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Jul 29, 2014

Carver Rec after-school orientation dates set

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will hold after-school program orientation on Aug. 4, 11, and 18 at 6:30 p.m. Carver’s after-school program is open to students ages 6-16. Cost is $50 for the year, which includes fall and spring break camps. Transportation is available from Science Hill High School; Liberty Bell Middle School; Indian Trail Intermediate School; and North Side, Mountain View and South Side elementary schools.
At orientation, parents can register youth and will learn about new activities, continuing programs, and special events set for the 2014-15 school year. Registration deadline is Aug. 18.
For more information, please call 461-8830.

CONTACT:
Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
Carver Recreation Center
(423)461-8830 

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Jul 29, 2014

MPCC offering youth tumbling classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer youth tumbling classes beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13. Participants will develop the basic fundamentals of tumbling such as cartwheels, backbends, handstands, and more. Instructors will focus on individual abilities and encourage fun through games and instructions. Pre-registration is required. This is a beginner level class.
• Ages 18 months-3 years (Mommy and Me Tumbling): Wednesdays, 11-11:45 a.m. Cost is $5 a class or $15 a month.
• Ages 3-5 (Pre-School Tumbling): Wednesdays, 10-10:45 a.m. Cost is $5 a class or $15 a month. Participants must be potty-trained.
• Ages 5-8: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. Cost is $6 a class or $20 a month.
• Ages 9-12: Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. Cost is $6 a class or $20 a month.
For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852
 

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Jul 29, 2014

MPCC offering Fitness with Kalen

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering Fitness with Kalen classes for teens, adults and seniors. Certified fitness instructor Kalen Arnold is licensed in Zumba and Piloxing and is accepting participants in the following classes:
• Piloxing: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $5/class. Piloxing incorporates cutting-edge research and fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. The program blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Add some exhilarating dance moves and you have a muscle-toning workout that will leave you feeling physically and mentally empowered.
• Zumba: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $3/class. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program.
• Get Fit with Kalen: Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m., $3/class. This class offers 30 minutes of nonstop activity, using hand weights and floor work to tone every part of your body.
• Body Rock: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m., $3/class. The focus of this class is calorie burning and fat blasting, with emphasis on high intensity cardio and toning.
For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852

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Jul 25, 2014

Catfish Frye Band to take over Winged Deer lakefront Thursday

“Rockin’ boogie blues” music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (July 31), when the Catfish Frye Band takes the stage. Duane “Catfish” Frye plays the old-school Chicago harmonica along with the more modern overblow style that is growing fast in the blues/rock world. Catfish plays from the soul, and it’s evident from the first note. Blues guitarist Adam Graybeal is well-known across the region, and his seasoned vocals shine through as well. Aaron Faust is the backbone of CFB on drums, and his high-end vocals can bring chills. And with every thump of his bass, it’s clear that Dave Wampler is the heartbeat of this band.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront amphitheater is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or visit jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 31, 7-9 p.m. – Catfish Frye Band
• Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
The Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Kinch, marketing coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827 

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Jul 23, 2014

Carving classes begin next month at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer classes in both wood and soap carving starting Aug. 7.
• Soap Carving: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring two large bars of Ivory soap and a butter knife. Soap carving can be enjoyed by all ages, and the resulting sculptures can be displayed or used as soap. Fee is $1 per person.
• Wood Carving: Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Participants will learn about tools, wood, techniques, and safety. Fee is $65 for the four-week series. (Fee includes all supplies; personal kits may be purchased for an additional charge.)
For more information, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 23, 2014

There’s a 'Killer in the Kitchen' at MPCC

On Friday, Aug. 29, head to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to figure out whodunit. Killer in the Kitchen, presented by Murder Mystery Caravan, will begin at 6 p.m. Finger foods will be served.
Admission is $7, and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233 

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Jul 22, 2014

Registration now open for Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon

Registration for the second annual Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon is now open. This event will provide children ages 6-12 an introduction to the triathlon world. Competitors may enter as individuals or in teams of three (teammates must be in same age division). Participants must bring their own bikes, helmets and goggles.
When: Saturday, Aug. 16
Where: Race begins at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive no later than 8 a.m. to set up bikes in the transition area. The race will conclude at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Registration: Early registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 8 (Early registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt and medal.) There will be no race day registration.
Fees: By Aug. 8 - $25 per child
Aug. 9-14 - $40 per child
How to register: Online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec/ (click on the Dive, Ride, and Stride logo) or in person at Memorial Park Community Center.
Packet pickup: Packets will be available Friday, Aug. 15 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center. There will be no race day packet pickup.
For more information about distances, requirements, and deadlines, please call 434-5750.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Jul 21, 2014

Out of the Box Bash benefit for Christmas program set for Sept. 26

On Friday, Sept. 26, Senior Services will host an Out of the Box Bash at Memorial Park Community Center. This dinner and auction will serve as a fundraiser for the Senior Services Christmas Box program.
Local bakers are encouraged to enter their best desserts for this special event. Attendees will bid on their favorite dessert, and awards will be given to the baker raising the most funds.
The Out of the Box Bash will take place from 6-10 p.m. and will include delicious dishes prepared by the chefs from Maple Lane Farms, using Christmas Box ingredients. Live music and dancing will follow the dinner and auction. Tickets are available at MPCC, 510 Bert St., for $20 each or $35 per couple, $25 for seniors and teens, and $10 for children ages 6-12.
Bakers may sponsor a table for family, friends, employees, or clients for $150.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information or to enter as a baker.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 21, 2014

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three appointments to the Public Art Committee. All matters concerning public art, monuments, murals, or other creative efforts of individuals or groups are first referred to the Public Art Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.
Potential appointees may complete applications online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6002 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Aug. 15.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6079. 

CONTACT:
Beth Greene, executive assistant
Administration
(423)434-6002 

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Jul 21, 2014

Jeanne Robertson coming to MPCC

Senior Services will host two performances featuring dynamic speaker Jeanne Robertson at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Nov. 11 and 12.
Southern Lady Magazine had this to say about Robertson: “There is just something about Jeanne Robertson. Maybe it’s her beauty queen-esque good looks. Or maybe it’s that she’s six-feet-two inches tall. Regardless of what it is, once you hear her speak, you’ll remember her – that is, if you can quit laughing long enough to catch your breath.”
Tickets for each of the following performances will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at the Senior Services Reception Area of MPCC:
Nov. 11, 6 p.m.: This performance will honor our nation’s veterans. Organizations may sponsor a table for $150. Individual tickets are $25.
Nov. 12, noon: Grab your BFF and come learn how Robertson says we can use laughter to better handle holiday stress. Individual tickets are $25.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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