ArtSpace Gallery -- home of Fine Arts Blount, 302 Church Avenue E. in downtown Maryville is spotlighting the Grand Opening Exhibit of Members’ work, now through Dec. 31. Original paintings, jewelry, sculpture are on display. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays and noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, call 982-0898, or see our website at www.fineartsblount.com.
Police department will hold rape aggression defense course - free of charge on Dec.13, 14 and 15. The class will take place at the Maryville Police Department located at the Maryville Municipal Center, 400 West Broadway Avenue. The Dec. 13 and 14 classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The final class on Dec. 15 will take place at Maryville High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 3-day, twelve hour course is part of the Police Department’s Community Policing program to citizens. This class will also include accommodations for the hearing impaired. The objective of the course is to develop and enhance options of self-defense to a woman who is attacked. The class will be hosted by the Maryville Police Department and taught by certified RAD instructors. Advance registration is required due to the limited class size. Those interested must come to the Maryville Police Department to register. For details call Sgt. Jason Barham at 865-977-6964.
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.
Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation and Heart’s Desire Candles - are holding an ongoing gourmet candle fund raiser to help fund the building of the new Blount County Animal Center. Fragrances are Clean Cotton, Coconuts and Lime, Country Spice, French Vanilla, Hot Apple Pie, Lilac and Sweet Orange and Chili Pepper. The 16 ounce Mia Bella candles are are $20 each with $5 going to the project. Visit your local vet’s office to smell a demo candle and pick up an order form or call Kristi Beaton at 865-806-6721.
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.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Assoc. (NARFE) -- Maryville Chapter 930, meets at 11:30 a.m., the second Tuesday of each month, except December, at Ryans Steakhouse, located at 1053 Hunters Crossing Drive. For more information contact William Mickelson at 865-970-2202.
Maryville Lions Club – Meets on the first Tuesday of every month at noon and the third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 1053 Hunters Crossing Drive. Interesting guest speakers. Eat and socialize a half hour before each meeting. Visitors always welcome. For more information visit www.lionwap.org/maryvilletn or call 865-981-6881.
American Sewing Guild, Maryville-Alcoa area -- meets at 6 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, at First Christian Church, corner of Church and Lamar Alexander Parkway. Sewers of all skill levels welcome. For information contact Sandy Goodson at 865-380-9951.
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. No meetings in November or December. For more information, call 865-980-5985.
Maryville Rotary Club – meets at noon every Thursday at the Green Meadow Country Club, 1700 Louisville Road, Alcoa. New members and guests are welcome. Call Bob Lash, president, at 865-379-0675 if interested in memberships or attending a meeting.
Smoky Mountain Mustang Club -- meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Courtyard Grill, 3749 Airport Hwy., next to Neil-Sandler Ford. Chartered in 2005, Smoky Mountain Mustang Club is an organization of Mustang enthusiasts dedicated to the enjoyment, promotion and preservation of the Ford Mustang. Membership is open to all Mustang lovers and represents enthusiasts of Mustangs from 1964 1/2 to present. For more information, call 865-679-5808.
MOMS Club of Maryville -- a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting at-home moms, meets at 9:30 a.m., the first Monday of each month at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the nursery room. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-380-9130.
Blount County AARP Chapter #2296 - meets at 2 p.m., every fourth Tuesday, at Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield St. Everyone is invited for fun, food, and friendship. For more information, contact Bill Roback 865-981-9674 or Dave Christensen 865-681-4866.
The Blount County Civil War Round Table -- meets the last Thursday of each month at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 429 Sandy Springs Road. Business meeting at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m. Public is invited. For more information contact J.B. Johnson at 865-984-4234.
Unity Study Group of Maryville -- learn about practical Christianity and unity/new thought teachings, Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 314 Broadway Ave. Sponsored by Unity Church of Knoxville. Call Karen at 865-583-0011 for more details.
Tennessee Valley Mustang Club -- a regional club of the Mustang Club of America meets the fourth Monday of each month, except December, at Ryan’s Steakhouse, 9645 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. Eat and socialize at 6 p.m., meeting and program starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.clubs.hemmings.com/tvmc.
Writers Association of Blount County – meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. All writers are invited to bring excerpts from their work to share. For meeting location and updates call Cassie at 865-856-9408.
The Democratic Women’s Club of Blount County -- meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Shoney’s Restaurant on Alcoa Highway. The meeting starts at 6 p.m., with the program at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact president Gerrae Messer at 865-982-6168.
American Business Women’s Association --The Smoky Mountain Chapter, meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at Ryan’s Steakhouse. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 865-984-3627 or 865-531-3959 for more information.
The Blount County Photo Club -- meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Dorothy Hearon Room A at the Blount County Library. All levels of photographers are welcome.
Foothills Striders -- meet on the first Monday of each month at El Jimador Mexican Grill, located at 1705 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Eat and socialize at 6:30 p.m., meeting and speaker starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.foothillstriders.org.
Maryville/Alcoa Jaycees -meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Alcoa Middle School. For details contact Scotty at 865-776-3267 or email@example.com.
Maryville Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous -- meet at 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Blount County Courthouse, second floor. Tuesdays is closed discussion and Thursdays is open discussion. Call 865-984-6438 for more information.
Greenback Senior Fellowship Club – meets the third Friday of each month. For more information, call 865-856-6669.
Sunrise Garden Club – meets at 9:30 a.m., the first Monday of each month. Call 865-983-4988 for more information.
Alcoa Kiwanis – meets as a group at noon every Monday at Green Meadows Country Club. The board of directors meet at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Alcoa Utilities Building, 264 North Rankin Road.
Christian support group for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse -- meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on the first Sunday of each month at a private location in Blount County. There is no charge for participation. For more information contact Tracie Walker, LCSW at 865-719-4709.
Adult Children Anonymous – a 12- Step support group for adults who grew up in homes with dysfunction such as alcoholism, addiction, workaholism, abandonment, neglect, abuse, etc. Meetings are free, non-smoking, anonymous and confidential. Meets Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, downtown Maryville. For more information contact 865-850-8792.
Sign language classes -- for the hearing impaired are offered at Fairview United Methodist Church, at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Church is located at 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville.
NAMI Maryville-- is offering free classes for caregivers of loved ones with mental illness. Call 865-982-4285 or 865-681-8160 for more information.
Maryville’s weight loss surgery support group -- meets at 10 a.m., the second Saturday of each month, at Pellissippi State College Library in Maryville. The purpose of this group is for those who are considering gastric surgery, Bypass or Band, for weight loss. Questions and answers from people who have gone through the procedure. Find out the good and bad news about this major surgery.
Baton twirling classes -- are offered through Carole’s School of Baton in conjunction with the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation. Classes for ages 4 and up are held at the Springbrook Recreation Center in Alcoa. Nationally accredited instructors, Carole Flynn and Connie Williams, teach the basic twirls along with dance-twirl, strutting, and twirling routines. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Christmas parade, annual spring recital, twirling competitions and try out for award-winning teams. For more information or to register, call Carole Flynn at 865-984-2355.
The Joshua Resource Center -- is enrolling participants for the New Beginnings CWJC program. Women who may feel isolated, alone and without hope will find a safe place to refocus, be trained in a variety of life skills, work skills and experience the love of Christ. There is no charge for women living in low income or poverty. For more information call 865-380-5370.
More than Conquerors -- a support group for people dealing with chronic pain, chronic fatigue and/or a chronic illness meets every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. Praise and worship is at 7 p.m. Attendance in the praise and worship program is not required, but recommended. The support group meets at Embassy Christian Center, 2505 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville. Call 865-681-2300 for more information or directions.
Beginner belly dance classes -- in Blount County, taught by a professional dancer offered on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m., and Wednesday at 10 a.m., at Alexia’s studio just off Alcoa Highway and Singleton Station Road. For more information, call 865-977-6761 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Transformer’s Singers -- meet each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Broadway United Methodist Church. Opening for singers SSA. For more information, call Barbara at 865-681-0772.
VFW – John J. Duncan Sr. Memorial VFW Post 10855 is open to all Blount County residents who are veterans of foreign wars. The post meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the basement of Praise Temple Assembly of God Church, corner of Hunt Road and Wright Road in Alcoa. Bring a copy of your D.D. 214 or orders for current active military personnel on any meeting night. For information, call Jim Hoffman at 865-983-6445.