Parks and Recreation News

October 11, 2021

Registration under way for youth basketball

Oct. 11, 2021

Registration under way for youth basketball

Registration is under way for Parks and Recreation’s annual youth basketball league.

The youth basketball league is open to boys and girls in the following age groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. Games begin Nov. 29.

Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at the Winged Deer Park athletic office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The registration fee is $25 per player for city residents and $30 per player for non-residents.

There is a $20 late fee beginning Oct. 30, and online registration closes Nov. 1. Once registration closes those interested in joining a league should contact the athletic office to ask about being placed on a waitlist.

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

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October 11, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Rec to hold public forums on naming of Carver Splash Pad

Oct. 11, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Rec to hold public forums on naming of Carver Splash Pad

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold two public forums regarding the naming of the splash pad at Carver Park, 322 W. Watauga Ave.

The name under consideration, Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee Splash Pad at Carver Park, was submitted after the Parks and Recreation Department invited the community to weigh in on naming the facility.

As the Carver Recreation 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 further 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.

The public forums will be held at Carver Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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

 

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October 04, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Rec to host Halloween events

Oct. 4, 2021

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor              Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
                             Memorial Park Community Center     Carver Recreation Center
                             423.434.5758                                                 423.461.8830

Johnson City Parks and Rec to host Halloween events

Johnson City Parks and Recreation has scheduled several family friendly, Halloween-themed events for later this month.

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

Super Spooky Saturday

Date: Oct. 23
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Center staff hope to see a large turnout of ghosts, goblins and revelers for the very popular Super Spooky Saturday. This outdoor event will include free games, arts and crafts, a cake walk, marshmallow roasting, pumpkin patch inflatables and more. Children ages 2-12 are encouraged to participate in the costume contest scheduled for 6 p.m. An indoor haunted walk themed Return to Redrum Asylum will be available during the event for $2 per person. For more information, please call 423-434-5749.

 Pups and Trucks Trunk or Treat

Date: Oct. 28
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required; proof of dog’s vaccination required

Pups and Trucks Trunk or Treat is a Halloween extravaganza featuring candy, emergency vehicles, and a costume contest for four-legged attendees. Kids can climb aboard vehicles of all shapes and sizes while collecting candy at this free event. The doggie costume contest starts at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Participants must bring their own bag for candy. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

Pumpkin Swim

Date: Oct. 29
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: $5 per person
Registration: Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749 by Monday, Oct. 18.

The Pumpkin Swim allows kids ages 1-15 and their parents to swim around, secure their pumpkin, and enjoy a little pool time before taking their pumpkin to the activities room for decoration. Pumpkins are limited.

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host the following:

Halloween Festival

Date: Oct. 30
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: $1 per person but kids under 18 in costume receive free admission; carnival tickets are $1 each.
Registration: Not required

This annual festival features inflatables, carnival games and much more. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

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September 29, 2021

Parks and Recreation to offer Owl Prowl hike

Sept. 29, 2021

Parks and Recreation to offer Owl Prowl hike

Nature program coordinator Connie Deegan and Larry McDaniel, park naturalist for Bristol, Tenn., will welcome visitors to Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin, 4137 Bristol Highway, as the sun sets for a short talk about owls. The pair will lead participants on a leisurely walk along the park’s wooded trails. Using specific owl calls, Deegan and McDaniel hope to locate some of the owls that live in the park. 

This free event will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. All ages are welcome and registration is not required. Flashlights are recommended.

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

 

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September 29, 2021

MPCC offers outdoor youth tennis clinics

Sept. 29, 2021

MPCC offers outdoor youth tennis clinics

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will conduct two four-day tennis clinics in October to help participants build and improve their skills. The clinics will meet each Tuesday from Oct. 5-26.

Participants age 10 and under will attend from 4-4:45 p.m. This age group will use racquets sized for smaller hands, and the court size will be reduced. This format allows for immediate benefits and within a short time, kids will be excited about playing.

Participants age 11-18 will attend from 5-6 p.m. This age group will participate in competitive singles and doubles drills, including positioning and different styles of play. This is a great opportunity to prepare for team selection at school.

All equipment will be provided. Participants must bring sneakers and water. Attendance by parent or guardian for children under 10 strongly recommended. Special needs students are welcome with accompanying parent or caregiver. Classes may be cancelled due to wet and slippery courts.

To register or for more information, call 423-434-5749.

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September 27, 2021

MPCC offers Johnson City/Washington County fall break camps

Sept. 27, 2021

MPCC offers Johnson City/Washington County fall break camps

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

Washington County Fall Break Camp will be held Monday, Oct. 4-Friday, Oct. 8. Registration is open through Friday, Oct. 1.

Johnson City Fall Break Camp will be held Monday, Oct. 11-Friday, Oct. 15. Registration is open through Friday, Oct. 8.

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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September 27, 2021

MPCC offers Start Smart Basketball

Sept. 27, 2021

MPCC offers Start Smart Basketball

Registration is now under way at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for Start Smart Basketball. The six-week program for 3-5 year olds teaches participants the basic rules of the game with parent participation.

Sessions will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. each Wednesday, Oct. 13-Nov. 17. The cost for the program is $25 per resident and $30 for each nonresident. Registration is open through Friday, Oct. 8 in person at MPCC or at myjcparks.org.

Start Smart Basketball is a National Alliance for Youth Sports program.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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September 23, 2021

MPCC offers Therapeutic Fall Festival

Sept. 23, 2021

MPCC offers Therapeutic Fall Festival

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a free sensory-friendly fall festival for individuals of all ages with special needs.

This event will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 and will feature games, pumpkin decorating and more. Caregivers are encouraged to attend. No personal care will be provided.

The Therapeutic Fall Festival 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 Clifft is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist and former president of the Therapeutic Recreation Student Association at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She currently is leading a series of therapeutic classes and programs.

Please register at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749 by Oct. 8.

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September 16, 2021

MPCC offers Let's Glow Crazy! teen dance

Sept. 16, 2021

MPCC offers Let’s Glow Crazy! teen dance

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers teens 14-18 a chance to dance the night away with friends under black lights and glow-in-the-dark lighting.

This event will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 in the MPCC gymnasium.

This night of free fun, music and refreshments is limited to a maximum of 25 participants to comply with social distancing guidelines.

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

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September 14, 2021

MPCC to host Wacky Golf Night

Sept. 14, 2021

MPCC to host Wacky Golf Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites the entire family to enjoy a free round of 18 holes of miniature golf from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

MPCC staff will construct the challenging indoor course for the event, which coincides with Miniature Golf Day. Please register in person at MPCC the day of the event.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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September 14, 2021

From the EDGE closes out 2021 Bert Street Music Series

Sept. 14, 2021

From the EDGE closes out 2021 Bert Street Music Series

Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater welcomes From the EDGE on Thursday, Sept. 16.

The Southwest Virginia band describes themselves as party rock and roll with a taste of twisted country. Entertaining stage antics and excellent musicianship combined with plenty of cover tunes and audience participation will make people of all ages want to sing along and dance the night away.

Their favorite covers come from Journey, Fleetwood Mac, a variety of 80s hair bands, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, and many others from their 300-song catalog. This group performed at festivals, marinas, clubs and special events, in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida this summer.

The free concert will be held 7-9 p.m. at MPCC, 510 Bert St. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veterans memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions will be on site. Free parking is available at the center and the Municipal & Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

Many thanks to the sponsors: Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Campbell’s Morrell Music, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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September 10, 2021

MPCC offers pickleball, cornhole

Sept. 10, 2021

MPCC offers pickleball, cornhole

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites individuals of all ages to get their game on inside the gymnasium with two free activities this fall.

Pickleball instruction will be offered 6-7:30 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 28. Participants will learn the rules and basic skills needed to play pickleball followed by an opportunity to play games with two or four players per court.

The gym also will be available from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 26 for open play cornhole.

Activities are free. Please register prior to play. Fifth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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September 10, 2021

Parks and Rec partners with UT Extension to offer cooking courses

Sept. 10, 2021

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 October designed to improve nutritional cooking skills.

Making Tracks with Rudy Raccoon

Six hands-on nutrition lessons.

Ages: 8-9

Days: Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2

Time: 4-5 p.m.

Registration: Sept. 20-Oct. 5

 

Cooking Matters

This six-session course will teach cooking skills, nutrition and kitchen safety. Participants completing course will receive a bag of kitchen utensils.

Ages: 13-18

Mondays, Oct. 4-Nov. 15

Time: 4-5:30 p.m.  

Registration: Sept. 20-Oct. 4. 

 

Adventures in the Kitchen

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

Ages: 9-12

Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 9

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Registration: Sept. 20-Oct. 5.

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

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September 09, 2021

Senior Services offers Ocean Cruising on a Sailboat: An Introduction

Sept. 9, 2021

Senior Services offers Ocean Cruising on a Sailboat: An Introduction

Have you ever dreamed of sailing in the ocean on your own boat? Sailing long distances to far away destinations? Or living full time or part time on a sailboat?

David Alexander will give a free introduction to those 18 and older on topics such as cost, difficulty, destinations, and the sheer wonder of the experience on from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Please register by Sept. 8, either in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

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September 08, 2021

MPCC to host Tennessee tailgate party

Sept. 8, 2021

MPCC to host Tennessee tailgate party

Individuals with special needs are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 11:30-a.m.-2:30 p.m. to cheer on the Tennessee Volunteers when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Kickoff is at noon, but arrive early to play games, make crafts and eat snacks in the activities room. All ages are welcome. Cost is $3 per person. Caregivers are encouraged to attend. No personal care will be provided.

Please register in person at MPCC by Friday, Sept. 10. 

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

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September 07, 2021

Senior Services offers Step into Fall walking program

Sept. 7, 2021

Senior Services offers Step into Fall walking program

Registration is under way at Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for Step into Fall. The six-week program encourages participants 18 and older to aim for 8,000 steps a day or double their current step count.

Each week participants can choose between two walking groups. Each walk will be led by a different staff member and have a different theme. Walks will be held 2-2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m.-noon on Fridays, Oct. 1- Nov. 12.

Participants who do not have a tracker on their phones, smart watch or other device will be provided with a pedometer. Participants will be timed on a 1-mile walk at the beginning of the program and be responsible for completing their own mileage logs. At the completion of the program, participants will be timed on the Turkey Strut – a 1-mile walk. Prizes will be awarded after the Turkey Strut for fastest time, most improved, best dressed, most walking groups attended, and most overall steps. All participants completing the six-week program will receive a T-shirt.

Registration is open through Friday, Sept. 17 at the Senior Services desk. Cost is $5 per participant.

For more information, call 423-461-4852.

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September 07, 2021

Blaze the City set to entertain at Bert Street Music Series

Sept. 7, 2021

Blaze the City set to entertain at Bert Street Music Series

Blaze the City brings its volume of song choices and musical versatility to Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater Thursday, Sept. 9.

Incredible vocal harmonies, funky dance rhythms and scorching guitar help Blaze the City capture audiences and set the "room on fire" with their performance. From pop, funk, top 40 dance, rock, country, blues, Motown, and everything in between, Blaze the City combines decades of performance, ability and passion to provide the best entertainment possible.

The band delivers musicianship, an array of song choices, professionalism and provides a unique and memorable setting for you and your guests. They are truly a music lover’s band, ensuring a once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience.

The free concert is from 7-9 p.m. at MPCC, 510 Bert St. Parking is available at the center and at the Municipal & Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. The stage faces the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veteran’s memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Concessions will be on sale.

Hillbilly Bad rounds out the 2021 Bert Street Music Series on Sept. 16. 

Many thanks to the sponsors: Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Campbell’s Morrell Music, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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September 07, 2021

MPCC offers rugby clinics

Sept. 7, 2021

MPCC offers rugby clinics

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will conduct two free rugby clinics in October to teach participants the basic skills needed to play rugby.

Clinic participants will learn how to pass and receive, attack on offense and play defense. Each clinic will conclude with a game of touch rugby.

Clinics will be led by Adam Jasenak, current head coach for Johnson City Rugby. He was previously the head coach for Indiana State University and a former forwards coach for Southern Pines Rugby.

Clinics will meet 6-8 p.m. on Fridays. High school students age 15-18 will attend Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 and adults 19 and older will attend Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. Both clinics will meet in the greenspace near the amphitheater behind MPCC.

Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749 up to the day of the first session. Clinics limited to 36 participants each. Cleats and mouth guards are recommended but not required.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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September 07, 2021

MPCC offers Movement Academy Fun Fridays

Sept. 7, 2021

MPCC offers Movement Academy Fun Fridays

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Movement Academy classes from 1-2 p.m. each Friday beginning Sept. 10. Fun Fridays are designed specifically for homeschooled students ages 6-18 to develop social skills while participating in activities such as tennis, bike riding and hiking.

Cost is $3 per student, per class. Please register in person prior to each class.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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September 01, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation accepting name proposals for Carver Splash Pad

Sept. 1, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation accepting name proposals for Carver Splash Pad

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is now accepting proposed names for the splash pad at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.

Proposals must be made in writing and include an explanation of the name’s significance to the property or overall park system. If the proposal includes an individual’s name, a biography must be included.

Proposals should be mailed to Johnson City Parks & Recreation Department, 4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601 or emailed to mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org. Proposals must be received by Oct. 1. They will then be considered by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which will make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners for final approval.

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

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September 01, 2021

Senior Services offers beginning French

Sept. 1, 2021

Senior Services offers beginning French

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to participate in a French language and culture class for beginners.

The free, eight-week series will be held 9:30-11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept.8-Oct. 27.

Please register by Sept. 8, either in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

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August 31, 2021

Senior Services offers health and wellness presentations

Aug. 31, 2021

Senior Services offers health and wellness presentations

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following free programs to individuals 18 and older in September. Please preregister for each program by calling 423-434-6237.

Better Balance Series

Think First to Prevent Falls: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m. Tips for fall prevention, solutions for living safely at home plus, discussion on concussions.

Better Balance Exercises: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10-11 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes and join us to learn exercises you can do at home to improve your balance.

Free Balance Screenings: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10-11:30 a.m. Physical therapists from PT Solutions will provide free balance assessments and advice.

Medications, Balance and Falls: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m. A pharmacist will discuss medication management that could help prevent falls, bone health concerns and tips for sleeping better.

Instant Pot & Air Fryer Cooking: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Find out why people have fallen in love with these countertop appliances. Get delicious, healthy recipes and helpful tips.

Diabetes Prevention: Monday, Sept. 27, 5:30-7 p.m. Learn about this yearlong healthy lifestyle program designed to help you lose weight, lower your blood sugars and reverse the onset of type 2 diabetes. Regular meetings help keep you motivated to improve your eating habits and move more. This introductory session will provide answers to your questions, explain the schedule, benefits, cost and commitment required to participate.

Atrial Fib Facts: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Get the facts about atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate that can increase the risk of strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

Building Resilience for Overcoming Adversity: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1-2 p.m. Beverly Owens, licensed clinical family therapist, will discuss the importance of resilience while facing life’s many challenges. Learning to adapt and grow through adversity involves keeping your cup full by nurturing your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Gain insights on how to better navigate struggles we face.

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August 30, 2021

Bert Street Music Series features Jesse Barry and The Jam

Aug. 30, 2021

Bert Street Music Series features Jesse Barry and The Jam

Jesse Barry and The Jam will bring its high-energy show to Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater Thursday, Sept. 2.  

With creative arrangements and soulful grooves, Jesse Barry and The Jam are able to put their own stamp on old-school blues and popular party songs.

Barry is wildly entertaining onstage alongside tasteful blues/rock guitarist Kelly Jones. Robert Geisler's funky bass lines, fills, and unique solos are the perfect combination with Micah Thomas' creative drum grooves and joyous energy.

Interacting with the audience is of utmost importance to the band, and every show has an electric energy that makes the night a blast for everyone involved. With beautiful three-part harmonies to songs people love to sing along to, Jesse Barry and The Jam will leave attendees dancing and singing all the way home.

Each Bert Street Music Series concert will be held 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at MPCC, 510 Bert St. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veterans memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions will be on site. Free parking is available at the center and the Municipal & Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

The remaining series schedule is as follows:

Sept. 2: Jesse Barry and the Jam

Sept. 9: Blaze the City

Sept. 16: From the EDGE

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

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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August 30, 2021

MPCC offers Glow Volleyball

Aug. 30, 2021

MPCC offers Glow Volleyball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 14-18 to play volleyball with black lights and glow-in-the-dark lighting.

This event will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Please register in person the day of the event or by calling 423-434-5749.

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August 27, 2021

MPCC now hiring gym attendants

Aug. 27, 2021

MPCC now hiring gym attendants

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is hiring two seasonal recreation aides to work as gym attendants. Each attendant will work 20-40 hours per week from noon-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Seasonal employment begins immediately and ends in May 2022. Pay is $9 per hour.

Applicants must be 19 or older. Apply in person at MPCC or call 423-434-5758.

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August 17, 2021

The Billy Crawford Band to perform at Bert Street Music Series

Aug. 17, 2021

The Billy Crawford Band to perform at Bert Street Music Series

Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater will get bluesy Thursday, Aug. 19 when Billy Crawford performs.

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

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

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

Each Bert Street Music Series concert will be held 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at MPCC, 510 Bert St. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veterans memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions will be on site. Free parking is available at the center and the Municipal & Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

The remaining series schedule is as follows:

Aug. 19: The Billy Crawford Band
Aug. 26: My New Favorites
Sept. 2: Jesse Barry and the Jam
Sept. 9: Blaze the City
Sept. 16: Hillbilly Bad

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

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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August 17, 2021

Senior Services offers property fraud advice

Aug. 17, 2021

Senior Services offers property fraud advice

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold a free presentation for those 50 and older on property fraud and scams.

The presentation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug 24.

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

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August 11, 2021

MPCC offers variety of special needs therapeutic recreation programs 

Aug. 11, 2021

MPCC offers variety of special needs therapeutic recreation programs  

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering new programs for individuals with special needs. The following free classes will begin in September: 

  • Life Skills: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursdays, Sept. 2-Dec 16. Topics such as money management, cooking and independent living skills will be covered. 18 and older.
  • Game Nights: 6-7 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 2-Dec. 16. Make new friends while learning and playing various games. Some board and card games will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own. 18 and older.
  • Fitness Fun: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, Sept. 3-Dec. 20.This class uses resistance bands, light weights and other low-impact equipment to assist with strengthening and stretching. Participants should bring a water bottle and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for exercise. 13 and older.
  • Youth Sports and Games:  6-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26. Participants will learn the basics of multiple sports and play group games. Ages 7-18.
  • Adult Sports and Games:  1-2:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 1-Dec. 15. Participants will learn the basics of multiple sports and play group games. 18 and older.
  • Crafty Creations: 10-11 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 7-Dec. 21. Participants will draw, paint, create and learn about different art mediums. 13 and older.

Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided. Preregistration, which begins Aug. 23, is required and can be completed in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. For more information, call 423-461-4851.

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August 10, 2021

MPCC offers Start Smart Soccer

Aug. 10, 2021

MPCC offers Start Smart Soccer

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites parents and their 3-5 year olds to enroll in Start Smart Soccer.

Classes will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 13-Oct. 18. The basic rules and skills of soccer will be taught in a safe and healthy environment. Parents must participate with their children.

Pre-registration online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec or in person at MPCC is required. Registration begins Monday, Aug. 16 and ends Friday, Sept. 10. The cost for the program is $25 resident/$30 non-resident.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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August 10, 2021

Senior Services to host presentation on Medicare basics

Aug. 10, 2021

Senior Services to host presentation on Medicare basics

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to a free presentation about the basics of Medicare.

Leslie Thompson with the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability will lead the program from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20. The session will include a discussion about open enrollment, prescription and supplemental coverage, and more. 

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





 

 

August 09, 2021

Bert Street Music Series kicks off second season at MPCC amphitheater

Aug. 9, 2021

Bert Street Music Series kicks off second season at MPCC amphitheater

Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater will come alive this week with the first in a free six-concert series at the MPCC amphitheater. Featuring a mix of seasoned performers that will catch your ear and give life to your dancing shoes, the Bert Street Music Series will kick off with the popular Beach Nite Band on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 7-9 p.m.

Carolina beach music featuring soul, R&B, disco, blues, boogie, and memorable oldies music will fill the air when this tightly knit, lighthearted bunch takes the stage. This band brings with them their extremely danceable music and a notoriously humor-tinged show for an evening of entertainment.

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.

Each concert will be held 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at MPCC, 510 Bert St. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veterans memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions will be on site.

The series schedule is as follows:
Aug. 12: Beach Nite Band
Aug. 19: David Gerald
Aug. 26: My New Favorites
Sept. 2: Jesse Barry and the Jam
Sept. 9: Blaze the City
Sept. 16: Hillbilly Bad

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

For more information, call 423-283-5827.

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August 05, 2021

MPCC offers Just Breathe Yoga

Aug. 5, 2021

MPCC offers Just Breathe Yoga

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering Just Breathe Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This class places an emphasis on posture, breathing practices and relaxation techniques.

Participants will focus on precise alignment of the spine, breathing, body awareness and mental clarity as they stretch their minds and bodies. This class requires movement to and from the floor without assistance. Participants are asked to bring their own mat, block, strap and blanket.

Classes are $5 per person per class and available to individuals 18 and over. Registration prior to each class is required.

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

 

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August 03, 2021

Registration begins for developmental classes for infants and toddlers at MPCC

Aug. 3, 2021

Registration begins for developmental classes for infants and toddlers at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. will offer free developmental and skill-building classes for infants and toddlers beginning in September.

Tiny Sprouts: Encouraging babies to interact with others isn’t just for fun, it is an important developmental tool. This class provides an opportunity for babies to interact with others to build social skills and confidence.

Ages: 3-11 months

Days/times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 2-Dec. 2, 9-10 a.m.

Registration: Monday, Aug. 2-Thursday, Sept. 2

Parental participation is mandatory.

Super Sprouts: This class provides toddlers with an opportunity to develop coordination, balance and movement skills while having fun. Soft Koosh and Nerf play equipment will be used.

Ages: 1-3 years

Days/times: Fridays, Sept. 3-Dec. 3, 1-2 p.m.

Registration: Monday, Aug. 2-Friday, Sept. 3

Parental participation is encouraged and welcomed.

Pre-registration for both programs is required and can be done in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749.

 

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July 23, 2021

Registration under way for family friendly Tot Triathlon

July 23, 2021

Registration under way for family friendly Tot Triathlon

It’s never too early to offer opportunities for a healthy lifestyle, and this popular event at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is designed for just that.

The Tot Triathlon is Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10-11 a.m. Preschool (ages 3-6) children will begin by running the bases at TVA Credit Union Ballpark then jump on their bicycles (with training wheels), tricycles or Big Wheels and ride a designated distance before ending at a wet but safe finish line.

Cost is $10 per participant during early registration (July 23-Aug. 13) and $15 per participant during late registration (Aug. 14-Aug. 20.) Packet pickup will be Friday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at MPCC. Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC. No registration day of event. 

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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July 22, 2021

MPCC offers physical education classes for preschool, homeschooled children

July 22, 2021

MPCC offers physical education classes for preschool, homeschooled children

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., welcomes preschool (ages 3-5) and homeschooled (ages 6-18) children to learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports and games.

Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 10. Preschool children will attend class from 1-1:45 p.m. and homeschooled children will have class 1-2 p.m.

Preschool classes are $2 per child per class, and homeschooled classes are $3 per child per class. Preregistration is not required. Payment can be made the day of the class.  

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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July 22, 2021

Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course to be closed to the public

July 22, 2021

Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course to be closed to the public

The Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course will be closed to the public July 30-Aug. 7 during the 2021 Professional Disc Golf Association Professional Masters Disc Golf World Championship.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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July 20, 2021

MPCC seeks professional guitar instructor

July 20, 2021

MPCC seeks professional guitar instructor

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., looking for a professional instructor to teach beginning guitar lessons to children and adults.

Class times have not been determined. Afternoon and evening instruction preferred.

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

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July 19, 2021

Southern Rebellion hits Lakeside Concert Series

July 19, 2021

Southern Rebellion hits Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series features the rambunctious and musically stout Southern Rebellion at the Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, July 22.

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

The five-member group emerged in 2012 after playing and having a good time in front of less than a dozen people at small gigs. Since that time, they have continued to expand their fan base and refine their unique sound.

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

The free Lakeside 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, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. Nashville’s Good Rockin’ Tonight will round out this year’s series on Thursday, July 29.

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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July 16, 2021

MPCC seeks certified Zumba instructor

July 16, 2021

MPCC seeks certified Zumba instructor

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is looking for a certified Zumba instructor to lead classes for those 16 and older. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday nights on a weekly basis. Class times to be determined. This is a contractual program.

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

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July 15, 2021

Senior Services offers Delay the Disease for those with Parkinson's

July 15, 2021

Senior Services offers Delay the Disease for those with Parkinson’s

Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold an orientation for the Parkinson’s exercise program Delay the Disease on Tuesday, July 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Orientation is required for new participants to determine initial functional ability. Participants must be able to walk independently or with a cane, get out of a chair, and get up and down from the floor independently or with minimal help. Participants must be a low fall risk (less than two times per month), be able to understand instructions and complete tasks if asked.

This 12-session evidence-based exercise program is designed specifically to empower people with Parkinson’s to take control of the disease and help delay the progression of symptoms. Exercises are aimed at promoting greater mobility, improved balance, flexibility, strength, independence and hope.

Cost is $48 for 12 sessions, $24 for repeat participants. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Aug. 3. Must be 18 or older.

Please register for the orientation by calling 423-434-6237.

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July 06, 2021

Senior Services offers Coffee & Conversation for Grandfamilies

July 6, 2021

Senior Services offers Coffee & Conversation for Grandfamilies

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is providing a free program designed for people raising a grandchild or other family member.

The program, open to ages 18 and older, will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Monday of each month beginning Monday, July 12. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences, receive useful information, learn caregiving and child-rearing tips, and obtain emotional support during Coffee & Conversations for Grandfamilies: Grandparents and Relatives Raising Relative Children.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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

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July 06, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series features CrossRoad Band

July 6, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series features CrossRoad Band

The Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater features Tri-Cities veteran musicians CrossRoad Band on Thursday, July 8.

CrossRoad Band plays a variety of great music, including country, Southern rock and old time rock and roll. All five members have been involved in music for 40-50 years, and each shares duties on vocals. The band has played most venues in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, and members say they look forward to being at Winged Deer Park again this year.

The free Lakeside 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, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

Don’t miss these diverse, entertaining musicians scheduled through July:

  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

 

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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July 01, 2021

Johnson City community centers return to normal programming July 1

July 1, 2021

Johnson City community centers return to normal programming July 1
Senior programming to expand Aug. 1

Memorial Park Community Center, Carver Recreation Center, and Langston Centre will resume normal programming starting Thursday, July 1. Senior programming at MPCC will expand Aug. 1.

The community centers will be open the following days and hours:

Memorial Park Community Center
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, Closed

Carver Recreation Center
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Dependent on programming
Sunday, Closed

Langston Centre
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dependent on programming
Sunday, Closed

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June 22, 2021

Senior Services offers Level 1 French

June 22, 2021

Senior Services offers Level 1 French

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites people 18 and older to participate in an eight-session, beginner level French class with instructor Lise Spaller.

There is no charge for this course. The sessions will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, July 7-Aug 25.

Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237 by Wednesday, July 7.

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June 21, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series hosts Samantha Gray Band

June 22, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series hosts Samantha Gray Band

The Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater features the unabashedly bluesy Samantha Gray Band on Thursday, June 24.

Samantha Gray’s unique voice has been described as soulful, sultry and powerful. She melds her blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll influences into her own brand of blues music and is known for her retro style and high-energy, hip-shaking performances, which capture audiences.

Born and raised in the working-class town of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Gray began her creative journey at a very early age. Making her way to Nashville, then to Bristol, she sang backing vocals for jump blues band, Jive Deluxe and fronted former bands, The Detroit Specials and The Soul Providers with local guitarist, Jimmie D. 

She continues to sing and write blues and classic R&B songs, currently fronting the Samantha Gray Band with Billy Crawford on guitar, Robert McClain on bass and John Grayson on drums. Gray released her first album, “Bad Girl Now,” in 2010 and her second album, “Live From Lee Theatre,” in 2018. 

The free Lakeside 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, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 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, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

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 18, 2021

Senior Services offers informational session about joint replacement surgery

June 18, 2021

Senior Services offers informational session about joint replacement surgery

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will update those 18 and older on the latest information about hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, June 30.

The free session will be led by Johnson City Medical Center’s Orthopedic Services Director Misty Jenkins, RN, MSN, ONC. She will review what patients should expect before and after surgery as well as practical information to assist in recovery.

Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.

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June 14, 2021

Kids Our Age to perform at 2021 Lakeside Concert Series

June 14, 2021

Kids Our Age to perform at 2021 Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series rolls on at the park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, June 17 with local favorite Kids Our Age.

Kids Our Age is a three-man power trio formed in 1989. They have performed in East Tennessee and beyond employing a wide variety of musical styles that has helped them entertain audiences of all ages throughout the years.

The group consists of James Lane (keyboards and vocals), Jim Philyaw (drums and percussion), and David Riggs (vocals and bass guitar). They have a wide musical palette of styles from which to choose, ranging from rock, jazz, country, beach music and on occasion their original tunes.

The free Lakeside 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, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 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, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 17 — Kids Our Age
  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

 

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 10, 2021

Powell Square Park bathrooms closed for repairs

June 10, 2021

Powell Square Park bathrooms closed for repairs

The bathrooms at Powell Square Park, 201 W. Poplar St., will be closed for repairs until further notice. The park remains open to the public.

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

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June 08, 2021

Portion of disc golf course pedestrian path to temporarily close tomorrow

June 8, 2021

Portion of disc golf course pedestrian path to temporarily close tomorrow

The Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course pedestrian path between the lower goal for Hole 8 and tee for Hole 9 will be closed tomorrow (June 9) from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. while a drainage tile is installed.

Visitors can use an alternate route between the upper goal for Hole 8 and tee for Hole 9.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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June 07, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising

June 7, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising

The Lakeside Concert Series continues Thursday, June 10 at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater with Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising. Their song “When You Reach for Me” was a finalist in the 2020 World Songwriting Awards “Best Modern Country Song” category.

The band’s roots are in Mountain City, Tenn., and each member is from different areas of East Tennessee. Band members say music speaks to each of them in different ways, and each unique relationship between them brings a different dynamic creating a fun, harmonic, upbeat sound that the band strives to bring to each show.

The free Lakeside 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, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 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, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 10 — Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising
  • Thursday, June 17 — Kids Our Age
  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

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, 2021

Senior Services hosts two in-person Hump Day gatherings

June 3, 2021

Senior Services hosts two in-person Hump Day gatherings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to come together in person to enjoy laughter, trivia, brain games, inspiration and uplifting fun.

Each Wednesday during the past year, Senior Services has been sending out Hump Day emails filled with information and activity suggestions intended to lift the spirits of recipients. Now recipients are invited to come together in a small group to help lift their moods, work their brains and give support to one another.

Participants are invited to attend from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on either Wednesday, June 9 or Wednesday, June 23.

Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

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June 01, 2021

Senior Services offers Eat Smart & Move More series

June 1, 2021

Senior Services offers Eat Smart & Move More series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a series of classes aimed at motivating those 18 and older to eat healthy and be more active.

The free classes will be held from 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays, June 7 through Aug. 2, although no class will be held on July 5.

Classes will include delicious recipes, healthy cooking tips, money- and time-saving ideas, meal planning suggestions, and a focus on getting more fit. Attendees will receive a free cooking tool each week, plus ideas to make the most of fresh farmers market produce.

Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

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May 27, 2021

Carver Recreation Center splash pad dedicated, opening set for Friday

May 27, 2021

Carver Recreation Center splash pad dedicated, opening set for Friday

A state-of-the-art splash pad came to life Thursday at Carver Recreation Center to the delight of area children who romped through the 24 standing and ground features following a formal dedication.

Carver’s new attraction will officially open to the public at 10 a.m. Friday (May 28). The splash pad will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week through Labor Day. The 3,800-square-foot splash pad is located at 322 W. Watauga Ave. on Carver’s east side in a green space between the pavilion and West Market Street. 

“One of the very first conversations that I had with Carver Supervisor Herb Greenlee when I became director was the need for a new playground and a splash pad,” said Johnson City Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis. “He had been talking about these for years.”

The playground became a reality in 2018 when the City of Johnson City was awarded a $200,000 grant through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Local Parks and Recreation Fund. The City of Johnson City matched that amount to help fund the $400,000 splash pad, which was built by Murfreesboro’s Great Southern Recreation.

Carver Recreation Center is home to the City’s first recirculating splash pad system. The system conserves water by collecting it from the features and chemically treating it in a 2,000-gallon reservoir to ensure it is sanitized before pumping it back to the features. The recirculating system also increases water pressure, which allows it to power larger features like the bucket dump.      

Aquatics professionals from the Parks and Recreation team will ensure the chemical and pump systems are maintained according to state regulations. City staff are constructing an outdoor restroom facility to serve the splash pad, playground and outdoor pavilions.

Throughout Carver Recreation Center’s 62-plus years, it has offered an increasing number of youth programs, including robust sports and afterschool programs. The location is also home to several intergenerational and/or multicultural events each year and continues to focus its efforts on bringing the community together for fun, fellowship and service.

For more information on Carver Recreation Center, call 423-461-8830 or visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/carver.

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May 26, 2021

Learn about local natural habitats at Naturally Yours: Spring Into Summer

May 26, 2021

Learn about local natural habitats at Naturally Yours: Spring Into Summer

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Naturally Yours: Spring Into Summer, a program that will provide informative tidbits on Northeast Tennessee’s outdoor habitats, on Tuesday, June 1 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Parks and Recreation nature program coordinator Connie Deegan, who was recently named Conservation Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, will lead the free presentation. 

The session is open to all ages.

Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.    

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May 13, 2021

WyldeHeart kicks off Lakeside Concert Series

May 13, 2021

WyldeHeart kicks off Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series begins its 14th year of showcasing local, diverse musical talent at the park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, June 3, with WyldeHeart.    

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, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

WyldeHeart formed in 2014 and is one of the region’s top party bands. Members Marques Puckett, DC Wolf, Ric Burns, Mike Eldrith and Richie Gray bring a high energy and fun show, which includes rock, pop, ‘80s and ‘90s, funk, country and rap.

They have headlined the Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR Fan Zone, Clinch River Days Festival, Carolina Pushrod and the Roan Mountain Independence Day Festival. The band released their debut CD “WyldeHeart” in 2018 and you will hear several of originals during their fan-friendly and entertaining performance.

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 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, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 3 – WyldeHeart
  • Thursday, June 10 — Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising
  • Thursday, June 17 — Kids Our Age
  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

 

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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April 12, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation announces 2021 summer camps

April 12, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation announces 2021 summer camps
Pre-registration required, opens April 19

With 23 different camps designed to keep kids active, engaged and connected to their friends and community, children ages 6-12 won’t be bored this summer. A complete list of summer camps being offered by Johnson City Parks and Recreation can be found on the City website or the Parks and Rec Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

The following summer camps will have limited capacity due to social distancing requirements:

Jump-Start JC Camp and Carver Recreation Camp – 60
Biking Camps – 12
Sports/Specialty Camps – 25
Nature Camps – 28
Langston Centre Camps – 18

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will open camp registration Monday, April 19 at 8 a.m. Participants may register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.; Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.; or Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.

Each registrant must complete a registration form, and all fees must be paid in full before acceptance into camp. Refunds will not be issued after camp begins, except for doctor-approved medical reasons. 

For more information, please call 423-283-5820 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

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April 07, 2021

JC Parks offers 2021 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, tutorial classes

April 7, 2021

JC Parks offers 2021 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, tutorial classes

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

The City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts. From April 30-May 3 participants will take photos of plants and wildlife, noting their location, and upload the photos to the iNaturalist app or website at citynaturechallenge.org. From May 4-9 participants will identify the plants and wildlife in their photos using the website and phone app.   

Free 30-minute tutorial classes will be offered on how to use the iNaturalist app and how to upload photos. Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist app to their device before class.

Tutorial dates, times and locations: 

Friday, April 9 – 2 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road
Saturday, April 10 – 4 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road
Thursday, April 15 – 10 a.m., Pollinator Garden in front of Johnson City Public Library
Friday, April 16 – 10 a.m., Buffalo Mountain, Harris Pavilion
Friday, April 16 – 2 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road
Saturday, April 17 – 4 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road

For more information and to sign up, call 423-434-5757.

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April 06, 2021

Langston Centre to host City of Hope exhibit

April 6, 2021

Langston Centre to host City of Hope exhibit

The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., will host the City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign Poster Exhibition from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays Monday, April 12, through Friday, May 28.

The exhibition is free.

Following President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “war on poverty” in 1964, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – led by Drs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy – declared poverty a national human rights issue. The organization planned the Poor People’s Campaign, which drew thousands of people to Washington D.C. who demanded social reforms for 43 days between May and June 1968.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service organized the poster exhibition to honor Dr. King’s daring vision for economic justice and opportunity for every U.S. citizen.

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

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March 29, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to reopen community centers April 12

March 29, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to reopen community centers April 12
Pre-registration required, opens April 5

City staff will begin a multi-phased approach to reopening Memorial Park Community Center, Carver Recreation Center, and Langston Centre starting Monday, April 12. The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to safely allow activities to resume while mitigating the risk of new COVID-19 cases.

Phase 1 of the plan limits the number of participants in each activity, requires pre-registration for all activities, and includes a mandatory screening process, including temperature check and verbal health questionnaire. Pre-registration begins Monday, April 5, and is required for all activities in the centers. Some amenities at the community centers may not be available.

Current programs and available amenities for each center can be found at http://bit.ly/JCPR_ReopenPlan. All patrons are encouraged to review the plan for current rules and restrictions.

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March 29, 2021

Parks and Recreation announces summer softball leagues; tennis, pickleball camps

March 29, 2021

 Parks and Recreation announces summer softball leagues; tennis, pickleball camps

Johnson City Parks and Recreation has announced registration dates for softball leagues (high school fast-pitch, adult fast-pitch, and adult slow-pitch) as well as camps for tennis and pickleball.

Summer High School and Adult Fast-Pitch Softball League

  • Registration: April 1-June 7
  • Cost: $250/team (10-game season plus end-of-season tournament)
  • Days: Monday-Thursday
  • Times: Evenings (TBD)
  • Location: Metro-Kiwanis Park
  • Play begins June 21
  • Ages: High school and adults

Adult Slow-Pitch League

  • Registration: Through April 10
  • Cost/entry fee: Men’s $400 (14-game season); Co-ed $300 (10-game season)
  • Location: Winged Deer Park
  • Play begins week of April 19

Summer Tennis Camp

  • Registration: Begins May 1
  • Camp: June 1-July 8
  • Cost: $50/person ($5 non-resident fee)
  • Days: Monday-Thursday each week
  • Times: 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Location: Liberty Bell Tennis Courts
  • Ages: 4+

Summer Pickleball Camp

  • Registration: Begins May 1 (Registrations limited)
  • Camp: June 1-July 8
  • Cost: $50/person ($5 non-resident fee)
  • Days: Monday-Thursday each week
  • Times: 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Location: Memorial Park Community Center, four outdoor courts only
  • Ages: 4+

Register online at www.myjcparks.org. For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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March 19, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair March 25

March 19, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair March 25

Parks and Recreation is holding a job fair from 4-6 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Thursday, March 25 in an effort to fill 20 temporary seasonal general grounds maintenance positions. Duties including mowing, weed-eating, mulching and ballfield preparation. Pay is $9 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old and should bring photocopies of a driver’s license and social security card. The job fair will be held in the MPCC gym which can be accessed using the recreation entrance to the building. Masks are required and screening measures will be in place.

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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March 19, 2021

Parks and Recreation to offer four bluebell wildflower hikes

March 19, 2021

Parks and Recreation to offer four bluebell wildflower hikes

Winged Deer Park contains the largest collection of naturalized bluebell flowers in Northeast Tennessee, and they only bloom for a very short time. The bluebells will be the centerpiece of four, slow-paced strolls around the park’s “back forty,” where participants will also enjoy other park features.

Choose from these dates and times:

Friday, April 2, 6-7:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 10-11:15 a.m. or 1-2:15 p.m.
Monday, April 5, 10-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, April 6, 10-11:15 a.m.

The hikes are free, and no registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. Meet at the Winged Deer Park disc golf parking lot (off Carroll Creek Road).

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

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