Community Notes:

Activities for preschoolers at Parks and Rec
The Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Commission is offering some classes for children ages 15 months to 5 years old at the Everett Recreation Center starting in mid-October.

The Musical Gymnastic classes will start a new session on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings beginning Oct. 17. This unique program emphasizes early childhood development and concentrates on motor development, strength, flexibility, balance, hand-eye coordination, listening skills and musical rhythm. The program is designed for children of all levels, including those with special needs. Heidi De La Rocha has created and implemented this unique program for several years
and is a former collegiate gymnast.

A sports development program called Start Smart will begin on Tuesday mornings or evenings starting Oct. 17 and will continue for a six-week session. This program prepares children ages 3 to 5 years old for organized sports without the threat of competition, plus it teaches them the motor skill tasks that gradually build confidence. The focus is on throwing, kicking, catching and batting, with fun stations that change. An adult must accompany and assist the child with activities in this program.

Space is limited and the deadline to sign up for both of these programs is by noon on Friday, Oct. 13. For more information, you may call Parks and Rec at 865-983-9244 or you may register online at or come by the office at 316 S. Everett High Road.

Blount Trust launches Old House University Seminar
The Blount County Historic Trust, in fufillment of its mission to preserve, improve and maintain historically significant architecture in Blount County, is launching the Old House University seminar series. The seminars will provide expert guidance in caring for, and enhancing the value of historic properties.

The first seminar in the series will be "A Fall Check-Up: Getting Ready for Winter." Old HouseUniversity is presented by BCHT in collaboration with Robbin’s Nest Construction Company, LLC, the regions only constuction firm dedicated to historic renovation and preservation. Jamey Robbins, the company’s founder, and Dan Rosenburg, director of Historic
Preservation, will present techniques and tips on preparing old homes for winter. Some topics will include: optimizing energy
efficiency, preventing rot and decay, and cost effective ways to prevent winter deterioration.

The goal of this clinic is to help old house owners inspect their homes and make repairs and improvements that will help them address the challenges that winter brings to historic sructures.

The seminar will take place from 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Saturday, Oct. 21, in the seminar room of Quality Financial Concepts, 115 W. Broadway. Cost for the seminar is $10 at the door, with all proceeds going to benefit the projects of the Blount County Historic Trust. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. For reservations call Beverly at Robbin’s Nest Construction at 865-250-7821.

Free grief group offered to community
Those adults who are struggling with the death of a loved one are invited to attend a free, six-week group session that meets from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 12 and continuing through Nov. 16.

Group sessions are held in the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building located at 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, which is adjacent to the hospital’s campus.

For more information or to register, call Michelle Evans at 865-981-2291.

BMH offers nutrition tips for healthy snacking
The Blount Memorial Cancer Center will offer a free program, "Nutrition Tips for Healthy Snacking," on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. – noon in the center’s classroom 1 on the second floor.

In addition to healthy snacking tips, participants also will enjoy some light, healthy refreshments. Registered dietitian Heather Pierce will present the program.

For more information or to register, call Cancer Center director Annette Dekanich at 865-980-4921.

Veterans’ Benefits topic of caregiver connection
Blount Memorial Senior Services’ monthly "Caregiver Connection" program features Blount County Department of Veteran Affairs service officer Charles Staley at its Thursday, Oct. 19 gathering from 6-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Staley will talk about the current programs that are available to assist veterans and their spouses. He’ll also explain the eligibility guidelines and answer participant questions.

Light refreshments will be served at the free program that’s open to the community. For more information, call Senior
Services at 865-977-5744.

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