The Arts Council of Roane County’s 2015 Roane Open Art Show will have its official opening at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the O’Brien Art Gallery on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.
The event is open to the public.
Many of the artists with works on display will be on hand for the event, and awards will be presented to the best works in several categories as judged by Roane State Art Department Associate Professor Stacy Jacobs.
AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 3-April 7 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.
Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.
AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.
Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.
Obed Wild and Scenic River will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19 by authorizing one night of free backcountry camping permits.
Other fee-free days during 2015 are also planned.
They include Feb. 14-16 to commemorate Presidents Day weekend, April 18-19 to celebrate the opening weekend of National Park Week, Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service birthday, Sept. 26 to observe National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.
Covenant Health affiliates Methodist Medical Center and Roane Medical Center are teaming up with Anderson and Roane County Parks and Recreation Departments to create a Friday Fit Club.
The club will meet for monthly hikes.
Those who enjoy hiking and are interested in participating in the Friday Fit Club are encouraged to attend a planning meeting from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Jan. 9 in the Ridge Conference Room of Methodist Medical Center at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.
Light refreshments will be served, and registration is required.
The Roane County Rx Task Force will have a “Taking Back Roane County” town hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the student lounge area of Roane State Community College’s main campus.
A panel of physicians, pharmacists and law-enforcement officers will discuss their concerns and challenges around prescription drug abuse and provide information about how county residents can protect themselves and loved ones.
An addiction video with personal testimony will run prior to the meeting.