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Congratulations to Shelbee's Vintage Cafe!

Shelbee's has announced a new partnership with Bristol Country Club! Shelbee's on the Green will bring all full variety of fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner items to the Country Club in the lower level dining room. For lunch choose from a variety of sandwiches, wraps, burgers and hotdogs, along with variety of salads. After 4pm, Shelbee's on the Green will offer items such as hand-cut steaks and seafood fare.

Congratulations on your new venture, Shelbee's!

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Pen's Floral introduces Flower of the Month Club

Pen's Floral is pleased to announce its new Flower of the Month Club. Choose a special someone to receive a hand delivered, specially chosen, fresh flower once each month. The cost is only $10 per month and includes delivery.

Visit Pen's Floral at 32 Moore Street, Bristol, VA to sign up today, or phone 276-644-4600.



Take the City of Bristol, TN's Trailways and Greenways Survey

The City of Bristol, TN, is in the process of preparing the Comprehensive Trails and Greenways Plan and would like your input! This survey is intended to obtain information on local bicycling and walking habits, conditions, and needs in order to help guide the plan, which will ultimately produce recommendations to improve bicycling and walkability across the City. We also want to know why you may not bike, run or walk more and what would entice you to do so. Please take 3-4 minutes to complete the following survey, which will help determine priorities in our community. Please limit one survey per household.

Click here to take the survey.



Downtown Bristol Events

Three Cheers and a Tiger for Vintage Base Ball!

June 1 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

At 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Adam “Butter Bean” Alfrey will bring to life the national pastimeas it was played in 1864. Back then, base ball (most often written astwo words) was played without gloves and ascribed to be a gentleman’s game.Butter Beanplays for the Knoxville HolstonsVintage Base Ball Club, a member club of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, that entertains and educates through the re-creation of 19th-century base ball and, more specifically, through the interpretation of the Holstons, a team that first played in Knoxville in 1867. Come learn about Tennessee’s earliest base ball clubs, as well as therules, equipment, uniforms, and customs you can expect to witness when watching a vintage match!* Hurrah!

This event — part of theprogramming for the museum's ongoing special exhibit “Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones” — is free and open to the public.

For more information about this talk, call 423-573-1927. For more information about the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, go to www.tennesseevintagebaseball.com.

* After you’ve learned all about vintage baseball from Butter Bean at the museum on June 1, be sure to check out a match between the Knoxville Holstons and the Emmett Machinists of Knoxville at Rocky Mount State Historic Site on Saturday, June 4, at 12pm. For more information about the match at Rocky Mount, go to www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Downtown Bristol Blood Drive

June 2 | Believe in Bristol Office

Join Blood Assurance for the Downtown Bristol Blood Drive at 36 Moore Street (right next to the BiB office) on Thursday, June 2 from 11 am to 4 pm. All donors will receive a free t-shirt, as well as the great feeling of knowing your donation can save up to three lives!

Click here to register for your donation appointment.

Please eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of water. Repeat & first-time donors welcome! All blood-types needed.

YWCA's 25th Anniversary Tribute to Women

June 2 | Bristol Train Station

A program like none other in the area, Tribute progresses the YWCA mission by providing community corporations, organizations and businesses a platform to publicly acknowledge the outstanding achievements of women in the East Tennessee-Southwest Virginia region. Additionally, Tribute to Women serves as a significant source of funding for the vital services offered to women and families through the YWCA.

In 2016 there will be no new nominations. Instead, the YWCA will take a moment to look back and celebrate the more than 160 women from across our region who have been Tribute to Women recipients.

The event, on June 2, will feature a cocktail supper at the Bristol Train Station and a celebration at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, with special guest entertainment from Kellye Cash. Tickets are $125 and include the cocktail supper and performance at Paramount Bristol. The event starts at 6 PM. Guests should park in the TriSummit lot or on the street. There will be trolleys available to transport guests from the Train Station to the Paramount for the performance.

Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, contact k_stigers@ywcabristol.org.

Full Moon Jam: Southern 76

June 2 | Downtown Center

George Goode and his band Southern 76 have been entertaining crowds with country and classic rock for 30 years. They provide some of the best local talent around.

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For the 20th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 29th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Bike Night w/ Below 7

June 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube presents Bike Nights! All summer long (through October) Thursday nights in downtown Bristol, VA.

About Below 7
Below 7 is a modern rock band out of Southwest Virginia playing in the five surrounding states. Check them out at reverbnation.com/below7.

Tunes at Noon

June 3 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Come on in to the Paramount to enjoy a free live entertainment! ($5 suggested donation.) Weekly free summer series have been a tradition at The Paramount and have been made possible by David and Frances F. Caldwell.

New BPL Teen Space Grand Opening

June 3 | Bristol Public Library

The Bristol Public Library has planned a new space for its Teen activities program for almost five years. On June 3, 2016, at 2:30 PM the ribbon cutting for this space will finally take place. The space accommodates teen book clubs and other activities planned for the Teen patrons of the BPL. The Teen Librarian’s office is located in the space, and she will be available to help patrons find books in the Young Adult book collection. The book collection can be accessed even if an activity is happening in other parts of the space.

By using highly adaptable furnishings and colorful design, the space can be set up for large crowds, small discussion groups, or a quiet place to read. There is a teen study room and the Young Adult book collection is conveniently located as part of the area.

The large, versatile space for teens is something few libraries can claim. The Bristol Public Library is one of the first libraries in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to provide a vital part of the community with a large space that’s creative, bright, and dedicated to teens. Much like the Children’s Library at the BPL, the Teen space will be a secured area.

Under the leadership of retired Teen Librarian Pam Neal, the teen programming for 2015 at the BPL was the fourth largest in the State of Tennessee, following Nashville, Chattanooga, and Sevier County. More than a hundred teens in activities held at the BPL and in the teen outreach program have participated each week. Under the direction of the new Teen Librarian Hannahlily Angus the popularity of the program has continued and the number of teens being served is growing. “I’m very excited to be able to use this amazing new space with Bristol’s teens,” says Angus. “It’s so important for teens to feel like they’re respected at the public library, and this area allows us to emphasize that we value our young patrons.

According to Amy Kimani, Executive Director of the BPL, “We are thrilled to be opening up our new Teen space. It has been a long process to get this done, but knowing that our ever-growing teen program will have a place to call their own has been something that was needed for a while. It will be wonderful to see the program grow and use the space for the innovative and exciting programs we are planning for the future.”

For additional information contact Doris Stickley, Director of Marketing, at 276-821-6148.

Border Bash: The Dirk Quinn Band

June 3 | Downtown Bristol

The Dirk Quinn Band’s infectious energy and musical interplay routinely attracts listeners that are admittedly more accustomed to lyric-based music. With great melodic sensibilities, rhythmic experimentation and an accessible modern edge, the Dirk Quinn Band is has developed a unique and progressive style — one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz enthusiasts.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its17thanniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street this year, except for June17th, which will be held in the Downtown Center and July4thwhich will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is a free community event supported by the Cities of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery,Blakley-MitchellCo., Brown, Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Express AV Productions, New Peoples Bank,RenasantBank, Revolution Curbside Recycling,StrongwellCorporation, The Bristol Hotel: McCall Capital, LLC, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wells Fargo and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, Electric 94.9 FM,WCYB-5, andWXBQ96.9 FM.

If Birds Could Fly

June 3 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery welcomes If Birds Could Fly to the stage this Friday at 8pm. Come out for a great time! $5 admission, purchase tickets here.

About If Birds Could Fly
Three kids from the mountains of Southwest Virginia that love to make music.

Border Bash: Elliot Root

June 3 | Downtown Bristol

Elliot Root is an American alternative music group based in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. After releasing two EP's ("II" & "Thoughts from Yesterday") in early 2015, the band has steadily become one of the most watched new acts in Nashville. Band members include Scott Krueger, Sean Truskowski, Justin Smith, Todd Bond, and Melissa Mattey.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its17thanniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street this year, except for June17th, which will be held in the Downtown Center and July4thwhich will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is a free community event supported by the Cities of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery,Blakley-MitchellCo., Brown, Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Express AV Productions, New Peoples Bank,RenasantBank, Revolution Curbside Recycling,StrongwellCorporation, The Bristol Hotel: McCall Capital, LLC, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wells Fargo and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, Electric 94.9 FM,WCYB-5, andWXBQ96.9 FM.

YINtroduction

June 4 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

What is YIN? Why might I benefit from adding YIN yoga to my practice? Practicing yin invites us to slow down the body and mind. Join Nicole Putnam for a look at the history and practice of YIN and also participate in a gentle practice. Some experience with basic yoga poses is recommended but this practice is open to anyone interested in learning about YIN yoga.

Cost is $10.

You may sign up for this workshop by leaving a message at 276-644-3086, place your name on the sign-up sheet at Wellness Yoga of Bristol.

Ron Short and the Possum Playboys

June 4 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery welcomes Ron Short and the Possum Playboys to the stage this Saturday at 8pm. Come out for a great time!

About Ron Short and the Possum Playboys
Rockabilly, Cajun, Blues, Americana, Roots Music, Jam Band comprised of band members: RON SHORT — singer/songwriter, accordion, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, & fiddle; AARON DAVIS — guitar and vocals; LISA DAVIS — rubboard, vocals, & percussion; BEN MAYS/Roy Rogers — bass

Dale Carnegie Class: Effective Delegation

June 7 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce

This program will give you the tools to develop valuable team members by building productivity and engagement, while maintaining accountability and control. Effective delegation helps develop individuals and achieve specific organizational outcomes. Learn how to identify who is ready for delegation using a reliable and collaborative process, and become prepared to determine "who will do what, when, and to what standard?" in your day-to-day role.

Cost: Complimentary for members, $35 for non-members. Click here to register.

Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley

June 7 | Downtown Center

One of the best bluegrass bands in the Tri-Cities. Come out and enjoy those old time sounds when the music started.

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For the 20th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 29th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

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Yoga in the Park

Saturdays in June, July & August | Cumberland Square Park

Do you like spending time outside? Do you like listening to bird songs? Do you want to meet new friends and take care of your health? Join Wellness Yoga of Bristol in the park for a free yoga practice. Classes will be held every Saturday in June, July, and August, weather permitting. The yoga practices will be taught by Rita Gregory and Nicole Putnam. Enjoy your free yoga practice in the midst of beautiful nature! The first class will be Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m. Practices will be held at Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, VA! See you on the mat!