Take Offs and Landings

By DANIEL GUY
Posted 9/11/19

• 55+ Senior ExpoThursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.On Thursday, Sept. 12, the Cleveland Daily Banner will partner with Life Care of Cleveland, Garden Plaza of Cleveland, Tennova …

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Take Offs and Landings

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• 55+ Senior Expo

Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the Cleveland Daily Banner will partner with Life Care of Cleveland, Garden Plaza of Cleveland, Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland and Cleveland Utilities to bring the inaugural Fifty-Five+ Senior Expo to the Museum Center at Five Points. 

Seniors want to maintain an active lifestyle. The expo is designed to showcase some of the products and services that can have a positive impact on the quality of life of our senior residents. More than 40 businesses will be shining the spotlight on their services, products and programs and how they benefit the community. There will be vendors with items for purchase, vendors with food samples, goody bags and prizes to win—including two vacation packages to be given away by the Cleveland Daily Banner. Admission and parking are free.

Museum Center at Five Points

200 Inman St., Cleveland TN 37311


• International Cowpea Festival and Cook-Off

Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m to 8 p.m.

Come t to the International Cowpea Festival & Cook-off for a day filled with food, music and fun. The second Saturday in September marks the date for the festival with the funny name. Listen to live music throughout the day, taste the professional chefs' culinary creations and vote for your favorite, and stroll through the marketplace where you will find handmade arts and crafts. There will also be food vendors and a heritage area to share other parts of Charleston’s  Cherokee, Civil War and Wild River history. A photo contest held prior to the festival will reveal winners  on stage the day of the festival.  The daylong event also features a family fun field with inflatables, games and a petting zoo. Admission is free but you need to purchase a souvenir spork in order to participate in the cook-off tasting/voting. Sporks can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and at the event (while supplies last). Paid parking will be available. Visit www.cowpeafestival.com for more information.


• Indigenous Film Festival Series: ‘Sami Blood’

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 8 to 10 p.m.

Lee University will host the Indigenous Film Festival Series beginning Wednesday,with a showing of “Sámi Blood,” an award-winning film about a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl named Christina who is exposed to the racism of the 1930s at her boarding school. While at school, Christina dreams of another life that calls her to break all ties with her family and culture. According to critics, “‘Sami Blood’ tells a very familiar story, but the hyper-specificity of its telling renders it a wholly new and quietly profound experience.”

In October, the festival will continue with “Embrace the Serpent” on  Oct. 9. This film follows two journeys made 30 years apart by indigenous shaman Karamakate in Columbian Amazonian jungle. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Lee will present “Ixcanul,” a story about María, a 17-year-old Mayan girl who lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala.The Film Festival will conclude with “Charlie’s Country” on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The film follows Charlie, a past warrior who now lives in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia. All showings will take place from 8-10 p.m. in the Screening Room of Lee’s Communication Arts Building. The films are free of admission and open to the public.

Lee University Communication Arts 

433 North Ocoee St., Cleveland TN 37311


• 2019 Ocoee River Championships

Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 15

The 2019 Ocoee River Championships will be held Friday through Sunday at the Upper Ocoee Olympic Section in Ocoee. This three-day whitewater competition/festival event will provide live music, regional food and gear vendors, offsite after parties, and competition including downriver racing (raft, SUP, canoe, and kayak), slalom racing, freestyle, duckycross and boatercross. Enjoy close to 200 of the world’s best paddlers competing in this 3-day event.


• Discover the ‘Pinta’ and The Nina’ in Knoxville

Tuesday, Sept. 17

On Sept. 17, the "Pinta" and the "Nina," replicas of Columbus’ ships will be docked at Calhoun’s on the River until their departure early Monday, Sept. 30.

The "Nina" was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the "caravel," a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. 

     While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 to16. Children 4 and under get in free.  The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary. Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email ninapintatour@gmail.com, with a minimum of 15 participants.  Admission for a group of 15 is $5  per person. Visit the website at www.ninapinta.org.

Calhoun’s on The River

400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville TN 37902


• Rubiks Groove Dance Party

Saturday, Sept. 14, 6 to 11 p.m.

Rubiks Groove is taking over the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Amphitheater and “taking you back to the 80s & 90s."

Rubiks Groove is a premier "outside of the box" 1980s & 1990s tribute band. This high energy, character-driven act will take to the best era of music with a complete 360 degree interactive experience that includes live music from rock to hip hop, characters, costumes and videos. The live entertainment singers are high energy performers who bring the hits of all your favorite artists including Prince, Bon Jovi, The Cure and many more. . Dance the night away to your favorite songs .Tickets are available at 423-442-3210, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and at all Peoples Banks in Monroe County. While you're there, take the opportunity to explore the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at the discounted rate  of $2.50 from 5 to 8pm. Contest starts at 6 p.m. Dress in your best 1980s-1990s attire to win a prize. Don’t forget the Aquanet and enter in the Big Hair Contest to win a prize. Rubiks Groove will perform from 7-11 p.m. Slap bracelets will be given out while supplies last. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite. Bring your chair or blanket.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Amphitheater

576 Highway 360, Vonore TN 37885

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