Parks and Recreation News

January 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

Schedule: 9 a.m. Doors open.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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January 22, 2020

MPCC offers Johnson City Schools spring break camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Spring Break camps for Johnson City Schools students ages 6-12 during the week of March 16-20. Camp fee is $50, and children will participate in sports, arts and crafts, swimming, movies and games.

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

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

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 20, 2020

Senior Services to provide REAL ID information session

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

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

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

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

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January 20, 2020

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

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

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

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

                                                  

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January 20, 2020

MPCC to host My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance

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

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

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

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

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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January 16, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. events include prayer breakfast and dinner

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, call 423-461-8830.

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January 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 14, 2020

Men's senior softball preseason meeting set

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

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

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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January 13, 2020

MPCC offers interactive Fitness Expo

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

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

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

 

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January 09, 2020

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

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

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

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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January 06, 2020

Senior Services offers course to help make money last in retirement

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

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

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January 02, 2020

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

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

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

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

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January 02, 2020

Senior Services offers January wellness classes, presentations

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

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

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

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