Community Events for March 26, 2009

Saturday, March 28

FCP holds auditions for Same Time, Next Year

The Foothills Community Players is holding open auditions for both roles in their next production, Same Time, Next Year, by Bernard Slade. Same Time, Next Year is the fourth production by the FCP and will run June 4-7 at the Alumni Gym at Maryville College.

Actors interested in auditioning are welcomed to do so at the Capitol Theatre on Broadway in downtown Maryville at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 26 or 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 28. at 6 p.m.

Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Those auditioning should bring a theatre resume and head shot, if available. There is no fee for these open auditions.

Same Time, Next Year is directed by Nicci Williamson. The FCP is also looking for crew to work this and future shows.

The FCP is a new theatre company located in Blount County. Information about this production and the FCP may be found at

Friday, March 27

The Vineyard Church hosts night of free haircuts and 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.

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. 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

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.

The goal of ASD Athletes is to support wellness and life skills opportunities through physical activity, and the dance party is a perfect opportunity to enjoy healthy active play and quality family time as well as to support the charity.

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.

Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29

Sam Houston Schoolhouse holds Spring Festival

From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, the historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse will host a spring festival.

There will be vendors throughout the grounds, with live music and food available in the Raven Hall Pavilion. A re-enactment of an early 1800s encampment will be in place all weekend.

A “school marm” in period costume will also be present in the historic schoolhouse to give short classes like Sam Houston may have given when he taught at the schoolhouse in 1812 at age 19. Lunch will be sold from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., while drinks and desserts will be sold all day.

Admission is free, and parking is available on-site. The historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse is located at 3650 Old Sam Houston School Road in Maryville. For more information, contact Mary Lynne Bell, Resident Manager, at 865-983-1550.

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

Thursday, April 2

Pellissippi debuts bluegrass band Hardin Valley Thunder

Pellissippi State’s new bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder, will make its official debut on Thursday, April 2. at a concert in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley campus.

The Jazz Band also will perform. The public is invited to the free performance, which takes place at 7 p.m.

“This group has been added to the ensemble offerings to assist our students in exploring a style of music that embraces our local Appalachian heritage,” said Bill Brewer, music program coordinator.

Larry Vincent, director of Hardin Valley Thunder, says the audience can look forward to some Alison Krauss and Hank Williams, as well as such classic pieces as “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and “Soldier’s Joy.”

Tom Johnson, Music adjunct faculty member, will lead the Jazz Band, which will feature guest trombonist Don Hough and several community members.

For more information about the concert, call 865-539-7178.

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. 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 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.

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

Wednesday, April 1

Pagliacci Opera Preview to be at 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.

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 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 Review will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 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 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Saturday, April 4

Pellissippi Blount hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Who dunnit? Come and find out at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre hosted by Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Blount County Center.

The audience will enjoy dinner and games at the event, which will have an ancient Roman theme. The “PG-13” production is April 4, 6-9 p.m., in the Student Lounge. The audience is encouraged to come in costume.

Dorothy Donaldson, associate professor and the production’s director, expects a large crowd. “I’ve done three other murder mystery dinner theatres,” she said. “We’ve had as many as 100 people come.”

The murder mystery takes place in Rome 30 B.C. “The audience will be encouraged to interact with the actors as the story unfolds,” Donaldson said, “and will decide who the murderer is.” Prizes will be awarded for the correct answer to the mystery and for the best costume.

The Blount County Center is located at 1010 Middlesettlements Road in Alcoa.

Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens, $15 for community members and $25 for couples. The proceeds will be used to fund an educational trip to Atlanta for the Theatre students.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Blount County Center main office or at the Pellissippi Campus in the Student Life and Recreation office, Room 225S, Goins Administration Building. Tickets must be paid for by April 2 at 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Dorothy Donaldson, (865) 981-5322, or the Blount County Center, 981-5300.

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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