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TUESDAY, August 08, 2017  Issue No. 25

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . Last month on CTV, the Asian Cultural Center produced a video about their upcoming Knox Asian Festival. Community Shares spoke to the Sierra Club about climate change and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley about their mission. Ijams Nature Center chatted about volunteer opportunities, wild-scaping, and upcoming events including their Paddle Abouts on the river. The Knox County Community Action Committee discussed their “Grandparents as Parents” program and their upcoming Golf Tournament fundraiser. Find out more about CTV by visiting this link.

ASIAN FESITVAL . . . Since 2014, Knoxville has been fortunate to celebrate Asian culture during its annual Asian Festival. Knoxville resident Kumi Alderman was inspired to create the festival as she recovered from a car accident. During her convalescence, she wondered what she could do to make Knoxville an even more welcoming community and the Asian Festival was born. Attendance during the first year reached 3,000. This year, on August 27th, 15,000 attendees are expected. Activities will include sword fighting demonstrations, a parade that includes a lion dragon dance, Japanese drummers from Disney World, and, of course, great food! Find out more about the Knoxville Asian Festival by visiting this link.

RESTORING FAMILIES . . . Soon, additions to “The Village,” a project of The Restoration House of East Tennessee will be built, expanding housing opportunities for single mothers and their children in need. This local nonprofit provides transitional housing, ally teams, and family advocacy to provide a new start and restore hope for a better life. Construction of this new 12 unit single-story apartment project began in July and is expected to be completed by early next year. Additional apartments are planned at the complex once additional funds are raised. Find out more about The Restoration House of East Tennessee by visiting this link.
SUMMER RELIEF . . . With the recent heat waves, a group of teenagers with the Win Our World Urban Ministry took to the streets of Knoxville to hand out cold water to Knoxville’s homeless population. This group frequently hands out water when it is hot, making weekly and sometimes daily rounds. The Water Wagon is just one of the projects managed by Win Our World during the summer months over the past 14 years. They also collaborate with KARM Thrift Store, Beardsley Community Farm, Random Acts of Flowers, Global Seeds, and Wesley House. Find out more about the Win Our World Urban Ministry by visiting this link.
GOING PLATINUM . . . The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance was recently recognized for its transparency by GuideStar, a major provider of information about nonprofit organizations. The Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency is among the most prestigious acknowledgements presented to nonprofits. The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance provides information and statistics to the public that demonstrate its efforts to fulfill its mission, which is to provide protective equipment to volunteer fire departments and fire safety education to residents. By providing this information to GuideStar, the nonprofit allows the public to gauge progress on its mission and allows them to more efficiently showcase initiatives. Find out more about the Volunteer Firefighter Alliance by visiting their GuideStar profile page at this link.

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY . . . Five Maryville students received medals during the recent 2017 National History Day Contest. Students prepared documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites with historical themes to compete nationally in several different categories. The medalists from Maryville were: Tate Greene for Best Entry in Civil War History, Junior Individual Documentary; Eden Hutchinson, Isabella Miya, and Hannah Robbins for Outstanding State Entry, Junior Group Performance; and A.J. Camacho for Outstanding State Entry, Senior Individual Performance. Find out more about National History Day by visiting this link.

LURE OF ARTIST . . . The Knoxville Museum of Art has displayed many extraordinary exhibitions since it opened at its current location in March of 1990. The current exhibition entitled “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony” runs from August 11 through November 12. Drawn from the extensive collection of the Reading Public Museum, this vibrant exhibition examines the key role played by artists’ colonies in the development of American Impressionism. Find out more about the exhibition and the museum by visiting this link.

RABBITS, OTTER & DOGS . . . Ijams Nature Center kicked off the first weekend of August with a multitude of fun events. On Friday, they hosted a movie night in which they showed “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” On Saturday, they hosted three events, including a slow-paced Mindfulness Walk around Ten Mile Creek, a class on paddle boarding and canoeing, and a night hike. On Sunday, the nature center invited dogs and their owners to participate in a one-hour guided tour around Otter Island, from which proceeds went to benefit Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee. Find out more about events at Ijams Nature Center by visiting their website at this link.

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