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VOL. 41 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 13, 2017

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Writers Hall of Fame. Friends of Literacy will honor five of East Tennessee’s best writers at the 14th Annual East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. Call 865-549-7007 for sponsorship information or email Melissa at melissa@friendsofliteracy.org. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $100 per ticket. Lunch and meet and greet with authors. Lighthouse Knoxville, 6800 Baum Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.friendsof literacy.org/

THURSDAY, Oct. 19

Benefit for CCAHT

Welcome Home is the Community Coalition against Human Trafficking’s largest annual fundraising event. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy beer and wine until the program and dinner begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will conclude by 7:30 p.m. $100 per ticket; $1,000, table sponsorship. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.ccaht.org/

FRIDAY, Oct. 20

‘Way Late Play Date’

The Muse Knoxville will host “Way Late Play Date: Marvel vs. DC Comics,” a 21-years-old and up event, to bring out the kid in everyone, by exploring the science behind the two powerhouses of the comic book world from high-tech gadgetry to super powers. The event also features a costume contest, science show, photo booth, trivia and “Super Hero” competitions and science Activities A ticket includes three 6-ounce brewery samples, non-alcoholic beverage, special event cup and all activities. Proceeds benefit the Muse for All scholarship fund. 7-10 p.m. $20 per ticket. Schulz Bräu Brewing Company, 126 Bernard Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.themuseknoxville.org/

TUESDAY, Oct. 24

Dinner of Hope

Knox Area Rescue Ministries’ annual fundraiser features a reception and silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by seated dinner and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Emily Colson, author of the award-winning book, “Dancing with Max.’’ $100 per person, $1,000 table of 10. For more information, contact Angie Beaty at 865-633-7643 or abeaty@karm.org. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.karm.org/

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25

Awards Gala

The Big Wig awards recognize the “unsung heroes” of advertising – printers, photographers, coders, digital analysts, support and other behind-the-scenes professionals. 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Emporium Center, 100 S Gay St #201, Knoxville. Information: www.aafknoxville.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 26

Equal Opportunity Awards

The annual event, held on the fourth Thursday of October, is the Knoxville Area Urban League’s most significant fundraising event of the year, and a celebration of the Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, Corporate Leadership and Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement award winners. The evening is a celebration with food, fellowship and top-flight music.5:30-9:30 p.m. $200 per person, $2,000 table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center. 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information: www.thekaul.org/

‘Blingo’ Fundraiser

Making Strides against Breast Cancer’s fundraiser will benefit the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer prevention, treatment and cure initiatives. Light hors d’oeuvres, specialty desserts and “Pinked Out” coffee bar will be provided. Tickets are limited and include event admission, food, non-alcoholic drinks, one complimentary multi-round game card and a special pink surprise. A full cash bar with pink drink specials will be available. $30 in advance; $40 at the door. 7-9 p.m. Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St., Knoxville. Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/blingo-a-ladies-night-style-event-with-prizes-that-bling-tickets-37816226351

FRIDAY, Oct. 27

Opera season

Knoxville Opera will celebrate its 40th Anniversary season, including a gala concert on Oct. 27 at the Bijou Theatre. The concert is presented by Dr. Sharon Lord (includes induction of eight new members into the Knoxville Opera Hall of Fame).

Other events on the calendar are:

-- Feb. 23, 25: Puccini’s fantastic Chinese fable, Turandot, at Knoxville Civic Auditorium

-- April 14: 17th annual Rossini Festival (free to public)

-- May 4, 6: Verdi’s Egyptian epic, Aida, at Knoxville Civic Auditorium

-- For a complete calendar, cast biographies, and information about Knoxville Opera Guild events, please visit the Opera’s website, www.KnoxvilleOpera.com.

East Tennessee Preservation Awards

This year’s awards will be presented at the annual 2017 East Tennessee Preservation Conference. The awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and projects contributing to historic preservation efforts within the 16-county East Tennessee Preservation Alliance region, including Knox County. $25. CDF Haley Farm, 1000 Alex Haley Lane, Clinton. Information: www.knoxheritage.org/etpa/conference/

HearthScares Ball

The annual event, now in its seventh year, is one of the best Halloween parties in Knoxville with a costume ball, best costume contest, silent auction, dancing and food, wine and beer. James White’s Fort, Knoxville’s First Home, will be converted into a 1700s graveyard on the west lawn. Must be 21 and over to attend. Tables of 10 also will be available for purchase. 7-10 p.m. $75 per person. Information: www.jameswhitesfort.org/event/7th-annual-hearthscares-ball/

Annual Monster Ball

The Harmony Family Center will hold a Halloween-themed “Party for a Purpose” to benefit the center’s programs for families and children, at-risk youths, adoptive and foster families, equine-assisted therapy and PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness and Support). The event features food, beverages, music, light show and more. Attendees must be 21 and over. Costumes encouraged.7:30-11 p.m. $40. Concord Marina, 10903 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.harmonyfamilycenter.org/

SATURDAY, Oct. 28

Knoxville Opera Ball

This major fundraiser of the Knoxville Opera Guild is an annual, elegant black tie affair and includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, gourmet meal, live music and dancing. 6:30 p.m. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.knoxvilleopera.com/opera-ball/

SATURDAY, NOV. 4

Grains and Grits

The second annual festival of Southern spirits and gourmet grub brings together whiskey lovers from around the state for the East Tennessee celebration of the new Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 26-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee organized by the Tennessee Distiller’s Guild. All 26 distilleries will gather for the celebration at the Townsend Visitors’ Center. Grains and Grits will be open from 6-9 p.m. with parking opening at 5 p.m. The Townsend Visitors’ Center is located at 7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend. Tickets for Grains and Grits are $65 online at GrainsAndGritsFest.com or $75 the day of the event. The festival showcases Tennessee whiskey legends, such as Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg and George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma, as well as craft distilleries like Old Forge Distillery in Pigeon Forge, Old Glory Distilling Co. in Clarksville and H Clark Distillery in Thompson’s Station. Information: www.grainsandgritsfest.com