July 2018 Around Town 1

Gerdau Rewards Lonsdale Elementary Students with New Bikes, Helmets

Steel recycler Gerdau presented new bicycles and safety helmets to 12 Lonsdale Elementary School students in recognition of best attendance during the 2017-18 school year.

This is the seventh year that the mill has rewarded the school’s students with the best attendance records. The company presented bikes and safety helmets to kindergartners Maisha Niyonishu and Marisol Tomas-Gaspar; first-graders Michel Mugisha and Angelina Pedro-Sebastion; second-graders Mateo Bartolome-Diego and Seneida Jose-Martin; third-graders Angel Luster and Leila Nicholas-Juan; fourth-graders Lena Domingo-Geronimo and Destine Irakoze; and fifth-graders Cristian Diego-Domingo and Iezhiana Hartsell. 

Johnson Architecture Project Earns Award of Distinction for Marble Hall

The East Tennessee Historical Society has awarded a project designed by Johnson Architecture an Award of Distinction for the firm’s adaptive design of Marble Hall at Lakeshore Park. The honor was presented May 1 as part of the society’s Awards of Excellence Program.

Johnson Architecture was hired by the Lakeshore Park board and landscape architect Ross Fowler to reimagine the historic structure.

Johnson’s Architecture’s design opened the 3,367-square-foot former chapel while preserving its frame and enhancing its architectural elements amid its landscape. 

Big Ears Festival to Receive $20,000 Grant from NEA

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for the fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Big Ears Festival for continued work to showcase music and art at the annual Knoxville event.

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of the organizations such as Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.” 

Mobile Meals Seeks Purse Donations for Upcoming Fundraiser

Mobile Meals is collecting donations of new and like-new purses. Turn your purses into meals for homebound seniors in Knox County by dropping them off at one of these locations:

  • CAC Office on Aging, 2247 Western Ave.
  • Chico’s Turkey Creek, 11321 Parkside Drive
  • Palm Village, 4482 Kingston Pike
  • Mac’s Pharmacy, 2419 Washington Pike

Power of the Purse is an evening fundraiser with delicious food and drinks, “Purse Madness” purse sale, amazing auction items and live entertainment. It will take place Sept. 20 at Rothchild Conference Center. Tickets for Power of the Purse go on sale July 15 and will be available for purchase at KnoxSeniors.org