Parks and Recreation News

August 07, 2020

Parks and Rec opens registration for adult fall softball

Aug. 7, 2020 

Parks and Rec opens registration for adult fall softball

Johnson City Parks and Recreation has opened registration for adult fall softball for the following divisions:

  • Men’s and Coed Slow-pitch Open Division: Fee $300
  • Church Division:  Fee: $300
  • Women’s Fast-pitch Open Division:  Fee: $200

All divisions require a $5 fee for each non-resident on the team. Registration deadline is Aug. 28. The season will begin on Sept. 8.

For more information or to register, call the Athletic Office at 423-283-5822.

 

###

 

August 07, 2020

Johnson City Parks and Recreation cancels fall youth soccer program

Aug. 7, 2020 

Johnson City Parks and Recreation cancels fall youth soccer program

Johnson City Parks and Recreation has canceled the fall youth soccer program due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the governor’s current executive order expires at the end of the month, we have no way of knowing what will or will not be allowed beyond that,” said James Ellis, Parks and Recreation director. “With the current trends of new coronavirus cases in our region, we feel it is in the best interest of the health and welfare of our community to cancel the 2020 fall soccer season.”

For more information about Parks and Recreation offerings, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec.

 

###

April 09, 2020

Youth soccer, girls softball, girls T-ball seasons canceled

 April 9, 2020
For immediate release

Youth soccer, girls softball, girls T-ball seasons canceled 

Due to COVID-19 and in keeping with social distancing requirements, this year's Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer, girls softball and girls T-ball seasons are canceled. Staff will begin processing refunds the week of April 13. Refunds will be in the form of a check payable to the person who paid fees at the time of registration. All refunds will be mailed.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

###

March 19, 2020

MPCC offers introduction to mountain biking program

March 19, 2020
For immediate release

MPCC offers introduction to mountain biking program

Are you ready to shred the gnar?

The expression means to ride with exceptional speed, ability, or enthusiasm, especially in difficult terrain and conditions. While it may not apply to beginning mountain bikers an upcoming four-session course teaching the basics of mountain biking may help kids 8-12 get there.

Classes will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. each Tuesday in April. Participants will be biking at Meredith Pavilion at Winged Deer Park, Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park, and the Tweetsie Trail.

Bikes and helmets will be supplied if you do not have your own. This free program will be limited to 10 participants. Register by phone at 423-434-5757 before Wednesday, April 8.

###

 

March 18, 2020

March 18 City of Johnson City COVID-19 update regarding Parks and Recreation

March 18, 2020
For immediate release

March 18 City of Johnson City COVID-19 update regarding Parks and Recreation

Effective 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 18), Johnson City recreation facilities will be closed until further notice with the exception of this week’s spring break camps. This includes Memorial Park Community Center/Senior Center, Carver Recreation Center, and the Langston Centre.

Spring break camps currently under way at Memorial Park and Carver will continue as scheduled through Friday. Parks and Recreation staff will contact those currently enrolled in next week’s spring break camp regarding its cancellation.

Senior Services congregate meals will remain available via curbside pickup starting Thursday. Senior Services staff will contact congregate meal participants for details regarding meal distribution.

Rentals of all facilities, including pavilions and ballfields, are suspended until further notice.

Parks, playgrounds and Pine Oaks Golf Course will remain open. The City urges citizens to participate in outdoor activities so long as they are in small groups and maintain a safe distance between one another.

Free guided nature hikes will be offered during the next several weeks. Each hike will be limited to 10 participants. To register for one of these hikes, contact Program Coordinator Connie Deegan at 423-283-5821.

Hikes at Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1254-1342 King Springs Road, will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 24 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 25 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, March 26 (10-11:30 a.m.)

Hikes at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, featuring bluebell wildflowers will be held on the following dates:

  • Sunday March 29 (1-2 p.m.)
  • Monday, March 30 (10:30-11:45 a.m.)
  • Thursday, April 2 (10:30-11:45 a.m.)
  • Friday, April 3, (6-7:15 p.m.)

 Additional nature programming for small groups may be added in the coming weeks, and plans will be announced as soon as possible.

 “As we practice social distancing and avoid being in groups indoors, it is crucial to Go. All. Outside,” said James Ellis, Parks and Recreation director. “We know families may be searching for alternative activities to enjoy together at this time, and our parks afford a multitude of opportunities. Hike, bike, walk, run ... we encourage everyone to get as much sunshine and fresh air as possible.”

For more information about our outdoor offerings, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec.

 ###

March 17, 2020

Sponsors needed for Spring Forward for Seniors

March 17, 2020
For immediate release

Sponsors needed for Spring Forward for Seniors

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation’s annual campaign to gather and distribute items that will benefit 250 senior adults in need is under way.

The Spring Forward for Seniors campaign, which provides food and household goods including items that cannot be purchased with SNAP dollars, is seeking financial sponsors.

Individuals and businesses can contribute in several ways: 

Gold Sponsor: (Fills 16 boxes) - $1,000   

Silver Sponsor: (Fills 10 boxes) - $600

Container Sponsor: (500 boxes) - $500                           

Bronze Sponsor: (5 boxes) - $300

Individual Sponsor: (Fill a box help a senior) - $60        

The deadline for sponsorship recognition is Tuesday, March 24. Sponsorship forms can be found on the foundation’s website https://www.jcscfoundation.org.  Checks should be made payable to 2020 Spring Forward for Seniors. Forms and checks may be mailed to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

###

March 10, 2020

MPCC to host coed dodgeball tournament

March 10, 2020
For immediate release

 MPCC to host coed dodgeball tournament

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold its annual dodgeball tournament from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

 Teams must have eight players and include at least one female. The tournament is open to individuals 17 and older. Cost is $10 per player. Please register teams in person at MPCC through Friday, March 27.

 For more information, call 423-434-5749.

###

March 10, 2020

Senior Center presents Let's Luau!

March 10, 2020
For immediate release

Senior Center presents Let’s Luau!

Tickets go on sale March 16 for a unique Hawaiian-themed outdoor event set for Saturday, May 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Firehouse Restaurant will serve barbecue from 4-5 p.m. and the Beach Nite Band will play from 5-7 p.m. in the greenspace behind MPCC. Admission is $20 per person and includes music, food and dancing for those 18 and older.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased at MPCC.

For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

###

 

March 09, 2020

Langston Centre offers community education courses

March 9, 2020
For immediate release

Langston Centre offers community education courses

The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., is currently offering two community education courses to all ages.

  • Local artist and Langston Education & Arts Development Board member Debbie Gray will teach “Staying in the Lines” from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of March. Participants will learn calligraphy and lettering. Cost is $10 per class.
  • East Tennessee State University History Professor Daryl Carter will teach black history courses from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesdays. “Music of the Black Experience” will be offered March 25-April 8 and “The Obama Years in America” will be offered April 22-May 6. Cost is $20 per course, which includes three sessions.

 Cash and checks made payable to the “City of Johnson City” with “Langston Centre” on the memo line will be accepted for payment.

 For more information, call 423-434-5785.

 

###

March 09, 2020

MPCC offers family fun nights

March 9, 2020
For immediate release

MPCC offers family fun nights

The entire family is invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 5:30-7 p.m. on March 16 and April 20.

The whole family will enjoy free, old-fashioned and new games and activities. Light refreshments will be served.  

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

###

March 09, 2020

Senior Center Foundation to host Pickleball Tournament

March 9, 2020
For immediate release

 Senior Center Foundation to host Pickleball Tournament

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation will hold a round-robin pickleball tournament at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for those 18 and older from 7:30 a.m. until completion of play on Friday, March 27.

Entry fees will go to the foundation to support its Spring Forward for Seniors project, which will supply food staples and other household products to 250 low-income seniors in the area.

Cost is $30 per person. Please register at MPCC. Entry deadline is Friday, March 20. A box lunch is included with registration fee.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.  

###

March 09, 2020

Senior Services offers line dance social

March 9, 2020
For immediate release

 Senior Services offers line dance social

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is celebrating the change in seasons with a line dance social from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

This fun event will have a pink flamingo theme and include line dancing, great music, laughter, exercise and food (potluck).

The first hour will include a walk-through of the dances. During the second hour attendees will dance with walk-throughs available, if needed. The last hour attendees are encouraged to eat and socialize.

Adults and their children welcome. Cost is $3 per person, $1 SilverSneakers, Renew Active and Silver and Fit. Register in person at MPCC by March 18.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

###

March 06, 2020

Langston Centre seeks participants in Medicine in Action camp

March 6, 2020
For immediate release

Langston Centre seeks participants in Medicine in Action camp

The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., is recruiting students in grades 9-12 to participate in a free East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine medical exposure and mentoring camp from June 1-5.

This is an opportunity for students to make connections with local health professionals and secure future mentors and job-shadowing opportunities. The camp will provide attendees with hands-on experience taking vitals, suturing, and CPR as well as give them access to the college’s anatomy lab.

Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, March 17. For more information, visit  https://www.etsu.edu/com/simlab/summer_camp.php or call the Langston Centre at 423-434-5785.

###

March 03, 2020

Public invited to Wacky MPCC Mini Golf Challenge

March 3, 2020
For immediate release

Public invited to Wacky MPCC Mini Golf Challenge 

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. will be transformed into an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. This unique challenge is open to all ages.

Putters will be available, but attendees are welcome to bring their own.

Entry fee is $2 per person for 18 holes. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

###

March 02, 2020

Senior Center hosts coronavirus, flu update 

March 2, 2020
For immediate release

Senior Center hosts coronavirus, flu update  

Local infectious disease physician Dr. Demetrio Macariola will be at Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 to update the public on the latest news about the new coronavirus, COVID-19, and the flu.

The update is free and open to those 18 and older. Find out more about the viruses and what people can do to protect themselves and others.

Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

###

 

 

February 28, 2020

Senior Services hiking groups will meet to kick off season

Feb. 28, 2020
For immediate release

 Senior Services hiking groups will meet to kick off season

 Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an informational meeting from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12 for those 50 and older who may be interested joining one of three hiking groups — Hip Hikers, Hiking 101 and Walkers & Talkers.

The free meeting will include guest speakers from Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy and information about upcoming schedules.

The meeting will be held in the MPCC dining room.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

  ###

February 28, 2020

MPCC offers fitness boot camp

Feb. 28, 2020
For immediate release

 MPCC offers fitness boot camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a fitness boot camp. This ongoing circuit-style class incorporates cardio, core, strength and more. With an emphasis on showing up and moving, participants work at their own speed. Tracking progress is optional with private weigh-ins and measurements.

The class meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Cost is $3 per class or $40 for eight sessions. Open to those 18 and older. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

###

February 28, 2020

Langston Centre to host community breakfast

Feb. 28, 2020
For immediate release             

Langston Centre to host community breakfast

 The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., will host a community breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. The breakfast meal will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, fried apples, bacon and sausage.

The public will learn more about the Langston Centre and what it has to offer. Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide input regarding the types of programming they would like to see held at Langston Centre.

Cost is $10 per person. Please register by Monday, March 9 by calling 423-434-5785.

###

February 26, 2020

MPCC offers Tot Time Gym

Feb. 26, 2020
For immediate release

MPCC offers Tot Time Gym

Children ages 1-3 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 21 to enjoy free Tot Time Gym. Toys for climbing, crawling, running and playing will be available. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

###

February 24, 2020

Senior Services offers Coffee and Conversation for Grandfamilies

Feb. 24, 2020
For immediate release 

Senior Services offers Coffee and Conversation for Grandfamilies

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., in partnership with the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability and Washington County UT Extension, is providing a free hour-long program designed for people raising a grandchild or other family member.

The program, open to ages 18 and older, will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, March 9. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences, receive useful information, learn caregiving and child-rearing tips, and obtain emotional support.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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

###

February 21, 2020

Langston Centre to host The Seekers Book Club

Feb. 21, 2020
For immediate release

 

Langston Centre to host The Seekers Book Club

 The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., invites those of all ages to participate in The Seekers Book Club on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. An introductory meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5.

The free club will read and discuss African-American literature, including works by Booker T. Washington, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou and Ida B. Wells. The first selection will be “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. DuBois. The 1903 classic analyzes the American racial condition and the intersection of racial and national identity.

Please register by calling 423-434-5785 by Tuesday, March 3. All are welcome.

For more information, call the Langston Centre at 423-443-5785.

###

February 20, 2020

Senior Services sets lineup for March Friday Night Dances

Feb. 20, 2020
For immediate release

Senior Services sets lineup for March Friday Night Dances

 Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host two Friday Night Dances in March for those 50 and older.

The PF Flyers will perform on March 6, and Kids Our Age will perform March 20. The dances will be held 7-10 p.m. in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room.

Cost for each dance is $5 per person. SilverSneakers, Renew Active and Silver & Fit members pay $3 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Senior Services desk or at the door before the dances. 

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

###

 

February 20, 2020

Senior Services offers Pickleball 101

Feb. 20, 2020
For immediate release

Senior Services offers Pickleball 101

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 10 and older to participate in an eight-session Pickleball 101 program. In just a few weeks, participants can learn the basics of this popular game and begin to develop their skills.

No prior knowledge of the game is required, and rackets will be provided if needed. The cost of the program is $20 for all eight sessions. The first two sessions will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and Thursday, March 12. The remaining six sessions will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning March 17 and ending April 2.

Please register and pay at MPCC by Wednesday, March 4. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

###

February 19, 2020

Senior Services offers two new fitness classes in March

Feb. 19, 2020
For immediate release

Senior Services offers two new fitness classes in March

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two new fitness classes each Friday during the month of March. Participants must be 18 or older.

Hard Core: 8:30-9:30 a.m. This class features your favorite core-targeting exercises with a twist of cardio. Participants will fire up their abs, lower back and glutes to build a stable, stronger and more powerful core while keeping their heart rate up with cardio intervals. Cost: $2 per class.

Fix Your Form: 9:30-10 a.m. Designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about proper form and postural alignment for a variety of basic exercises. The class provides time for individuals to examine their body in different positions and movements to assess needed improvements. Small changes can make a huge difference. All fitness levels welcome. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required. Cost: $1 per class.

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

###

 

February 17, 2020

MPCC to host to Glow Stick Swim events

Feb. 17, 2020
For immediate release

MPCC to host to Glow Stick Swim events

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host two special swimming events on Friday, Feb. 21 and Friday, March 13. The lap pool will be filled with glow sticks, the lights will be turned down and the music turned up.

Both events will be held from 7-8:45 p.m. Cost is $3 for ages 13 and over and $2 for ages 12 and under. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 423-434-5754.

###



February 17, 2020

Carver Rec hosts spring break fun adventure camp

Feb. 17, 2020
For immediate release

Carver Rec hosts spring break fun adventure camp

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites spring breakers ages 6-12 to experience fun activities at its Spring Break Fun Adventure Camp from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during the week of March 16-20.

Registration begins Monday, March 2 and ends Thursday, March 12. Camp fee is $25. Children enrolled in Carver’s after-school program pay no fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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

###

February 17, 2020

Carver Rec hosts month-long March Madness celebration

Feb. 17, 2020
For immediate release

Carver Rec hosts month-long March Madness celebration

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites those age 6 and older to celebrate March Madness from 4-5 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, March 2. The center will be home to free-throw contests, three-on-three games, spot shot challenges and general skill building throughout the month, as the NCAA basketball tournament is under way.

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

###

February 17, 2020

Langston Centre to host screening of "Always in Season"

Feb. 17, 2020
For immediate release            

Langston Centre to host screening of “Always in Season”

The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., will present a free screening of the film “Always in Season” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

This documentary, directed by independent filmmaker Jacqueline Olive, explores the history of lynching in America. In the film, descendants of victims and perpetrators of lynching work together to heal a violent history, blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input.

Attendees must be 18 or older due to film content. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 423-434-5785.

###

February 14, 2020

Carver Recreation Center celebrates Black History Month with two events

Feb. 14, 2020
For immediate release

Carver Recreation Center celebrates Black History Month with two events

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites all ages to celebrate Black History Month with a showcase of local black businesses and entrepreneurs at its annual Taste of the Community from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Attendees will have an opportunity to try a variety of community food favorites for $5 per person.

The Color My World Healthy Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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

###

 

February 13, 2020

JC Parks and Recreation presents Snakes of Northeast Tennessee

Feb. 13, 2020
For immediate release

JC Parks and Recreation presents Snakes of Northeast Tennessee

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites community members to join Connie Deegan for a presentation on Snakes of Northeast Tennessee. The presentation will be held in the classroom near the Senior Services entrance from 10-11:15 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

As a herpetologist, Deegan studies reptiles and amphibians. She will begin her presentation with an explanation of how she developed her interest in snakes, explore myths that surround snakes, and discuss species native to our area, including several venomous snakes. In addition to sharing photos, Deegan will also bring two live snakes to the presentation.

The presentation is free and open to all ages. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

 ###

February 12, 2020

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Feb. 25

Feb. 12, 2020
For immediate release

 Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Feb. 25

 The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will hold a job fair from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 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 manual labor required. Candidates must have a valid driver license to apply.
  • Golf – Two seasonal maintenance positions are available. The responsibilities of the first position include general mowing and maintenance; the second position is for a practice range attendant. A seasonal cashier also is needed in the golf shop.
  • 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. Applicants who already hold a lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross are preferred. 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 be able to pass a background check. Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 423-283-5815.

 ###

February 11, 2020

MPCC offers Washington County Schools spring break camp

Feb. 11, 2020
For immediate release

 MPCC offers Washington County Schools spring break camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a spring break camp for Washington County Schools students ages 6-12 during the week of March 30-April 3. Camp fee is $50, 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. 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.

Register in person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org. Registration is limited to the first 60 participants.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

###

February 11, 2020

Senior Services offers consumer education class about how to spot scams

Feb. 11, 2020
For immediate release

 

Senior Services offers consumer education class about how to spot scams

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to a free class in which participants will learn why scam prevention education is vital, why scams often target older adults, how to protect yourself with scam-fighting resources, and where to report scams and deceptive business practices.

The presentation is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

###

February 11, 2020

Senior Center hosts Applause and Praise

Feb. 11, 2020
For immediate release

 Senior Center hosts Applause and Praise

Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will present a free program from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 featuring Ms. Callie Redd’s entertaining stories of growing up in Johnson City, and a performance of “Powerful Expression of Praise” by Thankful Baptist Church. Punch and cookies will be served.

Please preregister for this program by calling 423-434-6237.

###

February 11, 2020

Big Band Theory featured at Sweetheart Dance

Feb. 11, 2020
For immediate release 


Big Band Theory featured at Sweetheart Dance

 

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to the Sweetheart Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 featuring Big Band Theory.

The dance will be held in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room. This is the only dance scheduled for February. Cost is $5 per person. Register at MPCC by Monday, Feb. 17.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

###

 

February 10, 2020

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

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

Fees are $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A $20 late charge will be applied to registrations taken on and after March 26. 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 4-6), machine pitch (ages 7-8) and fast pitch (ages 9-10). Practices begin April 4 and games begin April 25. Games will be played at Carnegie Softball Park. Specific game days and times have not yet been determined.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

###

February 03, 2020

Senior Services offers long-term care plan seminar

OneSouth Financial Group will provide a free educational seminar for those 50 and older at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., about the myths and facts of long-term care from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. 

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

###

January 31, 2020

Senior Services offers Black History Month film series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will recognize Black History Month with a film series scheduled for Tuesdays in February. All films will be shown in the MPCC dining room, and popcorn will be available. All ages are welcome. Attendees are asked to register the Monday prior to the showing of each film. For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

Films and Descriptions

“Pride” Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

This 2007 feature film directed by Sunu Gonera is loosely based on the true story of James “Jim” Ellis who started a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. The PG-rated film stars actors Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac among others. 

 “Akeelah and the Bee” Feb. 11 at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. The 2006 film is rated PG and stars Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.

 “Gifted Hands – The Ben Carson Story” Feb. 18 at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who overcame enormous obstacles to study medicine and work at John Hopkins Hospital in this docudrama based on Carson’s memoirs. 

 “A Ballerina’s Tale” Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. only.

This 2015 documentary focuses on the career of Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Copeland also narrates the film.

###

January 31, 2020

Parks and Rec adult softball registration starts Feb. 3

Adult spring softball leagues are forming. Divisions and associated fees include: men’s open/church ($400/14 games), women’s open/church ($200/eight games), and coed open/church ($300/10 games). A $5 non-resident fee applies.

Registration begins Monday, Feb. 3 and ends Friday, April 3. Please register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Players may play on only one men’s, women’s or coed team. Ages 16-17 may play with signed parental consent form. 

Practice dates and times have not yet been determined. Games begin on April 20 and will be played Monday through Thursday at Winged Deer Park.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

###

January 31, 2020

Johnson City Parks and Recreation adult volleyball league registration under way

Registration is under way for an adult volleyball league that will host a 10-game season and single-elimination tournament at Carver Recreation Center. The goal is to give those 18 and older an opportunity to play at a fun but competitive level. Individuals ages 16 and 17 may also play with parent or guardian consent.

Cost is $200 per team. An additional $5 will be added for each non-Johnson City resident. Registration will continue through Friday, Feb. 28. Teams must register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Entry fee, rosters and player IDs must be turned in at the time of registration.

Divisions include men’s open, men’s church, coed church, coed open, women’s open, women’s church senior open (50+) and senior church (50+). Practices begin Feb. 24; games begin March 9. Full schedule has not yet been determined.

For more information, call 423-283-5825

###

January 30, 2020

Langston Centre to host Black History Month program

The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., will commemorate Black History Month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, with a free program and reception open to all ages featuring local artists Doniqua Joyner and Jasmine Henderson.

Joyner specializes in realism, contemporary and abstract art using a variety of mediums. A Jonesborough native, her work was showcased at 2019’s Art in the Park in Jonesborough where she received the Best New Artist award. Her art will be displayed at the Langston Centre throughout the month of February. Joyner is the founder of Crucial Art Images, and her art can be viewed and purchased at Facebook.com/CrucialArtImages or instagram.com/crucial_art_images.

The Black History Month program will also feature spoken-word artist Jasmine Henderson. The Hampton, Va., native has performed at the Pack Memorial Library in Asheville, N.C., the Yarn Exchange Radio Show in Jonesborough and at several events at East Tennessee State University. She currently serves as the recording secretary for Umoja Arts and Cultural Inc., an organization dedicated to bridging the cultural gap in the Johnson City region.

For more information about the program, contact the Langston Centre at 423-434-5785.

###

January 29, 2020

Senior Services presents Sweetwater Troubadours Valentine's Day concert

The Sweetwater Troubadours – Charles Jones and Heidi Ehle – will present “Songs of Love” from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. This is a free concert.

The duo will employ guitars, banjos, flutes, harmonicas and vocals to take attendees on a journey using folk, country and swing styles, as well as ancient ballads and originals. Their tales of love that still flourishes, sad tales of love gone wrong, and silly stories of childhood friendships will touch the heart.

All ages are welcome. Register in person at MPCC or call 423-434-6237.

###

January 27, 2020

Learn to Salsa with Sarita

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a four-session, progressive Salsa dancing program with instructor Sarita Rayna. 

Classes will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday during the month of February. Each class will offer 50 minutes of instruction followed by 10 minutes of guided social dancing. Cost for the series is $25.

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

 

###

 

January 24, 2020

Parks and Recreation offers Spring Youth Soccer program

Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer registration will be open from Tuesday, Jan. 28 through Friday, Feb. 28.

Cost is $25 for Johnson City residents, $30 for non-residents. A $20 late fee will apply beginning Feb. 29. Practices start March 16; games begin April 6.

Age groups are 3-5 (coed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-15. Children are placed according to elementary school districts. Practices and games will be played at Civitan Park and Winged Deer Park.

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.

Age cutoff date is Aug. 15, 2019.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

###

January 24, 2020

Senior Services offers February health and wellness classes, presentations

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide community members with the following free health services next month:  

  • Living Life Fully - The Dimensions of Wellness: 11 a.m.-noon, Monday, Feb. 3. Wellness is an integration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Just as checking blood pressure periodically is important so is checking the level of wellness in six key dimensions. Attendees will learn to identify which areas need attention and how improving wellness in those areas can lead to a longer and more fulfilling life. Open to ages 50+.
  • Be Smart. Love Your Heart: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10. Registered dietitians Crystal Woods and Elizabeth Hall will discuss top foods for a healthy heart, tips for using spices to add flavor, and provide delicious meal ideas and recipes. Open to ages 18+.
  • Natural Treatment Options for Pain: 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Feb. 11. Is pain keeping you from things in life you enjoy? Do you want relief without taking drugs that may leave you groggy or addicted? Amanda Leuthardt, licensed acupuncturist, will discuss drug-free options and simple steps to sustaining pain relief. Open to ages 18+.
  • All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dementia: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. Tracey Kendall Wilson from Alzheimer’s TN will answer your questions about Alzheimer’s and dementia in this informal talk. All questions are welcome, including prevention, when to be concerned about memory problems and treatment options. Open to ages 18+.
  • Diabetes and Your Heart: 11 a.m.-noon, Monday, Feb. 24. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. Attendees will learn why diabetes is linked to heart disease and what they can do to protect their hearts. Kathryn Wilhoit, RN, Ph.D., will discuss practical tips for improving your ABCs – A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol. Open to ages 18+.
  • Maintaining Good GI Health: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. Attendees will learn helpful information about a variety of gastrointestinal concerns. This discussion will include information about colon cancer screening, the use of antacids, fatty liver disease, constipation, and rectal incontinence. Open to ages 50+.
  • Dental Bingo: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. Attendees are encouraged to join the fun of bingo while learning about dental health. Every attendee will receive a goody bag. Win prizes and learn about the SMILE ON 60+ program, which covers cleanings, fillings, extractions and dentures. Open to ages 50+.
  • Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery: 11 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Feb. 26. Attendees will learn the latest information about hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement. Misty Jenkins, Johnson City Medical Center Orthopedics director, RN, MSN, will share what to expect before and after surgery, plus practical information to assist in recovery. Open to ages 18+.

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

###

January 24, 2020

MPCC offers group guitar lessons

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites individuals with an interest in learning guitar basics to sign up for one of two class sessions.

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of music theory, guitar tablature reading, basic chords and technique. These will be group sessions. Students must bring their own guitars. Acoustic guitars are preferred.

Students 16 and older will meet from 4-4:30 p.m., and students 8-15 will meet from 4:30-5 p.m. This four-week session will take place each Wednesday in February beginning Feb. 5.  

Cost is $5 per class. Please register by Feb. 5 at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5757.

###

January 23, 2020

Schedule set for Second Annual Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollinator Day

The second annual Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollinator day will be held 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Attendees will be able to swap native, heirloom and veggie seeds. Those without seeds to swap are encouraged to attend as there will be plenty of seeds to share to jump-start gardens and help out many pollinators.

This year’s guest speaker will be Chris Smith, Utopian Seed Project executive director, Sow True Seeds marketing and communications manager, and author. He will focus his presentation on the importance of seed saving. The event will also include exhibits, many emphasizing pollinator needs and citizen science opportunities, and children’s activities.

This free event is open to all ages and will be held in the community center’s dining room and gym. No registration required.  

Schedule: 9 a.m. Doors open.

                 9-9:45 a.m.: Guests may visit and view exhibits.

                 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Speaker Chris Smith

                 10:15-noon: Open time. Guests welcome to visit exhibits and swap seeds.

Program Partners: Boone Watershed Partnership, Build It Up TN, ETSU Art & Design Department, HERBalachia, What’s the Buzz, Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Carver Peace Gardens, ETSU Biology Department (staff and students), Tri-Cities Food Cooperative Interest Group, UT Extension, Bays Mountain, Tennessee Master Naturalist, Friends of Roan Mountain, National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Habitat, iNaturalist, eBird, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Tree Day, Sow True Seed, Utopian Seed Project, Bristol Bird Club, Elizabethton Bird Club, Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, Johnson City Parks and Recreation.

For more information, call 423-283-5821 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/769377686915284/

 

###

January 22, 2020

MPCC offers Johnson City Schools spring break camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Spring Break camps for Johnson City Schools students ages 6-12 during the week of March 16-20. Camp fee is $50, 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.

Register in person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org through March 14.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

###

January 20, 2020

Senior Services to provide REAL ID information session

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to a free information session about REAL ID-compliant driver licenses.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver license, state-issued enhanced driver license, or another acceptable form of identification to fly within the United States.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Rick Garrison will be on hand to explain what a REAL ID is and answer questions from attendees.

This session will be held 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. Open to ages 18 and older. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

###

January 20, 2020

Senior Services offers tickets to three ETSU men's home basketball games

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to Freedom Hall to watch the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers take on three conference rivals in February 2020. Cost is $6 per game and includes roundtrip transportation from MPCC.

  • Saturday, Feb. 1: Watch the Bucs take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans. Purchase tickets by Tuesday, Jan. 28. Bus departs 3 p.m., returns 6:30 p.m. (game 4 p.m.).
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19: The Bucs host the Furman University Paladins. Purchase tickets by Wednesday, Feb. 12. Bus departs 6 p.m., returns 9:30 p.m. (game 7 p.m.).
  • Saturday, Feb. 29: ETSU plays the Western Carolina University Catamounts. Purchase tickets by Saturday, Feb. 22. Bus departs 3 p.m., returns 6:30 p.m. (game 4 p.m.).

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

                                                  

###

 

 

January 20, 2020

MPCC to host My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance

The very popular My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance is coming to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale for those who want to get dressed up and dance the night away. The Daddy Daughter Dance is open to dads, grandads, guardians and daughters of all ages who will enjoy an evening of DJ music, crafts, light refreshments and a special guest.

Tickets are $10 per person through Jan. 25, and $20 per person from Jan. 26-Feb. 7. Children under 3 get in free. Tickets can be purchased online at myjcparks.org, or in person at MPCC. Tickets purchased online must be picked up before the day of the dance. Tickets will NOT be available for purchase the day of the dance.

Photo packages can be purchased for $15 online, or in person the day of the dance. The package includes four to five digital images that will be emailed to you for personal use. 

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

###

January 16, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. events include prayer breakfast and dinner

The Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. onSaturday, Jan. 18, at Memorial Park Community Center, 518 Bert St. Bishop William M. Holloway of Living Stones Ministry Church of God in Chattanooga and formerly of Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City will serve as guest speaker. Dr. Wilsie Bishop, senior vice president for academics and interim provost at East Tennessee State University, will present four ETSU faculty members — Joy Fulkerson, Dr. Keith Johnson , Nathnael Tadesse, and Laura Terry — with honors during this year’s program. This event will also include a special tribute to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Music will be provided by the group We Sing His Praise while WJHL’s Pheben Kassahun will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. and Money Services, 1111 N. Roan St. Proceeds will benefit the Carver Youth Historical Committee.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, the following events will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.:

Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through stories, crafts and music. The program is free and open to all ages. The program is provided in partnership with the East Tennessee State University Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. Pastor Pamela L. Hoard of Russell Chapel AME Zion Church of Rogersville will be the special guest speaker and Robert McKinney will serve as master of ceremonies. Free and open to all ages, the program will include the induction of Darrell “Pappy” Crowe and Dr. Angela Lewis to the Carver Recreation Center’s Wall of Fame. Several local businesses as well as media organizations will be recognized during the event.

For more information, call 423-461-8830.

###

January 15, 2020

Students and old cell phones sought for Langston Centre mobile programming course

Adam Dickson, Langston Centre supervisor, and Dr. Audrey Depelteau, ETSU Innovation Lab director, have announced that Innovation Lab affiliate member John Cannon will be presenting a free course on developing mobile apps between Feb. 4 and March 31 at the Langston Centre. The course teaches high school students how to create mobile apps using technology developed by Glide, a San Francisco-based company.

“I want to develop an ecosystem in the Tri-Cities of young people who can develop mobile applications,” said Cannon, a local engineer and entrepreneur. “Many entrepreneurs are starting companies with an idea that will fit into an app. We need to prepare our students for the future.”

Students will utilize the Langston Centre’s computer center to create the applications but will require the use of cell phones to test their work. The Langston Centre is seeking donations of old cell phones. Both Apple and Android phones will be accepted and all phones will be factory reset to remove any personal information. To donate cell phones, contact the Langston Centre at 423-434-5785.

“Many members of the Innovation Lab have apps as a part of their product offering,” Depelteau said.  “We hope individuals in the community will support this effort by donating old phones to enable the students to test their designs,” she said.

The course will conclude with an app expo that will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 31 at Langston Centre. This event will be open to local businesses and Glide will donate free professional versions of their software for students who solve a real-world problem during this training.

“We are excited to have this course as one of our first program offerings,” Dickson said. “We use smartphones in all aspects of our lives. It will be great to teach our students a skill like this.”

Glide co-founder David Siegel said the company is delighted to support the program and wants to share pictures and stories via its social media channels.

For more about the Langston Centre, call 423-434-5785.

For more about the ETSU Innovation Lab, visit https://etsu.edu/ilab/.

For more about Glide, visit https://www.glideapps.com/.  

###

January 14, 2020

Men's senior softball preseason meeting set

Johnson City Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold a meeting from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 25 at which information will be provided regarding the 2020 Senior Softball season.

This slow-pitch softball league is designed for players 60 and older of all abilities. You may register for the program at this meeting.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

###

January 13, 2020

MPCC offers interactive Fitness Expo

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will showcase new classes at a free Fitness Expo. Visitors may watch the classes but are encouraged to bring their tennis shoes and workout gear to join in.

 Tours of the facility will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5-7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Door prizes will be awarded and light refreshments will be served. Please register in person at MPCC or the day of the event. 

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

###

January 09, 2020

Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band to headline January Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band at the first Friday Night Dance of the new year from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. 

The dance is for those 50 and older and will be held in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room. This is the only dance scheduled for January. Cost is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance at MPCC or at the dance.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

###

January 06, 2020

Senior Services offers course to help make money last in retirement

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to a presentation by David Beerman, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, who will discuss ways to help participants work toward fulfilling their retirement expectations. The focus of the session will be how to provide for income needs, including retirement income for the future.

The free program will be held 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

###

 

January 02, 2020

Senior Services offers video lecture series: World's Greatest Wonders

Join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for an eight-week video lecture series featuring a long list of natural wonders and fascinating geological attractions.

Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Mount Fuji, and the Galapagos Islands appear on many people’s list of spectacular must-see attractions but many other wonders, such as Ha Long Bay, the Columbia Glacier, Erta Ale’s lava lake and the Great Blue Hole also belong on the list. These and more than 200 other sites, both famous and obscure, offer breathtaking vistas well worth the visit. 

The free series is open to all ages and will be held 10-11 a.m. on Fridays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

###

January 02, 2020

Senior Services offers January wellness classes, presentations

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide community members with the following free health services this month:  

  • Thyroid Awareness: Tuesday, Jan. 14,10:30-11:30 a.m. 18 and older. The thyroid gland is small, but it has a big impact on our health. Learn more about the thyroid and various disorders.
  • Life with Less Stress and More Energy: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 18 and older. Dr. Dawn Cadwallader, DC, will share seven steps to peak energy and tips for increasing mental clarity and productivity.
  • Free Hearing Screening: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-noon.50 and older.A free hearing screening will be offered by East Tennessee Hearing Center. Limited spots available. (Please schedule your appointment by calling 423-434-6237).
  • Eat Smart, Move More series: Each Wednesday Jan. 22-March 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 50 and older. This series of nine workshops will provide tools and motivation for participants to eat healthy and be more active. Each class features a recipe demonstration, healthy cooking tips and tools and samples.
  • Beyond the “Eat Better” Resolutions: Thursday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-noon. 18 and older. Registered dietitian Crystal Woods will share nutrition tips and strategies for real success and lasting results. This session will focus on establishing nutrition goals and creating sustainable changes that leave participants feeling good about themselves instead of guilty.
  • Invisible Danger of Radon: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1-2 p.m. 18 and older. January is National Radon Action Month and our area is prone to high levels of radon. Attendees will learn how to get a free testing kit and ways to address concerns. Winter is the best time to test when radon levels are highest.

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

###