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Jan 17, 2018

My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance adds Sensory Sensitive Hour

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will host the inaugural Sensory Sensitive Hour for families with special needs on Saturday, Feb. 3 prior to the 2018 My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance.

Sensory Sensitive Hour offers a subdued environment for dancing to low-volume music by a live DJ in a low-light setting from 5-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be available along with an opportunity to create a craft keepsake.

Afterward, the Daddy Daughter Dance (open to dads, grandfathers, guardians and daughters) will kick off with increased volume and light intensity between 6-8 p.m. 

Registration for both events is required and is $10 per person through Jan. 26; $20 per person Jan. 27-Feb. 2 (Children 3 and under free). Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC. Photos will be available and vouchers may be purchased for $15 online or at MPCC prior to the event. Tickets will not be available at the door for either event.
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT: Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6224

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Jan 17, 2018

Shades of Refinement headlines February Senior Services Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Shades of Refinement at its Friday Night Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 16. Those 50 and older may register at either the Senior Services or Recreation Services desks by Jan. 31. Cost is $5 ($3 for SilverSneakers® members).

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852


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Jan 16, 2018

Senior Services to offer Winter Softball Conditioning

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older an opportunity to stay in shape with physical training related to softball. The free class begins Feb. 1, and will take place in the MPCC gym each Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9:50 a.m. until temperatures raise enough to move outdoors.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852

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Jan 12, 2018

BOC agenda review canceled; work session set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will not meet for an agenda review on Monday (Jan. 15).
The Commission will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 18) to discuss athletic field development with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as well as the Capital Improvements Program. This session will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
The Commission will meet as regularly scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Commission Chambers.

CONTACT:
Beth Greene, executive assistant
Administration
(423)434-6002


CONTACT: Beth Greene, executive assistant
Administration
(423)434-6002
CONTACT: Beth Greene, executive assistant
Administration
(423)434-6002

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Jan 11, 2018

MPCC offers Start Smart Soccer

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites parents to get the ball rolling with their 3-5 year olds in Start Smart Soccer. This program will cover basic rules and skills of soccer in a fun and safe environment during six sessions held each Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 24 through Feb. 28.


Participants should bring their own water bottle and shin guards and a parent or guardian must be present throughout each class. Cost is $25 for City residents and $30 for all others. Register by Jan. 22 at MPCC or online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

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Jan 11, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations set

At 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 13), Wesley United Methodist, 225 Princeton Road, will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast featuring the Rev. C.C. Mills from Friendship Baptist Church, Greeneville, Tenn. In addition, several community members will be honored: Becky Buchanan, Rev. C.H. Charlton, Faye Rutledge, Mark Sirois and Michele Treece. 

Tickets are available at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., for $15 a person or $120 for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit the Carver after-school program trip to Washington D.C. and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. 

On MLK Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 15), the following free events will be held at Carver Rec:

• Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., open to all ages. Youth will enjoy stories, arts and crafts, and music. Lunch will be provided. This program is provided in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

• NAACP American Red Cross Blood Drive: Noon until 5 p.m. Ages 18+.

• Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. Join the Carver staff in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with food and musical entertainment.

In conjunction with the Carver events will be:

• United for Change Unity Walk and Program: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Unity walk will begin and end at Greater Love International Church, 130 Garden Drive, with program immediately to follow. Chili will be served at the conclusion of the event. Please call (423)434-2749 or email pastor@thegreaterlove.com for more information.

CONTACT:
Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
Carver Recreation Center
423-461-8830

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Jan 10, 2018

Senior Services offers classes on thyroid and Alzheimer’s disease

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to learn more about thyroid and Alzheimer’s disease during two free sessions:

• Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-noon: Endocrinologist Dr. Deepika Eddy Nallala will speak about what affects the thyroid and treatments available for thyroid hormone imbalances.

• Jan. 29, 11 a.m.-noon: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Regional Director Tracy Kendall Wilson will define dementia and speak about available treatment options for family and loved ones.

Please call 423-434-6237 to register.

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
423-434-6231

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Jan 04, 2018

WSS urges residents to protect pipes

During this extended period of extreme cold, it becomes increasingly important to take precautions for protecting water pipes to prevent bursting. The Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Department encourages residents to follow these tips to protect their homes especially when they are out of town or away from home throughout the day.

• Eliminate drafts – Keep doors and windows in the basement and garage tightly closed. Close off crawl space vents and doors, and seal cracks in basement or crawl space walls.

• Insulate – Insulate pipes in unheated portions of the house such as exterior walls, crawl spaces, basements, cabinets, or any enclosure where air can't circulate. Be alert for damp insulation; water soaked insulation can cause a freeze-up.

• Protect meter – Make sure the meter box cover is not broken, missing, or ajar. These conditions allow freezing cold air to penetrate the box's insulation. Report missing or broken covers to the Water and Sewer Services Department at 423-461-1645.

• Protect outside faucets – Outside faucets and sprinkler systems should be drained. Garden hoses should be disconnected and drained. Any space between faucet and exterior wall should be caulked. Check with your plumber about frost-proof faucets.

• Drain pipes if leaving town – When away from home for extended periods and heat is not left on, turn water off at cutoff and drain the lines.

• Leave faucet running – When temperatures reach low teens, leave a very thin stream of water running continuously from at least one tap. It is important to note, however, that faucets left running may have an adverse effect on septic tanks. Other precautions should be taken.

• Open cabinet doors – If a sink is on an outside wall, open vanity or cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach water pipes.

• Thaw carefully – Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe. Use hot air from a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner exhaust, heat tape or light bulb.

• Locate shut-off valve – Don't wait until a water pipe is broken to find the shut-off valve. While the Water and Sewer Services Department is responding to your emergency call, you will be able to minimize your damage by quickly stopping the flow of water. The City's plumbing code requires a shut-off valve. This is usually located inside near where the main water line enters the house. It may also be located in the basement, beneath the floor, in the garage or utility room. Check with your builder or plumber to assist in locating the shut-off valve.

These tips may also be found in a short video on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEAl9sRz01M.

For more information about water pipe maintenance, contact Water and Sewer Services at 423-461-1645.

CONTACT: Steve Harsh, water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
423-975-2636

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services offers tips on how to declutter and downsize

Brookdale Johnson City’s Lisa White will share with those 50 and older ways to declutter and downsize their homes and lives. White will offer free tips from 11 a.m.-noon on Jan. 24.

To reserve a seat, or for more information, call 423-434-6237. There is no registration deadline.

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
423-434-6231

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU basketball outings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and up tickets and transportation from MPCC to Freedom Hall Civic Center for two ETSU men’s basketball home games.

• Jan. 20: ETSU vs. Western Carolina. Register/buy ticket by Jan. 13.

• Feb. 3: ETSU vs. Chattanooga. Register/buy ticket by Jan. 27.

The bus leaves MPCC at 3 p.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. for both games. Participants must use transportation provided by Senior Services.

Cost is $5 per game. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-491-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852

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