Community Events for March 19, 2009

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, March 21

Pistol Creek Gallery holds art show and reception

From 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, Pistol Creek Gallery on Broadway in Maryville will host a reception and show of works by featured artists. The exhibition will include painting, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry and will run through April 30.

Jazz musicians BBC Trio will provide live music and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to contact the gallery in advance. Pistol Creek Gallery is located at 117 E. Broadway. For more information, visit or call 865-310-3540.

Wednesday, March 25

Blount County Public Library to host ‘Fiscal Fitness in Tough Times’

For many people, there is often more month left at the end of the money than money left at the end of the month.

If making ends meet is getting more difficult, then you are invited to a presentation of “Fiscal Fitness in Tough times,” at the Blount County Public Library on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Presenters for the program will be Anna Seale, Financial Education Specialist for Consumer Credit Counseling Service and David Bonewitz, Family Services Director for the Blount County offices of Habitat for Humanity.

“Budgeting” doesn’t have to be a nasty word. A budget may be the best option for keeping up with the monthly flow of income and expenses.

Credit card debt or loan payments may be manageable if incorporated into a deliberate plan.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Friday, March 27

The Vineyard Church hosts night of free haircuts and family fun

The Vineyard Church will host a night of free haircuts, food, face painting, and horse back rides on Friday, March 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 419 S. Farnum Street in Friendsville.

SuperCuts and other salons will provide the hair stylists and equipment to make the free haircuts possible. “We want to support our community and give back,” said Jessica Dempsey, SuperCuts’ shift manager. “We are in such a time of economic need and we want to help.”

“Our kids’ hair doesn’t slow down with the economy,” said Sharon McCarter, The Vineyard Church’s associate pastor. “Family haircut day can get expensive fast, and we want to respond to a real need that families have.”

The haircuts, activities and food are free of charge and everyone is invited.

For more information, call the church office at 865-995-0504 or visit

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.

“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

Saturday, March 28

Family dance party to promote autism awareness

Families with children ages newborn to eight are invited to Boogie Down Baby, a family dance party in celebration of Autism Awareness Month to be held on Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the former Green Hills Grille located in Western Plaza in Knoxville.

The event will benefit ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Athletes, a non-profit organization celebrating its debut at the Boogie Down Baby event. ASD Athletes’ goal is to raise $7000 by April 30 so the organization can begin giving back to the community as early as July.

Admission to the dance party from is $10 per person, excluding non-walking babies. Included in admission is food from The Fresh Market, Earth Fare and The Happy Badger Catering and free chair massages for mom and dad from Dasia Massage and Body Works. There will also be giveaways from Dasia Massage and Body Works, Discovery Toys, Premier Designs Jewelry and more.

Each family will receive a Boogie Bargains family discount coupon book with hundreds of dollars in savings.

For more information, call 865-604-8511 or visit The event is located at 4429 Kingston Pike in Western Plaza in Knoxville.

Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30

AAUW screens films for Women’s History Month

On Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. and Monday, March 30, 2009, at 7 p.m. in Lawson Auditorium in Fayerweather Hall at Maryville College, the AAUW Maryville Branch will sponsor a film festival in recognition of Women’s History Month.

On Sunday, March 29, the films The Women’s Kingdom and Tillie Olsen - A Heart in Action will be shown with a discussion following led by Amy Allocco, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University focusing primarily on contemporary Hinduism, particularly women’s rituals, practices and expressive traditions.

On Monday, March 30, the AAUW will show the film Iron Ladies of Liberia, and the discussion afterwards will be led by Sharon Hannum, Chair of the Blount Chamber Foundation, Chair of the Alcoa City Schools Foundation, Blount Education Initiative and member of the Blount County Commission’s Jail Inspection Committee. For more information, email

Wednesday, April 1

Pagliacci Opera Preview to be at the Blount County Library

Knoxville Opera will present a Pagliacci Opera Preview on Wednesday, April 1, at the Blount County Public Library. This performance will be a premier opera event for the library.

Maestro Brian Salesky, General Director and Conductor of Knoxville Opera, will be the guest speaker and accompany a Knoxville Opera artist who will sing excerpts from the ever popular potboiler opera Pagliacci.

The Knoxville Opera production of Pagliacci is part of its annual Rossini Festival and takes place on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the magnificent, historic Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville. Tickets ($10 and up for students, $15 and up for adults) are available by calling the Box Office at 524-0795. The free admission Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival Italian Street Fair takes place on Saturday, April 25 from Noon to 9pm on Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville. Nine hours of entertainment by 30 groups highlight the festivities along with a Children’s Funzone on Market Square.

Free and open to the public, the Pagliacci Opera Preview program will be held on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Saturday, April 4

First-annual ‘Let’s Clean Up Louisville’ event rescheduled

The first annual Let’s Clean Up Louisville, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been delayed until Saturday, April 4. The Town of Louisville, the TWRA and the Fort Loudoun Lake Association are grateful for the overwhelming preliminary support of the event and hope that the new date will allow even more volunteers to participate.

The delay is due to anticipated weather and water levels, which would likely prevent access to much of the trash and debris in the area.

Check in on April 4 will be from 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Louisville Point Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for instruction, equipment and supplies. Volunteers should wear old clothes, socks and shoes and should bring work gloves if possible. FLLA will provide all other supplies. Everyone will return at 12:30 p.m. to the Louisville Park Pavilion for a boxed lunch, wrap up and group shot.

Areas to be covered are Poland Creek, George’s Creek and Lackey Creek. Poland Creek will primarily be covered by the Channel Drive Group.

For more information, please contact the Fort Loudoun Lake association at our office at 865-523-3800 or email us at

Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4

Parks and Rec sponsors spring arts and crafts show

The Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Recreation and Parks Commission will be sponsoring a Spring Arts & Crafts Show at Foothills Mall from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4. The show will bring crafters from across the Southeast and will offer a wide variety of items. Only exhibitors displaying their own original work, which have been approved by the show jury, may participate. There is no admission charge for the public to attend the show. If you are interested in being a craft vendor, call the Parks and Recreation Commission for more information at 865-983-9244.

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.

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.

Thursday, April 9

ElderWatch holds second-annual safety fair

The Blount County ElderWatch will sponsor its second annual Safety Fair on April 9 from 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church. The event is free and all senior citizens, those who have older adult family members, and others who serve seniors are invited to attend. Transportation will be available from specified locations. Lunch will be provided free of charge to those who pre-register by calling 865-983-8411 by March 26.

ElderWatch is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Its purpose is to raise awareness of any and all types of threats to the safety and well-being of senior adults in our community. On April 9, presenters will cover a broad array of topics including safe investing, how to spot a con artist, managing medications safely, domestic violence and seniors, practicing safe mobility at home, scams aimed at seniors, and other topics of interest to seniors.

Over 30 senior service providers will have information booths. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. For more information about Blount County ElderWatch, call Linda Baker at 865-640-5634 or Connie Taylor at 865-719-8143. Broadway Baptist Church is located at 2329 East Broadway in Maryville.

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.

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