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Saturday, Jul 20th Mobile Pantry food giveaway Saturday, July 20, First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike, will host a Mobile Pantry food giveaway. The church parking lot will be open at 8 a.m. Families and residents in need of help can pickup reservation cards at FFUMC from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 19. Cards also will be available Saturday morning. Alternatively, families can sign up online at http://www.ffumc.org/register A semi-tractor trailer load of food will be distributed from 8:30 a.m. until all food has been handed out. School supplies, gently used children’s clothing and coats also will be given away. Any area residents in need of help are encouraged to attend. The Mobile Pantry distributes food purchased from the Second Harvest Food Bank and donated by LDS Bishops Store house.
Thursday, Jul 25th AARP Smart Driver Course AARP Smart Driver Course offerings for 2024 include from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 25, and Friday, July 26, in West Knox County Senior Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd, Suite 101. Instructor is Paul Johnson. To register, call 865-788-7805.
Sunday, Jul 28th The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek’s Farmers Market The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek’s Farmers Market is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays through July at The Pinnacle, 11251 Parkside Drive. To become a farmer’s market vendor, reach out to Gabi Walsh of Pinnacle directly at Gwalsh@crawfordsq.com “We are seeking farmers market vendors who sell a variety of products, including dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats and other farm goods.”
Sunday, Jul 28th “Cinderella” Knoxville Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” directed by student intern Maddy Grace Payne, will be performed at KCT, 109 E. Churchwell Ave., through Sunday, July 28.  Tickets are available on the KCT website, knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com


Sunday, Aug 4th Tools as Art: Work & Play Exhibition Knoxville Museum of Art announces Tools as Art: Work & Play Exhibition, on view through Aug. 4, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 10. This free event is open to the public with a cash bar. In addition, the museum will host its monthly Soundscapes concert series beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for KMA members and $25 for non-members. For more information about the Knoxville Museum of Art, visit www.knoxart.org.


Friday, Oct 25th Knoxville Opera 2024-25 season Knoxville Opera announces what it labels a “sensational 2024-25 season lineup, combining classic operatic masterpieces with modern, innovative performances.” The main stage season will set sail Oct. 25 and Oct. 27 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic gem “The Pirates of Penzance” in historic Tennessee Theatre, Gay Street downtown. “Under the energetic stage direction of Dean Anthony and the musical mastery of conductor Joseph Mechavich, audiences can expect a swashbuckling ride filled with humor, romance and lyrical brilliance that the whole family will love.” Step into the romantic streets of 19th-century Paris with Puccini’s “La Bohème.” on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, 2025. “Once again led by the creative vision of Anthony and conducted by the distinguished Michelle Rofrano, this beloved opera will weave a tale of love, passion and heartbreak amidst the Bohemian lifestyle of struggling artists,” a KO press release stated. “With its soaring melodies and poignant storytelling, you won’t want to miss your chance to experience the enduring power of love and art.” Next spring, May 14 and May 16-18,  experience Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis’  contemporary “comic-rap-scrap-metal-opera, ‘Stuck Elevator’. This unique and impactful theatrical experience, co-produced with Knoxville’s River and Rail Theatre Company, will be directed by Keturah Stickann and conducted by the exceptional Judith Yan.” Visit www.knoxvilleopera.org/for tickets or 865-524-0795.


Tuesday, Nov 12th Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent Fourth Annual Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent variety show, in partnership with Morning Pointe Senior Living, is introducing some big changes this year, including a lowered age of competition and additional prize money. The 2024 Knoxville show will take place beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, in The Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville. Ten local senior acts will compete. This year, the Foundation has lowered the minimum age of contestants from 62 to 60, opening the doors to a wider variety of talent in the Greater Knoxville community. “Seniors Got Talent is open to any talented seniors (not just Morning Pointe campus residents),” a MP press release stated. “Acts have included singers, musicians, dancers, poets, comedians and more.” More changes for this year’s Seniors Got Talent show include an increase in prize winnings. The grand-prize winner will receive $1,000, with $500 going to the second-place winner and $250 awarded to the third-place winner. Online auditions are open now at morningpointefoundation.com/events/seniors-got-talent/, and in-person auditions will take place from Sept. 24 through Oct. 6 at local Morning Pointe Senior Living campuses. Tickets will be $10 and will go on sale in October.

Local DAR promotion

As the nation approaches the 250th anniversary of the birth of the United States of America, Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently encouraged celebrations in towns, cities and counties throughout the state. A notable effort undertaken by the 94 Tennessee DAR chapters is their recently published book, “Patriots to Pioneers, the First Tennessee Volunteers,” which is a collection of stories of patriots who served in the Revolutionary War to gain U.S. independence and then became the founders and settlers of Tennessee, according to a press release. Regent Christine Gordon, alongside several members of the Bonny Kate Chapter, NSDAR of Knoxville, presented seven copies of this book Friday, May 31m to Knox County Public Library, which was represented by Melissa Kelley, assistant director for Knox County Public Library’s Collections & Access Service, and Jamie Osborn, library reference service manager, in preparation and celebration of Tennessee Statehood Day Saturday, June 1. These copies were placed in Lawson McGhee, Carter, Bearden, Fountain City, South Knoxville, Karns and Farragut branches.

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‘EZ does it,’ 8-4, to build in Concord

KNOXVILLE — “EZ does it,” by a vote of 8-4 (two absent, one recusing), as Knoxville/Knox County Planning Commission voted to accept EZ Stop’s plans for a roughly 7,000-square foot convenience store-restaurant along Concord Road adjacent to 2nd Drive and bordering the Concord Historic District — subject to 14 provisions being met, which include a few changes, during the Thursday afternoon, July 11 meeting Roughly 20 citizens were on hand in the City/County Building’s Main Assembly Room downtown expressing opposition to EZ Stop’s plans — cheering whenever a commissioner or an official spoke critically of the plans — with at least one resident occasionally holding up an anti-EZ Stop plans sign. However, “Approval of the requested fuel station, restaurant and drive-through facility uses, subject to all conditions listed in the Staff Report to ensure the proposed use, is consistent with development standards for uses permitted on review,” a KCC Planning press release stated. The modified changes for the roughly 4.7-acre property, which is zoned Commercial Neighborhood, had three revisions among its 15 conditions: “Condition No. 6 shall be removed (which stated: “The exit onto Second Drive shall be restricted to right turns only using a curbed island”); condition No. 10 stated the requirements “shall be modified to reflect the drive-through facility shall be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. (it was 6 a.m.); this does not otherwise apply to the proposed restaurant’s operating hours.” An additional condition (No. 15) “shall be added to require a preliminary archaeological survey, which could include ground-penetrating radar, review of relevant archives, and other physical investigation prior to disturbance” to check for unmarked graves, given this location borders a graveyard to its east. The next, and perhaps final step toward breaking ground, is if the EZ opponents and their legal team appeal this Planning Commission decision and “file an appeal to the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals within 30 days of the date of the Planning Commission meeting,” the KKCP release stated. “The developer may apply for permits with the County 30 days after the date of the date of the Planning Commission meeting (if) no appeal has been filed. If an appeal is filed, no permits will be issued until after the BZA has made a decision.”

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