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Vendors showcasing their products, a silent auction featuring the works of local well-known artist Ra Ra Schlitt and games for the children are just some of the things visitors to the All About Women Expo can expect.

The second All About Women Expo is a fundraiser for the Blount County Habitat for Humanity 2009 Women Build Project. With more than 30 vendors, women should have a lot to see and do.

Exhibitors include exercise facilities, beauty salons, cosmetics representatives, investment companies, realtors and more. Representative from Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Blount Memorial Hospital and Asbury Place will all be sharing information on their programs. Expo participants can also bid on artwork by Schlitt, whose work is accompanied by inspirational quotes.

Instructors from the Rape Aggression Defense classes from the Maryville Police Department will provide demonstrations throughout the Expo. Other vendors offering demonstrations are Jazzercise, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Spirit of the Mountains Yogawear.

Visitors to the Expo will also have the chance to donate to Blount County Habitat for Humanity and learn about the Women Build Project from homeowner, Lori Smith, last year’s Women Build recipient.

“This expo is an avenue to let women know they can achieve anything,” Smith said.

Smith, who has performed more than her Habitat-required service hours, volunteered to work at the Expo because she wants to let people know that no matter the circumstances in the past, they can accomplish anything they set their mind to, she explained. Smith said the Women Build Project was the point in her life when things fell into place. Throughout the building process, she saved newspaper articles and took pictures during each step of the project. She also has several pictures of the more than 400 volunteers who worked on the house.

“We need total commitment from the community,” said Tish Hickman, a Blount County Habitat for Humanity volunteer. She said because of rising building costs, it is important to start raising money for the 2009 Women Build project now. She said the All About Women Expo is a good opportunity for the vendors to get their name out to potential customer, and it helps the community.

The All About Women Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at First United Methodist Church at 804 Montvale Station Road. Volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 57 will be working in the children’s play area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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