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Wednesday, Jan 23rd “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust” In January, East Tennessee students have the opportunity to experience a unique, impactful history lesson on the Holocaust through a special program, “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust.” Hosted by the Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School, “Violins of Hope” is a collection of more than 50 restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Violins will be on display at the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery through Sunday, Jan. 27, and will be played during performances Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 24, with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Historic Tennessee Theatre. Tickets for the two performances are now available for purchase through Tennessee Theatre. For more information, contact Rabbi Yossi at 865-300-8012, Jenny Wood at 865-242-0202 or e-mail Visits to area schools will take place between Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Friday, Jan. 25. Schools interested in educational opportunities with “Violins of Hope” can contact or complete a form at
Wednesday, Jan 23rd “Make & Take: Wellness for the Whole Family” Essential oils are known for healing the mind, body and soul with therapeutic properties. Learn about 11 different essential oils that can benefit the wellness of the entire family. “Make & Take: Wellness for the Whole Family” class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Instructor Kristi Hulsey of Tennessee Thyme teaches about the benefits of different essential oils and allows participants to choose their favorite oils to create a personal wellness salve to take home. Cost is $10. Register by Monday, Jan. 21, at, in person at Town Hall or by phone at 865-218-3375.
Friday, Jan 25th Arts & Culture Alliance presents new exhibitions Arts & Culture Alliance presents new exhibitions at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St., in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, Jan. 25. One is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission Gallery of Arts Tribute in the Main Gallery has kicked off King Week Celebration through Sunday, Jan. 20. For more information, visit Emporium will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, for the King holiday.
Saturday, Jan 26th Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter 1881, UDC Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter 1881, UDC, will meet beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information, call Rebecca at 865-382-1979.
Monday, Jan 28th Dementia vs. Normal Aging A free Lunch and Learn, Dementia vs. Normal Aging, will be hosted by Town of Farragut from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, in Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Instructor Melanie Cahill from Choices in Senior Care will discuss the differences between normal cognitive changes and those that occur with dementia. Program will outline risk factors and the importance of early diagnosis and discuss components of successful aging. A light lunch will be provided for those who preregister by Wednesday, Jan. 23, in one of three ways:, at Town Hall or by calling 865-218-3375.
Tuesday, Jan 29th Stop the Bleed Town of Farragut will host free training on how to stop uncontrolled bleeding. Stop the Bleed, led by instructor Debi Tuggle and staff from University of Tennessee Medical Center, is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Register by Wednesday, Jan. 23, at, in person at Town Hall or call 865-218-3375.


Wednesday, Feb 13th Art Exhibit by Ken Moffett and Kate Aubrey Art Exhibit by Ken Moffett and Kate Aubrey continues through Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, 2931 Kingston Pike. Exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday. A reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11. Artists’ talks beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb 14th 2019 Farragut Primary Schools Art Show 2019 Farragut Primary Schools Art Show, sponsored by Town of Farragut, opens Monday, Jan. 14, and will be on display through Friday, Jan. 25, in Town Hall rotunda, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work from some of the community’s most talented young artists will be on display from Concord Christian School, Farragut Primary School and St. John Neumann Catholic School. A reception to honor participating private school artists is from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16. A reception to honor participating public school artists is from 5 to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18.


Saturday, Mar 30th Registration is open for Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events taking place March 30-31, 2019. For the upcoming 15th annual race event, participants are encouraged to register online at Participants will enjoy a new finish-line experience in World’s Fair Park. Due to scheduled renovations at Neyland Stadium, the finish line will be moved for both the 2019 and 2020 race weekends. For more information and to register, visit

Game, set, Match

Knox County-area students who love chess have a chance to play and just have fun. Hardin Valley Academy Chess Club has organized inaugural HVA 2019 Spring Team Scholastic Chess Tournament, which is open to all students from kindergarten through 12th grade — public, private and home schooled — Saturday, Feb. 2 at HVA, 11345 Hardin Valley Road. Check-in time will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. with a coach’s meeting at 8:45 a.m. “This is the first time ever to have hosted a chess tournament at Hardin Valley Academy,” said Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao, who is helping club members organize the event. He is the father of the HVA Chess Club founder Eric Zhao, a 10th-grader. “We don’t want it to be a serious competition,” Xiaopeng Zhao said. “We want them to have fun — like a chess party.” Entry fee is $40 per team — but free for girls. Xiaopeng Zhao explained the club wants to encourage girls to be more involved playing chess. The event also helps the club members learn how to organize events, Xiaopeng Zhao said.

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Daughter honors late Mayor with ‘Random Acts for Ralph’

The daughter of Town of Farragut’s late Mayor Ralph McGill is doing her best to turn what could be a sad day into an uplifting one: commemorating what would have been her father’s 76th birthday. Kimberly McGill Pratt of Kingsport has established a Facebook event, “Random Acts for Ralph,” asking others to initiate or perform “some random act of kindness” in honor of her father’s “first birthday in Heaven” Monday, Feb. 4. “I tried to think of a way to honor him on this special day as we learn what life is like without him,” she wrote. “My dad was always fond of surprising others. In fact, he started a tradition in our family when I was young at Christmas time. It started with the first VCR we ever owned. He had bought it for my mom (Marianne McGill) as a special surprise at Christmas. He told my brother (Norman) and I about it and where he would be hiding it. “He said he would be giving it to her when everything was opened at Christmas,” Pratt added. “He said, ‘You know how mom always says, ‘Well, it’s all over’ when we are done opening gifts? Well, that will be our cue to go get the VCR.’

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