Community Calendar Jan. 15, 2009

Blount County Board of Education will meet on Friday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Central Office, located at 831 Grandview Dr., for discussion and possible action regarding architectural work for Prospect School.

Alcoa-Maryville Church of God will host Mark Lewis, a Tennessee native who began playing the fiddle at age 12, at a concert at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 18 at the church. He has played in recording studios for many well-known country and gospel artists. In 2001, he went into full-time ministry, traveling with Tommy Tenney. He has since played with worship leaders such as Ron Kenoly, Lindell Cooley, and Karen Wheaton. For more information, contact Pastor Hubert McGarity at 983-6921. The church is located at 2615 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

New Providence Presbyterian will hold a yard sale from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23 at the church. Sale includes clothes of all sizes, shoes, boots, books, household items, toys and linens.

The Blount County Lupus Support Group will meet on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Blount County Public Library Dorothy Herron Meeting Room A from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Guest speaker will be Ernest Fuson, PhD., Dir. of Immunodiagnostic Laboratory at Blount Memorial Hospital. The topic will be “The Human Immune System, Lupus and Laboratory Tests Associated with its Diagnosis and Monitoring.”

Kindermusic Demo Day -- On Monday, Jan. 19, Liz Stewart of Kindermusik will offer a free class demonstration for interested families in the Blount County area.

Demo Day will be offered at Hastings in Maryville on January 19 at 11 a.m. The spring Kindermusik class schedule will begin February 10. Classes are open to everybody and registrations are accepted through January 23. You can contact Liz Stewart at 865-856-5814 or lizstewartmusic@hughes.net.

AAUW Maryville Branch will meet on Monday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall 101 on the Maryville College campus. The topic for this meeting is “Marching to the Beat of a New Drummer.” To start this year off right, Wellness Coordinator and Head Athletic Trainer of Maryville College Sharon Wood will provide tips and inspiration for healthy living.

Inauguration Prayer Vigil H.O.M.E. INC will sponsor a community prayer vigil for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Martin Luther King Center, Franklin St., Alcoa. This prayer vigil begins at 11 a.m., with local ministers and pastors leading prayer. Lunch will be served from 1-2 p.m. The last prayer will be at 4 p.m. This event is open to the public. Please join us in our efforts to pray for our newly elected President, the newly elected cabinet, and the people of the United States and the World. For more information, contact Kay Tate at minguss2@aol.com

Get to Know Blountopia -- 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Capitol Theatre in the Balcony. Meet the founders of Blountopia.com, LLC, and take a tour of Blount County’s Community Interface. Blountopia designers will be showing off the many features of the new website, including how to search for “all things Blount. Open to general public, non-profits, business owners and anyone interested in new website strategies. Refreshments available.

World Religion Day celebration On Sunday, Jan. 25, a celebration of World Religion Day will be held in the Sharon Lawson Meeting Room at theBlount County Public Library from 2 -4 p.m. The celebration is an annual event held at different locations in the greater Knoxville area.The program, which is hosted by the Bahá’í community, is free and open to the public.

Bahá’ís believe that religion should be the cause of love and agreement, a bond to unify humankind behind God’s message of peace and goodwill. Since its beginning in the United States, the celebration of World Religion Day has spread to many countries.

All the major religions and denominations in the area have been invited to attend. There will be readings and prayers from different religions as well as musical numbers. Simple refreshments will be provided.

For further information or to learn how to be involved in the celebration, please call 865-898-0361 or 865-640-6233.

Medic Regional Blood Center will offer several opportunities for blood donation in January.

January has been National Blood Donor Month since 1970, and now is a perfect time to help fight the deadly problem of blood shortages. You can do this at either of the following locations:

Jan. 29, Watts Chiropractic, 1011 West Broadway, Maryville, 10am – 6pm, Bloodmobile

All donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and have identification. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation and a year’s credit toward Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. For more information, call 865-524-3074.

Kiwanis Antiques Appraisal Fair -- Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Blount County Library. Blount Countians can have their antiques and attic treasures appraised at the second annual Kiwanis Antiques Appraisal Fair events Jan. 30-31. The events, featuring acclaimed antiques expert Joe Rosson, will be held at the Blount County Public Library, in the Sharon Lawson Room. Rosson, who will lead a team of appraisers, is the co-host of East Tennessee Public Television’s “Treasures in Your Attic” show, an antiques columnist for the News-Sentinel, and the author of several books about antiques and their appraisal.

These events are sponsored by the Alcoa and Foothills Kiwanis Clubs, and the Alcoa High and Heritage High Key Clubs.

The Friday, Jan. 30, event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Library, and will be a reception where items can be appraised, persons will have more extensive time with the appraisers, hors d’oeuvres will be served, and Rosson will address the guests on the items brought that night. The cost is $20 per person, which will allow one appraisal, and additional appraisals may be purchased for $5 each.

The Saturday, January 31 appraisal event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for appraisal of the first item will be $10, and additional appraisals may be purchased for $5 each. Also on Saturday, guests may purchase lunch prepared on Library grounds by the Foothills Kiwanis Club. The menu will feature chili, hot dogs, coffee and soft drinks. Rosson and the other appraisers will talk with the owners of the items brought and offer expert opinions on the values of the items.

Tickets may be purchased at the door at both events, or in advance from any member of the Alcoa Kiwanis, Foothills Kiwanis, and the Alcoa and Heritage High Key Clubs.

All proceeds will be used to support these clubs’ charitable activities, including East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, and other youth activities in Blount County. The Alcoa High Key Club will dedicate its proceeds to support of the Alcoa Schools Family Resource Center.

Additional information may be obtained by calling David or Kari Duggan at 865-984-6551.

A driving safety class for teens will be held by the Maryville City Police Department on Jan. 23 and 24. The goal of the program is to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths involving teenagers.

In making teen crashes a top priority, the Police Department has finalized an agreement with the National Traffic Safety Academy to establish a new program called Collision Avoidance Training (CAT), especially designed for teen drivers.

The CAT class is split into two days of training. The first class will be held at the Maryville Municipal Center on Friday, Jan. 23 from 6-10 p.m. The Saturday, Jan. 24 class will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Participants must be at least 16 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, and have auto insurance. Class size is limited and the deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 16. There is a $125 fee for CAT which covers the cost of licensing for the City of Maryville to use the training program, instructors and materials.

Students participating in the class may be able to obtain a discount on their insurance premium upon completion.

Parents or guardians interested in enrolling their teen for the January class should call Sgt. Jason Barham at the Maryville Police Department, 865-977-6964.

Children’s art class will be held at Fine Arts Blount’s gallery, ArtSpace, on Saturdays from January 17 - February 21. Art instructor Diann Lewis-Bishop will teach the class, called “Time and Space,” in which students will focus on drawing skills using a simple grid system. They will practice reasoning and problem-solving skills and learn to imagine, guess, predict and form judgements and evaluate them. Cost for the 6-week class is $60 and materials are included. ArtSpace is located at 106 E. Broadway. Call Diann to register at 980-9429 or contact FAB through the website at fineartsblount.com.

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