Monday, May 23rd Parrot Head Week MEDIC is kicking off the summer season with its annual Parrot Head Week from Monday, May 23, to Friday, May 27, at all donor centers and mobile drives. Donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, Texas Roadhouse coupon, Salsarita’s coupon and a chance to win a $25 gift card to Margaritaville. Additionally, all donors automatically are entered to win a two-night stay at Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge. MEDIC staff will be grilling cheeseburgers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farragut donor center Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are welcome. Donors can call 865-524-3074 to schedule their appointment or visit For more information on MEDIC, visit its website at or contact Kristy Altman at or by phone at 865-805-2008.


Saturday, Jun 4th Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival Discounted early bird tickets for the Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival, featuring three world renowned storytellers, are now available for the June 4 afternoon and evening performances at the Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. The two-day event will feature storytellers Sheila Arnold, Bill Lepp and Kim Weitkamp. There will be three shows on June 4, and the storytellers will share different stories for each performance. The morning family show, from 10 a.m. to noon, will offer tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for school-age children. The afternoon show is from 2 to 5 p.m., and the evening show is from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the afternoon and evening performances are $25 for each show. Early bird pricing currently is available at $40/ticket for both the Saturday afternoon/evening shows. For groups of 10 or more, tickets will be $20 each for either the afternoon or evening performances.