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• Given the recent spate of crashes involving bicyclists, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization would like to remind the public that bicycle safety courses are being offered. Bicyclists can increase their safety by learning the skills needed to handle their bikes in different traffic and weather conditions. The next Street Skills class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 23, at Cansler YMCA. The class covers helmet and bike fitting, fixing flat tires, emergency maneuvers and confidently fitting into traffic. This class combines classroom learning with on-bike exercises and a practice ride in traffic. People who sign up for the class may be thinking about starting to commute to work by bike, or they may want to use the expanded greenway system but need to use the streets to get from home to the trailhead .The $25 registration fee includes the League Guide to Safe and Enjoyable Cycling, created by the League of American Bicyclists. This class is for adults and young adults, and is taught by certified League cycling instructors. The registration form is available online at www.knoxtrans.org.

• The inaugural Brett LeSueur Vision Fore the Future Charity Golf Tournament will tee-off at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge. Cost is $75 per person, $300 per team. Sponsorship amounts run from $50 to $2,500, and cash donations are welcome. A buffet lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-483-2291 or 865-577-2126. Proceeds go to visually-impaired children and adults by providing equipment and services.

• Saving Little Hearts, whose mission is to assist children with congenital heart defects along with their families, is planning a miniature golf tournament Oct. 14 at Sir Goony’s Golf in Farragut. Corporate sponsorships are encouraged, and companies can be an event sponsor ($1,000) or simply sponsor a hole ($150 per hole). For more information about sponsorship or to compete, call 865-748-4605.

• The Knoxville Football Club is inviting boys soccer teams to register for the inaugural KFC Adidas Cup Boys Classic to be held Oct. 7-8 in Knoxville. The tournament is for competitive teams from the U-9 to U-19 age groups. Deadline for registration is Sept. 8. Games will be played at the US Cellular soccer complex off Lovell Road and at the Watt Road soccer complex. Details and application forms can be found at www.kfccrush.com.

• Knoxville’s Cheetahs Lacrosse for area girls will be having one-day-a-week open practice sessions Saturday mornings 8:30 to 11 a.m. this Fall at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road, Field 3, in Farragut. The goal of these sessions is to provide an introductory opportunity to learn about lacrosse. The sessions are open to girls fifth- through 11th-grade (under age 17). Some kids will be brand new, while others will be “seasoned” players. Fall Ball Saturday practices are designed to teach the basics and let kids sample the sport. Open practices, which started in August, begin with free catch and coach-player instruction sessions from 8:30 to 9 a.m; fundamentals from 9 to 9:30 and scrimmages from 9:30 to 11. A clinic is set Oct. 7-8 in West Knoxville. Trainers/instructors will include Cheetah coaching staff and several players from UT’s Women’s Lacrosse Club team. Visit the Web site www.knoxlacrosse.com or call 865-539-0432 for schedule and more information about girls’ lacrosse in Knoxville. Loaner equipment will be available.

• Kyle Binder, a post player on the Farragut Admirals boys basketball team, was a starting member of the State of Tennessee’s 16 and under Boys AAU State Champion basketball team. A 6-foot-6 junior, Binder recently finished his second summer season with the Midstate Ballerz Elite based in Murfreesboro. In addition to winning the State Championship, the 16U Ballerz Elite won the 17 and under Eastern AAU Sub State played at Maryville College and played in several national invitational tournaments including the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Texas; Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill, N.C. and The Hoosier Shootout in Indianapolis, Ind. Overall the team finished the season with a 40-14 record against some of the best competition in the nation.

• The Knoxville Ski and Outing Club has announced its calendar of events for the remainder of September: Sept. 9, Cades Cove Hiking; Sept. 15, Happy Hour at Adagio on Linksvue Drive in Gettysvue Center; Sept. 21, General Membership Meeting at Pelancho’s Mexican Restaurant at Downtown West (Social hour at 6:15 p.m. with meeting to follow). An October trip to the Chateau Morrisette in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Dan, Va., includes a tour of the winery, wine tasting and a Beach Music Concert featuring The Tams. Information on these activities can be found at www.knoxvilleskiclub.org Visitors and prospective members are welcome.

• Herb Newton Nissan in Oak Ridge announces that former UT standout quarterback Dewey “The Swamp Rat” Warren is hosting a sports talk radio show on Horne Radio Network at the dealership. The show, “Let’s Talk Football,” airs 1 to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and noon to 2 p.m., Saturdays on WKVL 850 AM. Warren focuses on East Tennessee high school and college football with special pre-game and post-game analysis of all UT games plus other sports.

 

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