Martin L. King Jr. Memorial Parkway Designation

Please join state, city and NAACP leaders as we unveil signage designating the new Martin L. King Jr. Memorial Parkway on Friday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Please park at Hampton Inn, 508 N. State of Franklin Rd., Johnson CIty. A reception will follow in the lobby of Hampton Inn.

MPCC offers Hidden Heroes Family Retreat

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites veterans, their caregivers, and their children to enjoy an afternoon together. This free event will be held at MPCC on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 12-4:30 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at noon, followed by billiards, cards, games, sharing time, basketball, and pickleball for veterans; neck massages, stress management, crafts, and sharing time for caregivers; and games, swimming, and crafts for children.

Participants must call 423-434-6237 to register by Sept. 10.

MPCC to host Johnson City's first pickleball tournament

The Johnson City Senior Foundation Inaugural Indoor Pickleball Tournament will be held Nov. 2-3 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Sponsorship revenue from the event will make this the Foundation’s signature fundraiser for 2018 and help provide outreach and program support in the community for those 50 and older.

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., with more than 2.8 million players in 2017, a 12-percent increase over the past year, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. The tournament will make room for that expansion and offer novice, intermediate and advanced players a chance to test their skills in a competitive setting.

Participants will follow USA Pickleball Association rules through an individual round robin tournament the first day, and a men’s and women’s doubles tournament the next day. Players must be at least 18.

Date: Nov. 2-3
Registration: Begins Aug. 6 at MPCC from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Register online beginning Aug. 12 at www.Active.com (search JCSC Foundation Pickleball Tournament. Administration charge applies).
Entry fees/deadline: $30 per person for one day; $45 per person for both days (limit 50). Deadline to enter is Oct. 24. Waivers and releases must be signed to participate. All entry fees are nonrefundable.
Packet pickup: Nov. 1, noon-8 p.m., MPCC, 510 Bert St.
Check in: 7:30 a.m. Start times included in packet.

Ty Petty, a Jonesborough resident and national pickleball champion, will conduct a demonstration and provide instruction at the MPCC gym on Nov. 1 from 6-7 p.m. Open court time will be available from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $5.

For information about sponsorship levels and how to obtain sponsorship forms, contact Frank Calderala at 423-747-9918 or fecvets1@live.com, or Senior Services Manager Deb Fogle at 423-434-6231.


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