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.
Dec 16, 2017 from 9am-6pm
Free Event including Yoga, Flow, Meditation, Demonstration by our Practitioners, Kirtan, and a Raffle.
Samadhi Healing Arts Center is located at 423 West Walnut Street, Johnson City. For more info follow us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SamadhiHealingArts. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Sabine Hill Tours
On 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.
Reading with Agape at the JCPL
Families are invited to read and sing holiday songs with the residents of Agape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will meet at the Youth Services desk of the Johnson City Public Library and walk together to Agape at 4:00 p.m. No registration is required for this free program.
For more information and about this free program or other Youth Services programs, please call 423-434-4458. To learn more about this and other upcoming events, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow the library on Twitter or Instagram.
The Civic Chorale presents “Christmas Around The World”
The Civic Chorale, under direction of its Music Director, Dr. Rodney Caldwell, will present its annual seasonal concert on Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 105 South Boone Street, Johnson City, Tennessee. The concert, entitled “Christmas Around the World”, features repertoire from Nigeria, Spain, Argentina, Austria, England, and Norway. In addition to the performance, there will be a special remembrance of the chorale’s founding director, Robert LaPella. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.
The Civic Chorale, founded in 1973, is the region’s premiere auditioned volunteer adult chorus. Dr. Caldwell is also the director of choral studies at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina. For additional information, visit the Civic Chorale web site at www.thecivicchorale.org.
“First Footing” At the Historic John & Landon Carter Mansion
9:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1.
Join historic interpreter Chad Bogart for a New Year’s Day visit to the oldest frame house in Tennessee. Built circa 1775, the historic Carter Mansion boasts architectural details which are quite elaborate when compared to most homes on the frontier. Enjoy the beauty of this site and learn about 18th century New Year and 12th Night traditions and superstitions. The event is free, however a reservation is required. Please log on to the following website, and follow the links to make your reservation or simply call the park at 423-543-5808. tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals/