Train excursion & Riverboat cruise
The George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University and the George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will sponsor a scenic train excursion and riverboat cruise in Knoxville on Saturday, May 19.
Tickets for the excursion are $90 each for adults and $80 for children ages 3-12; children ages two and under may ride free.
Passengers should arrive at ETSU’s parking lot 22A on Go Bucs Trail no later than 7:30 a.m. to travel to Knoxville. The Three Rivers Rambler steam train will depart from the depot at 10 a.m. and follow a scenic route along the Tennessee River. Upon returning to the boat dock at noon, passengers will be delivered to the Tennessee Riverboat Co.for the luncheon cruise. Buses will begin loading at 2:30 p.m. for departure at 3 p.m. and will return to Johnson City around 5:30 p.m.
Ticket order and liability waiver forms are available at the Carter Railroad Museum, located in the Campus Center Building at ETSU and open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by visiting www.memrr.org and clicking on “NRHS Excursions” and “Excursions.” A signed liability waiver form must accompany the ticket request. Payment may be made by check or money order payable to the G.L. Carter Chapter, NRHS, and mailed to G.L. Carter Chapter, NRHS; attn.: Carolyn Gregg, 460 Plainview Heights Circle, Greeneville, TN 37745. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased no later than May 7. For more information, contact Carolyn Gregg at email@example.com, 423-639-3966 or 423-329-4369.
The Christian Storytelling Concert
The Christian Storytelling Concert is a fundraiser, a “friend raiser,” and also a chance to celebrate storytelling with a Christian worldview. All proceeds go to support the Providence Academy needbased Annual Scholarship Fund. This fund supports approximately 20% of the school’s students who would not be able to receive a Christ-centered and classical education without community support. The 2017-2018 goal is to raise $300,000.
Tickets are on sale at www.christianstorytellingconcert.com. The concert will be held in the Providence Academy gymnasium. All seats are $20.00 and are General Admission. The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the event starts at 7:00 p.m.
Volunteer and Make a BIG Impact
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities 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.
Find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities at 423-247-3240, or visit TennesseeBig.org.
Open call for athletes to “audition” for Olympic sport
Do you think you have what it takes to compete at the elite level in sports? The Olympic Training Site at East Tennessee State University wants to hear from you.
The ETSU Next Olympic Hopeful Tryout will be held Saturday, May 26, and is open to anyone ages 14 and up. The event will be held at Science Hill High School’s Kermit Tipton Stadium from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Check-in will begin at 10 a.m.
Tests to be performed at the event include a 30-meter sprint, vertical jump and maximum pull-ups. Optional tests are the one-mile run and three-repetition maximum back squat.There is no cost to participate but pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is Sunday, May 20. To register, or for more information, contact Emily Brockelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
G.L.O.W. Children’s Theatre presents Land of Light
Step inside the fantastical imagination of a little girl named Ellie, as her inspired dream takes you on an adventure to the Land of Light! This April, the gifted young cast of the LampLight Theatre G.L.O.W. Children’s Theatre program will present a tale of love that goes beyond the common man, told through the familiar eyes of a little girl’s playtime dolls.
Come Alive will be presented May 4-6, and 11-12. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm with matinees on Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Doors will open 1 hour prior to performances. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the LampLight Box Office at 423-343-1766 or online at www.LampLightTheatre.com. LampLight Theatre is located at 140 Broad Street Kingsport, TN 37660.
Bus Tour Explores Area Coal Camps
Adventures in History: Coal Camp Bus Tour, offered by the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, brings to life the history of coal mining and those who have worked in the industry. Take a ride into the past with regional historian Dr. Larry Fleenor and discover a fascinating topic in regional history that offers a close view of areas important to mining in Southwest Virginia. The Coal Camp Bus Tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Coal Camp Bus Tour will depart the park and travel on a comfortable bus to area coal camps of Stonega, Derby, Keokee, Imboden, Exeter, Dunbar and Inman. The bus will leave from the Museum at 8:00 a.m. and will return at approximately 4 p.m. Participants may bring their own lunch or may purchase one from the museum. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today. The price for the tour is $25 per person; the optional lunch is an additional $6.
For more information on the bus tour, or to reserve a seat, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.
Johnson City Community Drum Circle
The Johnson City Community Drum Circle meets every Wednesday evenings through October 24, 7pm – 8:30pm, inside the Farmers’ Market Pavilion next to Founders Park. Everyone is welcome and any body can play. Come drum, hoop/holler, dance, or just relax and take in the scene, no experience or “talent” necessary. There are shared instruments and of course you can bring your own drums or percussion. It’s all improvised, so there are no mistakes. We just smile and keep playing. Shine or rain, the pavilion has us covered. Bring your own seating!