Parks and Recreation News

November 12, 2019

Senior Services offers tickets to ETSU, Appy State men's basketball game

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to Freedom Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to watch the ETSU Buccaneers take on the visiting Appalachian State University Mountaineers. 

Cost is $6 per person, which includes roundtrip transportation from MPCC. Bus leaves at 6 p.m. (game starts at 7 p.m.) and returns about 9:30 p.m. Register at either desk by Monday, Nov. 25.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

                                                  

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November 08, 2019

Parks and Recreation staff begin winterization of some park facilities

Due to freeze warnings, the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will begin winterization procedures for the following areas:

  • All restroom facilities that do not currently have heat
  • Carver Park garden
  • All water fountains that are not frost proof
  • Irrigation systems
  • Equipment

The following restrooms will remain open for public use: Carnegie Park, Civitan Park, Indian Trail, Legion Pool, Lions Park lower restroom, Charlie Roller Field, Kermit Tipton Stadium, Metro Kiwanis Park, Rotary Park Harris Pavilion, Willow Springs Park, and Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, softball complex.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more info, call 423-283-5815.

                   

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November 04, 2019

Learn about animal tracking at Jacob's Nature Park at Sinking Creek

Learn about reading tracks, walking styles and other signs animals leave behind. Then, it’s off to the stream banks to identify tracks left from the park inhabitants with the help of previously scattered bait.

This free program will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1220 King Springs Road. All ages welcome, and no registration is necessary. Group will meet at the parking lot.

For more information, contact Connie Deegan at 423-283-5821.

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November 04, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide community members 18 and older with the following free classes in November:  

  • Soup’s On: Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Attendees will be provided new ideas for simple soup recipes that are quick, easy, healthy and tasty. Samples and recipes will be provided.
  • Relief for Dry Eyes: Thursday, Nov. 14,10:30-11:30 a.m. Cindy Larkin, a Johnson City Eye Clinic dry eye specialist, will share underlying causes for dry eyes and lifestyle factors that may make symptoms worse. Practical tips to soothe dry eyes will be provided to attendees.
  • Ask the Cardiologist: Thursday, Nov. 14, 1-2 p.m. Dr. Raymond Merrick, a local cardiologist, will answer heart-related questions in a relaxed and informal setting. This informative Q&A session will give attendees a better understanding of heart conditions, testing and treatments.
  • Physical Medicine – How to Keep Your Own Joints: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Attendees will learn new ways to keep and regenerate joints that allow individuals to get back to living and moving better. Refreshments provided.
  • Savor the Season – Mindful Eating: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Registered dietitian Crystal Woods will provide tips to attendees about practicing mindful eating and offer ways to think about food differently, which can lead to lasting change without giving up favorite treats.
  • All About Arthritis: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about the most common types of arthritis and recommended treatment options, plus tips for managing the pain and stiffness of everyday life.

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

 

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November 04, 2019

Johnson City Senior Chorale to host musical celebration

The Johnson City Senior Chorale welcomes the public to a musical celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

The Senior Chorale is joining with local churches, community organizations and the Johnson City Community Band to present “Home of the Brave,” a patriotic program that combines music, dance, and theater. This free event, featuring about 120 performers, also highlights the contribution the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s community centers make to the arts.

The diverse and creative arts programming offered by the City of Johnson City to people of all ages can be found on the city’s website, www.johnsoncitytn.org, as well as in the Fun Guide and Senior Lifestyles publications.

Adults 50 and older are invited to join the Senior Chorale at any time during the year. The group meets weekly September through December and March through May to learn new music and perform in public venues. The Senior Chorale is funded through a Tennessee Arts Commission ABC grant and the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation.

Cherry Smith is the Senior Chorale director; Gail Squibb Morris serves as the accompanist.

For more information, call or stop by the Johnson City Senior Center or call the Senior Services desk at 423-434-6237.

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November 04, 2019

MPCC to host Mother-Son Date Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Mother-Son Date Night from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. All ages are invited to enjoy activities, dinner, pizza and a movie specifically for mothers, grandmothers and their sons.

Cost is $7 per person. Register in person at MPCC by Nov. 12.

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

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October 28, 2019

Senior Services offers Bingocize®

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Bingocize® to those 50 and older from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Nov. 5. The program is free. 

Bingocize® is a program that combines Bingo and exercise. Created in 2011 by Dr. K. Jason Crandall of Western Kentucky University, this preventative health promotion program is designed to increase the physical fitness, health knowledge and social engagement of older adults by combining exercise and fun regardless of participants’ backgrounds, or physical and intellectual abilities.

Please register at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237. You may register the day of the program.




October 28, 2019

Senior Services hosts trip to ETSU Lady Bucs basketball game against UT Lady Vols

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to watch the ETSU Lady Bucs take on the visiting University of Tennessee Lady Vols at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Freedom Hall.

Cost is $11 per person, which includes round-trip transportation from MPCC. The bus will leave at 6 p.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. Registration may be completed at either desk until departure.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

October 15, 2019

Public Notice: Opportunity for Public Input and Comment

The City of Johnson City, Tennessee has proposed that the Keefauver Farm property, 632 Hales Chapel Road, Gray, Tennessee 37615, which has been reserved for outdoor recreation under the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF 47-00566.3) in the State of Tennessee be converted and available for alternative use. The proposed replacement property for outdoor recreation is 37.37 acres +/- adjacent to US 11E/US 19W (Bristol Highway) and Winged Deer Park within the corporate limits of Johnson City. GPS coordinates are -82.367 36.384 decimal degrees. The property is identified on the Washington County Tax Assessor property ID as map 022 Parcel 073.18 and map 022 Parcel 0733.00 with 120 feet of frontage along the Bristol Highway. The property will be an extension of Winged Deer Park and planned for ballfield development.

The public is invited to provide public input and comment on the proposed conversion and replacement property at the meeting of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Thursday, October 24 at 4 PM in the Winged Deer Park administrative boardroom, 4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. Inquiries may be submitted in writing to: cstahl@johnsoncitytn.org.

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October 10, 2019

MPCC to host second Family Fun Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a chance to break up the school week at Family Fun Night from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

All ages are welcome to share some free family fun by playing unique games and old-fashioned favorites. Refreshments will be served. No registration required.

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

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October 08, 2019

Parks and Recreation to feature miniature art exhibit

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites artists of all ages to showcase their big talent on tiny canvases.

Submissions will be accepted at MPCC through Friday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Artists may submit up to three, 4-inch by 4-inch pieces. Submitted artwork should be suitable for all ages. All artwork will be displayed at MPCC beginning Monday, Nov. 4. An open reception will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Light refreshments will be served.

There is no charge to participate.

For more information, call 423-434-5725. 

 

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October 07, 2019

Senior Services hosts trip to Barter for ´The Producers'

Ticket packages are now on sale for those 50 and older who want to enjoy lunch, followed by a trip to Barter Theatre to watch a performance of “The Producers.”

Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union is sponsoring lunch and roundtrip transportation through Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The trip is set for Thursday, Nov. 7.

Cost is $37 per ticket, with a two-person maximum. Travelers will board a charter bus at MPCC at 10:30 a.m., leave at 11 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Please register in person at MPCC.

“The Producers” is a 1967 satirical comedy written and directed by Mel Brooks, whose directorial debut captured an Academy Award for “Best Original Screenplay.”

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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October 07, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness presentations, services

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following free health services this month. All programs require an appointment or preregistration.   

  • Free Injury Screenings: Tuesday, Oct. 15,11 a.m.-1 p.m. Physical therapists from PT Solutions will address orthopedic concerns and provide a free injury screening to identify potential injuries or musculoskeletal problems. Whether it is an ankle sprain, plantar fasciitis, knee, shoulder or back pain, the physical therapists will be available to answer questions. Available to those 18 and older. Appointments are free.
    • Think Pink Lunch – Cooking to Prevent Cancer: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This fun cooking demonstration will focus on the importance of healthy nutrition in the fight against cancer. Participants will receive helpful screening information, delicious samples and recipes. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Eat Smart, Feel Well: Wednesdays, Oct. 16 and 30, Nov. 6, 13, and 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. This five-session series is back by popular demand. Attendees will receive great ideas for simple meals, healthy food choices, cooking tips and tasty fall recipes. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Keys to Aging Well: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-noon. It is never too late to reap the benefits of taking care of yourself, from eating well to stress management and keeping the mind and body active. Available to those 50 or older.
    • Brain Fit: Monday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-noon. Our brains need to be challenged and “worked out” as much as our bodies. This program will feature “flex your brain” game stations, fun trivia and more. Those 50 or older are invited to learn how to keep their brain active and healthy.
    • Biodex Balance Testing & Fall Risk Assessment: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Schedule a free 10-minute appointment for a balance test using a Biodex balance system. Attendees will learn how their results compare to the results of other people their age and can have their risk of falls assessed. Tips for improving balance will be provided as well. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Eating for More Energy & Less Inflammation: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10-11 a.m. Unexplained aches and pains, feeling tired or struggling with unwanted weight may be symptoms of an underlying disease cause by a person’s diet. Dr. Dawn Cadwallader, DC, will explain how diet can be directly related to inflammation. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery: Thursday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn about the latest options for hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement. Attendees will also learn what to expect before and after surgery, and practical tips to improve recovery. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Boost Your Brain Health with the MIND Diet: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MIND stands for Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. Registered dietitians Crystal Woods and Elizabeth Hall will discuss what foods people should be eating to slow brain aging and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. Available to those 50 or older.
    • Dealing with Depression: Thursday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-noon. Symptoms of depression can include extended periods of sadness, loss of pleasure in everyday activities, poor sleep, being too tired to complete everyday tasks or feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This program is open to people who are, or many know someone who is, struggling. Available to those 18 and older.

For more information about registration or scheduling appointments, call 423-434-6237.

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

 

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October 07, 2019

Hike with the mayor on Buffalo Mountain

Join Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock and the city’s nature program coordinator for a short hike in Buffalo Mountain’s stunning fall environment, stopping frequently along the way to talk about things found trailside.

The hike will be held 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera and catch the beautiful view of Johnson City from Huckleberry Knob. The hike is about 1 mile with some short uphill sections.

All ages are welcome. The hike is free, and no registration is necessary. Meet at the Harris Pavilion, Buffalo Mountain Park, 570 Highridge Road.

For more information, contact Connie Deegan at 423-283-5821.

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

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October 07, 2019

Super Spooky Saturday returns to MPCC with added attractions

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host this year’s version of the very popular Super Spooky Saturday from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 19. A large turnout of ghosts, goblins and revelers are expected.

 All ages are welcome, general admission is free and everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. Activities from 5-7 p.m. include outdoor games, inflatables, marshmallow and chocolate campfire treats, face painting, cakewalk and more.

 The theme of this year’s crowd-pleasing haunted walk is Scare or be Scared: Creatures of the Night. The creatively spooky journey inside the center will be open from 5-9 p.m. Cost is $2 per person.

 This year, Knoxville TVA Credit Union will sponsor a free movie at dusk at the nearby TVA Credit Union Ballpark in partnership with the Johnson City Cardinals. Concessions will be sold at MPCC and the ballpark. No registration required.

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

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

October 07, 2019

Jae Marie Project takes the stage at Bert Street Music Series

The Jae Marie Project will perform from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 10) at Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater, rounding out this year’s free 2019 Bert Street Music Series.

Fronted by the talented singer-songwriter Jasmine Love (aka Jae Marie), the group’s unique blend of energy and musicality create a high-energy, dance party experience that moves audiences.

The versatile Jae Marie Project covers current Billboard Top 40 pop hits, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s dance/funk, Motown, ‘80s rock, classic R&B and everything in between. The group includes Steve Gregory, bass; Rob Love, keyboards/synthesizer, and Jamieson Hamilton, drums.

Parking is available at MPCC or the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building across East Main Street. A Senior Services shuttle will provide transport between the MPCC parking lot and the amphitheater. Handicapped parking is available near the amphitheater and at the front of the community center.

The stage faces the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veteran’s memorial plaza. Seating is available on the grassy areas that surround the amphitheater as well and suitable for blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on sale.

The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

October 04, 2019

Senior Services presents SilverSneakers® Harvest Hoedown

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to attend an old-fashioned country barn dance from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28. Art Lang and his band, along with a square dance caller, will give attendees an opportunity to show off their dancing skills. A barbecue picnic is included.

Cost is $3 per person and free to SilverSneakers-eligible participants. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237 by Oct. 24.

                                                  

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October 03, 2019

Robert Young: A Piece of East Tennessee History

Join us as Historic Park Ranger Gary Purchase Jr. describes the life of Robert E. Young, with one of the oldest standing dwellings in Johnson City serving as the backdrop.

Young fought with the famous Overmountain Men. During the Battle of Kings Mountain, he fired the shot that killed the British leader, Maj. Patrick Ferguson. Find out how that event changed our local history.

Join us from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Robert Young Cabin at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. All ages are welcome. There is no cost and registration is not required.

For more information, contact Connie Deegan at 423-283-5821.

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October 02, 2019

2019 Parks and Recreation Wall of Fame inductees announced

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s Wall of Fame Nominating Committee convened Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Memorial Park Community Center to induct three new members for their contributions to Parks and Recreation, Johnson City and the community.

The committee is pleased to announce the following 2019 inductees: Mayor Jenny Brock, Darrell “Pappy” Crowe and Gary W. Swartz.

Mayor Jenny Brock

Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock’s involvement and contributions to area athletic and recreational activities are prolific.

In 2004, Brock gained her certification as a golf instructor from the United States Golf Teaching Federation. After several years as a private instructor for youth and adults, she became affiliated with the First Tee Program and is now serving her 12th year as a volunteer head coach.

In 2006, the former Board of Education member helped Mayor Jane Myron start the Up and At ‘Em movement that brought a greater focus on health and fitness issues in our community. Brock hosted a community-wide health expo at Freedom Hall, challenging citizens to participate in a six-week walking program in which thousands participated.

As part of Up and At ‘Em, Brock started Johnson City’s Turkey Trot 5K family fun run/walk, which now is in its 14th year and has grown from 700 participants to more than 4,500 last year. It is the largest race in the Tri-Cities and has returned about $200,000 to the community to be used for health and fitness incentives, including:

  • $16,000 – Johnson City Parks playground equipment at Kiwanis Park
  • $25,000 – Tweetsie Trail
  • $10,000 – Tannery Knobs Pump Track
  • $150,000 – To regional schools for student health and fitness initiatives

Brock joined forces with Mayor Jane Myron again in 2007 to start Fit to Play Summer Camp with the Parks and Recreation Department, which drew 125 kids and focused on fitness and recreation activities over a six-week period. The Fit to Play Summer Camp continues to be offered each summer and remains very popular.

Brock continues to push for greater citizen access to facilities and programs that promote health, wellness and positive development as evidenced by her recent involvement in the development of the Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park.

Darrell “Pappy” Crowe

The late Darrell “Pappy” Crowe was a lifelong Johnson City resident who is remembered by hundreds of young people throughout the area. He graduated from Science Hill High School and in 1973 graduated from East Tennessee State University with a master’s degree in industrial education.

Crowe coached and taught at North Junior High School from 1965-1966, at Elizabethton High School from 1967-1968 and at Cocke County High School in Newport from 1969-1975. He was the Johnson City-Washington County Boys and Girls Club executive director for 24 years and held the same position with the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club for four years.

While serving the Johnson City-Washington County Boys and Girls Club, he built an athletics program that provided both the city and county with T-Ball, basketball and football. He also oversaw facility expansions and improvements.

When he retired, his favorite pastime was playing golf every week, but he also continued to coach in the Dizzy Dean League for a few more years. Crowe’s involvement with the league spanned more than 35 years, which included six state championships.

Gary W. Swartz

Swartz has worked with the community through the Parks and Recreation Department for 39 years with the main goal of helping young people prepare for high school baseball.

Swartz served as a Babe Ruth League head coach for two years and assistant coach for 21 years. He also was the Stratton head football coach for two years, American Little League umpire in chief for two years and assistant coach with the Amateur Athletic Union travel team for 13 years.

Under his mentorship, young athletes who began as wide-eyed children have grown into successful adult vocations including world-class athletes, major league umpires, lawyers, doctors, and small business owners.

Swartz is a member of Pinnacle Club and the John Monroe America Little League.

 

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October 01, 2019

Bert Street Music Series features JP Southern Band

Johnson City Parks and Recreation’s Bert Street Music Series continues at Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater with a free concert featuring JP Southern Band from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 3).

The five-piece Wytheville, Va.-based group engages audiences through storytelling music and appeals to fans of country, rock, blues, Southern rock and folk music.

JP Southern Band has released one album, titled “Who I Am.” They are working with legendary producer David Barrick of the Kentucky Headhunters and Black Stone Cherry on their second album, “Scars and Stripes.”

The band is scheduled to open Florida’s largest festival to date, Local Live Fest, in November.

Parking is available at MPCC or the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building across East Main Street. A Senior Services shuttle will provide transport between the MPCC parking lot and the amphitheater. Handicapped parking is available near the amphitheater and at the front of the community center.

The stage faces the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veteran’s memorial plaza. Seating is available on the grassy areas that surround the amphitheater as well and suitable for blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on sale.

The Jae Marie Project will finish out this year’s series with a performance from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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September 27, 2019

Volunteers needed for Senior Center Foundation

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider 11 appointments to the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation. The Senior Center Foundation meets on the first Thursday of each month and is responsible for supporting and participating in special events and assisting in fundraising efforts to benefit Senior Center operations, services, and/or capital improvements. One appointment will fulfill the remainder of a current term set to expire in December 2020. The remaining appointments are each for a full term of three years.

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 25.

For more information regarding the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation, please call Sheri Keenan at 434-6009.

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September 23, 2019

MPCC offers Adapt and Achieve

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a visual and performing arts program, Adapt and Achieve, for adults with disabilities. The class will consist of dancing, writing, cooking, arts and crafts and swimming. The class will meet 1-2:30 p.m. on every Monday.

Cost is $2 per class. Register in person at MPCC.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

CONTACT:    Mary Lee Baker, program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.5749

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September 20, 2019

Bert Street Music Series adds two fall concerts

Due to high demand following the inaugural four-concert Bert Street Music Series in July, Johnson City Parks and Recreation has added two October shows at the Memorial Park Community Center outdoor amphitheater.

The venue, located at 510 Bert St., will host the engaging Southern rock, outlaw country blues group JP Southern Band on Thursday, Oct. 3 and the funky, high-energy dance party band Jae Marie Project Thursday, Oct. 10. Both free concerts are from 7-9 p.m.

Performers will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veterans memorial plaza, where visitors can mingle while enjoying the music. Seating also is available on the grassy areas that surround the amphitheater, so bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on sale. This is a family friendly environment.

Parking is available at the center or the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building across East Main Street. A Senior Services shuttle will provide transport between the MPCC parking lot and amphitheater. Handicapped parking is available near the amphitheater and at the front of the community center.

The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

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September 20, 2019

Registration under way for youth and adult basketball

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will begin accepting registrations and applications for its youth and adult basketball programs on Oct. 1.

Teams will be broken up into the following divisions: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. Roster placement will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, school district and previous playing history for a returning coach. Teams will play a 10-game schedule. The cost is $25 per player. A $5 non-resident fee applies.

Registration will be open Oct.1-31. Please register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Practices begin Nov. 4 and games begin Dec. 2. The coaches meeting will be held Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.  Practice times can be reserved following the meeting. Returning coaches and anyone interested in coaching are encouraged to attend.

Adult basketball will be offered in the following divisions: men’s open, men’s church, women’s open, coed open, coed church. The cost is $400 plus $5 for each non-resident on the roster. Play begins the first week of December. Teams play a 14-game schedule, as well as a single-elimination tournament.

Registration deadline is Oct. 8. Please register in person 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. A coaches meeting will be held Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office.

The first meeting for basketball referees and scorekeepers will be held Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Returning referees, scorekeepers and anyone interested in either position are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For more detailed information, please call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5825

 

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September 20, 2019

Johnson City Parks offers Fall Bioblitz using iNaturalist app

Nature lovers are invited to participate in a Fall Bioblitz using the iNaturalist app from Sept. 23-Oct. 7 by observing flora and fauna found in Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek and Buffalo Mountain, as well as Willow Springs, Winged Deer, Civitan, Rotary and Founder parks. The three participants with the most observations will win prizes.

Participants are invited to a free Introduction to iNaturalist class at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, where they will learn how to use the app. Participants are asked to download the iNaturalist app onto their device prior to the class.

Registration is not required, and all ages welcome.  

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

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

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September 20, 2019

Limited Edition, Retroville headline October Friday Night Dances

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., has scheduled two Friday Night Dances in October, including a special Fall Gala.

Limited Edition will headline the Fall Gala on Oct. 4. Gala partners include Dominion Senior Living, Home Instead Care and Southern Classic Car Wash. Retroville performs Oct. 18. The dances will be held 7-9 p.m. in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room.

Cost for both dances 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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September 20, 2019

Senior Services hosts trip to ETSU football game against Wofford

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to ETSU’s battle against the Wofford Terriers at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at William B. Greene Jr. Stadium.

Cost is $26 per person, which includes ticket and round-trip transportation from MPCC. The bus will leave at 2:30 p.m. and return about 5:30 p.m. Register for this game by Saturday, Sept. 28.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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


                                           

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September 20, 2019

MPCC offers Pumpkins and Pizza

Children ages 4-11 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to participate in a seasonal craft project. Attendees will decorate a pumpkin to look like a pizza using paint and paper. All materials will be provided and pizza will be served.

Cost is $5/person. Please preregister by Oct. 1 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

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

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September 19, 2019

MPCC to offer karate class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following beginner karate classes for ages 4 and up beginning Monday, Sept. 23:

Ages 4-6: Mondays, 6:15-7 p.m.

 Ages 7-9: Mondays, 7-7:45 p.m.

 Ages 10+: Mondays, 7:45-8:30 p.m.

 Cost is $9 per class plus a one-time $10 orientation fee. Register in person at MPCC on or before the day of class.

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

 

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September 17, 2019

Johnson City seeks feedback from Hillrise Park property owners

The City of Johnson City is seeking feedback from Hillrise Park/Gump Addition property owners about information contained in the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for the Determination of Eligibility of the Hillrise Park neighborhood. Comments about and corrections to information provided in the form can be submitted via this online form

“We want to be sure that property owners have the opportunity to provide the most accurate and detailed information possible,” said Senior Planner Matt Manley. “While the online form is the quickest and most efficient way to capture that input, we welcome comments via email, traditional mail, phone, and in person also.”

Property owners are asked to carefully review information about their property in the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form and provide comments about its accuracy no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in one of the following ways:

Online form: https://cojctn.wufoo.com/forms/hillrise-park-historic-district-feedback

E-mail: planning@johnsoncitytn.org

Traditional mail (must be postmarked by Monday, Sept. 23): City of Johnson City, ATTN: Matt Manley, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601

Phone: 423-434-6059

In person: Development Services Department, 601 E. Main St.

All of the above information can be accessed online via johnsoncitytn.org/hillrise.

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September 17, 2019

Volunteers needed to serve on Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service matters and meets quarterly. These appointments will begin in January and expire December 2021. Applicants must be city residents.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Civil Service Commission may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards.

For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at 423-434-6018 or rlockner@johnsoncitytn.org.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov.1.

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September 16, 2019

Senior Services offers Step by Step fitness challenge

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 18 and older a unique and fun approach to fitness through its eight-week Step by Step challenge that encourages participants to take 10,000 steps each day.

The challenge begins Tuesday, Oct. 1 at MPCC with a timed “Smile Mile.” Participants will be encouraged to run or walk a mile while smiling with the help of staff. They then will log steps taken each day on a worksheet, which can be reported via email at the end of each week. Each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. challengers are invited to participate in a cardio-based workout. The challenge concludes Sunday, Nov. 24.

Cost is $8 per participant. Individuals who report their steps weekly will receive a T-shirt upon completion. Pedometers will be provided to those without step counters.

Please register in person at MPCC by Friday, Oct. 4. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

   

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

                                            

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September 16, 2019

Johnson City Public Art to host inaugural Art Struck Festival

The Johnson City Public Art Committee will host its inaugural Art Struck Festival on Sept. 28 at Founders Park, 225 Commerce St., in downtown Johnson City from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The festival will bring together artists and arts organizations to celebrate and support the arts community while highlighting the public art pieces that have been installed throughout downtown. This festival will include art vendors, art activities and demonstrations, and live performances.

One defining feature of the festival will be the Puppet March with the Cattywampus Puppet Council, which will involve the display of giant, paper mache puppets as community members and the council march through Founders Park. Road roller printmaking will take place on Commerce Street under the supervision of artist Laken Bridges. This large-scale block printmaking will generate 4-by-8 foot prints of Bridges’ original, hand-carved Johnson City-themed design. Prints will be offered for sale to the public. An art picnic activity in the performance area will allow kids of all ages to doodle and embellish large, painted picnic blankets. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy other hands-on activities such as a community mural, a weaving fence, wand making, and art puzzles. Other highlights included pop-up music, dance, and theater performances and other types of performance art, a sculpture walk, and plein air painting demonstrations, among others. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The following artists and organizations will be participating in the festival:

 

                 Art Vendors

Allyn Amore

Rhonnie Miller

Sealea Bennett

Bri Morelock

Ruby Berry

Katie Murphy

Leah Bessette

Jessica Parks

Elena Corradino

Marcy Parks

Misty Dempsey

Rachel Pimentel

Sarah Dorr

Shawn Quilliams

Tara Elouafi

Robert Roberts

Tommy Farmer

Alice Salyer

Courtney Farquharson

Tommy Schuette

Jason Flack

June Simmons

Hannah Matthia Gatlin

McKenzie Stevens

Edward Griggs

Stacey Suarez

Amy Harrison

Ginny Tallent

Wesley Jones

Katie Walser

Hetvi Joshi

Mandi Wild

Hollie LaRue

Melissa Wiley

Christina Majic

Stacie Williams

Logan McClelland

Whitney Williams

 

 

Art Demo/Activity Hosts

Cultural Connections Unlimited

Tennessee Craft Northeast

McKinney Center

Top Stitch Studios

Northeast Tennessee Plein Air Painters

William King Museum of Art

Johnson City Parks & Recreation Art Group

Youth Villages

 

 

Informational Booths

ETSU Art Department

Milligan College Art & Music Department

Essyx Exhibits & Displays

Tennessee Craft Northeast

Johnson City Community Drum Circle

Tusculum University Art Department

Johnson City Public Library

Umoja Festival

King University Art Department

 

 

Performers

Mosaic Dance Collective: 11 a.m.-noon

Roxanne McDaniel: noon-1 p.m.

Jasmine Henderson: 1:10-1:30 p.m.

Cory Jeter: 1:40-2:40 p.m.

East Tennessee Twirling Academy: 2:45-2:50 p.m.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre: 3-4 p.m.

Johnson City Community Drum Circle: 4-5 p.m.

Shakespeare in Johnson City: 5-6 p.m.

The Dependents: 6-7 p.m.

Tweetsie Trio: 7-9 p.m.

 

To learn more about the Art Struck Festival or the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit https://jcpublicart.com/.

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September 09, 2019

Senior Center to host Ladies Night Out

The Johnson City Senior Center at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites women 50 and older to bring a friend or meet someone new at Ladies Night Out, 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Participants will learn about how to make meal planning and preparation a little easier and more enjoyable while creating a tool that can help in the kitchen. They will leave with new ideas and tips for delicious meals.

Cost $10 per person. Light refreshments will be available.

Registration is required due to limited spots. To register or for more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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September 05, 2019

Rotary Park splash pad to remain open as warm temperatures continue

The splash pad at Rotary Park will remain open due to the warm temperatures, giving visitors an extended opportunity to cool off and have fun. To check the status of the splash pad’s continued operation, please call 423-975-2670.

For more information, please call 423-283-5815.

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September 05, 2019

Lose or find an item at Tannery Knobs

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department requests that all items found at Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park be turned in to staff members on site. Lost items will be stored at the department’s maintenance building at 1415 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601.

For inquiries concerning lost items at the park, please call 423-975-2670. 

CONTACT:    Park Services
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.975.2670

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September 04, 2019

Senior Services offers health and wellness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide community members with the following classes and presentations in September:  

Eat to Beat Prediabetes: Monday, Sept. 9,5:30-6:30 p.m. A prediabetes diagnosis is a serious wakeup call but leaves time to turn things around. Attendees will learn about smart carb choices, proper portions and meal ideas that will satisfy and keep sugars controlled. Recipes and samples provided. Open to ages 18 and older. Free.

Shoulder Pain: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Shoulder specialist Dr. Waldrop will discuss common shoulder conditions and treatments available to help reduce pain and restore function. Open to ages 18 and older. Free.

What’s New in Parkinson’s Treatment: Thursday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-noon. Boones Creek Pharmacy pharmacist Mark Guimond will help attendees gain a better understanding of Parkinson’s and the different types of medications used to treat it. He will discuss the factors considered when deciding on a treatment plan, potential side effects and interactions, and new treatments being studied. Open to ages 18 and older. Free.

Better Balance – Medications and Falls: Thursday, Sept. 12, 1-2 p.m. A pharmacist will discuss medicines older adults should avoid, or use with extreme caution, plus other strategies for avoiding falls and fractures. Open to ages 50 and older. Free.

Female Urinary Incontinence: Monday, Sept. 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Incontinence is not a normal part of aging. Urogynecologist Dr. R. Keith Huffaker will discuss common control problems and solutions through lifestyle changes and medications, as well as advanced therapies including sacral nerve modulation. Open to ages 50 and older. Free.

Prostate Cancer Update: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to help you gain a better understanding of prostate cancer from PSA testing to treatments. Open to ages 50 and older. Free.

Better Balance – Screening and Exercises: Thursday, Sept. 26, 1-2 p.m. Attendees will learn simple exercises that can be done at home to improve balance and strategies for fall prevention. Free balance screening will be offered by physical/occupational therapists. Open to ages 50 and older. Free.

Prevent Diabetes with a Healthy Lifestyle Program: This yearlong program starts Monday, Sept. 30. Classes will be held each Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Participants at high risk of diabetes will learn how to lower their blood sugars, lose weight and develop healthy lifestyle changes with lasting results. This program takes commitment but the accountability and support make all the difference. Open to ages 18 and older. Cost: $30.

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



September 04, 2019

MPCC offers introduction to mountain biking program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is partnering with East Tennessee State University and local mountain biking professionals to offer a one-of-a-kind program that teaches children ages 8-12 proper techniques, safety and basic bike care.

The five-session program will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 3, 10, and 17. Participants will be biking at MPCC, Tannery Knobs and Winged Deer Park. Bikes and helmets will be provided if needed.

Please register at MPCC, online at myjcparks.org or by calling 423-434-5759.

For more information, call 423-434-5759.

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



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September 03, 2019

MPCC welcomes visitors to its outdoor tennis/pickleball courts

The public is invited to visit and play tennis and pickleball on four outdoor courts at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

All four courts are available to the public from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Two courts are reserved for pickleball from 7 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.

Registration is not required, and there is no charge to use the courts, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

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September 03, 2019

MPCC offers various children's classes this fall

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., has opened registration for six popular children’s classes that begin in early September. The classes are designed to provide a safe and fun environment in which children can tell their stories through art and recreation.

Preschool PE: Ages: 3-5. Cost: $2 per class. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m.

Tot Art: Ages: 18-30 months. Cost: $3 per class. Fridays, 10-10:30 a.m.

Preschool Art: Ages 3-5. Cost: $3 per class. Wednesdays, 1-1:45 p.m.

Elementary Art: Ages: 6-11. Cost: $3 per class. Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.

Homeschool Art: Ages: 4-11. Cost: $3. Fridays, 1-2 p.m.

Toddler Tennis: Ages: 3-4. Cost: $2 per class. Tuesdays, 11-11:45 a.m.

Kiddo Kickball: Ages 2-3. Cost: Free. Mondays, 10-10:30 a.m.

To learn about specific start dates and/or to register, visit MPCC in person or call 423-434-5749.

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

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September 03, 2019

Senior Services offering tickets and transportation to ETSU football game

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to ETSU’s gridiron battle at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Austin Peay State University Governors at William B. Greene Jr. Stadium.

Tickets to the game are $21 per person and include round-trip transportation from MPCC. The bus will leave at 6:30 p.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. Register and buy tickets for this game by Saturday, Sept. 14.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

   

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

                                     

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August 29, 2019

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 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.

Students 16 and up 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 on Tuesdays in September.

Cost is $5 per class. Please register by Sept. 3 at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5757.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center
                             423.434.5758

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August 27, 2019

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to meet Sept. 12

The Sept. 26 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 12. This meeting will take place at 4 p.m. in the board room of the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.

For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at 423-283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:    Missy Hollifield, office manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5815

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August 23, 2019

MPCC offers Tot Time Gym

Children ages 1-3 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 3 to enjoy free Tot Time Gym. Special toys for climbing, crawling, running and playing will be available. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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August 23, 2019

Shooter Band, Kids Our Age headline September Friday Night Dances

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

Shooter Band will perform Friday, Sept. 6 and Kids Our Age will be featured Friday, Sept. 20.

Both dances will be held 7-10 p.m. in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members pay $3. Please register 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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August 23, 2019

Senior Services offers Pickleball 101

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to join an eight-session Pickleball 101 program to learn the basics of this increasingly popular game.

Cost is $20 for eight sessions, which will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 3-Sept. 26. The class will meet on the outdoor courts behind MPCC.

 Please register by Sept. 3 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749 or 423-434-6237. 

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

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August 23, 2019

MPCC offers Cardio, Strength, Core and More circuit training class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites people 18 and older to participate in Cardio, Strength, Core and More, a circuit training class. Circuit training involves a variety of stations and moves that can be modified for an individualized workout.

This class is a great opportunity for beginners interested in group fitness training. Classes will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Fridays beginning Sept. 6. Cost is $5 per class. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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

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August 19, 2019

MPCC to offer REFIT® Dance 

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites the entire family to join its new REFIT® Dance class from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays beginning Sept. 6.

The new concept stresses that fitness should be fun and can change more than your body through a powerful and positive workout. All ages are welcome and participants will encourage each other to grow and become more empowered by a change from the inside out in a class that can be modified to fit everyone.

Cost is $5 per class. Please register at MPCC 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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August 13, 2019

Senior Services offers update on Medicare fraud

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to a free class on Medicare fraud.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program Coordinator Harley Jeter will provide information obtained through the Senior Medicare Patrol program from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The session will include information on the most recent cases of fraud, actions that can be taken if you suspect fraud, and how it can be prevented.

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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August 12, 2019

Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra concludes Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series wraps up its 2019 season on Thursday, Aug. 15 with Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band, jazz and swing ensemble.

The Kingsport-based Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra is directed by Eddie Dalton and comprised of musicians from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia who favor the stylings of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others.

The free lakeside concert will be held 7-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The venue is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, folding chair and relax on the grass or dance the night away. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions and a playground.

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT: Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                          Parks and Recreation
                          423.283.5827




 

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August 09, 2019

Playground at Carver Recreation Center closed for repairs

The playground at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., is closed for repairs and will reopen upon completion of work.

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August 09, 2019

Senior Services to provide information regarding healthcare and retirement

Those 50 and older are invited to join instructor David Beeman from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for a free program that examines the key factors of retirement, finances and healthcare.

Some topics include important dates regarding Medicare, a review of healthcare costs (how they are paid for and by whom), healthcare powers of attorney, and advance directives and budgeting to prepare for healthcare costs.

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

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August 06, 2019

Barefoot Movement brings award-winning sound to Lakeside Concert Series

Nashville’s Barefoot Movement will perform at the next Lakeside Concert Series from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater.

Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” Barefoot Movement’s four-piece acoustic sound features lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentals and memorable melodies.

Their heartfelt, energetic and down-home performances take audiences back to a simpler time. Barefoot Movement’s extensive cross-country touring has garnered nationwide recognition. Their tuneful approach and seamless execution reveals a powerful musical chemistry – a fact evidenced in 2014 when the International Bluegrass Association honored them with the Momentum Award and named them “Band of the Year.”

Their origin can be traced to singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall and her association with mandolinist Tommy Norris, when they started the band while in high school. While Norris studied classical music at Western North Carolina University, Wall chose East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Program. Versatile guitarist and singer Alex Conerly and upright bass player Katie Blomarz complete the lineup.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and a relaxed atmosphere.

The free lakeside concerts are from 7-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra will close out the Lakeside Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

 

 

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

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August 01, 2019

Senior Services offers emergency preparedness program

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to participate in a free emergency preparedness course from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, Aug 12.

Instructor Kathleen Collins with the Tennessee Department of Health will teach attendees how to create a personal emergency plan and discuss what supplies to keep on hand in case of disasters and emergencies. Collins will also discuss emergency preparedness for those with access and/or function needs. Participants will receive a free emergency “go bag.”

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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July 31, 2019

Parks and Rec sets girls youth softball schedule

Registration is under way for a softball league, which offers a 10-game season at Carnegie Park for girls ages 4-10. The overall goal is to provide a fun opportunity to play and learn the game of softball in a recreational environment.

Practices begin Sept. 3 and games start Sept. 16. Game days and times will be announced at a later date.

Fees are $25 per person for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. 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.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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July 29, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness presentations, classes

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

  • Foods That Fight Inflammation: Tuesday, Aug. 6,1 -2 p.m. Attendees will learn which foods promote inflammation and which foods help fight it. Registered dietitians Crystal Woods and Elizabeth Hall will provide practical tips and recipes containing anti-inflammatory foods.
    • Get the Facts About Cataracts: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1-2 p.m. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among those 55 and older. Johnson City Eye Clinic COA and Patient Surgical Counselor Deana Morganstern will discuss symptoms to watch for and the latest advances in cataract surgery.
    • Vein, Vein Go Away: Monday, Aug. 19, noon-1 p.m. As people age, some experience varicose veins, spider veins and pain or swelling in their legs. Dr. Randall Towne, with The Vein Company, will educate participants about causes, symptoms and complications from various vein conditions, as well as highly effective, minimally invasive treatments.
    • Better Blood Sugar in 30 Days: Thursday, Aug. 22, 1-2 p.m. Small steps can lead to big improvements in controlling your blood sugar. This presentation is appropriate for those who have had diabetes for years or have just been diagnosed with prediabetes. RN and Certified Diabetes Educator Teri Hurt will share practical tips, smarter carb choices and lifestyle changes that can improve the health of participants for years to come.

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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July 29, 2019

Lakeside Concert Series welcomes Sound Traveler

Sound Traveler will perform from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater.

The well-traveled duo, based in Avery County, N.C., has played more than 2,200 shows since 2010 including at Jonesborough Days, Yee-Haw Brewing and the Acoustic Coffeehouse, as well as internationally in Cuba, Costa Rica and Japan. 

Sound Traveler is a full-time, professional acoustic combo comprised of Bob and Patty Tatum. They employ a wide variety of instruments, including guitar, trumpet, bass, concertina, banjo, percussion, harmonica and lead/harmony vocals to create feel-good music in a number of genres. These include classic rock, pop, country, light jazz, standards, folk and Americana.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and a relaxed atmosphere.

The free lakeside concerts are from 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The remainder of the series schedule is as follows:

July 29: Sound Traveler

Aug. 8: Barefoot Movement

Aug. 15: Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

 CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                              Parks and Recreation
                              423.283.5827

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July 25, 2019

Bert Street Music Series welcomes blues journeyman

Join us when The Billy Crawford Band closes out this month’s Bert Street Music Series with smoking hot blues at the Memorial Park Community Center outdoor amphitheater from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but Billy Crawford, a man of the mid-South, has something to say about that. His Bristol-based band includes some of the region’s finest blues artists.

He was raised playing bass in church, and then gained an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar, with influences that include Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore and Gary Moore. For the past three decades, he has turned his six-string attention toward the blues.

“It has never gotten old for me,” Crawford said. “I’m still excited about creating sound out of silence every time I perform.”

The concert will take place at MPCC, 510 Bert St. Parking is available at the center. The stage faces the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veteran’s memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on sale.

The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827




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July 22, 2019

Jae Marie Project takes the stage at Lakeside Concert Series

Get your dancing shoes ready because the Jae Marie Project will perform from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater.

Fronted by the talented singer-songwriter Jasmine Love (aka Jae Marie), the group’s unique blend of energy and musicality create a high-energy, dance party experience that moves audiences.

The versatile Jae Marie Project covers current Billboard Top 40 pop hits, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s dance/funk, Motown, ‘80s rock, classic R&B and everything in between. The group includes Steve Gregory, bass; Aaron Jackson, guitars; Rob Love, keyboards/synthesizer, and Jamieson Hamilton, drums.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and a relaxed atmosphere.

The free lakeside concerts are from 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The remainder of the series schedule is as follows:

July 25: Jae Marie Project

Aug. 1: Sound Traveler

Aug. 8: Barefoot Movement

Aug. 15: Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

 

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

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July 19, 2019

Registration under way for fall adult softball and youth soccer leagues

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is offering two leagues aimed at giving adults and children the opportunity to enjoy some athletic fun.

Registration is open through Aug. 2 for the fall softball league, which offers a 10-game season for those 18 and older. Individuals ages 16 and 17 may also play with parent or guardian consent. Games for men’s and coed divisions will be played at Winged Deer Park from 6:30-10:30 p.m. starting Aug. 19. Cost is $300 per team. Register at Winged Deer Park Athletics Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. A copy of players’ driver licenses must be shown when signing up.

Registration for the youth soccer league is open through Aug. 9. A $20 late fee applies beginning Aug. 10. The 10-game season starts Sept. 3 and is intended to give children 3-15 an opportunity to learn the game of soccer in a recreation environment. Games will be played at Winged Deer and Civitan parks from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost is $25 per player. Register at Winged Deer Park Athletic Office or online at myjcparks.org. 

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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July 19, 2019

Limited Edition, Kids Our Age headline August Friday Night Dances

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

Limited Edition will perform Friday, Aug. 2, and Kids Our Age will be featured Friday, Aug. 16.

Both dances will be held 7-10 p.m. in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members pay $3. Registration at MPCC is encouraged 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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July 18, 2019

Southern Rebellion, Daniel Messer take stage at Bert Street Music Series

The popular group Southern Rebellion will perform from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at the Memorial Park Community Center outdoor amphitheater, bringing their talents to the third of four concerts scheduled this month. 

The Tri-Cities band is a loud and proud country group focused on creating original music that combines the crowd-pleasing, high-energy sound of Southern rock with the sincerity and twang of old-fashioned country music.

The five-member group began as a bunch of guys having a good time at a $100 gig in front of 10 people. This year the band played the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at Freedom Hall Civic Center in front of thousands.

Southern Rebellion has a strong, loyal following worldwide and boasts impressive sales in Europe. They also can be heard on U.S. radio stations. The band recorded their first EP, “Southern Man,” at The Sound Asylum in Boones Creek.

Johnson City’s Daniel Messer will open for Southern Rebellion, bringing a mix of original songs and old-school country music with an outlaw twang. Messer was a finalist in Johnson City’s Voice-Off competition.

The Bert Street Music Series concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays at MPCC, 510 Bert St. Parking is available at the center. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veteran’s memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on site.

The final concert in the series will be Billy Crawford on July 30.

The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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July 16, 2019

The Bosses to play Lakeside Concert Series

Join in the fun from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, when The Bosses hit the outdoor stage for a free concert at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater.

These homegrown Tennesseans with deep roots in the Appalachian Mountains will provide an evening of original tunes and unforgettable classics. The Bosses’ passion for eclectic music stirs the soul by blending classic rock, alternative rock, Americana and folk.

Singer Kim Boss has a low female singing voice known as contralto. Her voice is powerful yet angelic, hypnotizing and enchanting listeners. The rhythm guitar seamlessly harmonizes with a ballad-style fingerpicking with breakout sessions of power-thumping rock and roll chords.

The venue is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, folding chair and relax on the grass or dance the night away. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions and a playground.

The lakeside concerts are from 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The remainder of the series schedule is as follows:

July 18: The Bosses

July 25: Jae Marie Project

Aug. 1: Sound Traveler

Aug. 8: Barefoot Movement

Aug. 15: Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

 

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July 12, 2019

Parks and Recreation to hold second annual Tot Triathlon

It is never too early to offer opportunities for a healthy lifestyle, and this popular event set for Saturday, Aug. 17 is designed for just that. Participants ages 3-6 will begin by running the bases at TVA Credit Union Ballpark, then jump on their bicycles, tricycles or Big Wheels and ride a designated distance before crossing a wet but safe finish line.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and participants should arrive by 9:30 a.m. Participants should have swimsuits, towels, helmets and bikes. Snacks will be provided following the event.

 Register in person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org. Cost is $10 per participant from July 15-Aug.9; $15 for late registration, Aug. 10-16. There will be no event-day registration.

 For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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

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July 11, 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 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. 

 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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July 11, 2019

Bert Street Music Series to feature Tennessee Champagne

Tennessee Champagne will perform from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the Memorial Park Community Center outdoor amphitheater, marking it the second of four concerts scheduled at the venue this month. 

The Johnson City-based Southern rock band blends rock, country and blues. Influenced by country and old-time music, Tennessee Champagne complements their melodies with lyrics deeply rooted in everyday life. The group recently released their debut EP “Corn from a Jar.” Songs from this release tell the stories of their lives, towns and families.

Each concert will be held 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays at MPCC, 510 Bert St. Parking is available at the center. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veteran’s memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on site.

The series schedule is as follows:

July 16: Tennessee Champagne

July 23: Southern Rebellion

July 30: Billy Crawford

 The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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July 11, 2019

Adam Dickson chosen as new Langston Centre supervisor

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department has selected Adam Dickson to become the first Langston Centre supervisor. Dickson’s first day will be Monday, July 22.

“We are very excited to have Adam join our team to oversee the new Langston Centre,” said James Ellis, Parks and Recreation director. “Adam’s past experience with volunteer groups and nonprofits as well as his knowledge and involvement of the Langston project and the community made him our candidate of choice.” 

He currently serves as vice mayor on the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and formerly served as Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union regional community development coordinator.

Dickson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carson-Newman University and a master’s degree in public administration from East Tennessee State University. He has been an adjunct political science instructor at ETSU for more than 14 years, lecturing on issues related to American politics and teaching a course designed to expose students to a variety of political philosophies.

“I know and understand the desire of LEAD to see the Langston Centre properly memorialize their alma mater while also set a tone of inclusion and community for Johnson City and the Tri-Cities region,” Dickson said. “Volunteers will be essential in the early days of the Langston Centre. I believe that I have the interpersonal communications skills to interact with a variety of groups and organizations.”

LEAD is an acronym for Langston Education and Arts Development Inc., an organization founded by alumni of Langston High School to preserve the integrity, legacy and historical value of the property, which served as the City’s African-American public high school from 1893 until 1965 when Johnson City Schools were completely integrated. The City of Johnson City began extensive renovation of the building in October 2018, turning the school’s gymnasium and former shop area into the Langston Centre.

Located at 315 Elm St., Langston Centre is slated to open this fall with the central goal of providing cultural arts and education to the public. The two-story, nearly 13,000-sqaure-foot facility will host events and programming in the arts, music and a wide array of educational classes and assistance for youth, including job preparation.

To learn more about the Langston Centre, call 423-283-5815.

 

CONTACT:    James Ellis, director
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5815

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July 08, 2019

Senior Services to offer Delay the Disease series for those with Parkinson's

Registration is under way at Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for a 12-session series aimed at providing functional fitness for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Tests to determine initial functional ability for those 18 and older will take place at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 10. Participants will be placed in one of two sessions held either 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from Monday, July 15 through Wednesday, Aug. 21. 

Please register as soon as possible, either in person or at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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July 08, 2019

Lakeside Concert Series presents Model City Wrecking Crew

Model City Wrecking Crew will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

The Kingsport-based classic rock band performs a broad range of tunes from bands and performers such as Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, Steely Dan, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Steppenwolf, the Rolling Stones and much more.

Members include Joe Ball, guitar/vocals; Dwight Brown, bass/vocals; Jimmy Dale, keyboards; Alan Wells, guitar/vocals and Jeff Johnson, drums/vocals.

The concert is free. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and a relaxed atmosphere.

The lakeside concerts are from 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The remainder of the series schedule is as follows:

July 11: Model City Wrecking Crew

July 18: The Bosses

July 25: Jae Marie Project

Aug. 1: Sound Traveler

Aug. 8: Barefoot Movement

Aug. 15: Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

 

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

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July 03, 2019

MPCC offers prenatal, postpartum yoga classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to join one of two yoga classes geared toward improving strength, balance and flexibility.

Both classes are held on Tuesdays. The postpartum yoga class is held 9-10 a.m. and the prenatal yoga is held 10-11 a.m.

Cost is $6 per class. Register at MPCC the morning of the 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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July 02, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness presentations, services

Senior Services to offer health and wellness presentations, services

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following free health services for those 50 and older in July:  

  • Secrets of Growing Younger: Monday, July 15,11 a.m.-noon. People can’t keep from growing older in years, but there are some secrets to growing younger in mind, body and spirit. Lori Hamilton, RN, Food City Health Initiatives director, will lead a lively session intended to inspire attendees into taking some steps toward growing younger.
    • Medicare 101: Tuesday, July 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Medicare and all its parts can be very confusing. Andrew Price from Mackie’s Medicare Shop will explain everything individuals need to know about starting Medicare and can answer specific questions. This is for educational purposes only. No sales material will be available.
    • Protein for Fitness: Seniors May Need More: Monday, July 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Research shows that as people age, the need for a protein-rich diet becomes more important for good health, maintaining muscle and mobility. Andrew Clark, Ph.D., RD, ETSU, will discuss the recommended amounts of protein and overall nutrition advice for seniors wanting to age well and stay fit.
    • Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: How do They Differ? Wednesday, July 31, 10-11 a.m. Several brain diseases can impair thinking and judgement. Alzheimer’s, vascular dementias, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s and others all impact cognitive function. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the differences and symptoms, progression and treatments.

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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July 01, 2019

Bert Street Music Series to debut at MPCC amphitheater

Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater will come alive in July with a free, four- concert series featuring a mix of seasoned performers that will catch your ear and give life to your dancing shoes.

The popular Beach Nite Band will kick off the series from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, with their entertaining and humor-filled show. Carolina beach music featuring soul, R&B, disco, blues, boogie, and memorable oldies will fill the air when this tight-knit bunch takes the stage.

Based out of the western Virginia and southern West Virginia region, the band has been providing live entertainment for decades, as the bandmates were previously members of the doo-wop group, The Collegians. 

Each concert will be held 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays at MPCC, 510 Bert St. Parking is available at the center. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veteran’s memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on site.

The series schedule is as follows:

July 9: Beach Nite Band
July 16: Tennessee Champagne
July 23: Southern Rebellion
July 30: Billy Crawford

 The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

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July 01, 2019

Johnson City Senior Services to host Year in Review Celebration

Those 50 and older are invited to join Senior Services staff at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 4:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, for a free dinner and presentation featuring highlights of the events and activities that took place during the 2019 fiscal year.

 Please register at MPCC or call 423-434-6237 by July 5. 

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

 

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June 24, 2019

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Hillbilly Bad

Hillbilly Bad will perform at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheatre from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

Hillbilly Bad is a professional but footloose band focused on providing high-quality entertainment through its original songs and covers. The band’s East Tennessee members enjoy bringing their talents together for an energetic mix of country and rock, or “Crock,” as they have dubbed it. Their other musical offerings range from bluegrass to blues and everything in between.

The band includes Frog Nelms, drums and percussion; Tim Kirkland, bass and vocals; Lynn Shirley, acoustic guitar and vocals; Benny Wilson, harmonica and vocals; Quentin Horton, guitar and vocal; and sound engineer Robert Winkle. 

The free lakeside concerts are held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The remainder of the series schedule is as follows:

June 27: Hillbilly Bad

July 11: Model City Wrecking Crew

July 18: The Bosses

July 25: Jae Marie Project

Aug. 1: Sound Traveler

Aug. 8: Barefoot Movement

Aug. 15: Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

 

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June 24, 2019

JC Parks and Rec offers summer volleyball camp

Registration is underway for a volleyball camp for girls ages 10-14. The camp will be held in the Liberty Bell gymnasium from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, July 16-Friday, July 19.

Attendees will participate in drills and games to teach them the fundamentals of volleyball. Cost is $40 per participant. Register through July 16 online at myjcparks.org or in person at the Winged Deer Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5825

 

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June 19, 2019

Senior Services sets lineup for July Friday Night Dances

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature one special dance in July to honor veterans and one regular dance for those 50 and older.

Shooter Band will perform Friday, July 5, and veterans will be admitted free. Kids Our Age will be featured Friday, July 19.

Both dances will be held 7-10 p.m. in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members pay $3.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

June 19, 2019

MPCC hosts Second Harvest Food Bank's summer food program

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is providing free meals to those 18 and younger at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 4:30-5 p.m. on weekdays through July 26.

 For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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

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June 19, 2019

Senior Services offers workshop series on living with cancer

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to attend a series of workshops intended to help those living with cancer find a path to enjoying life to the fullest.

 The workshops will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays, July 1-Aug. 5. The series is free and open to people diagnosed with cancer or have survived cancer and their loved ones. 

 This series could prove invaluable in an individual’s quest to regain control of their life. Workshops will include information on making better nutrition and exercise choices while also providing support and encouragement to attendees.

 Partners for this series of workshops include First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Tennessee Department of Health, and the University of Tennessee Extension Office. 

 Please call 423-434-6237 to register and to receive more information.

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

 

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June 19, 2019

Volunteers needed to serve on Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider four appointments to the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. All appointments will be for three-year terms.

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the boardroom of the Winged Deer Park Administrative Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. This board makes policy recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding the provision of recreation services and the use of facilities, including acquisition and disposal of property related to the City’s Parks and Recreation program.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards.

For more information regarding the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, please contact Missy Hollifield at 423-283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 19.

CONTACT:    Missy Hollifield, office manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5815

 

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June 18, 2019

Senior Service presents Shellem Cline in concert

Johnson City Senior Services will offer a free concert for those 50 and older featuring Christian country performer Shellem Cline from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

 Cline was voted 2018 Christian Country Artist of the Year, and his popular hit “Blue Jeans and Biscuits” won the 2017 Christian Country Song of the Year. Attendees can expect some inspiration, laughter, encouragement and music as well as enjoy an ice cream sundae after the concert.

 For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

June 18, 2019

Johnson City Parks and Rec introduces first-ever adult volleyball league

Registration begins July 1 for a new adult volleyball league that will host a 10-game season at Carver Recreation Center. The overall goal is to give those 18 and older an opportunity to play at a fun but competitive level in both men’s and coed divisions. Individuals ages 16 and 17 may also play with parent or guardian consent.

Cost is $200 per team. Registration will continue through Aug. 30 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. A roster must include at least 12 players and a copy of each player’s driver license is required at the time of registration.

Games will be played from 6:30-10:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 16. Days of the week have not yet been determined.

For more information, call 423-283-5825.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5825

 

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June 17, 2019

Beach Nite Band takes the stage at Lakeside Concert Series

Beach Nite Band takes the stage at Lakeside Concert Series

The popular Beach Nite Band returns to Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheatre from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 20, with their entertaining and humor-filled show.

Carolina beach music featuring soul, R&B, disco, blues, boogie, and memorable oldies will fill the air at Winged Deer Park when this tight-knit bunch takes the stage. The Beach Nite Band is a quartet of professional musicians and a highly qualified sound engineer. 

The band, based out of the western Virginia and southern West Virginia region, has been providing live entertainment for several decades, as the bandmates were previously members of the doo-wop group, The Collegians. 

Definitely bring your dancing shoes to this free concert. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and a relaxed atmosphere.

The lakeside concerts are from 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The remainder of the series schedule is as follows:

June 20: Beach Nite Band

June 27: Hillbilly Bad

July 11: Model City Wrecking Crew

July 18: The Bosses

July 25: Jae Marie Project

Aug. 1: Sound Traveler

Aug. 8: Barefoot Movement

Aug. 15: Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

 

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June 14, 2019

Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park opens to the public

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony was held this afternoon for Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park, located at the top of Dennis Drive. The first phase of the park’s construction is complete, featuring seven single-track trails with varying degrees of difficulty and an asphalt pump track for riders of all ages and skill levels.

Grant Summers launched the project with an offer to donate more than 40 acres of land on top of Tannery Knob in exchange for a $540,000 investment in a bike park. The bike trails were designed and constructed by International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Solutions and included mountain bike enthusiasts from the Tri-Cities chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) putting in countless volunteer hours.

“This is a landmark day not just for our city but the entire region,” said city of Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock. “Avid mountain bikers already know and love it, and we want our citizens to become familiar with it too. There are biking trails for all levels, hiking trails for those who prefer to walk, and everyone can come to Tannery Knobs to enjoy best views in the entire city.”

The City-owned public park offers something for everyone. Beginners can ride the green trail that loops around the top of the knob, offering spectacular vistas of Johnson City, TVA Credit Union Ballpark and Buffalo Mountain. More advanced riders can choose between four intermediate trails, marked in blue, that include more technical sections while skilled riders can opt to ride the two most difficult black trails. The latter trails feature steep rocky areas, jumps and switchback berm turns.

At the top of the knob, adjacent to the gravel parking area is the paved pump-track. Built by Velosolutions USA, this feature allows users to ride to their ability and learn basic skills such as managing speed and momentum while maintaining balance.

“Our area has a wonderful mountain bike community,” said Brock. “We have seen that first hand with our mountain bike and multi-use trail system at Winged Deer Park. SORBA Tri-Cities has done a fantastic job in expanding the trails there and we are thrilled to be partnering with them in the maintenance of these trails at Tannery Knobs.”

Later phases of construction will include paving of the parking lot and restrooms.

For more information, visit www.ridetk.com.

CONTACT:    Jim Hughes, interim assistant director
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.483.5838

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June 12, 2019

Parks and Rec accepting team entries for Summer Soccer Bash

Registration is now under way for Johnson City Parks and Recreation’s 4v4 summer soccer tournament, which pits teams comprised of four players ages 6-15 against each other in competition at Civitan Park from 5:30-8:30 p.m., July 8-19 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings).

The games are shorter and the teams are smaller than our traditional Parks and Recreation soccer program, providing an excellent opportunity for kids to play soccer during summer break.

Cost is $100 per team. Registration is open through June 28 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Each team will have a maximum of seven players per roster. Age cutoff date is Aug. 15, 2018. Coaches must be at least 18 or older to register a team.

For more information, call 423-283-5822 or email WDPAthletics@johnsoncitytn.org.

 

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5825

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June 12, 2019

Senior Services offers a photographic journey of America's Southwest

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Dr. Ron Zucker 1-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. He will take attendees on a multimedia trip to America’s Southwest with visual visits to Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. His presentation will include national parks, national monuments and more.

The presentation is free, and open to those 18 and older. Register in person by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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June 12, 2019

Parks and Rec offers friendly reminder to pet owners using park facilities

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department reminds all park visitors to clean up after their four-legged friends. Patrons are responsible for waste cleanup. Dog waste bag dispensers are available at most parks. Dogs must be kept on a leash, and they are not allowed on any playing field or playground surface.

For more information, please call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT:    James Ellis, director
                             Parks and Recreation
                            423.283.5815

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June 10, 2019

Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen with Catfish Frye headline Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series continues from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheatre when Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen with Catfish Frye perform.

Lawson formed the group in 2010, which has since earned a reputation as a good-time party band that plays soulful blues, down-in-the-mud rock ‘n’ roll and funk. Lawson’s incendiary guitar playing and powerful performances have riveted audiences in Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia performing in bars, saloons, restaurants, festivals and wherever people gather for good times.

Catfish Frye has teamed with Lawson several times over the past few years, sharing the vocals and dishing out both old-school and modern-day harmonica chops sure to keep your feet stomping. Drummer Dan Morefield and bassist Jamey Gillenwater round out the rocking boogie bottom.

The concerts are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair and relax, or step out onto the amphitheater and shake it loose. The location offers easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and an opportunity to make new friends or catch up with old ones. 

The lakeside concerts are from 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

The series schedule is as follows:

  • June 13 – Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen with Catfish Frye
  • June 20 – Beach Nite Band
  • June 27 – Hillbilly Bad
  • July 4 – No concert
  • July 11 – Model City Wrecking Crew
  • July 18 – The Bosses
  • July 25 – Jae Marie Project
  • Aug. 1 – Sound Traveler
  • Aug. 8 – Barefoot Movement
  • Aug. 15 – Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

 

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June 10, 2019

Nelson to share knowledge of ´dangerous' marine animals

Marine biologist Dr. Diane R. Nelson will host a discussion about marine animals 1-2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24, at Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Nelson will focus on marine animals thought to be dangerous and provide information about the ways underwater creatures defend themselves. She will also provide tips for avoiding injuries.

Nelson will use photographs to share personal experiences as a marine biologist, scuba diver and underwater photographer.

The discussion is free, and 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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June 04, 2019

Parks and Recreation to offer Pollinator Week Treasure Hunt in City parks

A Pollinator Week Treasure Hunt will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 17-23. The rules for the hunt and five clues will be posted to www.facebook.com/jcparkstn, www.twitter.com@jcparkstn and www.instagram.com/jcparkstn at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 17.

Participants must solve the five pollinator-themed clues, each hidden in a different City park and specifically related to the flora and fauna in that park, that leads them to the “treasures” — a piece of paper with a code word on it. Participants should write down the code words along with the corresponding clue numbers but leave the original code word in place.

Completed lists should be turned in to Memorial Park Community Center by 9 p.m. on Monday June 24 for a chance to win one of three prizes.  

All ages are welcome to participate in the Pollinator Week Treasure Hunt. There is no cost or registration for this event. 

For more information, call John Griggs at 423-434-5757.

 

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

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May 29, 2019

Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club seeks entries for exhibition

The Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is asking all residents and admirers of Johnson City to submit photos for competition and exhibition.

“Our intent is for photographers to showcase present day Johnson City as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration,” said Maureen Mulroy, spokesperson for the Amateur Photographers Club. “We want them to focus on the people, places, events and environments that exist in the City that reflect the many reasons people choose to live, work and visit here.”

Printed photo submissions, mounted on foam board and no larger than 11x14 inches, will be accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays during the month of August at the Senior Services desk at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Submissions must have a completed entry form attached to the back of each entry. Entry forms will be available at the Senior Services desk beginning June 3. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted; entry fee is $5 per photograph.

All entries will be displayed at MPCC during the month of October with an artists reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5. A panel of judges will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons to youth and amateur submissions in the color photograph category as well as the black and white category. A first place ribbon will be awarded in the professional category.

For complete entry information or to learn more about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.

The Amateur Photographers Club meets monthly at Memorial Park Community Center. The club’s purpose is to promote the use and appreciation of photography as a hobby and as a personal and artistic means of self-expression. Membership is free and open to anyone with a digital picture-taking device.

 

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

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May 28, 2019

Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra kicks off Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series begins the 2019 season on Thursday, June 6 with Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band, jazz and swing ensemble.

The Kingsport-based Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra is directed by Eddie Dalton and comprised of musicians from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia who favor the stylings of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others.

The free lakeside concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There will not be a concert held July 4.

Now in its 13th year, the Lakeside Concert Series continues to offer a local and diverse array of musical talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location offers free parking, concessions, and a playground.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • June 6 – Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra
  • June 13 – Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen with Catfish Frye
  • June 20 – Beach Nite Band
  • June 27 – Hillbilly Bad
  • July 4 – No concert
  • July 11 – Model City Wrecking Crew
  • July 18 – The Bosses
  • July 25 – Jae Marie Project
  • Aug. 1 – Sound Travelers
  • Aug. 8 – Barefoot Movement
  • Aug. 15 – Rain date

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827

 

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May 28, 2019

Senior Services to offer mobility and muscle strength screening

East Tennessee State University physical therapy doctoral students will provide free mobility and muscle strength screenings to those 50 and older from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Please register at MPCC’s senior desk or by calling 423-434-6237 by Wednesday, June 5. Two time slots are available: 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Registrants must sign up for one of the two time slots.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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May 28, 2019

Senior Services to offer health and wellness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following classes and presentations in June:  

  • Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery: Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.Learn the latest options for hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement. Misty Jenkins, RN, MSN, director of Orthopedic Services at Johnson City Medical Center, will discuss what to expect before and after surgery and provide information to assist with recovery. Ages 18+. Free.
  • Freedom from Smoking: Tuesdays, June 4-July 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Finding the path to a smoke-free life is easier with the right help. This free eight-week series features an American Lung Association’s Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program instructor. Ages 18+. Free.
  • Farmer’s Market Fresh Ideas: Monday, June 17, 11 a.m.-noon. Celebrate Eat Your Veggies Day with fresh ideas and recipes to make the most of fresh summer produce. Whitney Marshall with the UT Extension Office will demonstrate a yummy recipe during this interactive session. Ages 18+. Free.
  • Nutrition Needs as We Age – Can Supplements Help?: Monday, June 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. It’s best to get your nutrients from food, but how do people know when supplements may be needed? Food City registered dietitian Elizabeth Hall will talk about how to choose the right foods and supplements to stay and age well. Ages 50+. Free.
  • Hearing Screenings: Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m.-noon. How’s your hearing? Find out with a free hearing screening by East Tennessee Hearing Center. Limited appointments available. Ages 50+. Free.
  • Take the Stress Out of Cooking: Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m.-noon. If the kitchen has become more of a source of perspiration than inspiration, this class will provide some simple strategies that will allow individuals to go from the grocery store to the table with less stress and more time to enjoy healthful, delicious meals. Speaker: Crystal Woods, MS, registered dietitian, Ballad Health. Ages 18+. Free.
  • Ladies Night Out: Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. Bring a friend or meet new ones at this special ladies-only event. Treat yourself to a neck and shoulder massage, a fun craft project with all supplies provided and some simple summer recipes and nutrition tips from dietitian Crystal Woods. Ages 50+. Cost: $10 per person. Limited spots available.
  • Self Defense for Women: Wednesday, June 26, 11 a.m.-noon. Gain confidence and skills needed to defend yourself. Dixie Neth, RN, seventh-degree black belt, will share awareness tips and offensive strategies that could save your life. Ages 15+. Free.

All classes and programs require registration and/or an appointment. For more information or to register, call 423-434-6237.

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

 

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May 23, 2019

JC Parks' Mountain Games offers outdoor adventure

Johnson City’s outdoor recreation opportunities continue to expand, and Parks and Recreation will supply citizens and visitors with a sampling of those activities at Mountain Games from 10 a.m-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Legion Street Pool.

Enjoy a day of outdoor fun, including kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, disc golf and swimming. A mountain bike course will be constructed, outdoor accessories will be on display and a DJ will provide music.

All ages are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Lunch is included, and will be served at noon. Please register the day of the event at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St. All participants will be required to fill out a liability waiver.

Partners include: Mahoney’s Outfitters, Sorba Tri-Cities, Boyd Sports, The Bike Shop, Local Motion, Science Hill Mountain Bike Team, Norris Bikes and Tri-Cities Road Club. 

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

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

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May 23, 2019

Retroville, The PF Flyers headline June Friday Night Dances

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two Friday Night Dances in June for those 50 and older who are interested in dancing and socializing. 

Kingsport-based Retroville will perform from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, June 7 in MPCC’s gymnasium and dining room. The group is comprised of a mix of musicians who play tunes from the ’50s through the ’90s in genres from country and rock to dance and pop.

Piney Flats’ PF Flyers will be at MPCC from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, June 21. This five-piece band plays traditional and classic rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, beach music, ballroom dance and some country.

Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members pay $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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May 23, 2019

Rotary Park splash pad to open early for Parks and Rec's 75th anniversary

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is giving community members and visitors a head start on holiday fun as well as a break from the heat with an early opening of Rotary Park’s splash pad. In celebration of the department’s 75th anniversary, the splash pad will open for the season on Friday (May 24) at 10 a.m.

Rotary Park is located at 1001 N. Broadway St. The park’s summer hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The splash pad is open through Labor Day from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.   

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT:    James Ellis, director
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5815

 

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May 22, 2019

Carver Recreation Center holds Thomas S. Wade Veterans Program

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites people of all ages to attend the Thomas S. Wade Veterans Program at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and Washington County Veterans Service Officer Jerry Story will be the guest speaker.

The event, named for former prisoner of war and longtime Carver community member Thomas S. Wade, will honor retired U.S. Navy Capt. William A. Coleman Jr. and other members of the military who have served our country.

Coleman’s naval career spanned more than 27 years, and he logged nearly 20 years at sea on eight different ships. The Langston High School graduate and former East Tennessee State University Director of Human Resources also served as second in command of three vessels and commanding officer of four U.S. Navy warships.

The Johnson City resident has been involved in a number of civic and professional activities, including the Langston Educational and Arts Development Committee and the Johnson City Civil Service Commission.   

For more information, call 423-461-8830.

CONTACT:    Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
                             Carver Recreation Center
                             423.461.8830

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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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