The Weekly Plan-It: June 21-26

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, June 21

Community Design Center Tour

5 p.m., Emporium Center (100 S. Gay St.). $50.

This 10th annual fund-raiser for the non-profit, which connects professional designers with community groups, begins with drinks and a silent auction (a perfect combination), and then moves on to a tour of businesses and residences in the 100 Block of Gay Street. For tickets, call 525-9945 or visit

Electric and Hybrid Auto Show

5:30-7 p.m., Sustainable Future (201 Ogle Ave.). Free.

This open house at solar-power outfitter Sustainable Future in Vestal will also feature an array of low-emission cars: the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the hybrid Ford Escape and Fusion. R.S.V.P. at 865-851-8192.

Friday, June 22

Building on the Rock: Opportunities in East Knoxville

6-8 p.m., Fifth Avenue Baptist Church (2500 East Fifth Ave.). Free.

Interested citizens will be able to get info about housing opportunities, credit counseling, refinancing, and foreclosure prevention from mortgage companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. For more info, call the Knoxville HUD office at 474-8212.

Saturday, June 23

Meadow Lark Music Festival

1-10 p.m., Ijams Nature Center. $20-$25

This all-day party to support the nature preserve offers live music (lots of local and regional bands, plus headliners Acoustic Syndicate and Mary Gauthier), food, and a host of arts and crafts vendors.

Tuesday, June 26

Mayor Randy Tyree on the 1982 World's Fair

6:30 p.m, Knox County Library, Karns (7516 Oak Ridge Hwy.)

The former Knoxville mayor recalls his involvement with the 1982 World's Fair at the monthly meeting of the Karns Democrats. Has it really been 30 years? Yup!