Community Calendar for March 26, 2009

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.

Photos of pets, kids or families with the Easter Bunny will be offered at the adoption event for a donation of $15, which includes a free 5X7 photo printed while you wait. Additional photos available. All proceeds benefit ARFNETS.

On Saturday, March 28 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. 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.

LifeLine Counseling Center will be accepting donations from March 24 to April 17 for an online eBay sale benefiting its counseling programs for adults, children and families. Donations are tax-deductible. In addition, on May 2, there will be a local Project LifeLine sale at the LifeLine Center. The Lifeline Counseling Center is located at the Moses Gamble House, 294 Gamble Avenue in Maryville. For more information, call 865-981-7400.

MC Concert Choir performances The Maryville College Concert Choir will be holding serveral perfomances this spring, beginning with a CD release concert and party scheduled for March 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Maryville.

On March 27, the choir will present its annual Homecoming Concert at 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Maryville. The Homecoming Concert celebrates the end of Choir Tour 2009, which took musicians to Kentucky and Ohio. The theme of the 2009 tour was “Harps Eternal,” and the repertoire for it, and the March 27 concert, includes Cold Mountain’s “I’m Going Home,” the Shaker melody “Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal,” the African-American spiritual “Keep your Lamps” and the gospel composition “Hope for Resolution,” among others.

The choir will give a concert at 7 p.m., April 6 at the Blount County Public Library and will also perform during the 11 a.m. service at Sequoyah Presbyterian Church in Knoxville on April 26.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Stacey Wilner at or 865-981-8151.

Tai Chi at the Wellness Center Intro to Tai Chi program will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from noon to 1p.m. on Thursdays, March 26 - April 30.

The adult beginners class focuses the mind while conditioning the body. Cost for non-members is $60.

For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.

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

The Chilhowee Club Drama Group will present their annual one act play on Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 223 Clarion St. Members and the public are invited to see “Cinderella, Inc.”

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

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.

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar

Wednesday, April 1: Children’s program with special guest Bob Becker from Channel 6 Weather, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Please call the library at 448-1441 to pre-register your child. Children under 5 should be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, April 24: The Friends of the Mary Tippitt Library will 10th-annual spring golf tournament fundraiser, held at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Townsend. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch provided. Shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $80 per player. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Hole sponsors are welcome at $100 per hole. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 for entry forms or more information.

Pellissippi student art exhibit Pellissippi State Technical Community College opens its 2009 Annual Student Art Exhibit on April 1. The free exhibit runs April 1-14, in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. It is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit will include paintings oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, forged iron pieces and 2D and 3D mixed-media works.

For more information, contact Anne Kinggard at 865-694-6634 or

Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes are set to begin in two locations on April 6. Registration is open for Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation® classes.

This Tai Chi class is specifically designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromaylgia and tendonitis. The class is also for those wishing to explore the health benefits of Tai Chi.

The eight-week class for Arthritis Foundation® Level 1 and Level 2 begin April 6. Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday. Level I classes are from 11 to 12 and Level 2 classes are from 9:30 to 10:30.

These classes are held in the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN.

A second Level I class will be held from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church 804 Montvale Station Road, Maryville, TN

The fee for any of the eight-week classes is $80. Pre Registration is required.

The instructor, Donna Dixon, is experienced in exercise instruction and planning for individuals of all levels of fitness. She is a registered nurse and clinical exercise physiologist and is a ACE Certified Group Fitness and a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor Level I and 2. She has practiced Tai Chi since 2004.

For more information and to register call 865-803-8887 or go to

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.

AARP Driver Safety Course will be available on March 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.

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

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.

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar

Wednesday, April 1: Children’s program with special guest Bob Becker from Channel 6 Weather, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Please call the library at 448-1441 to pre-register your child. Children under 5 should be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, April 24: The Friends of the Mary Tippitt Library will 10th-annual spring golf tournament fundraiser, held at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Townsend. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch provided. Shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $80 per player. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Hole sponsors are welcome at $100 per hole. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 for entry forms or more information.

The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The April 23 meeting will feature Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 or Sarah Flack at 865-980-2110 for more information.

March’s Artist of the Month is Sue Ann Tippitt of Townsend, displaying her collection of Japanese dolls.

The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.

Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20 deposit.

For more information, call 865-448-1441 or visit

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.

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:

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

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,

Youthful Expressions Studio, Artistic Enrichment for kids ages 7-14 offered in 12-week sessions, which include the study of charcoal, pastels, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and sculpture (even a little art history). The Spring Session just started and there is still room in current classes, as well as the possibility of new class times. It is fine for a student to join mid-session because of the change of subject matter, and the cost will be adjusted to compensate. The price breaks down to $20 per class with all materials are included. Classes are limited to 8 kids, but a minimum of 4 students are necessary to hold a class.

Art by YES students is posted on the website, and the studio offers at least one gallery show per year for the YES students to display their work. The next show will be held at the Blount County Public Library late this summer

For more information, call 865-607-4473 or email

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

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

Puppy Start - Learn techniques for managing and raising your puppy to build good behavior. For puppies 8-16 weeks old. Puppies less than 10 pounds may come up to 6 months of age. This class will be held Tuesdays March 24-April 21 from 6-7 p.m. Cost is $50. Taught 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 Mondays and Thursdays March 26-April 23. Cost is $80. Session 1 will be from 6-6:45 pm OR Session 2: 7-7:45 p.m. On March 26 both sessions meet without the puppies from 6-7:15 pm. Taught by 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 and 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 Tuesdays from March 24 - April 21 from 6:45 - 8 p.m. The cost is $50. Taught by Patti and Mark Gibson

For more details on the classes, instructor credentials and to register online, go to or call Parks & Recreation at 865-983-9244.

Junior Volunteers needed at Blount Memorial The Junior Volunteer Program at Blount Memorial is accepting applications from teenagers interested the health care field. Applications are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the ground-floor information desk seven days per week. Junior volunteers are placed in a service area based on their interests and schedules. Volunteers are placed in such departments as nursing, radiology, pharmacy and administration.

Young people interested in volunteering in a nursing area have an additional orientation and training opportunity through the “Learn to Assist” program. The program includes a course on bed making, bathing and feeding, and it gives junior volunteers an opportunity to have hands-on experience and see what nursing is like. After they have completed the course, junior volunteers work with licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants throughout the hospital.

Applicants must be 14 years old by June 1, 2009, and not yet be 18. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 3. Junior volunteers who have worked previous summers also must re-apply by that date.

The Shed event listing - The first two months of The Shed’s 2009 season are as follows:

April 4: Unknown Hinson, $10

April 11: Use Your Illusion, a Guns and Roses Tribute Band, $10

April 18: Damon Fowler, $5

April 25: Scott Miller and The Commonwealth, $15

May 2: Dishwater Blonde, $5

May 9: Cross Canadian Ragweed, $15

May 16: Toys in the Attic, an Aerosmith Tribute Band, $10

May 23: Jenna and The Joneses, $5

May 30: Stacie Collins, $5

For tickets or other information, call 865-977-1669, visit, or visit any of the 3 Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships.

Blount Lupus Support Group will meet on Sunday April 19, at the Blount County Public Library Dorothy Herron Meeting Room A from 2:15 -3:45 p.m. Discussion topic will be Coping with and Preventing Lupus Flares. Following the meeting, there will be an optional social and eat-out at a local restaurant to be announced at meeting. Those with question should call 865-983-5401 or e-mail

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

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

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

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

Blount Memorial Pre- and Post-natal Exercise Classes will be offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. The Prenatal/Postnatal Exercise Class for new mothers will include 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.

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. Also, caregivers can discuss their situations and explore possible strategies and resources at a free one-on-one consultation with a Senior Services representative. For more information, call 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

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.

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

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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