A a benefit screening of the film -- “The Business of Being Born,” will be Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room at the Blount County Library. This is a documentary film that takes an unflinching look at birth in America today, and asks the question: Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency? A minimum $5 donation is requested, with net proceeds to benefit Lisa Ross Birth and Women’s Center. Contact Marva at 865-379-1955 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) -- is looking for volunteers to help children and adults with disabilities during its spring session of therapeutic horseback riding. You must be at least 13 years old to attend the training. Horse experience is not necessary. Volunteer training is Sunday, March 9 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Call Lori at 865-988-4711 or check our Web site at www.rideatstar.org for more information. Dress comfortably.
The House of God Church -- will be selling chicken and dumpling dinners, along with fish sandwiches, fries, drinks and dessert, Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at noon until all is sold.
Game Haven is sponsoring a Guitar Hero tournament -- on Saturday, March 1, on the big screen at Capitol Theater to raise support for missions in Ecuador. Great prizes include a flat screen TV and there are several ways to win. Register early, space is limited. Only $25 to enter with great deals handed out to all contestants by Game Haven.
Youthful Expressions Studio -- is holding registration for their spring session. Classes are for children 7 to 12 years old and are held upstairs in the Parks and Recreation building at Springbrook Park in Alcoa. Class times are Tuesdays at 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and are $240 per 12-week session which includes all art materials. Projects feature charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, watercolor, acrylics and sculpture. For more information, call Cindy McDannel at 865-607-4473 or visit www.yestudio.org.
Tomato Head event listings -- For more information, call 865-981-1080. The Tomato Head, Maryville, is located at 211 W. Broadway, Maryville.
• Dark Hollow will play Friday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
• T. West and Wooloughby will play Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
• Robinella will play Friday, Feb. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
The Maryville High girl’s basketball camp -- will be held at Maryville High James C. Campbell gymnasium, May 27 through 30. Girls entering grades 1 through 9 in the next school year may attend. Camp will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the gym will open at 8 a.m. for those who need to arrive early. Late registration and camper check-in will be May 27, from 8 to -8:45 a.m. The cost is $75, which includes a T-shirt, a compact size Lady Rebel basketball and a certificate. For an application or more information, call or e-mail, Suzanne Singleton, email@example.com, or 865984-8397, or Kim Bledsoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 865-983-9486.
Fairview United Methodist Church -- will hold their annual dessert bar and auction on Friday, Feb. 29, to raise funds for their summer mission tour to Chicago. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the dessert bar and silent auction, and the live auction will begin at 6:45 p.m., with professional auctioneer Robbie Franklin. The auction will include many items donated from the community, such as zoo and aquarium tickets, passes to Biltmore, and tickets to sporting events such as Smokies baseball and Icebear Hockey games. Tickets are $5, and are available through the church office or at the door. For more information, contact the church office at 865-983-2080.
Area 15 Special Olympics basketball -- event will be held at Heritage High School on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be special athletes, a pep band, color guard, announcers, cheerleaders and more.
Widows support group -- will meet Saturdays, March 8, 15 and 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church located at 429 Sandy Springs Road in Maryville. These are nondenominational meetings. Handouts and discussions address daily issues and stages one might experience during their grief journey. There is no charge. Call facilitator Alice Mansmith 865-856-2570 for more information.
The Palace Theater concert calendar: For advance tickets, call 865-983-3330 with Visa or MC, or purchase from the Palace Café, 113 West Harper St. Maryville. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
• Saturday, March 1 - Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder.
• Saturday, March 15 -Michael Reno Harrell.
Kindermusik with Tammy Woodall and Rena Trantham -- is accepting students for the Spring 2008 semester. Kindermusik lays a foundation for a lifelong love of music and also fosters learning and growth in all areas of childhood development for children ages birth to 7 years old. Classes are offered at Fine Arts Connection in Maryville. To register or for more information, call Tammy at 865-233-0888 or go to www.fineartsconnection.biz.
Blount County Theater Group -- is looking for actors and actresses of all ages and types in the Blount County area who are interested in forming a new theatrical group to help provide high quality entertainment in the Blount County area. The group will meet on a regular basis to explore various acting techniques through games, exercises, improvisation and light scene work. They will also develop a list of possible productions for the future with a goal of eventually performing full productions of plays. If interested, e-mail your information or resume and headshot, if available, to email@example.com or call 865-356-8329.
Kindermusik by Sarah Parrish -- is holding open enrollment for the Spring 2008 semester classes and summer camps. Kindermusik is the world’s leading music and movement program for children from birth to 7 years old. Classes are available at Broadway United Methodist Church. For more information about Kindermusik by Sarah Parrish of Maryville, call owner/director 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 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.
Blount County Businesswomen Luncheon -- will be Wednesday, March 12 from noon - 1 p.m. Marisa Lykins from 89’s Breakfast Crew will lead, as we begin our year of becoming women of freedom. The cost is $7 per person and includes a catered lunch by Subs & Such. Registration must be received by Friday, March 7. Mail or deliver, check or money order payable to: First Baptist Church, Maryville, Attn: Women’s Ministry, 202 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN 37801. For more information call 865-982-5531.
Maryville Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous -- meets in Room 116 of First United Methodist Church of Maryville, 504 Montvale Station Rd. Tuesday meetings are at 7 p.m. and are closed. Wednesday meetings are at 8 p.m. and are open. Call 865-681-9204 or 865-984-6438 for more information.
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.
Blount County Beekeepers Association -- meets the second Monday of each month, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., in the Sharon Lawson room of the Blount County Public Library. For more information, contact Stacey Adair, secretary at 865-983-6223.
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. Guests 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.