Community Calendar for Aug. 6, 2009

SMRC offers free ‘Discover Rowing’ course -- Smoky Mountain Rowing Club (SMRC) is offering free Discover Rowing classes Monday, Aug. 10, and Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 6-8 p.m. to introduce non-rowers to the sport of rowing and rowing club. Discover Rowing is held at the SMRC boathouse located at 3498 Rankin Ferry Loop at Lashbrooke Nursery in Louisville. These two-hour classes are led by SMRC coaches and members of the club’s masters program. Discover Rowing participants learn about the history of rowing and are instructed on basic rowing terminology, physiology and technique. Participants will also receive on-the-water instruction and how to practice rowing technique using an ergometer.

For more information about Discover Rowing, contact Sarah Arms at 865-850-4649 or e-mail her at

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar

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.

The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library will be starting its children’s programs for the coming school year in August. The Pre-School program will be for children ages 3 - 5 and will run from 10:15 to 11:30 am. The After-School program will be for children in grades K - 5 and will run from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. Both programs will be held every other Tuesday beginning Aug. 4. Each month will have a theme and will offer stories, crafts, games, and special guests. Parents of pre-school children are asked to remain with their children. Please call the library at 448-1441 if you have questions, or to register your child.

The library will be holding a Used Book and Bake Sale on Friday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will be used for operating expenses. If you would like to bake something for the sale please call 865-448-1441.

June’s artist is Kate Marshall of Kate Marshall Graphics, producer of the videos “Season of the Bear” volumes 1 and 2.

The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. There is no book selected for July. Members will be bringing a favorite book to discuss for possible reading in the future. Please call the library at 448-1441 for more information.

Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. 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

SMACF General Meeting - Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation will meet on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the Blount County Public Library. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, visit

Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading at Camp Tipton is registering now. Boys and girls K-8 are eligible. Coaches, assistant coaches, and game day volunteers are also needed. Evaluations will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Camp Tipton. For an online registration form or for more information, email, or contact Chilhowee Baptist Association at 865-982-0499 or by visiting their office at 341 E. Lincoln Rd. in Alcoa Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Cross Shelter Operations Course -- On Thursday, Aug. 13, the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross will provide a Shelter Operations course for employees and volunteers who have completed both the “Fulfilling Our Mission” and the “Mass Care: An Overview” courses. The shelter operations course will begin at 6 p.m. at the Blount County Chapter office, located at 1741 Triangle Park Drive in Maryville.

This 4 hour course provides participants with knowledge of Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. This course is designed for volunteers and employees of the Red Cross and other partner agencies and community leaders who will be working on shelter operations teams. Please RSVP by or before 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, by calling the chapter at 865-983-0821 or by sending an email to (with “Shelter Ops” in the subject line).

On Aug. 15, beginning at 8 a.m., the Red Cross will hold an instructor-led Shelter Simulation, designed for learners to acquire knowledge of Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. Prerequisite courses are “Introduction to Disaster Services,” “Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action,” and one of the following: “Mass Care Overview,” “Community Services Overview,” “Mass Care: An Overview,” or “Shelter Operations.”

This course is usually 3½ - 4 hours in length; however, this instance of this course may run longer due to special considerations and factors that may contribute to an exceptional simulation expereince. Full attendance of the entire course is required to receive a certificate of completion.

Please RSVP by or before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. You may also register by calling the chapter at 865-983-0821 or sending an email to with “Shelter Sim” in the subject line.

AARP Driver Safety Classes - An AARP Driver Safety Classes will be held on Aug. 26 and 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day, at Smith Mortuary Event Center located at 1404 Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville. For information on how to register for either of these courses, call Gail Jackson at 865-694-0853.

Heritage High School Class of ‘99 will have a 10-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Airport Hilton in Maryville. Tickets are $50 per person and money is due by Aug. 1. Please contact Toni (Protopapa) Miller at 865-207-3372 or for further details.

Blount Memorial Health Calendar

n Coping with Grief - Learn practical tips for coping with grief during a six-week program that meets on Thursdays, July 2 through Aug. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building, 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. This program offers education, support and encouragement for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. For more information or to register, call 865-981-2291.

n 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 July. Mothers less than six months pregnant along with their support partners are invited to participate in the Early Pregnancy and Introduction to the Family Birthing Center Tour on Thursday, Aug. 13 from noon - 1 p.m. at Blount Memorial Hospital. Participants should pre-register by 10 a.m. the day of the program. The Infant and Child Safety and CPR class will be offered on Monday, Aug. 10 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This class teaches important skills that all new parents and grandparents should know in case of life-threatening situations, and it provides knowledge to help safeguard infants and young children from harm. Cost is $25 per person. 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.

n An Intro to Tai Chi program will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Thursdays, July 16 through Aug. 20. The six-week class for beginners focuses the mind while conditioning the body. Cost for non-members is $60. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.

n A boot-camp style fitness class for kids ages 6-12 is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook during the month of August. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25 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.

n Classes for hospice volunteers - Learn about the dying, death and bereavement process when supported by the hospice team. Classes are taught by hospice professionals with topics focused on communication skills, the hospice philosophy and comfort measures. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building, 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. For more information or to register, call 865-981-2322.

n An Intro to Yoga and Pilates program will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 5 - Sept. 9. The six-week program teaches basic yoga and principles of Pilates. Cost for non-members is $60. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.

n Blount Memorial’s “Joint School,” an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during August. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26. 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.

n The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets at two different locations each month. The group meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. on the hospital’s 3-east floor. The group also meets from 10-11 a.m. every first and third Tuesday at the Everett Senior Center at 702 Burchfield St. in Maryville. The Caregiver Support Group is a free service for any adult who is caring for another adult. There are no membership requirements. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744. Caregivers can discuss their situations and explore possible strategies and resources at a free one-on-one consultation with a Senior Services representative. For more information, call 865-977-5744.

n Diabetes Management Classes - Blount Memorial Hospital offers several classes in diabetes management in August. Physician referral and an initial evaluation are required prior to attending a class session. The classes are recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covered by most insurance carriers. A morning class series meets from 8 a.m. - noon on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 11 and 13 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center 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.

n Survivors of Suicide continues this month, meeting on Monday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. The group meets the second Monday of each month and is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

n Cancer Center Lunch ‘n Learn - the Blount Memorial Cancer Center will offer a free Lunch and Learn program on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference rooms 1 and 2 on the center’s second floor. Learn about how chemotherapy works from clinical oncology pharmacist Aubrey Waddell. For more information or to register, call 865-980-5038.

n Tailgating Essentials Cooking Class - Join Chef Amelia Walker as she demonstrates the essentials of tailgating just in time for football season. The cooking class will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook on Monday, Aug. 10 from 6- 8 p.m. Cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.

n Parents of Adult Children - A support group for parents designed to help set limits and create opportunities for independence for their adult children is beginning in August. Members will meet the second Tuesday of each month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

Capitol Theatre event listing --

For tickets and other information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

n Saturday, Aug. 8: Local band Seeing Skies with Loving Avery, On My Honor, I Call Fives, and The Autumnation. All ages are welcome; tickets are $5 at or $7 at the door.

n Friday, Aug. 14: Local comedy act Bean and Bailey. Tickets may be purchased at for $5 or at Lee’s Gallery in Maryville(865-805-0662).

The Arts Alive Gallery --

The following classes are offered at the Arts Alive Gallery, located at 302 E. Church Ave. below Dandy Lions:

n Mondays, July 27 to Aug. 24: Susan Kolpak will offer adult drawing classes, held from 6:30-8 p.m. on each day. Cost is $90 for the 5-week course.

n Tuesdays, July 28 to Aug. 18: Lyda Plemons will offer an adult watercolor class in painting butterflies, held from 1-3 p.m. on each o f the four Tuesdays. Cost is $60.

To register for any of these classes, call 865-984-5300.

Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes are set to begin in two locations on Monday, Aug. 3. Registration is open for the Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation classes. The classes are specifically designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromaylgia, and tendonitis, as well as for those wishing to explore the health benefits of Tai Chi.

The eight-week class for Arthritis Foundation Level 1 and Level 2 begin Aug. 3 at the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church, which is located at 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville. Sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday. Level I classes are from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Level 2 classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

A second Level I class will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 115 at First United Methodist Church, located at 804 Montvale Station Road in Maryville.

The fee for each of the eight-week classes is $80. Pre Registration is required. The instructor, Donna Dixon, is experienced in exercise instruction and planning for individuals of all levels of fitness. She is a registered nurse and clinical exercise physiologist and is a ACE Certified Group Fitness and a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor Level I and 2. She has practiced Tai Chi since 2004. For more information and to register call 865-803-8887 or go to

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:

n Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. beginning June 30 - Adult oil painting classes, including set-up, drawing, underpainting and glazing multiple layers of oil paint to the final glowing surface with the techniques used by the still life old masters. Other class times and dates may be available. Call the instructor Tammy Schlosser at 865-983-4825 to register or for more info.

n Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.

n Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.

n Saturdays beginning in February from 10 a.m. - noon “Tag You’re It!” #1, Scrapbooking Tags with Katie Kinney.

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 or call 865-607-4473 for more information.

n Youthful Expressions Studio’s “A School for Artistic Enrichment” Fall 12-week session begins Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Wednesday, Aug. 12, and will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the ArtSpace, located at 106 E. Broadway. The class will work in charcoal, pastels, watercolor, mixed-media, and sculpture, and is instructed by Cindy McDannel and Mary Jane Booth. The cost is $240 for 12 weeks. For more information or to register, visit, email, or call 865-607-4473. All materials are included, and a sibling discount is available.

Fine Arts Blount and Youthful Expressions Studio are offering three weeks of fun-filled, educational art activities at ArtSpace in downtown Maryville.

Visit or call ArtSpace at 865-982-0898, 865-977-0848 or 865-356-4361 for more information.

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

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

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 or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail

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 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

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

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.

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