News Column's fun things to do

June 20, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.


The local dance company Circle Modern Dance presents "New Terrain," a summer showcase. The show features dances by 11 choreographers and is 7:30 p.m. today at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave. As part of that partnership, A World Refuge Day Celebration with Bridge starts at 5 p.m.June 20. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for children or senior citizens at or at the door.


The Smoky Mountain Hiking Club will host a hike on Saturday, June 21, at Gregory Bald via Long Hungry Ridge. If it's June, it's azalea time on top of Gregory Bald. This hike to the bald is via the longer, less travelled route. Rated difficult due to the distance (15.7 miles), elevation gain, and potential heat. Meet at South Maryville Walmart at 7 a.m. Leader: Mary Anne Hoskins,


Pie It Forward is a fundraising program that Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop holds each month to raise funds for local charities. During the month of June, 50 cents from every mini blueberry pie sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Metro Knoxville. Buttermilk Sky has two locations, 5400 Kingston Pike in Bearden and 11525 Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek. Visit for hours of operation.


Avanti Savoia, an online gourmet business located at 7610 Maynardville Pike, will host the Tuesday, June 24, cooking class "La Technique Knife Skills" (6:30-9 p.m.June 24, $60) which will include fundamental knife skills as well as instruction on mincing and chopping. Visit or call 865-922-9916 for reservations.


Knox County Master Gardener programs are free and open to the public. Upcoming talks include this one on Friday June 27: 'Killer Tomatoes vs Tomato Killers.' How to grow healthy and productive heirloom tomatoes. Common diseases will be shown along with methods for protecting plants from them. Location: Humana, 4438 Western Ave., 3:15 p.m. Info: 865-329-8892.


Chef Dave Thomason of Farm-to-Griddle Crepes mobile cafe, will be guest chef at the Public's Houses monthly Summer Supper series. The event, to be held 5-9 p.m. Sunday, June 29, will include a menu of chilled garden gazpacho, seasonal fresh fruit with goat cheese, local greens andblueberry vinaigrette, smoked Sunburst trout tartare and black eyed pea fritters with Cajun smoked tomato remoulade. The dishes are sold a la carte with prices varying from $6 to $8.

More: or 865-247-4344 for reservations.

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