Community Calendar

Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church Women of Townsend will hold their annual Apple Festival on Thursday, Oct. 23. There will be crafts and rumage sale from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A steak or turkey dinner will be served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and again from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost for dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children. A vegetable plate will be available for $8. All meals include drink and dessert. Money raised will help fund the group’s mission projects.

First Annual Chili Fest all proceeds benefit the Bloutn County Shrine Club. The event will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24 at Prudentia Lodge #719, corner of Vose and Wright Rd., in Alcoa. On the menu will be chili, fixings, drinks and home made desserts. Cost is $5 per person. For more information call 865-681-1804.

Author Tracy K. Sams Book Signing Event will be from 1 - 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at Hastings, 501 N. Foothills Plaza Dr., Maryville. Sams will be available to sign copies of her children’s book, “Precious Gift.” For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or

Mountain Thrillers Ghost Storytelling event will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. Ghost Storytelling by Faye Wooden and Elizabeth Rose, Professional Story Tellers. The event will take place at Cades Cove/Thompson Brown House Museum, located at 1004 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville. There will be a hot dog supper, from 6 - 7 p.m. Price for adults is $10, (supper only, $8, and storytelling only, $3).Price for children is $7 (supper only, $6, and storytelling only, $2). Supper includes hot dog, dessert, and drink. Family storytelling begins at 7:30 and will continue until around 8:15 p.m. There will be an intermission at this time and stories will continue around 8:30 with haunting tales not recommended for children under 12. Bring lawn chairs and flashlights.

Maryville Middle School Baseball team will be conducting tryouts for the upcoming 2009 season. The tryouts will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25,, at Sandy Springs Park. MMS 7th and 8th graders welcome. For additional information call 865-207-4051.

Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27 in the United Steel Workers of America Hall, 380 S. Hall Rd., Alcoa. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. A speaker will talk about amateur radio antenna.For additional information, visit

Fire Prevention & Safety Awareness Event will be held by the Blount County Fire Dept., City of Alcoa Fire Dept., East Tennessee Medical Group (ETMG) and the City of Maryville, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in the main lobby, East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule St., Alcoa. This event is to promote overall fire safety awareness and to encourage wider usage of smoke detectors. With the upcoming 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, Daylight Savings Time change, firefighters are encouraging residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at the same time they change their clocks on hour back (“fall back”). For more information, call “ Lt. Tim Ogle, Blount County Fire Dept., at 865-983-2133, Capt. Tom Daffron, City of Alcoa Fire Dept. at 865-380-4999, or Rick Carver, CRT, respiratory care practitioner, ETMG at 865-268-2497.

“Usher: A Totally Teen Comedy” will be presented by Heritage High School students at 7 p.m.., Thursday, Oct. 30, at the school. Admission for adults, $5, and students, $3.

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.

The Blount Scooter Club will have its second meeting at 5 p.m,. Sunday, Nov. 2, the first Sunday of each month, at the pavilion at the corner of Lincoln and Aluminum avenues behind the new CVS drugstore on Hall Road. The event is sponsored by Wheels 4 Tomorrow. For more information call 865-984-0006, or click on

Donald Davis, nationally recognized storyteller, will be featured in a free performance in the auditorium at Maryville High School at 4 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 2. Davis has been weaving his tales and sharing true-to-life stories around the country and has been a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution and the World’s Fair. The public is invited to attend this free concert, hosted by the Maryville City Schools.

A progressive dinner hosted by Good Neighbors of Blount Co will be from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, at First United Methodist Church, Alcoa, 617 Gilbert Street. Appetizers from -12:30 - 2 p.m. and entrées from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., prepared by Chef Jeff of Royal Oaks. Our Lady of Fatima Church, 860 Louisville Road, desserts from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years, $60 maximum per family. For reservations call 865-216-1424. Ticket sales benefit Good Neighbors of Blount County, providing emergency assistance for utilities, transportation, housing and health care needs to Blount County families in crisis. A portion of the proceeds will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Manna From Heaven-food box distribution -- Dixie Iron Riders present a treasure hunt ride(motorcycle ride) on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Big Daddy’s Sports Bar & Grill. Registration at 10:30 a.m. and ride begins at 11a.m. Each rider must pay a $25 registration fee. There will be a 5 p.m. raffle (prizes valued from $35-$75), free band and great food. Pastor Stephanie Stieler at 865-983-8023 or 865-599-2243.

Blount Lupus Support Group will meet from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Blount County Public Library. Program is guest speaker: Dr. Walter Farcas (retired UTK professor of biochemistry) Topic: Stem Cell Research and Lupus. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 865-983-5401 or e-mail

Blount County Shring Club meets at 6 p.m., the fourth Monday of the month, at the Bungalo Market. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.. All Shriners welcome.

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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