Spring Blossoms Dinner Fundraiser for 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.
Tickets will be available in advance only. For more information or to make reservations, contact June Ackerman at 865-681-6414.
The Blount Scooter Club will have its meeting at 5 p.m,. Sunday, May 3, the first Sunday of each month, at the 215 Aluminum Ave location. The event is sponsored by Wheels 4 Tomorrow. For more information call 865-984-0006, or click on www.wheels4tomorrow.com.
Fitness for homeschoolers -- A boot-camp style class for kids ages 6–12 is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook during the month of May.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays, May 5-26 from 2:30–3:30 p.m. and will consist of activities including cardio drills, calisthenics, agility, cycling, kickboxing, pilates and yoga. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.
For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
Blount Memorial Hospital’s “Joint School,” an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during May. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Sessions let participants know what to expect during their total joint replacement experience, and information covers all phases from pre-op to full recovery.
Reservations are required and must be made by calling Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic at 865-984-0900.
Pellissippi State golf tourney on Tuesday, May 5, offers three chances at hole in one and win a 2009 Harley-Davidson, diamond or new vehicle.
The rewards — a 2009 Harley-Davidson, a one-carat diamond or a new vehicle — are worth the effort for the player or players who hit a hole in one at the May 5 Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament.
Only one of each prize is being offered, so there’ll be only one opportunity to win per hole.
The prizes are sponsored by Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell in Maryville (the 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle), Karen’s Jewelers in Oak Ridge(the one-carat diamond), and Rice Automotive in Knoxville (the new vehicle).
Proceeds from the tournament go toward providing assistance to deserving students at Pellissippi State.
Egwani Farms in Rockford is hosting the event. Two shotguns are scheduled: the first begins at 8 a.m., while the second round starts at 1 p.m.
A limited number of individual and team slots remain. Cost is $100 per player, or $400 for teams of four. The registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, goody bags, snacks and beverages, lunch provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill, dessert provided by Rita’s Ice of Knoxville, silent auction, prizes and so much more!
To sign up your team now, contact the Foundation’s tournament director, Pat Myers, at 865-539-7242, or visit www.pstcc.edu for a registration form.
The Arts Alive Gallery -- The following classes are offered at the Arts Alive Gallery, located at 302 E. Church Ave.:
n 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.
n 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.
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 unless otherwise noted. For advance tickets or more information, call 865-983-3330.
n 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.
n Saturday, May 2: Bluegrass band Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
Capitol Theatre -- For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.
n 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 Shed’s 2009 season for May is as follows:
n May 2: Dishwater Blonde, $5
n May 9: Cross Canadian Ragweed, $15
n May 16: Toys in the Attic, an Aerosmith Tribute Band, $10
n May 23: Jenna and The Joneses, $5
n 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.
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. 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.
Heritage Center Events Calendar 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
n 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.
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.
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. We would welcome all guests.
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.
Alcoa High School Alumni will meet on Wednesday, May 6 at 9 a.m. at Shoneys on Alcoa Highway. Alcoa graduate Chris Clark, Superintendent of Athletics of the Maryvile-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Commission, is the speaker.
For more calendar listings please visit www.BlountToday.com
“Moms Remembered,” a grief support group for women who have lost their mothers through death, will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4.
In addition, a memorial event will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m.
The group session and the memorial event will be held in the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building located at 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, which is adjacent to the hospital’s campus.
For more information or to register, call 865-981-2291.
Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar
n 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.
n 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.
For more information, call 865-448-1441 or visit www.discoveret.org/metmlib.
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 Fine Arts Blount calendar for the coming months are as follows:
n 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
n Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop.
n Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop.
n Saturdays beginning in February from 10 a.m. - noon “Tag You’re It!” #1, Scrapbooking Tags with Katie Kinney.
n 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.
n 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 email@example.com or call 865-607-4473 for more information.
n 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.
n YES will begin Fall session classes in August. Please check our website at www.yestudio.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-607-4473 for more information.
Heritage High School Class of 1999 10 Year Reunion will be held Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at The Airport Hilton located at 2001 Alcoa Highway, Alcoa, TN 37701
Chilhowee View Community Center will be holding its third-annual rummage sale on Saturday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for the maintenance of the Center’s facilities, including the walking track, gym, ball field, and children’s area. There will be good parking and restroom facilities, and a $10 donation will secure a vending space for the whole day. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call Bill or Connie Grindstaff at 865-983-6387 or email email@example.com
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.
With Hope in Mind teaches skills such as problem management, communication and crisis planning, and provides coping skills for dealing with the cycles of various illnesses. Conducted in an atmosphere of confidentiality, With Hope in Mind classes offer participants practical and emotional support.
The course in taught by NAMI volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors and have personal experience caring for someone with mental illness. There is not charge for the course but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more about With Hope In Mind at www.namitn.org
For more information or to register for the course, contact Kim Sumar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-579-5165 or email email@example.com.
BRAVO! Award Nominations
Keep Blount Beautiful and the Blount County Council of Garden Clubs are accepting nominations for the 16th-annual BRAVO! Awards, which praise local businesses for their landscaping and beautification efforts.
Citizens may submit nominations for the awards online at Keep Blount Beautiful’s website, www.keepblountbeautiful.org as well as by phoning the office, 681-4809. Photographs of last years winners may also be viewed on the website. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Please be prepared to give the name and address of the business.
Nominees will be judged from May 18 thru May 22. An anonymous panel of judges representing garden clubs within the county will visit each nominated business. Many of the judges have studied horticulture and landscape design. Among the criteria for the awards will be cleanliness, originality of landscaping, environmental impact and visual effect.
Winners will be announced the week of June 1. Award recipients will receive a plaque for permanent display inside the office and outdoor signs will designate the prize-winning properties for one year.
The MHS girls’ summer basketball camp will be held at Maryville High School’s James C. Campbell gymnasium from Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.
The camp is open to girls entering grades 1-9 in the next school year. The camp will fun from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily, with the gym open at 8:00 a.m. each day for those needing to arrive early. Late registration and camper check-in will be Monday, June 1, 8:00-8:45 a.m. The cost is $80, which includes a T-shirt, a compact size Lady Rebel camp basketball, and a certificate.
For an application or more information, please call Suzanne Singleton at 865-984-8397 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Kim Bledsoe at 865-983-9486 or at email@example.com.
The National Association on Mental Illness Maryville Affiliate group meets from 6:30-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 429 Sandy Springs Rd. Those with friends or loved ones with mental illnesses are invited to attend. For more information, call 865-982-4285 or visit www.namitn.org.
Cooking class at Rockford Baptist begins on Fridays from 6:30-8 p.m. The classes include family-friendly recipes that are fast, frugal, and fresh. Younger children are invited for a kids cooking class. Suggested donation is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Please call 865-387-2777 for more information.
The Smoky Mountain Mustang Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Grill on Alcoa Highway. For more information call David Lopata at 659-9119.
Top of the Plaza will host afternoon teas on the second Tuesday of every month to benefit a local charity. Enjoy an extensive menu of teas and snacks while learning about tea history and etiquette. Tickets are $25 each. For reservations or more information call 865-964-6360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blount County Shrine Club meets at 6 p.m., the fourth Monday of the month, at the Bungalo Market. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. All Shriners welcome.
Living Being Yoga is now offering a variety of Yoga classes at Van Metre School of Dance, home of the Appalachian Ballet, at 215 W. Broadway in Maryville. Classes are ongoing and are offered Monday-Friday. For more information or to see a complete schedule please visit www.livingbeingyoga.com or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail email@example.com.
Ongoing oil and acrylic painting classes meet at the Knoxville Hobby Lobby stores on Kingston Pike and in Maryville at Foothills Plaza. Knoxville classes: Mondays at 12:30, 4 and 6 p.m. Maryville every wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Learn both traditional and modern techniques. Visit the website at MoonDreamerDi.blogspot.com or call 865-235-5739 for information or to sign up.
Cycology Bicycles is offering Yoga for Cyclists. Classes meet at 6:30 a.m., each Tuesday and Thursday at Cycology Bicycles, located at 2408 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For information call 865-681-4183.
The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age and from any cause. It meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.
Christian support group for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse -- meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on the first Sunday of each month at a private location in Blount County. There is no charge for participation. For more information contact Tracie Walker, LCSW at 865-719-4709.
Adult Children Anonymous – a 12- Step support group for adults who grew up in homes with dysfunction such as alcoholism, addiction, workaholism, abandonment, neglect, abuse, etc. Meetings are free, non-smoking, anonymous and confidential. Meets Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, downtown Maryville. For more information contact 865-850-8792.
Sign language classes for the hearing impaired are offered at Fairview United Methodist Church, at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Church is located at 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville.
Maryville’s Weight Loss Surgery support group meets at 10 a.m., the second Saturday of each month, at Pellissippi State College Library in Maryville. The purpose of this group is for those who are considering gastric surgery, bypass or band for weight loss. Questions and answers from people who have gone through the procedure. Find out the good and bad news about this major surgery.
The Joshua Resource Center is enrolling participants for the New Beginnings CWJC program. Women who may feel isolated, alone and without hope will find a safe place to refocus, be trained in a variety of life skills, work skills and experience the love of Christ.
There is no charge for women living in low income or poverty. For more information call 865-380-5370.
More than Conquerors -- a support group for people dealing with chronic pain, chronic fatigue and/or a chronic illness meets every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. Praise and worship is at 7 p.m. Attendance in the praise and worship program is not required, but recommended. The support group meets at Embassy Christian Center, 2505 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville. Call 865-681-2300 for more information or directions.
Beginner belly dance classes in Blount County, taught by a professional dancer offered on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m., and Wednesday at 10 a.m., at Alexia’s studio just off Alcoa Highway and Singleton Station Road. For more information, call 865-977-6761 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Transformer’s Singers meet each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Broadway United Methodist Church. Opening for singers SSA. For more information, call Barbara at 865-681-0772.
Blount County Humane Society - meets every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. The meetings are open to all caring and loving people who are dedicated to helping all God’s creatures. For more information call 865-742-3070 or e-mail www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.
Blount County Networking Group is an upstart networking club open to business professionals in Blount County. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 5:15 at Swank’s in downtown Maryville. If you would like to attend or would like more information please contact Holly Doane at 850-8380 or Marty Millsaps at 705-4210.