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Wednesday, Aug 17th Newcomers Club Ladies who are new to the area, or who want to make new friends are invited to Newcomers Club for lunch and a program starting at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker will be from Young Williams Animal Shelter. For reservations, call 865-705-0309 before Friday, Aug. 12.
Saturday, Aug 27th Asian Festival Ninth Knoxville Asian Festival at World’s Fair Park runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28. Knox Asian Film Festival is Saturday, Aug 27, at Central Cinema. For more information, check the Central Cinema website. Similar to previous years, the 2022 Asian Festival features authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian Cultures, such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam. Asian Cultural Parade starts at 10 a.m. at the water fountain on the park lawn and ends at 10:30 a.m. at the Amphitheater stage. “We also showcase various martial arts demonstrations, Thailand Traditional Dancers from Washington, D.C., K-Pop and J-Pop performances, Kimono Show, a bonsai exhibition, a cosplay contest, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese drummers Taiko Drum group from Disney World and Korean Fan Dancers from Georgia,” an Asian Culture Center of Tennessee press release stated. Register for the free Festival. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 831-241-1189.

‘Pooch Plunge’ opens Dog Daze weekend at Village Green shopping center Friday

Dog Daze VI @ Village Green shopping center, presented by the Angie Cody Real Estate Team, will be “a three-day festival of fun, food, shopping and competition” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14, according to a press release from Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance. They have teamed up with Town of Farragut, Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs ( and Ricki’s Pet Depot ( to bring this nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition to Farragut ( Festivities will take place in the shopping center parking lot just south of Planet Fitness, beginning at 4 p.m., Aug, 12, “with local dogs taking a ‘Pooch Plunge,’ (as) area dog owners will have the opportunity to have their ‘puppy’ try a dock dive,” the press release further stated about this opportunity, free of charge, that runs until 7 p.m.

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Rotarians, friends rescue Ukrainian refugee

Ukrainian refugee and 2007-08 Rotary Club of Farragut Youth Exchange student Yuliia “Julie” Tryukhan, 32, and her two children, Mark, 3, and Polina, 18 months, made it safely to Knox County Friday evening, Aug. 5. They traveled from Zilna, Slovakia, to Prague, Czech Republic, then flew through Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Atlanta, Georgia. They were delayed in Atlanta Thursday, Aug. 4, but took a flight to McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa the following morning. “I still cannot believe we have actually made it to the U.S.,” Tryukhan said. “I’m really happy we got this opportunity.” She is one of 250 Ukrainian refugees in East Tennessee — and of those, one of 150 in Knoxville,” said Jim O’Brien, president of Rotary Club of Farragut Foundation, which helped arrange for the Tryukhans’ trip. “Team Julie,” consisting of RCF’s Vickie Williams and O’Brien, along with Bill and Dinah Vogel who hosted Tryukhan when she was a student, greeted the family and Oleksandr “Alex” Surkov, a friend of the Tryukhans, when they arrived at McGhee Tyson.

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