Blount Mansion Visitors Center-will host watercolors by Tony Kampwerth June 2 - 29 with watercolor landscapes from the Smoky Mountains to the coast of Maine plus portraits of the people of East Tennessee. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The center is located at 200 W. Hill Ave. For more information, call 865-525-2375 or visit www.blountmansion.org.
Bank East butterflies celebrate survivors --Bank East in Maryville will release 92 butterflies during the Cancer Survivor Ceremony at Relay For Life on Friday, June 6 at Maryville College. The 12-hour event starts at 6 p.m. with opening remarks followed by the survivor ceremony and butterfly release at 6:30 p.m. Donations for butterflies can be made at Bank East located at 826 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. For more information, contact Carey Best at email@example.com or call 865-273-4416.
The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 17, will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at Skyranch Airport (TN98). This will be a fly-in meeting so airplanes are welcome. The guest speaker will be Walter Lounsbery, an experimental airplane builder. He will be sharing his experimental construction experience with his Challenger II Long-Wing. The social hour will start at 11 a.m. followed by the presentation. All are invited and bring a friend.
Bike ride to benefit Sgt. Brian Schar -- Freedom Ride 2008 will be on June 7 at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill on 411. The ride begins at 1 p.m. and registration is at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 per rider and there will be free T-shirts, music, door prizes, food and drinks. The ride is to benefit the family of Sgt. Schar while he recovers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. While serving in Iraq, he was hit by an IED resulting in the loss of both of his legs. For more information or to make a donation, call Mike Brown at 865-806-6215.
Southern Kids in Theatre Musical Theatre Performing Arts School-- is holding an open house and summer program registration on Monday, June 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The studio is located at 507 Ellis Avenue in Maryville. For more information call Debra Lonsdale at 865-621-0216 or www.skitproductions.net
Blount County Businesswomen’s-- next meeting is June 11 from noon to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Maryville. The guest speaker is Kim Jaggers. Her topic is “Laying Aside Pleasing People: Running with Fellowship.” The cost is $7 and includes a catered lunch by Subs and Such. Register by June 6. For more information or to register, call 865-982-5531.
Blount Mansion will host a flag raising ceremony-- on June 14 at 1 p.m. in honor of Flag Day. Girl Scout troops will be conducting the ceremony. A program on the history of the U.S. Flag will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Blount Mansion Visitors Center 200 W. Hill Ave. For more information call 856-525-2375.
Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Concert Series 2008 -- at the Alumni Gym Maryville College, Maryville. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. For advance tickets, call 865-983-3330 with Visa or MC or from the Palace Café, 113 West Harper St. Maryville. More information can be found at acoustic-kamp.com.
• Monday, June 9 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, Jim Pankey, Cindy Gray. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Tuesday, June 10 - Gary Davis, Laura Boosinger, Keith Yoder. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Wednesday, June 11 - Janet Davis, Casey Henry, Doug Cox, Chris Proctor. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Thursday, June 12 - Tony McManus, Bob Black, Stacy Phillips, Barbara Lamb, Thursday, Friday and Saturday $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Friday, June 13 - Pete Huttlinger, T.J. Wheeler, Missy Raines. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Saturday, June 14 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, Robert Bowlin. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Monday, June 16 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, Keith Yoder, Mitch Corbin. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Tuesday, June 17- David Harvey, Casey Henry, Chris Jones, Kathy Barwick. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Wednesday, June 18 - Carlo Aonzo, John Goldie, Mark Cosgrove, Cindy Gray. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Thursday, June 19 - Emory Lester, Russ Barenberg, Roland White, Jeff Jenkins .Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Friday, June 20 - Don Stiernberg, Chris Newman, Beppe Gambetta, Robin Bullock. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Saturday, June 21 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, David Grier, and Matt Flinner. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
SMRC offers youth summer rowing camp -- this summer. The two camps are designed for boys and girls ages 13 and older who want to explore the sport of rowing. Experienced coaches and rowers from Smoky Mountain Rowers Club will lead the camp, which includes instruction on basic rowing terminology, physiology and technique. Students will receive on-the-water instruction and how to practice their rowing technique using an ergometer. The five-day camps are from 8 a.m. - noon June 16-20 and July 14-18. The cost is $200 and includes a T-shirt, water bottle and daily snack. At the end of each week, campers compete in a mini regatta and enjoy a lunch with their parents. For more information call Adam Stoermer at 865-256-2739 (CREW), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rowsmoky.com.
Youthful Expressions Studio -- is accepting registrations for the 2008 Summer Art Clinic for fun and intensive experiences in art. Dates are June 23 through 27 and July 7 through 11. Classes are taught by Cindy Jane McDannel and Mary Jane Booth. For more information call 865-607-4473, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.yestudio.org.
The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend is holding its annual Summer Reading Program for children ages 3 to 11. The activities will take place from 1to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 17, 24 and 31. This year’s theme is “Starship Adventure @ Your Library.” David Fields from the Solar System Ambassador’s Program will be the guest on July 10. Bob Becker, weatherman from Channel 6, will be the guest on July 17.
A field trip to the Heritage Planetarium is scheduled for July 24. The picnic and awards presentation will take place on July 31 at Townsend City Park.
Stop by the library or call 865-448-1441 for more information or to pre-register your child. All children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or with your current address.
Heritage High School Class of 1983 -- 25 year class reunion will be July 4-5. For reunion details, visit www.heritagehigh1983.com or call Trena Best Conner at 865-748-9704.
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 email@example.com, 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 www.alcoahigh68.myevent.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the reunion, visit www.alcoahigh68.myevent.com or call Cathy Lyle Ecker at 865-233-3554.
The Maryville High School Class of 1988 -- needs to update the contact list to prepare for their 20 year reunion in September. Contact Steve McBrayer at Steve.McBrayer@awhc.com with your current address.
First Baptist Church of Maryville announces two community-wide children’s events for the summer of 2008, Powerhouse Day Camp and Vacation Bible School. Both programs will run concurrently the week of July 14-17.
• Powerhouse Day Camp is open to kids first through sixth grade, and it will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. The cost is $35 per child.
• Vacation Bible School, for children three years through kindergarten, will run from 9 a.m. - noon each day. There is no charge for VBS participants.
Registration is now in progress. Register in person at the church office located at 202 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, or by calling 865-982-5531.
The East Tennessee Military Association (ETMA) Federal Credit Union -- will hold it’s first annual golf tournament on Monday, July 14, at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Rockford. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. The ETMA Armed Forces Golf Challenge benefits Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center (New Hope) by raising money and awarness for children who have been physically or sexually abused. To register, visit ETMA Credit Union, located at 1828 Air Base Rd., Louisville, or visit the Web site at www.etma-golf.com.
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.
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 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 www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.