Spooktacular Event Friday at Children’s Museum

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge

To celebrate Halloween, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will host a Not-So-Scary Spooktacular Event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, October 31. Young visitors are invited to create their own trick-or-treat bags before visiting the exhibits. Activities are free with admission.

Among events at the museum will be:

  • Trick or treat bag decorating, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Spider Swamp Maze, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Ghost Bubbles in the Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Flashlight Rainforest Walk, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Spooky Story Time, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Crazy Costume Parade, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Mad Scientist Lab, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Glowing Tunnel, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Spotlight: Rotary leads fight against polio

‘We are this close to ending polio’

Rotary International, which includes some 1.3 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries around the world, celebrated October 24 as World Polio Day.

Since 1985, Rotary has led the battle against polio, as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several hundred—a 99 percent reduction.

“This is a source of pride to Rotarians everywhere,” says District Governor Jerry Wear of Rotary District 6780, which includes East Tennessee. “In our relentless fundraising efforts and our participation in inoculation days around the world, Rotarians are committed to carrying this important mission to completion.”

Today, polio is endemic in only three countries—Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. When India came off that list in 2012, it was an important step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. (The first disease so eradicated was smallpox.) [Read more...]


Oak Ridge Cedar Barren cleanup on Nov. 8

Oak Ridge Cedar Barren Cleanup

The Oak Ridge Cedar Barren will undergo its annual fall cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 8.  The main cleanup activity consists of exotic invasive plant removal.

Located next to Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, the area is one of only a few cedar barrens in East Tennessee.

The barren is subject to invasion by Chinese lespedeza, leatherleaf viburnum, Chinese privet, autumn olive, mimosa, Nepal grass, multiflora rose, and woody plants. These plants, if allowed to mature, will shade out or overgrow the system’s unique prairie grasses. [Read more...]

November events in Anderson County

Submitted by Anderson County Tourism Council

Here are upcoming events in November in Anderson County:

November Train Rides at Secret City Excursion Train

One-hour excursions with narration will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2.  The excursions depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. During the ride, passengers will hear the story of the Manhattan Project, which was one of the most remarkable industrial achievements ever accomplished. For more information, call (865) 241-2140 or visit www.secretcityrailroad.com. [Read more...]

Czech-Slovak folk dress on exhibit at Children’s Museum Nov. 5-9

Beaded Wedding Cap

Beaded Wedding Cap (Submitted photo)


“Beaded Glory,” an exhibit of Czech and Slovak folk dress and folk art portraying the artistry and skill of village people in adorning their clothing, will be on display at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge from November 5-9. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, November 6, in Imagination Gallery at the museum.

The exhibit will showcase beaded wedding headdresses, embroidered aprons and blouses, intricate dyed and appliqued leather in sheepskin vests, lace-trimmed ritual cloths, and a rare Bohemian wedding vest decorated with hundreds of carved fish scales. Dolls in folk dress will also be on display.

“A hundred years ago, your village dress told so much about you—whether you were young or old, married or single, a widow or a nursing mother, a young man going off to military service, or someone in mourning. The tremendous variety from village to village is amazing,” said Helene Baine Cincebeaux, of Rochester, New York, who is bringing the exhibit to the Children’s Museum. [Read more...]

Elks have indoor Trick-or-Treat on Halloween

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Oak Ridge Lodge, located at 684 Emory Valley Road, will be hosting an indoor Trick-or-Treat on Friday, October 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“The Oak Ridge Elks Lodge will be providing a safe place for children of all ages to have fun, show off their costumes, and receive candy on Halloween night,” a press release said. “Free hot chocolate and bottled water will also be given to everyone in attendance.

“Don’t forget to bring a camera and have your picture made with ‘Elroy’ the Elk.”

‘Bill Wilcox Bow Tie Award’ to honor Myrick on Oct. 30

ADFAC Bow Tie Event Committee

Members of ADFAC’s Bow Tie Event Committee are pictured above. (Submitted photo)



Get your best bow ties ready—the second annual “Bill Wilcox Bow Tie Award” will be presented on Thursday, October 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Y-12’s New Hope Center.

The Bow Tie Award and Fund was established in 2013 to honor the memory of Bill Wilcox. Known for his trademark bow ties, Wilcox was an active and loyal supporter of numerous community, civic, and religious organizations, including ADFAC. The Bow Tie Award honors local individuals who, like Wilcox, selflessly share their gifts for the betterment and well-being of the community and its citizens.

“We are pleased to announce the committee has unanimously selected Tim Myrick as the recipient of the 2014 Bill Wilcox Bow Tie Award,” said Louise Mixon, chair of the Bow Tie committee. “Tim is a delightful example of the values this award seeks to recognize. His steadfast commitment to ADFAC and many other organizations made him an easy choice for this distinction.” [Read more...]

Oak Ridge has Halloween Party on Thursday

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department will host the 2014 Children’s Halloween Party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 30.

Activities include carnival games, inflatables, toddler game room, Halloween cartoon videos, face painting, concessions, glow room, and craft room, a press release said. The Scary Room will have a haunted castle theme. A hayride is planned for Bissell Park, weather permitting.

There is no admission fee to get into the Civic Center, but participation in most activities requires one or more tickets, a press release said. Tickets can be purchased for 25 cents each or as a pack of 25 for $5. The cost of the games, crafts, face painting, scary room, hayride, concessions, and souvenirs is one or more tickets. The toddler game room and cartoon videos are free. [Read more...]

Doctor, candidate to discuss health care with AAUW on Monday

Mary Headrick

Mary Headrick

Mary Headrick, a doctor and congressional candidate, will discuss health care during a lunch meeting with the AAUW on Monday, October 27.

Headrick’s talk is titled “Health Care Challenges: Age, Technology, Chronic Disease Management.”

The AAUW meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Room 102 of the First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge. [Read more...]

ASAP has strategic planning retreat Monday


For the past four years, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention, or ASAP, has been funded by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program. This 10-year grant-funded program has provided training, technical assistance, and financial support for the implementation of environmental prevention strategies in Anderson County, a press release said. ASAP has just entered the final year of the first phase of the grant program.

“We have enjoyed automatic renewal of our grant for several years, but we now face competitive renewal for the second five-year term,” the press release said.

The Drug-Free Communities Grant is a highly competitive program, funding a small percentage of applicants each year. To ensure the coalition is prepared with a strong action plan, ASAP invites residents to participate in a strategic planning retreat on Monday, October 27, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ main campus at 100 ORAU Way in Oak Ridge. [Read more...]

Owl Prowl at UT Arboretum tonight

Owl Prowl

The annual Owl Prowl is at the University of Tennessee Arboretum tonight (Saturday, October 25).

It’s one of the most popular events at the Arboretum, a press release said. It’s sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society.

The Arboretum is at 901 South Illinois Avenue (Highway 62) in Oak Ridge.

Owl Prowl is resented by the Clinch River Raptor Center, and Kathy Strunk and Katie Cottrell will bring live owls for display and will give information about their natural history. [Read more...]

‘Scooby Doo’-themed Halloween Party at EVC tonight

A Halloween Party at the Emory Valley Center tonight (Saturday, October 25) will feature a “Scooby Doo-Mystery at the Gym” theme.

The party is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the EVC/Daniel Arthur Gym at 728 Emory Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

Organizers from The Arc-Anderson County encouraged those who attend to wear a costume, but not one that is too scary. There will be a contest and prizes.

“Bring a snack to share with your friends,” organizers said. “Bring a bag of wrapped candy. Invite your friends.”