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 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 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.
Sure Fire Publishing teams up with The Casual Word publishing to host their first annual author fair at the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode St. on February 10th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Casual Word and Sure Fire will be there to answer any questions for anyone who is interested in writing and/or publishing. Several authors will be at the event for book signings, Q an A’s, and round table talks. This event is drop in and all are welcome. There will be drawings through the day for door prizes. Don’t Miss it!
• 10 a.m.: Question and Answers with our publishing teams.
• 12 p.m.: Author Book Signings.
• Door prizes every hour, on the hour: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Healthy Soups and Stews with Chef Sheridan Nice. Thursday, February 8th, from 6:00—9:00 PM., at The Ron Ramsey Agricultural Center is located at 140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville, TN 37617. Cost is $35 per person (Space is limited to 24 attendees) Each attendee needs to register separate.
Register at tinyurl.com/y9n4tp4p.
If you have questions about the event please contact: Karen Rowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-737-0332.
Family Book Club
Families of school age children are invited to the Johnson City Public Library Storytime Room on February 8 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This story follows Meg, who with the help of some friends, must journey through space and time to find her long-lost father. Registration is required for this free program and can be completed by calling Youth Services at 434-4458 or by visiting the Event Calendar at www.jcpl.org. At least one person registered per family must be eight to eighteen years old. Children eight to twelve years old may still register individually as they would for other book clubs.
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Songwriters at Heartwood
On Saturday February 3rd, the Virginia Highlands Songwriters Association will feature 4 of their writers in a delightful afternoon of original music. The event will be held at Heartwood (Off exit 14 in Abingdon) from 1-3 and is free to everyone. These songwriters are part of the group which is open to everyone. The group meets the 1st Thursday of every month at VHCC in Abingdon at 6:30 in the MEC building Room 114 on campus. All interested songwriters are welcome to attend the sessions and enjoy learning from each other. The group members pick two topics per month to write about. All genres of music are welcome and the experience is positive and motivational. For more information contact Mary Munsey at email@example.com.
Free tax preparation assistance
With the financial support of Eastman Credit Union (ECU), a group of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) business student volunteers, under the guidance of accountancy faculty members Dr. Anthony Masino and Dr. Michelle Freeman, will offer free tax preparation assistance again this year through the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. As an approved VITA location, the ETSU group will assist taxpayers who had $55,000 or less in income during tax year 2017. Hours have been extended for the 2017 filing season. Volunteers will be available to offer tax preparation services on the following Saturdays – Feb. 10 and 24, March 10 and 24, and April 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sam Wilson Hall, room 318, on ETSU’s main campus.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact Masino at 423-439-4432 or Masino@etsu.edu or Freeman at 423-439-4432 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.