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VOL. 43 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 23, 2019

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AUG. 23-25 Bubba Fest: A fan celebration of American entertainment, sports and pop culture featuring Lee Majors, Steven Segal, Pamela Anderson, Chuck Norris, Dawn Wells and more. Meet celebrities, attend Q and A panels and photo ops. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information: www.bubbafest.com

AUG. 23-24

Teen driving

Each month, the Knoxville Police Department offers a teen defensive driving program called TRACK (Training, Responsibility, Awareness, Confidence, Knowledge). TRACK is a comprehensive, two-day defensive driving program. Students 16-19 years of age receive personal training from skilled, certified KPD defensive driving instructors both on the driving track and in the classroom. $125. Knoxville Police Department’s 18-acre driving track at the Phil Keith Training Facility located at 6388 Cement Plant Road. Upcoming session dates: Sept. 27-28, Nov. 8-9, Dec. 6-7. Information: www.knoxvilletn.gov/news/2019/defensive_driving_program_for_teens

SATURDAY, AUG. 24

Tour de Blühen

Blühen Botanicals, Dogwood Arts, DreamBikes, Hi-Wire Brewing, and Sunset on Central are partnering together for the inaugural Tour de Blühen, a Bikes & Blooms event. The bike ride will kick-off at 11 a.m. at DreamBikes. With stops at Hi-Wire Brewing, Island Home Park, and Blühen Botanicals along the way, the tour will ultimately land at Sunset on Central, a free music festival taking place at the Central Filling Station. Free. Information and to register: search Tour de Blühen.

Hummingbirds

The Ijams Nature Center presents the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mark Armstrong, a certified master bander, demonstrates how ruby-throated hummingbirds are harmlessly captured, weighed, measured and banded. Because ruby-throated hummingbirds are most active in the early morning, banding demonstrations take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or until the last bird is captured, so attendees should come early for the best chance to see a bird. The event also features nature talks led by expert gardeners, naturalists and birders, as well as visits with Ijams’ animal ambassadors, kids’ activities and crafts, and a marketplace featuring locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, plants and garden décor, as well as food trucks and a beer garden. At the end of each session, attendees will have the chance to win a Perky Pet Hummingbird feeder. Admission to the festival is $8 for ages 12+, $4 for children ages 5-11, and $20 per family (includes parents or guardians and up to four children). Children 4 and under are free. 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville. Information: http://ijams.org/find-ijams/directions/

Songwriters in the Round

The benefit is for Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) and features songwriters who have penned classics for some of the top names in music. Among the songwriters, Kyle Jacobs whose songs have been recorded by many artists including George Strait, Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. 6 p.m. At STAR, 11800 Highway 11E, Lenoir City. Information: www.rideatstar.org

Foothills Land Conservancy’s Summer Celebration

The event looks to the future and raises awareness for its mission – preserve, protect and enhance the landscape of the Southern Appalachian region. The event is held at the 265-acre RiverView Family Farm located along Fort Loudoun Lake. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Attire is summer casual. 5-8:30 p.m., $100-$250. The farm is at 12130 Prater Lane, Knoxville. Information: www.foothillsland.org

Summer Wines Party

CASA’s fundraiser will take place aboard the Volunteer Princess Cruise Yacht. The event features a variety of wines, summery foods and door prizes. Enjoy scenic views from two fully enclosed and climate-controlled decks. Boarding starts at 6 p.m. with boat launch at 6:30 p.m. Attire is summer chic casual. $75 per ticket. Volunteer Princess Cruises, 956 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville. Information: casaofeasttn.org.

Einstein Simplified 25th Anniversary

The comedy improv troupe will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two special shows at Scruffy City Hall at 7 and 9 p.m. City, county, state and federal officials are expected to commemorate Einstein Simplified’s 25th anniversary with proclamations to be presented on-stage. $5. Scruffy City Hall, 32 Market Square, Knoxville. Information: www.einsteinsimplified.com/index.php

SUNDAY, AUG. 25

Asian Festival

The sixth annual event features crafts, arts, and textiles of each participating Asian country, authentic Asian food, visual and performing arts, martial arts presentations and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville. Information: www.knoxasianfestival.com

TUESDAY, AUG. 27

Real Men Wear Pink

The official launch party celebrates its five-year reunion. Candidates raise funds for the Knoxville chapter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer before the annual walk in October. The 2019 walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, at World’s Fair Park. Real Men candidates can pick up fundraising materials and get registered. Free head shots of all current candidates wearing pink will be provided by Colby’s Photography. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; a cash bar will be available. Finn’s Irish Restaurant & Tavern, 9000 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information: bit.ly/makingstridesknoxville

THURSDAY, AUG. 29

Girl Scouts Trefoil Society

The luncheon will honor state Sen. Becky Massey. The Trefoil Society is a gathering of individuals who support the Girl Scouts with financial gifts. Donations are optional and welcome at the event. Attire is business or business casual. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cherokee Country Club

5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.girlscoutcsa.org

FRIDAY, AUG. 30

Clarence Brown Theatre Opening Night

If you loved Always Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels and Lost Highway, you don’t want to miss this Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Relive Dec. 4, 1956, in Memphis, Tennessee, when Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash hold an impromptu jam session at Sun Record Studios. 7:30-10 p.m.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave., Knoxville. Information: clarencebrowntheatre.com

SATURDAY, AUG. 31

UT Vols football

Season opener vs. Georgia State. 2:30 p.m. Neyland Stadium, 1235 Phillip Fulmer Way

Knoxville. Information: www.utsports.com

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4

Supreme Court Dinner

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its annual dinner to pay tribute to the justices of the Supreme Court. A cash bar reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Vicki Floyd Clark, who has devoted 30 years of her life to building capacity in organizations and inspiring community leaders. A noted speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer, Clark was trained by Dr. Peter F. Drucker and Frances Hesselbein and served as a member of Drucker’s training and consultation team. $50 per person; $500, table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information: www.knoxbar.org

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5

Endeavor Young Professionals

The 2019 summit is a celebration and gathering of the next generation of leaders in Knoxville, an initiative spearheaded by the Knoxville Chamber, to provide young professionals opportunities to engage, become empowered and get involved. The summit is held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes the Endeavor pre-party; breakfast, lunch, snacks and coffee; and happy hour access with two beer tickets, food, networking and entertainment. Attire is business casual or casual. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information:

www.knoxvillechamber.com

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

A Toast to the Arts: 2019

The gala is held by The Knoxville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and supports the citywide efforts to recognize Beauford and Joseph Delaney, world-renowned artists and Knoxville natives. Gala proceeds will fund the performance of “Beauford,” which will be presented in 2020 by Knoxville’s Marble Opera Company. The opera was commissioned by Gathering Light: The Delaney Project. Time: TBA. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville. Information: knoxvillelinksinc.org

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8

The Maker City 2019 Summit will offer a full day of inspiration, practical know-how, and dialogue about growing a successful business doing what you love. Whether you have an established business or just the beginnings of an idea, this day is for you. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Mill and Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave, attendees will hear collaborative panel discussions, workshops and keynote speakers. One-on-one sessions and small group discussions with industry experts will help guide you in specific disciplines like marketing, merchandising, storytelling, and social media. Information: http://themakercity.org/summit

MONDAY, Sept. 16

Golf tournament

Fox Den Country Club will host the Y-12 FCU Gives Foundation golf tournament with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The course is known for its perfect setup amid the backdrop of the stunning Smoky Mountains. Participants will enjoy lunch, a round of golf, a celebration reception and golfers will be treated to a player gift store voucher, prizes and much more. The Y-12 FCU Gives Foundation fundraiser will support the needs of organizations that focus on educational initiatives, health and wellness, and emerging community needs. Information: birdeasepro.com/y12gives/.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24

Startup Day 2019

The event is part of Innov865 Week, presenting Knoxville’s most investable startups and featuring its signature pitch competition, where East Tennessee startups can compete for cash prizes of up to $10,000. Mill and Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.innov865.com.

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