Friday, September 30, 2011

Saturday Stories and Songs at the Library, 2011

My librarian let me know there's good news for those who aren't able to visit the library during the day--Saturday Stories and Songs is running again!

From Knox Co. Library:
It's music to our ears! We've expanded family programming on weekends. Saturday Stories and Songs will have everyone tapping their toes and sitting on the edge of their seats. This free series showcases storytelling and music for children of all ages, perfect for patrons who are not able to attend weekday storytimes. This year, programming has been expanded from four to seven locations, and programs for babies have been added to line-up.

There is an evening story time each week at the downtown library, but if Saturday is your only option, check out the schedule:

October 1
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn

October 8
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., One World Circus
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., One World Circus

October 15
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., One World Circus
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., musician Sean McCollough
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis

October 22 (Halloween Themed!)
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Millie Sieber
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden

November 5
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., One World Circus
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Sean McCullough

November 12
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn

November 19
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Storytellers' Tellebration
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden

November 26
Due to Thanksgiving Break, programs have been moved to December 3. Happy Thanksgiving!

December 3 (Holiday Themed!)
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller David Claunch
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Millie Sieber
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Millie Sieber
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Haunted Tour at Ijams Nature Center

Keyhole


Haunted Lantern Tour at Ijams Nature Center, Saturday October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Ijams brings you a unique opportunity to experience a new spooky side of Knoxville. So get a head start on Halloween and join us for a special Haunted Lantern Tour of Mead's Quarry and the Ross Marble Natural Area.

Led by Ijams' Naturalist's Lyn Bales and Sabrina DeVault with author Pat Fitzhugh this unique walking tour takes in Ijams' disused quarries with their own dark pasts for an informative yet hauntingly fun adventure in search of the infamous, the unknown, and the unexplained.

Meet at Mead's Quarry parking area at 7:30 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. This program is for adults and children, ages 10 and up only.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 for non members and $7 for Ijams members. Register now to avoid disappointment by calling 865-577-4717 ext. 110 or email sabrina@ijams.org for more information.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Couponing in Critical Times to offer couponing workshop

Gabrielle of Couponing in Critical Times is offering her next coupon workshop on Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church. Admission is "free," with a $5 donation to the church's outreach programs.

If you want to learn more about couponing, I highly recommend her workshops!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Halls Cinema 7 free movies



**UPDATE** Hubby went, but no-one was there. Apparently, this may not being going on afterall, or perhaps it was cancelled. Call ahead before you plan an outing.

Halls Cinema 7 is offering free movies every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., now through the end of 2011. This seems like a great way for me to get some me-time at home!

Here's the schedule:

discount concession packages too.
Movie titles subject to change without notice:
September 10 – All Dogs Go To Heaven G)
September 17 – The Wizard of Oz (G)
September 24 – Tangled (PG)
October 1 – Kung Fu Panda (PG)
October 8 – Rio (G)
October 15 – Gnomeo & Juliet (G)
October 22 – Hoodwinked Too (PG)
October 29 – Casper (PG)
November 5 – Cars (G)
November 12 – Happy Feet (PG)
November 19 – The Muppet Movie (G)
November 26 – Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (PG)
December 3 – Ramona & Beezus (G)
December 10 – Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 (PG)
December 17 – Despicable Me (PG)
December 24 – Toy Story 3 (G)
December 31 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 (PG)

Thank you, Knox to do!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rain Barrel Workshop

It's another rain barrel workshop! Attending a workshop gives you an opportunity to learn more about them and get one at a MUCH more affordable price than purchasing one outright. They are simple to put together. Here's the details on the next one:

Workshop Includes:
  • Rain Barrel
  • Supplies for installation of your rain barrel
  • Instructional demonstration
  • Benefits of using rain barrels
Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 6-8 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at Ijam's Visitor Center
Cost is $45 per barrel

Space is Limited! To register, please reserve here. For questions, contact the Fort Loudoun Lake Association Office, 865.523.3800 or email info@fllake.org. Registration is limited to the first 25 rain barrels reserved with payment.

Presented by
Fort Loudoun Lake Association
Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods
Water Quality Forum
--Thank you so much to the above groups for having these workshops! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Knoxmoms.com is no longer, but Ali James is picking up the slack

Many agree that one of the best features of Knoxmoms.com was the datebook--a calendar type resource filled to the brim with activities going on around town. Any time I hit a planning rut or curb, I knew I could check the calendar and probably find something fun to do that very day.

But, the site is no longer (now it is on Facebook only), and Ali James, who was the head mom is picking up the slack with a new blog, Knox To Do: Play, See, Learn, Do. On it she has a calendar of events--set up in Google calendar (meaning I can just copy the items I like and place them on my own calendar!).

Ali helped launch Knoxmoms.com in 2007, has three sons and is a freelance writer. She enjoys blogging, cooking and crafting and is now a full-time stay-at-home mom.

So, bookmark her new blog, her calendar, and friend her on Facebook to keep up with all the local happenings!


And if you know of a great activity, consignment sale or other fun event, email her at knoxtodo@gmail.com, and she'll share it with her network of local families!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ripley's Aquarium Teacher Appreciation


Ripley's Aquarium's Teacher Appreciation days are Sep 24 and 25 this year. They also have a home school rate and educational programs! For more information, visit Thrifty Christy.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Join Slow Food Knoxville for their 4th annual Pesto Festo--Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

The event will be held at a farm in Pioneer, TN, September 24. 

Tickets for this year's event are $50 per adult ticket and $45 for members. Tickets will be sold online at www.brownpapertickets.com (with a service charge) and at the Market Square Farmer's Market on August 27th and September 10th, 2011 at the Slow Food Knoxville booth.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blender and Mason Jar Trick

From Simply Recipes

Do I really need that nut chopper? And, can I afford a food processor? If you can't or don't want to, check out this post from Simply Recipes.

Did you know that you can (most likely) use a Mason jar on your blender? It's especially useful for making things like peanut butter, whipped cream, chopped nuts... and the list goes on.

Thanks, mom!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

American Council of the Blind Thrift Store Labor Day Sale

American Council of the Blind Thrift Store is having a Labor Day Sale--50% off!!! Friday-Monday (Sep 2-5).

The store has moved locations and is no longer next to Northern Tool. They are now located closer to Merchants Drive in the Clinton Plaza Shopping Center near Food City and Ace Hardware at 5032 Clinton Highway. The phone number is still the same--865-688-5884.


Ladies Night OUT!

Ladies Night or Moms Night Out---Oh, how I love those words!

I'm busy getting ready for an upcoming Ladies Night Out event at Faith United Methodist Church on Thursday, September 15, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes, snacks and fun vendors including me! (Isha's Flower Garden, Etsy & Facebook)

This fun event is a chance to have fun and get a jump-start on your Holiday shopping--Many thanks for Couponing in Critical Times for planning this fun event!

Ladies Night Out is an annual event held at Faith United Methodist Church, which is located at 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, 37918.

For more information, check out Couponing in Critical Time's post, and join Ladies Night Out on Facebook.