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The Kingsport Aquatic Center is happy to welcome guests back for its popular Lazy River water aerobics class beginning today, June 15.

This class will take place outside in the ECU Lazy River, where participants will exercise against and with the current of the river.

“This class is a favorite,” said Director Kari Matheney. “The Lazy River is also an ideal place for us to start with water aerobics classes, since it’s outside and allows plenty of room for participants to spread out and socially distance.”

In June, the Lazy River class is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Guests must pre-register for class by calling the KAC front desk at 423-343-9758. Water Aerobics classes are $6 for KAC/YMCA members, $5 for members of the Kingsport Senior Center and $8 for non-members.

Please note that locker rooms are still closed at this time, so guests should arrive ready to swim. Locker rooms will not be available for changing after class, either, but bathrooms and on deck showers are open.

This class comes as part of the Kingsport Aquatic Center’s phased reopening. Guests can also reserve lane time for lap swim and individual water aerobics in three pools—the HMG Pool, PCF Warm Pool, and new outdoor pool—by calling the front desk.

For more information about how to reserve your class spot or lane time, please visit swimkingsport.com.

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There are plenty of fun opportunities to engage your mind with the Kingsport Public Library this summer. Look below to find events for the entire family, hosted by the library.

June Events:

  • Lego Family Master Challenge
    • Theme: Imagine your Story – Send in a photo of your creation and it will be judged on Facebook and our website
  • D&D every Monday and Friday @ 4:30 p.m.
  • June 11: Scavenger Hunt (Teens)
  • June 18 @ 2:00-3:30 p.m.: NASA – Astrobiology Search for Alien Life
  • June 16 @ 6:00: Online Trivia – Friends Trivia using Kahoot
  • June 23: Wonderland Escape Rooms (2)
    Adult – Queen’s Rose Garden and Family Friendly – Hare’s Tea Party
  • June 25: Wonderland Escape Room (Teens)
  • June 25 @ 6:00 p.m.: After Hours Book club online (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine) Online! We will post a Skype link on our Facebook page the day of the event.

July Events:

  • Cake Decorating – Theme: Imagine your Story — Send in a photo of your creation and it will be judged on Facebook and our website
  • July 2: Blackout Poetry (Teens)
  • July 7 @ 6:00 p.m.: Author Talk with Bekah Harris on her new book, The Subtle Art of Standing Still
  • July 9: Hamilton Trivia (Teens)
  • July 16: Would You Rather? (Teens)
  • July 17, 7:00-11:00 a.m.: NASA – Mars Rover 2020 Perseverance Launch Party
  • July 21 @ 6:00p.m.: Online Trivia – Disney Trivia using Kahoot
  • July 23: Virtual Mario Kart Tournament (Teens)

Other Summer Events:

  • Aug 20 @ 2:00-3:30 p.m.: NASA -Exoplanets: What are they, how do we find them?

For more information about Kingsport Public Library summer events, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call 423-229-9366 during normal library hours.

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City encourages only those who wish to comment on agenda items to attend

The business meeting for the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen on June 16, 2020, will allow a limited number of public to attend to comment on agenda items. However, residents wishing to make comments on agenda items are strongly encouraged to use email or the below link to a google form to share their thoughts.

If citizens would like to attend the meeting, held in City Hall at 7:00 p.m., the courtroom has a limited physical capacity of 16. Once the courtroom is full, the public is welcome to wait in the lobby until it is their turn to give their public comment.

Citizens that attend are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and wear their masks during the course of the meeting.

The meeting will be available via livestream on the city website (www.kingsporttn.gov). Viewers can watch by clicking on the ‘Livestream Video’ box on the homepage. The meeting will also air on Charter channel 192.

The meeting audio will be posted to the city website within two days of the meeting.

Google form link for BMA comments: https://bit.ly/BMA_June16_2020. This form will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

Email submission form: Comments or Questions. This form can also be found on the city website in the footer, titled Contact Us.

Please direct any questions to 423-440-0442.

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Join us this week in celebrating the amazing health and wellness resources located right here in Kingsport.  We’ll be celebrating Family Health & Fitness Day all week as an initiative of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

You can participate in the following recreational activities scheduled this week:

  1. Monday, June 8: At Borden Park, disc golf for beginners will be offered from 6-7 p.m.  This series will last every Monday from June 8 through the end of July.  Local pro, Tim Barr, will be available to teach throws and technique.
  2. Tuesday, June 9: At Borden Park, we have our new travel trainer program starting from 9-10 a.m.  Come out and enjoy exercising in the park for free with a Parks and Recreation team member.
  3. Wednesday, June 10: Travel trainer at Lynn View.  Starting at 9-10 a.m. come out and enjoy exercising in the park for free with a Parks and Recreation team member.
  4. Thursday, June 11: Pickle Ball Thursday at Borden Park.  Call ahead to reserve your spots.  Time slots are one and half-hours in length.  Call (423) 224-2489 to reserve your spot.
  5. Friday, June 12: Travel trainer at V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex. Starting at 9-10 a.m. come out and enjoy exercising in the park for free with a Parks and Recreation team member.
  6. Saturday, June 13: Selfie in a Park day. Take your selfie with family members or by yourself and send it to our social media outlets.  We will pick a winner for best picture and most creative picture.  Have fun, enjoy the outdoors and remember to take a picture.

Tag us in your posts on Facebook and Instagram (@Kingsportparksandrec), along with the NRPA Facebook (@National Recreation and Park Association), Twitter (@NRPA_News), and Instagram (@nrpa).

Family Health & Fitness Day is celebrated the second Saturday of June each year and promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities active and healthy.  Many communities host special events on this day, however with the COVID-19 regulations we are asking you to enjoy our parks while you practice social distancing.  Above are just a few activities that are scheduled for you to enjoy.  Kingsport takes pride in providing health and wellness resources for the community and we hope you’ll come out and discover the many diverse opportunities we offer to see how Parks Build Healthy Communities.

For more information about Kingsport Parks and Recreation, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or call 423-229-9457.

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Calling all artists, artisans, creatives, and craftspeople of all trades! Applications are being taken for those wishing to exhibit in this 3-day event, taking place on November 13th to 15th at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

“The Christmas Connection – Artistic Creations Fair” is sponsored by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and is celebrating its 41st year of artistic creations in 2020!  A very well established cultural event in Kingsport, the event hosts the region’s best craftspeople, artisans, artists, and creatives.  People from our region and beyond look forward to The Christmas Connection year after year.

Application deadline is July 1. There is no cost to apply. Christmas Connection is by invitation only.  All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and crafting creations.

This year’s Christmas Connection will take place the second weekend in November, due to elections being held the first week at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:

FREE Admission to the public!

Fri. Nov. 13:  12Noon – 7PM

Sat. Nov. 14:  10AM – 5PM

Sun. Nov. 15:  12Noon – 4PM

Applications deadline is July 1, 2020.

To access the vendor application from the city website, and for more information visit https://arts.KingsportTN.gov

Vendor Application: https://arts.KingsportTN.gov/2020-christmas-connection-applications/

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The Kingsport Aquatic Center is currently hiring lifeguards. If you have a current American Red Cross lifeguard certification, apply today!

The KAC offers competitive pay and a fun, flexible working environment with plenty of room to grow. The lifeguard team has also implemented extra precautions to keep both guards and swimmers safe during this time.

For more information about employment opportunities or to apply, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

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City encourages only those who wish to comment on agenda items attend

The business meeting for the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which will be held on June 2, 2020, will allow a limited number of public to attend to comment on public hearing and agenda items. However, citizens wishing to make comments on agenda items are encouraged to email, write or use the below link to a google form to share their thoughts.

If citizens would like to attend the meeting, the courtroom has a limited physical capacity of 16. Once the courtroom is full, the public is welcome to wait in the lobby until it is their turn to give their public comment.

Citizens that attend are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and wear their masks during the course of the meeting.

The meeting will be available via livestream on the city website (www.kingsporttn.gov). Viewers can watch by clicking on the ‘Livestream Video’ box on the homepage. The meeting will also air on Charter channel 192.

The meeting audio will be posted to the city website within two days of the meeting.

Email submission form: Comments or Questions

Google form link for BMA comments: https://bit.ly/BMA_June2_2020

Please direct any questions to 423-440-0442.

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The Creative Placemaking Grant Project is now underway!

After a delay in the project due to the Governor’s Safer at Home Order, the winners of the Creative Placemaking competition are hard at work painting in the alley between Shelby Street and Cherokee Street to beautify this off-Main alleyway. Additional lights will follow to light up the alley at night.

The art is being completed by six artists—Donna Hamilton, Katie Harrison, Kelly Gardner, Savannah Holt, Rebecca Church and Brittany Williams.  All designs were submitted and selected through a jury made up of the Public Art Committee members.

This project brings new color and energy, not just to the alleyway, but also to downtown Kingsport as a whole.  This was a quality project before the COVID-19 crisis, but now it breathes new energy into the artists and their supporters, and in turn the community.  This is a safe outdoor exhibit for all to come see and enjoy.  Come out on a pretty day and see what these artists are painting to represent Kingsport and its community.

This grant project is brought to Kingsport by the Tennessee Arts Commission with support from the Downtown Kingsport Association and Engage Kingsport.

To follow along with the progress of the Creative Placemaking Grant Project, please visit www.facebook.com/KingsportOfficeofCulturalArts to see more.

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On Monday, June 1, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium will reopen the Nature Center and resume some programming, both at limited capacity. Park trails and the animal habitat area are and have been open.

“We want to thank everyone for your support and understanding these past few months,” Park Manager Rob Cole said, “and we ask that you continue to be patient as we take these first steps toward normal operations.”

Beginning June 1, only 20 guests will be allowed in the Nature Center at a time.

  • Only the upper level and gift shop area will be accessible.
  • Guests should follow the designated flow of traffic through the Nature Center and keep visits brief so that others can enter.
  • Bays Mountain recommends guests wear a mask when visiting the Nature Center.
  • Maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others and wash hands frequently.

Nature programs and barge rides will also resume June 1.

  • Programs and barge rides are limited to 9 participants (plus program leader).
  • At this time, the planetarium, adventure course and zip line remain closed.

If you feel sick or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, BMP asks that for your safety and that of staff and others visitors, do not visit the park at this time.

All visitors will need to stop at the gate when entering the park, as is normal park policy, beginning June 1. As a reminder, park entry is $5 per vehicle or free to park members who show their membership card.

At this time, all Nature Programs will be held outdoors (weather permitting). Programs are $3 per person or free for park members. Barge rides will be held weather permitting and are $5 per person or free for park members. Tickets are available in the Nature Center the day of the program. Guests should arrive early to ensure plenty of time to get tickets.

Nature Center Hours and Program Times

Nature Center Hours
Monday – Friday              9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday     11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nature Programs
Monday – Friday              10:30 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m

Barge Rides
Monday – Friday              10:30 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday     1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

On June 1, the park will resume rentals of the Pavilion at Lilypad Cove to groups not exceeding 10 people. No other facilities will be available for rent at this time.

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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Every summer, the Kingsport Public Library invites the community to join the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme, Imagine Your Story, invites participants to explore the world of stories and imagine where their story will take them.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person programs for this year’s summer reading program. Instead, all activities will be available through our social media or through activity packs available for pick up at the library. Programs for children include: biweekly story times, author talks, STEM activities, virtual professional performances, and more. Look for special event links on the library’s event calendar on the website.

Activity packs will be available at the library for pick up, with a new pack each week. Activity packs will be first come, first served, while supplies last. They will contain 3-6 activities and all necessary items to complete each activity (some tools such as scissors or glue may need to be self-provided). Activities will include STEM, Arts/Crafts, Literacy, and Play.

Teens can log their reading and be entered to win the grand prize. Teen programs will be Thursdays on Kingsport Public Library Social Media.

Adults can participate in summer reading, too. Log your reading and be entered to win weekly prizes. Participate in virtual book clubs, author talks, NASA programs, trivia or virtual escape rooms.

Looking for things to do as a family? Join the Lego Challenge in June, try out the virtual escape room, or decorate a cake for the July challenge. Be sure to check the events calendar on the library webpage so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Want to join the fun? Readers of all ages can sign-up at www.kingsportlibrary.org and track their reading between June 1 and July 24. For help signing up or for more information, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call 423-229-9366.