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VOL. 43 | NO. 37 | Friday, September 13, 2019

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The LATINO Awards. Honoring those who serve the East Tennessee community and is Centro Hispano de East Tennessee’s annual fundraising event. Enjoy traditional Latin American food and music and a silent auction Attire: business casual/business/dressy/cocktail. Centro Hispano, a nonprofit educational organization in Knox County and surrounding areas, supports the integration of the growing Latino community and provides information and referral services, workforce development and adult education programs, and educational programs for children, youth, and families. Thursday, 5-9 p.m. $100-$1,000. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19

Power of the Purse

A benefit for Knoxville and Knox County’s Mobile Meals program includes purses and auction items donated by the community and local businesses, and attendees can purchase the purses at “Purse Madness.” The event also includes light dinner fare, cocktails, silent and live auctions, VIP corner and jewelry corner. Attire is business/business casual. 5-8 p.m. $50 per person. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

A Little Night Music

A fundraising event by the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus, now in its fifth year, includes drinks, musical program, silent and live auctions and dinner. A $100 ticket includes dinner and one complimentary drink ticket. A $150 VIP ticket includes complimentary beverages all evening, VIP cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and early access to the silent auction. Attire: Dressy or cocktail. 7-11 p.m. The Amphitheater at World’s Fair Park, 954 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20

Pat Summitt Foundation event

Taste of Turkey Creek offers the opportunity to sample craft beer, wine and dining from nearly two dozen Turkey Creek restaurants. The event, which also features a silent auction and a kids’ corner, is a benefit for The Pat Summitt Foundation. Guests will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dishes as participating restaurants compete for the People’s Choice Silver Knife Award. 6-9 p.m. $100, VIP with early entrance; $25, general admission; $10, children, 6-12. Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, 11251 Parkside Dr., Knoxville. Information

East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

The 16th annual gala is a benefit for Friends of Literacy and honors outstanding local writers for their work and celebrates the richness and diversity of the written word in East Tennessee and includes dinner and a cash bar. A VIP meet and greet with the writers begins at 6 p.m. for attendees at a hosted table of 10. The writers being inducted in 2019 include Rhea Carmon, Elizabeth Genovise, Paul Harrill, Michael Lofaro, Karen E. Reynolds, Jamie Satterfield, Alan Sherrod and Kim Trevathan. 6:30 – 9 p.m. $100 per person; $1,000, table of 10. Historic Southern Station, 306 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24

Startup Day 2019

The event is part of Innov865 Week, presenting Knoxville’s most investable startups and featuring its signature pitch competition, where East Tennessee startups can compete for cash prizes of up to $10,000. Mill and Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Bluejeans, Ballet & Bell Bottoms

A casual evening of dinner and dance begins with dinner and drinks on the lawn of the Clayton Center Plaza at 6 p.m., followed by the Appalachian Ballet Company performance in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall at Clayton Center for the Arts. The 2019 theme the 1960s and 1970s, featuring the music of Queen, Buffalo Springfield, Don McLean and more. Seating is limited. Reservations are required: 865-981-8590. $100. Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Information

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26

2019 Celebration of Philanthropy

The East Tennessee Foundation event is held every two years to host fundholders and professional advisors and recognize professional advisors who demonstrate extraordinary philanthropic leadership by presenting them with the Key to Philanthropy Award. The event is presented by The Trust Company of Tennessee. 5-7 p.m. RSVP. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville. Information

Jazz, Baby!

The event includes hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and live music by Vance Thompson, founder of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra founder, who will lead an ensemble of local jazz musician friends. The nonprofit enhances the potential of infants and young children with disabilities by offering support to families and early intervention with professionals. Organized by Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $75 per ticket, $600 table of 10. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Dr. Information

Shamrock Fest Kickoff

The party will officially kick off the 2020 Knox Shamrock Fest season. All previous years’ sponsors, participants, volunteers, fundraisers, supporters, patients and families are invited to event, which will feature free food, prizes and giveaways. 5:30-7 p.m. The two-day 2020 Knox Shamrock Fest is set for March 13-14, with the 2020 Lucky Kidney Run to be held March 14 at 10 a.m. RSVP requested. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Information

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27

Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

The luncheon will feature guest speaker David McClain, a National Geographic adventurer and member of the Blue Zone exploration team, which documents the Blue Zones – the five places in the world where people are most likely to live past 100 years. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Adventure, as well as Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, Skiing, Wine Spectator and Fortune. Sponsorships, reserved tables of 10 and individual tickets are available. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $125 per person, $1,200 table of 10. The event will take place along the French Broad River at Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Dr., Knoxville. Information

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28

Volunteer Expo

The event brings together community members who are eager to volunteer and organizations that have opportunities to get them involved. The expo includes multiple organizations representing a wide array of areas. Email info@volunteerETN.org for more information. 1-4 p.m. West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

Garden & Grape Wine and Food Festival

The inaugural event by the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance will offer handcrafted Tennessee wines paired with small plates from local restaurants, featuring cuts of Tennessee beef. Attendees must be age 21 and up. Bottles of wine also will be available for purchase to consume at the event or take home. Proceeds will benefit the UT Extension Institute of Agriculture. 2-6 p.m. $40-$50. University of Tennessee Gardens, 2518 Jacob Dr., Knoxville. Information

SEPT. 28-29

HoLa Festival

The event is a two-day celebration of diversity and a cultural salute to the East Tennessee community as part of the local celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The festival, which kicks off Saturday evening, features music, food, arts, crafts and more. This year marks the 19th edition of the HoLa Festival, which is free to attend. Food, drinks and crafts will be for sale. Saturday’s event is 7-120 p.m. Sunday’s festival time is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Market Square, Knoxville. Information

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29

Green Thumb Gala

The 10th annual event, a major fundraiser for the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, features silent and live auctions, garden tours, seated gourmet dinner, music and fine wines and spirits. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 5 p.m., followed by 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. live auction. Attire: garden party. $150 per person. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave., Knoxville. Information

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