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.
“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/
Story Time With Santa
On Thursday Dec. 21, 2017 from 11 AM – 2 PM Join us at the Recreation Center for the 3rd annual Story Time with Santa event.
This FREE community event features inflatables followed by cookies and milk provided by the UT Extension Agency for the kids to enjoy while Santa reads a Christmas classic. Each child will also get to take a Christmas themed book home courtesy of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library (while supplies last). Afterwards Santa will be available to hear each child’s Christmas wishes! Mom and Dad, you can snap a photo, there will not be a photographer on hand.
For more information call 423-547-6441.
Reading with Agape
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.
Family Markerspace at JCPL: Perler Beads
All ages are invited to create Perler Bead designs together. The program will be held in the Jones Meeting Room on December 21 at 6:00 p.m. No registration is required for this free program. Materials are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Perler beads are plastic fusible beads that are usually arranged on plastic pegboards to form patterns and then fused together with an iron.
For more information about this free program or other Youth Services programs, please call 423-434-4458.
LEGO Club: Frozen
Join Nick for the LEGO Club on Thursday, December 21st @ 5:00 pm at the Jonesborough Library. Our theme this month is ‘Frozen’ and a LEGO movie will be shown during build time. Please bring your own bricks to build with!
LEGO Club is an opportunity for library patrons of all ages to come together once a month and participate in building challenges. There is no age limit for this program – you can’t be ‘too young’ or ‘too old.’
This program is free of charge; healthy snacks and drinks will be provided. If you have any questions, please call the Jonesborough Library at 753-1800. We are currently taking donations of LEGO bricks for the Jonesborough Library LEGO Club. We thank you for your support!