Community Events for April 16, 2009

Friday, April 17

Fishing Pro Mike DelVisco will be at 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

Humane Society hosts first annual Paws For A Cause

Come join the Blount County Humane Society in their first annual Paws For A Cause fundraiser on Friday, April 17 at Texas Roadhouse.

A $1 donation gets a paw on the wall and entry into a drawing for a dinner for two -- 1 entry per paw. All proceeds go to the Blount County Humane Society for their no-kill shelter.

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

Trunk sale to benefit Blount’s Relay for Life

Mountain National Bank is sponsoring the Second Annual Spring Stuff and Bake Sale on April 18 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 1820 US Highway 411 South. Spots rent for $20 each and rental fees are donated to the American Cancer Society’s Blount County Relay for Life. Vendors can keep their profits or donate them to the Relay For Life. Baked items and food will also be for sale. To rent a parking space and sell your “stuff,” contact Lori Collins at 865-380-2834. In case of rain, this event will be held on Saturday, April 25.

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

Handbag sale will benefit Arfnet’s animal rescue

Another great “Bag-A-Bag” sale benefiting ARFNets (Animal Rescue and Fostering Networks) will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre on W. Broadway in downtown Maryville. New, nearly-new and carefully-used handbags, including designer bags, will be sold at very attractive prices. To donate, drop-off handbags until April 16 at the Capitol Theatre or at Realty Executives, located at 1213 W. Alexander Lamar Pkwy (near the mall). For more information, call 865-216-4401 or visit

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 to Saturday, April 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

Southland’s 2009 Art Mart expands with vendors, bands

Southland Books, 801 E. Broadway, will host the first Art Mart of 2009 on Saturday, April 18, at the store and parking lot behind the store.

Organizers Lisa Misosky and Catherine Frye created Art Mart in 2007 as a way to give artists and craftspeople a way to sell their art works and people looking for original artwork a venue that has it.

There will be more than 20 vendors and several bands to entertain during the event, each offering their own unique products and artwork for sale.

Saturday, April 18

Parks and Rec holds Spring Sprint 5K road race

The Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Commission is sponsoring the Spring Sprint Road Race on April 18. The road race includes a 5K and a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Run/Walk starts at 8:35 a.m. Day-of Registration and check-in are at Springbrook Recreation Center. The cost is $15 through 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Parks and Recreation office, or $18.00 the day of the event.

Each participant will receive a t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County’s Special Olympics Program. Awards will be given to the male and female Overall and Masters winners and to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each age group in the 5K. All 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk finishers will receive a ribbon.

For information, call the Parks and Rec office at 865-983-9244. Participants can register at 316 S. Everett High Road or at

Saturday, April 18

‘Lean on MC’ concert will to benefit AIDS research

Lean on MC, a music concert benefitting AIDS research in Africa, will be held from noon until 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 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.

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. 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

History project honors Blount community

From 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, community members will gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to celebrate the completion of “Blount County Black History as Told by Those Who Lived It Then and Now,” a collection of over 30 print and video interviews gathered to create a portrait of the histor and present of the Black community in Blount County.

Interviews from students involved in the integration of area high schools and the re-integration of Maryville College are paired the voices of more recent community leaders.

The book and video have been produced by CDJ Enterprises, a group formed by three of the participants involved in gathering the interviews. All are welcome. Martin Luther King Community Center is located at 209 E Franklin St. in Alcoa.

Sunday, April 19

MC Community Band offers “Made in America”

The Maryville College-Community Concert Band will present its annual free spring concert with a selection of tunes that are “Made In America” and express the musical thoughts of some American composers of ethnic and concert band music. The downbeat for this free concert will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, in the College’s Alumni Gymnasium.

A home-grown highlight of the program will be the performance of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” arranged by the Maryville College-Community Concert Band’s first chair trumpeter Mark Boring, and featuring the band’s first chair trombonist, Jeff Jennings. The band will then perform “Duke Ellington in Concert,” a collection of five of Mr. Ellington’s more famous compositions, arranged for band by Paul Murtha.

Concluding the concert will be the playing of Henry Fillmore’s “The President’s March,” a spirited finale to the Maryville College-Community Concert Band’s performance of some of the vast treasury of Music-Made in America by Americans.

Monday, April 20

Foothills Pediatric Dentistry holds Charity Day fundraiser

Foothills Pediatric Dentistry has designated April 20 “Charity Day.” For every patient Dr. Drew Osborn and his team treat on that Monday, they will make a donation to Blount County Community Action Agency Mobile Meals (better known as Meals on Wheels), and the Community Food Bank.

In honor of Charity Day, each team member will be donating her time to the effort, and Dr. Osborn will be donating all monies received that day to these two charitable organizations.

There will also be a food donation box in the lobby of the office throughout the month of April, and the staff of Foothills Pediatric Dentistry would like to encourage everyone to stop by and donate canned and non perishable food to go to these worthy causes, and to learn more about Meals on Wheels and Community Food Bank.

Foothills Pediatric Dentistry is located at 121 Parliament Drive in Maryville. For more information, call 865-977-8700.

Monday, April 20

IAAP celebrates administrative professionals week

The Maryville Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will kick off Administrative Professionals Week at noon on April 20 during a luncheon and seminar at the Hilton.

Class will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. following lunch. Excellence in Education is the theme for the 2008-2009 celebration. Speaker for the event is Lisa Olsen, author, trainer, speaker and consultant whose dedication to building relationship chemistry and helping people power up their potential has been the catalyst for her own success.

At the luncheon, members will be honoring the administrative professional of the year and the executive of the year. Supervisors and managers have the opportunity to nominate someone for the administrative professional of the year award. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 each. Tickets for the seminar are $25 each, but both can be purchased for $40 from from any member of the Maryville chapter of IAAP. A table seats 10 people.

For more information, contact Terri Caylor at 865-273-3401.

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