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Nov 14, 2018

MPCC blends fitness techniques with Bells and Barre class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a 50-minute class called Bells and Barre that combines two, 25-minute segments of today’s most popular and effective strategies.  

Kettlebell AMPD Express combines basic kettlebell and strength moves performed to music for a total body workout focused on arms, legs and core. It employs a low weight-high rep formula.

Barre Above Express blends the best of Pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of strengthening exercises used by dancers to deliver a results-driven workout that is not only fun and dynamic but that also will sculpt your body.

Bells and Barre requires no dance experience and modifications are available for all fitness levels. Class is $6 per session and will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Please register in person at MPCC.

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

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

423-434-5758


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Nov 14, 2018

Senior Services offers Household Air Pollution and COPD presentation

In conjunction with National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Month, Dr. Mildred Maisonet with East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, will present an educational session on COPD and home air pollution from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Maisonet will also provide information about a new study by ETSU and Johns Hopkins University on home air pollution and its effects on COPD mortality.

The presentation is free, and open to those 18 and older. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, manager

                      Senior Services

                      423-434-6231


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Nov 14, 2018

City officials issue warnings about bus stop, pedestrian safety

The recent uptick in the number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents at school bus stops across the country has prompted local officials to issue warnings reminding drivers to pay attention behind the wheel. While it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that has stopped to load or unload children, bus drivers see it happen on a daily basis.

“Whenever possible we develop bus routes that allow the door to open up directly to the bus stop so that children do not have to cross the road to board the bus,” said Johnson City Transit Director Eldonna Janutolo. “In fact, on more heavily traveled roads we have two separate bus routes, one going in each direction to avoid road crossings.”

Janutolo said motorists need to take a more active role in the safety of students by being more attentive when driving and abiding by the law. She said school bus drivers regularly report sightings of drivers on cell phones, speeding and passing stopped buses. The illegal activity is reported to the Transit Department as well as the Police Department.

“When we receive reports of an issue we will send a unit to look into it,” said Johnson City Police Department Lt. Becky West. “Another area of concern is the pedestrians who walk to and from school. Not everyone rides a school bus.”

Since the start of the school year, the Johnson City Police Department has issued 800 traffic charges in school zones. Those charges include speeding (617), using a handheld mobile phone in an active school zone (28), and texting while driving (2). The remaining 153 include warnings as well as citations for equipment or driver license violations.

Both Janutolo and West encourage drivers to slow down and stay off mobile devices while being cognizant of the bus schedule in their area. Once the school year has started Janutolo said buses travel the same roads, at the same times, and stop in the same places each school day. In addition to altering their own schedules to avoid bus routes, drivers can take other precautions to keep children safe.

The National Safety Council recommends:

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

CONTACT:    Lt. Becky West

                      Police Department

                      423-434-6143


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Nov 12, 2018

Senior Services to offer Introduction to Level 1 Pilates

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a four-week, eight-session program designed to teach participants the basics of Pilates. Pilates is comprised of movements that enhance muscular strength, improve flexibility and overall health, and wellness. All movements will be performed on exercise mats, and participants are encouraged to bring their own mats to each class.

The sessions are from 9:45-10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Cost is $8 per participant for the entire series. This program is open to those 18 and older. Register in person at MPCC. Class size is limited.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, program coordinator

                      Senior Services

                      423-461-4852



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Nov 07, 2018

Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department to begin winterization of facilities

Due to freeze warnings, the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will begin winterization procedures for the following areas:

  • All restroom facilities that do not currently have heat
  • Carver Park garden
  • All water fountains that are not frost proof
  • Irrigation systems
  • Equipment

We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more info, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT:    Jim Hughes, assistant director

                        Parks and Recreation

                        423-283-5815


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Nov 06, 2018

Parks and Recreation presents Wildlife Detectives

Johnson City Parks and Recreation staff will host a family-friendly presentation about animal signs at Buffalo Mountain Park from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. This event will help participants identify the signs animals leave behind to signal their presence in an area. Participants will help draft a list of the different ways people can determine if animals have been present before heading down to Catbird Creek to catch and release “stream critters.”

Participants should meet at Harris Pavilion located in Buffalo Mountain Park, 570 High Ridge Road. Cost is $2 per person. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

CONTACT:    Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

                        Parks and Recreation

                        423-283-5821

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Nov 06, 2018

MPCC hosts Cardboard Boat Race

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Cardboard Boat Race from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Children 12 and older are invited to bring their families and friends to this event. Individual participants and/or groups will create vessels in hopes of sailing across the center’s lap pool.

Creative ideas, names and costumes are encouraged but not required. Each boat must be constructed from cardboard and held together with adhesive materials. Boats can be made at home, but space will be provided at MPCC for construction prior to the race.  

Cost is $5 per entry. Please register in person at MPCC.

For more information, call 423-434-5754.

CONTACT:     Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor

                        Parks and Recreation

                        423-434-5754

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Nov 02, 2018

13th Annual Turkey Trot Kickoff Held at Sulphur Springs Elementary School

(JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.)The place to be on Thanksgiving morning is the 13th annual Turkey Trot in Johnson City.

 

The 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk is set for Thursday, Nov. 22. As always, the Turkey Trot will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Legion Street in Johnson City, near Memorial Park Community Center. An awards ceremony for the overall winners will be held at Cardinal Park immediately following the race.

 

“This is a tradition for our community,” said Race Chairwoman Jenny Brock. “The Turkey Trot kicks off the holiday season in the best way – with friends, family and a healthy run or walk before the feast.”

 

The Turkey Trot welcomes competitive runners, casual runners, walkers, kids, strollers, wheelchairs, handcycles, and dogs. It’s an all-inclusive good time for participants of all ages and abilities.

 

Children have a strong presence at the Turkey Trot, and area schools are awarded cash prizes based on participation. This year, classrooms are asked to choreograph a signature Turkey Trot dance to the song “Let’s Turkey Trot” by Little Eva. Video submissions will be posted on Facebook, and the one with the most likes/shares wins. The winning students will be featured on WJHL, receive vouchers to Quantum Leap, and will perform their original dance routine on stage at the Turkey Trot. The classroom will receive $500.

 

“We discovered this great song that just needs a great dance to go with it,” said Race Director Karen Hubbs. “We can’t wait to see all our participants shaking their tail feathers Thanksgiving morning.”

 

Details about the contest can be found at www.jcturkeytrot.com. Deadline for entries is Nov. 11.

 

Charitable Giving

In the past 10 years, the Turkey Trot has awarded more than $156,000 to organizations that promote health, wellness, and quality of life in our area. From last year’s event, more than $24,000 was given to Tannery Knobs Bike Park, East Tennessee State University, the Turkeys in Training program, the Johnson City Police Department, and the Johnson City Fire Department.

 

The Turkey Trot also awards a total of $3,500 to the top three schools with the most participants in two divisions.

 

Sponsors To Date

The Wellness Center, City of Johnson City, Elizabethton Federal, ABC Tri-Cities/NewsChannel 11, WXBQ/Bristol Broadcasting, Appalachian Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A West Market Street, Food City, Johnson City Cardinals/Boyd Sports, Katz Americas, Johnson City Press, Pepsi, Summit Leadership Foundation, Tri-Cities Turtles, Dr. Carlson & Associates, Quantum Leap, Re/Max Checkmate, Wallabies, Mayfield Dairy, Allison Billboards, Krispy Kreme, Dempsey’s Jewelers, Zak’s Fine Furniture

 

Registration Information

Registration for the Turkey Trot is now under way at www.jcturkeytrot.com. Early registrants (by Nov. 19) are guaranteed the best price and one of the always-popular long-sleeved Turkey Trot T-shirts. Online registrations will close at 9 p.m. Nov. 19. Early registration by 9 p.m. Nov. 19 is $25 for adults; $20 for students (18 and younger). Late registration (Nov. 20-21) is $30 for adults; $25 for students. A special discount will be available for families of five or more (living in the same household) that register by Nov. 19. There will be no registrations the day of the event.

 

Packet pick-up and late registrations will be at Memorial Park Community Center from noon -8 p.m. Nov. 20 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 21.

 

A wheelchair division will be offered again this year, and strollers are allowed. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed to start at the back of the pack, and owners are asked to please pick up after their pets.

For more information about the 5K USATF-certified course, trophy categories, school awards and prizes, parking areas, and road closures please visit www.jcturkeytrot.com and like the Johnson City Turkey Trot 5K on Facebook.

Event management for the Turkey Trot is provided by The Goose Chase.

Note to media: Please contact Keisha Shoun – 434-6249; kshoun@johnsoncitytn.org – to schedule media appearances.

 

Karen Hubbs, Race Director 423-946-3784

Jenny Brock, Race Chair 423-791-1262

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Nov 02, 2018

Turkey Shootout challenges roundballers in 3-point competition

Johnson City youth will have an opportunity to show off their shooting skills during the annual Turkey Shootout on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The 3-point contest begins at 3 p.m. for ages 11-14 before teens over 15 get their chance at 3:30 p.m.
The individuals in each of the two age groups who sink the most 3-point shots in one minute will receive a frozen turkey and a special prize.
Register in person the day of the event. No entry fee.
For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor 
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor 
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758
CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor 
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758


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Nov 01, 2018

MPCC hosts Mother-Son Date Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Mother-Son Date Night on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m. Participants will enjoy a dinosaur-themed event featuring a catered meal, dessert, crafts and a movie.

Cos is $7 per person. Preregistration is required in person at MPCC by Nov. 9.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

                       Memorial Park Community Center

                       423-434-5758

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