Carter Railroad Museum, located in the Campus Center Building at ETSU and open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or online at www.memrr.org by clicking on “excursions.” A signed liability waiver form must accompany the ticket request form. Space is limited.
For more information, contact Carolyn Gregg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-639-3966. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.
John McCutcheon coming to Jonesborough
Nationally renowned folk musician, story teller and multi instrumentalist John McCutcheon will be live at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough on December 11 for two shows. Details are at http://www.storytellingcenter.net/news/jonesborough-welcomes-john-mccutcheon/
John is an incredible musician and performer and he released his 38th album, Trolling for Dreams on February 3. You can stream the album at http://bit.ly/2ejcPDp, let me know if you would prefer a hard copy or download link. He plans on releasing album #39 this coming February. John plays numerous instruments including piano, guitar, auto harp and banjo. You will hear him play all or most of these instruments during his one man show. He was one of the nominees for Artist of the Year at this year’s Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.