Community Calendar

The Blount County Friends of the Library -- Summer, 2008 used book sale will be held from Noon - 6 p.m. Thursday, July 17 (for FOL members only), and from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. More than 40,000 books, magazines, CD’s, VCR’s and DVD’s of all types will be offered in the lower level of the Blount County Public Library. For more information, call Bob Heintz at 865-982-6834.

Bluegrass music at Shorty’s Lake -- will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 19 . Playing will be the Barker Brothers, from Copperhill, Outta the Blue from Friendsville, and the Muleskinners from Blount County. Directions are: Old Niles Ferry to Mint Road, then follow signs, or Montvale to Blockhouse, then follow signs. Call 865-719-1722 or 865-983-9270 for more information. Admission free.

The WBHS Class of 1998 reunion-- is scheduled for August 2 at Butterfly Gap Retreat in Townsend. Tickets are on sale now through July 18. Visit or e-mail for more information.

The House Of God Church – will be selling baked or fried chicken dinners and fish dinners, Saturday, July 19, beginning at 12 noon. On the menu will be: baked or fried chicken, fish, macaroni and cheese, corn, green beans, pinto beans, corn bread, rolls, dessert and drinks. Cost is $7.50. Will deliver for two or more dinners. To place an order, call 865-379-8124.

Chilhowee View Community Center -- will hold a country breakfast, from 7 - 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19. On the menu will be pancakes, ham, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, and coffee. Suggested donations is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. All donations used to maintain and operate the Community Center.

Maryville College and head coach Todd Wright will host a Girl’s Individual Basketball Camp, July 21-25 for students between the ages of 7-17. The camp will be 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. E-mail or call 865-981-8291 for more information.

The Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Church of Maryville announces the eighth annual Women’s Conference, Oysters to Pearls. The one-day conference, featuring noted speaker Mary Southerland, will take place on Saturday, August 16, at First Baptist, beginning at 8 a.m. The event will conclude at 2:30 p.m.

Ms. Southerland, known for helping women manage stress and find daily peace, will speak on Biblical truths concerning dealing with the “sandpaper” relationships of life. Other program personalities include Marisa Lykins from Love 89, Sherri Gardner Howell from Blount Today, Dr. Joy Carroll of Lifeline Counseling Center, and former Bible Study Fellowship leader Charlotte Womack.

Registration for the event is $30 and is due in the First Baptist main office by Sunday, Aug. 10, with a $5 discount for registrations received by July 27. For further information, contact First Baptist Church at 865-982-5531.

Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading at Camp Tipton in Maryville is currently registering boys and girls in grades 1-8. Deadline to register is July 28. For a registration form and more information, e-mail, or call 865-982-0499.

Blount County Business Women -- will meet Wednesday, August 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Maryville. The topic is “What steals your peace and rest?” The cost is $7 per person and includes a lunch catered by Subs & Such. Register by Friday, August 8. For more information and to register, call 865-982-5531.

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. 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.

The Taoist Tai Chi Society beginner’s classes will be held on Tuesdays through August 26 from 6:30 -8 p.m. at FUMC, 804 Montvale Station Rd., Maryville. The slow martial art steps increase flexibility and strength and improves balance. It can be practiced by people of all ages and physical conditions. Each week of class will consist of a review of the previous steps, practice of those steps and the addition of several new steps. The Taoist Tai Chi set has 108 steps; however, there are a number of repeated sequences of steps.

The Heritage High School Class of 1998 will be celebrating it’s 10 year Class Reunion. Contact Mary Dickenson Sharp at 865-803-1518, or or with your current address.

The Alcoa High School Class of 1988 -- is working on their 20 year reunion. The reunion will be held on Aug. 15 and 16. Those that have not been contacted, e-mail Sissy Bowers at, or call Laura Livingston Marsh at 865-599-5040.

The Alcoa High School Class of 1968 --will celebrate its 40-year high school reunion on August 29-31. Visit, for details and new information.

Reunion activities include a kick-off event on August 29, at the Alcoa versus Maryville football game. The main reunion program will be held on August 30, at the Airport Hilton featuring a dinner and program.

The festivities will conclude on August 31, at Springbrook Park Pavilion for a casual BBQ for classmates and family. Additionally, the committee is working to locate all members of the Class of 1968. All classmates or anyone with information about a classmate can e-mail Cathy Lyle Ecker at For more information about the reunion, visit or call Cathy Lyle Ecker at 865-233-3554.

The Maryville High School Class of 1988 -- will be holding a 20 year reunion on Saturday, September 6. For more information, or to RSVP, and to buy tickets go to

Heritage Handbag Sale -- in memory of Michelle Harrill, will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, August 30 inside the Heritage High School cafeteria. Slighty used handbags, totebags and wallets are noe being collected to use in the fundraiser sale for the Heritage High School football team. Drop off locations are at Firehouse Subs in Maryville, and Heritage High School. For more information, email or call Ann Cermak at 865-980-0240.

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

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