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Two local bands will play a Food Drive benefit show the Acoustic Coffeehouse at 415 W. Walnut St. in Johnson City on Friday, May 2nd. ‘The Rickshaw Roadshow’ and ‘Kryss Dula & Friends’ hope you will bring canned food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.  The show is absolutely FREE but everyone is encouraged to bring as much non-perishable food as they can spare to put in the barrel at the door.  ‘Kryss Dula & Friends’ will begin at 7:45pm and will be giving away free CDs and t-shirts, and ‘The Rickshaw Roadshow’ will begin around 10pm. Come out and have fun while supporting local people in need!


Yarn Exchange Celebrates Spring with Garden Gala and Corazon Latino April 28

Jonesborough's original storytelling radio hour comes to the International Storytelling Center Stage on April 28 at 7 p.m. with stories, skits and songs welcoming spring and the upcoming Corazon Latino Festival. The show will also be recorded for a future broadcast on WETS, 89.5 FM.

In this month's show, celebrate spring with stories from Jonesborough's popular Garden Gala, as well as a behind the scenes look at the event and stories about our roots.  The Yarn Exchange will also be revving up for Jonesborough’s Corazon Latino Festival that will take place on May 3. To celebrate, they will feature a guest Latino storyteller as well as a popular scene from the play, "I Am Home," about Jonesborough's first Migrant March parade. Musical Guest will be the crowd-pleasing Rockingham Road.

Through a grant with the Harris Fund and in partnership with East Tennessee State University, you can tune in to their broadcasts on WETS FM 89.5 or stream online at wets.org on HD Channel 1, on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. A Night with the Yarn Exchange is part of Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts

Seating, as always, is limited as tickets are available at a rate of $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance, or at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor’s Center by calling 423.753.1010 and visiting online at jonesboroughtheatre.com and clicking on purchase tickets.


Kelsey Roller is 10 years old. She was a perfectly healthy baby until she turned two and got a virus that affected Kelsey in doing everyday activities. Kelsey is now confound to a wheelchair she can’t walk, talk, or feed herself. Please go to the website: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/ and vote for Kelsey to win a customized van for traveling to her many doctor’s appointments.



 An event organized by the Language and Culture Resource Center and Hispanic American Student Community Alliance from East Tennessee State University

Brazilian Fire Dancers, Running of the Bulls, Latino Pride Parade: All taking place in downtown Jonesborough on Saturday May 3 from noon to 10 p.m. Best thing, it is all FREE!

Jonesborough, TN: You are invited to the 5th Annual Corazón Latino Festival. Come with your friends and family to celebrate the rich and vibrant Latino culture by participating in a day jam packed with family fun activities, delicious food, awesome door prizes, free dancing lessons and live entertainment including Brazilian Fire Dancers, Mock Running of the Bulls with Little City Roller Girls, the Latino Pride Parade and so much more in downtown Jonesborough!

This year’s Festival includes:

Entertainment- Kick-off event Running of the Bulls at noon, Brazilian Fire Dancers at 1 p.m., Latin Jazz at 4 p.m., Latino Pride Parade at 6 p.m., Latin Dancing Instruction at 7 p.m., Main Latino Pop Band at 8 p.m.

Food- Taco trucks, paletas (ice-cream bars), chamoy station and traditional food vendors. 

Corazón Sano- Workshops given in Spanish and English explaining high blood pressure and tests, diabetes and healthy living, live demonstrations of how to cook traditional foods in a healthy way and yoga instruction.

 Arte y Cine- Latino Art Walk, Stories of Migration: Storytelling of Shared Roots, student film showcase with special Latino director/ producer guest discussing the themes present in Latino films, Living Museum Performance Art with guided tours given every hour.

 ChicoZone- Face painting, traditional hair braiding, bilingual children's stories, obstacle course, Spanish scavenger hunt, mask making, crafts and special guest appearances of Dora, Diego and other characters.

 Pasaporte A Las Americas- Come travel Latin America without ever leaving Jonesborough’s Main Street! Cultural Ambassadors stand ready to answer questions and to share traditions from their country of origin.

 Other Activities- Educational and value-added workshops, community information booths, (did we mention food?) and so much more!

The festivities start at noon and will last until 10 p.m. The Corazón Latino Festival celebration will be a day for the whole family to come and have fun. But more importantly, we want the festival to foster a better understanding of the diverse backgrounds of everyone who calls the Tri-Cities home. Stay tuned for more information!

ETSU Box 70297 * Johnson City, Tennessee 37614-1701 * (423) 439-8342 * Fax (423) 439-8320
Twitter: @CorazonLatino14

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpau37MfX-4&feature=youtu.be

Mountain View United Methodist Church Features Mezzo-soprano Laura Jordan in Concert Laura Jordan and friends will perform a recital to raise funds for upcoming Italy trip.

As one of the twelve participants selected to perform in the Casentino Voice Opera Program in Stia, Italy, ETSU mezzo-soprano Laura Jordan, is thrilled for the opportunity to study under some of the world's finest teachers.   Mountain View United Methodist Church will be hosting this outstanding young singer on April 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm.  Mountain View UMC is located at 4405 Orebank Road in Kingsport.  Child care will be provided and a reception will follow. 

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Laura began her love for singing at a very young age. While living in Charlotte, Laura was part of the Charlotte Children’s Choir, under direction of Ms. Sandy Holland. With the Choir, she toured the country and attended festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Ms. Jordan then moved to Johnson City, TN where she began high school. During this time, Laura was a member of the Women’s and Chamber Choir for three years. In Spring 2010, Laura won Superior Choral Soloist in the FiestaVal Competition at Universal Studios-Orlando, FL.

At ETSU, Laura studies with Mrs. Karen Smith. Ms. Jordan currently sings in the ETSU Chorale and had the privilege to tour with the Chorale in Austria and Hungary in 2011 under direction of Dr. Thomas Jenrette. In November of 2011, Laura was the alto soloist for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80.

Laura is a member of the ETSU Opera Workshop. With the Opera Workshop, Ms. Jordan performed the role of Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in 2011 and performed the role of Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in February, 2013. Along with her involvement in the Opera Workshop, Laura has also performed the role of Seconda Sorella Cercatrice in Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of Suor Angelica. Laura will soon be performing the role of Maurya in ETSU Opera’s production of Riders to the Sea in April, 2014. Ms. Jordan plans to receive her Bachelor of Music in 2015 then continue with her graduate studies in Vocal Performance.  Laura believes that  “music saves lives or greatly effects them in many different ways and I want to be a part of that.”

While in Italy, Laura will be studying under internationally renowned soprano, Valerie Girard, who received her Masters degree at the Juilliard School. She will also be studying under mezzo-soprano, Marian Bryfdir who resides and teaches voice in Whales. Laura will be attending master classes, diction coachings, stage coachings, private lessons, and acting classes all while broadening her knowledge of Italian culture. At the end of the program, Laura will be performing pieces she has worked on in a recital at the Castello di Porciano in the heart of Stia.

As Laura said- “This experience may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me”.  Please help her successfully pay for tuition, housing, and travel.  Admission is free with a suggested donation of the patron’s choice. Come enjoy a fun, laid-back recital of vocals and instrumentals from Laura and her musical friends!  For more information, contact Amy Riffle-Kouyeas, Director of Music at Mountain View United Methodist Church at (423) 245-8371 or amy@mtviewumc.org.

For more information, contact Amy Riffle-Kouyeas at (423) 245-8371x16 or amy@mtviewumc.org.


Have you ever desired to be around people with a passion for assisting others?  Do you feel you have empathy and listening skills.  Are you able to volunteer some time every week to a valuable non-profit organization?

Then we might have a wonderful opportunity for YOU!  The Crisis Center, located on Oakview Avenue (2-3 blocks from State Street) is recruiting volunteers.  We staff a hotline service for people in crisis, from needing to find resources such as food, shelter to those needing professional help or are suicidal.

We also need office assistance, with encompasses any duties you are willing to be part of.  this might include our elderly Just Checking Program, where we call people who are referred to us by family, doctors or concerned friends.  We want to make sure they are taking care of themselves and just know someone is checking on them! 

To take part in any of our programs, there is minimal training and tons of appreciation! We can promise you will feel good after spending some time giving of your time to engage with people on a one-to-one basis!

If interested please call our volunteer coordinator: Cindy Rasnic at 276-466-2218 Monday through Fridays.  We are eager to hear from you! 

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