• New programs scheduled in Farragut Community Center this spring include Basics of French and Become an Author.
-Become an Author, a free class for ages 14 and older, is set from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18. Teenagers and adults can learn about the art and science of writing a book, the world of getting published and opportunities for marketing your book. The class is led by Dr. Timothy D. Holder, an author, radio show host, public speaker and professor.
-Basics of French is set from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting April 6. Ages 14 and older can learn beginner French in six weeks. Cost is $30. No previous French language experience required. Learn some of the basic components of spoken and written French, some cultural aspects of France and concepts to help you with travel.
Register for classes and special events at townoffarragut.org/register, in person at Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd., or by phone by calling 865-218-3376. All classes held at the Community Center require a free membership.
• The west diamond field (located by the parking lot along Harrison Lane) in Mayor Bob Leonard Park “will be closed for a few months due to dangerous debris that is working its way up to the field surface,” a Farragut Parks & Recreation press release stated. “A fence has been erected because it is hazardous to play on the field. Please stay off the field and the fence.”
Farragut Public Works and Parks & Rec departments “will replace the topsoil with high-quality infield mix,” the report also stated. “The field is expected to reopen in late summer.”
Meanwhile, Parks & Rec “is working with user groups to find other fields,” the report stated. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
• With dogwoods blooming means it’s time to enjoy Farragut Dogwood Trail. Follow the pink stripes and drive, walk or ride through Fox Den, Country Manor and Village Green subdivisions to enjoy the season. Dogwood Arts Festival, which runs through Sunday, April 30, features 13 blooming trails throughout East Tennessee. The Farragut trail, which was established in 2000, features 7.9 miles of blooms and five open gardens. Learn more at dogwoodarts.com/trailsandgardens.
• Thirty-Ninth Annual Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo, for ages 12-and-under, will be held in Anchor Park along Fort Loudoun Lake with two sessions: from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13. Event is free and open to the public, though registration is required by visiting townoffarragut.org/register
• To register as an entry into 35th Annual Farragut Independence Day Parade (from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 4) visit Farragut Community Center or go online at townoffarragut.recdesk.com “Due to overwhelming popularity, entries will be limited to the first 90 registrations received,” a Town press release stated.
• Want to help guide planning for the future of Farragut? Log onto the Town’s new community engagement site, farragutforward.org, and create an account.
“You can then answer a few questions about the Town’s strategic outcome areas and Vision Statement,” a Parks & Recreation press release stated.
“This is your chance to tell us about programs or initiatives that you would like to see Farragut pursue. … Your input is appreciated and valued. The results of this online forum will be shared with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen as they update Farragut’s Strategic Plan.”