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VOL. 45 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 13, 2021

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Women’s Fund of East Tennessee Advocacy Forum IV. The organization will hold an advocacy forum to educate the community regarding issues affecting low-income women and girls in 25 counties of East Tennessee, specifically access to post-secondary education, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and issues relating to violence against women. The event will include wine and hors d’oeuvres; national, state and regional speakers; and an opportunity for audience Q&A. Attire is casual/business casual. Thursday, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, AUG. 20

Friends of Literacy Luau

The group will hold its annual Hawaiian-themed Literacy Luau and celebrate the Community Literacy Heroes with an evening of food, music and dancing. Each ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and one glass of wine or beer. Proceeds benefit the organization’s adult, child and family literacy programs. 6-9 p.m. $75 per person; $500 table of eight. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville. Information

Knox County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner

The event is an annual fundraising event for the Knox County Republican Party. The guest speaker will be Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a national student movement that identifies, organizes and empowers young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government. 7-9 p.m. $100, general admission; $250, VIP; $1,500, table of 10. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

SATURDAY, AUG. 21

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction 2021

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its 22nd class. The Hall of Fame Class of 2021, Debbie Brock (veteran player), Carol Callan (contributor), Swin Cash (player), Tamika Catchings (player), Sue Donohoe (contributor), Lauren Jackson (international player) and Carol Stiff (contributor), will be honored, along with the 2021 Trailblazers of the Game recipient, the 1980 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team. The honorees originally were set to be feted in 2020, but concerns about travel and the novel coronavirus pandemic postponed the event for a year, so the 2020 inductees became the 2021 inductees. An autograph session with the inductees will be held earlier the same day at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 11 a.m. Induction at 8 p.m. Tennessee Theatre, 604 Gay Street, Knoxville. Information

Over the Edge Knox Block Party

The Restoration House of East Tennessee will host a fundraiser on Market Street in downtown Knoxville. The free, outdoor, family-friendly block party will feature food, vendors, games, a rock-climbing wall, special children’s area, activities and more. Spectators will see “Over the Edge” participants rappel 16 stories down the side of Trotter/First Century Bank Building at 625 Market Street in downtown Knoxville. All proceeds from the event will benefit single-mother families in need. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Market Street, 625 Market Street, Knoxville. Information

Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Great Smoky Mountains host professional balloonists who will light up the Tennessee evening sky with an unforgettable glow. A spectrum of hope, happiness and color will cast over the breathtaking Smoky Mountain sunset like never before. The 2021 event will return to the Townsend Visitors Center and will feature food trucks and various local vendors and child-friendly activities like face painting and rock climbing. The night will end with a balloon glow from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Live entertainment, local crafters, food trucks are just a few of the activities for guests. Tethered balloon rides will allow attendees to ride and bask in the picturesque scenery from the hot air balloons, weather permitting. Festival admission is $5, and parking will be available for purchase in advance at $25 or on-site the day of the event. Tethered rides are now available at $25 per rider weather permitting. VIP packages are $150 per person. This includes festival parking, VIP shaded, premium tent seating, First Flight Tethered Rides, dinner by CJ’s Tacos, Beer and nonalcoholic beverage service, exclusive restrooms, and a commemorative festival T-shirt. Townsend Visitors Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. 4-10 p.m. Information

FRIDAY, AUG. 13
Knox County Democratic Party Truman Day Dinner
The Knox County Democratic Party will hold its annual dinner, which will feature former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat from Alabama as the special guest and keynote speaker. Jones also is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama who successfully prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members in 2001 and 2002 for the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four African American girls. Additional details and ticket information to come. 6-9 p.m. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.knoxvilledemocrats.org
Ijams Movies Under the Stars
Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema series continues with “Predator,” presented by Cherokee Distributing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Moviegoers are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. 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, 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. $10 per person or $36 for a family four-pack. Space is limited to 250 guests. Advance purchases recommended. Dogs 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. 2915 Island Home Avenue. Information: Ijams.org. Additional dates:  
Aug. 27: Mad Max Fury Road, Action/Adventure – R
Sept. 17: Wizard of Oz, Fantasy/Musical – G
Oct. 1: The Shining, Horror/Mystery – R
SUNDAY, AUG. 15
Marblegate: An Evening to Support Tremont
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will host a special fundraising event to honor Tremont’s history and build excitement for the future with the announcement of an expansion to a second campus. The event will include dinner, drinks and live music. The keynote speaker will be former U.S. senator and Tennessee governor Lamar Alexander. Attire: Summer chic, dressy or business casual. 5-8 p.m. $500 per person, $5,000 per table of 10. Tremont is a nationally recognized nonprofit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and provides more than 150,000 hours each year of transformative education programs that focus on experiential student learning and teacher development. Marblegate Farm, 308 McReynolds Road, Friendsville. Information www.gsmit.or
THURSDAY, AUG. 16
Women’s Fund of East Tennessee Advocacy Forum IV
The organization will hold an advocacy forum to educate the community regarding issues affecting low-income women and girls in 25 counties of East Tennessee, specifically access to post-secondary education, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and issues relating to violence against women. The event will include wine and hors d’oeuvres; national, state and regional speakers; and an opportunity for audience Q&A. Attire is casual/business casual. 5:45-7:30 p.m. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information: knoxart.org
FRIDAY, AUG. 20
Friends of Literacy Luau
The group will hold its annual Hawaiian-themed Literacy Luau and celebrate the Community Literacy Heroes with an evening of food, music and dancing. Each ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and one glass of wine or beer. Proceeds benefit the organization’s adult, child and family literacy programs. 6-9 p.m. $75 per person; $500 table of eight. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville. Information: friendsofliteracy.org
Knox County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
The event is an annual fundraising event for the Knox County Republican Party. The guest speaker will be Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a national student movement that identifies, organizes and empowers young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government. 7-9 p.m. $100, general admission; $250, VIP; $1,500, table of 10. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.knoxcountygop.com
SATURDAY, AUG. 21
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction 2021
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its 22nd class. The Hall of Fame Class of 2021, Debbie Brock (veteran player), Carol Callan (contributor), Swin Cash (player), Tamika Catchings (player), Sue Donohoe (contributor), Lauren Jackson (international player) and Carol Stiff (contributor), will be honored, along with the 2021 Trailblazers of the Game recipient, the 1980 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team. The honorees originally were set to be feted in 2020, but concerns about travel and the novel coronavirus pandemic postponed the event for a year, so the 2020 inductees became the 2021 inductees. An autograph session with the inductees will be held earlier the same day at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 11 a.m. Induction at 8 p.m. Tennessee Theatre, 604 Gay Street, Knoxville. Information: www.wbhof.com/plan-your-experience/2021-induction-ceremony/
Over the Edge Knox Block Party
The Restoration House of East Tennessee will host a fundraiser on Market Street in downtown Knoxville. The free, outdoor, family-friendly block party will feature food, vendors, games, a rock-climbing wall, special children’s area, activities and more. Spectators will see “Over the Edge” participants rappel 16 stories down the side of Trotter/First Century Bank Building at 625 Market Street in downtown Knoxville. All proceeds from the event will benefit single-mother families in need. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Market Street, 625 Market Street, Knoxville. Information: therestorationhouse.net
Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Great Smoky Mountains host professional balloonists who will light up the Tennessee evening sky with an unforgettable glow. A spectrum of hope, happiness and color will cast over the breathtaking Smoky Mountain sunset like never before. The 2021 event will return to the Townsend Visitors Center and will feature food trucks and various local vendors and child-friendly activities like face painting and rock climbing. The night will end with a balloon glow from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Live entertainment, local crafters, food trucks are just a few of the activities for guests. Tethered balloon rides will allow attendees to ride and bask in the picturesque scenery from the hot air balloons, weather permitting. Festival admission is $5, and parking will be available for purchase in advance at $25 or on-site the day of the event. Tethered rides are now available at $25 per rider weather permitting. VIP packages are $150 per person. This includes festival parking, VIP shaded, premium tent seating, First Flight Tethered Rides, dinner by CJ’s Tacos, Beer and nonalcoholic beverage service, exclusive restrooms, and a commemorative festival T-shirt. Townsend Visitors Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. 4-10 p.m. Information: gsmballoonfest.com.

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