Community Calendar for Feb. 26, 2009

Special Education Transition Fair - The Maryville City Schools Special Education Department will host the 2009 Transition Fair on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Maryville High School. This annual event gives students who currently receive special education services in public high schools an opportunity to connect with community organizations, educational institutions and various other services to help them make the transition from high school. Students and parents from across the region are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Jay Hooper at via phone at 865-719-1189 or 865-982-1132, or at

The Blount County Civil War Round Table will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library. Tom Fine, a retired trial attorney from TVA Knoxville and avid military history enthusiast, will speak on the Battle of Chickamauga. Meetings are open to the public. The group also participates in living history reenactments and encampments to be announced as they are scheduled. Call 379-1717 for information or visit

Tremont scavenger hunt -- Monday, March 2, is the deadline for registration for Tremont’s 75th anniversary Scavenger Hunt. Teams will have the opportunity to interact with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in an in-depth, educational and family-friendly way.

The Scavenger Hunt will include questions and activities that relate to information and places within and surrounding park. Questions are awarded point values based on level of difficulty. The team with the most points will win some great prizes, to be announced soon.

This event is limited to 200 people, so register early to guarantee a place. The Scavenger Hunt will take place over a 24-hour period. The team captain will receive the official questions via e-mail at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Teams have all evening to determine their strategy and to complete research on questions.

Check in for each team will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the entrance of Tremont. Completed questions are due to Tremont by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, when tallying begins. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded shortly afterward. To download registration forms, visit

National School Breakfast Week- During the week of March 2-6, schools throughout the district will becelebrating National School Breakfast Week. Parents and community members are invited to join their local schools for breakfast during the week. The meal is $1.25, and guest must notify the school in advance.

The program features activites for students led by the “School Breakfast Heroes” Mr. Breakfast, Crunch, Fruit Avenger, Yogurl, Sandwich Sensei and Eggbot, who fight against the evil Breakfast Skipper. Students participate in the “Design Your Own Superhero” contest and other creative projects designed to emphasize the importance of breakfast to school performance. For more information, contact your local school.

Pellissippi accepting donations for book sale-- Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Blount County Center is currently accepting books, CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records, computer games and puzzles for the college’s annual book sale, which will take place in March.

Members of the community are encouraged to join Pellissippi State faculty, students, staff and alumni in donating new and gently used items to the Faculty Senate Book Sale, proceeds of which go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

The 2008 book sale raised about $8,000. Prices range from 50 cents to $4, the same as in 2008.

The sale will take place at all four of Pellissippi State’s locations—the Blount County Center, Pellissippi Campus, Division Street Campus and Magnolia Avenue Campus. The sale at the Blount County campus will take place on March 16-17 from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and on March 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

At Blount County Center, items may be taken to the main office through March 6. For more information, including the drop-off points at the other campuses, contact Roller at 865-539-7316.

Capitol Theatre event listing --

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

Monday, March 2: Monday Rocks with Kafeen

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

Blount County Animal Center is offering community members a “sneak peek” of the new facility this Saturday, Feb. 28, from 12-3 p.m. The event will be an opportunity to see the progress on the highly anticipated and much talked-about Blount County Animal Center.

Tours will be available and visual aids provided to illustrate what the finished product will look like. All are invited to attend. To get to the Blount County Animal Center construction site, take E. Broadway (Hwy 33) toward Rockford. Turn left onto McArthur Rd. and then left again onto Currie Ave. Circle around until you get to the Boys and Girls Club, then take a right onto Tyler immediately after the club and wind back behind the club, proceeding down the gravel road to the construction site.

For more information, email

Book signing at Hastings -- Author Dr. Glenn Cummings will be at Hastings on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 4-6 p.m. to sign copies of his book, A Study of the Twelve Apostles.

Hastings is located at 501 Foothills Plaza in Maryville. For more information, contact Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or email

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.

Blount BEneFITs, an action team of the Blount County Community Health Initiative, is seeking award nominations for the Ready, Set, Move Awards Program from local schools and businesses who are taking steps within their organizations to promote, contribute, and enhance the quality of life through healthy lifestyle opportunities.

Schools and businesses may qualify for nomination in one of three categories each. The categories for Businesses are small (1-25 full-time employees), medium (26-50 employees), and large (more than 50 employees). School categories are elementary (grades K-5), intermediate and middle (grades 5-8), and high (grades 9-12). One Overall Winner and One Runner-Up will be selected from each sub-category. Overall winners will receive a plaque and an attractive awards sign to post outside of their facility, media coverage will be given to recognize their efforts, and an awards reception will be hosted. The Runner-up recipients will receive a framed certificate along with media coverage.

Organizations must complete the appropriate nomination form, which can be obtained from Judy Clabough with Blount Memorial Community Outreach at 865-977-5718 or by contacting Kelly Forster at Parks and Recreation at 865-983-9244. A program description of 250 words or less is required along with any support materials for the organization’s program or efforts. The deadline for nomination is March 1. Award winners will be selected and notified by April 1.

Youthful Expressions at Fine Arts Blount - On March 3- 4, Youthful Expressions Studio will begin the 12-week spring session of art classes for kids, including instruction in charcoal, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, colored pencils, mixed media and sculpture. The price is $20 per class, and includes all materials and supplies. Several payment plans are available. We hope to fill four classes this session, and each class will contain up to eight students, with a minimum of four. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Currently, classes are scheduled for 3:15-4:15 and 4:30-5:30 on both days.

To register, call Cindy at 865-607-4473 Discounts are available for siblings.

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

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

Medic blood drives will be held in Blount County on the following days:

Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Walgreens in Maryville from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Bloodmobile

Wednesday, March 4, at Eastside Church of Christ in Maryville, located at 2543 Sevierville Road from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bloodmobile

Wednesday, March 4, at Oakland United Methodist Church, located at 234 Trigonia Road from 2 p.m.-8 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall

Friday, March 6, at Blount Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the inside auditorium

Friday, March 6, TVA Employees Credit Union, located at 1113 Hunters Crossing Drive from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Bloodmobile

Donors must be at least 17, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation, and a year’s membership towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program.

Medic is the sole provider of blood and blood products for 21 counties and 28 area hospitals. For more information, contact the MEDIC Regional Blood Center office at 865-524-3074.

The Lost Cajuns will be meeting for a Lent Dinner on Friday, Feb. 27 at MiMi’s Cafe in Turkey Creek in Knoxville. The Lost Cajuns is a local Louisiana Social Group, and advance reservation required are required. For more information, email or call 865-748-7122.

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, 6:30-8:30 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.

The Blount County Businesswomen’s March Luncheon Meeting will be Wednesday, March 11, 2009 from noon to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Maryville. The topic for March is Ruth: A Faithful Widow. Karen Alexander Doyle will be the guest speaker. The cost is $7 per person and includes catered lunch by Subs & Such. All registrations must be received before Wednesday, March 4, 2009. For more information and to attend, please call 865-982-5531

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 Provide Classes to Encourage, Preserve Appalachian Arts The Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), will offer classes taught by local artisans during February and March 2009. 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.

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.

Then, 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: For 15 years, Carol McBride has been crafting in various capacities, such as weaving, making homemade necklaces and rug hooking. On Wednesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m., McBride will instruct participants about the basics of rug hooking.

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. McBride requests that all registrations are made as soon as possible.

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.

Gateway to Independence fundraiser - The sixth-annual Gateway to Independence dessert and silent auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Maryville High School Commons area. The event will feature Ed Harper and the Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and The Gate Crashers. An array of desserts and door prizes will be available. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. All are welcome. For more information, call 865-379-7904.

Montessori Middle’s CSI Spring Break Camp - Montessori Middle School will be holding an innovative spring-break program for area students grades K-6 interested in forensic investigation. During the program, called “CSI: Cool Science Investigation,” student-investigators will encounter a mock “crime scene,” where they must use careful observation and scientific methods to solve the mystery. They will test liquids and powders, find fingerprints, look at DNA profiles and test fibers, just like real criminal investigators.

The program will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. The cost is $25 a day or $100 for the full week for the first child in a family, and $20 a day or $80 a week for additional siblings. Children should bring their lunches and slippers or no-slip socks for indoors and all-weather clothing for outdoor play. The registration deadline for the program is Monday, March 2. Montessori Middle School is located at 3725 Louisville Road and the campus includes 32 acres of meadow, garden and forest.

To register, or for more information, contact Jennifer W. Spirko, Director of Montessori Middle School, at 865-985-8900 or

The Heritage girls’ spring basketball camp will be held March 16-18 at Heritage High School. The registration fee is $60 if received by March 13th, $70 after that date. Late registration will start at 8 a.m. on March 16.

Girls first through eighth grade are welcome. The camp will emphasize good sportsmanship and fundamental basketball skills including individual and team competition. Campers will be grouped by age, size and athletic ability in order to provide good and fair competition for all campers.

All campers must provide their own lunches; no one will be allowed to leave campus for lunch. Snacks and drinks will be sold at camp.

The hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, with the championship afternoon on Wednesday from 12:30-3 p.m. For More information, contact Rick Howard at 865-984-8110 or 865-984-3228.

The MHS girls’ summer basketball camp will be held at Maryville High School’s James C. Campbell gymnasium from Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.

The camp is open to girls entering grades 1-9 in the next school year. The camp will fun from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily, with the gym open at 8:00 a.m. each day for those needing to arrive early. Late registration and camper check-in will be Monday, June 1, 8:00-8:45 a.m. The cost is $80, which includes a t-shirt, a compact size Lady Rebel camp basketball, and a certificate.

For an application or more information, please call Suzanne Singleton at 865-984-8397 or e-mail, or contact Kim Bledsoe at 865-983-9486 or at

The “Smoky Mountain Visions” Art Exhibition is currently accepting entries for its upcoming juried show. The exhibition, organized by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, was developed to allow national artists to compete and display work created in response to the Great Smoky Mountains experience in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the national park.

The selected pieces will be contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork focusing on the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and will be exhibited at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 5 until July 30. Neely Hyde, Director of Exhibits and Digital Media for the Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga, is the juror.

Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, April 4. The competition is open to all artists living within the continental United States. Entries must be original works completed within the last five years in the following categories: painting, graphic arts, 3-D and photography. To submit artwork, download a prospectus and application at, or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. Prizes include $1,000 in cash awards as well as future exhibition opportunities.

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 the Speech and Hearing Foundation of Blount County. 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.

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