Community Calendar

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of East Tennessee, Inc. is offering training classes for volunteers interested in advocating for abused and neglected children in Blount County. Classes began Monday Sept. 22 and continue each Monday and Friday, from 3 - 6 p.m., through Oct 24. A complete application with references is required to begin training. A criminal background check is completed for each volunteer. Volunteers should be caring, objective and mature with a willingness to commit for at least one year. Please contact the CASA office at 865-329-3399 or or visit our website for more information and to obtain an application.

Second annual Domestic violence awareness ride on Saturday Oct. 4. Ride begins and ends at Biker Depot on Hwy 411 South. Registration at 9 a.m., program begins at 10 a.m., guest speaker: Judge Kelly Thomas. Kick stands up at 10:30 a.m., Saturday Oct. 4. Sponsored by Blount County Task Force Against Domestic Violence. For more information call 983-6818 or 982-6361.

Fairview United Methodist Church -- will hold a church wide rummage sale from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, in the church parking lot. Participants welcome, cost is $6. per parking space (minimum of 2 spaces). Keep 100% of your profit. The rental fee proceeds will go towards the Relay For Life, American Cancer Society and is sponsored by the New Creations Sunday School class. Set up time is 7 a.m., vacate by 2 p.m. Please no food or drink vendors. For more information, call B..J. Ewell at 865-977-4062

Lanier Highschool class of 1958 is planning a 50-year class reunion from 5 - 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at Lanier Elementary School. Dress is casual. Anyone who graduated or would have graduated with that class, is invited to attend. For more information, contact Edna Jean Pressley at 865-379-8122, Brenda Millsaps at 865-984-5656, or Clara Crisp at 865-982-3774.

Bank of Maryville Employee reunion will be Saturday, Oct. 4 at Pearson Spring Park, Montvale Station Road from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. The event is potluck, bring a lawn chair, come and go as please. For more information, contact Helen Beaver 865-983-7252 or email or Susan Johnson at 865-233-2966 or email

The first annual Bank of Maryville employee reunion will be from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 at Pearson Springs Park, Montvale Staion Road, Maryville. The event is pot luck. For more information, call Helen Beaver at 865-983-7252, or email or call Susan Johnson at 865-233-2966 or email

Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund - annual white elephant sale will be from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8 – Saturday, Oct. 11, at The River Rat (old Cedar Bluff Market on State Highway 73 right across from the Smoky Mt Heritage Center). Donations needed. Drop-off days for donations will be Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7, at the River Rat. For pick up, call Susan Pasquini at 865-448-1942, to make arrangements.

Great Families Don’t Happen By Accident! The Family Vision Workshop, a motivating, fun, practical seminar in which each family creates their own unique family vision and mission statement along with a variety of tools on how to implement it in their daily lives. Workshop founders Greg Gunn and Mark Naylor will guide participants through the step-by-step process on Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11. The workshop will be hosted by Maryville Vineyard Church, 419 S Farnum St in Friendsville. For registration costs and childcare information visit or call 865-995-0504.

Friendsville High School Class Of 68 will hold a reunion Oct. 18 . For more info call Carlotta (Loy) Millsaps at 865-983 2175 orJudy (brown) Lovely. E Mail address

Vendors/Crafters needed for Footloose in the Foothills. The second annual event will benefit Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service of Blount County and will be Thursday, Dec. 4 in Downtown Maryville.Contact Judy or Molly at 865-983-4710 for vendor information.

Blount County Lupus Support Group will meet from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, at Blount County Public Library, Dorothy Herron Room A. Review new LFA literature and discussion on Lupus and Depression. The goup will also meet from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16 at Blount County Public Library, Dorothy Herron Room A. Guest speaker will be Dr. Walter Farcas, retired UTK professor of biochemistry, Topic will be Stem Cell Research and Lupus. This meeting is open to the public.

Living Being Yoga is now offering a variety of Yoga classes at Van Metre School of Dance, home of the Appalachian Ballet, at 215 W. Broadway in Maryville. Classes are ongoing and are offered Monday-Friday. For more information or to see a complete schedule please visit or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail

Ongoing oil and acrylic painting classes meet at the Knoxville Hobby Lobby stores on Kingston Pike and in Maryville at Foothills Plaza. Knoxville classes: Mondays at 12:30, 4 and 6 p.m. Maryville every wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Learn both traditional and modern techniques. Visit the website at or call 865-235-5739 for information or to sign up.

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.

Vendors/crafters needed for Footloose in the Foothills. This second annual event to benefit Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service will be held on Dec. 4, in Downtown Maryville. Contact Molly or Judy for vendor information at 865-983-4710.

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.

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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