Deadline approaches for Festival of Trees at the Blount Courthouse The entry deadline for placing a tree in the eighteenth-annual Festival of Trees has been extended to Nov. 13. Both live and cut trees will illuminate the Blount County Courthouse lawn during the holiday season. This unique event has become a holiday tradition in our community with hundreds of individuals and families walking through the display of trees or simply driving by the courthouse from Dec. 3 - Jan. 3.
Everyone in the community is invited to participate in this fun event. The registration fee is $20 with the participant responsible for purchasing their tree, lights and decorations.
The Festival of Trees and other Hometown Christmas events are sponsored by Parks and Recreation and Blount Today. For a complete schedule of all the events, visit www.parksrec.com.
Blount County Civil War Roundtable will its our next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville. Guest speaker will be Mr. Steven M. Wilson, Assistant Director and Curator of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN., where he is an instructor of history and the managing editor of the Lincoln Herald. His presentation topic will be, “The Humor, Humility and Ambition of Abraham Lincoln.” Monthly meetings are open to the public. Visit our new website at www.blountcountycivilwarroundtable.vpweb.com. Information call Jeannine Wallace at 865-379-1717.
The Blount County Election Commission will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, November 18 at 11 a.m. in the Election Commission Conference Room.
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.
Nov. 14: Kenny and Amanda Smith Band - gospel and bluegrass duo
Nov. 21: The Turkeys in the Straw - special benefit concert for the Community Food Connection of Blount County. Tickets cost a donation of $10. Tickets Available at Murlins Music World and by calling the Palace Theater 865-983-3330. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Dec. 4: The Grace Notes Flute Choir - special benefit concert for Good Samaritan Christmas. Tickets cost a donation of $10. Tickets Available at Murlins Music World and by calling the Palace Theater 865-983-3330. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Dec. 5: Robin Bullock - “A Celtic Christmas Celebration”
Dec. 12: Donna Hughes - country and cluegrass singer-songwriter
Capitol Theatre event listing -- For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.
Nov. 19 to Nov. 22: Arsenic and Old Lace presented by the Foothills Community Players.General admission is $16 and $14 for Seniors or groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at FoothillsCommunityPlayers.com or by calling 865-712-6428.
The Boys and Girls Clubs Million Dollar Book Sale will be held at the former Bi-Lo Supermarket on Highway 411 in Maryville from Thursday, Nov. 12 - Sunday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 19 - Sunday, Nov. 22. The sale is open Thursdays - Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 - 6 p.m. For only $40, a box will be provided to you to fill with the books of your choice, and there is no limit on the number of boxes you may purchase. The average retail value of each box of books is $200 - $500. Coupons are also available for $40 each and are a great way for individuals and companies to support local organizations, schools or churches. Coupons can be purchased online then given to teachers, youth groups, friends, or other organizations to redeem for a box of their choice of books at the sale.
Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection -- Blount County Solid Waste Authority and Keep Blount Beautiful announce the Household Hazardous Waste Collection being held on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at William Blount High School. The purpose of this event is for citizens to dispose of hazardous waste properly to protect our water, land, and air in Blount County from hazardous waste pollution. The collection and disposal costs for this event are paid by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and from fees collected through Tennessee County Solid Waste Programs. For a list of items that can be collected, go to www.KeepBlountBeautiful.com.
United Daughters of the Confederacy - The Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter #1881 will meet at the Green Meadow County Club on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m. The program will be “Flags of the Confederacy.” A buffet luncheon will follow the program. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, contact Elaine Russell at 865-980-6346.
Blount County Lupus Support Group will meet Sunday Nov. 15, at 2:15-3:45 in the Blount County Public Library’s Dorothy Herron Room A. The program will be about wigs, hairpieces and makeup for those with lupus and other chronic diseases. This meeting is open to women and men with other chronic diseases who might benefit from this program. Presenters will include a representative from Chic Wigs at Knoxville Center Mall and Yvonne Butler of Merle Norman Studio at Foothills Mall. Attendees will have the option of trying cosmetics and wigs/hairpieces. Participation is optional. If planning to participate in trying cosmetics, please try not to wear makeup, if possible. Following the meeting, there will be an optional, Dutch Treat, eat-out and social at an area restaurant, to be announced at the meeting. For more information, email email@example.com or call 865-983-5401.
Area artists needed for exhibition - The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for entries for “New to Knoxville”, a juried exhibition developed to give artists who are new to Knoxville and surrounding counties the opportunity to showcase their work in the Emporium Center. Artists must have relocated within the past two years to Knoxville and the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union. The postmark deadline for entries is Monday, Dec. 7. Entries must be original works in the following categories: Painting, Graphic Arts, 3-D, and Photography. Artists may submit up to three entries in the “Individual” category or up to ten works in the “Portfolio” category. Juror: David Butler, Executive Director of the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Download a prospectus and application at www.knoxalliance.com (under Calls & Press Releases), or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. Information: 865-523-7543.
Blount Memorial Health Calendar
The Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services in November. A free “Family Birthing Center Tour” will take place on Monday, Nov. 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the Family Birthing Center waiting room. Expectant mothers and their support partners also are invited to attend the “Prepared Childbirth Series” (Lamaze), which will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Cost is $65 per couple. Learn about “Caring for Your Newborn” on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. This class is designed to help expectant or new parents become more comfortable with newborn characteristics and care. Topics include sleeping, bathing, weight gain, cord care, illness, circumcision, teething and more. Format includes hands-on demonstrations and practice, and question-and-answer sessions. Cost is $20 per couple. For more information or to register for any birthing class, call 865-981-3983.
The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets at two different locations each month. The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets four times during the month of November. The group meets from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Nov. 18 and 25 on the hospital’s 3-east floor. 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.
Kids’ Yoga - The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook offers “YoKids” on Wednesdays, Oct. 21 - Nov. 25 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. The six-week program, for kids ages 10-14, increases body awareness and self-esteem through traditional yoga poses. The cost is $60 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
Senior Health Circle Program - As part of this month’s Senior Health Circle, Blount Memorial Senior Services is offering, “How is Your Balance?” The program is presented by physical therapists Courtney Irons and Carolyn McAmis and is held in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Learn about this fall education program offered through Blount Memorial Total Rehabilitation and developed by skilled physical therapists. The program assists older and balance-impaired adults to avoid falls and maintain balance. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.
Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter - The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is again preparing a memorial tree to be featured in the Blount County Festival of Trees at the Blount County Courthouse, December 3, 2009 through January 7, 2010. The Festival of Trees will be lit at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 as part of the Hometown Christmas Celebration. If there is a child in your life who has died, we invite you to let us include him or her on our 2009 “Forever Remembered, Forever Loved” Memorial Tree. If you didn’t last year, send a photograph along with the completed registration form by Nov. 16. Late orders may not be on the tree in time for the lighting, though they should be ready in time for the Dec. 13 candle lighting. Photographs if available, the child’s name, date of birth and date of death will be scanned and made into an ornament which can be reused on The Compassionate Friends Tree for years to come. There is no cost to include an ornament on this tree although donations are always welcome. Additional ornaments can be ordered for $10 each. Last year’s ornaments will be reused this year, unless the family requests otherwise.
Massage Holiday Gift Package -This holiday season, treat yourself or a loved one with a one-hour massage a month for six months and receive a half-hour massage free. Give the gift of relaxation by purchasing this special massage package from Monday, Nov. 2 - Thursday, Dec. 31. Cost is $330 for members and $390 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
The Vikings of the Smokies will hold Juletrefest, a holiday celebration of the heritage culture of Norway and the other Nordic countries, on Sunday, Dec. 12. The Vikings of the Smokies are the local Sons of Norway Chapter. The celebration will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, located at 6900 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 12. Juletrefest includes a holiday potluch smorgasbord, raffle prizes and dancing around the Juletre. For the smorgasbord, guest with last names beginning with the letter A-D are asked to bring an entrée; E-L, a dessert; M-P, bread and beverages; Q-Z, a salad or vegetable dish. Please bring portion large enough to feed at least 6-8 people. Nisse will make an appearance for our younger lodge members, and adults will have a Cookie Swap. Lodge members are invited to bring at a batch of cookies (or some other type of holiday goody) to swap and share. More information about Juletrefest is available at www.tnviking.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar - 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.
The library’s next After-School programs for children in grades K through 5 will be: Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. November’s theme is “Things We Are Thankful For.” Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to register your child.
The library’s Artist of the Month for November is Susan Pasquini of Townsend, displaying her beaded jewelry and accessories.
The Townsend Book Club welcomed local author Lin Stepp to their October meeting. Lin’s book “The Foster Girls” was the club’s October book. She shared her experiences, told about her reasons for writing books with a local setting, and participated in the group’s discussion. “The Foster Girls” is set in Wears Valley; upcoming books in the series are set in Townsend and other local communities. After lunch with the ladies, Lin came back to the library for a book signing.
Nov. 19 - Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCullough;
The library is a sign-up point for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This program sends an age-appropriate book each month to every child in the program from birth to age 5. It is sponsored by the Maryville Kiwanis Club and managed by the Blount County Library. 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.
Youthful Expressions Studio will begin its winter session classes on Tuesday Nov. 17 and Wednesday Nov. 18 at the ArtSpace Gallery at Fine Arts Blount in downtown Maryville, located at 106 W. Broadway.
Classes will include charcoal, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, mixed-media and sculpture. Students will exhibit work in at least one gallery show, usually held at the library. Examples of student art work can be viewed at www.yestudio.org.
Fees for the 12-week winter session are $240 per child, which includes all materials and supplies.
Sign up by calling 865-607-4473, emailing email@example.com, visiting www.yestudio.org, or dropping by the ArtSpace Gallery.
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 www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.
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 www.namitn.org.
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.
Top of the Plaza will host afternoon teas on the second Tuesday of every month to benefit a local charity. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.livingbeingyoga.com or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail email@example.com.
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 MoonDreamerDi.blogspot.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.