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VOL. 41 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 17, 2017

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An Evening with Amy Greene. Friends of the Knox County Public Library and The Library Society of UT Knoxville will host an evening with author Amy Greene at the East Tennessee History Center. Greene will present the 2017 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture. Greene is the author of two novels, Bloodroot and Long Man. Copies of her books will be available for purchase. The author will sign books after the lecture. Thursday,  7-8:30 p.m. East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Information: www.knoxfriends.org/news-events/amy-greene

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

McNabb Center Spirit Award Dinner

The dinner will honor Joe and Melinda Connell, the 2017 award recipients. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 865-329-9030, visiting the website or emailing beth.farrow@mcnabb.org. 6-9 p.m. $200 per ticket; $2,000, table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Knoxville. Information: http://www.mcnabbcenter.org/

SATURDAY, MARCH 25

Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble

The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble (TCDE) will hold its annual benefit with an evening of pop-up dance performances and fun at Zoo Knoxville amid the animals. The event features live music, barbecue, drinks and a silent auction of items donated by businesses and artists. Proceeds benefit TCDE’s “Children Helping Children,” a community cultural and minority enrichment program. 6-10:30 p.m. $50 per person. 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville Zoo. Information: www.tcdedance.org

Top Chefs

The 10th annual Top Chefs, presented by Cityview, features 10 executive chefs from the Knoxville community competing to be named the 2017 Top Chef. Guests sample one entree and dessert from each chef, then rate the dishes on their ballot. The event also offers wine tastings, live music and silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. 6-9 p.m. $125. Lighthouse Knoxville, 6800 Baum Drive, Knoxville Information: www.cityviewmag.com

TUESDAY, MARCH 28

An Evening of Barbeque and Bidding

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will hold the 6th Annual Evening of Barbeque and Bidding fundraiser, a H.A.B.I.T. (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) event to raise money to support the mission of providing animal-assisted activities. The event features barbecue, craft beers, wine from Chateau La Paws, silent and live auctions and music by the Grassroots Gringos. 5-7 p.m. $50. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information: www.vet.utk.edu/habit/index.php

MARCH 30

Under the Big Top

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County will hold an event to benefit the organization, which provides books for children. The event, called “Under the Big Top,” will feature carnival-themed games, food and drinks, entertainment and a live auction. 6:30- 9:30 p.m.$100 per ticket; $1,000, table of 10. Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.bit.ly/ImaginationLibraryKnoxCounty

MARCH 31

Cancer Support Community’s Artitude

“Artitude” is a celebration of courage and survivorship by the Cancer Support Community East Tennessee. The evening features music, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, cash bar and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind, up-cycled and unique works for home and garden created and crafted by local and regional artists. The 2017 event has partnered with Dogwood Arts to offer an art-making component whereby guests can screen print T-shirts and tote bags with a predetermined design. 6-9 p.m. $50 per ticket. Cherokee Mills, 2200 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville. Information: www.cancersupportet.org/tickets-special-events

Sequoyah Elementary Foundation Benefit

The annual Sequoyah Elementary Foundation Benefit, now in its 11th year, helps to fund educational programs for students at Sequoyah Elementary School. The event features online, silent and live auctions, food, drinks and live music.6:30-11 p.m. $50. Cherokee Country Club 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.sequoyahfoundation.org/events.html

APRIL 21-23

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

The eighth annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival is set for April 21-23 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. The weekend event, organized by the Townsend Artisan Guild, offers over 40 instructional classes by fiber arts professionals, family activities, demonstrations, live animal displays such as Angora rabbits, sheep and goats, and the always-popular Marketplace of Vendors. Nearly half of the 40 classes are new for 2017. These include more extensive instruction on crochet, including crocheting socks and Get Squared™; lace, mosaic, and double knitting; Southwest and Russian spindles; fiber fusion; plant based dyeing; weaving; e-commerce for the artist and more. Information: www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Deadline for Knoxville Photo 2017

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fifth annual Knoxville Photo 2017. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 7-28, 2017. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and additional hours for special events. The deadline for photo entries to be received is Sunday, April 23, 2017. Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition. Information: application at www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo-entry.