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TUESDAY, May 9, 2017  Issue No. 22

COMMUNITY TELEVISION (CTV) . . . Last month on CTV, Community Shares produced a two-part series where they talked with Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) about coal ash and its affect on air and water in East Tennessee. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville discussed their Customer Service Training Program and National Goodwill Week. The Knox County Community Action Committee discussed how the SNAP program helps seniors and their upcoming PAWS Among the Blooms event to support KNOX PAWS (Placing Animals with Seniors). Ijams Nature Center promoted their summer camps and brought a live turtle into the studio to discuss features and lifestyle of red-eared slider turtles. The Asian Cultural Center reported on the opening of the new tiger exhibit at Zoo Knoxville and the new female tiger that arrived a few months ago. Find out more about CTV by visiting this link.

ROCK AROUND THE DOCK . . . “Rock Around the Dock for Autism,” an annual event which benefits nonprofit organization Autism Society of East Tennessee, was recently held in April. Festivities at the fourth anniversary event included singer Tall Paul, a Cajun Shrimp Boil, other delicious food and beverages, and a silent auction. All funds raised at the event will be used to further the organization’s mission to offer services, education, support, public awareness, and advocacy for anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorders and those that support them. Find out more about Autism Society of East Tennessee by visiting this link.

KNOXVILLE SOUP . . . Knoxville Soup events celebrate & support creative projects in Knoxville. The group, sponsored by the South Knoxville Alliance, holds occasional dinners with a $5 suggested donation from each attendee. Four individuals or groups present an idea or project they would like to carry out. The attendees then have dinner and discuss the projects that were presented. Ballots are cast after dinner and the group that receives the most votes takes home the money from the door to help fund their project. The latest dinner was held on April 27 and Marble Springs State Historic Site walked away with $830 to help fund their Educational School Tour Project. To learn more about Knoxville Soup, visit this link.
GATHERING LIGHT . . . The Knoxville Museum of Art is presenting Gathering Light: Works by Beauford Delaney from the KMA Collection through July 23, 2017. Gathering Light includes more than 30 of Knoxville-born Delaney’s paintings and drawings—nearly all of which have never before been on public view—that were purchased from the artist’s estate between 2014 and 2016 in what is one of the most significant art acquisitions in the KMA’s 27-year history. The acquisition and display of these works are part of a larger effort to bring long-overdue attention to Delaney’s legacy in his hometown. To learn more about this exhibit, visit this link.
EARTHFEST . . . The Tennessee Valley Earth Partnership strives to protect and beautify our natural assets and provide education about the environment and outdoor survival to community members. One way they reach Knoxville residents is through their popular annual EarthFest event. This year, the 18th annual event attracted thousands! The new location for the event was chosen to highlight one of Knoxville’s little-known treasures, the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. The event included nearly 50 vendors and 8 local bands, and was supported by nearly 150 volunteers. Learn how you can get involved at Tennessee Valley Earth Partnership’s EarthFest by visiting this link.

WORKING WITH DISABILITIES . . . Emory Valley Center recently held its annual spring fundraiser, which included Special Olympic Chairman, Dr. Timothy Shriver, as keynote speaker. The center is a non-profit agency that assists people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities throughout Anderson, Morgan and Knox Counties. One program at Emory Valley Center provides employment services to the people they support. It has been their experience that people with disabilities want to work, earn money, and increase their independence. Statistics show that when given the opportunity, they are rarely absent and strive harder to meet employer standards. It is a true win/win situation for the employer and employee! Find out more about Emory Valley Center at this link.

GOURDS FOR MOM . . . For anyone searching for the perfect gift for Mom on Mother’s Day, Ijams Nature Center recently hosted a workshop on how to create gourd birdhouses. Attendees chose paint or stain to color and decorate the pre-cleaned gourds. Participants were not only able to style a gourd as a gift, but they also learned how to grow, dry, and clean gourds for use in future projects. Gourd bird houses make the perfect home for wrens, finches, and other small songbirds as well as being the perfect gift for Mom! Learn more about events at Ijams Nature Center by visiting this link.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM . . . On April 29, the Tennessee Aquarium celebrated its 25th Anniversary on the river in Chattanooga. The event featured musical performances by local artists, vendors at the Chattanooga River Market, and prizes that were given away throughout the day. Since 1992, the mutual success of Chattanooga and the Aquarium have gone hand in hand. Consequently, the Aquarium has always held a special place in the heart of the community whose support has made it possible. The economic impact has been tremendous as more than 23 million guests have created magic moments with their families at the top-rated Aquarium. Find out more about the Tennessee Aquarium by visiting this link.

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