Community Notes:

Cronan to speak at Women Build luncheon and auction
Joan Cronan, the University of Tennessee women’s athletic director, is the featured speaker at a special luncheon and silent auction on Thursday, May 17, that will support the 2007 Habitat for Humanity Women Build. Cronan. Scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Airport Hilton, the event will help raise money for a new home under construction.

A limited number of tickets still remain. To reserve a ticket, $25, call the Blount County Habitat for Humanity office at 865-982-8717. Many local businesses have contributed door prizes and auction items for the event. In addition, local artist RaRa Schlitt has donated ten of her paintings. Other donors include Little River Outfitters, Dancing Bear Lodge, Mollymaid and Royal Oaks.

Women throughout Blount County are encouraged to get involved with the Women Build project. One special program, just in time for Mother’s Day, allows donors to sponsor one square foot (or more) of the home for $50 per square foot.

Donations can be made in honor or memory of special women, mothers, daughters and friends.

The Women Build project began on April 28 and should conclude in mid-June. The entire project is being organized, constructed and funded by the women of Blount County and their friends and families. The building site is located on Fielding Drive in Maryville and will soon be the new residence for Lori Smith and her daughter, Brittany.

To get involved with the Women Build, call Kara Covington at 865-981-1100 or the Blount County Habitat for Humanity office at 865-982-8717.

Robinella joins Bean & Bailey at Palace Theatre
After a sold-out show last year, Bean and Bailey have agreed to come back for another comedy show at the Palace Theatre to benefit the New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. Performing also will be Robinella.

This comedy/musical performance brings down the house and helps to raise money, awareness, and bring New Hope to child victims of abuse and sexual violence in our area and will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 11.

Tickets are $20 each (Seniors and Students are $15 in-advance or $20 at the door). Tickets can be purchased at the Children’s Advocacy Center 865-981-2000 or at the Palace Café.

Saint Andrew’s to host Annual Garden Day
The Annual Garden Day of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church will be on Saturday, May 19.

Participants will enjoy learning about cut flower arranging and container gardening. Countryside Gardens and Honey Rock Herb Farm will have their beautiful plants for sale. In addition, members of St. Andrew’s church will have plants for sale, including hybrid coleus not available anywhere else, uniquely grown for this event.

A gourmet lunch will be served in the Great Hall. Following lunch, participants will have the opportunity to go on self-guided tours of 3 local Blount County gardens.

Tickets are for sale in the Church Office and are $15. For more information, call 865-983-3512. Proceeds from this event are used to maintain and improve the church gardens.

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