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A list of Knoxville-area events for February 8-24.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Tennessean Hotel is hosting a Veuve Cliquot champagne-tasting event called “Veuve not Love.” Guests will go from the hotel’s Drawing Room to the boardroom to the Governor’s Suit tasting different champagnes and tasting heavy hors-d'oeuvres. Guests will also receive a gift bag, and one lucky guest will even receive a free night’s stay at the hotel. The event costs $75 per person, and the tasting begins at 6 p.m.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

It’s “Pucks & Paws” night at the Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game against Huntsville Havoc at 7:35 PM at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Adopt A Golden Knoxville will be at the game. Tickets available online.

Talented kids from the Primary Players Children’s Theatre group in Maryville are performing ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Maryville is hosting its annual Masquerade Gala and Auction at the Capital Theater in downtown Maryville. The event starts at 6 p.m. and features dinner and music. Tickets are $50 each.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairings at “Wine to the Rescue” to benefit the Smoky Mountains Bulldog Rescue. The cost of the event is $85 per person with discounts available for tables of eight. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville and features a silent auction and blind wine auction.

You’re never too young to gain an appreciation for nature. Ijams Nature Center is hosting a “Rockin Around” Nature Nuggets event from 11:00 AM to noon to help kids ages 2 to 4 enhance their motor and sensory skills by playing with rocks and stones. The fee for the program is $4 per child.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is hosting its sixth ‘From Rock to Bach’ Music Festival featuring 19 live performances from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. There will be food and drink available for purchase, and you can pay $50 for a dinner reservation by calling 865-483-5569 by February 8. Tickets can be purchased at TN Bank or the ORCMA office.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a romantic dinner on Saturday provided by the Oak Ridge Philharmonia at Cokesbury Church in West Knoxville. The orchestra will perform romantic favorites following a silent auction at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the door or at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/oakridgephilharmonia/14013.

GO! Contemporary Dance Works is performing ALICE (in wonderland) February 10-11 at the Bijou Theatre. The contemporary ballet performance is a collaboration of works by six different choreographers. Show times are Saturday, February 10th at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $17-$27.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is hosting ‘Eat, Bray, Love’ as part of its Holler Salon series at Firefly Farms. The event, which takes place from 6 to 10 p.m., will feature readings by Amorak Huey, Stephanie McCarley Dugger, and T.A. Noonan. Dinner will be provided.

If you’re looking for an unusual concert to take your Valentine to, the Blount County Public Library is hosting the Lovelace Harp Ensemble concert featuring multiple talent harpists. This free “Valentine’s Harp Ensemble” concert is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m.

Show your sweetheart just how much you love them this Valentine’s Day by creating a hand-made card using natural materials from the wilderness. This event at Ijams Nature Center costs $8 per person and runs from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The East Tennessee chapter of Delta Waterfowl is hosting a banquet at the Blue Slip Winery to raise money for local waterfowl habitats. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $250.

Learn all about the use and trade of tin in the 18th century at an instructional, hands-on workshop at the Historic Ramsey House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will create a candleholder using hand tools. The cost for the workshop is $50 and includes all of the supplies.

Giggle, wiggle and stretch with Dancing Spider Yoga on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Bluff Branch Library. Children ages 3-9 and their parents will learn rhythm and rhyme while breathing and stretching. You can catch this event again on Saturday, February 17.

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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, alongside special guest vocalists from Broadway, will perform “KSO Pops: Broadway Romance” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets range from $36 - $92.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Lady Vols host the Georgia Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena at 3:00 PM. The Live Pink, Bleed Orange Game will also be televised on the SEC Network.

Ijams Nature Center is hosting an “On the Right ‘Track’ Family Adventure on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Families will learn how to identify animal tracks and make a plaster cast before heading out to the trails to put their tracking skills to the test. The fee for this program is $8 per person.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Lady Vols face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game at Thompson-Boling Arena will also be televised on the SEC Network.

Take your sweetheart to see the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre for “Russian Passion.” The musicians will be performing selections from “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet. Tickets start at $15.

The West High School Theatre Department is performing their spring musical, The Addams Family, from February 15-18 in the West High School Main Auditorium. Tickets range from $10 to $12.

Friday, February 16, 2018

You may think you know the trails at Ijams Nature Center, but not like this. Friday’s “Date Night Hike” starts participants out with a cozy bonfire and hot chocolate before heading into the woods for a night hike. The event lasts from 7 to 9 p.m.

The 40th annual Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show runs from Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18 at the Knoxville Convention Center. More than 200 exhibitors will be showing off new ideas and trends for interior design, home improvement and gardening. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 for seniors and Military, $5 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children under 6. Tickets can be purchased in advance at all ORNL Federal Credit Union locations and receive a $1.00 discount. For more information call 865.637.4561 or visit www.dogwoodarts.com.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Grab your four-legged friend and join veterinarian, Dr. Louise Conrad, on a walk through Ijams Nature center from 9 to 10 a.m. Conrad will go over good park etiquette and special safety concerns for dogs in nature. The event is $5 for nonmembers.

If you didn’t get enough of the wiener dog races the first go around, they’re back for round two at the Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game against Macon Mayhem at 7:35 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. All dachshunds are eligible to compete in this popular dash across the ice.

Young nature explorers are “going on a bear hunt” at Ijams Nature Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Kids ages 5-7 will read the book, “We’re going on a bear hunt” by Michael Rosen, and create their own maps before going on a bear hunt through the nature center. The fee for the program is $6 per child. There is a second chance to catch this event on February 24.

East10Drift is hosting the 2018 Ice Bowl; a car drifting competition at Smokies Stadium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers can enter for $88 or you can just come to watch for $10.

Run to fight cancer at the annual February Freeze 5K, benefiting the American Cancer Society. The race begins in the Old Mill District of Pigeon Forge and runs along local streets and the riverside greenway. The event begins at 4 p.m. across from Patriot Park. More info: https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/PigeonForge/FebruaryFreeze5K

The Oak Ridge String Quartet is performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. The quartet will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Glazunov’s 5 Novelettes for String Quartet, and music from Oak Ridge composer, Rachel DeVore Fogarty’s quartet. General admission is $25 for adults.

The members of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Tennessee are giving girls a chance to buy the prom dress of their dreams. On Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., they’re hosting their annual “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” sale where girls can purchase gently used prom dresses at an affordable price. The proceeds will go to the YWCA in Knoxville to support domestic violence awareness. The sale will be located at the Alpha Chi Omega house on UT’s campus.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Knoxville Ice Bears have partnered with JDRF East Tennesee to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes at this special game against the Rail Yard Dawgs. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Collesium.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Some of Knoxville’s most popular local breweries will be at the Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game against the Birmingham Bulls on Friday at 7:35 p.m. You’ll be able to taste local beers before and during the game.

The Knoxville Opera is performing Turandot, a classic story of riddles and romance, on Friday and Sunday at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. The opera will be performed in Italian with projected English translation. Friday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. There’s a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

The Knoxville Akima Women’s club is hosting its annual Cabaret fundraiser. Members of the Knoxville Akima Women’s club and their spouses will take the stage at the Bijou theater on Friday and Saturday night to perform a comedic musical called ‘Happily Ever After?’ Tickets are $150 per person or $1,400 for a table of ten for either of the evening performances that also include dinner and dancing afterward. Both shows start at 7 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee option for $40. Cabaret helps the Akima club raise money for local charities. For ticket information visit akimaclub.org or you can purchase tickets at the Bijou box office or online for the (matinee only).

You can watch all nine of the ‘best picture’ Oscar nominees during Regal’s Best Picture Film Festival that runs from Friday, February 23 or Sunday, March 4. Moviegoers will be able to purchase a $35 Festival pass that gets them into all the films. For a schedule of the movies and list of participating theaters, click here.

The 49th Jubilee Festival is February 23-25 at the Laurel Theater at 1538 Laurel Avenue. The three-day event features several local performers. Admission is $15 each night.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Need a little nature indoors? You can create your own natural bath mat out of moss at Ijams Nature Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The humid air in your bathroom will provide enough moister to sustain your living mat so you can step on something lush and green when you hop out of the shower. The fee is $40 per person.

It’s superhero night at the Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game against Macon Mayhem at 7:35 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Costumes are encouraged.

The Historic Ramsey House presents The Legacy of Woodworking on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will learn about the design and function of essential cabinet making tools from the late 1700s. The cost is $25.

The Knoxville Museum of Art is hosting a free Winter Family Fun Day packed with art-making, face painting, magic shows, live music, and more. The event goes from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the museum at 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive.

The Annual Saving Little Hearts 5K and Family Fun Walk takes place Saturday at 10 a.m. at Springbrook Park in Alcoa. The event raises money for families who face challenges caused by congenital heart defects.

It’s Lego Saturday at the Halls Branch public library. Children grades 1-5 can come and build whatever they can imagine at 3 p.m. The library provides the Legos.