Community Events for July 16, 2009

Sunday, June 7 to Sunday, August 2

Rhythm and Roots exhibit comes to Heritage Center

The traveling exhibit “Rhythm and Roots, Southern Music Traditions” began on June 7 at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend and will be on display through Aug. 2. The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of NAI Knoxville, Humanities Tennessee, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is dedicated to the music and musicians of the South.

Special programming is scheduled throughout the exhibit period, including:

Saturday, July 25, 7 p.m.: Bo Taylor, curator, Museum of the Cherokee, will present a program on Native American culture and dance, with historical interpretation by UT Anthropologist Boyce Driskell.

For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Friday, June 19 to Friday, August 21

Sunset Music Series begins at Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series, now in its fourth year, premiered on Friday, June 12. This year’s series will feature seven Friday concerts in the summer and three in the fall to be announced. All the concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will be presented in the Heritage Center’s outdoor covered amphitheater, which has new sound and lighting systems and an expanded stage.

Admission to each concert is $4 per person at the door, with Heritage Center members admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For further information, call the Center at 865-448-0044. The schedule to date is as follows:

July 24: John Myers Band, soul, gospel and country

July 31: Wild Blue Yonder, bluegrass-based Americana

August 14: Y’uns, jug-band music with elements of country, swing and blues

August 21: Steve Kaufman, three-time national guitar champion

For more information about the Sunset Music Series, visit or call 865-448-0044.

Thursday, July 16 to Saturday, July 18

Friends of the Library hold summer book sale

On July 16, 17 and 18, the Blount County Friends of the Library Book Sale with offer thousands of used fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, and children’s books for sale.

The Thursday, July 16 sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. and is only open to Friends of the Library members, but anyone can join that day for a nominal fee. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, the sale will be open to the public.

The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St. in Maryville.

Saturday, July 18

Toy Ride planned to benefit Manna from Heaven

On Saturday, July 18, the spirit of Christmas will come early to Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson and Buell, which is pairing up with the Dixie Iron Riders to raise money for the Manna from Heaven Food Box Distribution program’s Christmas toy distribution at their annual Christmas party for underprivileged children. Last year, 480 children were able to meet Santa and received gifts.

Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the ride begins at 5 p.m. Each rider must bring a toy for a boy and a girl to take part, and no other fees apply to the ride. Prizes valued from $35-$75 will be awarded. For more information, contact Pastor Stephanie Stieler at 865-983-8023 or 865-599-2243.

Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, July 19

East Tennessee Koi Club hosts water garden tour

The East Tennessee Koi Club is holding a two-county water garden tour on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, July 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.

This year’s tour will feature over thirty locations throughout Knox and Blount counties. Visit and enjoy a wide range of beautiful water gardens including koi ponds, mountain streams, pondless features, sustainable features, the very large to quite small, private and commercial installations.

Tickets are free, but donations will be accepted in support of the Blount County Humane Society’s No-Kill Shelter, which will receive 80 percent of the proceeds, and The East Tennessee Koi Club. The tour has been coordinated and arranged by volunteers from The East Tennessee Koi Club, and funded by generous donations from Dream Ponds and Pools, Easy Gardener, Popes Nursery, Creekside Nurseries, Appletree Nursery, Stanley’s Greenhouses, Donna Bailey of Realty Executives, The Mulch Company, Wild Birds Unlimited, Going Postal, Smokey Mountain Harley Davidson and Buell, and Modern Design Aquascaping.

Tour tickets include map books which give directions to and descriptions of each of the thirty-three water features and will be available on the days of the tour at: Popes in Maryville (865-982-9217, ask for Kimber), Apple Tree Nursery in Karns (865-670-3535, ask for Victoria or Brian), Creekside Nurseries off Northshore in Knoxville (865-692-0052, ask for Missy), and Dream Ponds and Pools / Easy Gardener, 305 S. Northshore Drive and 5515 Peyton Place in Knoxville.

Tickets may be downloaded and additional information obtained by visiting either or

Sunday, July 19

Benefit ride in memory of 17-month-old will help family

A benefit motorcycle ride in memory of Brody Claiborne Underwood has been scheduled for, Sunday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m.

The benefit ride will help the family offset the funeral and additional expenses associated in the death of their son, who drowned at a neighbor’s pool on June 25.

All motorcycle experience levels are encouraged to make a donation to join the benefit ride starting at Alcoa Good Times, 2019 Topside Road. The ride will leave Alcoa Good Times at 10 a.m., riding the Foothills Parkway, stopping at the base of the Dragon for a soft drink, stretch and fellowship; the ride will end at The Pizza Kitchen at 9411 Northshore Drive, between Kroger and Ebenezer.

For more information, please visit or contact Eddie Miles,

Saturday, August 8

A Secret Safe Place holds annual Lifesaver Luau

On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will hold its annual Lifesaver Luau at the Court South Beach, located at 2934 Alcoa Highway.

Entertainment will include hula lessons, music, swimming, a limbo diving contest, a hula hoop contest, and a silent auction. New for this year is a synchronized swimming show. A catered dinner is included with the ticket price.

The cost for adults is $15, children 3-12 cost $5, and children 2 and under are free, though children coming in free will not receive dinner. . Tickets can be purchased at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Blount Today, or at the door. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 8

A Jeweled Affair will benefit Relay for Life

On Saturday, August 8, Maryville First United Methodist Church will host A Jeweled Affair jewelry and accessories show and luncheon. The show and lunch will take place at noon, and ticketholders can begin early shopping at 11:30 a.m.

The fashion show will feature up to 25 area vendors with jewelry and accessories, complemented by a catered lunch. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at Blount Today, First National Bank, Dandy Lions, Boyd Thomas, or by calling Marion Westerling at 865-584-1669.

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