The Blount BEneFITs team of the Blount County Community Health Initiative presents the Ready, Set Move! Awards to local schools and businesses in recognition of their efforts to promote, contribute to and enhance the quality of life in Blount County through healthy lifestyle opportunities. The team also will be distributing a recreational resource guide for Blount County families. The guide was created by Blount BEneFITs to help families easily access local recreational and wellness information.
The event will be held on Thursday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville.
Representatives from the winning businesses and schools, including students, will be on hand to accept the awards from members of the Blount BEneFITs team.
Over the last 30 years, the rate of overweight children has increased at an alarming pace. In Tennessee, 41 percent of all students are at risk to become overweight or already are overweight. The state has the 5th highest rate of adult obesity and the 4th highest rate of overweight youth.
Blount BEneFITS is centered on the reduction of childhood obesity and promoting physical activity. The group coordinates fitness festivals and partners with schools to write and carry out wellness policies, while also building awareness for all generations and encouraging businesses to develop wellness programs.
Breathing disorder support group-- Learn about toxin-free spring cleaning at this month’s Better Breathers program on Thursday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Blount Memorial Medical Fitness classroom on the 2-east floor.
Environmental Services assistant director Chris Miller will present the free program, which is open to anyone with a breathing disorder.
The Blount Memorial Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services for the whole family -- parents, parents-to-be, caregivers and siblings - in April.
A free “Family Birthing Center Tour” will take place on Thursday, April 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants should meet in the Family Birthing Center waiting room.
Expectant mothers and their support partners also are invited to attend the “Prepared Childbirth Series” (Lamaze), which will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 in the Family Birthing Center classroom at Blount Memorial. Cost is $65 per couple.
The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook offers a “Prenatal/Postnatal Exercise Class” for new mothers, which includes group exercise and water aerobics. Participants can begin the program anytime, and should call 865-980-7110 to register. Cost is $8 per class or $48 per month, and these fees include access to the entire facility.
For more information about the classes or to register, call 865-981-3983.
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 www.medicblood.org 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.
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.
Children can earn their Junior Ranger badge by completing three of the specially planned activities. A Junior Ranger booklet is also available, for those who would like to explore the Park in more depth.
The Junior Ranger booklets, produced in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association, can be purchased for $2.50 each at Park visitor centers. The booklets are designed to better serve a variety of age groups targeted at 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 to12.
National Junior Ranger Day is a special event for National Park Week, celebrated this year between April 18 and 26. Most parks throughout the country will host ceremonies, interactive games, and special events designed to connect children with the resources found in national parks.
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.
All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Stacey Wilner at firstname.lastname@example.org. or 865-981-8151.
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club will meet on Monday, April 27 in the United Steel Workers f America Hall, located at 380 S.Hall Road in Alcoa. There will be an amateur radio tail gate activity beginning at 6:45 p.m. Visit www.smokymountainarc.org for more information.
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.
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.
April’s Artist of the Month is Fred Weiser of Townsend.
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 www.discoveret.org/metmlib.
The Arts Alive Gallery -- The following classes are offered at the Arts Alive Gallery, located at 302 E. Church Ave.:
Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Acrylics Workshop with Gloria Nelson. Students will be guided step-by-step in painting with acrylics and will work on color, mixing and composition. The cost is $30 plus materials.
Wednesdays, April 29, May 6 and May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Basic Drawing Sessions. Students furnish supplies. The cost is $40 for session.
Friday, May 1 and Friday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - “Painting Red Geraniums,” an oil painting workshop, with Lyda Plemons. Students will be taught the characteristics of the red tube paints in the oil medium and general composition. The cost is $25 plus supplies (furnished by students).
To schedule a class, for supply lists or any other information, call 865-984-5300 or 865-983-8878.
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, www.fineartsblount.com, contains more detailed information about classes and workshops. You can contact FAB at 865-982-0898 or via email at FAB@fineartsblount.com. Events on the 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 email@example.com.
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 tammy@TammySchlosser.com.
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 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, www.fineartsblount.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-607-4473 for more information.
Heritage Center Events Calendar
On April 24 the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will release “Peace of Ground,” a 24-minute video to be shown daily in the Heritage Center’s auditorium.
The project was made possible through the generosity of Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, BankEast, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development.
“Peace of Ground” begins in the present day and moves back chronologically in time to explore the heritage of East Tennessee. The video encompasses creation of the national park, logging, Civil War and settlement of the area including Native American periods.
During its premier weekend April 24-26, the video can be viewed in the Heritage Center’s auditorium at no cost and is available for purchase at the Center for the introductory price of $9.99. Beginning Monday, April 27, the purchase price will be $10.99.
On Friday, May 1, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host the first “Smoky Mountain Musical Homecoming” in the Center’s covered amphitheater.
The event is sponsored by FenceRail Gap LLC and Kinzel Springs Development and will feature three local bands: Country Tennesseans at 5:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Grass at 7 p.m., and Mountain Gap at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is $3 per person at the gate except for Heritage Center members and children under six years of age, who receive free admission.
Barbecue and non-alcoholic beverages will be available on-site for an additional charge. No coolers, food or drink may be brought into the event. For more information, call 865-448-0044 or visit the Center’s website at www.gsmheritagecenter.org
The fourth annual Spring Heritage Festival is set for Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend.
The event is sponsored by The Tomato Head and features historic demonstrations by area craftspeople and tradesmen. Returning demonstrations include basket making, open hearth cooking, beekeeping, candle making, broom making, quilting, rug making, spinning, and more. The popular historic games will also be a part of this year’s program.
New demonstrations scheduled for this year include turkey calls and muzzle loading, woodcarving, hide tanning, and others. A special soap-making demonstration by Heritage Center volunteers is also scheduled.
Musical entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and includes Randy McGinnis, Native American flute; Steven Brooks, guitar; and the popular Mountain Folk Reunion playing favorite folk and rock music of the 1960s.
Admission is $3 per person, and free for Heritage Center members and children under six years of age.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 2: InterAct Children’s Theatre for the Deaf performs The Commedia: Robin Hood. Show times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $5, children 3 and under are free. All shows are performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language.
Capitol Theatre event listing -- For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php 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 25: Scott Miller and The Commonwealth, $15; Staci Collins at 8 p.m.
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 www.smh-d.com, or visit any of the 3 Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships.
Diabetes Management Program at Blount Memorial Hospital offers classes in diabetes management in April. Physician referral and an initial evaluation are required prior to attending a class session. The class is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covered by most insurance carriers.
The morning class meets from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday, April 28 and 30 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center’s conference room 1 on the center’s second floor. Each participant may bring one guest to the class. For more information, call the hospital’s Diabetes Management Center at 865-977-5767.
Blount County Civil War Roundtable will hold our next meeting on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville.
Guest speaker will be Greg Biggs, president of the Clarksville, TN Civil War Roundtable who will present the topic, “Flags of the Confederate States of America.” Monthly meetings are open to the public--anyone interested in Civil War-era history. We also participate in living history reenactments and encampments to be announced as they are scheduled. Call 379-1717 for information.
Blount County AAU Basketball Championship -- On Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, William Blount High School will host the Blount County AAU Basketball Championship for Girls and Boys ages 10-16.In addition to the tournament, there will be a car show, kids’ activities, and even a demonstration by a former NBA player.
Space in the tournament is limited, and the cost will be only $99 for the first 40 teams. To register or for more information, contact Tabitha Miller at 865-963-6658, Scott Tipton at 865-387-4380, or email email@example.com.
The Chilhowee Club will meet on Tuesday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Clubhouse on Clarion Street. The program will feature Col. Ralph Jenkins, Ret., who will coordinate the program on the operation and impact in Blount County of the 134th International and Professional Military Education Center. This will be a patriotic program with music and all in attendance receiving an American flag.
Election Commission meeting --The next Election Commission meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, at 11 a.m. in the Election Commission Conference Room. The Election Commission is located in the Blount County Courthouse.