The Weekly Plan-It: July 4-July 11

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, July 4

Independence Day

All day. Free.

Yep, it's time to hit the road and buy some, ah, sparklers outside the county line. But there are all sorts of legal activities to do as well. For instance, at 10 a.m. at James White's Fort, you can note the signing of the Declaration of Independence with the Sons of the American Revolution. And then, of course, there's the KSO at World's Fair Park at 8 p.m., with related explosions later. (See our Calendar Spotlight for more info.)

Tuesday, July 9

Central City Sector Plan Update

6 p.m., Cansler Family YMCA (616 Jessamine St.).

The Metropolitan Planning Commission is revising the Central and East city sector plans, which are used for zoning and land-use decisions, and it wants residents' and business-owners' input. A final East Sector meeting is also scheduled for 6 p.m., July 11 at Washington Pike United Methodist Church; and another Central Sector meeting is set for 6 p.m., July 16 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. More info at

Wednesday, July 10

Neighborhood Advisory Council Meeting

4:30 p.m., Cansler Family YMCA (616 Jessamine St.).

Members of the city's Community Development, Public Service, and Law departments will be giving an update on the city's efforts to address abandoned, blighted, and vacant properties. The NAC consists of 15 neighborhood and community leaders who provide the city administration with feedback on neighborhood issues.

Thursday, July 11

Antiques Roadshow VIP Party

5:30-7:30 p.m., McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture (1327 Circle Park Dr.). $125/$225.

Can you feel the buzz in the air at your local antiques shop? That means the first-ever visit by PBS' Antiques Roadshow is drawing near (July 13). East Tennessee PBS is throwing a fund-raising VIP reception with appetizers by chef Garrett Scanlan and craft beer from Saw Works Brewing Company. RSVP at 595-0220.

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