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.
Winter Garden Seminar
It’s less than a month until our annual Winter Garden Seminar here at Warriors’ Path State Park. Our 29th annual Seminar will be on Saturday, January 6, and we have an extra-special guest speaker this year. Rita Venable is the author of Butterflies of Tennessee, the first comprehensive guide to our state’s rich and diverse butterfly fauna. Rita is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and engaging speaker, as well as a talented photographer and butterfly gardener. Her talk is entitled “A Home For Butterflies,” and will be a great chance to learn to make your home environment a better habitat for native butterflies.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from the expert on Tennessee butterflies! It’s a free event, but preregistration is required. For More Information and to Pre-register: Warriors’ Path State Park, PO Box 5026.Kingsport, TN 37663, (423) 239-6786 or email: Marty.Silver@tn.gov.
Paw Patrol At Freedom Hall
January 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Tickets: goo.gl/cSbwnr. Children less than 1 year old admitted free.
Make Your Own Self-Nurturing Journal
The Johnson City Public Library will host a Self-Nurturing Journal-Making Makerspace for adults on Thursday, January 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the second floor Buffalo Mountain Room. Participants will learn how to make their own simple journals using creative watercolor techniques, embellishments, and expressions. No skills required. 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, visit the library’s website at www.jcpl.org. You can also keep up to date on library events by liking the library’s Facebook page, or following the library on Twitter and Instagram.