Community Events for March 12, 2009

Saturday, March 14

Louisville Point Park Cleanup begins Saturday

The Fort Loudon Lake Association (FLLA) is leading a cleanup effort at Louisville Point Park on Saturday, March 14. beginning at 9:30 a.m. The group will meet at Louiville Point Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for check in, instruction, equipment and supplies.

Anyone interested in help keep the Fort Loudon watershed beautiful should come dressed in old clothes and shoes and bring work gloves if possible. The FLLA will supply all other needs.

Everyone will return at 12:30 p.m. to the Louisville Park Pavilion for a boxed lunch, wrap up, and group photograph.

Areas to be covered are Poland Creek, George’s Creek, and Lackey Creek. Poland Creek will primarily be covered by the Channel Drive Group. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, March 15, from 2-4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Fort Loudoun Lake Association at 865-523-3800 or email

Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17

Maryville PD will hold AARP Driver Safety Course

The City of Maryville Police Department’s Community Policing Unit is offering a course that will help drivers over 50 years of age save on insurance premiums and make the roads more safe.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is a classroom refresher course specially designed to meet the needs of older drivers. It includes age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. The course, developed by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and its membership, is designed to help older drivers update their knowledge and skills, prevent traffic accidents and violations, and maintain mobility and independence.

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered by the Maryville Police Department on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Maryville Municipal Center, 400 West Broadway Avenue. The $10 fee per person, which goes directly to AARP, covers the cost of classroom materials.

In addition to the safety benefits, the course will help participants save money on their insurance premiums. Tennessee requires that all automobile insurance companies offer a premium to graduates of the course. Upon completion, participants can mail or fax a copy of their course certificate to their auto agent to receive the discount. For more details about the exact amount of savings, call your local insurance agent.

For more information or to reserve a place, call Sergeant Jason Barham or Officer Brett Hall at 865-977-6964.

Thursday, March 19

Pellissippi State brings in top photogs for ‘Meet the Pros’

Olympus and Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art are sponsoring “Meet the Pros,” a March 19 event that brings award-winning national photographers to the college.

Judy Herrmann and Nick Kelsh share the inspirations behind their cutting-edge digital photography, the lessons they’ve learned along the way and the tools of their trade.

The presentation is at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. A pre-event reception is set for 6-6:45 p.m. in the Bagwell Center Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Herrmann, of Herrmann + Starke, has specialized since 1989 in still-life and lifestyle photography. Her work has been featured in many magazines. A former president of the American Society of Media Photographers, she also consults with photographers about career development and planning.

Nick Kelsh’s work has appeared in such major publications as Time, Life, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Forbes, Fortune and Business Week. He is also the author of nine books, including two that celebrate children: “Naked Babies” and the sequel, “Siblings,” on which he collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen. In 1986, Kelsh launched the communications firm Kelsh/Wilson Design.

This is the second year the Bagwell Center has partnered with Olympus to bring acclaimed photographers to Pellissippi State for “Meet the Pros.” The two also joined forces in offering a 2007 workshop for professional photographers to hone their craft.

The Bagwell Center houses Pellissippi State’s Media Technologies program. The associate’s degree program provides students the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and expert faculty in photography, Web design, video production and graphic design.

In addition to attending the presentation, audience members will have a chance to win an Olympus E-250 Digital SLR camera. For more information, contact Ron Goodrich, Pellissippi State’s program coordinator for Photography, at or (865) 539-7171.

Thursday, March 26

Storytelling Workshop for Teachers to be in Knox

On Thursday March 26, from 4-6 p.m., two experienced local storytellers will conduct a storytelling workshop for local educators, called “How to Teach Students to Tell Stories: An In-service Workshop for Teachers and Other Interested Adults.” The workshop will demonstrate the educational soundness of using storytelling in teaching and of teaching students storytelling skills, as well as provide resources for teachers and students including correlations with state standards and a step-by-step method for learning storytelling.

The workshop will be held at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center at 801 Tipton Ave. in South Knoxville. The cost is $15, and two hours of in-service credit are available to Knox County teachers. Teachers from other school systems should contact their principals for approval.

The workshop will include both large and small group activities led by Millie Sieber and Susan Fulbright, both reading specialists and storytelling educators.

Please register for the workshop by emailing your name and school to or calling 865-765-4811 by March 21.

The workshop will be followed by a Student Storytelling Showcase, to be held on Saturday May 2 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Four of the best student storytellers per school may participate. Their stories should be folktales no longer than six minutes. Showcase ribbons will be awarded to all participants. The deadline to submit recommendation forms for student storytellers is April 24. If your school would like to participate, please contact Kathryn Atkins-Roberson at 865-693-5856 or for more information.

Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29 and Friday, April 3 to Sunday April 5

Pellissippi State to stage ‘The Fantasticks’

Pellissippi State Technical Community College will present six performances of the musical “The Fantasticks” in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

The performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 27-28 and April 3-4, and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 29 and April 5.

“The Fantasticks” premiered off-Broadway in 1960 and ran for a record-breaking 17,162 performances. The musical’s book and lyrics are written by Tom Jones and the music is composed by Harvey Schmidt.

In 2006 an off-Broadway revival began and is still drawing audiences. The book is charming, the score whimsical, and together they present a touching and funny story of innocence and enlightenment.

Pellissippi State’s production of “The Fantasticks” is directed and staged by Steven McBride, with musical direction by Hannah Kyzer. The veteran cast includes Kevin Smathers, Robby Griffith, Dan Maxwell, Art Dworkin and Matthew McDonald, with Casey Maxwell and George Fox as the young lovers. The producer is Charles Miller, associate professor of Theatre at the college.

Tickets are available at the Clayton Performing Arts Center Box Office 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $8 for Pellissippi State students and faculty, $10 for area students and seniors, and $12 general admission. Seating is limited.

For more information call (865) 694-6684.

Thursday, March 26 to Sunday, March 29

Foothills Community Players to perform ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

The Foothills Community Players takes to the Capitol Theatre stage with their third production of their inaugural season, “You Can’t Take It With You”, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, March 26 - 29.

Opening night, Thursday, March 26, curtain is scheduled for 8 p.m. with subsequent performances Friday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. (special time), Saturday, March 28, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m. Tickets for performances are $16, Seniors/Students for $14. Ticket information is available at or by calling 865-712-6428. Groups interested in attending a performance may contact Lisa Blair at 865-712-6428.

The special curtain time of 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 27 is part of Last Friday Art Walk festivities in downtown Maryville. Immediately following the performance, the swing band Streamliners will perform on the Capitol Theatre stage.

The play focuses on the Sycamore home. At first they seem mad, but it is not long before you realize that if they are mad, then the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house. The shock sustained by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores find it hard to realize Alice’s view. Tony knows the Sycamores live the right way with love and care for each other, while his own family is the one that’s crazy. In the end, Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores.

“You Can’t Take It With You” is directed by Daniel Barrett and is produced in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. The FCP is a new all-volunteer community theatre in Blount County. Information about this production and the FCP may be found at

Friday, March 27

Journalism Conference looks at environmental issues

The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists will host “Writing Green: An Environmental Journalism Conference” in Knoxville on Friday, March 27. The day-long conference will take place in the banquet hall above Calhoun’s On the River from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Panelists will discuss environmental issues in Southern Appalachia and provide journalists with tools for covering complex and controversial environmental issues. The conference will present a variety of expert perspectives to address the scientific issues as well as policy problems involved in responsible environmental journalism.

The conference will be divided into four sessions: “Introduction to Environmental Issues in Southern Appalachia,” “Environmental Law and Policy,” “The Energy Beat - Coal in Appalachia,” and “Application of Environmental Journalism.” Each session will be followed by a question and answer period.

Jim Detjen, director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, will deliver the lunch keynote address. The conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and University of Tennessee’s Environmental Studies Program.

Cost for the conference is $15 for SPJ members and students and $20 for nonmembers. Fees include lunch and conference materials, and the registration deadline is March 20. Cost at the door is $30. The conference is open to the public. Register online at

Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 26

Park plans annual Wildflower Pilgrimage for April

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its 59th-annual Wildflower Pilgrimage from Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 26. The Pilgrimage offers 152 programs spread over five days with an array of professionally-guided walks exploring the region’s rich wildflowers, fauna, ecology, cultural and natural history, indoor presentations, and evening speakers.

The Pilgrimage attracts more than 900 participants attending educational events led by more than 110 specialists who are professional educators and naturalists. The Park’s unique habitats are the setting for myriad programs featuring wildflowers, algae, mosses, ferns, birds, bears, boars, butterflies, salamanders, spiders, terrestrial and aquatic insects, and ecology.

Walks, hikes, and motorcades take pilgrims to all regions of the Park to observe its biological diversity. Indoor programs, field photography and drawing workshops are also offered. The Wildflower Pilgrimage is a window into one of the most diverse habitats in temperate North America.

Special indoor programs which are open to the public include “Regressing in the Garden: Childlike Wonder” and “Climate Change and Global Warming.”

Registration for the Spring Wildlife Pilgrimage begins April 9 at 9a.m. For information or to register, visit Registration by phone will be available from April 9-13 and between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily by calling 865-436-7318 x225. Registration on-site in Gatlinburg will be from April 21- 25.

Registration, exhibits, vendors, and indoor programs are located at the Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage headquarters in the Mills Conference Center on Historic Nature Trail-Airport Road in Gatlinburg. Registration fees are $30 per day, $50 for two or more days, $10 for middle, secondary, and college students for one or more days, and $25 for Welcoming Luncheon (no daily fee charged). Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a registered adult. Groups of 10 or more who plan to attend the same event can register by phone only.

Saturday, April 4

Sixth annual April Foolies back at MC’s Alumni Gym

The annual April Foolies fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 4, at the Maryville College Alumni Gym. The show starts at 7 p.m.

The annual charity event showcases local talent who is not afraid to be a “Fool” for local children in hopes of raising big funds for the United Way’s Success by Six program and the New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.

Some of the favorite returning acts are Allison Bradley, The Maryville Wildman Darrell Self , Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and Trash Can Band. The MC for the event is Walker Johnson and there will be a special appearance by Sammy “Barney Fife” Sawyer. It promises to be a fun-filled night featuring some of Blount County’s finest -- or at least funniest -- talent, all for a great cause.

Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at Blount Today, New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Dandy Lions, Southland Books and United Way of Blount County.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call 865-981-2000 or 865-982-2251.

Saturday, April 18

Spring Trash and Treasure Sale will benefit Relay

The ThunderWorld USA Relay for Life team is hosting its annual Spring Trash and Treasure Sale on Saturday, April 18. Individual booth rental is available for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Ursula McCall at 981-3399. ThunderWorld USA is located at 1551 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.

Thursday, April 30

Kindergarten and Pre-K registration set for Maryville City Schools

Families living inside the Maryville city limits who have children turning five before Sept. 30, 2009 should plan to attend kindergarten registration at the schools for which they are zoned. At registration, parents will receive a booklet listing required immunizations as well as the physical and dental certifications that are required before starting school in the fall.

At registration, parents should bring legal proof of residency, student birth certificate and student social security card. Foothills Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary and John Sevier Elementary will hold kindergarten registration on Thursday, April 30 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For further information, contact the schools or visit the school offices:

Sam Houston Elementary, located at 330 Melrose Street: call 865-983-3241

John Sevier Elementary, located at 2001 Sequoyah Avenue: call 865-983-8551

Foothills Elementary, located at 520 Sandy Springs Road: call 865-681-0364

Application forms are available now for voluntary pre-K programs in the Maryville City Schools for the 2009-2010 school year. These programs primarily serve at-risk students or children requiring special education services. Applications may be picked up at the elementary schools or the Central Office, located at 833 Lawrence Avenue.

In addition, parents with children between 33 and 60 months old, who have developmental concerns about their child, may wish to participate in a screening event for the Special Education Preschool program on Tuesday, April 7, from 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Fort Craig Elementary School. Contact Martha Bryant at 865-983-4371 for further details.

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