Wednesday, Dec 6th Giddy Up & Give Five University of Tennessee students have partnered with Shangri-La Therapeutic Riding Academy in Lenoir City to create a crowd-funding campaign, Giddy Up & Give, which works to give children and adults therapeutic experiences through horse-related activities. These students “have until Wednesday, Dec. 6, to reach their goal,” said Jaydon Kelley, one of the students involved. Giddy Up Give is working to raise $2,000 to help Shangri-La Therapeutic Riding Academy in Lenoir City — which uses horse-riding therapy as it works with children and adults ages 4 to 65-plus with mental, physical and neurological disabilities — buy three new saddles. “These saddles are designed to help riders be comfortable and safe,” said Lexi Hall, another Giddy Up Give member and Hardin Valley Academy Class of 2023 graduate. Donate by using the link to Giddy Up Give’s GoFundMe:
Saturday, Dec 9th 55th Nativity Pageant of Knoxville 55th Nativity Pageant of Knoxville, free of charge, will be held beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, and starting at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11, in Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. in downtown Knoxville. Doors will open 1 hour prior to show time. Visit for more information.
Saturday, Dec 16th Fundraising campaign for Wreaths Across America is under way. Wreaths will be placed on National Wreaths Across America Day beginning at noon, Saturday, Dec. 16. “The number of Veterans to honor increases every year; there are 15 to 20 funerals conducted at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on East Governor John Sevier Highway per week,” a WAA press release stated.” Our goal is now somewhere over 19,000 Veterans to honor and remember with a wreath.” Cost to sponsor is $17. Send checks to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 50054, Knoxville, TN 37950.Online donations can be made at
Saturday, Dec 16th Wreaths Across America National nonprofit Wreaths Across America announces the kickoff to its annual campaign. Not only will every sponsorship honor our nation’s service members with the placement of a veteran’s wreath on National Wreaths Across America Day Saturday, Dec. 16, but local nonprofits, civic groups and organizations will receive $5 back from each sponsorship made for their program or other efforts throughout the year. For more information or to sponsor a wreath, visit
Wednesday, Dec 20th Newcomers Club For ladies who are new to the area, or who just want to make new friends, come and join Newcomers Club for lunch and a program Wednesday, Dec. 20, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Program will be K-Town Sound and an Ugly Christmas Sweater/T-shirt or top. For reservations, call 865-705-0309 by Friday. Dec. 15.