Saturday, Aug 18th
“History Hound” Dog Costume Contest
Have a blast with the past at East Tennessee History Fair. The “History Hound” Dog Costume Contest is a feature event of 11th Annual East Tennessee History Fair, to be held Saturday, Aug. 18. Bring your canine companion in his best historic costume to have him crowned History Hound. Local celebrities will be judging your pet for “Most East Tennessee Spirit” and “Best Historic Costume.” Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville. The contest begins at 10:15 a.m. Some costume suggestions include a coal miner, Civil War soldier, Abe Lincoln, moonshiner or a pioneer dog. Event is free to the public to attend and participate, with prizes provided by PetSafe. For more information, visit www.easttnhistory.org/eastTNhistoryfair or call 865-215-8824.
Sunday, Aug 19th
“Bless Her Heart: The Life and Times of Ellen McClung Berry,”
• Best known for her Knoxville News-Sentinel society column, “People and Parties,” award-winning journalist Barbara Aston-Wash has interviewed some of the brightest lights of the 20th Century.
“Bless Her Heart: The Life and Times of Ellen McClung Berry,” A Sunday Lecture & Book Signing with Barbara Aston-Wash, is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and is free and open to the public. It is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, at ETHS, 601 S. Gay Street in Knoxville. For more information, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.
Monday, Aug 20th
The public is invited
The public is invited to share programming ideas for Farragut’s new community center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd., during a public meeting beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, in Farragut Town Hall. For those who can’t attend the meeting, an online survey will be available Thursday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 26, on the Town’s website, townoffarragut.org/.
Tuesday, Aug 21st
“Kick Toxins to the Curb Using Essential Oils”
Essential oils are known for healing the mind, body and soul with their therapeutic properties. Town of Farragut is offering an opportunity to learn more about this popular trend in a free class. “Kick Toxins to the Curb Using Essential Oils” is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Farragut Town Hall. Join Kristi Hulsey of Tennessee Thyme to learn how to identify the hidden toxins in your home and discover natural solutions and simple DIY projects.
Thursday, Aug 23rd
Stephen Lyn Bales will be keynote speaker
Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning announced Stephen Lyn Bales will be keynote speaker at the kickoff event for fall semester at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge. Bales, senior naturalist at Ijams Nature Center and author of several books published by University of Tennessee Press, will speak in the City Room (A-111) at the school starting at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23. A reception prior to his talk begins at 3:30 p.m. Event is free and all are welcome. A fifth generation “Smoky Mountain hillbilly,” Bales is a writer, humorist, photographer, artist, local natural historian and speaker on a variety of animals. He is author of three books: “Natural Histories,” “Ghost Birds” and “Ephemeral by Nature.” Bales will focus his talk on his latest book, Ephemeral by Nature, which is a captivating collection of 12 essays in which he examines a variety of flora and fauna that in one way or another can be described as “ephemeral” – that is, fleeting, short-lived or transient. For more information, call ORICL office at 865-481-8222.
Thursday, Aug 23rd
“Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Court”
“Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Court” Reception, Lecture & Book Signing with Stephanie L. Slater, begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Lecture is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP to ETHS@eastTNhistory.org or call 865-215-8825. Sanford was born in Knoxville and is one of only six Tennesseans to have served on the United States Supreme Court (1923-1930), and the only one who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee. A light reception will begin the festivities followed by the presentation and book signing. For more information, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org/.
Sunday, Aug 26th
Fifth Annual Knoxville Asian Festival
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, Asian Culture Center of Tennessee is bringing the Fifth Annual Knoxville Asian Festival to Market Square. Attracting more than 30,000 people last year, the festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary with almost 30 authentic food vendors, around 15 country tents and more than 100 commercial vendors and performances throughout the day. Some of the highlights include an Asian Country Costume Parade, which will start around 11 a.m. from Clinch Avenue and making its way toward the main stage on Market Square. Taiko (Japanese Drum) group from Disney Epcot will contribute three performances. Visitors also can expect to see musicians from Middle Tennessee State University Center for Chinese Music and Culture. Festival organizers are looking for volunteers during and before the event to help with marketing and event coordination. Volunteers can sign up for shifts (minimum two hours requested). To sign up, visit: https://www.knoxasianfestival.com/volunteer
Monday, Aug 27th
Farragut High School 2018 Lacrosse Camp
Farragut High School 2018 Lacrosse Camp will be held each evening from 6 to 8:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Aug. 27-30, at the FHS Lacrosse Complex behind Farragut Middle School. Cost is $110 for a player with all equipment, $160 for a new player (includes new stick and lacrosse ball). Positional skill development and team concept taught, and includes skills contests and scrimmages. Camp instructed by FHS coaches and players. Campers receive a camp jersey and lanyard. Register at www.farragutplacrosse.org/camps
Monday, Sep 17th
“Seed the Future, Save the Past: A Lesson on Seed Saving”
A free public gardening class open to the public will be presented by Knox County Extension Master Gardeners: “Seed the Future, Save the Past: A Lesson on Seed Saving” is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, Sept 17, at Davis Family YMCA. For more information, call 865-777-9622 or visit online ymcaknoxville.org/
Thursday, Sep 20th
CAC Office on Aging is seeking donations
CAC Office on Aging is seeking donations of new or gently-used purses and jewelry for its 4th Annual Power of the Purse fundraiser to benefit Knox County Mobile Meals, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Power of the Purse features a “Purse Madness” sale room, in which attendees will find purses for sale in every color, style and price range. The event also features a Jewelry Corner, silent and live auctions and a “Very Important Purses” corner filled with purses and handbags donated by local personalities and celebrities. If a business is interested in becoming a sponsor, call Judith Pelot or Shelly Woodrick at 865-524-2786. If you have items to donate to Power of the Purse, whether it is purses, jewelry or auction items, you can drop them off at Chico’s Turkey Creek, 11321 Parkside Drive. You can help feed seniors with a monetary gift in any amount. Make checks payable to Mobile Meals, with “donation” written on the memo line, and mail to Office on Aging, P.O. Box 51650, Knoxville TN 37950-1650, or donate online at knoxseniors.org/. Tickets are $40 each through Monday, Aug. 20, and $50 thereafter. To purchase your tickets, call 865-541-4500 or visit knoxseniors.org.
Friday, Sep 21st
“The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra”
Clayton Center for the Arts, located on the Maryville College campus, announces its 2018-2019 Season line up, beginning with “The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra,” Friday, Sept. 21. Season tickets are on sale with individual tickets for each show on sale at a later date. Subscribers may choose a partial season of four to seven shows or a full season of eight to 10 shows. For ticket prices, visit the website at claytonartscenter.com or call the box office at 865-981-8590.
Saturday, Oct 13th
Crafts & Ale, The Faris A. Ashkar Memorial Craft Event
Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is taking applications from vendors to participate in its first Crafts & Ale, The Faris A. Ashkar Memorial Craft Event, slated to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at West End Shopping Center in Farragut. Ashkar, who passed away in 2017, was a long-time Chamber member and wood-carving artist. Event is free of charge and open to the public. It will feature fine crafts, a beer garden and food from local restaurants. For vendor forms, visit www.craftsandale.com