Parks and Recreation News

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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