• 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 Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library will be starting its children's programs for the coming school year in August. The Pre-School program will be for children ages 3 - 5 and will run from 10:15 to 11:30 am. The After-School program will be for children in grades K - 5 and will run from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. Both programs will be held every other Tuesday beginning Aug. 4th. Parents of pre-school children are asked to remain with their children.
For more information, call 865-448-1441 or visit www.discoveret.org/metmlib.
• Arts Alive Gallery featured artist reception - During the Last Friday Art Walk on July 31, the Arts Alive Gallery is hosting a reception featuring the work of guest artist and instructor Susan Kolpak, who works in mixed-media painting and portraiture. The reception will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and music on the patio as they meet the artist and enjoy the gallery. For more information, contact the gallery at 865-984-5300 or the artist at 803-468-6330.
• 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. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Trails Forever Endowment of the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Free vision screenings for children will be provided by Dr. Tantum and the team from the Blount County Eye Center on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children 5-18 years old are welcome to come for a free vision screening and enjoy a moon walk, refreshments and raffle items. For more information, visit www.blountcountyeyecenter.com/ or call 865-982-6761.
• Wade Houston Golf Tournament
On Saturday, Aug. 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.
• Stop Smoking Class -- A seven-session smoking cessation class will begin on Monday, Aug. 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the East Tennessee Medical Group Community Room, located at 266 Joule St. in Alcoa. The class will focus on steps smokers can take to become smoke-free, and will be taught by medical doctors, including Dr. Larry Rahn, Dr. David Saxon, Dr. Lewis Sommerville, Dr. Richard Stanley, and Dr. Fred Tolhurst. The event is open to the public and the cost is $5 per person. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call Faye Beckner at 865-693-3330 or Marilyn Kinne at 865-379-5511. The class is sponsored by the Maryville Seventh-day Adventist Church and the East Tennessee Medical Group.
• AARP Driver Safety Classes - Two AARP Driver Safety Classes will be held in August:
Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blount Memorial Health Center, located at 220 Associates Dr. in Alcoa
Aug. 26 and 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day, at Smith Mortuary Event Center located at 1404 Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville
For information on how to register for either of these courses, call Gail Jackson at 865-694-0853.
• Alcoa Alumni meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Shoney’s on Alcoa Highway. This month’s meeting, held on Aug. 5 at 9 a.m., will feature speaker Durward Swansin, a survivor of Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway, and author of a book about his experiences.
• Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading at Camp Tipton is registering now. Boys and girls K-8 are eligible. Coaches, assistant coaches, and game day volunteers are also needed. Evaluations will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Camp Tipton. For an online registration form or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Chilhowee Baptist Association at 865-982-0499 or by visiting their office at 341 E. Lincoln Rd. in Alcoa Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Red Cross Shelter Operations Course -- On Thursday, Aug. 13, the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross will provide a Shelter Operations course for employees and volunteers who have completed both the "Fulfilling Our Mission" and the "Mass Care: An Overview" courses. The shelter operations course will begin at 6 p.m. at the Blount County Chapter office, located at 1741 Triangle Park Drive in Maryville.
This 4 hour course provides participants with knowledge of Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. This course is designed for volunteers and employees of the Red Cross and other partner agencies and community leaders who will be working on shelter operations teams. Please RSVP by or before 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, by calling the chapter at 865-983-0821 or by sending an email to email@example.com (with "Shelter Ops" in the subject line).
• Heritage High School Class of ‘99 will have a 10-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Airport Hilton in Maryville. Tickets are $50 per person and money is due by Aug. 1. Please contact Toni (Protopapa) Miller at 865-207-3372 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
• Blount Memorial Health Calendar
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 Aug. 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.
Senior Health Circle - Join Blount Memorial Senior Services for the Senior Health Circle program, “What Every Nurse or Nursing Assistant Must Know About Giving Care to Older Adults,” on Monday, Aug. 3 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Registered nurse Tanya Magness will present the program on how to assist older adults and their families coping with illnesses and conditions requiring daily care over the span of years. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.
A boot-camp style fitness class for kids ages 6-12 is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook during the month of August. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and will consist of activities including cardio drills, calisthenics, agility, cycling, kickboxing, pilates and yoga. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
Classes for hospice volunteers - Learn about the dying, death and bereavement process when supported by the hospice team. Classes are taught by hospice professionals with topics focused on communication skills, the hospice philosophy and comfort measures. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building, 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. For more information or to register, call 865-981-2322.
AARP Driver Safety Program - Join Blount Memorial Senior Services and AARP for a driver safety course in August. The class is being offered on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook in Alcoa. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-984-8911.
An Intro to Yoga and Pilates program will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 5 - September 9. The six-week program teaches basic yoga and principles of Pilates. Cost for non-members is $60. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
Blount Memorial’s “Joint School,” an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during August. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26. 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.
• Capitol Theatre event listing - or 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. 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.
Saturday, Aug. 8: Local band Seeing Skies with Loving Avery, On My Honor, I Call Fives, and The Autumnation. All ages are welcome; tickets are $5 at bookthecapitol.com or $7 at the door.
Friday, Aug. 14: Local comedy act Bean and Bailey. Tickets may be purchased at bookthecapitol.com for $5 or at Lee’s Gallery in Maryville(865-805-0662).
• The Arts Alive Gallery - The following classes are offered at the Arts Alive Gallery, located at 302 E. Church Ave. below Dandy Lions:
Mondays, July 27 to Aug. 24: Susan Kolpak will offer adult drawing classes, held from 6:30-8 p.m. on each day. Cost is $90 for the 5-week course.
Tuesdays, July 28 to Aug. 18: Lyda Plemons will offer an adult watercolor class in painting butterflies, held from 1-3 p.m. on each o f the four Tuesdays. Cost is $60.
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Silk Dying Classes with Joy Meadows from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 10 - adult are welcome to come and learn to dye a silk scarf, tie belt or table runner. Cost is $20.
To register for any of these classes, call 865-984-5300.
• Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes are set to begin in two locations on Monday, Aug. 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 Aug. 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 email@example.com or call 865-607-4473 for more information.
Youthful Expressions Studio's “A School for Artistic Enrichment” Fall 12-week session begins Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Wednesday, Aug. 12, and will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the ArtSpace, located at 106 E. Broadway. The class will work in charcoal, pastels, watercolor, mixed-media, and sculpture, and is instructed by Cindy McDannel and Mary Jane Booth. The cost is $240 for 12 weeks. For more information or to register, visit www.yestudio.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 865-607-4473. All materials are included, and a sibling discount is available.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.