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One Acre Cafe serves up a pair of special events; local chefs, brewers get creative with Girl Scout Cookies

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 23, 2020 at 9:39 PM

One Acre Cafe, the popular community cafe for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, is opening its doors for a couple of special events.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the nonprofit cafe will be open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for a Big Southern Breakfast fundraiser with create-your-own-plate options including biscuits and gravy, pancakes with syrup or fixin’s, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit salad and an assortment of pastries.

The suggested donation is $7 per plate but, as always at One Acre Cafe, guests are encouraged to donate as they feel led. All donations will go to cafe expenses and programs

On Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, the cafe will host a special ETSU Student Art Reception and Mural Reveal to celebrate the latest and largest addition to the cafe’s Art on the Walls.

Created by Vanessa Mayoraz's Art and Design Class at East Tennessee State University, the recently completed mural on the east wall of the cafe’s dining room depicts the backstory to the cafe’s hunger-fighting mission.

Tuesday’s reception will honor the students for their creativity and also showcase some of their individual pieces available for purchase through the cafe’s rotating Art on the Walls project through which the art works on display can be purchased to help cafe.

Cafe supporters are invited to come view the art any day at lunch and again at Tuesday’s 6-8 p.m. celebration of the artists’ creativity and generosity.

“Small bites” and drinks and live music by Scott Wild will be provided in appreciation for the the community that makes the cafe’s work possible.

Located at 603 W. Walnut St., One Acre Cafe was established to help address local hunger and food insecurity. Meals are prepared with locally sourced foods whenever possible and are available for donations related to the portion size for those who can pay, or for a volunteer time exchange for those who cannot.

The nearly all-volunteer staff is integral to the coming together of community at the heart of cafe. For more information about One Acre, visit oneacrecafe.org or the One Acre Cafe page on Facebook.

For a taste of Girl Scout Cookies like you’ve never had them before, Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians will host their annual Cookie Creations benefit Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Blackthorn Club at The Ridges in Jonesborough.

Set for 6-9 p.m., Girl Scout alumnae, non-Girl Scouts and their significant others are encouraged to drop in for a grown-up evening of cookie-inspired foods, libations and fun.

At the heart of the party will be sweet and savory dishes, beers from Johnson City Brewing Company and liquors from Tennessee Hills Distillery, all inspired and infused with the irresistible flavors of Girl Scout cookies, and live music by Bottle the Ocean.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.girlscoutcsa.org/CookieCreations. Proceeds will be used to support Girl Scouts and provide life-changing experiences to girls in the local community.

For more information about the event email [email protected] or call 1-800-474-1912, ext. 2007.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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