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Bristol, TN Transit System Offers Extended Service

Bristol, Tennessee Transit is offering an extended service to riders, with transit available to the Sullivan County Health Department or the Department of Human Services from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Monday through Friday. As this service is not a part of the standard transit route, riders are asked to call 423-989-5582 to schedule a pick-up at least 24 hours in advance. After hours, riders may call 423-989-5586. The standard fare for each adult rider is 60 cents ($1.20 round trip), though a reduced fare of 30 cents is available to senior or disabled citizens, who may show their Medicare card for identification, during the non-peak hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm. Children under the age of 6 ride for free.

Services provided by the Sullivan County Health Department are available to people of all ages and economic backgrounds. Most fees are based on income, but some may be at no charge. Services include immunizations, newborn screenings, school health exams, communicable disease testing and treatment, family planning, and women’s health, among many others. All services are strictly confidential. Call 423-279-2777 for information on all programs

The Bristol/Blountville office of the Department of Human Services provides information and assistance regarding programs such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), Families First, Child Care Certificates, and Medicaid/TennCare. To find out more about the services offered by DHS, please call 423-279-9164.

For more information, contact Wes Ritchie, Public Services Manager, at 423-989-5685 or email

Downtown Bristol Events

Youth Art Night; Every Child is an Artist

March 9 | Bristol VA Public Schools Office

This special fundraiser will support Bristol Virginia Schools' art program. It will feature framed artwork for students in grades K-5 from Washington-Lee Elementary, Highland View Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and Joseph Van Pelt Elementary. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase a framed piece of art created by their child, with a percentage of sales going directly to your child's school. Reproductions also available, perfect for personalized gifts for grandparents, friends or other family members!

The student art is inspired by famous artists throughout time. Kindergarten works will feature faces inspired by Pablo Picasso’s style of Cubism, First Grade art will feature sunflowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, Second Grade art is influenced by Salvador Dali, Third Grade art will feature horse silhouettes inspired by Edgar Degas, Fourth Grade student pieces are mixed media Starry Night Landscapes, and Fifth Grade artwork will feature Medieval watercolor castles inspired by the Limbourg brothers.

Families can also enjoy additional youth art based activities, including a butterfly mosaic at The Bristol Public Library and a hand print tile art piece at Kil'n Time Ceramic Studio.

Latin Dance Social

March 10 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Let’s move! You hit the floor in a 60-minute dance lesson followed by a latin themed dinner and a dance party. What better chance to learn new moves, get exercise and listen to live music while you socialize and have fun? Cover $10. Please RSVP on Shelbee's Facebook page or by calling 4230652-1000. Please include number of guests.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

March 11–20 | Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol presents a madcap band of merry men and the people of Nottingham in The Adventures of Robin Hood at the ARTspace theatre, opening March 11 and running through March 20.

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a whimsical retelling of the folk fable about the outlaw/hero Robin of Locksley, whose mission it is to "steal from the rich to give to the poor." Robin Hood, his merry band, and Maid Marian join forces in Sherwood Forest to foil the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and restore justice to the kingdom.

For reservations, tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 423-212-3625, or at the door, though please note that many shows sell out in advance. Tickets for all performances are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens (over 60).

Performances are scheduled for:
March 11th at 7:30 pm
March 12th at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
March 13th at 2:30 pm
March 17th at 7:30 pm
March 18th at 7:30 pm
March 19th at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
March 20th at 2:30 pm.

Hustle Lesson

March 11 | Bristol Ballet

Join Bristol Ballet for a Hustle lesson at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Museum Day Live! 2016

March 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is a proud participant ofMuseum Day Live! on March 12, 2016. Museum Day Live! is a day where participants gain free entrance for two to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and other participating museums, by presenting tickets downloaded from the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! web page.

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two guests.

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket... for free.

New for March 2016 is a special edition of Museum Day Live!, providing an opportunity to the public, especially women and girls throughout the U.S. to enjoy and share in our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life.

Aroma Yoga: Alignment (part 2 of 2)

March 12 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Essential Oils help bring us back into the present moment and assist the body in healing. Each month we set a different intention to focus on. By setting an intention you help align your thoughts and actions with your deepest-held values. This two-part workshop will introduce you to the basics!

Connection – February 27
Connection and grounding are at the center of this practice. Through this active hatha yoga practice we will cultivate an open heart, quiet the mind and become present. Connected and fully grounded in your truth.

Alignment – March 12
Balance Body, Mind and Spirit in this Yin/Restorative practice. We will move stagnant energy, detoxify the body, calm the mind, relax and restore equilibrium. Starting with a moving meditation that focuses on the breath and the core to “align with your core being.”

Nature's Medicine Cabinet for Your Home class will follow each class.

Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle: Bristol's Music in Motion

March 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Back by popular demand! Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion on March 13 at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 3:00 pm. Also, for the first time, Bristol Ballet will perform Unbroken Circle at Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN on March 19 at 7:00pm.

Tickets for the Paramount show can be purchased online or by calling the Paramount box office at 423-274-8920.

Tickets for the Mountain City show can be purchased by calling the Heritage Hall box office at 423-727-7444.

Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of our region, including several Bristol Sessions recordings, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

The visionary behind the project, Bristol Ballet’s Artistic Director Michele Plescia, cleverly inflects the show with imaginative details and nuance. Dancers from Bristol Ballet’s Senior and Apprentice Companies will perform Plescia’s original choreography.

“Everyone who saw this production last year absolutely loved it, including a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission”, said Plescia. “We were asked several times to perform it again this year. People who weren’t necessarily dedicated Old Time Music fans came, and were amazed at how much they enjoyed all of it. And music fans who attended were mesmerized by the dances and the performers. It definitely is different, and worth attending. I’m convinced you’ll enjoy it if you come!”

Both recorded and live music selections have been chosen for the performances including “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “Pretty Polly,” “Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow Tree,” and “The Longest Train I Ever Saw.” There will be a dance to “Sixteen Tons” and a worship section featuring a medley of “Moonlight Sonata/Amazing Grace/Bound for the Promised Land” and “Down To the River to Pray.”

The Empty Bottle String Band, composed of former and current members of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music studies, will perform a variety of music including “Coat Of Many Colors” and the finale, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

“Our goal at Bristol Ballet is to broaden the horizons of balletomanes and country music fans,” said Plescia. “We would love to see both of these audiences come together for this production and develop an appreciation for each art form.”

Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion is sponsored in part by the, Mountain Lakes Community Federal Credit Union, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Kathy Shearer presents "Working for Stuarts"

March 14 | Bristol Public Library

Kathy Shearer will present stories and pictures from her new book, Working for Stuarts, with a book signing to follow. The public is invited to attend this event, which is sponsored by the Bristol Historical Association.

“Working for Stuarts” is the story of the Stuart Land & Cattle Company that was once the oldest and largest farm east of the Mississippi. Organized in 1884, the company’s farmland covered over 45,000 acres, mainly in Russell County, Virginia, with smaller acreage in Washington, Tazewell, and Smyth counties. Over the decades, generations of farm workers labored on the Stuart farms and the book contains many oral histories and documents of their lives and work, as well as hundreds of photographs.

The March 14 meeting is being held in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. The meeting is open to the general public to attend. Contact Tim Buchanan, president, for details of this or other upcoming programs, by e-mail at

A Night at the Museum: A Murder Mystery Themed Party

March 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

You're invited to Believe in Bristol's 7th Annual Downtown Showcase: A Night at the Museum – a murder mystery themed party!

Your presence is requested at the A-list party hosted by Believe in Bristol on Thursday, March 24th from 6-9 pm at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. While socializing and schmoozing with country music legends, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen.

With a V.I.P. victim and all legends suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this tragic event.

Will it be a super-fan, overly excited to meet their favorite star? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly a legend who is jealous of the fame of another?

As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point you to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed!

Come walk the line for A Night at the Museum full of mystery, celebrities & scandal.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! $55 individual | $100 per couple | Visit the Believe in Bristol Office at 36 Moore Street Bristol, VA to purchase tickets.

Call 276-644-9700 or email for more information.

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Washington Lee Elementary Student Umbrella Artwork Displayed in Historic Downtown Bristol

Through March | Hayes Furniture Building

The Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the 5th Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help us beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.

“I love driving down State Street and seeing local students' artwork in the windows,” says Barbara Smith, Arts & Entertainment Committee Member. “Not every child is good at math and science. Art gives each student the vehicle to express him or herself and how they feel about the world around them. We must continue to find a place for art programs and partnerships. The student art gallery downtown does just that.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The fourth gallery of art went up this week, showcasing umbrella art from students in the third grade at Washington Lee Elementary.

Pamela O’Quinn’s student’s used the principles of art: repetition, rhythm, and pattern to create mixed media rainy day collages. “First, students used blue markers to draw puddles on their papers and add rain to the sky. Next, students used water to paint their puddles and rain. This caused the marker to turn to watercolor paint and also made the puddles look wet,” says O’Quinn about the student’s process. “For their person, students glued a yellow trapezoid to their papers for a rain coat then used fun patterned paper to draw their umbrella shape on and cut it out. The umbrella shape was glued to the top of the trapezoid to make it appear as if the person is holding the umbrella. Last, students used oil pastels to draw arms, legs, and rain boots on their figure!”

Artwork by the students from Washington Lee Elementary will be on display at the Hayes Furniture Building until March 31, 2016.

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Through March 11

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