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Friday, October 31, 2014

You've seen it on TV, but now you can see it in person. The Caged Combat Mixed Martial Arts Tournament is this weekend.  The fights are this Saturday, November 1st at the Old Appalachia High School Community Center in Appalachia, Va. Doors Open at 6pm and the fights start at 7pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For tickets or questions, call 2760346-1521.

What scares parents the most about Halloween? The candy. With pillowcases and plastic pumpkin pails filled with goodies, controlling your kids’ intake of the sweet stuff may seem daunting.  Here are some tricks to make this treat-filled holiday a healthier one.

If You’re Hosting a Halloween Party - Some fun, spooky treat ideas:

  • Green monster smoothie – plain yogurt, frozen fruit of your choice, handful of spinach
  • Candy corn parfait – crushed pineapple, chopped oranges, whipped cream on top  
  • Lips & Teeth - peanut butter spread between two apple slices, and marshmallows or almonds for teeth.
  • Eyeballs – hardboiled eggs, sliced in half with an olive in the middle of each yolk
  • Fingers with nails – baby carrots dipped into hummus, sliced almond as fingernails.
  • Banana ghosts – use small dark chocolate chips eyes, large chocolate chip (or raisin) for a mouth
  • Clementine pumpkins – peeled clementines, with a small piece of celery as the stalk

What to do with the Extra Candy

Decide together with your kids how much is an appropriate amount of candy to keep, and what to do with the extra candy. 

Some suggestions might be:

  1. Arrange a buyout.  Pay a dime for each treat the kids “sell” to you, so they may “earn” money to buy a much wanted toy or t-shirt.   
  2. Make a trade. Be realistic and creative.  It could be something appealing (and healthier for them).  Or, something non-food related, like a weekend hike or attending a football game.  
  3. Donate it to a program like Operation Shoebox.  Pack up a shoebox with individually wrapped Halloween treats--along with some travel-size toiletries--as a way to say, “thank you for your service” to a soldier deployed outside of the U.S. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wellmont Health System is sponsoring the 19th Diabetes Expo Saturday, November 1st 8am-Noon. The event is being held at the Bristol Regional Medical Center in the Monarch Auditorium. For more information about the expo, please call the Diabetes Treatment Centers at 423-844-2950 or click here.

The East Tennessee Christian Home and Academy helps at-risk adolescent girls and their families in need. To help fund this mission, the home is sponsoring Joyfest 2014. It is Saturday, November 1st at T.A. Duggar Junior High School in Elizabethton, TN from 6pm-9pm.  The ETSU Bluegrass band along with other groups will be performing. For more information visit Joyfest 2014.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The third annual Christmas Crafts Show is right around the corner in Elizabethton, TN. The event, sponsored by the Elizabethton Woman's Club, will be held at the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Center. The event is Friday and Saturday, November 7th and 8th from 9am-5pm. Click here for more information.

Song of the Mountains is Saturday, November 1st at 7pm. Tickets are $25. The show is at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Virginia Workforce Connection is hosting a job fair this Thursday, October 30th. U.S. Solutions in Bristol, TN is interviewing applicants for 100 positions. It is recommended you schedule an interview.  You can find out more information and apply online  by visiting the Virginia Workforce Connection.

Our Pet of the Week comes to us from the SBK Animal Center.  You can help SBK by attending the first annual SBK "lala-PAW-looza" on Saturday, November 8th at 2pm on Stickley Farm in Bluff City, TN.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A benefit concert to help raise money for Bristol Regional's Cancer Patient Assistance Fund will be held Saturday, November 15th. Doors open at 6pm. The concert starts at 7pm. It's being held at Northeast State Community College. Tickets are $20. Contact Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts for tickets at 423-354-5173

"Good Grief" - it's the holidays seminar is Monday, November 10th at Health Resources Center Annex in Johnson City. Registration is from 6pm-7pm. For more information call Tetrick Funeral Services (423) 542-2232.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Blue Moon Dinner Theater is in Johnson City. You can enjoy an intimate candle-lit 3 course meal in an elegant setting then prepare yourself for an outstanding entertainment experience. Blue Moon has been around since 2009. Here are the times and prices for the dinner shows:

Reservations can be made up online for regular performances until 3:00 p.m. on the day of the show.  Online reservations can be made for matinees until 6:00 p.m. the evening prior to the show.  To make reservations after those times, please call the box office at 423-232-1350 to check for seating availability.