• 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 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.
• Lemonade stand fundraiser for childhood cancer - On Saturday, July 18, students of Youthful Expressions Studio will have a “Fun in the Sun” lemonade stand at Hastings in Maryville from 2-6 p.m. to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. The stand will accept donations for lemonade and cookies, and will also have a water balloon toss.
• 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.
• Cougar’s Baseball Camp at CMS - The Carpenter’s Middle School baseball team will host the first-annual Cougar’s Baseball Camp from July 23-25. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at the CMS baseball field, and players in 5th-8th grade are welcome. The cost is $20 per participant, and lunch each day and a t-shirt are included.
The camp will be led by CMS head coach Billy Barker and other area coaches and players. Pre-registration is recommended. Players should arrive early to sign in and bring baseball equipment (including, but not limited to, gloves, cleats and bats).
For more information or to register, contact Billy Barker at 865-363-2669 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the player’s name, age, and school.
• Fine arts photography exhibit and reception-- The photography exhibit “An Exacting Vision,” featuring artists David Lyons, Katie Kinney and Robert Quinn, will open on July 28 with a reception at Preservation Plaza from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Champagne punch and appetizers will be provided.
• Preservation Plaza is located at 200 E. Broadway in Maryville. For more Information call Katie Kinney at 865-356-4361 or email her at email@example.com.
• 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. Sanctuary also includes an appendix with notes about each trail, and a foreword by Gary R. Wade, Chair Emeritus, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Trails Forever Endowment of the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
• Wade Houston Golf Tournament - On Saturday, August 1, the Charles M. Hall Scholarship Foundation will hold a fundraiser golf tournament. Honorary Chairman for the event is Allan Houston, former UT basketball player and son of former UT basketball coach Wade Houston. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. at the Pine Lake Golf Course in Rockford. The cost is $75 per person or $300 per team of 4. The top three finishes will receive prizes, and all players will receive complimentary gift bags. Lunch will be available prior to start from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Richard Tate at 865-970-2444 or Dyron Bledsoe at 865-380-0741. For directions to Pine Lake Golf Course, call 865-970-9018.
• Alcoa Alumni meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Shoney’s on Alcoa Highway. This month’s meeting, held on August 5 at 9 p.m., will feature speaker Durward Swansin, a survivor of Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway, and author of a book about his experiences.
• Blount Memorial Health Calendar
Blount Memorial’s Joint School, an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during July. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Sessions let participants know what to expect during their total joint replacement experience, and information covers all phases from pre-op to full recovery. Reservations are required and must be made by calling Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic at 865-984-0900.
Coping with Grief - Learn practical tips for coping with grief during a six-week program that meets on Thursdays, July 2 through Aug. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building, 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. This program offers education, support and encouragement for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. For more information or to register, call 865-981-2291.
The Blount Memorial Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services for the whole family -- parents, parents-to-be, caregivers and siblings - in July. The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook offers a “Prenatal/Postnatal Exercise Class” for new mothers, which includes group exercise and water aerobics. Participants can begin the program anytime, and should call 865-980-7110 to register. Cost is $8 per class or $48 per month, and these fees include access to the entire facility.
The “Caring for Your Newborn” class will be held on Thursday, July 16 from 6-8 p.m. This class is designed to help expectant or new parents become more comfortable with newborn characteristics and care. Topics include sleeping, bathing, weight gain, cord care, circumcision, teething and more. Format includes hands-on demonstrations and practice, and question-and-answer sessions. Cost is $20 per couple. For more information about the classes or to register, call 865-981-3983.
Expectant mothers and their support partners also are invited to attend the “Prepared Childbirth Series” (Lamaze), which will meet on Friday and Saturday July 17-18 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Family Birthing Center classroom at Blount Memorial. Cost is $65 per couple.
In addition, a free “Family Birthing Center Tour” will take place on Monday, July 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the Family Birthing Center waiting room.
Mothers less than six months pregnant along with their support partners are invited to participate in the “Early Pregnancy and Introduction to the Family Birthing Center Tour” on Thursday, July 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Blount Memorial. Participants should pre-register by 10 a.m. the day of the program.
Program on Cades Cove Women Join Blount Memorial Senior Services for its Lifelong Learning Lecture Series program, “Cades Cove Women,” on Thursday, July 16 from 6-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Learn about the history of Cades Cove and Blount County from author Missy Green. Green’s stories of local history are enhanced by her ability to weave mountain color and texture into her presentation. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.
An Intro to Tai Chi program will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Thursdays, July 16 through August 20. The six-week class for beginners focuses the mind while conditioning the body. Cost for non-members is $60. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
Surgical weight loss lectures - In July, the Blount Memorial Weight Management Center’s ongoing Surgical Weight Loss Lecture Series features a presentation by surgeons who will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity including gastric banding, sleeve and bypass procedures. Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray are the speakers at a presentation on Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. To register for the free community program, call 865-977-4673 or 866-300-8644.
The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets at two different locations each month. The group meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. on the hospital’s 3-east floor. The group also meets from 10-11 a.m. every first and third Tuesday at the Everett Senior Center at 702 Burchfield St. in Maryville. The Caregiver Support Group is a free service for any adult who is caring for another adult. There are no membership requirements. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744. Caregivers can discuss their situations and explore possible strategies and resources at a free one-on-one consultation with a Senior Services representative. For more information, call 865-977-5744.
• Capitol Theatre event listing - For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.
Friday, July 31:The Streamliners Swing Orchestra, in conjunction with the Last Friday Artwalk in downtown Maryville. The Streamliners are a 16 piece swing band playing the big band hits of the 40s. The theatre has a large dance floor in front of the stage for swing dancing. Free dance lessons with admission will be provided before the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased online or $15 at the door. Students and KSDA are $10. Must show student I.D.at door. Go to www.BookTheCapitol.com to purchase tickets, or call 865-980-1966.
• The Arts Alive Gallery - The following classes are offered at the Arts Alive Gallery, located at 302 E. Church Ave. below Dandy Lions:
• 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. Sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday. Level I classes are from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Level 2 classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
A second Level I class will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 115 at First United Methodist Church, located at 804 Montvale Station Road 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. She is a registered nurse and clinical exercise physiologist and is a ACE Certified Group Fitness and a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor Level I and 2. She has practiced Tai Chi since 2004. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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.