The Foothills Community Players will encore an Open House at the Davis Loft, 113 E Harper Ave. during the Last Friday Art Walk, June 27. Theater Karaoke was so well received during the May Last Friday Art Walk we will once again welcome visitors to participate in readings and skits.
A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee --will hold its annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Saturday, June 28, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Applebee’s on Alcoa Highway. Tickets are $5 and include pancakes, sausage and a drink. Tickets are available by calling Secret Safe Place at 865-254-2208 or at the door the day of the event. All proceeds benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee. The goal of the organization is to prevent newborn abandonment by raising awareness of Tennessee’s Safe Haven Law which allows the anonymous surrender of unharmed newborns up to 3-days-old to designated medical facilities without fear of prosecution for the mother. For more information, call 865-254-2208 or visit www.secretsafeplacetn.org. Women in crisis should call the Helpline at 1-866-699-SAFE.
ArtSpace, home of Fine Arts Blount in downtown Maryville, serves as the venue for the following camps:
• A Piece of American Folklore: Art Camp for Little Ones Ages 5-8 - Monday, July 7-Friday, July 11 Mornings-: Cost: $125: Instructor: Diann Bishop. Folk tale “Alligator and the Dog.” Includes: painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, and clay. Materials provided.
• A Piece of American Folktale Art Fun Camp: Ages: 9 and up - July 14 through July 25. Mornings, Monday-Friday: Cost: $250. Instructors: Diann Bishop, Grady Caskey, and Suzanne Stockfisch. Includes: painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, and clay. Materials provided.
Register as soon as possible by calling FAB at 865-982-0898 or go online at fineartsblount.com
Tomato Head event listings -- For more information, call 865-981-1080. The Tomato Head, Maryville, is located at 211 W. Broadway, Maryville.
• Hollow Tree will play Friday, June 27, 10 p.m. - midnight. Admission is $5 at the door.
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 www.wbhs98.com or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Youthful Expressions Studio -- is accepting registrations for the 2008 Summer Art Clinic for fun and intensive experiences in art. Dates are July 7 through 11. Classes are taught by Cindy Jane McDannel and Mary Jane Booth. For more information call 865-607-4473, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.yestudio.org.
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.
The Maryville College Center for English Language Learning-- is looking for local families to host exchange students this summer. Three groups of high school students from China will be at the college for a two-week program from July 10 to July 25. Families who can host one or two students per family are being sought. Families must have adequate space and provide transportation daily to and from the college, arriving by 9 a.m. and departing by 5:30 p.m. Renumeration is available if requested. For more information contact Micki Pruitt at 865-981-8186 or email@example.com.
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 camp is from 8 a.m. - noon 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.
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 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 -- will be holding a 20 year reunion on Saturday, September 6. For more information, or to RSVP, and to buy tickets go to http://maryvillehighschool1988.myevent.com
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.
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 Sideliners06@yahoo.com 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 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.