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Below is a list of upcoming events in the Ken-Tenn area.
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Public Service Announcements
The next Nights on Broadway is set for Saturday Sept 24th at 7 on the Square in Downtown McKenzie come hear the Skylifters perform.
08/25/2016 – The Career Coach Staff will be at the Sharon Public Library on Thursday from 10 to 2 to help people create resumes and register with Job4TN.gov.
08/25/2016 – The Dresden Senior Center will host a dance on Thursday from 7 to 10. Admission $5, and there will be food, fun, and entertainment by Kenny Presley and Larry Morgan. The event is open to all.
8/27/16 – Walk of Hope Team – Team Friends is having a Charity Cornhole Tournament fundraiser at 2:00 on Saturday. There is a $10 entry per player and all proceeds will go to the Walk of Hope – to register, call or text 731-676-9005 or 731-446-4495.
09/05/2016 – The Annual Soybean Talent Show will begin at 5 on Monday, September 5th at the Virginia Weldon Park behind the Martin Post Office. The entry fee is $25 per act. Entry forms are available at tnsoybeanfestival.org. All contestants must check in an hour before the show begins.
9/17/16 – Union City J’Cettes are having a Star Wars 5K “May the Course Be With You” for Cornfest on Saturday, Sept. 17. Early registration is available for $15 before August 31. To find out more, visit the Obion County Cornfest website.
09/20/2016 – Ridgemont Elementary is hosting a book fair Wednesday September 14th through Tuesday September 20th. All are invited, the fair will be open on weekdays from 8:30 till 2. They will have books for all ages and other items on sale as well.
09/24/2016 – Sadie Saves Charity will be holding their 6th Annual 5K and Fall Fest on Saturday, September 24, at the Gleason Gazelle Grounds. Race begins at 9, awards will be presented at 10:30, and at 11 the themed baskets and cake auction begins. There will also be a bounce house and concessions. Sadie Saves Charity raises money for Asthma and Allergy awareness as well as donates AED machines to community Emergency management services.
10/19/2016 – Carey Counseling Center, Inc. will host “Project Homeless Connect”, a one-day event targeting the homeless population in Weakley County, at the Martin Church of Christ on Wednesday, October 19th from 9 to 2. Donations and vendors are welcomed to the event. Call 731-234-8592 for more information.
10/22/2016 – Santa’s Helpers will have a 5K Run and Walk Fundraiser on Saturday October 22nd beginning at the Dresden’s Farmer’s Market. Registration will begin at 5:15 that evening. Advance Registration is available at Santa’s Helpers in Dresden.
Gleason Tater Town Events
Saturday, August 27th – SWAG wrestling at 7 at the Gleason Gazelle Grounds. Admission is $6.
Monday, August 29th – The Grand Marshal Reception will be at the Gleason First Baptist Church at 6. Following the reception, The Good Time Singers will be in concert at 7 at the church. Admission to the concert is free.
Tuesday, August 30th – The Gleason Gazelle Grounds will host an adult bingo night at 7. Admission is free and you must be 18 or older to participate.
Wednesday, August 31st – There will be a special youth bingo night at the Gleason Gazelle Grounds at 7:15. There will be a short devotional with bingo to follow. Those in Kindergarten through age 17 are invited to participate.
Friday, September 2nd – The Tater Town Cook-off will be at the Gleason Gazelle Ground. Gates open to the public at 5:30. $7 admission to enter and eat, and there will be live entertainment. If you want to enter the Cook-off call 514-6185. There will a Sweet Potato Bake-Off prior to the Cook-off as well. For those interested in participating in the Bake-off, call 514-9007.
Saturday, September 3rd – The Annual J.C. Carey 5K Memorial Run will begin at 7 that morning in front of the Gleason School. Registration for the race begins at 6:30. The entry fee is $15. The Tater Town Parade will be at 10 that morning, and it will be followed by the Special Antique Tractor Show on the front lawn of the Gleason School.
OBION COUNTY CORNFEST ACTIVITIES
Thursday, September 15th
Chalk Art Contest – 3:30 at Merchants Park, downtown Union City. Bring your kids hungry! Free pizza and drinks for everyone entering the contest. Each child will receive three pieces of chalk, but you can bring more for bigger, brighter pictures.
Saturday, September 17th
Day in the Park!
Cornhole – $20 entry fee per team and you can register the day of the tournament. First place prize, $250, second place, $125 and third place is $50. Starts at 1:00 in Kiwanis Park. For more information, call Trey at 731-335-0222
Cornfest Idol – Showcase your skills at the Idol competition during the day in the park. 2pm in Kiwanis Park. Youth 15 and under, adult is 16 and over. First place $100, Second Place, $50 and third place is $25. Entry fee is $10 and the number of participants is limited! Bring your music on a cd and easy set up instruments are welcome. Applications can be found at obion county cornfest dot com.
Pets in the Park – Dogs, cats, pigs, stuffed dinosaurs, whatever your “pet”, they’re welcome, alive or stuffed. Categories include owner / pet look-a-like, and the pet-less child in costume. Starts at 9am at Kiwanis Park and it’s only a $5 entry fee. T-shirts will be given to the first fifty people to enter.
Creative Chair Auction – You are invited to create a chair to go into the silent auction OR if you would like to add a unique piece of art to your home, come to the silent auction and bid on your favorite! Chairs can be dropped off at the Obion County public Library anytime until Friday, the 16th. Prizes will be awarded to all winners and will be judged on Best of Show, Most Creative and Most Artistic.
Pedal Races – Sponsored by Tennessee tractor, this pedal car race is for racers from 3 to 6 years old. You can bring your own or there will be some tractors on hand. (No scooters allowed.) Registration is at 11:30 in Kiwanis Park, races start at noon.
Obion county Cruise-In – You are invited to bring your car or tractor to the non-judged event from 10am until 3 pm. All show parking is in clear paved areas along First Street in downtown Union City. The first 50 people registered will receive a goody bag and every entry will receive a dash plaque. But if you want to come check out the good looking rides? It’s free!! To be a part of the Cruise-In visit obioncountycornfest.com.
The Dresden Senior Center offers a Monday morning devotional each week at 8:45. Come to listen to ministers from across Weakley County speak and inspire you with words to start your week off right. Coffee and donuts are served each Monday morning.
The University of Tennessee College of Denistry has a dental clinic for under-served members of our community. Located on 201 W. Main St, Suite D, this clinic offers exams, cleaning, extractions and some fillings. Payments are based on income and household size, and treatment is provided by qualified senior dental students from the University under the supervision of licensed faculty.
TFN – Northwest Safeline’s Crisis Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help the victims of domestic violence. You can call anytime day or night to find out how the program can help you at 1-800-957-0055
The Weakley County Backpack Program provides food to children in the community who might not have enough to eat at home. They need your help to continue the good work they do, and are asking for monetary donations. Donations may be dropped off at any Simmons Bank location in Weakley County.
The Humane Way Humane Society of Fulton offers a low cost spay/neuter program for cats.
The Good Samaritan Health and Welfare Cancer Support Group will meet on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 at the Good Samaritan Wellness center in South Fulton. The meeting will include emotional and spiritual support for those who are suffering with cancer or from the loss of a loved one.
The Obion County backpack program has a food drive, the last Saturday of each month. The backpack program sends food home with children on Friday’s that need food for the weekend. They are looking for donations of food that are healthy, easy to open and easy to fix. Supplies can be dropped off at Lowe’s in Union City. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Santa’s Helpers in Dresden are looking for donations of bedding, clothing, food items and other goods as well as those willing to volunteer. (To find out ways you can help Santa’s Helpers help other visit the store Monday through Friday from 10 to 4 each day.)
The Tennessee Poison Center reminds you the importance of keeping hazardous materials out of the reach of children and to teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.
Save this number in your phone for emergency purposes and hope you never need it!
Young adults between the ages of 12 and 18. If you’ve dreamed about a career in aviation, space, or the military, you need to know more about the cadet program of Civil air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the US Air Force. Fly, learn to lead, camp and push yourself to new limits.
If you have expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions at your home, the Obion County Prevention Coalition and the Union City Police Department now offers a permanent drop box at the Union City Police
We Care Ministries in Martin needs donations to refill their thrift store and food bank. They are especially looking for non-perishable, kid-friendly food item including cereal, canned fruit, and pop-tarts. Donations of clothes, blankets, furniture and toys are always appreciated as well. WeCare ministries is located on S. Lindell St.
If you’d like to brighten someone’s day, become a hospice volunteer. Caris Healthcare is looking for compassionate volunteers to provide companionship and support for those facing a life- limiting illness.
If you know of a woman or children who are being abused, the
Northwest Safeline can help. The Northwest Safeline serves Weakley, Obion, Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale and Tipton Counties. 24 hour crisis hotlines, confidential safe shelter, support groups, financial assistance for relocation to survivors of domestic violence in West Tennessee. To find out more follow Northwest Safeline on Facebook or Twitter and stay up to date on community events and current activities for the agency.