Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Downtown Knoxville Boat Show

  • March 4, 2021 — March 7, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events

KNOXVILLE CONVENTION CENTER – 2021 BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE
Thur March 4th – 2pm To 8pm
Fri March 5th – 12pm To 8pm
Sat March 6th – 10am To 8pm
Sun March 7th – 11am To 5pm

SHOW ADMISSION
Single Day Admission: $12 | Weekend Pass: $20
Children 4-10 – $5
Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY this year

The safety and health of our attendees, exhibitors, dealers, and staff is our absolute top priority. Show officials are working with local, state, and federal officials and their guidelines to provide a safe and fun experience. The show will adhere to all Covid-19 guidelines for the upcoming show:
– Must wear a mask at all times.
– Social Distancing throughout the building
– Please stay home if you have any symptoms or are high risk.
– Hand sanitation stations will be spread through the building.
– Online Ticket sales only

http://downtownknoxvilleboatshow.com/

City of Knoxville: Diversity Business Expo

  • March 4, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

The City of Knoxville, with fellow members of the East Tennessee Purchasing Association, will host the Diversity Business Expo on Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 8:30 - 11 a.m. via the Lunchpool online conference platform.

This annual event is designed to connect minority-owned, women-owned, service-disabled veterans-owned and small businesses — collectively known as Diversity Business Enterprises (DBEs) — with area agencies that purchase goods and services ranging from $100 to $25,000. Participating agencies include several City of Knoxville departments, including Knoxville Police and Fire, plus the county governments of Knox and Blount, Knoxville Utilities Board, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, University of Tennessee, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and many others.

In the most recent fiscal year, the City of Knoxville spent more than $4 million with minority-owned businesses — 5.71 percent of the total expenditure.

The virtual Expo will allow participants to join each other at “tables,” make presentations about upcoming contract opportunities, speak directly with agency decision makers, and exchange contact information through virtual business cards.

“COVID-19 has left many feeling uncertain and financially strapped,” said Mayor Indya Kincannon, who will welcome guests by video. “Our efforts to support DBEs must be more robust than ever because we know as a community that we are all stronger when we work together.”

Continuing the Expo in a virtual format is part of that ongoing outreach.

"The Expo is multi-faceted and can benefit businesses in a number of ways,” says Pamela Cotham, head of the City's Small Business and Diversity Outreach Office. “Businesses will also be able to talk with small-business resource agencies like the Knoxville Area Urban League, SCORE and the Knoxville Chamber, as well as several general contractors interested in subcontracting on large projects.”

Admission is free, but registration is mandatory at https://2021dbexpo.questionpro.com by March 1. An optional orientation session will be held Feb. 24 via Zoom webinar for participants who would like to get familiar with the many functions of the Lunchpool platform before the Expo. Anyone with questions should contact Diversity Business Specialist, Luis Garcia, at 865-215-2293 or at DiversityBusiness@knoxvilletn.gov. Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend the expo should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact Title VI Coordinator Tatia M. Harris at 865-215-2831.

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Writing Funny

Category: Classes, workshops and Literature, reading, writing

Learn some basics of joke writing from stand-up comic Lisa Allen-Agostini of Trinidad and get tips on using humour in fiction, poetry and scripts. She walked away from a perfectly good career in journalism to tell jokes for a living. She'll read a bit of her darkly funny work and talk about how humour in her writing carries weighty themes like mental illness, intimate partner violence and child abuse. She'll also use a couple of her short videos as case-studies for turning funny ideas into funny scripts.

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, Mar. 3. You will receive an email from our webmaster with the link on the morning of the event.

Thursday , March 4, 7-8pm
Sign up today!
https://knoxvillewritersguild.org/events/mar21program/

UT Arboretum Society: Bird Nesting Virtual Program

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Science, nature

Spring is just a month away and it’s time for our feathered friends to “feather their nests.” After courtship, it is time for birds to settle down. From hummingbird to eagle, unless you are a killdeer, you build a nest. Some nests are minimal while some are built to last for years. Most are a wonderment of construction.

Join local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales via Zoom for this virtual presentation hosted by the UT Arboretum Society on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. Registration for this free online event is required. The format for this program will be Zoom. To register go to: https://utarboretumsociety.org/

You will be sent a link in your confirmation for program access. Please contact Michelle Campanis at mcampani@utk.edu with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn or buy one of his UT Press books go to hellostephenlyn@yahoo.com

Knoxville History Project: The Enigma of Eugenia

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Music

Thursday March 4 at 6:00 pm on Zoom

A woman who minded her own business kept everybody wondering—but left her hometown with a remarkable mansion. There remain many questions about Eugenia Williams (1900-1998), the reclusive heiress of Lyons View Drive, but thanks to new research and an ambitious renovation by the Aslan Foundation, we know more than we did a year ago.

Register for this Zoom: https://knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events/

Zoom Stability Class: Virtual Class to Improve Your Balance

  • March 2, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event and Health, wellness

This 30 minute class improves balance, strengthens joints, and includes fall prevention drills. Although this is a Silver Sneakers class, it is open to everyone, regardless of age. The only equipment required is a sturdy chair.

The first class will begin on March 2, 2:45-3:15 PM, and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays thereafter. More information or to receive a Zoom link, contact Don Parsley at spiritofthedragon01@gmail.com.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: March Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

Tue Mar 2, 10-12: Smorgasbord Class: Oil & Acrylic Painting with Debbie Toney. $20
Fri Mar 5, 5-7: Fun Friday Art Reception celebrating Debbie Toney
Tue Mar 16, 9:30: Monthly Members Meeting
Thu Mar 18, 1-4: Chain Maille Jewelry class, “Pleasingly Purple Bracelet,” with George Gallant, $55 + $20

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

UT School of Art: Viscosity: Women of Print

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

An exhibition featuring work by 25 contemporary women printmakers, opens Monday, March 1, in the Printmaking Showcase Gallery.

The theme of viscosity, flexibility, and fluidity of ink used in printmaking serves as the organizing principle for the portfolio. Dynamic viscosity, by definition, is the sheer stress and sheer rate of a fluid material. The push and pull of ink under pressure can result in the pulling of a perfect film of color and texture. However, the wrong body of ink can result in tearing, push, or saltiness of the color field and render the print an unsuccessful. Constant trial and error of different additives to the ink body can and will be made. It is only after failure, success, and time, do printers, begin to understand how the ink body will react under the pressure of the printing press.

The exhibition encompasses a variety of printmaking media, and includes work by alumnae Ericka Walker (MFA ‘10), associate professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art University and Deb Chaney (BFA ‘01) a Tamarind Master Printer based in Brooklyn, New York and Paris, France.

The gallery is located on the second floor of the Art + Architecture Building outside the print shop, room 241. The exhibition is on view through Friday, April 30.

Art and Architecture Building, Outside of room 241
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
https://calendar.utk.edu/event/viscosity_women_of_print#.YDPza-hKjct

Ijams Nature Center: Wildlife Rehabber Collection Event

Category: Festivals, special events, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

Ijams Take Action!: Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet is back, and it’s bigger than ever! Throughout 2021, you’ll find workshops, recycling events, and more to help you make a difference in the world.

March 1-31
Help Creatures Great and Small: Wildlife Rehabber Collection Event
Licensed wildlife rehabilitators work 24/7 to help injured or orphaned animals heal, grow and hopefully be released back into the wild. Help them accomplish this important work during this collection event!

https://www.ijams.org/wildlife-rehab-collection

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. www.ijams.org

Nourish Knoxville: Winter-ish Warmer

  • March 1, 2021 — March 27, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers, Health, wellness and Science, nature

This year's Winter Warmer will be a little later than in the past. Not quite spring, but Winter.....ish.
Some of your favorite things from our annual fundraiser are still happening: a delicious locally-sourced meal and a silent auction, plus a Good Sport Box in collaboration with The Central Collective!

How it Works:
Register at https://www.betterunite.com/NourishKnoxvilleInc-winter-ishwarmer2021
Purchase your meals and/or your Good Sport Boxes
Tune back in on March 19 - 26 to bid on silent auction items
Pick up all your treasures on March 27 between 1-4 pm at Real Good Kitchen

Each course will be lovingly prepared and packaged, and ready for you to put the finishing touches on at home and enjoy at your leisure! Omnivore and Vegan options are available. The Vegan meal option is also gluten-free, excluding the dessert. Email info@nourishknoxville.org to request a GF dessert option.

Starter by Jenna Baker of Cook to Be Well
Main course by Matt Gallaher of Knox Mason/Emilia*
*Vegan main prepared by Jenna Baker
Dessert by Emily Williams and Laurence Faber of Lesser Babka

The Good Sport Box is the brainchild of The Central Collective owners Shawn Poynter and Dale Mackey, and was created in March 2020 as a way to stay connected with our community, support local makers, and help sustain their business in a time when owning a community event venue is especially challenging. Built on the success of their Good Sport events, in which people bought tickets to an unspecified event, the GSB is a curated collection of items by local makers, sort of an adult grab bag! We're excited to collaborate with The Central Collective on this Local Food Edition, compiling a mystery box of local foods, and a few food-adjacent crafts that you can add on to your meal or purchase as a stand along item as a part of Winter-ish Warmer! Each box will be different, so get one or more! Some of the items are made by fine local businesses such as Lirio Chocolate, All-Sum Foods, and McQueen Pottery, to name a few!

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club: Spring Checkpoint Ride

  • March 1, 2021 — March 21, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Can you make it to all 20 checkpoints? What will be more difficult…riding or decoding the clues? Time will tell!

Join us for our Spring Checkpoint Ride! We’ll be celebrating the coming of longer days, drier trails, and the 4th trip around the sun for our presenting sponsor and longtime supporter SoKno Taco Cantina! The ride will celebrate our spring riding opportunities both on and off trail, explore new destinations over the course of 3 weeks in this COVID friendly fundraiser for AMBC. We’re dedicated to educating trail users as well as building and maintaining the trails here Knoxville.

Passport Pickup and ON SITE registration @ SoKno Taco – March 1st – March 21st
Open Daily from 11am – 11pm
Don’t want to go inside? No worries – Order some tacos and margs to-go and add on a passport!

For just 10 Bucks you get:
Passport containing clues for 20 checkpoints
The chance to win great prizes
5+ checkpoint stamps = 1 entry into the Prize Giveaway
10+ checkpoint stamps = 3 entries into the Prize Giveaway
ALL 20 checkpoint stamps = 5 entries into the Prize Giveaway
3 weeks of fun in March

https://ambcknox.org/spring-checkpoint-ride-march-1st-march-21st-2021-presented-by-sokno-taco/

Ewing Gallery: 74th Annual Student Art Competition Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

On display in the Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture March 1 - 10
Featuring work by UT students

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu

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