The Weekly Plan-It: Dec. 6-Dec. 10

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, Dec. 6

Annual Action Plan Public Meeting

5:30 p.m., Cansler Family YMCA (616 Jessamine St.)

The city of Knoxville's Community Development Department is looking for ideas from the general public in order to develop its 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan, which outlines how the city will spend anticipated federal funds. Feel free to pitch in!

James White Parkway Extension Meeting

5 p.m., South-Doyle Middle School (3900 Decatur Rd.)

TDOT is seeking public comment on their various plans to extend the unfinished James White Parkway in South Knoxville. Here are some quick pointers. Pros: It will allow tourists to get that much faster to Sevier County. But not as fast as I-40. Cons: It will destroy neighborhoods, plow through parks, upend plans to promote Knoxville's urban wilderness as a destination, further hurt local businesses, and not fix Chapman Highway. So what do you think?

Friday, Dec. 7

Buy Local Art Sale

5 p.m.-9 p.m., The Center for Creative Minds (23 Emory Place).

A1 LabArts is offering up a quick and easy way to find unique gifts while also supporting the Knoxville art scene. The Buy Local Art Sale features handmade art and goodies, all from local artists—and 100 percent of the proceeds go to them and the A1 LabArts non-profit artists' collective. The sale continues on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Open House

11 a.m.-7 p.m., 6717 Kingston Pike

Start your holiday shopping for both your furry and human friends as the HSTV celebrates the holidays with refreshments, face painting, ornament painting, pet gifts, and a silent auction. Hint: HSTV's Adopt-a-Pet will have discounted adoption rates all weekend long.

Monday, Dec. 10

American Graduate Community Forum

7 p.m., East Tennessee PBS (1611 E. Magnolia Ave.).

Community members interested in education and the effects of the high school dropout rate are encouraged to attend this forum, which is a part of the community engagement work East Tennessee PBS is doing with American Graduate, a nationwide initiative to address the dropout crisis.