John Martin highlights some of this weekend's biggest events

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FRIDAY MARCH 16

It's time once again for the Knoxville Convention Center to make way for the News Sentinel Women Today 2012. It is the largest show for women in East Tennessee and celebrates all aspects of a woman's life. With exciting exhibitors, trendy fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and informative seminars, there is something for every woman. Hours of operation are 9 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 pm. For tickets, visit www.womentoday.com.

Cutthroat Shamrock and Cletus Got Shot will be performing on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. Head on down to the corner of Summit Hill and Gay Street for this free noon-time show.

The Knoxville Museum of Art continues their "Alive After Five" series with a performance from The Jaystorm Project. General admission tickets are $8. Alive After Five runs from 6 to 8:30 pm.

The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians are putting a new twist on an old favorite - all inspired by Girl Scout Cookies. You can sample savory appetizers at the Cookies & Cocktails event at the Emporium. Chefs may use any of the eight varieties of cookies to create and serve up their signature item of choice. Enjoy cocktails while listening to live music from the Old City Buskers. Admission is $50. Visit www.girlscoutcsa.org for more information about registration. The event runs from 6 to 8 pm.

Bring your whole family, your church group, your neighborhood, aunts, uncles, and cousins, to enjoy Professional Performance Artists,  Rick Elliot, Ruthie McIntyre, Susan Fulbright and Carol Bell. The event runs from 7 to 9 pm at the Riverside Theater, 3769 Old Knoxville Highway, Rockford, TN. (Highway 33) Between Maryville and Knoxville. Admission is $5. Call (865) 970-3000 for group discount reservations

The Ice Bears will play host to the Pensacola IceFlyers at the Civic Coliseum. The Ice Bears will host "Smokies Night" in support for the area's other professional team, the Tennessee Smokies. Hometown Heroes will be spotlighted tonight as Military, Police, Fire, and Emergency personnel are welcome at a discount ticket price. Puck drops at 7:30.

Brad Williams will be performing at Side Splitters Comedy Club in west Knoxville. Brad's show is high energy. Robin Williams called him "Prozac with a head." Tickets are $12 at the door for both the 7:45 and 10:15 show. His act is rated "R".

The Tennessee Theatre presents Richard Marx with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Tickets range from $48 to $28, and can be purchased at all Tickets Unlimited locations. Show time is set for 8 pm.

Preservation Pub will play host to a variety of musical acts. The Sun Parade will perform in the Speakeasy at 8 pm. At 10, Earthquaker will take to the stage followed by Grandpa's Stash at midnight. There's a $5 cover. Visits www.preservationpub.com for more information on this evening's and many upcoming shows.

SATURDAY MARCH 17

Fort Loudon Lake Community is holding a River Cleanup, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Lenior City Park Boat Ramp. All volunteers who attend the Fort Loudon Lake Cleanup will receive a free T-shirt, and event sponsor Fort Loudon Marina will provide the participants with lunch.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale, winds down at the Holiday Inn Knoxville Convention Center. It's time for the "$5 Bag Sale" day. The sale is on from 9 am to 3 pm.

Anderson County Schools will host its first County Archery Tournament from 9:30 am to 2 pm, at Lake City Middle School. All county students will be admitted for free. The cost is $1 for adults for this TWRA co-sponsored event.

Ijams Nature Center is inviting you to help them find a Bald Eagle nest. Meet at the Ijams Nature Center at 10 am, with a lunch. It's free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information or to register, call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110.

Four Leaf Peat with Pearl and the Beard will play on the Saturday edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special. Come get Celtic at noon for the free broadcast.

UT Gardens presents "Grandkids Growing: Art In The Gardens". This activity will give grandkids a chance to observe the gardens as Spring nears. Then they will get a chance to paint a picture for grandparents to take home and display on their fridge. It runs from 2 to 4 pm. The cost is $10 for member, $14 for nonmember. For more information or to register call (865) 974-7151.

300 Santa Clauses will join together to parade the streets of Gatlinburg at 4 pm. Although Christmas is over, these Santa Clauses are gathering to celebrate the largest "Santa Claus Festival" in the Southeast. The event includes idea-exchange workshops, an evening Snow Ball Fight and a Santa fashion show and parade.

It's a St. Patrick's Day Block Party! Market Square will be full of Irish pride from 6 - 10 pm, with live music by Cutthroat Shamrock and Ian Thomas. The square will be blocked off, so that you can enjoy the sunshine with your green beer. Parents, you might want to call a baby-sitter, there are zero children's activities planned.

The Ice Bears play host to the Mississippi RiverKings at the Civic Coliseum. The Ice Bears will be wearing specialty St. Patricks Day jerseys this weekend that will be auctioned off. They're super cool. Check them out at www.knoxvilleicebears.com.

Elizabeth Cook with special guest Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle will perform at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville. General admission tickets are $25, assured seating is $30. Show time is set for 8 pm.

Clayton Center for the Arts presents Cozy Winter Nights with the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club. The Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club is an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to teaching, sharing and enjoying the playing of Appalachian and hammered dulcimers. General admission tickets are $10 for the 8 pm show.  

Multi-platinum country star Terri Clark will perform at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Tickets are available for $25 at all Tickets Unlimited locations. Show time is set for 8 pm, with Jefferson Ross.   

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours is back and ready to take you to some of downtown's paranormal hotspots. There are both 8 pm and 10 pm tours. Visit www.knoxghost.com for tickets times and more.

SUNDAY MARCH 17

It's time for action at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile"! The big boys will be racing at Bristol. Green flag waves shortly after 1 pm.

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