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From the Virginia Employment Commission in Bristol, VA. If you are a job seeker, we can help you find the right job and if you are an employer, we can help you find the right candidate. Also we offer “Priority of Service” to all Veterans and Eligible Spouses.

Currently we are matching job seekers to:

Healthcare jobs such as EMT, LPN, RN, Physical Therapist, and Occupational Therapists

Management jobs such as Assistant Restaurant Manager, Human Resources Manager, Project Superintendent, and Director of Finance

And…

Law Enforcement jobs such as Evidence Custodian, School Resource Officer, Security Guards, Police Officer, and Deputy Sheriff. To view details of these jobs and many others, you can register online at WWW.VAWC.VIRGINIA.GOV or you can visit us at 200 Bob Morrison Blvd, Suite 100, in Bristol Virginia. Our phone number is (276) 642-7350.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 until 4:30 except for Wednesday, when we open at 9:30.


There will be an “all-you-can-eat” Fish Fry on Friday, April 20th, beginning at 4:30 – 7:30. at the Limestone Ruritan Club, located on 121 Limestone Ruritan Rd. in Limestone, TN.  The meal is $10 per person.  Church groups are welcome.  For large groups please call 257-5995 or 257-6580 and let us know how many will be coming.


Friday April 20 and Sat. April 21 Life Bridge Christian Church will be having a yard sale at the church from 7:30 until 1pm to benefit the Youth camp.  The community is invited.  Life Bridge is located at  617 Donelson Drive and Sullivan St. in Kingsport.  For more information call 423-246-0005.

Sunday April 29 Life Bridge Christian Church invites the community to a free breakfast at 9:30am and worship time starting at 10:30 am.   Life Bridge is located at  617 Donelson Drive and Sullivan St. in Kingsport.  For more information call 423-246-0005


Area 3 Special Olympics will be hosting our annual Track and Field Event on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, 2017. The events will be held at the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. This event brings together athletes from Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, and Washington counties in order to participate in several athletic sporting events of their choice. The events available include wheelchair races, standing long jump, softball throw and several dash events.
On April 26th, athletes from ages 22 and up will attend and on April 27th athletes from ages 8-21 will attend. Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on both days, will include a Parade of Athletes. The color guard will present the colors and all will unite in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing The National Anthem and invocation. All athletes will be led in the recital of the Special Olympics Oath: Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. Finally, the official declaration of the games opening will be announced. The torch run will be held on April 26th, which is made possible by the JCPD, EMS and local fire departments and their supportive service men and women. After the parade, specially selected athlete Donnie Stover will light the torch.
For more information, please contact the Special Olympics office at 1-888-915-7227.


On Friday, April 20, Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) will hold its seventh annual Spring Fling & Auction in support of the school’s student scholarship fund.

This year’s event, themed “Field of Dreams,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Featuring a live and silent auction and a ballpark-inspired dinner catered by JJ’s Restaurant, the occasion will give attendees an opportunity to bid on a range of auction items, including tickets to Walt Disney World and various sporting events, vacation getaways, bed and breakfast accommodations, spa packages, sports collectibles and memorabilia, jewelry, and an assortment of gift baskets.

In keeping with the “Field of Dreams” theme, the event will feature face painting, balloon animals, a professional photo booth, cotton candy, popcorn and more. Attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a black 2008 BMW 135i Convertible. Only 399 raffle tickets are available, and the drawing will be held at the auction if all tickets are sold.

Admission to the Spring Fling & Auction is $35 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 and up. Tickets may be purchased at Cornerstone Christian Academy, 16210 Elementary Drive, Abingdon, Virginia, or by visiting www.cornerstoneabingdon.org. For more information, call (276) 623-7164.


The outstanding Cantemus Women’s Choir will present “Wayfaring Stranger”, a rousing and reflective repertoire of folk songs and spirituals, on Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 pm. The concert will be held at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, 1415 Waverly Rd., Kingsport.

The Kingsport, TN based choir will perform moving renditions of longtime favorites such as Shenandoah, Shady Grove, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Motherless Child, Will the Circle Be Unbroken and Simple Gifts, among others.

Auditions for the 2018-19 concert season of Cantemus Women’s Choir will take place August 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport, TN.

For more information on auditioning for Cantemus or the May 6 Wayfaring Stranger concert, contact Patty Denmark at cantemuswomenschoir@gmail.com


The Virginia Creeper Fest is a free, family-friendly event celebrating all things outdoors, and now, in its second year, it can add “award-winning” to that list of adjectives. At the recent American Advertising Federation Awards, SWVA Chapter, Virginia Creeper Fest took home a Gold Award for the Virginia Creeper Fest advertising campaign, as well as the People’s Choice and overall Best in Show. The festival returns Saturday April 28th to downtown Abingdon.
Virginia Creeper Fest celebrates the creation of the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, and highlights the multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities along the trail. The festival includes hands-on activities and demos for all ages, live music, food trucks, and information about how to get outside and enjoy the Creeper Trail.

Virginia Creeper Fest returns for a second year Saturday April 28, from 10:30am to 5:00pm. With activities like a climbing wall, hammock hangouts, disc dog exhibitions, and field games for the kids, tree identification along the trail and scavenger hunts, there will be plenty to keep the hard-core outdoor enthusiasts and novice nature lovers busy all day. There will be also be live music, food trucks and local outfitters throughout the day, as well as raffle giveaways.

The festival takes place in Abingdon, at the intersection of Green Spring Road and A Streets, near the trailhead. Additional activities, like nature walks and bike rides, will take place on the trail itself. A full schedule and festival guide will be available on www.vacreeperfest.com beginning April 1st.
One of the earliest rails-to-trails success stories, the Creeper Trail is now a major economic engine for Southwest Virginia, drawing over 200 thousand visitors annually.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? You can do just that during the Carter Mansion Celebration. Step back to the 1780s, when the Revolutionary War was raging in the colonies and hardy frontiersmen had crossed the mountains in defiance of British law to carve out homes in the wilderness.  One such man was John Carter, a wealthy trader who built his beautiful house along the banks of the Watauga River. Known as Carter’s Mansion, the elegant frame house stood in stark contrast to the log homes used by the settlers of the region. This event will celebrate that historic home and the early settlers that gave us our rich heritage and history.

Visitors will have opportunities to take a guided tour of the mansion built ca. 1775-1780. Known as the oldest frame house in Tennessee, the Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion boasts beautiful over mantle murals, hand carved moldings and raised panels making it one of the most treasured sites in Tennessee history. The house is the only surviving link to the famed Watauga Association, the democratic government set up by the early settlers in the Watauga Valley. The home’s builder, John Carter, served as a chairman of the Association.

Guests can also enjoy visiting the camps of The Washington County NC Militia, Sycamore Shoals’ host living history organization. There the militia members will be presenting demonstrations of the daily lives of 18th century backwoods settlers. These skills and trades will include weaving, knitting, sewing, 18th century woodworking, rope making, natural dyeing, flint knapping, butter churning, medicinal plants, and much more. Also enjoy colonial games, militia drill and training, musket and rifle demonstrations, and 18th century military music by the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums.

A highlight of the weekend will be the re-creation of a small skirmish between Patriot militia and British loyalists, known as Tories. The Plot Against John Carter is a dramatic representation of actual events that occurred at the Mansion in the summer of 1781. The battle re-enactment will be presented Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Experience the life of early settlers, smell the campfire smoke, hear the rattle of muskets, and see the 18th century come to life at the Carter Mansion Celebration. This event is free of charge so bring the entire family and enjoy a weekend of Living History, Education, and Family Fun!

The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street in Elizabethton, TN.

For further information contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at (423) 543-5808 or visit these websites, www.sycamoreshoalstn.org        http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals


The town of Abingdon is in bloom this spring, with outdoor activities, arts events and shopping specials taking place March 24-April 28, 2018.  “Abingdon in Bloom” is a town-wide initiative, inspired by the new exhibit “Art in Bloom” at William King Museum of Art.  During the museum’s special exhibit, running April 14-16, over 25 expert floral designers from the region will interpret artwork from the museum’s galleries – through flowers.

Abingdon in Bloom includes family-friendly events each weekend, March 25th  through April 28th.  Kicking off the season Sunday March 25th, the Abingdon Merchant’s Open House offers kids activities like an Easter Egg hunt, shopping specials throughout town, and a window display contest inspired by Art in Bloom.

Other Abingdon in Bloom events include a community garden day at Fairview Historic Homestead, live scale impressionist painting on the lawn of the Martha Washington Inn and Spa, the Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire at SWVA Higher Ed Center, Earth Day, and the Opening of the Abingdon Farmers Market.

The series of events wraps up with the 2nd Annual Virginia Creeper Fest, Saturday April 28th 10:30am to 5:00pm.  This free, family-friendly festival highlights the multitude of outdoor activities available in the region. Participants can get hands on with a rock climbing wall, yoga in the park, tree identification along the trail, scheduled bike rides, geocaching, disc dog exhibitions and clinics, stand-up paddle board demos, food trucks and live music throughout the day. More information at vacreeperfest.com.

Art in Bloom is a special event at William King Museum of Art. Over 25 expert floral designers from the region will interpret artwork from the museum’s five galleries April 14-16. Visitors can tour the floral designs inspired by the exhibitions on display including Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia, Coal Country, Touching the Sacred, and Appalachian decorative arts from our the Museum’s permanent Betsy K. White Cultural Heritage Gallery. Admission is just $5 and includes access to all exhibitions on display. 


Performers of all types are invited to apply to be a part of the 4th Annual Main Street Busker Fest, happening Labor Day weekend in Abingdon, VA. Accepted artists will receive a fee for their work as well as tips from attendees.

Busker Fest will take place Saturday September 1st, filling the sidewalks of downtown Abingdon with weird, wonderful performing artists. The festival is presented by Abingdon Main Street and the Abingdon Music Experience. The organizers are calling for performers of all stripes to participate in the festival, whether or not they have busking experience.

“Busking” is an age-old tradition in which artists play publicly for tips, performing on street corners or wherever a crowd gathers. Past performers have included fire breathers, magicians, contortionists, acrobats, comedians, dancers, musicians and more.

The Festival will take place Saturday September 1st, 11:00am to 5:00pm on Main Street in downtown Abingdon, followed by Buskers After Dark, an evening event for adults. The Busker Fest is family friendly, with special kid-oriented activities from 11:00am to 3:00pm; Buskers After Dark is a 21+ event.

The Main Street Busker Fest is a fundraiser for Abingdon Main Street, a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Main Street program. Abingdon Music Experience is supported by the Town of Abingdon and the Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau. Main Street Busker Fest is also currently seeking out sponsors for the event, with opportunities at all price levels.

To apply artists should visit http://www.mainstreetbuskerfest.com and submit a description of their act and a link to a video.  Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2018.


The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park announces a new World War 1 rotating exhibit “Valiant Virginians: Servicemen of World War 1” on the campus of UVA Wise. This rotating exhibit is scheduled to open Thursday, March 15 with a reception at the library. It will run through Tuesday, July 31 at UVA Wise before moving to the Slemp Gallery at Mountain Empire Community College in September.

The park is partnering with the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to place this World War 1 rotating exhibit in their Special Collections room at the campus library. This exhibit features Southwest Virginia men, who served in World War 1 and serves as a commemoration for the centennial of the end of the war. This exhibit will include artifacts, photos and documents to tell the stories of these men. A small reception will be held in the Special Collections room of the library at 6 p.m., on March 15. All are welcome to attend.

For additional information about this exhibit, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322 or the UVA Wise library at 276-376-7128.


The Twelfth Annual “Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park offers a one-of-a-kind evening of performances by The Seldom Scene, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, and If Birds Could Fly. “Gathering in the Gap,” which will be held on Saturday, May 26 on the park’s grounds, is a music festival celebrating the rich tradition of old-time, Americana and bluegrass music found in Southwest Virginia. In addition to the featured Main Stage performances, “Gathering in the Gap” will include an annual songwriting competition, workshops, musical competitions, music jams, a children’s area, and the “Stitch in Time” Quilt Show. Antiques, food and craft vendors will also be on hand. For additional information and a full schedule of events, please visit the festival website at www.gatheringinthegap.org “like” the festival page on Facebook, or call the Museum at 276-523-1322.


The Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum will offer their Seventh Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser during the park’s “Celebration of Spring” event on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. In addition to the annual plant sale and workshops, the Yard Sale Fundraiser will offer a variety of items for purchase, and all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park.

Donations of all applicable items, except clothing and shoes, are needed. Members of the public may drop off items at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park office building (the brick building on Shawnee Ave right across the street from the Museum) Tuesdays-Fridays between 1 0 a.m. and 4 p.m. from March 30 through April 13.

The Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, and items are tax-deductible.

For more information about Friends of the Museum: Celebration of Spring or the annual Yard Sale Fundraiser, please call the Museum at 276-523-1322.


There will be a 5K Walk for World Clubfoot Day on June 2nd at Warrior’s Path State Park, on Duck Island. Clubfoot is a birth deformity that effects 1 in 1,000 children world wide. All registration fees goes to a non-profit organization called MiracleFeet, they help children in low income countries get their feet corrected with proper treatment called The Ponseti Method. The walk is still in need of business sponsors and walkers as well! To register for the walk, please visit https://www.raceentry.com/races/world-clubfoot-day-walk/2018/register. If your business would like to sponsor please contact Kelsey at kelsey_shaylea@live.com or at 423-408-9836.


The Food Pantry at LifeBridge Christian Church in Kingsport is open every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30pm. This ministry helps the needy in our community with distribution of food and staple items. The church is located at 617 Donelson Dr. and Sullivan. Call 423-246-0005.


 


If you would like your local event listed here, please send it to psa@wtfm.com

Or add it yourself to our Community Calendar