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Vol 2019, No. 5  May 14, 2019     

TREASURE HUNT RECAP . . . Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction. This year, 157 treasures were offered by community residents and local businesses to benefit 9 different neighborhood organizations. Within one week of the event conclusion, all treasures were distributed.  A total of 61 registered neighbors participated in online bidding activity.  Among them, 26 different neighbors became successful Treasure Hunters, offering winning bids on 132 different treasures totaling $1,817.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the treasures during the auction was awarded to the participating neighborhood groups.  Be on the lookout for treasures to donate in the upcoming 2020 Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction next Spring. Visit the website at THIS LINK to learn more.

NEW EXHIBITIONS . . . The Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville recently debuted five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center, located at 100 South Gay Street. The new exhibitions are available for viewing until May 31 and can be seen Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, free of charge. A reception to introduce the new exhibitions opened with the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus and Vance Thompson and friends on this month’s First Friday event. The Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created in 2001 as a unifying voice to represent the arts and culture community to the public so that all can benefit from a healthy thriving arts and culture industry. You can find more information about The Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville at THIS LINK.

MAYOR’S LUNCHEON . . . Join Leadership Knoxville along with Mayor Rogero and Mayor Jacobs for the 10th Annual Mayor’s Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, May 23. The Luncheon features the Honorable Mick Cornett, who will share stories of Oklahoma City’s renaissance at the Knoxville Convention Center. Leadership Knoxville’s mission is to “build a stronger Knoxville by developing people and groups, leading to a greater community.” This is accomplished through leadership programs, community workshops, and events designed to inspire, challenge and connect people at all levels of leadership development. To register for the luncheon, visit THIS LINK.

RECYCLING CONFERENCE . . . The Tennessee Recycling Coalition hosts its 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition on August 14 – 16 in Gatlinburg, TN. Phil Fulmer, Athletic Director and former UT Knoxville football coach is the featured Keynote Speaker. The Tennessee Training Academy / SWANA Recycling Management Course is also being offered on a first come-first serve basis, as space is limited. The conference is also offering two tours on Thursday, August 15 to highlight Gatlinburg Recycling and Craftsman Village Upcycling. For more information about this event, visit THIS LINK.

BEAUTY HUNTERS . . . The Knoxville-based nonprofit Beauty Hunters reached an agreement with the City of Knoxville to reduce the amount of payments for using various city parks to only one fee. Beauty Hunters is a nonprofit organization that focuses on giving women free workouts that are led by other women and held around Knoxville’s various city parks. The organization is open to women of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. Before reaching this agreement, the group would have to pay $100 each time they held a class. For more information about Beauty Hunters’ visit THIS LINK.

FARMERS’ MARKET . . . The first Market Square Farmers’ Market of the year was held at the beginning of May. The extremely popular market was started by Nourish Knoxville with an emphasis on making a healthier and more food-sustainable Knoxville. New additions to the market include crafts and beverages. Everything at the farmers’ market originates in the East Tennessee Region and is grown or made by the vendors. The market runs on Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, all the way through November. To find out more about Nourish Knoxville visit THIS LINK.

ARTFUL CHARITY . . . Budding Creativity is an annual event held by the American Institute of Graphic Artists that was held last week. AIGA is a nonprofit group of local artists and designers. Each year these artists host a fundraising event to help an underprivileged school’s art program in the City of Knoxville. These local professionals and young artists donate pieces of art to be sold at an auction and all proceeds go directly to purchasing art supplies for schools. AIGA has been able to raise almost $5,000 for local art programs. This year’s recipient for the Budding Creativity donation is South Knox Elementary School. To learn more about the Budding Creativity event, visit THIS LINK.

Vol 2019, No. 4       Apr 9, 2019 

TREASURE HUNT . . . Current treasures include antiques, appliances, art prints, Aubrey’s dinner, bamboo bird cage, Bliss Home gifts, books, car mats, car pet barrier, chess set, collector bears, arts & crafts, crystal glasses, desk lamp, Dodge Truck window, dog crate, duck clock, Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast, electric winch, electronics, English service plates, fireplace, food & beverage, garden shepherd hooks, gift cards, jewelry, kennel cab, lamp shade, Landing House dinner, loveseat cover, metal vase, MP3 TuneCast, Navitat Canopy adventure, Nothing Too Fancy gifts, Noritaki china set, Order Up Café lunch, paintings, picture frames, pet gate, pet harness, pool balls, posters, Prime Time Hot Dogs lunch, Queen Priscilla cruise, sewing machine, Shoney’s dinner, sofa pillows, SoKno Taco dinner, stained glass window, Stanley’s Greenhouse gifts, Three Rivers Rambler ride, Technics turntable, tickets, toys, videos, Visit Knoxville gifts, Volunteer Princess cruise, Waffle House breakfast, wall decorations, wall shelf, Yorkshire dispenser and more! Visit for more details.

CIRCLE OF CHANGE . . . Community Shares is hosting its 19th Annual Circle of Change Awards Saturday, April 13 from 6 to 11 pm at the Bearden Banquet Hall. This awards ceremony is an evening of music, food, and fun to celebrate change makers in East Tennessee who are working to bring long-term solutions to the problems of today and raise money to support social change. The event last year raised over $10,000 to support social justice work through the Community Shares nonprofit member organizations. To find out more about Community Shares and the Circle of Change Awards visit their website at THIS LINK.

CODE CONVENTION . . . On April 12 and 13, Knoxville will be the site of a conference for technology and information exchange, known as CodeStock. The event is created by a 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated in Tennessee that also goes by the name CodeStock. The two-day conference is not a trade show, but a gathering of working professionals sharing knowledge and experience. Coinciding with CodeStock, the organization also is hosting the Fourth Annual CodeStock Academy at the Knoxville Convention Center on the same dates. CodeStock Academy brings high school students together from across the region to explore technology and career opportunities within the technology field. The event consists of speakers, student-led demonstrations, competitions, and more. Students will learn new coding skills and connect with area education providers. To learn more, visit CodeStock’s website at THIS LINK.

WILD VINE . . . Zoo Knoxville invites you to its Inaugural Wild Vine event, a liquid safari featuring more than 60 red, white, and sparkling wines from around the world. The event takes place Friday April 26 from 6:30 – 10:30. Tickets include a keepsake tasting glass for unlimited sample pours from over thirty wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Tickets also include access to food trucks, live entertainment, and encounters with the animals. All of the net proceeds from the event will support the zoo’s conservation efforts. For more information about this event, visit THIS LINK.

RIVER RESCUE . . . The Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers participated in the 30th Annual Ijams River Rescue, on Saturday, April 6.  This popular, community-wide event occurred at 50 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its tributaries. Each year, between 600 – 800 volunteers spend time removing trash from these areas. Volunteers included individuals and groups, such as families, friends, corporate teams, scout troops, and church groups. For more information, visit THIS LINK.

SOUTH KNOX CLEANUP . . . Keep Knoxville Beautiful recently hosted a clean-up of South Knoxville. The third annual clean-up was a collaboration with 17 other groups and featured over 200 volunteers. The community effort was a way to beautify South Knoxville, give people an opportunity to volunteer, get to know the neighbors, and spend some quality time outdoors. The nonprofit organization provided the litter pickers, gloves, garbage bags, and safety vests so that participants only had to focus on being there, ready to work. Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosts various events around the city focusing on beautifying the city and encouraging zero waste. For more information about Keep Knoxville Beautiful visit THIS LINK.