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VOL. 45 | NO. 19 | Friday, May 7, 2021

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Third Creek Clean Paddle. Keep Knoxville Beautiful is hosting the event, which will be a land and water cleanup of Third Creek and the greenway at the UT Gardens. Volunteers will have the option to clean the banks and greenway or utilize a kayak or paddleboard in the water. The Knoxville Adventure Collective will provide seven tandem kayaks and paddleboards for volunteers to use. Volunteers also are encouraged to bring their own. KKB will provide trash bags, gloves and litter grabbers. All volunteers will receive a limited-edition T-shirt designed by students of the Haslam College of Business. Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-noon at the UT Gardens, 2518 Jacob Drive. Information

SATURDAY, MAY 15

Heritage Happening Gala and Auction

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host its annual event with live entertainment from performers T.G. Sheppard and T. Graham Brown, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. GSMHC is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving, interpreting and sharing the rich cultural heritage of the Smoky Mountains. The event also will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the center. 5-9:30 p.m. $150 per person. Hilton Knoxville Airport, 2001 Alcoa Hwy., Alcoa. Information

THURSDAY, MAY 20

Spring Cirqtacular

The Rotary Foundation of Knoxville will host the annual event at Zoo Knoxville with an amazing mix of Cirque performances and zoo animals, along with food and drinks. Ticket prices, sponsorship levels and a website with additional information will be available soon. Attire is cocktail or dressy. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Information

FRIDAY, MAY 21

Arrowmont’s Starry Night

The school will host “Starry Night,” an evening of food, wine, art, conversation, live and silent auctions and fun. Guests will experience music and entertainment in a virtual format while dining on an exquisite meal delivered to their homes before the event. Sponsorships start at $1,500, including dinner, advertising and more. For sponsorship questions, email Fran Day at fday@arrowmont.org. Additional details to come. Information

SUNDAY, MAY 30

Caribbean Jerk Festival

Knoxville’s inaugural festival will present food, fun and fellowship with eclectic Caribbean cuisine, musical acts, reggae artists and activities, including a children’s area. The festival will raise awareness of Caribbean culture and serve as a benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and Ladies of Charity. Noon-8 p.m. $20 per ticket, $150 VIP. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information

TUESDAY, JUNE 1

Tennessee 225th Celebration

Blount Mansion, “the birthplace of Tennessee,” is partnering with the City of Knoxville, fellow members of the Historic Homes of Knoxville and Visit Knoxville for a celebration of the Volunteer State’s 225th birthday. The event will begin with a short procession led by Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps, students from South Knoxville Elementary School and interpreters in 18th century attire. The procession will begin at James White’s Fort and end at Blount Mansion where Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will share remarks. Guests will enjoy free MoonPies and other Tennessee-themed refreshments. The celebration is free and open to the public. Attire: Casual, business casual, business. 1:30-3 p.m. 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 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

FRIDAY, JUNE 18

KMA Summer Kickoff Party

The museum will host a party to benefit its operations and educational programs. The event features heavy hors d’oeuvres by Holly’s Eventful Catering and live music from The Atlanta Showstoppers party band. Dressy casual attire. 7-11 p.m. $125 per person. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

SATURDAY, JUNE 19

MLK Parade and Juneteenth

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Parade, in partnership with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s Juneteenth Celebration, will hold the MLK Parade. The route will begin at Chilhowee Park, 3300 E. Magnolia Avenue, run through Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and end at Dr. Walter Hardy Park. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and step-off will start at 10 a.m. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration will kick off in the park following the parade. Dr. Walter Hardy Park, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Knoxville. Information

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