A look at some of the region's upcoming entertainment options.
• A Beginners’ Winter Astronomy session will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday in the conference room next to the Steele Creek Park Nature Center in Bristol. There will be a short discussion on getting started with astronomy and, if the sky is clear, participants will learn to identify some winter constellations. The activity will be led by Nature Center manager and naturalist Jeremy Stout. Call 989-5616.
• A Help Save Cinema 4 “Half-Birthday” Party will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Cinema 4 Theater in Rogersville. For $5, guests can watch “The Lego Movie” and enjoy pizza and a cupcake. Families who donate $25 or more will be entered to win door prizes donated by local restaurants and businesses. Batman will be on hand for photos, and free comic books, courtesy of Dewayne’s World, will be given away while supplies last. Cinema 4 will be forced to shut down if it doesn’t raise enough money to pay for digital conversion to new equipment. For more information, visit Cinema 4’s Facebook page.
• Darwin Day will be celebrated with free admission at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum as a part of its annual Darwin Day observance on Saturday. Darwin Day, which begins at 11 a.m., will feature talks, a discussion panel and a variety of activities for children. The mission of Darwin Day is to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Charles Darwin and his description of evolution through natural selection as well as to explain the far-reaching impact of evolutionary science. Call 439-3659, email email@example.com or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum .
• The City of Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Cupid’s Cornhole Tournament beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex. Cost is $5 each. Prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is required by Friday by calling 224-2489 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. Special guest will be violinist Chee-Yun. Music director and conductor Robert J. Seebacher will hold a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students. Tickets are available at www.jcsymphony.com or by calling 926-8742.
• The King University Choral Department and the choirs of Tennessee High School will present “Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Program of African-American Spirituals” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was the anthem of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Admission is $10. King University students, staff, and faculty along with Tennessee High School students will be admitted free with ID. For tickets or more information, call 274-8920.
• The Kingsport Art Guild’s Second Sunday session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday in Room 239 of the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Laurie Norris will present “Create Your Own Website.” Participants will need to bring their laptop. The event is free, but pre-registration is requested by calling 292-9900 or emailing email@example.com.
• H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Potential Evolve) will host a Big Hat Tea at 4 p.m., Sunday at Stir Fry Cafe, 125 Broad St. in downtown Kingsport. Women are encouraged to wear their best big hat and bring their tea cups. Men are welcome to wear unique ties. Cost is $10, and proceeds benefit H.O.P.E. For more information, call Stella Robinette at 276-6541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Director Terry Napier will present a history of Steele Creek Park at 6:30 p.m., Monday in the Bristol Public Library meeting room during a meeting of the Bristol Historical Association. The presentation will precede the celebration for the park’s 50th anniversary to be held later in the year. For more information, call Tim Buchanan at (276) 669-3885 or email email@example.com.