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VOL. 43 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 24, 2019

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Variety Thursdays. Free concerts on Market Square. This week: Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute. 6 p.m. Information. Additional dates:

• June 6: Mike Snodgrass

• June 13: Frontier Band

• June 20: Uptown Moonlighting

• June 27: Square on the Square


Under the Stars

Arrowmont’s “Starry Night,” formerly called Shine, Wine & Dine, features an evening of fun, live music, fine arts and crafts, live and silent auctions and food and wine. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. auction and 7:30 p.m. dinner and dancing. The event is held under a clear tent and stars. Festive spring attire is encouraged. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg. Information



Zoo Knoxville will hold its 32nd annual event. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktail hour and silent auction followed by a seated dinner at 8 p.m. an, live auction at 9 p.m. The after-party with live music begins at 10 p.m. $600 per person; $6,000, table of 10. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Information


Community School of the Arts

An annual reception and silent auction for the school’s Side/By/Side student exhibit with mentor artists at Bennett Galleries in support of the organization. The auction, which serves as a fundraiser for the organization, begins at 5 p.m. and ends promptly at 8 p.m. Bennett Galleries, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

JUNE 7-8

Helping Teen Drivers

Each month, the Knoxville Police Department offers a teen defensive driving program called T.R.A.C.K. (Training, Responsibility, Awareness, Confidence, Knowledge), a comprehensive two-day defensive driving program conducted at Knoxville Police Department’s 18 acre driving track at the Phil Keith Training Facility, 6388 Cement Plant Road. Students 16-19 years of age receive personal training from skilled, certified KPD defensive driving instructors both on the driving track and in the classroom. The next session is June 7 and 8 and costs $125. Additional dates: July 19-20, Aug. 23-24, Sept. 27-28, Nov. 8-9, Dec. 6-7. Information


Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction

Members of the Class of 2019 are: Beth Bass (contributor), Joan Cronan (contributor), Nora Lynn Finch (contributor), Ticha Penicheiro (international player), Ruth Riley (player), Carolyn Bush Roddy (veteran player), and Valerie Still (player). The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame also will recognize key contributors from the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) for contributions to the game with a display at the hall called “Trailblazers of the Game.” 5:30-9 p.m. $125-$275. A $275 MVP ticket includes a 5:30 p.m. VIP reception, induction ceremony and post-celebration ticket at the WBHOF. A $125 Rookie ticket includes the 7 p.m. induction ceremony and post-celebration ticket. In addition, an autograph session with the inductees will be held the same day at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame at 11 a.m. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Information

Oysterfest 2019

“A Southern Cuisine & Seafood Festival” is a familiar event at a new location in 2019. The event features food, music, silent auction and entertainment by Diva and the Black Tie Affair. Abalone Duo tickets (couples) are $160; The Beachcomber advance tickets are $85 until May 31. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information


Shrimp Boil: Peelin’, Eatin’ & Politickin’

The Knoxville Chamber’s event features food, music and top business and community leaders. Elected officials and others from across Tennessee are invited to this annual event, now in its 11th year. Business casual/casual attire encouraged. VIP tables of eight also are available. 5-7 p.m. $35 for member, $40 for non-members. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave. Information

Summer Fundraiser and Tour

The 17th annual event of the East Tennessee Community Design Center will celebrate the Historic Burlington Community’s residences, businesses, churches and parks. The event includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with a walking tour starting at 6:30 p.m. 5-8:30 p.m. $65. The Gathering Spot at Burlington Village, 3906 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Knoxville. Information


Martini Party

The Knoxville Opera Guild will hold its annual fundraiser, the proceeds of which benefit the opera and arts education. The 2019 theme is “Martinis at the Mansion – A Roaring 20s Affair” and features martinis and cocktails and dinner catered by chef Simon Hall. Sponsorships also are available. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $150 per ticket. Home of Ruth & Joe Fielden, 940 Cherokee Blvd., Knoxville. Information


Fundraiser for McClung Museum

The museum will celebrate retiring Director Jeff Chapman’s legacy and raise money for the Jefferson Chapman Endowed Directorship. A reception on the Terrace with cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music by The Empty Bottle String Band begins at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. seated dinner and program in the River Room. Dessert and Champagne toast will take place at 8 p.m. $250 ticket, sponsorships available. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information

Solstice Supper

CAC Beardsley Community Farm will hold its annual farm-to-table dinner to raise funds for its operating budget and to provide sustainably grown produce to those in need in Knoxville. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a meet-and-greet, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. The silent auction closes at 8:30 p.m. when dessert is served. The four-course collaboration features chef Jeff DeAlejandro of OliBea, chef Jessie Newmister of Tako Taco and Nolan Sherrill, owner of the Phoenix Pharmacy. Guests are welcome to bring their own wine. Water and coffee will be available, as well as a limited selection of wine donated from Downtown Wine + Spirits and Corks Wine and Spirits. Individual tickets are available, along with tables of four or eight. A business sponsor table of eight is $1,000 and includes recognition at the dinner. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Doctors vs. Lawyers Trivia Night

InterFaith Health Clinic has partnered with Summit Medical Group, Direct Mail Services and the Wages Wilson Group for a trivia competition, which will bring together the medical and legal communities in healthy competition to raise money to provide health care for the underserved. 6:30-9 p.m. $75. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway. Information


Summer Solstice Dinner

The seventh annual event at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum features local food, brews and music. Enjoy an evening under the stars and a meal made with fresh ingredients from KBGA’s Center for Urban Agriculture. 7-9 p.m. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. 2743 Wimpole Ave. Information


Dragon Boat Festival

The Knox Area Rescue Ministries presents the 17th event, a fun and family-friendly day where dedicated paddlers, volunteers and sponsors partner with KARM in its biggest community fundraiser of the year. As the largest dragon boat event in East Tennessee, it’s an amazing experience to be part of. The festival is a perfect opportunity for your company, church, civic group, friends and family to build camaraderie while helping KARM raise crucial funds so that homeless men, women and children in our community can break the cycle of homelessness. Each paddler (registrant) will receive his/her own fundraising page to personalize, where supporters can make contributions toward the paddler’s (and paddler’s team) goal. Since 1960, KARM has provided food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and healing for hurting people in our community. KARM is home to nearly 300 people each night and serves nearly 1,000 meals daily, caring for those in need. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 South Northshore Dr. Knoxville. Information

Pridefest 2019

An open celebration of music, entertainment and speakers focused on promoting equality and inclusion of all people. Held at the Mary Costa Plaza and Performance Lawn at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, this festival attracts thousands with a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Information


The ninth annual event features breweries, beer and enthusiasts for an afternoon and evening of sampling fresh beers of all colors, styles and favors. All net proceeds benefit Cure Duchenne, a national nonprofit that raises awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 4-8 p.m. $20-$50. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

George W. Bush

Hosted by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the 13th annual benefit in Athens will feature George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. 6-9 p.m. $55. McMinn County High School, 2215 Congress Parkway, Athens. Information


Festival on the 4th

The event delivers a wide variety of family fun including entertainment, activities and treats. The free festival begins at 4 p.m. and ends at approximately 10 p.m. at the conclusion of the fireworks display. Rain or shine. Throughout the day festival goers will be treated to good music, good food, good fun and good times on the Festival and Performance lawns of the World’s Fair Park. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Festival Lawn will be filled with fun activities to please kids of all ages such as miniature golf with Holes to Go and Lego building with Bricks for Kids. The Home Federal Family Fun Stage will feature live entertainment with new and exciting interactive fun for the whole family taking place inside the Amphitheater from 4 p.m.- 7:45 p.m. The musical finale will be performed, starting at 8 p.m., by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Free concert, no ticket required. Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m. 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

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