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NOVEMBER 2019

WestKnoxvilleLifestyle.com

VOLUNTEER IS A VERB

RETREAT TO THE SWAG PRACTICE GRATITUDE FIVE WAYS TO GIVE BACK


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Scott Hamstead | scott.hamstead@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Jennie Treadway-Miller | jennie.miller@lifestylepubs.com AD DESIGNER

Thankfulness

Matthew Endersbe LAYOUT DESIGNER

Kelsey Proctor

AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE’RE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE APPROACH

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OF THANKSGIVING, THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME SPENT WITH OUR

Kate Baxendale

LOVED ONES. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; look-

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Melissa Ballard, Mary Beth Unthank

ing back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day parade, watching football or afternoons spent curled up on the couch after one too many pieces of pie; thinking of the people, experiences and things we’ve been blessed with in the last year. As we press pause on the hustle and bustle of life putting together a monthly magazine, we’re able to look back on the past year and, most meaningfully, the stories that have made what we do possible including the ones we have included in this issue: "Volunteer is a Verb" – A feature about how volunteerism impacts a community, plus six spotlights on smaller nonprofits that could use a boost. "Retreat to The Swag" – A travel story on The Swag Resort, which has been voted “Most Romantic Hideaway” and No. 2 “Top Resort in the South.” "Practice Gratitude" – Melissa Ballard's advice on how practicing gratitude helps us spend less money.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

"Five Ways to Give Back" – Suggestions on how to enter the holiday season with a spirit of giving. We also take this chance to think of those less fortunate and encourage you this giving season to donate to local organizations or charities. We hope that as you read this issue, you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and experiences of your neighbors and

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

the connections that have been made. We hope to see you around, and please say thank you to our marketing partners. Happy Thanksgiving, Knoxville! From the staff at West Knoxville Lifestyle

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019

FEATURES 10 Retreat to The Swag Escape to the Locally Owned Mountaintop Inn

16 Volunteer is a Verb Nonprofits Promote Community Strength and Wellness

22 Practice Gratitude There's Nothing to Lose

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34 Five Ways to Give Back Bring New Meaning to the Season of Giving

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CHRISTMAN COMPANY EARNS AWARD FOR UT STUDENT UNION Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Tennessee has honored The Christman Company with an Excellence in Construction Award for the University of Tennessee Student Union. It was in the category of mega-projects over $150 million at the 24th annual Excellence in

HARMONY FAMILY CENTER HOSTS PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT

Construction Awards on Sept. 26 in Nashville. “This is our company’s 37th project for the University of Tennessee, and it is really spe-

Harmony Family Center's hosted its inaugural

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“Volley for Change” Pickleball Tournament sponsored

general manager for The Christman Company’s

by PYA Waltman Capital Sept. 20–22, which included

Knoxville operations. “Our team took tremen-

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beautiful gathering space for students, alumni,

Approximately 135 participants had a wonderful

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HILLCREST HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEES EARN REGIONAL GRACE HEALTHCARE AWARDS Four Hillcrest Healthcare employees have won 2019 Grace Healthcare Awards for excellent and compassionate care. The four employees include: + Ruth Giacometti, Business Office Manager of the Year + Jerry Hensley, Employee of the Year + Abdoulie Jallow, Employee of the Year + Susette Williamson, Administrator of the Year

On Oct. 1, Steve Markman presented a check

Hillcrest Healthcare operates three skilled nurs-

for $2,750 to Rick Giecek, chief development offi-

ing, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities in

cer of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley,

Knoxville with 560 beds and more than 500 employ-

following the September Open the Vault Event

ees in the north, south and west communities.

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“All four of these employees exemplify what it means to serve with excellence and make the

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"Markman's has had a long tradition of giving

priority every day,” says Barry Davis, CEO of Hillcrest

back to the community, and we wanted our Open

Healthcare. “Ruth’s attitude and approach set the tone

the Vault Event to be a continuation of that spirit

in our business office, Jerry went from an entry-level

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

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TUCKED AWAY ON THE CATALOOCHEE DIVIDE, NESTLED BETWEEN KNOXVILLE AND ASHEVILLE, IS A MOUNTAINTOP, AWARD-WINNING RESORT DESIGNED TO WHISK AWAY ALL YOUR WORRIES. At The Swag, guests are invited to unwind, unplug and enjoy the view.  Originally built as a second family home by Dan and Deener Matthews in 1971, the main living room was constructed using logs from a Primitive Baptist Church in Tennessee, materials that date back to 1795. When the World’s Fair came around in 1982, the couple transitioned the property into an inn.  CONTINUED >

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“We were only here two or three days, but it felt like a full, beautiful, restful vacation. It was so secluded, unique and intimate. It’s a haven on the mountain.”  Fast forward to 2011, when David and Annie Colquitt were looking for a nearby retreat for their short honeymoon. They were in graduate school and didn’t have a lot of time to spare. On the recommendation of Annie’s grandparents, who were friends with the Matthews, the newlyweds visited The Swag. The first seed of an idea was sown. “We just fell in love with it,” Annie says. “We were only here two or three days, but it felt like a full, beautiful, restful vacation. It was so secluded, unique and intimate. It’s a haven on the mountain.”  They returned to The Swag a few more times, and there was the occasional conversation about what it might be like if the Matthews sold it to them. Would it be fun? Could they work in hospitality? Could this actually happen?  Years later, in 2018, the Matthews were in Knoxville visiting Annie’s grandparents, and word came down to David that if he was serious about buying The Swag, the time was now. Within hours, they had a handshake deal.  “David was looking for businesses to buy, but most of the businesses would be totally different and I wouldn’t be involved,” Annie says. “We were talking about making a major change, and then this came about as something we could to together. It felt like a once-in-alifetime opportunity.”  Right away the Colquitts decided that The Swag didn’t need a full remodel. Part of its charm is the integrity of the building, its character and charm. They were cautious of too much change too quickly, particularly for the resort’s longtime guests. They decided to spend their first season of ownership settling in and getting to know the staff and guests, all while making mental notes about what needed tidying up, what needed replacing, and what was just fine as is.  “We think what makes The Swag special is the sense of community built between the guests, the staff and the owners,” David says. “It’s a 14-room property where dinner is served. We do hors d’oeuvres that foster relationships. Plus, there’s a natural beauty here. Knock on wood, we can’t mess that up.”  12

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The Swag is all-inclusive, so mealtimes are opportunities to wow and treat each guest. Chef Jake Schmidt works with local farmers to create both traditional and modern dishes, while pastry chef Stephanie Hyzy, Gold recipient of The American Culinary Federation, specializes in gluten-free and vegan desserts.   “Breakfast is buffet-style with eggs madeto-order. Guests select their lunch the day before, which is picnic-style. They can take their lunches while hiking or enjoy them on the porch,” David says. “Barring dietary restrictions, dinner is a four-course meal. There’s always a fish option, red steak, poultry and vegetarian option.  “Wednesdays are my favorite,” he continues. “We have a big cookout buffet on Gooseberry Knob. The chef has a grill going with bison burgers, fried chicken, salads and sides, a whole dessert spread. It’s every Wednesday for lunch unless it rains, and then it’s just inside.” While The Swag doesn’t have a full spa yet, it’s earmarked for the near future. Until that space is designated, guests can still enjoy a massage from a masseuse they keep on reserve. Other activities on the property include a racketball court, a library, board games and hiking. They also help guests plan outings to the Biltmore, museums and other excursions.  CONTINUED >

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“We have event leaders who’ll come to stay and lead a hike or do something else that’s their area of expertise. We’ve had a photographer come and give instruction, a watercolor artist, a bear expert from Knoxville who gave a wildlife lecture. Birders, naturalists, people who know all about the Great Smoky Mountains,” Annie says. “But it’s not like summer camp. We have someone who comes every year to write. For him, he’s social during dinner but then retreats to write.” The Colquitts’ goals are to preserve The Swag while also creating new opportunities for guests, updating the decor, and bringing new life to the property.  “There’s a sense of exhaling when you come here,” David says. “Once you come up that unpaved driveway, you leave a lot of noise behind.”  The Swag closes the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the winter season and reopens mid-April. For more information, or to book a room for 2020, visit TheSwag.com. 

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ARTICLE MARY BETH UNTHANK

NONPROFITS IMPROVE COMMUNITY STRENGTH AND WELLNESS

HERE IN KNOXVILLE, “VOLUNTEER SPIRIT” HAS

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for Better Nonprofits, or ABN, assists other NPOs in

executive director for Volunteer East Tennessee, a

accomplishing their missions by providing education,

sort of matchmaking center for local nonprofits and

training, consulting, networking and more. Most non-

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profit organizations start as a person with a passion,

volunteering in this area. With 85 community partners

he notes, but many of those people don’t realize non-

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profits essentially operate as a small business, with

East Tennessee helps to ensure the region is served

the same needs for administrative support, securing

with well-staffed nonprofit organizations.

funding and marketing, for example. ABN supports

In the nonprofit sector, volunteers make it all happen. From manning a registration table and handing

nonprofit leaders at that fundamental level so they can be more effective for the community.

out meals to mentoring a child, many organizations

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that nonprofits provide, but these organizations fill in

2. Next, be honest with yourself and with organizations

the gaps in services and resources that the govern-

about the level of time you are able to commit. Long-term

ment and the private sector simply cannot meet.

volunteers are great, but it’s better to be upfront about

“Children and puppies pull on people’s heart-

what you can do than to overcommit and fall through.

strings,” Alyson notes, but there are many more areas

3. Take a skills inventory: what can you bring to the

served by NPOs. Faith-based charities, senior citizen

table? Do you want to use professional skills to assist

needs, environmental issues, educational programs,

and organization, or do you want to do something

neighborhood and professional associations, and arts

totally different? Think outside the box.

and culture are just a few areas served by nonprofits. Not only do nonprofits provide charitable assistance, but they also improve a community’s overall health and wellness and even drive economic growth. “When you’re out and serving and connecting with others,” Alyson says, “it makes for a tighter, more vibrant community.”

4. Finally, contact a nonprofit that interests you, or call Volunteer East Tennessee if you’re not sure. “When people volunteer, it gives them ownership of what happens in their community,” Chase says. “[Volunteering] establishes and builds relationships across all the barriers we typically live in.” CONTINUED >

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SHORA FOUNDATION

partnerships, Good Samaritan Center fills in the

Founded in 2008 by Tanika Harper, Shora

gap for residents with a variety of programs,

Foundation was created to provide services

including nutritional support, electric help, den-

and a “safe-place culture” to under-resourced

tal and pharmacy needs, school supplies, senior

youth communities in Knoxville. Programs

services and more. Volunteers are needed for

support academic and character develop-

client intake, pantry workers, receptionists and

ment, financial literacy, life skills, physical and

special events. Contact Volunteer Coordinator

emotional health, school preparedness, and

Shirley Fagg at 865.986.5919 or Executive

providing basic needs. By removing barriers

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and providing unique opportunities for chil-

visit GoodSamLoudonCounty.org.

dren and young adults, Shora Foundation ering its youth for success. To get involved,

KEEP THE TENNESSEE RIVER BEAUTIFUL

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A collaborative effort of Keep Tennessee

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Beautiful and the Tennessee Valley Authority,

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to adults with differing abilities in Blount County.

include cleanup events, adopting areas to pro-

Providing a community for participants fosters

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relationships and prevents the isolation many

nas with art-wrapped receptacles. Volunteers

differently abled adults feel after exiting the

are needed in every area to preserve our river

school system. The Gate offers music, games,

for generations to come, so please contact

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kathleen@keeptnriverbeautiful.org or call

special events in a safe and supportive environ-

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mothers, A Secret Safe Place for Newborns pro-

the community, River and Rail Theatre seeks to

motes awareness and support for Tennessee’s

bring Knoxville together through stage perfor-

Safe Haven Law, which allows mothers to anon-

mance. Valuing diversity among its leadership,

ymously surrender unharmed newborns with-

artists and audiences, River and Rail Theatre

out fear of prosecution or disclosure. Through

donates tickets one-for-one through partner non-

printed media, educational programs, digital and

profit organizations; provides educational work-

print ads, social media presence, and a 24-hour

shops for youth and adults; and focuses on stories

helpline, A Secret Safe Place for Newborns

that promote compassion, healing and hope. In

hopes to end infant abandonment by educat-

December, River and Rail will be opening the

ing mothers about this legal and lifesaving

Old City Performance Arts Center featuring The

alternative. Volunteers can contact info@

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secretsafeplacetn.org or call 865.254.2208.

teer or donate, visit RiverAndRailTheatre.com or

For immediate crisis help, call 1.866.699.SAFE

email info@riverandrailtheatre.com.

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East Tennessee, visit VolunteerETN.org or

Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County is the

call 865.582.4085. To reach the Alliance for

area’s go-to center for emergency assistance.

Better Nonprofits, visit BetterNonprofits.org

Through charitable contributions and community

or call 865.313.2077.

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mobilizes communities along the Tennessee

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WE ALL LOGICALLY KNOW THAT MONEY BY ITSELF WILL NOT MAKE US HAPPY. Yet so often we find ourselves falling into the trap of wanting the next best thing, or struggling to delay gratification (for ourselves or those we love)—denying something good now in order to have something great later. Aside from focusing on willpower and self-discipline, which seem so difficult to maintain, what else can we practice? In this season of thanksgiving, could practicing gratitude help us make better financial decisions? Researchers from several top universities decided to put the gratitude theory and its impact on financial decisions to the test. They placed participants in a position to obtain a monetary reward now or a higher reward in 30 days. But before asking them to decide now or later, they were asked (at random) to recount an event from their life when they felt either happy, neutral or grateful. Those who reflected on situations for which they were thankful were more likely to delay instant gratification for a greater reward in the future. Interestingly, those who reflected on neutral or happy situations had the same degree of patience—a lesser degree than those who reflected with gratitude. Meaning, it wasn’t happiness that increased their self-control; it was gratitude. For different reasons, we each might struggle with overspending this time of year. Perhaps it’s because the holidays are associated with pain or loss and we tempt ourselves to think about purchasing that thing we’ve been wanting will make us feel better. But we know it will only be temporary, and we’ll regret the purchase later. Or maybe we overspend because we love seeing the look on a loved one’s face when they open something unexpected, even though we know it would be in their best interest to purchase something a bit lower cost and put the difference in savings for their future. When it comes to children, we also know deep down that not gifting them every “latest and greatest” now might help them strive to achieve it for themselves later, providing them the gift of personal accomplishment. So, when we feel this tension rise up, why not put the gratitude theory to the personal test this holiday season? Just as the participants in the study did, why don’t we take a moment to reflect on the many things in our lives for which we are grateful? And then, only after counting our blessings, make a decision. Whichever way it goes, a multitude of studies show that our overall well-being will be improved, and we’ll simultaneously increase our chances of making a good financial decision. So, what is there to lose? Let’s practice gratitude. Source: PsychologicalScience.org PYA Waltman Capital, LLC, is an independent investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. More information about PYA Waltman including our investment strategies, fees and objectives can be found in our ADV Part 2, which is available upon request. PYA-19-29

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PUMPKIN SPICE, APPLE CINNAMON AND A HOT CUP OF COCOA. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer. As the nights grow longer, we’re embracing the Scandinavian secret of hygge by creating a space that emphasizes simple pleasures and finding joy in everyday moments—even when the weather is dreary. A burnt orange adirondack rug and woodland pillow set a ‘cozy cabin’ mood. Wicker baskets filled with apples and gourds are a reminder of the importance of the harvest, and a fun way to help teach young kids about the changing of the seasons. During this transitional time, light wood, fluffy blankets and scented candles beckon crisp autumn evenings, while a vase of fresh flowers—particularly mums—are an ode to the bright, sunny days we’re not quite ready to give up yet.

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RENOVATE & REFINE

(CON TI N U ED)

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE Pumpkin spice, apple and warm cinnamon are scents that bring the autumn air indoors. Adding these scents to your home will create a comforting and inviting atmosphere for your family and fall guests. MAD FOR PLAID Plaid patterns are a staple for the fall season. Find unique ways to pull the pattern into your decor in the form of blankets, pillows and even rugs if you’re feeling adventurous!

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MUM’S THE WORD Mums’

blazing

colors

and

long-lasting blooms are almost as much a marker of autumn as football, shorter days and cooler weather. Incorporate some warmer-color blooms into your decor for a fresh addition that’s reminiscent of changing leaves. AU NATURALE Wicker and natural materials like wood and jute are great ways to bring the outdoors in. Create a woodsy feel with dried flowers, natural wood accents and lots of baskets—great for storing your knit blankets!

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WOODLAND DECORATIVE PILLOW

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PLAID DECORATIVE PILLOW

Lorena Cotton Throw Pillow, Wayfair.com, $30.95

DECORATIVE STUFFED PUMPKINS

Knit and woven pumpkins, Pier1.com, prices vary

WICKER BASKETS

Threshold Abaca Folio bin set, Target.com, $52

NATURAL CANDLES

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NOVEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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vaccinations by the Knox County

grassroots organizations working on

Health Department ($10), informa-

the root causes of these issues.

TOWNSEND GRAINS & GRITS FESTIVAL

program and more.

Townsend Visitors Center

This premier whiskey tasting festival offers a unique opportunity for

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11 VETERANS DAY PARADE Gay Street

CHILI COOK-OFF PRESENTED BY BUSH'S CHILI BEANS

The parade will start at 10:40 a.m.

Downtown Gatlinburg

up Howard H. Baker Jr. Avenue to

region’s legendary distillers and

Offering mouthwatering recipes of

Church Street, then turn right and fol-

blenders in the Peaceful Side of the

homemade chili ranging from mild and

low Gay Street to Depot Avenue. At 11

Smokies. The Townsend Grains &

delightful to wild and adventurous, the

a.m., all parade participants will halt

Grits Festival provides an intimate

City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Chili

and face west while honors are car-

sampling event, offering something

Cook-Off presented by Bush’s Chili

ried out in front of the viewing stand

for consumers, foodies, bartenders

Beans on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 5–8

for veterans who served in the U.S.

and spirits professionals alike.

p.m. in downtown. Festival-goers will

armed forces in all our nation's wars.

you to experience our thriving craft spirits and gourmet food community while discovering some of the

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FURRY FALL FESTIVAL

Young-Williams Animal Center

at the Knoxville Coliseum, head

enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.

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15 TOBYMAC

Tennessee Theatre

KNOXVILLE BREWERS JAM

TobyMac—the

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

recording artist, music producer,

about pet-related resources around

Brewers Jam is Knoxville's best and

songwriter and author—returns  to

Knoxville, including adoption spe-

longest-running beer festival! All pro-

Knoxville after two years.

cials and discount coupons available

ceeds benefit Community Shares, a

at the center. Activities will include

local nonprofit that supports social,

live music from K-Town Music,

economic and environmental justice.

food trucks, pet microchipping and

Community Shares raises capac-

microchip registration ($10), rabies

ity, awareness and funds for local

The Furry Fall Festival will give animal lovers the opportunity to learn

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Christian

hip-hop


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NOV 26–DEC 1

sparkling lights, train rides, choirs,

LEWIS BLACK

GATLINBURG ARTS & CRAFTS COMMUNITY'S THANKSGIVING CRAFT SHOW

dren's craft activities, Home Depot's

Bijou Theatre

Lewis Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright and

photos with Santa, hot cocoa and more. Market Street will have chilLittle

Gatlinburg

Arts

Workshop and

the

soldiers with "Cards for Heroes" by

Gatlinburg Convention Center

historic

Elves

opportunity to make cards to send to

actor. He is best known for his angry

The

&

demeanor and belligerent style.

Crafts Community moves from its

the American Red Cross. The tree ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

normal workshops along Glades

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Road and brings crafts and goods

KNOXVILLE COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL

numerous booths selling all types of

to downtown Gatlinburg Convention Center. This event is free and features

Central Cinema

local arts and crafts. The show runs

Come out and enjoy a night of com-

Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.

edy and film at the inaugural Knoxville Comedy Film Festival. This festival is open to all levels of filmmakers, so grab a camera and some friends and film something funny! There are no submis-

29 REGAL CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS

We are always accepting submissions for events you'd like to see included in our Calendar sec-

Krutch Park

tion. Submissions are accepted

to the event will also be free! Not recom-

Bands, caroling, marshmallow roast-

via

mended for people under the age of 18.

ing, the lighting of the Christmas tree,

WestKnoxvilleLifestyle.com.

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

Five Ways to Give Back ARTICLE WKL TEAM

NOVEMBER USHERS IN A SEASON OF GIVING,

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PREP THE COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR WINTER: Grab the family and join the YMCA of East Tennessee on Nov. 2 for a workday in their Community Giving Garden.

They’ll be cleaning up the soil beds and getting the grounds ready for winter, tasks suitable for all age groups. YMCAKnoxville.org

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HELP THE LADIES OF CHARITY: The Ladies of Charity need volunteers every Saturday in their warehouse unloading donated furniture and sorting

clothes. This organization has been helping underserved people in Knoxville since 1942, relying on the generosity (and manpower) of those with time and energy to give. LadiesOfCharityKnox.org

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USHER AT THE CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: Be a part of a Knoxville holiday tradition by serving as an usher during the running of A Christmas Carol.

BUT IT’S TYPICALLY CENTERED AROUND HOLIDAY

You’ll welcome and seat patrons, assist those who need extra

GIFTS TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS. This

help, and be a smiling face as a representative of the theater.

year, what if we all took a different approach and decided

ClarenceBrownTheatre.com

to give back to our community instead? We all hold an incredible power to make a difference in one another’s lives, and sometimes all it takes is one small step to get the ball rolling. Here are our five suggestions for giving back this month.

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SERVE AS AN EMERGENCY FOOD HELPER: Work with CAC Beardsley Community Farm at their warehouse to distribute bags of shelf-stable food to families.

Distribution days are crucial to alleviating hunger in the community! Wear close-toed shoes and come ready to lift 20-pound bags. BeardsleyFarm.org

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ENCOURAGE A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: SHADES of Development provides after-school enrichment programming for preschool to middle school stu-

dents in nine Knox County School locations. They are looking for volunteers to engage with special needs students one-on-one. ShadesOfDevelopment.org

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