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Sunday, Sep 25th “The Arts Tell My Story” Tennessee Amphitheater, on the World’s Fair site in downtown Knoxville, is the setting as Children in the Arts presents “The Arts Tell My Story,” which celebrates unique stories of children and youth, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25. Performances will include dancing, singing, rapping and classical music. Concessions will be available for purchase at intermission. Children in the Arts “The Arts Tell My Story” is a part of the Penny4Arts Program, which allows every child in Knox and surrounding counties an opportunity to attend arts and cultural events/activities at the maximum cost of just one penny when accompanied by a paying adult ($7).
Thursday, Sep 29th Fall Used Book Sale Friends of the Knox County Public Library returns to Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave. in Knoxville, with its first Fall Used Book Sale from Thursday, Sept. 29, through Saturday, Oct. 1. The purpose of the sale is twofold: to raise funds for the Knox County Public Library and to offer affordable books to the community. Current members of Friends of the Library will be the first to shop the sale during Members Preview Day from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Sept. 29. Memberships can be purchased online or renewed at the door. The sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, with Saturday designated as half price day. Face masks are encouraged during the sale.
Friday, Sep 30th 45th Knoxville Shrine Circus 45th Knoxville Shrine Circus will present five shows Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2, in Thompson Boling Arena. Five shows feature The Flying Cortes - flying trapeze; Chicago Boyz - America’s Got Talent Stars; The Upside-Down Man - he lives upside down; The Shrine Circus Elephants; and Kerbela Shrine Clowns. Shows begin at 6 p.m., Sept. 30, and run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.
Friday, Sep 30th Oktoberfest Celebrate Oktoberfest with Mind Yer Ps & Qs, 12744 Kingston Pike. The Farragut pub once again will set up a German-inspired festival with large tents along its Kingston Pike lawn just east of Watt Road for a three-day family-friendly event starting Friday, Sept. 30 (from 4 p.m. to midnight), Saturday, Oct. 1 (from 11 a.m. to midnight) and Sunday, Oct. 2 (from noon to 6 p.m.). This year’s event features live music on stage throughout the weekend with an exciting line-up of talented local bands, including K-Town.  “Oktoberfest is one of our favorite times of year, and we are honored to bring the tradition back to Farragut again,” Mind Yer Ps & Qs owner Andrew Mungan said. “... Enjoy a European tradition that many Americans also appreciate. Mind Yer Ps & Qs is planning an authentic German menu including bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and pretzels, along with its beer garden.” Cornhole boards and bounce houses will add to the fun. Tickets are $10 per day. Children 10 and under are free.  A portion of proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s Tennessee, a locally-headquartered not-for-profit committed to research and helping families live with dementia since 1983, and PJ Parkinson’s Support, which serves about 1,200 people with Parkinson’s in East Tennessee. Visit for more information.


Saturday, Oct 1st Chili supper and silent auction fundraiser A chili supper and silent auction fundraiser for Christ Covenant Church’s ACE program for adults with disabilities will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, in the church, 12915 Kingston Pike. Cost is $15 per person, which covers supper (chili, sides and dessert) and an illusionist show by Joseph Young. For more information, contact the church at 865-671-1885.
Thursday, Oct 6th Authors Guild of Tennessee Authors Guild of Tennessee will hold its monthly meeting beginning at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, in Faith Lutheran Church, in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30 a.m. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book, but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT website for updates and information:
Sunday, Oct 30th Farragut HarvestFest Farragut HarvestFest is a “spooktakular” event that will include food trucks, adult beverages, live entertainment, a Trick-or-Treat aspect and Halloween Costume Contest. Between 2 and 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, Shop Farragut will assemble vendors from all across the Farragut business community to celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season. The festival will take place outdoors in Village Green shopping center. “We are currently seeking vendors and sponsors for this unique opportunity,” a Shop Farragut press release stated. “An opportunity to showcase your business, sell your products and demonstrate your commitment to the community.  We will ask vendors to have treats available for the costumed kiddos.” Basic booth fees begin at $100 and discounts are available for those with a Farragut business license. For more information, call Stephen F. Krempasky, Shop Farragut executive director, at 865-307-2486 or 

‘Betty Grable’ inspires Farragut duo to write children’s book

A 5-year-old Black Labrador has inspired Farragut woman Gloria Gorss and her granddaughter, Maya Alves, to write a children’s book about Gorss’ experiences with her service dog. “She is my constant companion and helper,” said Gorss, who acquired Betty Grable three years ago. As such, Alves encouraged her grandmother to write the children’s book, “Game Day with Grammy,” “Maya came up with the idea we should write a book about grandma with disabilities, and maybe try to help little kids,” Gorss said. “Sometimes kids may not understand why grammy and grandpa cannot do certain things or go certain places,” said Alves, a University of Tennessee junior majoring in early childhood education. “Kind of the whole service dog idea was really cool to bring into the story.” Gorss said sometimes children are afraid of the oxygen tanks and wheelchairs. “Hopefully, (the book) will inform and entertain at the same time,” she added. The book is available through Amazon for $10.99. Gorss was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, chronic inflammatory demyelineating polyneuropathy, a form of muscular sclerosis, 10 years ago.

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Octoberfest returns at Mind Yer Ps & Qs

Mind Yer Ps and Qs, a local favorite small business with a big heart, is hosting its 2nd annual Octoberfest, a charity event, on the front lawn of Renaissance | Farragut, under the the big tents, which will include a stage for local musical groups from start to finish. ‘There will be music throughout the event from 10 local bands, along with authentic German food for guests to enjoy,” said Andrew Mungan, owner of Mind Yer Ps and Qs. “Ten of our musical talents will be entertaining guests while they enjoy their authentic German food or beer or simply the music,” he added. Festivities will run from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Sept. 30, and continue from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2. “Guests will enjoy authentic German favorites, such as schnitzel, bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels, beer cheese, German potato salad and red cabbage,” Mungan said. “We will have a variety of German beers to quench your thirst,” he added. “We will have an entertainment area for children with bounce houses, slides and more, as well as hot dogs, juice and soft drinks for purchase.” There will be a $10 entry fee, and tickets can be purchased at Mind Yer Ps and Qs, 12744 Kingston Pike, Suite 104, in Farragut, as well as at the gate on the day of the event. Parking is free.

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