Carpenters Middle School -- will host the third annual Carpenters Day, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17. Members from the original Carpenters community are invited to attend and encouraged to bring pictures and information to share on the original Carpenters school and local area. Lunch will be available it the CMS Cafe for $3.
The East Tennessee Jazz Society get-together -- slated for 4 - 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 30 ,at the New Swanks Jazz Club has been changed. Same time, same players, but different location, at the Royal Oaks Country Club, Highway 411 S. in Maryville. The Royal Oaks facility is 3.5 miles south of Swanks. The players will be a group led by saxophonist Will Boyd, along with Emily Mathis-keyboard, Taylor Coker-bass and David Whitaker-drums. Featured will be vocalist Kelle Jolly. ETJS door charge is $5 for members, $1 for students (ID card please) and $10 for non-members. For more information, call Bob Heintz at 865-982-6834 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Swanks Jazz Club won't be ready to ipen until mid April.
Heritage High Fashion Show -- Fashion Planet fashion show will be on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Heritage High School. Advance tickets are $5 and $7 at the door. Door prizes to area restaurants will be given away. WBIR TV is providing this year’s masters of ceremonies including Ken Schwall of Positively Schwall and April Lamb who does new segments. Prom fashions will be provided by The Tux Company and A Joyous Occasion of West Knoxville.
The Mountain Folk Reunion-- will perform Saturday, March 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at Earth Fare in Turkey Creek. Our genre is 60s folk.
The Veterans Affairs Office -- in the Courthouse will be closed all day on Thursday, April 3 for the annual boys and girls county government day. The office will reopen on Friday, April 4 at 8 a.m.
2008 Spring Arts and Craft Show -- sponsored by Parks & Recreation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., April 4 and 5 at Foothills Mall. The event is free. Over 50 crafters from the Southeast will be on-site to display and sell their crafts. Items will include handmade jewelry, candles, ceramics, country décor, soaps/lotions, wood crafts, fabric and crochet items, accessories for ladies and children, paint artists, photography, stained glass, and more. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 865-983-9244.
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.
Spring Stuff and Bake Sale-- hosted by Mountain National Bank on US Highway 411 will be on Saturday, April 26, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for Relay For Life of Blount County. Rent a single space for $20, or rent two spaces for $30. Rental fees will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Participating vendors will keep proceeds of their sales and be eligible for door prizes. Mountain National Bank is located at 2403 US Highway 411 in Maryville. For more information, contact Lori Collins at 865-380-2820 or email@example.com.
The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club at William Blount High School will host a fund-raising one-mile Fun-Run to benefit the Autism Foundation. The event is May 3, at Sandy Springs Park Pavilion on Best Street in Maryville. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the Fun-Run begins at 9 a.m. Pre-register by April 15 by calling the school at 865-984-5500 ext. 572252 or e-mail GovGirl@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration includes a custom-designed Walk for Autism 2008 T-shirt. Team participation is encouraged.
Tomato Head event listings -- For more information, call 865-981-1080. The Tomato Head, Maryville, is located at 211 W. Broadway, Maryville.
• RobinElla will play Friday, March 28, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. The performance follows the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Maryville.
• Randall Brown will play Saturday, April 5, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
East Maryville Baptist Church -- will host a children’s consignment sale from 8 a.m. to noon on April 4 and 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 next get-together of the East Tennessee Jazz Society -- will be Sunday, March 30 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There is a new location. The group will now meet at the Royal Oaks Country Club on Highway 411 South 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.
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.
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 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 865-984-8397, or Kim Bledsoe at email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
Blount County Business Women’s -- next meeting will be April 9 from noon to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Maryville. The topic is “Running with Eternal Perspective” and will be led by Charlotte Tilson, Sharon Moore and Terina Stewart. The cost is $7 per person and includes a lunch catered by Subs & Such. Register by April 4. For more information and to register, call 865-982-5531.
American Business Women’s Association --Smoky Mountain chapter, will have their 20th annual Forum from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Airport Hilton. The purpose of this event is to raise money for local scholarships. There is a brunch, fashion show by Judy Gardner, singing, tap dancing, vendor fair, silent auction, and many door prizes. There are many ways to help us raise money: meal tickets, vendor booth, ads in program book, or donating items for the auction. Tickets can be purchased for $20. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Ashlee Walker, forum chairperson, at 865-379-6284, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chilhowee Club General Meeting and Tea will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday April 1, at the Club House. The program will be the play, “For Sale As Is,” presented by the arts department. Members remember to bring a guest for this fun-filled event.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.