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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:00 am

 

It’s time to think about summer. Each year, the Bristol Herald Courier publishes a list of events to help you make the most of your summer. Events of general interest throughout Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee and beyond will be included in this year’s calendar. Deadline for the Summer Planner is noon on May 23.

Submit your event – the location, date and time, a brief description, the cost and a contact name and phone number to features@bristolnews.com or fax to (276) 669-3696.

For additional information, call Mary Dutton at (276) 645-2556.

NIGHTLIFE

ACOUSTIC COFFEEHOUSE: Johnson City, 415 W. Walnut St. April 22, 8 p.m., Tim Pepper and Ron Short & the Possum Playboys; April 23, 8 p.m., Transmission Fields; April 24, 8 p.m., Kerry Kean and Butch Ross. (423) 434-9872.

CAPONE’S: Johnson City, 227 E. Main St. April 30, 9 p.m., Spank. www.caponesjc.com or (423) 928-2295.

DOWN HOME: Johnson City, 300 W. Main St. April 21, 7:30 p.m., Animal Shelter Benefit; April 22, 9 p.m., $12; April 23, 9 p.m., Blue Moon Rising, $15. www.downhome.com or (423) 929-9822.

ELECTRIC COWBOY: Johnson City, 1805 N. Roan St. April 21, 9 p.m., Sweet Cyanide. (423) 928-0022.

MACHIAVELLI’S: Bristol, 8 5th St. April 22, 9 p.m., Caleb Caudle and the Bayonets; April 23, 9 p.m., Erin Frisby. (423) 573-9955.

OLD MILL: Lebanon, 44 Mill Dr. April 22, 7:30 p.m., Balsam Ridge, $5; April 23, 7:30 p.m., Common Ground. (276) 889-4310.

O'MAINNIN'S: Bristol, 712 State St. April 25, 10 p.m., Open Jam; April 26, 10 p.m., Acoustic Open Mic; April 27, 10 p.m., Ian Thomas. www.myspace.com/omainninspub or (423) 844-0049.

ORANGE PEEL: Asheville, 101 Biltmore Ave. April 28, 9 p.m., Guster and Good Old War, $20-$22. (828) 225-5851.

SPRING STREET MUSIC HALL: Johnson City, 601 Spring St. April 22, 8:30 p.m., Kim Lyons and Annie Robinette, $5; April 23, 8 p.m., Dave Eggar, $5. (423) 232-0657.

STATE LINE BAR & GRILLE: Bristol, 423 State St. April 22, 9 p.m., Crazy Karaoke with Michael. (423) 652-0792.

THE WING DOCTOR: Bristol, 847 Sullins St. April 22, 7 p.m., Steve Gilbert. (276) 669-9464.

CIVIC CENTERS

ASHEVILLE CIVIC CENTER: Asheville. April 22, 8 p.m., Bill Maher, $45-$58.50. (828) 259-5544.

FREEDOM HALL: Johnson City. May 15, 3 p.m., Gaither Homecoming, $22.50-$78.50. (423) 461-4884.

HARRAH’S: Cherokee. April 22, 9 p.m., Bret Michaels, $35-$55; April 23, 7:30 p.m., Stone Temple Pilots, $35-$55. (828) 497-7777.

KNOXVILLE CIVIC AUDITORIUM AND COLISEUM: Knoxville. May 4, 8 p.m., Martin Lawrence, $50-$81; May 5, 8 p.m., Godsmack, $32.50-$48.50. (865) 215-8999.

NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: Greeneville. May 14, 3 p.m., Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, $8-$10; May 21, 7:30 p.m., Ricky Skaggs, $10-$32.50. (423) 638-1679.

CONCERTS

PICKIN’ PORCH: Bristol, Va., Bristol Mall. April 21, Skeeter and the Skidmarks. (276) 645-0035, www.pickinporch.org.

PARAMOUNT THEATRE: Bristol, Tenn., 518 State St.; April 22, 7 p.m. gospel artist, Ivan Parker in concert. $20 reserved; May 28, Branson on the Road, postponed from Dec. 14. Tickets will be honored. (423) 274-8920.

VIRGINIA INTERMONT CHOIR: Nunn Recital Hall, April 21, 7:30 p.m. concert of inspiring music under direction of Amy Oblinger. (276) 466-7179 or email randysmith@vic.edu.

LEE HIGH SCHOOL: Ben Hur, Va., C. Bascom Slemp Auditorium, April 23, 6 p.m. Wayne Henderson and Helen White with Jeff Little (traditional music). Mountain Music String Band will open the show, followed by Dale Jett and Hello Stranger. $12 adults/$8 seniors/$6 students/college students and children under 5 free. (276) 376-4520 or www.pro-art-va.org.

RENAISSANCE CENTER: Kingsport, Tenn., 1200 East Center St., April 30, 7 p.m. The Beachley & Scott Band (bluegrass) with Duty Free. $15. (276) 591-8620.

SALEM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Limestone, Tenn., Festival of Song, April 30, 7 p.m. East Tennessee Children’s Choir to perform in various locations; Abingdon, Va., Abingdon United Methodist Church, May 1, 3 p.m. Highlands Youth Ensemble spring concert; Greeneville, Tenn., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, May 14, 3 p.m. all MECCA choirs in concert. www.meccacademy.org, Jane Morison at director@meccacademy.org or (276) 645-5785.

THEATRE

BARTER THEATRE: Abingdon, Va., Barter Theater, April 21-May 21, Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes; through April 23, Journey Through The Mind: Edgar Allan Poe; through April 23, Eye Of the Storm; April 30-Aug. 13, Circumference of a Squirrel. (276) 628-3991 or www.bartertheatre.com.

BLUE MOON DINNER THEATRE: Johnson City, Tenn., 215 E. Main St., through May 8, The Foreigner, 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. play begins, $44.79; Sunday matinee, May 8, doors open 1 p.m. dinner service begins immediately and curtain is 2 p.m., $33. (423) 232-1350 or www.BlueMoonDinnerTheatre.com.

LAMPLIGHT THEATRE: Fall Branch, Tenn., 441 Horton Hwy., April 21-24 and 27, May 1, 7 p.m. Friend of Sinners, an Easter musical of the passion, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays; matinee, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sundays; youth night, April 21, Billy Wayne concert, 6 p.m. prior to show. No performances on Mondays and Tuesdays. Suggested donation, $8 adults/$5 students/children 12 and under free. Reservations: (423) 348-7610 or www.lamplighttheatre.com.

PARAMOUNT CENTER: Bristol, Tenn., 518 State St., April 29, 7 p.m. April 30, 1 p.m. Theatre of Ballet Arts presents Under the Sea. Adults, $18/seniors and groups of 10 or more, $12/children, $6. (276) 644-9465.

KINGSPORT THEATRE GUILD: Renaissance Center, April 23, 2 p.m. Charlotte’s Web. Children $6/adults, $8. (423) 392-8427 or www.kingsporttheatre.org.

OPERA

TINSELTOWN THEATERS: Bristol, Va., April 23, 1 p.m. Metropolitan Opera , Richard Strauss’ Capriccio. $15 to $22; April 27, 6:30 p.m. Encore broadcast of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. $14 to $20; April 30, 1 p.m. Verdi’s Il Trovatore. $15 to $22. (276) 669-2091.

CARMIKE CINEMA THEATRES: Johnson City, Tenn., April 26, 2 p.m. Teatro Regio di Parma, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. $25. (423) 929-7155.

FILM

ABINGDON CINEMALL: Abingdon, Va., Arts Array Film Series, April 25-26, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both days. Blue Valentine. $7.50. bjennings@vhcc.edu or (276) 739-2447.

PERFORMING ARTS

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SCHOOL: Jonesborough, Tenn., McKinney Center, April 28-May 21. I Am Home, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., matinees Saturdays, 2 p.m. Adults $16/students, seniors 65 and over, $14. (423) 753-1010 or www.jonesboroughtn.org.

FESTIVALS

CELEBRATING CHILDREN: Bristol, Va., 621 Washington St., April 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in commemoration of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. There will be a family festival with pony rides, games with prizes, food and drinks, a cake walk and appearances by special guests. A DJ will provide music and other entertainment.

SPRING FESTIVAL: Blountville, Tenn., football field (behind Blountville Elementary School), April 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main focus is Welcome to Blountville for the Akard Elementary students. There will be concessions, face painting, games, inflatables and more. BES PTA will sell Tiger Spirit wristbands at the gate for $4 which allows unlimited entry on the inflatables. There also will be vendor spots available around the track for $20 per spot. Vendors contact blountvilleelementarypta@yahoo.com by April 21.

PLUMB ALLEY DAY: Abingdon, Va., May 28 with arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, yard sale goods, food, etc.

Proceeds from Plumb Alley Day support organizations in Abingdon and Washington County. (276) 608-0285 or www.abingdonkiwanis.org.

GATHERING IN THE GAP MUSIC FESTIVAL: Big Stone Gap, Va., Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, May 28, a music festival celebrating the rich tradition of old-time, Americana and bluegrass music found in Southwest Virginia. Featured guests will be the Grascals. For information, (276) 523-1322 or www.gatheringinthegapmusicfestival.com.

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL: Abingdon, Va., July 23-Aug. 7, Impressions of the Highlands. (276) 623-5266 or vhf@eva.org.

MUSIC/DANCE

ALLISON GAP JAMBOREE: Allison Gap, Va., Saltville area, Old school building, volunteer bands, every Friday night, 6:30 p.m. Food available. Donations accepted. (276) 496-7590.

BRISTOL VA.-TN. COUNTRY SHOW PALACE: Bristol, Va., 14364 Lee Highway (Campbell Building). Every Thursday and Saturday, country music and dance, 7 p.m. $5. (276) 669-5978.

BUFFALO RURITAN CLUB: Bluff City, corner of Beaver Creek Road, April 23, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Ramblin’ Rose. Horace Cressell. (423) 967-1651.

CARTER FOLD: Hiltons, Va., April 23, 7:30 p.m., J.P. Mathes and The Kentucky School of Bluegrass Ensemble, $7, adults/$1 for children 6-11/under age 6, free. (276) 386-6054, www.carterfamilyfold.org.

CHILHOWIE LIONS CLUB: Smyth County. April 22, 7-10 p.m., Flatridge Boys, $5. (276) 686-6415.

COUNTRY CABIN II: Norton, Va., Alt. Rt. 58, April 23, 7:30-10:30 p.m., South Mountain Boys, $5 adults/$1 children, 2-11; Jam session each Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Country line dance classes each Monday for six weeks., 6 p.m. beginners, 7 p.m. intermediate, $20. per person.  (276) 679-3541.

CROOKED ROAD GENERAL STORE: Bristol, Va., 6292 Gate City Hwy. May 2, 7-9 p.m. Appalachian Trail; Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., supper 5:30 p.m. for Monday music jam and first Saturday of each month. No jam May 2. (276) 644-9958.

DAMASCUS GENERAL STORE: Damascus, Va., 1004 S. Shady Avenue. April 23, No music – Holiday weekend. (276) 475-5256 or www.DamascusGeneralStore.com.

EASTMAN SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE CLUB: Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman Lodge, Bays Mountain. Evening dances second, fourth Saturdays. (423) 229-3771.

ELKS CLUB: Elizabethton, Tenn., 1000 N. Sycamore St. April 22, 7-10 p.m., Ramblin’ Rose. (423) 538-8568.

FAMILY BLUEGRASS: Lebanon, Va., 1718 US Highway 19, April 23, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Appalachian Strings. Adults/$5, under 12 free. Concession opens 5:30 p.m. (276) 794-9067.

HILL KARAOKE CLUB: Rose Hill, Va. Karaoke every Wednesday and Saturday, 6 p.m. $2 or donation.

HOLSTON RIVER COON CLUB: Saltville, Va., Lakeview Drive. Salty Dog Jam every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. (276) 496-7509.

IRON HORSE BOOT SCOOTIN’ BARN: Damascus, Va., 30460 Blossom Road, Hwy. 58. April 22, Oldies music, Earl Humphrey and Music Memories; April 23, Lawrence Ealey and Borderline, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Dance lessons Saturday’s 5:30-6:30 p.m. (276) 202-7413 or hsalewsky@yahoo.com.

LAY’S HARDWARE CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Coeburn, Va., 409 Front St., April 22, 7:30 p.m. Town Branch Bluegrass. Doors open 6 p.m. $5 adults/$1 children 6-12. (276) 395-5360, (276) 395-3323 or www.laysharedware.com.

MS. GERTA’S: Wytheville, Va., East Lee Highway off Exit 77 on I-81. Tuesdays, bluegrass jam, 6:30 p.m. Donations. (276) 617-1166.

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE SHAG SOCIETY: Johnson City, Tenn., Holiday Inn Lounge, S. Roan St. Mondays, 7 p.m. Carolina Shag free basic lesson. (423) 878-5877 or (423) 239-5906.

OUTDOORSMEN CLUB: Kingsport, Tenn., 4535 Kingsport Hwy. 11-W, Outdoorsmen Building, April 22, Southern Countrymen; April 23, Highway 76, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $5. (423) 943-5600 or jdaryl@comcast.net.

SINGLEVISION: Kingsport, Tenn., Broad Street United Methodist Church, Wesley Wing, room L44, April 25, 6:30 p.m. dinner and line dancing. Dinner, $6. Reservations required by noon April 22, (423) 224-1502. No reservations for program only at 7:15. (423) 246-1727.

TACOMA COMMUNITY CENTER: Tacoma, Va., Stone Mountain Road, April 23, 7:30 p.m. Wolfe Creek Grass. $5. (276) 679-1164.

TRISTATE SINGLES: Kingsport, Eastman Recreational Area, Shelter No. 9, April 30, 5-8 p.m. For members and guests, $1. Bring a covered dish. (423) 357-3232 or 9423) 357-4096.

VISIONS NIGHTCLUB: Johnson City, Tenn., 1121 N. Roan St. Regular Friday night dance, 7-10 p.m. Two-step, cha-cha-Schottische, East and West coast swing, rumba, hustle, waltz and line dances. (423) 929-0920.

STORYTELLING

STORYTELLING LIVE: Jonesborough, Tenn., 116 West Main St., International Storytelling Center’s concerts, April 26-27 with Carmen Deedy and Bill Lepp, 2 p.m.; matinee 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the International Storytelling Center. $20. (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.                                                                          AUDITIONS       

I AM HOME: Jonesborough, Tenn., Cast members still needed include Latino woman high school age on up, Spanish as a first language preferable; African American woman, 30s to 60s; white boy 8-10 years old; white male 30s; and white male, 40s-60s. Call Phyllis Fabozzi, (518) 275-8914.

VIDEO AUDITIONS: 2011 Abingdon’s Got Talent accepting video auditions. Make a three minute audition video that consists of singing, dancing, comedy, juggling, magic, acrobatics, bands, etc. Sponsors needed for this event. (865) 385-2068.

MUSICIANS, SINGERS NEEDED: Wise, Va., Virginia’s College at Wise Division of Music or UVa-Wise Concert Band and UVa-Wise Chamber Choir. Musicians: (276) 328-0235, rdy3y@uvawise.edu; Singers: (276) 328-0271, dpv4a@uvawise.cu.

HILLS ARE ALIVE CHORUS: Blountville, Tenn., Factory Stores of America, 3564 Shadowtown Road, Suite 247, I-81 at Exit 66. Of Sweet Adelines International, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Seeking new members. (423) 646-2176 or (276) 628-8817.

FIFE AND DRUM CORPS: Elizabethton, Tenn., 1651 W. Elk Avenue, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Each Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Experienced fife players and drummers and anyone musically inclined from age 12 and up. (423) 543-5808.

EXHIBITS

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MUSEUM STATE PARK: Big Stone Gap, Va., April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Celebration of Spring with plant sale, herb gardening with Jean Brown, rain barrel workshop, herbal luncheon, developing your green thumb.; For Love of Money displays coins and paper notes from around the world; through May 31, “A Stitch in Time” Quilt Show.  (276) 523-1322 or www.swvamuseum.org.

JAMES-BEN: STUDIO & GALLERY ART CENTER: Greeneville, Tenn., 129 N. Main St., through May 28, copy of Leonard Volk, 1860, Abraham Lincoln Life Mask on display in gallery window. The Life Mask will be flanked by national prize winning, photojournalists’ Sam Bass’s iconic portrait of Volk’s mask in an enigmatic image which is available for acquisition. (423) 787-0195 or www.james-ben.com.

CHILHOWIE ART PLACE: Chilhowie, Va., 127 East Main St., through April 29, Exhibit by Richard Houser; April 21, 12-1 p.m. artist luncheon, reservations requested by calling Edna Love at (276) 759-1800.

VIRGINIA INTERMONT COLLEGE: Bristol, Va., Main Gallery, Anne R. Worrell Fine Arts Center, through May 7, Senior Art Show Exhibit featuring themes ranging from social stigmas and bones as the structure of life, to relationships and the love of horses. Students exhibit drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

MILLIGAN ART GALLERY: Milligan College, Tenn. April 21-23, exhibit by Milligan College senior Kandice Davis. (800) 447-5922 or www.milligan.edu/arts.

KING COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT: Bristol, Tenn., 1350 King College Road, main entrance of the King College Student Center, through May 8, senior exhibition work of photographer Katie Bowles, (540) 632-0824 or kbowles@student.king.edu.

STAR MUSEUM: Abingdon, Va. 170 E. Main St. Through July, A Summers for All Seasons, tribute to Andrew Rowan Summers, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. or by appointment. (276) 608-7452, star@eva.org or Star Museum’s Facebook page.

ARTS DEPOT: Abingdon, Va. Spotlight Gallery, through May 7, Virginia Intermont College Photography and Digital Imaging Department presents an eclectic variation of photographic medium by the program’s 2011 graduating seniors; May 28, Exhibit by Elizabeth Libby Scroggin, Walking in the Woods; Members Gallery, through May 21, Works of Richard Brumleve, Toni Indicott, Donna Kaylor and Nadya Warthen-Gibson on dislay. (276) 628-9091 or www.abingdonartsdepot.org.

VIRGIE R. FLEENOR ART GALLERY: Bristol, Va., 701 Goode St., Bristol Public Library, through April, paintings by Carole Farris Blevins.

1912 GALLERY: Emory, Va., Emory & Henry College, through May 6, paintings by Ray Kleinlein. (276) 944-6866 or mhower@ehc.edu.

HANDS ON MUSEUM: Johnson City, Tenn., 315 E. Main St., various April activities: Let’s go fly a kite; Egyptian Frieze: Learn About Egyptian art by designing a small mural (known as a frieze) that tells a story using watercolors; Children Just Like Me Feature Exhibit; Celebrate Find a Rainbow Day; Mr. Stuffee Teaches Nutrition; Hot Tea & Totes; Girl Scout Earth Day Celebration; Go With The Flow: Learn all about keeping our planet beautiful in honor of Earth Day; Cha-ching!; Going Green Workshop; Celebrate National Jelly Bean Day, etc.; Closed April 24 for Easter. (423) 434-HAND.

WILDERNESS ROAD REGIONAL MUSEUM: Newbern, Va., 5240 Wilderness Road. Sewing classes Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring own sewing machine. (540) 674-4835.

MUSEUM OF THE MIDDLE APPALACHIANS: Saltville, Va., Saltville Hall: N&W Train Depots from Roanoke to Bristol – Photo exhibit of passengers depots on the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Permanent exhibits in main hall: Geology, The Ice Age, Native Americans, Pioneer Settlement, Early Salt and Gypsum Industry, War-Between-the-States, Industrialization, Company Town Life and Wetlands. Monday-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. (276) 496-3633 or www.museum-mid-app.org.

WILLIAM KING MUSEUM: Abingdon, Va., 415 Academy Drive, April 22, Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves and Jackson Martin; through June 19, Price-Strongwell Galleries: Mischief-Making: Contemporary Craftsman Jake Cress; Panoramic Gallery: through Sept. 4, Exhibits by Gretchen Batcheller, Ray Stratton, David Underwood and Kristi Taylor. Tours at Two: free guided tour of exhibitions, second Sunday, 2 p.m. Taking applications for art camp. Curatorial Department or www.williamkingmuseum.org. (276) 628-5005 or www.wkrac.org.

SLOCUMB GALLERIES: Johnson City, Tenn., ETSU, April 25-May 6, Student Honor Show 2011, an undergraduate art competition that celebrates the excellence and diversity of work by students in the Department of Art & Design and other creative works by students at the university. 

NYUMBA YA TAUSI-PEACOCK MUSEUM: Bristol, Va., 412 Clinton Ave. Two permanent exhibits: African artifacts, handmade toys, musical instruments, jewelry, etc.; African American collectibles, black memorabilia, i.e., dolls, quilts, photos, etc. $5 adults/$3 for children under 12. Museum hours: 1-5 p.m. Saturday and weekdays by appointment. W. Banks, (276) 669-4596.

NETHERLAND INN HOUSE MUSEUM AND BOAT YARD COMPLEX: Kingsport, Tenn., replica of an old-time stagecoach on-site in the barn. (423) 335-5552 or www.netherlandinn.com.

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER: Abingdon, Va., Exit 14 of Interstate 81, Lobby: On permanent display works by Kyle Buckland. (276) 619-4300.

EDITH BOLLING WILSON BIRTHPLACE FOUNDATION AND MUSEUM: Wytheville, Va., exhibit through April of Victorian actresses by Ken Smith, historical artist; Exhibit of The Electric Past and the Future Come Together, Edith Bolling Wilson’s Electric Car. (276) 223-3484, www.edithbollingwilson.org.

KINGSPORT ARTISTS: Kingsport, Tenn., Main Arts Center and Downtown Kingsport Association seeking artists interested in showing work. (423) 246-6550.

LITERATURE

ABINGDON PUBLIC LIBRARY’S DISCOVERY SERIES: NOVELTEA BOOK CLUB: Abingdon, Va., 165 East Main St., Camella’s Remember When. New book club organizing now. The club will explore the Laura Child’s Tea Mystery Series as well as Lee Smith and various other novelists. (276) 676-0089 or camellasrememberwhen@hotmail.com.

POET VISIT: Virginia Intermont College, Student Center, April 21, 8:30 p.m. North Caroline Poet Jeffery Beam presents original works of poetry, musical collaborations and criticism. (276) 466-7179 or www.vic.edu.

LECTURE

SLOCUMB GALLERIES: Johnson City, Tenn., East Tennessee State University, Ball Hall Auditorium, April 25, 5-8 p.m. Student Honor Show 2011 with guest speaker, Professor Barbara Crawford on “Sy Twombly: The Ceiling”

KING COLLEGE REPUBLICANS: Bristol Train Station, April 26, 6 p.m., lecture and reception with guest speaker, Jason Mattera, best-selling author of “Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation”. Sponsored by Republican Women. Food will be served. Reservations not required but are encouraged. (423) 968-5538.

ETC.

BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE: Johnson City, Tenn., April 21, 5-8 p.m. Mountainview Lanes. Funds raised by bowlers will benefit the program of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Tennessee. (423) 247-3240 or email dboggs@bbbsetn.org.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

SEEKING ARTISANS: Big Stone Gap, Va., May 28, Gathering in the Gap Music Festival seeking artisans to create, display and sell their works. Themes are country, primitive, rustic, shabby chic, vintage and traditional and contemporary folk art. Items should include mediums such as textiles, handcrafted furniture, metalworking, artwork, original art, pottery gourmet foods, basket making, instrument making, stained glass, jewelry making, soap making, etc. (276) 523-1322 or www.gatheringinthegapmusicfestival.com.

THE GALLERY @ BARR PHOTOGRAPHICS: Abingdon, Va., 152 E. Main St. Call for artists. Dean at the gallery. barrphotographics@embarqmail.com or (276) 628-1486.

INVITATION TO LOCAL ARTISANS: Clintwood, Va. Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center accepting work for sales consideration in the museum gift shop. Committee will evaluate submissions, provide response within two weeks based on available space and specific needs of the shop. Aaron Davis or Pam Morris, (276) 926-8550.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Chilhowie, Va., The Art Place of Chilhowie. Offering space for studios, gallery shop, classroom for artists, craft people in Smyth County, neighboring communities. (276) 496-3734.

EXHIBIT PROPOSALS: Abingdon, Va., Art Depot accepting works for their juried spotlight gallery during 2012. Deadline for submission is noon May 7. No late proposals will be accepted. All media are eligible and you do not have to be a member of the association to submit a proposal. Call (276) 628-9091 or www.abingdonartsdepot.org.

EASTER

LAMPLIGHT THEATRE: Fall Branch, Tenn., 441 Horton Hwy., April 22-24 and 27, May 1, 7 p.m. Friend of Sinners, an Easter musical of the passion, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays; matinee, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sundays; No performances on Mondays and Tuesdays. Suggested donation, $8 adults/$5 students/children 12 and under free. For reservations and info: (423) 348-7610 or www.lamplighttheatre.com.

EASTER PROGRAM: Poplar Ridge Christian Church, Piney Flats, 206 Popular Ridge Church Road, Christian Life Center, April 22, 7 p.m. Finished, Today…Hope Is Alive; Sunrise service, 7 a.m. with speaker, Mr. Bob Allen; Sunrise Breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and first service 9 a.m.; Sunday school 10 a.m., second service 11 a.m.

MESSIAH IN THE PASSOVER: Bristol, Tenn., 540 Highway 126, Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, April 22, 6 p.m. Messiah in the Passover with Passover meal, worship, teaching, fellowship. Love offering received to benefit the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, an organization that serves Israel with humanitarian aid and the presentation of the Gospel.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: Abingdon, Va., 338 Lowland St., Grace Lutheran Church, April 22, 12-3 p.m. Hear the last 7 statements of the Lord. Open door – come and go as you wish.

EASTER CELEBRATION: Bristol, Va., 2455 King Mill Pike, NorthStar Church, April 22, 6 p.m., Good Friday special candlelight communion service; April 24, 7 a.m. sunrise service with breakfast to follow; 9:30 a.m. Children's Play, "The Easter Pageant That Almost Wasn't"; Worship service 10:30 a.m., with celebration of our risen Saviour Jesus Christ. For more information visit www.northstarbristol.org or (276) 466-1825.

EASTER DRAMA: Bristol, Tenn., 3055 West State St., New Grace Baptist Church, April 22-23, 7 p.m. Easter drama, The Decision. (423) 652-2938, info@newgracebaptistchurch.org, or www.newgracebaptistchuch.org.

EGG HUNT: Duffield, Va., Natural Tunnel State Park, April 23, 2 p.m. Prizes will be given away. Lunch is provided.

EGGNORMOUS EASTER EGG HUNT: Highlands Fellowship churches in Abingdon, Bristol, Marion and Johnson City, April 22-24, for ages 2 through 5th grade. Prizes include a new car, gas cards, gift cards for groceries and other useful items. Deborah Whitt, (276) 628-3297 or dwhitt@highlandsfellowship.com.

EGG HUNT, BONNET/HAT PARADE: Bristol, Va., Cumberland Square Park, April 23, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Department of Parks & Recreation will present Easter arcade games, Easter bunny and mascot photos for small fee, Easter bonnet and hat parade, and egg hunt for children ages 2-9 years old. Prizes will be given. (276) 645-7275.

EGG HUNT: Bristol, Va., 105 North St., St. Luke United Methodist Church. April 23, 2 p.m. (276) 669-2441.

URBAN EGGS-CAPADE: Johnson City, Tenn., April 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter egg hunt for 0-5 year olds at Majestic Park, 11 a.m.; noon for 6-12 year olds throughout the downtown region. Organizers are asking for donations of eggs, activities and volunteers to help the morning of the event, paeventstn@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/positiveapproachevents.

COMMUNITY EGG HUNT: Richlands, Va., Recreation Park, April 23, 1 p.m. for preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Prizes will be awarded to children who find the Golden Eggs. (276) 963-3385.

EGG HUNT: Rye Cove Community Church in conjunction with Natural Tunnel State Park, April 23, 2 p.m. Hunt is for toddlers to 17 year olds. Lunch will be provided. Arrive at least 15 minutes before egg hunt begins.

EGG HUNT: Bristol, Va., 400 Old Airport Road, Gethsemane Baptist Church, April 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Games for all ages, Easter bunny, face painting, hot dog lunch, prizes, devotions, etc. (276) 466-8016.

EGG HUNT: Chilhowie, Va., Chilhowie Recreation Park, April 23, 10 a.m. for ages walking though 10. Eggs contain prizes. The Easter Bunny will be available for parents to take pictures. Free face painting and an 18 foot inflatable slide will also be available. There will be funnel cakes, candy bars, pizza and cold drinks.

EGG HUNT: Bristol, Va., 52 Old Airport Road, Adoration Church, April 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. free community Easter egg hunt for ages 1-12. There will also be kidz Easter lesson, candy filled eggs with special prize eggs, lunch and grab bags for each child.

EASTER PARTY: Bristol, Va., intersection of King Mill Pike and Valley Drive, Community Baptist Church, April 23, noon to 2 p.m., cake walk, prizes and candy, egg hunt for ages 2 thru teens. (276) 466-8409 for information.

EGG HUNT: Breaks, Va., Breaks Interstate Park, Potter’s Knoll, April 23, noon with eggs filled with prizes ranging from candy and stuffed animals to bicycles for ages 1-12; April 24, 6 a.m. sunrise service inside the shelter at Potter’s Knoll.

SUNRISE SERVICE: Bristol, Va., 105 North St., St. Luke United Methodist Church, April 24, 7 a.m. Sunrise service with breakfast, sponsored by the St. Luke Men’s Club to follow. The St. Luke Choir will perform its Easter Cantata at 11 a.m. (276) 669-2441.

SUNRISE SERVICE: Bristol, Tenn., East Hills Cemetery, April 24, 6:30 a.m. The Rev. Rick Morrell will conduct the service.

SUNRISE SERVICE: Marion, Va., Scratch Gravel Road, Russell’s Chapel Church, April 24, 6 a.m.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Meadowview, Va., Exit 24, Warriors Path International Ministries, April 24, 9:30 a.m. free Easter Pancake Breakfast with an Easter egg hunt for the children and youth. www.warriorspathinternational.org.

SUNRISE SERVICE: Bristol, Tenn., 136 Highridge St., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, April 24, 7 a.m. Easter sunrise service. Free breakfast will be provided by the United Methodist men.

SUNRISE SERVICE: Bristol, Va., Route 700, Fleenor’s Memorial Church, April 24, 7 a.m. sunrise service with communion.

SUNRISE SERVICE: Blountville, Tenn., Hwy. 126, Acuff Chapel, April 24, 7 a.m. sunrise service with the Rev. David Graves, district superintendent for the Kingsport Division of the United Methodist Church will be officiating.

COMMUNITY

LEWIS & CLARK CIRCUS: Bristol, Va., Euclid Ave. & Division St., beside White Sox Stadium, April 29, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; April 30, 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Bristol Little League. Featured will be high-flying trapeze artists, high wire artists, amazing acrobats, juggling, zany clowns, horses, camels plus pony and camel rides, concessions, and a free petting zoo on the midway. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lewisandclarkcircus.com. $10 age 17 and above/children age 14 and under free with a special coupon in advance. Day of circus adults, $15/students, 15-16, $8/$5 for age 14 and younger. For information www.lewisandclarkcircus.com.

TAX RETURNS: Abingdon, Va., 174 East Main St., Suite B, The Washington County Commissioner of the Revenue’s office will prepare and file your Virginia State Income Tax Returns free of charge. Bring completed federal tax return, copies of any W-2 or 1099 and any other tax information. Completed forms will be checked as well. Office open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. (276) 676-6270.

RAILROAD PHOTOS: Abingdon, Va., Library, April 27, 7 p.m. The Virginia Creeper Trail Club will present guest speaker, Bill Arnold of the Roanoke Chapter, National Railway Historical Society showing slides of O. Winston Link Vintage Railroad Photos.

PLANT SWAP: Johnson City, 929 West Watauga Ave., Mize Farm & Garden Supply, first Saturday of each month through Nov. 5, 11 a.m. Trade plants/seeds/cuttings/bulbs you have too many of, for something you don’t have. (423) 434-1800 or e-mail vaughn at boybudgie@charter.net.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Richlands, Va. Two $750 Scholarships will be awarded to any Richlands High School senior with a 2.5 GPA or greater offered by the Richlands Rotary Club. For information and an application form (276) 963-3385 or the Richlands Area Chamber office. Applications are available on line by e-mailing richlandschamber@roadrunner.com or visiting the Richlands High School Guidance office. Deadline for submission April 22.

GARDEN FAIR: Kingsport, 4812 Orebank Road, Exchange Place Living History Farm, April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1, noon to 5 p.m. Various plants will be on sale along with garden accessories and related crafts. The fair will also feature garden talks, children’s activties, music, food, demonstrations of springtime activities on an 1850s farm such as sheep shearing and plowing. (423) 288-6071.

MOUNT ROGERS NATURALIST RALLY: Konnarock, Va., Community Center, May 6-7. Doug Ogle will present a program about Whitetop Mountain. www.mountrogersnaturalistrally.org.

LIBRARY TALKS: Bristol, Va., Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode St., Saturdays, 2-3 p.m.; Dr. Dempsey Morgan, Bristol Va., resident and fighter pilot in World War II; (276) 645-8780.

CRUSIN’ CLASSICS CAR CLUB: Abingdon, Va., Exit 17 off I-81, ABC/Magic Mart parking lot. Cruise-in every Saturday, 6-9 p.m. (276) 623-1768 or crusinclassicsabingdon@yahoo.com/

BRISTOL SENIOR RESOURCE LUNCHEON: Bristol, Tenn., 826 Meadowview Road, Broadmore Senior Living. April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with speaker, Spencer Stuart – Genworth Financial Regional Marketing Director. Topic: Long Term Care Insurance. RSVP (423) 764-4622.

MOTHER’S DAY PLANT SALE: Fundraiser for Abuse Alternatives. May 4, Abingdon Baptist Church; May 6, McIver Memorial Presbyterian Church, Bristol. Hanging baskets, $10 each; Large pots $25 each; Hibiscus $16 each; Bedding plants, $16 per flat; Potted plants, 4 1/2 inch-container, $6; Potted plants, 7 inch-contained, $10. To pre-order, (423) 652-9093.

HEALTH

TRI-CITIES GOES RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON: Kingsport, Tenn. MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center, April 29, co-host of Good Morning America, Joan Lunden, keynote speaker, will speak about Go Red for Women, a national initiative of the American heart Association to empower women to take charge of their heart health. There will also be sessions on heart health, healthy cooking, wealth health and nutrition, exercise, silent auction and music, $65 available at Wellmont Foundation, (423) 230-8550 or www.wellmont.org.

COMMUNITY COUNSELING CLINIC: Johnson City Tenn., East Tennessee State University offers free services, covering wide range of issues, to individuals, couples and families. Anyone living in the area is eligible for services. Evening hours can be arranged in addition to daytime appointments. The clinic has several private counseling rooms in Warf-Pickel Hall on the campus of ETSU. For more information or appointments, call (423) 439-7679.

FREE MEDICAL CLINIC: Abingdon, Va., Wesley Free Medical Clinic, 18370 Lee Hwy. (across from airport), Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; an outreach ministry of Pleasant View United Methodist Church for uninsured in our area; Barbara Farmer, (276) 628-6323.

CHILDREN

PRE-K APPLICATIONS: Wise County schools now taking applications for 2011-2012 Pre-K Program from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents should apply at the nearest school during the application period. Students must be four years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011. Bring birth certificate or other proof of birth date and social security card to the school. Information available from principal or guidance counselor at the nearest primary or elementary school or Kitty Wyatt, (276) 328-6220.

PEOPLE INCORPORATED OF VIRGINIA: Accepting applications in Bristol city, Washington and Russell County for children 3 and 4 years of age. Options include the home and center-based Head Start Program. The program offers educational, medical, and dental services and daily meals without cost, as well as parent involvement and family services for the entire family. Services to children with disabilities are a vital part of the program. Call (276) 623-9000 or (276) 889-0999 for information. People Incorporated serves participants regardless of race, color, sex, ability or national origin.

ABINGDON UNITED CHILDREN’S CENTER: Abingdon, Va., Hwy. 58 off Exit 19 of I-81. Daycare still has openings for children. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds go to Abingdon United Pentecostal Church. (276) 628-6379.

SEEKING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN: Sullivan County Schools are attempting to locate and identify county children with significant delays and special needs. The children must live in the Sullivan County Schools district and be 3 to 21 years old, home schooled or attending a private school. Screenings will be conducted for Autism, deafness, developmentally delayed, emotionally disturbed, functionally delayed, health impaired, hearing impaired, intellectual disability, intellectually gifted, multiple disabilities, physically/orthopedic impaired, learning disability, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury and visually impaired. For more information, call Sullivan County Schools Child Find Coordinator Debbie Hamilton, (423) 354-1593.

HEAD START PROGRAM: Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency looking for children ages 3-4 including those with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements of federal income guidelines, local Policy Council standards; free to the family, some transportation provided; slots limited, apply now, (423) 764-7366.

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MISS TROPICAL GLITZ BEAUTY PAGEANT: Coeburn, Va., Tacoma School Community Center, May 15, 2 p.m. for girls from birth to 17 years and over. Side events include Most Beautiful, Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Hair and Best Smile. Sue Morris, 403 Charleston St. Weber City, Va. 24290 or (276) 386-9555; Sandy Chapman, 911 Nottingham Road, Gate City, Va. 24251 or (276) 386-9524 or sandychapman@live.com.

ONGOING

BINGO: Belfast-Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department, every Thursday, 7 p.m. Doors open 5 p.m. $1,000 jackpot every week.

BINGO: Damascus, Va., Volunteer Fire Dept., 919 S. Shady Ave., Saturdays, (276) 475-3811; Saltville Rescue Squad, 126 Battleground Ave., Mondays, (276) 496-4531; Saltville, Va., Ruritan Club, beside fire department, Wednesdays, Fridays, 4:30 p.m., (276) 496-3716 or 496-3900; Wytheville, Va., Old Recreation Center, Fourth Street, Wednesdays, sponsored by American Legion Post 9.

COMMEMORATIVE ORNAMENTS: Bristol Kiwanis Club has Bristol landmark ornaments. $10 per ornament. Available at Victor Hardy Jewelers, Jean Burnette Boxwood, Akard Funeral Home and Buntings. Anna Horne (423) 878-5946 or Virginia Rutherford (423) 764-5972.

ABINGDON SENIOR CENTER: Abingdon, Va., 300 Senior Dr., free senior Tuesday breakfast, first, second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 8:45 a.m. at senior center; Stained glass and mosaic art lessons; Texas Hold’em poker, Mondays, 1 p.m.; Pot luck birthday social every third Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. followed by bingo at 1 p.m.; Every Thursday music jam at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. Light dinner, 5:45 p.m., $6 per person. (276) 628-5859; Nutrition education, third Tuesday, 10 a.m. (276) 676-6309.

WE CARE DINNERS: Abingdon, Va., St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Hall, 124 E. Main St., usually last Thursday of each month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; transportation via public transit from Food City parking lot, Senior Citizens Center, Highland Center and Abingdon Cinemall or (276) 676-0700 to schedule a ride; free for with no, low or on fixed income; (276) 628-3606.

FARMERS MARKET

GLADE SPRING: Town Square, April 30, 8 a.m. to noon. Mother’s day event, kids can paint a free flower pot for Mom, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon. Market will be open each Saturday.

PARKS

SUGAR HOLLOW PARK: Bristol, Va., Stroller Walks every Tuesday morning 10-11 a.m. (weather permitting) from May through October. Stroller walks is an hour to walk, talk and enjoy time with baby and other moms. If interested meet at the park playground parking lot area. (276) 645-5867 or (276) 619-2258.

BAYS MOUNTAIN PARK: Each Saturday night in April, Bays Mountain Astronomy Club presents StarWatch with sessions April 23, 8:30 p.m.; Solar Viewing at domed observatory, (if clear) Saturday and Sunday, 3-3:30 p.m. (423) 229-9449 or robcole@kingsporttn.gov.

NATURAL TUNNEL STATE PARK: Duffield, Va., Stock Creek Interpretive Center, April 23, Annual Kid’s Fishing Day, registration 11 a.m., fishing, noon-3 p.m. Archery and BB gun competition. Gift bags will be given to children ages 3-12 years of age. (276) 940-1643.

SYCAMORE SHOALS STATE HISTORIC AREA: Elizabethton, Tenn., Traditional arts workshops, storytelling, concerts, Sunday jam at Carter Mansion, tours, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and more; 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. free to all visitors. (423) 543-5808.

BREAKS INTERSTATE PARK: Breaks, Va., Various events such as motorcycle run, music, farmer’s market, movies, trails day events, Civil War reenactments, molasses stir off, festivals, etc. (276) 865-4413.

WILDERNESS ROAD STATE PARK: Ewing, Va.; daily activities include docu-drama, interpretive programs (276) 445-3065, wildernessroad@dcr.virginia.gov or www.martinsstation.com.

 

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