The Blount County Humane Society -- will hold a pet adoption extravaganza Saturday, March 21, at the Pet Smart in Alcoa, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dogs and cats will be available for adoption. More information is available at www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.
East Maryville Baptist Church -- will host a children’s consignment sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. Children and teen clothing, toys, games, books strollers, car seats, etc. will be for sale. For more information, call Leann White at 865-982-4960.
Friendsville High Alumni Banquet -- will be Saturday, April 26, at the Friendsville lunch room. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. Cost is $12 per person. For reservations, call Iva Cooper Endsley at 865-995-9249, Joann Endsley at 865-995-2171 or Dale Jenkins at 865-984-5108.
State primary election, Blount County general election, Friendsville and Townsend city elections -- are scheduled for Thursday, August 7. The qualifying deadline for candidates is April 3 at noon. The offices open for this election are U.S. senate, U.S. house of representatives, Tennessee senate (even numbered districts), Tennessee house of representatives, circuit court judge division II, assessor of property, Friendsville city commissioners and Townsend city commissioners. The Blount County election commission is located at 383 Court Street in Maryville. For more information or for concerns about accommodations needed to vote, call 865-273-5920 or visit www.blounttn.org/elections.asp. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Remember to bring your voter registration card with you when you come to vote.
Alcoa High School Football Boosters Club - second annual steak dinner and silent auction will be held Saturday, April 12. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., to view silent auction items in the Alcoa Middle gym. Steak dinner will be served from 5 to 6:15 p.m., in the Alcoa High cafeteria. The live auction begins at 6:30 p.m., in the middle school gym. Steak/silent auction dinner tickets are $15 and may be purchased from AHS main office by calling 865-982-4631, or from any football player. For more information, call Traci at 865-591-4139 or Dave at 865-856-5345. Ticket sales end April 8. A dinner ticket is not required to attend the live auction.
The City of Maryville offices will be closed on Friday, March 21 in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen on Monday, March 24. Friday’s residential garbage collection will be moved to Monday, March 24 because of the holiday.
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club -- will host Gould Smith, AMSAT director of field operations, on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Steelworkers Union Hall in Alcoa. Smith will present a program about amateur radio satellites which he’s been interested in since 1988. For more information visit www.smokymountainarc.org.
The next get-together of the East Tennessee Jazz Society -- will be Sunday, March 30 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the new Swank’s 100 Court Jazz Restaurant and Bar, located at the corner of Harper and Court Street in Maryville. The group will be led by saxophonist Will Boyd, along with Emily Mathis on keyboard, Taylor Coker on bass and David Whitaker on drums. Vocalist Kelle Jolly will be featured. ETJS door charge is $5 for members, and $1 for students, ID card required. Non-member is $10. Any donations will help fund a second annual Karl Seger Memorial Jazz Concert, to be held next fall if enough money is raised. For more information, call Bob Heiints at 865-982-6834, or e-mail email@example.com.
ThunderWorld USA’s 5th Annual Trash & Treasure Sale and Relay for Life silent auction will be Saturday, April 12. Call 865-981-3399 for more information.
Sam Houston birthday celebration -- will be Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse site. Marble Springs Historic Farmstead manager David Talley, board president, Jim Buckenmyer and volunteers will provide an early 1800’s camp with frontier activities for the public. The re-enactors will be available to answer questions. There will also be musicians performing all day in one hour increments and area artists and craftsmen with tents and booths to demonstrate and sell their creations. A barbeque lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $6 including sandwich, slaw, baked beans, potato salad and drink. Entrance to the event is free but any donations are appreciated and will help with operating expenses.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center Blount Chamber office will conduct a free Small Business Start-Up Seminar on March 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the chamber, 201 South Washington Street in Maryville. Register by calling Vicky Jones at 865-983-2241. A complete list of TSBDC training programs are at www.tsbdc.org. For other business resources visit www.blountchamber.com.
AARP Driver Safety Classes -- offered in Blount County on March 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Alcoa. For more information, call Gail Jackson at 865-694-0853.
Cades Cove Baptist Fellowship -- will be hosting a bazaar and fund-raiser, from 10 a.m - 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Funds raised will benefit the ladies’ church group. Light refreshments will be served and lunch will be available to purchase. There will be drawings for door prizes and lots of items for sale. For more information, call Lora at 865-233-0504.
The Blount County Arthritis Walk -- will be held Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. at Maryville College. Visit www.blountcountyarthritiswalk.kintera.org to register, send e-mails to raise donations, keep track of your donations, and send e-mails to recruit members for your team.
Chilhowee View Community Center -- will have a country breakfast on Saturday, March 22 from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Suggested donations are adults $5 and children 10 and under, $3. All donations are used to maintain and operate the Community Center which is located at 3229 Wilkinson Pike in Maryville.
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.
Sophia’s Sacred Circle -- a forum focussing on education, inspiration, and empowerment for women who are on a conscious spiritual path, will meet Thursday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Southland Books located at 801 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville. Discussion subject will be, “Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” The facilitator will be D.D. Nielsen who is a visionary, intuitive, wellness coach, sacred ecologist, artist and motivational speaker. For more information call 865-233-3363 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a non-sectarian, non-religious, philosophical group that does not discriminate regarding personal philosophies.
Blount County Habitat for Humanity Fishing for Dreams Bass Tournament -- will be Saturday, April, 5, at Louisville Point Park. The adult tournament begins at safe light until 3 p.m. A $2,000 1st place prize is guaranteed. Pre-register at Woody’s BP, 865-982-3026. The kids’ tournament will be held in two shifts. The first one is from 9:30 - 11 a.m. and the second is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fishing rods will be given to the kids. Pre-register at Texas RoadHouse in Alcoa. Texas RoadHouse will be cooking ribs, catfish, chicken critters, hot dogs, fries, and coleslaw. For more information visit www.blounthabitat.org or call Bonnie at 865-982-8717. All proceeds benefit Blount County Habitat for Humanity.
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.
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 865-984-8397, or Kim Bledsoe at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 865-983-9486.
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, April 5 - Russ Barenberg and Bryan Sutton
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 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.
The League of Women Voters of Blount County is sponsoring a program called “Selecting State and Local Judges: Election, Appointment, or Other Alternatives?” on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Maryville College Fayerweather Hall, Lawson Auditorium. Dr. Otis Stephens, U.T. Dept of Political Science, and Professor Penny White, U.T. College of Law and former member of the State Supreme Court, will lead a discussion on this topic. Come prepared with questions and participate in this discussion. For more information, contact Susan Ambler, president of League of Women Voters of Blount County at 865-981-8232 or email@example.com.
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 to 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 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.