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Let's face it: February is fantastic

Katherine Scoggins • Updated Feb 8, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Editor’s note: This column published in print on Super Bowl Sunday.

Happy Fantastic February! Time for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, United Way Annual Meeting, Presidents’ Day, Chinese New Year, Girls Inc's Soul Food Dinner, and, of course, The Super Bowl.

Even though I am almost too old to “participate” in these activities, I still enjoy the excitement, the pomp and circumstance, especially of the bright colors, beads, crowns, cajun cuisine, pom poms and, of course, the spectacular half-time performance! Things seem a little sedate a few weeks later!

This is also the time of year that many non profits “go on the road” to various churches and agencies to tell about the important work that goes on in their agencies, as well as the many needs that are expressed over the year.

As we all know, the streets are full of people who need help. Please don’t look past them. Remember they are someone’s children or possibly someone’s parent, so help when you can.

It’s almost that time again, time for the greatest book sale in Kingsport. The dates, for the record, are March 7-10 at the Civic Auditorium. A proud tradition since 1961, this year there are over 30,000 books, DVDs, CDs, records, beautiful puzzles and vintage games, and a large regional collection. The sale begins Thursday evening with the preview sale at 5 p.m with a $10 admission. There is no charge for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Saturday, all books are half price and Sunday's sale begins at 12:45 p.m. with the bag sale. Especially noteworthy this year: all of the books are fresh donations. And if you’d like to have a sneak peak at the books, why not volunteer to help price, shelve or carry books to the buyers cars? Just call Gail Preslar, queen of the book sale, at (423) 967-7135. Kingsport is so lucky to have someone so dedicated to collect, store, move, lift and display these thousands of volumes. Thanks, too, to Still Transfer for the generous use of their moving vans , boxes and strong backs!

The Food City-Junior League of Kingsport Annual Food Drive is quickly approaching, too, at most of the Food City locations around Kingsport. This is one of my favorite community service projects. Things got a little competitive last year at the downtown Food City store. The manager there was great at motivating his staff and us. I lost count of how many containers we filled with food, but it was A LOT! And it’s such a great feeling knowing that those amazing donations of food will go to help so many people in our community. Mark it on your calendars for Saturday, March 2, and come join us!

While you have your calendar out, let me tell you about a performance you don't want to miss: On Thursday, Feb. 21, the American Spiritual Ensemble will present a concert at First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport. To learn more, check www.firstpresbyteriankingsport.org for time and ticket information.

Here’s a look at some of the events on tap this month and, as always, we can’t wait to see you “out and about.”

Now: Barter Youth Academy offers classes for students ages 5-18. The performance-based educational program allows students to learn and develop their performance and storytelling skills. To learn more or to register for the spring semester, visit www.bartertheatre.com/education/bya or call (276) 619-3344.

Through Feb. 26: The Kingsport Art Guild, in cooperation with its current roster of instructors, will present “Form, Space and Vision: The Art Instructors Perspective” in the Main Gallery of the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. Opening reception will be Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Main Gallery.

Feb. 8: It's Scout Day at HandsOn! Discovery Center. Wear your scout uniform, or present your official scout ID card, and receive half price general admission for the day. Valid only for the scout; cannot be cannot be transferred to another individual, transferred to another day, or combined with any other discount or coupon. Not valid on Paleo Tours, Tesla Shows, memberships, or merchandise. Groups of 10 or more require an advance registration of no less than 48 hours.

Feb. 9: CASA for Kids, Inc., will hold its Red Shoe Gala featuring cocktail hour, a silent auction, dinner, music and the Red Shoe contest at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. Visit casa4kidsinc.org for more details.

Feb. 9: Former ETSU instructor Catherine Murray will teach a one-day Introduction to Encaustic Painting workshop at the Inventors Center, 118 Shelby St., Kingsport. Students will learn about the ancient art of encaustic painting using pigments in warm beeswax with Damar resin to create luminous surfaces. The class will also explore techniques such as fusing, incising and painting on Plexiglas, collage and photo transfers. Materials and equipment will be provided in the course fee. Cost of the course is $120. Visit www.kingsportartguild.com or contact [email protected]

Feb. 16: Artist Donna Bird will present "Painting Portraits from a Photo Reference" from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 313 of the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. Cost is $45. Registration deadline is Feb. 14; maximum 10 students. Email [email protected] or visit www.kingsportartguild.com.

Feb. 23: Warriors' Path State Park will hold its Adopt a Tree event from 10 a.m. to noon. Help plant future forests and receive seedlings to take home.

Feb. 23: Instructor Renee Pitts presents "Painting Pet Portraits" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 23 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. Cost is $75 with some materials provided. Email Renee at [email protected]

Feb. 28: The Kingsport Public Library invites adults to join the After Hours Book Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Pizza (242 E. Main Street) in Kingsport. February's selection is Patrick Ness' "The Knife of Never Letting Go."

Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine. To share photos from a community event, add an event to our calendar or invite Katherine to attend, email [email protected]

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