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VOL. 42 | NO. 15 | Friday, April 13, 2018

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Women’s Fund. The luncheon, now in its seventh year, will be held in honor of the late Betsey Bush on Thursday. The event features a well-known speaker, music, lunch and the presentation of the annual grant award winners. The 2018 speaker will be best-selling author Karen Spears Zacharias whose novel, “Mother of Rain,” received the “Weatherford Award for Best Appalachian Fiction.” The luncheon serves as a benefit for low-income women and girls across 25 counties in East Tennessee in the areas of education, life and work skills and showcases the impact of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee. Individual tickets are $250, and a limited number of $150 tickets are being made available to nonprofit organizations serving low-income women and girls. Lakeshore Park, 5930 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.womensfundetn.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

UT football

The Orange & White game includes a fan day and other activities before the game. Kickoff is 2 p.m., and the game marks the culmination of spring practice. Parking and admission are free. Neyland Stadium, 1235 Phillip Fulmer Way. Information: www.utsports.com

THROUGH APRIL 30

Dogwood Arts Festival

Dogwood Arts promotes & celebrates the art, culture and natural beauty of our region. In 1947, New York newspaper reporter John Gunther, came into town, checked out the area, then returned to New York and wrote “Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. Its main street is called Gay Street; this seemed to me to be a misnomer.” In 1955, members of the Knoxville Garden Club, led by Betsey Creekmore, Martha Ashe and Betsy Goodson, along with a group of concerned citizens with a vision began a civic beautification project… the Dogwood Trails.
This year’s events:

  • Through April 30 – Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens & Camera Sites
  • April 14 & 15 – Featured Gardens
  • April 21 – Chalk Walk
  • April 27-29 – Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square
  • April 28 – Art Slam at Dogwood Arts Festival
  • In April – Hikes & Blooms and Bikes & Blooms
  • All April & throughout 2018 – Walking Trails
  • June 1-30 – Regional Art Exhibition
  • November 3-4 – Dogwood Art DeTour

THROUGH APRIL 22

Dragon Lights Festival

Chinese lantern festival features over 40 larger-than-life lantern displays. Thousands of sculptural and light components make this event a true visual treat. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly. Fee: $10.50 and up. Chilhowee Park & Expo Center, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave. Information: www.chilhoweepark.org

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

Pigs & Politics

Enjoy the aroma of BBQ and live music while visiting with federal, state and Blount County elected officials and mid-term candidates in a relaxed atmosphere at the Blount Partnership’s Pigs & Politics Legislative Day. 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus. Tickets are on sale for $35 for the public, $25 for Blount County Chamber members, $10 for students with ID and ages five and under are free. Information: www.blountchamber.com

SATURDAY, May 12 (registration open)

Run in the mud

The sixth annual Mudder’s Day Madness 5K Mud Run at Montvale is set for May 12 and is limited to 1,000 total participants with spots filling quickly. This year’s event features youth pricing, new trails, more mud, new obstacles, family friendly activities, and food trucks. The course is a challenging 5K course with many hills and obstacles along the way, as well as rocky, slippery, uneven terrain throughout but is suitable for all fitness levels. Participants can run as individuals or as part of a team. The events will have two waves with the first starting at 10 a.m. and the second at 10:20 am. Waves will include individual competitors and teams. All teams must cross the finish line together. Cost is $35 through April 22 then $45 through May 6. Cost is $25 for youth 17 and under until April 22 and then $30 through May 6. No online registration after May 6. Race day registration will be available only if spots are available and cost is $45 for everyone. Teams are not allowed to register or make changes on race day. All event proceeds benefit Harmony Family Center and their service to children through foster care, adoption, and post adoption counseling and programs. Information: harmonyfamilycenter.org