Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

John T. O'Connor Senior Center: Poetry Performance by Marilyn Kallet

  • October 2, 2018
  • 2:30pm

Category: Literature & readings

Please note, the original date of October 9 has been changed to October 2.

2:30 p.m. the John T. O'Connor Senior Center will host a poetry performance by Knoxville Poet Laureate Marilyn Kallet. The theme is "How to Get Heat Without Fire: Love Poems for an Autumn Afternoon." This is a program of love and humor, for seniors and for anyone who still cares!

611 Winona Street, Knoxville, TN. Open to the public.
For more info: Sue Massingill:

O’Connor Senior Center: How to Get Heat Without Fire: Love Poems for An Autumn Afternoon

  • October 2, 2018
  • 2:30 PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Seniors for Creative Learning Presentation
With City of Knoxville Poet Laureate Marilyn Kallet

611 Winona Street, Knoxville 37917
Contact: Sue Massingill (865) 523-1135

UT School of Music: Taylor Brown; double bass

  • October 2, 2018

Category: Free event and Music

Taylor Brown; double bass
Guest artist recital; Taylor Brown is the principle bassist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Prior to his appointment to the CSO in 2012, Taylor was principal double bass of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra (OH), and was a section member of the Canton (OH) and West Virginia Symphonies. In addition to his orchestral and outreach work with the CSO, Taylor regularly performs with the Pittsburgh and Nashville Symphonies, and appears in concert with Intersection Contemporary Ensemble.

Natalie Haslam Music Center

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

UT School of Music: Chih-Long Hu; piano

  • October 2, 2018

Category: Free event and Music

Chih-Long Hu; piano
Faculty recital; Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano, Chih-Long Hu, will present a program including works by Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, and Rachmaninov.
Natalie Haslam Music Center

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

Church of the Ascension: Organ Recital by James Garvey

  • October 2, 2018
  • 7:30pm

Category: Free event and Music

Organ Recital by Mr. James Garvey Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
Ascension’s very own Director of Music Ministries, Mr. James Garvey, will present an organ recital on the Wilhelm organ in honor of the 30th anniversary of its dedication. Scheduled are a concerto by Bach, the trio sonata by Hugo Distler, Franck’s Choral in B minor, the Final to Jean-Pierre Leguay’s sonata, and pieces from Suite Bretonne and the Evocation suite by Marcel Dupré. The event is presented free of charge.

Church of the Ascension, 800 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-588-0589,

Zoo Knoxville: Senior Day with Free Admission

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Science & nature

Seniors age 65 and over are invited to enjoy free zoo admission and parking on Senior Day at Zoo Knoxville, presented by Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Seniors will also receive a 10% discount on annual passes good for an entire year of zoo visits and 10% off Zoo Shop purchases.

To receive free zoo admission and parking, visitors age 65 and over should check in at the Gentry Griffey tent located at the zoo’s front entrance and show proof of age.

Senior groups are encouraged to take advantage of Senior Day for an autumn outing.

“The love of animals is ageless,” says Zoo Knoxville CEO and President Lisa New. “We’re happy to partner with Gentry Griffey to give our senior guests the opportunity to experience the exciting things happening at Zoo Knoxville, including the new Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing at the Boyd Family Asian Trek.”

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Camera Club of Oak Ridge: 70th Photographic Salon

  • October 1, 2018 — November 2, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception and gallery walk, Fri Oct 5, 7-9 PM

The Camera Club of Oak Ridge is presenting the 70th Photographic Salon from October 1 to November 2 on the 2nd Floor of the Goff Building at RSCC. The show will feature images by East Tennessee photographers entered into a juried competition in 9 different categories from Abstracts to Wildlife. The opening reception on October 5 has a gallery walk and light refreshments. We are celebrating 70 years of this community event.

On display at Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge Campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave, Oak Ridge - Goff Bldg, 2nd floor. Hours: M-F 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 5 PM.

Find us on Facebook: “Camera Club of Oak Ridge”

Clayton Center for the Arts: Paintings by Aaron Carroll


Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Imaginary Friends, new paintings by Aaron Carroll, will be at Blackberry Farm Gallery at the Clayton Center for the Arts October 1 through 31. The Artist's Recemption will be October 26 at 6:00pm.

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

Lawson McGhee Library: 20 Years of Harry Potter Magic

  • October 1, 2018 — October 29, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

All Month at Halls & Burlington Branch Libraries

Calling all muggles and wizards! The Knox County Public Library celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter magic with an array of special Harry Potter-themed events. Be a part of Camp Hogwarts at Halls or join the muggles at Burlington for some wicked wizardry for all ages the entire month of October.

Camp Hogwarts @ Halls Branch

A History of Magic
Monday, Oct. 1 | 6 PM
Literary discussion and trivia night for adults!

Care of Magical Creatures
Thursday, Oct. 4 | 4 PM
(K & up) Ijams Nature Center will lead a "Magical Creatures" program. Registration required. Call 922-2552.

Creatorspace: Wandmaking 101
Tuesday, Oct. 9 | 4 PM
(10 & up) Introduction to wandmaking. We'll also have snacks. Registration required. Call 922-2552.

Tri-Wizard Trivia Tournament and Costume Ball
Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 6 PM
(10 & up) Wear your most fabulous Halloween regalia! Halloween snacks and prizes will abound.

Harry Potter Lego Club
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 3 PM
(K & up) Harry-themed LEGO play.

Harry Potter Party
Monday, Oct. 29 | 4 PM
(All Ages) Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and enjoy crafts and snacks!

Magic for Muggles @ Burlington Branch

Harry Potter Game Night
Thursday, Oct. 18 | 5:30 - 7:45 PM
Join us for a special edition of Burlington Game Night featuring Harry Potter games. Bring your wizard friends!

Harry Potter Adult Coloring
Monday, Oct. 22 | 5:30 - 7:45 PM
You're never too old to color! Burlington has the best coloring books around, from nature to Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Party: 20 Years of Magic
Monday, Oct. 29 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Put on your wizard robes for a Harry Potter extravaganza celebrating 20 years of magic! Prizes awarded for best costumes. For witches & wizards of all ages. To register, call 525-5431.

Angela Floyd Schools: Community Appreciation Week

  • October 1, 2018 — October 6, 2018

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance and Kids & family

October 1-6 is Community Appreciation week at Angela Floyd Schools. Free trial dance and music lessons for new and current students. Please call either location to secure your spot!

Angela Floyd Schools: West Location
10845 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37934

Angela Floyd Schools: North Location
6732 Jubilee Center Way
Knoxville, TN 37912

UT Printshop: Chakaia Booker and Justin Sanz Mono Prints

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Free event

In a pre-conference event that’s free and open to the public, Chakaia Booker and master printer Justin Sanz from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop will be working on a set of mono prints.

Dates: October 1-3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UT Printshop, located in Room 241 of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard.

Since the early 1990s, artist Chakaia Booker has been creating elaborate sculptures made of recycled tires to make statements on human diversity, environmental awareness, globalization, industrialization, and other topics. One of her recycled tire sculptures, titled Renegade, currently stands in Cradle of Country Music Park at the corner of Knoxville’s Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive. It was installed during the summer of 2018 as part of the Art in Public Places exhibition hosted by Dogwood Arts.

Now the Knoxville community will have a chance to meet and hear from Booker as she visits Knoxville for the 2018 Mid-South Sculpture Alliance(MSA) conference, being hosted by the UT School of Art. The three-day conference, featuring works by Booker and several other artists, will include a wide array of activities, with talks and lectures which are free and open to the public as well as workshops, demonstrations, and mentoring sessions that require registration and a fee. For more information about the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Conference, including a full event schedule and a map of venues, visit the MSA website. Links available at

Oak Ridge Art Center: 5th Annual Open Show 2018

  • September 29, 2018 — November 24, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Opening reception Sep 29, 7-9 PM with gallery talk at 6:30 PM and awards at 7 PM

Open Show is the Art Center's annual juried mixed media exhibition focusing on exceptional work being produced in our area. Anyone may enter. There are no size, media, or geographic limitations - it is open to all artists of all media.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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