Community Calendar for March 5, 2009

The Blount County Election Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 10 a.m. in the Election Commission Conference Room.

Maryville Public Building Authority will meet at the Maryville City Schools central offices at 833 Lawrence Avenue at 5 p.m. on March 10. The purpose of the meeting will be to approve the contractor for pending renovations at Sam Houston Elementary School, John Sevier Elementary School and Maryville Middle School.

Pellissippi accepting donations for book sale--Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Blount County Center is currently accepting books, CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records, computer games and puzzles for the college’s annual book sale, which will take place in March.

Members of the community are encouraged to join Pellissippi State faculty, students, staff and alumni in donating new and gently used items to the Faculty Senate Book Sale, proceeds of which go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

The 2008 book sale raised about $8,000. Prices range from 50 cents to $4, the same as in 2008.

The sale will take place at all four of Pellissippi State’s locations—the Blount County Center, Pellissippi Campus, Division Street Campus and Magnolia Avenue Campus. The sale at the Blount County campus will take place on March 16-17 from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and on March 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

At Blount County Center, items may be taken to the main office through March 6. For more information, including the drop-off points at the other campuses, contact Roller at 865-539-7316.

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,, contains more detailed information about classes and workshops. You can contact FAB at 865-982-0898 or via email at Events on the Fine Arts Blount calendar for the coming months are as follows:

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop.

Saturdays beginning in February from 10 a.m. - noon “Tag You’re It!” #1, Scrapbooking Tags with Katie Kinney.

Saturdays Feb. 7 - Mar. 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. - Kid’s Clay (for ages 6-12)with Elain O’Sullivan. Children’s works of art will be hand built, glazed and fired using water-based white clay. The cost is $120, which includes materials and firings. To register, contact Elain at 865-977-7039.

Palace Theater event listing-- all concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door plus tax. For advance tickets or more information, call 865-983-3330.

Saturday, March 7: celebrated country group Dismembered Tennesseans

Saturday, March 14: guitar legend Dan Crary

Friday, March 27: Last Friday Art Walk featuring William Blount High School with teacher Doris Toprider, from 5:30-8 p.m. This show is free.

Friday, March 27: mandolin great Steve Smith

Saturday, April 4: folk musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth

Saturday, April 18: traditional Appalachian bluegrass group The Lone Mountain Band

Capitol Theatre event listing -- For tickets and other information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

Friday, March 13: The Capitol Rocks! featuring FLASHBACK

Saturday, March 14: The Capitol Rocks! featuring Kafeen

Saturday, March 21: The Capitol Rocks! featuring Soul Connection

Friday, March 27: Streamliners Swing Orchestra in concert

Thursday, March 26 to Sunday, March 29: The Foothills Community Players present the play “You Can’t Take It With You.” Tickets and more information are at

The Lost Cajuns will meet for Lent dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Red Lobster located at 8040 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Advance Reservations required. Please contact or call 865-748-7122 for more information or to attend.

Medic blood drives will be held in Blount County on the following days:

Friday, March 6, at Blount Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the inside auditorium. Donors will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich or biscuit.

Friday, March 6, TVA Employees Credit Union, located at 1113 Hunters Crossing Drive from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Bloodmobile

Donors must be at least 17, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation, and a year’s membership towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program.

Medic is the sole provider of blood and blood products for 21 counties and 28 area hospitals. For more information, contact the MEDIC Regional Blood Center office at 865-524-3074.

The Blount County Animal Center is offering community members a “sneak peek” of the new facility this Saturday, March 7, from 12-3 p.m. The originally scheduled sneak peak was canceled because of inclement weather.

Tours will be available and visual aids provided to illustrate what the finished facility will look like. All are invited to attend.

To get to the Blount County Animal Center construction site, take E. Broadway (Hwy 33) toward Rockford. Turn left onto McArthur Rd. and then left again onto Currie Ave. Circle around until you reach the Boys and Girls Club, then take an immediate right onto Tyler and wind back behind the club, proceeding down the gravel road to the site.

For more information, email

The East Tennessee Jazz Society will host a gathering on Sunday, March 8 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Swank’s Jazz Club in Maryville. Music will be by pianist, composer and educator Dr. Bill Swann with bassist Allen Smith and drummer Martin Whitaker. Also featured will be vocalist Emily Emadian.

The door charge is $ 5 for members and $ 10 for non-members. Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations contact Bob Heintz at 865-982-6834.

Maryville Board of Education -- The regularly scheduled meeting of the Maryville Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at Maryville High School. Prior to the meeting, the board will participate in an all-day retreat at Chilhowee Inn in Walland. Agendas are available upon request.

The P.G. Wodehouse Society, a national literary society dedicated to the enjoyment of the novels, short stories, poems, plays, and lyrics of P. G. Wodehouse, will host s meeting for its members and any other members of the public who may be interested in Wodehouse. A short program on collecting materials about Mr. Wodehouse and his writings about Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, Aunt Agatha, Lord Emsworth, and his other great characters will be presented. The meeting will be held in Alcoa, near the airport, on Saturday, March 28 between 1 and 3 P.M. For more information please call Ken at 865-406-4779 or e-mail

Artists of the Smokies Provide Classes to Encourage, Preserve Appalachian Arts The Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), will offer classes taught by local artisans during February and March 2009. The classes include wool felt and appliqué sewing, rug hooking, gourd painting, and a flatpicking guitar workshop. All classes will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center, and pre-registration is required.

Gourd Painting Classes: Brenda Garner will offer two classes to share her unique technique of using a gourd as the surface of a painting, versus the use of wood, canvas, or metal. The first class, held on Saturday, March 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be offered for beginner painters. Garner will instruct participants how to correctly paint on the gourd, and show them how to turn it into a birdhouse, if desired.

Then, on Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garner will provide a class for more advanced painters. In this class, participants will learn how to paint a hummingbird.

The cost of one class is $35. Participants are asked to bring their own detailed brushes and a packed lunch. To learn more about the gourd painting or to register for one of the two classes, please contact Brenda Garner at (865) 983-2698. The deadline for all registration is Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Rug Hooking Classes: For 15 years, Carol McBride has been crafting in various capacities, such as weaving, making homemade necklaces and rug hooking. On Wednesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m., McBride will instruct participants about the basics of rug hooking.

Each class costs $45, which includes everything but a 12 or 14-inch hoop, which participants are asked to bring on their own. For more information about the rug hooking classes or to register, please contact Carol McBride at (865) 379-9169. McBride requests that all registrations are made as soon as possible.

The Smoky Mountain Orchid Society will be holding hosting an Orchid Show from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8 at West Town Mall in Knoxville.

Gateway to Independence fundraiser - The sixth-annual Gateway to Independence dessert and silent auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Maryville High School Commons area. The event will feature Ed Harper and the Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and The Gate Crashers. An array of desserts and door prizes will be available. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. All are welcome. For more information, call 865-379-7904.

Book signing at Hastings -- Author Dr. William R. Morgan will be signing copies of his motivational self-help book, “The Real Stuff of Success,” on March 13 from 4-6 p.m. at the Hastings in Maryville, located at 501 N. Foothills Plaza Dr.

For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or

Dog obedience classes set for March - Registration is now being accepted for a variety of Dog obedience training classes scheduled to begin the week of March 24 at Pearson Springs Park.

Puppy Start - Learn techniques on managing and raising your puppy to prevent “puppy mistakes”, and build good behavior. Class designed for puppies 8-16 weeks old. Puppies less than 10 pounds may come up to 6 months of age. This class will be held March 24-April 21 (Tuesdays) from 6-7 p.m. Cost is $50. NOTE: March 24 class meets 6-7:15 p.m. The class is instructed by Lori Rizzo and Patti Gibson

Basic Manners - This class will provide you with the tools needed to shape your dog’s behavior to encourage calm, well-mannered, social behavior. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks old. This class will be held March 26-April 23 (Mondays & Thursdays). Cost is $80. Session 1 will be from 6-6:45 pm OR Session 2: 7-7:45 p.m. NOTE: On March 26 both sessions meet WITHOUT DOGS 6-7:15 pm. Instructors are Lori Rizzo and Patti Gibson

“Fetch it!” Hunting Retriever Class - This class is designed to teach you and your sporting dog the basics of land and water retrieving. Dogs must be at least 6 months old, be able to successfully perform basic obedience skills, and be non-aggressive to people and other dogs. No formal retrieving experience is necessary.Classes will be held March 24 - April 21 (Tuesdays) from 6:45 - 8 p.m. The cost is $50. Instructors are Patti and Mark Gibson

For more details on the classes, instructor credentials and to register Online, go to OR call Parks & Recreation at 983-9244.

The Heritage girls’ spring basketball camp will be held March 16-18 at Heritage High School. The registration fee is $60 if received by March 13th, $70 after that date. Late registration will start at 8 a.m. on March 16.

Girls first through eighth grade are welcome. The camp will emphasize good sportsmanship and fundamental basketball skills including individual and team competition. Campers will be grouped by age, size and athletic ability in order to provide good and fair competition for all campers.

All campers must provide their own lunches; no one will be allowed to leave campus for lunch. Snacks and drinks will be sold at camp.

The hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, with the championship afternoon on Wednesday from 12:30-3 p.m. For More information, contact Rick Howard at 865-984-8110 or 865-984-3228.

AARP Driver Safety Course will be available on March 25 and 26 from 1-5 p.m. at the Smith Mortuary Event Center located at 1404 Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville. The class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For more information, contact Gail Jackson at 865-694-0853.

Blount BEneFITs, an action team of the Blount County Community Health Initiative, is seeking award nominations for the “Ready, Set, Move Awards Program” from local schools and businesses who are taking steps within their organizations to promote, contribute, and enhance the quality of life through healthy lifestyle opportunities. There are three levels of categories for businesses and schools for which you may qualify to nominate an organization. The categories for Businesses are: Small (1 – 25 Full-Time Employees), Medium (26 – 50), and Large (51 + Full-Time Employees). School categories are: Elementary (K-5), Intermediate/Middle (5 – 8), and High (9 – 12). One Overall Winner and One Runner-Up will be selected from each sub-category. Overall winners will receive a plaque and an attractive awards sign to post outside of the facility, media coverage will be given to recognize their efforts, and an awards reception will be hosted. The Runner-up recipients will receive a framed certificate along with media coverage.

Organizations must complete the appropriate nomination form, which can be accessed through contacting Judy Clabough with Blount Memorial Community Outreach at #977-5718 or by contacting Kelly Forster at Parks & Recreation at #983-9244. A 250 word or less program description is required along with any support materials for the organizations program or efforts. The deadline for nominations is March 12. Award winners will be selected and notified by April 1.

NAMI class on caring for those with mental illnesses

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.

One in five Tennesseeans is affected by a mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, eating disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. The With Hope In Mind curriculum addresses these common illnesses.

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

For more information or to register for the course, contact Kim Sumar at or 865-579-5165 or email

The MHS girls’ summer basketball camp will be held at Maryville High School’s James C. Campbell gymnasium from Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.

The camp is open to girls entering grades 1-9 in the next school year. The camp will fun from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily, with the gym open at 8:00 a.m. each day for those needing to arrive early. Late registration and camper check-in will be Monday, June 1, 8:00-8:45 a.m. The cost is $80, which includes a t-shirt, a compact size Lady Rebel camp basketball, and a certificate.

For an application or more information, please call Suzanne Singleton at 865-984-8397 or e-mail, or contact Kim Bledsoe at 865-983-9486 or at

The “Smoky Mountain Visions” Art Exhibition is currently accepting entries for its upcoming juried show. The exhibition, organized by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, was developed to allow national artists to compete and display work created in response to the Great Smoky Mountains experience in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the national park.

The selected pieces will be contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork focusing on the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and will be exhibited at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 5 until July 30. Neely Hyde, Director of Exhibits and Digital Media for the Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga, is the juror.

Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, April 4. The competition is open to all artists living within the continental United States. Entries must be original works completed within the last five years in the following categories: painting, graphic arts, 3-D and photography. To submit artwork, download a prospectus and application at, or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. Prizes include $1,000 in cash awards as well as future exhibition opportunities.

Spring Romance Social Dancing From 6:30 -9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, the Bristol Boys and Girls Club hosts public social dances. Anyone interested in live music and dancing, including ballroom, swing and square dancing, is invited to attend. For more information, call 865-681-0418.

Cooking Class at Rockford Baptist Rockford Baptist Church is currently offering weekly cooking classes 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 the Speech and Hearing Foundation of Blount County. 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

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 or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail

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 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.

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

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

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.

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