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Emory Place Block Party

Emory Place Block Party

The shops on and around Emory Place are haveing a block party and business open house on Saturday, August 29th, 2015, from noon until 9PM. There will be craft beer, entertainment, food, vendors...

Kickstand is donating two road bikes and two mountain bikes for a raffle! So get to Emory Place on the 29th. Emory Place is a plaza at very north end of Gay Street. It is tucked in between Broadway and Central. Businesses as far away as Central's Happy Holler will be participating.

WVLT Story Broadcast

Everyone at Kickstand was pleasantly surprised to see our video on WVLT's local morning news. Melissa Lee did a very good job collecting plenty of video and interviews, and editing the whole thing. Thank you for your good work, Melissa Lee. And, a big thanks to WVLT (Channel 8) for including us in your many community profiles.

Check out the video and news story here.

Melissa Lee

Boys & Girls Clubs

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kickstand hosted a large bike giveaway for the kids at the B & G Club from Vestal (in South Knoxville). Kara and Tia brought the kids and we had plenty of bikes.

First the kids get fitted with helmets. Then they pick out a bike and get rolling. Kickstand was joined by the women from Great Clips and Melissa from WVLT's (Channel 8) news team. She was both reporter and camerawoman (and editor) for the event. I cannot describe how hard this woman worked. You can expect to see the footage on their morning news program the first week of August.

Everyone got involved in helping the kids fit and ride their new bikes. The highlight of the morning was Great Clips giving Kickstand a much needed set of Park specialty bike tools and a $500 check. Thank you so much for your support, Great Clips. And, thank you WVLT for your interest in our work.

Below is Paul fitting a helmet. More pix and details here.

Great Clips Donates $500 To Kickstand !!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Representatives from Great Clips awarded Kickstand with $500 for our work providing bicycles for under privileged children, the homeless, and providing an open workshop for the public. Hannah was there to receive the check.

The money will go toward tools and parts. We can't thank the good folks at Great Clips enough for their generosity.

- YWCA Recieves 50 Bikes!! -

Saturday, July 25, 2015

An exceptional day at KickStand! We have been repairing bikes for a donation to the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA for their Fire Ants, Penguins, Giraffes, and Lions kids' groups.

Today, with the help of the 'Two Men and a Truck' company, we moved a number of bikes to the Y for these deserving children. They will each receive a helmet for safe riding provided by the Epilepsy Foundation.

Thanks to all who made this possible! More pix here.



Saturday, July25, 2015, in East Knoxville (Zoo).

Kickstand set up a bicycle learning area for kids at Muse (formerly The Discovery Center). Brad, Don, and Dawna set it up and helped the kids remove wheels, adjust bearings, pump up tires, and generally work with tools and bikes. Thanks to Cary and Bicki at The Muse for inviting us. More pix here.



The pix below are of Kickstand's Family Bike Ride, July, 2015. They were taken by Luke Grieve of Fountain City Pedaller. More pix here.

Boys & Girls Club - Vestal

Kickstand hosted another bike giveaway on Monday, June 22nd. Paul and friends got bikes ready for these three eager kids. Pictured left to right are Paul, Jamaya, Cara, Lonnique and Jamarius.

paul and kids

paul and kids

Boys & Girls Club

The Haslam Boys and Girls Club visited us today to get helmets and bikes - 3 really happy kids. And Darren too.

- BYOB 2015 -

KickStand's second annual BYOB WAS GREAT!

The Epilepsy Foundation was there giving helmets to kids (thank you Paula), Music (thank you Alex, Jim and Thomas), food (yum, thank you 4th United Pres), and the hit of the party Libby the puppy.

We'd like to thank everyone for helping out with our fundraiser...

Pastor Liz at Fourth United and its members for providing church facilities and support.

Sean with Knox Bike Polo for his demo.

The Carpetbag Theatre and the musicians for their live performances.

I Bike Knoxville for setting up an Ambassador table with info on local cycling.

Kickstand volunteers Paul, Don, Chris, Brandon, Hannah, Ricky, and Steven for setting up and cleaning up (but not Lary, who's relaxing on a beach somewhere).

But we'd like to not thank the mean neighbors across the alley, who complained about the low music levels interrupting their party, and who obviously don't like fundraising charities. As soon as they left, it was right back to normal. More Pix Here >>>

New Awning

Tuesday was very busy.Paul, Denny, Lary, and Brandon worked on the awning again. Most important of all, we've learned that the Emperor himself is personally overseeing the final stages of the construction of this awning. Chris worked on some old 3-speeds.Brandon sorted our mountain of old tires and tubes, and rearranged the large stones for a garden. Don won a heroic battle with a stuck seatpost that didn't want to budge. John continued working with Steven to build up his Specialized.