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The Weekend Plan-It: Christmas Parade, Pet Christmas Photos, and a Half Marathon (in a Pear Tree)

Good morning! Is everyone ready to make it through today? Good! Here's what's going on this weekend.

FRIDAY
The Arts and Culture Alliance 2012 Members Show starts at 9 a.m. at the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture. It's the largest annual show that features local artists' work from within the last two years. There will also be a reception tonight at First Friday from 5-9 p.m.

Harvard historian Eirug Davies will discuss the role Welsh immigrants played in East Tennessee in the mid-19th century today at noon at the East Tennessee History Center. It's free to attend, and really--when are you going to get a chance to listen to a Harvard historian speak again? 

At 5:30 p.m. in Krutch Park, the Healthy Energy Campaign, the city's Sustainability Office, KUB, and Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED) will be on hand to talk about how to conserve energy this winter and how to protect against cold temperatures and weather. Might be a good time to see if any recommendations for winter weather prep have changed.

Then, at 7 p.m. all along Gay St, the WVIK/McGhee Tyson Airport Christmas Parade will take place. Marching bands, floats, and dancers will be all over the place, and the parade will be emceed by CMT Live's Cody Alan. Oh, and someone might be stopping by from the North Pole. Keep your eyes out. But maybe wear some shades so you're not blinded by all those Christmas lights. 

Then at 8 p.m., the Carolina Chocolate Drops will play at the Bijou Theatre with the Two Man Gentleman Band. Hope you already got your tickets because the show is SOLD OUT according to the Bijou's website.

The Royal Bangs, who have made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, are making time for a set in their hometown at the Pilot Light. Cover is $5.18+ only.

SATURDAY
Confession time: I forced my dog to get Christmas photos taken with me when I was 7 years old. She looked so uncomfortable! And now you can do the same to your dog at Pet Supplies Plus on Chapman Highway starting at 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Saturday. But it's not just for awkward family photos--proceeds from the even will go to benefit Noah's Arc Animal Rescue. Visit the group's website or call (432) 586-2293 for more info.

Another pet-centric event is going on at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be face painting, ornament-making, pet gift purchasing, and a silence auction. In addition, this might be a good time to get that Christmas puppy early since adoptions fees will be discounted (!!). The shelter's at 6717 Kingston Pike.

Need some help making your holiday wreath? Lucky you! For $35, you can attend a wreath-making workshop at 12:30 p.m. at the Ramsey House Plantation. Mulled cider will be involved. Call (865) 546-0745 for more info.

Tom Flynn, the executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of Free Inquiry magazine, will present "The Trouble With Christmas," a thought-provoking look at the myths of Christmas, at Pellissippi State Community College at 2 p.m. at the Hardin Valley Road campus. It's free to attend.

You really have your choice of shows to attend tonight. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors will be at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. for a holiday show. Tickets are $17.50-$20. John Doyle will also be playing at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theatre. Tickets to see the Dublin native are $15. The Lonetones, Black Atticus, and the Bearded will all play at 8 p.m. at the Relix Variety Theatre. Tickets are $5-$10. 

At 10 p.m., the Pilot Light will feature John Wesley Coleman, Three Man Band, and Daddy Don't. Cover is $5. 18+ only.

SUNDAY
Bright and early at 8 a.m., the Santa Hustle Smokies Half Marathon and 5K will start at the Wilderness Resort in Sevierville. 

Meanwhile, for those of us who will not be up that early, Tom Mattingly will talk about and sign copies of his new book Smokey: The True Stories Behind the University of Tennessee's Mascot at Union Avenue Books at 2 p.m.

The Tennessee Valley Players will present "We Need a Little Christmas" at St. John's Cathedral at 4 p.m. The annual Christmas show is $5-$10. Call (865) 896-9474 to purchase them.

The Ramsey House Plantation Candlelight Tour will start at 6 p.m. 

Keb' Mo' will be playing at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets to the bluesman's show are $33. Buy them here.

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