Do Knoxville: Hikes and holiday happenings

UPCOMING HIKES

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Club will hold the following outings in the next month. For more information, visit www.smhclub.org

Saturday, Nov. 30: Historic Cemeteries in Central Knoxville. Distance: 8 miles, rated moderately easy. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Union Avenue side of Market Square. Leader: Claudia Dean, claudiadean0@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 4: South Knoxville Urban Wilderness Loop: 12 miles, rated moderate. Leave from Meades Quarry, 3518 Island Home Pike, at 9 a.m. Leader: Chris Hamilton, hikeat@nxs.net

Saturday, December 7: Frozen Head State Park: Bird Mt Loop: 9 miles, rated moderate. Leave from Books-A-Million, 310 S. Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, at 9 a.m., or Frozen Head Visitors Center at 9:30. Leader: Gary Gramebauer, gramet@att.net

Sunday, December 15: House Mountain: 5.5 miles, rated moderate. Leave from Comcast, 5720 Asheville Hwy, at 1 p.m., or House Mountain Parking Lot at 1:15. Leader: Cindy Spangler, spangler@utk.edu

Wednesday, December 18: Little River and Goshen Pronge Trails: 11 Miles, rated moderate. Leave from Alcoa Food City, 121 North Hall Road, at 8 a.m. Leader: Chris Hamilton, hikeat@nxs.net

Saturday, December 21: Dyllis Orchard: 10 miles, rated moderate. Leave from Books-A-Million, 310 S. Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Doris Gove, dorisgove@aol.com

Saturday, December 28: Abrams Falls via Happy Valley: 10.5 miles, rated moderate-difficult. Leave from Alcoa Food City, 121 North Hall Road, at 8:00 a.m. Leader: Lenny Croce, lenny.croce@gmail.com

SALE AT THE ARBORETUM

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum will hold its Berries & Boughs holiday sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Available for purchase will be natural evergreen wreaths. holiday table arrangements, fresh pecans, amaryllis, paper white narcissus, and traditional holiday baked items made by the board members. The gift shop will also be open for gift browsing.

A members-only pre-sale is 3-6 p.m. Dec. 5. Info: knoxgarden.org.

RACHEFF GREENS TEA

The Ivan Racheff House and Gardens will hold its annual greens tea from noon-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 1943 Tennessee Ave. Evergreen wreaths, holiday table designs, bulbs and baked items will be available for purchase. Proceeds from sales will be used for beautification and maintenance of the house and garden property, owned by the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs.

ERIN’S MEADOW PROGRAMS

Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm is hosting events and herbal education classes. For info go to www.erinsmeadowherbfarm.com or call 865-435-1452.

Christmas Tea Thyme, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Enjoy a soothing cup of herbal tea and treats.

Herbs for the Holidays, noon Dec. 7: Great herbal ideas for cooking, decorating and gift making.

Herbal Gifts, 1 p.m. Dec. 14, demo and class. Cost: $30. Learn to make fragrant gifts of relaxation and well-being. Herbal and natural ingredients are blended together to create high quality, yet affordable products. Students will sample and take home recipes. Ingredients and supplies will be available for purchase.

Herbal Gifts from the Kitchen, 1 p.m. Dec. 21, demo and class. Cost: $30. Students will sample and take home recipes. Ingredients and supplies will be available for purchase after the class.

TRAIL HELP

The Smoky Mountains Hiking Club needs experienced backpackers to help maintain the Appalachian Trail in some relatively remote parts of Smoky Mountains National Park. If you would like to “adopt” a piece of the AT and can make three or four trips per year to the backcountry, call George Ritter at 865-483-9758 or email recruiting1@smhclub.org.. The work mainly consists of cleaning out water bars and cutting back vegetation.

TAKE A HIKE

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club will host these outings in December:

Saturday, Dec. 7, dayhike, White Rocks and Sand Cave, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Great views, 8.5 miles, rated moderate. Two outstanding natural rock formations await hikers in the north end of this Park: White Rocks and the Sand Cave. A loop route takes hikers to the overlook at White Rocks, with great vistas into Kentucky and Virginia. Then the Ridge trail leads to a side trail into Sand Cave, a huge rock house with a sandy floor, where hikers will have lunch. The return will be via the Ewing Trail. Distance about 8.5 miles, rated moderate. One-way drive: 75 miles. Pre-register with Ron Shrieves at 922-3518 or ronaldshrieves@comcast.net (email preferred).

Saturday, Dec. 14, Take-a-Hike, Biodiversity tour (Old-Growth Cove Hardwood), Albright Grove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not many low elevation cove hardwood forests remain. Albright Grove is a special place where tulip poplars, Frazier magnolias, silverbells and maples have grown into giants. Hiking the Maddron Bald Trail to Albright Grove Loop trail and then return. Studying tree indentification in winter. 6.9 miles, rated moderate. Preregister with Mac Post at 865-806-0980 or mpost3116@aol.com (email preferred).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club needs volunteers for a variety of roles. Any amount of time you can spare will be helpful. Among the roles that need to be filled are back country outings leader; urban outings leader; historian; deputy newsletter editor; assistant membership chair; environment project manager; assistant secretary; volunteer coordinator; leaders in Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties; telephone tree volunteers. Call Robin Hill, 865- 966-9435 or email robin.hill8@gmail.com.

NEW AT IJAMS

Coming up on the Ijams Nature Center calendar:

Parents’ Day Out Camp Saturday, November 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Grades K-5). Leave your kids with the Ijams’ staff while you brave the mall for those after Thanksgiving sales. Your kids will spend the day enjoying nature with hikes, crafts and other outdoor fun. $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 130 to register.

Ijams Creature Features, Saturday, November 30, 9 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m. (All Ages). Stop by for a chance to get nose-to-beak with some of Ijams’ resident furred and feathered ambassadors. This program is free, but donations to support animal care are welcome. Pre-registration is not required for this event.

MASTER GARDENER CLASSES

The Knox County area Master Gardener program is enrolling for its 2014 training. The program is open to all gardening enthusiasts, beginner or professional.

Residents of Knox and surrounding counties are invited to participate from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursdays, Jan. 9 through April 10. Topics include Basic Botany, Disease Management, Soils, Rain Gardening, Organic Gardening and more. Participants will return 40 hours of service to the community following the training. Training will be held at the new Eastern Region Extension office in West Hills.

Cost is $125 before the early registration deadline of Nov. 1 or $150 before the Dec. 1 registration deadline. Fee includes all training materials and is due after your application has been approved. The course will be limited to the first 35 people who register and pay.

To apply or for information, contact Emily Gonzalez, 865-215-2340.

BAZILLION BLOOMS

For the fifth year, Dogwood Arts is asking East Tennesseeans to plant dogwood trees as part of a community-wide tree-planting on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Over the years, local dogwood tree populations have dwindled due to age, disease, construction and development, and neglect. The Dogwood Arts’ Bazillion Blooms project aims to reverse that trend.

Bare-root, disease-resistant Appalachian Snow and Cherokee Brave dogwood trees are available for purchase until mid-November on dogwoodarts.com. To purchase your trees, visit dogwoodarts.com and click on “Bazillion Blooms.” Trees ordered from Dogwood Arts must be picked up on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at UT Gardens parking lot off Neyland Drive.

Ball-and-burlap trees, for which prices vary, are available at area nurseries including these Bazillion Blooms garden centers: Ellenburg Landscaping & Nursery, 722 Vanosdale Road; Mayo Garden Centers at 4718 Kingston Pike, and 7629 Kingston Pike; Stanley’s Greenhouses & Plant Farm, 3029 Davenport Road.

Info: dogwoodarts.com or 865-637-4561.

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