November

Sunday, Nov 18th Interfaith Climate Vigil Join Knoxville Interfaith Power & Light beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, for an Interfaith Climate Vigil, which will include reflections and song, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sugarwood Drive in Farragut. Clergy participating include the Rev. Claire Keene (Episcopal), Pastor Kenneth Faught (United Methodist) and Jimmy Groton (Buddhist.) Interfaith. All people of faith are encouraged to attend.For more information, contact tennesseeipl@gmail.com
Sunday, Nov 18th Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee will hold its annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast beginning at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, in the gymnasium of First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3611 Kingston Pike. Cost of admission is $6 per person, $5 for members and $12 per family, along with attendees bringing a vegetarian or vegan dish to share. The folk duo Chris and Leslie will perform Celtic and Appalachian melodies on guitar and violin. More than 50 vegan and vegetarian main dishes are expected to be served, while a raw foods bar, healthy desserts and a selection of cold herbal teas also will be available. There will be a white elephant sale, a baked goods sale and door prizes.
Monday, Nov 19th Friends of Knox County Public Library’s 2018 Children’s Holiday Book Drive is under way. Donation bins are in place at library branches throughout Knox County, including the Farragut branch along Kingston Pike adjacent to Founders Park at Campbell Station. Book drive extends through Nov. 19. The public is asked tocollect gift-quality books. For some children, their ESF gifts will be the only ones they receive. Drop off your book donations at any Knox County Public Library branch or at Union Ave Books. Help Friends expand its reach by organizing a book drive by a group in your community (e.g., Scouts, book club, church, neighborhood association). Make a donation online or by mail to Friends of the Knox County Public Library, 500 W. Church Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902. This year’s greatest needs are board books for infants and toddlers and books for high schoolers. Spanish-language and bilingual books are also needed. Graphic novels are popular with all ages. If you are interested in organizing a group book drive, contact the Friends office at info@knoxfriends.org or call 865-215-8775. For more information about this year’s drive, visit knoxfriends.org/esf-book-drive/.
Wednesday, Nov 21st Newcomer’s Club Female visitors are invited to Newcomer’s Club for lunch, which begins at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Bake sale and bingo also featured. To make reservations, call 865-985-0521 before Friday, Nov 16.
Friday, Nov 23rd Farragut Museum offers special incentives Farragut Museum will offer special incentives for friends joining from Friday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Dec. 31. Each Friend will receive a voucher valued at 10 percent of their donation, which can be used in the museum gift shop. These are the voucher values for each level of support: Contributor $25 - $2.50 voucher; Sustainer $50 - $5 voucher; Patron $100 - $10 voucher; Grand Patron $250 - $25 voucher and Lifetime $1,000 - $100 voucher. Vouchers can be used on any item in the gift shop. They cannot be redeemed for cash and no credit will be given for amounts not spent. Those interested in becoming a Friend can visit townoffarragut.org/register or Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. To register online: chose “programs,” then “register” on the right side of Friends of the Farragut Museum listing. For assistance, call Arleen Higginbotham at 865-218-3375. Your donation is tax deductible and is valid for one year with exception of Lifetime level.
Monday, Nov 26th Countdown to Light the Park Shop Farragut and Town of Farragut will usher in the holiday season with 8th Annual Countdown to Light the Park presented by TDS from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, at Founder’s Park at Campbell Station along North Campbell Station Road. Farragut Mayor Ron Williams and Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, along with other Town officials, will welcome a very special guest dressed in a red suit known as Santa Claus. He will be asked to throw the switch around 6:30 p.m. to light up more than 50 trees, garland pole wraps and other lighted decorations, which feature more than 60,000 glistening bulbs throughout the park. Entertainment will be provided by Farragut High School Madrigal Singers, Concord Brass Quintet plus soloists from Farragut’s Angela Floyd Schools and the Akima Club Singers. Mrs. Claus and her elves will help post letters to the North Pole. Parking will be available across the street from the park, courtesy of Westgate Christian Fellowship, and south of the park at the new Farragut Town Community Center, (formerly Faith Lutheran Church). Freshly-baked cookies will be provided by Costco and other area businesses. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided by First Watch. Event will be held rain or shine. For more information, e-mail Steve@farragutbusiness.com or call 865-307-2486
Tuesday, Nov 27th Town of Farragut needs elves Town of Farragut is looking for a few good elves. St. Nick needs help responding to letters left in the giant Santa’s mailbox at Founders Park at Campbell Station. “Elves” will work at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, beginning at 10 a.m. each Tuesday and Friday, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 20. Each shift should last an hour or less. To volunteer, contact Brittany Spencer at bspencer@townoffarragut.org or call 865-218-3378.

December

Sunday, Dec 2nd “Lights & L’Chaim” The Jewish observance of Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” will be celebrated at “Lights & L’Chaim” — a community-wide event to usher in the spirit of holiday lights and warmth beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, in Heska Amuna Synagogue, 3811 Kingston Pike (in Sequoyah Hills). Doors open at 3 p.m. Light buffet of holiday foods follows the concert around 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $15 for children and youth under 18; $45 for adults. L’chaim is a traditional Jewish toast that simply means “To Life!” and offers a way to celebrate the season with our neighbors and community friends to share our culture and raise a toast to life with everyone. It will feature Jewish Klezmer music with a unique flavoring of jazz and soul, a dazzling array of delicious Hanukkah-themed foods and an opportunity to share in the joy of the season. This year’s program offers a special treat: combining the energizing and ecstatic musical experience of local Knoxville klezmer band Dor L’Dor with the outstanding jazz and soul sounds of vocalist (and ukulele player extraordinaire) Kelle Jolly and her multi-woodwind instrumentalist husband Will Boyd, two of the leading figures in Knoxville’s jazz scene. Event benefits the Heska Amuna Synagogue religious school, community and cultural event programs. For more information or to purchase tickets: https://heskaamuna.ticketspice.com/lights-lchaim/. Heska Amuna Synagogue is grateful for the support of Visit Knoxville, Regal Cinemas and Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo for this community cultural event.
Thursday, Dec 6th Driver Safety Classes Upcoming Driver Safety Classes in the Greater Knoxville area includes Frank Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7. For more information, call 865-670-6693 or go to www.aarp.org/drive
Saturday, Dec 8th “Breakfast with Santa” Families are welcome for annual “Breakfast with Santa” at First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike, from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, visit the Elf Shop and craft area and get a photo taken with Santa. Cost is $10 per family and proceeds go towards FFUMC Children’s Ministry Program. Ticket reservations at www.ffumc.org under “event registration.” Walk-ins also welcome. For more information, contact Paige Morgan, director of Children and Family Ministries, by calling 865-966-8430 or e-mailing pmorgan@ffumc.org

March

Saturday, Mar 30th Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Registration is open for Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events taking place March 30-31, 2019. For the upcoming 15th annual race event, participants are encouraged to register online at www.knoxvillemarathon.com. Participants will enjoy a new finish-line experience in World’s Fair Park. Due to scheduled renovations at Neyland Stadium, the finish line will be moved for both the 2019 and 2020 race weekends. For more information and to register, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com.