•Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar - The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.
The library will be offering its Summer Reading Program, “Be Creative @ Your Library,” on Thursdays in July. The dates and programs are:
July 9: “Mr. David” the Bug Man
July 16: Talent Show, for kids and volunteers to perform
July 23: special guest Ronald McDonald
July 30: picnic and awards at Townsend City Park.
Children ages 3 to 11 are welcome. All programs are from 1- 3 p.m. Parents can stop in to the library at any time to pre-register their children.
June’s artist is Kate Marshall of Kate Marshall Graphics, producer of the videos “Season of the Bear” volumes 1 and 2.
The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The book for June 25 is Lottery by Patricia Wood. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 or Sarah Flack at 865-980-2110 for more information.
Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20 deposit.
For more information, call 865-448-1441 or visit www.discoveret.org/metmlib.
•Community Food Connection Drive - From Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12, the Community Food Connection of Blount County will hold a food drive at the Food City at 2135 East Broadway in Maryville. On Friday and Saturday, volunteers will accept food from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The food collected will benefit the hungry in Blount County.
•SMACF “Paws and Tails” parking lot sale - On Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation will hold a parking lot sale to benefit its work improving animal welfare. The sale will be held at the TN Bank located at 1311 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, and will feature antiques, books, craft items, dishes, furniture, home decor, jewelry, kitchen items, purses, tools and more. Anyone with items to donate (no clothes, please) or who would like to help out, contact Linda Wright at 865-995-3317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds will benefit Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization established to introduce and promote programs to improve animal welfare in Blount County Tennessee and the surrounding areas of the Great Smoky Mountains.
•The Maryville Board of Education will meet in a regularly scheduled monthly meeting at Maryville High School at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14.
•Election Commission Meeting --The Election Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 15 at 11 a.m. in the Election Commission office in the Blount County Courthouse.
•Foothills Community Players will be holding auditions on Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. and Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Maryville First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall for their upcoming performance of Steel Magnolias.
Interested parties should bring a resume and headshot. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Steel Magnolias will be performed from September 17 to 20 at the Capitol Theatre.
•Maryville First United Methodist is Located at 804 Montvale Station Road. For more information, call John Cherry at 865-405-8826 or Tom and Carole Ireland at 865-591-4557.
•Book signing at Hastings - J. Greg Johnson will be at the Hastings in Maryville from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, July 31 to sign copies of his new book, Sanctuary: Meditations from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the National Park, Johnson, award-winning opinion columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel, revisited and photographed over 25 trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. He recalls past hikes and personal experiences and shares his lifelong love of the mountains and their healing power.
•Blount Memorial Health Calendar
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets on Friday, July 10 at 2 p.m. in the Sunflower Room at MorningView Village, Blount Memorial Hospital’s senior community. The free support group meets the second Friday of each month and is open to community members who have a family member or care for someone who has the disease. For more information, call 865-980-4894.
Diabetes Lecture Series - Join the Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center for the Diabetes Lecture Series, “The Top 10 Things Every Diabetic Should Know,” on Monday, July 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Individuals with diabetes need to know their risks and how to take care of themselves. Endocrinology Consultants of East Tennessee physician assistant Kimberly Lay will explain how to do this by focusing on lifestyle and medication management techniques. For more information or to register, call 865-977-5767 by Thursday, July 9.
•Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes are set to begin in two locations on Monday, August 3. Registration is open for the Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation classes. The classes are specifically designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromaylgia, and tendonitis, as well as for those wishing to explore the health benefits of Tai Chi.
The eight-week class for Arthritis Foundation Level 1 and Level 2 begin August 3 at the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church, which is located at 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville.
The fee for each of the eight-week classes is $80. Pre Registration is required. The instructor, Donna Dixon, is experienced in exercise instruction and planning for individuals of all levels of fitness. For more information and to register call 865-803-8887 or go to www.smokymountainwellness.com.
•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, www.fineartsblount.com, contains more detailed information about classes and workshops. You can contact FAB at 865-982-0898 or via email at FAB@fineartsblount.com. Events on the Fine Arts Blount calendar for the coming months are as follows:
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. beginning June 30 - Adult oil painting classes, including set-up, drawing, underpainting and glazing multiple layers of oil paint to the final glowing surface with the techniques used by the still life old masters. Other class times and dates may be available. Call the instructor Tammy Schlosser at 865-983-4825 to register or for more info.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.
Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.
Saturdays beginning in February from 10 a.m. - noon “Tag You’re It!” #1, Scrapbooking Tags with Katie Kinney.
Youthful Expressions Studio will be offering “Art for Parties” beginning in the month of May. We will provide entertainment in the form of hands-on, art projects for children. Contact Cindy at email@example.com or call 865-607-4473 for more information.
YES will begin Fall session classes in August. Please check our website at www.yestudio.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-607-4473 for more information.
Fine Arts Blount and Youthful Expressions Studio are offering three weeks of fun-filled, educational art activities at ArtSpace in downtown Maryville.
Visit www.fineartsblount.com or call ArtSpace at 865-982-0898, 865-977-0848 or 865-356-4361 for more information.The National Association on Mental Illness Maryville Affiliate group meets from 6:30-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 429 Sandy Springs Rd. Those with friends or loved ones with mental illnesses are invited to attend. For more information, call 865-982-4285 or visit www.namitn.org.
•Cooking class at Rockford Baptist begins on Fridays from 6:30-8 p.m. The classes include family-friendly recipes that are fast, frugal, and fresh. Younger children are invited for a kids cooking class. Suggested donation is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Please call 865-387-2777 for more information.
•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 a local charity. 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 email@example.com.
•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 www.livingbeingyoga.com or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
•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 MoonDreamerDi.blogspot.com 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.
•The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age and from any cause. It meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.
•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.
•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 email@example.com
•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 www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.
•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.