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• Tennessee Valley Machine Knitters Club will meet at 11:30a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at Rothchild’s along Kingston Pike, for a Christmas luncheon. For more information, call Marie Hickson at 865-457-0960.

• Every first and third Wednesday of each month, Cornerstone Church of God provides an open Food Pantry to families and individuals in need in our community.  The hours of operation are from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 865-966-2300 or 865-456-1263.

• Cornerstone Church of God is sponsoring a Second Harvest Mobile Pantry Food Distribution from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 3. The food distribution will take place at the church. For more information call 865-966-2300 or 865-456-1263. 

• Marine Corps Pfc. Zachery S. Baer, son of Patti Augustadt and Michael J. Baer of Knoxville, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

• The CADES Caregiver Support Group Meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Concord United Methodist Church, Room 22. For more information, call 865-675-2835.

• The Orchestra at Maryville College will hold auditions from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, is for the 2012 “Showcase of Area Artists” concert in the Clayton Center for the Arts and are open to area singers and instrumentalists of all ages who would like the chance to play with the Orchestra as their accompanist. For more information, call Chloe Kennedy at 865-981-8209.

• Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Board of Governors will hold their Joys of Christmas annual greens tea from noon to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9.

• Knoxville Writers’ Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Naples Italian Restaurant. Members will read from their works at this festive time.  All-inclusive lunch is $12. RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5, by calling 856-983-3740.

• “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” returns Dec. 1-18, in Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre. Back by popular demand, the production is sponsored by Stowers Machinery. Additional support is given by the Arts & Heritage Fund. Media sponsors are WBIR, WNOX, Comcast, WUOT, WUTK, Knoxville News Sentinel and B97.5. For tickets, call Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 865-974-5161, Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444 or go online at

• “A Smokyland Christmas” will offer seasonal songs at 3 p.m., Sunday Dec. 4, at Bearden High School auditorium.  Featured performers will include the Smokyland Sound Barbershop chorus and quartets PLUS the East Tennessee youth male chorus called Note-Torious. Ticket prices include $12 for Adults,  $10 for Senior and $8 for Students and Group of 10 or more.  For more information, call 865-778-1883 for Group Sales and 865-470-8622 for General Admission.

• Knoxville Day Women’s Aglow Lighthouse will hold a Outreach meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. For more information, call Diane Shelby, 865-687-3687.

• Farragut Beautification Committee will present the popular Celebrate the Season from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at Farragut Town Hall. The community is invited to marvel at Town Hall holiday decorations, sample treats and enjoy the numerous activities and performances being offered. For more information, visit or contact Arleen Higginbotham at or 865-966-7057.

• The spring 2012 semester at Pellissippi State Community College will begin Jan. 12. Prospective students who have not yet applied can speak with an admissions representative during regular hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evening hours are available beginning on Nov. 14, when the admissions office at the Pellissippi Campus stays open until 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call 865-694-6400 to verify dates for evening hours. 

• The Town of Farragut is hosting a senior are show and two jewelry making classes. “Wire Wrap Jewelry” will begin at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. The cost is $40. For more information, call 865-966-7057.

• Knox County Public Library presents Saturday Stories and Songs. For more information on locations and times, visit

• Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) named Lena Lorena Harvey, a patient at Summit View of Farragut, to its annual Who’s Who in Tennessee Nursing Homes. Honorees in this year’s Who’s Who recognition program, themed “American Classics,” include athletes, educators, military veterans and other individuals living in THCA member nursing homes statewide.

• A new website that allows Tennesseans to seek free legal advice from volunteer lawyers is now available at The website is a virtual walk-in clinic where clients can request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. The lawyers will provide information and basic legal advice without any expectation of long-term representation. Tennesseans in need of disaster-related legal assistance also may call a toll-free hotline to request free legal advice. The hotline is 888-395-9297.

• Tennessee Electronic Library is offering free practice test. The available tests are; GED, AP & CLEP, ACT & SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT,MCAT, PRAXIS I & II, CDL AND ASVAB. For more information, visit

• Tennessee Department of Transportation needs the help of high school students to stop idling in our community. Create an Anti-Idling video to raise awareness about idling and air pollution. For more information, visit

• UT Hospice will run orientation sessions for adults interested in becoming volunteers with our program. For more information, call Penny Sparks 865-544-6279. 

• Knox County Public Library will run public help session offerings for eBooks. Public eBook Help Sessions: 3:00 p.m., April 2, Lawson McGhee Library; 6:30 p.m., April 5, at Carter Branch Library; 6:30 p.m., April 19, at Howard Pinkston Branch Library. For more information, contact 865-215-8700.

• UT Medical Center is running tours at the newly redesigned state-of-the-art Endoscopy Center from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 24. For more information, call 865-305-6970.

• UT’s Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature and Knox County Public Library are pleased to host award-winning authors and filmmakers for Focus on Children’s Literature: A One Day Conference from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m., April 2 at Hardin Valley Academy. Registration through is open to the public. Conference fees of $45 include lunch. Continuing education certificates will be issued.

• The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) is distributing free copies of a new guide, titled “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests,” that gives homeowners, gardeners, land managers and others information on controlling and removing invasive plants in the South. People can request free copies of “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests” by sending their name and complete mailing address, along with book title, author and publication number GTR-SRS-131 to:, or by calling 828-257-4830. 

• The Internal Revenue Service and the town of Farragut is sponsoring VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) at the Farragut Town Hall. At no charge, volunteers will complete and e-file IRS forms 1040, 1040A and 1040 EZ during this assistance program for lower income and senior taxpayers. Taxpayers should bring federal tax packets received; wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers; interest, dividend, capital gains, pension, IRA and social security statements (Form 1099); list of items that might be considered for itemized deductions; support for other income and credits; and a copy of last year’s tax return. Taxpayers should also bring social security numbers and correct birth dates for all taxpayers and dependents to be listed on the return. This service is available at no charge and by appointment only. Call 865-748-0151 to make an appointment.

• Many Boys and Girls Clubs are running a car campaign. Donated cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help support their many programs. For those wishing to donate or for more information, call 800-246-0493.


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