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Dec 19, 2014

Recycle gift wrap and boxes

Johnson City residents are encouraged to recycle gift wrap and gift boxes. Curbside recycling customers should place these items in recycling bins, which should be at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day. Please remember to break down boxes.

Wrapping paper, boxes and other recyclables are also accepted at the following collection sites:

• 91 New St. (Solid Waste Services Complex)

• 3300 W. Market St. (behind Sonic Drive-in)

• 2311 Browns Mill Road (behind Kroger)

• 2544 Boones Creek Road (adjacent to Johnson City Power Board)

• 120 Carroll Creek Road (Winged Deer Park boat ramp parking lot)

As a reminder, plastic packaging and gift wrap with a foil finish are not recyclable and should be discarded in the trash.

For more information, please call the Solid Waste Services at (423)975-2792.

CONTACT:

Kathy Harsh, manager

Public Works – Solid Waste Services

(423)975-2792


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Dec 19, 2014

MPCC fitness classes can help take off those holiday pounds

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers a variety of fitness classes to help shed those holiday pounds.

• TeenFIT – Monday-Friday 4-5 p.m., ages 13-17, $1 per person per day. You’re never too young to start a healthy lifestyle.

• Nuline Dance – Mondays 9-10 a.m., all ages, $3 per class. Easy-to-follow cardio-dance to a wide variety of music, plus toning and mat work. All fitness levels/modifications demonstrated.

• Nuline Dance Fitness – Mondays 5:45-6:45 p.m. or 7-8 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m.-noon, ages 18 and older, $5 per class. Suitable for all levels. No partner required.

• Beginner Yoga – Mondays 4:30-5:45 p.m., ages 18 and older, $5 per class. Introduction to basics of yoga and meditation.

• Piloxing – Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 16 and older, $5 per class. Piloxing® incorporates cutting-edge research fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. Combines the power, speed, and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates.

• Foundations of Yoga – Mondays 5:45-7 p.m., ages 18 and older, $5 per class. Teaches balance and flexibility and builds muscle while learning to control breathing and relaxing.

• Hatha Yoga – Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 18 and older. $5 per class. Teaches yoga postures, breathing practice, and relaxation.

• Zumba – Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 16 and older, $3 per class. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program.

• All About Them Arms – Tuesdays 6:30-7 p.m., ages 16 and older, $3 per class. Works exclusively on toning arms.

• Chiseled Abs – Wednesdays 6:30-7 p.m., ages 18 and older, $3 per class. Works exclusively on toning and tightening abs.

Please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5758




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Dec 19, 2014

PAC to offer Story Morning Thursdays

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer Story Morning with Miss Kitty and her puppet friends on Thursdays from 10-10:30 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. This free program presents stories geared toward ages 18 months and older.

For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800.

CONTACT:

Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center

(423)283-5800


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Dec 19, 2014

Glow Stick Swim set for Jan. 3

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Glow Stick Swim on Saturday, Jan. 3, from 7-8:45 p.m. The lights will be down, and the music will be loud.

Admission is $2. The program is open to ages 15 and younger. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Pleased call (423)434-5759 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5749


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Dec 19, 2014

Senior Services offering health programs for 2015

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a series of health-related programs to start off the New Year. All programs are free and open to ages 50 and older unless otherwise noted.

• Vitamin D Talk – Jan. 7, 1-2 p.m. Dr. Andy Clark will cover all the buzz about Vitamin D, like why you need it, how you get it, and what the body does with it.

• Diabetes and Winter Weather – Jan. 14, 10-11 a.m. What special precautions do you need to take in winter if you are diabetic? Does weather cause your blood sugar to go up or down? Get all the answers from Jennifer Persinger.

• Diabetes and Your Diet – Jan. 21, 1-2 p.m. Can you control your diabetes with diet? How do foods you eat affect your blood sugar? Are there foods that are better than others to eat? What has research shown to be beneficial for diet and diabetes? Dr. Andy Clark will be available for questions and discussion.

• Hearing Problems – Jan. 27, 1:30-4 p.m. Dr. Krisztina Johnson, audiologist, will talk about hearing problems and ways to keep or enhance hearing. ETSU students will conduct free hearing tests.

• Winter Blast and Fall Prevention – Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-noon. This energy-filled morning will include tips on how to improve balance and prevent falls. Participants can take a balance test, attend classes and browse vendors.

• Fast Food For Healthy Life – Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m. Open to all ages. Fee is $8 per person. Come hungry and ready to learn and have fun. Learn to stretch your food dollars into three or more chicken-based meals. Menus will include pounded chicken, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, cornbread salad, spinach wraps, taco salads, and more.

• Congestive Heart Failure – Feb. 2, 1-2 p.m. Learn about the warning signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure and how it can be prevented and treated.

• Blood Sugar Screenings – Screenings available for ages 18 and older Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.

• Fasting Blood Sugar Screenings – Wednesdays, 7:30-9 a.m. Conducted by a registered nurse for those 18 and older.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Dec 18, 2014

City announces holiday schedule

All City offices will close at noon on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) and will be closed Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25). Regular business hours will resume Friday, Dec. 26.

As a reminder, garbage/recycling customers whose regular pickup day is Thursday will have collection on Saturday, Dec. 27.

All City offices will be closed on New Year’s Day (Thursday, Jan. 1), and the Board of Commissioners will not hold their regularly scheduled meeting that evening. Regular business hours will resume Friday, Jan. 2.

Garbage/recycling collection will not be affected by the New Year’s holiday.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Dec 18, 2014

MPCC to offer Dancers Dream classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following Dancers Dream Performing Arts classes on Mondays beginning Jan. 5. Instructor Amy Simmons has more than 30 years of experience and is a former Ms. American Clogger.

Class fees are $45 for 45-minute classes and $35 for 30-minute classes. Additional classes may be added for $15 each.

Glitter Dollz – ages 3-5, 5:15-6 p.m. Participants will enjoy creative movement, beginning tap, ballet and acro hoop hop using hula hoops for balance in fun routines. Miss TuTu will show up for weekly dance and art lessons. Glitter Dollz includes seasonal dance parties and a June recital. Parents are invited to dance along in weekly classes.

Glamour Girlz – ages 6-10, 6-6:45 p.m. Glamour Girlz is an energetic dance class with fun, age-appropriate lessons and routines in tap, ballet and hip hop. Designed to improve coordination, grace, and self-confidence, this class will include seasonal dance parties and a June stage production.

Clogging – all ages, 6:45-7:15 p.m. This all-American dance style is a great exercise. Participants will learn techniques from the ground up, with each week becoming more advanced. This all-ages class is perfect for mothers and daughters.

Hip Hop – ages 8 and older, 7:15-7:45 p.m. Hip hop is a great class that can be taken for weight loss, building coordination and fun! This class will provide performance opportunities including a June recital.

Gypsy Heart Fusion Belly Dance – all ages, 7:45-8:15 p.m. Participants will learn basic belly dance movements. Class will incorporate coined skirts, veils, candles, and finger cymbals. Appropriate for all ages, instruction will focus on gaining grace and poise through self-expression.

For more information, please contact the instructor at (540)392-9138 or DDREAMS2000@aol.com.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Dec 18, 2014

First Day Hike slated for Winged Deer Park

Citizens are invited to start the new year connecting to nature with a First Day Hike on Thursday, Jan. 1. From 1-2:30 p.m., families can join a free, slow-paced hike with stops and explanations of Winged Deer Park’s winter environment. Participants will meet at the Disc Golf Parking Lot.

For more information, please call (423)283-5821.



CONTACT:

Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5821

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Dec 18, 2014

BOC to meet with lawmakers Dec. 29

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session with state legislators on Monday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


 

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Dec 15, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 15

Water/Sewer projects:

• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures

• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures

• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab

• Weaver Hill at Lillers Chapel – water line replacement; lane closures

• Steadman Road – restoration

• Skyline Drive and Millercrest Apartments – waterline maintenance



TDOT projects:

• State Route 36 (Kingsport Highway) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)



Public Works projects:

• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

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