Retirement reception for Dr. Mike Dalton -- will be Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Maryville High School cafeteria. This event is open to the public.
Blount Mansion presents a holiday open house--on Saturday, Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at 200 W. Hill Ave. featuring the Concord Hand Bell and Brass Ensemble, wassail, holiday treats, children’s activities and free tours of Blount Mansion. For more information call 865-525-2375 or visit www.blountmansion.org.
Blount County Theater Group -- is looking for actors and actresses of all ages and types in the Blount County area who are interested in forming a new theatrical group to help provide high quality entertainment in the Blount County area. Beginning in January 2008, the group will meet on a regular basis to explore various acting techniques through games, exercises, improvisation and light scene work. They will also develop a list of possible productions for the future with a goal of eventually performing full productions of plays. If interested, e-mail your information or resume and headshot, if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-356-8329.
The Cumberland Playhouse Players-- will perform their hit Christmas play “A Sander’s Family Christmas” on Thursday, Dec 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church on Old Niles Ferry Road. The show is sponsored by the Faithful Men of Fairview United Methodist Church who will perform at 7 p.m. All funds will go towards supporting their mission work in Latvia. The community is invited. For more information visit www.ccplayhouse.com.
Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center -- is taking tax deductible donations of a minimum of $10 for Ball of Hope Holiday Ornaments. All are one-of-a-kind ornaments, painted by volunteers of the center to support their efforts to help the victims of child abuse. Each one is individually boxed with a hand-tied bow and ready for giving.
Blount County Business Hugs For Soldiers organization --is collecting packages for the Christmas for a Soldier campaign. Anyone interested in helping our soldiers can make a package using a gallon-size Ziplock bag lined with Christmas paper and filled with goodies and a card. Drop off packages at Lisa Thomas Salon on Sanderson St. in Alcoa. There are over 600 soldiers waiting to be adopted by patriotic citizens. For more information, call Lisa Thomas at 865-982-0527 or contact Kathy Orcutt at Kathy@hugsforsoldiers.org.
Citizens for Blount County’s Future and Citizens for Better Government-- will hold their joint meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Reorganization plans will be discussed and committees developed to work toward future plans of finding and supporting citizens to run for public office. Interested people wanting to see reform and responsible, accountable government in their community should attend. For more information, contact Linda King at 865-681-0662 or email@example.com.
Lost Cajuns of East Tennessee-- social dinner is Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Bayou Bay Seafood located at 7117 Chapman Hwy. Please R.S.V.P. to 865-748-7122. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryville Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous -- have moved to Room 116 of First United Methodist Church of Maryville, 504 Montvale Station Rd. Tuesday meetings are at 7 p.m. and are closed. Wednesday meetings are at 8 p.m. and are open. Call 865-681-9204 or 865-984-6438 for more information.
Maryville MAHMAs --Moms (and dads) At Home Making a Difference meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. The focus is making the home a safe, toxin-free environment for children and the entire family. For more information call 865-983-4414.
Maryville Business share -- meets at Grounded Coffee and More, 321 High Street, Maryville. This free small-business referral group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Keith Elrod, K & M Gallery, at 865-977-9441.
Resource Valley Raconteurs -- leadership and communications club meets from 11:50 a.m to 12:50 p.m., every first and third Wednesday at Pellissippi Blount County Campus in room 135. For more information, call Alberta at 865-981-5328.
Maryville Kiwanis Club – meets every Tuesday at noon, at Green Meadow Country Club. Guest are welcome. Visit www.MaryvilleKiwanis.org for more information.
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) -- Maryville Chapter meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Alcoa Tenn Credit Union, 124 N. Hall Road. Call Marsha at 865-981-8204, Pat at 865-273-5702, or Angie at 865-380-4730 for more information, or visit www.maryvilleiaap.org.
Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association --next meeting will be January 20 at 2 p.m. at Lawson McGhee Public Library, 500 W. Church Ave. in downtown Knoxville. Visitors are welcome to participate as listeners or as storytellers. For more information, call 865-980-5985