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Want to learn more about using digital tools? Not sure where to get started with a research paper? Managing a project feels more like a mystery? Kingsport Public Library is now partnering with Grow with Google to deliver virtual computer classes to the community. Brush up on digital tools or learn to use new ones. These are useful skills for job seekers, small business owners, students or anyone that wants to become more comfortable using digital tools.

The first series of classes, beginning August 4, covers how to use digital tools for everyday tasks. The second series of classes, beginning September 8, covers how to write using online research. The last series of classes, beginning October 20, covers how to manage a project with digital tools. Google Classroom is being used to provide the lessons. Attendance at all of the series is not required, so feel free to select the series that will be the most useful to you.

Sign up by calling the library at 423-224-2539 or go online to the events calendar at https://www.kingsportlibrary.org/ and click on Events. Make sure to provide an e-mail address to receive class login information.

Using Digital Tools for Everyday Tasks
Class 1 (Tuesday, August 4 @ 3:00 p.m.): Create a Google Account
Class 2 (Tuesday, August 11 @ 3:00 p.m.): Record and Share Ideas for Things to Do
Class 3 (Tuesday, August 18 @ 3:00 p.m.): Search for Activities
Class 4 (Tuesday, August 25 @ 3:00 p.m.): Email Your Friend or Classmate
Class 5 (Tuesday, September 1 @ 3:00 p.m.): Personalize Emails and Manage Your Inbox

Write Using Online Research
Class 6 (Tuesday, September 8 @ 3:00 p.m.): Plan Your Paper
Class 7 (Tuesday, September 15 @ 3:00 p.m.): Assess Source Credibility
Class 8 (Tuesday, September 22 @ 3:00 p.m.): Pre-Write
Class 9 (Tuesday, September 29 @ 3:00 p.m.): Write a Draft
Class 10 (Tuesday, October 6 @ 3:00 p.m.): Revise
Class 11 (Tuesday, October 13 @ 3:00 p.m.): Publish Your Work

Manage a Project with Digital Tools
Class 12 (Tuesday, October 20 @ 3:00 p.m.): Create a Project Charter
Class 13 (Tuesday, October 27 @ 3:00 p.m.): Track a Project Using a Spreadsheet
Class 14 & 15 (Tuesday, November 3 @ 3:00 p.m. & Tuesday, November 10 @ 3:00 p.m.): Create a Budget in a Spreadsheet
Class 16 & 17 (Tuesday, November 17 @ 3:00 p.m. & Tuesday, November 24 @ 3:00 p.m.): Present a Progress Report

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Kingsport is home to many artists. For this year’s Summer Art Show, regional artists of all levels, professional, amateur or student, were invited to enter. Now, residents of Kingsport have the opportunity to see the art themselves.

The Renaissance Center Main Gallery is open for guests to visit at their leisure, under social distancing guidelines. Most of the artwork displayed for the Summer Art Show is available for sale through the Kingsport Art Guild. Guests can stop by the Gallery through July 28 to appreciate the art on display. There are some very talented artists in this area and this show is a sampling of many of them.

On July 11, the Summer Art Show conducted a virtual awards ceremony. The ceremony is available for viewing on the Kingsport Art Guild’s Facebook page. This ceremony was a wonderful way to celebrate the visual arts and the hard work of all of the artists who have entered this year’s show.

The Summer Art Show will run from July 8 to July 28 and the Gallery will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Please visit www.kingsportartguild.com for more information about the Summer Art Show and other upcoming events.

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You can still go outside. And so can astronomers across the state! Enjoy the night sky through their telescopes on Friday, July 24, as they share their views of the sky from Kingsport to Memphis during the Tennessee Virtual Star Party.

Tune in to a YouTube Live video feed from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. for this free virtual event. Led by Warner Park Nature Center in Nashville, the Star Party is a cooperative effort from observing sites across the state to show off what our Tennessee skies have to offer.

Each astronomer on the panel will focus on a different celestial object—from the Moon, to Jupiter, to Saturn, and even nebulae and galaxies. Bays Mountain Park’s planetarium director, Adam Thanz, will take a look at two of our Solar System neighbors, Jupiter and Saturn.

To watch the program, visit the Warner Park Nature Center YouTube channel on July 24 (https://bit.ly/TNStarParty). Viewers will also have the chance to submit comments and questions to the astronomers during the livestream.

The Tennessee Virtual Star Party’s astronomer line-up includes the following:

  • John Kramer, Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society, Nashville
  • Adam Thanz, Bays Mountain Park Planetarium Director, Kingsport
  • Theo Wellington, Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society, Nashville
  • Mary Kidd, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
  • Steve Robinson, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
  • Billy Teets, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, Nashville
  • Dave Maness, Pink Palace, Memphis

While you’re getting excited for the Tennessee Virtual Star Party, head out into your own backyard to get a look at Comet NEOWISE! This comet is currently visible in the evening skies in East Tennessee—all you need are your eyes if the sky is dark, or a pair of binoculars for dark or dim skies. Visit https://bit.ly/Comet_NEOWISE for a video from Adam Thanz about the comet and how to view it.

For more information on Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, please visit baysmountain.com or call (423)229-9447.

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Students will learn about resin and create their own hand-crafted gifts! The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is offering you an opportunity to participate in the resin workshop on August 1.

Instructor, Elena Corradino, will be teaching a hands-on class about how to create this exciting style of abstract art. Participants will make two acrylic pour bisque coasters, four porcelain alcohol ink coasters and three silicone mold coasters, all of which will be resined. Participants will also be allowed to keep their respiratory mask and silicone mold. The instructor will go over safe mixing techniques and mistakes that can cost resin – all while creating 9 beautiful and functional pieces of art! Create your own unique hand-crafted gifts!

The cost of the class is $98 per person and includes all materials. The class will be held on the 2nd level studio space at the Kingsport Carousel, 350 Clinchfield St. The class will be from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with a 30 minute break for lunch, allowing for 4 hours of instruction/creative time.

Pre-registration is required to participate. To register for the class or for more information, please visit the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts Facebook page or call 423-392-8414.

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Keep It Clean – We’re All Downstream!

The local art contest raising awareness about stormwater is now accepting entries

 

KINGSPORT, TN – Are you passionate about keeping the environment and Kingsport clean? Do you have an artistic talent for conveying a message within your art? The City of Kingsport Stormwater Department, with the help of the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport, is seeking local artists and creative minds to paint five storm drains to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our rivers, stream habitat, and aquatic wildlife.

To enter the contest:

  • Send a color sketch of your proposed artwork around a storm drain. Entries will be accepted via mail or email. See flyer for details.
  • Artwork may include the street, sidewalk or both.
  • Text is encouraged to convey the educational stormwater message.
  • Be sure to include name, phone and email.

The deadline to submit entries is August 7. The winners will be selected by August 21. The five winning artists will receive $100 and their chance to leave their artistic talents on the streets of local Kingsport neighborhoods.

Sponsors for the contest this year include Bishop & Company, Kingsport Imaging, Now or Never Tattoo Gallery, Mattern & Craig, Hazen and Sawyer, Barge Design Solutions and Gresham Smith.

The artists will each receive one quart of red, yellow, blue, white and black. Artists will start painting in September and are encouraged to practice social distancing when painting their drain. For complete rules and guidelines, please visit kingsporttn.gov and search ‘storm drain art contest.’

“Even in troubled times, we must never forget the importance of clean water, for our health, recreation, and wildlife,” said Amanda McMullen, stormwater quality control technician for Kingsport Public Works. “Every one of us can help to reduce pollution and litter in our waterways.”

What is Stormwater?

As Kingsport grew, the ground became covered with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, an important part of the water cycle was disturbed. Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them into local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful effect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

Be sure to like and follow the ‘Kingsport Public Works’ Facebook page to see progress pictures once the artists get started!

For more information on the storm drain art contest and stormwater in Kingsport, please visit this link: ‘storm drain art contest.’

 

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The Kingsport Public Library, along with other regional libraries (Bristol and Washington County), is planning to move to the next phase of reopening to the public on Monday, July 6.

During this phase, the Library will be open to the public to allow for selection and circulation of materials. In an effort to minimize the risk to the public and staff during this stage, lingering or using the library as a meeting space will not be allowed. All seating, toys, and interactive activities will be removed. Materials will continue to be quarantined the recommended 72 hours when returned. In addition, the number of patrons in the building and the hours of operation will be reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing and the sanitizing of the public spaces.

Public Access Computers will be available by appointment only. The computers being used will be at least 6 feet apart and will be cleaned between users.

Curbside service will continue, allowing community members to pickup materials without entering the library.

Patrons are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distance as recommended by the CDC. Additionally, if you are sick please stay home.

This plan is based on the best practice recommendations and what libraries across the country and around the world are doing during this pandemic. Our goal is to be able to meet the needs of the community while doing all that is possible to minimize the risk of exposure for the community and the staff.

For more information about the reopening of Kingsport Public Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.

* No donations are being accepted at this time.

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The City of Kingsport 2020 Fourth of July Celebration will be a drive-in fireworks extravaganza! The fireworks will begin Saturday, July 4, around 9:45PM for a 10-15 minute display. They will be set off in two areas, a downtown vicinity and an Eastman Road vicinity, to maximize the viewing area. Fireworks will be visible from many surrounding homes and parking lots.

In accordance with Sullivan County Regional Health Department recommendations, you are asked to remain in your vehicles while viewing the fireworks. If necessary to be outside of vehicles, safe social distancing should be maintained. Also, viewers are encouraged to wear masks.

Tune your car radio to 98.5 WTFM to enjoy patriotic music along with the fireworks displays.

Due to the drive-in nature of the show, road closures will apply – see below map. The following closures will be in place by 9:30PM until the conclusion of the event: Eastman Road between East Center Street and Ft Henry Drive, Berry Street from Fuller Street to Eastman Road, East Center Street from Park Street to Eastman Road (Fort Henry Drive will remain open).

Fireworks Display Locations July 4 Road Closures

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This July, Bays Mountain Park is bringing back its ever-popular paddling programs with even more dates for guests to enjoy the park’s iconic lake from a new perspective. From beginners to experienced paddlers, there’s a program for everyone!

“With kayak sales increasing, now’s the time for us to provide for paddling programs,” Senior Naturalist Megan Krager said. “There’s also greater opportunity for social distancing on the water.”

Programs include Kayak Lessons, Evening Canoe/Kayak Tours, and lake tours focused on the beavers and waterfowl that live in and around the reservoir. For all programs, attendees must provide their own kayak/canoe, paddle, and TYPE III PFD (personal flotation device). These programs are best suited for children 10 and up, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayak Lessons
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | July 17 and Aug. 21
$10 per non-member and $5 per member
This program is designed to help beginners establish a base set of skills, or for intermediate paddlers to gain confidence in their expanding skillset. The lesson will cover parts of a kayak, what to wear and pack, types of PFDs and kayak, as well as basic padding strokes. Registration now open.

Evening Canoe/Kayak Tours
6 to 8 p.m. | July 1 & 15, Aug. 5 & 19, Sept. 2 & 16, Oct. 7 & 21
$10 per non-member, free to members

Come explore the reservoir on this naturalist-led tour! Experience the sights and sounds of the lake in the evening. For public health and safety purposes, each session is limited to 20 boats. Registration now open.

Beaver Ecology
6 to 8 p.m. | July 8 & 22, Aug. 12 & 26
$5 per non-member, free to members
On this naturalist-led paddling tour, learn about beavers, how they live and their effect on other wildlife. Enjoy a guided evening paddle around the reservoir to see beaver lodges, dams and other signs beavers leave behind! Reservations open June 29.

 Waterfowl
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | July 9 & 23, Aug. 13 & 27
$5 per non-member, free to members

On this naturalist-led paddling tour, learn about the natural history of the many birds that call Bays Mountain Reservoir home. This guided tour lets attendees experience birding from the comfort of their own canoe or kayak. A quieter boating adventure lets you observe waterfowl closely! Reservations open June 29.

Pre-registration is required for all paddling programs via Eventbrite. Visit Eventbrite.com and search “Bays Mountain Park,” or check out baysmountain.com for direct links. Each program will meet at the dam, and the park advises attendees to be mindful of social distancing will unloading and launching their boats.

Bays Mountain is committed to the health and safety of both guests and park staff. The park is following recommendations and best practices from the CDC, the Sullivan County Regional Health Department and Tennessee Pledge. BMP will continue to monitor any developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and how these might affect operations.

For more information on Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, please visit baysmountain.com or call (423)229-9447.

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Have you completed your 2020 Census? If you haven’t, there is still plenty of time to do so. There will be two more Census events happening in the next week to help answer questions about the Census or assist those who need help filling it out.

  • June 27: Farmers Market, Kingsport Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pick up your veggies and complete your Census! Staff will be present with a laptop and be ready to help and answer any questions. Attendees who visit the table who haven’t completed their Census are encouraged to do so at the table. There will also be free Census swag items for those that stop by! (Kingsport Farmers Market, 308 Clinchfield Street)
  • June 29: Girls Inc. of Kingsport from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At this event, a Bays Mountain educator will be attending, so be sure to bring the family! You will be able to learn about the importance of the 2020 Census and will receive help completing it if you have not done so. Refreshments and pizza provided! (Girls Inc., 1100 Girls Club Place)

You can find both of these upcoming Census events on the Kingsport Alerts Facebook page.

*Please note, at the events, social distancing is recommended and masks are encouraged.

Getting an accurate count in next year’s U.S. Census is important to Kingsport and Sullivan County. By completing the 2020 Census, you can help our communities receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. Over the 10-year span until the next Census is conducted, tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Please be sure to attend one of these upcoming events to ensure that all of our neighbors are counted in the 2020 Census. For more information about the 2020 Census or to fill out your Census online, please visit 2020census.gov.

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Have you completed your 2020 Census? If you haven’t, there is still plenty of time to do so. There will be several Census events happening in the coming weeks to help answer questions about the Census or assist those who need help filling it out.

  • June 22: Roosevelt Elementary School Gymnasium from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the event, staff will chat with visitors, talk about the importance of the Census, and offer help with completing the Census. There will be pizza and refreshments for attendees of the event, so feel free to bring the whole family! (Roosevelt Elementary, 1051 Lake Street)
  • June 24: V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex Douglass Room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At this event, a Bays Mountain naturalist will be attending with a special animal guest, so be sure to bring the family! You will be able to learn more about the importance of getting a complete count in the 2020 Census and will be able to receive help completing it if you have not done so. Refreshments and pizza will be provided! (V.O. Dobbins, 301 Louis Street)
  • June 29: Girls Inc. of Kingsport from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Similar to the first two events, you will be able to learn about the importance of the 2020 Census and will receive help completing it if you have not done so. A naturalist from Bays Mountain will also be attending! Refreshments and pizza will be provided! (Girls Inc. 1100 Girls Club Place)

You can find all three of these upcoming Census events on the Kingsport Alerts Facebook page.

*Please note, at the events, social distancing is recommended and masks are encouraged. Computers will be sanitized after each use and staff will be serving the food.

Getting an accurate count in next year’s U.S. Census is important to Kingsport and Sullivan County. By completing the 2020 Census, you can help our communities receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. Over the 10-year span until the next Census is conducted, tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Please be sure to attend one of these upcoming events to ensure that all of our neighbors are counted in the 2020 Census. For more information about the 2020 Census or to fill out your Census online, please visit 2020census.gov.