Spring has sprung, and it is time to venture through The District! Now that the sun has started to shine, there is no reason to not get out of the house and do a little shopping. No matter what is on the to-do list for your day, The District has what you need.

It may be warming up here in Knoxville, but are you missing your spring break memories yet? Fleetwood Photo & Digital is there to bring those fun times back to life. Turn your pictures into Christmas cards, calendars or even get them custom framed with the help of the generous employees.

Have you done your spring cleaning yet? M.S. McClellan has just the right choices to re-fill your closet. They have pulled out their spring colors and are in full bloom. From funky and fun to sophisticated and classy, they have just what you are looking for to revamp your wardrobe.

Okay guys, its wedding season! Picking an engagement ring can be nerve-wrecking, but The District has the cure to calm you down. Before heading to Kimball’s Jewelers to pick out the perfect ring for your special someone, stop by Blackhorse Pub & Brewery to drink a cold one. Once you’ve tried one of their satisfying house brews, you’ll be ready to choose the perfect diamond that will forever put a smile on your significant other’s face.

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The Knoxville Montessori School is now enrolling students in its Primary
(pre-K & K) classes for the 2015-2016 school year. To enroll, children must
be 3 by August 15, 2015.

Founded in 1966, KMS is a nonprofit Montessori school with a tradition of
excellence. It is widely known for its nurturing environment, high academic
standards, experienced teaching staff, and diverse student body.

For information about KMS and the admission process, visit the Knoxville Montessori School website.

To arrange a visit, contact KMS at 865-525-6042 or kms<at>knoxvillemontessori.org.

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The Knoxville Symphony League Show House for 2015 opens April 10 and runs through April 26! Stop by 1230 Cherokee Boulevard in Knoxville Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. -5 p.m. Single-visit tickets are $15; Season tickets are $25. Check out these sneak peak photos and visit the Knoxville Symphony League website for more information.

 

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Let’s forget about this cold, dreary weather and start dreaming about upcoming warm, spring days. Here is a list of places that are must-visits in the District during your “70 degree and sunny” wishful thinking.

Begin your day at Sole in the City to find the perfect wedge or sandal to show off while on your spring break vacation. From Sam Edelman and Stuart Weitzman to Cole Haan and Kate Spade, you are destined to find your favorite shoe. Not only are fashionable footwear showcased, but trendy accessories also tend to turn customers’ heads in this boutique. Sole in the City’s owners, Betty Copeland and Debbie Black, will help pick out show-stopping pieces fit just for you.

Bennett Galleries is the next go-to on your day in the District. Here you will find beautiful furnishings and artwork for you home. While you are in the mood for spring, a stop here for a pop of color to add to your home is just what you need. Whether you pick out a new piece of furniture or simply just add a throw pillow to your collection, Bennett Galleries will fulfill your springtime design wants.

Only a few blocks down the road is your final stop. This wine dive, Drink, is the crowning end to your day. Get ready for a night with friends to eat, drink and socialize. On the small plates menu, Jerk Chicken will satisfy your island taste.  Along with your Jamaican eats, a sparkling cocktail, Solerno Tango, will complete the night. Drink has multiple other options to quench the thirst and amuse the palate for your friends who aren’t quite on the same page as you in hoping for sunshine.

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For a quarter of a century, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. has collaborated with regional dry cleaning establishments to provide a convenient, accessible option for donating unwanted items to Goodwill through Project Wear and Share. This March, nearly 30 dry cleaners in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Clinton, Farragut, Maryville, Sevierville, and Morristown are lending a helping hand to help create job opportunities in their communities.

 

This annual material drive provides community members with the opportunity to donate gently used materials such as clothing and linens to a dry cleaner in their neighborhood. Following a complimentary cleaning service, donated materials will be sold at one of Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc.’s 30 area retail facilities.

 

Proceeds from the sales of these donations will benefit Goodwill and its efforts to provide vocational training and employment opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment. In 2014, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville served over 4,000 individuals.

 

Donation boxes for Project Wear and Share are available throughout the month of March. Find more information about Project Wear and Share, including a list of participating dry cleaners, at www.gwiktn.org, or contact the Goodwill Marketing Department at 865.588.8567.

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Starting January 27th through April 15th, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be back at the Goodwill located at 5307 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. This free service offers tax preparation to low-to moderate-income families and households who need assistance with their tax returns by certified volunteers.

Volunteers will be present Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:30pm.

If you’re interested in VITA assisting you with your taxes, you should bring the following documents with you:

  • Social security card for every person going on the return
  • Photo ID for taxpayer (and spouse, if a joint return)
  • Original paperwork for all income (W-2s, 1099Rs, SSA1099s, etc.)
  • Proof of health insurance – NEW REQUIREMENT
  • (Optional) Information on expenses for deductions
  • (Optional) Last year’s return
  • (Optional) Proof of account for direct deposit

For more information regarding eligibility requirements or materials needed for tax prep, please visit www.irs.gov.

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It may be a bit chilly outside but there are some great things happening in the District and you DON’T want to miss out!

Make your first stop FASHIOBABLE. elle boutique, one of our newest District members, has some beautiful, cozy winter coats. While you’re there, pick up some of their gorgeous arm candy and say hello to Andrea, their friendly, fashionista, owner. Be sure to check out the elle boutique Instagram account (@elleBoutique) for up to date fashion trends and new arrivals.

Your next stop should be FOOD. Blackhorse Pub and Brewery has delicious seasonal brews (On tap now: Bad Apple high gravity cider, Batch 160 Black IPA, Wicked Harvest Pumkin, WarHorse high gravity Scottish, Low grav Scottish Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Barnstormer Red, McGee’s Pale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Coalminer Stout, Blackhorse Ale)that will warm you up almost as much as their signature beer cheese dip. If it happens to be a game day, consider yourself lucky because Blackhorse streams a variety of sports on their big screens. If it happens to be a Thursday when you visit, indulge in their $5 burger deal. And if you stop by during happy hour you’ll enjoy beer, mixed drink and appetizer specials. What we’re trying to say here is any time is a great time to visit Blackhorse.

Finally, make your last stop FUN at Fleetwood Photo. The folks at Fleetwood  can help you organize your old family photos, turn your favorite snapshots into calendars or coffee mugs and get a head start on end of the semester gifts by creating a lasting photo collage.

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Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. is calling on community support to help provide vocational training and employment services for people in East Tennessee who have barriers to employment.

“The end of the year is the perfect time to consider putting your no longer needed clothing and household goods to work in the community,” said Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. President and CEO, Liz Nother. “The proceeds from the sale of these items fund Goodwill’s job training programs.”

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. operates 30 stores and five employment training and rehabilitation centers in their 15-county East Tennessee service area; in 2014, they provided vocational services to over 5,200 individuals. Programs include Certified Nursing Assistant training, computer training, supported employment, school-to-work programs, youth mentoring, and placement services. All of Goodwill’s clients are working to overcome barriers to employment through these programs with the goal of obtaining a job within our community.

Donations may be made during regular business hours at any of Goodwill’s 30 stores or 15 attended donation centers and are tax deductable; Goodwill staff will offer a donation receipt for itemized taxes.

“It really is a win-win situation. You get a clean home and a receipt for your taxes, while allowing Goodwill to prepare clients to contribute to the workforce in our community through our job training and employment services,” says Nother.

Donations must be brought in to any local Goodwill store or attended donation center by December 31st to receive a receipt in time for 2014 taxes. To find a donation center near you, visit www.gwiktn.org/locations. For more information about Goodwill’s programs, stores or donation locations, call 865.588.8567.

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Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. operates 30 stores in 15 counties, all of which carry the infamous Festive Christmas Sweater. Find your festive sweater at Goodwill for your chance to win a $50 Goodwill Shopping Spree! To enter to the Share Your Sweater contest, participants must submit a photo of their festive holiday sweater and tell us which Goodwill they purchased the sweater from by December 28th, 2014.

They may submit their entry in any of the following ways:
• Post to the Goodwill Industries-Knoxville Facebook Page – facebook.com/gwiktn
• Post the picture on Twitter and tag @GWIKTN.
• Post the picture on Instagram and tag @goodwillknoxville.
• E-mail the image to our Marketing Team at marketing@gwiktn.org

Sweaters must be purchased at one of our 30 Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. stores to win. Decorating your own sweater is acceptable and encouraged, as long as the base sweater comes from a Goodwill store.
For more information about the contest, visit www.gwiktn.org/events or any of the Goodwill Industries-Knoxville social media sites.

By purchasing your Festive Christmas Sweater at Goodwill, you will help support Goodwill’s job training programs for people with barriers to employment in East Tennessee. In 2013, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville served over 5,200 individuals in 15 counties in East Tennessee. For more information, call 865.588.8567 or visit www.gwiktn.org.

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East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is pleased to introduce the FLETCH Savings card, a new program from Friends Love East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (FLETCH).

By purchasing a FLETCH Savings Card you not only save money, but you benefit Children’s Hospital and its commitment to provide first-class health care to the sick and injured children in our area. With the FLETCH Savings Card you get to help children and save money all at the same time.

The FLETCH Savings Card you will save 20% at your favorite Knoxville area stores, listed below. Purchase your card today and save 20% from October 24-November 2, 2014!

 

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