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Calling All Artists! Join an Art Swap for State of the Arts Weekend 2013 in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 07, 2013
As part of Believe in Bristol’s State of the Arts weekend of events, Arts Alliance Mountain Empire will sponsor an Art Swap on Sunday, June 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Downtown Center on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol.

What can you swap? Visual artists can swap paintings, photographs, sculptures, and unneeded supplies. Don’t stop there; the swap is also for the whole range of the arts, so it could include fiber arts, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, and their related supplies. It can also include sheet music, instruments, dance clothes and shoes, literature, and even an offer to trade lessons in piano, dance, voice, painting, etc. Be creative in what you offer to trade!

And more good news! There will be no registration charge. You will just need to bring your own table and chairs, and a tent if you wish. The swap will also be open to the public, and you may sell any items to the other artists or to the public. Don’t be afraid to barter!

Do you have some things you want to just be free of? There will be a “free table” where you may put things you would be happy for others to just enjoy. Anything left at the end of the day will be donated to a charity.

What else do you need to know? Set-up time on June 16 will be from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., and clean-up/pack-up from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The registration deadline is noon on Friday, June 7th. More details will be available to those who register. To register, call Susan Long at 276-494-9925 or email SLong116@aol.com.

For information about other State of the Arts events — including Art D'Vine, Kids' Art Day, Artists' Power Hour, and Movie in the Park — please contact René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol, on 276-644-9700 or visit www.believeinbristol.org.

Bristol Cities Name Three Recipients of 2013 Mayors' Award of Distinction

May 07, 2013
For the sixth consecutive year, the cities of Bristol Virginia and Bristol Tennessee have jointly honored individuals and organizations that have exhibited outstanding dedication and service to their communities by bestowing on them the 2011 Mayors’ Award of Distinction.Three recipients were honored with the awards on Sunday, determined by a specially appointed award panel comprised of community leaders. These winners join an elite roster of 20 other individuals and organizations who have received the award since its inception in 2008.

The 2013 Mayors’ Award of Distinction recipients are:

Team Bristol Crossroads Medical

A dedicated team of nine loyal volunteers, “Team Bristol” works tirelessly to provide access to health care to the uninsured of Bristol. “Team Bristol is instrumental in providing roughly 1100 medical visits annually in Bristol. Every encounter is cloaked in respect and love for the patients served.

Sid Oakley

As a businessman and business owner in the community, Sid Oakley has been a stellar contributor to the local economy for many years. Some of his most noteworthy accomplishments are seen in his untiring commitment to the multitude of boards, organizations, clubs and committees on which he has served over the past 50 years.Among many other achievements, Oakley is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Bristol Community Breakfast Steering Committee which, for the past 15 years has brought hundreds of people together to hear noted celebrities share their faith and life experiences.

Sandra Willis
Sandra Willis has been on the Board of Directors of the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry for many years, but has never lost her enthusiasm for everything the pantry does. Taking her volunteer efforts to the next level, Willis steps in to make sure the hungry are fed, even it if means cooking and delivering the meals herself. She is an active member and volunteer with many local organizations, including Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, Bristol Family Promise, Meals on Wheels, Bristol Faith in Action, Healing Hands Health Center, and State Street United Methodist Church.

Sponsored jointly by the mayoral offices of Bristol Virginia and Bristol Tennessee, the awards were officially presented by Bristol, Virginia Mayor, Jim Steele and Bristol, Tennessee Mayor, Joel Staton, at a public ceremony on May 5 at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Downtown Bristol.

The presentation was open to the public and included a keynote address by Travis Taylor. Taylor is an aerospace engineer, optical scientist, science fiction author, and star of National Geographic Channel's Rocket City Rednecks. He has written more than 25 technical papers, 14 science fiction novels and two textbooks, and has appeared in multiple television documentaries, including National Geographic Channel’s recently highly-rated special When Aliens Attack.

Established in 2008, the Mayors’ Award of Distinction annually recognizes up to three individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a single outstanding act or contribution or a series of acts or contributions that have made a significant, lasting impact on the Bristol community through services to the arts, industry, commerce, entertainment, education or the welfare of others. The award can also recognize someone who has achieved regional, national or international recognition, while promoting Bristol in the process.

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Small Business Survival Workshop at the Bristol Public Library

May 14, 2013
People Inc. will be hosting a Small Business Survival Workshop in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Is your business struggling to survive? Are you looking for ways to increase sales? If so, this workshop is for you! It will address surviving an economic downturn as a small business, and includes topics such as Cash Crisis, Marketing Strategies, Discovering New Markets, and Financial Resources. The workshop is offered at no cost but advance registration is required. Please contact Becky Nave on 276-619-2243 for further information or to register, or you can register online at www.peopleinc.eventbrite.com.

R.A.D. (Rape Agression Defense) Course at YWCA

May 14, 2013
YWCA Bristol, in partnership with The Crisis Center Inc. and the Bristol Tennessee Police Department, will host a free R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) self defense course for ladies 13 and older at the YWCA, 106 State Street. The course format features four sessions that will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 21, 28 and June 4 from 6 — 9 p.m. Participants should commit for all four sessions; space is limited so reserve your spot today. To reserve your spot, call the YWCA at 423.968.9444.
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Beaver Creek Storytellers to present program for Bristol Historical Association at the Bristol Public Library

May 13, 2013
The Beaver Creek Storytellers are scheduled to present the program for the annual membership meeting of the Bristol Historical Association on Monday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. The Beaver Creek Storytellers Guild was organized in 1997. They have performed at Barter Stage II in Abingdon, for Rhythm & Roots, annual Graveyard Tales, 15 annual Tellabrations, church events, libraries, schools and many more venues. The May 13 storytelling session is in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library's mission of "Expanding Minds and Building Community." This evening is free, and the community is encouraged to attend. Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details on this or other upcoming programs, 276-669-3885.

Highland's Ballet presents "Alice in Wonderland" at the Paramount

May 11, 2013
On Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th at 2:30pm, Highlands Ballet's will be presenting "Alice In Wonderland" at the Paramount. Based on the 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, this ballet tells the tale of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. With original choreography by Deanna Cole-Roberts and Deirdre Cole, this timeless story unfolds on the Paramount stage. Tickets: Adults $6.00 in advance, $8.00 at the door. Children 12 and under $4.00. For further information, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Zumba Classes at Bristol Ballet

May 11, 2013
Get energized and come out for the fun Zumba classes on Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:30 at Bristol Ballet! Classes are $3 per class and they are running a promotion through June: 5 classes for $10 if you purchase a punch card. For more information, contact Bristol Ballet on 276-669-6051.

Art Smart Class at Bristol Public Library

May 11, 2013
The Bristol Public Library and William King Museum are hosting Art Smart Children’s art class on Saturday, May 11 from 10-11:30am. Classes are open to children in grades 2-5. The class will focus on a project corresponding with the monthly art exhibit on display at the William King Museum. Children will not only be able to create the art with their own interpretation, but also learn some art history as well. The cost of the class is only $5 per session to cover the cost of supplies.So, join us Saturday in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room to enjoy this wonderful, art class! For more information about this event or other library programs, call (276) 821-6148 or visit our website www.bristol-library.org.

AACA car cruise-in at Tri-Summit Bank Parking Lot

May 10, 2013
Come downtown and enjoy the Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region Car Show! This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, May through October, 6-8pm in the TriSummit bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol.

Artists' Reception — Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin at 606 State Street Gallery

May 10, 2013
On Friday, May 10th from 5 to 7pm, Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin will host an artists' reception at 606 State Street Gallery in Bristol, TN. Light refreshments will be provided during this exclusive after-hours event, allowing you to view the work of these two talented artists. During the month of May, their work will remain in the gallery on the Featured Artist displays, located at the front entrance. If you can't make it to the reception, make sure to stop by and view their work before the month is over!

YWCA and The Crisis Center to Host Zumba Fundraiser

May 09, 2013
The Crisis Center Inc. and the YWCA will host a ladies’ night Zumba Fitness fundraiser Thursday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the YWCA, 106 State Street, Bristol, TN. Break out the leg warmers, bright colors and teased hair for this 80’s-style ladies night! Admission is just $5 with all proceeds benefitting The Crisis Center of Bristol, Va. The Crisis Center is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals find positive solutions to personal crises through education, advocacy and intervention. To learn more about The Crisis Center, visit www.crisiscenterinc.org. For more information, contact Katie Greatti at 276.466.2218. The YWCA can be reached at 423.968.9444 or ywca@ywcabristol.org.

Bristol Public Library Hosting Lecture on Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs by Dr. Gail Stanley

May 09, 2013
The Bristol Public Library is partnering with East Tennessee State University’s Bristol Family Medicine Residency and Wellmont Health System to bring a comprehensive health education series to the Tri-Cities. The series will take place at the Bristol Public Library at 7pm on the second Thursday of every month. These public forums will feature outstanding speakers from our region to discuss a wide range of important issues in health, including specific diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and public health concerns. Following each presentation will be a question and answer session. Dr. Gail Stanley of the Bristol Regional Medical Center will lead the discussion with the topic “Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs: What are they? And what can we do about them?” So, join this informative and educational series Thursday, May 9th at 7pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library. This series is free to the public. For more information on this series or other adult programming, please call (276) 645-8781 or visit www.bristol-library.org.

Mother's Day Sale at The Purple Loon

May 08, 2013
Come check out the beautiful jewelry and unique gifts at The Purple Loon on Piedmont Avenue! For their Mother's Day Sale, they will be taking 20% off all custom orders and Purple Loon jewelry until Sunday.

Seafood and Wine Specials at KP Duty

May 08, 2013
Your friends at KP Duty noticed how their seafood Friday nights have been a big hit with you! And so they have decided to extend those specials for a while longer! Come to KP every Friday night this month for 75 Cent Oysters, 50 Cent Shrimp, $2 Drafts, and $5 Martinis! They also have a special Wednesday promotion: 1/2 off selected wines!

CityMac offering tickets to free business workshop

May 08, 2013
CityMac would like to invite all local businesses to the Business Success Forum on Wednesday, May 15th at the Summit Center in Johnson City. This is a free workshop sponsored by CityMac with lunch provided. There will be two sessions, 10 am to 1 pm and 12 pm to 3 pm. You can stop by CityMac for free tickets to this event.

Upcoming Events

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Weekend Passes on Sale for $45

January 01 - May 31, 2013

Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Artist Nick Freeman in Exhibit in May and June

May 01 - June 30, 2013

Inari Wine Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Specials and Events Throughout May!

May 01 - 31, 2013

Featured Artists for May at 606 State Street Gallery: Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin

May 01 - 31, 2013

Mother's Day Sale at The Purple Loon

May 06 - 11, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 09, 2013

Bristol Public Library Hosts Lecture on Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs by Dr. Gail Stanley

May 09, 2013

YWCA and The Crisis Center to Host Zumba Fundraiser

May 09, 2013

JV Squad at Machiavelli's

May 10, 2013

Artists' Reception — Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin at 606 State Street Gallery

May 10, 2013

AACA car cruise-in at Tri-Summit Bank Parking Lot

May 10, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

May 10, 2013

Highland's Ballet presents "Alice in Wonderland" at the Paramount

May 11 - 12, 2013

Art Smart Class at Bristol Public Library

May 11, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

May 11, 2013

Michelle Malone at 620 State

May 11, 2013

Zumba Classes at Bristol Ballet

May 11, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's

May 13, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers to present program for Bristol Historical Association at the Bristol Public Library

May 13, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 13, 2013

One Song and Valley Grass at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 13, 2013

R.A.D. (Rape Agression Defense) Course at YWCA

May 14 - June 04, 2013

Guido Au'Some Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's

May 14, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 14, 2013

Small Business Survival Workshop at the Bristol Public Library

May 14, 2013

Annual Police Memorial at Cumberland Square Park

May 15, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 16, 2013

River Whyless and Lizzy Ross Band Featured at Border Bash on State Street

May 17, 2013

An Intimate Evening with Clint Black at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 17, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

May 17, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

May 18, 2013

Bristol Ballet presents "At the Ballet" at the Paramount

May 19, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 20, 2013

Kody Norris & The Watauga Mountain Boys at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 20, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 21, 2013

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center

May 23, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

May 24, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

May 25, 2013

Bristol Public Library closed for Memorial Day

May 26 - 27, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 27, 2013

State Line Wind Symphony performing at the Paramount

May 30, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

May 31, 2013

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