Calendar of Events

Friday, February 26, 2021

The Bottom: Black Creatives Meet Up

  • February 26, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Lectures & discussions

Our Black Creatives Meet Ups will be recurring events held on the last Friday of every month - a chance to hold space with fellow artists/makers & to continue uplifting our creative community! The next meet up will be held virtually on Fri. February 26th at 6pm - Zoom info at

The Bottom, 202 Randolph St, Knoxville, TN 37917

UT Science Forum: Adventures in Investigating Mars Using Places on Earth

  • February 26, 2021

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Friday, February 26, 12 PM via Zoom

Anna Szynkiewicz, associate professor in the UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will present “Adventures in Investigating Mars Using Places on Earth,” Friday, February 26 via Zoom.

Major discoveries of past water activity on Mars coincided with the beginning of Professor Szynkiewicz’s career as a planetary geologist. In her presentation, she will show how researching of sulfur minerals and exotic places on Earth have become a lifetime adventure for investigating water history on Mars. She will use two case studies from Antarctica and New Mexico that give clues about past water activity in the North Polar region of Mars.

The UT Science Forum takes place via Zoom Friday, February 26 from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the Zoom presentation.

Register Today

Baker Cafe: Deep Decarbonization of Transportation

  • February 26, 2021

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Baker Cafe: Deep Decarbonization of Transportation: How Can We Do That?

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from human activities have already raised the global average temperature by 1 degree C°, causing more frequent extreme weather events, such as floods, heat waves and droughts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently concluded that holding the future increase to 1.5 rather than 2 degrees C° is necessary to avoid further increases in extreme weather by a factor of 2 to 8. Holding the global increase to 1.5 degrees C° will require reducing GHG emissions to near zero by 2050. Transport is a major source of GHGs worldwide and the largest source in the U.S. A typical U.S. car or light truck emits about 4 tons of GHGs each year.

The Baker Cafe Series is an informal discussion about various topics. Guests are encouraged to ask questions that pertain to the topic and gain insight straight from the experts. Dr. David Greene will discuss will discuss technologies, policies, and behavioral changes necessary to reduce transportation's GHG emissions to near zero by 2050.

This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 26 at 10:00am to 11:00am

UT Dept of Psychology, Women, Gender, and Sexuality: The Complexity of Intersectionality

  • February 26, 2021

Category: Free event, Health & wellness and Lectures & discussions

The Complexity of Intersectionality with Dr. Skyler Jackson

This lecture is co-hosted by the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, & Sexuality with support from the Intersectionality Community of Scholars. Please join us for a lecture with Dr. Skyler Jackson (Yale University) on the complexity of intersectionality research in psychology. Registration is required at the Zoom link provided.

"Drawing Outside of the Lines: Embracing the Complexity of Identity and Intersectionality of Stigma in Psychological Research"

Although decades of scholarship demonstrate that experiences of stigma serve as key determinants of health among marginalized populations, this literature disproportionally reflects the experiences of prototypical minority group members and overlooks the unique forms of stigma endured by people with complex or poorly understood identity configurations. For example, although it is understood that people are at risk for enduring multiple, interlocking health-eroding systems of oppression, existing scholarship generally reflects a unidimensional approach to stigma, focusing on one type of stigma (e.g., homophobia) in isolation from others (e.g., racism, sexism). In this presentation, Jackson illuminates the ways this tendency limits how we conceptualize, measure, report, and intervene upon stigma as a determinant of health, allowing many health inequities to remain obscured and entrenched. To illustrate the novel research that can be generated by embracing the complexity of stigma in contemporary mental and sexual health investigations, Jackson will present an interconnected series of scholarly works (e.g., measurement, experience sampling, intervention) to elucidate the ways racism and homophobia intersect to drive health among LGBTQ people of color. He will also discuss other ways, beyond intersectionality, to embrace identity complexity and address health inequities among non-prototypical minorities, such as his current work to develop a cross-population model of stigma, stress, and health for stigmatized groups that blur or challenge binary categories (e.g., multiracial people, bisexual people, gender non-binary people).

Registration is required for this Zoom meeting.
Friday, February 26 at 2:15pm to 3:30pm

The Mill & Mine: Movie Night: Get Out

  • February 26, 2021

Category: Film and Free event

Friday at 6:30 PM EST – 9 PM EST
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr 30 min

Movie Night at The Mill & Mine featuring Get Out! We have an indoor set up with a great view of the big screen! Reserve via our Tako Taco Resy link.

Seating starts at 6:30PM
Movie starts at 7:00PM
$5-$8 per person
More info:

Pod sizes range from 2-8 people. Each pod offers your group their own space to hang out, safely distanced from others.
For all pods, check-in at the Tako Taco hostess stand to be seated.
Food and beverage from Tako Taco available for purchase, both by walk-up ordering and by QR code without ever having to leave your spot. For everyone’s safety, masks are required any time you are not in your pod.
If you have any further questions, please send us an email at

Volunteer Princess: Tennessee River Cruises

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Experience an unparalleled view of Knoxville during our public cruises! Enjoy a delightful lunch, brunch, or dinner cruise. We offer a range of public cruises for your friends and family on Knoxville’s only luxury yacht! From sunset dinner cruises to sailgates in Big Orange Country, Volunteer Princess Cruises is truly special for any event. Browse through our cruise offerings below to begin your jaunt along Knoxville, Tennessee’s beautiful riverfront!

Tennessee Riverboat Company: Star of Knoxville

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Create some memories on our authentic paddlewheeler - the Star of Knoxville. We offer a variety of lunch and dinner cruises along with sightseeing-only tickets.

This authentic paddlewheeler is United States Coast Guard approved for 235 passengers. The main deck seats 144 passengers and is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available. From black tie events like weddings and receptions to a casual event like a football charter the atmosphere is right for any occasion.

Ijams Nature Center: Nature Preschool/Play Club In-Person and Virtual Open Houses

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Ijams Nature Center will host in-person and virtual open houses for families interested in learning more about the full-time Ijams Nature Preschool and the new part-time Ijams Nature Play Club.

In-person open houses are Saturday, Feb. 27, and Saturday March 6, from 2-5 p.m. at the Ijams Miller Education Building, 2915 Island Home Ave. In-person events will follow COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure everyone stays safe. Virtual open houses are Thursday, Feb. 25, and Thursday, March 11, from 6-7 p.m.

Classes start Monday, Aug. 9. The Ijams Nature Preschool meets Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, experiential learning. Children ages 3-5 spend more than 50% of their time outdoors.

The new Ijams Nature Play Club follows the same model for ages 3-5, but is 100% outdoors. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Both programs blend traditional education standards with the opportunity to learn about and explore the natural world. Children spend the majority of their time outdoors, where they learn through play, discovery and inquiry. Activities focus on sensory experiences with live animals, natural objects, artifacts and art materials. The programs encourage curiosity, cognitive growth and motor skills through unstructured, child-led outdoor adventures. Children build problem-solving, math and engineering skills through hands-on experiences, and cultivate social skills through group play and opportunities for cooperative learning.

For more information about the Ijams Nature Preschool and Ijams Nature Play Club, visit or Additional questions may be directed to Administrator Leslee Moore at 865-679-5491 or email

Ijams also is offering eight consecutive weeks of Nature Preschool Day Camp starting June 7. Camps run from 9 a.m. to noon and feature a new theme each week. To register for Nature Preschool Day Camp, visit

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Midwinter Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Art Guild of Tellico Village is proud to present its Midwinter Art Exhibit. This spectacular collection of beautifully rendered artwork was all created by our members.

Thirty four artists and 97 works of art are represented in our Midwinter Exhibit.

You can see the virtual exhibit here:

Community Television of Knoxville: Donate to Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction

  • February 22, 2021 — March 26, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Hello Neighbor! Is there anyone who isn’t looking forward to things returning to “normal” when this pandemic is finally over? The effects on our jobs, social life, and neighborhood activities have been devastating, so we are all seeking ways to remain productive, stay safe, and have some fun. With that in mind, Community Television of Knoxville (CTV) is boldly moving forward with our 2021 Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction, an almost effortless "COVID-safe" event that will allow you to:

1. Help improve your neighborhood.
2. Help promote community television.
3. Find some incredible bargains.
4. And, have loads of fun!

Our inventory at is constantly being updated as neighbors and local businesses are currently donating new and gently used treasures through March 26th. Online bidding will begin on April 2nd and continue through April 23rd. Don’t be a spectator. Find out how EASY it is to raise money to fund important projects in your neighborhood.

Treasure Hunt Zoom Session #1 (both meetings cover the same material, you only need to attend one)
Time: Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 6 pm
Zoom Meeting Link:
Treasure Hunt Zoom Session #2
Time: Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 6 pm
Zoom Meeting Link:

Knoxville Symphony League: The Symphony Mardi Gras Auctions

Category: Fundraisers

Mardi Gras is all about music, parades, picnics, floats, and excitement. It’s one big holiday! You too can support your Knoxville Symphony by bidding on and buying items through our Silent and Specialty auctions. The Silent auction will go live on Monday, February 22, and the Specialty auction will begin at approximately 7:45 pm on Feb. 27.

Get started with HandBid now to receive notifications when the bidding opens.

The Silent Auction will close Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 9:30 pm. By bidding you expressly authorize the Knoxville Symphony League (KSL) to use the credit card registered to your account to fulfill any payment owed. Invoices will be emailed to successful bidders after payment is processed.

All auction items are pick-up only. You may pick up auction items starting Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12 pm-4 pm at the KSO office located at 100 S. Gay Street Suite 302. Masks are required for entering the building. Additional pick-up hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm. If you do not pick up items before March 24th you will be deemed to have donated the items to the KSL and KSL will be able to resell the item at its discretion.

If you have any questions please contact Amber Mullins at, or at (865) 521-2319.

The WordPlayers: The Ends We Seek

Category: Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family and Theatre

The WordPlayers offers a show for Black History Month. The Ends We Seek - a one act play with music by Ethan Norman - is a work of historical fiction, which moves between actual events in the 19th and 20th centuries. The play vividly and powerfully illustrates how major historical events — Lincoln’s election and Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the movement for civil rights inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — impacted the lives of ordinary individuals and families. A mother and a son, in two different centuries, play out the average person’s struggle with life in a dysfunctional society rife with racism. Scenes of daily life play out against a backdrop of history and lead us through moments where national, social, and political turmoil have lasting and powerful effects on ordinary families. With sharp dialogue, inspired by true stories, and with captivating musical interludes, The Ends We Seek personalizes and humanizes the experience of ordinary people swept up in the events of history.

Schedule of Free, Public Performances
• Saturday, Feb. 20 – Oak Valley Baptist, 194 Hampton Rd, Oak Ridge – 4:00 PM
• Sunday, Feb. 21 – Fifth Avenue Baptist, 2500 E 5th Ave, Knoxville – 4:00 PM
• Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Walters State – Greeneville – 9:40 AM & Sevierville – 4:00 PM
• Thursday, Feb. 25 – Walters State – Morristown – 9:40 AM & Tazewell – 2:00 PM
• Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 – One Life Church, 2900 Knoxville Center Dr., Knoxville – 4:00 PM
The WordPlayers, 865-539-2490
Facebook: The WordPlayers
Twitter: @wordplayers
Instagram: wordplayers

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