Community Events for Feb. 19, 2009

Friday, Feb. 20

Harmony Adoption’s Chillin’ for Children

Adoption advocates are gathering on the Little River in Walland at 3:00 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 20, to celebrate the joy of adoption. They’ll be jumping into the frigid river waters in the Second Annual Chillin for Children, sponsored by Harmony Adoptions.

“This is a fun way for those who work in the field of adoption to show how much we believe that every child deserves a forever family,” says Pam Wolf, executive director of Harmony Adoptions.

Located in Maryville for 10 years, the adoption agency’s programs include domestic and international adoption and a variety of resources for families, children and other service providers.

Wolf says that this year’s event at Peery’s Mill on Lamar Alexander Parkway, located two miles past Heritage High School, will be bigger than last year’s because it includes professionals from organizations across the state, including representatives from Helen Ross McNabb Center, Omni Vision, Youth Villages and Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services.

She says that strong partnerships exist between adoption agencies in order to find homes for the nearly 400 children in full guardianship of Tennessee’s Department Of Children Services

The adoption professionals who participates will earn a custom-designed T-shirt, Wolf adds, encouraging everyone who supports adoption to attend and cheer on the cold-water swimmers. For more information, call 982-5225 or visit

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

Sunday, Feb. 22

Pellissippi’s College Goal Sunday to help with finance

Pellissippi State Technical Community College is sponsoring “College Goal Sunday” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. The college’s Financial Aid Office will be available to help the families of college-bound students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form required for students seeking grants, scholarships and loans. Staff also will have information on the college’s financial aid resources.

Pellissippi State is one of the many schools across the U.S. sponsoring College Goal Sundays.

“It’s a nationwide event,” said Paul McKinney, director of Financial Aid at Pellissippi State. “It’s done same day, same time across the country. It’s been well-received since we started participating several years ago.”

The event is in the Educational Resources Center on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

For more information, visit or call Pellissippi State’s Financial Aid Office at 865-694-6566.

Monday, Feb. 23

Plans made for CAPPE meeting

The Feb. 23 annual meeting of Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension will feature Rees Shearer of RAIL Solution as the guest speaker. The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Blount County Library.

Shearer is founder and Chair of RAIL Solution, a Virginia-based grassroots advocacy group with over 1200 individual participants and a coalition of allied organizations. RAIL Solution emphasizes balanced transportation planning, with a leading role for railroads as safe, clean, efficient carriers of freight and people.

RAIL Solution is currently focused on the I-81 Corridor between Knoxville, Tennessee, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The public is invited to the presentation, and refreshments will be served. CAPPE’s annual business meeting will follow the speaker. For more information, visit or

Monday, Feb. 23

Secret Safe Place plans ‘give back’ fundraiser at Chili’s

Chili’s of Alcoa will support A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee with a “Chili’s Gives Back Night” on Monday, Feb. 23 from 4-11 p.m. With each flyer presented that evening, Chili’s will donate 10 percent of the sales to the organization. The flyer is available at, or by calling the Secret Safe Place business office at 865-254-2208. Chili’s is located at 204 Hamilton Crossing Drive in Alcoa.

A Secret Safe Place’s 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 visit

Thursday, Feb. 26

Bluegrass bands play at Rocky Branch Community Center

On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., Darrell Webb and the Ledbetters will be playing at the Rocky Branch Community Center. Tickets will be $5 at the door, and the show will be alcohol-free. Honey Brassfield and Storms of the Past will also perform.

To get to Rocky Branch Community Center from Maryville, take Lamar Alexander Pkwy, and approximately 5 miles from Blount Memorial Hospital, turn right at the River Mill Antique Mall onto Rocky Branch Road, and the center is on the left.

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.

Monday, March 2

Orchestra showcases area artists

The Orchestra at Maryville College will present the annual “Showcase of Area Artists” concert at 7:30 p.m., March 2 at the First Baptist Church of Maryville.

Maestro Bill Robinson will lead the Orchestra in performing seven works, six of which will feature soloists who were selected by audition last December. The concert gives local musicians, several of whom are high school and college students, the rare opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra.

The March 2 concert will feature a wide range of musical instruments and styles, including works for french horn, flute, voice, marimba and violin. The concert will open with the overture to “Die Fledermaus,” one of Johann Strauss II’s best and most performed operettas.

Soloists include Clarissa Nemeth of Gatlinburg, performing Strauss’ Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, Op. 8; flautist Laura Ann Kappa of Kingsport performing the Concertino for Flute and Orchestra by Cécile Chaminade; Colin McCall of Knoxville, performing the first movement, “Vigorous,” of Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba.

Also performing are soprano April Martin, singing “Mein Herr Marquis,” also known as “The Laughing Song” from “Die Fledermaus”; tenor James Mathis, singing “Che Gelida Manina” from Puccini’s “La Boheme”; and finally Elisabeth Nordberg, performing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64, “Allegro molto appassionata.”

The Orchestra at Maryville College is a college and community ensemble comprised of volunteer and student musicians dedicated to performing quality symphonic music for local audiences. What began in 1913 with five members is now a dynamic group of more than 60 musicians from Blount County and surrounding communities.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors 60 and over, and can be purchased at the door. Admission is free to Maryville College faculty, staff and students with MC ID, and also free to all students 18 and under. Students over 18 from other colleges and universities are admitted for $5.

For more information, contact Genevieve Michael at 865-273-8871 or

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 $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for students and seniors.

Group price - $11.50- 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.

Saturday, March 14

First annual ‘Let’s Clean Up Louisville’ Event

The first annual Let’s Clean Up Louisville will be held on Saturday, March 14. Check in will be at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Louisville Point Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for instruction, equipment and supplies. Volunteers should wear old clothes, socks and shoes and should bring work gloves if they have them. FLLA will provide all other needs. Everyone will return at 12:30 p.m. to the Louisville Park Pavilion for a boxed lunch, wrap up and group shot. Areas to be covered are Poland Creek, George’s Creek and Lackey Creek. Poland Creek will primarily be covered by the Channel Drive Group.

Rain Date will be Sunday March 15 from 2-4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Fort Loudoun Lake association at our office at 865-523-3800 or email us at

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