MLK Leadership Awards. The annual luncheon honors people who have made a difference in the community and includes a keynote speaker. The noon Thursday event is part of the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission of Greater Knoxville celebration, the largest consortium of MLK events in East Tennessee. The MLK Special Awards will be presented. The Leadership Educational Symposium is held prior to the luncheon from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information


Snow Day

The 11th annual event is a benefit for CAC Beardsley Community Farm, will feature five performances by a diverse group of musicians, a soup contest between some of Knoxville’s finest restaurants and a silent auction. Tickets include all-you-can-eat soup. Children under 8 are admitted free. 7 p.m. $15 person in advance, $20 at the door. The Mill & Mine 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information


Doc Rock

The 13th Annual KAMA benefit supports local charities. The event, which began in 2006, is a “battle of the bands” where at least one member of each band is a physician. Attendees vote for their favorite band, and proceeds are distributed to designated charities based on number of votes. 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or at the door; VIP tickets are $100 per person. The International – Knoxville, 940 Blackstock Ave., Knoxville. Information

UT men’s basketball

Vols vs. Alabama. 2 p.m. Thompson-Boling Arena. Phil Fulmer Way, Knoxville. Information

Oak Ridge MLK forum

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission partners annually with the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. 6:30 p.m. Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave. Information

Race against Racism

Celebrate diversity by joining in for a 5K run, 1-mile walk or kids’ fun run. YMCA Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 124 S. Cruze Street. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Information

Family Fair

The third annual MLK Kids and Families Fair, held at the Blount County Public Library, 5714, 508 N. Cusick St, Maryville, is sponsored by Blount County United, Blount County Showing Up for Racial Justice, St. Paul AME Zion Church, Blount County NAACP and Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Begins at 1 p.m. The drop-in style, family-oriented event is for children of all ages and will offer a variety of fun activities and educational displays to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as other issues and topics related to race and identity, the historical and modern context of race/racism in the U.S., and how we can all work together to promote racial justice. Free and open to the community. Information


Music and more

A Night with the Arts Tribute/Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Carpet Bag Theatre. A multi-faceted artistic presentation is a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision. With singers, actors, dancers, poets and the MLK Holiday Celebration Choir. 6-8 p.m. Tennessee Theatre. Information


MLK Annual Parade

8:30 a.m. line up at Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park – Midway Entrance on N. Beaman Street with route to the Overcoming Believers Church on Harriet Tubman Street. Parade 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with Memorial Tribute at Overcoming Believers at noon. Information

Blount County MLK March

Parade marchers are asked to assemble at the MLK Center, 209 East Franklin Street, in Alcoa, at 12:45 p.m. The annual MLK Day March, honoring the peaceful protests that Martin Luther King, Jr. led across the South, will begin at 1 p.m. at the MLK Center and end at the Clayton Center for the Arts. At 2 p.m., the MLK Celebration Program will begin in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The keynote speaker is Bob Booker, author and former executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville. The MLK Celebration Choir will perform. The event is free and open to the community. Information


Books Sandwiched In

Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Zach McKenney for a consideration of “Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein,’’ at noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street. “Amy Goldstein provides a harrowing account of the human consequences of plant shutdowns and the rippling effects that they have throughout affected communities,” McKenney says. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. McKenney is a lecturer at the University of Tennessee. Information


Green & Gold Gala

The event, hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs, is the premier fundraising event at Knoxville Catholic High School. Featuring cocktails, silent and live auctions, dining, dancing and music. 6 p.m. $100 per person. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information

Evergreen Ball

A celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its supporters with Friends of the Smokies. The event features cocktails; dinner; silent and live auctions; and live music. 6 p.m. $500 per person, table of 10, $5,000. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information

JAN. 29-30

Veterans and Business

The two-day event includes a dinner with keynote speaker Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC retired, on Friday with entertainment by Lee Greenwood, at 6:30 p.m. and an Expo and Veteran Job Fair on Saturday, 10:30-3:30 p.m., providing the opportunity for the veteran business owner to connect with other veteran-owned companies, chambers of commerce, elected officials, government agencies, active duty and retired military personnel and veteran-focused nonprofits. Dinner $70 for members of the TN Veterans Business Association, $85 for non-members. The job fair is free to attend. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information


Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast

The event held by the Knoxville Chamber, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Blount Partnership, outlines the legislative priorities of the region. Registration will be done by 7:30 a.m. $30 chamber members; $40 non-members. Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Information

Pellissippi fundraising

The college hosts its “Campaign for Pellissippi State Kick-Off Event” at two campus locations in Knox and Blount counties. The first kickoff will be held at 10:15 a.m. at 10915 Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville, with the second one at 10:45 a.m. at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville. The event is open to the public. Sign up online to reserve a spot at either campus. Information


Snowflake Ball

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Office on Aging will hold the annual event, now in its 11th year, which is a significant fundraiser to benefit the Senior Companion Program. A Snowflake Ball King and Queen will be recognized. 6 p.m. $45 for early bird registration; $60 day of the event. Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave. Knoxville. Information

The Red Shoe Gala

CASA of East Tennessee’s annual event, now in its seventh year, features a Wizard of Oz theme of “There’s No Place Like Home” with signature cocktails, beer and wine, dinner, desserts, silent auction, dancing and live music by The Coveralls. Red shoes are encouraged. All proceeds benefit CASA of East Tennessee to improve the lives of abused and neglected children through trained volunteers who advocate for safe, permanent, loving homes. 7 p.m. $100 per person/$180 per couple until Jan. 12; Afterwards $115/$200; $1,000, table of eight: $200. The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information