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There will be an RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) support group meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 pm. in the Card Room of the Renaissance Center in Kingsport located at 1200 E. Center Street .RLS is a progressive movement disorder disease involving the nervous system. The meeting and brochures are free. Call Mary at 423-390-1187 for further information.
Agape Life Chrisitan Fellowship Reunion, September 16, 2018, Eastman Picnic Shelters #28 and #30,12:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Bring a sack lunch and join the fun. Everyone invited. Contact: Norma McCarroll 423-357-6288
Remote Area Medical- RAM® — a major non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals—is returning to Lee County, Virginia. Services available at the RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, and general medical exams. All RAM services are FREE and no ID is required.
Patient parking for the Lee County RAM clinic will be located at Lee High School, 200 Generals Lane, Jonesville, VA 24263. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, September 22. Ticket distribution begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, September 23.
“RAM has long cared for the residents of Southwest Virginia. There continues to be a lack of access to affordable healthcare in the region and RAM will be there to ensure people aren’t suffering,” says Stan Brock, founder and president of Remote Area Medical. In 2017, RAM provided $162,330 worth of free dental, vision, and medical care to 394 people in Lee County.
RAM is still in need of additional vision and dental professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Lee County. Because of relaxed licensing laws in the state of Virginia, professional volunteers do not have to have an active license in Virginia, meaning practitioners from other states are welcome to provide care at the Lee County RAM clinic. For more information about volunteering at a RAM mobile medical clinic, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.
The Elizabethton-Carter County Community Foundation is pleased to announce tickets now on sale for the 2nd annual BBQ, Blues & Brews Festival! The festival will take place on September 15th, 5pm-10pm in Covered Bridge Park, Elizabethton.
As with last year, the event serves as a fundraiser for the Bonnie Kate Theater Restoration Project, a historic movie theater being restored into a community center. More information can be found at http://bonniekatetheater.com/
This year’s event will feature BBQ samplings from local favorites: J’s Corner, Southern Craft, Moe’s Original BBQ, Joe Bill’s Kitchen, Black Dog BBQ and Smokehouse BBQ. We expect others to join as well in the weeks ahead, and anticipate having 8 total. To compliment, we will have craft beer on tap, provided by Great Oaks Brewing, of Johnson City!
Our music line up includes a local band “My New Favorites” and a band coming in from just outside Nashville “Double Standards”:
“My New Favorites” – an energy-driven and fun-loving band that plays to crowds throughout the mountain south. They are award-winning songwriters and top-notch players who have teamed up to create an incredibly diverse and dynamic Americana sound. Their compelling songs showcase fine harmony singing and are complimented by a mix of traditional and modern instruments to create music that is both familiar and brand new.
“Double Standards” – Rock, Country, Blues and R&B blending in a soulful union that is crazy good! Sherry and Chuck England transplanted from Las Vegas’ to the Music City Capital of the world! They are excited to get back on the stage in Sherry’s home town. Sherry, lead singer, brings powerful, soulful vocals along with her high energy stage presence. Her parents were famous back up singers for Loretta Lynn back in the day. Chucks background in blues, country and southern rock playing bass. Partnered with David Kiviniemi on drums keeps the dance floor packed! Mark Bradley rockin’ the guitar adding versatility and dynamics! Double Standards is a band that gets asked back and quickly becomes the crowd favorite.
Tickets are available at www.bbqbluesandbrews.org. Two ticket options exist. $20 for food and music. $30 will include 3 beer tickets. Tickets will be $5 higher if purchased at the gate the day of. We invite anyone interested to follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news about the festival!
Abingdon’s most unique festival is back for a 4th year, taking over the downtown district with weird and wonderful street acts. Main Street Busker Fest takes place Saturday September 1st, with family-friendly performances, special hands-on activities for kids, and an adults-only reception called Buskers After Dark.
Street Performers 12:00pm to 5:00pm: The heart of Busker Fest is a lively street festival that takes place along Abingdon’s historic Main Street. Every few feet, stumble on a different type of busker, from magicians to unicyclists, circus artists to aerialists. There’s no published schedule; the joy is in the discovery of something surprising and wonderful on every corner. Be sure to bring some spare change to tip your favorite buskers! Trolleys will be running continuously along Main Street, noon to 5pm.
Kids Activities at Imagination Station 11:00am to 3:00pm: The fun starts at 11a.m. for the youth and the young at heart with the Imagination Station on the Barter Green, sponsored by William King Museum and Barter Youth Academy. There will be free crafts, including building puppets with children, followed by improv exercises and puppet performances, giving children a chance to catch the performance bug.
Buskers After Dark 8:00 to 10:00pm: Busker Fest wraps up with a special adults-only event, Buskers After Dark, held 8 to 10pm at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. With a completely different slate of performers, Buskers After Dark offers intimate performances in a carnival-like atmosphere. Admission is by donation at the door; all proceeds benefit Abingdon Main Street. Ages 21+ only, photo ID required.
After Dark attendees are encouraged to ditch the traditional mode of setting up a chair and watching a concert. Instead, at 8:00pm, meet and mingle in small groups with the performers to enjoy close-up magic or be awed by acro-balancers, while enjoying a local brew from the beer garden. Then, at 9:00pm, Fire Circus takes the stage for an epic grand finale performance.
The details: Four anchor stages will offer space for larger acts, with additional performers located along Main Street in downtown Abingdon. Food trucks will be available, and Abingdon’s downtown restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner. Downtown merchants are participating in the festival with sidewalk sales and specials, turning all of downtown Abingdon into a carnival atmosphere for the day.
Festival guides are available at three information tents, located at Lois Humphreys Park (310 W. Main Street), Sinking Spring Church parking lot (corner of Pecan and Main Streets) and the Courthouse (corner of Court and Main Streets). The guide will also be available for download at MainStreetBuskerFest.com.
Main Street Busker Fest is presented by Abingdon Main Street, in partnership with the Town of Abingdon, and is sponsored by Virginia Commission for the Arts, JJ’s Sports Bar & Grill, 99.3 The X, and Virginia Highlands Festival. For more information, visit www.mainstreetbuskerfest.com or contact Event Coordinator Sara Saavedra at (276) 676-2282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rogersville Arts Council presents “Exploring Poetry & Storytelling” featuring Professional Poet, Jane Hicks of Kingsport, and Professional Storyteller, Marjorie Shaefer, of Johnson City. This stimulating two day event will take place on Saturday, September 8, & Sunday, September 9 at Cherokee High Schools’ Little Theater, 2927 TN-66, in Rogersville. Admission fee for 1 workshop is $15, or attend both for $25. To allow the artists to prepare the proper amount of material and handouts, prepaid admission is required, through our website, or by mail.
A public performance is held Sunday, September 9th at 3pm, featuring local artists, including Poet Tata Andres, and Storyteller Hannah Gillenwater. Ms. Hicks and Ms. Shaefer are featured in the second half. After the official concert, there is a session showcasing students from the workshops. Admission for the public concert is $5 to create more opportunity for the community. This may be paid online, or at the door. Please find more information about current events on Facebook, www.rogartscouncil.org, or by phone- 423-293-0882.
The Community Center of Abingdon’s Greasy Bean Cafe’ offers an authentic Appalachian buffet style dinner and entertainment only $11. Includes tax and gratuity. Call 276-628-3911 for menu and weekly band information, don’t forget to reserve your place at the table. Dinner begins at 5:45pm. Music begins at 6:30pm. Reservations Appreciated All proceeds benefit the community center and Meals on Wheels.
The Community Center of Abingdon’s BINGO Every Wednesday – Doors Open 5:00 PM games start at 6:30 PM. All Proceeds go to Community Center & Meals on Wheels. Play all bingo games for $25. Cash and Door Prizes, Free Popcorn! Visit us anytime to play our new Electronic Pull Tabs!
For more information visit our webpage theccoa.org or call 276-628-3911. All proceeds benefit the community center and Meals on Wheels.
Notre Dame Church will be hosting the 11th Annual Fall Festival of Nations on September 22. It is free to attend and everyone is invited to enjoy FREE live entertainment, sample food from around the world, play games or enjoy inflatables with the whole family. You can also find a unique treasure at the international silent auction, or shop for local art, see a magnificent quilt display and so much more. For more information visit notredamechurchtn.org.
WALK IN OCTOBER WILL RAISE AWARENESS FOR CHILDREN WITH APRAXIA
Apraxia of Speech is a severe neurological speech disorder that affects roughly 1 in 1000 children. It affects the child’s ability to clearly and correctly produce syllables and words.
The 2018 Northeast Tennessee Walk for Apraxia event will be held on October 27, 2018 at the Faith Baptist Church to benefit children with Apraxia of speech. Registration begins at 1:00 PM with the Walk beginning at 2:00 PM.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The Walk for Apraxia® is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and funding in the hopes that all children with Apraxia may have access to the support they need to find their voices.
Raising awareness is one of the most tangible ways that communities at large can help children with apraxia thrive. Collective increased awareness means that children will be diagnosed faster, resulting in better, earlier intervention. Anyone interested in covering this event or the story of the Walk Coordinator can contact email@example.com or visit the event website at http://community.apraxia-kids.org/netennesseewalk. The Walk is open to all adults and children. All proceeds will benefit important apraxia programs and research of Apraxia Kids.
The Food Pantry at LifeBridge Christian Church in Kingsport is open every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30pm. This ministry helps the needy in our community with distribution of food and staple items. The church is located at 617 Donelson Dr. and Sullivan. Call 423-246-0005.
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