Parks and Recreation News

June 28, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

June 28, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

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

  • Be Skin Cancer Savvy: Monday, July 11, noon-1 p.m. Pam Davis, a physician assistant with pH7 Dermatology, will share information about different types of skin cancer and what to look for. Prevention, early detection and treatment are crucial. Free optional screening of suspicious moles or spots will be available following the talk. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. All ages.
  • Wits Workout – Brain Fitness: Monday, July 11, 1-2 p.m. Attendees will participate in a fun, interactive program designed to keep the brain sharp. Facilitators will offer brain teasers and games that get people thinking as well as helpful information based on current research. 50+.
  • Meals for Me and You: Wednesday, July 13, 1-2 p.m. Attendees will learn how to cook healthy meals for one, two or a few people. Participants will receive a free cookbook with recipes catered to small servings, as well as a cooking demonstration. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. All ages.
  • Free Injury and Balance Screening: Wednesday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Physical therapists from PT Solutions will be available to address orthopedic concerns, injuries or balance issues. They can assess problems and offer advice for exercises or next steps. Call 423-434-6237 to schedule an appointment. 18+

 For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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June 27, 2022

Beach Nite Band returns to Lakeside Concert Series

June 27, 2022

Beach Nite Band returns to Lakeside Concert Series

Virginia’s Beach Nite Band was set to open this season’s Lakeside Concert Series but Mother Nature had other ideas. The popular band is set to bring back their talents to Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, June 30 from 7-9 p.m.     

The popular Beach Nite Band returns to Winged Deer Park’s lakefront performing Carolina beach music featuring soul, R&B, disco, blues, boogie, and memorable oldies music. The band, which has been providing live entertainment for several decades, is based out of the western Virginia/southern West Virginia regions, and members previously performed with the doo-wop group The Collegians for more than 20 years.

The free lakeside concerts offer a mix of the area’s top 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 provides easy access, free parking, concessions, and a playground.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 28 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There is one exception this year. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 30 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 7 — Big Band Theory
  • Thursday, July 14 — My New Favorites
  • Thursday, July 21 — Jesse Barry and the Jam
  • Thursday, July 28 — Powershift
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

 

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

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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June 27, 2022

Closures in place for Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

June 27, 2022

Closures in place for Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

The 35th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, presented by Pepsico Beverages North America of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City, will return to the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center on Sunday, July 3.

The following areas will be closed for setup and cleanup of the event:

  • Walking track at Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed Sunday, July 3 and remain closed until Tuesday, July 5 at noon. No one will be allowed in the stadium to view the fireworks.
  • Broyles, Roller and Seaver ballfields will be closed to the public, including practices, beginning Friday, July 1 at 8 a.m. until Tuesday, July 5 at noon.
  • The west side of the stadium (Liberty Bell Boulevard entrance) will be closed to all foot traffic beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 1 until Tuesday, July 5 at noon.

Due to the holiday, cleanup may not take place until Tuesday, July 5.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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June 22, 2022

Carver Recreation Center to host community picnic in honor of Langston Reunion group

June 22, 2022

Carver Recreation Center to host community picnic in honor of Langston Reunion group

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a community picnic on Saturday, July 2 from noon-4 p.m. in honor of the Langston Reunion, a group of former Langston High School students who gather every two years.

At the picnic, three of the former elementary schools that were feeder schools to Langston High School will be recognized: Dunbar Elementary School (currently the Grace Temple Eternal Life Center), Douglas Elementary School (currently used for the Rise Up! Afterschool Program), and Booker T. Washington Elementary School (currently known as Jonesborough’s McKinney Center). 

The late James Rollins, a former bus driver who brought students from Jonesborough to Langston, also will be recognized.

The community picnic will includes free food, door prizes and games for the entire family.

For more information, call Herb Greenlee at 423-461-8830 or 423-747-1425.

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June 20, 2022

The Shooter Band features Lakeside Concert Series

June 20, 2022

The Shooter Band features Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series rolls on at the Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater with The Shooter Band on Thursday, June 23 from 7-9 p.m.    

The free concerts offer a mix of the area’s top 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 provides easy access, free parking, concessions, and a playground.   

The Shooter Band is based in the Tri-Cities and performs a diverse mix of music consisting of classic rock, classic country, new country and a little bluegrass, employing three-part harmonies on nearly every song. Band members are Frank Perry (lead vocalist and bass guitarist), Wes Perry (rhythm and lead guitar and vocals), Lee Gouge (lead guitar and vocals) and Tommy Scalf (drums).

The concerts will be held each Thursday through July 28 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City, with the exception of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, which will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 23 — The Shooter Band
  • Thursday, June 30 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 7 — Big Band Theory
  • Thursday, July 14 — My New Favorites
  • Thursday, July 21 — Jesse Barry and the Jam
  • Thursday, July 28 — Powershift
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

 

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

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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June 13, 2022

J.R. and The Big Guns to perform at Lakeside Concert Series

June 13, 2022

J.R. and The Big Guns to perform at Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series brings free summer music to the Goulding Amphitheater with J.R. and The Big Guns on Thursday, June 16 from 7-9 p.m.    

The concert series offers a mix of the area’s top 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 provides easy access, free parking, concessions, and a playground.   

J.R. and The Big Guns is a five-piece, Tri-Cities-based band which performs at venues throughout the area and plays mainly classic rock with a splash of country to keep the audience moving all night long. 

Fronting the band is veteran J.R. Moore, who sings lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar along with his musical partner of nearly 30 years, Jeff Wright, who plays lead guitar, banjo, mandolin and provides incredible backing vocals.

Other members are Robert Regenold on lead guitar, saxophone and vocals; Burchel Pierce on bass guitar; and Randy Day on drums and vocals.

The concerts will be held each Thursday through July 28 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City, with the exception of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, which will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Winged Deer Park Lakefront Festival Plaza.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 16 — J.R. and the Big Guns
  • Thursday, June 23 — The Shooter Band
  • Thursday, June 30 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 7 — Big Band Theory
  • Thursday, July 14 — My New Favorites
  • Thursday, July 21 — Jesse Barry and the Jam
  • Thursday, July 28 — Powershift
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

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

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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June 08, 2022

Two Metro-Kiwanis Park tennis courts to close next week

June 8, 2022

 

Two Metro-Kiwanis Park tennis courts to close next week

Tennis courts 4 and 5 at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive, will be closed for maintenance Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15. Courts 1, 2 and 3 will remain open. All courts will be available on Monday, June 18, weather permitting.

For more information, call 423-975-2670.

 

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June 06, 2022

Lakeside Concert Series features The Billy Crawford Band

June 6, 2022

Lakeside Concert Series features The Billy Crawford Band

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series continues its free summer music offerings at the Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater with The Billy Crawford Band on Thursday, June 9 from 7-9 p.m.    

The free concerts offer a mix of the area’s top 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 provides easy access, free parking, concessions, and a playground.   

The Billy Crawford Band has spent the last two decades solidifying a reputation as the region's premier guitar-based blues rock band. Crawford spent the 90s and early 2000s traveling the world backing several blues recording artists such as Long John Hunter, E.G. Kight and most notably, Deborah Coleman.

The band offers an exciting interpretation of many classics and originals from their catalog of 11 albums recorded since the band's 2002 debut. The new Album, "The Shape I'm In," features 12 songs with stellar performances by vocalist Erin Larkin, saxophonist and keyboardist Mary Munsey, bassist Robert McClain, drummer Keith Chinault, and the guitar work of Billy Crawford.

The concerts will be held each Thursday through July 28 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City, with the exception of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, which will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 9 — The Billy Crawford Band
  • Thursday, June 16 — J.R. and the Big Guns
  • Thursday, June 23 — The Shooter Band
  • Thursday, June 30 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 7 — Big Band Theory
  • Thursday, July 14 — My New Favorites
  • Thursday, July 21 — Jesse Barry and the Jam
  • Thursday, July 28 — Powershift
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

 

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

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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June 03, 2022

MPCC tennis courts to be converted to pickleball courts

June 3, 2022                                                                 

 

MPCC tennis courts to be converted to pickleball courts

The “addictive” game that won’t stop growing is the reason why the four existing tennis courts at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be closed from Monday, June 6 through the end of June while they’re converted to 12 pickleball courts.

City commissioners in August approved roughly $100,000 for the conversion, which will include resurfacing of the courts, restriping, installation of permanent pickleball nets, and the reorientation of the courts toward Bert Street.  

The demand for courts in Johnson City has continued to blossom for years, and the sport’s popularity is steadily surging nationwide. Johnson City’s first-ever pickleball tournament was held indoors at MPCC in 2018, and the event had players, organizers and potential sponsors buzzing about its potential growth. The buzz has only increased.

“We have 234 players at MPCC, and this has been an increase from 64 players in 2015,” said Senior Services Manager Deb Fogle. “There are currently close to 500 players in the Tri-Cities region playing pickleball. 

“It is not just a senior sport, and there is an opportunity for growth in young adults, teens and children. We have seen an increase of college-age students playing pickleball at MPCC’s outdoor courts. This is a great sport for the family.”

With 4.8 million people now playing — almost double the number from just five years ago, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association — some of the sport's devotees are capitalizing on pickleball's spike in popularity.

Most of pickleball's core players are over age 65 and play more than eight times per year, but the game is getting younger, with the strongest growth among players under 55, according to USA Pickleball.

The game was created by three men in Bainbridge Island, Wash., who were looking to give their bored children something to do during the summer. The wife of one of the men named it pickleball after the “pickle boat,” the nickname for the last boat to come in with its catch after a fishing trip.

Pickleball can be played by all ages, but the short court has attracted older players who may not be able to cover the ground on a full-size tennis court in as short a time as they used to. It’s played in elementary schools, community and recreation centers, country clubs and many other locations. The game not only provides exercise but also an environment extremely conducive to socialization. Played much like tennis with a ping pong twist, the sport combines the elements of those racket games, as well as badminton.

Pickleball is played with a plastic ball with holes in it, and a racket about 8 inches wide and 16 inches long. The court – often adapted from a tennis court – is 20 feet wide by 44 feet long.

The game now has two national professional tournaments, both formed in the last four years, and pickleball organizers are courting corporate sponsors to help grow the sport in the U.S. and abroad as part of a bid for Olympic inclusion.

The new pickleball courts will be available for use in July. For more information about pickleball opportunities at Memorial Park Community Center, call 423-434-6237 or 423-434-5749.

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June 02, 2022

Carver Park Splash Pad to be renamed in honor of Greenlee at ceremony

Carver Park Splash Pad to be renamed in honor of Greenlee at ceremony

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Carver Park, 322 W. Watauga Ave., at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 6 for the renaming of the Carver Splash Pad to the Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee Splash Pad. 

The 3,800-square-foot recirculating splash system, located on the east side of Carver Park in a green space between the pavilion and West Market Street, opened in May 2021. Shortly after its opening, the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department asked community members to submit potential names for the splash pad with an emphasis on the name having some significance to the property or the overall park system.

Following a series of public forums the City of Johnson City agreed to name the splash pad after longtime Carver Recreation Center supervisor, Herb Greenlee. As the center supervisor, a position he has held since the late 1980s, Greenlee has mentored countless youth and directed the continued growth of the historical facility. His coaching and umpiring accomplishments date back to the early 1970s. Greenlee, who also serves on the Johnson City Board of Education, has continued to serve on fundraising committees and has dedicated countless hours of service to the Melvin Stevens Scholarship. He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Boys to Men Unsung Hero and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Community Service Award.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

June 02, 2022

 Senior Services to host Putting on the Glitz

 Senior Services to host Putting on the Glitz

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a senior prom on Friday, June 17 from 6-9 p.m. The evening’s theme is “Putting on the Glitz.”

The dance is for those 50 and older. Cost is $5 per person. Discounts given to SilverSneakers, Renew Active and Silver and Fit members. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, June 10 at MPCC.

 

 

June 01, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

June 1, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following free programs this month:  

  • Managing Migraines: Tuesday, June 7, 11 a.m.-noon. Gain a better understanding of migraines, how they differ from other headaches, potential causes and triggers, self-care tips plus treatment options. All ages.
  • Wits Workout – Brain Fitness: Monday, June 13, 1-2 p.m. Attendees will participate in a fun, interactive program designed to keep the brain sharp. Facilitators will offer brain teasers and games that get people thinking as well as helpful information based on current research. 50+.
  • Hypertension – What You Need to Know: Tuesday, June 14, 11 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn the latest information about managing blood pressure and the importance of keeping it under control. They will also learn what can affect blood pressure and how blood pressure impacts overall health. All ages.
  • Sleep Struggles: Tuesday, June 14, 10-11 a.m. Attendees who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep will learn more about insomnia and receive practical tips for getting a better night’s sleep. All ages.
  • Heart Healthy Eating: Thursday, June 16, 1-2 p.m. What should be on the shopping list to keep the heart healthy? Leah McGrath, Ingles dietitian, will share what foods may help or hurt cardiovascular health. Attendees will learn useful tips for delicious meals. All ages.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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May 27, 2022

Parks and Recreation announces holiday schedule

May 27, 2022

Parks and Recreation announces holiday schedule

Memorial Park Community Center, the Langston Centre and Carver Recreation Center will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

The BlueCross Healthy Place playground at Kiwanis Park will be closed from 4-8 p.m. during the annual Johnson City/Washington County Veterans’ Memorial Ceremony.

The pickleball courts at Memorial Park Community Center will be closed to the public from 8-11 a.m. for the Memorial Day public observance hosted by the King Mountain Post 24 of the American Legion, which will be held at the “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue located behind MPCC.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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May 26, 2022

Legion Street Pool, splash pads set to open

May 26, 2022

Legion Street Pool, splash pads set to open

Get ready to Splash. All. Out. at three watery Johnson City locations. Legion Street Pool, Rotary Park Splash Pad and the Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee (Carver Park) Splash Pad will open to the public Saturday, May 28 and remain open through Monday, Sept. 5.

Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., is the City’s only public outdoor pool. The 50-meter pool with a diving well, diving board and small slide is open to all ages. Cost of admission is $3 for individuals 13 and older, $2 for individuals 12 and younger and free for those younger than 3. All individuals 12 and younger must be accompanied by a guardian.

The pool will be open Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 between 1-6 p.m. Beginning Monday, May 30 the pool will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-6 p.m.

The Rotary Park Splash Pad, 1001 N. Broadway St., and the Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee Splash Pad, 322 W. Watauga Ave. will be open daily between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

 

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May 23, 2022

Beach Nite Band kicks off 2022 Lakeside Concert Series

May 23, 2022

Beach Nite Band kicks off 2022 Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series begins its 15th year of showcasing local, diverse musical talent at the park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, June 2, with Beach Nite Band.    

The free concerts offer a mix of the area’s top 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 provides easy access, free parking, concessions, and a playground.   

The popular Beach Nite Band returns to Winged Deer Park’s lakefront performing Carolina beach music featuring soul, R&B, disco, blues, boogie, and memorable oldies music. The band, which has been providing live entertainment for several decades, is based out of the western Virginia/southern West Virginia regions, and members previously performed with the doo-wop group The Collegians for more than 20 years.

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 28 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There are two exceptions this year. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, June 30.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 2 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, June 9 — The Billy Crawford Band
  • Thursday, June 16 — J.R. and the Big Guns
  • Thursday, June 23 — The Shooter Band
  • Thursday, June 30 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 7 — Big Band Theory
  • Thursday, July 14 — My New Favorites
  • Thursday, July 21 — Jesse Barry and the Jam
  • Thursday, July 28 — Powershift
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

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

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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May 17, 2022

Carver Recreation to honor veterans with dinner, awards ceremony

May 17, 2022

Carver Recreation to honor veterans with dinner, awards ceremony

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will recognize all veterans for their military service at the Thomas S. Wade Veterans Program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24.

The event, named for former prisoner of war and longtime Carver community member Thomas S. Wade, will honor Devon Scott, Sidney Adams, Otis Nick Smith, Billy “Boo” Williams, Emanuel Lewis, and Buck Johnson with special awards. Guest speaker Allen Jackson, historian for the Veterans Memorial Foundation, will introduce the honorees.

In addition to the awards, the program will include dinner and a ceremony to recognize fallen veterans. 

Crown Cutz Academy will provide free haircuts to veterans in the Carver Community Room between 4-5:30 p.m.

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

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April 26, 2022

Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course parking lot, course to close   

April 26, 2022

Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course parking lot, course to close   

The Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course parking lot accessed from Carroll Creek Road will be closed Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 for an event at the Mountain Bike Park.

The disc golf course will be closed Saturday, April 30. The disc golf course, bike park and parking lot will reopen to the public Sunday, May 1.

For more information, call 423-283-5820 or 423-434-5807.

 

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April 26, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

April 26, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

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

  • Be Stroke Smart: Tuesday, May 3, 11 a.m.-noon. Ballad Health Stroke Program Director Jackie Wilson, RN, will discuss important facts about strokes including reducing risks, recognizing symptoms and responding FAST. Time lost is brain function lost. Every second counts. Preregistration required by calling 423-434-6237. All ages.
  • Wits Workout – Brain Fitness: Monday, May 9, 1-2 p.m. This program is held the second Monday of each month. Attendees will participate in a fun, interactive program designed to keep the brain sharp. Facilitators will offer brain teasers and games that get people thinking as well as helpful information based on current research. 50+.
  • Eating Smart at Home – Taste the World at Home: Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 25 and June 1, 15, 22, 11 a.m.-noon. This six-part program will feature delicious recipes from around the world, healthy cooking tips, plus cost- and time-saving ideas for meals. Attendees will experience a world of flavors with free samples and recipes to try at home. Preregistration required by calling 423-434-6237. Limited spots. Preference will be given to first-time participants. 18+.
  • Eating Clean and Staying Healthy: Tuesday, May 10, 11 a.m.-noon. Dr. Tim Dunne, DC, will discuss foods that improve a person’s health. He will also provide simple strategies to maximize your time and dollars while maintaining health and vitality with foods that benefit you the most. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. All ages.
  • Super Salads with Homemade Dressings: Tuesday, May 10, 1-2 p.m. All ages. Attendees will learn to create simple dressings that taste great, cost less and are good for their health? Quick recipes and samples will be provided. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. All ages.
  • Osteoporosis – Be Bone Strong: Thursday, May 12, 11 a.m.-noon. Osteoporosis is now a treatable disease and fracture risk can be drastically reduced with proper treatment. Dr. Ronald Hamdy, ETSU Osteoporosis Center director, will share the latest research and treatment options. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. 18+.
  • Parkinson’s Disease – Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms: Tuesday, May 24, 10-10:45 a.m. Not everyone with Parkinson’s has a tremor, nor is a tremor proof of Parkinson’s. There are a wide range of symptoms, some involving movement and others not. Attendees will gain a better understanding of this disease and how it can vary greatly from individual to individual. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. 18+.
  • Managing Type 2 Diabetes: Tuesday, May 24, 11-11:45. Attendees will learn more about type 2 diabetes including prevention, testing, nutrition and medications. Managing blood sugars and A1C is key to keeping healthy and preventing complications. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. 18+.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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April 26, 2022

MPCC offers SPROUTS. ALL. OUT. preschool summer camp

April 26, 2022

 

MPCC offers SPROUTS. ALL. OUT. preschool summer camp

 Registration is underway for an exciting, enriching, messy and fun summer camp designed for preschoolers ages 3-5. This camp offers one-of-a-kind experiences for children all summer long at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Each week is themed around carefully planned activities, including guest speakers.

Camps are held weekdays beginning Monday, June 6 and ending Friday, July 22. No camp will be held July 4-8. Camp will be held 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $50 per week. Children must be potty trained. Snacks will be provided each day and campers will receive a T-shirt. Each week of camp is limited to the first 15 participants.

Choose to come for one week or join in for the fun of them all.

Week 1 - Under the Sea

Week 2 - Get Artsy, Get Messy

Week 3 - Animal Kingdom

Week 4 - Stars and Stripes

Week 5 - Summer Olympic Games

Week 6 - Splish Splash Summer Bash

Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

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April 21, 2022

Tannery Knobs to temporarily close for trail maintenance

April 21, 2022
               

Tannery Knobs to temporarily close for trail maintenance

Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park, 18 Tannery Knob, Johnson City, will be closed Wednesday, April 27 for trail maintenance. The bike park will reopen Thursday, April, 28.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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April 21, 2022

Parks and Recreation to host job fair next week

April 21, 2022

 

Parks and Recreation to host job fair next week

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will host a job fair for the following positions at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Monday, April 25 from 5-7 p.m.:

Mowing crew: $10 per hour - 2 positions

Weekend field crew: $10 per hour - 4 positions

Weekend janitorial: $10 per hour - 2 position

Park attendants: $9 per hour - 5 positions

Park grounds maintenance: $9 per hour - 7 positions

Manager on Duty: $9 per hour - 2 positions

Lifeguards: $11 per hour - 15 positions

Tennis Instructors: $11 per hour - 4 positions

Youth Soccer Referees: $22 per game

 

These are temporary positions.

Attendees are asked to bring two forms of identification (driver’s license, Social Security card, birth certificate). For more information, call 423-283-5815 or visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/hr.

 

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April 19, 2022

Parks and Recreation offers 2022 City Nature Challenges Hikes

April 19, 2022

Parks and Recreation offers 2022 City Nature Challenges Hikes

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is offering an iNaturalist City Nature Challenge to encourage citizens to find and document plants and wildlife in City parks.

Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist app to help identify and record plants and animals. Each observation will be tallied and compared against the number of observations made in Knoxville, the city that challenged the City of Johnson City. Video instructions on how to use the app can be found here.

All ages are welcome to enjoy the following free group hikes where they will learn the value of the easy-to-use app and the important role of citizen science:

Friday, April 29, 10-11:15 a.m., Buffalo Mountain Park, 570 High Ridge Road, Harris Pavilion

Friday, April 29, 1-2:15 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park, 1919 Ocala St., outdoor classroom

Monday, May 2, 10-11:15 a.m., Willow Springs Park, 1201 Huffine Road, main parking lot

Monday, May 2, 1-2:15 p.m., Winged Deer Park, 204 Carroll Creek Road, disc golf parking lot

No registration required. For more information, call Connie Deegan at 423-283-5821. 

 

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April 14, 2022

Senior Services to host Dancing Through the Decades

April 14, 2022

Senior Services to host Dancing Through the Decades

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Dancing Through the Decades with DJ Jimmy Pierce on Friday, April 29 from 6-9 p.m.

This seniors dance is for those 50 and older. Cost is $3 per person (free for SilverSneakers, Renew Active and Silver and Fit members).

Preregistration is required by registering in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

 

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April 12, 2022

Parks and Recreation to hold open interviews

April 12, 2022

 

Parks and Recreation to hold open interviews

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will hold open interviews for the following positions at the Winged Deer Park Administrative Building from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15:

Mowing crew: $10 per hr. - 1 position

Weekend field crew: $10 per hr. - 6 positions

Weekend janitorial: $10 per hr. - 1 position

Park attendants: $9 per hr. - 6 positions

Park grounds maintenance: $9 per hr. - 9 positions

Manager on Duty: $9 per hr. - 2 positions

Attendees are asked to bring two forms of identification (driver’s license, Social Security card, birth certificate). These are temporary positions. Employees may work up to 40 hours per week.

For more information, call 423-283-5815 or visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/hr.

 

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April 10, 2022

Ceremony marks completion of trails at Mountain Bike Park at Winged Deer

April 10, 2022

Ceremony marks completion of trails at Mountain Bike Park at Winged Deer

SORBA Tri-Cities members and City of Johnson City officials celebrated completion of the 5-mile Mountain Bike Park at Winged Deer Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday, April 10.  

The trail system at Winged Deer Park, 204 Carroll Creek Road, was completed by SORBA volunteers on March 20 with final construction of The Kidd Dreamline Trail, a .5-mile section built mainly for beginners and youth.

The mountain bike trails at Winged Deer can be traced back to the completion of the Tweetsie Trail in 2014, which generated an interest in additional trails. Jim Hughes, who was serving as the City’s director of golf, invited representatives from SORBA to speak about mountain biking to the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. This led to mountain bike trails being included in the 2015 Winged Deer master plan and work days scheduled soon after its approval.

“As someone who was an avid mountain biker, I found it an atrocity that Johnson City didn’t have a mountain bike trail system,” Hughes said. “This was a prelude to Tannery Knobs, and the only exceptions were the smaller bike trails at ETSU that are not managed by the City.

“I got together with former Parks and Recreation Director Roger Blakely. We looked at various parks, and Roger and I basically came up with the idea that Winged Deer Park would be a great site. It just evolved from there.”

Former SORBA president and current Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member Marc Upton credits several people with the bike park’s success.

“Jim Hughes was instrumental in making this happen and new Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Charles Ridlehuber has taken on that role following Jim’s retirement,” Upton said. “Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis has also been involved a lot, and City Commissioner and former Mayor Jenny Brock has been very supportive of the trails, coming to speak at events, meeting with the mountain bikers, and providing letters of support.” 

Since beginning the project in 2015, SORBA has tracked the following volunteer hours, donations, grant funding and other data:

  • Over 350 volunteers
  • 3,000 recorded volunteer hours
  • $27,000 in donations and grants
  • 25 organized volunteer workdays, and countless informal volunteer workdays
  • 5 miles of total new trail 
  • Value of trails if professionally built is calculated at $160,000

 

423Cycling will utilize the Mountain Bike Park and Winged Deer on April 30 to host locally sanctioned mountain bike races.

For more information about the Mountain Bike Park at Winged Deer, call 423-283-5815.

 

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April 08, 2022

MPCC offers Go Green Craft Night 

April 8, 2022

MPCC offers Go Green Craft Night  

Individuals with special needs are invited to celebrate Earth Day at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Tuesday, April 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Designed specifically for individuals with special needs, this program provides an opportunity for attendees to make an eco-friendly craft and learn about the planet Earth.

Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided.

Open to all ages. Register by Monday, April 18 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

 

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April 05, 2022

Senior Services offers Easy-Peasy Flower Gardening Workshop

April 5, 2022

Senior Services offers Easy-Peasy Flower Gardening Workshop

Master Gardener Maureen Mulroy will lead the Easy-Peasy Flower Gardening Workshop at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-noon.

Children ages 3-8, joined by their parents, grandparents or guardians, will be introduced to the wonders of gardening. Attendees will learn how to establish “easy-peasy” flower gardens and nurture their growth. Skills learned can also be applied to the establishment of herb and vegetable gardens. Supplies needed for one plant will be provided to each child.

Cost of $10 includes child and parent/guardian. Register in person at MPCC by Tuesday, April 19. 

For more information, call 423-434-6229. 

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April 04, 2022

Senior Services offers ETSU eagle cam discussion

April 4, 2022

Senior Services offers ETSU eagle cam discussion

Fred Alsop, East Tennessee State University’s Eagle Cam project director, will lead a discussion and Q&A session about bald eagles at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Wednesday, April 13 from 10-11 a.m.

The free event is open to all ages and will include information about the local eagles nesting in Winged Deer Park and Bluff City.

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

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April 04, 2022

MPCC to host teen service opportunity for Earth Day

April 4, 2022

MPCC to host teen service opportunity for Earth Day

Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to celebrate Earth Day and have fun while getting four service hours during an afternoon of beautification at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. 

Attendees will be pulling weeds, mulching and planting flowers on Friday, April 22 from 3-7 p.m. Registration for this free program will be accepted April 1-21 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. 

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March 31, 2022

MPCC to host Ready, Set, Run!

March 31, 2022

MPCC to host Ready, Set, Run!

MPCC will host Ready, Set, Run!, a program designed to help children ages 8-13 learn the basics of running while building confidence, character and working toward the goal of completing a 5K. Participants will attend weekly lessons led by instructors Krista Buchanan and Roy Oakley that promote healthy eating habits, positive goal-setting and healthy exercise alternatives.

The free program will be held Tuesdays, April 12-May 17 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Register by Tuesday, April 12 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

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March 30, 2022

Nelson Fine Arts Center to host Langston Centre Afterschool Art Show

March 30, 2022

 Nelson Fine Arts Center to host Langston Centre Afterschool Art Show

Nelson Fine Arts Center, 324 E. Main St., will open the Langston Afterschool Art Show: “Golden Tiger Eyes of Langston” with a reception on Friday, April 1 from 6-8 p.m.

Students attending the Arts & Humanities 2022 Spring Session Course as part of the Langston Afterschool Institute have spent several months working on various art pieces for inclusion in the Langston Afterschool Art Show. The students were invited to utilize their preferred medium, so the art pieces range from paint to clay and even a few fabric works. 

Nelson Fine Arts Center owner Dick Nelson has been instrumental in the production of a number of exhibits hosted by the Langston Centre since its opening. “Golden Tiger Eyes of Langston” will be on display at Nelson Fine Arts Center through April 25.

“Programs such as the Langston Afterschool Institute are critical for students in their growth and expression,” Nelson said. “To host events such as this reinforces their self-esteem and confidence.”

For more information about the Langston Centre or its offerings, please call 423-434-5785.

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March 29, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

March 29, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

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

  • Wits Workout – Brain Fitness: Monday, April 11, 1-2 p.m. Attendees will participate in a fun, interactive program designed to keep the brain sharp. Facilitators will offer brain teasers and games that get people thinking as well as helpful information based on current research. 50+.
  • Keeping Your Joints Healthy: Tuesday, April 12, 11 a.m.-noon. As people age, they often become more stiff, tight and sore, and their joints needs some extra love. Attendees will learn what can be done to slow down this process as Dr. Tim Dunne discusses arthritis, joint injections, hormones, rehab, nutrition, sleep and chiropractic. Refreshments provided. All ages.
  • Free Injury Screening: Tuesday, April 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Physical therapists from PT Solutions will be at the center to address orthopedic concerns, injuries or musculoskeletal problems. From plantar fasciitis to joint or back pain, they can check it out and offer advice. Call 423-434-6237 to schedule an appointment. 18+.
  • Ask the Nutritionist: Wednesday, April 13, 11 a.m.-noon. Dr. Andrew Clark, ETSU professor of clinical nutrition and associate dean of research, will answer questions regarding weight loss, supplements for seniors, the impact of gut microbiomes on health, nutrition needs as we age, and more. All ages.   
  • Normal Aging vs. Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: Tuesday, April 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn some of the key differences between normal, age-related forgetfulness and dementia. The various types of dementia and how they differ will also be discussed. All ages.
  • Got Allergies? Get Relief!: Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m.-noon. Springtime means blooming flowers and trees … plus sneezing, congestion and other symptoms for many who struggle with allergies. Lance Potter will discuss symptoms, triggers, testing and treatment for allergies. Free skin testing for six of the most common allergens will be provided by the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center. All ages.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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March 29, 2022

Senior Services offers beginner bridge lessons

March 29, 2022

Senior Services offers beginner bridge lessons

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a 10-week series of lessons for beginning bridge players. Those who have played bridge before but might want to brush up on their skills are welcome to attend as well. Classes will cover commonly used conventions, as well as play of the hand.

The free series for adults will be held Fridays, April 8-June 10 from 9-11 a.m. Register by Thursday, April 7 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. 

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March 28, 2022

MPCC to host nature walk series for individuals with special needs

March 28, 2022

 

MPCC to host nature walk series for individuals with special needs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering free walking outings for individuals with special needs. Open to people of all ages, the weekly walks will be held on Thursdays, April 7-28 from 4-5 p.m.

Participants will walk on paved trails, discuss a new nature topic each week, and complete a short activity. Preregistration is required on or before Wednesday, April 6 and can be done in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. Outing locations will be determined following preregistration.

This therapeutic recreation program designed specifically for individuals with special needs. Caregivers are welcome as no personal care will be provided. Spaces are limited.

For more information, call 423-461-4851.

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March 25, 2022

MPCC to host Hound Egg Hunt  

March 25, 2022

MPCC to host Hound Egg Hunt  

Community members are encouraged to bring their doggie friends to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Wednesday, April 13 from 5-6 p.m. for the Hound Egg Hunt.

Eggs filled with dog treats will be spread across the MPCC lawn for dogs to locate and enjoy.

This free event is open to all ages – in people and dog years. Preregister Friday, April 1-Monday, April 11 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

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March 24, 2022

MPCC lap pool closed for repairs until April 2

March 24, 2022

MPCC lap pool closed for repairs

The Memorial Park Community Center lap pool will be closed for repairs today (Tuesday, March 22) through Friday, April 1. It is set to reopen Saturday, April 2. The repairs, which include installation of a new boiler, require the pool to be completely drained.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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March 21, 2022

Parks and Recreation opens community survey about recreation programming

March 21, 2022

 

Parks and Recreation opens community survey about recreation programming

The City of Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is seeking citizen feedback about recreation programming via a simple online survey.

“This survey will help us create a master plan for recreation programming. The responses to the survey will help us determine what is of greatest interest to the community,” said April Norris, assistant director of Parks and Recreation. “It is also a great opportunity for us to determine if we are focusing our efforts in the right areas.”

The 10-question survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and can be found here. Participation is crucial to planning recreation programming and providing services. All input is greatly appreciated.

For more information, please email anorris@johnsoncitytn.org or call 434-5807.

 

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March 21, 2022

MPCC offers Take a Walk in the Park Day

March 21, 2022

MPCC offers Take a Walk in the Park Day

Take a Walk in the Park Day will provide an opportunity for community members to exercise, relax and socialize in Founders Park.

This free event will be held Wednesday, March 30 from 8-9 a.m.

Attendees should park in the public lot at 324 S. Commerce St. and meet at the park entrance at South Commerce Street and West State of Franklin Road. All ages are welcome (12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.) No registration required.

For more information, call 423-434-5757.

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March 18, 2022

Volunteers needed to complete new mountain bike trail at Winged Deer Park

March 18, 2022

                                                                    

Volunteers needed to complete new mountain bike trail at Winged Deer Park

SORBA Tri-Cities is seeking volunteers to help complete The Kidd Dreamline Trail during a public work day on Sunday, March 20 from noon-4 p.m.

Volunteers have constructed all of the .5-mile trail, which is geared toward progressing mountain bikers. SORBA Tri-Cities hopes the trail can be completed during the final work day. All tools will be provided, and volunteers will be the first to ride the new trail. Lunch will be provided. 

To volunteer, visit https://x.gldn.io/TnvAjcZR7nb. For more information about the trails and SORBA Tri-Cities, email trails@sorba-tricities.org.

 

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March 18, 2022

Winged Deer Park boardwalk closed for bridge construction

March 18, 2022

Winged Deer Park boardwalk closed for bridge construction

The boardwalk at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza will be closed while the Tennessee Department of Transportation completes repairs to the bridge that crosses Boone Lake on U.S. Route 11 E (Bristol Highway).

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

 

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March 17, 2022

MPCC to host Bunny Breakfast

 

March 17, 2022

MPCC to host Bunny Breakfast

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host its first Bunny Breakfast Saturday, April 9 from 9:30-11 a.m.

Cost is $10 per family. Entry fee includes breakfast, a craft for the kids, a visit with the Easter Bunny and a free raffle ticket to go into a drawing. All ages are welcome.

Register March 21-April 8 at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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March 11, 2022

MPCC offers Start Smart Tennis

March 11, 2022

For immediate release

 

MPCC offers Start Smart Tennis

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a six-session National Alliance for Youth Sports program in which 3-5 year olds, with parent participation, will learn the basic rules and skills of tennis in a safe and healthy environment.

Start Smart Tennis will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 21-April 25. Cost is $25 resident/$30 non-resident. Register online at myjcparks.org by Sunday, March 20.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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March 09, 2022

MPCC to host Crochet for Beginners program

March 9, 2022

MPCC to host Crochet for Beginners program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a Crochet for Beginners program from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays March 16-April 20.

Participants are required to bring their own crochet hook (4-5 mm) and good yarn. Free and open to ages 18 and older, this program will teach participants basic crochet stitches.

Register by Wednesday, March 16 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. A minimum of five people must register.

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March 09, 2022

Parks and Recreation to offer lifeguard certification courses

March 9, 2022

Parks and Recreation to offer lifeguard certification courses

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatics Division will offer American Red Cross lifeguard certification courses for those 15 and older at Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road.

A preliminary test is required before attending one of three certification courses which includes a 300-meter swim, two minutes treading water using no hands, and a timed 20-meter “brick dive” in deep water with no goggles.

The certification courses begin on a Friday and continue on Saturday and Sunday with the final two classes held the following Saturday and Sunday.

Class times are Fridays 6-10 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Times may change depending on participation.

Three certification courses are available:

Course 1: March 11, 12, 13, 19, 20

Course 2: April 22, 23, 24, 30, May 1

Course 3: May 6, 7, 8, 14, 15

Course fee of $200 per person is due prior to first class. Upon completion of the course, the participant will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials for the professional rescuer. Certification is valid for two years after completion.

To register and for more information, call 423-434-5754.

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March 09, 2022

MPCC offers Tumblers and Tiaras 

March 9, 2022

MPCC offers Tumblers and Tiaras  

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a beginners tumbling class on Wednesdays, March16-April 20 from 4-4:45 p.m.

Tumblers and Tiaras offers beginner tumblers ages 3-5 the opportunity to learn the proper technique and execution of cartwheels, splits, backbends, and round-offs as well as the initial techniques of standing back handsprings. 

 Cost is $5 per participant. Preregistration required by calling 423-434-5749. 

 

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March 08, 2022

MPCC to host Hot Chocolate Hike

March 8, 2022

MPCC to host Hot Chocolate Hike  

Community members are encouraged to attend a free Hot Chocolate Hike at Winged Deer Park on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m.-noon. 

Ages 9 and older are welcome. Hikers should meet at the Robert Young Cabin, 4137 Bristol Highway. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749 by Wednesday, March 16. Special thanks to event sponsor, Dunkin’.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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March 03, 2022

MPCC to host Travel Trainer at Johnson City parks

March 3, 2022

MPCC to host Travel Trainer at Johnson City parks

Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites those 16 and older to participate in Travel Trainer, a free program aimed at providing opportunities for people to enjoy the benefits of exercising outdoors in City parks.

Classes will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Founders Park, 225 Commerce St., and 6:45-7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. These free classes begin Tuesday, March 8 and will run through Wednesday, April 27.

Attendees should wear appropriate workout clothing and bring a water bottle and mat. Exercises will be modified for all fitness levels. Registration is not required. 

For more information, please call 423-434-5757.

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March 03, 2022

Shamrock Scavenger Hunt to take place in Johnson City parks

March 3, 2022

Shamrock Scavenger Hunt to take place in Johnson City parks

Join Memorial Park Community Center in a free scavenger hunt at Johnson City parks from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 using the free Scavr app to hunt for and solve clues, complete challenges and find the shamrocks.

Participants of all ages are welcome. There is a maximum of six players allowed per team. Register online at myjcparks.org by March 17. Participants must register to get an access code on the app for the scavenger hunt. An email will be sent to registered participants with additional details.

For more information, call 423-434-4851.

 

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March 03, 2022

MPCC offers Open Game Night

March 3, 2022

MPCC offers Open Game Night

Families are invited to use the gym at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for a variety of sports and games. Available options will include cornhole, dodgeball, badminton, kickball, and four square.

Open Game Night will be held 6-7:30 p.m. on Mondays from March 14-April 25.This program is free and open to all ages. Youth 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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March 03, 2022

MPCC offers Safe Sitter® course 

March 3, 2022

MPCC offers Safe Sitter® course  

 Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Safe Sitter® course to prepare youth ages 10-16 to be safe when they are home alone watching younger siblings or babysitting.

The three-session course, led by a Carter County Drug Prevention instructor, will be filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Attendees will learn safety, child care, first aid and rescue, life skills and business skills.

The three sessions will be held 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14; Wednesday, March 16; and Friday, March 18. Cost is $50 per participant. Participants who complete the course will receive a Safe Sitter® certificate.

Register by Friday, March 11 online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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March 03, 2022

Pond Dipping, Wildlife Detectives programs will explore natural habitats 

March 3, 2022

Pond Dipping, Wildlife Detectives programs will explore natural habitats 

Connie Deegan will lead two free, family-friendly programs on Saturday, March 12.

Pond Dipping: Rocky Mount State Historic Site, 200 Hyder Hill Road, Piney Flats, TN 37686. Park near the barn across from the main building. 10-11:15 a.m.

Participants will learn about the critters that cavort, call, fly about and carry on in this small pond habitat. The group will make its way around the pond, briefly discussing what they find and catch. All animals will be released. Some dip nets will be available for sharing, but participants should bring one if they have one.

Wildlife Detectives: Buffalo Mountain Park, 570 High Ridge Road, Johnson City, TN 37604. Meet at Harris Pavilion. 1-2:30 p.m.

What are the signs that animals have been around? There are many! Participants will put their heads together to come up with a list. The group will then take a walk as wildlife detectives and see what signs they find along the way to Catbird Creek. Participants will use what they have learned to search out and catch some stream critters.

No registration required. For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

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March 01, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

March 1, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

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

  • Garden to Table – Leafy Greens: Wednesday, March 9, 1-2 p.m. Representatives from the UT Extension Office will discuss tips for growing leafy greens and offer a variety of ways to eat them. Attendees will receive recipes, new ideas and samples. All ages.
  • Shoulder Pain: Friday, March 11, 10-11 a.m. Dr. Larry Waldrop, an orthopedic doctor, will discuss common shoulder conditions and treatments available to help reduce pain and restore function. 18+.
  • Wits Workout – Brain Fitness: Monday, March 14, 1-2 p.m. Attendees will participate in a fun, interactive program designed to keep the brain sharp. Facilitators will offer brain teasers and games that get people thinking as well as helpful information based on current research. 50+.
  • Stop the Bleed: Wednesday, March 16, 1-2:30 p.m. Attendees will learn lifesaving skills including applying pressure to stop bleeding, packing a wound and using a tourniquet. Information learned may be used in everyday situations such as hunting or car accidents to save someone from blood loss in a life-threatening situation. Preregistration is required due to limited spots. 10+.
  • Spring Clean Your Routine: Thursday, March 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Spring is a great time for a fresh start. This class will focus on taking care of the body, mind and spirit. Attendees will learn to declutter what they eat and drink, how to add more color to their meals with fruits and veggies, and tips for moving more. 50+

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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March 01, 2022

Senior Services offers George L. Carter Railroad Museum discussion

March 1, 2022

Senior Services offers George L. Carter Railroad Museum discussion

Fred Alsop, director of the George L. Carter Railroad Museum located on the East Tennessee State University campus, will lead a discussion about the museum and local railroad history at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

The free event will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9. All ages are welcome. 

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

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February 24, 2022

MPCC offers open pickleball

Feb. 24, 2022

MPCC offers open pickleball

Funny name, addictive game. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host singles or doubles pickleball play for all ages from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 1-April 28. 

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis. Played on a badminton-sized court, players use a square paddle similar to those used in ping-pong to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net that stands 34-36 inches high. The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be as fast or slow as players desire and is very kind to beginners. 

Open pickleball is free. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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February 24, 2022

MPCC to host March Madness Basketball Clinic for individuals with special needs

Feb. 24, 2022

MPCC to host March Madness Basketball Clinic for individuals with special needs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a free basketball clinic designed specifically for individuals ages 7 and older with specials needs. Participants will be able to work on their skills and enjoy fun games.

The two-session clinic will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 10. Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided.

Register by Monday, March 7 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

Therapeutic recreation programming is part of a concerted effort by Parks and recreation to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through programming. MPCC staff member Rachel Malone is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. She currently is leading a series of related classes and programs. For more information, call 423-461-4851.

 

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February 24, 2022

Senior Services offers Maximize Your IRA/401K in Your Retirement Years program

Feb. 24, 2022

 

Senior Services offers Maximize Your IRA/401K in Your Retirement Years program

Derrick Paduch will present Maximize Your IRA/401K in Your Retirement Years at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., On Tuesday, March 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Paduch will offer retirement savings ideas and highlight some of the plans available. This free program is intended to help individuals ages 50 and older gain a better understanding of the different options available and learn what is best for their situation.

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

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February 22, 2022

Parks and Rec sets girls youth softball schedule

Feb. 22, 2022

 

Parks and Rec sets girls youth softball schedule

Registration for girls machine pitch (ages 5-8) and fastpitch (ages 9-12) softball is under way through Saturday, March 26.

Practices for both leagues begin April 3 and games will be played April 24-May 28 at Carnegie Park on weeknights and Saturdays. Game days and times will be announced. Cost is $25 for city residents; $30 for nonresidents.

Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at the Winged Deer Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

 

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February 21, 2022

MPCC to offer Ladies Self-Defense 101

Feb. 21, 2022

MPCC to offer Ladies Self-Defense 101

A free, two-day self-defense class for women will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7 and Thursday, March 10.

A professional self-defense instructor will help women 18 and older build confidence and learn self-defense strategies that help make them more aware of their surroundings and better prepared for certain situations.

Register by Friday, March 4 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

 

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February 21, 2022

Johnson City Parks and Recreation seeks summer camp counselors

Feb. 21, 2022

Johnson City Parks and Recreation seeks summer camp counselors

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for summer camp counselors. Applicants must be 16 or older. The work schedule is weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Pay is $9 per hour.

Interested individuals can call 423-434-5758 or visit the City’s website to apply.

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February 18, 2022

MPCC offers Johnson City, Washington County schools spring break camps

Feb. 18, 2022

MPCC offers Johnson City, Washington County schools spring break camps

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer spring break camps for Johnson City and Washington County school students ages 6-12 during the month of March.

Johnson City Spring Break Camp will be held Monday, March 14-Friday, March 18. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 21 and closes March 14. 

Washington County Spring Break Camp will be held Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 21 and closes March 28. 

Camp fee is $50, and children will participate in sports, arts and crafts, swimming, movies and games. Campers are required to bring a packed lunch and swim clothing every day. Camp will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10 per child.

Register in person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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February 16, 2022

Senior Services offers clothing drive for family violence shelter

Feb. 16, 2022

Senior Services offers clothing drive for family violence shelter

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be collecting gently used clothes between Monday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 4. All clothing collected will be donated to CHIPS Thrift Store.

CHIPS, a “Change is Possible Family Violence Shelter,” provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence and their children to help enable them to begin and maintain a life free of violence.

Clothes can be brought to MPCC. Donations will be accepted at both the senior desk and recreation desk Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

For more information, call 423-461-4852. 

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February 16, 2022

Parks and Rec partners with UT Extension to offer cooking courses

Feb. 16, 2022

Parks and Rec partners with UT Extension to offer cooking courses

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and the UT Extension Office will offer three free programs for youngsters and teens in March designed to improve nutritional cooking skills.

Making Tracks with Rudy Raccoon

Six hands-on nutrition lessons.

Ages: 7-9
Days: Thursdays, March 3-April 7
Time: 4-4:45 p.m.
Registration: A minimum of three must register by Thursday, Feb. 24.

 

Adventures in the Kitchen

This six-session hands-on course will teach cooking skills, kitchen safety, nutrition and the benefits of physical activity.

Ages: 10-12
Days: Thursdays, March 3-April 7
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Registration: A minimum of three must register by Thursday, Feb. 24.

 

Cooking Matters

This six-session course will teach cooking skills, nutrition and kitchen safety.

Ages: 13-18
Days: Tuesdays, March 1-April 5
Time: 4-5 p.m.  
Registration: A minimum of three must register by Thursday, Feb. 22.

Register for these courses in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

 

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February 14, 2022

Senior Services offers Steam Engines and Stories of Clinchfield Railroad

Feb. 14, 2022

Senior Services offers Steam Engines and Stories of Clinchfield Railroad

Retired engineer Ralph Clarke will share photos and stories about the historic Clinchfield Railroad in a free session at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 10-11:30 a.m. on Monday Feb. 21. All ages are welcome.

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

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February 14, 2022

MPCC to host Give Parents Break

Feb. 14, 2022

MPCC to host Give Parents Break

Give Parents a Break offers parents an opportunity to take a few hours away from their children to address their personal needs while kids have fun socializing with their peers.

Children ages 6-12 can be dropped off at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m-3 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC by Wednesday, Feb. 23. A minimum of five children must register for this event to take place.  

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

 

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February 10, 2022

MPCC to host Family Bingo Night 

Feb. 10, 2022

MPCC to host Family Bingo Night  

Families are invited to a fun night of bingo and a chance to win a variety of prizes at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Friday, Feb. 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

The event is free and all ages are invited. Register by Wednesday, Feb. 23 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. Limited spaces available.

 

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February 02, 2022

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

Feb. 2, 2022

 

Senior Services offers health and wellness programs

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

  • Wits Workout – Brain Fitness: Monday, Feb. 14, 1-2 p.m. Attendees will participate in a fun, interactive program designed to keep the brain sharp. Facilitators will offer brain teasers and games that get people thinking as well as helpful information based on current research. 50+.
  • Thyroid Issues – What You Need to Know: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1-2 p.m. This small gland can have a big impact on your health. Paul C. Lange, MD, will discuss various thyroid disorders, symptoms, testing and treatments. 18+.
  • Prediabetes: A Big Deal but Reversible: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Prediabetes puts individuals at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. About one in three people have prediabetes and many don’t know it. The good news is it is reversible. Attendees will learn how it can be reversed and about an upcoming program that can help. 18+.
  •  Mediterranean Eating: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn some heart-healthy tips from the Mediterranean and discover ways to incorporate more of this nutritious and delicious eating pattern in their lives. All ages. 

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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February 01, 2022

Senior Services invites ladies to celebrate Galentine's Day

Feb. 1, 2022

Senior Services invites ladies to celebrate Galentine’s Day

Ladies are encouraged to bring their favorite gal pal to the Memorial Park Community Center dining room, 510 Bert St., from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 to celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month with this fun event.

Galentine’s Day will focus on women’s health, friendships and be filled with sweet treats for both the mind and body. There will be a guest speaker, craft-making, a yoga session and fun surprises.

Cost is $15 per person. All ages are invited. Limited to 20 participants, so register by Friday, Feb. 11 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

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February 01, 2022

Senior Services offers Naturally Yours: Stories Behind our Tennessee State Symbols

Feb. 1, 2022

Senior Services offers Naturally Yours: Stories Behind our Tennessee State Symbols

Our state symbols are a rallying point. They speak to the state’s cultural or commercial heritage and its natural beauty.

Connie Deegan will offer a program on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to explore the nature-based Tennessee state symbols including the wildflower, reptile, insect and others. Deegan also will share the stories behind why they were chosen as state symbols.

All ages are welcome to this free session. Please register at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. For more information about the program, call 423-283-5821.

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January 27, 2022

Senior Services to host Cupid's Ball

Jan. 27, 2022

Senior Services to host Cupid’s Ball

Those 50 and older are invited to dance the night away at Cupid’s Ball from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 in the Memorial Park Community Center gymnasium, 510 Bert St.

The dance will feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band and end with the crowning of a king and queen of the ball. Cost is $3 per person. No charge for SilverSneakers, Renew Active, and Silver & Fit members. Limited tickets available. Sponsored by Tetrick Funeral Services.

Preregister by Monday, Feb. 7 at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

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January 24, 2022

Senior Services offers free Bingocize®

Jan. 24, 2022

Senior Services offers free Bingocize®

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Bingocize® to individuals 50 and older from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 8-March 3. The program is free. 

Dr. K. Jason Crandall of Western Kentucky University created Bingocize® in 2011. Currently utilized in more than 100 senior living facilities nationwide, Bingocize® combines exercise and fun regardless of participants’ backgrounds, or physical and intellectual abilities.

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

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January 24, 2022

Parks and Recreation, Police departments to hold job fair Feb. 1

Jan. 21, 2022

Parks and Recreation, Police departments to hold job fair Feb. 1

Johnson City’s Parks and Recreation and Police departments are holding a job fair from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the dining room at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Parks and Recreation has the following temporary positions available:

  • Lifeguards
  • Soccer referees
  • Softball umpires/scorekeepers
  • Tennis instructors
  • Summer camp counselors
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Mowing crew
  • Park attendants
  • Weekend tournament grounds crew
  • Golf maintenance

Applicants must be 16 or older and are encouraged to bring two forms of identification. Acceptable forms of identification include driver license, social security card, and passport. Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 423-283-5815.

The Johnson City Police Department is looking for potential officers with integrity, good judgement, and the willingness to make a difference in the community. New officers receive nine weeks of paid training at the police academy, followed by 16 weeks of on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced field training officers. New officers will start on one of five patrol units, working 12-hour shifts with an uninterrupted seven-day break each month. Starting trainee pay is $35,415.46 and moves to $37,198.14 after completion of the probationary period.

Examination registration information and requirements are available on the City website, www.johnsoncitytn.org/hr.

 

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January 21, 2022

MPCC to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day

Jan. 21, 2022

MPCC to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and Krispy Kreme invite citizens of all ages to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day on Monday, Jan. 31. Stop by MPCC from 8-10 a.m. to get a free cup of hot chocolate. 

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 20, 2022

MPCC offers therapeutic recreation opportunities 

Jan. 20, 2022

MPCC offers therapeutic recreation opportunities   

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following free programs designed specifically for individuals with special needs. Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided.

  • Cooking Matters for Teens: Thursdays, Feb. 3-24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Beginner cooking class offered in partnership with Washington County UT Extension. Ages 13-18. Register by Friday, Jan. 28 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. 
  • Cards & Cookies Valentine’s Party: Friday, 11, 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees will make Valentine’s Day cards and decorate cookies to celebrate this sweet holiday. Sugar-free options will be available. All ages. Register by Thursday, Feb. 10 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
  • Superstar Cheer: Fridays, Feb. 11-March 18, 4-5 p.m. Attendees will learn cheers, chants, dances and more while working together on a team, making new friends, increasing coordination, and enhancing self-esteem. Ages 7+. No registration required.
  • Family Fridays: Last Friday of each month through April 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Each month’s event will have a different theme and activities for individuals of all ages and their families. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

Therapeutic recreation programming is part of a concerted effort by Parks and Recreation to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through programming. MPCC staff member Rachel Malone is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. She currently is leading a series of related classes and programs.

For more information, call 423-461-4851.

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January 20, 2022

MPCC seeks certified Zumba instructor

Jan. 20, 2022

MPCC seeks certified Zumba instructor

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is looking for a certified Zumba instructor to lead evening classes one to two nights on weekday evenings and some Saturday mornings. Class times to be determined.  

The instructor will be paid on a contractual basis. Please apply in person at MPCC or call 423-434-5758. Applicants must be 18 or older.

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January 14, 2022

Tickets on sale for annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Jan. 14, 2022

Tickets on sale for annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Tickets are on sale now for the extremely popular Daddy-Daughter Dance: A Night Under the Stars, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Fathers, grandfathers and guardians of all ages are invited to dress up and dance the night away with the special girls in their lives. Music will be provided by a live DJ, and photo vouchers can be purchased online at myjcparks.org, in person at MPCC or at the dance. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $10 per person through Thursday, Jan. 27 and $15 per person from Friday, Jan. 28 through Friday, Feb. 4. Tickets can be purchased online at myjcparks.org and at MPCC. Tickets purchased online must be picked up at MPCC prior to the day of the dance. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 11, 2022

MPCC to host Indoor Drive-In Movie Night

Jan. 11, 2022 

MPCC to host Indoor Drive-In Movie Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Indoor Drive-In Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 21 from 5:30-8 p.m. This event will allow the whole family to get creative before watching a family-friendly movie together.

Cardboard boxes and art supplies will be provide to children ages 3-12 to create their own car. Car decorating will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a movie at 6:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost is $5 per child. Register by Jan. 19 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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January 10, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Day to be celebrated with multiple events

Jan. 10, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Day to be celebrated with multiple events

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the following events:

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Date: Saturday, Jan. 15

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Ages: All

 

Visitors can carry out their meal or eat inside. Activities traditionally conducted at the prayer breakfast and Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner will be combined and streamed by WJHL on Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time

Date: Monday, Jan. 17

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ages: All

 

Kids will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through stories, music, and arts and crafts. Lunch will be provided. This event is held in partnership with ETSU.

 

American Red Cross Blood Drive 

Date: Monday, Jan. 17

Time: 1-6 p.m.

Ages: 18+

 

The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade and individuals are asked to donate blood. All scheduled time slots are full, please call ahead for availability.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner

Date: Monday, Jan. 17 

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Ages: All

 

Visitors will be provided with a carry-out meal. Activities traditionally conducted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and dinner will be combined and streamed by WJHL on Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Program

Date: Monday, Jan. 17

Time: 7 p.m.

Ages: All

 

WJHL will stream a virtual event that will include various church choirs, readings of Dr. King’s speeches and other activities traditionally conducted at both the prayer breakfast and dinner.

For more information about any of these programs, call 423-461-8830.

 

Other scheduled community events include:

Virtual Worship Service

Date: Sunday, Jan. 16

Time: 6 p.m.

Ages: All

 

The Johnson City/Washington County NAACP will stream a worship service on its Facebook page.

 

MLK Unity Program and Walk

Date: Monday, Jan. 17

Time: 12:45-2:30 p.m.

Ages: All

 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Program and Walk will start and end at Carver Recreation Center. A 45-minute ceremony will culminate with an hourlong walk. Participants will stop 12 times for prayer, remembrances, and song. The distance of the walk is less than 2 miles. For more information, call Aaron T. Murphy at 423-791-8552.

 

 

Soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement

Date: Thursday, Jan. 20

Time: 7 p.m.

Ages: All

 

The Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center welcomes Jonathan Blanchard in his performance title “Soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement.” This interactive performance explores and explains the music and events that shaped and fueled the Civil Rights Movement. This free event will be held at the D.P. Culp Center Auditorium, 412 J L Seehorn Jr. Road. For more information call 423-439-4844 or email etsumc@etsu.edu.

The information about the Martin Luther King Jr. activities listed above can also be found online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/mlk.

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January 06, 2022

MPCC to offer therapeutic recreation opportunities

Jan. 6, 2022

MPCC to offer therapeutic recreation opportunities  

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following free programs designed specifically for individuals with special needs:  

  • Fitness Fun: 10- April 25, Mondays, 9-10 a.m. Start the week by strengthening and stretching your body to stay healthy. Participants will use resistance bands, light weights and other low-impact equipment. Participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle and wear appropriate clothing, including athletic shoes. Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided. No registration required. 13+.
  • Crafty Creations: 11-April 26, Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. This program is designed for individuals who love drawing, painting and creating. Participants will learn about different art mediums and create fun projects. Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided. No registration required. 13+.
  • Adaptive PE: 12-April 27, Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of multiple sports while having a great time. Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided. No registration required. 18+.
  • Family Fridays: The last Friday of each month, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25 and April 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The last Friday of each month is reserved for some family-friendly fun. Each month’s event will have a different theme and activities for families to participate in, such as a scavenger hunt, board games and craft and movie night. This event is designed specifically for individuals with special needs and their families. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. All ages.

Therapeutic recreation programming is part of a concerted effort by Parks and Recreation to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through programming. MPCC staff member Rachel Malone is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. She currently is leading a series of related classes and programs.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 05, 2022

MPCC offers variety of programs

Jan. 5, 2022


MPCC offers variety of programs  

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs:

  • Get Artsy – Homeschool: 11-April 26, Tuesdays, 2:15-3 p.m. Homeschoolers will have an opportunity to express their feelings and experiences through painting and drawing. Ages 6-12. Parental assistance not required. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
  •  Movement Academy – Homeschool: 11-April 28, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf, recreational sports and playground games. Ages 6-18. $3/class. No registration required.
  • After School Craftsy: Jan. 13-April 28, Thursdays, 4-4:45 p.m. Participants will explore painting, drawing, arts and crafts and other mediums. Ages 5-12. $2/class. Parental assistance is not required. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
  • How to Crochet for Beginners: 12-Feb. 16, Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Attendees will learn basic crochet stitches. They are asked to bring their own crochet hook (4-5mm recommended) and good yarn. Ages 18-50. Free. Register by Jan. 11 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 05, 2022

Senior Center hosts information program, registration for 2022 trips

Jan. 5, 2022

Senior Center hosts information program, registration for 2022 trips

A free program about travel opportunities in 2022 will be held for those 50 and older at the Johnson City Senior Center, 510 Bert St., on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Participants will be able to visit with vendors following the program and registration will open for trips to Niagara Falls and Boston.

Preregister for the program by Monday, Jan. 10 in person at the Senior Center or by calling 423-434-6237 or 423-434-5749.

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January 05, 2022

MPCC to host Hot Chocolate Hike 

Jan. 5, 2022

MPCC to host Hot Chocolate Hike  

Community members are encouraged to attend a free Hot Chocolate Hike at Winged Deer Park on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m.-noon. 

Ages 9 and older are welcome. Hikers should meet at the Robert Young Cabin, 4137 Bristol Highway. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749 by Thursday, Jan. 13. Special thanks to event sponsor, Dunkin’.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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January 05, 2022

MPCC to offer 10/10/10 New Year, New You workout

Jan. 5, 2022

MPCC to offer 10/10/10 New Year, New You workout

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is kicking off the new year with a fitness class that provides an all-over workout in just 30 minutes. Each class will rotate through 10 minutes each of cardio, weights and Pilates. 

Classes will be held Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 11, and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 13. The cost for each class is $3. Ages 18+. Register at MPCC prior to each session. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 05, 2022

Parks and Rec continues to seek public input for Keefauver property master plan

Jan. 5, 2022

Parks and Rec continues to seek public input for Keefauver property master plan

The City of Johnson City is continuing the process of developing a master plan for the Keefauver Farm property and will hold a final public input session Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

The Keefauver Farm, a 53-acre property located at 632 Hales Chapel Road, was purchased by the City 12 years ago for a future community park. McGill Associates has been hired to assist the City in the development of a master plan for the property. The City intends to create a multi-purpose park dedicated to outdoor recreation including associated amenities that considers the topography of the site and the surrounding community.

“We are excited to continue the Keefauver Farm Master Plan process,” said Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis. “Parks are essential fixtures to our citizens, are important to our health and play a vital role within our community. Public input is crucial in helping us understand what our community values and the types of amenities they would like to see on this property.”

McGill Associates led two previous meetings, a visioning meeting with the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and the Johnson City Board of Commissioners as well as a public input meeting.

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department has also made available a public survey to help inform the development of the master plan for the property. The survey is an important part of the Keefauver Farm Master Plan process. The data collected will assist in identifying citizen preferences and will help guide future improvements to the property. The online survey remains open.

Survey results will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Jan. 27. The development of park concepts will be completed by Feb. 15 and a presentation to the Board of Commissioners is anticipated March 3.

Residents can stay informed about the master plan process by visiting www.johnsoncitytn.org/KeefauverFarm.

For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis at 423-283-5815 or jamesellis@johnsoncitytn.org.

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January 04, 2022

MPCC offers variety of programs for infants through teens

Jan. 4, 2022

MPCC offers variety of programs for infants through teens

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs:

  • Movement Academy P.E.: 11-April 28, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf, recreational sports and other playground games. This class encourages team building, sportsmanship and fair play. Ages 3-5. $2/class. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
  • Tiny Sprouts Playdate: 11-April 28, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Encouraging babies to interact with others isn’t just for fun – it’s an important developmental tool. These playdates will provide your child an opportunity to interact with others to build their social skills and confidence. Parent participation is mandatory. Ages 3-11 months. Free. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
  • Story Time for Preschoolers: Jan. 12-April 27, Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Parents can help foster a lifelong love of books in their children by bringing them to Story Time. An interactive activity will follow. Ages 3-5. Free. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
  • Book Bundles: 12-April 27, weekdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Johnson City Public Library will deliver materials to MPCC where books must be read inside the facility and returned in a designated book container. Ages 3-18. Free. No registration required.
  • Tumblers and Tiaras: 12-Feb. 16, Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Beginner tumblers will learn the proper techniques and execution of cartwheels, splits, backbends, round-offs and the beginning techniques of standing back handsprings. Ages 3-5. $5/class. No registration required. 
  • Get Artsy: 13-April 28, Thursdays, 2:15-3 p.m. Preschoolers will have the opportunity to express their feelings and experiences through painting and drawing. Parental assistance is not required. Ages 3-5. $2/class. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.
  • Super Sprouts: 14-April 29, Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Children will develop coordination, balance and movement skills while having fun. Soft Koosh and Nerf-type equipment is used so kids will build confidence and have a lots of fun. Parent participation is welcomed and encouraged. Ages 1-2. Free. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

 

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January 04, 2022

Senior Services offers Beginning to End . . . Family Canvas Creations

Jan. 4, 2022


Senior Services offers Beginning to End . . . Family Canvas Creations

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a make-and-take art class on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m.-noon. Instructor Charline Hughes will guide participants through the creation of a completed canvas suitable for display in their home.

This program is open to ages 8+ (children must be accompanied by an adult). All supplies will be furnished. The cost is $10 for two people in the same family and $8 for individuals. Register in person at MPCC by Friday, Jan. 14.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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January 03, 2022

MPCC to host Winter Wonderland Craft Night

Jan. 3, 2022

MPCC to host Winter Wonderland Craft Night  

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., welcomes individuals with special needs and their siblings to participate in Winter Wonderland Craft Night. Free and open to all ages, this event will be held Thursday, Jan. 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Participants will be able to sip on hot cocoa while completing two winter crafts. Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided. Staff includes a certified therapeutic recreation specialist.

Register by Jan. 12 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

 

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