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TUESDAY, November 14, 2017  Issue No. 28

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . Last month on CTV, Ijams Nature Center chatted about upcoming events, park rules, and how native plants disperse their seeds. The Knox County Community Action Committee discussed their Foster Grandparents program, Medicare, how they help seniors navigate their insurance, and their Mobile Meals program to feed seniors in Knox County. Community Shares discussed the mission of Alzheimer’s Tennessee and the Sock Out Alzheimer’s event. Find out more about CTV by visiting this link.

DOLLAR DAYS . . . Zoo Knoxville offered $1.00 admission during Dollar Days this past weekend. During the Dollar Days event, general zoo admission tickets for ages four and up were $1 when purchased online in advance and parking was free. Zoo Knoxville asked Dollar Days attendees to help other local non-profit organizations stock their pantries for the holiday season by bringing a donation item for the following organizations: Mission of Hope, Young-Williams Animal Center, Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, and Knox PAWS. Find out more about this great event and Zoo Knoxville by visiting this link.

SAVE OUR SONS . . . The City of Knoxville's Save Our Sons initiative recently hosted a city-wide job fair to introduce job seekers to employers and provide services like resume building, record expunction, certification courses, voting rights restoration, job training, and more. The Save Our Sons Initiative was started to create pathways to success by helping more of our young people stay on track. They provide the support needed to help young people think more broadly about their future, building on what works in order to impact critical life-changing moments through partnerships with community organizations. Learn more about Save Our Sons by visiting this link.

FERRY LANDING . . . During the 11th annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks, Legacy Parks announced the acquisition of the McBee Ferry Landing property along the Holston River, which it will turn into a Knox County park within the next year. Located off the Andrew Johnson Highway on Old Strawberry Plains Pike, the park will be ideal for fishing, boat access, and picnicking. It also offers a stunning view of the unique McBee Bridge. The acquisition of this property furthers Legacy Parks’ goal of creating access points at roughly seven-mile intervals on the Holston and French Broad rivers to make recreational use to these rivers more feasible and enjoyable for Knoxville residents and visitors. For more details about the park and Legacy Parks, visit this link.

WRITERS HALL OF FAME . . . Recently, the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame inducted five new area writers at the 14th annual Hall of Fame event. Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack Neely, Julia Watts, Sherri Gardner Howell, and Jamie Fromberger were honored for their various achievements in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, history, and social media at the event to benefit the Friends of Literacy. The mission of Friends of Literacy is to support the delivery of free, high-quality literacy and adult education programs for adults in Knox County who are inadequately educated to meet the challenges of daily life. To learn more about Friends of Literacy visit this link.

BREWER’S JAM . . . What began as a gathering of a few dedicated microbrewers has grown into one of the Southeast’s largest and longest-running beer events. In October, Community Shares held its 21st Annual Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. On a beautiful day on The World’s Fair Park lawn, attendees enjoyed brew from 54 brewers and over 30 home brewers. The event also included an abundance of music and delicious food. Community Shares is dedicated to supporting Tennessee social change organizations in order to promote a more just and caring community. Find out more about Community Shares and Brewers Jam by visiting this link or this link.

MISSION OF HOPE . . . The annual Mission of Hope Celebration and Fundraiser to benefit families in Rural Appalachia took place in Knoxville recently. The evening began with a Silent Auction and continued with a seated dinner followed by a performance from special guest, Emily Ann Roberts, a Knoxville native and runner-up on the singing competition show “The Voice.” This fundraiser’s proceeds went to support their mission to assist many of our less fortunate Appalachian neighbors with much needed goods and resources; college scholarships; and help with basic educational, health care and home repair needs. Learn more about Mission of Hope at this link.

VOLUNTEER EXPO . . . Last month, Volunteer East Tennessee held their annual Volunteer Expo, the area’s biggest volunteer fair. Held at West Town Mall, more than 40 nonprofits gathered to connect members of the community with different volunteer opportunities in this region. In addition to information about local organizations, there was a service project happening onsite and a reward for signing up or proving you had an account at Volunteer East Tennessee’s website. Volunteer East Tennessee exists to inspire service by equipping organizations and mobilizing volunteers to connect with one another and strengthen communities. To find out more about Volunteer East Tennessee or to find a volunteer opportunity, visit this link.

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