Community Notes:

Christmas Open House at Sam Houston Schoolhouse
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse will host a Christmas Open House, from 1 - 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Raven Hall Pavilion located on the hill at the Sam Houston HIstoric Schoolhouse site. There will be plenty of entertainment and refreshments. The site will be decorated in the manner it might have been during the time Sam Houston taught at the Schoolhouse in 1811. Tour guides will be dressed in period dress, walking around the site grounds to show guests the schoolhouse, museum and gift shop.

Musical groups performing include:

  • Rhythm Pickups from Music Row, at 1 p.m.
  • First Christian Church Choir at 2 p.m.
  • Don Brakebill Singers at 3 p.m.
  • Sisters of the Silver Sage at 4 p.m.

There will be rides offered up the hill for all persons who can’t walk up the sidewalk to the Pavilion. This event is free and open to the public.

Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse is located at 3650 Sam Houston School Road in Maryville. For more information, call 865-983-1550.

Big Orange Wrestling match to benefit Toys For Tots
Big Orange Wrestling will hold a benefit show for Toys For Tots at the Maryville National Guard Armory on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Admission is $5, or an unwrapped toy with a $5 or greater value. Doors open at 7 p.m. and bell time is at 8 p.m.

Dr. Tom Prichard, formerly of WWE and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, will be in action at the benefit show.

"Having a benefit for the Toys For Tots is great way for a wrestling promotion to give something to the community," Prichard said. "It’s nice to have the guys (wrestlers) give their time to help people that don’t have much."

Also appearing on the card will be Charles Long, Cotton Candy, "The Boss" Terry Wright, Mike Ogle, Jeff Anderson, Dave Anderson, Kassie Rains, and several other regional wrestling stars.

Children’s Christmas Festival at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell
Celebrate the magic of Christmas and the spirit of giving from 1 - 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at the 2nd Annual Children’s Christmas Festival. This holiday event is sponsored by the Ladies of Harley Dragon Chapter and Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell.

All children and their families are invited to attend which will be held indoors at The Shed, located adjacent to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell at 1820 West Lamar Alexander Parkway. Festivities will include a bean bag toss, cake walk, tic tac toe, putt putt golf, ping pong, face painting by "Hats" the clown, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

A highlight of this year’s festival will be the horse-drawn wagon rides around the dealership. A professional photographer will also be present for those who would like to have their picture made with Santa and his Harley.

Admission is free. Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center will also receive 10 free game tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at the Festival for 50 cents each. Concessions will be available on-site.

The festival is also designed to raise awareness and support for the New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, a private, non-profit agency which serves physically and sexually abused children. The BCCAC’s mission is to serve children through prevention, community education and intervention. Interviewing, medical exams, counseling, and other services needed by the child and non-offending family members are all provided at the Center in order to offer a less traumatic, home-like setting.

For more information about the Children’s Christmas Festival call Diane McDonald at 865-300-2405 or Jessica Popek at 865-977-1669, extension 309 or visit online at www.smh-d.com.

MEDIC Needs Holiday Blood Donations
Medic Regional Blood Center needs your help this holiday season and hope that all eligible donors will take the time to give blood. "Donations are well below normal this time of year; however, the need for blood doesn’t decrease. We encourage everyone to take time out of shopping and holiday planning to give blood," states Christi Fightmaster, Medic public relations. Medic reports making donations as easy and convenient as possible by hosting several drives each day in various locations.

Medic’s headquarters is open seven days a week and there are community blood drives scheduled as well.

  • Friday, Dec. 15, Colonial Hills Nursing Center, 2034 Cochran Road, 10am – 6pm, Medic Mobile.
  • Friday, Dec. 15, East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule Street, 8am – 5pm, Inside Community Room.

All donors will receive a free holiday themed t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation (no fasting required) and a year’s credit towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. This program exempts donors from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh more than 110 pounds and have positive identification.

Medic is a not-for-profit organization serving the blood needs of 21 counties and 28 area hospitals.

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