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VOL. 44 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 17, 2020

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Gallery of Arts Tribute to MLK. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is partnering with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville to provide five new exhibitions for King Week (Jan. 15-20) at the Emporium Center. The Gallery of Arts Tribute is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and, most importantly, honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit will feature works by local artists reflecting the 2020 theme, “Let Freedom Ring: Through Social Justice, Economic Empowerment, Love, Peace and Unity.’’ Gallery hours are Through Jan. 31, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Emporium Center, 100S Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Information


Snow Day

The 12th annual event, a CAC Beardsley Community Farm Benefit, will be hosted at the Mill and Mine 7-10:30 p.m. There will be live performances by a diverse group of musicians, a soup contest between some of Knoxville’s finest restaurants, and a silent auction. Local artisans, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to participate in the large silent auction by donating prizes. Tickets are $15 (plus fees) if pre-ordered online (or $20 at the door) and include all-you-can-eat soup. All sales are final and support our important mission. Pre-order tickets at Free for children younger than 8. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information


KAMA ‘Doc Rock’

A benefit for local charities. The event began in 2006 and is a “battle of the bands” with at least one member of each band being a physician. Attendees vote for their favorite band, and proceeds are distributed to designated charities based on number of votes. Contact Susan at for additional information. 7-11 p.m. $20 general admission, $100 VIP ticket. The Concourse at the International, 944 Blackstock Ave., Knoxville. Information

Tennessee Baseball First Pitch Banquet

The event will include dinner and a program featuring head coach Tony Vitello and the 2020 Tennessee baseball team. Guests also will have the opportunity to visit with notable Tennessee baseball alumni such as J.P. Arencibia, Julio Borbón, Luke Hochevar and 2019 World Series champion Yan Gomes. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Guests who reserve a table of 10 will receive preferred seating near the stage, a signed baseball and drink tickets. $80 per ticket, $1,000 table of 10. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Green & Gold Gala

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs, the event is Knoxville Catholic High School’s premier fundraiser. The event features cocktails, silent and live auctions, dining, dancing and music. 6 p.m., $100 per person. For additional information, contact Megan Locke Erpenbach via email or 865 560-0509. University of Tennessee Student Union, 915 Volunteer Blvd. Information

Evergreen Ball

The event is a celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its supporters with Friends of the Smokies. The event features cocktails; dinner; silent and live auctions; and live music. Attire: Formal/black tie. 6-11 p.m. $500 per person; $5,000 for table of 10. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information


William Blount Book Talk

The event will be held inside the Blount Mansion Visitors Center with Christopher Magra, a history professor for the University of Tennessee. In 2019, Blount Mansion was able to secure republication of William H. Masterson’s 1954 book, William Blount, the only biography of the man who built Blount Mansion, signed the U.S. Constitution and shepherded Tennessee into statehood. The original publisher, Louisiana State University Press, granted permission for Blount Mansion to republish a limited number of copies. Magra will present a critical analysis of Masterson’s work, including possible new avenues of research for scholars interested in Blount and his times. Magra is an acclaimed author and award-winning teacher who has published two books on the maritime dimensions of the American Revolution. A light reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by Magra’s presentation at 6 p.m. $5 per person. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave. Information


Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast

The event is held by the Knoxville Chamber, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Blount Partnership, and outlines the legislative priorities of the region. Following the breakfast, there will be a tour of Y-12. Pre-registration is required for the tour, and space is limited. To be placed on the list, email Shelby Fowler. 7:30 a.m. $25 per ticket. Y-12 New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge. Information


Blount County Hall of Fame

Organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, the event recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their fields. Inductees, living or deceased, must be a resident of Blount County, work in Blount County or have been born in Blount County. The VIP reception begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. $100 per ticket. The Showroom at Five Points, 1529 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville. Information


Region State Legislators’ Hospitality & Tourism Lunch

A networking and luncheon event will be held, sponsored by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association, Visit Knoxville and Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council with the region’s state legislators. The keynote speaker will be Melanie Beauchamp, assistant commissioner, Rural Tourism & Outreach, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. A special presentation, “9 Lake Excellence in Tourism Awards,” also is part of the luncheon. 11 a.m., $30 per ticket. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Information

Pinnacle Business Awards

The 16th annual gala presented by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is a black-tie affair that has become one of Knoxville’s premier social events with hundreds of business and community leaders in attendance. The awards include categories for excellence in small, midsized, large, women-owned and minority-owned business; young entrepreneur, community impact and innovator. Contact Michelle Kiely for table and sponsorship information. 6-11 p.m. $120 for members, $150 for non-members. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

Beat the Winter Blues Wine & Cheese Party

This event is a popular benefit for the Ronald McDonald House and offers wine, cheese, music and beautiful blooming flowers at Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm. $45 per person. 5:30 p.m. Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm, 3029 Davenport Road, Knoxville. Information


American Heart Association Heart Ball

The annual event celebrates the work and mission, donors and volunteers and the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s efforts. The event includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, seated dinner and entertainment. A late party also will be held. For more information, contact Maggie Boulware via email or 865 -293-5114. 6 p.m. $500-$5,000 levels plus $50 for late party only. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Snowflake Ball

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Office on Aging will hold its annual event, now in its 12th year, which is a significant fundraiser to benefit the Senior Companion Program. The event features a catered dinner, dancing, silent auction, cash bar and live music by The Ensemble Swing Time band. A Snowflake Ball King & Queen also will be recognized. 6 p.m. $50-$60, $500 table of eight. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

The Red Shoe Gala

CASA of East Tennessee’s annual event, now in its eighth year, features a Wizard of Oz theme of “There’s No Place Like Home” with signature cocktails, beer and wine, dinner, desserts, silent auction, dancing and live music by Remedy. Red shoes are encouraged. All proceeds benefit CASA of East Tennessee to improve the lives of abused and neglected children through trained volunteers who advocate for safe, permanent, loving homes. Tickets are $115 per person. Contact Ada Hernandez-Bell for additional information. $180 per couple, $1,000, table of eight. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information


St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral: Concerts on Cumberland

Enjoy the Goulding & Wood Opus 52 Pipe Organ dedicatory recital with Scott Dettra, organist and director of music of the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. Dettra was formerly the organist of the National Cathedral and is highly regarded by critics and audiences. The performance is part of Chords for the Community presented by St. John’s Cathedral Arts. St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville. Information

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