The Weekly Plan-It: Jan. 11-Jan. 16

Highlights of the week ahead

Friday, Jan. 11

Alive After Five: Aftah Party

6 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art. $5-$9

Start this year off right with one of the funkiest bands in Knoxville, Aftah Party. The nine-piece outfit rocks like Funkadelic, grooves like the J.B.'s, and jams like Sly and the Family Stone.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Plug Into Your Community

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Chilhowee Park, Midway Parking Lot. Free.

Shed yourself of those suddenly outdated, unwieldy electronic devices you bought six months ago by dropping them off at this drive-through "eCycling" event hosted by the city along with the Optimist Club of West Knoxville, the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Knox County Solid Waste. Note: They are now accepting appliances, including "stereos" and "speakers." Should you want to unload any of those gigantic, dusty items from the 1970s, be sure to contact the editor of this publication first.

Foster Parent Training Classes

9 a.m., Youth Villages office (9111 Cross Park Drive, E475). Free.

Youth Villages, the national nonprofit group serving troubled children and their families, is seeking foster parents in the Knoxville area. Candidates should be single or married adults over the age of 25 and living in the Knox County. For more info, contact recruiter Mariah Parton at 865-560-2558 or alyson.parton@youthvillages.org.

Wednesday, Jan.16

Books Sandwiched In: Bill Lyons

Noon, East Tennessee History Center. Free.

The Knox County Public Library kicks off its new lunchtime books series, Books Sandwiched In, with City of Knoxville superstar, Chief Policy Officer Bill Lyons. This replaces the previous Brown Bag, Green Book environmental series, now focusing on "current issues." First up is Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise.

Go to blogs.metropulse.com/the_daily_pulse for daily suggestions!