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Believe in Bristol partners with VI students to promote the 3/50 Project!


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December 15, 2010
Marketing students at Virginia Intermont College have partnered with Believe in Bristol and The Tombras Group, a TriCities advertising firm, on a project to benefit the merchants and local economy of Bristol.

The groups are working on an economic stimulus and community awareness campaign called the 3/50 Project, a national movement that encourages consumers to support their local economy by shopping at independently owned businesses. The 3/50 Project challenges consumers to pick three locally owned independent businesses and spend $50 a month total at the three stores. “Pick 3. Spend 50. Save our local economy.” For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, approximately $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online, and nothing comes back to Bristol.

VI Students have worked closely with merchants in Downtown Bristol, to help them get the message out to local consumers. One of their participating merchants was Bethany Wilson, owner of blowfish emporium and a firm believer in the importance of the 3/50 Project message. “"It is so very important that people support their local small business and the 3/50 Project is a great way for the community to become aware and realize their purchasing power,” says Wilson. “When people realize that by buying local they can spur their own economy, it changes where they shop!”

Alison David, co-owner of White Dog Papery, is another downtown merchant convinced of 3/50 Project message. “When the VI students came and presented the 3/50 project to me, I was impressed,” says David. “The idea of the project is so fitting for our local downtown merchants and having the local college students working and promoting the event gets them involved in our area. Downtown is growing and is alive, we just need to educate the citizens of the area about the importance of shopping local. Shopping local helps everyone — the merchants, the city and the customer.”

According to Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol, the benefits of this project have been many. “I was very pleased when I was approached by the VI students. The 3/50 message was one that we have been promoting to our merchants and the community. The students took the idea and really ran with it, making a 3/50 Bristol Facebook page, distributing fliers and designating one day a month as 3/50 Project Day for consumers,” says Blevins. Blevins went on to say that she found it very gratifying that these college students already recognized the importance of supporting their local economy. “It truly has been a win-win situation,” states Blevins.

Virginia Intermont marketing student Jane Freely echoes Blevins statements. “Everyone from the community was so helpful and enthusiastic about the 3/50 project that it made us want this to succeed more than ever. Awareness was key to the project's success, and we have only hit the tip of the iceberg,” says Freely.

If you would like more information on the 3/50 Project and its impact in our community, visit the Believe in Bristol website at www.believeinbristol.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab. Or you can visit the 3/50 Project website at www.the350project.net.

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"It's a Wonderful Life" to be shown at The Paramount

December 19, 2010
It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra and based on the short story " The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the contributions he has made to his community.The film classic will be shown "on the silver screen" at the Paramount Center on Sunday afternoon, December 19th, 2010, at 2 o'clock. Local favorite Rex Ward will play the season's favorites on The Paramount's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ for an hour before the film is shown. Doors to the Paramount will open at 1 o'clock. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is happy to share an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship in downtown Bristol on the first day of Christmas Week. (Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the film.) Admission is free, but to assure everyone a seat, we are asking that tickets be picked up at the offices of The Paramount Center, Oakley-Cook Funeral Home, Glenwood Cemetery, Blevins Funeral and Cremation Services or Mountain View Cemetery. If picking up tickets in advance is not possible, please call Oakley-Cook at 423-764-7123, tell us the number of tickets you want and the names of the people who will be using them, and you can pick them up at The Paramount on the afternoon of the movie.

Join us for a brand new Sunday Brunch Menu at the Troutdale Bistro!

December 19, 2010
Come join us Sunday, December 19th from 11 am to 2 pm for our Holiday Sunday Brunch. Executive Chef Chris Walsh has prepared a delicious menu featuring: Local Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup Sourdough French Toast Virginia Beach Lump Crab cakes Eggs Benedict Shrimp and Grits Willie's Seasonal Cheese Cake and Homemade Ice Cream Reservations are suggested due to limited seating and the popularity of these dishes. Reservations can be made by calling the Troutdale Bistro at 423-989-3663

The Star Still Shines production at The Paramount Center

December 19, 2010
On Sunday, December 19 at 7pm, the music ministries of First Christian Church and Woodlawn Baptist Church will present The Star Still Shines, a program of beautiful music in celebration of Christmas. Directed by Connie and Scott Branson. The public is invited and welcomed. For more information, please call the Paramount Center at 423-274-8920.
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"Elvis Blue Christmas" — Eddie Miles to perform at The Paramount Center

December 18, 2010
SATURDAY, December 18th @8:00PM, EDDIE MILES — "Elvis Blue Christmas" Hailed as the best by the people who knew and performed with Elvis, J.D. Sumner, Charlie Hodge, Ed Enoch, Terry Blackwood, and many others agree that EDDIE MILES reproduces the sound and look of Elvis better than any other. Screams, Cheers, and Standing Ovations are common at Eddie's Concerts. Miles has performed for years all over the country to exuberant SOLD OUT audiences. Some of his shows include headlining at The Largest Elvis Festival in the World in Collingwood, Canada, headlining in Memphis, TN during the 25th and 30th Commerative Anniversary, Numerous Television specials, plus Owning and Operating his own Theaters in Pigeon Forge, TN. and Myrtle Beach, SC.This uncanny tribute also includes and opening show saluting the legends of Country Music, artist like Conway Twitty, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Johnny Cash and many others. This is a show you won't want to miss! For more info go to WWW.EDDIEMILES.COM. Tickets $25

The Rocky Horror Show

December 17, 2010
In its continued efforts to explore new avenues of audiences and income, Theatre Bristol will bring back the ever-popular Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show as a special fund-raising event this Christmas holiday season. That sweet transvestite and his motley crew return to the Theatre Bristol stage to remind you “Don’t dream it, be it.” Complete with sass from the audience, avalanches of cards, confetti and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever. Don’t miss it! Audience members are encouraged to dress up! Goody bags will be for sale and specific lists of do’s and don’ts will be posted to the website.
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Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir at The Paramount

December 16, 2010
The Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir is ready again to ring in the Holiday with their brand new Christmas Show on Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 PM at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Downtown, Bristol TN. The 70 member senior adult cast will have audience young and old plus all those in between singing, laughing and remembering many special holiday memories. Most of all, each one will leave with a smile on their face and the songs of the season in their heads. Characters such as Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, the Wooden Soldiers, and a special rendition of the Nutcracker will be some of the musical acts you will not want to miss. As with each of their holiday programs, the 70 minute show will conclude with a dramatic musical story of the birth of Jesus and the nativity. This very unique musical group is sponsored by the Bristol Virginia Parks and Recreation Department and admission is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person at the door. For more information call 276-645-7375.

11th ANNUAL JOURNEY'S END — THURSDAY

December 16, 2010
On Thursday, December 16th at 6:30 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol, starting at the Downtown Center and ending at the Bristol Train Station. Journey’s End is our local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging. The final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.
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Bristol Receives American Planning Award

December 15, 2010
The Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association awarded the City of Bristol the 2010 Outstanding Planning Award. This award recognized the city for production of the best planning tool in the state for use in small communities. The project receiving the award was the R-E, Established Residential District. This district was recognized as an innovative planning solution involving originality, transferability, quality, comprehensiveness, public participation, and effectiveness. Shari Brown, Director of Bristol’s Community Development Department said, “We are honored to receive this award. It reflects on a tremendous work effort from the many people who work within the department.” Brown continued, “The City of Bristol Tennessee is a very forward-thinking, innovative community, always looking for ways to improve upon how we do things.”
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2011 Citizens Municipal Academy Application Deadline Nears

December 15, 2010
The deadline for the 2011 Citizens Municipal Academy is looming near. Friday, December 31, 2010 is the last day applications will be accepted. City offices will be closed, however applicants may apply online at www.bristoltn.org. Candidates may choose to print the application from the website and mail it in. Applications postmarked by December 31 will be accepted. “The limited slots are filling fast, we encourage all those wishing to attend this very informative program to please apply now,” Terrie Talbert, Director of the City’s Department of Community Relations said. Talbert continued, “This is the third year the program has been offered and everyone who has completed it has described the program as both enlightening and enjoyable.” The academy is designed to familiarize citizens with city government, its services and role in the community. Classes will meet each Thursday at 6:00 p.m. beginning on January 20, 2011 and will run for six weeks ending on February 24, 2011. At the conclusion of the Academy, participants will be invited to a Certification Ceremony taking place on Tuesday March 1, 2011 at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting to be publicly recognized and receive a graduation certificate. For more information or an application you may go to the city’s website at www.bristoltn.org, click “Home” and scroll down to 2011 Citizens Municipal Academy. There you will find the schedule of topics. If you have any questions please contact Terrie Talbert at 423-764-4171.

What's The Grape Easel? Great Gift for the Holidays!

December 15, 2010
Click on the video below to learn more about blowfish emporium's twice weekly Grape Easel class! Be advised that NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! The Grape Easel events are located in blowfish emporium in order to offer its apprentices a casual environment in which to create, as well as offer an inviting space for friends to mingle with one another while they delve into their own interpretations of the featured piece. We are sure you will walk away with not only a beautiful work of art, but a memorable experience! These events are open to even the most inexperienced novice painter. Whether you’re an accountant or a carpenter, a teacher or doctor- we will open up the artist within you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtbHFyUxE4c

Upcoming Events

The Rocky Horror Show

December 03 - 18, 2010

Wine Down Wednesday

December 15, 2010

Teen Book Club

December 15, 2010

Bristol Bright Sparks Electronics Club

December 15, 2010

Santa's Workshop

December 15, 2010

Senior Show Choir to ring in the holidays with new Christmas Show

December 16, 2010

Journey's End — Thursday Night

December 16, 2010

Painting class at blowfish emporium

December 16, 2010

Brim Leal to perform at Machiavelli's

December 16, 2010

Him for Her to perform at Machiavelli's

December 17, 2010

Wine Luck at 606 State Street Gallery

December 17, 2010

Adult and Child art journaling at blowfish emporium

December 17, 2010

80s DJ at Machiavelli's

December 18, 2010

Beading Workshop at blowfish emporium

December 18, 2010

Breakfast with Santa

December 18, 2010

Eddie Miles to perform at The Paramount Center

December 18, 2010

Join us for a brand new Sunday Brunch Menu at the Troutdale Bistro

December 19, 2010

Afternoons with the Brat Pack

December 19, 2010

The Star Still Shines production at The Paramount Center

December 19, 2010

"It's a Wonderful Life" to be shown at The Paramount

December 19, 2010

Christmas Crunch Camp

December 20 - 22, 2010

Movietime at Bristol Public Library

December 20, 2010

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

December 20, 2010

Movietime at Bristol Public Library

December 21, 2010

Nevermore Book Club

December 21, 2010

Open auditions for The Princess and the PeaTouring Production

December 21, 2010

Beading Pizzaz at Whimsical Gems and Treasures

December 21, 2010

Painting Class at blowfish emporium

December 21, 2010

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

December 21, 2010

Movietime at Bristol Public Library

December 22, 2010

Wine Down Wednesday

December 22, 2010

Movietime at bristol Public Library

December 23, 2010

Wise Old River to perform at Machiavelli's

December 23, 2010

Painting class at blowfish emporium

December 23, 2010

Slick Bizness to perform at Machiavelli's

December 25, 2010

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

December 27, 2010

Beading Pizzaz at Whimsical Gems and Treasures

December 28, 2010

Painting Class at blowfish emporium

December 28, 2010

Nevermore Book Club

December 28, 2010

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

December 28, 2010

Wine Down Wednesday

December 29, 2010

HB Beverly to perfom at Machiavelli's

December 30, 2010

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