Free developmental screening for kids - The Blount County School System provides free developmental screening for children between the ages of 3 and 21. This service is available for any child who lives in Blount County. If you are concerned about your child’s speech or any other area of development, the school system will provide free screening and referrals. To make an appointment, call Judy Coppenger at the Blount County Schools’ Central Office at 865-984-1212.
Coats for the Cold - Washington Cleaners will be collecting Coats for the Cold from Nov. 15 until Dec. 15. Washington Cleaners is located at 603 Neff St., Maryville. Call 865-379-1616 or visit www.Washington-Cleaners.com for more information.
Supplies for U.S. troops will be collected at American Patriot Bank to be distributed to overseas. Non-perishable items such as Chapstick, chewing gum, granola bars, small packages of trail mix, small travel-size hand cleaner, crackers (except peanut butter crackers), small flip-top cans of fruit cocktail or peaches, vienna sausages, small packages of raisins, potted meat, packages or cans of tuna or chicken chunks, and beef jerky (particularly one-pound packages). Beech Grove Baptist Church in Louisville will be shipping the supplies. Anyone can drop off items at American Patriot Bank, located at Foothills Plaza Dr. in Maryville. For more information, please call 865-977-5411.
Blount County Civil War Roundtable will have its 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. Please join us for a most interesting evening. We participate in living history reenactments and encampments to be announced as they are scheduled. Visit our new website at www.blountcountycivilwarroundtable.vpweb.com. Information call Jeannine Wallace at 865-379-1717.
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club will meet on Monday, Nov. 23 in the United Steel Workers of America Hall, located at 339 S. Hall Rd. in Alcoa. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. All amateur radio operators and guests are welcome. For more information, visit www.smokymountainarc.org.
League of Women Voters offers Candidates Survey Workshop on Nov. 23. Citizens are invited to meet with the League of Women Voters of Blount County to provide input on questions about issues of importance to the community for next year’s Blount County Primary Election. The Candidates Survey Workshop begins the process of formulating questions for candidates running for elective offices. The workshop runs from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Maryville College campus, Bartlett Hall, Room 101. Parking is available across the street from the building. The public is encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Autumn Hall at 865-681-7509 or Patty DeRycke at 865-984-3021 or visit the League’s website at www.discoveret.org/lwvbc
The Boys and Girls Clubs Million Dollar Book Sale will be held at the former Bi-Lo Supermarket on Highway 411 (1715 W. Broadway) in Maryville from Thursday, Nov. 19 - Sunday, Nov. 22. The sale is open Thursday - Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday 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 purchase 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, family members, the Boys & Girls Clubs or other organizations to redeem for a box of their choice of books at the sale.
Solid waste collection in the city of Alcoa will be adjusted during Thanksgiving week. Households normally scheduled for pick up on Thursday, Nov. 26 will receive their service on Friday, Nov. 27. Friday’s garbage and recycling routes will be run without interruption. However, there will be no bulky waste or leaf collection on Thursday or Friday; crews will attempt to collect bulky waste and leaves citywide on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Commercial and industrial waste will not be collected on Thursday; normal commercial routes will resume on Friday. The Landfill will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving but will resume normal operations on Friday, Nov. 27. If there are questions concerning these changes, please call the Alcoa Public Works Department at 865-380-4815 or 865-380-4800 or the Landfill at 865-995-2892.
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 topic will be “Flags of the Confederacy.” A buffet luncheon will follow the program. Visitors are welcome to attend. For reservations, please contact Elaine Russell at 865-980-6346.
The Lost Cajuns, a social group of Louisiana natives, will have their monthly dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at The Captain's Galley, located at 522 Patriot Dr. in Dandridge, TN. RSVP is required; please call 865-748-7122 or email email@example.com for more information or to RSVP.
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. 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 Wednesday, Nov. 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 is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age from any cause. It next meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, call 865-984-4223.
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.
Surgical Weight Loss Lecture - In November, the Blount Memorial Weight Management Center’s ongoing Surgical Weight Loss Lecture Series features a presentation by surgeons who will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity including gastric banding, sleeve and bypass procedures. Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray are the speakers for the presentation on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference rooms 1 and 2, located on the center’s second floor. To register for the free community program, call 865-977-4673 or 866-300-8644.
Information on Legal Issues and Older Adults - Attorney Matthew Haralson will present “Legal Issues and Older Adults” as part of Caregiver Connection from 6-8 pm. on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium.
This educational seminar focuses on adults 50 years and older with concerns of legal considerations, documents and decisions. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.
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. 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.
Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.: The Streamliners Swing Orchestra Big Band Christmas will feature classic Christmas and holiday dance videos before the show and during intermission. Videos start at 6:30 p.m., the band will start at 8 p.m. Free dance lessons with admission before the show. Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased here online or $15 at the door. Students and KSDA are $10. The show is 18 years old and over. This show is BYOB, beer and wine only. $5 per wine bottle or six pack. To reserve a table, call the theatre at 865-980-1966 and leave a message in the Tickets and Shows mailbox.
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.
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.
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.