East Tennessee Jazz Society -- will meet from 4 - 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at the brand new Swank’s 100 Court Jazz Restaurant and Bar in Maryville. Featured will be a group led by versatile pianist Mark Meyer, saxophonist Terry Schmidt, guitarist Harold Nagge, bassist Matt Verhola and drummer Matt Duffy. The ETJS door charge is $ 5 for members, $ 10 for non-members and $ 1 for students (ID card please). For more information, call Bob Heintz at 865-982-6834 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lost Cajuns of East Tennessee -- 4th Annual Crawfish Boil is 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.
Team Olympia is holding a rummage sale to benefit Relay For Life from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17. The sale will take place in Olympia Athletic Club’s lower parking lot. Olympia is located in Maryville at 398 Olympia Drive, Maryville.
Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church is hosting Festival For a Cure on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Louisville Town Hall on Louisville Road. Festival 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 email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Southern Kids in Theatre (SKIT)-- will hold auditions for new members to join their summer programs and productions. Auditions are Saturday, May 17, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the SKIT Studio, 507 Ellis Avenue, Maryville. Seeking ages 8-12 for “Alice in Wonderland” and ages 13-adult for “A Special Broadway Revue.” Classes for ages 8-12 are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and classes for ages 13-adult are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Provide a photo and prepare a song (with instrumental CD). A script will be provided if necessary. To schedule an audition, or for more information, contact Debra Lonsdale at 865-621-0216. For more information, visit www.skitproductions.net.
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 email@example.com.
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 gatewaytoindependence.org or call Christy Walsh at 865-209-9828. The Gate is a 501-c-3 non profit organization.
Alcoa High School Stars AAU Team-- will be hosting the Alcoa RoundBall Rumble for 11U - 16U girls May 30 through June 1. The cost is $150. Anyone intersted should contact Tim Russell at www.orgsites.com/tn/alcoastars or 865-216-1293 for registration information.
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 www.bccarc.org or www.parksrec.com. 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 www.bccarc.org and view the chapter calendar.
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 golfer.Matthew.Webb@Marriott.com. Registration is $75 per person and make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. This event is open to everyone.
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.
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 www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 865-984-8397, or Kim Bledsoe at email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tomato Head event listings -- For more information, call 865-981-1080. The Tomato Head, Maryville, is located at 211 W. Broadway, Maryville.
n Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will play Friday, May 16, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
n Melanie Hayes & The Meltones will play Friday, May 23, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
n Robinella will play Friday, May 30, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
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.
n 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.
n 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.
Fine Crafts & Fine Quilts - Spring Show at Pellissippi State -- Admirers of fine arts, crafts and quilts will enjoy a wide array of original designs on May 16-18 when the Foothills Craft Guild and the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee hold their Spring Show at Pellissippi State Community College.
More than 35 juried craft exhibitors will participate along with the 28th Annual Quilt Show featuring entries from all over the United States.
Hours for the show, which takes place at Pellissippi State’s West Campus on Hardin Valley Road, are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.
For information, visit www.foothillscraftguild.org or call Karen Noggle, 207-7710.
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.
Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund -- The Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships to Townsend students pursuing higher education since 1994. This year the group has established the Dorothy Story Scholarship. Storey is one of the founders of Hearts and Hands and, over the last 14 years has devoted endless time and energy to its success. The $1,000 scholarship will be in addition to the regular Hearts and Hands Scholarship awarded to one of our recipients. Its purpose is to recognize a student who has contributed to the community in some way and whose future goals demonstrate a desire to continue that commitment. For further information, please call Susan Pasquini, 448-1942.
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.