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TUESDAY, April 11, 2017  Issue No. 21

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . This month on Community Television of Knoxville (CTV), the Knox County Community Action Committee discussed the Senior Employment Program, spring Senior Job Fair, Senior Information & Referral Program, and other upcoming events. Community Shares interviewed Centro Hispano and the Community Mediation Center about their missions in the community. Ijams Nature Center promoted the upcoming River Rescue where they will enlist volunteers to clean out local rivers and streams. CTV also introduced “Neighborhood Textures”, a new audio project featuring conversations with residents from the Glenview Neighborhood and Lake Forest Neighborhood. Find out more about CTV by visiting this link.

UGLY KNOXVILLE . . . According to the Dogwood Arts Festival website, New York newspaper reporter John Gunther visited Knoxville in 1947 to check it out. When he returned to New York, he wrote “Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England . . .” Some years later, still angered by Gunther’s comments, members of the Knoxville Garden Club, led by Betsey Creekmore, Martha Ashe and Betsy Goodson, along with a group of visionary concerned citizens began a civic beautification project called the Dogwood Trails. The festival has blossomed over the years and now includes art exhibitions, luncheons, open gardens, design contests, walking trails, and more! Check out more history pertaining to the Dogwood Arts Festival and the current line-up of events by visiting this link.

ARTITUDE . . . Recently, the Cancer Support Community and Dogwood Arts collaborated to present “Artitude: Celebrating Courage and Survivorship”. The annual spring event featured upcycled and reinvented works of art for the home and garden, all created by local and regional artists. The event also included a silent auction, live music, hors d’oeuvers, craft beer tasting, wine tasting, and a photo booth. Guests created their own screen-printed tote bags and t-shirts. Proceeds from the evening went to the Cancer Support Community and “Artitude Workshops” for members affected by cancer. For more information about the Cancer Support Community, visit this link.
BIKES FOR BOYS & GIRLS . . . In March, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley received 40 bikes to give away to members of the Haslam Family Club University. The giveaway also included bicycle training and helmets. The donation was provided by Kickstand Bicycle Collective and DreamBikes, who received the bikes from individuals in the community. Both of these organizations repaired and refurbished the bikes in order to make them safe before they were given away. Find out more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley by visiting this link.
KEEP KNOXVILLE NATIVE . . . Native plants are a vital part of any ecosystem. It is the goal of the local nonprofit Native Plant Rescue Squad to ensure plants native to East Tennessee remain in their home. To do this, they engage volunteers to transplant native plants that are about to be destroyed due to land development. Rescued plants are stored at Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum until they are taken to the Market Square Farmers’ Market on Saturdays to be sold. The organization also educates the community about the necessity of native vegetation. Find out more about how you can get involved with Native Plant Rescue Squad by visiting this link.

RUN FOR AUTISM . . . Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville recently hosted a 5k Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Run to support its mission of changing how services are provided to adults with autism in East Tennessee. The organization was founded because a group of parents realized there was no framework left to support their children as they became adults, and wanted to create a programs to support all adults with autism in the Knoxville community. They offer a variety of services including residential, in-home support, recreational programs, job skill development, and social group. To learn more about Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville, visit this link.

NATURE CONSERVANCY . . . The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. The vision of the organization includes a world where diversity of life thrives and people act together to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. In Tennessee, the organization has protected more than 300,000 acres of special places, addressing significant issues to protect the water quality of streams and rivers that run through out state. Find out more about The Nature Conservancy and their priority items – Land, Climate, Water, Oceans, and Cities by visiting this link.

UNCONVENTIONAL PLAY . . . Recently, the first step in a new Knoxville Slides Project was unveiled by Mayor Madeline Rogero, City Council Commissioners, and staff of the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! Knoxville was the recipient of a $25,000 grant dispensed through KaBOOM! who was responsible for construction oversight. The new play area is situated on the hill next to the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum Parking Garage and includes a slide, “crawl-hoop tunnel” and a musical instrument structure. The idea is to encourage children to find unconventional places to play outside. More urban play areas may be on the way, depending on the reception of this initial project. To stay up to date on the Knoxville Slides Project, visit this link.

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