Calendar listings for Aug. 13, 2009

• 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. Baked goods can be dropped off at the library on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The schedule for the upcoming children’s programs is as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 18 - PreSchool Program for grades 3-5 from 10:15-11:30 a.m.

AfterSchool Program for grades K-5 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to register your child. PreSchool children must be accompanied by an adult who can be with them for the entire program.

The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The books for the next several months are:

Aug. 27 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Sept. 24 - Moloka'i by Alan Brennert;

Oct. 22nd - The Foster Girls by Lin Stepp;

Nov. 19 - Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough;

Dec. 17 - Levi's Will by W. Dale Cramer; and

Jan. 28 - Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.

On Oct. 22 the Book Club will welcome the author of The Foster Girls, Dr. Lin Stepp of Knoxville, who will talk to the group about her book and take part in the discussion. She will also do a book signing in the library in the afternoon. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 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 www.discoveret.org/metmlib.

• Maryville High School Class of 1969 will have a 40th class reunion on Sept 11-12.

On Friday, Sept. 11, activities will begin with the homecoming game at MHS. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $6 at the gate, reserved seats will be available but an RSVP is needed.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, activities begin with a 10 a.m. tour of MHS campus and lunch in downtown Maryville. Evening activities are a party on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Green Meadow Country Club. Tickets are $35 per person. Make checks made payable and mail to: Janie Haley, 3906 Doral Drive, Maryville, TN 37801. For more information, contact Nanci Jackson, bbletter69@aol.com.

• 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 ktrotter@bccarc.org (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 ktrotter@bccarc.org with “Shelter Sim” in the subject line.

• Dance auditions for The Nutcracker -- The Appalachian Ballet Company is preparing for its 38th season and will hold company auditions for The Nutcracker on Saturday, Aug.15. The Nutcracker will be performed with The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium during the first weekend in December. The auditions will be held at Van Metre School of Dance, home to the Appalachian Ballet Company, located at 215 West Broadway in Maryville.

A prepared piece is not needed. Dancers need to come ready to take a ballet class with hair fixed properly and correct ballet attire. Ballet shoes and pointe shoes (if the dancer is proficient en pointe) are required. Audition fee is $10. Auditions for 10-11 year-olds will be held at 9 a.m., 12-13 year-olds will audition at 10 a.m., and ages 14 and up at 11:15 a.m. For more information, call 865-982-8463.

• Blount Home Education Association will be holding "Homeschooling 101" on Saturday, August 15, beginning at 9:45 a.m. with Introduction to Homeschooling. A full day of sessions is scheduled, including Managing Multi-Age Teaching, Teaching Life Skills, Homeschooling High Schoolers, Scheduling and Organizing, Teaching Math, Teaching Writing, Teaching the Reluctant Learner, and more. For a complete list of topics and session times, visit www.BHEA.net or contact Sarah Small at shc.small@gmail.com.

The sessions are free and open to any homeschoolers or potential homeschoolers, and participants can come for as few or as many sessions as desired. Anyone planning to stay all day should bring a lunch. Homeschooling 101 will take place at First Christian Church of Maryville, located at 400 S. Court St. in Maryville.

All creatures thrift store fundraiser sale - The Blount County Humane Society is having a huge "End of Summer" sale at their new All Creatures Thrift Store on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The All Creatures Thrift Store is located at 1005 Broadway in Maryville. There will be some great deals for back to school, as well as some "critters" up for adoption. Bring your four legged friends and do some shopping to help a great cause.

For more information and directions please call 865-233-3739 or visit the Blount County Humane Society website at www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.

• AAUW Maryville Branch will hold its first meeting of the 2009-2010 year on Monday, Aug. 17, at Bartlett Hall 101 on Maryville College campus. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with light snacks and a book sale. The official meeting begins with summer and convention updates at 6 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. the evening program will be presented in Lawson Auditorium featuring Facebook, Twitter, and other technological instruction and information The public is cordially invited. For more information, email marilee.foglesong@gmail.com.

• Dog Obedience Classes - Enroll in obedience classes beginning Aug. 17 at Maryville Academy, 1905 Sequoyah Avenue in Maryville. Register at the first class on August 17. All dogs must be current on shots and proof of vaccination is required. Classes offered:

Puppy Preschool: For Puppies Ages 8 to 14 Weeks - The focus of this class is early socialization, which is very important for young dogs. Basic commands, grooming, and housebreaking will also be covered. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 17, from 6-6:30 P.M. The fee is $50 for 9 weeks. Bring your puppy with you on the first night. The instructor is Sandy Sutton.

Beginner Obedience: For Dogs Ages 14 Weeks and Older - Continued socialization, basic obedience, behavior issues. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 17, from 6:30-7:30 P.M. The fee is $80 for 9 weeks/$40 for rescue dogs (must show proof of rescue agency/shelter). Leave your dog at home on the first night. The instructor is Sandy Sutton.

Advanced Obedience/Introduction to Rally: Enrollment in this class requires previous obedience class participation at least through a beginner level. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 17, from 7:30-8:30 P.M. The fee is $80 for 9 weeks. The instructors are Sandy Sutton and Linda Sample.

Call 865-977-6340 or 865-983-7833, or email bsobas264@hotmail.com for more information.

• Maryville High School Open House - Maryville High School will hold its First Term Open House on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Parents will gather in the gym at 7 p.m. for a general meeting. At approximately 7:15 p.m., they will have the opportunity to follow the course schedule of their son/daughter. Each class session will last 10 minutes with an interval of 10 minutes for passing time. Light refreshments will be served in the cafeteria where parents will have a chance to visit with administrators and school counselors.

• 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 tproto20@yahoo.com for further details.

• Alcoa HS graduates all-class reunion will be held at the Springbrook pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 to cover expenses and lunch, which will be served at noon. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Send $10 to Helen Bell at 840 Gilbert St. in Alcoa, TN 37701. Golfers contact Huey Phipps at 770-386-6873 or RH Jewel 865-983-3412. The Hampton Inn hospitality room will be available for more visiting on Friday and Saturday. For more information, cotact Helen Bell at 865-981-3292 or oobiedo@yahoo.com.

Blount Memorial Health Calendar

• 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. A free Family Birthing Center Tour will take place on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 10-11 a.m. Participants should meet in the Family Birthing Center waiting room. A breastfeeding class offers an overview of the physiology of breastfeeding and benefits to infant and mother. The class will meet Thursday, Aug. 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

•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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Alzheimer’s Support Group- The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets on Friday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Sunflower Room at MorningView Village, Blount Memorial Hospital’s senior community. The free support group meets the second Friday of each month and is open to community members who have a family member or care for someone who has the disease. For more information, call 865-980-4894.

• New fitness class in August- A new routine focusing on the nine movement forms of the Nia Technique is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. Zensation is designed to support the five basic principles of the body’s way through sensation: flexibility, stability, mobility, strength and agility. The class will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The class is free to Wellness Center at Springbrook members and costs $10 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.

• Lifelong Learning Concert - Join Blount Memorial Senior Services for its Lifelong Learning Lecture Series program, “An Evening of Music,” on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Enjoy an evening of relaxing music from performer Hugh Livingston, described as being “music that causes the body and soul to feel good.” For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.

• Race for the Cure - Join Blount Memorial Hospital’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Race for the Cure team. Sign-up on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the hospital’s outpatient lobby. Those who register for $25 receive a special team T-shirt, Komen shirt, chance to spin the wheel of prizes and other fun incentives. This year’s Komen race happens on Saturday, Oct. 24 at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville. For more information, call 865-977-5727.

• 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.

Sept. 5: Celtic Guitar Master Tony McManus. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Sept. 26: Bluegrass band The Brand New Strings Band. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Oct. 2: Folk and bluegrass musicians John Reischman and the Jaybirds. Showtime is 8 p.m.

• Capitol Theatre event listing - For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.

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

Friday, Aug. 28: The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

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

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.

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 www.smokymountainwellness.com.

• 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:

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.

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

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

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

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 cindy@yestudio.org or call 865-607-4473 for more information.

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 www.yestudio.org, email cindy@yestudio.org, 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 www.fineartsblount.com 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 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 katie@topoftheplaza.com.

•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 maryvilleyoga@yahoo.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 alexia@alexia-dance.com

•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.

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