Calendar Listings for January 29, 2009

Kiwanis Antiques Roadshow -- Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Blount County Library. Blount Countians can have their antiques and attic treasures (exluding weapons) appraised at the second annual Kiwanis Antiques Roadshow 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, Jan. 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.

Pellissippi State invites public to faculty art exhibition Original artwork by the faculty of Pellissippi State Technical Community College is on display through Feb. 6 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, located on Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

The free exhibit is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and includes works by Randy Arnold, Marcia Athens, Jennifer Brickey, Jim Darrow, Mike Joyce, Anne Kinggard, Marty Komorny, Lauren Kussro, Jeff Lockett, Mike Rose and Mike Ware.

Visitors may park for free in lots with an “open parking” designation.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Anne Kinggard at (865) 694-6634 or

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:

Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. - noon -“Art Journals” with Katie Kinney.

Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. from Jan. to Feb. 17 - Kids’ Classes with Cindy Dannel of Youthful Expressions Studio.

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 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.

ARFNET adoption event -- On Saturday, Jan. 31 from 1-4 p.m., ARFNET will hold an adoption event inside Hastings Entertainment on Foothills Plaza Drive in Maryville. Dogs and cats available for adoption will be present. All animals have been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations.

ARFNETs is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 2004 and is based in Maryville. The organization is made up of volunteers and foster families in Blount County and the surrounding East Tennessee area. Visit to see adoptable animals, donate or volunteer.

GFWC Chilhowee Club will meet on Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chilhowee Clubhouse at 223 Clarion St.

Retired Col. Ralph Jenkins and other military personnel will present the program and hold a panel discussion on the history of the impact on Blount County of McGhee Tyson Air Base and the Air National Guard Training Center. The public is invited to attend.

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.

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.

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 February 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.

Flatpicking Guitar Classes: Steve Kaufman, an award-winning guitarists who’s accomplishments include three wings at the National Flatpicking Championships, more than 14 CD’s and videos, the annual Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Camp, and a catalog of instructional items, will be gracing the Visitor’s Center with his presence as he instructs a two-day flatpicking workshop for guitarists of all levels.

The two-day class is being held on Friday, February 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 and Saturday, February 21.

The limit for the class is 20 students and it costs $90. To find out more information about the class or to reserve your spot, please call (865) 982-3808.

To learn more about the Blount County classes, please contact the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-525-6834 or (865) 448-6134 or visit

MHS offers community computer training - Maryville High School will offer Saturday computer workshops for Microsoft Office products on the following dates:

Saturday, Feb. 7, Movie Maker and PhotoStory

Saturday, Feb. 21, Microsoft Word and Requested Topics

Classes will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and will cost $100 each. Classes require a minimum of 5 participants and are limited to 10 participants. Contact Sharon Myers at 865-981-2738 or 865-207-5020 for additional information, or visit

The Blount County Beekeepers Association presents their beekeeping course for new and potential beekeepers on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9-10, from6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library in the Sharon Lawson Room. The program is free and open to the public. Anyone who has an interest in beekeeping is welcome to attend. For more information call Charlie Parton at 865-776-1875 or Dennis Barry at 865-414-2116.

A wine tasting at Preservation Plaza hosted by Creekside Fine Wines and Spirits will take place on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 pm. The event is open to the first 150 guests and will feature 25-30 wines for tasting. For more information, call 865-380-4045.

The Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is holding a public meeting on Saturday, Feb. 14th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Meeting will include updates on the new shelter. For more information, visit

The Blount Lupus Support Group will meet on Sunday, Feb. 15 Sunday, from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library in the Dorothy Herron Meeting Room. The discussion topic will be “Coping with Lupus and Those Close to Us.” Please feel free to bring a spouse or partner. After the meeting, the group will go out for a meal and socialize. For more information, call 865-983-5401 or e-mail

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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