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.
Holiday Open House & Tree Trimming
Join us at the Jonesborough Library on Wednesday, December 6th, for our annual holiday open house and tree trimming. You are invited to drop in any time between 10:30am – 2:30pm to help decorate our tree for the holidays! This event is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be provided!
This is a great opportunity to meet some of the members of the Friends of the Library, and learn more about how you can work with them to improve your local library! Santa Claus will be making a special appearance at 10:30am! For more information please visit the Jonesborough Library or call 423-753-1800.
DIY Bow Making at JCPL
The Johnson City Public Library will host a DIY Holiday Bow Making workshop on Thursday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the second floor Buffalo Mountain Room. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome to learn how to create different styles of gorgeous gift bows. All materials will be provided. This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call Adult Services at 423-434-4454. To learn more about this and other upcoming events, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow the library on Twitter or Instagram.
New Sabine Hill Tours
On Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 pm and Saturday, December 16 at 10 am we will be offering tours of historic Sabine Hill recently dedicated November 1st of this year. These tours are by reservation only.
Built by the widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor, Mary Patton Taylor, this beautiful surviving example of Federal architecture is a must see. Restored by the Tennessee Historical Commission and operated by Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, the house has been returned to its 1818 splendor. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.
To Register: Please visit: tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu and search for the date and time of the tour, click on the box of your choice and you will be taken to the registration page. Meet at Sabine Hill State Historic Site 2328 West G. Street, Elizabethton, TN. Please note there are no restroom facilities on site at Sabine Hill. Plan accordingly before your arrival.
FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art
Established in memory of Barbara and Wayne Dyer’s son, Fletcher, the FL3TCH3R international juried exhibit focuses on work with strong social and/or political content. Entries were selected by illustrator/painter Anita Kunz, a visual artist whose magazine covers include The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and Fortune. For more information, contact the Reece Museum at 423-439-4392.