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Free Clothing & School Supply For Kids This Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church

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Faith United Methodist Church held the ribbon cutting Sunday for its new Kids Kloset. Just in time for the new Knox County school year. Kids’ Kloset is a new mission to provide the neediest children in North Knoxville with the new clothes and school supplies they need, but cannot afford. Located at the church, local children and their families can visit the Kids Kloset and receive clothing and school supplies at no cost.

The idea for the program came when FUMC children and youth leaders, Bryan and Vicki Easterday, realized the vast amount of children in the surrounding area who need help. Upon the realization that schools down the street have 87 percent of students on free or reduced lunch, many of those children also struggle to get clothing and school supplies.  Faith UMC is here to help meet these needs.

The Kids’ Kloset was built entirely on donated materials.  Donors included Tindell’s Builders, B & B Builders, Conner Siding, 84 Lumber and Prestige Cleaners.  Jason Baker, church member and owner of B & B Builders built the structure free of charge.

The church has been overwhelmed by donations from the community to help fill the Kids Kloset. We have clothing for children 0 – high school ages, shoes, back packs and school supplies. We are thankful for the donations and will be looking forward to the community continuing to donate to the Kids’ Kloset.

Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith was in attendance at Sunday’s ribbon cutting, and says the program is going to make a huge difference in the district.

The first day the children and their families can visit the Kids Kloset is Saturday, August 2 from 9 am until noon.

After that, it will be open the third Saturday of every month from 9 am until noon, and the first Wednesday of every month from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

For more information, contact Faith United Methodist Church at 865-688-1000 or thru the website, www.faithchurchknoxvilletn.com .  Faith is located at 1120 Dry Gap Pike Knoxville TN 37918.

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Tennessee Valley Fair 2014 Ticket Giveaway & Discount Days

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The 2014 Tennessee Valley Fair is scheduled for September 5-14. If you love the fair here is some great news:  Admission tickets, ride armbands, and concert tickets are discounted through September 4.  If you plan ahead, you’ll save money! The fair also offers a number of discount days:

Opening Day Special – $1.00 Admission!
Friday, September 5, 2014
In celebration of our 95th year, fairgoers can enter the Fairgrounds on Friday, September 5 for only $1! Discount begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends promptly at 4:35 p.m.

Tailgating Day
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Wear University of Tennessee colors and get $1 off each adult admission.

Scout Day
Saturday, September 6, 2014
All current Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts (18 years and under) receive FREE admission with proper identification. Come enjoy activities just for Scouts and earn a special patch.

Guidebook $3 Off Coupon
Monday, September 8 – Thursday, September 11, 2014
Take advantage of $3 off an adult admission (w/ coupon) when you come to the Fair on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Coupon available in our 2014 Guidebook or exclusively from Metropulse or the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Student Day
Monday, September 8, 2014
Students 12th grade and under receive FREE admission from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Fox 43 and Hot 104.5 FM

Senior Home Assistance of Tennessee Senior Citizen’s Day
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Seniors age 65+ receive FREE admission all day. Special entertainment, events and contests for seniors in the Pepsi Community Tent. To download our official 2014 Senior Day brochure, click here.
Sponsored by Senior Home Assistance of Tennessee.

Penny 4 Arts Day
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Students 12th grade and under participating in the Penny 4 Arts Program offered by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville receive FREE admission from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Participants must obtain voucher from Penny4Arts website)

Tennessee Education Lottery Day
Thursday, September 11, 2014
$3.00 off adult admission with any non-winning Tennessee Lottery ticket.
Sponsored by: Tennessee Education Lottery

Tailgating Day
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wear University of Tennessee colors and get $1 off each adult admission.

Hometown Heroes Day
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Current and past military, policeman, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, first responders & current teachers receive FREE admission with proper identification.
Presented by: Regions Bank / Sponsored by WBIR Ch. 10 and WIVK 107.7 FM

**Please Note: Discounts cannot be combined with other offers** Questions? Call (865) 215-1471

The fun folks at the Tennessee Valley Fair have given some tickets to give away to my awesome readers! So, use the rafflecopter form below and you can enter to win one of two (2) family four (4) pack of tickets to the Tennessee Valley Fair! Good Luck!

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Tennessee Tax Free Weekend August 1-3, 2014

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The State of Tennessee’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday, August 1 and ends Sunday, August 3 at 11:59 p.m.

What is tax free? Clothing items $100 or less, school supply items $100 or less and computers $1,500 or less. You can see all tax free items (and all excluded items) here!

I also wanted to remind everyone online purchases for qualifying items are tax free too! This is from the Sales Tax Holiday Fact Sheet

The holiday also includes purchases of qualified items sold via mail, telephone, e-mail or Internet if the customer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the holiday for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.

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Knoxville Zoo Wee Play Adventure Opens July 19 & You Want To Go!

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The Knoxville Zoo it is one of our family’s favorite places to spend time. The Wee Play Adventure area is always on the boys’ list to visit so, I was excited to see result of the months of work that has been going on. It is well done, and you are going to love it!  The exhibit is impressively  planned and designed for pre-school through elementary aged kids.  I was happy to see I could bring all four of my boys (aged 2-8) and they would all find something to interest them.

Wee Play Adventure is Knoxville Zoo’s new indoor creative play area with an Inddonesia island theme. The space is large and open, but just like before you can easily see the exits so kids can’t escape move on to explore other parts of the Zoo without you knowing it.

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In the center is a giant Woka tree full of tunnels, a rope bridge and lots of room to climb and explore.  Surrounding the Woka tree is an archaeological dig site where your kids can discover all types of fossils.

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There are also two imagination areas! One is designed as an outpost where adventurers can stock their knapsacks. The other is a research laboratory and animal clinic where they can help save the island’s Komodo dragons.  There is a small area for crawlers, an infant care room and the new Brown Squirrel Parent Refuge. An area with some comfy couches and chairs, free Wi-Fi and a Pilot Flying J coffee bar!

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Of course, I can’t leave out of the best features of the new Wee Play Adventure! The new indoor/outdoor habitat for the zoo’s two Komodo dragons, Khaleesi and Drogo. This habitat is 1,000 square feet and wide open for close up encounters of the two dragons. The habitat also includes a tunnel with a pop-up bubble that takes kids “into” the habitat. Khaleesi used to live up near the snakes and spent a lot of time in her tree so sometimes she was a little hard to see.  Her new home is huge, and open and there is plenty of room for everyone to see her.

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I got to go INSIDE Khaleesi’s habitat while I was previewing new exhibit.  She seems even bigger when there is no glass between you. :)  Here is the pic I snapped from the inside.

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Other new lizard species making their debut in the Wee Play Adventure include:

Madagascar Giant Chameleon
Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko
Caiman Lizard
San Esteban Island Chuckwalla
Desert Spiny Lizard
Desert Grassland Whiptail Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Taylor’s Agama
Green Tree Monitor
Red-headed Agama
Mozambique Girdled Lizard
East African Spiny-tailed Lizard

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Are you excited to go see this place!? Wee Play opens July 19 to the public; special previews for zoo members are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16, 6-8 p.m. July 17 or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 18.

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Southern Bell Kids Consignment Sale Early Shopping Pass Giveaway!

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It is once again time for the Southern Bell Kids Consignment sale!  You will find deals on items from preemie to teen!  I am excited to be giving two lucky Coupon Katie readers an early shopping pass!  Early shopping will be Tuesday, July 8th at 7pm, you can be one of the first to see all the great deals.

SALE DATES

Wednesday, July 9th: Open to Public 10 am – 3pm

Thursday, July 10th: Open to the Public 10 am – 7pm

Friday, July 11th: Open to the Public 10 am – 5pm

Saturday, July 12th: 9:00 am – 1pm Half Price Day! ½ price sale on all items without a red dot!

Cash, Check, and Credit Cards Accepted
(Credit cards will have a 3% fee added.)

LOCATION:

6323 Ball Road
Knoxville, TN 37931
Off of Oak Ridge Highway in Karns
Ball Road Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

To enter to win Southern Bell Kids Consignment sale early shopping pass use the form below. Good Luck!

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Knoxville Zoo Free Ticket Giveaway!

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In the last two days I have told you about two fantastic ways to visit the Knoxville Zoo!

1. Marvel Comic favorites The Amazing Spider-Man and Hulk will make an appearance at the zoo Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Zoo visitors will have the chance to meet these famous superheroes, get their autographs and pose for photos. To make the day even more fun, kids 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite super hero get free admission with a paid adult admission.

2. Celebrate Father’s Day with a zoo adventure! In honor of Father’s Day, Knoxville Zoo is offering free admission to all dads with a paid child’s admission this Sunday, June 15, 2014.Even though dads are the guests of honor, the entire family is sure to enjoy an outing full of unforgettable experiences. Meet some of the zoo’s largest animal ambassadors eye-to-eye at the Williams Family Giraffe Encounter, have a throwback to the kind of outdoor play Dad grew up with at Nature Play and bring a swimsuit to cool off in the Clayton Family Safari Splash.

Free admission for fathers is valid on Sunday, June 15, 2014, only and cannot be combined with any other discount offer or coupon.

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And now there is a third way! Win ticket from me, Coupon Katie!  That’s  right I am giving away two (2) Family Four (4) Packs of ticket to the Knoxville Zoo!

I am so excited to help two families visit a place my family loves. Why do we love it? It is close. It is easy to walk/push even a double stroller through. It is always changing and there is always something interactive for the kiddos to do. It is a trip that makes all four of my boys happy, ages 2 to 8 there is something for all of them. (They are really loving the Nature Play area this year!)

To enter just use the form below to tell us your favorite thing about the Knoxville Zoo! Good Luck!
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Knoxville Zoo Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day 2014!

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Contrary to popular legend, Knoxville Zoo’s new European white storks have opted to bring moms free zoo admission in lieu of bundles of joy this Mother’s Day. Mothers will receive FREE zoo admission with a paid child’s admission this Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Knoxville Zoo.   So bring mom out for some fun Sunday and don’t forget your swimsuit, Clayton Safari Splash opens this Saturday!

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Ever wonder where the Stork legend came from?
Ranging from northern Europe to northern Africa, European white storks are tall, long-necked birds with an iconic profile long associated with the myth that they deliver babies. This legend may have originated in northern Germany, where natives encouraged storks to nest on their land in the hopes they would bring fertility and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

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