Archive for August, 2018

Ijams’ Symphony in the Park Reservations Due by Aug. 31

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

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Mark your calendar to attend Ijams Nature Center’s 33rd annual Symphony in the Park, presented by Stephen and April Harris! This delightful evening of music, art, dinner, a silent auction and more is Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

This benefit for Ijams Nature Center features the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra directed by Aram Demirjian, along with special musical guest R.B. Morris and visual artist Katherine Smith. Proceeds from this event, which is Ijams’ largest annual fundraiser, help provide outstanding environmental education programs and engaging outdoor experiences as well as maintain this 315-acre wildlife sanctuary. For more than three decades, this elegant and enchanting outdoor event has been a highlight of Knoxville’s fall social calendar.

Tickets are $175; tables of 10 are $1,750 ($50 per ticket is nondeductible). If you’d like to reserve tickets or a table now, please contact Elizabeth Newman at 865-577-4717, x123 or The deadline for reservations is Friday, Aug. 31! Learn More

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Stephen and April Harris

Home Federal Bank
Jupiter Entertainment
Pilot Flying J
Thermal Label Warehouse, LLC

Lenten Rose
Clayton Homes
Sharon and Steve Gigliotti
G&O Railways
Sherri Lee
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Ann Sartwell and Robby Moore
Smile-A-Day, LLC

All Occasions Party Rentals
Cherokee Distributing Company
Harper Auto Square
Knoxville Beverage Company
Turkey Creek Land Partners
Vulcan Materials Company

Table Sponsors
Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Stuart Ijams Cassell
Sharon Davis
George and Ellen Kern
Knoxville Garden Club, The
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Moxley Carmichael
Bo and Beth Townsend
The Trust Company of Tennessee

Thanks Also To
Paul and Pat Green

Aug. 29 SoKno Social at SoKno Taco Cantina Benefits Ijams

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

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SoKno Taco Cantina, Geezer Brewery and Ijams Nature Center are teaming up for a fantastic fundraiser, and you’ve got to be there!

Join us, along with River Sports Outfitters and Navitat, for lunch, a snack, dinner and/or drinks on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and SoKno Taco will donate 10% of all sales to your favorite nonprofit nature center!

Delicious guacamole, nasty nachos, salads, burritos, cocktails, cold brews, soft drinks…everything you purchase counts toward an Ijams donation! We’ll also have prize drawings and some other fun stuff, so mark your calendar and get your taco on to benefit Ijams!

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Ijams Presents Eighth Annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival Aug. 25

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

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If spending a little face time with a ruby-throated hummingbird, discovering the secrets of backyard birds, and learning the basics of bees sounds like fun, make plans to attend Ijams Nature Center’s eighth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Presented by WBIR-TV Channel 10, this annual event runs from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., but if you want to see a live hummingbird, you need to come early! These tiny creatures are active during early morning and finicky about the weather. Most birds are captured and released during the first few hours of the festival.

During these personal encounters, certified Master Bander Mark Armstrong will demonstrate bird banding and talk about why banding is important. One member of each small group will release the hummingbird.

Late risers who miss these close encounters will still have the chance to learn a lot about ruby-throats during a workshop presented by Armstrong later in the day. Other workshops will cover beginning birding, backyard butterflies, gardening to attract hummingbirds, citizen science, and more.

The event also features animal presentations; kids’ activities; a marketplace of arts, crafts, garden décor, and plants from local nurseries; and food trucks.

Tickets are $7 for ages 12 and up, $3 for children ages 5-11, and $20 for a family (parents plus children). Kids 4 and under are free.

The eighth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival is sponsored by WBIR-TV Channel 10, Perky Pet, Agri Feed Pet Supply, City of Knoxville, Stanley’s Greenhouse, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and Visit Knoxville.

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