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THE HOPE 4 race and wellness walk starts at 8:04AM on Memorial Day, May 29, in Greeneville, TN. Now in its seventh year, THE HOPE 4 has become a Memorial Day tradition for families across the region.
Discount registration is offered to cancer survivors, members of the military and veterans, police, fire fighters, and EMS personnel.
The event features courses through beautiful countryside and an exciting finish at the Tusculum College Indoor Practice Field. Local musicians provide entertainment along the way, and more music and great snacks greet participants at the finish line inside the Indoor Practice Field.
Kids 4-10 may participate in supervised activities within the Indoor Practice Field while parents participate in the 4-mile race or 4K wellness walk. Kidz Run 4 Fun, an indoor 1-mile untimed run immediately follows. All kids who participate will receive a medal.
Awards are given to the Top Overall female and male, winners of the Master, Grandmaster, and Senior Grandmaster divisions, and to the top four winners in each age category. Awards are given to the four largest
teams with four or more members participating in any THE HOPE 4 event. All team members receive a special discount on registration.
The Tusculum Police, Volunteer Fire Department, Tusculum College Security, and volunteers will be on-hand to ensure a safe event for runners, walkers, and the community.
Mail-in and online registration is now underway. For online registration, go to Early registration (guaranteed t-shirt) ends May 20. In-person registration and packet pickup will be held May 26 from 3-7 PM at American Greetings, 101 American Road in Afton, and at the event on May 29.
Event-day registration and kid’s activities begin at 7:04 AM, with the race and walk starting at 8:04. The Kidz Run 4 Fun starts at 9:04, followed by an Awards Ceremony and door prizes at 9:34.

For more information email, or call (423) 636-2141.

The Town of Abingdon has big plans for its summer concert series, now in its fifth year.  The Thursday Jams summer concert series showcases a wide range of nationally recognized bands at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday evening, May 18 through July 20.  Presented by Blue Ridge Beverages and the Abingdon Music Experience, the concerts are free and open to the public; a beer garden will be provided by Abingdon Main Street, and local food vendors will be on hand.

Beginning May 18th with the diverse jazz sound of Polyrhytmics, the series includes well-known musical acts such as Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Marcus King Band and many others.   This summer will mark the 5th annual Thursday Jams series, which drew thousands of locals and visitors last year. The series is sponsored in part by Virginia is for Lovers Eastman Credit Union,  Universal Fibers and First Community Bank.

Music will begin 7:00 pm each Thursday at the Abingdon Market Pavilion, with a beer garden benefitting Abingdon Main Street opening at 6:30 pm. A variety of food truck and local vendors will be on hand offering concessions.  The events are family-friendly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and or blankets to enjoy the shows. No outside alcohol is allowed. In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted to social media, and Wolf Hills Brewery will serve as the alternate venue, located at 350 Park Street SE in Abingdon.

The series will host a variety of musical genres including Americana, southern rock, bluegrass, indie folk, soul and roots.  Bands performing during Thursday Jams have also appeared at internationally-recognized festivals like Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Floyd Fest, and Bonnaroo as well as Conan, The Late Show and Music City Roots. Local talent will open each Thursday for the headliners, who will start their sets at 8pm.

For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit For more information, call 276-676-2282 or email

Hey kids! Join us for our free Jedi training camp, VBS, at Lifebridge Christian Church, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening, June 6,7,8. From 6-8pm, including supper. 4th-5th grade.
Subjects will include: the Truth Messenger, weapons training, and the battle of the mind. .. How does a Jedi bring order to chaos, light to darkness?
Parents welcomed Friday June 9th for a celebration meal at 6pm.
For more information contact Lifebridge Christian Church, 617 Donelson Drive, Kingsport, 423-246-0005

Your invited to SonWorld Adventure Park Vacation Bible School Ages. 3-12 Crossroads United Methodist Church-200 Bays Cove Trail- Kingsport, TN 37660


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Thursday and Friday, June 8th, 9th 5:45-8:30, and Sat June 10th, 11-1:30 Parents please join us Saturday at 1:30 for VBS celebration.

The Goose Chase, Johnson City Running Club, Johnson City Turkey Trot and Yee Haw Brewery announce the creation of two events that will celebrate National Running Day on Wednesday, June 7th.  The Turkeys In Training Kids Clinic will take place at Kermit Tipton Stadium on Saturday, June 3rd.  This event will be a running clinic that will highlight topics such as nutrition, running mechanics, pacing, injury prevention and other topics.

The clinic will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on that Saturday.  The cost is $10 and each participant will receive lunch and a Turkeys in Training t-shirt.  Further information on the clinic can be found at

In addition to the celebration, the First Annual Downtown Mile will be held on Wednesday, June 7 (National Running Day) beginning at 7 p.m. with three races.  The Kid’s Run (10 & under) starts at 7 p.m. The Open Race begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Elite Race at 8 p.m.  Awards will be given to the top participants in each category with prize money for the top three male and female runners in the Elite Race.  The awards ceremony and post race celebration will be held at Yee Haw Brewery.

For more information about the 1-Mile USATF-certified course, award categories, and prizes, parking areas, and road closures please visit  For more information about The Goose Chase, visit

Adventures in History: Coal Camp Bus Tour, offered by the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, brings to life the history of coal mining and those who have worked in the industry. Take a ride into the past with regional historian Dr. Larry Fleenor and discover a fascinating topic in regional history that offers a close view of areas important to mining in Southwest Virginia. The Coal Camp Bus Tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Artisan Series will offer a craft project on the third Monday of every month from March through December, providing visitors with opportunities to create handmade crafts with regional artisans.

For more information about upcoming workshops, please contact the 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

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its first event in this years “Lunch on the Lawn” series Friday, June 2, at 12 p.m., featuring the Childress Girls.

The Childress Girls are often found at local venues, churches throughout Southwest Virginia, farmer’s markets, music festivals or private bookings. Their most recent accomplishments include being the featured July performer at Pickin in the Park at Natural Tunnel State Park, Lunch on the Lawn, Home Craft Days and Heartwood Youth festival, plus performances at Galax, VA, JAMS camp. Some honorable mentions for the Childress Girls include an invitation to teach youth at The Ralph Stanley Music Festival and an invitation to perform on the JAM stage at the IBMA in Raleigh North Carolina. The Childress Girls bring a mix of gospel, bluegrass tunes, old-time fiddle tunes, and old hymns. Audiences of all ages enjoy the musical melodies that this group of siblings brings. Parents are Rick and Shandee Childress and their family resides in Big Stone Gap, VA.
The “Lunch on the Lawn” event is free and open to the public. Visitors may bring their own lunch or pre-order one from the Museum for $6 each. Orders must be made in advance by 4:00 p.m. each Thursday by calling the park at 276-523-1322.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park    June 2017- Special Events and Workshops

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
Saturdays 10:00 am – 12 pm
The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn. Meet at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!

Walking in Frontier Footsteps
Saturday, June 3 9:00am
Celebrate National Trails Day at Sycamore Shoals! Join Corbin Hayslett for a special guided walk of a portion of the Overmountain Victory Trail which runs through Sycamore Shoals on Saturday, June 3. Walk through the park and along the river to the sacred historical River Crossing of the Overmountain Men and the hallowed Muster Grounds as we explore the impacts of our frontier ancestors on our local and national history. The Overmountain Victory Trail helps to preserve the history and memory of the patriots who won the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution.
Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet in the Visitor Center lobby, hike will begin at 9:00 am. Please no pets. Hike is subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. Contact the park for more information.

27th Year in 2017! Sycamore Shoals Native American Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 and 4 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
A two-day celebration of our Native American heritage! Award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists, and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Come and discover Native American arts, music, and legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture. Admission Charge.

18th Century Eastern Cherokee Style Trade Necklace
Instructor: Gary Stevens
Saturday, June 10 10 am – Noon
Cost: $25 includes materials Min: 1 Max: 15
In this class you will make an early trade necklace using authentic 150 to 200 year old beads. You will also add bone spacers, and/or coyote or buffalo teeth.

Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program
Sunday, June 11 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Everyone is welcome to join the Watauga Valley Art League for their monthly meetings that feature a guest speakers and fellowship with area artists. WVAL meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, except October.

The Liberty Spinners
Tuesday, June 13 9:30 am – 11:30 am
This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning. Join us at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (April to November).

Flint Knapping – Making Stone Tools
Instructors: Bob Estep & Friends
Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $80 (includes supplies) Min: 4 Max: 12
Make stone tools such as the arrow point using only traditional techniques. Please be sure to register no later than 1 week prior to the class. Adults only.

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