Parks and Recreation News

May 21, 2019

Senior Services offers West Coast swing dance instruction 

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those of all ages to learn some new moves in a free West Coast swing dance class offered from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays in June (5, 12, 19 and 26).

The classes will be held in the MPCC exercise/dance room. Register in person at MPCC’s Senior Services or recreation desks. There is no registration deadline.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.461.4852

                                                

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May 21, 2019

JC Parks and Rec to host storytelling camp at Rotary Park 

Children 6-12 are invited to take a comprehensive journey through the art of listening, understanding, crafting, and sharing stories during a weeklong experience at Rotary Park aimed at strengthening communication.

This outdoor camp will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 24 - 28, at Rotary Park’s Harris Pavilion. It will incorporate crafts, games and other activities to help inspire a desire in participants to share their stories and knowledge.  

Cost is $120 per child. Early drop-off is available from 7:30-9 a.m. for an additional $15. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., or online at myjcparks.org.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

CONTACT:    Mary Lee Baker, program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.5725

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May 20, 2019

Salamander hunt set for Buffalo Mountain

Salamanders, like their noisy and better-known “cousins” frogs and toads, are amphibians. This area is the salamander capital of the world.

Citizens of all ages are invited to hunt for salamanders from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Buffalo Mountain Park. Hunters will meet at the Harris Pavilion, and after a brief discussion will head to Catbird Creek to do some sleuthing and see what can be found. Attendees will carefully catch, identify and release.

This is a free program. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

CONTACT:    Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5821

 

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May 20, 2019

Park and Rec's 75th anniversary party to kick off Legion Street Pool season

The Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., will offer free swimming at a special party from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday (May 25) to celebrate Johnson City Parks and Recreation’s 75th anniversary. The first 200 people will receive free hotdogs and drinks. Attendees also will enjoy games, music and prizes.  

The pool will open for the season on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Johnson City’s only public outdoor pool is open to all ages and includes a 50-meter outdoor pool with a diving well, one diving board and a small slide.

The pool will be open from 10 a.m-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. The pool will be open on weekends only Aug. 4-Sept. 2.

Admission is $3 for individuals 13 and older, $2 for individuals 12 and under, and free to those under the age of three. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a caretaker age 16 or older.

Several special events scheduled at the pool this season include:

Mountain Games: Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kayaking, mountain biking, disc golf and more. 

July 4 Celebration: Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Games at the pool.

Lifeguard Recognition Day: Friday, Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m.

Dog Swim: Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, call 423-434-5754.

CONTACT:    Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.5754

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May 14, 2019

Johnson City Senior Chorale to conduct Music Arts Camp

Johnson City Senior Chorale Music Arts Camp will be held at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

This free camp, which won the 2018 Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging “Positive Images in Aging Award,” is open to third graders through senior adults and offers instruction from educators and experienced teachers in a number of music, art and movement classes.

Participants must register for one specialized class in each of the two sessions. Classes are limited to 12 participants. Lunch will be provided. Pre-register at the Senior Services desk by May 29. Sponsors of the camp include the Tennessee Arts Commission, Johnson City Senior Center Foundation and the Johnson City Senior Center. 

Schedule/classes:

 9-9:15 a.m.     Registration and introduction of activities and staff – Activities Room

 9:15-10:45 a.m. Session 1

     Keyboard/note reading – Gail Morris, Performing Arts Room
     Hand chimes – Cherry Smith, Media Room
     Stringed instruments/ukulele – Don Burger, Crafts Room
     Art class (card and box making) – Gretchen Culp, Arts Room

 10:45-11 a.m. Break

 11 a.m.-noon  Session 2

     Keyboards/note reading – Gail Morris, Performing Arts Room
     Intro to boomwhackers and rhythm instruments – Cherry Smith, Media Room
     Stringed instruments/ukulele – Don Burger, Crafts Room
     Art class (card and box making) – Gretchen Culp, Arts Room

 Noon-12:45 p.m.        Lunch – Activities Room

 12:45-1:30 p.m. Movement to dance games/line dancing – Activities Room

 1:30-2 p.m.     Evaluations, performances – Activities Room

 For more information, contact Chryl McLaughlin at 423-434-6226 or cmclaughlin@johnsoncitytn.org.

May 13, 2019

Senior Services hosts Aging Well Conference: Making Choices that Matter

The Johnson City Senior Center at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer those 18 and older an informative, daylong educational conference on aging well. The conference will be held 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30.

The schedule is as follows:

8 a.m.           Check-in

8:30 a.m.      Keynote Speaker

         “Healthy Aging Survival Kit: Dr. Terry Eckmann, Minot State University

9:45 a.m.      Breakout Session 1

                     Downsizing/Being Clutter Free: Angie Hyche

                     Senior Resources: Kathy Whitaker

                     Exercise to Keep You Young: Mayor Jenny Brock, City of Johnson City

10:45 a.m.    Breakout Session 2 

                     Nutritional Needs as You Age: Crystal Woods, R.D.

                     Exercise to Keep You Young: Mayor Jenny Brock, City of Johnson City

                     Emotional Well-Being as You Age: Bo Deaton

11:45 a.m.    Lunch

Noon            Lunch and Learn

Seven Key Lifestyle Choices for Living Well Throughout Your Lifespan: Dr. Terry Eckmann, Minot State University

12:30-1 p.m. Visit Vendor Booths

1:15 p.m.      Breakout Session 3

                     How to Make Your Dollar Go Further: Stephen Dixon

                     Nutritional Needs as You Age: Crystal Woods, R.D.                

                     Senior Resources: Kathy Whitaker

Cost is $15 per person. Please register in person at MPCC or online at www.myjcparks.org by Monday, May 27. Choose the breakout sessions you would like to attend at the time of registration. Lunch is included with registration fee. Door prizes will be awarded.

Vendors can register by calling Deb Fogle at 423-434-6231. Cost is $25 per table/booth (8-foot table, two chairs. Includes lunch for one.) Make checks payable to City of Johnson City. Please bring door prize. Table must be set up by 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 30.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6231

 

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May 09, 2019

Senior Services hosts "50 Years of Spaceflight, from the Moon to . . . Mars?"

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23.

Dr. Gary Henson, with ETSU’s Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geology, will return to MPCC to lead a free, fun, informative and interactive class on spaceflight throughout the years.

Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6229

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May 08, 2019

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to celebrate 75th Anniversary

If yesteryear’s recreational trailblazers could see what the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department has accomplished, they likely would be shocked.

Parks and Recreation celebrates its remarkable 75 years of serving citizens this month, marking the occasion with a public celebration noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the 67,000-square-foot, multigenerational Memorial Park Community Center. Candyland Carnival will offer old-fashioned games, rock climbing, face painting, candy station, 75th birthday cupcakes, a magician and balloon artist, entertainment and inflatables.

The Parks and Recreation Board was established on May 18, 1944, when city leaders approved an ordinance to organize recreation activities and programs being held on makeshift playing fields and in warehouses.

Today, that purpose and commitment to the community remains rock solid and continues to blossom. The department now provides a growing number of widely recognized and award-winning facilities and programs, and the journey is constantly in motion.

“It is truly amazing to see how our park system and program offerings have grown over the past 75 years,” Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis said. “This growth has occurred due to the countless number of volunteers, civic groups and the tremendous support from city management and our elected officials. Whether it be active or passive recreation, it is extremely important to our citizens and park patrons.

“Our department strives to stay abreast of current trends and provide quality services on a daily basis. What began as a small recreation program in 1944 has now grown into a diverse recreation, golf and senior program with offerings for toddlers up to and including our senior population. We look forward to continuing to provide these services and more in the future.”

City funds, as well as individual, business and civic club donations, launched the Parks and Recreation Department with a $12,600 budget – a far cry from the department’s 2018 budget of nearly $6 million.

Under the heading, “You Can Help,” that first budget report listed wants and needs, such as constructing a neighborhood recreation building for banquets, basketball and volleyball. One of the first amenities offered: a small concession stand cobbled together from an empty piano box.

Howard Johnson, named the first recreation director in 1944, took the helm at a time when the city had two public parks, a football stadium and a public pool. The area around the former Memorial Stadium known as the Keystone Fields was the department’s first base of operations.                                                                     

Youth programs were typically staged at school facilities, and skating and boxing had gained a foothold at Burley Tobacco and other warehouses along Legion and Main streets.

Though the fields may not have been groomed, and the exact rules not well known, tag football became a favorite for Johnson City youngsters. A league that played mainly on Saturdays included teams from West Side, Stratton, Keystone, Columbus Powell, North Side, Henry Johnson and South Side schools.

When West Side made it to the top of the heap, they were nicknamed the “West End Kids.” Their prowess earned them what likely was the first departmental garment: a maroon T-shirt with large white letters across the front that read, “Johnson City Parks.”  

At an exhibition baseball game at Cardinal Park, more than $970 was raised to start construction of the original youth center. The Langston Civic Recreation Club also stepped up after inviting Johnson to explain the park and recreation board’s goals. Students at the former Langston High School painted shuffleboard numbers on their gym floor for use in fundraisers. The club also staged boxing matches and gathered pledges for outdoor activities at George Washington Carver Park.   

The Surjoi Pool, operated by the private sector, was a community cooling off spot on land donated by Louis H. Gump. He later donated the pool and land to the city for use as a community pool and recreation area. Further development at the site led to the creation of Carver Recreation Center.

An encounter at a 1947 city league basketball game turned out to be the genesis of the city’s Recreation Club and Legion Recreation Center. Tennessee Silk Mill’s team was playing a team from the Gloria Rayon Plant when J.J. Jilton, the mill’s superintendent, turned to Johnson and said, “This is a great game. It’s too bad it has to be played in the cracker box.” Johnson replied, “Are you willing to help build a better place?”

The Parks and Recreation department continues to support the community through regular expansion of park facilities and amenities, recreational programming, entertainment, athletics, senior services and a variety of outdoor offerings. In 2018, Winged Deer Park was named the state’s “Complex of the Year” by the USA Softball of Tennessee.

Johnson City Parks and Recreation now operates 24 parks, one multigenerational community center and four recreation centers, four indoor basketball courts, one mountain bike park, 23 lighted tennis courts, one dog park, six swimming pools, 17 play structures, one boardwalk and lakefront special-use area with two boat ramps.

The tally also includes two amphitheaters, six sand volleyball courts, 30 picnic shelters, about 20 miles of hiking/walking trails, one football stadium, one baseball stadium, one skateboard park, one historical cabin, one tree arboretum, five multi-use athletic fields, 10 youth baseball fields, 10 softball fields,12 soccer fields, one 18-hole golf course, one 18-hole disc golf course, one splash park, 10 pickleball courts and other special use facilities on more than 1,200 acres. 

The City has also purchased the 36-acre Wilson Property adjacent to Winged Deer Park to expand the number of athletic fields and is poised to assume ownership of the Tannery Knobs Bike Park in the near future.

 

Notable moments in Johnson City Parks and Recreation history

1950 – Legion Recreation Center and what is now TVA Credit Union Ballpark constructed. At the time, the ballpark was home to a Cincinnati Reds farm team.

1958 – Lion Park established with a lighted youth baseball field, concessions and restroom. Carver Recreation Center built.

1959 – Legion Street Pool opened.

1961 – The first senior citizens group established as a subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board. A municipal referendum Dec. 12 passed allowing the city to issue bonds to construct a combined golf course (Pine Oaks Golf Course) and recreation area. 

1972 – Using federal funds, land for Optimist, Neighborhood and Metro-Kiwanis parks purchased.

1974 -- Indoor pool at Freedom Hall constructed.

1976 – The Robert Young Cabin, one of the city’s oldest standing dwellings, moved from federal property near Brush Creek to Optimist Park.

1977 – First youth soccer league formed.

1982 – Paul Christman Park, the city’s only “tot lot park,” a small playground for children, opened. Friendship Gardens at Metro-Kiwanis Park dedicated in August. The gardens are a tribute to our sister city Guaranda, Ecuador, as well as two additional cities, Ronneby, Sweden and Rybinsk, Russia.

1991 – Winged Deer Park, a 200-acre regional park, opened in north Johnson City.

1995 – The boardwalk at Winged Deer Park dedicated.

1998 – Willow Springs Park opened. Robert Young Cabin relocated to Winged Deer Park.

2000 – Jaycee Park renamed Carnegie Park.

2002 – Civitan Park dedicated on April 19.

2005 – The new 18,000-square-foot Carver Recreation Center dedicated on Nov. 20.

2010 – Memorial Stadium demolished.

2012 – Memorial Park Community Center, a 67,000-square-foot center opens.

2015 – Legion Recreation Center demolished.

2017 – The all-inclusive playground and splash pad at Rotary Park opened on April 4.

2018 – Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

2019 – Time capsule to be buried at Powell Square Park on May 16. Capsule will be unearthed to celebrate the 100th birthday in 2044.

 

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May 06, 2019

Senior Services offers class on transferring photos to a flash drive for printing

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is hosting two classes for individuals who want to learn how to transfer photos from a camera or phone to a flash drive. The classes will be held 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.

Cost is $5 per session. Register in person at MPCC. Seating is limited. Participants should bring a working camera or phone, the cable and/or cords that go with it, and a flash drive.

Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation 
                             423.434.6229

 

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May 02, 2019

MPCC to celebrate JC Parks' 75th anniversary with Candyland Carnival

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will celebrate Johnson City Parks and Recreation’s 75th anniversary with a free spring carnival for all ages. Activities will include old-fashioned games, face painting, a candy station, birthday cupcakes, a magician, a balloon artist, entertainment and inflatables. Concessions will be sold.

The event will be held noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18. No preregistration is required. 

For more information, please call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

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May 02, 2019

Senior Services offers ABCs of Medicare class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to a free Medicare class from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 13.

The class will help attendees understand the Medicare options available and cover Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy (LIS) and Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) eligibility. These programs help individuals meet their copays on medications and help pay on Medicare Part B.

Please register and/or receive further information by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6229

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April 30, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following free health services in May for those 18 and older:  

  • Cooking Healthy for One or Two: Monday, May 13, 11-noon. Attendees will receive recipes and ideas for healthy, delicious meals that are quick to make and budget friendly.
  • CBD – Hype or Hope: Wednesday, May 15, 11-noon. Cannabidiol (CBD) products are now found on nearly every street corner. Karilynn Dowling, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, will discuss what CBD is as well as its potential uses, effectiveness, safety concerns and reliability. 
  • Atrial Fibrillation Facts: Thursday, May 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Spencer Maden, nurse practitioner with Mountain States Medical Group – Cardiology, will discuss atrial fibrillation, one of the most common abnormal heart rhythms. The condition increases the risk of stroke and other heart-related conditions.
  • Be Skin Cancer Savvy: Monday, May 20, 11-11:30 a.m. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial when it comes to skin cancer. Pam Davis, MS, PA-C from pH7 Dermatology, will talk about different types of skin cancer, what to look for and the importance of sun protection. Optional, free skin cancer screenings will be available after the discussion. Separate appointments are required for the screening.
  • Get to Know Medicare: Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Individuals select their own Medicare coverage each year, but understanding the options can be overwhelming. David Varney will help attendees gain a better understanding of Medicare and answer questions.
  • If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose: Wednesday, May 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jared Gullett, a registered polysomnographic technologist and the Ballad Health regional sleep manager, will focus on the impact that sleep has on our overall health, common sleep problems, sleep testing and possible solutions and tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

Please register for all programs, and/or seek further information by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6231

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April 29, 2019

MPCC introduces beginning yoga class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a beginning yoga class for those 16 and older 5:45-6:45 p.m. each Tuesday beginning May 14.

Attendees will learn basic yoga techniques and get into shape by increasing strength, balance and flexibility. Cost is $6 per class. Register in person at MPCC.

For more information, please call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

 

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April 25, 2019

MPCC to hold Mother's Day Tea

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will celebrate Mother’s Day by inviting girls 6 and older and their mothers, guardians or grandmothers to a special tea party from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Attendees will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to create special crafts. There will be plenty of photo opportunities. Cost is $5 per person Please register in person at MPCC by May 3.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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April 19, 2019

May Friday Night Dances include Roaring ´20s Senior Prom

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two Friday Night Dances in May, including one special event for those 50 and older.

 The Roaring ‘20s Senior Prom will be held 7-10 p.m. on May 3, featuring Jerry Pierce and The Nightlife Band. Cost is $5 per person; $7 per couple. No SilverSneakers® discount. Tickets must be purchased in advance at MPCC. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Prom partner: Tetrick Funeral Services.

 The Shooter Band will perform at the regular dance 7-10 p.m. on May 17. Cost is $5 per person or $3 for SilverSneakers® members.

 For more information, call 423-434-6237.                                               

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April 19, 2019

Outshine Fitness offers outdoor workout

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is once again offering Outshine Fitness, a popular outdoor, go-at-your-own-pace class for those 18 and older who want to supplement their fitness regimen.

Outshine Fitness is a class that combines an outdoor walk/run with weighted exercises and is open to all fitness levels. As participants’ level of energy and strength increase, so will the difficulty.

The class will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in May. Cost is $2 per session. Please register in person at MPCC the morning of each class.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

 

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April 11, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following free presentations in April:  

  • Osteoporosis Awareness: Thursday, April 25, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Drop by the lobby to learn more about osteoporosis, and schedule an appointment for a free bone-density test (Dexa scan) offered during the month of May at the ETSU Osteoporosis Center. Ages 50+. No registration required.
  • Drug Interactions: Thursday, April 25, 1:30-2 p.m.Jan Mould, RN, Med, CPhT, and her Science Hill High School pharmacy technology students will share information about potential drug interactions and what can be done to prevent them. All ages. Register by calling 423-434-6237.
  • Super Salads with Homemade Dressings: Monday, April 29, 11 a.m.-noon. Why settle for store-bought salad dressings when you can create your own with all the good ingredients and none of the bad? Methods for creating quick, easy, flavorful recipes will be demonstrated. Participants will enjoy a salad bar and sample dressings after the discussion. Limited spots available. All ages. Register by calling 423-434-6237.

For more information about these and other programs, call 423-434-6237.

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April 10, 2019

Senior Services offers map and compass reading class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to a free map and compass reading class from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

 Scott Fisher with the Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute will lead this useful and fun introductory class.

 Please register and/or receive further information by calling 423-434-6237.

 

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6229

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April 09, 2019

Senior Services to offer progressive French language classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to advance their knowledge of French in two eight-week courses.

Introduction to French will serve beginners as a fun way to learn basic French language and culture from a Paris native and former teacher. This class will be held 10:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays, May 1-June 19.

Level 1 French is recommended for those who completed the Beginning French class offered in February. Participants will continue to immerse themselves in French language and culture. This class will be held 1-2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May1-June 19.

Both courses are free. Register for either class in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237 by Wednesday, April 24.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229

 

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April 08, 2019

MPCC to host Party on Pardee

Memorial Park Community Center staff are inviting their neighbors to a block party at the end of Pardee Street by the Johnson City Housing Authority buildings.

 The event will be held 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 and includes games for kids and adults, music, hot dogs, a hula hoop contest and other activities. The block party is free, requires no registration and is open to all ages.

 For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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April 08, 2019

Registration opens for JC Parks Summer Art Camps 

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., has opened registration for four popular art camps. The following camps for 4- and 5-year-olds will educate, entertain and nurture creativity:

Cupcakes and Pretty Pancakes: June 12, 13, 14. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $50. Join the fashion-food world and create tasty cupcakes and pancakes. Decorate chocolate cupcakes with ice cream cones, icing, sprinkles and fun toppings. Make pancake sculptures topped with warm syrup. Enjoy arts and crafts and fun games.

Beach Boys Camp: June 19, 20, 21. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost $50. Venture under the deep blue sea and throw your towel on the gritty, moist sand. Create dodging 3D sea creatures, racing rainbow fish, high-five an octopus and prickle a spiny sea urchin using a wide selection of arts and crafts supplies. Snacks will be provided.

Playdate and Messy Mate: June 26, 27, 28. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $60. Play stations will be loaded with dress-up items, games, make-a-snack items, videos, reading materials, relaxing ideas and painting fun. Snacks will be provided.   

Lemonade Camp: July 17, 18, 19. Cost: $40. Campers will design and build a lemonade stand with flair and appeal, make signs, choose their recipes and use their imaginations to come up with creative ways to draw customers. Proceeds from lemonade sales will be donated to the Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollination Day program, which educates the public about soil, seeds and plants we use in everyday life. Snacks will be provided.

Register in person at MPCC, online at myjcparks.org or by calling 423-434-5749.

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April 04, 2019

MPCC therapy and teaching pools to close for maintenance

The Memorial Park Community Center teaching and therapy pools will be closed for routine maintenance Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16. The pools will reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17. The center’s lap pool will remain fully operational during this time.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 CONTACT:    Sam Miller, recreation services manager
                              Parks and Recreation
                              423.283.5820

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April 02, 2019

Senior Services offers legal aid/estate-planning clinic

Memorial Park Community Services, 510 Bert St., is hosting a free legal aid and estate planning clinic from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. 

Participants will receive assistance to prepare the following documents: simple last will and testament, power of attorney, and an advanced healthcare plan/living will.

 The clinic is open to those 18 and older. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6229

 

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April 02, 2019

MPCC offers Girl's Night Out

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Girl’s Night Out event from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 19. This evening will be filled with all things girly: manicures, pedicures, makeup, hair and crafts – not to mention a dessert bar to make the night even sweeter.

Available to girls 6-14. Cost is $10 per person. Drop-off is encouraged but not required. Participants must register in person at MPCC by April 18.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

CONTACT:    Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.6224

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April 01, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following free health services in April:  

  • Osteoporosis – Together We Can Beat It: Thursday, April 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Osteoporosis is now a treatable disease, and the risk of fracture can be reduced by half within a few years of treatment. ETSU Osteoporosis Center Director Ronald Hamdy, MD, FRCP and FACP, will provide the latest information about Osteoporosis in this informative talk. All ages.
  • Are Your Allergies In Full Bloom? Thursday, April 11, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center will provide a free skin test designed to detect six of the most common allergens. A nurse practitioner will be on hand for brief consultations and to provide helpful information on allergy testing and treatment. All ages.
  • Understanding Parkinson’s: Friday, April 12, noon-1 p.m. Parkinson’s disease affects movement as well as many other systems within the body, and symptoms can vary from person to person. Neurologist Dr. Robb Whaley will give an overview of Parkinson’s, from diagnosis, treatment options and new promising scientific discoveries. All ages.
  • Regenerative Health: Tuesday, April 16, 1-2 p.m. Regenerative health medicine involves the use of naturally occurring cells within the body to heal itself. Dr. Tim Dunne, DC, will discuss this comprehensive, alternative treatment that may help those who suffer from chronic knee pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, lower back pain, sciatica and neuropathy. All ages. 
  • Diabetes Self-Management: Tuesdays, April 16-May 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This six-session series will help you better understand diabetes and provide daily tips for improving your numbers and preventing complications. From meal ideas to medications, this series is for anyone with diabetes, as well as the recently diagnosed. All ages.
  • Growing Older with Purpose and Joy: Wednesday, April 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Beverly Owens, LCSW, as she focuses on living fully, loving joyfully, continually learning and leaving a legacy. Ages 50 and older.

Please register for all programs, and/or seek further information by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6231

April 01, 2019

Plogging Fitness Challenge mixes exercise and litter pickup

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites the community to join a friendly challenge aimed at improving personal health while beautifying Johnson City. This eight-week challenge begins Monday, April 15, and ends Friday, June 7. The challenge, Plogging, combines jogging and the Swedish term “plocka upp,” meaning pick up.

There is no set distance or time goals for the program. Participants of all ages will work together by picking up litter as they run or walk. Group “plogs” are not mandatory, though they can be a fun addition to individual missions of plogging each week at one of Johnson City’s parks. 

Participants are encouraged to post photos of their activities each week on the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Facebook page www.facebook.com/jcparkstn. Those who upload photos each week will be awarded specialty mugs. All participants will receive a box of synthetic, non-allergenic gloves upon registration and a T-shirt at the end of the challenge.

Cost is $8 per participant for the challenge. Registration is now open. Please register in person at MPCC by April 21.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

 CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, senior services program coordinator
                              Parks and Recreation
                              423.461.4852



 

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March 28, 2019

Senior Services offers class to discuss college savings plans

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Services, 510 Bert St., will host a free class about saving for college from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11. 

The topics discussed will include establishing a college savings goal, saving strategies to reach the established goal, and types of education savings plans.

 Open to individuals 18 and older. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

 CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                              Parks and Recreation
                              423.434.6229

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March 28, 2019

MPCC offers teen strength and agility training

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites youth 12-17 interested in training for a sport or getting in shape to attend a coached strength, agility and speed training class. The class is held from 3-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.

Cost is free. Register in person at MPCC.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

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March 26, 2019

Parks and Recreation seeks citizen input on Pine Oaks Golf Course

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking citizen input about Pine Oaks Golf Course. Suggestions and opinions are welcomed via a brief online survey that can be accessed directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/POGC2019. It is also available at www.pineoaksgolf.com, www.johnsoncitytn.org, and on Facebook and Twitter at @JCParksTN. A printed version can be picked up and dropped off at Pine Oaks Golf Course, 1709 Buffalo Road.

For more information, call 423-434-6250.

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March 26, 2019

Senior Services presents Fundamentals of Fly-Casting series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a four-class series on the fundamentals of fly-fishing. Jack Sanders, Ted Eades and Wayne Hill will be the instructors.

The series will include instruction on properly casting a line at least 40 feet, roll casting, picking up a line, back cast, forward cast and more. Equipment will be available or participants may bring their own.

Classes will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. each Wednesday in April. Cost is $40 for the series. Please register and pay in person at MPCC by Tuesday, April 2. Limited spots are available.

For more information, call 423-434-6237 or 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6231

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March 26, 2019

Winged Deer bluebell wildflower hikes set

Winged Deer Park contains the largest collection of naturalized bluebell flowers in Northeast Tennessee, and they only bloom for a very short time. The bluebells will be the centerpiece of three, slow-paced strolls around the park’s “back 40,” where participants will also enjoy many other things the park has to offer.

Choose from these dates and times:

  • Friday, March 29, 6-7:15 p.m.
  • Monday, April 1, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

The hikes are free, and no registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. Meet at the Winged Deer Park disc golf parking lot.

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

CONTACT:    Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5821

 

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March 22, 2019

Jerry Pierce, Kids Our Age headline April Friday Night Dances

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to enjoy two Friday Night Dances in April. 

Jerry Pierce & The Nightlife Band headlines on April 5, and Kids Our Age will be featured on April 19. The dances will be held 7-10 p.m. in the MPCC gymnasium and dining rom. Cost is $5 per person/$3 for SilverSneakers® members. You may sign up at MPCC, but there is no registration deadline.

For more information, call 423-434-6237

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation 
                             423.461.4852                                            

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March 22, 2019

MPCC offers R.I.P.P.E.D workout

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 16 and older to participate in what’s being called today’s hottest and most efficient body workout.

The Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics (jump training), Endurance and Diet method provides a one-stop body shock that combines the best fitness elements in a 55-minute workout. The class can be modified for all fitness levels.

This ongoing class costs $5 per class and is held 6-7 p.m. on Mondays and 9-10 a.m. on Saturdays. Please register in person at MPCC.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

 

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March 22, 2019

Senior Services offers new fitness class: High Performance 

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer High Performance, a new fitness class that utilizes high volume (repetitions) and low resistance (weight) with short intervals of rest geared primarily toward improving both muscle tone and definition, as well as cardiovascular fitness.

The class will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in April (5, 12, 19 and 26). Open to individuals 18 and older, the cost is $2 per class. Please register at MPCC the morning of each class.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.461.4852

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March 21, 2019

MPCC to host Spring Sock Hop

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an old-fashioned sock hop for kids from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.

Children 4-12 are encouraged to wear 1950s attire and come prepared to dance and play games in their socks. Fizz Soda Bar will serve ice cream and soda, and music will be provided. Cost is $5 per child. Parents and/or guardians free. Please register in person at MPCC prior to April 4.

For more information, please call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

 

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March 19, 2019

MPCC offers beginning guitar classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites individuals with an interest in learning guitar basics to sign up for a class that will meet from 4-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 2-April 23. 

Students of all ages will learn the fundamentals of music theory, guitar tablature (tab) reading, basic chords and technique. These will be group sessions with a maximum of five students per session. Students must bring their own guitars.

Cost is $4 per class. Please register at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org.

For more information, call 423-434-5757.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

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March 15, 2019

MPCC expands yoga class offerings

Yoga instructor Nicole Hunt will be leading three new classes at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Prenatal Yoga: Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. beginning April 2. Prenatal yoga will help pregnant women increase strength, flexibility and maintain a healthy mind and body through the mental and physical stresses of pregnancy. The class is open to all fitness levels and those 18 and older. Cost: $6 per class.

Kids Yoga: Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. beginning April 2. Children 3-5 will learn to practice yoga by incorporating fun games, dancing and singing. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Cost: $6 per class.

Mommy and Me Yoga: Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. beginning April 4. Gentle, targeted yoga will help those 18 and older strengthen abdomen, pelvic and back muscles that have changed due to childbirth. This class will help attendees relax and strengthen muscles while bonding with their new arrival. Cost: $6 per class. Children free. No yoga experience required.

Please register in person at MPCC on or before the day of class. 

For more information, please call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
                          Memorial Park Community Center
                          423.434.5758

 

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March 13, 2019

MPCC offers Saturday Special for special needs children

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host two classes for special needs children ages 5-12 from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, April 20.

The first Saturday Special will include games like sensory detective, clay sculpting and a tangible tray, allowing participants to create and organize colors and shapes. The April class offers children an opportunity to enjoy swimming at MPCC.

 Cost is $3 per class. Please register in person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org.

 For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Mary Lee Baker, program coordinator
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5725

 

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March 13, 2019

Senior Services to host senior driver safety program

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a free driver safety program specifically designed for seniors from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27. Tennessee Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Nathan Hall will lead this informative refresher course.   

Those 50 and older are welcome. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229

 

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March 12, 2019

MPCC to host double elimination dodgeball tournament

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold its first-ever dodgeball tournament from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30. The double elimination tournament (lose two games and you’re out) is open to individuals 17 and older.

Cost is $10 per person. Teams of six to eight players must include at least one female. Please register at MPCC by Thursday, March 28. Only 15 teams will be accepted. Concessions and snacks will be available for purchase. 

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.6224

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March 06, 2019

MPCC offers Taking Strides with Strollers

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a new fitness class that allows parents to work out while keeping their child close. The Taking Strides with Strollers includes a 30-minute run/walk and optional body-toning exercises and stretching afterward.

This class will be held 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, March 20-May 3.

Cost is free, and no registration is required. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Participants should meet in MPCC’s athletic/aquatics lobby. This is an outdoor activity, and class will be canceled during inclement weather.   

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.6224

 

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March 04, 2019

Senior Services presents Sweetwater Troubadours concert

The Sweetwater Troubadours – Charles Jones and Heidi Ehle – will present “Songs That Tell a Story: Timeless Tunes for Two” from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Cost is free.

The duo will present an eclectic assortment of tunes in a variety of musical themes, including honky tonk, bluegrass, classical, and folk with a West Indian twist. The group also offers country, calypso, old English ballads and medieval incantations with originals thrown into the mix.   

These troubadours invite attendees to time travel from sorrow to silly and back, employing guitars and banjo, flutes, harmonica, percussion and vocal harmonies. All ages welcome.

Please preregister in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229

 

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March 01, 2019

MPCC offers beginning hula hoop dance class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites community members to have fun while learning the basics of hula hoop dance.

The class is offered at 2-3 p.m. every Saturday. Cost is $5 per class or a monthly pass may be purchased for $15. Hoops are provided. The class is open to all ages, and no prior experience is required. Register in person at MPCC. 

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

 

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March 01, 2019

Senior Services adds The PF Flyers to March Friday Night Dance lineup

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to enjoy a night with The PF Flyers from 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 15.

The PF Flyers are a five-piece band based in Piney Flats, which plays traditional and classic rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, beach music, ballroom dance and some country.

The dance will be held in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room. Cost is $5 per person; SilverSneakers® members $3. There is no registration deadline.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.461.4852

 

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March 01, 2019

Senior Services to provide information about how to spot scams

A representative with the Johnson City Police Department will offer information on various scams that have been reported in our area and how to spot them on Thursday, March 14 from 11 a.m.-noon. This free presentation is open to ages 18 and older and will take place at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229

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February 27, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following free health services in March:  

  • Live to 100: Tuesday, March 5, 11 a.m.-noon. Dr. Tim Dunne will share tips for maximizing health. The way people live now impacts their level of health and wellness 10 years from now and beyond.
  • Healthy Gut, Healthy You: Thursday, March 7,10:30-11:30 a.m. Holly Scheller, a clinical specialist at Franklin Woods Community Hospital, will offer tips for maintaining good gut bacteria, the importance of probiotics and prebiotics, and keys to staying regular. Colonoscopy screenings and colon cancer prevention will be discussed.
  • Common Sleep Problems: Tuesday, March 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A worthwhile class for individuals who struggle to get a good night’s sleep, want to learn more about sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders.
  • Sweet Defeat: Conquer Your Cravings: Wednesday, March 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Discover five reasons why individuals may be craving sweets and learn tips to keep from caving to the craving. Dietician/nutritionist Crystal Woods will talk about the leading causes of sugar cravings and how to satisfy hunger in a healthy way. Samples provided.
  • Blood Pressure Refresher: Thursday, March 21, 10-10:30 a.m. Learn blood pressure basics, including what the numbers mean, what the latest guidelines are, and tips for checking blood pressure at home. Attendees are encouraged to bring their personal blood-pressure cuff to learn about proper use.
  • How Stable Are You? Balance Matters: Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m.-noon. ESTU physical therapy students will offer free balance screenings and provide a fall risk assessment for attendees.
  • Spring Clean Without Chemicals: Wednesday, March 27, 10-11 a.m. Cleaning products containing chemicals can irritate your lungs and are especially harmful for people with COPD, asthma or other lung conditions. Dr. Mildred Maisonet and Taylor Dula with ETSU’s College of Public Health will share tips on healthy, effective cleaning solutions and ways to avoid harmful household chemicals.

Classes are open to all ages. Please preregister and/or seek further information by calling 423-434-6237.

 

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February 27, 2019

MPCC seeks children's Spanish instructor

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking a Spanish instructor for children ages 4-10. Instructor will teach basic greetings, counting and Spanish culture.

Classes may be scheduled between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

February 25, 2019

MPCC to host Spring Break camps for city, county schools

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Spring Break camps for Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12. Camp fee is $40, and children will participate in sports, arts and crafts, swimming, movies and games.

Participants are required to bring a packed lunch and swim clothing every day. Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes are preferred. Camp will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10.

  • Johnson City Schools: March 11-15.
  • Washington County Schools: April 1-5.

Camps are limited to the first 60 paid participants. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center. Please call MPCC at 423-434-5749 for more information.

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

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February 25, 2019

Early registration for Spring Youth Soccer ends Thursday

Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer early registration will end Thursday (Feb. 28). Cost is $25 for Johnson City residents, $30 for non-residents. A $20 late fee will apply beginning March 1.

Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Early registration is encouraged, as team placement is not guaranteed.

A coaches meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27). A referee’s meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Both meetings will be at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office.

Practices start March 16; games begin April 6. Children are placed according to Johnson City school districts. An average of two games will be played each week (per team) during a 10-game season. Games played at Civitan Park and Winged Deer Park.

Youth soccer coaches and referees are needed.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.5825

 

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February 25, 2019

Carver Recreation Center to recognize black law enforcement officers

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will recognize the region’s black law enforcement officers as part of its annual “Taste of Community” event from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 28).

“We will be honoring black law enforcement officers from around the region with awards and certificates of appreciation,” said Herb Greenlee, supervisor of Carver Recreation Center. “Some of these individuals have a direct link to Carver.”

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to benefit the Carver Youth Historical Committee will be accepted.

For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

CONTACT:    Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
                             Carver Recreation Center
                             423.461.8830

 

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February 19, 2019

Senior Services offers MPCC Wacky Mini Golf Challenge

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. will be transformed into an 18-hole indoor golf course from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. This unique challenge is open to all ages and features different designs at each putting green.

Individuals with special needs are invited to participate in the Wacky Mini Golf Challenge from 10-11 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the challenge will be postponed to Saturday, March 23.

Putters will be available, but attendees are welcome to bring their own. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase.

 Entry fee is $2 per person for 18 holes. No registration is required. Just come and play.

 For more information, call 423-434-5749 or 423-434-6237.

 CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                              Parks and Recreation
                              423-434-6231

 

 

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February 19, 2019

Keystone Community Center Teen Game Room now open weekday evenings

The Keystone Community Center Teen Game Room is now open to youth 11-18 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The center, located across the street from Memorial Park Community Center at 601 Bert St., offers Xbox One and PS4 Pro gaming systems, pool, pingpong, foosball, and a comfortable lounge area.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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February 19, 2019

The Shooter Band to headline March Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature The Shooter Band from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of March. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

 CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, program coordinator
                              Senior Services 
                              423-461-4852

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February 15, 2019

Parks and Recreation to host bat presentation

Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will host “Behold the Bat,” a presentation designed to help attendees learn about the benefits and struggles of one of our most mysterious groups of mammals. The presentation will also address the do’s and don’t’s of attracting them to your property with a bat house.

 Families are welcome to attend this presentation on Monday, Feb. 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

 The event is free and open to all ages. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229                   

February 15, 2019

Senior Services to offer Beginning French class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to participate in a new class, Beginning French, from 1-2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Classes will begin Feb. 20.         

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the French language and culture from a native French speaker and former teacher from Paris.

There is no cost for the class. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229

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February 14, 2019

Senior Services offers tickets and transportation to ETSU basketball game

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team. The Bucs will host the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday, March 2 at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Tickets to the game are $6 per person and include round-trip transportation from MPCC. The bus will leave at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game starts at 4 p.m. Register and purchase tickets at either MPCC desk by Saturday, Feb. 23.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:   Lauren Qualls, program coordinator
                            Senior Services
                            423-461-4852

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February 12, 2019

Parks and Rec gets set for girls softball, T-ball leagues

egistration for Johnson City Parks and Recreation girls spring softball and T-ball will begin Monday, Feb. 25.

Fees are $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A $20 late charge will be applied to registrations taken after March 24. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Leagues include T-ball (ages 5-6), machine pitch, (ages 7-8) and fast pitch (ages 9-10). Practices begin April 1 and games begin April 22.

The first coaches meetings are set for Wednesday, March 13 at the Athletic Office. T-ball coaches will meet at 5:30 p.m., and softball coaches will meet at 6 p.m. 

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-5825

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February 11, 2019

MPCC offers after-school program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an after-school program for children 6-12 years old. The program includes homework helpers and snacks. Children will also be able to utilize the gymnasium and pool as well as participate in arts and crafts.

The program is available Feb. 11-May 24, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $20 per child per month. Register in person at MPCC.     

For more information, call 423-434-5749.


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

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February 07, 2019

Senior Services to host trip to Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older transportation on Friday, March 1 to the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The 2019 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show features appearances by Julia Collin Davison, host of America’s Test Kitchen, and Laura Leboutiller of Garden Answer. The event also includes several hundred exhibitors and vendors. Visit the show's site here.

Cost is $28 per person for transportation only. Tickets are $12 for the show, and will be purchased individually upon arrival. A motorcoach operated by Todlow Coach will depart MPCC at 6:45 a.m. and arrive at the show around 10:30 a.m. Lunch is not provided but will be available from vendors at the show. The motorcoach will depart at 3 p.m. and return to MPCC at 7:30 p.m. The return trip will include a stop for a meal. 

Please register at the Senior Services or recreation desk by Saturday, Feb. 23. No refunds.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Donna Campbell, senior services office manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6230                   

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February 04, 2019

Senior Services to offer free health programs

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following health services beginning in February:  

  • Think Pink — Cooking to Prevent Cancer: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. A hands-on experience for attendees to learn easy, quick and healthy recipes that will be sampled after class. The program also focuses on the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings. Reservation required. All ages. Free.
  • Dining with Diabetes: Mondays, Feb. 18, 25 and March 4, 11 a.m.-noon. For people with diabetes and their support persons. Includes tips for managing the disease and preparing meals that help control blood sugar. Elizabeth Renfro with the University of Tennessee Extension Office will provide information, cooking demos, samples and recipes. Space limited. All ages. $5 per session/$10 for all three.
  • Relief for Dry Eyes: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cindy Larkin, a certified ophthalmic assistant and dry eye specialist with Johnson City Eye Clinic, will discuss the cause of dry eyes, factors that may be making symptoms worse, and innovative new treatments. All ages. Free.
  • Memory Loss — What’s normal, What’s not?: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tracey Kendall Wilson with Alzheimer’s Tennessee will offer strategies for keeping the brain healthy. Attendees will learn the differences between normal, age-related forgetfulness and serious medical problems. Take-home resources available. All ages. Free.
  • All About Arthritis: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn more about the most common types of arthritis and treatment options, plus tips for managing everyday pain and stiffness. All ages. Free.   
  • Free Hearing Test: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9-11:30 a.m. Screenings provided by East Tennessee Hearing Center. Space limited. All ages. Free.
  • Thyroid Disease: Thursday, Feb. 28.  Noon-1 p.m.Dr. Deepika Reddy Nallala, an endocrinologist, will discuss how the thyroid gland impacts health. Attendees will learn what affects the thyroid and how disorders are treated. All ages. Free.

Please preregister for all programs, and/or seek further information by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:   Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                            Parks and Recreation
                            423-434-6231

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February 04, 2019

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Feb. 20

Job seekers looking for part-time or seasonal work should mark Tuesday, Feb. 20 on their calendars. The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Job Fair will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Available positions include:

  • Maintenance – Seasonal maintenance employees will be responsible for but not limited to mowing, edging, ball field preparation, limited equipment operation, and event setup. Knowledge of basic work etiquette and ability to perform manual labor required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license to apply.
  • Programming – Summer youth program assistants will supervise and facilitate activities for children ages 6-16 in a day-camp setting. All applicants must be able to communicate effectively, have general knowledge of recreational activities, and be able to work uninterrupted for seven weeks.
  • Lifeguards – Lifeguards conduct safety surveillance of all pools and slides and are also responsible for upkeep of pools and slides including vacuuming, sanitizing and general janitorial duties. Candidates should be lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross. If a qualified lifeguard applicant is not certified, Parks and Recreation will certify the candidate upon completion of a proficiency swim test.
  • Athletics – Positions available include soccer referees for youth programs, umpires for youth and adult softball, softball scorekeepers and tennis instructors for youth and adult programming. General knowledge of sports rules required. Some training provided.

All applicants must be 16 years of age or older and able to pass a background check. Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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February 01, 2019

February Friday Night Dance to feature PF Flyers

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature The PF Flyers from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15.

Based in Piney Flats, the PF Flyers are a five-piece band that plays traditional and classic rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, beach music, ballroom dance, and some country.

The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of February. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, program coordinator
                             Senior Services
                             423-461-4852

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