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VOL. 46 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 15, 2022

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Kid A’ Riffic Fun. Families are invited to participate in crafts, games and other activities in different Knoxville parks and natural areas. Sponsored by Home Federal Bank, the event is for families with children age 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. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesdays in July, Various Knoxville parks. July 20: World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn. July 27: Inskip Park, 4204 Bruhin Road. Information

THURSDAY, JULY 21

Tennessee History for Kids

The theme of the THFK Road Show event will be Tennessee in the 1790s. Presenters will include writer/historian Bill Carey and Lisa Oakley, education coordinator of the East Tennessee Historical Society, and will feature guided tours of the Blount Mansion and White’s Fort. The all-day program will feature a focus on Tennessee social studies standards. Registration is $40 for each event, which covers lunch and any tickets that would otherwise have to be purchased. Teachers who attend will receive a certificate showing six hours of professional development. Attendance is limited. Event begins at 9 a.m. at the East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville. Information

SATURDAY, JULY 23

Empower Knox Youth Summit

The Youth Summit is a daylong workshop for the youth of Knoxville (ages 12-24) to voice their concerns around mental health, violence prevention, homelessness and civic engagement. Attendance is free, and snacks and lunch will be provided. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Main Assembly Room, City County Building, 400 Main Street. Information: Email Community Engagement Manager Kathy Mack

Market Square Farmers’ Market

The biweekly, open-air market at Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, plants, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Information

TUESDAY, JULY 26

Child Safety Seat Checkpoints

The Knoxville Police Department hosts the event on the second Saturday and fourth Tuesday of each month. The checkpoints are a free service offered by the KPD for parents, grandparents or other guardians. Child car seats are inspected by a certified car seat technician to ensure proper use or installation. Additionally, technicians provide safety tips and recommendations for those utilizing child safety seats. The Checkpoints are led by KPD personnel who have completed the 32-hour Child Passenger Safety Technician Standardized Training. Drive-ups are welcome on Saturdays, but appointments must be made for Tuesdays. 917 E. Fifth, Knoxville. Information/appointments: 865-215-1300 or email

JULY 29-31

Kuumba Festival

The three-day Kuumba Festival, the largest African American cultural arts festival in East Tennessee, kicks off at Market Square July 29 before moving to Morningside Park for the final two days. The festival features live performances from local, regional and national artists, as well as food and merchandise vendors from all over the world. Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum ensemble and Indigenous Vibes will perform throughout the festival. Each night will end with a live band performance. Each day’s schedule begins at noon. Information: 865-406-8828 or bit.ly/kuumbafestival

FRIDAY, JULY 29

Don Sproles Memorial ‘Wine and Shine’

The annual benefit for the Volunteer Ministry Center features wines and moonshine tastings, gourmet food, live music and silent and live auctions. Longtime News Sentinel columnist and humorist Sam Venable will serve as the emcee. Attendees must be 21 or older. Proceeds from the $85 ticket sales go directly to support the programs of the Volunteer Ministry Center. 6-9:30 p.m. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information/tickets

THROUGH JULY AND AUGUST

Summer Movie Magic series at Tennessee Theatre

This movie series, presented by Denark Construction, presents a lineup of three themed movies each weekend in the categories of music, popular classics and family entertainment. On Friday nights, movies about some of the best bands of all time will be featured for the Summer of Sound series. Popular Picks will be a staple for Saturday nights. Sunday matinees will be all about family fun and feature movies that everyone can enjoy. Various weekends in July and August (see below), The Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay St, Knoxville, 37902. Tickets: $20 adults, $8 children under 12/seniors 65 and up, and can be purchased online at tennesseetheatre.com or 865-684-1200.

Summer of Sound

• Friday, July 29: The Last Waltz

• Friday, Aug. 5: A Hard Day’s Night

• Friday, Aug. 19: The Song Remains The Same

Popular Picks

• Saturday, July 30: The Godfather

• Saturday, Aug. 6: The Big Chill

• Saturday, Aug. 20: Star Wars

Family Fun

• Sunday, July 31: The Sandlot

• Sunday, Aug. 7: Mary Poppins

• Sunday, Aug. 21: The Princess Bride

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