Don Sproles Memorial Wine & Shine. This benefit for the Volunteer Ministry Center will feature wine and Sugarlands Distilling moonshine tastings, gourmet food, live music, and silent and live auctions. Humorist and longtime News Sentinel columnist and humorist Sam Venable will serve as master of ceremonies. VMC’s programs support its twofold mission of facilitating permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and providing services to prevent homelessness. VMC operates four main programs: The VMC Resource Center, The Bush Family Refuge, Minvilla Manor and The VMC Dental Clinic. Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. $70 per ticket. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information



Wesley House

The Community Center and friends of the agency will hold a morning of fellowship and discuss the programs and how to make an impact on the community. Doors open at 6:45 a.m.; the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. For questions or to RSVP, contact Kristy DuBose at 865-524-5494 or at Middlebrook United Methodist Church, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Information

JULY 19-20

Teen driving

Each month, the Knoxville Police Department offers a teen defensive driving program called TRACK (Training, Responsibility, Awareness, Confidence, Knowledge). TRACK is a comprehensive, two-day defensive driving program. Students 16-19 years of age receive personal training from skilled, certified KPD defensive driving instructors both on the driving track and in the classroom. $125. Knoxville Police Department’s 18 acre driving track at the Phil Keith Training Facility located at 6388 Cement Plant Road Upcoming session dates: Aug. 23-24, Sept. 27-28, Nov. 8-9, Dec. 6-7. Information


Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction

The Hall, established in 1982, celebrates sports and serves as a significant fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Ten individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for achievements in athletics, media, coaching, sports administration and officiating. David Cutcliffe, the head coach of Duke football and former Tennessee offensive coordinator, will be the guest speaker. Hospitality begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The induction ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information


Summer Soiree

All event proceeds benefit Provision CARES Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity committed to excellence in education, wellness, research and patient assistance for cancer patients in East Tennessee. Master of ceremonies Ted Hall, WVLT-TV, will host this fun event with food, music and libations, along with a silent and live auction and other specialty events. 6 p.m. silent auction and tastings, 7:30 p.m. dinner and live auction. Individual tickets are $125; Sponsorships begin at $1,500. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information


Play like a kid

The third annual Adult Field Day benefiting Girls Inc of TN Valley- Knoxville allows teams of 4-6 people to compete in a series of individual and team games to earn points to ultimately be crowned kings and queens of the field. $30/player and must have a full team in order to compete. Hexagon Brewing and Food Trucks will be on-site and guests can attend to watch the fun unfold. 4-8 p.m. Suttree Landing Park, 901 Langford Avenue. Information

Positively Living Summer Swing

This year’s theme is “Sultry Savannah Nights’’ and includes cocktails, southern Savannah style fare, live band and live auction. $75-$165. 7-11 p.m. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave. Information


Ladies of Charity

Summer Swing is an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit. The primary mission of Ladies of Charity is service to the poor. Areas of special focus include emergency assistance, requests for food, clothing, housing, education in English as a Second Language and medical needs, as well as an emphasis on the care of infants. An evening of entertainment, dining and silent auction that will entertain you and your friends with casino tables at a beautiful location. Tickets are $100 and tables of 10 are available.6-10 p.m. Crescent Bend House & Gardens 2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

The Blind Pig

Junior Achievement hosts its sixth annual beer, bacon and barbecue classic, a summer fundraiser for the organization and “A Party with a Purpose.” The event is for ages 21 and up and features food, beverages, moonshine tasting, music and auction. The Press Room 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. 5:30-9 p.m. Information


Tomato Jam

A fundraiser for Nourish Knoxville includes a drinks competition featuring some of Knoxville’s best bartenders and East Tennessee’s finest tomatoes. Knoxville bartenders will create their best tomato-based cocktail and patrons will get samples of 8 cocktails, then vote for their favorite. Brunch bar will be provided by local producers, and coffee provided by Three Bears Coffee Company. General Admission: $40, No Cocktails: $10, VIP: $75. VIP Ticket gets you early access at 11:30 a.m., access to seating and tables in the mezzanine with special treats, and swag bag of local products. 21 and up, doors open to general admission at noon. All proceeds go to further the mission of Nourish Knoxville: to cultivate healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers and the public. Mill & Mine, 227 W Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information


Girl Talk

The organization’s signature event, now in its seventh year, is held every summer to create awareness of its mission and involve the community in a fun-filled evening benefit. The event includes a cocktail reception, dinner, program, fashion show, live entertainment and dance party. Professional women and young members of Girl Talk will walk the runway with poise, confidence and elegance. Attire: Dressy or black tie. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $10 per person, $1,000 table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information

Feast with the Beasts

Now in its 25th year, the event supports Zoo Knoxville with food, libations and live entertainment. Ticket price includes food, drink and entertainment. Open only to guests 21 and older; photo ID is required. 7-10 p.m. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Information


Sertoma Center Annual Auction and Dinner

Now in its 21st year, the annual charity auction and dinner is one of the Sertoma Center’s top fundraisers. Enjoy a fiesta of exotic cuisine, cocktails, auctions, entertainment and dancing. Attire: Latin casual. 5 p.m. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

History Fair

The East Tennessee Historical Society will hold its 10th annual event, featuring a living history timeline, live music, historic crafts demonstrations, historical and genealogical groups from across the region, children’s crafts and activities, Davy Crockett’s birthday party, walking tours of downtown, trolley tours to Knoxville’s historic homes, tours of underground Gay Street, “History Hound” dog costume contest, free museum admission, vintage film festival at the Tennessee Theatre, checkers tournament, antiques fair, art exhibits, miniature battles, traditional foods, book sales, farmers’ market and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event takes place at the East Tennessee History Center and downtown Knoxville locations. East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Information

Second Bell Festival

The all-day festival celebrates the riverfront community of South Knoxville. Music, comedy, improv, food and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Suttree Landing Park, 901 Langford Ave., Knoxville. Information


Asian Festival

The sixth annual event features crafts, arts, and textiles of each participating Asian country, authentic Asian food, visual and performing arts, martial arts presentations and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information


UT Vols football

Season opener vs. Georgia State. 2:30 p.m. Neyland Stadium, 1235 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville. Information

MONDAY, Sept. 16

Golf tournament

Fox Den Country Club will host the Y-12 FCU Gives Foundation golf tournament a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The course is known for its perfect set-up amid the backdrop of the stunning Smoky Mountains. Participants will enjoy lunch, a round of golf, a celebration reception and golfers will be treated to a player gift store voucher, prizes and much more. The Y-12 FCU Gives Foundation fundraiser will support the needs of organizations that focus on educational initiatives, health and wellness, and emerging community needs. Information