Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Friends of Knox County Public Library: Used Book Sale

  • August 4, 2022 — August 6, 2022

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Literature, reading, writing

Future Book Sales:

• Karns Branch: August 4 and 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Powell Branch: September 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Farragut Branch: September 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Fall Sale at Central United Methodist: September 29-October 1 (Members-Only Day September 29), 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

https://www.knoxfriends.org/

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Crafting an Ode: Finding Joy in the Unexpected

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

AUGUST PROGRAM VIA ZOOM: MAGGIE BLAKE BAILEY
Thursday, August 4, 7:00 PM

Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Foundry, Psaltery & Lyre and elsewhere. Her full-length debut, Visitation, is available from Tinderbox Editions, and her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press. Expect to learn how to find that ode in you and put it on paper.

A graduate of Stanford, Oxford, Brown, and Sewanee Universities, Maggie lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young children, and two golden retrievers.

We are on Zoom with our programs until September, so please register for the Zoom link (available soon) on the KWG website: https://knoxvillewritersguild.org.

UT Arboretum Society: Put Down Your Pesticide

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

Every bug has a purpose. Did you know that very few caterpillars reach their mature size because birds gobble them down? It is estimated that one pair of chickadees must find 6,000 caterpillars to feed one brood of fledglings. Carpenter bees pollinate tomatoes. Flies pollinate pawpaws. Gnats pollinate Jack-in-the pulpits, while hummingbirds eat gnats. Ants plant trillium seeds and flickers eat ants. Cardinals eat adult beetles, while brown thrashers eat their grubs. It is a complicated and intricate circle of life. The list goes on and on.

Join local naturalist, Stephen Lyn Bales, as we learn about why “Bugs are Not Bad” at the UT Arboretum Society’s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. EDT. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link. Register at www.utarboretumsociety.org. This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please note this program is scheduled on Eastern time. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at mcampani@utk.edu with any questions or registration issues. To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at hellostephenlyn@gmail.com

Authors Guild of Tennessee: Meeting

  • August 4, 2022

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

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information: www.authorsguildoftn.org

Ijams Nature Center: Bird Nerd Speaker Series

Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family and Science, nature

Aug. 2 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

​Aug. 6 - "The Mystery of Monarchs" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, as he gives you an inside look at one of this region's longest migratory fliers - the monarch butterfly!

​Aug. 9 - "Identifying Local Birds of Prey" (6-8 pm)
Join naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for an evening dedicated to learning the skills to easily identify Knoxville's local birds of prey.

Aug. 11 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

Register in advance https://www.ijams.org/ijams-hummingbird-festival

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

Tax-free weekend: Food & Food Ingredients

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

This year, Tennessee has not one, but three tax free holidays! They range from clothing and school supplies to groceries and even gun safety equipment. Dates:

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Gun Safes & Safety Equipment
August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022: Food & Food Ingredients

Qualifying gun safes for the sales tax holiday have locking containers equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock or other device to store guns securely. This sales tax holiday runs until June 2023, so there is plenty of time to make your purchases.

The new grocery sales tax holiday is welcome especially with the rising cost of food. Best of all, this sales tax holiday will last the entire month of August. A good rule of thumb for this sales tax holiday is if you can find it in a grocery store, it’s included. However, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements and prepared food will not be tax free. Keep in mind that food purchased at a “micro market or vending machine” is subject to sales tax. The state estimates this sales tax holiday will save Tennesseans more than $80 million.

Art Exhibition by Alan M. Jones (Theophilus) and Xavier Maurice Jones

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring works by father and son!

AUGUST 1-31, 2022
BURLINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY
4614 ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY, KNOXVILLE, TN 37914
EXHIBIT IS VIEWABLE DURING LIBRARY HOURS
MON, 10:30AM - 8PM; TUE-THU, 10:30AM-5PM; FRI-SAT, 1-5PM

RECEPTION WILL BE HELD THURSDAY ~ AUGUST 25 FROM 5PM TO 7PM

Ijams Hallway Gallery: COMMA - Natural Elements & Flights of Fancy

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

In the Ijams Visitor Center

COMMA Art Group presents two exhibitions:
Natural Elements: Artworks inspired by and related to Nature
Flights of Fancy: Artworks celebrating Hummingbirds
Reception: 1-3pm, Saturday, August 13, 2022, following the Hummingbird Festival

COMMA Art Group was founded in 2004 by award-winning former and current art teachers who meet weekly to create plein air artwork. Participating artists are: Phyllis Ball, Nancy Campbell, Gay Nell Gray, Judy Jorden, Cheri Jorgenson, Shelley Mangold, Martha Robbins, Caitlin Seidler, Valerie Sigmon, Carol Vinson, Suzanne Wedekind, Owen Weston, and Jackie Spaulding-Wright.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Suite Surrender

Category: Theatre

By Michael McKeever and directed by Barry Wallace

Fri. Jul 22nd 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Jul 23rd 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Jul 24th 2022, 3:00 pm
Thu. Jul 28th 2022, 8:00 pm
Fri. Jul 29th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Jul 30th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Jul 31st 2022, 3:00 pm
Thu. Aug 4th 2022, 8:00 pm
Fri. Aug 5th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Aug 6th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Aug 7th 2022, 3:00 pm

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999, www.theatreknoxville.com

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo After-Hours

Category: Culinary arts, food, Kids, family and Science, nature

Come enjoy our extended After-Hours from 5 PM – 8 PM every Thursday! These evenings are free for members or with a general admission ticket. The Splash Pad is open all day and evening! The carousel and train will also be open and providing free rides! NEW, every After-Hours Thursday we will now have a DJ in the Plaza! Come out and dance to the beats! Each month will feature a special menu and local draft beer.

Thursdays 5-8 PM
Member Admission - Free
General Admission - Free with Zoo Ticket
https://zooknoxville.org/event/zoo-after-hours-2/

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

Tennessee Stage Co: Knoxville Shakespeare As You Like It

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

Thu-Sun at 7:30 PM at Ijams Nature Center
Camp chairs recommended

Join us at Ijams Nature Center July 20th through August 7th for Knoxville Shakespeare's "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare, directed by Allison Crye. Love triangles (that's kind of like an octagon), forests, and fools! We look forward to seeing you soon. Keep an eye out for notifications for when you can get your hands on some tickets!

www.tennesseestage.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/408141327445375

Tri-Star Arts: Aerial by Mary Laube

  • July 15, 2022 — September 3, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the next exhibition in their main gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A solo show, Aerial, featuring recent work by artist Mary Laube of Knoxville, Tennessee opens Friday, July 15, 2022 and will run through Saturday, September 3, 2022. This show also features a new music video with the Warp Whistle Project (Mary Laube + Paul Schuette).

A public reception will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022 from 5:00- 8:00 pm (artist in attendance). Laube will participate in a Q&A conversation with Brian R. Jobe (Director, Tri-Star Arts) prior to the reception on Friday, September 2 at 3:30pm in the main gallery.

Mary Laube (born Seoul, Korea, 1985) is Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her MFA (2012) from The University of Iowa, and her BFA (2009) from Illinois State University. Past exhibitions include Ortega y Gasset Projects (NYC), VCU Qatar (Doha), Monaco (St Louis), The Spring Break Art Show (NYC), and Coop Gallery (Nashville). Artist residencies include Yaddo, Wassaic Project, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Stiwdeo Maelor in Corris, Wales. Past publications include Art Maze Mag, Maake Magazine, and New American Paintings. In 2019, Mary received the Contemporary Visual Art Bronze Award from AHL Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Warp Whistle Project, a collaborative duo with composer Paul Schuette. Together, they make work that merges kinetic stage sets with music performance.

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information: https://tristararts.org/visit

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