Community Calendar for April 16, 2009

Medic contest -- 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.

For more information, please call 865-524-3074.

Junior Ranger Day -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the third annual National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 25, with special activities at the Cades Cove Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities at Cades Cove Visitor Center near Townsend. Activities planned will range from searching for salamanders to making dinner bells at a blacksmith shop. Making historic toys, beeswax candles, cornhusk dolls, and competing in the “animal olympics” are a few of the other natural and cultural opportunities that will be available. Information on the specific programs is available at the visitor center.

The Junior Ranger booklets, produced in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association, can be purchased for $2.50 each at Park visitor centers.

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.

The Maryville College Concert Choir will be holding several performances 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 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.

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.

On Friday, May 1 the library will hold a Used Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library. Proceeds will be used for operating expenses. Baked goods should be dropped off at the library on Thursday, April 30.

May’s After-School programs will be May 6 - Mother’s Day craft; May 20 - Ice Cream Sundae Social. These programs will be the last ones for this school year. The Summer Reading Program will take place in July, and After-School programs will resume after school starts in August.

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. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20 deposit.

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

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). Students may join mid-session The price breaks down to $20 per class with all materials are included. 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. 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 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,

Youthful Expressions Studio will be offering “Art for Parties” beginning in the month of May. We will provide entertainment in the form of hands-on, art projects for children. Contact Cindy at or call 865-607-4473 for more information.

From June 15-19, Fine Arts Blount will hold a summer art camp at ArtSpace in downtown Maryville. The YES-Kids’ camp theme will be “Tropical Paradise.” The YES-Kids camp is for students ages 7-14. Times are 10 a.m.-12 noondaily, and the cost is $150.

YES will begin Fall session classes in August. Please check our website at, email or call 865-607-4473 for more information.

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 18: traditional Appalachian bluegrass group The Lone Mountain Band

Friday, April 24: Elvis tribute performer Terry Young will perform songs from the three eras of Elvis’ career in many genres and costumes. The cost is $15 and the performance begins at 8:30. for more information, call 678-852-3946.

Capitol Theatre event listing -- For tickets and other information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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