April 19 Thirsty Organge Festival

The 9th annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza makes it’s return to Founders Park Sat., April 18th. This festival allows you to sample more than 150 craft ciders and beers. Enjoy the Tenn Championship of Beers, activities, vendors and more- note this event is for those 21 and up- Funds raised from the festival will benefit Trout Unlimited. For more information and tickets, visit ThirstyOrange.com.

July 6 Theater Bristol 2020 Child Camp

Coming up this summer kids in kindergarten to 8th grade can join in on the Theater Bristol’s 2020 Children’s Summer Camp – running from July 6-10th. The camp will be guided by the Theater Bristol Youth Board, teachers and theater veterans, who will teach up and coming stars everything from acting skills, music, costume and makeup design and much more. Registration is now open – visit TheaterBristol.org for more information.

Native American Festival

I know we’re a little ways out but I wanted to make sure this is on your radar- make sure you’re ready for the 30th annual Native American Festival hosted by the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park May 30th through the 31st. It’s a two day celebration of Native American culture- with award winning dancers, storytellers, scholars, art and so much more! For more information on this and upcoming events, visit SycamoreShoalsTN.org

Amythyst Kiah at Barter Theater

Don’t miss a great night of bluegrass, Americana and old time music happening at the Barter Theater Sat. Feb. 29th! From 8 to 11pm check out Grammy nominated Amythyst Kiah! Also sharing the stage that night Front Country. Tickets range between $20 to $27. For more information visit BarterTheater.com or call the box office directly at 276 628 3991.

Into The Fire Daddy Daughter Date Night

We’ve mention the Daddy Daughter valentine’s day dance coming up next month – well dad’s here’s another date night opportunity with your little princess. Next week, Jan. 24th Into the Fire is hosting a daddy daughter date night- enjoy painting pottery of your choice plus a sweet treat to share. The event is only 10 bucks per couple. You can reserve a spot by calling 423 926 2529. Into the fire is located at 109 Cherry St in JC.

Yoga Alliance

Enjoy yoga? Have you ever through about taking it a step further and become an instructor? Well Downtown yoga center is offering you the opportunity to become a certified instructor. This is a 200 hour course recognized by Yoga Alliance at an international level. Classes begin Feb 2020. For more information contact the Downtown Yoga Center at 423 232 3642 or visit downtownyogacenter.com

YWCA Prom Dress Project

Make a young woman’s dream come true by donating gently used prom dresses, accessories and shoes to the YWCA Prom Dress Project- serving Northeast Tenn. and Southwest VA. There is a need for sizes 16 and up but all donation will be appreciated. This years prom dress project will be open to all area teens Thurs/Fri March 5th and 6th from 3p-6p and Sat March 7th from 8-5p. Donations may be dropped off at the reception desk of the YWCA located at 106 state street. For more information, call 423 968 9444.

Oscar Noms

Speaking of movies if you missed the Oscar nomination announcements here we go: Joker leads the pack with 11 Oscar nods – the most of any film, along with Joker- Best Picture Nominees included One Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman, Parasite, 1917, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women and Ford vs Ferrari. And a category stirring up a lot of controversy for subbing quite a few minority lead women – Best Actress in a Leading Role nominations include: Renee Zellweger, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Erivo – for a full list of nominees check out Oscars.go.com. The Oscars are set to air Jan 26th on ABC

Bristol Public Library The Great Gatsby

Take a night and bask in the fabulousness of the Roaring 20’s – as the Bristol Public Library presents the Great Gatsby Wed. Jan 22nd at 3pm. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan- this glamourous cinematic experience should not be experienced alone so bring a friend or two. More information at Bristol-libray.org.

Junior Appalachian Musicians Program

Johnson City students listen up, beginning in January three new community Junior Appalachian Musicians programs will be organized for Tri-Cities youth by the new nonprofit organization- Upper East Tenn. Traditional Music Group INC. Participants in grades 4-12th get the opportunity to learn traditional Appalachian music from local artists. The first Jam session of Upper East Tenn. is set for Jan 14th at the Ashley Academy- 1502 Knob Creek Rd in JC. For more information on hours, registration and tuition visit JAMinTheMountains.com.