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Upper East Tennessee Special Olympics annual bowling competitions for 2016 are being hosted this October and November. Athletes with special needs from Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington Counties will be competing at these events, and we invite you to join us during this exciting time. Teachers, coaches and volunteers from the community will be in attendance to support this exciting and memorable occasion.
Special Olympics will be hosting three separate events in order to accommodate all participating athletes. The first competition will be held on October 21, 2016 for all athletes from our local adult agencies, including Dawn of Hope, Envision, Enhanced, Brother’s Keeper, Comcare and Friends. The second competition will be held on October 28, 2016 for all local high school athletes. The last competition will be held on November 4, 2016 for all athletes from our local elementary, intermediate and middle schools. Holiday Lanes, located at 117 Broyles Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601, graciously hosts our bowling events every year. Opening ceremonies for each competition will begin at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, please contact the Special Olympics office at 1-888-915-7227. You can also follow or message us on our Facebook page, Area 3 Special Olympics, or our Twitter feed @Area3SpclOlympc. We sincerely invite all family, friends, and the public to come out and support these athletes on such an uplifting and exciting day for athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers alike. 

 The BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center, a 39-foot-long, state-of-the-art screening center on wheels, will stop at Belk stores in Sevierville, Morristown, and Greeneville, during the week of November 7, 2016 to offer free, convenient mammogram screenings.  Women age 40 and over with no breast concerns, who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months and have a primary care physician are eligible by calling 855-655-BMMC (2662) to schedule an appointment.  The Greeneville date is Saturday November 12th from 9am – 5:30pm at the Greeneville Commons. 
On November 5th and 6th, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will host several events showcasing characteristics of our region’s legacy. In celebration of Veteran’s Day Week, step back in time for A Walk In Their Boots: A Timeline of American Military History . Experience life on the front lines as an American military soldier and follow his footsteps through the earliest frontier days, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, America's Civil War, World War I, World War II and beyond. See firsthand, how the uniforms, equipment and weapons developed over the years. Follow the path of America's proudest tradition, that of its military veterans.
As a timeline event, re-enactors and historical interpreters will walk you through each period, displaying artifacts and conducting interactive demonstrations that will show you how these men and women contributed to securing American freedom and how they have protected it to this day. Tour the period encampments, and see how soldiers lived in the field and what resources they used to survive!
Battle demonstrations and reenactments from several different eras in American history will be presented each day to showcase the different tactics used throughout our military past. Do not miss this opportunity to see period equipment and weapons in action!
A new facet of this year’s event will be a Veteran Recollection Program which will afford veterans the opportunity to share their story with others. This program will take place in the Fort Watauga amphitheater immediately following the 11:00 am activities. If you are a veteran and would like to participate in this special event please call 412-726-6665 for more information.
Also, in conjunction with the event, the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization for Sycamore Shoals, will present a Colonial Harvest Celebration inside Fort Watauga. In Colonial America, before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed days of thanksgiving usually after the harvest had been brought in or after a significant military victory. Join the Washington County Militia for their annual Harvest Home Activities. Harvest events throughout the weekend will include; a reading of colonial governor Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, militia drill and training, and many more aspects and demonstrations of daily life on the colonial American frontier.
New this year to the Autumn Heritage Celebration will be a Fall Fibers Show held in and around the park visitor’s center from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 5th and 10am – 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 6th. Fall is the time we plan our winter projects and our handmade holiday gifts!  Spend the day visiting our regions’ finest fiber producers and artists! The day will include workshops, vendors with handmade items for sale, raw fibers, and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and more. Also, be sure to enjoy the amazing and graceful sheep herding demonstrations adjacent to Fort Watauga presented by Mr. Phil Lakin! We also welcome this year Tom Hudgin of Limestone Creek Llamas who will be offering Llama Cart rides each day.
Finally, to round out the packed weekend of activities, be sure to visit the 2016 Tennessee Watercolor Traveling Exhibition inside the Gathering Place of the Sycamore Shoals State Park Visitors Center.
The Tennessee Watercolor Society is a statewide organization showcasing works of Tennessee residents, and offering opportunities to experience and learn about watermedia on paper. A biannual exhibition and events surrounding it are held in different locations across the state. Internationally known watercolor painter, John Salminen, will choose 30 paintings from the exhibition to tour the state. The paintings on display will range from abstracts to realism, watercolor and acrylic media, and an array of subjects. The show will run November 1st until November 23rd with an opening reception on Sunday, November 6 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will present the annual Hoots ‘N’ Haints Family Festival on Monday, October 31 from 5-8 p.m. Children 12 and under (and their families) are invited to the front lawn of the museum for lots of activities and games!

On Halloween night, we’re calling all trick-or-treaters to take a break from your candy gathering and visit the museum for some ghoulish fun and games. There will be scary stories, a gypsy fortune teller, pumpkin bowling, monster bingo, mummy races, pick up the pumpkin, the “Haunted Moat,” the inflatable “Ghost Train.” and much more! Prizes will be awarded for game winners as well as participants.

Admission to events at the Hoots ‘N’ Haints Family Festival is free. All children 12 and under will receive enough free tickets to play every game. Free refreshments will be available all evening in the games tent. For more information, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

Good Samaritan Ministries is a local, non- profit organization that provides for the emergency needs for the homeless and low income individuals and families in eight counties. We are restocking our food pantry weekly to meet the needs of the less fortunate. Items such as canned foods, beans, mac & cheese, peanut butter, soups, flip top canned snacks, etc. are needed now.  We are beginning reservations for Christmas and Thanksgiving food boxes and really need your help and support for that mission. Please call Good Samaritan Ministries at 928-0288, drop off at 100 N. Roan Street, Johnson City or learn more at www.goodsamjc.org.  Help us feed the homeless and hungry. 

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