Community Calendar for 08/14/2015

Published 7:51 am Friday, August 14, 2015

Race for Wandell
10 a.m. Sept. 19
East Side Elementary School, 800 Siam Road
The third annual 3k run/walk will raise money for the family of Josh Wandell, the former East Side principal who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.

Invasive Hop
11 a.m. today
Roan Mountain State Park
Ailanthus, Sus Scrofa, Cyprinid Fish, OH MY! These are three different species that can be found in Tennessee, but in the world of Tennessee State Parks, they are all classified under one name: “invasive.” Join Park Ranger Keifer Helle beside Shelter 3 for a fun game for all ages . Learn what the Ailanthus, Sus Scrofa and Cyprinid Fish are and what other invasive species are out there. Also learn ways to combat them so that native Tennessee species of plants, animals, fish and more flourish in this beautiful state. This program is weather-dependent. Cost: FREE.

Summer Tree Identification
3 p.m. today
Roan Mountain State Park
Did you know that the Southern Appalachians have more tree species than all of Europe combined? Meet Amanda at Park Headquarters for an easy hike along the Forest Road Trail to learn how to identify the trees you’ll find in the park. This program is weather-dependent. Cost: FREE.

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Cabin Campfire
9 tonight
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Amanda at the Cabin Campfire Ring just beyond Cabin 26 for stories, s’mores and games. This program is weather-dependent. Cost: FREE.

Campfire Cookin
3 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Amanda at the Campground Campfire Ring just beyond the Tom Gray Trailhead for some ideas for your next camp meal. Bring your favorite camping recipes, and we’ll have a recipe swap! Come hungry. You might get to sample some fare. This program is weather-dependent. Cost: FREE.

Beach Volleyball
4 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Who says you can’t enjoy a beach game in the mountains? Meet Amanda at the Volleyball Court. All ages and experience levels are welcome to join. This program is weather-dependent. Cost: FREE.

Park in the Dark
8:30 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Come see our park in a different light, the differences are like night and day! Meet Amanda at the Park Amphitheater. Please bring a light and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. We will be hiking 0.5 miles up the Fred Behrend Trail (moderate i
difficulty). Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is weather dependent.

5:30 p.m. today
Roan Mountain State Park
Learn all about Roan Mountain’s largest land mammal with Amanda at the Conference Center. Cost: FREE.

11 a.m. Sunday
Roan Mountain State Park
Did you know these beautiful insects travel thousands of miles on their delicate wings? Join Amanda at the Miller Farmstead to learn why Roan Mountain State Park is one of their favorite places to be. Cost: FREE.

Grief Share
2-4 p.m. Sundays
through Nov. 8
Sycamore Shoals Hospital
Grace Baptist Church’s grief recovery seminar and support group will meet weekly in Classroom B at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Grief Share video sessions feature nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Living With Grief,” “The Journey of Grief,” “The Effects of Grief,” “Why?” and “Stuck in Grief.” Grief Share is co-sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital Spiritual Care Department. The sessions are led by Grace Baptist Pastor Travis Tyler.

Positively Pillows
1-4 p.m. Sunday
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Class will focus on how to create and insert piping, cording and zippers in pillows, types of pillow forms, covered buttons, envelope closure. A different pillow will be sewn at each session. Check at the park Visitors Center for examples and supply list. Student needs to be familiar with the use of their sewing machines. Instructor: Donna Horowitz. Minimum class size, 3; maximum, 6. Cost: $45.00 plus supplies.

Natural Dyeing
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Make beautiful color with all the bounty of nature. Learn to dye thread as Colonial settlers might have during the 18th century. Create stunning colors with the herbs and flowers of the field. Wear old clothes, and bring your lunch. Instructor: Carolyn DeWitt. Class minimum, 2; maximum, 10. Cost: $25.

Basketry — Cottage Hearth
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Hearth baskets were used to hold kindling for the fireplace. This mini (8.5 inches by 12 inches by 10 inches) can hold anything from magazines to muffins. Students will learn how to make a slanted rim. If you want to line the bottom with an acrylic cutting board (wood is too heavy), bring it with you to class. We will adjust the size of the basket to fit it. Instructor: Candy Alexander. Class minimum, 4; maximum, 12. Cost: $30.

Salute to Elvis Show
7 tonight and Saturday
Rico’s Pizza,
2209 Highway 91
Elvis Presley tribute artist Brian Keener will perform in honor of Elvis Week. Cost: FREE.

At the Amphitheater: The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band
7 tonight
Roan Mountain State Park
You’ll be blown away by this young fiddlin ’ prodigy and his bluegrass band. Meet at the Park Amphitheater, or Picnic Shelter 3 (across from the Camp Store) in case of inclement weather. Cost: FREE.

At the Miller Farmstead: Music by Thistle Dew
noon-2 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Sweet old-time tunes by these talented ladies at the Miller Farmstead. Cost: FREE.

Covered Bridge Jams
7-9 p.m. Saturdays
Covered Bridge Park,
downtown Elizabethton
t Hollow Ground Bluegrass, Saturday
t ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, Aug. 29

At the Amphitheater: Marshall Ballew
7 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Don’t miss this performance of blues, folk covers, and soulful originals by Marshall Ballew. Meet at the Park Amphitheater, or Picnic Shelter 3 in case of inclement weather. Cost: FREE.

Lakeside Concert Series
7-9 p.m. Thursday
and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 13
Winged Deer Park,
Johnson City
t Kids Our Age, Thursday
t Johnson City Symphony, Sept. 13

Old Time Music Jam
Aug. 23
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old-time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play an instrument? Come on over, kick back and enjoy the tunes! Led by Art Lang. Cost: FREE.

Christopher Paul Stelling
8 p.m. Sept. 4
Willow Tree Coffeehouse & Music Room, 216 E Main St., Johnson City
Singer-songwriter and virtuosic finger-picker Christopher Paul Stelling perform at the Willow Tree in support of his new album, “Labor Against Waste.” Stelling made his national television debut on “CBS Saturday Morning” June 13. Additionally, he made a spirited appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series playing four songs from “Labor Against Waste.”

Johnson City Symphony Orchestra Auditions
Sept. 10
Milligan College,
Seeger Chapel, Room 200
The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra has opened auditions for the following positions:
• Principal viola;
• Section viola;
• Section violin;
• Asst principal french horn/utility horn; and
• Second oboe/english horn.

Carter Mansion Tours
2 p.m. today, Saturday
and Sunday
Carter Mansion, 1013 Broad St.
Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family that built it. Cost: FREE.

Newell Hendershot Exhibit
Saturday through Aug. 28
Opening reception
1:30-4 p.m. Saturday
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Fun exhibit of miniature masterpieces, size 6 inches by 6 inches or smaller. Cost: FREE.

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
10 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications and parades. It is open to anyone 13 or older. Musical experience welcome but not required. Lessons are free. Just call and let them know you’re coming.

Gouge-Collins Reunion
Little Doe Freewill Baptist Church, 118 Simerly Creek Road, Hampton
The descendants of Ruby and Addie Birchfield Gouge and Emmert and Bethie Gouge Collins will hold their annual reunion in the church fellowship hall. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring covered dishes.

Shell Family
noon Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Marsha Ward
at 423-794-7992
or Gene McKinney
at 423-772-4285
Meet at the second shelter at the park. Bring a covered dish and photographs.

Annual Finney Reunion
noon Aug. 22
Elk River Baptist Church, Highway 321, Butler
The descendants of Phillip and Catherine Greenwell Finney will hold a reunion in the church fellowship hall. Bring your favorite finger foods.

Eggers Family
noon Aug. 22
Unaka Baptist Church
Gary Eggers, 423-474-3241
The descendants of Jobe and Bertha Eggers will meet in the fellowship hall.

Brewer-Birchfield Family
1 p.m. Aug. 23
Roan Mountain State Park
The Brewer-Birchfield families will meet at the large picnic shelter at the park. Bring enough food and drinks to share with others.

Hampton High School Class of 1955
6 p.m. Aug. 28
Lone Star Steakhouse
RSVP to Betty Deloach.

White Family Reunion
3-7 p.m. Aug. 29
Lynn Valley Baptist Church, 1367 Broad St.
Linda at 423-737-7673
or Mack at 423-676-5555
Family of David and Ethel Smith White will hold a reunion in the church life center. RSVP by Thursday with the number of family members attending. Bring a vegetable or casserole and salad or dessert and drink. Bring old photos of family members no longer with us.

Steed College 2015 Reunion
4 p.m. Aug. 29
Ole Barn Restaurant, 440 Okolona Road, Johnson City
Alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invted to attend. Dinner will be served at 6. Dress is casual. RSVP by today. Cost: $20 per person. Make checks payable to Rose Gregg Neese, Treasurer, 805 Morningside Drive, Johnson City TN 37604.

Hampton High School Class of 1975
3 p.m. Oct. 17
Meredith Valley Farm, Meredith Valley Lane
Bring a covered dish. RSVP to 865-254-2792 or Cost: $15.

Tour of Historic Washington County
Sept. 26
The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a tour of Washington County. Lunch will be provided. Cost: $35 for guild members, $40 for nonmembers. More information pending.

Annual Cranberry Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10
Shady Valley
Elementary School
Parade, quilt show, crafts, exhibits, music, demonstrations and food. Book signing by Darrell Brinkley, Mr. Shady Valley. Admission: FREE.

The Elizabethton Star will publish in its calendar any nonprofit event in Carter, Johnson or Washington County. To submit your event, send an email to You also may mail or drop off your notice at 300 N. Sycamore St., Elizabethton TN 37643.