Community Calendar for Jan. 1, 2009

Christmas tree recycling - Keep Blount Beautiful will be providing an opportunity for the community to recycle fresh-cut Christmas trees from Friday, Dec. 26 until Jan. 10 in the Hobby Lobby parking lot. Drop off your tree between the hours of 10am-2pm on Jan. 10 and receive free tree seedlings. For more information, call 865-681-4809 or visit

Medic Regional Blood Center is making a concerted effort to bring in new donors in 2009. The need for blood in our area is outpacing the number of new donors, and if just 1 percent more people donated blood there would rarely be shortage. Start now by visiting a community blood drive:

Jan. 5, Blount Wellness Center, 220 Associates Boulevard, 10am – 6pm, Bloodmobile.

Jan. 5, Wal-Mart in Alcoa, 10am – 6pm, Bloodmobile.

Jan. 7, Blount County Sheriff’s Department, 940 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 9am – 5pm, 3rd Floor Training Room.

Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 lbs, and have an ID. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation, and a year’s credit towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. For more information, call 865-524-3074 or visit

Dog obedience classes begin in January at Maryville Academy, located at 1905 Sequoyah Avenue in Maryville in the former YWCA Building.

Puppy Preschool, for puppies 8 to 14 weeks old, will focus on early socialization, which is very important for young dogs. Basic commands, grooming, and housebreaking will also be covered. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 5, from 6-6:30 p.m. The fee is $50 for 9 weeks. Bring your puppy with you on the first night.

Beginner Obedience, for dogs older than 14 weeks, will address continued socialization, basic obedience, behavior issues. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The fee is $80 for 9 weeks or $40 for rescued dogs (must show proof of rescue agency or shelter). Leave your dog at home on the first night.

Rally Obedience - Enrollment in this class requires previous obedience class participation at least through a beginner level. Improve your dog’s education while you learn the fun sport of Rally Obedience. The course consists of a sequence of stations with a sign at each station indicating an obedience exercise which you and your dog must perform. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 7-8 p.m.

Register at the first class. All dogs must be current on shots and proof of vaccination is required. For more information, call 977-6340 or 983-7833, or email

The Maryville Dulcimer Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 314 West Broadway. We encourage all levels of dulcimer players to come to the church’s Parish House “Gathering Room.” Our club will regularly meet every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. For more information please contact Jan Wagner at 865-599-2514.

The GFWC Chilhowee Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the clubhouse on Cates St. There will be a memorial service at 1p.m. for members who passed away during 2008 recognizing their years of service. All family members are invited to attend this service. The regular meeting will follow at 1:30. The program will be a presentation of representatives of the various health “Walkathons” during 2009.

Blount County Businesswomen will hold their January meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Maryville. The meeting will feature Karen Alexander Doyle, who will lead the group in its 2009 study of the women of the Bible. The cost is $7 per person and will include lunch catered by Subs & Such. All registrations must be received before Friday, Jan. 9. For more information or to register call 865-982-5531.

A driving safety class for teens will be held by the Maryville City Police Department on Jan. 23 and 24. The goal of the program is to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths involving teenagers.

In making teen crashes a top priority, the Police Department has finalized an agreement with the National Traffic Safety Academy to establish a new program called Collision Avoidance Training (CAT), especially designed for teen drivers.

The CAT class is split into two days of training. The first class will be held at the Maryville Municipal Center on Friday, Jan. 23 from 6-10 p.m. The Saturday, Jan. 24 class will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Participants must be at least 16 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, and have auto insurance. Class size is limited and the deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 16. There is a $125 fee for CAT which covers the cost of licensing for the City of Maryville to use the training program, instructors and materials.

Students participating in the class may be able to obtain a discount on their insurance premium upon completion.

Parents or guardians interested in enrolling their teen for the January class should call Sgt. Jason Barham at the Maryville Police Department, 865-977-6964.

Blount County Parks and Recreation is planning offering several gymnastics, ballet and fitness classes for kids from 18 mos. to teens, beginning the week of Jan. 5. Classes will run in eight week sessions at the Everett Recreation Center.

Ballet classes will be held Thursday evenings for ages 3-10 (age groups are split). Kids will learn proper placement technique along with a fun, choreographed routine. There will be an end of session recital without any extra fees or costumes.

The gymnastics class for preschoolers (ages 18 mos.-5 yrs) on Saturdays will teach the sport of gymnastics while expanding the imaginations, incorporating dancing, singing, rhythm sticks and musical instruments. Activities will stimulate left and right brain activity, sensory awareness, fine motor skills and kindergarten readiness skills. Gymnastic skills are taught in proper progressions on the bright, colorful preschool equipment, and all equipment is sized and designed for young hands and feet. Participants will learn beginning through intermediate skills on bars, beam, trampoline, and vault.

The tumbling class on Saturday mornings is for ages K-15 (age groups are split). These classes will teach and enhance skills involving handstands, cartwheels, one-arm cartwheels and bridges for both the very beginner and intermediate students. Intermediate students will also work on round-offs, backbend kick-overs, front handsprings, and back handsprings. Classes are taught with proper skill progression for the safety of the child.

The Kindertots, Kindermotion, and Fun and Fitness classes are designed to keep kids active. Kindertots (for boys and girls age 2) on Friday mornings is specifically designed to develop gross motor skills, movement creativity, physical development and body awareness, while learning numbers, colors, shapes and songs. Kindermotion, for boys and girls ages 3 through 8, is a developmentally-designed fitness program that teaches students about fitness, nutrition, and the joy of movement through a variety of motor skills, imagery, and physical development activities. The Fun and Fitness class on Saturday mornings (for ages 5 - 10) is designed to build strength and endurance in a fun atmosphere. Kids will realize that exercise can be fun. Activities are designed to improve flexibility, agility, balance, and gross motor skills. Each class will incorporate the use of high energy music with different types of portable exercise equipment to help make fitness fun

All classes are taught by certified instructors who specialize in teaching young children. For more information, call Parks & Rec at 865-983-9244. You can sign up on-line at or come by the Parks & Rec office at 316 S. Everett High Road, Maryville. The sign-up deadline is January 7 and space is limited.

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.

Children’s art class will be held at Fine Arts Blount’s gallery, ArtSpace, on Saturdays from January 17 - February 21. Art instructor Diann Lewis-Bishop will teach the class, called “Time and Space,” in which students will focus on drawing skills using a simple grid system. They will practice reasoning and problem-solving skills and learn to imagine, guess, predict and form judgements and evaluate them. Cost for the 6-week class is $60 and materials are included. ArtSpace is located at 106 E. Broadway. Call Diann to register at 980-9429 or contact FAB through the website at

Palace Theater event listing -- all concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For advace tickets or more information call 983-3330.

Jan. 10: Pine Mountain Railroad - Tickets $15 in advance and $18 at the door, all plus tax.

Jan. 17: Just Us Bluegrass Band - Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the door, all plus tax.

Jan. 30: Downtown Maryville Last Friday Art Walk; Fort Craig School with teacher Patty Young 5:30-8PM for free.

Feb. 7: Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door, all plus tax.

Feb. 21: Steve Kaufman in Concert Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

Feb. 27: Downtown Maryville Last Friday Art Walk; Union Grove Middle School with teacher Lanette Webb 5:30-8PM for free.

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

Saturday, Jan. 10, Microsoft Excel

Saturday, Jan. 24, Microsoft Publisher and PowerPoint

Saturday, Feb. 7, Movie Maker and PhotoStory

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

Top of the Plaza will host afternoon teas on the second Tuesday of every month to benefit the Speech and Hearing Foundation of Blount County. Enjoy an extensive menu of teas and snacks while learning about tea history and etiquette. Tickets are $25 each. For reservations or more information call 865-964-6360 or email

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.

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

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.

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