Community Events for April 23, 2009

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-A-Rama gift certificates.

Saturday, April 25

Spelling out success at the Adult Spelling Bee

The 14th-annual Blount County Adult Spelling Bee is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 314 W. Broadway Ave., in Maryville. The spelling bee is a major fundraiser for the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County.

Team are asked to line up potential spellers, send a check to ensure the team’s place on the team roster and prepare for the spelling bee.

There are several ways to get involved in the Spelling Bee, including: entering a team of two spellers on behalf of an organization for a donation of $300; sponsor a team with spellers the foundation provides for a donation of $300; co-sponsor a team with another company for a donation of $150 or make a cash contribution.

The Adult Education Foundation of Blount County helps one out of every five Blount County adults who are undereducated or illiterate. For more information, call 865-982-8998 or email

Saturday, April 25

Earth Round-Up offers clean up day and celebration

Earth Round-Up, a joint project that combines two former events into one clean-up and party, is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Earth Round-up combines the former Little River Round-Up and Airfest. It is organized by the Little River Watershed Association, Keep Blount Beautiful and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Air Quality Team. The clean-up is also a part of the Great American Clean Up.

Check in time for the clean-up is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Bicentennial Park Pavilion behind the Blount County Courthouse. Participants can choose an area to clean up or Keep Blount Beautiful has areas available, all of which are safe for children of all ages. Beautification projects also are available. Groups of 10 or more can register as early as April 1.

The morning clean up needs volunteers to fan out across Blount County to pick up litter, including cleaning up in and around the Little River, Pistol Creek greenbelt and roadsides and parks. Teams and individuals check in from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the pavilion. At sign in, volunteers get some gloves and trash bags and can be assigned a location to pick up trash. Boaters are welcomed, encouraged and needed to help clean up the banks of the Little River from the park boundary to the Little River embayment near Rockford.

All volunteers receive a free dinner ticket for the afternoon and early evening celebration and a reusable shopping bag.

The evening celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. at Maryville College will feature live music from Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, food, a children’s play area, environmental educational booths, silent auction items and giveaways.

Saturday, April 25

Alcoa Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is Saturday

The 18th annual Pancake Breakfast of the Alcoa Kiwanis Foundation happens on Saturday, April 25 from 6 a.m. to noon at Alcoa High School.

For a $5 donation, participants enjoy an all-you-can eat stack of IHOP pancakes and sausage, which are being provided by the IHOP Restaurant located at 906 Turner St. in Maryville. There is no cost for children under the age of 6 when accompanied by a paying adult.

All money raised benefits East Tennessee children through the Foundation’s contributions and scholarship offerings.

Saturday, April 25

‘Cruze’n Cuz We Care’ bike ride to aid Relay for Life

On Saturday, April 25, Dynamic Physical Therapy will host the first annual “Cruze’n Cuz We Care” bike ride to raise money for Relay for Life. The ride will start and end at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, located at 1820 W Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

Registration will be from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. For every bike registered, participants will get a free $6-off coupon for any meal at Stinker’s Bar-B-Que located at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. There will also be a silent auction that will start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Cost is $15 per bike or $20.00 with a passenger. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. For more information, contact Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson at 865-977-1669.

Saturday, April 25

Come play at the Earth Round-up Children’s Area

Many community members have attended New Hope’s Mayfest event over the past several years, and now we have joined forces with Keep Blount Beautiful and Little River Watershed to offer the New Hope Children’s Area at Earth Round-up 2009. The celebration will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 5 -8 p.m. at Maryville College, with clean-up and beautification activities in the morning around Blount County.

A collaborative project between New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, Maryville College’s Center for Strong Communities, Dr. Schratter’s Child Development class, American Humanics, and several other student organizations, the New Hope Children’s Area will offer several booths with a special focus on earth-friendly habits, recycling, age appropriate games, inflatables, and a special Passport to the Planet activity with a family prize pack to Dollywood (to be eligible for the prize pack, families must participate in the morning clean-up activities and attend the evening celebration). All activities are intended for families to participate together in an effort to not only encourage earth conscious habits, but also to encourage strong and healthy families.

Saturday, April 25

2009 Walk for Autism to be held at Pearson Springs Park

Come join the 2009 Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 25 at Pearson Springs Park Pavilion on Montvale Station Road in Maryville. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. The cost of registration is $15 and includes a Walk for Autism t-shirt.

The Walk for Autism is a family-friendly event that is organized by a group of students from William Blount High School and Heritage High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) clubs. The race is a one mile fun run, and activities for the children will also be provided. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Autism Speaks Foundation.

Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 26

Park plans annual Wildflower Pilgrimage for April

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its 59th-annual Wildflower Pilgrimage from Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 26. The Pilgrimage offers 152 programs spread over five days with an array of professionally-guided walks exploring the region’s rich wildflowers, fauna, ecology, cultural and natural history, indoor presentations, and evening speakers.

The Pilgrimage attracts more than 900 participants attending educational events led by more than 110 specialists who are professional educators and naturalists. The Park’s unique habitats are the setting for myriad programs featuring wildflowers, algae, mosses, ferns, birds, bears, boars, butterflies, salamanders, spiders, terrestrial and aquatic insects, and ecology.

Registration on-site in Gatlinburg will be from April 21- 25. Registration fees are $30 per day, $50 for two or more days, $10 for middle, secondary, and college students for one or more days, and $25 for Welcoming Luncheon (no daily fee charged). Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a registered adult.

Saturday, April 25

Fashionable spring show is Saturday at Broadway UMC

The Broadway United Methodist Women invite you to a Judy Gardner fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, April 25, at 11a.m.

The event, entitled “A Fashionably Green Spring,” will be held in the W. R. Allen Hall at Broadway United Methodist Church, which is located at 309 E. Broadway in downtown Maryville.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from members of United Methodist Women by calling Martha McFarland at 865-983-1064 or the church office at 865-982-6192.

Proceeds will go toward UMW mission projects.

Sunday, April 26

Blountopia invites families to kick-off event

On Sunday, April 26, from 12-3 p.m., is kicking-off its new family section at an event hosted by Blount Discount Books, featuring free hot dogs, popcorn and refreshments. Daisy the Clown will be in attendance from 12-1 p.m., Youthful Expressions Studio will provide art projects for kids while supplies last, and there will also be a “bounce house,” courtesy of Campbell Tent Rental .

Face painting, balloon animals and story time will also be part of the fun. Door Prizes will be given out throughout the day. Come celebrate this website dedicated to the families of Blount County.

The event is free and open to the public. Blount Discount Books is located at 370 Gill St. in Maryville. For more information, email

Sunday, April 26

Montessori schools plans open house for visitors

Montessori Middle School will hold an Open House on Sunday, April 26, from 2-4 p.m.

Visitors will get to tour portions of the school’s campus, situated on 32 rolling acres of meadow and forest in rural Louisville. The site includes a working vegetable garden, whose produce will be available at the Maryville Farmer’s Market this spring and summer. When classes open in August, students will help tend and sell the produce.

At the Open House, school director Jennifer Spirko will be available to talk about the school’s innovative, land-based approach to adolescent education, featuring hands-on learning, self-directed and self-paced study and a sustainable, community-minded philosophy.

Montessori Middle School is now enrolling for regular classes for grades 6-8, beginning in August, and for summer enrichment camps, June 22-July 31, for rising grades 1-8. Information about the full-time and summer programs will be available at the Open House.

Montessori Middle School is located at 3725 Louisville Road. For more information, contact Jennifer Spirko, director of Montessori Middle School, at 865-985-8900 or

Monday, April 27

Secret Safe Place to host ‘Girl’s Night Out’

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will host a “Girl’s Night Out” on Monday, April 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (drop-in) at Willard House on the Maryville College campus.

Enjoy shopping with consultants from Thirty One, Southern Living at Home, Pampered Chef, Premier Jewelry and Tastefully Simple. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Those who bring a friend will be given extra chances at the door prizes. A percentage of sales will be donated directly to A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee. For more information, please contact Nichole McCord at 924-5463.

For more information, please contact the business office at 865-254-2208 or access the website at Women in crisis should call the Helpline at 1-866-699-SAFE.

Thursday, April 30

Maryville Middle School band takes center stage

Maryville Middle School band students will take center stage April 30 during a concert at the Bicentennial Greenbelt Pavillion.

All Maryville Middle School band students will be performing in the annual outdoor concert in conjunction with the school’s high school and intermediate bands. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Intermediate School band students will perform at 6:30 p.m. Middle School students will play at 7 p.m., and the high school is set to play at 7:30 p.m. The entire concert should end by 8:15 p.m. Families may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on during the concert. Parking is limited.

Friday, May 1

Juniors invited to ‘May Day Mixer’ at Maryville College

High school juniors are invited to Maryville College for a “May Day Mixer” on Friday, May 1. Hosted by the Office of Admissions, this event is designed to introduce high school juniors to the nationally recognized liberal arts college.

The event kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall with registration and ice cream. Next, participants will be divided up into groups for the “alterna-tour,” a fun and unique way to see the campus. A scavenger hunt, asking prospective students to find their way around the College by collecting clues, will follow.

At 5 p.m. in Cooper Athletic Center, students will mix and mingle with current MC students, staff, and faculty representing each of the College’s eight academic divisions.

Prior to a complimentary dinner in the Margaret Ware Dining Hall, prospective students are invited to ask questions in a Q&A session. The fun continues after dinner in the Alumni Gymnasium with a student-produced and student-directed play based on Tim O’Brien’s novel, “The Things They Carried.”

For more information about the event, please call 865.981.8092 or visit

Saturday, May 2

Arts in the Park provides creative family fun

On Saturday, May 2, area artists will come together to provide a day of creative activities in a relaxing outdoor setting. The event is hosted by Fine Arts Blount and the City of Maryville and sponsored by the Civic Arts Center and the cities of Maryville and Alcoa. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be on hand provide an evening concert. The schedule is as follows:

9 a.m. to Noon: The Farmers’ Market, featuring live bluegrass music, a wildflower seed ball project for kids, and fresh produce and baked goods

Noon to 1 p.m.: Bring a bag lunch and art materials to join local and regional artists in the park

1-5 p.m.: Family art “Make and Take” workshops provided for free, with supplies included

1, 2, and 3 p.m.: Introduction to En Plein Air Painting by artist Katie Gamble. Paint boards, brushes and paint are provided free for the sessions.

5-7:30 p.m.: Bring a picnic basket, blanket and lawn chairs to join the local arts community for a sunset dinner.

7:30 p.m.: Enjoy an evening of Symphony in the Park with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Richman.

Other events include street performance tutorials and ballet lessons from the Appalachian Ballet Company.

All events except the Farmers’ Market will be held at the Theater in the Park behind the Blount County Courthouse.

For more information about the event, contact the City of Maryville Events Office at 865-273-3406.

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3

All-vehicle show to be at William Blount High School

An all vehicle show will be held on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at William Blount High School.

Car categories include Hot Rods, Classics, Muscle Cars, Antiques, 4x4’s, Rat Rods, Race Cars, Imports, Domestics, Trucks, Tractors and Under Construction.

Motorcycle categories include: Cruiser, Sport Bike, Custom and Under Construction.

Trophies will be awarded in all categories including Best In Show. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

Registration for the event is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. $10 for pre-registration, $15 registration on the day of the show. Deadline for pre-registration is Friday, April 24.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and children under 5 are free. For more information call Scott at 865-387-4380 or Rick at 865-300-8813.

Thursday, May 7

‘Art on Runway’ to benefit Fine Arts Blount

On May 7, from 6-8 p.m., Fine Arts Blount will present “Art on the Runway,” with fashions by the Silk Purse and Boyd Thomas and hand-painted umbrellas donated by area artists. The show and dinner will be at Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with funds going to Fine Arts Blount projects. Tickets cost $25.

The event will include food, door prizes, the fashion show and a live auction of hand-painted umbrellas. Clothes will be provided by the Silk Purse and Boyd Thomas. Judy Gardner of the Silk Purse will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets can be purchased at The Chamber of Commerce, Blount Today, Boyd Thomas Clothing, Artspace Gallery or from any Fine Arts Blount Member. The church is located at 314 W. Broadway in Maryville. For more information or tickets, call 865-405-5725.

Friday, May 8

Spring Blossoms dinner will benefit Trinity Dental Clinic

On Friday, May 8, the Chilhowee Club will sponsor an evening of music, fine dining and cocktails hosted by Royal Oaks to raise money for volunteer-staffed Trinity Dental Clinic, which provides medical services to Blount County residents who cannot affortd basic dental work because of low income and lack of insurance.

Singer John Cherry and fellow members of the Foothills Community Players will entertain guests during the meal, which begins at 7 p.m. The cash bar opens at 6 p.m. to serve cocktails. Tickets cost $65 per person. Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to reserve tickets early. The Chilhowee Club was able to donate donated $4,500 last year to the Trinity Dental Clinic. Visit to learn more about the clinic.

Tickets will be available in advance only. To make reservations, contact June Ackerman at 865-681-6414.

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