The Weekly Plan-It: March 14-March 20

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, March 14

Metropolitan Planning Commission

1:30 p.m., City County Building, Main Assembly Room.

The planning commission that tea partiers' love to hate has a lot on its agenda today: University Commons, Kingston Corner, and the 2013 Update to the Knoxville One Year Plan, among other things. Plots within plats unfurl!

Friday, March 15

UT's Gas and Oil Research Initiative

Noon, Thompson-Boling Arena, Room C-D. Free.

This week's UT Science Forum will discuss the university's controversial plan to partner with an oil-drilling company to conduct research on fracking. (With proceeds being used for the project, apparently—see Citybeat.) Richard Evans, former director of the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (now retired), will lead the 40-minute discussion and Q&A session afterward.

Saturday, March 16

Community Law School

9 a.m.-12:45 p.m., O'Connor Senior Center (611 Winona St.). Free.

As you get older, having to deal with legal matters becomes inevitable and usually annoying. But the Knoxville Bar Association has been helping educate the public for the past 17 years with its (formerly titled) "People's Law School." Learn about "Wills & Estates" at 9 a.m., and then "Consumer Rights & Responsibilities" at 11 a.m. More info:

Wednesday, March 20

Books Sandwiched In: Jay Erskine Leutze

Noon, East Tennessee History Center (601 South Gay St.). Free

The author discusses his own lengthily titled work, Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail.