Maybe you want to get off to a good start on a New Year’s resolution.
Maybe you are just looking for something to do.
The Memorial Park Community Center might be a good place to start.
As 2022 dawns, the property will host several wellness events and opportunities in the coming months:
• Gymnasium open: Jan. 3 to April 29, weekdays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a game of basketball or just a shoot-around. Court 1 will be used for shoot-arounds and court 2 will be reserved for free running. Schedules are subject to change due to special events. No registration required. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
• Open volleyball: From Jan. 5 to April 27, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to try volleyball. It’s a fun way for people to keep working on their volleyball skills. No registration required. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
• Glow Stick Swim: From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 7, the Memorial Park Community Center will dim the lights, turn the music up high and throw glow sticks into the pool. This will be the first of three light stick swims at the MPCC. The cost is $2 for youth 12 and under and $3 for swimmers 13 and older. No registration is required.
• Volleyball registration: Registration for Johnson City’s new volleyball program for girls ages 8-12 begins Monday, January 3 and ends Thursday, February 3. The cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-residents. Practice begins Feb. 8 and games begin Feb. 26. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway.
Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services will also be offering the following free programs in January:
• Mind Training – Brain Form: Monday, January 10, 1 to 2 p.m. Participants will participate in a fun and interactive program designed to keep the brain sharp. Facilitators will provide thought-provoking puzzles and games as well as helpful information based on current research. 50+.
• Thyroid problems – What you need to know: Thursday, January 13, 1 to 2 p.m. This small gland can have a significant impact on an individual’s health. Paul C. Lange, MD, will discuss various thyroid disorders, symptoms, tests, and treatments. 18+.
• The invisible danger of radon: Monday, January 24, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. January is Radon Awareness Month and this area is prone to high levels of Radon. Winter is the best time to test. Attendees will learn the dangers of high radon levels, how to get a free test kit, and how to fix the problem if found. All ages.
• Cooking in the air fryer: Wednesday January 26, 11am-12pm. Elizabeth Renfro with UT Extension will share how air fryers work and the best foods to cook. She will offer you delicious and healthy recipes. Participants will have the opportunity to taste dishes. All ages.
• Healthy cooking for 1 or 2: Monday January 31, 11am-12pm. Participants will learn how to prepare healthy meals themselves. They will receive simple meal ideas and quick, healthy and delicious recipes. All ages.