Community Calendar

BankEast will hold a Bake Sale and Hot Dog Luncheon-- on Friday, May 9 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The event is at the BankEast main office, located at 417 Foothills Mall Drive (beside Sonic). The Bake Sale will be from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the Hot Dog Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information, call Carey Best at 865-273-4416 or Tammy Ferguson at 865-980-2912.

Citizens for Blount County’s Future and Citizens for Better Government-- will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room at the Blount County Public Library. For more information, contact Linda King at 865-681-0662 or

Bible Baptist Church, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10. The church is located at 6th Street off Lincoln. There will be hotdogs, bake sale and a carwash, rain or shine. Proceeds go to the youth group.

Pets Rock Concert - presented by Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation, will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 9 at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell, and will be hosted by Marc Anthony of STAR 102.1. Featuring The Bearded and Tres Hombres a ZZ Top tribute band. Cost is $10 per person at the gate and all proceeds go to SMACF to help build the new Blount County Animal Care Center. Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit for more information.

Blount County Business Women’s -- will meet Wednesday, May 14, from noon to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Maryville. The topic is “Laying Aside Bitterness: Running with Forgiveness” and will be led by Elizabeth Large. The cost is $7 per person and includes a lunch catered by Subs & Such. Register by Friday, May 9. For more information and to register, call 865-982-5531.

The Lost Cajuns of East Tennessee -- 4th Annual Crawfish Boil on Sunday, May 18, at noon at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson located at 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. in Maryville. 1,000 lbs of live crawfish will be brought up from Chauvin, La. The group is made up of Louisana natives who now live in the East Tennessee area and is 1,000 members strong. RSVP to 865-748-7122.

Atmos Energy is hosting a rummage sale -- starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 17. Clothing, furniture, electronics and other items are being accepted as donations to be sold. All proceeds from the sale benefit Relay For Life of Blount County. Atmos Energy is located at 1639 Robert C. Jackson Drive. For more information, contact Annette Goan at 865-379-9290 ext. 230.

Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church is hosting Festivale For a Cure on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Louisville Town Hall on Louisville Road. Festivale For a Cure is a fun-filled event set to raise awareness about Relay For Life, cancer research and the fight Blount County is making against cancer. There will be live music all day, children’s games and activities, crafts and food. The music will include a mix of karaoke, church gospel, bluegrass, folk and rock. For more information, contact Jerilynn Jones at 865-995-2940 or e-mail Tim Self at

Fifth Annual Heritage Happening-- at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, will be Saturday, May 17. “Flavors of Our Heritage” will include dinner and live and silent auctions with proceeds to support the center’s educational programs. The cookbook, “Flavors of Our Heritage,” published by the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Guild will be unveiled at 5 p.m. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each. Call 865-448-0044 for more information. Seating is limited and reservations will be filled as received.

The Gate-Gateway to Independence is hosting a Motorcycle Ride and Show on May 24, at Harley-Davidson & Buell, Maryville. Registration is at 1 p.m., and the hour ride will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a show and awards from 4 - 6 p.m. The cost is $15 or $25 for two riders per bike. All proceeds will be used to support The Gate’s social/vocational program for young adults with severe disabilities. Visit the web site at or call Christy Walsh at 865-209-9828. The Gate is a 501-c-3 non profit organization.

Marriott Business Services golf tournament -- to benefit Rely For Life of Blount County is on Saturday, May 31 at 8 a.m. at Rarity Pointe. Registration is $75 per golfer. To register, contact Matthew Webb at 865-980-4028 or Milea Ownby at 865-980-4276 or e-mail Registration is $75 per person and make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. This event is open to everyone.

Sisters of the Silver Sage and Marshal Andy Small -- will hold a mini-concert to raise money for Relay For Life at Logan’s Chapel UMC Outdoor Pavilion on May 17, from 12-4 p.m. There will be refreshments and a bake sale at the concert. Logan’s Chapel is located at 4626 Logan’s Chapel Loop Road near Porter School. For more information contact, Mary Tittsworth at 865-984-2755 or

The Blount County Humane Society is holding the second annual SmokyMountain Critter Fest on Sunday June 1 at Pearson Springs Park from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and will benefit the Blount County Humane Society No Kill Animal Shelter Effort. There will be live music, refreshments, crafters, silent auction, children’s activities, wildlife displays, and exotic birds. There will also be adoptable pets, a blessing of the animals, microchipping, canine good citizen training, pet contests with prizes, and much more. Admission is free but donations are appreciated and some activities will have a small charge. For more information and directions, call 865-607-5116 or visit the Blount County Humane Society website at

Everett Senior Center--, is offering a series of four lessons in Argentine Tango, Tuesdays, May 13-June 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. Richard Pierce, instructor, has studied Argentine Tango for the last five years under the direction of tango artists Martin Yazir and Jak Karako of Baila Dance Studio in New York City. Cost is $25 per person for center members, $30 for non-members. You do not need a partner. Register by May 9 by calling 865-983-9422. The center is located at 702 Burchfield St.

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,, or 865-984-8397, or Kim Bledsoe at, or 865-983-9486.

Alcoa Tornadoes Basketball Camp-- is June 2-5. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is available for boys and girls entering 2nd-8th grades. The cost is $65 per camper. Camp will be help at the Alcoa High School gymnasium. We will stress the fundamentals of basketball along with team and individual competition. For more information contact Micah Marsh at 865-982-4631 or e-mail

The Shed High Life Series. All events listed are hosted at The Shed located adjacent to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell (SMHD). The Shed is an outdoor, covered pavilion with a full service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on event days.

• The Shed High Life Series featuring Tres Hombres ZZ Top Tribute Band with The Bearded, Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m., $10 per person at the gate. All money collected with go to SMACF.

• The Shed High Life Series featuring Jenna and the Joneses with Soulfinger, Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m., event is free.

• The Shed High Life Series featuring Kincaid, Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m., event is free.

• The Shed High Life Series featuring Blue Mother Tupelo with TWest Band, Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m., event is free.

• The WDVX Americana Classic Series presents Todd Snider with Garrison Starr, Saturday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m., $13 regular; $8 motorcycle ride up Rate.

All events will occur rain or shine. Free parking is available in both the front and back lots on site. Folding chairs are welcome. Food and beverage are available for purchase by Holford Catering. No outside food or beverages are allowed beyond the gates. Cash sales only. For ticketed events, tickets available at all Tickets Unlimited outlets; by phone 865-656-4444; online at and at the SMHD Maryville location at the front reception desk. The box office on the night of the show is at the front gates and accepts cash only. Motorcycle ride-up rate is for customers who ride to the event. Their discount is available only at the box office at the gates the evening of the show (no advance sales). All riders are welcome.

Palace Theater event listings -- All concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door unless otherwise noted. For advance tickets, call 865-983-3330 to charge with Visa or MC or visit the Palace Café at 113 West Broadway in Maryville.

• May 10: The Kruger Brothers , tickets $23 in advance and $25 at the door.

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 or visit

The Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross-- has partnered with Parks & Rec. to offer swimming lessons at John Sevier Pool from May 26 through July 10. For the summer schedule and registration information, visit or American Red Cross Lifeguarding offers the highest quality training standards in skill instruction, professional lifeguard responsibilities, first aid and CPR/AED training. Classes will be held at Green Meadow Country Club, 1700 Louisville Rd, Alcoa, starting Sunday, May 11. Call 865-983-0821 for more details or visit and view the chapter calendar.

Statehood Day Heritage Festival-- is on May 31 and June 1. East Tennessee’s most important cultural heritage sites are partnering to provide the festival. The sites include Ft. Loudoun, the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, James White Fort, Marble Springs, Ramsey House, Mabry-Hazen House and the Blount Mansion. Each site will provide activities to commemorate events leading to statehood including historical reenactments, Native American living history, live music colonial cooking, and frontier arts and crafts demonstrations. All events will be free and open to the public. For more information, call Blount Mansion at 865-525-2375 or Ft. Loudoun at 423-884-6217.

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.

Tomato Head event listings -- For more information, call 865-981-1080. The Tomato Head, Maryville, is located at 211 W. Broadway, Maryville.

• Phil Pollard & The Band of Humans will play Saturday, May 10, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

• Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will play Saturday, May 16, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

Heritage High School Class of 1983 -- 25 year class reunion will be July 4-5. For reunion details, visit 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, or call Laura Livingston Marsh at 865-599-5040.

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 with your current address.

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

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 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

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.


Lost Cajuns, Social Group of Louisiana Natives -- monthly social is May 15 at 6 p.m. at Red Lobster on Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Reservations required by calling 865-748-7122.

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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