MLK DAY CELEBRATION
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE: Abingdon, Va., VA Highlands Community College Greenhouse, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. Appalachian Sustainable Development’s (ASD) Office of Surface Mining (OSM) VISTAs will partner with local Girl Scout Troop No. 451 to celebrate the life and vision of Martin Luther King Jr. Theme: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme for Peace is aimed at raising awareness about peace and working together. www.asdevelop.org.
DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Abingdon, Va., Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Executive Auditorium, Films offered by Arts Array program to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington: Feb. 4, 7 p.m., The Abolitionists; Feb. 11, 7 p.m, Slavery by Another Name; Feb.18, 7 p.m., The Loving Story; Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Freedom Riders; Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Kickoff in Keyser-Aday Theatre will highlight activities in celebration of Black History Month. Speaker is Dr. Jerry Jones along with West African drum and dance group. 276-739-2451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4TH ANNUAL SWEETS FOR THE SWEET CUPCAKE FUNDRAISER: Surprise someone you love this Valentine's Day by participating in the fundraiser for Healing Hands Health Center. For a $50 donation (or $25 each for orders of 10 or more), your special someone will receive a beautifully boxed cupcake from Blackbird Bakery — hand-delivered with a personalized card bearing your special message. Delivery is available in the Tri-Cities, Abingdon, and surrounding areas. To order, visit www.healinghandshealthcenter.org or you can email email@example.com to request an order form (please email your name and mailing address). Orders are due by Feb. 11.
VALENTINE SERENADE: Bristol Virginia Parks and Recreation Department’s Cupid have lined up singing duet teams to deliver that special someone a melody of love and / or appreciation on Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with their song, a rose and card will be presented at each visit. $17 per visit. To request a serenade call 276-645-PARK.
SINGING VALENTINE: Appalachian Express Chorus, $40 also includes a rose delivered to the recipient. Deadline for orders, Feb. 13. Questions about coverage area, 423-384-9992 AEC Harmony otline or www.appalachianexpresschorus.org.
LAMOUR TOURJOURS VALENTINE’S CONCERT: Paramount Center of the Arts, Bristol, Tenn., State St., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. Symphony of the Mountains, Concertmaster Sean Claire and Principal French Horn player Jeffery Whaley will be featured as soloists in this Valentine's concert. Tickets or information, call 423-274-8920 or www.theparamountcenter.com.
LADIES VALENTINE’S DAY TEA: Jonesborough, Tenn., International Storytelling Center, Feb. 14, 10 a.m., a variety of teas, light pastries and Valentine Ballads performed by Jonesborough Repertory Theatre Players. $10, 423-753-1010.
VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER/SWING DANCE: Greeneville, Tenn., General Morgan Inn., Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. reception; 7 p.m .dinner. The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will be host for fundraiser to help raise money for equipment for Tusculum Band program. $50 per person, 423-636-7303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VALENTINE’S DAY KID’S NIGHT OUT: Johnson City, Hands On Museum, Feb. 14, drop off, 6-7 p.m. with pick-up, 9-10 p.m. for ages 6-13. Pizza Party plus a snack, guided activities include projects in the art studio, Valentine’s day science experiments in the Eastman Discovery Lab, kid-friendly movie and museum full of adventure. $15 per child. Pre-registration and payment required by Feb. 13. 423-434-4263 ext. 100.
VALENTINE DANCE: Marion, Va., Holston Hills Community Golf Club, golf course ballroom, Feb. 15, 9 p.m. to midnight. Music by Travelers Revision Band featuring oldies, classic rock and beach music. $25 per person. Cash bar available, dinner available for additional charge by advance reservations only. 276-783-7484.
WOOLLY MAMMOTH BREAKFAST: Saltville, Va., Museum of the Middle Appalachians, Jan. 25, 8:30-10:30 a.m., find out what kind of weather Woolly will predict for the next six weeks. 276-496-3633.
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WEDDING EXPO: Wytheville Meeting Center, Jan. 26, noon-5 p.m. Appetizers, musical entertainment, wedding dresses, door prizes, wedding dress raffle, educational and wedding vendors, $10; Lunch tickets, $20, 12:30 p.m. lunch, special gift and special presentation. Vendor spaces available. 276-227-0031 or www.brhbridalandeventsconnection.com.
SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP: Bristol, Va., Bristol Public Library, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., educational workshop titled Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Rertirement Income. Limited seating, reservations recommended. 423-789-2000.
TASTES OF THE TOWN TOURS: Abingdon, Jan. 28, participants visit 5-6 stops on the tour for small tastes of food and drink. Stops include: Gtenrochie country Club, Babycakes, JJs, Wolf Hills Brewer, The Tavern and Anthony’s Desserts. $30-$38 each. 276-274 5483 or www.tastesofthetowntours.com.
INDOOR GARAGE SALE: Abingdon, Va., Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. General admission, $2/12 and under free. Vast array of new and used merchandise. Vendor spaces available for $50 per booth. 276-619-4380, email@example.com, or www.swcenter.edu.
COUNTRY BREAKFAST: Bristol, Tenn., 14 16th St., Bristol Veterans of Foreign Wars, every Saturday, 8 a.m. til April 26, a breakfast of eggs, biscuit and gravy, sausage or bacon, hash brown casserole, coffee and OJ. $5. Contact Gary Maiden, 423-646-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISS VALENTINE DREAM ANGEL BEAUTY PAGEANT: Norton, Holiday Inn, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. for girls birth through 17 years and over. Side events include prettiest hair, prettiest smile, best dress and most beautiful. Contact Sue Morris, 403 Charleston St., Weber City, Va., 24290, 276-386-9555, Sanday Chapman, 911 Nottingham Road, Gate City, Va., 24251, 276-386-9524, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
NATURAL TUNNEL STATE PARK: Duffield, Va., 1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Feb. 4-April 22, 5:30-8 p.m. Re-Discovering the Wilderness Trail at Blockhouse Visitor Center, $399. Meets every Tuesday night and a few Saturdays. Pre-registration required through MECC; April 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 19, 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. Earth Day Rummage Sale, Donations can be delivered to the parks main office through April 16, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 276-940-1643. All hiking trails open 8 a.m. to dusk; Cabins and Cove Ridge Center open. 1-800-933-PARK or www.virginiastateparks.gov.
SYCAMORE SHOALS STATE HISTORIC AREA: Elizabethton, Tenn., 1651 W. Elk Ave., Sunday Jam at Carter Mansion, tours, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, Shape Note Singing meets third Sunday, 3-5 p.m.; autoharp and dulcimer, fourth Sunday, 1-4 p.m., any level, learn basics, 2-4 p.m., open jam; 18th Century Cafe open 7-9 p.m.; The stitchers meet most months at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Contact Pat Dobes, 423-542-9400 or Carolyn Buckles, 423-474-2682. The park grounds, trails, fort, picnic area, and butterfly gardens are all open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors Center only: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays. Visitor Center is closed on most state holidays. 423-543-5808 www.sycamoreshoalstn.org, www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals/
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