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VOL. 42 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 9, 2018

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Executive of the Year. The FEI annual award recognizes contributions to company growth, leadership and community involvement by top financial executives in the Knoxville area. Honorees are selected in three categories: large, medium and small business. 6 p.m. $50 per person; $750 sponsored table of 10, Holiday Inn Downtown World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, NOV. 16

Hillbilly Ball

A fundraiser for WDVX, features silent and live auctions, drinks, seated dinner and live music by Billy Strings. Attire: hillbilly best. 6 p.m. $85 per person. The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information

Les Trois Chefs 2018

The signature food-and-wine-pairing event is an annual benefit for Childhelp Tennessee. Signature cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner at 8 p.m., including entertainment and live auction. The 2018 chef is Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen in Nashville. The event raise funds to support the programs and services of Childhelp in East Tennessee, which provides forensic services, medical exams and mental health counseling for victims of child abuse. $250 per ticket; $2,500, table of 10, Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information

Young Professionals Impact Awards

The event honors local businesses that empower and promote young professionals in the categories of small, medium and large business and nonprofit, along with Outstanding Young Professionals and Mentor of the Year awards. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres begin at 6:30 p.m. Each member of YPK gets one free ticket. $45 per person, $50 at the door. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information

TUESDAY, NOV. 20

Holiday preview

The Festival of Trees preview party kicks off the start of the popular event that turns the Knoxville Convention Center into a holiday wonderland. The party will feature entertainment, dancing, carousel rides, silent auction, holiday foods and cash bar. Guests can view the trees and holiday decorations and decide on purchases. Attire is festive holiday wear. 7-9 p.m. The Festival of Trees event runs Nov. 21-25. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, NOV. 23

Regal Celebration of Lights

Bands, caroling, marshmallow roasting, lighting of the Christmas tree, sparkling lights, train rides, choirs, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and lighting of the 42-foot tree in Krutch Park Ext. Music, carolers, train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, marshmallow roasting and more. Market Street will have children’s craft activities, Home Depot’s Little Elves Workshop, and the opportunity to make cards to send to soldiers with ‘Cards for Heros’ by the American Red Cross. Kids can enjoy a ride on a miniature train down Gay St. Live music by the Blue Line Blues begins at 5:30 p.m., tree ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Krutch Park, Market Square. Information

Let’s skate

Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice, the city’s annual open-air ice skating rink in Market Square, opens and continues through Dec. 16. Enjoy skating under the stars and twinkling lights while listening to music every night. The rink is located in front of the Knoxville Chamber at 17 Market Square. The rink will be closed during inclement weather. Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice. Adult: $11, Children Age 12 & Under: $8. Nightly events: Monday: Skate with the Knoxville Ice Bears and Chilly; Tuesday: Skate with Peppermint Panda; Wednesday: Christmas Sweater Night; Thursday: College Night; Friday & Saturday: Skate to disco lights and DJ music provided by Knox Vegas DJ; Sunday: Family Fun Day. Information

FRIDAY, NOV. 30

Christmas at Chilhowee Park

The event celebrates the season with the lighting of the tree at the Park Bandstand. 6-9 p.m. There will be live music and many free activities. Come build a gingerbread house with Austin East Culinary Arts Department. We will have train rides for all ages, pictures with Santa Claus, hot cocoa by All Occasion Catering, face painting, and balloon animals and The Muse Knoxville and Home Depot will have a special activity. Information

Hope Luncheon

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will hold its fourth annual 360° of Hope event. The luncheon will feature a festive holiday menu catered by Café 4 and a program emceed by Jim Wogan. The featured speaker will be Tom Ferriter, CEO of Bush’s Beans, who will provide insight into the food industry giant and discuss how to give back to the community we all call home. Attire: business/business casual. 11:30 a.m. $50 per person, $500 table of 10. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

A Christmas Carol

Clarence Brown Theatre presents this annual holiday class, with traditional carols, stunning costumes, gorgeous set and memorable characters. 7:30 p.m. Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Information

SATURDAY, DEC 1

Knoxville Opera Ball

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

Heritage Holiday Home Tour

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center presents homes decorated for the holidays. Tours are at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Transportation will be provided by the Heritage Center on the tour buses. Homes featured this year include: “Riverside Rest” The Kim and Randy Shultz home on the Little River featuring two buildings that were connected to create one fascinating home. “Vin Mercedi Maison” (Wine Wednesday House) The Kris and Doug Dickman home is recently completed but features many antique touches. “Way Mews” The Debbie and Richard Way cantilever barn home located next to the Barn Events Center of the Smokies. “Historic Oaks” The Kathryn and Rick Barrow home is built on land originally deeded to John Myers by Governor John Sevier after the War of 1812. “The Abbey” The recently transformed business owned by Janice and Steve Fillmore from a chapel into a pub. The Heritage Center will be the beginning point and ending destination on the tour. 23 Cromwell Dr, Townsend. Information

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

Santa on parade

The annual WIVK Christmas parade will start at 7 p.m. on Church Avenue near the Coliseum, then turn right onto Gay Street, then turn right onto Jackson Avenue and will disband in the Old City past Barley’s. Bands, dancers, lighted floats, characters and Santa Claus parade down Gay Street and brings fun holiday spirit to all. Information