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Jul 31, 2014

Johnson City portion of Tweetsie not yet open to public

Citizens are advised that the portion of Tweetsie Trail from Alabama Street to Lauderdale Drive in Johnson City is not yet open to the public. This section of the trail is still under construction and therefore may be hazardous to unauthorized persons. Use of this portion of the trail is prohibited until construction is complete.

CONTACT:
Phil Pindzola, director
Public Works
(423)434-6080 

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Jul 31, 2014

Next Thursday’s lakeside concert features Lauren Cole Band

Music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre next Thursday (Aug. 7) when the Lauren Cole Band takes the stage. This family band from Johnson City can best be described as soulful, bluesy rock. Cole – whose influences include Gin Wigmore, Amy Winehouse, Imelda May, and Selah Sue – has a dynamic voice and amazing range. Bassist Dom Avento, guitarist Joe Avento, drummer Josh Shores and guitarist Mike Murphy round out the Lauren Cole Band.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront amphitheater is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org, or go to www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
The Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Kinch, marketing coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827

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Jul 30, 2014

Registration under way for Aug. 30 Trek

The official opening of the Tweetsie Trail is just a month away … have you registered to be one of the first to take a trek? On Saturday, Aug. 30, the trail’s opening day will be celebrated with the Tweetsie Trail Trek, a run/walk/bike event open to all ages. The first 3,000 registrants are guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt and medallion.
Participants will start at Lions Field in Elizabethton, then follow the historic 4.3-mile trail to Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC) in Johnson City, where festivities will take place following the trek. Runners will begin at 8:30 a.m.; walkers at 9 a.m. Cyclists will take a roundtrip trek, starting from MPCC at noon.
For race details or to register, please visit www.TweetsieTrail.com/Trek. Register by Aug. 22 to receive special pricing. Family discounts also are available.
Volunteers are needed for the Tweetsie Trail Trek as well, particularly for helping with packet pickup on Aug. 27-29. Visit www.TweetsieTrail.com/Volunteer to sign up.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Jul 30, 2014

Temporary lane closures on Knob Creek planned for next month

The City will be drilling boreholes to collect soil samples along Knob Creek Road between Marketplace Boulevard and Simmons Ridge throughout August. One lane of traffic is expected to be closed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. while work is under way. Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes if possible.
Please call the Public Works Department at 434-6080 for more information.

CONTACT:
Brandon Pachol, civil engineer
Public Works
(423)232-1967
 

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Jul 29, 2014

Carver Rec after-school orientation dates set

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will hold after-school program orientation on Aug. 4, 11, and 18 at 6:30 p.m. Carver’s after-school program is open to students ages 6-16. Cost is $50 for the year, which includes fall and spring break camps. Transportation is available from Science Hill High School; Liberty Bell Middle School; Indian Trail Intermediate School; and North Side, Mountain View and South Side elementary schools.
At orientation, parents can register youth and will learn about new activities, continuing programs, and special events set for the 2014-15 school year. Registration deadline is Aug. 18.
For more information, please call 461-8830.

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

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Jul 29, 2014

MPCC offering youth tumbling classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer youth tumbling classes beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13. Participants will develop the basic fundamentals of tumbling such as cartwheels, backbends, handstands, and more. Instructors will focus on individual abilities and encourage fun through games and instructions. Pre-registration is required. This is a beginner level class.
• Ages 18 months-3 years (Mommy and Me Tumbling): Wednesdays, 11-11:45 a.m. Cost is $5 a class or $15 a month.
• Ages 3-5 (Pre-School Tumbling): Wednesdays, 10-10:45 a.m. Cost is $5 a class or $15 a month. Participants must be potty-trained.
• Ages 5-8: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. Cost is $6 a class or $20 a month.
• Ages 9-12: Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. Cost is $6 a class or $20 a month.
For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852
 

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Jul 29, 2014

MPCC offering Fitness with Kalen

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering Fitness with Kalen classes for teens, adults and seniors. Certified fitness instructor Kalen Arnold is licensed in Zumba and Piloxing and is accepting participants in the following classes:
• Piloxing: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $5/class. Piloxing incorporates cutting-edge research and fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. The program blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Add some exhilarating dance moves and you have a muscle-toning workout that will leave you feeling physically and mentally empowered.
• Zumba: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $3/class. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program.
• Get Fit with Kalen: Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m., $3/class. This class offers 30 minutes of nonstop activity, using hand weights and floor work to tone every part of your body.
• Body Rock: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m., $3/class. The focus of this class is calorie burning and fat blasting, with emphasis on high intensity cardio and toning.
For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852

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Jul 25, 2014

Catfish Frye Band to take over Winged Deer lakefront Thursday

“Rockin’ boogie blues” music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (July 31), when the Catfish Frye Band takes the stage. Duane “Catfish” Frye plays the old-school Chicago harmonica along with the more modern overblow style that is growing fast in the blues/rock world. Catfish plays from the soul, and it’s evident from the first note. Blues guitarist Adam Graybeal is well-known across the region, and his seasoned vocals shine through as well. Aaron Faust is the backbone of CFB on drums, and his high-end vocals can bring chills. And with every thump of his bass, it’s clear that Dave Wampler is the heartbeat of this band.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront amphitheater is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or visit jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 31, 7-9 p.m. – Catfish Frye Band
• Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
The Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Kinch, marketing coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827 

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Jul 23, 2014

Carving classes begin next month at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer classes in both wood and soap carving starting Aug. 7.
• Soap Carving: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring two large bars of Ivory soap and a butter knife. Soap carving can be enjoyed by all ages, and the resulting sculptures can be displayed or used as soap. Fee is $1 per person.
• Wood Carving: Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Participants will learn about tools, wood, techniques, and safety. Fee is $65 for the four-week series. (Fee includes all supplies; personal kits may be purchased for an additional charge.)
For more information, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 23, 2014

There’s a 'Killer in the Kitchen' at MPCC

On Friday, Aug. 29, head to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to figure out whodunit. Killer in the Kitchen, presented by Murder Mystery Caravan, will begin at 6 p.m. Finger foods will be served.
Admission is $7, and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233 

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