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VOL. 42 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 09, 2018

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Connect Knox Speaker Series. Bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, renowned for his reporting and analysis of complex issues. He offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change. The series focuses on creating conversations and connecting people. A meet-and-greet will be held from 5-5:45 p.m., with the speaking event starting at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend but space is limited, and tickets are required. Thursday, Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information: www.connectknox.com

FRIDAY, FEB. 16

Women & Philanthropy

A luncheon will be held as part of the 10th annual Women & Philanthropy Program. The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. Complimentary admission for the University of Tennessee Alliance of Women Philanthropists; guest tickets are $40. The luncheon, which is held noon-2 p.m., will include: UT President Dr. Joe DiPietro, ‘Celebrating 20 Years of Giving;’ Dr. Margaret Perry, 2018 Brenda Lawson Legacy of Leadership Award Honoree; and 2018 Giving Circle Grant Award Presentation. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.utfi.org/alliance

SATURDAY, FEB. 17

Tennessee Winter Beer Fest

The event celebrates its seventh year at The Carriage House Restaurant in Townsend, 3-8 p.m. The beer festival benefits New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. Breweries that will be in attendance for the 2018 event are Fanatic Brewing Company, Depot Street Brewing, Yee-Haw Brewing Company, Balter Beerworks, Crafty Bastard Brewery, Blackhorse Brewery, Schulz Brau Brewing Company, Blackberry Farm Brewery, Gypsy Circus Cider Company, Pretentious Beer Company, Black Abbey Brewing Company, Last Days of Autumn Brewing, Clinch River Brewery, Gatlinburg Brewing Company, Abridged Beer Company, Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House, Hutton & Smith Brewing Company, Hexagon Brewing Company, Red Silo Brewing, Mill Creek Brewing Company and Calfkiller Brewing Company. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tennesseewinterbeerfest.com for $60. The ticket price includes a commemorative glass, beer and dinner catered from Miss Lily’s Catering in Townsend. Designated driver tickets can be purchased for $30 which also includes dinner. Information: www.tennesseewinterbeerfest.com

Knoxville Heart Ball

The annual gala celebrates the work and mission, donors and volunteers, and the lives saved and improved because of efforts of the American Heart Association. The event includes cocktails, silent auction, seated dinner and entertainment. Tables of eight are available for $5,000; individual tickets are $300 per person and will be sold in early January on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2018 event also will have a “Late Party” from 9 p.m. until midnight for $75 a ticket. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Tickets and information: beverly.miller@heart.org, 865 293-5104, bit.ly/americanheartassociationknox

CCI Experience

The University of Tennessee College of Communication & Information will hold its 10th annual CCI Experience Diversity Banquet. Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.cci.utk.edu

Martinis and Movies

The gala, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Knoxville Chapter, includes red carpet runway; entertainment; dinner; bar, including signature martinis, beer and wine; silent and live auctions; and an award show recognizing the accomplishments of the “Rising Stars,” who have been chosen on the basis of leadership, volunteer roles and business excellence. The gala is hosted by the Knoxville Professional Leaders for a Cure. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive. Information: www.cff.org/knoxville/

TUESDAY, FEB. 20

Orchid Awards

The annual fundraiser for Keep Knoxville Beautiful honors the Knoxville and Knox County buildings and outdoor spaces that beautify the local landscape. The event includes music, silent auction, reception with complimentary beer and wine, dinner and awards ceremony. 6-8:30 p.m. $85 per ticket. The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org

FRIDAY, FEB. 23

Cookie Creations

The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians will hold its annual fundraise to officially kick off the cookie season. The event features bluegrass music and cookie-inspired dishes paired with beer from Balter Beerworks. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.girlscoutcsa.org

FEB. 23-24

Akima Club Charities Cabaret

The club’s major biannual, two-evening fundraiser is at the Bijou Theatre. Dinner and dancing to follow at the downtown Marriott. Cash bar available. Tickets available for full event or show only. Schedule: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 7 p.m. show; dinner and dancing follows, $150 total; $50, show only. Saturday matinee, Feb. 24, 2018, 2 p.m. show, $50. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2016, 7 p.m. show; dinner and dancing follows, $150 total; $50, show only. Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Information: www.akimaclub.org

TUESDAY, FEB. 27

Knoxville City Council Meeting

Regular meeting in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. 6-9 p.m. 400 Main St., Knoxville. Information: knoxvilletn.gov

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Luncheon at the Gate

Harbours Gate will hold its fourth annual fundraising luncheon with keynote speaker Randy Boyd, a gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee. The luncheon is free to attend, and donations will be sought at the event. You can reserve tables of eight or individual seats at www.harboursgate.org or by calling 865-679-8610. Harbours Gate offers recovery and wellness programs to those in need and assists underprivileged youth, among other services. 11:30-1 p.m. Reservations needed. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Information: www.harboursgate.org

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Game on Against Cancer

Thompson Cancer Survival Center will host a benefit, the proceeds of which support Thompson Cares, a fund that assists cancer patients in financial need with basic living expenses. The event includes the chance to play on home gaming equipment, live music, refreshments, silent auction and the opportunity to challenge local celebrities and media personalities in games of table tennis, billiards, foosball, air hockey, blackjack, shuffleboard and darts. 6-10 p.m. $50 per ticket. Games & Things, 10706 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.thompsoncancer.com

Winter Warmer 2018

Nourish Knoxville will hold its third annual fundraising dinner, and the menu will be a celebration of the winter harvest in East Tennessee, featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared by Knox Mason and Emilia Chef and Owner Matt Gallaher. Vegetarian option available by request. 6:30-10 p.m. $75. Parking available in lot directly across the street from The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.nourishknoxville.org

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

Job Fair

The Blount County Chamber of Commerce, working off its mission statement to promote economic growth, is hosting a job fair sponsored by Blackberry Farm, M Force Staffing, Pellissippi State Community College and Staffing Solutions, 2-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee building, 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville. Anyone looking for a job or wanting career development opportunities is invited to attend. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. In addition to full and part-time positions, this job fair is designed for internships and service opportunities as well. Any business or company interested in participating can reserve booth space which includes one eight-foot table, two chairs and table linens if needed. The fee is $160 for Blount Chamber members and $210 for non-members. To reserve booth space or inquiry about sponsorship. Information: Deborah Nye at 865.983.2241 or email dnye@blountpartnership.com and www.blountchamber.com