Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Friends of Knox County Public Library: Used Book Sale

  • August 4, 2022 — August 6, 2022

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Literature, reading, writing

Future Book Sales:

• Karns Branch: August 4 and 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Powell Branch: September 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Farragut Branch: September 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Fall Sale at Central United Methodist: September 29-October 1 (Members-Only Day September 29), 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Crafting an Ode: Finding Joy in the Unexpected

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

Thursday, August 4, 7:00 PM

Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Foundry, Psaltery & Lyre and elsewhere. Her full-length debut, Visitation, is available from Tinderbox Editions, and her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press. Expect to learn how to find that ode in you and put it on paper.

A graduate of Stanford, Oxford, Brown, and Sewanee Universities, Maggie lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young children, and two golden retrievers.

We are on Zoom with our programs until September, so please register for the Zoom link (available soon) on the KWG website:

UT Arboretum Society: Put Down Your Pesticide

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

Every bug has a purpose. Did you know that very few caterpillars reach their mature size because birds gobble them down? It is estimated that one pair of chickadees must find 6,000 caterpillars to feed one brood of fledglings. Carpenter bees pollinate tomatoes. Flies pollinate pawpaws. Gnats pollinate Jack-in-the pulpits, while hummingbirds eat gnats. Ants plant trillium seeds and flickers eat ants. Cardinals eat adult beetles, while brown thrashers eat their grubs. It is a complicated and intricate circle of life. The list goes on and on.

Join local naturalist, Stephen Lyn Bales, as we learn about why “Bugs are Not Bad” at the UT Arboretum Society’s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. EDT. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link. Register at This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please note this program is scheduled on Eastern time. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at with any questions or registration issues. To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at

Authors Guild of Tennessee: Meeting

  • August 4, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Literature, reading, writing

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information:

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Cell Full/Filled

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event


Currently on display in the Jerry Drown Wood Gallery is Cell Full/Filled, work by members of the Enamelist Society highlighting the diversity of the cloisonné enameling technique.

Artists include:

Jeanne Abriel, Patricia Aiken, Martha Banyas, Susan Bergstrand, Teri Brudnak, Donna Buchwald, Harlan Butt, Mary Chuduk, Karen Cohen and Joe Clift, Marcia R. Cohen, Cynthia Eid, Lynn Floriano, Priscilla Frake, Orietta Awad Geha, Lara Ginzburg, Marianne Goodell, Lisa Gralnick, Cullen Hackler, Jan Harrell, Janet Harriman, Cindy Heineman, Mindy Herrin, Nicholas Hesson, Mana Hewitt, Helen Hosking, Lauralee Hutson, Linda Kaye-Moses, Sharron Kree, Faith Layard, Leslie Litt, Sarah Loch-Test, Amy Lyons, Vicki Mathieu, Gina Matthiesen, Sandra McEwen, Barbara McFadyen, Patricia Nelson, Kimberly Nogueira, Sarah Perkins, Leslie Perrino, Jeanie Pratt, Diane Rooke-Harris, Ana Rendón Sanders, Jo Dean Sarins, Richard Schafermeyer, Virginia Schneider, Roberta Smith, Mary Stafford, Laura Stamper, Toni Strassler, Joan Strott Alvini, Jean Tudor, Krisztina Vagenas, Jean Vormelker, Ursula Vourvoulis

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Alchemy 6

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event


“Alchemy,” a term that refers to a seemingly magical power of transmutation as well as the ancient chemical philosophy of turning base metal into gold or silver, can apply to enamel as it is magically transformed by heat. ALCHEMY6 is the 18th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition and the 14th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition.

These Exhibitions highlight the best in contemporary enamels. The International Juried Exhibition showcases the work of enamelists that demonstrate aesthetic and technical expertise, while the Student Exhibition features the work of students throughout the world.

Participating artist include:

Mercedes Almagro, Belgium; Ruth Altman, USA; Martha Banyas, USA; Katy Bergman Cassell, USA; Harlan Butt, USA; Jessica Calderwood, USA; Maria Camera-Smith, USA; Sandi Carter, USA; Gabrielle Castonguay, Canada; Mary Chuduk, USA; Marcia R. Cohen, USA; Kat Cole, USA; Delia Dante, USA; Jennie DiBeneditto, USA; Susan Estler, USA; Pat Frese, USA; Terry Fromm, USA; Marsha Greene, USA; Charity Hall, USA; Michelle Hall, USA; Jan Harrell, USA; Anne Havel, USA; Adam Hawk, USA; Mindy Herrin, USA; Abigail Heuss, USA; Mana Hewitt, USA; Sha Sha Higby, USA; Mi-Sook Hur, USA; Janly Jaggard, USA; Vershali Jain, USA; Linda Kaye-Moses, USA; Mary Klein, USA; Faith Layard, Canada; Timothy Lazure, USA; Debbie Leh-Pargac, USA; Alisa Looney, USA; Mary Lucking, USA; William Luft, USA; Maya Madden, USA; Lori Magno, USA; Susan Mannion, Ireland; Tracy Mastro, USA; Barbara McFadyen, USA; Marcela McLean, USA; Patricia Nelson, USA; Kimberly Nogueira, USA; Kathryn Osgood, USA; Alison Pack, USA; Sarah Perkins, USA; Jeanie Pratt, USA;Carolina Reyes, USA; René Roberts, USA;Fay Rooke, Canada; Lea Alison Rosen, USA; Jessica Sawyer, USA; Virginia Schneider, USA; Julie Shaw, USA; Flying Flux: Patricia Aiken, Jane Beiser, and Roberta Smith, USA; Mary Stafford, USA; Judy Stone, USA; Joan Strott Alvini, USA; L. Sue Szabo, USA; Patricia Telesco, USA; Claire Townsend, Australia; Krisztina Vagenas, USA; Ursula Vourvoulis, USA; Elizabeth White-Pultz, USA; Kathleen Wilcox, USA; Kay Yee, USA

Xi Ao, California College of the Arts; Emily Booker, East Carolina University; Nicholas Hesson, East Carolina University; Sabrina ChiaChen Hsu, Gemological Inst. of America; Dawoon Jeong, SUNY New Paltz; Yifei Kong, SUNY New Paltz; L. Wyatt Nestor-Pasiczyk, Temple University; Elliot Papp, Mass Art; Tracy Saracino, SUNY New Paltz; Anna Sherman, Temple University; Aaron Sizemore, Indiana University Bloomington; Grant Turner, Bowling Green State University; Sishi Wang, Indiana University Bloomington

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Ijams Nature Center: Bird Nerd Speaker Series

Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family and Science, nature

Aug. 2 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

​Aug. 6 - "The Mystery of Monarchs" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, as he gives you an inside look at one of this region's longest migratory fliers - the monarch butterfly!

​Aug. 9 - "Identifying Local Birds of Prey" (6-8 pm)
Join naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for an evening dedicated to learning the skills to easily identify Knoxville's local birds of prey.

Aug. 11 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

Register in advance

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-577-4717,

Tax-free weekend: Food & Food Ingredients

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

This year, Tennessee has not one, but three tax free holidays! They range from clothing and school supplies to groceries and even gun safety equipment. Dates:

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Gun Safes & Safety Equipment
August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022: Food & Food Ingredients

Qualifying gun safes for the sales tax holiday have locking containers equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock or other device to store guns securely. This sales tax holiday runs until June 2023, so there is plenty of time to make your purchases.

The new grocery sales tax holiday is welcome especially with the rising cost of food. Best of all, this sales tax holiday will last the entire month of August. A good rule of thumb for this sales tax holiday is if you can find it in a grocery store, it’s included. However, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements and prepared food will not be tax free. Keep in mind that food purchased at a “micro market or vending machine” is subject to sales tax. The state estimates this sales tax holiday will save Tennesseans more than $80 million.

Art Exhibition by Alan M. Jones (Theophilus) and Xavier Maurice Jones

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring works by father and son!

Local artists, Alan M. Jones and his son, Xavier M. Jones, will display their paintings in the Burlington Branch meeting room for the month of August. Alan Jones is a local artist who paints under the pseudonym “Theophilus.” Alan Jones is a former Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, Art Director at the Literacy Imperative Center in Knoxville, TN, and has also worked as Research Associate with the Community Partnership Center of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Alan is also an accomplished freelance artist. His paintings reflect Black heritage, social statement, and biblical themes in an effort to strengthen his community. Blacks in The Bible and Urban Inner Visions are two projects he continues to explore. He has completed Church Murals, community murals and portraits as well. He also designed the new Black Cultural Center Brick Frieze and the tile floor for the University of Tennessee.

AUGUST 1-31, 2022
MON, 10:30AM - 8PM; TUE-THU, 10:30AM-5PM; FRI-SAT, 1-5PM


Ijams Hallway Gallery: COMMA - Natural Elements & Flights of Fancy

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

In the Ijams Visitor Center

COMMA Art Group presents two exhibitions:
Natural Elements: Artworks inspired by and related to Nature
Flights of Fancy: Artworks celebrating Hummingbirds
Reception: 1-3pm, Saturday, August 13, 2022, following the Hummingbird Festival

COMMA Art Group was founded in 2004 by award-winning former and current art teachers who meet weekly to create plein air artwork. Participating artists are: Phyllis Ball, Nancy Campbell, Gay Nell Gray, Judy Jorden, Cheri Jorgenson, Shelley Mangold, Martha Robbins, Caitlin Seidler, Valerie Sigmon, Carol Vinson, Suzanne Wedekind, Owen Weston, and Jackie Spaulding-Wright.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Suite Surrender

Category: Theatre

By Michael McKeever and directed by Barry Wallace

Fri. Jul 22nd 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Jul 23rd 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Jul 24th 2022, 3:00 pm
Thu. Jul 28th 2022, 8:00 pm
Fri. Jul 29th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Jul 30th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Jul 31st 2022, 3:00 pm
Thu. Aug 4th 2022, 8:00 pm
Fri. Aug 5th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Aug 6th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Aug 7th 2022, 3:00 pm

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo After-Hours

Category: Culinary arts, food, Kids, family and Science, nature

Come enjoy our extended After-Hours from 5 PM – 8 PM every Thursday! These evenings are free for members or with a general admission ticket. The Splash Pad is open all day and evening! The carousel and train will also be open and providing free rides! NEW, every After-Hours Thursday we will now have a DJ in the Plaza! Come out and dance to the beats! Each month will feature a special menu and local draft beer.

Thursdays 5-8 PM
Member Admission - Free
General Admission - Free with Zoo Ticket

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331,

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