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. Loudon, 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 Smoky Mountain 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.
The Maryville City school district -- is now taking applications for the Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K program. The Pre-K program serves children who will be four-years-old by September 30, 2008. Eligibility is based on the following:
• Families who meet State established income guidelines (pursuant to state law 49-6-101).
• Children with disabilities, students identified as ELL, those in state custody, or those who are educationally at-risk for failure, due to circumstances of abuse and neglect.
• Children identified with other at-risk factors.
• Children who are unserved or under-served by other pre-K programs.
Applications for the programs available in the city of Maryville can be picked up at the Maryville City Schools Central Office, 833 Lawrence Ave., Maryville, or call 865-982-7121.
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.
Blount Mansion Visitors Center-will host watercolors by Tony Kampwerth June 2 - 29 with watercolor landscapes from the Smoky Mountains to the coast of Maine plus portraits of the people of East Tennessee. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The center is located at 200 W. Hill Ave. For more information, call 865-525-2375 or visit www.blountmansion.org.
Puppy preschool and dog obedience classes -- offered at Maryville Academy, 1905 Sequoyah Avenue in Maryville. Register at the first class on June 2. All dogs must be current on shots and proof of vaccination is required. Puppy preschool is puppies 8 to 14 weeks. The focus of this class is early socialization, basic commands, grooming, and housebreaking. Classes are from 6-6:30 p.m. and the fee is $50 for 9 weeks. Beginner obedience is for dogs 14 weeks and older. It involves continued socialization, basic obedience, behavior issues. Classes are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the fee is $80 for 9 weeks or $40 for rescue dogs. Leave your dog at home on the first night. Rally obedience enrollment requires previous obedience class participation at least through a beginner level. Classes begin Thursday, June 5, from 7-8 p.m. The instructors are Sandy Sutton and Linda Sample. Call 865-977-6340 or 865-983-7833, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 17, will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at Skyranch Airport (TN98). This will be a fly-in meeting so airplanes are welcome. The guest speaker will be Walter Lounsbery, an experimental airplane builder. He will be sharing his experimental construction experience with his Challenger II Long-Wing. The social hour will start at 11 a.m. followed by the presentation. All are invited and bring a friend.
Bike ride to benefit Sgt. Brian Schar -- Freedom Ride 2008 will be on June 7 at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill on 411. The ride begins at 1 p.m. and registration is at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 per rider and there will be free T-shirts, music, door prizes, food and drinks. The ride is to benefit the family of Sgt. Schar while he recovers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. While serving in Iraq, he was hit by an IED resulting in the loss of both of his legs. For more information or to make a donation, call Mike Brown at 865-806-6215.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.