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TUESDAY, December 11, 2017  Issue No. 29

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . Last month on CTV, Alzheimer's Tennessee gave information about estate planning, TennCare, and Medicare benefits. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville shared information about their Back on Track program, outfit ideas for cooler weather, and their ugly sweater workshops. The Knox County Community Action Committee discussed their One Call Club program. Ijams Nature Center chatted about their upcoming events including their holiday market, and how to become a volunteer naturalist in the park. Community Shares discussed a grant given to the University of Tennessee to address storm water issues. Find out more about CTV by visiting this link.

LEGACY HOUSING FOUNDATION . . . The mission of the Legacy Housing Foundation, founded in July 2016, is to provide innovative programs, life-enhancing services, and strong affordable housing communities for everyone in need. One program, “The Good Times Community Block Party,” is designed specifically to meet the unique needs of residents living in affordable housing by bringing them everyday essentials just when they need it the most. With the Good Times truck, much needed supplies literally roll in just in time and are distributed during a fun and festive block party that includes a prize wheel, music, and games. Check out the Legacy Housing Foundation at this link.

CANSTRUCTION . . . Second Harvest Food Bank just completed the fifth annual Canstruction Competition. Eleven teams from local businesses and organizations built holiday themed structures out of cans in order to raise awareness and food donations for Second Harvest. The art pieces will be on display through tomorrow (Dec. 13) at The Knoxville Convention Center. Votes for best Canstruction were cast on Facebook and awards were given out at a reception last week. Check out more about the event and Second Harvest at this link.

PHILANTHROPY DAY . . . The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Great Smoky Mountains Chapter, has coordinated National Philanthropy Day® since its inception in 1986. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world. National Philanthropy Day was held on November 1st at The Foundry. The centerpiece was a luncheon honoring our area’s top philanthropists, volunteers and professionals. All were recognized for their respective roles in helping to make East Tennessee a better place in which to live and work. For more about the event as well as the organization, go to this link.

LAKESHORE PARK . . . The Lakeshore Park Board and Mayor Madeline Rogero recently opened several new park facilities at Lakeshore Park and hosted an appreciation event for park contributors. Lakeshore Park is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Knoxville and the Lakeshore Park nonprofit corporation. The City provided the land, demolished the buildings, restored the historic administration building and installed underground utilities. Lakeshore Park is the most utilized public green space in Knoxville. If you want to learn more about Lakeshore Park, visit this link.

TRAINING HOUSE . . . The Community Action Committee built a small sample home at the L.T. Ross Building with just four rooms, an attic, and a crawl space. This training house is designed to help train contractors, state auditors, local crews, students, and others on proper techniques for weatherization in order to help make our homes more efficient and lower utility bills. The CAC is hoping this will help increase the affordable housing market in Knoxville. To learn more bout the CAC, visit this link.

HEROS AND HOUNDS . . . The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley offers adoption services, a preventative animal medical clinic, programs to train your pet, as well as education classes. The nonprofit organization recently teamed up with Archangel Custom Ink to support the Human Society’s Heroes and Hounds program, which teaches military veterans the proper skills needed to train dogs in preparation for adoption. Veterans work one-on-one with shelter dogs, following a structured program. The special event included a raffle for a $500 tattoo and special pricing for certain animal tattoos. See more about it at this link.

STUDENT ART . . . The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association currently has the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition from now until Sunday, January 14, 2018. Now in its 12th year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment. The Knoxville Museum of Art exists to celebrate the art and artists of East Tennessee, present new art and new ideas, serve and educate diverse audiences, and enhance Knoxville’s quality of life. To Learn more about the Knoxville Museum of Art, visit this link.

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