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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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Jul 22, 2014

Registration now open for Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon

Registration for the second annual Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon is now open. This event will provide children ages 6-12 an introduction to the triathlon world. Competitors may enter as individuals or in teams of three (teammates must be in same age division). Participants must bring their own bikes, helmets and goggles.
When: Saturday, Aug. 16
Where: Race begins at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive no later than 8 a.m. to set up bikes in the transition area. The race will conclude at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Registration: Early registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 8 (Early registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt and medal.) There will be no race day registration.
Fees: By Aug. 8 - $25 per child
Aug. 9-14 - $40 per child
How to register: Online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec/ (click on the Dive, Ride, and Stride logo) or in person at Memorial Park Community Center.
Packet pickup: Packets will be available Friday, Aug. 15 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center. There will be no race day packet pickup.
For more information about distances, requirements, and deadlines, please call 434-5750.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Jul 21, 2014

Out of the Box Bash benefit for Christmas program set for Sept. 26

On Friday, Sept. 26, Senior Services will host an Out of the Box Bash at Memorial Park Community Center. This dinner and auction will serve as a fundraiser for the Senior Services Christmas Box program.
Local bakers are encouraged to enter their best desserts for this special event. Attendees will bid on their favorite dessert, and awards will be given to the baker raising the most funds.
The Out of the Box Bash will take place from 6-10 p.m. and will include delicious dishes prepared by the chefs from Maple Lane Farms, using Christmas Box ingredients. Live music and dancing will follow the dinner and auction. Tickets are available at MPCC, 510 Bert St., for $20 each or $35 per couple, $25 for seniors and teens, and $10 for children ages 6-12.
Bakers may sponsor a table for family, friends, employees, or clients for $150.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information or to enter as a baker.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 21, 2014

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three appointments to the Public Art Committee. All matters concerning public art, monuments, murals, or other creative efforts of individuals or groups are first referred to the Public Art Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.
Potential appointees may complete applications online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6002 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Aug. 15.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6079. 

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

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Jul 21, 2014

Jeanne Robertson coming to MPCC

Senior Services will host two performances featuring dynamic speaker Jeanne Robertson at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Nov. 11 and 12.
Southern Lady Magazine had this to say about Robertson: “There is just something about Jeanne Robertson. Maybe it’s her beauty queen-esque good looks. Or maybe it’s that she’s six-feet-two inches tall. Regardless of what it is, once you hear her speak, you’ll remember her – that is, if you can quit laughing long enough to catch your breath.”
Tickets for each of the following performances will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at the Senior Services Reception Area of MPCC:
Nov. 11, 6 p.m.: This performance will honor our nation’s veterans. Organizations may sponsor a table for $150. Individual tickets are $25.
Nov. 12, noon: Grab your BFF and come learn how Robertson says we can use laughter to better handle holiday stress. Individual tickets are $25.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

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

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Jul 21, 2014

Senior Services plans two daytrips for September

Senior Services invites citizens to the following daytrips:
Sept. 3 – Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville, Va.: This state-of-the-art German-themed dinner theatre nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia promises audiences the most unique theatre and dining experience around. The evening’s performance, “Then Sings My Soul,” is an inspirational gospel/contemporary praise and worship show featuring songs from the Carter family, Elvis, Mahalia Jackson, The Gaithers, and many more. Fee is $37 per person.
Sept. 30 – Dixie Stampede, Pigeon Forge: Dixie Stampede is filled with friendly North and South competition, thrilling horseriding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering four-course feast. Fee is $36 per person.
All tickets sales are final. For more information or to register, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 21, 2014

Applications being accepted for PBA appointment

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Public Building Authority Board of Directors. This board meets monthly and is in charge of overseeing the operation of Millennium Centre and development of Millennium Park in accordance with the adopted Millennium Park Master Plan.
Potential appointees must be residents of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the PBA Board may apply online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 434-6002 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is Monday, Aug. 4.
For more information regarding the Public Building Authority, please contact Rebecca Davis at 202-3510 or davis@thewcedc.com.

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

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Jul 18, 2014

Hillbilly Bad headlines next week’s lakeside concert

Hillbilly Bad will take the stage Thursday (July 24) for the third installment of this year’s Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park. With backgrounds in bluegrass, rock and everything in between, this band plays original songs with catchy lyrics and music that won’t let you sit still.
Concert-goers may recognize some of the band members, which include Jason Lloyd on bass and vocals and Mike Malone on guitar. “Frog” Nelms, who spent more than 15 years with the Christian band Fortress, is on drums, and Lynn Allen Shirley is on rhythm guitar. Last but not least, Hillbilly Bad features Benny Wilson on harmonica and vocals.
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 email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 24, 7-9 p.m. – Hillbilly Bad Band
• 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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