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.
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. 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.
Author Talk @ Gray Library
Looking for a new local author to read? Come and meet Jonesborough resident Robert T. Jones at Gray Library on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. His new novel, Gargaphia: Where History Means Murder, is a fast-paced suspense thriller, says Jones.
Jones describes himself as an author, ancient military historian, wildlife philanthropist, green business creator, and hobby farmer. He stays very active with several nonprofit groups, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and writing in different genres for a diverse readership.
Everyone is welcome to come listen and ask questions of the author. Call the library at 423-477-1550 for more information.
Auditions for Liberty
AUDITIONS! for the Cast of Liberty! The Official Outdoor Drama for the State of Tennessee.
Sunday February 25th 2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 3rd 5:00 p.m.
Contact Sycamore Shoals State Park for more information call 423-543-5808. Also come by to Sign up to be a member of the Production Crew (Lighting, Sound, Props, Technical Assistant, etc.) or contact the Park.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. 1651 W. Elk Avenue. Elizabethton, TN 37643. 423-543-5808
Astronomy Program @ JCPL
Families are invited to the library’s front lawn on Friday, February 23 at 6 p.m. to observe the night sky. Dr. Rico Ignace, an astrophysicist from East Tennessee State University, will give a short presentation and be on hand to answer any questions. No registration is required for this free program. For more information 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.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Join the Jonesborough Kiwanis Club for their 50th Annual Spaghetti Dinner to support the local community. This fundraiser is designed to give back to the kids and schools in our area. Every penny made goes right back to the community. The Kiwanis Club serves the children of Washington County and is a supporter of Jonesborough events and activities. They have been serving children and families in the local community for over 90 years.
The dinner will be held on February 24th from 4:00-7:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Middle School. The dinner is all you can eat which includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink. For adults, it is $10.00 and for children under 10, it is $5.00. Carry out is also available.
For more information contact Jack Vanzandt at 423-948-0237 or email him at Jackvz@icloud.com