The Arts Alive Gallery -- The following classes are offered at the Arts Alive Gallery, located at 302 E. Church Ave. below Dandy Lions:
Native American Arts, Crafts and History Camp: From Tuesday, June 23 through Friday, June 26, Lyda Plemons will lead students ages 8 and up in painting, clay projects, jewelry, collage, sand and textiles inspired by Native American arts and crafts. Relics from tribes across the country will be featured, supplemented by storytelling, music and discussions of history. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each day at the Arts Alive gallery. Cost is $25 per day plus a $9 supply fee. Deadline for sign-up is June 16. A younger children’s camp for ages 5-8 is available from Monday, June 8 to Wednesday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each day. Cost is $12 per day plus a $5 supply fee.
To schedule a class, for supply lists or any other information, call 865-984-5300 or 865-983-8878.
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.
During June 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon each day, FAB is holding a “Space Odyssey” camp for elementary school students, which will include creative experiences in drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking, led by instructors Diann Bishop, Karen Miller, Suzanne Stockfisch.
From June 15-19, from 10 a.m. to noon each day, Youthful Expressions Studio is offering a “Tropical Paradise,” for ages 7-14, which will include drawing, painting and sculpture, led by instructors Cindy McDannel and Mary Jane Booth.
A version of the “Space Odyssey” course for middle & high school students will be held from June 22-26, led by Diann Bishop, Elain O’Sullivan and Jeanie Parker. During this same time period, FAB is offering a scrapbooking class for artists age 12 and up, led by Katie Kinney.
Visit www.fineartsblount.com or call ArtSpace at 865-982-0898, 865-977-0848 or 865-356-4361 for more information.
Blount United Soccer Club will be holding try-outs for boys and girls under 18 years old as of August 1, 2009. Sign-ups and tryout will take place at the Vulcan/APAC Park on Court Street in Maryville on the following days:
Thursday, June 4: Under-15 through Under-18 Boys
Friday, June 5: Under-15 through Under-18 Girls
Registration will open at 5:30 p.m. on each night and the tryouts will run from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be a parent orientation meeting each night for both new and returning parents. Parents only need to attend one orientation. Schedules may change, so visit the Blount United website for the updates. For more information, visit www.BlountUnited.com or call Garth Kupritz at 865-983-8772.
Obedience courses for dogs are being held for dogs of all ages at Maryville Academy, located at 1905 Sequoyah Ave. in Maryville. Classes begin on Monday, June 8. All dogs must be current on shots and proof of vaccination is required. Classes offered include:
Puppy Preschool: for puppies aged 8-10 weeks. The focus of this class is early socialization, which is very important for young dogs. Basic commands, grooming and housebreaking will also be covered. Classes begin Monday, June 8 from 6-6:30 p.m. The fee is $50 for 9 weeks. Bring your puppy with you on the first night.
Beginner Obedience: for dogs aged 14 weeks and older. Continued socialization, basic obedience and behavior issues. Classes begin Monday, June 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The fee is $80 for 9 weeks or $40 for rescue dogs (must show proof of rescue agency or shelter). Owners should come without their dogs on the first night.
Advanced Obedience: Enrollment in this class requires previous ovedience class participation at least through a beginner level. Classes begin Monday, June 8 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $80 for 9 weeks.
For more information, call 865-977-6340 or 865-983-7833, or email email@example.com.
Blount Memorial Health Calendar
A WellKid summer camp for kids is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook during the month of June. The five-day camp runs Monday-Friday, June 8-12 and promotes wellness in children ages 6-12. Cost is $100 per day or $25 per day for members and $150 per week or $35 per day for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
The Blount Memorial Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services in June. 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, June 4 from noon - 1 p.m. at Blount Memorial Hospital. Participants should pre-register by 10 a.m. the day of the program. 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. For more information about the classes or to register, call 865-981-3983.
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 from June 3 through July 8. The six-week program teaches basic yoga and principles of Pilates. The cost for non-members is $60. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
An Intro to Tai Chi program will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, May 14 - June 18. The adult beginners class focuses the mind while conditioning the body. Cost for non-members is $60. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
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.
Survivors of Suicide continues this month, meeting on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. The group meets the second Monday of each month and is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. For more information, call 865-984-4223.
Surgical Weight Loss Lectures -In June, 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 at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. To register for the free community program, call 865-977-4673 or 866-300-8644.
Cancer Center Lunch and Learn - The Blount Memorial Cancer Center will offer a free Lunch and Learn program on Tuesday, June 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference rooms 1 and 2 on the center’s second floor. Learn about using equine-assisted counseling to address grief and loss issues of children and adults from Mane Support founder and executive director Kim Henry. Joe Tolson, a volunteer with The Center for Courageous Kids, will speak about the year-round medical camp located in Scottsville, Ky. that serves children who suffer from chronic medical conditions or life-threatening illnesses and their families. For more information or to register, call 865-980-5038.
Olympia Summer Sports Camps - This summer, Olympia Athletic Club in Maryville is offering several Big Orange Sports Camps for rising middle schoolers. The football, basketball and soccer camps will focus on fundamentals, teamwork and sportsmanship. The cost for each 2-week camp is $200, and any athlete enrolled in multiple camps will receive a $10 discount per camp. Siblings who live in the same household will receive the same discount.
Football Camp: June 1-12, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Co-ed Soccer Camp: June 15-26, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Boys’ Basketball Camp: July 6-17, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Girls’ Basketball Camp: July 6-17, Monday to Friday from 1-3 p.m.
Enrollment is limited to the first 25 for each camp. Olympia Athletic Club is located at 398 Olympia Dr. in Maryville. For more information, call 865-984-8300.
NAMI Maryville Affiliate is offering With Hope in Mind, a free series of classes about coping with the difficulties of caring for loved ones with mental illness. The eight-session course will begin Saturday, April 18 from 9-11:30 a.m. and will be held on consecutive Saturdays until June 6.
With Hope in Mind teaches skills such as problem management, communication and crisis planning, and provides coping skills for dealing with the cycles of various illnesses. Conducted in an atmosphere of confidentiality, With Hope in Mind classes offer participants practical and emotional support.
The course in taught by NAMI volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors and have personal experience caring for someone with mental illness. There is not charge for the course but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more about With Hope In Mind at www.namitn.org
For more information or to register for the course, contact Kim Sumar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-579-5165 or email email@example.com.
AARP Driver Safety Class - An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held on June 10 and 11 from 1-5 p.m. each day at the Smith Mortuary Event Center, located at 1404 Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville. For more information about how to register, call Gail Jackson at 865-694-0853.
Chilhowee View Community Center will be serving a country breakfast on Saturday, June 13 to raise money for the maintenance and operation of the community center. Menu items include pancakes, ham, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy and coffee. The breakfast will be held from 7-9:30 a.m., and suggested donations are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Chilhowee View Community Center is located at 3229 Wilkinson Pike in Maryville.
Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation (SMACF) is holding a public meeting on Saturday, June 13 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Blount County Public Library. Visit www.smacf.net for more information.
Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps 2009 The award-winning Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps has announced 2009 music camp dates. The first week of the camp, June 14-21, will include flatpicking guitar, finger style guitar, dobro, acoustic bass, fiddle and old time banjo classes, all of which will be held during the week as June 14-21. New for June 14-21 is mountain lap dulcimer. The following week, June 21-28, the camp will host a second flatpicking guitar course, bluegrass banjo and mandolin classes. New for the week of June 21-28 is songwriting and vocal camp. Each night the Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp will host concerts at the newly refurbished Alumni Gym at Maryville College. Classes, meals and housing all take place at Maryville College.
The Kaufman camps gather musicians of all levels from around the globe to learn, play and share music in a non-competitive learning atmosphere. Pre-registration is required.
Registration information is found at www.acoustic-kamp.com, by calling 1-800-flatpik (800-352-8745) or calling 865-982-3808.
Information regarding the nightly concerts can be found at www.palacetheater.com . Tickets can be purchased at Murlin’s Music World, located at 429 West Broadway in Maryville or in advance over the phone with Visa/Master Card 865-982-3808. Tickets are also available at the door.
The Election Commission will be meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. in the Election Commission Conference Room, located in the Blount County Courthouse.
SMACF Salsarita’s Fundraiser On Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 19, 20 and 21, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. each day, the Salsarita’s at Hamilton Crossing in Alcoa will donate 15% of all sales accompanied by a SMACF flyer to the organization. A printable version of the flyer will be posted on the SMACF website soon (www.smacf.net). The Salsarita’s location in Turkey Creek in Knoxville will also be participating. For SMACF to get the donation, you must present the flyer when placing your order. For more information, visit the SMACF website or call the Alcoa Salsarita’s at 865-981-4306, or the Turkey Creek Salsarita’s at 865-688-1020,
Edible Book Contest returns to Blount County Public Library Once again, Blount County residents are invited to tap their creative potential to produce entries for this year’s Edible Book Contest. As in past years, cash prizes ranging from $25 to $100 will be awarded to winners in each of the contest categories. Prizes, provided by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library, will be awarded at a ceremony on Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m.
Any person eight years old and older who has a Blount County Public Library card is eligible to participate. Exhibitors may enter as an individual or as a member of a group. Entry forms are available at the library’s Reference Desk or online at the library website: www.blountlibrary.org. Guidelines for the competition are also available on the website.
Each edible creation must depict a fictional or nonfictional literary work in the permanent collection of the Blount County Public Library. The internet address for the Blount County Public Library online catalog is www.blountlibrary.org.
Complete the official entry form available at the Blount County Public Library Reference Desk or available on the library’s web site. The form must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, June 23. The edible creation must be delivered to the library on Thursday June 25 between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. An individual may enter in only one category and only as an individual or member of a group, not both. Judging will take place on the evening of June 25. The award presentation will be on Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m., and entrants may pick up their entries after the presentation. The library reserves the right to display the entries anywhere in the library.
Each entry will be judged on originality and creativity, skill and construction, visual appeal, and tie-in with the literary work being depicted. A first, second and third prize ($100, $50, and $25) will be given in each of the following categories: Juvenile (8-12 years old), Young Adult / Teens (13 - 19 years old), and Adult (20+ years old). Special prizes of $100 will also be awarded for Creativity, Humor, Judges’ Choice, and Viewer’s Choice.
The decision of the judges is final. Professional entries will also be accepted; however, they will not be judged. They may display their business cards.
The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street in Maryville. For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.
Alcoa High School class of l979 will hold its 30 year reunion on Friday, July 3 at Top of the Plaza, 200 E. Broadway Ave. in Maryville from 7-11 pm. Cost is $30 per person. For more info contact Debbie Bowers Wake at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian Perkins at email@example.com.
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.
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.