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2015 Sweets for the Sweet Cupcake Fundraiser

Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like a delicious cupcake from Blackbird Bakery, and that cupcake tastes even sweeter when it helps working, uninsured individuals access quality, compassionate, charitable health care.This year we're offering an opportunity for you to "Surprise a Senior" by anonymously sending a cupcake to someone in our local nursing homes or who is a shut-in. Won't you help brighten the day of someone who is often forgotten?This is also a great way to let teachers, nurses, administrative staff, etc. know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication while supporting a worthy cause!Healing Hands Health Center is now accepting cupcake orders for our 5th Annual "Sweets for the Sweet" Cupcake Fundraiser! You may order via our website, by calling 423-573-4327 or stopping by our clinic!

Bristol Featured in Save Our Towns

Save Our Towns, a monthly internet video series offered by Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs, visited Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The show serves as a guide to inspire leaders throughout Appalachia who are working hard to create prosperity in their towns.

Believe in Bristol Launches Kickstarter fo PUSH! Film Festival

Believe in Bristol has launched its Kickstarter campaign in support of the upcoming PUSH! Film Festival. The committee hopes to source $10,000 from the community to help fund the June event. “There are several costs outside of just acquiring the films to be shown. We have to be able to equip our venues with staff, merchandise, concessions and more,” says Associate Director of Believe in Bristol, Brad White. The campaign will last a total of 30 days, ending on Wednesday, March 11. There are several levels of support – ranging from $5 to $1,500+ — all featuring corresponding rewards. The Kickstarter can be found at

Downtown Bristol Events

Newcomers and Friends Club of Bristol VA/TN Meeting

February 13

The Newcomers and Friends Club of Bristol VA/TN will have its regular meeting on Friday, February 13 at the 2nd floor meeting room at the Bristol Public Library beginning at 10:15 am. There will be a special program by Doris Stickey of the Bristol Library. Everyone is welcome, whether you are new to the area or not. A lunch reservation is required in advance. For more information about the Club, please contact Gwen Paton, Membership Chairman at 423-480-9016.

Love Me Tender Valentine's Dinner at KP

February 13

Take your special someone to dinner at KP this Friday, February 13. Tables are going quickly, so make reservations today!

Nashville Connection presents SHINE NIGHT Heroes Salute at The Paramount

February 19

CALLING ALL SINGERS AND SONGWRITERS: this is your chance to shine! February 19, at 5pm don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present your lyrics or song to top music industry professionals. This coming year, we will be holding 6 Shine Night events. At each of these events, you will have the chance to audition your singing or songwriting abilities live in front of a celebrity judge panel for a chance to be a finalist in our Nashville Connection — Heroes Salute singing / songwriting competition. The finalists from each location will move on to our final competition in Nashville, TN in July 2015!

The Nashville Connection — Heroes Salute gives a huge leg up in the music business and supports and salutes our military and their families!

The Paramount Chamber Players to present Age of Elegance and Sensibility

February 20–22

The Paramount Chamber Players will be joined by nationally renowned violinist Tessa Lark, winner of the prestigious Naumberg International Violin Award in 2012. Tessa Lark is consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technique and musical elegance.In this concert, TPCP celebrates an age of elegance and sensibility, a time frame roughly spanning the nineteenth century, when composers were interested in conveying emotional range in agraceful and sophisticated manner. The ensemble will present Brahms’ lyrical composition Piano Quartet in A Major, op. 26. Balancing this major work is seldom-heard Swedish composerBernhard Crusell’s Quartet for Clarinet and Strings op. 2, no. 1 and a set of songs for the cello and piano by Gabriel Fauré. Appearing in this concert are TPCP members Craig W. Combs, piano; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; and Eugene Jones, clarinet.Performances are on Friday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN; Saturday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN; and on Sunday, February 22, 3:00 p.m. as part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets available at the door are $15 General Admission, $12 seniors, and students admitted free. On Saturday evening, tickets are also available through the Paramount Box Office 423-274-8920 or on line at Tickets for the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series
performance on Sunday afternoon are available at the door for $10 adults, free for students.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course

February 23

Make certain your workers are up to date on safety standards before the busy season! Topics covered include Record Keeping; Focus Four — Falls, Electrocution, Struck by & Caught Between;Personal Protective & Life Saving Equipment; Health Hazards in Construction; Scaffolds; and Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators & Conveyors. Training supplied by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The class is Feb. 23 from 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 8 a.m.-noon in the Bristol Chamber of Commerce board room. Cost for Chamber members is $100 and $150 for non-members. Fees include all materials and lunch.

RSVP by Feb. 18. For more information or to register, Email Karen Witcher or call 423-989-4850.

19th Annual Leon Kiser Tribute Show Appalachian Cultural Music Association at The Paramount

February 28

19th Annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute concert line up this year is amazing and includes:
Fiddlin' Carson Peters,Wayne Henderson,Breakin' Tradition,Cedar Creek,ETSU Pride, Bluegrass and Old Time bands, Jesse McReynold,the Kiser Family,Kody Norris, Kris Truelson,Lightnin' Charlie,Moorehead State University- Mountain Music Ambassadors,with Emcee Tim Harkleroad. Event takes place Saturday, February 28. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Jason Isbell at The Paramount Center

May 28

The Paramount Center for the Arts is excited to announce Jason Isbell with special guest Craig Finn of (Hold Steady).

Jason is returning to Bristol with his full band for the first time since releasing his award winning and critically acclaimed album Southeastern. Do not miss this, it will SELL OUT!

Presale 10% OFF, Begins: Wed. Feb 11th,, 10:00 am, ending at midnight Thursday, passowrd is 'Southeastern'
Public On sale: Friday February 13th 10:00 am

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Get Warmed Up at CrossFit423!

November 30

Tired of the cold weather already?
Get yourself warmed up at CrossFit 423! This weather isn’t going away for a while, but that’s no reason to stay home! Let us warm you up with a great workout that will get you ready for vacations and days at the pool when the warm weather finally returns! CrossFit 423 offers a free class on Saturday mornings from 10-11AM, as well as a schedule of classes to fit your busy schedule! We’re located at 26 7th Street (the first level of the L.C. King Manufacturing building.)
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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Ad

November 30

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Phyl's of Bristol Looking for Help!

November 30 – February 20

Phyl's of Bristol is looking for help! Position is 20-40 hours a week, with pay dependent upon experience. Position to be filled by February 20. Resumes accepted in peron. For more information call(276) 591-1652

Free Tax Help at Bristol Public Library

Tuesdays 5:30pm — 7pm & Saturdays 10am — 2pm

VITA Volunteers will be at the BPL to help file income taxes. This is a "first come-first served" situation. Sign up sheets are placed out one hour before the session starts. Check with our Reference Desk for more information. 276-645-8781.]

Valentine's Day Giveaway at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Now until February 13

Does your significant other need a Man Day? As you know we at Shelbee’s love our giveaways. For Valentine’s Day we are giving away a Straight Shave or Beard Trim along with Shampoo and Haircut performed by Bristol’s very own Master Barber Blake Putnam at Root of Envy Barber and Hairstyling. Of course, you’ll also receive Breakfast or Lunch for 2 at Shelbee’s. How to enter?? Simple: Post why your man needs a man day. Blake and our staff will pick a winner on February 13th and will post on FACEBOOK.

Kil'n Time Valentine's After Hours

February 11

It's officially last minute! Still looking for a special, handmade Valentine's Day gift? Come and paint with Kil'n Time before or during After Hours on Wednesday from 6-10, and we will get your piece back to you by close on Friday!

Shop for Your Valentine at Pen's Floral

February 11–14

Make this Valentine's Day the most special ever with a gift from Pen's Floral. We are featuring the Teleflora "Heart Strings" roses and lilies vase, which includes a heart necklace, but can custom arrange any type of bouqet to suit that unique person in your life. For the finishing touch, let us add a tray of gourmet chocolate-dipped strawberries or decadent chocolate truffles. Call now to let us design your gift of love today! Call Pen's on 276-644-4600 or go to their website: