Community Calendar for Dec. 18, 2008

Medic Blount County Blood Drives will be held to stock up on the life-giving resource during the holidays. Donors will receive free Grinch t-shirts.

Dec. 18: Walgreens in Maryville, 10am- 6pm, Bloodmobile.

Dec. 19: Wal-Mart in Alcoa, 1030 Hunters Crossing Drive, 10am- 6pm, Bloodmobile.

Drive-thru Live Nativity at Clarks Grove Church, located just beside the Pellessippi off the on-ramp on Old Knoxville Highway. Saturday through Monday, Dec. 20-22; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Palace Theater event listing -- all concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All tickets are $13 in advance and $15 day of show plus tax .

December 18-19: The Palace Film Club presents White Christmas. Show Time is 7 p.m. Tickets $5 Children 10 and Under Free with Adult

December 20: The Palace Film Club presents It’s A Wonderful Life. Show Time is 7 p.m. Tickets $5 Children 10 and Under Free with Adult

Alcoa’s holiday sanitation schedule changes will be as follows:

Residential sanitation collections normally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 25 will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26. Those normally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 1 will be collected on Friday, Jan. 2. Monday-Wednesday and Friday routes remain unchanged. There will be no residential bulky waste, demolition or leaf collection on Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1.

Residential recycling collection normally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 26 will be collected on Saturday, Dec. 27. There will be no change in recycling collection during the New Year holiday week.

There will be no commercial sanitation pick ups on Thursday, Dec. 25 or Thursday, Jan. 1.

The Alcoa/Maryville/Blount County Landfill will be closed all day on Thursday, Dec. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 1.

Blount County Shrine Club meets at 6 p.m., the fourth Monday of the month, at the Bungalo Market. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. All Shriners welcome.

Living Being Yoga is now offering a variety of Yoga classes at Van Metre School of Dance, home of the Appalachian Ballet, at 215 W. Broadway in Maryville. Classes are ongoing and are offered Monday-Friday. For more information or to see a complete schedule please visit or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail

Ongoing oil and acrylic painting classes meet at the Knoxville Hobby Lobby stores on Kingston Pike and in Maryville at Foothills Plaza. Knoxville classes: Mondays at 12:30, 4 and 6 p.m. Maryville every wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Learn both traditional and modern techniques. Visit the website at or call 865-235-5739 for information or to sign up.

Kindermusik by Sarah Parrish-- is holding open enrollment for Summer Camps, Summer Fun Days and the Fall 2008 semester classes. Kindermusik is the world’s leading music and movement program for children from birth to 7 years old. It is based on the beliefs that every child is musical, every parent is the child’s most important teacher, the home is the most important place for learning to take place and grow, and that based on research, music nurtures a child’s cognitive, emotional, social, language and physical development. Kindermusik classes are available at Broadway United Methodist Church. For more information call Sarah Parrish at 865-981-2007. Space is limited and classes fill fast.

Cycology Bicycles is offering Yoga for Cyclists. Classes meet at 6:30 a.m., each Tuesday and Thursday at Cycology Bicycles, located at 2408 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For information call 865-681-4183.

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.

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

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.

Blount County Humane Society - meets every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. The meetings are open to all caring and loving people who are dedicated to helping all God’s creatures. For more information call 865-742-3070 or e-mail

Black Winter Night Ball featuring Michael Bethea on December 20, 2008 from 8 p.m. until Midnight at Day’s Inn, Alcoa Highway. Donations are $25 per person.

Hors d’ oeuvres will be served. Proceeds from donations will benefit the 2009 college scholarship fund sponsored by the Charles M. Hall alumni associations. Tickets are available from members of the organization.

Blount County Networking Group is an upstart networking club open to business professionals in Blount County. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 5:15 at Swank’s in downtown Maryville. If you would like to attend or would like more information please contact Holly Doane at 850-8380 or Marty Millsaps at 705-4210.

Red Cross of Blount County is offering CPR and First Aid classes, held at the Red Cross building in Maryville, at 1741 Triangle Park, just past Thunderworld off Robert C. Jackson Drive. Adult CPR with AED will be offered on Monday, Jan. 5 from 6-10 p.m. for $40 per person. Child and Infant CPR/AED will be taught on Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 6-10 p.m. for $35 per person. First Aid classes will be on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. for $29 per person. A reduced fee of $65 for all three courses or $48 for two courses will be offered. Please pre-register and make your payment in advance. Call 983-0821 for details.

A babysitter's training course will also be taught on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the American Red Cross Blount County Chapter. The cost for each student is $35 and your paid registration will hold your place in the class. This class fills up quickly, so please call at 983-0821 to reserve a place or for more details.

MHS offers community computer training - Maryville High School will offer Saturday computer workshops for Microsoft Office products on the following dates:

n Saturday, Jan. 10, Microsoft Excel

n Saturday, Jan. 24, Microsoft Publisher and PowerPoint

n Saturday, Feb. 7, Movie Maker and PhotoStory

n Saturday, Feb. 21, Microsoft Word and Requested Topics

Classes will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and will cost $100 each. Classes require a minimum of 5 participants and are limited to 10 participants. Contact Sharon Myers at 865-981-2738 or 865-207-5020 for additional information, or visit

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