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VOL. 42 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 29, 2018

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Meacham book discussion. Renowned presidential historian and Tennessee native Jon Meacham will discuss his latest book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” at a special author event. He will be joined on stage by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library and Union Ave Books. Meacham paints surprising portraits of presidents since the Civil War and brings to life turning points in history to include Reconstruction and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in WWI; the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women’s rights; the anti-Communist witch hunts led by McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson’s crusade against Jim Crow. Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, is the author of The New York Times best-sellers “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush”; “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power”; “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House”; “American Gospel”; and “Franklin and Winston.” Sunday, 7-9 p.m. $35 per ticket. First Presbyterian Church, 620 State St., Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, JULY 20

Wine & Shine

The 7th annual Don Sproles Memorial event, a benefit for the Volunteer Ministry Center, will feature wine and moonshine tastings, along with heavy appetizers, music and silent and live auctions. 6:30 p.m. $60 per ticket. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive. Information

SATURDAY, JULY 21

Adult Field Day

Girls Inc., will hold its second annual afternoon of adult games and a fundraiser for the organization, which teach girls how to advocate for themselves and their communities while building self-confidence and expanding their horizons. The event includes live music and games. Hexagon Beer Company and food trucks will be on-site. 4-7 p.m. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

Renaissance Terrace Ball

The gala will honor assisted living residents and their families and friends and celebrates the supporters of Renaissance Terrace and Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service. The evening includes music, dancing, catered food, cash bar and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Renaissance Terrace Bridge the Gap Fund, which assists residents in need. Attire is semi-formal. 6-10 p.m. $75 per person. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, JULY 27

The Blind Pig

Junior Achievement of Knoxville will hold its fifth annual beer, bacon and barbecue classic, a summer fundraiser for the organization. The event is for ages 21 and up and features food, beverages, moonshine tasting and live music. 5:30 p.m. $25 general admission; $60 VIP. The Mill & Mine, 228 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

SATURDAY, JULY 28

Evening of Self-Care

The third annual event benefits the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee. The event features an outdoor yoga class, health and wellness fair, meditation, massages, silent auction, henna tattoos, food and wine. Blue Ridge Yoga, 623 N. Campbell Station Road, Knoxville. Information

SUNDAY, JULY 29

Summer Swing

The Ladies of Charity’s annual fundraiser event features live music by Gwen & the Kats, swing dance lessons, silent auction and dinner. The primary mission of Ladies of Charity is service to the poor. Areas of special focus include emergency assistance, requests for food, clothing, housing and medical needs, as well as an emphasis on the care of infants. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information

SUNDAY, JULY 29

Nourish Knoxville Tomato Jam

Nourish Knoxville will hold its second annual drink competition featuring some of Knoxville’s best bartenders and East Tennessee’s finest tomatoes. The event also includes coffee, brunch bites, live music and games. A VIP ticket includes full brunch, wait staff, carafe of each cocktail and special treats. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Noon-4:00 p.m. $45 per person; $75, VIP. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

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