Parkridge gets neighborhood award

Susan EspirituEast Knox, Our Town Neighbors

Mayor Kincannon presents award for Parkridge to Nicholas Poker, president of the Parkridge Community Organization.

Outstanding community members and neighborhoods were honored at the city’s Neighborhood Awards Dinner on March 2.

Mayor Indya Kincannon presented the Parkridge Community Organization with the Neighborhood Achievement Award. Parkridge is an urban neighborhood with a variety of homes ranging in style from Queen Anne Victorians to Arts and Crafts Bungalows.

Sidewalks connect residences to roadways and businesses with the neighborhood being less than two minutes from downtown Knoxville.

Milan Garden opens to visitors

Dr. Jimmy Milan has opened his gardens at 5205 Green Valley Drive in Holston Hills near the golf course to visitors on Friday-Sunday, March 17-19, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. except Sunday hours are noon-4 p.m. Inspired by Dr. Milan’s trips to Great Britain and Ireland, the garden provides a respite for guests with its stone walkways, boxwood hedges, lush foliage of hostas and ferns beneath the dogwood trees, and an outdoor room for entertaining.

Knoxville Botanical Gardens Mimosa & Margarita Fest is Saturday, March 25, from 1-4 p.m.

Seven Islands State Birding Park has a weekend of opportunities. On Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., a day hike and birding is offered but participants must pre-register with Ron Shrieves at [email protected] for meeting time and location. It is free and there will be a choice of several combinations of trails, including one on a ridgetop with good views of the Smoky Mountains. Beginning birders are welcome. The distance will be between 4 and 6 miles. Bring binoculars. Register online.

At 9 a.m., there is a Spring Hike where participants can join park staff for a 2-mile guided hike focused on the bird of the year, the Eastern Towhee. Learn about the conservation efforts focused on birds, especially grassland species. Register online.

10 a.m. offers Spring Forest Bathing at a cost of $30 to be guided through a series of relaxing activities designed to help you slow down, mindfully engage, and explore the natural world through your senses while discovering new ways of being in and with nature. Info: Seven Islands State Birding Park at 715-630-6848. Register online.

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