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Monday, Apr 12th Week of the Young Child Pellissippi State Community College Early Childhood Education faculty and students invite those who care for young children – whether at home or at a place of business – to participate in activities April 12-to-16 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child. Most activities will be offered virtually. To participate, follow Pellissippi State’s Early Childhood Education on Facebook or Instagram or e-mail eced@pstcc.edu. For more info, visit www.pstcc.edu/eced.
Wednesday, Apr 14th Knoxville Bar Association Knoxville Bar Association, partnering with Legal Aid of East Tennessee, encourages any veteran seeking legal help to register for this free clinic from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 14. Volunteers will contact veterans who have pre-registered for assistance. To pre-register, contact Legal Aid of East Tennessee at 865-637-0484 to request clinic intake. Be sure to identify yourself as a veteran so your call may be routed appropriately. At intake, staff will gather information, including information about the legal issue. This information will be provided to the assigned attorney who will call the pre-registered veteran. This is a general advice clinic with a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues.
Saturday, Apr 17th Posies for the Pantry Posies for the Pantry plant sale at Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 17. It includes Food Trucks B’s Bites (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Knox Dough (from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.). A variety of flowering plants, native shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, grasses, hanging baskets, handmade garden art, wood carvings and bluebird houses is expected to be available. Succulent planting for kids and Bargain Booth of gently used pots and planters also will be offered. Proceeds benefit Shepherd of Hope Food Pantry, which is a combined outreach of FPC, Faith Lutheran Church, Concord United Methodist Church. For more information, e-mail:  Office@fpctn.org or call 865-966-9547.
Sunday, Apr 18th MEDIC Regional Blood Center MEDIC Regional Blood Center is celebrating Spring and National Volunteer Week in April with three chances to win a $500 e-gift card. MEDIC is in constant need of O Positive, O Negative, A Positive and A Negative blood types as well as platelets and plasma. It takes three to four days for collected products to be ready for distribution. All donors will receive a MEDIC gift and Texas Roadhouse coupon this April, as well as three opportunities to win a $500 e-gift card. Donors who donate each week through April 25 will be automatically entered to win through weekly drawings. The last drawing will take place at the end of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 18–24. Drawings will take place on Mondays. Appointments are preferred and there is limited availability for walk-in donors. Please visit medicblood.org/ to donate or call 865-524-3074 to schedule an appointment.
Friday, Apr 30th Hide and Seek program Knox County Parks and Recreation presents a new Hide and Seek program that will take place at four county parks: Admiral Farragut, Carl Cowan, The Cove at Concord Park and The Point. To play, participants can download maps showing the hiding spots in each park. A numbered tag has been placed at each hiding spot. Go to the location in the park and write the tag number down on the map or on a plain sheet of paper. Participant also should include their name, e-mail, mailing address and phone number on the tag list. Participants can drop off their lists of tag numbers at Knox County Parks and Recreation Office, 2447 Sutherland Ave., from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Lists also can be e-mailed to parks@knoxcounty.org/. Deadline is noon, Friday, April 30. Ten $10 gift certificates to Dairy Queen will be awarded to participants. Winners will be drawn randomly from entries that have all 20 tag number locations. Winners will be notified via e-mail and a winners list will be posted on the department’s website.


Saturday, May 8th East Tennessee Plant Swap Spring 2021 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane in Knoxville, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 8.  Don’t forget your mask. Everyone is invited to join what promoters dub “an exciting and fun event that brings together people who love plants and gardening. The swap is a great way to add beautiful, rare and useful plants to your home and garden. New gardeners ... are especially welcome.” There is no charge for attending the swap or for exchanges.  Donations to help cover costs are welcome.  For more information, visit www.easttnplantswap.com
Saturday, May 15th Southern Skies Music Festival Due to COVID-19, Dogwood Arts has moved inaugural Southern Skies Music Festival to May 15, 2021.

Town’s free yoga class ‘filled with movement, laughter’

The Town of Farragut is offering a program that teaches families new skills, while also promoting togetherness and fun. Its Family Y\Yoga class, which meet at 5 p.m., Mondays in Farragut Community Center’s Assembly Hall — it began as pre-school yoga classes last July — has been ongoing since November, featuring a few dedicated families who regularly attend. However, Brittany Spencer, Town Special Event & Program coordinator, is hoping to shine a spotlight on the program to potentially generate more interest. “This is a great, free weekly program for families of all ages that is filled with movement and laughter,” Spencer said. “(Teacher) Jenny Trussell is a registered children’s yoga teacher and is also a 500-hour registered yoga teacher and has been teaching our Family Yoga class since we re-opened the community center last summer.

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Parents win Title IX, FHS softball to get $1.3m boost

Two mothers of Farragut High School girls softball players have won a Title IX lawsuit, which dealt with gender equality issues concerning athletic fields at the school. The apparent result will be an upgrade to the softball program’s Bellamy Field costing $1,305,000, which reportedly would bring it in line — in terms of features — with the boys sport to which it closely compares, the Admirals baseball complex known as John Heatherly Field/The Ballpark at Farragut. Knox County Board of Education was scheduled to discuss implementing the upgrade, as an agenda item, during its workshop Wednesday, April 7 (after press deadline).

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