Arrowmont, an organization that provides arts and crafts education and whose mission is to “enrich lives through art,” has been facing a crisis for a little while about where to set up shop. The relationship with their long-time partner, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, is on the rocks and their current lease up in Gatlinburg, TN will expire in 2012. This means Arrowmont needs to make other arrangements by August of this year. Rumor has it that they are looking seriously at sites in Knoxville and Greeneville, TN. On behalf of the Knoxville community, please come to Knoxville, Arrowmont! There is no doubt a large space in one of our lovely historic neighborhoods that could accommodate you and we would appreciate you being here.
What: Mardi Growl 2010
Details: Saturday, February 13, 2010. Parade starts at Central/Summit Hill intersection at 11:00am; Market Square 12:00-2:00
Mardi Growl is sort of what you would guess it is, a fabulous day in which it is socially acceptable to shamelessly dress your dog up in wild costumes. Not only is it acceptable, it’s rewarded. Prize categories this year are Volunteer Spirit, Congeniality, Pet-Owner Look-Alike, and Best Costume. One last prize category is Naked Dog, going to the most handsome non-costumed canine. But when everyone else is dressed up, isn’t this just subjecting your dog to complete humiliation?
Mardi Growl 2010 will begin at the new downtown dog park at the corner of Summit Hill Drive and Central Avenue. A parade will commence and there will be festivities to follow on Market Square. In addition to the party, you can get your dog microchipped for $10 and vaccinated for rabies.
Visit the Young Williams Animal Center’s Official Mardi Growl page for more information and to register. If you sign up before 4:30 today it’s only $10 (after that it’s $15), and the first 750 registrants will receive a doggie goody bag that includes at least one toy as well as a purple, green and yellow Mardi Growl boa for dog owners to wear during the parade (so they don’t feel left out). This is a benefit for Young Williams Animal Center, so please come on out!
From Whitney Stanley of Stanley’s Greenhouse (don’t miss the part about the discount!):
Stanley’s Greenhouse is hosting a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House – please join us for a magical evening of wine, cheese, live music and beautiful blooming flowers that will surely melt away any sign of the winter blues!
Friday, February 5th from 5:30P-7:30P
3029 Davenport Road
Cost – $30.00 per person
We look forward to seeing you on Friday – for further information, call 637-7475
**Guests will receive a 10% discount on any purchase made that evening
June 17th, 5:00-8:00pm! Save the date for the East Tennessee Community Design Center’s 7th Annual Loft and Business Tour, commencing on the 500 Block of Gay Street (T-shirts will, no doubt, be available with their fabulous party logo, seen above). For those of you not familiar with ETCDC, they bring people together to make positive things happen. Let’s say a neighborhood wants a vacant lot to become a neighborhood park. ETCDC will find professional landscape architects willing to donate their time to make it happen. They have done everything from creating neighborhood logos to acting as a fiscal agent for various organizations to conducting site feasibility studies. In Knoxvillager’s own neighborhood, Island Home Park, ETCDC executive director David Watson helped the traffic committee through the lengthy, complicated traffic calming process.
This organization is truly an asset to Knoxville, so mark your calendars for this event – it never disappoints! Visit the ETCDC website and take a look at all the wonderful projects they’ve been a part of. (And feel free to make a donation!)
Ijams (pronounced I-yams) Nature Center turns 100 this year, and you can commemorate the milestone and support this Knoxville gem at the same time. Buy an Ijams calendar online or better yet, pick one up at their museum store. Learn more about Ijams here, and be sure to visit soon! And many more…