Community Events for April 9, 2009

Thursday, April 9

ElderWatch holds second annual safety fair

The Blount County ElderWatch will sponsor its second annual Safety Fair on April 9 from 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church. The event is free and all senior citizens, those who have older adult family members, and others who serve seniors are invited to attend. Transportation will be available from specified locations. Lunch will be provided free of charge to those who pre-register by calling 865-983-8411 by March 26.

ElderWatch is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Its purpose is to raise awareness of any and all types of threats to the safety and well-being of senior adults in our community. On April 9, presenters will cover a broad array of topics including safe investing, how to spot a con artist, managing medications safely, domestic violence and seniors, practicing safe mobility at home, scams aimed at seniors, and other topics of interest to seniors.

Over 30 senior service providers will have information booths. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. For more information about Blount County ElderWatch, call Linda Baker at 865-640-5634 or Connie Taylor at 865-719-8143. Broadway Baptist Church is located at 2329 East Broadway in Maryville.

Friday, April 10

Christabel and the Jons seek vintage audience to film

Local string-jazz revivalists Christabel and the Jons are adding a special feature to next weekend’s concert at the renovated Capitol Theater in downtown Maryville. In addition to a regular old swinging old-time-style jazz concert on Friday, April 10, at 9 p.m. ($12 in advance, $15 at the door, BYOB), the band will be filming the set for future release as a video. A post on the band’s website asks fans to dress up in vintage finery, if you’ve got it, and fill up the dance floor.

“This theater has been recently renovated and it’s gorgeous,” the post reads. “There’s a big dance floor in front that we’d love to fill with swing dancers.”

Details about the video—length, format, expected release date—weren’t available at press time.

Sunday, April 12

Maryville College observes Easter with Sunrise Service

Maryville College’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 a.m., April 12, on Lloyd Beach. The Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, will deliver the sermon entitled “Come in and See.” The sermon scripture will be John 20: 1-18.

Lloyd Beach is located behind Lloyd Hall, on the southeastern end of the campus, and offers a spectacular view of the sun rising over the Chilhowee Mountains. Community members are invited to the worship service.

A light breakfast will be served on the steps of Willard House following the service.

In the event of rain, both the service and the breakfast will be held in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry.

For more information on the College’s Easter Sunrise Service, please contact McKee at 865.981.8298 or

Saturday, April 11

RIO Churches to host Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt

In these troubling economic times, many families are looking for ways to cut costs and to still provide family entertainment. RIO (Restoration International Outreach) wants to help the community by offering a completely free event.

The RIO Network of Churches is sponsoring a Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt for the entire family on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Maryville Amphitheatre Park. The event is free, and includes games, food, and all-day entertainment.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be for children from birth through age 12, and will start at 11 a.m. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and all children must be registered in order to participate. All Easter eggs will be provided, and children are encouraged to bring their own baskets. Bouncy houses and games will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A free lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and all day entertainment will be available on the Maryville Amphitheatre stage.

For more information, please contact RIO Central at 865-681-2763 or by email at

RIO is a network of churches located in Blount County and Loudon County with over 1,800 attendees and consists of eight locations: RIO Central, RIO East, RIO South, RIO 180, RIO Revolution, RIO Loudon, RIO Nuevo and RIO Restoration.

Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15

Pellissippi State plans Earth Day activities

Global warming, hiking and self-discovery are a few of the topics to be discussed at this year’s Earth Day celebration at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The event is April 14-15 on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

A nature photographer, a geology instructor and a wildflower expert are scheduled to speak in the Goins Building Auditorium, and area environmental organizations will have displays in the Courtyard.

There is no charge for the event, and Pellissippi State invites the community to participate. Guests may park in any “Open” lot.

For more information, contact Francisco at 865-694-6744.

Thursday, April 16

Heritage High School arts students to present Reader’s Theater performance

Heritage High School theatre arts students are presenting a Reader's Theatre performance on Thursday, April 16. Approximately 75 students, taught by Ms. Katie Amspaugh, have written monologues which express their feelings about what it is like to be a teen. Students have addressed issues they are facing, and the different emotions which arise because of these challenges, difficulties, or positive experiences.

The content has been laced with narrative bridges which help transition from one topic to another.

This performance is for all ages, although young children will have a difficult time understanding some of the content.

Plan to attend on Thursday, April 16, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Heritage High School theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students.

Friday, April 17

Fishing Pro Mike DelVisco will be Texas Roadhouse

On April 17, professional fisherman Mike DelVisco will be at Alcoa's Texas Roadhouse to share fishing tips, answers questions, and signs autographs.

DelVisco is a full-time time professional angler on the Bassmaster Tour and Grand Slam Tour, and is a 2007 and 2008 Grand Slam National Championship qualifier. In addition to competing, Mike conducts seminars around the country at many popular sport shows and is a former Bassmaster University instructor.

Guests can see the Bassmaster's state of the art fishing boat and truck, and register to win a fishing prize package which includes a Shakespeare fishing rod and reel, a selection of Yamamoto baits, Yo-Zuri hybrid fishing line, two Mike DelVisco instructional videos, and other items valued at more than $200.

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Texas Roadhouse in Alcoa, located at 334 Fountain View Drive.

Friday, April 17

Pellissippi State’s Festival of Cultures celebrates with dance, music, food

More than 20 countries on five continents will be represented at the annual Festival of Cultures hosted by Pellissippi State Technical Community College. That translates into a celebration that includes Vietnamese dragon dancers, jazz and bluegrass ensembles, Mexican tamales, Asian pork, colorful and informative exhibitor booths and a whole lot more.

Scheduled for Friday, April 17, the free event joins student and community representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America in a celebration of cultures to be shared with the public.

Festival hours are 4-9:30 p.m. Activities take place in the Goins Building College Center (formerly the Student Lounge) and Auditorium, on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

Attendees may browse booths to learn about represented nations, ask questions about the Study Abroad program offered through Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, and, yes, sample a wide variety of foods.

The performance schedule includes the new Pellissippi State Jazz Band and Bluegrass Ensemble, InterAct Children’s Theatre for the Deaf, Vietnamese Dragon Dancers and Alexia’s Middle Eastern Dancers.

For additional information, contact Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity, (865) 539-7160 or

Saturday, April 18

Spring Trash and Treasure Sale will benefit Relay

The ThunderWorld USA Relay for Life team is hosting its annual Spring Trash and Treasure Sale on Saturday, April 18. Individual booth rental is available for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Ursula McCall at 981-3399. ThunderWorld USA is located at 1551 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.

Saturday, April 18

Bowl For Kids’ Sake returns for its 27th year

The 27th Annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake will help Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS) match the nearly 200 children who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake, presented by Edfinancial Services, is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraising and awareness event. All proceeds from the event help BBBS provide the guidance and friendship of a mentor to hundreds of disadvantaged children.

“Bowl For Kids’ Sake allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to give more than 175 East Tennessee children the support of a mentor and we are proud to be a part of the 2009 event.”

The Bowl For Kids’ Sake bowling party will take place at Crest Lanes in Maryville on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For more information about the event, including a complete listing of dates, times and locations, visit or contact BBBS Events and Media Manager Brent Waugh at 523-2179, ext. 17.

Saturday, April 18

Fine Arts Blount presents Kite Festival

Fine Arts Blount presents its first Kite Festival free to the public on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 19 from 1 - 5 p.m.). This event is made possible by a grant from the East TN Foundation and sponsors Ruby Tuesday Corporation and Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Rec Department. The festival will take place at Pearson Springs Park on Montvale Station Road between Sandy Springs Rd. and Montvale Rd. in Maryville.

Bring your own kite or there will be inexpensive kites to make and decorate as well as some specialty kites for sale. Concessions will be available.

Prizes and certificates will be awarded for “The Most Artistic,” “Most Humorous,” and “Most Patriotic” for three categories: Ages 11 and under; Ages 12-16 and Ages 16+ Community. There will be a special category for participating artists with a Grand Prize of $200 and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd “Best in Art” awards. Get information about registration and guidelines for this category by calling 865-984-5872.

Winning kites will be on display during the rest of the month at ArtSpace and at the Blount County Public Library the first part of May.

For more information call ArtSpace: 865- 982-0898 or 984-5872 or email or

Saturday, April 18 - 25

Eco-Sculptures coming to Pistol Creek Station

A new event is coming to downtown Maryville’s art scene. The Maryville Arts Coalition along with Keep Blount Beautiful recently announced the Juried Outdoor ECO-sculpture Exhibition and Competition.

The sculptures in the competition will be on display from April 18 through April 25 at the Pistol Creek Station/Blount County Public Library bridge area of the Greenbelt Park. It will expand depending on the number of participants.

An artist reception and awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, which is also the April Last Friday Art Walk. State Sen. Doug Overbey will preside.

The event is designed to coordinate with Earth Round-Up and help raise environmental awareness within the community through large-scale environmental installations and sculpture on display to the public at the Greenbelt Park.

Awards include $1,000 for best of show, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and four awards of merit of $125 Jerry’s Art-O-Roma gift certificates

Saturday, April 18

‘Lean on MC’ concert will feature local bands, benefit AIDS research

Lean on MC, a music concert benefitting AIDS research in Africa, will be held from noon until 6:30 p.m., Sat., April 18 in the Maryville College Alumni Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 per student and $10 for members of the community and will be sold at the door. T-shirts will also be sold at the benefit concert.

FACE AIDS, a new MC student organization, is organizing the concert, which will feature numerous local bands and musicians. FACE AIDS' purpose is to raise funds for medically underserved areas and also to raise AIDS awareness, domestically and internationally.

Money raised through the benefit concert will be sent to Partners In Health, a global leader in the fight to provide medical care to the poorest regions of the world. Grants to Partners In Health are used to train community health workers, establish new clinics and implement a model for comprehensive health care that supports medically underserved areas.

The concert lineup includes: Kennon Reed, Chapman Sutherland and Josh Shelton (all singers accompanied by guitar); bluegrass band Lonesome Road; Christian rock band Remedy Band; rock band Pistol Creek Catch of the Day; and rock duo Daniel Monroe and Kevin Krapt.

For more information on the benefit concert, please contact Hannah Smith, student president of FACE AIDS, at

Sunday, April 19 through Tuesday, April 21

Maryville College hosts international film festival

As a part of 2009 Earth Week activities throughout East Tennessee, the Center for Strong Communities will host the International Film Festival on Water and Climate Change, to be held April 19-21 at Maryville College.

The film festival aims to increase awareness and action regarding local and global issues around water and climate change. Three days of screenings and discussions will include short films and feature documentaries that have been honored at the Sundance Film Festival, World Water Forum, the Mumbai International Film Festival, and with many other distinctions.

The film festival, which is traveling to eight colleges in the United States, has been developed by two international organizations, The Charter of Human Responsibilities (CHR) and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD). In addition to Maryville College, other campuses hosting the film festival are Xavier University, American University, Harvard, Brandeis and University of the South.

Students at Maryville College are coordinating campus participation and some faculty will screen films as part of an academic course. The Center for Strong Communities is working with the Little River Watershed Association and the international partners to bring the festival to Maryville as a free and open event for the whole community.

The festival’s grand opening is a screening of Flow on Sunday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in Lawson Auditorium. Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary Flow examines political and environmental issues around the privatization of water and the question of water as a human right or a commodity.

Community members and visitors are welcome to attend all screenings and participate in discussions, starting Sunday afternoon and concluding Tuesday night. An annotated list of selected films, screening times and workshops will soon be announced.

Nina Gregg, US Coordinator of CHR, and John Anugraha, founder and Executive Director of GCSD, will lead workshops on the work of the Charter of Human Responsibilities and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development, an international student and youth association for sustainable development.

For information about the film festival at Maryville College, contact the Center for Strong Communities at 865-273-8894 or email For more information on the Charter of Human Responsibilities and the presentations at other colleges, contact Nina Gregg at

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