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TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 Issue No. 6

KABOOM! . . Knoxville has been selected as a 2016 Playful City USA community by KABOOM! - a national nonprofit that honors cities and towns for taking bold steps to create more play opportunities for all kids. So far, three KABOOM! playgrounds have been built in Knoxville, including the fully-accessible Hank Rapeé Playground in Lakeshore Park, the KABOOM! playground next to The Muse in Chilhowee Park, and the playground at Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center. "Knoxville has remarkable natural resources that make it easy for us to promote play," said Mayor Madeline Rogero. "We've been fortunate to have numerous partners who share our commitment to invest in our youth's health. These — and many other favoring factors in our city — have positioned us to take great strides in making childhood an adventurous and active experience for kids." To learn more about the mission of Playful City USA, visit this link.

TREASURED STRUCTURES . . . Knox Heritage is a non-profit organization established in 1974 to preserve, restore and transform historic places - forever, for everyone. Knox Heritage is the only organization in the region that works every day to protect our treasured structures and places. Without this effort, many of our important buildings, along with the history and charm of the area, would have been demolished. Knox Heritage’s popular series of fundraising dinners, Summer Suppers, takes place annually in some of the region’s most spectacular historic places. Organized by host committees of volunteers who work together to plan every detail, this year’s dinners included an evening at the JP Penney Building on Gay Street and a summer solstice dinner at Speedwell Manor. Proceeds from the events go to further the mission of Knox Heritage. Three of the remaining dinners have space available! To book a dinner and check out more information about Knox Heritage, please visit this link.  
HEALING WATERS . . . Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began in 2005 serving wounded military service members returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, it has expanded nationwide. PHWFF Knoxville is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities.  Activities include education and outings with participants ranging from beginners who have never fished before, to those with prior fly fishing & tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All equipment is provided to the participants at no cost. Fishing trips, both one day and multi-day, are also provided free of charge to participants. It is about much more than a one-day fishing trip. For many participants, particularly disabled veterans, the socialization and camaraderie of the classes are just as important as the fishing outings, and provide them a new activity. Find out more about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Knoxville by visiting this link.

VOLUNTEERING WITH THE VOLS . . . University of Tennessee students are working with alumni on 16 service projects this month in seven states and the District of Columbia in a new "Volunteering with the Vols" initiative. In Knoxville, incoming freshmen, other students and alumni delivered flowers for Random Acts of Flowers and helped clean up the UT campus and Fort Sanders neighborhood with Keep Knoxville Beautiful. “We thought Volunteering with the Vols would be a great way to welcome our newest students to the Big Orange family and also introduce them to the Volunteer tradition of ‘bearing the torch’ of service to make our world a better place,” said Kari Alldredge, associate provost for UT enrollment management. To find our more about the Volunteering with the Vols project, including efforts in other cities around the country, please visit this link.

THE MUSE . . . Formerly the Discovery Center, The Muse Knoxville is a newly re-imagined space full of hands-on programs and learning experiences designed for kids of all ages! With almost 4,000 square feet of exhibit and play space, you are sure to find something that will inspire the love of learning in you, including building space to create cars & tiles; science exhibits like wind tunnels and microscopes; and "kid space," loaded with things to crawl through or climb on. The S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) powered museum also features a planetarium. Find out more about The Muse Knoxville by watching the short video at this link to their web site.

FLIGHTS OF HONOR . . . The Smoky Mountain Veterans Golf Classic was held on July 11th at Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa. All proceeds will benefit HonorAir. The program honors East Tennesseens who are World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans by providing flights to visit War Memorials in Washington, DC. The golf tournament had over 90 registered players, along with other golfers that came to honor local veterans. The Classic also featured 28 sponsors that donated to help the cause. The next HonorAir flight is scheduled for October 5, 2016. To find out more about HonorAir, see video from past flights, and find out what you can do to help, please visit this link.


PAT SUMMITT FOREVER . . . Pat Summitt announced in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Sadly, her public battle with the disease ended on June 28, 2016 with her death at age 64. Many things about Pat Summitt will live on forever, including the Pat Summitt Foundation. The foundation was established in 2011 to make grants to nonprofit organizations that provide Alzheimer's education and research as well as support services. The Pat Summitt Foundation is a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. Grant recipients have included three Vanderbilt faculty members, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, and Family Caregiver Alliance. In addition, last year a partnership between The Pat Summitt Foundation and UT Medical Center was announced to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic. That clinic is scheduled to open in December of this year. Find more information about East Tennessee Foundation at this link and more about The Pat Summitt Foundation at this link.

ZAEVION DOBSON PLAYGROUND . . . A memorial park in the Lonsdale neighborhood is in the works to honor the late Zaevion Dobson, 15, who died shielding two girls from gunfire on Dec. 17, 2015. The Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park will cost about $60,000. Knoxville’s Community Development Corp. (KCDC) and Gerdau Steel are donating land for the park and $10,000 each. A public campaign is underway to raise another $40,000 for the park. Zenobia Dobson, Zaevion’s mother, suggested the location to provide a safer place for children to play. The playground will be built to appeal to children 12 years and younger. According to KCDC, there are currently 217 children under the age of 12 living in Lonsdale Homes.  Anyone interested in contributing to the park can write a check addressed to Legacy Parks Foundation with Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to 900 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915. Find out more about Legacy Parks Foundation by visiting this link.

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