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VOL. 46 | NO. 22 | Friday, June 3, 2022

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Kid A’ Riffic Fun. Families are invited to participate in crafts, games and other activities on Wednesdays in June and July from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in eight different Knoxville parks and natural areas. Sponsored by Home Federal Bank, the event is for families with children ages 2-12 offering activities, games, hands-on crafts and other fun pursuits hosted by the City of Knoxville Office of Special Events, Parks and Recreation Department and community partners. Participation is free, and no registration is required. Kid A’Riffic schedule:

• June 8: Lakeshore Park, 6410 S. Northshore Drive

• June 15: Victor Ashe Park, 49001 Bradshaw Road

• June 22: Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Avenue

• June 29: Fountain City Park, 117 Hotel Road

• July 13: Baker Creek Preserve, 3700 Lancaster Drive

• July 20: World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn

• July 27: Inskip Park, 4204 Bruhin Road

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Truman Day Dinner

The Knox County Democratic Party will hold its annual event, which will feature former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat from Alabama as the special guest and keynote speaker. Jones also is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama who successfully prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members in 2001 and 2002 for the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four African American girls. Tickets are $75, and sponsorships are available. 6-9 p.m. $75. Hilton Knoxville, 501 W. Church Ave. Information

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

Hall of Fame Induction

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2022. A free autograph session with the inductees will be held earlier the same day at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The event also includes a pre-induction ticketed VIP party and after-party. 6 p.m. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Information

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

Opera Annual Meeting

Members of Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Opera Guild and the boards of directors will hold an annual meeting to celebrate the accomplishments of this season, announce the next season and present the Happy Booker Award. The event includes a seafood buffet and live entertainment. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25 per person. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information

Shrimp Boil 2022: Peelin’, Eatin’ & Politickin’

The Knoxville Chamber’s annual event is a business climate program that features food and the opportunity to meet with local elected officials and others from across the state of Tennessee who have been invited to attend. A reserved table with the purchase of eight tickets includes table sign with logo, two drink tickets per guest, bucket of bottled beer and a family style shrimp boil spread on tables. Some parking will be available in the Jackson Avenue parking lot. Additional parking can be found on Gay Street, Jackson Avenue and Depot Avenue. Parking fees will vary. Attire: Business casual or casual. 5-7 p.m. $30-$50. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

Game On Against Cancer

Thompson Cancer Survival Center will hold the fundraiser, the proceeds of which support Thompson Cares, a fund that assists cancer patients in financial need with basic living expenses. Attendees can challenge local celebrities and media personalities in games of table tennis, billiards, blackjack, air hockey, shuffleboard, corn hole and darts. Individual winners of celebrity game matches receive an event medallion. Ticket price includes admission, unlimited free play, one celebrity match (additional matches available for $10 each), food and a beer/wine token. $50. 6-10 p.m. The Wakefield Corporation, 10646 Dutchtown Road, Knoxville. Information

Museum of Appalachia Barn Dance

The museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will host its annual Barn Dance fundraising event, which features horse-drawn wagon rides, Southern buffet, traditional bluegrass and old-time musical entertainment, Appalachian square dancing, Southern buffet and live and silent auctions. 6-10 p.m. Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton. Information

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

Knoxville Brewfest 2022

The event features breweries and brews for an afternoon and evening of sampling fresh beers of all colors, styles and flavors. There will be afternoon and evening sessions for the 2022 event from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tickets include entry to the festival, commemorative tasting glass, festival map, live entertainment and beer tastings. Water will be provided, and several food vendors will be on-site. Attendees also can bring small snacks. All attendees must be 21 or older. Children and pets are not allowed. The event benefits Cure Duchenne, a national nonprofit that raises awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. $50 per person; $20, designated driver. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

Summer Picnic at Lakeshore Park

Lakeshore Park Conservancy will hold a picnic at Lakeshore Park at the HGTV Overlook to raise awareness and funds with dinner al fresco on a summer evening in East Tennessee. The event features picnics prepared by some of Knoxville’s best chefs, live music, cash bar and VIP packages or bring your own picnic basket. 6-10 p.m. VIP packages and general admission. Lakeshore Park, 6410 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Information

Tastes of the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center hosts the new annual event focusing of Appalachian culture, food and music. 4:30-7 p.m. on the grounds of the Heritage Center at 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Featuring 20 exhibitors spanning various crafts and woodworking skills spread out amongst the unique museum and village, Tastes of the Smokies will also include local restaurants providing “tastes” of their featured dishes. Three separate live acoustic music areas will be set up around the Heritage Center campus. This is a ticketed event for those 21 and over. Information

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