Community Events for Feb. 26, 2009

Sunday, Feb. 1 to Monday, March 2

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:

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.

Monday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. - The Love 2 Read program will conclude with a screening of the movie Chocolat and another opportunity to enjoy chocolate sweets.

From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., free chocolate will be available in the meeting room hallway of the library. The sweets will include a chocolate fountain and various fruits available for dipping as well as chocolate candies and freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.

If movies, chocolate and reading are some of your favorite things, then the Blount County Public Library’s “Love 2 Read” finale event is custom made for you.

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

Thursday, Feb. 26

Bluegrass bands 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.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Pellissippi hosts Career Assistance Day

On Saturday, Feb. 28, Pellissippi State Technical Community College is holding a Career Assistance Day to respond to rising unemployment and increasingly frequent layoffs.

The event is planned to help affected workers connect with the resources needed to find new employment or return to school.

Career Assistance Day will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the J.L. Goins Administration Building on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

To provide support for the newly unemployed, Career Assistance Day will offer a series of workshops scheduled during three sessions.

The 10:30-11:15 a.m. workshops include “Hot Careers During a Recession,” “Transitioning From Job Loss to Job Search” and “Resume Tips to Impress.”

The 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. sessions are “Transition to College,” “De-stressing in Stressful Times,” “Entrepreneurship: Is It for You?” and “Budgeting Through Hard Times.”

The 12:30-1:15 p.m. topics include “Financing Your College Education,” “Resume Tips to Impress,” “Budgeting Through Hard Times” and “Transitioning From Job Loss to Job Search.”

The event also will include information tables staffed by career and educational experts from the college and affiliate organizations. For more information on Career Assistance Day, call 865-694-6400.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Book signing to raise money for Foothills 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.

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 at Maryville College showcases 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. 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

hursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at MC

From March 5-8, the Maryville College Theater Department will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” featuring actors from the community as well as the college. The play will be directed by Robert Hutchens, who was named Executive Director of the Civic Arts Center last October.

Inspired by the bawdy, raucous comedies of ancient Rome and based on the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this musical comedy won the Tony award when it debuted in 1962.

The canny slave Pseudolus plots to get his freedom. His master Hero is desperate to marry Philia, a courtesan. Domina wants her husband to return to the marriage bed, while he wants nothing but to escape it, and Hysterium, forced to play a winsome corpse, lives up to his name as he resists the ardor of an egomaniacal Roman warrior. Daunting obstacles block the paths of each, and a comic romp is the result.

In casting the play, Hutchens pursued broad community involvement and cast community members in 5 of the major roles, while more have been involved in costume design, set construction, and the music ensembles required for the performance.

The performance will take place in the Alumni Gym. The shows on March 5,6 and 7 will begin at 8 p.m., and the show on March 8 will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. General admission is $5, with a discounted price of $3 for seniors (ages 60 and older), MC faculty and staff, theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with ID. MC students are admitted free.

Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8

Appalachian Ballet Company presents spring show

The Appalachian Ballet Company will be presenting “Peter and the Wolf” with Prokoviev’s score played by an ensemble from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and narrated by local actor David Dwyer. “Peter and the Wolf” will be the featured ballet, but the companyh will also offer numbers featuring Peter Pan, Tiger Lily and friends as well as classical ballet and contemporary works. The show is presented in an hour and half and is designed to appeal to families.

Dates are March 7-8 at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville.

Tickets are $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for students and seniors. Groups will receive two free tickets for every 20 tickets bought.

For tickets: call 865-982-8463 or Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444.

Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8

MHS drama takes to stage with ‘Guys and Dolls’

The Maryville High School Fine ARts Department, under the direction of Sherry Petrowski, will perform the classic romantic comedy “Guys and Dolls” on March 6-8 at Maryville High School

“Guys and Dolls” follows the story of Sarah Brown(Molly Hunt) an evangelist out to reform the evildoers of Times Square, who through her ministry becomes involved with a charming rake named Sky Masterson (Tre Slezak). Jenna Nease takes on the comedic role of Adelaide, a hypochondriacal nightclub performer who has been engaged to Nathan Detroit (Alex Ackermann) for 14 years.

The play is ideal for audiences of any age. Tickets will go on sale March 2 in the lobby of the Maryville High School auditorium. Tickets will also be available at the ticket booth before each performance. The performances on March 6 and 7 will be held at 7:30 p.m, and the matinee performance on March 8 will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The musical is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. For more information, contact Sherry Petrowski at 865-982-1132 or

Saturday, March 14

Cleanup planned for Louisville Point Park

The Fort Loudon Lake Association (FLLA) is leading a cleanup effort at Louisville Point Park on Saturday, March 14 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The group will meet at Louiville Point Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for check in, instruction, equipment and supplies.

Anyone interested in help keep the Fort Loudon watershed beautiful should come dressed in old clothes and shoes and bring work gloves if possible. The FLLA will supply all other needs.

Everyone will return at 12:30 p.m. to the Louisville Park Pavilion for a boxed lunch, wrap up and group photograph.

Areas to be covered are Poland Creek, George’s Creek, and Lackey Creek. Poland Creek will primarily be covered by the Channel Drive Group. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, March 15, from 2-4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Fort Loudoun Lake Association at 865-523-3800 or email

Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17

Maryville PD will hold AARP Driver Safety Course

The City of Maryville Police Department’s Community Policing Unit is offering a course that will help drivers over 50 years of age save on insurance premiums and make the roads more safe.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is a classroom refresher course specially designed to meet the needs of older drivers. It includes age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. The course, developed by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and its membership, is designed to help older drivers update their knowledge and skills, prevent traffic accidents and violations, and maintain mobility and independence.

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered by the Maryville Police Department on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Maryville Municipal Center, 400 West Broadway Avenue. The $10 fee per person, which goes directly to AARP, covers the cost of classroom materials.

In addition to the safety benefits, the course will help participants save money on their insurance premiums. Tennessee requires that all automobile insurance companies offer a premium to graduates of the course. Upon completion, participants can mail or fax a copy of their course certificate to their auto agent to receive the discount. For more details about the exact amount of savings, call your local insurance agent.

For more information or to reserve a place, call Sergeant Jason Barham or Officer Brett Hall at 865-977-6964.

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