Community Calendar for April 2, 2009

Lucky Medic donor will win trip to Derby One lucky person who donates blood between April 1 and 26 will win a trip for two to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The prize package includes two nights’ accommodations at Hotel Louisville Downtown and two general admission tickets to Churchill Downs for the 135th Kentucky Derby. The winner must be 18 years or older.

Donors can stop by the auditorium at Blount Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 3 between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. for a chance to register. Additional blood drive locations can be found at or by calling 865-524-3074. All blood donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification.

Medic is currently on emergency appeal for all blood types, especially O Positive, the most common type. Medic is the only provider of blood for the greater East Tennessee area. The blood donated to Medic stays in the area to help our local communities. For more information, please call 865-524-3074.

The Hard Knox Roller Girls will take on the Soul City Sirens and the Sake Tuyas from Georgia on Saturday, April 4 at the Knoxville Convention Center at World’s Fair Park. Doors open at 4 p.m and the first match starts at 5 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under are free.

Bring any non-perishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank and recieve a $1 on each item up to $5 off ticket price. For more information go to

LifeLine Counseling Center will be accepting donations from March 24 to April 17 for an online eBay sale benefiting its counseling programs for adults, children and families. Donations are tax-deductible. In addition, on May 2, there will be a local Project LifeLine sale at the LifeLine Center. The Lifeline Counseling Center is located at the Moses Gamble House, 294 Gamble Avenue in Maryville. For more information, call 865-981-7400.

Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show The Parks and Recreation Commission is holding its annual spring Arts and Crafts show at Foothills Mall on April 3- 4. Over 35 vendors will be on-site from various parts of the southeast to demonstrate, display, and sell their original merchandise. The show will display such items as handmade jewelry, candles, soaps and lotions, ceramics, art and photography prints, wood crafts, fabric and crocheted items, accessories for ladies, handmade baby items, and more. The show will be held during mall hours from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 865-983-9244.

MC Concert Choir performances The Maryville College Concert Choir will be holding serveral perfomances this spring, and will be selling its newest choir CD, entitled “A Scots-American Musical Journey,” which includes recordings of performances given during May 2008 when choir members toured and performed in Scotland. The CD also includes photographs taken on the tour.

The choir will give a concert at 7 p.m., April 6 at the Blount County Public Library and will also perform during the 11 a.m. service at Sequoyah Presbyterian Church in Knoxville on April 26.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Stacey Wilner at or 865-981-8151.

Experimental Aircraft Association meeting - Chapter 17, one of the oldest chapters in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), will be meeting at Skyranch Airport (TN 98) off of Alcoa Highway (Hwy 129) at John Sevier Highway on Tuesday evening, April 7. The social hour with light snacks will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the membership meeting at 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Walt Lounsberry, the Chapter’s current Grand Poobah, who will talk about the EAA Leadership Academy. Of course, there will be lots of time for hangar flying and war stories, so bring your best tale along with a friend. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 865-274-6240.

The Chilhowee Club Drama Group will present their annual one act play on Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 223 Clarion St. Members and the public are invited to see “Cinderella, Inc.”

Community Food Connection needs volunteers for Blount County food drives. Volunteers are needed for 2 hours only to give out flyers April 3-5 in front of the Food Lion at Browns Creek, 1701 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Friday and Saturday hour are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A second group of volunteers will be needed at the Community Food Connection store located at 1402 East Broadway to receive and stock the non-perishable food from these drives.

This a wonderful opportunity for churches, civic clubs, youth groups or any person to give back to the community. The Community Food Connection helps over 5,000 Blount County residents with their food needs each month.

All those interested should contact Larry Ladd, CFC Special Projects Director at 865-984-6688

Senior Health Circle program, “Diabetes and the Older Adult,” will be held on Monday, April 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Learn about the management of diabetes in older adults and how caregivers can assist in the daily care. Registered dietitian Dawn Hollaway will present the free program.

For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered on Wednesday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook.

The program will help you tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road. It also will educate drivers about normal, age-related physical changes and teach how to adjust your driving to allow for these changes.

Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

For more information or to register, call 865-984-8911 by Friday, April 3.

Toby J. Swager Book Signing Event On Friday, April 10 from 4-6 p.m., Hastings will host author Toby J. Swager for a book signing event. The author will sign copies of his book “Daddy, Do My Socks Match?: Adventures of a Stay-at-Home Dad.” For more information, contact Sunnie Atkins at 888-361-9473 or Hastings is located at 501 N. Foothills Plaza Dr. in Maryville.

Election Commission meeting will be held Tuesday April 14 at 10 a.m. in the Election Commission Conference Room at the Courthouse. This will be a reorganization meeting.

Gardening for homeschoolers at Montessori Middle Students can get their hands dirty and learn all about plants and gardening in the next course for homeschoolers offered at Montessori Middle School.

In exploring the science, art and practice of gardening, children grades 1 through 8 will learn about seed germination, plant propagation, and soil composition. They’ll learn how to pot their own plants and get to meet some common garden “critters.” And they’ll learn about compost and garden architecture.

“How Does Your Garden Grow?” begins Tuesday, April 14 and continues on Fridays and Tuesdays through April 28. The cost is $25 per day or $100 for the full five-session course for the first child in a family, and $20 per day or $80 for the full five-session course for additional siblings. Children should bring their lunches, a change of shoes for outdoor work (or slippers for indoors), and, if desired, their own gardening hand tools. .

The deadline to register for the program is Friday, April 10.

Montessori Middle School is located at 3725 Louisville Road. We are located on 32 acres of meadow, garden and forest.

To register, or for more information, contact Jennifer W. Spirko director of Montessori Middle School, at (865) 985-8900 or

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar

Friday, April 24: The Friends of the Mary Tippitt Library will 10th-annual spring golf tournament fundraiser, held at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Townsend. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch provided. Shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $80 per player. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Hole sponsors are welcome at $100 per hole. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 for entry forms or more information.

The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The April 23 meeting will feature Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 or Sarah Flack at 865-980-2110 for more information.

March’s Artist of the Month is Sue Ann Tippitt of Townsend, displaying her collection of Japanese dolls.

The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.

For more information, call 865-448-1441 or visit

GeoMotion – Dance, Dance, Revolution, a six-week program offering hip-hop dance, speed and agility drills, and interactive games, will be held Thursdays, March 12 - April 16 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook.

Kids ages 6-8 years old will meet from 5:30-6:15 p.m., and kids 9-12 years old will meet from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Cost is $30 for members, and $65 for non-members.

For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.

Fine Arts Blount will be holding a number of art classes at the ArtSpace gallery at 106 E. Broadway in the near future. FAB’s website,, contains more detailed information about classes and workshops. You can contact FAB at 865-982-0898 or via email at Events on the Fine Arts Blount calendar for the coming months are as follows:

Youthful Expressions Studio, Artistic Enrichment for kids ages 7-14 offered in 12-week sessions, which include the study of charcoal, pastels, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and sculpture (even a little art history). The Spring Session just started and there is still room in current classes, as well as the possibility of new class times. It is fine for a student to join mid-session because of the change of subject matter, and the cost will be adjusted to compensate. The price breaks down to $20 per class with all materials are included. Classes are limited to 8 kids, but a minimum of 4 students are necessary to hold a class.

Art by YES students is posted on the website, and the studio offers at least one gallery show per year for the YES students to display their work. The next show will be held at the Blount County Public Library late this summer

For more information, call 865-607-4473 or email

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Still Life Oil Painting for Beginner Adults with Tammy Schlosser, for 5 weeks from March 30 through April 27. Cost is $80.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Still Life Oil Painting for Beginner Adults with Tammy Schlosser, for 5 weeks fromMarch 31 through April 28. Cost is $80.

Students will learn proper canvas preparation, color mixing, lighting, and use of painting mediums and glazes to complete a realistic still life using the traditional techniques of the old masters. For more information or to register contact Tammy at 865-983-4825 or email

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop.

Saturdays beginning in February from 10 a.m. - noon “Tag You’re It!” #1, Scrapbooking Tags with Katie Kinney.

Saturdays beginning Feb. 7 from 12-4 p.m. - Beginner’s Oil Painting with Doug Winfrey (for all ages) with emphasis on individual instruction. Cost is $60. Contact Doug at 865-856-3643 or visit the FAB website,

Palace Theater event listing -- all concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door plus tax. For advance tickets or more information, call 865-983-3330.

Saturday, April 4: folk musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth

Saturday, April 18: traditional Appalachian bluegrass group The Lone Mountain Band

Capitol Theatre event listing --

For tickets and other information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

Friday, April 3: Brad Walker Orchestra plays big band, swing, ballads, latin, dixieland and dance favorites. A buffet from Sullivan’s is available one hour before the concert with a reservation. Ticket price for buffet is $25 per person, including the show. Call 865-980-1966 to make a buffet reservation or for more information. The East Tennessee Dance Assoc. will be offering free dance lessons with admission. Lessons will begin at 7 p.m. one hour before the show.

Friday, April 10: Christabel and the Jons. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance online or $15 at the door. The band will be shooting a video during this special performance

Friday, May 1: the Streamliners Swing Orchestra. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Students and KSDA tickets are $10.

Junior Volunteers needed at Blount Memorial The Junior Volunteer Program at Blount Memorial is accepting applications from teenagers interested the health care field. Applications are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the ground-floor information desk seven days per week. Junior volunteers are placed in a service area based on their interests and schedules. Volunteers are placed in such departments as nursing, radiology, pharmacy and administration.

Young people interested in volunteering in a nursing area have an additional orientation and training opportunity through the “Learn to Assist” program. The program includes a course on bed making, bathing and feeding, and it gives junior volunteers an opportunity to have hands-on experience and see what nursing is like. After they have completed the course, junior volunteers work with licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants throughout the hospital.

Applicants must be 14 years old by June 1, 2009, and not yet be 18. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 3. Junior volunteers who have worked previous summers also must re-apply by that date.

The Shed event listing --

The first two months of The Shed’s 2009 season are as follows:

April 4: Unknown Hinson, $10

April 11: Use Your Illusion, a Guns and Roses Tribute Band, $10

April 18: Damon Fowler, $5

April 25: Scott Miller and The Commonwealth, $15

May 2: Dishwater Blonde, $5

May 9: Cross Canadian Ragweed, $15

May 16: Toys in the Attic, an Aerosmith Tribute Band, $10

May 23: Jenna and The Joneses, $5

May 30: Stacie Collins, $5

For tickets or other information, call 865-977-1669, visit, or visit any of the 3 Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships.

Support for grieving daughters - Those women who are struggling with the death of their mothers are invited to attend a free group that meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6.

The group session will be held in the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building located at 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, which is adjacent to the hospital’s campus.

For more information or to register, call 865-981-2291.

Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes, presented by the Arthritis Foundation, will be held in two Maryville locations beginning April 6.

The classes are specifically designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia or tendonitis, or for those wishing to explore the health benefits of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is a progressive exercise that increases flexibility, muscular strength, and fitness. This specialized program has been shown to help decrease the discomfort of all forms of arthritis, fibromaylgia and tendonitis using agility exercises to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements do not require deep bending or squatting.

Eight-week classes for Arthritis Foundation Level 1 and Level 2 begin April 6.

Level 1 and 2 sessions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church, located at 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Level 1 classes will take place from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Level 2 classes will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

A second Level 1 class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, located at 804 Montvale Station Road.

The instructor, Donna Dixon, is an experienced exercise instructor, a registered nurse, and a clinical exercise physiologist. She is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor for Levels 1 and 2. She has practiced Tai Chi since 2004.

The fee for any of the eight-week classes is $80. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register call 865-803-8887 or visit

Fitness Fun for Homeschool Children program is held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, April 7-28.

The ongoing program offers a boot camp style physical fitness class for homeschool children ages 6-12. Cost for members is $20 and for non-members, the cost is $30.

For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.

Blount Lupus Support Group will meet on Sunday April 19, at the Blount County Public Library Dorothy Herron Meeting Room A from 2:15 -3:45 p.m. Discussion topic will be Coping with and Preventing Lupus Flares. Following the meeting, there will be an optional social and eat-out at a local restaurant to be announced at meeting. Those with question should call 865-983-5401 or e-mail

The MHS girls’ summer basketball camp will be held at Maryville High School’s James C. Campbell gymnasium from Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.

The camp is open to girls entering grades 1-9 in the next school year. The camp will fun from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily, with the gym open at 8:00 a.m. each day for those needing to arrive early. Late registration and camper check-in will be Monday, June 1, 8:00-8:45 a.m. The cost is $80, which includes a t-shirt, a compact size Lady Rebel camp basketball, and a certificate.

For an application or more information, please call Suzanne Singleton at 865-984-8397 or e-mail, or contact Kim Bledsoe at 865-983-9486 or at

NAMI class on caring for those with mental illnesses NAMI Maryville Affiliate is offering With Hope in Mind, a free series of classes about coping with the difficulties of caring for loved ones with mental illness. The eight-session course will begin Saturday, April 18 from 9-11:30 a.m. and will be held on consecutive Saturdays until June 6.

With Hope in Mind teaches skills such as problem management, communication and crisis planning, and provides coping skills for dealing with the cycles of various illnesses. Conducted in an atmosphere of confidentiality, With Hope in Mind classes offer participants practical and emotional support.

One in five Tennesseeans is affected by a mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, eating disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. The With Hope In Mind curriculum addresses these common illnesses.

The course in taught by NAMI volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors and have personal experience caring for someone with mental illness. There is not charge for the course but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more about With Hope In Mind at

For more information or to register for the course, contact Kim Sumar at or 865-579-5165 or email

NAMI Maryville meetings The National Association on Mental Illness Maryville Affiliate group meets from 6:30-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 429 Sandy Springs Rd. Those with friends or loved ones with mental illnesses are invited to attend. For more information, call 865-982-4285 or visit

Cooking Class at Rockford Baptist Rockford Baptist Church is currently offering weekly cooking classes on Fridays from 6:30-8 p.m. The classes include family-friendly recipes that are fast, frugal, and fresh. Younger children are invited for a kids cooking class. Suggested donation is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Please call 865-387-2777 for more information.

The Smoky Mountain Mustang Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Grill on Alcoa Highway. For more information call David Lopata at 659-9119.

Top of the Plaza will host afternoon teas on the second Tuesday of every month to benefit the Speech and Hearing Foundation of Blount County. Enjoy an extensive menu of teas and snacks while learning about tea history and etiquette. Tickets are $25 each. For reservations or more information call 865-964-6360 or email

Blount County Shrine 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.

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.

The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age and from any cause. It meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

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.

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

Blount County Networking Group is an upstart networking club open to business professionals in Blount County. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 5:15 at Swank’s in downtown Maryville. If you would like to attend or would like more information please contact Holly Doane at 850-8380 or Marty Millsaps at 705-4210.

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