Community Notes:

Ruby Tuesday teams raising funds for Relay For Life
Tuesday’s Relay For Life Teams I and II will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. - noon, Saturday, April 28, to raise funds to support Blount County’s Relay For Life. The sale will take place in the parking garage off Harper Street, across from Regions Bank. For more information, contact Lesley Livingston at Ruby Tuesday, 865-380-7081.

Blount County is stepping up to save babies
WalkAmerica, the walk to save babies, is taking place on April 28th at Circle Park on UT Campus. WalkAmerica supports the March of Dimes fight to save babies from premature birth – the leading killer of newborns – and from other serious threats to infant health.

"The babies in East Tennessee need our help," said Joan Wempe 2007 WalkAmerica Chair. "By being a part of WalkAmerica, we can help save babies and give hope to families. We can help give all babies the gift of a healthy start," she added.

More than half a million babies are born too soon every year. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime disability.

There will be a 2.5 mile walk around campus, fun activities for the kids, door prizes, food, giveaways, and more. The event is free to the public. For more details, call 865-694-6003.

For more information about WalkAmerica, or to join the event at Circle Park on UT Campus April 28, visit walkamerica.org or call 1-800-525-WALK.

Fairview Singles Team "Bookin’ It"
The Fairview Singles Team of Fairview United Methodist Church will be holding a book sale from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at Fairview United Methodist Church, to raise money for Blount County?s Relay For Life. Books, CDs, DVDs, movies and cassettes will be for sale. For more information, contact team co-chair Noreen Geffert at 865-984-6291, or email noreengeffert@yahoo.com

Cruise for a Cause with the Ride for Literacy
On Saturday, April 21 motorcycle enthusiasts will have an extraordinary opportunity to mount up and cruise for a great cause with the Ride for Literacy. Registration for the ride will begin at 10 a.m. with the first bike out at 11 a.m. from Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell located at 1820 West Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

The scenic route will take bikers to the beautiful Foothills Parkway traveling back up Highway 129 to Highway 411 then over William Blount Drive to Highway 321 before returning to the dealership. Free coffee, water, and donuts will be available for participants in addition to goody bags for the first 100 riders. A raffle will also be held for an array of exciting prizes. The cost to participate in the ride is $20 per bike which includes one free T-shirt. The ride is sponsored by Lamon & McDaniel Brothers, Naterz Sports Grill and The Tomato Head.

Those participating in the ride will be invited to enjoy a free, fun-filled evening at "The Shed", Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson’s popular music pavilion. Live music will be performed by Porter Davis (7-8 p.m.) followed by Blue Mother Tupelo (8-11 p.m.). Food and beverages will be available on-site at The Shed Restaurant.

All proceeds from the ride will benefit the Blount County Literacy Council, an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America. The BCLC was formed in 1986 as a non-profit organization to serve the literacy needs of adults in Blount County. The organization’s mission is to serve those needs by partnering with the adult education programs and staff, promoting community development, and providing funding assistance. Services offered to adults in need include free literary tutoring and group classes in subjects such as reading, writing, speaking English proficiently, problem solving, and technology use.

Tutoring services are also offered to adults in the General Education Diploma (GED) program. In years past the BCLC has served over 600 adults each year.

To pre-register for the ride email Denette Flynn, denetteflynn@yahoo.com. For further information about the Ride for Literacy or the services provided by the BCLC call 865-982-8998 or email: info@blountliteracycouncil.org. Information about the ride can also be obtained by contacting Jessica Popek at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell at 865-977-1669, extension 309, email: info@smh-d.com or visit online at www.smh-d.com.

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