Community Calendar for March 19, 2009

Spring craft fair at Everett - On March 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Everett Recreation Center will host a spring craft fair, featuring 58 crafters and other vendors from East Tennessee and the surrounding area. There will be concessions, as well as door prizes and giveways. Everett Recreation Center is located at 316 S. Everett High Road. For more information, contact Lora at 865-233-0504 or kipsmamaw@charter.net.

Arts Alive Gallery art classes - The Arts Alive Gallery, located at 302 Church Ave. in Maryville, is offering a number of art classes this spring.

Mixed Media for Adults, held on Mondays March 23-April 6. Instructor Cindy Davis will combine a variety of media using canvas as a support for the finished work. Materials fee is $8 and class fee is $20 , totalling $68 for all 3 classes.

Acrylic Painting Workshop, held on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Instructor Gloria Nelson will direct students in color theory and application process. The fee is $25 and a supply list is avaliable at the gallery.

Oil Painting Classes, held March 24 and 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. Instructor Lyda Plemons will teach beginner through advanced students. Cost is $12 per session.

For more information, contact Lyda Plemons at 865-984-5300.

Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 23 in the United Steel Workers of America Hall, located at 380 S. Hall Rd. in Alcoa. Visit www.smokymountainarc.org for more information.

Pellissippi job fair at Blount County Center Pellissippi State Technical Community College will host the Blount County Job Fair at the Blount County Center in Alcoa on March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The whole community is invited to attend. Blount County service-industry employers such as banks, restaurants and hotels will participate. The deadline for employers to sign on is March 20.

To register or find out more, call Holly Burkett, assistant dean, Blount County Campus, at 865-981-5300.

Blount County Civil War Roundtable will hold its next meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library. Guest speaker will be Dorothy E. Kelly of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable who will present the lecture “Back Door to Battle: The Civil War in Blount County, Tennessee.” Monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in Civil War-era history. We also participate in living history reenactments and encampments to be announced as they are scheduled. Call 865-379-1717 for information or visit www.bccivilwar.bravehost.com.

Blount County Democratic Party will hold a County Convention for Reorganization on March 28 at 1p.m. at the Blount County Public Library. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 1 p.m., at which time the doors will be locked.

The party will elect the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson(s), Secretary, Treasurer and the Executive Committee for Blount County and discuss the agenda for 2009-2010. This meeting will involve open discussion and opportunities for county residents to express ideas and thoughts about the future.

All Democratic residents who are eligible voters of Blount County are urged to attend. For more information contact, Dave Finch at 607-9430, or email dave@blountdems.org.

Community Food Connection needs volunteers for Blount County food drives. Volunteers are needed for 2 hours only to give out flyers April 3-5 in front of the Food Lion at Browns 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 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., 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.

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 Wednesday, March 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.

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.

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.

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 www.parksrec.com OR call Parks & Recreation at 983-9244.

For a complete Calendar listing, go to www.BlountToday.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:

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 or visit the FAB website.

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.

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 www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.

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

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 www.foothillscommunityplayers.com.

Friday, March 27: Streamliners Swing Orchestra in concert

Friday, April 3: Brad Walker Orchestra plays big band, swing, ballads, latin, dixieland and dance favorites. A buffet from Sullivan’s is available one hour before the concert with a reservation. Ticket price for buffet is $25 per person, including the show. Call 865-980-1966 to make a buffet reservation or for more information.

Friday, April 10: Christabel and the Jons. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance online or $15 at the door.

The Pulmonary Month Lecture Series in March at Blount Memorial focuses on pulmonary conditions. The programs are held from 11 a.m. – noon in the Blount Memorial Medical Fitness classroom, on the hospital’s 2-east floor.

On Thursday, March 19, participants can learn tips for dealing with medical care centers from customer relations’ Joe Colquitt.

On Tuesday, March 24, registered respiratory therapist Terry Beckmann will speak on pulmonary function tests.

On Thursday, March 26, chaplain Ron Longmire will offer tips for managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Then on Tuesday, March 31, nurse practitioner Jack Weeks will explain advance directives.

East Tennessee Public Television Annual Reading Rainbow Contest

East Tennessee Public Television (ETPtv) is asking students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades to get their creative juices flowing for the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Contest. Young writers may submit original stories with illustrations by March 31st to enter.

The original story can be fictional or fact, prose or poetry. The story must include an illustration such as a drawing, photo, 3-D art or collage. The story will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Visit www.etptv.org for a complete list of contest rules and to download the entry form. Forms are also available at Knox County Public Libraries. Entry forms should be sent to Frank Miller at East Tennessee Public Television, 1611 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Prizes include DVDs, sports tickets and other great incentives. The winner from each grade level will also compete nationally for the chance to win a flat-panel TV with DVD player, a digital camera, a MP3 player, Reading Rainbow DVDs or feature books.

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. Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce will attend to perform the ribbon cutting, and a tour and refreshments will follow.

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.

Blount Memorial diabetes management class

During the month of March, Blount Memorial Hospital offers a class in diabetes management and a support group. Physician referral and an initial evaluation are required prior to attending a class session. The class is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covered by most insurance carriers.

The day class series meets from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 1 on the center’s second floor.

Each participant may bring one guest to the class. For more information, call the hospital’s Diabetes Management Center at 865-977-5767.

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.

Chilhowee View Community Center will hold a country breakfast on March 28 from 7-9:30 a.m. to raise money to maintain and operate the community center. The menu will feature pancakes, ham, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy and coffee. Suggested donation for adults is $6 and $3 for children under 10. The community center is located at 3229 Wilkinson Pike.

Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes, presented by the Arthritis Foundation, will be held in two Maryville locations beginning April 6.

The classes are specifically designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia or tendonitis, or for those wishing to explore the health benefits of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is a progressive exercise that increases flexibility, muscular strength, and fitness. This specialized program has been shown to help decrease the discomfort of all forms of arthritis, fibromaylgia and tendonitis using agility exercises to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements do not require deep bending or squatting.

Eight-week classes for Arthritis Foundation Level 1 and Level 2 begin April 6.

Level 1 and 2 sessions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church, located at 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Level 1 classes will take place from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Level 2 classes will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

A second Level 1 class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, located at 804 Montvale Station Road.

The instructor, Donna Dixon, is an experienced exercise instructor, a registered nurse, and a clinical exercise physiologist. She is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor for Levels 1 and 2. She has practiced Tai Chi since 2004.

The fee for any of the eight-week classes is $80. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register call 865-803-8887 or visit www.smokymountainwellness.com.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation exam prep offered by Pellissippi State

If you’re a building professional, you’re probably well aware that becoming a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional increases your marketability. You probably also know that the LEED Accredited Professional exam is about to change from two to four hours.

For a limited time, Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Business and Community Services is offering industry employees the opportunity to prepare for the shorter LEED AP exam.

By registering for the test before March 31 and taking it by June 30, participants still can take the two-hour exam. Those who register after March 31 must take a four-hour test.

Pellissippi State’s self-paced online preparation course is $275 and is available to complete anytime before students take the test.

“The seven-hour intensive online course will cover the six categories of the LEED for New Construction 2.2 rating system—from Sustainable Sites to Innovation and Design Processes,” said Brad Coburn, director of BCS’ Industrial and Contract Training.

“Participants will receive training on the integrated project management and documentation processes that are fundamental to the LEED program, and they will learn tips for working as LEED Accredited Professionals in the field.

“The training series will conclude with an overview of recommended study methods, exam-taking skills and practice questions for the LEED for New Construction 2.2. accreditation exam.”

LEED is a performance-based rating system for green buildings established by the U.S Green Building Council. The LEED AP credential distinguishes building professionals who have a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED rating system. Once students pass the exam, their name is listed in a directory of LEED APs.

Janna Nash, mother of three, is planning to take the exam before requirements change. She is more than halfway through the online test-prep class.

Nash worked as a mechanical engineer before having children and has been out of the workforce for 11 years. But when she got a job offer contingent on passing the LEED AP exam, she decided to go for it.

With the help of the preparation course, she expects soon to become a LEED AP, helping design energy efficient buildings for Strata-G, LLC, a company headquartered in Knoxville that provides environmental and energy services.

“One advantage to an online class is that you get to review the material,” Nash said. “I’ve been working on the class while my older two are at school. I don’t think my 4-year-old knows anything is different. She’s getting to stay here with Mom instead of having to go to a babysitter.”

To register for the course or to learn more, contact Brad Coburn at (865) 694-6666 or bwcoburn@pstcc.edu.

CSI camp for area homeschoolers Montessori Middle School is inviting area homeschool students to participate in an innovative spring-break program using forensic science to gather “evidence.” The program, called “CSI: Cool Science Investigations,” is open to students grades 2-8. Student-investigators will encounter a mock crime scene, where they must use careful observation and scientific methods to solve the mystery. They will test liquids and powders, find fingerprints, look at DNA profiles and test fibers, just like real criminal investigators.

The camp will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays, March 24 through April 7. The cost is $25 per day or $100 for the full five-session course for the first child in a family, and $20 per day or $80 for the full five-session course for additional siblings. Children should bring their lunches, slippers or no-slip socks for indoors and all-weather clothing for outdoor play time. The deadline to register for the program is Friday, March 20.

Montessori Middle School is located at 3725 Louisville Road on 32 acres of meadow, garden and forest. To register, or for more information, contact Jennifer W. Spirko, Director of Montessori Middle School, at 865- 985-8900 or mms@discoveret.org.

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 mssingle@ci.maryville.tn.us, or contact Kim Bledsoe at 865-983-9486 or at kmbledso@ci.maryville.tn.us.

ThunderWorld Relay for Life

The ThunderWorld Relay for Life Team will be hosting its annual spring Trash and Treasure Sale on Saturday, April 18. Individual booth rentals are available for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Ursula McCall at 865-981-3399. ThunderWorld USA is located at 1551 West Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

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 www.namitn.org

For more information or to register for the course, contact Kim Sumar at mama-dog@comcast.net or 865-579-5165 or email bounce47@peoplepc.com.

NAMI Maryville meetings

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.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets on the second Friday of each month in the Sunflower Room at MorningView Village, Blount Memorial Hospital’s senior community. The free support group is open to community members who have a family member with Alzheimer’s or care for someone who has the disease. For more information, call 865-980-4894.

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 third floor east. 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.

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 katie@topoftheplaza.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.

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 maryvilleyoga@yahoo.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.

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.

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.

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 alexia@alexia-dance.com

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.

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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