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VOL. 42 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 18, 2018

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The Great Conversation. An event by United Way of Greater Knoxville to bring young professionals together with Knoxville’s top business and community leaders. The event, hosted by the Young Leaders’ Society, features food, drink and conversation. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike. Attire: business/business casual. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Information: www.uwgk.org

THURSDAY, MAY 24

Concerts on the Square

Knoxville’s live music series on Market Square includes jazz on Tuesdays. Variety Thursdays will feature the following acts every Thursday, from 7-9 p.m.:

-- May 24: The Ville Band

-- May 31: Frontier Band

-- June 7: Ensemble Swing Time

-- June 14: Square on the Square

-- June 21: Josh Cottrell

-- June 28: Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute

All Concerts on the Square events are free, including parking for motorists entering city-owned garages after 6 p.m. No alcohol or food will be sold on Market Square proper, although 14 restaurants – many with patios – are located on the Square. Information: www.knoxvilletn.gov/concerts.

Preservation Power Luncheon

Knox Heritage will hold its second annual event to celebrate National Preservation Month, share updates on preservation progress in Knoxville, hear from a national expert on how to truly transform historic neighborhoods and announce the 2018 Fragile and Fading list of local historic places in peril. Attire is business casual/casual. 11:30 a.m. $15 per ticket; $100, table of eight. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information: www.knoxheritage.org

THURSDAY, MAY 31

Sports Awards

The second annual Knox News awards will honor area high school athletes at a red carpet gala. Randall Cobb, a Maryville native who plays for the Green Bay Packers, will be the guest speaker at the event. The red carpet opens at 6 p.m.; awards show begins promptly at 7 p.m. No food will be served at the event; soft drinks and water will be sold on-site. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Information: www.knoxnews.com

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Tremont event

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will hold a “Discover” benefit luncheon at River Terrace at Lakeshore Park in Knoxville. The guest speaker will be Milton Chen, Ph.D., who on his 50th birthday was named a Jedi Master by George Lucas. He is senior fellow and executive director emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit that develops innovative K-12 learning. Chen also was director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, helping develop Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. The Tremont Institute offers education programs and experiences for children and adults. Lakeshore Park, 5930 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.gsmit.org

Community School of the Arts

The school hosts its annual reception and silent auction for its Side/By/Side student exhibit with mentor artists at Bennett Galleries in support of the organization. The auction, which serves as a fundraiser for the organization, begins at 5 p.m. and ends promptly at 8 p.m. Bennett Galleries 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.csaknox.org

Arrowmont’s Starry Night

Formerly called Shine, Wine & Dine, the event features an evening of fun, live music, fine arts and crafts, live and silent auctions and food and wine. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. auction and 7:30 p.m. dinner and dancing. The event is held at Arrowmont under a clear tent and stars. Festive spring attire is encouraged. 5:30 p.m., $175 per ticket; $1,500 per table. Information: www.arrowmont.org

Statehood Day

A celebration at Blount Mansion will feature a cocktail supper, silent auction and live music. 6:30 p.m. $125 per person. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.blountmansion.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Zoofari

Zoo Knoxville will hold its annual event with the theme of “Jungle Boogie” in celebration of the Silvered Leaf Langurs. Cocktails, silent auction and entertainment begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 8 p.m. A live auction starts at 9 p.m. with after-party and live music at 10 p.m. $500 per person, $5,000 table of 10. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Information: www.zooknoxville.org