Last Saturday (11/19/22), we had over 50 volunteers clean up litter and tend to the native plantings at Collier Preserve. These volunteers helped us sow new seeds and protect the plants with a natural log barrier. What a great workday with Keep Knoxville Beautiful!
There are Day-After-Thanksgiving hikes in many area parks. See lineup at OutdoorKnoxville.com.
And don’t forget Holidays on Ice, November 25-January 2 on Market Square. Info: Visit Knoxville at 865-523-7263. Enjoy skating under the stars and twinkling lights while listening to music every night on Market Square. Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice. Details and tickets online.
Saturday, November 26
Aspire Park Group Ride: 9:30 a.m., Advance Auto Parts in Clinton. Free. Info: Clinch Valley Trail Alliance. Group ride on the 4th Sunday of each month with several ride leaders/sweeps to accommodate different ride groups. This is a no-drop ride. Check Facebook for weather updates.
Cold Weather Camping: 1 p.m., Norris Dam State Park. Cost $5. Info: Norris Dam State Park at 865-426-7461. Meet Ranger Holly at the Park Office to learn what gear you need for the cold. We will also make our own fire starters that you can use to build your toasty campfire. Register online.
Monday, November 28
AMBC Monthly Meeting: 7 p.m. Southside Garage. Free. Info: Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. We’ll discuss trail conditions, trail building progress, fundraising, local races and events, partner efforts in outdoor recreation and so much more. Everyone welcome! Details online.
Tuesday, November 29
Saturday, December 3
Run LoCo Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K: 8 a.m., Loudon County Chamber of Commerce. Info: Kimberly Clark. The Full and Half Race start in Lenoir City and end in Loudon with grand views of countryside and rivers. Register online.
Sunday, December 4
Reindeer Run: 2 p.m., Maryville Greenbelt Amphitheatre. Free. Info: Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation at 865-983-9244. 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run through Maryville and Alcoa city streets. Portion of the proceeds benefit The Empty Pantry Fund. Register online.
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Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation.