March 6

The 10th annual Polar Plunge hosted by the Special Olympics of Upper West Tennessee is scheduled at Aloha Pools and Spas in Union Vity. Funds raised benefit more than 300 athletes in Special Olympics activities in Henry, Lake, Obion, Weakley and Carroll counties. For more information, contact Clinton Smith at 731-223-0080.

March 8

Discovery Park of America in Union City will host a free virtual lunch and learn event to celebrate International Women’s Day. A panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. will focus on the importance of young female executives in the workplace having a more experienced mentor to help guide them through their career. Keynote speaker will be Nekasha Pratt of HarperCollins Publishers in Nashville. Registration is required at discoveryparkofamerica.com/calendar. 

 March 14

The Ed Sargent Guest Artist Series at UT Martin will feature Raul Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks, at 7 p.m. The virtual event will be streamed live on UTM Music’s Facebook and You Tube platforms.

 

March 16

A senior art exhibit is planned at the University of Tennessee at Martin for senior UTM student Jasmine Williams of Dresden. Williams has an associate’s degree in art and will be graduating this spring from UTM with a bachelor’s degree in studio arts. The exhibit will feature one graphic design piece, one clay ceramic piece and one clay chime. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the exhibit is expected to have only a Facebook Live opening.

 

March 20

Post-Intelligencer columnist Cynthia Bond Hopson will host “Phenomenal Women Speak,” as eight women will share their stories on Facebook at 3 p.m. from the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville. The program is in conjunction with Brownsville’s annual Women’s History Month. This is the seventh year for the program. For more information, call 731-779-9000.

 

March 26-27

The 13th annual Blooming Arts Festival is scheduled in Linden on the downtown Main Street. Creative arts and crafts are the focus of the festival. Past exhibitions have included fine art, such as oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay sculptures and photography. Fine handcrafted artisans bring stained glass, leatherwork, jewelry, glass, furniture, fiber, quilting and numerous other displays of creativity. To register, visit bloomingartsfestival.org.

 

Through March 31

An exhibit of award-winning realist Juliette Aristides’ paintings called “A Life’s Work” is on display at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in Clarksville. The museum in the heart of downtown Clarksville has more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space. It also will feature exhibits in conjunction with Black History Month, including one focusing on Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph. For more information, go to customshousemuseum.org. 

 

March 31

Registration for Performing Arts Camp I and II at the Ned McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center in Jackson begins at 8 a.m. There are two separate camps planned in May and June, one for ages 8-9 and one for ages 10-13. Students will receive instruction in singing, choreography, stage presence, costuming and props. For more information, call 731-425-8397.

 

April 8

The First Ladies’ Luncheon, presented by the United Way of West Tennessee’s Women’s Leadership Council, is scheduled for noon at the Jackson Fairgrounds Outdoor Pavilion. Keynote speaker is Penny Schwinn, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education. Companies and organizations across West Tennessee gather to celebrate the impact of local women within the community. Tickets may be purchased at uwwt.org.

 

April 10

The Northwest Tennessee Arts Festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Martin. The new outdoor event is hosted by UT Martin’s Department of Music, Weakley County Schools and Weakley Arts Can to promote K-12 and university performing and visual arts. There will be live music, theater and dance performances, food trucks and a display of the annual Weakley County Art Show. To participate, apply at weakleyartscan.org.

 

April 24

Bluegrass, Beer and BBQ Fest is scheduled in Grand Rivers, Ky. The festival will feature bluegrass music by Kentucky Shine, Kings Highway, The Gaslight Boys, Wheelhouse Rousters and fiddler Ian Bastida. Barbecue will be available, as will arts and crafts vendors. The event is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Little Lake Park. For more information, call 270-362-0152.

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