Community Calendar for Aug. 20, 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:

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

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.

Supplies for U.S. troops will be collected at American Patriot Bank to be distributed to overseas. Non-perishable items such as Chapstick, chewing gum, granola bars, small packages of trail mix, small travel-size hand cleaner, crackers (except peanut butter crackers), small flip-top cans of fruit cocktail or peaches, vienna sausages, small packages of raisins, potted meat, packages or cans of tuna or chicken chunks, and beef jerky (particularly one-pound packages). Beech Grove Baptist Church in Louisville will be shipping the supplies. Anyone can drop off items at American Patriot Bank, located at Foothills Plaza Dr. in Maryville. For more information, please call 865-977-5411.

Shoney's free KidCare ID program will offer free photo IDs to children of families in Blount County at the Foothills Mall Center Stage on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.The photo IDs, which include fingerprints, were developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A variety of safety representatives will be on-site to provide parents and children with additional child safety information. For more information, call Shoney's of Knoxville, Inc. at 865-690-6331 or email

The Maryville Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state of the art standards in four (4) basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City Council Chamber Room at the Maryville Municipal Building located at 400 West Broadway Avenue.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 865-273-3741 on Monday, Aug. 24, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards are available at the Maryville Police Department. Local contact is Captain Sharon Moore at 865-273-3808.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Maryville Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place - Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030-2215.

The monthly Republican women’s meeting will take place on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Speakers will include a legislative panel of Senator Doug Overbey and Representatives Joe McCord and Robert Ramsey.

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.

Blount County Civil War Roundtable will meet on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville. Guest speaker will be Mr. Ron Jones of Knoxville, an avid student of the Civil War, whose presentation topic will be, “General Robert E. Lee's Performance at Gettysburg.” Monthly meetings are open to the public, anyone interested in Civil War-era history. For more information call 865-379-1717.

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

Union Grove Middle Breakfast Fundraiser - The athletic department at Union Grove Middle will be holding a breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 7:30-9:30a.m. at Texas Roadhouse to benefit field maintenance and uniforms. Tickets are $5 each, including all you can eat biscuits and gravy, sausage patties, soft drinks, juice and coffee. Ticketholders who are unable to attend can redeem the ticket for a free appetizer at another time. For more information, contact the school at 865-980-1320.

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. 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. Expectant mothers and their support partners also are invited to attend the Prepared Childbirth Series (Lamaze), which will meet from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. 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.

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 a class in diabetes management in August. Physician referral and an initial evaluation are required prior to attending the class session. The class is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covered by most insurance carriers. The class meets from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 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.

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.

Surgical weight loss lectures - In August, the Blount Memorial Weight Management Center's ongoing Surgical Weight Loss Lecture Series features a presentation by surgeons who will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity including gastric banding, sleeve and bypass procedures. Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray will speak at presentations on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. in the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook in Alcoa and on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. To register for the free community program, call 865-977-4673 or 866-300-8644.

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.

The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter - The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age and from any cause. It next meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

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 or call 865-980-1966.

Friday, Aug. 28: The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

Thursday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 20: Steel Magnolias presented by the Foothills Community Players

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:

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 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, 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

There is no charge for women living in low income or poverty. For more information call 865-380-5370.

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

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