Sunday, Feb. 1 to Monday, Feb. 26
Adult “Love 2 Read” are featured library programs
To promote reading for adults, the “Love 2 Read” month will offer speakers and events related to the theme and will also offer prizes for adults participating in the program. From a Chocolate Fest and movie night to a romantic Costa Rican travelogue, February at the library will be filled with entertainment and romance. Open to anyone in the community (not only just those participating in the Adult Reading Club), the schedule of events for the “Love 2 Read” month will include
Saturday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - “Love 2 Read” Day at the Library. Choose to take a reading retreat for a day at the library. Select an intriguing book, find a comfortable nook in the building, and settle down to read while sipping complimentary hot chocolate. At 2 p.m., take a break for the Harp Ensemble Concert, directed by Mr. William Lovelace and Mr. Bill Robinson. Enjoy a performance of 10-12 full-size harps played by up to 20 East Tennessee harpists in the Reading Rotunda of the Library.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. - “Costa Rica: Romantic Retreat” travelogue slide presentation by Tim Self and Elizabeth McKnight in the Sharon Lawson Room.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. - “Making an Attractive Chocolate Buffet” demonstration and program by Jane Franklin, caterer for Chilhowee Inn and owner of Two Hollows Catering.
The main purpose of the Love 2 Read program is to encourage adults to read more and to increase the variety of types of books read. Therefore, there will also be prizes for reading completed in accordance with guidelines of the program.
The program is open to all adults with a Blount County Public Library card. Participants in the Adult Reading Club may register at the Circulation Check-in or Check-Out Desks beginning Sunday, Feb. 1. Contact the library for more information about guidelines and prizes, and entry in drawings for prizes.
Patrons may register and start reading beginning Sunday, Feb. 1 through Monday, March 2. Audio and electronic books are acceptable. On Monday, March 2, there will be a grand prize drawing from all names entered in the weekly drawings. The grand prize will be an “ I Love Books” book bag, packed with items for to the book lover.
In a recent edition of The New York times, the National Endowment for the Arts published a survey stating that, in the past four years, adults have increased their reading by more than 40%. Blount County is striving to participate in that upswing, so everyone is invited join in the fun at the library. Prizes and food are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free and open to the public, the programs are at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
Monday, Feb. 2 to Tuesday, Apr. 14
AARP offers free tax help
This tax season, AARP Tax-Aide will again offer free help to low- and middle-income taxpayers who are filing personal income tax returns. Tax assistants will be available at the Blount County Library and the Everett Senior Center from Feb. 2 through Apr. 14. The trained volunteers will be available by appointment only to assist in filing the 1040 tax form and basic schedules. Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seed paid tax assistance.
The tax assistants will be at Everett Senior Center on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make a reservation, call 983-9422.
The service is available at the Blount County Library on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2-6 p.m. Call 865-982-0981 ext. 4 or 865-273-1436 or visit the library’s reference desk to make an appointment.
Tax volunteers can also provide information about this year’s new recovery rebate tax credit.
Thursday, Feb. 5 to Friday, Feb. 11
Medic donor will win weekend cabin rental
Give blood anytime between Feb. 2 and 11 for a chance to win a two-night stay at a cabin in Wear’s Valley. The cabin rental is good for the Valentine’s Day weekend - Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15. All you have to do to register is stop by any Medic blood drive or the offices Knoxville and give a pint of blood.
Medic has two fixed site donor locations, 1601 Ailor Avenue near downtown Knoxville and 11000 Kingston Pike in Concord Square in Farragut near Pittsburg Paints. Medic also plans community blood drives in Blount County:
Feb. 5 at Fairpark Health Care Center, 804 North Fifth Street, 1–7 p.m., Bloodmobile.
Feb. 6 at Blount Memorial Hospital, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Inside Auditorium.
All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation and a year’s credit towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Seventh Annual Chili Fest hosted by CAPPE
The seventh-annual Chili Fest, presented by Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension (CAPPE), will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4-7 p.m. at the Stovall Family Life Center beside First Church of the Nazarene at 1608 E. Broadway in Maryville.
Chili Fest is both a contest and tasting opportunity. Chili chefs will compete for prizes in three categories: beef, other meats, and vegetarian. Several winners from previous years are returning to defend their titles against new contestants. The public will vote for the People’s Choice winner.
The event will begin at 4 p.m., with tasting and judging continuing until the winners are announced at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the different chilis and a variety of beverages, tortillas and quesadillas will be available along with a bake sale of home-made treats. Everyone will be eligible to win door prizes.
Suggested donation for admission is $5 in advance or $6 at the door, with children under 10 admitted free. Advance tickets are available from Southland Books at 601 East Broadway and Waste Not, Want Not at 1505 East Broadway, as well as from CAPPE Board members.
Admission includes tastes of entries and one bowl of chili and one vote for the People’s Choice winner. Judges will select the winners in the beef, other meats and vegetarian categories. Each of the four winners will be awarded a $50 gift card.
For more information, call Susan Keller at 865-982-4267 or Mike Cook at 865-984-9003.
Monday, Feb. 9
Heritage ‘Fun Night’ joins basketball homecoming
On Monday, Feb. 9 from 4-8 p.m., the Heritage High School Parent Advisory Team is sponsoring a “Fun Night” in conjunction with basketball homecoming. The event will raise money for our Student Incentive program and will feature activities including a pie-throwing contest, cake walk, karaoke, silent auction, “chug ‘n crush,” flea market, craft tables and vendors.
Beef O’Brady’s will have a wing-tasting booth with 13 sauces for taste-tests.
Vendors can reserve tables for $10 each. If you would like to enter a basket or other item for the silent auction or have items for the flea market, please contact Heritage High School at 865-984-8110 or email Angie Dixon at email@example.com.
Friday, Feb. 13
Heritage Planetarium premiers new program
Friday the thirteenth doesn’t have to be an unlucky day to music fans, for the Heritage Planetarium will be premiering a new animated music program: U2.
“This is our second offering of this type of program,” said Thomas Webber, director of the facility. “I am excited about this premier and eager to hear people’s feedback.”
Animated music means guests will be surrounded by full-dome digital artistry choreographed to a concert selection. U2 is rated a level 5 out of 5 for visual and audible intensity, so it is not recommended for young children.
The forty minute program is set to classic and modern selections of U2’s best music. Admission is $5 per person and parking is free. Tickets go on sale one hour before show time.
The Heritage Planetarium is located at 3741 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. For more information call (865) 984-8548 or visit www.heritageplanetarium.org.
U2 show times: Friday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14
Lost Cajuns Mardi Gras Gala
The Lost Cajuns of East Tennessee, a social group for Louisiana natives, will be hosting their 5th-annual Mardi Gras Gala at 7 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 14 at Calhoun’s on The River in Knoxville.
For ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-748-7122.
Monday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, Feb. 17
Medic “Bleed Orange” event
During the week of Feb. 16, Lady Vol fans are invited to “Bleed Orange” for Medic and prove to Vanderbilt that the Volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee! This fan-based competition is in its eighth year, and according to Christi Fightmaster of the Medic Regional Blood Center, the Lady Vol fans are quick to support the home team. “This competition has pretty much been dominated by Lady Vol fans. We’ve won the traveling trophy every year except 2005,” explains Fightmaster. All donors will receive a free Lady Vols t-shirt and a coupon for free chicken minis from Chick-fil-A.
Medic’s donor centers on Ailor Avenue and 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut near Pittsburg Paints are open all week, and there will be several community blood drives in Blount County.
Feb. 16 at Hobby Lobby in Maryville, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Bloodmobile.
Feb. 17 at Eagleton Elementary School, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Bloodmobile.
Medic is the sole provider of blood and blood products for 21 counties and 28 area hospitals. Medic must collect 350 pints of blood each day of the week to adequately supply hospitals. For more information,
Thursday, Feb. 26 to Saturday, Feb. 28
Maryville PD will hold Rape Aggression Defense course
On Feb. 26, 27, and 28, the City of Maryville Police Department will offer the nationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course free of charge. The 3-day, 12-hour course is part of the Police Department’s Community Policing program.
The objective is to develop and enhance options of self-defense to a woman who is attacked. The class will be hosted by the Maryville Police Department and taught by certified RAD instructors.
RAD is based on a defense system that does not require extensive training or exceptional physical prowess. The course has been taught on college campuses across the nation and to women’s groups, as well as to senior citizens.
The RAD class will take place at the Maryville Police Department, located at the Maryville Municipal Center at 400 W. Broadway Ave. The Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27 classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. The final class on Saturday, Feb. 28 will take place at Maryville High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Advance registration is required due to the limited class size. People who are interested in the RAD class must come to the Maryville Police Department to register. For further details, call Sgt. Jason Barham at 865-977-6964.