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February

Wednesday, Feb 21st Ladies who are new to the area, or just want to make new friends, come and join Newcomers Club for lunch and a program Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker will be Judge Tim Irwin. “We will be collecting new stuffed animals for the Juvenile Court,” a NC press release stated. For reservations, call 865-705-0309 by Friday Feb. 16.
Wednesday, Feb 21st Concord Sailing Center, 11600 S, Northshore Drive, is providing a Boating Safety Class for the community on from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21. It is required you bring your Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit. You must be at least 12 years old to take the exam. After studying the boating safety material, you must first purchase, for $10, a Type 600 boating safety exam permit from any business (license agent) that sells hunting and fishing licenses (WalMart sporting goods, bait stores, etc.). You will need your Social Security number and driver’s license if applicable. Take this permit to the class/exam as it will be validated when you pass the exam and serve as your temporary certification until the card is mailed to you. TWRA will provide study materials or you can study online at https://www.boat-ed.com/tennessee/studyGuide/10104402/ Request home study materials by e-mailing your address to Canella.G.Cole@tn.gov or by calling 615-781-6566 and leaving your name and address. Registration will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Feb. 21. You must bring your Type 600 Boating Safety Exam permit with you. Concord Sailing Center (CSC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1995 and dedicated to providing educational outreach activities that promote sailing and sailing-related seamanship skills. For more information, visit: concordyachtclub.org/concord-sailing-center
Wednesday, Feb 21st Newcomers Club Ladies who are new to the area, or just want to make new friends, come and join Newcomers Club for lunch and a program Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker will be Judge Tim Irwin. “We will be collecting new stuffed animals for the Juvenile Court,” a NC press release stated. For reservations, call 865-705-0309 by Friday Feb. 16.
Wednesday, Feb 21st Boating Safety Class Concord Sailing Center, 11600 S, Northshore Drive, is providing a Boating Safety Class for the community on from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21. It is required you bring your Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit. You must be at least 12 years old to take the exam. After studying the boating safety material, you must first purchase, for $10, a Type 600 boating safety exam permit from any business (license agent) that sells hunting and fishing licenses (WalMart sporting goods, bait stores, etc.). You will need your Social Security number and driver’s license if applicable. Take this permit to the class/exam as it will be validated when you pass the exam and serve as your temporary certification until the card is mailed to you. TWRA will provide study materials or you can study online at https://www.boat-ed.com/tennessee/studyGuide/10104402/ Request home study materials by e-mailing your address to Canella.G.Cole@tn.gov or by calling 615-781-6566 and leaving your name and address. Registration will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Feb. 21. You must bring your Type 600 Boating Safety Exam permit with you. Concord Sailing Center (CSC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1995 and dedicated to providing educational outreach activities that promote sailing and sailing-related seamanship skills. For more information, visit: concordyachtclub.org/concord-sailing-center
Sunday, Feb 25th Hope Rises First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike, will host Hope Rises, a community event featuring the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25.   This event’s conversation is  intended  for adults and teenagers. It includes information about suicide awareness and prevention with separate breakout sessions for adults and youth. Participants will learn how to recognize warning signs, show compassion and offer support for those having suicidal ideation.  Panelists include Emily Hager of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Scott Payne of Contact Care Line and Advisory Council member of Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network; Collin Zimmer of Sources of Strength; and Farragut High School Hope Squad students.  Sources of Strength and Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program for high school students and young adults. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors.  “Suicidal thoughts can happen any time to anyone -- any age, race, gender or socioeconomic background,” a Hope Rises press release stated. “In the Knoxville area, suicides increased 30 percent in 2022. There is hope: suicide is preventable, and you can make a difference. ...” For more information or to register, visit https://ffumc.org/event/hope-rises-a-conversation-that-could-save-a-life/ or call the church office at 865-966-8430.

March

Wednesday, Mar 6th Rotary Club of Farragut hosting a golf tournament fundraiser There has been a change of dates concerning Rotary Club of Farragut hosting a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit Sleep in Heavenly Peace at Topgolf, 11400 Outlet Drive. While the time will remain from 1 to 4 p.m., the new date is Wednesday, March 6 (It was originally set for Jan. 31). Individuals and businesses are welcome to sponsor the event or come to play. The cost for a team of six is $900. RCF member Vicki Williams added there are different levels of sponsorships.  Someone who purchases a team of six gets lunch, two drinks per person and an opportunity to win first-, second- or third-place prize, plus a chance to win a hole-in-one prize.  
Friday, Mar 15th Knoxville Youth Poet Laureate program After two years of the Knoxville Youth Poet Laureate program, which program directors deem “successful, … we are back to select the third Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Knoxville,” a program press released stated. “Youth ages 13-to-19 can apply to hold this prestigious honor. Applications are open until March 15, 2024, and the winner will take office May 1, 2024.” For more information, contact Rhea Carmon, program director, at info@rheacarmon.com or reach out to the Knoxville Writers Guild at info@knoxvillewritersguild.org.  The application can be found at knoxvillewritersguild.org.

Telling the story of an FMS dance national title

Farragut Middle School showed its talents, winning a national championship, while competing in Universal Dance Association National Competition at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 2-4. FMS won Junior High Pom and placed second in Junior High Jazz. “I am extremely honored that we placed as well as we did at the competition for both the middle school and high school team,” said Macy Brink, head coach of both middle and high school teams. Being Brink’s third year coaching, the middle school has won Junior High Pom national crown the last three years. “Honestly, it is incredibly humbling,” she said. “Since I have been coaching, we have been national champions each year, and it’s a testament to the hard work of the dancers and just the program in itself of the legacy of Farragut dance.” Brink said 6,090 dancers and 403 teams — middle school and high school combined — at the nationals. FMS dance team has 13 members in grades sixth through eighth. Team members are Mary Ella Wendell, Cate Fowler, Rylee Chronis, Natalee Mack, Sarah Shoup, Emma Kate Kilpatrick, Ella Marie Lambert, Parker Miller, Caitlyn Stickley, Emery Campbell, Brooklyn Knight, Audrey McCaleb and Rylee Mack. FHS team also in Orlando

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‘Beauty & the Beast’ at FHS Feb. 28-March 1

Farragut Middle School musical theater class will present the musical “Beauty and the Beast” beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28; Thursday, Feb. 29; and Friday, March 1, in the Studio Theater at FMS, 200 West End Ave. The performance is open to the public, and tickets are $5 per person, according to Ruth Ann Bendy, one of the chorus directors at FMS, along with Hailey Coburn. “Tickets do go very fast,” she added. There are about 30 eighth-grade cast members, as well as other committees, such as business, which helps design T-shirts and sells tickets; costume committee; sound and lighting committee that runs microphones, new lighting board and spotlights; and dance committee that help choreograph the show. The cast consists of Olivia Smith as Belle, Sawyer McAvoy as the Beast, Paxton Wilson as Maurice, Hayes Sharp as Gaston, Paxton Pitts as Lefou, Brock Allen as Cogsworth (the clock), P.T. Mayfield as Lumiere (the candelabra), Finlee Ozias as Mrs. Potts (teapot), Katherine Buchanon as Babette, Gracie Hamlett as Madame de la Grand Bouche and Anderson Glover as Chip (teacup), among others. “I feel amazing,” Smith said about playing Belle. “It’s really just an honor to be chosen for such a great role.” This is her second opportunity to perform, as she played a pirate in “Peter Pan” musical while attending Northshore Elementary School. “It’s a little bit nerve-wracking, but it’s fun,” Sawyer said about playing the Beast. “It’s a different personality playing this role.”

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