Community Events

Thursday, October 30

Tomato Head sandwich special to benefit Sister-to- Sister Summit

The Tomato Head at 211 W. Broadway in downtown Maryville will be selling a special sandwich all day Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, to raise money for the American Association of University Women Maryville Branch eighth annual Sister-to-Sister Summit.

Proceeds from the sale of a special “Sister-to-Sister” sandwich will go toward this year’s Sister-to-Sister Summit.

Tomato Head’s owner, Mahasti Vafaie, is also providing sandwiches and chips for all student and adult participants of the Summit. The Sister-to-Sister Summit is scheduled for Nov. 6, 2008, at Preservation Plaza in downtown Maryville.

Every year the Maryville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) organizes the Sister-to-Sister Summit to bring together young women from all the middle and high schools in Blount County. This year over ninety girls from seventh to twelfth grades have registered.

The girls submit a questionnaire describing their greatest concerns about themselves, their schools, and their community. During the full-day event, the girls break into smaller groups with trained facilitators and brainstorm about solutions to these concerns. At the end of the day, the girls vote on a plan of action to facilitate and implement positive change throughout their schools, home, and community. This year the topics are body image and self confidence, close relationships, and friends and “friendemies.”

More information about this year’s summit and past summits are available on the AAUW Maryville website at The Tomato Head’s website is

Additional donations for the summit may be made through the Women’s Equity Foundation at

Friday, October 31

ArtSpace opens on Broadway Ave. in downtown Maryville

Fine Arts Blount (FAB), now located at 106 East Broadway Avenue, downtown Maryville, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony, exhibit, and reception at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at the new ArtSpace. That is the same night as the recurring Last Friday Art Walk first presented by FAB in January, 2008. The public is invited to view the exhibit which will include work the members believe is “the best of their best” each has painted, along with new works, some with the theme “Nocturnals. . .”

Visitors will be the first to see the newly refurbished downstairs housing the gallery, instruction space, and small kitchen area. The upstairs will house individual artist studios, small individual galleries and more instruction space.

Fine Arts Blount is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing accessible art to the local community and a venue for local artists to exhibit their work before a hometown audience. This community service includes Artreach, a program which meets the needs of the underserved, and provides free events that present opportunities for youth and adults to take part in the visual arts.

FAB will offer reasonably priced workshops and classes for youth and adults taught by FAB’s own members. The larger space will also allow FAB to present workshops by nationally known artists on its own premises.

For more information on how you can join FAB as an exhibiting member or Friend of FAB (for non-artists), register for workshops and classes, or just learn more about the organization and ArtSpace, go online to or call 865-982-0898.

Friday, October 31

Palace to host local schools arts program

Expressive Painting is used by artists to visually speak about current social problems. Heritage Middle School students have learned to use social issues as the content for their art work. The eighth grade honors art students were assigned to select a social issue that was truly important to them or one that their families discussed together. Their projects will be the focus of Last Friday Art Walk exhibit this Friday at the Palace Theater. Students also held brain storming sessions with their classmates to finalize ideas for visual messages and researched photographs, books, periodicals and the Internet. Students also planned preliminary sketches while working out the details for their compositions.

The students selected a format that best fit their visual message from basic composition methods such as extreme vertical or horizontal, three-spot design, S-shaped, or circular formats. Students had to follow guidelines as they enlarged sketches, such as not using any words to convey messages because the visual image had to carry the content of their message. Additionally, students were required to select a color scheme to express their feelings, to create contrast, mix tints and shades for painting, and apply several different acrylic painting techniques.

To summarize, students were required to write a paragraph to explain their visual message

Following the Last Friday Art Walk the Blount County Library and Knoxville YWCA will host the Big Read screening of the “Grapes of Wrath.” Seating will start at 8:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 9 p.m. This is a free presentation.

Saturday, November 1

BCAR to volunteer with Coats for our Community

The members of the Blount County Association of Realtors will donate their time to acquire, process and help deliver coats for the Blount County Fire Protection’s “Coats For Our Community” endeavor. The Blount County Fire Department is now taking donations for items to be auctioned on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Fire Station number 7 on Sevierville Road at 10 a.m.

The proceeds from this auction will be used to purchase new coats to give to men, women and children of our community. Drop new or slightly used coat off at any fire department in Blount County.

Saturday, November 1

Kick up your paws and swing

The Kick Up your Paws & Swing event will be held from 7 - 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Barn Event Center in Townsend. This event will include dinner, dancing, door prizes and even a silent auction -- proceeds benefit the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation 501(c)3.

Construction is underway on the new Blount County Animal Center. “We are celebrating this key milestone and asking for you help to continue our goal of a new animal shelter for our homeless animals in the County. Don’t miss this great night of fun and help make the Blount County Animal Center a reality,” saod Chris Protzman, Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation President

Tickets are $60 for one and $100 for the pair. Kick up your Paws and Swing offers a fun night of dancing and refreshments with music provided by the Brad Walker Orchestra. “Wine Flights” will be featured by Green Meadow Wine and Spirits along with a short Live auction of one of kind items from Dancing Bear Lodge, Wood -N- Strings Dulcimer Shop, Caryle & Co Jewelers and more.

Purchase tickets by calling the Nelson Realtors office at 865-982-0500.

Special thanks to the following Sponsors: PetSafe, Nelson Realtors, Countryside Pet Resort, Grandview Pet Services, Green Meadow Wine & Spirits.

Sunday, November 2

Run for education sprints into Heritage High School

Serious runners, power walkers and families will lace-up their sneakers and hit the pavement during the Run for Education on Sunday, Nov. 2. While the race is being held at Heritage High School, the event benefits all Blount County schools. The 5K and 1 mile fun walk directly benefits the schools of your choice through the efforts of the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF).

“It’s now much easier to register,” says Kristy Altman, Run for Education race chair. “In the past we’ve relied on paper registration. While paper registration is still available, the BCEF has launched a website that includes online registration for the race. Secure payment is handled through PayPal™ so you don’t have to worry about writing checks or sending cash.” Online registration and payment details can be found at Eight dollars out of each entry fee is provided to any school designated.

Printed forms are available at all Blount County Schools, the Central Office, Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation office and the Blount Memorial Wellness Center. Late registration for the race begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Heritage High School’s football stadium. The race begins at 2:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 6

Student to guest conduct at Pellissippi State’s Fall Choral Concert

Paul Johnson, a student at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, will be the guest conductor at the college’s Fall Choral Concert Thursday, Nov. 6. The presentation features both the Concert Chorale and the Variations Ensemble.

The second concert in the eight-concert season, the free event takes place 7-8 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, located on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

The audience will get to see Johnson take his first bow, when he leads the 55-member Concert Chorale in “Soft are the Soles” by James Fritschel.

“Paul took my choral conducting class last spring,” said Bill Brewer, associate professor of Music and concert director. “I’m giving him this hands-on conducting experience because he’ll be transferring to UT after this year.”

Johnson is ready for the conducting experience.

“I’m looking forward to being in control of the sound and being able to form a sort of style around this piece of music,” he said. “I’ll be trying to pull a sound out of the choir that I think will go great with this style of music.”

Brewer says the selections to be performed cover a variety of time periods.

“I know the audience will hear Baroque, Renaissance, Classical and 20th century compositions,” he said. “The feel of this concert will be instrumental music accompanying choral music.”

Student and faculty string players, as well as a student instrumentalist, will accompany the Variations Ensemble.

The concert is open to the public. The next concert of the season is the Small Instrumental Ensemble, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Bill Brewer, or 865-694-6701.

Thursday, November 6 through Sunday, November 9

Foothills Community Players presents The Odd Couple

The Foothills Community Players premiers their inaugural production, The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon, at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre in downtown Maryville, November 6 - 9. The Odd Couple, both male and female versions, are the first productions by the FCP.

Opening night, Thursday, Nov. 6, curtain is scheduled for 8 p.m., featuring the male version of the Simon classic with subsequent performances at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8. The female version premiers at 2 and 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9. Tickets for performances are $16, Seniors/Students for $14. Patrons may choose to purchase the Blue/Pink package offering a ticket to each version for $25. Ticket information and purchase is available at or by calling 865-712-6428. Groups interested in attending a performance may contact Lisa Blair or Greg Bonneville, 865-712-6428. Season tickets are also available online or by phone.

The FCP is a new all-volunteer community theatre in Blount County. Information about this production and the FCP may be found at

Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9

MHS play productions class presents, Romeo, You Idiot

Maryville High School drama 11 - play production class will present Romeo, You Idiot, a comedy by Tim Kochenderfer.

Synopsis: Nothing could come between Romeo and Juliet. Not the most bitter mafia rivalries, nor the itchiest poison ivy, nor even the wooings of an alleged vampire could tear them apart. Yes, the love of Romeo and Juliet could survive anything. Well, except for poison. Romeo, You Idiot is a relentlessly irreverent spoof of Shakespeare’s original.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 and will be held in the Maryville High School auditorium, 825 Lawrence Avenue, Maryville. Tickets are $7 for adulta and $5 for students.

For more information, contact Leslie Capozzoli at 865-982-1132.

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