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Betsy PickleDowntown, East Knox, Our Town Neighbors, South Knox, West Knoxville

West Knoxville

The Ivan Racheff House & Gardens’ spring plant sale runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday (4/30). The historic home, headquarters of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, is at 1943 Tennessee Ave. in Lonsdale and boasts a Level II Arboretum certified by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. In addition to wildflowers, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables, the sale will include garden items and decor and baked goods. Proceeds support the historic landmark.


South Knoxville

Scott Recycling, an East Knoxville business, is helping out Spark – Independence Through Technology (formerly East Tennessee Technology Access Center or ETTAC), a South Knoxville-based institution, this Saturday. Scott, 5049 S. National Drive, is hosting an e-cycling event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., collecting unwanted computers, tablets and more to be overhauled and distributed to folks with disabilities. Rev up your spring cleaning by donating your old gadgets!

CommonPlace Coffee & Community, 6000 Chapman Highway in Colonial Village, hosts a yoga class each Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. So – you go get wired on their delicious ShareWell Coffee, and then calm down through yoga? Sounds about right.


East Knox, Downtown

Austin-East Magnet High School dance teacher Malaika Guthrie is retiring after 28 years with Knox County Schools, and her acolytes are marking the occasion in a big way. “TranscenDance: Celebrating Our Black Butterfly Malaika Guthrie” will feature more than 100 current A-E students and alumni as well as community leaders as they tell Guthrie’s story through “dance, drums and culture” at 7 p.m. Saturday (4/30) at the Bijou Theatre; doors open at 6 p.m. Leading the tribute are former Guthrie students Jenaiya Coleman and Lashaundra Lenior and her oldest daughter, Analecia Guthrie.

Betsy Pickle is a freelance writer and editor who covers South, East and Downtown Knoxville as well as green things.

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