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VOL. 45 | NO. 22 | Friday, May 28, 2021

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Free family fun. Starting June 2, the Knoxville Office of Special Events and Parks and Recreation will host free Kid A’ Riffic Fun in the Park in eight city parks. Families are invited to participate in crafts, games and other activities on Wednesdays in June and July, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No registration is required. Information

June 2: Suttree Landing Park, 1001 Waterfront Drive

June 9: Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Rd

June 16: World’s Fair Park, World’s Fair Park Drive

June 23: Lakeshore Park, 6410 Northshore Drive

June 30: Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, 620 Winona St

July 7: Holston River Park, 3300 Holston Hills Rd

July 14: Adair Park, 1807 Adair Dr

July 21: West Hills Park, 7624 Sheffield Dr

July 28: World’s Fair Park

JUNE 4-OCT. 1

Ijams Movies Under the Stars

Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema will welcome back movie lovers to the lawn for its outdoor movie series, presented by Cherokee Distributing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., starting June 4. Moviegoers are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch a blend of popular comedies, action, fantasy and horror films on the hill in front of the Ijams Visitor Center throughout the summer and early fall. Doors open at 7 p.m., and movies begin at dark. In the event of inclement weather, movies will be shown under a large tent at the Ijams Homesite, which is a short walk from the Visitor Center. Meals, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase from food trucks and the Ijams beer garden. No coolers or outside alcohol is allowed. Tickets are $10 per person or $36 for a family four-pack. Space is limited to 250 guests to ensure proper physical distancing. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended; walk-up tickets may not be available due to limited audience size. Dogs get in free, but must be leashed at all times. Guests will be asked to wear a mask at check-in and in all common areas, but may remove masks once seated on the lawn. Ijams Nature Center is at 2915 Island Home Avenue. Information

Schedule:

June 4: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Family/Action/Sci-Fi – PG

June 18: Jurassic Park, Sci-Fi/Adventure – PG-13

July 2: Predator, Action/Sci-Fi – R

Aug. 13: Beetlejuice, Comedy/Fantasy – PG

Aug. 27: Mad Max Fury Road, Action/Adventure – R

Sept. 17: Wizard of Oz, Fantasy/Musical – G

Oct. 1: The Shining, Horror/Mystery – R

JUNE 4-6

Classic Cinema Matinee returns

The Tennessee Theatre is welcoming the general public back to the historic venue for the first time in more than a year. The theater will offer multiple weekend showings to accommodate attendees since capacity remains limited for COVID-19 safety. General admission seating is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open one hour before the showing. Masks will be required at all times when not eating or drinking. The three-movie series starts with “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Showtimes are Friday, June 4, 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 5, 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 6, 3 p.m. Tennessee Theatre organist Freddie Brabson will entertain the audience with a Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the shows. The series will continue with “The Phantom of the Opera” Oct. 24 and “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 12. Information

SATURDAY, JUNE 5

KARM Dragon Boat Festival

The 18th annual event draws corporate and community teams that compete for a variety of awards, while serving as a primary fundraiser for Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Teams of paddlers race 41-foot-long dragon boats to support the programs that KARM offers the homeless in the community. Teams pay a registration fee to enter. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Drive. Knoxville. Information

Zoofari 2021

It’s the 34th annual Zoofari. Each year’s celebration is themed after a species or special zoo initiative creating an ever-changing adventure. The 2021 event will be “Havana Nights” in celebration of the capering Cuban crocodile. The event includes cocktail hour, silent auction, sit-down dinner, live auction, entertainment and dancing. Funds raised from Zoofari support the zoo’s animal care, animal conservation and education programs. 6:30 p.m. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Information

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