Community Notes:

Put on your dancing shoes
The East Tennessee Jazz Orchestra will play a pre-Valentine’s Day dance at the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five event on Friday evening, Feb. 2, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. This will be the ninth appearance of the ETJO at this popular museum musical series.

Featured will be the "touch-dancing" tunes of the bands of the 1930’s-40’s big band era, including those of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and others. Participants will dance to many of the tunes they might remember from their youth. And expect a polka, waltz and some specialties from the Latin American dancebook. The 16 players of the East Tennessee Jazz Orchestra hope to "wear you out" on the dance floor.

The fee is $8 for general admission and $4. for KMA members and UT students with valid ID cards. Call 865-525-6101 for more information.

CAPPE’s fifth annual chili fest set for Feb. 3
With winter weather finally making an appearance, the time is right for CAPPE’s Fifth Annual ChiliFest. This year’s contest and tasting opportunity is set for Saturday, Feb. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church in downtown Maryville. Chili chefs will be competing for prizes in three categories (beef, other meats, vegetarian). The public will vote for the People’s Choice winner. New this year is recognition for Best Presentation.

The event begins at 4 p.m., with tasting and judging continuing until the winners are announced at 6:30 p.m. In addition to chili and beverages, home-made tortillas and quesadillas will be available, as will a bake sale of delicious home-made treats. Everyone will be eligible to win door prizes.

Suggested donation for admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the door (children under 10 admitted free). Advance tickets are available at Southland Books (601 East Broadway) and Waste Not, Want Not (1505 East Broadway) and from CAPPE Board members. Admission includes tastes of entries and one bowl of chili and one vote for the People’s Choice winner.

Judges will select the winners in the beef, other meats and vegetarian categories. Each of the four winners will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Foothills Mall.

For more information, call Susan Keller at 865-982 4267.

Equine-based grief support program begins for ‘07
Mane Support is an equine assisted grief counseling program especially designed to address the needs of those who have experienced a death, anticipating the death of someone they know or who have experienced other types of trauma.

Activities for the group are scheduled from late mornings on Mondays of each month. All of the activities are conducted on the ground, there is no riding.

The Changing Reins group is a women’s bereavement group that addresses the needs of women who have experienced a death of someone they know. They meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Trail Makers group is designed for women who arebreast cancer survivors. Mane Support is honored to have the support and sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for our participants in this group. They meet on the first and third Monday of each month from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

For information on any of the groups, contact Kim Henry at 414-0557.

Townsend Visitors Center to host craft classes
From February 3 until March 20, the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) will host a series of Appalachian craft classes, including soap making, bear making, corn husk doll making, hand sewn pillow making and rug hooking. The classes are part of the SMCVB’s continuing efforts to preserve and share the region’s heritage.

Anyone with an interest in crafts and wants to learn the history and method of traditional wash pot, cold/cooked soap making, Gaynelle Kyser will be teaching a soap making class on February 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the class is $30, which includes all materials for making old-fashioned lye and milled soap.

"This is old-fashioned lye soap for people who have allergies and can’t use fancy soap," said Kyser. "This soap is strictly for cleaning and contains no color or perfume."

For registration or additional questions, please contact Gaynelle Kyser at 865-448-6296 by January 24. Students do not need to bring anything, but may bring lunch to have during a short break. In case of inclement weather, the class will be held February 17.

On Feb. 17, Joyce Jarman will teach a hand sewn wool bear class from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All levels of craft expertise, from beginning to advanced, are welcome to participate in this class. Jarman will instruct the class on how to assemble the wool-felted bears, teaching the proper technique of sewing the bears, made with a blanket stitch and thread joints.

"This type of design is unique because no sewing machines will be used and all the details of the design will be done by hand," said Jarman.

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