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Johnson City Parks and Recreation provides a variety of recreation programs, activities and special events throughout the year.
Some programs require pre-registration. Online registration is not available for some programs. Watch for new program offerings throughout the year.  For more information about our offerings or new program ideas call 423-283-5820 or Email us at jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

 AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS  PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
 AQUATICS  SPORTS AND RECREATION
 ARTS, MUSIC AND DANCE  SPECIAL EVENTS
 CAMPS  SPECIAL NEEDS
 FITNESS AND EXCERCISE  TEENS
 LANGSTON CENTRE PROGRAMS  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 NATURE  

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

After-school (Ages 6-18)
The after-school programs follow the school year calendar. The program provides expanded learning opportunities that support developmentally appropriate cognitive, social, physical and emotional outcomes. The program provides a balance of academic support, arts and cultural enrichment, unstructured play, volunteer work and community service, recreation and nutrition counseling. Transportation is provided from selected schools and includes a healthy snack.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Dates: During school year
Time: 3-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $50/per person per school year (a transportation form must be completed prior to enrollment)
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-461-8830

STEAM After-school Program (Grades: 3-8)
Location: Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., Johnson City
Dates: Monday – Friday
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Utilizing a grant awarded to the city of Johnson City from the TN. Department of education, the program incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education. Professional tutors will engage students with stimulating educational experiences. Help with homework will be provided daily, and students will have access to our state-of-the art computer lab. Healthy snacks will be provided.
For more info call: 423-434-5785

AQUATICS

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (Ages: 15+)
Class runs two weekends in a row. This course is for those interested in becoming a certified lifeguard. Upon completion of the course, the participant will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials.
A pre-test will be held on Saturdays at Memorial Park Community, 510 Bert St. or Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road from 11 a.m. – noon. Pre-tests consist of a nonstop 300 meter swim, a 20 meter brick dive in deep water with no goggles. The pre-test must be completed before enrolling in class.

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates: Class 1: Feb. 21, 22, 23, 29 and March 1
Class 2: March 13, 14, 15, 21, 22
Class 3: April 17, 18, 19, 25, 26
Class 4: May 8, 9, 10, 16, 17
Time: Friday (first week only): 6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $200/person
For more info call: 423-461-4872

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification (Ages: 16+)
Class is held the second weekend of the full lifeguarding class. This course is for those who need their American Red Cross Certification updated. If you have not taken the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course before, you will need to enroll in the full program. Upon completion of the course, the participant will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials.

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates: Class 1: February 29 and March 1
Class 2: March 21, 22
Class 3: April 25, 26
Class 4: May 16, 17
Time: Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $100/person
For more info call: 423-461-4872

Arthritis (50+)
This activity can help manage symptoms of arthritis using floatation belts. The pool is equipped with handicap lift. This is an activity that can help manage the symptoms of arthritis.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Therapy Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 11-11:40 a.m.
Cost: $4/class or $50/month
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Aqua Mix (Open to all ages)
Looking for a challenging workout? Get in over your head with us for some intense water aerobics. This class uses floatation belts to keep you afloat while exercising in the deep water. The focus is on toning, cardiovascular, endurance and core work. No swimming skills needed.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Lap Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Cost: $4/class or $50/month
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Cardio Waves (Open to all ages)
High-intensity water aerobics program geared toward individuals who are looking to push their limits. All equipment is provided.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: $4/class or $50/month
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Evening Water Aerobics (Open to all ages)
Get in shape, enjoy a shallow-water class which combines cardiovascular work, muscle toning, balance and core work in a fun environment. No swimming skills are needed and all equipment is provided. A doctor’s clearance is required before participating in the class.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, Lap Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 6 – 7 p.m.
Cost: $4/class or $50/month
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Glow Stick Swim (Open to all ages)
Join us with the lights down low, the music up loud and ring in the new year with a pool filled with glow sticks.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Lap Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Jan. 10, Feb. 21 and March 13
Time: 7-8:45 p.m.
Cost: $2/12 and under, $3/13+
For more info call: 4234345755

Holiday Blast (Open to all ages)
Put a calorie smack down on the holiday season with this metabolism boosting shallow water workout.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, Teaching Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 10-10:45 a.m.
Cost: $4/class or $50/month
For more info call: 423434-5755

Homeschool Swim (Open to all ages)
Location: Memorial Park Community Center Teaching Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $3/13+ $2/12 and under
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Kayak Roll (Ages: 5+)
Need a place to practice with your Kayak? Come join us in the pool to perfect your skills. Kayaks are not provided. NOTE: This is not an open swim you must be in a Kayak the majority of the time. Requirements: must be able to swim 25 meters freestyle without stopping to participate.

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 7:35-8:45 p.m.
Cost: $2/class
For more info call: 423-461-4872

Lap Swim (Open to all ages)
Location: Memorial Park Community Center Lap Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates/Times: Monday through Friday 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday 7-8:45 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $2/visit or $30/month
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Noon – 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:35-8:45 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
Cost: $2/visit or $30/month
For more info call: 423-461-4872

Masters Swimming (Ages 18+)
Join this group of adult swimming enthusiasts for organized workouts supervised by a professional coach. Participants range in ability from novice to former high school and college athletes. This motivational group will get you into shape, help train you for triathlons and improve your techniques.

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 6-7 a.m.
Cost: $50/month
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-833-5595
Instructor: Chris Coraggio

Mommy and Me (Ages 4 and up)
Bring in your little one when the pool is less crowded for some quality swim time. The shallow end of the pool has been set aside just for you. Swim diapers are required for children who are not potty trained.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Teaching Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Monday-Friday
Time: noon-1 p.m.
Cost: $1/visit
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Morning Water Aerobics (Open to all ages)
Get in shape; enjoy a shallow-water class which combines cardiovascular, muscle toning, balance and core work in a fun environment. No swimming skills are needed and all equipment is provided. A doctor’s clearance is required before participating in the class.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: $4/class or $50/month
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Open Swim (Open to all ages)
Location: Memorial Park Community Center Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates/Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 4-5:45 p.m., Friday: 7-8:45 p.m., Saturday: 1-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $2/12 and under $3/13+ Free 3/under
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates/Times: Fri., 7-8:45 p.m. Sat., 1-4:45 p.m.
Cost: $2/12 and under $3/13+ Free 3/under
For more info call: 423-461-4872

Pool Parties
Note: Saturday party room rentals are held during open swim time. The party room can be rented for one hour so guests can eat and open their gifts. Sunday parties are private parties that run in two-hour time slots. The time includes two hours with two lifeguards and up to 50 guests, which includes swimmers and non-swimmers. Additional fees are required for more guests. Guests will be asked to exit the water 15 minutes prior to the end of their party and exit the building by the end of their party time slot.

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates/Times: Sat., 1-2 p.m., 2:10-3:10 p.m., 3:20-4:20 p.m.
Cost: Party room $25. Swimmers and non-swimmers $1/person per party guest
Dates/Times: Sun., 1-3 p.m. or 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $90/2 hours (2/hr. minimum includes lifeguard)
50-100 swimmers, add 1 guard $35/2 hrs.
101-150 swimmers, add 2 guards $70/2 hrs.
151-200 swimmers, add 3 guards $105/2 hrs.
To reserve and for more info call: 423-461-4872

Power Walking (Open to all ages)
This shallow-water locomotion class is perfect for those who need a workout but require a low-impact program. A doctor’s clearance is advised before participating.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Lap Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 10-10:45 a.m.
Cost: $4/class or $50/month
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Scout Water Badges
A time slot has been set aside for Boy and Girl Scout troops to work on their water skills needed to obtain badges. If you would like our team members to assist with instruction, please bring your skill requirements prior to your scheduled date. Patrons must exit the pool 15 minutes after the close of open swim.

Location: Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, Johnson City
Dates: Thursdays
Times: 7:35-8:45 p.m.
Cost: $10/groups of 10
To reserve and for more info call: 423-461-4872

Splash (Ages: 50+)
Splash is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Therapy Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free for SilverSneakers®, RenewActive™ members, $3/non members
For more info call: 423-434-5755

Swim Lessons (Ages 4-13)
Beginner: This level is for beginners who have had little or no experience in the water outside of the bathtub. Swimmers will work to gain confidence and competence in the pool environment, including submersion and breath control. To move into the intermediate level, the swimmer should be able to demonstrate going under water for five or more seconds, floating on front and back, doggie paddling and entering and exiting the water safely with little or no assistance.
Intermediate: This level will allow beginners to complete all skills in the water with no assistance. Swimmers will start developing freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Before moving to the advanced level, swimmers must demonstrate floating on front and back and then regaining to their feet, streamline gliding on front and back with leg action, freestyle arm action with support, backstroke arm action with support, rolling to front and back, sculling and water safety knowledge.
Advanced: This session will develop competency in freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Swimmers will also begin learning butterfly and flip turns. Then the skills are completely learned at this level, the swimmer should be ready to join a swim team.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Teaching Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates/Time: Dates and times will vary
Cost: $40/session per child for all levels (consists of 30 minute sessions)
To register and for more info call: 423-434-5755

ARTS, MUSIC, DANCE

Budding Artist (What’s Up Wednesdays) (Ages: 6-11)
A new year, a new YOU! Get your start in making art and succeed at it.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Wednesdays, January 14 – April 29
Time: 4 -5 p.m.
Cost: $2/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Crayon Club (What’s Up Wednesdays) (Ages: 2-4)
To infinity and crayon! Discover creative and unique things to do with crayons each week.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Thursdays, January 9 – April 30
Time: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Cost: $1/person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Dancer’s Dreams (Ages: 3-adults)
Family and multi-class discounts! Moms can add a dance fitness class for only $10.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays
Times/Cost:
Tennessee Tumble Fairy Dancers, Ages 3-5 – 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Dazzle Divas/Tennessee Tumblers, Ages 6-10 – 5:15-5:45 p.m.
Angel Steps – Praise Dance, 6+ – 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Classy, Sassy, Hip Hop, Ages: 8+ - 6:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Gypsy Heart Bollywood, Ages: 8+ - 7:15-7:45 p.m.
To register: Call or text 540-392-9138 Email: WEDNC4U@aol.com
Instructor: Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy

Elementary Art (Ages: 4-12)
Discover, design and use countless mediums to make your imagination a reality. Children should be able to work independently.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Fridays, January 10 – April 24
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $2/person
To Register: Register in person at MPCC or online at www.myjcparks.org
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Group Guitar Lessons (Ages 8-16+)
Students will learn the basic fundamentals of music theory, guitar tablature reading, basic chords and technique. You must bring your own guitar.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: February 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: Ages: 8-15: 4-4:30 p.m., Ages 1+: 4:30-5 p.m.
Cost: $5/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Homeschool Art (Ages: 4-12)
Homeschoolers will have the opportunity to create and express feelings and experiences through painting and drawing.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Friday, January 10 – April 24
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $2/person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Paper Talks (Two Dollar Days) (Ages: 5-11)
Creativity and self-expression matters, not the products used. There is a great deal of talk about blank page syndrome. Learn how to get started.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesdays, January 7 – April 28
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $2/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Preschool Art (What’s Up Wednesdays) (Ages 3-5)
This class will explore painting, drawing, fun arts and craft activities and other mediums. Dress your child in appropriate paint clothing. Parental assistance is not required.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Wednesdays, January 8 – April 29
Time: 1-1:45 p.m.
Cost: $2/class
To register: Register in person at MPCC
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Playdough Club (Throwback Thursdays) (Ages: 18 months – 2)
Squeeze, crush, pat and make fun playdough designs each week.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Thursdays, January 9 – April 30
Time: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $1/person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Show and Make Arts and Crafts (Dollar Mondays) (Ages: 5-11)
Random materials and supplies will be made available for children to shop around and create their very own unique pieces of art.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays, January 6 – April 27
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $1/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Tiny Artist Hands (What’s Up Wednesdays) (Ages: 18 months - 2)
Tiny hands create big art! Learn the basics of paint, tools and paper.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Wednesdays, January 8 – April 29
Cost: $2/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

CAMPS

Spring Break Adventure Camp (Ages: 6-12)
Great activities throughout the week makes this camp a great choice from your break from school.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Dates: March 16-20
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $25/person (If your child is registered in the Carver after-school program they are admitted free)
For more info call: 423461-8830

Spring Break Camp – Johnson City Schools (Ages: 6-12)
Campers will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, movies, games and swimming. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch and swim clothes daily.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Preregistration: February 24 – March 13
Date: March 16-20
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $50/child (early drop off (7:30 a.m. ) and late pick up (5:15 p.m.) is available for an additional $10)
Registration: In person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Spring Break Camp – Washington County Schools (Ages: 6-12)
Campers will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, movies, games and swimming. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch and swim clothes daily.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Preregistration: March 2 - 27
Date: March 30 – April 3
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $50/child (early drop off (7:30 a.m. ) and late pick up (5:15 p.m.) is available for an additional $10)
Registration: In person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org
For more info call: 423-434-5749

FITNESS AND EXCERCISE

Aikido (Open to all ages)
The class introduces and furthers your training in this modern Japanese martial art, including its physical and philosophical aspects of conflict resolution. Participants will learn techniques involving empty wooden sword (boken) and short staff (jo). Weapons help to understand movement and spacing (ma ai). Requirements include the ability to get up off the floor unassisted and show respect for the instructor and others in the class. Participants should wear long sleeves and long pants to class.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Barre and Bell (Ages: 16+)
This class will fuse the popular Kettlebell AMPD and Barre classes together. It will be a combination of the best of Pilates, yoga, aerobics and strength all in one class. The total body workout will focus on specific areas such as arms, legs, core and cardio. You will find your body being sculpted and results that get you into amazing shape.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Thursdays
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $6/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

REFIT® (Open to all ages)
This is a brand new concept for fun, fitness and fellowship. This class is for the entire family and can be modified to fit everyone. It is all about community and encouraging each other and growing from empowerment. REFIT® believes that fitness should change more than your body, which is why we’ve created a powerful, positive workout that changes you from the inside out.

Date: Mondays and Fridays
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Resolution Boot Camp (Ages: 16+)
This circuit-style-class incorporates strength, cardio and core. Work at your own speed and track your progress. Weigh-ins and measurements optional.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Dates: Mondays and Thursdays
Times: Mondays: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $3/class or $40/8-week course
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Sculpt and Stretch Yoga (Ages: 18+)
Join us for a breath of fresh air as we explore the world of yoga postures, breathing practices and relaxation techniques. Focus is on precise alignment of postures, emphasizing body awareness and mental clarity.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 11 - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $5/class or $35/month
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Sit To Be Fit (Senior Adults)
ETSU medical students will provide games, Bingo, puzzles, outdoor activities and computer classes. A light lunch will be served.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: Fridays
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

WERQ (Ages 16+)
This is a wildly addictive cardio dance workout based on the hottest pop and hip hop music. It is a format for everybody and every body! Classes are a judgement free zone where you can do you and be you. No dance experience needed. There are few moves and easy to follow steps.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates/time: Tuesdays – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays – 11 a.m. - noon
Cost: $5/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Weight Room (Ages: 13+)
The room is designed for fitness and health and includes a universal weight station, free weights, bench press and squat bar.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: Year-round Monday through Sunday
Time: Mon.-Fri. – 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 7 p.m. Sat. – noon-6 p.m. Sun. – 1-6 p.m.
Cost: Women and ages 18/under - $5/month Ages 19+ - $7/month
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Zumba (Ages: 16+)
We take the “work” out of workout by mixing low – and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness, cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5/class
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-434-5749
Instructor: Ashley Whitson, licensed Zumba instructor

LANGSTON CENTRE PROGRAMS

Brief Survey of African American History, 1619-Present (Open to all ages)
This course will examine the role and contributions of African Americans in American history.

Location: Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., Johnson City
Dates: Wednesdays, January 29 - February 12
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/session
For more info call: 423-434-5785
Instructor: Dr. Daryl Carter, Associate Professor of History, ETSU

History of the Civil Rights Movement (Open to all ages)
This course will survey the evolution of the modern Civil Rights Movement – from bus boycott to a new interpretation of the American Constitution.

Location: Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., Johnson City
Dates: Wednesday, February 19 – March 4
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/session
For more info call: 423-434-5785
Instructor: Dr. Daryl Carter, Associate Professor of History, ETSU

Music of the Black Experience (Open to all ages)
Music is at the heart of American culture. This class analyzes the influence of blacks on American music.

Location: Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays, March 25 – April 8
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/session
For more info call: 423-434-5785
Instructor: Dr. Daryl Carter, Associate Professor of History, ETSU

The Obama Years in America (Open to all ages)
America made history with the election of the first African American President. Many thought that the election ushered in a “post racial” climate. This class will examine that premise as well as survey the Obama administration’s handling of race-related issues.

Location: Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays, April 22 – May 6
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/session
For more info call: 423-434-5785
Instructor: Dr. Daryl Carter, Associate Professor of History, ETSU

The Art of Design and Building (Open to all ages)
This class introduces students to drawing and engages them in various artistic activities such as picture transfers, diorama, decoupage, jewelry making, calligraphy and lettering.

Location: Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 7-30
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $10/session
For more info call: 423-434-5785
Instructor: Deborah Grey

“Seekers” Book Club (Open to all ages)
The book club will read and discuss classic reading in African American literature. Authors include: Booker T. Washington, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison.

Location: Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., Johnson City
Dates: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Instructor: Faye Hart-Rutledge

NATURE

First Day Hike (Open to all ages)
Welcome in the new year by spending time in the best place possible: the outdoors! We will keep the pace slow on this one mile hike with stops and explanations of historic Keefauver Farm’s winter environment. There is a lot more going on out there than you might think.

Location: Keefauver Farm, 632 Hales Chapel Road, Gray
Date: January 1
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-283-5821

Seed Swap and Share (Open to all ages)
Please join us for a native seed swapping. It is OK if you have no seeds to swap-we have plenty! Enjoy the exhibits, many emphasizing pollinator needs and Citizen Science opportunities, a guest speaker and children’s activities. Speaker: Chris Smith, author, Communications Manager of Sow True Seed and Executive Director of the Utopian Seed Project and many local community and nature concerns.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: February 1
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-283-5821 or 423-434-5757
Instructor: Connie Deegan

Snakes of Northeast Tennessee (Open to all ages)
You either like them or you don’t, but regardless of what side of the fence you’re on, you’d like to know more. Enjoy a local herpetologist’s story that specializes in native species. A snake or two will be available for a closer look should you desire.

Location: Robert Young Cabin – Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: February 24
Time: 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-283-5821

Bluebell Wildflower Hike (Open to all ages)
Winged Deer Park has the largest collection of naturalized Bluebell flowers in Northeast Tennessee and they only bloom for a short window of time. We will take a slow paced stroll along the ‘back forty’ letting the Bluebells provide our centerpiece as we take advantage of many other thinks the park has to offer.

Location: Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Hwy., Johnson City
Dates/Times: March 29: 1-2:15 p.m., March 30: 10:30-11:45 a.m., April 2: 10:30-11:45 a.m., April 3: 6-7:15 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-283-5821

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Preschool PE (Ages: 3-5)
Learn the basics and fundamentals of sports including: basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf, recreational sports, playground games and many more. The class encourages team building, sportsmanship and fair play.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday begins January 15
Time: 1-1:45 p.m.
Cost: $2/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Start Smart Soccer (Ages: 3-5)
This 6-week program will teach basic rules and sills of the game and will ensure a healthy and safe environment for the kids to play and learn.
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Tot Time Gym Time (Ages: 12 months – 3 years)
Special tot toys provided for climbing and crawling, running and playing. Parents are required to accompany their child.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday – January 14 – February 20
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Trikes and Bikes (Dollar Day Mondays) (Ages: 2-3)
A tricycle may have one less wheel, but toddlers love their three-wheeled rides. Tricycles are fun, they keep them moving and help with balance and coordination. Participants are asked to bring their own trikes.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays, January 6 – April 27
Time: 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Cost: $1/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Toys and Stories (18 months – 2 ½ )
Toddlers love listening to stories. It’s an incredible way to bond with them. Discover unique toys that are inspiring, engaging and educational.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays, January 6 – April 27
Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $1/class
For more info call: 4213-434-5749

Dress Up Drama (Ages: 3-4)
Children love to play make believe with role play and dressing up. We have many selections of costumes and clothes to dress up and tell make believe stories.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays, January 6 - April 27
Time: 1 – 4:45 p.m.
Cost: $1/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

The Right Bite (Ages: 1-2)
Toss out the junk food and start making snack time fun! Learn about kid-friendly ingredients that can turn into healthy homemade snacks.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesdays, January 7 – April 28
Time: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $2/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Daddy and Me (Ages: 2-3)
Mommy needs a break! Dads come socialize with others and enjoy activities with your child. Activities include art, games and swimming.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesdays, January 7 – April 28
Time: 4 – 5 p.m.
Cost: $2/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Back in the Day (Throwback Thursdays) (Ages: Adults)
Share your ‘back in the day’ stories and memories. Topics will be assigned.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Thursdays, January 9 – April 30
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Boredom Busters (Ages: 13-18)
Join us for a visit to Langston Centre for our first outing. More outings will follow with transportation provided from Memorial Park Community Center.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: January 13, 27, February 10, 24, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Time: 4-:5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Chess Club (All ages)
Chess is a strategic board game where two players square off on a square board made of 64 smaller squares, eight squares on each side. Each player starts with sixteen pieces: eight pawns, two knights, two bishops, two rooks, one queen and one king.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: Thursdays
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call 423-461-8830
Chess Club for Kids (Ages: 6-15)
Chess is a strategic board game where two players square off on a square board made of 64 smaller squares, eight squares on each side. Each player starts with sixteen pieces: eight pawns, two knights, two bishops, two rooks, one queen and one king.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call 423-461-8830

Fun with Fashion (Ages: Teens – Adults)
The 80s was a decade of bold style, colors, silhouettes, permed hair and shoulder pads. Each Thursday a throwback fashion will be assigned to dress up. We will share memories and fun.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Thursdays, January 9 – April 30
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $1/person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

GO. All. OUT. and Move! (Ages: 8-14)
The new active program will include running, agilities, strength and games. There will be an obstacle course finish competition the last date of program. This is a fun way to meet new friends, get in shape and have fun while doing it.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $10 (price include T-Shirt)
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Homeschool Hikes (Fab Fridays) (Open to homeschool families)
There is a new way of hiking that gives less walking time and more exploring time. Kids have questions that lead to different learning, hiking and exploring experiences. Hikes will take place in the Johnson City Parks system.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Fridays, March 6 – April 24 weather permitting
Time: 9:30 a.m.
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Homeschool PE (Ages: 6+)
Learn the basics and fundamentals of sports including: basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf, recreational sports and playground games.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 5100 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday begins January 14
Times: 1- 2 p.m.
Cost: $3/class
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Intro to Mountain Biking (Ages: 8-12)
We are teaming up with ETSU and local mountain bike professionals to offer a one-of-a-kind program that teaches young bikers proper biking techniques, safety and basic bike care. This four-week program has very limited space available so sign up at 423434-5749. Bikes and helmets will be provided if needed for no additional charge.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $30/person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Karate (Ages: 4-10+)
Learn Karate skills! Classes are geared toward beginners and new athletes.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Mondays
Times: Ages 4-6: 6:15-7 p.m., Ages: 7—9: 7-7:45 p.m., Ages: 10+: 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $9/class plus one-time registration fee of $11.
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Open Gym (Open to all ages, 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Court 1 will be open for shoot around – Court 2 for pick-up games.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Monday – Friday (closed 1st and 3rd Friday other days subject to change)
Times: Mon.-Fri.: 3-5 p.m. Saturdays: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Spring Free Throw Shoot Out (Open to all ages)
Join us for a 3-point competition to see who can score the most points in one minute. The winner receives an Evolution basketball.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: February 19
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Start Smart Soccer (Ages: 3-5)
This 6-week program will teach basic rules and skills of the game and will ensure a healthy and safe environment for the kids to play and learn.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Preregistration: January 6 – February 5
Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/city resident $30/non-city
Register: Online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Start Smart Baseball (Ages: 3-5)
This 6-week program will teach basic rules and skills of the game and will ensure a healthy and safe environment for the kids to play and learn.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Preregistration: March 16 – April 16
Dates: April 16, 23, 30, May 7
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Cost: $25/city resident $30/non-city
Register: Online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Tennis (Open to all ages – 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Courts are on a first come first serve basis.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Dates/Times: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weather permitting
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Wildcard Wednesday (Open to all ages)
Open gym participants will be introduced to a new activity to win prizes.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: January, 29, February 19, March 11, April 1, 22
Time: 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

SPECIAL NEEDS

Adaptive Book Club (Open to all ages)
Join us as we revisit books we love and want to read.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Wednesdays beginning January 15
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Adaptive Recreation (Open to all ages)
Class is filled with recreation games and activities to allow individuals with physical and developmental disabilities to participate in sports recreation. This is a beginner class that teaches the basic rules of each game.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

SPECIAL EVENTS

Black History Program and Taste of the Community (Open to all ages)
Black history program is free, taste tickets are $5/person.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: February 27
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Dodgeball Tournament (Ages: 17+)
Get your team together and join in on the fun. Teams can consist of up to eight people and there must be a least one female per team.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: March 28
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $10/person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Doggie Treat Hunt (Open to all ages)
Bring along your four-legged children for this unique doggie treat hunt. All animals must be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination is required before participating. The Easter bunny will be on hand for photos with your pet.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: April 8
Time: Small dogs (under 30 lbs.): 5:15 p.m. Large dogs (over 30 lbs.): 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Easter Egg Coloring (Open to all ages)
Help us get ready for the big egg hunt by coloring all the eggs.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: April 7 and 8
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Easter Egg Hunt (Ages: 3-12)
The hunt is on … age groups 3-5, 6-9, 10-12 will search for hidden eggs. Prizes will be awarded in each age bracket for the ones who find the most eggs. A cookout will follow with all the trimmings.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: April 9
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Family Fun Night (Open to all ages)
Enjoy a family friendly game night full of creative and unique games and we’ll throw in a few old favorites from the past. Light refreshments will be sold.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: March 16 and April 20
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
To Register: No registration necessary
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Fitness Expo (Open to all ages)
Join us for light refreshments and an introduction to what we offer in fitness classes. Offerings include pool aerobics, fitness equipment and a variety of classes for all skill levels. Enjoy facility tours and a showcase of some of the class offering such as Refit, Zumba, yoga and WERQ.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: January 23
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: September 17
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Glow Stick Swim (Open to all ages)
Join us with the lights down low – the music loud and a pool filled with glow sticks.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: January 10, February 21, March 13
Time: 7-8:45 p.m.
Cost: $2/12 and under $3/13+
For more info call: 423-434-5755

GO . ALL. Out. and Run (Ages: 6-12)
The 6-week running program is designed to get your child outdoors and active. It is also a great training tool for the upcoming Turkey Trot. The program will include drills, activities and fun while running. The last meeting of the 6-week program will be a final timed race. All participants will receive a medal and T-shirt. Door prizes and refreshments will also be included.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: Thursdays beginning September 19
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $20/person
Registration Required: by September 19
For more info call: 423-434-5749

HUNT. ALL. OUT. – Easter Egg Hunt (Ages: 1-12)
Visit with the Easter bunny and join the fun in search of those golden eggs. Participants are asked to bring along your baskets and a flashlight. The two waves of searching will take place promptly at 7:30 for ages 3-6 and 8:30 for ages 7-12. Music and coloring pages will be provided while you wait.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: April 9
Time: Ages: 1-6: 7 p.m., Ages: 7-12: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (Ages: 10 – 18+))
Enjoy a fun competitive event for the whole community.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: April 18
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $40/team (4 person team)
For more info call: 423-461-8830

March Madness (Ages: 6+)
A variety of activities will be scheduled throughout the month of March. Activities will include some favorites such as free throw, spot shot 3 on 3 and skill building.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: Month of March
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast (Open to all ages)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and a program honoring community service participants from the ETSU faculty.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: January 18
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Cost: $15/person $100/table of 8
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner (Open to all ages)
Enjoy great food and musical entertainment in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: January 20
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Martin Luther King, Jr. Story Time (Open to all ages)
Learn about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, arts and crafts and music. Lunch will be provided.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: January 20
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance (Open to all ages)
The annual event is open to fathers, grandfathers and guardians and their daughters. DJ music will fill the air inviting all to hit the dance floor. Photo vouchers are available for $15 and they can be purchased online or at the door.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Registration: January 6 – February 6 (NO day of registration)
Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Jan. 7-25: $10/person Jan. 26-Feb.7: $20/person
Register: Online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC (tickets purchased online must be picked up prior to Feb. 8).
For more info call: 423-434-5749

NAACP Blood Drive (Ages: 18+)
Your donation could save a life!

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: January 20
Time: Noon – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

St. Patrick’s Day Craft (Ages: 6-12)
Design a shamrock for the center’s bulletin board. Designs will be on display during the month of March.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Date: March 17
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Wacky MPCC Mini Golf Challenge (Open to all ages)
Some things are just more fun when the community comes together to create and compete for the most creative hole design for a family fun day of indoor wacky golf.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: March 21
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $2/game
For more info call: 423-434-5749 or 423-434-6237

SAVE THE DATE: 80s Dance (Open to all ages)
Boogie on down during this 80s themed dance for individuals with special needs.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: May 8
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

SAVE THE DATE: Candyland Carnival (Open to all ages)
This popular event features loads of candy, games and prizes, inflatables, concessions, balloon twisting and magic shows. Don’t miss the fun!

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: May 21
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749

SAVE THE DATE: Mountain Bike Clinic (Ages: 8+)
No bike? No problem! Learn how to tackle obstacles with ease on a bike provided. Learn proper techniques in a controlled environment under the guidance of trained professionals. Great clinic for beginners!

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: May 9
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $5/person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

TEENS

TEEN Center (Grades 7-12)
Different activities on a daily basis such as: Xbox, billiards, foosball, and arts and crafts. The center is safe, fun and supervised.

Location: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City
Dates: Monday – Friday
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-461-8830

Teen Game Night (Ages: 13-18)
Snacks and beverages are served. Surprises of ice cream and pizza will be added periodically. Bring your friends and socialize with the gang at MPCC while playing Xbox, tWall or EyePlay.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: January 9, February 6, March 5, April 9, 23
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
To register: Register in person at MPCC
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Teen Trivia (Ages: 13-18)
Join us for a fun night of trivia, games and pizza.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Registration: February 4-24
Date: February 25
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-434-5749

Basketball Video Game Tournament (Ages: 13-18)
Do you have what it takes? Sign up for the 2K Tournament and find out. First place will receive a limited edition basketball.

Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Date: February 20
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more info call: 423-434-5749


   
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you’re looking for a chance to give back to the community, we offer many opportunities. Much of what we do is made possible through our dedicated and hard-working family of volunteers. Not only do volunteers save the city financial resources each year, they also allow us to do a number of things we simply could not afford to do otherwise. In the process, volunteers help strengthen our community and make Johnson City a great place to live, work and PLAY!
To volunteer call – 423-283-5815