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September 22, 2013


GreekFest: GreekFest continues today at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Kingston Pike. Greek food, live musical entertainment, dancing, church tours and more will be offered. Hours are noon-6 p.m. today. Cost is $2 with children ages 12 and under admitted free. Call 865-522-5043 for more information or visit

Floral festival: The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum's fourth annual Fall Festival is 1-5 p.m. today. The festival includes a plant sale, workshops, children's crafts, games, a petting zoo, hayride tours and marshmallow roasting. The festival is free; hayride tours and a cake walk cost. The gardens are at 2743 Wimpole Ave. in Knoxville. Park at Community Evangelistic Church, 2560 Boyds Bridge Pike, and shuttles take you to the gardens.

Free music: The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents its annual Free Family Concert at 3 p.m. today at the Oak Ridge High School's performing arts center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Music includes tunes from "Polar Express" and "Thomas the Tank Engine." Before the concert, children can make crafts starting at 2:15 p.m. Youngsters are encouraged to wear train attire like red bandannas or engineer overalls or caps.

'Letters to the Earth': Poets have always found metaphors, inspiration and revelation in the natural world. You can hear some of the finest current voices in that lineage at a special event at 3 p.m. today at Ijams Nature Center. "Letters to the Earth: Songs and Poems of Conservation" will feature six writers reading and performing their work: Jesse Graves, Marilyn Kallet, Jeff Daniel Marion, Linda Parsons Marion, R.B. Morris and Arthur Smith. The event is free and is sponsored by the city of Knoxville and Ijams Nature Center, as a prelude to next month's Centennial Conservation Expo at Chilhowee Park. "Letters to the Earth" will be held at Ijams' Visitors Center, 2915 Island Home Ave.

Celebrity birthdays: Musician King Sunny Ade is 67. Actress Shari Belafonte is 59. Singer Debby Boone is 57. Singer Nick Cave is 56. Singer Joan Jett is 55. Opera singer Andrea Bocelli is 55. Actor Scott Baio is 52. Actress Bonnie Hunt is 52. Actress Daniella Alonso is 35. Actor Tom Felton is 26.

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