LAKE LIFE EVENTS GUIDE: April 25–May 5

CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS

Water Love Fest: April 26, 5 p.m. • Relix Variety Theatre • 1208 N. Central St.

Show a little love for area waters at this fund-raiser for the Legacy Parks Foundation, the Little River Watershed Association, and the UT student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. There’ll be a screening of the documentary Watershed, a rain barrel workshop, and more, including live music starting at 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.

Oak Ridge Earth Day: April 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • A.K. Bissell Park (1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge) • orearthday.org

Bicycle rodeos, scavenger hunts, mega-recycling demonstrations, and more show you and your family how to get green at the Secret City’s annual Earth Day celebration. Get your tykes to Oak Ridge High School early for the kids’ run at 8:30 a.m., and bring your gently used footwear to the park to donate to the non-profit Soles4Souls Shoe Drive. Visit the festival’s website for more information.

BOATING & WATERSPORTS

Knoxville Area Blessing of the Fleet: April 27, noon • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Drive) • myboatpro.com

Hosted by BoatPro and West Marine Knoxville, the Blessing of the Fleet brings the Greek maritime tradition of prayers for smooth sailing to Knoxville. Bring your boat to the waters in front of the Cove in Concord Park to be blessed via loudspeaker by Pastor Leonard Turner. Visit BoatPro’s website for more info.

Freedom Boat Club Open House: April 27, 4-8 p.m. • Freedom Boat Club (12214 Chota Marina Way) • freedomboatclub.com

Whether you’re already a member of the Freedom Boat Club or interested in joiing, you’re invited to an open house with live music and snacks to kick off the 2013 boating season.

Smoky Mountain DockDogs’ Spare the Big Air Challenge, Earth Day Oak Ridge: April 26-28 • A.K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge

Is your Labrador feeling land-locked? Let him join the soaring, swimming, competing pooches of Smoky Mountain DockDogs, featured at Earth Day Oak Ridge. Check-in and practice begin Friday at 3 p.m., and the Big Air finals take place Sunday at 2 p.m. These crowd-pleasers welcome all dogs. Please pack a four-foot leash, floating toy, and towels for your pooch, and, because this is a green event, leave the plastic water bottles at home. Visit the chapter’s website or e-mail smdockdogs@gmail.com for more information.

KAYAKING/PADDLING

Paddling 101: April 25, 6:30 p.m • Blue Ridge Mountain Sports (11537 Kingston Pike, Farragut) • brms.com

Picking a kayak, outfitting properly, and staying safe are just a few of the all-important topics covered at this session of the shop’s Mountain University. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to browse the new gear and you’ll get a T-shirt for your timeliness.

SUP Social Paddle: April 27 & May 4, 9 a.m. • Downtown Knoxville • laura@riversportsoutfitters.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

Stand-up paddling enthusiasts get together each Saturday morning downtown for this fast-growing, popular sport. River Sports Outfitters will provide gear for a fee, or you may bring your own. Registration is limited; call or email to guarantee your spot.

Social Paddle at the Cove: April 27 & May 4, 9 a.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Drive) • laura@riversportsoutfitters.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

River Sports Outfitters sponsors this paddling get-together, free if you bring your own gear. Otherwise, for $15, you’ll be equipped with a kayak or canoe, a paddle, and a PFD. All levels welcome, but it is limited to 25 participants; you must call or e-mail to reserve your spot. (The two-hour social paddle takes place each Saturday morning through season.)

Volunteer Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race: April 27, 8 a.m. • Ned McWherter Park/Riverside Landing Park (1648 Riverside Drive) • racetosmoky@gmail.com

This mega-competition features four races—80 miles, 46 miles, 28 miles, and 5 miles—open to all paddle, peddle, and stand-up paddlers. Visit the Legacy Parks Foundation’s outdoorknoxville.com event listing for details or “like” the Volunteer Canoe & Kayak Race page on Facebook.

Boat Demo Day at the Cove: April 27, 11 a.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Drive) • 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

Stand-up paddling is all the rage, and River Sports Outfitters lets you try out the newest SUPs, kayaks, and canoes in its try-before-you-buy program. This just in: the new eight-person SUP by C4. (The Demo Day happens the second and fourth Saturday of every month; visit the website for more information.)

Freedom Boat Club Boating Safety Class: May 4 • 12214 Choto Marina Way • freedomboatclub.com

The Freedom Boat Club wants to keep you happy and healthy on area waterways; for more information, call the club at 865-966-5472.

Open Dragon Boat Practice: April 30, 6:20 p.m. • Melton Lake Greenway at the Oak Ridge Marina (697 Melton Lake Drive) • scmadpaddlers@gmail.com or 865-300-8562

Sponsored by the Secret City Mad Paddlers, this is a fun way to introduce yourself to this new team sport. Ages 15 and over and all fitness levels welcome. First three practices are free for beginners and all equipment is provided. (This event meets every Tuesday.)

GLO Paddle: May 4, 7:30 p.m. • Ned McWherter Park/Riverside Landing Park (1648 Riverside Landing Drive) laura@riversportsoutfitters.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

Deck your vessel out in lights and get out in the moonlight as River Sports Outfitters takes kayakers, canoers, and SUP-ers on a nighttime paddle. The event is free if you bring your own gear, or you can rent a boat for $20. Prizes for the best-dressed vehicle; RSVP by email or phone call.

Tennessee Riverboat Company Cruises: dates/times vary • tnriverboat.com

Feel like a star, or just cruise like one, with dining and touring cruises on the majestic Star of Knoxville. The ship cruises around downtown several times a week, and there are themed events throughout the summer. You can also board with your nearest and dearest only by booking the vessel for a private party. Visit the website for more information.

FISHING

American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour: April 27 • Lake Cherokee • Ramp: 25-E • americanbassanglers.com

The weekend angler gets a chance to compete for glory–and cash prizes—in the 2013 American Fishing Tour. This day on Cherokee is a Tennessee Northeast Divisional One Day Event. Entry fee is $70; register at the website.

Fly Fishing 101: May 4, 5 at 10 a.m. • Orvis (136 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville) • 865-774-4162 or orvis.com

Discover the joys of fly fishing with this free two-hour introduction, covering fly casting and outfit rigging. RSVP to secure your spot.

CLASSES AND CAMPS

Little River Watershed 101: April 25, 6:30 p.m. • Blount County Library (508 North Cusick St., Maryville) • littleriverwatershed.org

What is your Little River Watershed? Why is it important? How can you help protect it? More than a dozen experts will answer your questions when the Little River Watershed Association hosts this “Little River, Ask an Expert” class. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

TWRA Boating Safety Courses

You wouldn’t try to drive a car without a license and some training, would you? TWRA boating safety courses are held at a number of TWRA-approved locations over the summer. Don’t test your luck and run afoul of an enforcement agent—grab a black pen, your Social Security card, and your mandatory Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit, and study up for the exam at one of these locations instead.

• New Hopewell Baptist Church (943 Kimberlin Heights Rd.)

April 27, 10 a.m.

• Choto Marina (12214 Choto Marina Ln.)

May 4 and 5.

• John Sevier Hunter Education Center (2327 Rifle Range Rd.)

Held the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

FOOD, DRINK, AND MUSIC NEAR THE WATER

CALHOUN’S ON THE RIVER: 400 Neyland Drive • 865-673-3355 • calhouns.com

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Mon-Fri. Drink specials.

CALHOUN’S AT THE MARINA, FORT LOUDOUN, LENOIR CITY: 4550 City Park Drive • 865-988-9838 • calhouns.com

Happy Hour: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drink specials.

FOX ROAD MARINA - BAMBOO BAR: mile marker 617, themarinas.net

Winter hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

LAKESIDE TAVERN: mile marker 16 • 10911 Concord Park Drive • 865-671-2980 • lakeside-tavern.com

1/2 Price Wine Night: Every Monday.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $3 off appetizers, 1/2 price draft beer, house wine at the bar.

RUTH’S CHRIS: 950 Volunteer Landing Lane • 865-546-4696 • ruthschris.com

Ruth’s Prime Hour: Mon-Fri before 6:30 p.m.. Food and drink specials.

SWEET P’S BARBECUE AND SOUL HOUSE: mile marker 635.5 • 3725 Maryville Pike • 865-247-7748 • sweetpbbq.com

Hours: Tue-Thu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

May 2: The Dirty Dougs

VOLUNTEER LANDING MARINA - PIRATE’S COVE TIKI BAR: mile marker 648 • 956 Volunteer Landing Lane • themarinas.net

Winter hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WILLY’S: mile marker 612.4 • 2600 Whitten Lane • 865-288-3480 • willysbandg.com

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $2.25 domestic bottles, $3.25 import bottles, $1 off call and premium cocktails, food specials.

During the month of April, Willy’s will be open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to get you in the mood for the lake.

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