December

Wednesday, Dec 7th A photographic exhibition of Life in the Secret City is on display in the Imagination Gallery of Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge through Jan. 29. This exhibition, provided for display by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, takes visitors back to the early to mid-1940 — during World War II: “what we know today as Oak Ridge was a quickly built ‘secret’ government town of 70,000 workers,’” a CMOR press release stated. “This secret city was also blanketed in a thick layer of mud, something that all residents — regardless of their occupation — had to deal with. For questions about CMOR or its schedule, visit https://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org or call 865-482-1074.
Thursday, Dec 8th St. John Neumann Catholic Church is hosting a MEDIC Mobile Unit blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, in the parking lot of the church and school, 633 St. John Court in Farragut. All donors receive a free Christmas ornament, coupons for Salsarita’s, a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer and are entered to win a $100 Food City gift card. One donor will win the grand prize: two tickets to Roots & Boots concert at NPAC. Call to schedule an appointment at 865-524-3074 or visit www.tndonor.org.
Friday, Dec 9th MEDIC Regional Blood Center MEDIC Regional Blood Center is recognizing “the Blood Industry’s Season of Giving with Blood Centers of America,” which is under way and runs through Thursday, Dec. 15, while also hosting MEDIC’s 12 Days of Christmas, which is under way and runs through Friday, Dec. 9. Both promotional drives are at all MEDIC locations, including its 11000 Kingston Pike location in Farragut. For Season of Giving, there are three steps to enter: donate blood with a participating blood center through Dec. 15, 2022; post a public photo of yourself on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #Santasblooddonors; and complete an entry form located at medicblood.org/. Limit one entry per person. For 12 Days of Christmas, donors automatically are entered.
Wednesday, Dec 14th Veterans Legal Advice Clinic Veterans Legal Advice Clinic will be held in person at the Knox County Public Defender’s Office, 1101 Liberty St. in Knoxville, from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14. Veterans unable to attend in person can use the telephone clinic option. Pre-registration is required for telephone clinic. Veterans are asked to call Legal Aid of East Tennessee at 865-637-0484 to pre-register. This is a general advice clinic with a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support and personal injury, among other issues.
Saturday, Dec 17th Marble Springs State Historic Site Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, will host an afternoon by the fireplace with some wintertime storytelling from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17. Hot cider, hot cocoa and other refreshments can be enjoyed by a warm fire. “We will also be making popcorn and cranberry garland to take home,” a MSSHS press release stated. For more information, call 865-573-5508.
Friday, Dec 23rd Last month, Knox County Commissioners unanimously established an annual “Junior Commission” program whereby “Knox County youth can become a more engaged and informed citizen by participating in this unique youth leadership program,” a county press release stated. “Junior Commission participants will learn the functions of their local government and further develop healthy citizenry habits, all while promoting the importance of community engagement and public service.” The Junior Commission program is open to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a full-time Knox County public, private, parochial or accredited home school program. Each Knox County Commissioner will select one applicant to make-up the 11 annual Junior Commissioners. Junior Commissioners will work alongside their mentor Commissioner and participate in unique programming during a three-month period that includes: orientation, work sessions, Commission and Zoning meetings, attendance at a community public event and learning hands-on governing in a mock session of the Junior Commission. The application period is open and runs through Friday, Dec. 23. Students will be notified of their selection the week of Jan. 9. Students may apply for a Junior Commissioner position with their district Commissioner or with one of the two At-Large Commissioners who represent the entire county. Additional information and the application portal can be found at: www.knoxcounty.org/juniorcommission. No applications will be accepted by phone, e-mail or mail.