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Do Knoxville: A guide to art exhibits, clubs and events

May 18, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.


Farragut Movers and Shakers Club: "Let's Move!" summer exercise kickoff, 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, Founders Park at Campbell Station, 405 N. Campbell Station Road. For children in rising grades K-8. Free. Register: Info: email or 865-966-7057.


Veterans of Foreign Wars: Memorial Day Flag Retirement Ceremony hosted by VFW Post 1733, 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, 734 N. Fourth Ave. Flag retirement at 3. Food and drinks available.

Oak Ridge Community Band: Memorial Day concert with Deidre Ford, Ed Calfee and Bruce Keck, 7 p.m. Monday, May 26, A.K. Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. Free. Bring chairs/blankets. Info: 865-482-3568;


Mountain Makins Festival: Call for fine arts and crafts for event, Oct. 24-26, Rose Center/School, Morristown. Deadline: June 1. Call for musicians, deadline: May 30. Info: 423-581-4330 or email or mail: Mountain Makins Festival, PO Box 1976, Morristown, TN 37816.


Noonday Choral Recital: O'Connor Senior Center's Singing Seniors, 12:05-12:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, St. John's Cathedral, 143 W. Cumberland Ave. Free admission. Lunch available, following. Info: 865-525-7347.

Music in the Park: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, through summer, Panther Creek State Park, Spoone Pavilion, 2010 Panther Creek Road, Morristown. Anyone who wants to sing or play an instrument may join in the free family event. Info: 423-587-7046 or email

Johnny Newcomb and the 8Bits: "American Idol" contestant and band, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, Pellissippi State Community College, Blount County Campus, Amphitheater, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Free. Bring chair/blanket, snacks, leashed pets. Info: 865-981-5300.


Margaritaville: Auditions for bands, duos and solo acoustic guitarists, June 4-5, by appointment, The Island, Pigeon Forge. Must do requests, various covers, etc. Info:


Clarence Brown Theatre Gala: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave. Cost: $200. Black tie optional. RSVP by May 23: 865-974-5654.


Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild: Quilt Show and Competition, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 9-5, Saturday and 11-4, Sunday, May 23-25, Maryville College, Cooper Athletic Center, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Merikay Waldvogel will conduct bed turnings, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Cost: $5 or $8/all three days. Info: 865-719-4128 or

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Call to artists for Judged and Juried Show, June 6, Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, Tenn. Deadline: May 28. Info:


Knox County Public Library's Books Sandwiched In: UT Law Professor Joan Heminway will discuss "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the heroic spirit of business" by John Mackey, noon, Wednesday, May 21, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Free. Bring lunch.

Jennifer Chiaverini: Will read from and sign "Mrs. Lincoln'sRival," 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Union Avenue Books, 517 Union Ave.

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Writing contest deadline: June 15. Info: or email or 865-809-8723.


Mary Pankiewicz: Professional organizer with her "Simple is Smart" philosophy, 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1127W. Morris Blvd., Morristown. 423-581-1142.

Working with Non-artists: Arts & Culture Alliance panel discussion, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Representatives from Artistic Spectrum, Cancer Support Community, Circle Modern Dance and Open Arms Care will discuss collaboration, social benefits, etc. Free. RSVP: 865-523-7543 or email


New Opportunity School for Women: Residential program to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, under-educated area women, July 13-Aug. 2, Maryville College, 502 E. L. Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For women ages 30-55. Free. Deadline: June 15. Info: or 865-981-8123.

Loofah soap making: 10 a.m. Monday, June 9, Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade. Cost: $20-$25. Walk-in painting class, 2 p.m. Tuesdays, May 27-June 24. Cost: $17-$22.

Patriotic craft class: Make paper 3-D stars for Memorial Day, 1 p.m. and 5:30, Thursday, May 22, Clinton Public Library, 118 S. Hicks St. Clinton. Register: 865-457-0519 or

KnowHow Knoxville: Girls Rock Camp: July 28-Aug. 2, 1209Euclid Ave. For girls ages 8-17. Cost: $250. Deadline: June 9. Documentary filmmaking, June 18, July 7-11 and 18, 13 Emory Place. For children ages 13-18. Cost: $300. Tuition waivers possible. Info: or 865-202-5447.

Garden Explorer Day Camp: By Knox County Extension 4-H, UT Gardens and Master Gardeners, June 10-13. For children ages 6-11. Cost: $35-$45. Deadline: May 27. Info: 865-215-2340 or email

Junior Ranger Naturalist: Day camp, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.June 9-13 and 16-20, Panther Creek State Park, Morristown. For children ages 10-14. Free. Register: 423-587-7046.


"Happiness, Health and Humor": Rev. Chris Buice, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, to speak on how to live hopeful, meaningful lives in the face of enormous challenges, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, Cancer Support Community, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Free. Info: 865-546-4661.

PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson's Support Group of East Tennessee: Louise McKown of East Tennessee Technology Access Center with devices that can be used by Parkinson's Patients, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, Kern United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 451 E. Tennesseee Ave., Oak Ridge. 865-482-4867.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Knoxville Support Group: For families and friends of people with such mental illnesses as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike. Info: 865-602-7807;

Women with Advanced Cancer Networker: 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, Cancer Support Community, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Info: 865-546-4661.

Christian Companion Family Caregiver Support Group: Phyllis Spangler, director of Keystone Adult Day Services of First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, to speak; noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, First United Methodist Church, Room 204, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Info: Kate or Dale Allen, 865-696-5157;


University of Alabama Alumni: Scholarship banquet with UA President Dr. Judy Bonner, 6 p.m. Monday, May 19, Orangery, 5412 Kingston Pike. Info: email or 865-560-0452.

Rose Center Quilt Guild: Meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, Rose Center, 442 W. 2nd North St., Morristown. Show and tell and work on donation quilts. Bring machine and supplies.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees: Lunch with Larry Minniear, Federation vice president, 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, Shoney's Restaurant, 4032 N. Broadway. Info: 865-933-0229.

Christian Women's Connection: "With Peace in my Heart" luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, Tellico Village Yacht Club, Loudon. Scarf tricks by Susan Roberts and Faye Green; Barbara McGreger with "Made Peace with My Past." Cost: $14. RSVP: 865-408-0371.

National and Active/Retired Federal Employees, chapter 1476: Luncheon with retired Air Force U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird pilot, Lt. Col. Buddy Brown, noon, Tuesday, May 20, Double Tree Hotel, 215 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Cost: $14. Reservations: 865-938-4532.

Association for Talent Development: Drs. Michael Alston and Chandra Alston of University of Tennessee Health Science Center on organizational diversity, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, Rothchild's Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Cost: $15-$20, includes lunch. Register:

Newcomers Club: Get acquainted with new friends, noon, Wednesday, May 21, Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. New officers will be installed. RSVP by May 19: 865-531-1935.

LeConte Photographic Society: Program by professional photographer and author Larry Perry, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, King Library, Burchfield Room (use side door), 408 High St., Sevierville. Free. Info:


Garden Guild: Design of the Month, a small or miniature construction, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, Racheff House and Gardens, 1943 Tennessee Ave. Info: 865-522-6210.


Remote Area Medical Clinic: Volunteers needed for clinic, 5:45 a.m.June 21-22, Scott High School, 400 Scott High Drive, Huntsville, Tenn. Set up, 10 a.m. Friday, June 20. Register:

Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding: STAR volunteers assist people who have special needs during horseback riding lessons. Vol training, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31; and for Junior Vols (children ages 10-12), 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 11800 Highway 11E, Lenoir City. Info: Melissa, 865-988-4711 or

CASA of East Tennessee: Recruits, trains and supports adult volunteers who serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in Knox County Juvenile Court. Info: Summer Colbert, 865-329-3399 or

Clinton Public Library: Teenage volunteers needed for Summer Reading Club. Informational session, 3 p.m. or 6, Monday, May 19, 118 S. Hicks St. Clinton. Bring your calendar. Info: 865-457-0519.


Bearden High School Class of 1964: Reunion, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Square Room, 4 Market Square. Cost: $64. Info: 865-675-7577 or 865-689-5962.

Carter High School Class of 1964: Reunion, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 9-11 a.m. Sunday, July 11-13, Downtown Knoxville Marriott. Cost: $50. Info: email

Fulton High School Class of 1959: Reunion, 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, with casual dinner inside at 6, Harvest Park Shelter and Building, 5500 Washington Pike. Cost: $30. Bring chair, pictures, memorabilia. RSVP by June 15. Info: 865-689-2581.


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