Spring Blossoms Dinner Fundraiser for Trinity Dental Clinic -- On Friday, May 8, the Chilhowee Club will sponsor an evening of music, fine dining, and cocktails hosted by Royal Oaks to raise money for volunteer-staffed Trinity Dental Clinic, which provides medical services to Blount County residents who cannot affortd basic dental work because of low income and lack of insurance.
Singer John Cherry and fellow members of the Foothills Community Players will entertain guests during the meal, which begins at 7 p.m. The cash bar opens at 6 p.m. to serve cocktails. Tickets cost $65 per person. Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to reserve tickets early. The Chilhowee Club was able to donate donated $4,500 last year to the Trinity Dental Clinic. Visit www.trinitydentalclinic.org to learn more about the clinic.
Tickets will be available in advance only. For more information or to make reservations, contact June Ackerman at 865-681-6414.
Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar
May 20 - Ice Cream Sundae Social. These programs will be the last ones for this school year. The Summer Reading Program will take place in July, and After-School programs will resume after school starts in August.
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 www.discoveret.org/metmlib.
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 unless otherwise noted. For advance tickets or more information, call 865-983-3330.
Saturday, May 30: Bluegrass act Monroe Crossing. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
Capitol Theatre event listing --
For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.
The Shed event listing -- The first two months of The Shed’s 2009 season are as follows:
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 www.smh-d.com, or visit any of the 3 Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships.
Blount Memorial Health Calendar
A boot-camp style class for homeschooled kids ages 6-12 is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook during the month of May. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, May 5-26 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and will consist of activities including cardio drills, calisthenics, agility, cycling, kickboxing, pilates and yoga. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
The Blount Memorial Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services for expectant families in May. Mothers less than six months pregnant along with their support partners are invited to participate in the “Early Pregnancy and Introduction to the Family Birthing Center Tour” on Thursday, May 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Blount Memorial Hospital. Participants should pre-register by 10 a.m. the day of the program. A “Siblings Class” will be held on Tuesday, May 12 from 4-5:30 p.m. for children 3-8 years old. The class meets in the Family Birthing Center classroom at Blount Memorial and is intended to help prepare children for the birth and baby’s homecoming. Cost is $20 per child or $30 for two siblings. 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. The “Infant and Child Safety and CPR class” will be offered on Monday, May 11 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This class teaches important skills that all new parents and grandparents should know in case of life-threatening situations, and it provides knowledge to help safeguard infants and young children from harm. Cost is $25 per person. For more information about the classes or to register, call 865-981-3983.
“Senior Prom” at the Transitional Care Center at MorningView Village - an elegant evening out on Friday, May 8 from 6-9 p.m. There is no charge for the event, which will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing. Photographs will be taken from 6-7 p.m. and will be available for purchase. Black-tie attire is optional. For more information or to make a reservation, call 865-273-8313.
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets on Friday, May 8 at 2 p.m. in the Sunflower Room at MorningView Village, Blount Memorial Hospital’s senior community. The free support group meets the second Friday of each month and is open to community members who have a family member or care for someone who has the disease. For more information, call 865-980-4894.
Neurobics - join registered nurse and Medical Fitness assistant director Kathy Tallent for “Neurobics” on Monday, May 11 from noon - 1 p.m. This program uses brain exercise to help prevent mental aging. The session will meet in the Blount Memorial Medical Fitness classroom on the 2-east floor.
The Blount Memorial Cancer Center will offer a free Lunch and Learn program on Tuesday, May 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference rooms 1 and 2 on the center’s second floor. The Emotional Health & Recovery Center’s Brenda Clark will offer tips on how to help others and yourself with mental health issues or concerns related to life’s stressors. For more information or to register, call 865-980-5038.
Diabetes Management - Blount Memorial Hospital offers several classes in diabetes management and a support group in May. 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 afternoon class series meets from noon - 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, May 12 and 14 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. Additionally, a diabetes support group will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 1 on the center’s second floor. Bring your medication questions and have them answered by pharmacists at Blount Memorial Hospital. Each participant may bring one guest to the class or the support group. For more information, call the hospital’s Diabetes Management Center at 865-977-5767.
Chilhowee View Community Center will be holding its third-annual rummage sale on Saturday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for the maintenance of the Center’s facilities, including the walking track, gym, ball field, and children’s area. There will be good parking and restroom facilities, and a $10 donation will secure a vending space for the whole day. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call Bill or Connie Grindstaff at 865-983-6387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com or 865-579-5165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRAVO! Award Nominations
Keep Blount Beautiful and the Blount County Council of Garden Clubs are accepting nominations for the 16th-annual BRAVO! Awards, which praise local businesses for their landscaping and beautification efforts.
Citizens may submit nominations for the awards online at Keep Blount Beautiful’s website, www.keepblountbeautiful.org as well as by phoning the office, 681-4809. Photographs of last years winners may also be viewed on the website. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Please be prepared to give the name and address of the business.
Nominees will be judged from May 18 thru May 22. An anonymous panel of judges representing garden clubs within the county will visit each nominated business. Many of the judges have studied horticulture and landscape design. Among the criteria for the awards will be cleanliness, originality of landscaping, environmental impact and visual effect.
Winners will be announced the week of June 1. Award recipients will receive a plaque for permanent display inside the office and outdoor signs will designate the prize-winning properties for one year.
Cooking class at Rockford Baptist begins 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.