The Vineyard Church -- is hosting a huge rummage sale Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. All proceeds go to Africa. Credit cards accepted. The church is located at 419 S Farnum Street in Friendsville. For more information and directions visit www.maryvillevineyard.com.
Huge Garage Sale -- from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at Heritage High School. The sale will be held by four Booster Clubs and twenty plus families. Fundraiser to pay for summer camps.
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 www.gatewaytoindependence.org or call Christy Walsh at 865-209-9828. The Gate is a 501-c-3 non profit organization.
Blues Brothers to Perform -- on Saturday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Walland Elementary School. Their performance is part of an event to raise funds for Relay For Life Team Debbie in honor of Walland staff member Debbie Teffeteller. Blues Brothers, Josh Livingston and Jarrod Millsaps, began their tribute of the musical duo in 1994 while students at Heritage High and have received wide acclaim as outstanding family entertainment. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will also include cake walks and hotdogs. For more information, contact Debbie Teffeteller at 865-983-2079.
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club -- will meet on May 26 at 7 p.m. in the United Steelworkers of America Hall located at 380 S. Hall Road in Alcoa. Field Day preparations will be discussed. For more information visit www.smokymountainarc.org.
Olympia Athletic Club -- is donating all daily guest fees to to Relay For Life the week of May 25-31. Olympia is located 398 Olympia Drive in Maryville. Work out for a good cause.
Marriott Business Services Go Green Relay for Life Team-- is holding a car wash at Regions Bank located in Hunters Crossing on May 31, from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Bell at 865-980-4585 or Romona Jones at 865-980-4582.
Fort Craig Elementary School -- will host “The Tie that Binds: Pete Carter’s Retirement Celebration” on Sunday, June 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the school. This is a drop in reception and all family and friends are invited.
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.
AARP, chapter 2296-- will meet at the Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield Street, Maryville, on Tuesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. The speaker will be Billy Newton, director of the Center for Strong Communities, Maryville College. There will be “pot-luck” food, and birthday cake celebrating all May birthdays. Anyone 50+ in invited to attend and join the organization.
Foothills Community Players -- will have an open house May 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre during the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Maryville. Join them for an evening of “Theatre Karaoke without Music.” For more information visit www.foothillscommunityplayers.com.
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 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 interested should contact Tim Russell at www.orgsites.com/tn/alcoastars or 865-216-1293 for registration information.
Hard Knox Roller Girls -- will take on the Memphis Roller Derby on May 31 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com. All active, retired and reserve military personnel get in for half price with proper ID. For more information visit www.hardknoxrollergirls.com.
Ladies of Blount County Shrine Club -- are sponsoring the second annual Open Car and Truck Show on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parkway Drive-In Theater at 2909 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Dash plaques for the first 75 entries. Proceeds to benefit the Shrine Paper Sale. There will be a concession stand, trophies and door prizes. Rain date is June 14. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and is $20.
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.
Everett Senior Center-- is offering a series of four lessons in Argentine Tango, Tuesdays, until 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.
Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Concert Series 2008 -- at the Alumni Gym Maryville College, Maryville. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. For advance tickets, call 865-983-3330 with Visa or MC or from the Palace Café, 113 West Harper St. Maryville. More information can be found at acoustic-kamp.com.
• Monday, June 9 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, Jim Pankey, Cindy Gray. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Tuesday, June 10 - Gary Davis, Laura Boosinger, Keith Yoder. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Wednesday, June 11 - Janet Davis, Casey Henry, Doug Cox, Chris Proctor. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Thursday, June 12 - Tony McManus, Bob Black, Stacy Phillips, Barbara Lamb, Thursday, Friday and Saturday $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Friday, June 13 - Pete Huttlinger, T.J. Wheeler, Missy Raines. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Saturday, June 14 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, Robert Bowlin. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Monday, June 16 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, Keith Yoder, Mitch Corbin. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Tuesday, June 17- David Harvey, Casey Henry, Chris Jones, Kathy Barwick. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Wednesday, June 18 - Carlo Aonzo, John Goldie, Mark Cosgrove, Cindy Gray. $13 advance and $15 at the door.
• Thursday, June 19 - Emory Lester, Russ Barenberg, Roland White, Jeff Jenkins .Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Friday, June 20 - Don Stiernberg, Chris Newman, Beppe Gambetta, Robin Bullock. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
• Saturday, June 21 - Steve Kaufman and Friends, David Grier, and Matt Flinner. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $18 advance and $20 at the door.
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.
Maryville College is hosting its 26th annual Team Camp-- for high school boys basketball teams. The camp will run from June 4-7. For $150 per varsity or AAU team each squad will receive three games refereed by TSSAA officials. Limited spots are available in varsity and junior varsity divisions. All games will be played in the newly air conditioned Cooper Athletic Center on the campus of Maryville College. For more information please contact Randy Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-806-6183.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 -- 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.
• 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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, 865-448-1942.
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.