Special Events

Programs

Glow Stick Swims
Location: Memorial Park Community Center – Lap Pool
Call: 423-434-5749
Dates - 
Jan. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
March 11, 6-7:30 p.m.        
Cost: $2 for 12 and under
         $3 for 13 and older

Memorial Park Community Center will be turning the lights down low and the music up loud! Come ring in the New Year with us as we fill the pool with glow sticks!
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast 
Location: This is a virtual event – Carver Recreation Center, 
322 W. Watauga Ave.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
Time: 9–11 a.m. 
Ages: All 
Cost: $15 per person/carry-out  

This virtual program will have numerous breakfast foods to choose from also the program will honor community services participants.

Hot Chocolate Hike
Location: Winged Deer Park 
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Saturday, Jan. 15 
Time: 10 a.m.-noon 
Age: 9+
Cost: Free
Registration: Register by Thursday, Jan. 13

Join us on the first hike of the New Year. Enjoy hot chocolate in the morning before we head off on a moderate hike. Minimum of five people must register. Meet at the Robert Young Cabin.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time
Location: Carver Recreation Center
Date: Monday, Jan. 17
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages: All 
Cost: Free

Kids will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through stories, arts & crafts & music. Lunch will be provided. Partnership with ETSU Multicultural Affairs.
 
American Red Cross Blood Drive  
Location: Carver Recreation Center
Date: Monday, Jan. 17
Time: Noon–6 p.m. 
Ages: 18 & up
Cost: Free

Come help out by donating blood to help others.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner
Location: This is a virtual event - Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.
Date: Monday, Jan. 17  
Time 6–8 p.m.
Ages: All 
Cost: Free/carry-out

This virtual event is held in honor of Martin Luther King. The program will include musical entertainment & great food.
 
Indoor Drive-In Movie Night 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Friday, Jan. 21
Time: 5:30–8 p.m.
Ages: 3-12
Cost: $5/child
Registration: Please register in-person or by phone by January 19.

This is an event for the whole family to experience creativity and a family-friendly movie together. Cardboard boxes and art supplies will be provided for each child to create their own car. Car decorating will begin at 5:30, followed by the movie at 6:30. Pizza will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Family Bingo Night 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Friday, Feb. 25 
Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Age: All ages
Cost: Free

Parents, prep your family for a fun night of bingo! Play to win a variety of prizes! 
 
Nature’s Garden Seed Swap and Share!  
Location: Memorial Park Community Center Dining Room/Gym
Call: 423-283-5821
Date: Saturday, Jan. 29
Time: 9a.m.-noon
Ages: Families
Cost: Free
Registration: No registration necessary
Speaker: Ashley Kite, Tennessee Urban & Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator and Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

Please join us for actual seed swapping. No seeds to swap?! We have plenty!  Also enjoy exhibits, many emphasizing pollinator needs and Citizen Science opportunities, and a guest speaker. For more information and schedule: 423-283-5821.
 
National Hot Chocolate Day 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Monday, Jan. 31
Time: 8 - 10a.m.
Age: All Ages 
Cost: Free

It's time to cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate for National Hot Chocolate Day. Come and join us to celebrate.

My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance:A Night Under The Stars 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center 
Date: Saturday, Feb. 5
Time: 6-8 p.m. 
Ages: Open to all ages
Cost: Jan. 3-27, $10/person; Jan. 28-Feb. 4, $15/person 
Registration: Jan. 3-Feb. 4 at MPCC or online at www.myjcparks.org. Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door. Tickets purchased online must be picked up before day of dance. 

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the annual “My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance.” Every special girl can come get all dressed up and dance the night away with the ones you love! This event is open to fathers/grandfathers/guardians and daughters of all ages. A live DJ will make this event truly memorable. Photo vouchers can be  purchased online ahead of time online, in person, or purchased that night. Light refreshments will be served. 
 
Love Muffins Valentine’s Day 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Monday, Feb. 14
Time: 10 a.m.
Age: All Ages 
Cost: Free

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by giving away muffins at 10 a.m. and will continue while supplies last. 

Black History Program 
& Taste of the Community
Location: Carver Recreation Center
Date: Thursday, Feb. 24
Time: 6 – 8 p.m. 
Ages: All
Cost: Program free/ Taste $5 per person

The program will feature a black history presentation & an opportunity to taste some incredible recipes such as, chicken dishes, wings, mac & cheese, green beans & corn with desserts. Also will honor local health providers.

Give Parents a Break 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Saturday, Feb. 26
Time: 11–3 p.m.
Age: 6–12 
Cost: $10/child
Registration: Register by Wednesday, Feb. 23

The purpose of Give Parents a Break is to offer families a few hours away from the stress of parenting and use the time to suit their personal needs. Minimum of five children must register.
 
Shamrock Scavenger Hunt 
Location: Johnson City’s beautiful parks 
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 3:30–7:30 p.m.
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free

Using the free app GooseChase, join us in a city-wide scavenger hunt to solve clues, complete challenges, and find the shamrocks! Winning teams can pick up prizes at Memorial Park Community Center by March 21. Max of 6 players per team.
 
Bunny Breakfast
Location: Memorial Park Community Center 
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Saturday, April 9 
Time: 9:30–11 a.m.
Ages:  12 & under
Cost: $10/family
Registration: March 21- April 8

Join us for our first annual Bunny Breakfast! Bring your kids out to visit with the Easter Bunny as we eat and raffle off door prizes! Cost includes breakfast, a craft for the kids, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and a free raffle ticket to go in to the drawing.
 
Easter Egg Coloring Days
Location: Carver Recreation Center
Date: April 12 & 13 
Time: 4- 5 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free

The kids will be coloring dozens of eggs on the 7th & 8th to be given out to all kids who participate in the annual Easter egg hunt.
 
Hound Egg Hunt
Location: Memorial Park Community Center 
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Wednesday, April 13
Time: 5–6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Registration: April 1– April 11

Who says an Easter egg hunt is only for kids? Bring your four-legged doggie friends on out to MPCC for an evening filled with fun and lots of treats! Donations will be taken for the Washington County Humane Society.
 
Easter Egg Hunt & Cookout
Location: Carver Recreation Center
Date: Thursday, April 14  
Time: 4 – 6 p.m. 
Ages: All
Cost: Free

The egg hunt will be broke up into ages 3-5, 6-9, 10 -12 prizes will be given 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners who hunts the most eggs. Also, a cookout with food & trimmings will be served at this time.

Teen Service Day/Earth Day 
Locations: TBD
Call: 423-434-5749 
Date: Friday, April 22 
Time: Ages: 9-12TH graders
Cost: Free
Preregistration: April 4-April 21

This is a fun and easy way to get 4 credits toward your service hours! Join us in an afternoon of beautification of one of our local parks. We will be pulling weeds, mulching and planting flowers.   
 
Mother/Son Date Knight
Location: Memorial Park Community Center 
Date: Thursday, May 5 
Time: 6-8pm
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $5/person
Registration: April 11-May 3 

Mothers need bonding time with their sons. In honor of all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and guardians, we are hosting this event to give that special time for sons to spend with their loved ones. The medieval theme will be so fun and come dressed the part if you would like! We will serve dinner, make a craft and watch a movie together!  

Therapeutic Recreation Special Events
 
Winter Wonderland Craft Night 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749 
Date: Thursday, Jan. 13
Time: 5:30-6:30
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free
Registration: Please register in person at MPCC or by phone by Jan. 12

Join us as we make two cozy winter crafts and sip hot cocoa to celebrate the season! This program is designed specifically for individuals with special needs. Caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided. 
 
Cards & Cookies Valentine’s Day Party 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Friday, Feb. 11
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free
Registration: Please register in person at MPCC or by phone by Feb. 10

Make Valentine’s Day cards and decorate cookies to celebrate this sweet holiday! Sugar-free options will be available. This program is designed specifically for individuals with special needs; caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided.

Go Green Craft Night 
Location: Memorial Park Community Center
Call: 423-434-5749
Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free
Registration: Please register in person at MPCC or by phone by April 18

In honor of Earth Day, come make an eco-friendly craft and learn about our planet! This program is designed specifically for individuals with special needs; caregivers are welcome, as no personal care will be provided.