Community Events for November 5, 2009

Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8

Fine Arts Showcase held at Maryville College

Maryville College invites the public to campus Nov. 6 - 8 for a Fine Arts Showcase which will spotlight the programs and people in the College’s Fine Arts Division.

The series of events kicks off Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium, featuring student and faculty soloists, the MC Jazz Band and a scene from the theatre department’s production “String of Pearls.”

On Saturday, Nov. 7, “Meet Maryville” registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Bartlett Atrium. This event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal arts college. It includes a campus tour and several sessions about the academic and co-curricular programs at the College.

Off-Kilter, an auditioned ensemble of 8-12 singers, will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium.

A Q & A session will be held at 2 p.m. in Bartlett Hall Atrium for students interested in majoring in the fine arts. A tour of the new $47-million Clayton Center for the Arts currently under construction is also scheduled.

The Invitational Choir Festival performance will be held in the Alumni Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Participating schools include: Alcoa High School, Farragut High School, Heritage High School, Lenoir City High School, Powell High School and William Blount High School.

A reception is scheduled from 7:15 until 8 p.m. A table will also be set up for those interested in picking up information about admissions.

On Sunday, the Maryville College Concert Band will perform at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium.

For more information, contact Wilner at or 865.981.8151.

Friday, November 6 to Wednesday, November 25

Maryville artists featured in ‘Reflections and Perceptions’

Maryville artists Katie Gamble and Annamaria Gundlach will be represented in a new exhibition, presented by The Arts and Culture Alliance, on display at The Balcony at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from Nov. 6-25. Gamble, a painter, says of her work, “I focus on the relationships of color and space and patterns of light and dark. I break down my subject into blocks of color, which has caused my work to develop a unique ‘chunky’ quality. My works are distorted but honest views of my world.”

An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Nov. 6 from 5-9 p.m. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with additional hours on Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 8, 12-5 p.m. in conjunction with the 15th Master Woodworkers Show coordinated by the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild.

In addition to Gamble and Gundlach, the exhibit will feature Elaine Barnes and Rob Knudson. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543, or visit

Saturday, November 7

Hoof to Heart Trail Ride will benefit Mane Support

The Hoof to Heart Trail Ride is offering a benefit trail ride at Cades Cove Stables anytime between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a 1 hour ride. The ride, $35, will benefit Mane Support, a non-profit equine assisted, grief and loss counseling ministry.

Cades Cove Stables is in Townsend at 8224 State Highway 73. The first 50 people to register will receive a Hoof to Heart Trail Ride sweatshirt with their registration.

Saturday, November 7

Keep Blount Beautiful offers prizes to recyclers on Blount County Recycles Day

In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Keep Blount Beautiful is hosting Blount County Recycles Day on Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Maryville Greenbelt Bicentennial Park Pavilion, located behind the Blount County Courthouse. The event is sponsored by Alcoa Inc, Waste Not Want Not Recycling Coalition Thrift Store and Spectra Recycling.

The event will offer on site recycling, free Alcoa Inc. recycling bins to the first 120 attendees, Recycling Art/Crafts Booths, Recycling informational booths, free Small Business Recycling Package and prizes.

Recycling on site: Used clean clothing for distribution to the Maryville needy (please make sure clothes are wearable, clean and ready to distribute), computers/electronics for a fee of 50¢ a pound, used medical equipment (crutches, walkers, unopened medical supplies, electronic medical equipment), license plates, hearing aids, eyeglasses, cell phones, used clean coats and aluminum cans. Bring in one or more of the listed items and register to win prizes, the more you recycle the more times you can enter to win license plate dogs, gift certificates, can crushers and more, drawings held every 30 minutes.

Free recycling bins provided by Alcoa Inc. to the first 120 attendees (one per household). For as long as Alcoa’s been making aluminum, they’ve been recycling aluminum.

Keep Blount Beautiful is offering free recycling starter packages to small business/organizations to include an Alcoa Inc. recycling bin, can crusher, recycling consultation and a 3 month recycling service(with subscription). Bring a business card and sign a recycling pledge card to receive this wonderful package.

Contact Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-8409 or visit our website at for more information.

Saturday, November 7

Belk Fall Charity Sale will benefit local charities, schools

Belk’s Fall Charity Sale on Nov. 7 will benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area. Belk’s previous charity sale, held May 2, 2009, raised more than $5 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event offers an excellent fundraising opportunity for participating organizations and a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event.

In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 10 a.m. and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 15 to 50 percent on purchases throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points for card purchases.

Participating local charities will sell the Charity Sale tickets in advance of the event and all proceeds from each $5 ticket sold will be retained by the charity. Beginning Friday, Oct. 30, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all donations equally divided among the participating charities and schools. There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, and no limit to the amount of money that can be raised. Belk provides tickets and collateral material at no cost to the participating nonprofit organizations.

In addition, participating customers can register to win one of three $1,000 Belk shopping sprees, and all participating charities and schools will automatically be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk.

Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact their local Belk store manager for more information. In order to participate in the Belk Charity Sale, organizations must have an IRS 501(c)(3) designation.

Sunday, November 8

Rags and reels are theme of band concert

Music that will make concert-goers want to dance, march and tap their feet will be performed Sun., Nov. 8, by musicians with the Maryville College-Community Concert Band.

The band’s fall concert, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium on campus.

The program of older American music includes the works of masters like Sousa, Claude Smith, Leroy Anderson and other composers. Concert-goers will recognize tunes such as “Shenandoah,” “The Blue-Tail Fly,” “Mock Morris” and “With Pleasure.” Renditions of Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances are also included on the program.

The band provides student members with an excellent opportunity to significantly enhance their performing experience, while allowing adult members the opportunity to continue a lifelong love of the concert-band genre.

For more information, contact the College’s Fine Arts Division at 865-981-8150.

Sunday, November 8

Alternative gift fair features gifts that ‘give twice’

If you like affordable, unique gifts that come with a great story behind them, then the Nov. 8 Alternative Gift Fair at Maryville First United Methodist Church is the place for you. The alternative gift fair is a shopping experience in which all items for sale benefit a charitable organization.

The fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the upper level fellowship hall, features a collection of gifts from around the world in a single room.

“We have some beautiful gifts that you cannot get anywhere locally,” said Kristina Brantley, one of the organizers of the event. “The real beauty of the gifts is that they allow purchasers to ‘give twice’ because of the nonprofit organizations that sales support.”

Among the organizations which will benefit from the fair will be the Alliance for Youth, Family Promise of Blount County, Trinity Dental Clinic, Haven House, The Heifer Project, New Hope (The Children’s Advocacy Center) and more.

Brantley said handcrafted items come from locales including Africa, Guatemala and the Holy Land. Additionally, fair trade coffee from Mexico and Peru, olive oil, baked goods, Christmas ornaments, T-shirts, jewelry, stuffed animals, books and gift baskets will be at the fair.

“There will be items in all price ranges, and people will have an opportunity to talk with the vendors and learn about some very worthwhile causes,” she said.

For more information about the gift fair, call Maryville First United Methodist Church at 865-982-1273. The church is located at 804 Montvale Station Road in Maryville.

Monday, November 9

Art lessons offered for children

“Copy Cat” drawing lessons where children will learn to draw what they see will be offered by instructor Karen Brackett on Mondays at the ArtSpace Gallery, 106 E. Broadway, downtown Maryville. The five week session begins on Monday, Nov. 9. Classes will be Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

Classes for those in kindergarten through fifth grade will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students in grades 6-8 will be taught from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $75 for all five sessions and all materials are provided.

To sign up, call Karen at 865-984-4560 or ArtSpace at 865-982-0898.

Tuesday, November 10

Secret Safe Place hosts Shopping Extravaganza

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will host a “Christmas Shopping Extravaganza” on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Maryville in the old fellowship hall (“the park”).

Area vendors will be featuring lots of unique gifts for the holidays including Gourds by Emily, Thirty-One, Blackberry Beads, Wilma’s Creations, Southern Living at Home, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, and more. There will be refreshments and door prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee. For more information, please contact Shannon McCloud at 865-254-2208 or

The goal of A Secret Safe Place for Newborns is to prevent newborn abandonment by raising awareness of Tennessee’s Safe Haven Law. The law allows the anonymous surrender of unharmed newborns up to three days old to designated facilities without fear of prosecution for the mother. For more information, please contact the business office at 865-254-2208 or access the website at Women in crisis should call the Helpline at 1-866-699-SAFE.

Tuesday, November 10

Wrapped in Style fashion show to benefit Hearing and Speech Foundation

Holiday fashions will be featured at a special fashion show to benefit the Hearing and Speech Foundation. “Wrapped in Style” fashion show will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Barn Event Center in Townsend.

Fashions will be presented by Boyd Thomas Clothing and bath junkie. Holiday fashions from Boyd Thomas will include evening wear and casual clothes with a holiday flair. Spa wear of robes and wraps will be presented by bath junkie of Knoxville.

Tickets are $45 each, with a discount available for a table of 8. Sponsorships are also available at $250. Purchase tickets at Boyd Thomas and at the Hearing Speech Foundation. For tickets and more information, call 865-977-0981 or email For information about the Hearing and Speech Foundation, visit

Thursday, November 12

Fine Arts Blount presents Tie Dye Black Tie Affair

Celebrate the world of art with Fine Arts Blount at the Tie Dye Black Tie Affair at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church.

The event will feature an art show, auction, food, wine and music. The event is sponsored by the members and volunteers of Fine Arts Blount and Blount Today.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Fine Arts Blount, the Chamber of Commerce and Boyd Thomas Clothing. For more information, call 865-356-4361.

Friday, November 13

Potluck dinner offered by Community Food Connection

The Community Food Connection is offering a Volunteer Appreciation Potluck dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church, 804 Montvale Station Rd. Fried and baked chicken, drinks, plates and cups will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert.

Come by and meet the Community Food Connection volunteers. RSVP to Larry Ladd at 865-984-6688.

Friday, November 13

HMS holds Fall Carnival Fundraiser

Heritage Middle School will host a carnival on Friday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school to raise money for classroom supplies. The carnival will include live music; a food court featuring Chick-fil-a, Domino’s pizza, and more; a game room sponsored by Game Crazy including Rock Band, Punch Out on Wii, and Dance Dance Revolution; a Haunted Hallway; the Parent’s Playground, a vendor sale with booths from Mary Kay, Gourds by Emily, Scentsy, Premier Jewelry, and handmade baskets; and games and booths including corn hole, basketball shots, a dunking booth, and smash the car. The Carnival is very family friendly and there will be games and booths for children of all ages. All of the funds we raise will be split among the teachers and used to buy much-needed teaching materials for the classrooms.

Saturday, November 14

A Victorian Christmas Tea will feature fashions

A Victorian Christmas Tea and Holiday Fashion Show will be hosted by the Broadway United Methodist Church Women from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the church.

Step back in time and enjoy holiday fashions by Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse Boutique and refreshments served by the United Methodist Men.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the church, by calling 865-982-6192, from Martha McFarland at 865-983-1064 or from members of United Methodist Women.

The tea and show will be in the W. R. Allen Hall. Seated is limited and deadline for reservations is Monday, Nov. 9.

Saturday, November 14

Storytellers entertain children at Blount library

On Nov. 14 at 11 a.m., storytellers Millie Sieber, Shirley Nicholson, Kathleen Mavournin, and Robert “Redhawk” Eldridge will practice their craft for elementary-age children at the Blount County Library as a part of the second-annual Tellabration 2009! event, offered by the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association at the Blount County Library.

Drawing on his Cherokee heritage, Robert Eldridge of Seymour often shares traditional how and why animal stories told by his Native American ancestors. He likes to create understanding through story, and often wears traditional garb.

Shirley Nicholson’s stories run the gamut from “Cinderella Rap” to stories from many cultures. A former engineer, she is a delightful teller who lives in Knoxville and has a deep love for Celtic folklore.

Millie Sieber, a Maryvillian, shares humorous tales, personal stories, and folk tales from Tennessee and all over the world with listeners of all ages

For more information about these and other storytelling events, call 865-310-0177.

Saturday, November 14

Community Day of Deals draws bargain hunters for charity

Organizers of a new initiative to raise needed funds for charities like churches, schools and not-for-profit organizations are inviting the community to a Day of Deals where they can shop while supporting good causes.

The inaugural Community Day of Deals is set for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell in Maryville on Saturday, Nov. 14.

There will be up to 50 vendors selling new or gently-used items. Each vendor pays $10 to cover expenses. Vendors can set up in a 10-foot by 10-foot sale area at the Shed. From what they sell, they agree to donate 25 percent to their favorite charity, school, church or other not-for-profit.

Some of the businesses that have already signed up include Razberries, Dandy Lions, White Fox Bead Studio, New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Relay for Life, ARFNets Animal Rescue and Fostering Network, Gate-Gateway to Independence serving young adults with disabilities, Maryville Intermediate School PTC, Blount County Education Foundation, Union Grove Elementary School, Alice Johnston’s Alliance for Youth Achievement (thru Fairview Methodist Church).

Vendors can also be individuals with “gently used” garage-sale type items, or they can be artist, crafters and bakers. The day is a combination garage sale, sidewalk sale and craft sale. The goal is to pull in businesses, artisans, craftspeople and just plain folks with items to sell. For more information, call 865-414-7162.

Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22

FCP presents Arsenic and Old Lace

The Foothills Community Players present their second selection of the 2009-2010 season. Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Maryville Nov. 19 through 22.

On opening night, Thursday, Nov. 19, curtain is scheduled for 8 p.m., with subsequent performances on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m. Tickets for performances are $16, with a discounted price of $14 for seniors and students. Groups of ten or more are $14 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 865-712-6428.

The Nov. 21 Saturday evening performance of Arsenic and Old Lace will be a special dinner theatre event. Tickets are available only by reservation for $37. Tickets for FCP donors and season ticket holders are $22 for the Saturday dinner theatre event. Reservations for the dinner theatre show must be made by calling 865-712-6428 or by purchasing tickets online at No walkups will be accepted.

Arsenic and Old Lace is a comedy classic where the audience meets two charming and seemingly-innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of their boarders. The story of the Brewster sisters is punctuated by their relationships with their nephews Teddy, Jonathan and Mortimer.

Arsenic and Old Lace is directed by James Fisher and is produced in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. The FCP is a community theatre company located in Blount County. Information about this production and the FCP may be found at

For more Information, call Lisa Blair at 865-356-8329 or the box office at 865-712-6428.

Saturday, November 21

Victorian Village benefit offers shopping

Victorian Village Community Benefit will be filled with decorated trees, music, arts and crafts shops, heirloom quilts, bake sale and children’s activities. Victorian Village is a holiday celebration to benefit Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, Blount County Habitat for Humanity, the homeless and Chilhowee View Community Center.

Sponsors are Arts Alive Gallery, Chilhowee View Community Center and Blount County Flower Shop.

The Victorian Village will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Chilhowee View Community Center.

Room is still available for $25 per booth. For booth information, contact Lyda Plemons at 865-983-8878 or see Judy Hill at Hill Brothers Market, 3302 Wilkinson Pike.

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