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Playtime: free family time and more

June 22, 2013



The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is having a free family activity day today, and it's all about birds. The 1:30-4:30 p.m. event is centered around the museum's "Birds in Arts" exhibit. The day includes brief tours of that gallery and a gallery scavenger hunt. There'll be a discussion about birds children can see in their own backyards. Families can make a bird feeder and get a booklet to take home to help identify area birds. The museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus. Admission is always free at the museum.


James White's Fort is celebrating the history and heritage of Native Americans today with Cherokee Heritage Day. The 10 a.m.-4 p.m. free event is a coproduction of the nonprofit fort and Indian Creek Productions. Activities include a lesson in basic Cherokee language, hand drumming demonstration, Cherokee storytelling and performances of traditional Cherokee dance. Re-enactors have set up a Cherokee campsite; others play the roles of the colonial militia. The reconstructed fort is at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive in downtown Knoxville.


Kuumba, the annual festival of African-American culture presented by the African American Appalachian Arts, is at Chilhowee Park off Magnolia Avenue today and Sunday, June 23. Gates open at 11 a.m. today, and the festival includes an African marketplace and music. An 8 p.m. concert includes performances by artists Alvin Garrett and Ruben Studdard. Adult admission today is $5 before 4 p.m., $10 after 4 p.m. On Sunday, June 23, the festival continues noon-9 p.m. with its marketplace and gospel music. Sunday admission is $5.


The 11th Annual Secret City Festival continues today at Oak Ridge. Events start at 8 a.m. and continue through the day. Living history demonstrations focus on the war and are at AK Bissell Park. The American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave., has $1 admission. Tours for people ages 10 and older of WWII Manhattan Project facilities leave from the museum parking lot; tour registration starts at 9 a.m. There are also arts exhibits, food vendors and a juried arts show in the Oak Ridge Civic Center gym. A schedule of events and times of activities is at


It's summer, and that means old movies at the historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. This season's "Summer Movie Magic" begins with "Jaws" at 2 p.m. June 23. Next weekend's film is "Smokey and the Bandit" at 8 p.m. June 28 and 2 p.m. June 30. A ticket to each film is $8 for an adult, $6 for a child or senior citizen. Future "Summer Movie Magic" films are "On Golden Pond" 8 p.m. July 12 and 2 p.m. July 14; "Rear Window" 8 p.m. July 26 and 2 p.m. July 28; "The Godfather Part II" 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and 2 p.m. Aug 18; and "National Lampoon's Animal House" 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 2 p.m. Aug. 25.


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