Saturday, Feb. 14 to Monday, Feb. 26
Adult Love 2 Read programs at the library
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.
For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit www.blountlibrary.org.
Friday, Feb. 13
The Barn Event Center of the Smokies hosts dinner, dance
On Feb. 13, come to The Barn to celebrate Townsend Love Affair Weekend with swing dancing and dinner featuring The Leanliners at The Barn Event Center of the Smokies. Enjoy a fine dinner of rosemary chicken, pork loin roast, potatoes, veggies and cobbler at 6:30 p.m., then dance the night away with the Leanliners from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30. For more information, call 865-448-3812.
Saturday, Feb. 14
5th Annual Valentine’s Day Harp Concert at the Blount County Library
For the fifth year, the Blount County Public Library invites you to bring your sweetheart to the Valentine’s Day Harp Ensemble Concert.
Up to 20 harpists will perform on 8-12 full-size harps at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 14. Professional, semi-professional and student harpists will perform under the direction of Mr. William Lovelace and Mr. Bill Robinson.
Because the harp concert is included as part of this year’s “Love 2 Read Day,” the public is also invited to enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, select a favorite book and curl up to enjoy a day of relaxation and reading, with a pleasant interlude at 2:00 p.m. for the harp concert. The hot chocolate will be provided and served by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library.
The harp ensemble concert will play a repertoire of music from a variety of genres.
A notable factor about the harp concert is the amount of time, usually 2-3 days, required for setting up for a concert. First the harps are transported from all over East Tennessee to the library. Set up in a meeting room, the harps must acclimate to the temperature of the building, and then they are tuned. Following a Saturday morning rehearsal, the harps are moved to the public Reading Rotunda area of the library where, once again, they must acclimate to the temperature in that location. Again, they are tuned and readied for the Saturday afternoon concert. At 2:00 p.m., the concert will commence. After the concert concludes, once again the harps must be put back into cases and loaded into vehicles so that they can be transported back to their home locations.
William Lovelace, professional harpist and harp instructor, is president of the American Harp Society. He performs publicly at many varied venues, and he is harp instructor for numerous harpists.
Bill Robinson, violinist, is orchestra conductor for Maryville High School and for the Orchestra at Maryville College.
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.
Friday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 15
Townsend’s Love Affair Weekend
For those looking for a special escape this Valentine’s Day, the Townsend Love Affair Weekend will offer couples the chance to experience the area’s rich heritage while treating one another to a weekend of adventure, relaxation and exploration. Visitors can enjoy sightseeing, hiking, dining, dancing, art, pampering, lectures and discussion on heritage, yoga classes, music, crafting and more.
Feb. 13: Opening Night Dance & Dinner featuring The Leanliners at The Barn Event Center. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and dancing at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $30. Call 865-448-3812 for reservations.
Feb. 14: Beginners Yoga at Talley Ho Inn from 9-10 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-2465.
Couples Massages at Trillium Cove begins at 10 a.m. A 15-minute massage costs $15. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 865-448-9432.
Loving Genealogy at Miss Lily’s Café from 10-11:30 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-1924.
Native Treasures at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 10:00 a.m.-noon. This event is free. For more information, call 865- 448-0044.
Artisan Demonstrations at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
Fly Tying at Little River Outfitters from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-3474.
Corn Husk Doll Making at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 10:00 a.m.- noon. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
Candy Apple Making at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The cost is $5. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
Little River Railroad Old Town Tour at the Little River Railroad Museum from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-428-0099.
Language of the Fans at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 1-1:30 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
Civil War Medicine at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
Hike to Spruce Flats Falls meets in the lobby of Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and will last from 1-4 p.m. The hike is free and requires hiking shoes, rain gear or jacket and water. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
Pony Rides at Pioneer Cabins from 1-4 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-6100.
Kinzel Springs Tourism at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 3-4 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
The Law of Attraction lecture at Mountain Sage Gallery beginning at 4 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0809.
Hors d’oeuvres at Mountain Sage Gallery beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0809.
Valentine’s Concert at Miss Lily’s Banquet Hall beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, call 865-448-1924.
The Naughty Knots concert at the Lily Barn the evening of the Feb. 14. The cost is $10. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 15: Music at the Heartland Little River Chapel beginning at 1:30 p.m. This event is free and guests are invited to bring instruments. For more information, call 865-448-9432.
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 email@example.com or call 865-748-7122.
Sunday, Feb. 15
Maryville HS Orchestra Valentine Concert
Maryville High School Orchestra Valentine Fund Raiser -- Maryville's young musicians will present an afternoon of music and comedy at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church of Maryville. The Valentine Concert is the only fund-raising event for the orchestra. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door or from any orchestra student.
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,
Saturday, Feb. 21
NPS invasive species removal project seeks volunteers
Great Smoky Mountains National Park managers are recruiting volunteers to carry out a one-day assault on two very invasive non-native plant species which are damaging the park’s ecosystems. The project will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Park’s Big Creek Campground and Picnic Area.
The effort is part of the 10th-annual Tennessee Invasive Weed Awareness Week, organized by the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council. Similar events will take place at six other locations across Tennessee.
According to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Supervisory Forester Kristine Johnson, “Along with some better-known exotic plants like kudzu, garlic mustard and Japanese Honeysuckle are near the top of the Park’s ‘Most Wanted List.’ They are both intensely aggressive and quickly out-compete native species. Honeysuckle is a vine that was brought in intentionally in pre-park days as an ornamental, but grows rapidly forming a dense blanket over native shrubs and small trees inhibiting their growth. Garlic mustard is a ground cover that quickly takes over the shady ground and chokes out native wildflowers and grasses. Both plants threaten the biological diversity for which the Smokies are internationally renowned.”
Continues Johnson, “We will welcome anybody from scout groups to seniors and can quickly teach them to identify our two target species and assign them to hand-pulling these pests. It is not particularly hard work, but it is very labor-intensive, so we are hoping for a good turnout so that we can make a real difference in this badly infested area of the Park.”
For more information or to RSVP, contact Kristine Johnson at 865-436-1707 email Kristine_Johnson@nps.gov.
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.
Saturday, Feb. 28
Book signing at Southland to raise money for Foothills Land Conservancy
On Saturday, Feb. 28 from 2-4 p.m., Southland Books and ‘27/’37 Publishing will be hosting a book release reception for Ole Bert: Bert Garner, Sage of the Smokies by Woody Brinegar. Ole Bert is the story of Blount County icon Bert Garner, a man who has long captured the imagination of many people across the country.
Described as “more Thoreau than Thoreau himself,” Bert’s travels took him across the country, settling for short spells in many places, including Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C., but he always returned to the smoky mountains.
The book, penned by Bert’s friend Woody Brinegar, was first published in 1982 as a small, home-made volume, made primarily to distribute to Bert’s old friends. Contained is a collection of sketches spanning events from his boyhood in the late 1800s until his death in 1970. The re-release of the book by ‘27/’37 Publishing marks the first time it has been available in 27 years.
Twenty percent of profits from the sale of each copy of Ole Bert will be donated to the Foothills Land Conservancy. Copies of the book (and the other ‘27/’37 releases) will also be available for purchase for donation to local public and school libraries. The author’s family will be attending the reception to meet, greet and reminisce.
Southland Books is located at 801 East Broadway in Maryville. For more information, call 865-984-4847.
Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8
The Appalachian Ballet Company presents Peter And the Wolf & Other Works
The Appalachian Ballet Company will be presenting Peter and the Wolf with Prokoviev’s score played by an ensemble from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra an narrated by local actor David Dwyer. Peter and the Wolf will be the featured ballet but you will also see, Peter Pan, Tiger Lily and friends, classical ballet and contemporary works all in one show!
The Appalachian Ballet Company presents an hour and half of family- friendly excitement March 7th and 8th at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. Come enjoy this spring gala with your family.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Group price - For every 20 tickets sold - Receive 2 FREE
Tickets go on sale February 16
For tickets: call 865-982-8463 or tickets unlimited at 865-656-4444.
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 for those thos didn’t receive the full economic stimulus payment last year.
The AARP Tax-Aide program began in 1968 and has operated in Blount County for 25 years.