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Bristol Community Health Assessment Kick Off

Bristol Virginia partners are conducting a community health assessment (CHA) and want to hear from you! Please visitis.gd/MountRogers to take the community survey and share your feedback about Bristol's strengths and challenges. The survey asks about top concerns in the community, such as food access, mental health, education and transportation. Results will help to identify unique challenges and issues in Bristol. In addition to the survey results, analysts will review public health data to help create an accurate assessment of community health. TheCHA team will then draft a plan and timeline for addressing the community’s needs in the years ahead. Interested in participating? We'd love to have you! Contact breanne.forbes-hubbard@vdh.virginia.gov.

Partner agencies include the City of Bristol, People, Inc., Bristol Organizations, Bristol’s Promise, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, Southwest Community Healthcare System, Healing Hands, United Way of Bristol, Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Bristol Virginia Public Schools, Ballad Health, Bristol Sheriff’s Office, Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Regional Speech and Hearing Center, Crossroads Medical Mission, and the Virginia Department of Health.



YWCA Seeking Nominations for 29th Annual Tribute to Women Awards

YWCA NETN and SWVA is now accepting nominations for Tribute to Women, an awards program that recognizes outstanding women in the Tri-Cities region.

Women may be nominated by an organization, business, and community groups for this prestigious award in one of three categories: Nurture, Empower, and Transform. Candidates should be leaders who have experienced significant growth and/or achievement in their areas of expertise, and reside or work in the YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia service area.

Judges residing out of the states of Tennessee and Virginia will select three exemplary recipients in each category, and these award recipients will be honored at an awards banquet in spring of 2020. “Tribute to Women is an excellent opportunity to celebrate employees or volunteers who have made significant contributions in the workplace or community,” said Kathy Waugh, CEO.

Nomination forms are available online at www.ywcatnva.org/tribute-to-women and should be mailed to YWCA NETN and SWVA at 106 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620 or emailed to alinder@ywcatnva.orgby February 14, 2020. Forms are also available for pick-up at the YWCA front desk.

For more information, please contact Allison Linder at alinder@ywcatnva.org or call 423.968.9444.



Downtown Bristol Events

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart special exhibit

July 15 – January 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Although known primarily as a country music star, Marty Stuart (b. 1958) is a master storyteller not only through his songs, but also through his revealing photographs. He has been taking photographs of the people and places surrounding him since he first went on tour with bluegrass performer Lester Flatt at age 13. His inspirations include his mother, Hilda Stuart and her documentation of their family’s everyday life in Mississippi. He also admires bassist Milt Hinton’s photographs of fellow jazz artists and Edward Curtis’s well-known images of Native Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Stuart’s photographs in American Ballads range from intimate behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians, to images of eccentric characters from the back roads of America, to dignified portraits of members of the impoverished Lakota tribe in South Dakota, a people he was introduced to by his former father-in-law, Johnny Cash. Whatever the subject, Stuart is able to tease out something unexpected or hidden beneath the surface through a skillful sense of timing and composition, as well as a unique relationship with the sitters often based on years of friendship and trust.

Open Mic Night at Delta Blues

January 15 | Delta Blues BBQ


Wolf & Chris
6-8 PM

Family Nutrition Program Info

January 16 | Bristol Public Library


Trying to shed those extra pounds gained from the holidays, learn cooking techniques, try new healthy dishes, and learn new nutrition information?? Come by the new client sign up dates on 1/9/20 and 1/16/20 at the Bristol Public Library. There will be an informational table on the Family Nutrition Program and what all it entails. Classes will begin Thursday January 23rd at the Bristol Public Library and they will continue for the next six weeks each Thursday until the classes are completed.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Candy Lab

January 16 | Bristol Public Library


The JCC has an exciting program for January: the Candy Lab!

During our two-part project series, interested participants will have the opportunity to use the Tinkercad app and our 3D printer to create a handcrafted silicone mold. (All silicone is food safe.) Participants can bring their own laptop to create their mold or one will be provided.

We'll meet on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. for our first class, and then again on Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. to complete our candy molds. Space is limited, so registration is required! Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The supply fee is $5 per person, but covers all associated costs for both classes.

To register or for more details, visit the Jones Creativity Center or contact us at 276-645-8790 or tjdewitt@bristol-library.org

Ladies Night with TJ Darnell

January 16 | Delta Blues BBQ


Come out on Thursdays for Ladies Night with TJ Darnell
FREE Music

$12 bucket specials for Straw-ber-ritas and lime-a-ritas!

Film Screening: Rising Voices/Hóthaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language

January 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join us for a free screening of the award-winning documentary film Rising Voices/Hóthaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

The screening is complementary programming to the current special exhibit American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart,which is on display in the special exhibits gallery at the museum through January 31, 2020.American Ballads includes a section of stunning photographs of the Lakota people.

Film goers can check out the American Ballads exhibit before the film screening for reduced admission of $5.

Book Club

January 16 | Bristol Public Library


The BPL Book Club will meet on Thursday, January 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.This month our selection for discussion is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

Any reader is welcome to join at any time, and no registration is required. BPL Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted on our calendar, to read and discuss a wide variety of books. Make sure to join us for good company, good books, and sweet treats!

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

For The Song's Sake: Banjo Mitch + Earleine

January 16 | Earnest Tube


Join us in the home of Clint Holley and Bonnie Flinner at 22 1/2 Lee Street, Bristol, VA(next to The Earnest Tube)for our singer- songwriter music series.

Hosted byMomma Molasseson the THIRD THURSDAY of each month,
we hope you'll visit in our small, cozy performance space to hear
one-of-a kind performances by talented musicians.

We will be welcoming a variety of artists and styles over the coming months.

January 16th features Banjo Mitch and Earleine!

Please watch for upcoming shows and invite your friends to join our mailing list!

This event is BYOB.

22 1/2 Lee House Concerts
22 1/2 Lee Street
Bristol, VA
216-401-0877

Gerald Sheppard

January 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Sheppard has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for over thirty years. In 2013 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Gerald Sheppard Guitars. Gerald builds nine to twelve guitars per year. His guitars have been used by professional artists and featured on the Grammy winning Pink Guitar CD. He has been a featured luthier at the renowned Swannanoa Gathering for thirteen years. As an accomplished lifelong fingerstyle guitarist himself, Gerald understands how to match custom design components to the needs of his client. His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists.

St. Anne’s 2nd Graders Spread the Glove

January 17 | Downtown Center


Students will distribute gloves, hats, scarves and other cold-weather items along State Street in support of the City of Bristol, Tennessee’s “Spread the Glove” Program.

The students will be led by their teacher, Suzanne Blaser, and will distribute items that were donated at the City’s drop-off locations and additional items that were collected by the students. This project was chosen as the 2nd grade’s community service project, which is a requirement of their religion class.

Please contact the City’s Department of Community Relations at (423) 764-4171 for additional information.

January Drink & Draw

January 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


You asked, and it's back! Bring in the decade creatively at our January Drink & Draw. Easy listening, snacks, and $1 off drafts! Some paper and art supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own-come create with us!

Zamar Band

January 17 | Cascade Draft House


Join us as we welcome Zamar.

Band Members
Christopher Guffey
James Bowman
Nathaniel Sproles
Anthony Childress
Finn Sproles

Henry Cho

January 17 | Paramount Bristol


Join us for an evening of good clean fun with comedian Henry Cho. As an East Tennessean of Korean descent with a distinct Appalachian accent, Cho was already distinctive. He soon became a favorite on television and landed TV and movie roles. He is also a regular at the Grand Ole Opry and performs yearly in Vegas. Audiences gravitate to his humor and embrace him for his clean and non-controversial style of observational comedy.

TICKETS

Victor Lawson

January 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Victor always brings the heat!! Come get a dose of the good Blues on 01/17/2020.

KT VanDyke

January 17 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery with singer/ songwriter KT Van Dyke.

Jay Davis LIVE at Delta Blues

January 17 | Delta Blues BBQ


Jay Davis live at Delta Blues!
8-10
Free Show

Osara

January 17 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Come out to O'Mainnin's Pub for a great night of rock 'n' roll with Osara!

Prayer Box Workshop

January 18 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join Julie from 12:00-2:00 PM to learn how to paint #PrayerBoxes! This class is family friendly, so kids and guardians are welcome to join! Cost is $25 per painter and covers the cost of the item as well as the studio fee. Reservations are required, so call or message to reserve your seats!

Monthly Community Jam

January 18 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum hosts a monthly gathering of local musicians for a full-on community jam session! The jam events have been organized to provide a space for local musicians to gather and pick, collaborate, share their experiences, and—most importantly—to have fun. These free jams are open to all ages and all skill levels; those interested in just coming along to listen to good music are also welcome!

This month’s Community Jam will be led by multi-instrumentalist and Pick Along Summer Camp Junior Counselor Mackenzie Henley.

Jams will be scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., serving as a great warm-up for Saturday night gigs! Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments.

The sessions will be held in the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For more information call 423-573-1927.

Unleash your Lumberjack

January 18 | Mercantile on State


Join us for an axe-llent night of Axe Throwing with Highlands Axe Company.

$5 per session with instructional guidance if needed.
{If you would like to reserve a time slot for a group of 4 or more please message us for available times}

Keep an eye out for amazing specials from our That Cookie Dough parlor and a surprise food truck visit!

Lumberjack attire not required but completely appropriate

Tennessee Landscapes by Mark Williams

January 18 | Bristol Public Library


"Tennessee Landscapes" is a series of black and white photographs by Mark Williams. On Saturday, January 18, beginning at 3:00 pm the Bristol Public Library will host a reception for Williams and the opening of this exhibit in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery. "Tennessee Landscapes" will remain on view in the gallery following the reception.

Light refreshments will be served.

Artist Bio:
Mark Williams has the heart of an artist. Starting as a musician, Mark was signed to a major record label while still in his teens and was a studio vocalist for many years, associated with household names in country, rock and jazz. Mark’s interest in photography began at the age of eight, taking on the task of family photographer for summer vacations, using a Kodak instamatic and flashcubes. Those early vacations fostered a love for nature and the outdoors which serves as the foundation of Mark’s photography today. Mark believes that a good photo captures an essence that causes the viewer to want to be there, to experience what the photographer experienced when he captured the moment. Through his photos, Mark invites you to step into his world and view it as he does through the camera lens. Whether it’s landscapes, weddings or portraits, Mark always brings a simplistic perfection to his work that will stir your imagination. As a result, Mark’s work has been recognized and exhibited in public and private galleries globally and has also been selected for commercial sale and use through Getty Images. We bid you to accept Mark’s invitation to come along and be a part of his creative journey.

Monica Woodard and Dave Sizemore

January 18 | Cascade Draft House


Come out for a night of some soothing tunes.

Laura Thurston

January 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level! You will be enthralled when you see this lovely lady rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.

Anthony Mangrum

January 18 | Blackbird Bakery


Have your song request ready, Anthony Mangrum is returning to Blackbird. He will dazzles the keyboard and sing a large variety of songs. Anthony is always a crowd pleaser, so come early, order your butterscotch bar with homemade caramel icing, and enjoy the entertainment.

LAIR, Forest of Legend, Bloodthorne

January 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


8PM / $5 / ALL AGES

Richmond VA’s doom stunners LAIR are coming to Bloom Cafe & Listening Room along with Forest of Legend and local stoner sludge act Bloodthorne. Let’s get heavy!

Coupe DeVille

January 18 | Delta Blues BBQ


Join us for a night of music at Delta Blues!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration — The Legacy Lives

January 20–21 | Bristol Train Station


The Bristol Train Station Board, YWCA NETN and SWVA and APEC will host a community observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemoration event will be held on the national King holiday. Our theme, “The Legacy Lives” reminds us that the work Dr. King began is still important and unfinished. The celebration will bring greater awareness to Dr. King’s work and mission, promote unity and diverse participation within our community, educate, encourage and inspire deeper community dialogue, and help us to learn from the past.

Monday, January 20th
1:30 PM : Gathering at Paramount Theatre on State Street
2:00 PM : March begins
2:30 PM : Program begins at Bristol Train Station
7:00 PM : Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA*
"The Whole Language — The Power of Extravagant Tenderness" located at Lee Street Baptist Church — Bristol, VA

Tuesday, January 21st
10:00 AM : Father Gregory Boyle*
"Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship" located at King University Memorial Chapel — Bristol, TN

*Sponsored by King Institute for Faith & Culture

State Street String Band

January 20 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass at 7pm.

Census Job Fairs (Multiple Dates)

January 21–29 | Bristol Public Library


Are you looking for ways to help your community? The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring temporary positions for the 2020 Census in our area. The largest number of positions available are for census takers. Pay rates vary by area. If you are interested, you can learn more about available positions and apply during any of our job fairs this month at the Bristol Public Library!

Tuesday, January 21, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, January 22, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, January 28, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, January 29, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

By working for the Census Bureau, you can help them reach their goal for the 2020 Census to ensure everyone is counted. Census counts have a huge impact on our community. The 2020 Census data will be used to determine how more than $675 billion from more than 100 government programs are distributed to states and localities, including communities like ours. The data influence choices made about which roads are fixed, where schools are built and businesses opened, what medical services are offered, and more

BPL Theater- The Great Gatsby

January 22 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library will be showing The Great Gatsby (2013), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, on Wednesday, January 22, at 3:00 p.m. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this dazzling cinematic experience takes you into the world of the wealthy upper class of New York City during the roaring 1920s! Refreshments will be served!

Midwest native Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton). Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and — as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits — pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.

PG-13; 143 minutes.

Mick Kyte

January 22 | Delta Blues BBQ


Join me for an evening of original music and some of the old songs that made me. Excited to be playing on State Street again!

Also Coming Up

Open Mic Night at Delta Blues
January 15 | Delta Blues BBQ
Family Nutrition Program Info
January 16 | Bristol Public Library
Candy Lab
January 16 | Bristol Public Library
Ladies Night with TJ Darnell
January 16 | Delta Blues BBQ
Film Screening: Rising Voices/Hóthaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language
January 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Book Club
January 16 | Bristol Public Library
For The Song's Sake: Banjo Mitch + Earleine
January 16 | Earnest Tube
Gerald Sheppard
January 16 | Blackbird Bakery
St. Anne’s 2nd Graders Spread the Glove
January 17 | Downtown Center
January Drink & Draw
January 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Zamar Band
January 17 | Cascade Draft House
Henry Cho
January 17 | Paramount Bristol
Victor Lawson
January 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
KT VanDyke
January 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Jay Davis LIVE at Delta Blues
January 17 | Delta Blues BBQ
Osara
January 17 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Prayer Box Workshop
January 18 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Monthly Community Jam
January 18 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Unleash your Lumberjack
January 18 | Mercantile on State
Tennessee Landscapes by Mark Williams
January 18 | Bristol Public Library
Monica Woodard and Dave Sizemore
January 18 | Cascade Draft House
Laura Thurston
January 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Anthony Mangrum
January 18 | Blackbird Bakery
LAIR, Forest of Legend, Bloodthorne
January 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Coupe DeVille
January 18 | Delta Blues BBQ
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration — The Legacy Lives
January 20–21 | Bristol Train Station
State Street String Band
January 20 | Blackbird Bakery
Census Job Fairs (Multiple Dates)
January 21–29 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Theater- The Great Gatsby
January 22 | Bristol Public Library
Mick Kyte
January 22 | Delta Blues BBQ
Zoning Open Houses
January 23 | Bristol VA City Hall
Level 2 Canvas Class
January 23 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Ladies Night with TJ Darnell
January 23 | Delta Blues BBQ
The Diamonds
January 23 | Blackbird Bakery
The Oak Ridge Boys
January 23–24 | Paramount Bristol
Chinese New Year Celebration!
January 24 | Shang Hai
Chester Vortex
January 24 | Cascade Draft House
Nicholas Jamerson
January 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Wallace Coleman LIVE at Delta Blues
January 24 | Delta Blues BBQ
Chinese New Year Celebration!
January 25 | Shang Hai
Bristol Bizarre: The Renaissance
January 25 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Trey Epling
January 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Swing Band
January 25 | Blackbird Bakery
Raspberry Pi: Weather Station
January 27 | Bristol Public Library
Developers Roundtable
January 28 | Bristol VA City Hall
Bingo
January 29 | Bristol Public Library
Organizing Tips for the New Year
January 30 | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Jones Property Group
Moon Viewing
January 30 | Bristol Public Library
Ladies Night with TJ Darnell
January 30 | Delta Blues BBQ
Virginia West
January 30 | Cascade Draft House
Victor Lawson
January 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Highway 3 Twenty-One LIVE
January 31 | Cascade Draft House
Jake Shimabukuro
January 31 | Paramount Bristol
Marques & Paul Acoustic
January 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Tennessee Songwriters Week Qualifying Round
February 1 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Rebirth Brass Band
February 1 | Paramount Bristol
Momma Molasses
February 1 | Blackbird Bakery
The Usual Suspects
February 1 | Delta Blues BBQ
James Meadows
February 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Jon King
February 1 | Cascade Draft House
State Street String Band
February 3 | Blackbird Bakery
Open Mic Night at Delta Blues
February 5 | Delta Blues BBQ
The Steeldrivers
February 6 | Paramount Bristol
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
February 6 | Blackbird Bakery
She Loves Me
February 7–16 | Theatre Bristol
Quarter Bounce Unplugged
February 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Flower Power Groove
February 8 | Cascade Draft House
Dustbowl Revival
February 8 | Paramount Bristol
Virginia West
February 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Bluesman and The Blues Essentials
February 8 | Delta Blues BBQ
Justin Mychals
February 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bill Engvall
February 9 | Paramount Bristol
Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Janina Williams
February 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time ft. Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker, Kody Norris Show
February 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
February 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Rylee Peters
February 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Valentine's Day with Ivy Road
February 14 | Delta Blues BBQ
Jordan Anderson
February 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Jason Senters
February 15 | Cascade Draft House
Square Dance
February 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kevin Lorenz
February 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Tomcats CD Release Party
February 15 | Delta Blues BBQ
State Street String Band
February 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Shannan Miller
February 20 | Blackbird Bakery
Mike Preslar
February 22 | Cascade Draft House
Anthony Mangrum
February 22 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
February 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Mick Kyte
February 28 | Cascade Draft House
Virginia West
February 28 | State Line Bar & Grill
Cleve Edwards
February 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Sam Collie and the Roustabouts
February 29 | Cascade Draft House
Sam Collie and the Roustabouts
February 29 | Cascade Draft House
The HillBenders: WhoGrass!
February 29 | Paramount Bristol
Pinion Pine
February 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
March 6 | Paramount Bristol
Virginia West
March 7 | Cascade Draft House
The Blind Boys of Alabama
March 27 | Paramount Bristol
Charles Esten
April 2 | Paramount Bristol
Golden Dragon Acrobats
April 4 | Paramount Bristol
Leo Kottke
April 7 | Paramount Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 18 | Paramount Bristol
The Paramount Revival 2020
April 19 | Paramount Bristol
Jim Messina
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
Sebastian Bach
April 26 | Paramount Bristol
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
May 28 | Paramount Bristol

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