Parks and Recreation News

January 17, 2023

Tickets on sale for annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Jan. 17, 2023

Tickets on sale for annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Tickets are on sale now for the extremely popular Daddy-Daughter Dance: A Masquerade Party, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Fathers, grandfathers and guardians of all ages are invited to dress up and dance the night away with the special girls in their lives. Music will be provided by a live DJ, and light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $15 per person through Thursday, Feb. 2 and can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/DaddyDaughter2023 or in person at MPCC. Tickets purchased online must be picked up at MPCC between Monday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Feb. 3. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Photo vouchers can be purchased online, in person at MPCC or at the dance.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 17, 2023

MPCC to host Family Glow Night

Jan. 17, 2023

 

MPCC to host Family Glow Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host its first Family Glow Night on Friday, Jan. 27 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The evening will begin with glow-in-the-dark volleyball from 4:30-6 p.m., followed by a glow stick swim in the MPCC pool from 6-7:30 p.m.

This free event is open to all ages. Register online at myjcparks.org by Wednesday, Jan. 25.

For more information, call 423-434-5722.

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January 09, 2023

MLK Jr. Unity Program and Walk set for Jan. 16

Jan. 9, 2023

MLK Jr. Unity Program and Walk set for Jan. 16

Johnson City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16 with a Unity Program and Walk. Starting at 12:45 p.m. at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., the program will feature a series of prayers and tributes to King by local leaders. The walk, set to begin at 1:15 p.m., is less than 2 miles and will begin and end at Carver.

“This event is a perfect way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said Aaron T. Murphy, Johnson City vice mayor and event organizer. “The intent of this holiday is to truly reflect on the values Dr. King instilled in us and honor his memory. The Unity Program and Walk helps us do that in a very intentional way.”

This event will take place rain or shine.

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January 09, 2023

Multiple events scheduled to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 9, 2023

Multiple events scheduled to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The following events will be held to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is observed on Monday, Jan. 16: 

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast
What: Guest speaker Dr. Vant Hardaway and community service honorees.
Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 225 Princeton Road
When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 9-11 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person or $125/table (8 people)

Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time
What: Children will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through stories, arts and crafts and music. Lunch will be provided. This program is presented by Johnson City Parks and Recreation and East Tennessee State University’s Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center.
Where: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.
When: Monday Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-noon.
Cost: Free

 Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Program and Walk
What: A 30-minute ceremony will culminate with a walk (less than 2 miles).
Where: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.
When: Monday, Jan. 16, 12:45-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

 Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner/American Red Cross Blood Drive/Health Fair
What: The public is invited to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a blood drive, health fair and dinner.
Where: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.
When: Monday, Jan. 16; health fair, 1-5 p.m.; blood drive, 1-6 p.m.; dinner, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Seekers Book Club Reading: “How the Word is Passed”
What: The public is welcome to join this discussion of the New York Times bestseller by Clint Smith.
Where: The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St.
When: Thursday, Jan 19, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Movie and Discussion: “Tower Road Bus”
What: Participants will view and discuss this film about racial integration in public schools during the 1970s. Sponsored by the Langston Centre and ETSU’s Black American Studies Program.
Where: The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St.
When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

For more information, call Carver Recreation Center, 423-461-8830, or the Langston Centre, 423-434-5785.

 

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January 09, 2023

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

 

Jan. 9, 2023

 

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs in January:  

  • Blood Pressure Refresher: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10-11 a.m. Participants will learn what the numbers really mean and why it’s important for individuals to know their numbers and keep their blood pressure in a certain range. Lifestyle tips and medications will be discussed. All ages. Free.
  • Eat Well, Feel Well Series: Wednesdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-noon. This six-part series will offer practical cooking tips, smart food choices, and ways to save money and time on meal prep. Recipes and samples provided at each class. Spots limited. Ages 50+. Free.
  • Invisible Danger of Radon: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1-2 p.m. January is Radon Awareness month and this area is prone to high levels of radon. Participants will learn the facts about this cancer-causing gas that homeowners may not be aware of. Winter is the best time to conduct a test as radon levels are at their highest levels. Free testing kits will be available after the program. All ages. Free.
  • Instant Pot Cooking: Thursday, Jan. 19, 1-2 p.m. Participants will learn tips for using these multi-cookers, the different features to look for when purchasing and a step-by-step guide for cooking. Healthy, delicious recipes and meal ideas will be provided along with samples. All ages. Free.
  • Prediabetes – Time to Take Action: Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes puts individuals at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The good news is it is reversible. Participants will learn what actions they can take to reverse the course you are on and prevent diabetes. All ages. Free.
  • Lifestyle Wellness Hour: Monday, Jan. 23, 5:30-7 p.m. In this one-hour weekly class, participants will learn how to make small changes to their lifestyle in order to have lasting results for life. Each week will have different focus as participants learn about healthy eating, getting more physically active, reducing stress, managing triggers, staying motivated and so much more. The orientation will explain the yearlong program which will meet on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Ages 18+. The orientation is free. The cost for the yearlong program is $30.
  • Lunch and Learn – Topic: Motion is Lotion: Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon-1 p.m. Tara Warf, PT, DPT & Olivia Boles, PT, DPT, from PT Solutions will be discussing ways individuals can improve mobility to maintain independence and perform daily tasks with less limitations. Exercise and movement are vital to maintaining mobility, lubricating joints and decreasing pain. Whether you are dealing with balance issues, pain, or weakness, physical therapy may help you continue to do the things you love for as long as you can! Lunch provided by PT Solutions. Ages 18+. Free.

Preregister for all programs by calling 423-434-6237.

 

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January 06, 2023

Memorial Park Community Center set to reopen Monday

Dec. 6, 2023

Memorial Park Community Center set to reopen Monday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will reopen to the public on Monday, Jan. 9. All visitors will need to enter the facility using the Aquatics/Athletics entrance. All areas of the building will be accessible to the public with the exception of the Senior Services desk and gathering area, where repairs remain under way.

All Memorial Park Community Center programming will resume on regular schedule.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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January 06, 2023

MPCC offers international folk dance instruction

Jan. 6, 2023

MPCC offers international folk dance instruction

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. will offer weekly international folk dance instruction on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome. No experience or partner is required.

Cost is $5 per class. Participants should register in person at MPCC prior to each class.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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