What’s happening in Oak Ridge from Feb. 5-11

Here is a summary of events happening in Oak Ridge from Thursday, February 5, and continuing through February 11.

This weekly listing of events is compiled by the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau: [Read more…]


Accordion, violin duo ‘Cricket and Snail’ to play at free concert Sunday

ORCMA Coffee Concert

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will present its next coffee concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8, at the Oak Ridge First Presbyterian Church at 1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The concert is free, and refreshments will be served at a reception following the performance.

James and Lucie Carlson performing on accordion and violin as the duo “Cricket and Snail” will play an eclectic mix of French, Celtic, klezmer, and even classical music for this unusual combination of instruments.

Organizers said “Cricket and Snail” has performed all over the world, and this concert provides a special opportunity to hear them play in Oak Ridge.


Reminder: Fundraiser for Secret City Wildbots features award-winning film on world’s water

Sling Shot Press Release

A film screening this month will feature an inspirational movie about a tiny technological solution that could be used to clean up the world’s water supply. The screening of the award-winning documentary will also raise money for the Oak Ridge High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 4265, the Secret City Wildbots.

The fundraiser and screening will start at 7 p.m. Friday, February 20, in the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, a press release said. The Secret City Wildbots will begin the evening with a short demonstration of the team’s robot from 7-7:20 p.m. The screening of the 97-minue film will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. [Read more…]



History teacher, ORHS grad to appear on Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament

Lydia Cuffman

Lydia Cuffman, a 2004 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, will compete in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament on Tuesday. The show will air at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on WBIR-TV in Knoxville. (Photos courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)


Lydia Cuffman, a 2004 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, will compete in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament on Tuesday. The show will air at 7:30 p.m. on WBIR-TV in Knoxville.

Cuffman is now a history teacher at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California.

Her mother, Kym Cuffman, said 200,000 people sign up to take the Jeopardy test each year. One hundred fifty thousand actually take the test, and 400 make it to the final contestants’ pool, Kym Cuffman said. There were 15 K-12 teachers chosen to be in the Teachers Tournament. [Read more…]

Documentary on kindness to be shown to middle school, high school girls on Feb. 12

Oak Ridge Schools will show a documentary on kindness to middle school and high school girls at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 12.

The documentary, “Finding Kind,” will be shown at Oak Ridge High School, and the evening is expected last until approximately 8:30 p.m., with activities to include viewing the documentary, discussions led by Oak Ridge School staff counselors, and then wrapping up with the opportunity for girls to take a kindness pledge, to apologize to those they may have wronged, and then to express something kind to their peers, a press release said.

Door prizes will be awarded as well.

The press release said this event is recommended to girls ages 11 and up due to language and some content. This event is free of charge. [Read more…]

Free Family Symphony Sunday features guest violinist Hannah Shipstad

Hannah Shipstad

Hannah Shipstad

Special guest violinist Hannah Shipstad, 11-year-old winner of the Youth Aliyah competition in Oak Ridge, will play as a soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra during its free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

Hannah will join the orchestra in “Spring” from “Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi. A small symphony orchestra will also perform the musical story of “Peter and the Wolf,” by Sergei Prokofiev.

The Children’s Museum, at 461 West Outer Drive, is offering free admission from 1-5 p.m. Sunday to support the concert. Children are invited to come early for paper puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. at the museum. [Read more…]

Cumberland Piano Trio plays at First United Methodist on Sunday, Jan. 18

Cumberland Piano Trio

Cumberland Piano Trio

The Cumberland Piano Trio will play at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 18.

“Oak Ridge Symphony’’s own piano trio (violinist Susan Eddlemon, cellist Dan Allcott, and pianist Emi Kagawa) join forces with New York composer Larry Spivack to present an exciting program, including a new work commemorating Oak Ridge’’s Spallation Neutron Source,” organizers said. “The program also includes Spivack’s ‘“Suite from ‘‘Puss in Boots’’ Ballet” and Schubert’’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major.”

The concert is presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. See the ORCMA website for more information.

Free family concert Sunday features ‘Peter and the Wolf,’ ‘Spring’

Martha Damiano

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Spring” in a free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 25, at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

Children are invited to come early for paper puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. at the museum at 461 West Outer Drive. The museum is offering free admission from 1-5 p.m. Sunday to support the concert.

Puppets from the “Peter and the Wolf” story are in the Anna Cebrat Puppet Room at the museum, where children may act out the story in the puppet theater in the week leading up to the concert. [Read more…]

ORICL to show three film classics on Tuesdays

The Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning will present three movie classics to the public on the three remaining Tuesdays of this month. The showings are free.

The movies will be shown at 1 p.m. in the City Room, or A-111, in the Coffey-McNally Building of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College at 701 Briarcliff Road.

The movies are “Maltese Falcon” on January 13, “Amadeus” on January 20, and “Doctor Zhivago” on January 27. [Read more…]

Midnight Hike at Norris Dam on New Year’s, Norris Dam 12K on Jan. 17

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park

By Anderson County Tourism Council

New Year’s Midnight Hike at Norris Dam State Park—December 31

Never mind the New Year’s parties, start 2015 with us, on a hike along the Andrews Ridge Trail system.

Bring a flashlight or headlamp as it might just be dark! Hike starts at 12 a.m.

For more information, call (865) 426-7461. [Read more…]

Free guitar, banjo lessons for seniors 50 and older

Senior Guitar Lessons Class 2014

First Row: Jack Copeland, Rosevelt Gilliland, Lu Ann Christy, Ken Carter, Wendall Cook, Instructor, Don Snouffer. Second Row: Dee Williams, Don Bourgrand, George Davis, Bobby Neal, John Dorflinger, Roe Sutherland, Charlie Orr, Billie Joe Campbell. Third Row: Ernie Blair, Jim Sells, Joe Henderson, Unidentified Visitor, Ken Newton. (Submitted photo)


Free guitar lessons for senior citizens will resume on Friday, January 9, at 9 a.m. at the Oak Ridge Senior Citizen Center on Emory Valley Road.

All levels of guitar players are welcome, a press release said. Beginner’s lessons start at 9 a.m. and intermediate lessons at 10 a.m. Wendall Cook, who has many years of experience playing and teaching, conducts the lessons. [Read more…]

Camera Club to feature photo exhibition, competition on Jan. 13

Pat Postma Photo

Image by Pat Postma



If you would like to learn more about photography, one of the most cost- and time-efficient ways to do so is to join a camera club and Oak Ridge has a good one!

The Camera Club of Oak Ridge has monthly meetings that alternate between presentations by some of the area most accomplished professional photographers and intra-club competitions with expert judging who teach photography during the process of evaluating the images. The public is welcome to attend an initial meeting for free, and a yearly membership cost is nominal. [Read more…]