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REUNIONS

PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1969: May 30, 2 p.m. For information contact Ann Williams Evans: annkuts@embarqmail.com, 276-698-6003 or Mary Sue Maiden Smith, marsu1951@gmail.com, 276-492-3091.

MASON & DIXON FORMER EMPLOYEES: Kingsport, Warriors Path Park Recreation Building, June 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Annual picnic. Bring covered dish. For information 276-646-3708 or 423-220-6375.

GLADE SPRING HIGH REUNION: Glade Spring Baptist Family Center, June 6. Bring covered dish. For info, call Delores Wagner, 276-429-2117 or Frances Thomas, 276-429-5771.

SLACK-MELTON REUNON: Englewood, Tenn., 105 Carroll St., Englewood Community Center, June 7, 1 p.m. Bring family genealogy information, old Bibles, pictures, keepsakes, hand-made crafts such as quilts and musical instruments, etc. Bring covered dishes to share. Paper products and ice will be provided. For information, contact Glenda Rowland at gabps@comcast.net or Ronnie Slack Irslack42@yahoo.com, 865-376-6332.

GROSECLOSE FAMIILY: Pipestem, WVa., June 12-14, concluding with a homeplace visit and luncheon in Ceres, Va., June 14. For details: 703-532-4210, dderosa.va@gmail.com.

ERVIN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ’84: The Gridiron Battlefield, June 13, 12-6 p.m. as we host the multi generational class reunion, students from 1955-2012 and their families are invited. Roy StClair, class of ’84, 703-904-5260, Facebook@Forever REBELS or Ervintonreunion@gmail.com.

PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1973: Meadowview Community Center on village square, June 13, 4-8 p.m. 42nd reunion. No charge, however, bring something for pot-luck dinner. Members of adjacent classes and friends are welcome. 276-944-3720 or benadditon@embarqmail.com.

MCCONNELL AND RELATED FAMILIES CLAN ‘HOOLEY': Nickelsville, Va., Keith park Shelter, June 19, 2-5 p.m. Picnic cookout if desired. Bring own food/games. Family genealogy data exchange, Cousin visitation, etc; June 20, 10 a.m. Registration-Keith Senior Center, Nickelsville. Bring snacks, finger foods for lunch-12:30 p.m. Bring covered dish to share for evening meal-5:30 p.m. Bring Silent Auction items 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Genealogy Data Base, Family photos, stories, etc. For more information contact: Bobby D McConnell, Grandmaster 423-538-3159 or bobbymcconnell1@aol.com

BLOUNTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: Class of 1965, 50th year reunion, July 4. We need to find classmates James Mitchell and Robert ‘Bob’ Davis. If you have information, call Judy Weaver McKenzie, 423-247-6970 or Donna Barnes Kilday, 423-743-5404.

BUSH & BLEVINS REUNION: St. Paul, Va., Eastern Star (Old Coca cola Building), July 11, 10 a.m. For more information contact Patsy Dzuba, 276-669-6768 or Jennifer Spangler, 276-393-1712.

JOHN S. BATTLE 1965: Planning for 50th Class Reunion, July 11. Contact: Glen Eads 423-534-5158.

MARION SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL: July 17-19, 40th reunion. For more info contact Larry Hutton, 276-677-4173 or Connie Ross, 276-686-4172.

WEAVER-BURNETTE FAMILY: Bristol, Tenn., 132 People Road, Weaver Union Church, next to Weaver Elementary School on Weaver Pike. July 18, 1 p.m. until ??? Bring covered dish if able. For more info call Dru Fleenor, 424-878-7121, 423-366-0184 or email halfpintDE@aol. and Connie Weaver, 423-274-0184 or 423-502-2111.

PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1971 REUNION: Meadowview Community Center, Aug. 15, 5 p.m. with a potluck supper (meats provided), favorite music, memories and a special remembrance of classmates we have lost. For information, contact: Connie Tuggle Duncan, 276-206-3488, Don-nie.duncan@comcast.net or Edie Spell Bobko, 276-944-3431, edithanne@hotmail.com.

FUNDRAISERS

HOPE ON WHEELS MOTORCYCLE RIDE: Johnson City, Tenn., starting at Market Street Centre, May 30, 10 a.m. All proceeds go to Mountain States Cancer Care. For all donations of $20 or more per bike, the donor will recent an event t-shirt. Event-day registration lasts from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Lunch will be available for donations at the finish to help defray the cost of the meal and to further the charitable mission of the event. Rain date of June 6 has been set. 423-431-7782 or email to clinebellJL@msha.com or www.mashafoundation.org/events.

JONESBOROUGH SENIOR CENTER: Jonesborough, Tenn., 1521 Persimmon Ridge Road, May 30, 7 -10 a.m. Country Breakfast Fundraiser. All you can eat. Cost is by donation. 423-753-4781.

COOKBOOK FUNDRAISER: The Bristol Historical Association’s Past and Repast – a Fine Collection of Recipes encompasses recipes, historic images of Bristol, facts and trivia. $25 available at Boxworks, Box-wood, the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Glamar Gallery, Gwen’s Herb Shop and Willow Creek. BHACookBook@aol.com and www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com.

COMMEMORATIVE ORNAMENT: Bristol Kiwanis Club is offering the Old YMCA Building as part of its Landmark series. $10. Virginia Rutherford 423-764-5972.

TURKEY SHOOT: Bristol Goodson Lions Club, Saturdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; proceeds help those in need within the community; Mick Arnold, 276-669-3417.

 WAYS TO HELP

ABINGDON HEALTH AND REHAB: Abingdon, Va., 15051 Harmony Hills Lane. Volunteers needed to help assist with activities for residents/patients in skilled, long term and memory care facility. Contact Joy Anderson, 276-451-2590 or janderson@abingdon-rehab.com.

ABINGDON SENIOR CENTER: Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to area homebound each Monday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Abingdon/Washington County, Va. area. Mileage reimbursement available on request. 276-628-3911, ask for Audrey.

ABUSE ALTERNATIVES: Volunteers needed to aid in helping those who are victims of domestic violence. This organization provides domestic violence intervention services to residents of the City of Bristol Tenn., Bristol, Va., Sullivan County, Tenn., Washington County, Va., and Bluff City, Tenn., 423-652-9093.

BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS OF THE GREATER TRI-CITIES: Change a life, be a mentor. For information on volunteer opportunities or to request an application, 423-247-3240 or www.tennesseebig.org.

CAMBRIDGE HOUSE: Bristol, Tenn., 250 Bellebrook Road, Volunteers needed to help with crafts, parties, bingo and special events and visit with residents for Bible reading and more, 423-968-4123.

CAMELOT CARE CENTERS: Kingsport, Tenn., 2991 Ft. Henry Drive, Provides therapeutic foster care, adoption for area children, 24-hour support for families, reimbursement for caring for these children. Free training in Tri-Cities. Kelly Whitaker, 877-607-7749.

CARIS HEALTHCARE HOSPICE: Hospice volunteers are needed in the Bristol area, 276-494-0465 or ggentry@carishealthcare.com, and Kingsport area. 423-929-2044 or jfarnor@carishealthcare.com.

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER: Blountville, Tenn. Need donations of items to distribute to children who receive services at the center including cookies, crackers, cakes, raisins, juice boxes. Must be individually packaged, commercially produced. Homemade items not accepted. Also journals and pens for their therapy program and gift cards in $10 increments from WalMart, Target for children’s birthday gift. 423- 279-1222.

COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM – DINING TO DONATE: Marion, 107 East Main St., The Black Rooster Restaurant & Lounge, will help raise money for your civic organizations, charity, school or any non-profit group. The Restaurant and Lounge will donate 10 percent of all food and beverage sales on your fundraiser event date. Request a date by sending an email to marketing-gfmh@comcast.net.

CRAB ORCHARD MUSEUM: Tazewell, Va., looking for volunteers to give educational tours for visiting school children. Joan Yates 276-988-6755 or jyates@craborchardmuseum.com.

CRISIS CENTER INC.: Bristol, Va., Just Checking Program is a daily cheery phone visit to seniors and home bound residents of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. During these calls specially trained volunteers gently screen for elderly abuse, medication reminders and the recipients general welfare. If you know of someone who could benefit from this program or would like to learn more call The Crisis Center or simply drop by to learn more; recruiting volunteers to staff life-saving crisis hot line. Training course is free. For information contact Della McGuire at 276-466-2218; fax: 276-466-5481.

ETSU’S MARTIN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: Johnson City, The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts needs volunteers as ushers, in the box office helping with administrative and marketing tasks. Training sessions available. Individuals 16 and older, 423-439-8587 or email ehleah@etsu.edu.

FOOD PROGRAM: Dawn of Hope Development Center will sponsor the Child and Adult Care Food Pro-gram. Meals will be provided at no charge to eligible mentally challenged adults served at Dawn of Hope Stratton, 500 East Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601.

HANDS ON MUSEUM: Johnson City, Tenn., needs community’s help with support for the museum during annual giving campaign. Emily Goepel at 423-434-4263 ext. 106 or email emily@handsonmuseum.org.

HILLMAN SCHOOL: Wise, County, Va., Old Indian Creek Road. The Lonesome Pine Office on Youth along with the School Heritage Center is still in the process of collecting old photographs of the 1 and 2 room schools that once housed the teachers and children of Wise County. These photographs are to be used in an upcoming book about these 1 and 2 room schools. If you have or know someone who may have any photographs of these schools call 276-523-5064 ext. 10 to make arrangements to scan your photograph. If you like you may mail your photograph to P.O. Box 568, Big Stone Gap, Va., 24219. You may send your photographs via email to info@lpoy.org. Include any information you may have about the photograph you submit.

HOPE HOUSE OF SCOTT COUNTY: Gate City, Va. Volunteers needed. Training provided for hot line calls, direct services to clients, clerical assistance and shelter coverage, etc. 276-386-1313. Volunteers at Dan Paul Closet Thrift Store for general operational duties must be 18 years of age and able to lift 25 lbs. 276-386-7143.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER: Kingsport, Tenn., and surrounding area for ages 16 and up. Provide comfort to hospice patients through regular visits at local facilities. Support patients and families through companionship or providing breaks for the caregivers. Companion hospice families who have lost a loved one by becoming a hospice bereavement volunteer. Weekly phone calls to families to provide emotional and/or spiritual support takes about 2-4 hours per week. Free training and certification. Volunteer coordinator, 423-288-9777.

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY: Johnson City, Dominion Senior Living seeking volunteers of all types and abilities to share their time, life’s work, hobbies, or skills with the residents in various ways. Contact Susan Hoover, 214-890-7912 ext. 31 or email at shoover@fortegroupinc.com or Amy Jones 214-890-7912 ext. 30 or email ajones@fortegroupinc.com. For more information, 243-930-9001 or www.dominionseniorliving.com.

MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS: Jonesborough, Tenn., The Chester Inn Museum is in need of volunteers to help out this summer with two-three hour shifts on Sundays and/or Mondays starting in May. Volunteers would serve as docents and would help welcome guests, work at the front desk, answer questions, and lead visitors upstairs on tours of the inn’s original parlor and dining room. Call Heritage Alliance at 423-753-9580 or email info@heritageall.org.

NHC VOLUNTEERS: Bristol, Va., 245 North St., Volunteers needed to help transport patients to daily activities Monday thru Sunday. Volunteers can assist in group activities such as bingo, church, music, crafts, sing a-longs, games, exercise and food activities. Also needed are volunteers that can do one on one in room activities with the patients such as visits in room, read to patients, sing or play music one on one. Call John M. Malone, activity director, at 276-669-4711 or come by and fill out a volunteer appli-cation.

PEOPLE PLACE: 400 Shelby St., No. 100, Bristol, TN 37620. Arc of Sullivan County seeking funds to continue various programs serving people with developmental disabilities. Contributions welcome.

SEEKING USHERS: Marion, Va., Lincoln Theatre, needs volunteer ushers to support the theater’s many events. Free tickets to ushers who work a set number of shows. 276-783-6092.

SMALL MIRACLES THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING CENTER: Kingsport, Tenn. Looking for busi-nesses to discount or donate equine-related services or products, plumbing, electrical, hardware, legal, accounting, etc., smiracles@chartertn.net.

SULLIVAN COUNTY IMAGINATION LIBRARY: Give a gift to the library and provide books for an entire year to children. The library is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and in conjunction with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation provides one age-appropriate, quality book each month, delivered to the homes of children ages 0-5 who are registered for the program. Visit www.scimaginationlibrary.org to find out how to contribute.

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMIILIES: The Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness received a grant to assist low income veterans in the area Tennessee counties served by ARCH: Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Hancock, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi. If you are a veteran or a family member facing a rental eviction, utility disconnect, homelessness or living on the streets, call ARCH at 423-928-2724 ext. 105, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To quality veterans must have a copy of their DD214 before receiving services. To obtain a copy of your DD214 ARCH may be able to assist you.

VHCC COLLECTING STRING INSTRUMENTS: Community members who have unwanted instruments are encouraged to donate them to Virginia Highlands Community College to support new programs offered through the VHCC Music Department. To take this three-credit course register for MUS-150. Also Band Ensemble course will be offered. Register for MUS-249 for this one-credit course. Instruments may be dropped off Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 1114 of the Mechanical Education Building on the VHCC campus. Contact Mary Munsey, mmunsey@vhcc.edu at 276-739-2454.

VOLUNTEERS: Johnson City Public Library, various departments inside the library as well as outside. Call Celeste Smedley, 423-434-4450, ext. 4474.

WELLMONT HOSPICE: Needs volunteers in the Bristol, Abingdon and surrounding areas to work in various capacities including assisting in the office/reception area at the Hospice House, providing companionship to patients, sitting with home patients to provide relief to family caregivers, and assisting with bereavement follow-up services. Free hospice training and certification provided. 423-844-5257.

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

NORTH WEST PEACE INTERNATIONAL: Program looking for families to host students ages 15-18 from various countries. All are pre-screened, speak English, have medical insurance, own expense money and are locally supervised. 423-764-3957 or 866-846-3977.

WORLD HERITAGE STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from foreign countries. Host families provide room, board and guidance for a teenager. The stu-dents will arrive before the 2014/15 school year begins and each student is fully insured, and brings his/her own personal spending money. Call Carol Lynn Baker, 423-767-1645 or 1-800-888-9040 or visit www.whHosts.com.

FORTE INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE ASSOCIATION (FIEA): Looking for host families for high school students, 15-18 years old from Europe, Asia and South America. All of the students have undergone per-sonal interviews, standardized English testing and maintain good grades in their native countries. All international students also have medical insurance and pocket money. 703-237-1688, michaele@forteexchange.org or www.forteexchange.org.

INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS: Bristol, Va., Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Bristol for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. Contact iE Virginia representative, Joe Bissell at j.bissell@international-experience.net, 517-388-8948. Review prospective student profiles online at iE-USA.org. Families must apply by Aug. 15, 2015.

HOW TO SUBMIT INFORMATION

Submission deadline is Monday noon for events scheduled during the upcoming week. Notices running without a date must be updated monthly to continue in the listing. To submit calendar entries, email fea-tures@bristolnews.com or fax to 276-669-3696. For more information, call Mary Dutton, 276-645-2556 or Jan Patrick, 276-645-2515.

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