Community Food Connection needs volunteers for Blount County food drives. Volunteers are needed for 2 hours only to give out flyers in front of the Maryville Kroger, March 13-15 and April 3-5 in front of the Food Lion at Borwns Creek, 1701 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Friday and Saturday hour are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A second group of volunteers will be needed at the Community Food Connection store located at 1402 East Broadway to receive and stock the non-perishable food from these drives.
This a wonderful opportunity for churches, civic clubs, youth groups or any person to give back to the community. The Community Food Connection helps over 5,000 Blount County residents with their food needs each month.
All those interested should contact Larry Ladd, CFC Special Projects Director at 865-984-6688
City of Alcoa Spring leaf collection The annual spring collection of leaves for the City of Alcoa will begin Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, and the following week, beginning Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27. Residents are asked to separate leaves from other wastes (brush, demolition debris, etc.) and place them near the street for collection. Leaves should be placed behind the street's curb or shoulder fronting the homeowner's property. Please do not rake leaves into the street. Raking leaves into the street obstructs the view and passage of motorists and clogs the City's storm sewer systems. If there is a legitimate reason the homeowner cannot place leaves behind their curb or ditch, or if there are other questions concerning leaf collection, please call the Alcoa Public Works Department at 380-4815 or 380-4800. Note that bagging of leaves will not be required during this 2-week period. Leaves may be raked to the curb for vacuuming by the City's equipment. However, prior to and following this 2-week period leaves must be bagged for collection.
This and other information regarding residential solid waste collection is included on the calendars mailed in December to each city household. Residents who did not receive a calendar, have misplaced their calendar, or have other questions regarding solid waste collection and recycling may call the Alcoa Public Works Department.
ARFNets (Animal Rescue and Fostering Networks) has several events coming up during March.
On Saturday March 14, and Saturday March 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. on each day, ARFNets will hold adoption events at Hastings Books and Videos in Maryville. There will be dogs and cats available for adoption, all of whom have been spayed or neutered and are up to date on vaccinations and medical care.
On Saturday, March 28, from 7:30-9:30 there will be a benefit breakfast at Texas Roadhouse. Donors will enjoy biscuits, sausage, gravy and a beverage and also will receive a coupon for a free appetizer on a return visit. Tickets cost $5 and proceeds benefit ARFNets.
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.
Blount Memorial Hospital’s “Joint School,” an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during March. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 11, 18 and 25.
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.
GeoMotion – Dance, Dance, Revolution, a six-week program offering hip-hop dance, speed and agility drills, and interactive games, will be held Thursdays, March 12 - April 16 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook.
Kids ages 6-8 years old will meet from 5:30-6:15 p.m., and kids 9-12 years old will meet from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Cost is $30 for members, and $65 for non-members.
For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
Blount Memorial family birth preparation activities in March
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 March.
A free Family Birthing Center Tour will take place on Monday, March 23, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the Family Birthing Center waiting room.
Expectant mothers and their support partners also are invited to attend the Prepared Childbirth Series (Lamaze), which will meet from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, March 13, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in the Family Birthing Center classroom at Blount Memorial. Cost is $65 per couple.
A breastfeeding class offers an overview of the physiology of breastfeeding and benefits to infant and mother. The class will meet Thursday, March 19, from 6-7:30 p.m.
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.
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:
Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Still Life Oil Painting for Beginner Adults with Tammy Schlosser, for 5 weeks from March 30 through April 27. Cost is $80.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Still Life Oil Painting for Beginner Adults with Tammy Schlosser, for 5 weeks fromMarch 31 through April 28. Cost is $80.
Students will learn proper canvas preparation, color mixing, lighting, and use of painting mediums and glazes to complete a realistic still life using the traditional techniques of the old masters. For more information or to register contact Tammy at 865-983-4825 or email tammy@TammySchlosser.com.
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 beginning Feb. 7 from 12-4 p.m. - Beginner’s Oil Painting with Doug Winfrey (for all ages) with emphasis on individual instruction. Cost is $60. Contact Doug at 865-856-3643.
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 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
Capitol Theatre event listing --
For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.
Friday, March 13: The Capitol Rocks! featuring FLASHBACK
Saturday, March 14: The Capitol Rocks! featuring Kafeen
Edward Jones Investments The new Edward Jones Investments office, located at 1891 Louisville Rd. in Alcoa, will be holding a grand opening celebration on Thursday, March 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., led by the office’s Financial Advisor, Edward Chaney.
Girls Summer Science Camp - Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now recruiting rising eighth- grade girls for the summer Girls in Science Camp at its environmental residential center, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, located near Townsend. The camp is made possible through a 3-year, on $1,000,000 Science Education grant from Toyota to Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit organization that supports conservation, education, and other Park priorities.
During the week, the girls will work with National Park Service and Tremont staff as they join researchers in conducting hands-on science in the Park, studying hellbenders and other salamanders, the bounty of streams in the Smokies, and the unique high-elevation forests.
Interested girls must be students who will be entering 8th grade this fall. To apply, the potential campers must write a one-page letter explaining why the camp is right for them and provide two letters of reference, one of which should come from a teacher. The camp is free, but transportation costs to and from the camp are not covered. A refundable $50 deposit is required to register. All applications must be postmarked by March 23 and sent to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, 9275 Tremont Rd., Townsend, TN 37882. For more information, visit http:/www.gsmit.org/camp or call Tremont at 865-448-6709.
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. 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 13, $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.
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.