10 About Town: First Friday, puppies & sports

This week's 10 About Town includes an old west cook-off, dogs in costumes, and so many ways to cheer on the Vols.

Friday, March 2, 2018

It's the first Friday of the month, so that means there will be several art shows, vendors and demonstrations around town.

Talented young performers from the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble open their 37th season with a colorful slate of dances on Friday and Saturday at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $13 for children and $26 for adults. please contact Cheri McKeever at (865) 207-1954 or cheri@sweetrelieforganizing.com.

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Faceoff against local celebrities in games like table tennis, billiards, blackjack, etc. for the ‘Game On Against Cancer’ event benefiting the Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Tickets, which include a free drink and heavy hors-d'oeuvres, are $50. The event at Games & Things last from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Pop Art was an art movement in the 60s, but it’s making an appearance in 2018 at the Broadway Studios and Gallery’s POP ART show that opens during “First” Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. The show runs until 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31.

You can snag a date with some of Knoxville's most eligible bachelors and help fight illiteracy in Knox County at the 8th annual Friends of literacy Bachelor Auction on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mill & Mine. Each bachelor is paired with a unique date package. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit http://friendsofliteracy.org/ for details.

Jack Herranen & the Little Red band will be highlighting songs written in South Knoxville on Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater. Tickets are $15 at the door and $13 in advance.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Laissez le Bon temps rouler. That means let the good times roll, and the good times will be rolling or wagging through downtown Knoxville on Saturday for the 11th annual Mardi Growl benefiting Young-Williams Animal Center. Activities start at 11 a.m. with a parade and go until 3 p.m. It costs $15 to register your dog ahead of time and $20 for day-of registration.

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Join in the statewide effort to remove invasive plants like harmful vines during Knoxville’s third annual Weed Wrangle from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Volunteers are also needed at several state and local parks like:

  • Iams Nature Center
  • Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum
  • Lakeshore Park (city of Knoxville)
  • Bakers Creek Preserve
  • Old Gray Cemetery

Foodies, cowboy aficionados, and anyone looking to try an old American Western meal are welcome to the annual Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon outdoor Cookoff on Saturday at Clabough’s Campground from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food, music, and old west activities for the whole family. Tickets are $12.50.

The Tennessee Stage Company is holding auditions for this year’s Shakespeare on the Square. Come to First Presbyterian Church on 620 State Street on either Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. or Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. to audition.

Listen to banjo music at its best as Riley Baugus performs old-time American tunes at the Laurel Theater on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15.

Pellissippi State Community College is hosting two free ‘lifelong learning’ classes on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. You can learn key leadership concepts to build your business in a Leadership Skills class or improve and build your resume in a resume workshop. Although the classes are free, registration is required.

The University of Tennessee men’s basketball team hosts the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena. You can also watch the game live on the SEC network. Tickets available online.

Have you invented something unique or have an idea that you just can’t figure out how to make a reality? You could learn steps to protect your invention, market it and produce it at TNinventcon on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library. The day will include a wide range of speakers and topics. For more info, visit www.blountlibrary.org.

SoKno Taco is turning 1-year-old. On Saturday at 1 p.m. the Mexican restaurant is hosting a scavenger hunt bike ride with 100% of the proceeds going to the Appalachian Mountain Biking Club. $15 gets you entry to the ride, taco platter, Yee-Haw beer, t-shirt and a koozie. You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

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The Town of Farragut and Kiwanis Club of Farragut is hosting the 13th annual "Shamrock Ball – A Father-Daughter Dance" on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Farragut High School Commons. Tickets are $20 for a couple and $30 for a family if purchased in advance. The cost goes up to $5 on the day of the event.

The Lady Vols softball team makes its home debut, hosting the Tennessee Invitational at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on March 2-4. The Lady Vols will play five games over the three days before opening SEC play on March 9.

The Tennessee Smokies host the Tri-Star Classic March 2-4 at Smokies Stadium. Men’s baseball teams from the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Memphis will face off. Tickets range from $5 to $29 and parking is free.

Score some great deals at the Junior League’s 32nd annual Bag-A-Bargain event on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon inside the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. Tickets to get into the event are $5 per person.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents Mozart in March on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre as part of their chamber classics series. Tickets start at $15. Information and tickets can be found here.

Feel like a movie star and walk the red carpet at Regal Entertainment's “Hollywood’s Night Out” event benefiting Variety children charity. Tickets are $35 at any Knoxville Regal theater and guests will experience a live screening of one of the biggest awards show of the year starting at 7 p.m.

Lace up your running shoes for a race that’s out of this world. The first annual GLOW for galactosemia, which features glow-in-the- t-shirts and paint, is Sunday evening from 4 to 8:30 pm. at Tyson Park in Knoxville. The event raises awareness and funds for research for the Galactosemia Foundation. After you finish a 1 mile, 5K or 10K race, you can relax on your yoga mat for a free stretching session from Unity Yoga and Wellness Center.

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Learn how to use acrylic paints and create your own 16” x 20’ dragonfly masterpiece at Ijams Nature Center from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Ijams Nature Center. Preregistration is required. To register, call 865-919-6186.