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Kingsport’s Creative Community has been quietly but diligently at work, planning, plotting and preparing for a new meeting and making space.

The Inventor Center – a hub for blending of 21st century modern tools, traditional arts and cutting edge entrepreneurial resources, is under construction and the public is invited for a Sneak Peek.

The Sneak Peek will begin at 3:00 PM with welcome by Heath Guinn and remarks by Mayor John Clark at 3:15 PM. Take a look at the renovations, talk with makers, enjoy snacks and see a few demonstrations. The Inventor Center Sneak Peek is at 118 Shelby Street and an opening date is expected mid-November.

Inventor Center will be a place to learn, innovate and create with membership opportunities and a la carte workshops and classes. More information on equipment, memberships and classes will be available at the Sneak Peek.

Also making an appearance at the event is Downtown Kingsport Association’s mobile parklet. The mobile parklet will be moved throughout Kingsport with its first stop being at Chef’s Pizza.

For more information on the Inventor Center, please visit https://engagekingsport.com/the-inventor-center/ or call 423-392-8414.

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Genealogy of families is not only important, but also fun to discover! During Family History month, the Kingsport Public Library will be hosting its fourth annual genealogy workshop series every Thursday in October from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshops are free and you do not have to register to attend.

The genealogy workshop series will feature three speakers on key topics of interest for those looking into their family’s history and genealogy. These topics are geared to all levels of experience and offer something for everyone, from beginners to advanced genealogy enthusiasts.

Speakers and topics will include the following:
October 4th and 11th:  Janie Sherman, Professional Genealogist:
  • A Re-Introduction to Genealogy:  Secrets From a Professional Genealogist

Fast-paced FUN, two-part workshop that will enthuse the new or seasoned genealogist alike providing not only a soup to nuts overview in genealogical process, procedure and organization with document examples and handouts, but will provide clues and insights that make research productive, professional and rewarding.  Bet you don’t know!!

October 18th: Joseph Penza, Archivist for Elizabethton-Carter County:
  • The World Wide Wayback Machine:  An Introduction to Historical Research on the Web

Want to explore what the web has to offer for learning about and enjoying the past?  This workshop will teach you how to use the resources available at websites such as the Tennessee Electronic Library, the Library of Congress, Google Scholar and eBooks, as well as some local and university archives and of course how best to take advantage of your local library catalog.  No experience required!  Let’s research and have fun!

October 25th: Jessica McNeely, Holston River Regional Library:
  • Tracing Hard to Find Ancestors:  From Females to Criminals and Beyond!

In genealogy research there are often ancestors that are harder to find than others.  Join us at this session to learn tips and tricks for finding your female ancestors, criminals, the mentally ill, and even traveling performers!

Visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call the reference desk at 423-224-2539 for workshop details.

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Riders have asked and KATS has answered – a new $5 weekly pass will be available for riders to take advantage of starting in October.

“We’ve wanted to offer a weekly pass for a while,” said Chris Campbell, public transportation manager of KATS. “We’re pleased that we can now provide our riders with this option. It’s great for our riders that want to try our services out or just need our services for a short time.”

Riders can purchase a weekly pass from the KATS Station. After purchasing the pass, the rider will have it stamped with a special code, validating the pass for that week. KATS also offers a monthly pass, costing only $20.

If you have any questions, please contact KATS at 423-224-2613 or stop by their current location at 109 Clay Street.

For more information, please visit www.kingsporttransit.org/.

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After holding steady for over a quarter century, Park membership fees are set to increase effective January 1, 2019. After much consideration at its August meeting, the Bays Mountain Park Association Board voted to approve the first increase in membership fees since June 1992. While each membership level awards free park entry and a 50% discount on zip line rides (seasonal), the new fees and benefits structure are as follows:

  • Individual – $30.00 Receive up to two passes per public program (planetarium, nature, and barge ride). All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
  • Family – $50.00 Receive up to six passes per public program. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
  • Supporting – $100.00 Receive same benefits as Family level, plus the option to adopt one of our resident animals. If adopting, you’ll receive a certificate of adoption, plus a bio and picture of your chosen animal. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
  • Life – $1,000.00 Receive all of the above benefits plus one private summer barge ride. Barge must be reserved in advance and must take place at 6:00 p.m. June through August. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).

Although it has been 26 years since the last membership fee increase, the decision to raise these prices was not easy. Recently, meeting the commitments and goals of the Bays Mountain Park Association has become increasingly challenging. Those goals include supporting the Park financially in maintaining and operating the Nature Center and programs, including summer day camp. The Association employs two part-time staff to assist in Nature Center operations, and up to eight seasonal employees. The increased fees will help ensure each of these commitments and goals can still be met.

Known as one of the best bargains in Kingsport, it is hoped the new fees will be viewed in the same way. For many, the cost of a Family membership can be met in just two visits when taking advantage of the offered benefits. The support of Park members is even more vital today with many updates still ahead for the Park. The Bays Mountain Park Association Board and Park staff appreciate the community’s support and hope we can continue to enjoy your friendship and support for years to come.

For more information on Bays Mountain, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

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After holding steady for over a quarter century, Park membership fees are set to increase effective January 1, 2019. After much consideration at its August meeting, the Bays Mountain Park Association Board voted to approve the first increase in membership fees since June 1992. While each membership level awards free park entry and a 50% discount on zip line rides (seasonal), the new fees and benefits structure are as follows:

  • Individual – $30.00 Receive up to two passes per public program (planetarium, nature, and barge ride). All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
  • Family – $50.00 Receive up to six passes per public program. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
  • Supporting – $100.00 Receive same benefits as Family level, plus the option to adopt one of our resident animals. If adopting, you’ll receive a certificate of adoption, plus a bio and picture of your chosen animal. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
  • Life – $1,000.00 Receive all of the above benefits plus one private summer barge ride. Barge must be reserved in advance and must take place at 6:00 p.m. June through August. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).

Although it has been 26 years since the last membership fee increase, the decision to raise these prices was not easy. Recently, meeting the commitments and goals of the Bays Mountain Park Association has become increasingly challenging. Those goals include supporting the Park financially in maintaining and operating the Nature Center and programs, including summer day camp. The Association employs two part-time staff to assist in Nature Center operations, and up to eight seasonal employees. The increased fees will help ensure each of these commitments and goals can still be met.

Known as one of the best bargains in Kingsport, it is hoped the new fees will be viewed in the same way. For many, the cost of a Family membership can be met in just two visits when taking advantage of the offered benefits. The support of Park members is even more vital today with many updates still ahead for the Park. The Bays Mountain Park Association Board and Park staff appreciate the community’s support and hope we can continue to enjoy your friendship and support for years to come.

For more information on Bays Mountain, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

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The couple next door, the family up the street, the kids that wave to you as you drive by their yard—these are all your neighbors. Being someone’s neighbor isn’t always about proximity, and being a good neighbor means more than just living next door to someone.

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission is launching an online Neighborhood Toolbox to commemorate Kingsport’s first official Good Neighbor Week.

Every year on September 28, there is a little-known national holiday to recognize the importance of fostering respect and compassion for our neighbors. In an age where it’s easy to feel disconnected from one another, National Good Neighbor Day commemorates those neighborly relationships that are so important to building a thriving community.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially declared Good Neighbor Day a national holiday.

“The noblest human concern is concern for others,” the proclamation reads. “Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. … For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family.”

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission formed at the end of last year. This twelve-person volunteer commission serves to strengthen Kingsport’s neighborhoods by providing a communication channel between neighborhoods and the city, as well as providing guidance on neighborhood solutions.

The Neighborhood Commission also hopes to help you and your neighbors in more direct ways. That’s why, as part of Good Neighbor Week here in Kingsport, the commission is launching a Neighborhood Toolbox.

This online Neighborhood Toolbox provides you with all kinds of resources in a user-friendly, easy-to-read format. You’ll learn how to pay bills online, how to protect your family in an emergency, how to form a neighborhood association, and much more! To find the Neighborhood Toolbox, navigate to www.kptneighborhoods.com and click the Toolbox icon.

Throughout the last week of September, the Neighborhood Commission is celebrating Good Neighbor Week on Facebook! Check out the commission’s page for tips about how to be a good neighbor all year long.

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The couple next door, the family up the street, the kids that wave to you as you drive by their yard—these are all your neighbors. Being someone’s neighbor isn’t always about proximity, and being a good neighbor means more than just living next door to someone.

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission is launching an online Neighborhood Toolbox to commemorate Kingsport’s first official Good Neighbor Week.

Every year on September 28, there is a little-known national holiday to recognize the importance of fostering respect and compassion for our neighbors. In an age where it’s easy to feel disconnected from one another, National Good Neighbor Day commemorates those neighborly relationships that are so important to building a thriving community.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially declared Good Neighbor Day a national holiday.

“The noblest human concern is concern for others,” the proclamation reads. “Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. … For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family.”

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission formed at the end of last year. This twelve-person volunteer commission serves to strengthen Kingsport’s neighborhoods by providing a communication channel between neighborhoods and the city, as well as providing guidance on neighborhood solutions.

The Neighborhood Commission also hopes to help you and your neighbors in more direct ways. That’s why, as part of Good Neighbor Week here in Kingsport, the commission is launching a Neighborhood Toolbox.

This online Neighborhood Toolbox provides you with all kinds of resources in a user-friendly, easy-to-read format. You’ll learn how to pay bills online, how to protect your family in an emergency, how to form a neighborhood association, and much more! To find the Neighborhood Toolbox, navigate to www.kptneighborhoods.com and click the Toolbox icon.

Throughout the last week of September, the Neighborhood Commission is celebrating Good Neighbor Week on Facebook! Check out the commission’s page for tips about how to be a good neighbor all year long.

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Sculpture Walk XI takes on a new form with sculpture talks and hands on sculpture workshops. Rolling out as a series, the sculptures for Sculpture Walk XI will be installed separately over several months. The first of which will be installed on September 28, followed by a sculpture talk and workshop.

The artist for the first two sculptures of the walk is Mike Roig. Mike’s pieces are often kinetic – moving effortlessly with the wind, providing great interest. They are expertly wrought in stainless, industrial steel and other durable materials. Mike will install two pieces on Friday, September 28. ‘Moondance’ will be installed at the Ridgefields Circle, and ‘Aerial’ will be installed in Downtown Kingsport. Mike lives and works in Carrboro, NC where he and his wife, author-artist Clay Carmichael, maintain the Heartworks Studio.

“I’ve been making art since I was small, it’s what I came in hard-wired to do,” said Mike. “Working with steel satisfies me in a way that no other medium has. It is tough and durable, yet malleable and open to infinite suggestion. It is heavy and obdurate, and yet can be made to express delicate movements of balance and grace. It can appear earthen and solid, or be polished to light-refracting brilliance.”

On Friday, September 28 the Office of Cultural Arts and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library invite the public to a reception and talk with artist Mike Roig. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kingsport Public Library – after 5:30, please enter from the Shelby Street parking lot.

In addition to the presentation on Friday, a hands-on workshop will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Inventor Center, 118 Shelby Street.  Participants will have the opportunity to share artistic ideas as well as see the different stages of an in-progress sculpture Mike is working on. Mike will then demonstrate his welding techniques and coach participants in a practice session. Participants must be 18-years-old to participate, and the cost to participate is $50 per person. The workshop is limited to 5 participants.

The next sculpture installments will be in October and November. The October installation will feature artist Charlie Brouwer, with the sculpture installation and talk on Friday, October 12 and the workshop on Saturday, October 13. The November artist is Val Lyle, who will install her sculpture and give a talk on Friday, November 16, followed by a workshop on Saturday, November 17.

To register for the workshop or for or more information, please visit EngageKingsport.com, or call 423-392-8414. For more information on Mike Roig, visit www.mikeroig.com.

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Do towns and cities have personalities? If so, how do we describe them? Can our cities and towns – through their planning and design – be places that reflect the rich diversity of people who live in them? Tom Borrup, author of Creative Community Builders Handbook, will discuss these questions and more in his keynote speech for the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planners Association on September 27 at Meadowview Convention Center.

Tom Borrup, Ph.D. is the founder of Creative Community Builders. He consults with cities, foundations and nonprofits integrating arts, economic development, urban planning, civic engagement and animation of public space. His 2006 book, The Creative Community Builders Handbook, remains the leading text in the field. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts from 1980 – 2002, Tom helped transform a diverse urban neighborhood while building a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization. Tom serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

One of the most fertile partnerships in the reinvigoration of cities and towns over the past two or three decades has been between cities and their arts and cultural sectors. Can partnerships that leverage creativity, cultural amenities and walkable community design bring more cultural and economic inclusiveness? Can these partnerships contribute to healthy personalities of places?

If broken or dysfunctional, can the personalities of our communities be repaired? Who can do that? And, how do the personalities of planners, architects, developers and designers impact the landscapes of our towns and cities?

These are weighty questions for planners and city leaders to ponder. Tom Borrup, in his keynote presentation, will examine these phenomena and identify some of the ways that culture and creativity – and the people and institutions in that sector – have moved communities towards greater inclusiveness and healthier personalities. Based on Winston Churchill’s assertion that: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”, Borrup uses a multitude of images collected from cities around the world, scholarly writing and decades of his experience in animating communities with the help of artists.

The presentation will begin at 8 a.m. at the Meadowview Convention Center and is free and open to the public. There will be a follow-up session for artists/art-culture organizations from 9:30 – 11 a.m. in the Appalachian Board Room. Borrup’s book, Creative Community Builders Handbook, will also available at a discounted price. Although the event is free, registration is encouraged.

Borrup’s presentation is sponsored by Engage Kingsport and through a grant with the Tennessee Arts Commission’ Arts Builds Community Program administered by the First Tennessee Development District and through the generosity of Shelburne Ferguson Law Office and Nate Kiser at Chrysolite Management Group.

For more information, please visit EngageKingsport.com, or call 423-392-8414.

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Join the Friends of the Kingsport Library on Monday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. for the unveiling of artwork by award winning artist Charles Vess at the Kingsport Public Library.

Vess has created two pieces of artwork for the Children’s section of the Kingsport Public Library. Attendees can meet Charles Vess, hear him share the creative process behind his international award-winning artwork, specifically about the two pieces he has created for the Kingsport Public Library’s Children’s Section, and be there for the unveiling of the work.

“We are pleased that Kingsport Public Library will be home to such special pieces of original art,” said Chris Markley, library manager.

Vess began creating comic books as a child and refined this gift as he earned a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught at Parsons School of Design while establishing himself as an illustrator with Marvel Comics and National Lampoon among other publications. He has written and illustrated several books and received a number of prestigious awards for his artwork including the Eisner Award (three times) and the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist (twice!). He has collaborated with authors such as Neil Gaiman and Ursula K. LeGuin. Saga Press is releasing the 50th anniversary edition of Le Guin’s timeless Earthsea series in October, which contains over 50 Vess illustrations.

Vess will also have a limited number of books containing his illustrations available for purchase.

Visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call the library at 423-229-9489 for more details.