Community Calendar for Feb. 12, 2009

Chili’s of Alcoa will support A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee with “Chili’s Gives Back Night” on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 from 4 to 11 p.m. With each flyer presented that evening, Chili's will donate 10 percent of the sales brought in for the organization. The flyer is available at the organization’s website,, or by calling the Secret Safe Place business office at 254-2208. Chili’s is located at 204 Hamilton Crossing Drive, Alcoa.

The goal of the organization is to prevent newborn abandonment by raising awareness of Tennessee’s Safe Haven Law. The law allows the anonymous surrender of unharmed newborns up to three-days-old to designated medical facilities without fear of prosecution for the mother. For more information, please contact the business office at 865-254-2208 or access the website at Women in crisis should call the Helpline at 1-866-699-SAFE.

The Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is holding a public meeting on Saturday, Feb. 14th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Meeting will include updates on the new shelter. For more information, visit

The Heritage Center’s Townsend artisans guild exhibit -- The Townsend Artisans Guild will host its second-annual exhibit through Feb. 15 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. This year’s exhibit, “A Salute to the 75th Anniversary,” reflects the diverse interests of the area’s artisans. Arts and crafts will include paintings, sculpture, illustration and graphic design pieces, jewelry, leather goods, handcrafted musical instruments, basketry, stained glass, wood-carvings, pottery, and even architectural designs. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is no charge to view the exhibit.

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, 4:30-5:30 p.m. from Jan. to Feb. 17 - Kids’ Classes with Cindy Dannel of Youthful Expressions Studio.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop.

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

Saturdays beginning Feb. 7 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.

Saturdays Feb. 7 - Mar. 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. - Kid’s Clay (for ages 6-12)with Elain O’Sullivan. Children’s works of art will be hand built, glazed and fired using water-based white clay. The cost is $120, which includes materials and firings. To register, contact Elain at 865-977-7039.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. - “Tag You’re It! #2” Advancing the Tag with Katie Kinney

Palace Theater event listing -- all concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For advace tickets or more information call 983-3330.

Feb. 21: Steve Kaufman in Concert Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

Feb. 27: Downtown Maryville Last Friday Art Walk; Union Grove Middle School with teacher Lanette Webb 5:30-8PM for free.

MHS offers community computer training - Maryville High School will offer Saturday computer workshops for Microsoft Office products on Saturday, Feb. 21. Topic is Microsoft Word and Requested Topics.Classes will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and will cost $100 each. Classes require a minimum of 5 participants and are limited to 10 participants. Contact Sharon Myers at 865-981-2738 or 865-207-5020 for information, or visit

A wine tasting at Preservation Plaza hosted by Creekside Fine Wines and Spirits will take place on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 pm. The event is open to the first 150 guests and will feature 25-30 wines for tasting. For more information, call 865-380-4045.

Capitol Theatre event listing --

Saturday, Feb. 14: Elvis Tribute with Terry Young at 8 p.m.

Monday, Feb.16: Monday Rocks with Soul Connection

Monday, Feb. 23: Monday Rocks with Kafeen

Friday, Feb. 27: Streamliners Swing Orchestra at 9 p.m.

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

The Blount Lupus Support Group will meet on Sunday, Feb. 15 Sunday, from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library in the Dorothy Herron Meeting Room. The discussion topic will be “Coping with Lupus and Those Close to Us.” Please feel free to bring a spouse or partner. After the meeting, the group will go out for a meal and socialize. For more information, call 865-983-5401 or e-mail

The Blount County Election Commission will be meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Election Commission office at the Blount County courthouse. For more information, call 865-273-5920.

The Annual African-American Festival, sponsored by Mother Love Baptist Church, will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The festival is held every year in February in honor of Black History month, and will feature performances, artwork, food, vendors, a fashion show and much more. The church welcomes the entire Blount County community to come and enjoy the event. Anyone wishing to have a vending booth can call 865-982-8206 or 865-983-4803 for more information.

Karol Smith exhibition -- Maryvillian Karol Smith will be showing her work at the cafe at Earth Fare in Turkey Creek in Knoxville during the month of March. The works are a series of oil paintings depicting local life and landscape. The paintings can be viewed Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Artists of the Smokies at Visitors Center -- The Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) will offer classes taught by local artisans during February and March. The classes include wool felt and appliqué sewing, rug hooking, gourd painting, and a flatpicking guitar workshop. All classes will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center, and pre-registration is required.

Flatpicking Guitar Classes: Steve Kaufman, an award-winning guitarists who’s accomplishments include three wings at the National Flatpicking Championships, more than 14 CD’s and videos, the annual Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Camp, and a catalog of instructional items, will be gracing the Visitor’s Center with his presence as he instructs a two-day flatpicking workshop for guitarists of all levels. The two-day class is being held on Friday, Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 and Saturday, Feb. 21.

The limit for the class is 20 students and it costs $90. To find out more information about the class or to reserve your spot, please call (865) 982-3808.

To learn more about the Blount County classes, please contact the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-525-6834 or (865) 448-6134 or visit

Wool Felt and Appliqué Sewing Classes: For those who love the art of sewing, Joyce Jarman will instruct classes in order to share the old-fashioned art. On Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jarman will educate participants on how to make a rabbit and flower candle mat. This craft involves sewing appliqués, embroidering, and adding dimensional pieces to the artwork. The class is $45, and participants are asked to bring a sharp pencil, pair of scissors and a packed lunch. For more information on the classes or to register, please call Joyce Jarman at (865) 805-2676.

Gourd Painting Classes: Brenda Garner will offer two classes to share her unique technique of using a gourd as the surface of a painting, versus the use of wood, canvas, or metal. The first class, held on Saturday, March 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be offered for beginner painters. Garner will instruct participants how to correctly paint on the gourd, and show them how to turn it into a birdhouse, if desired.

On Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garner will provide a class for more advanced painters. In this class, participants will learn how to paint a hummingbird. The cost of one class is $35. Participants are asked to bring their own detailed brushes and a packed lunch. To learn more about the gourd painting or to register for one of the two classes, please contact Brenda Garner at (865) 983-2698. The deadline for all registration is Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Rug Hooking Classes: Carol McBride will teach rug hooking on Wednesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.. Each class costs $45, which includes everything but a 12 or 14-inch hoop, which participants are asked to bring on their own. For more information about the rug hooking classes or to register, please contact Carol McBride at (865) 379-9169.

The Smoky Mountain Orchid Society will be holding hosting an Orchid Show from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8 at West Town Mall in Knoxville.

The 21ST Annual Women’s Forum sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Maryville, TN, will be held at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa March 28, 2009, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the theme: APromise to Deliver.@ There will be a booth fair, a silent auction, a fashion show by Boyd-Thomas Clothing of Maryville, a brunch provided by the Airport Hilton and door prizes.

Our featured speaker will be Patsy Hatfield Lawson, AChange According to Aunt Ruby.@ Patsy Hatfield Lawson is a descendant of two feuding mountain families: The Hatfields and McCoys and the Green and Jones family. She has devoted her life to helping others understand their co-worker, family, and friends so that they won't have to shoot them. Her stories about Appalachian life shed both humor and insight into human relationships. You may visit Patsy=s web site to learn more about this wonderful motivational speaker: .

All proceeds from the Forum go toward the awarding of scholarships for students in the Blount County area. With the economy like it is right now, it is even more important that this Forum be even better so that students do not have to forego their education because they lack finances.

For any information regarding the Forum, especially if you would like to purchase ads in our program booklet, purchase a booth or tickets, please contact either: Ashlee (379-6284) or Kathy (982-4756) or Brenda (984-5564). Tickets to the Forum are $20.00 each, booths are $45.00 each and ads for the program booklet are $25.00, $50.00 and $100.00. Donations for door prizes, goody bags and the silent auction are welcome.

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 different charities. 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.

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.

NAMI Maryville is offering free classes for caregivers of loved ones with mental illness. Call 865-982-4285 or 865-681-8160 for more information.

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.

Spring Fashion Show by Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse Monday, March 2, 2009 6 P.M. AT Maryville High School Cafeteria Commons Area. Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, Snacks and Beautiful Spring Fashions. Sponsored by Alpha Delta Kappa Epsilon Chapter Fundraiser for ADK Scholarship Fund Tickets are $10 Contact Jan Cooper (983-6979)

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