Fat Tuesday Extravaganza hosted by Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church will be Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. There will be a variety of appetizers and finger foods along with a raffle and live auction with items including gift cards, Dollywood tickets and massages. Tickets are $7 person or $20 per family with children 3 and under free. All proceeds will be matched by Thrivent Financial. For more information contact the church at 865-982-4285. The church is located at 429 Sandy Springs Road.
Fairview Methodist Hosts Financial Peace University beginning Wednesday, February 27 with preview sessions on Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the church gym, and Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in room A208. The church is located at 2508 Old Niles Ferry Rd. in Maryville. The 13-week, video-driven course will be offered at the church weekly through the end of May. Each two-hour session includes an instructional video led by Dave Ramsey, followed by small-group discussion of that week’s topic.
Dave Ramsey’s, Financial Peace University utilizes Biblical principals to help participants eliminate debt, invest for college and retirement and give like never before. For more information, contact class coordinator Mitch Moore at 865-984-5988.
Rally cookout for Ron Paul will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1 - 4 p.m., , at the headquarters in Townsend on 321 in the Trillium Cove complex. Bring a folding chair and a covered dish, and enjoy lunch, learn more about Ron Paul for president, and enjoy music by Piney Ridge at 2 p.m. A sign-waving will be from 1- 2 p.m. For more information, contact Bill and Edna at 865-206-4431, or Phyllis at 865-680-1198.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) new chapter is forming and will meet Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 2, at Pecks Memorial United Methodist Church, 2438 Wilkinson Pike, Maryville. Weigh-in begins at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call Rebecca Russell at 865-984-6786.
The St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Lunch Bunch will host an American Red Cross first aid and CPR presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 12:30 p.m. Social time is 11:30 a.m. until noon, followed by a potluck lunch and the presentation. This is a great opportunity to prepare for an unexpected emergency. Everyone is invited, and encouraged to bring a favorite lunch dish. St. Andrews is located at 314 W. Broadway in Maryville. For information call Bill Schult at 865-380-4265.
Senior Health Circle continues as park ranger supervisor Mike Maslona presents “The Great Smoky Mountains: A Park Ranger’s View,” on Monday, Feb. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and specifically Cades Cove, and see exhibits from the park. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.
Area 15 Special Olympics Basketball event held at Heritage High School on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be our special athletes, a pep band, color guard, announcers, cheerleaders and more.
Widows Support Group will be held Saturdays, Feb 2, 9, 16 and 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.
AARP Driver Safety Program classes for February, in Blount County are:
• Tuesday, Feb. 5 (one day) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Blount Memorial Health Center, Alcoa.
• Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15 from noon - 4 p.m. Everett Senior Center, Maryville.
• Wednesday, Feb. 20. and Thursday, Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Smith Mortuary Life Event Center, Maryville
• Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 29 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Shannondale Community Center, Maryville
For registration information, call Gail Jackson at 865-694-0853.
The youth choir of Fairview United Methodist Church will hold their annual dessert bar and auction to raise money for their summer mission tour, on Friday Feb. 29. The 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. Tickets are $3, and are available through the church office or at the door. For more information, contact the church at 865-983-2080.
Maryville’s IHOP restaurant will offer guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network on National Pancake Day. The restaurant is located at 906 Turner Street, Maryville. For more information, visit www.ihop.com or e-mail IHOP@willscom.com.
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, Feb. 16 - Steve Kaufman, three time national guitar champ.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-356-8329.
Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation -- 2008 public meetings, will be held on the following Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. All meetings will be at the Blount County Public Library, Dorothy Herron Room A.
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 email@example.com
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.
The Chilhowee Club will host its General Meeting and Tea Tuesday Feb. 5 at 1 p.m., at the Club House. The program is Honoring Public Service Workers and Volunteers in our Community. The speaker is Sherri Gardner Howell.
Alcoa High School Alumni -- will meet Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m., at Shoney’s on Alcoa Highway. Speaker is Smokey Mountain Park Ranger, Ann Schlishting.
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.
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 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.
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.