Community Events for Nov. 19, 2009

Monday, November 2 to Friday, December 18

Blount County Red Cross kicks off fall events

Cents for Soldiers: Nov. 2-Dec. 18:

The Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce a partnership with CBBC and The Daily Times on a new campaign Cents for Soldiers. The goals of this program are to increase community awareness of the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces program and the many services that the Red Cross provides to the men and women of the U.S. military and their families. Additionally, the campaign hopes to raise funds to support those services. The campaign will run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 18 at the Blount County Chapter and all 12 CBBC branches in our area. Show your support of the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces program by donating your spare change to the Cents for Soldiers campaign.

Holiday Mail for Heroes: Nov. 2 to Dec. 7

The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. Now in its third year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans with the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans. Between Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, the public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays. Pitney Bowes is providing all screening, packaging and shipping at no charge. The Blount County Chapter has been identified as a screening site for approximately 2000 holiday cards. If you’d like to participate in the sorting and screening of holiday cards, please contact the chapter. Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than Dec. 7. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards. Visit for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; andsupports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information,please visit www.redcross.orgor join our blog at

Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22

Foothills Community Players present 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.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Glenstone hosts Wine and Cheese for Manna From Heaven toy drive

Glenstone Galleries & Gifts are asking customers to bring a toy for boy or girl to be donated to Manna From Heaven Food Pantry, which will host a Christmas party for underpriviledged children in December.

The Wine and Cheese Event is from 6 to 9 p.m.. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Glenstone Gallery, 160 S. Calderwood St. in New Midland Plaza.

Watercolor artist Larry Burton will be showcasing his work at the party.

If unable to come to the event, a toy can be dropped off at Glenstone prior to the Wine and Cheese reception.

Friday, November 20

Public invited to Maryville College fall choral concert

A fall choral concert featuring the Maryville College Concert Choir and small vocal ensemble Off Kilter will be held at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at Victory Baptist Church, 1025 Montvale Road in Maryville.

The first half of the program will feature the Concert Choir and include a “Pilgrim’s Hymn” by Paulus, a witty Scottish Folksong arrangement of “Loch Lomond” by Jonathan Quick, and a traditional, yet exciting, rendition of the spiritual “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel” by William Dawson. “O Clap Your Hands” by John Rutter will feature the skills of accompanist and Assistant Director Jennifer Olander.

The second half of the concert will feature Off Kilter in selections such as “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King and “Breaths” by Ysaye Barnwell. Complete with kazoo band, Off Kilter will also perform Bill Ive’s arrangement of the Beatles hit “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” which is based on a Jamaican phrase which means “Life Goes On.”

“Based upon the wonderful energy and focus of the choir students this year, this should prove to be a very exciting concert,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at the college. “The students had most of the program already memorized by the end of October, so the ensembles should be very focused and prepared for this upcoming concert. With the new Clayton Center for the Arts opening next year, there is a lot of enthusiasm.”

The concert is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.

For more information, contact Wilner at 865.981.8151 or

Friday, November 20 to Saturday, November 21

‘Ask Me Why’ event benefits Children’s Advocacy Center

New Hope, Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, is holding a fundraising event on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, to benefit children victimized by severe sexual and physical abuse in Blount County.

Tagged “Ask Me Why I’m ...,” the event targets a wide variety of activities a participant can do to raise funds and awareness. Individuals are asked to commit to walk, bike, jog, exercise or even read books, all in the name of raising pledges and creating awareness of child abuse in Blount County. Entry forms and more information can be found at or by calling the Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center at 865-981-2000.

Saturday, November 21

Maryville Christian School to hold Christmas Fantasy Dinner and Auction

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, Maryville Christian School will host its Christmas Fantasy live and silent auction. Dinner will be served, and entertainment will include crafts and games, gingerbread houses, photo opportunities, drawings for Christmas trees decorated by classes, and a surprise celebrity.

The meal will cost $9 ($12 at the door) for adults, who will be served Italian herb or mushroom swiss stuffed chicken, herbed potatoes, and green beans with almonds. Children’s meals are $5 ($8 at the door) and include chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and fruit. All meals include drink, bread, and dessert.

Auction items include Disney World passes, gift cards, vacation getaways, Christmas decorations, and much more.

For dinner tickets, call 865-681-3205. Maryville Christian School is located at 2525 Morganton Road in Maryville.

Saturday, November 21

Victorian Village benefit combines shopping, charity

Victorian Village Community Benefit is a chance to shop and help Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, Blount County Habitat for Humanity, the homeless and Chilhowee View Community Center.

The Village 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.

Saturday, November 21

Don Brakebill Singers to hold holiday concert at library

Believe it or not, the holiday concert season is upon us, and the opening performance at the Blount County Public Library will be the Don Brakebill Singers on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.

Several years ago, the Singers started singing at the library as a “dress rehearsal” for their performance at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, over Thanksgiving weekend. Then the program evolved to be a full-scale concert in its own at library.

Don Brakebill is the founder and director of the Singers, and his wife, Charlotte, accompanies the choir. This year, however, they’re varying their appearances, with a performance at Rugby will be on December and at the Biltmore in January.

This year’s playlist includes many traditional holiday favorites like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” and “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,” as well as less familiar traditional tunes like “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” a 14th-century German melody, and “The Adoramus Te,” a Latin Palestrina.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For information, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Sunday, November 22

FAB Studio features 18 artists in Artist At Work tour

Fine Arts Blount artists want to share not only their artwork, but the processes they use to create it with the artistic and art-loving community.

FAB is planning an Artist At Work Studio Tour, which will open the studios and galleries of 18 local artists.

This one-day event features a self-guided driving tour to 18 art studios. The tour starts at Fine Arts Blount gallery, 106 Broadway, in downtown Maryville. Seven artists will be featured at FAB from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

From the FAB studio, maps will be provided for a self-guided driving tour to eleven more artist studios.

Watch demos of painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and woodturning. Light refreshments will be served at all locations. There will also be an opportunity to win artwork from one of FAB’s artists.

Tickets are $15 per adult. Children under age 12 are admitted free, and group rates available. Purchase tickets at FAB Artspace, Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Boyd Thomas Clothing and Dandy Lions, or at FAB the day of the event. For more information on the Studio Tour, visit or call 865-982-0898.

Fine Arts Blount is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the visual arts to the Blount County community.

Tuesday, December 1

Footloose in Foothills returns to benefit seniors

Footloose in the Foothills is returning for a third year with a promise of even more great vendors and shopping experiences.

Footloose, which is a fund raiser for the Blount County Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, features vendors of all types gathered for one night of shopping extravaganza. This year’s event will be held in the Alumni Gym on Maryville College campus.

Footloose in the Foothills Holiday Shopping Extravaganza kicked off its inaugural year in 2007 and continued last year. The shopping is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alumni Gym on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $10, which is a donation to SCHAS. Featured vendors are still being recruited, but committed to come so far are vendors with arts, crafts, children’s wear, home parties and jewelry. Tickets are available at the SCHAS office on Ellis Street, or from any board member.

SCHAS is a non-profit organization that provides services to help seniors stay in their homes rather than go to nursing homes. Judy Timbs is the Blount County director.

Saturday, December 5

Secret Safe Place holds “Breakfast with Santa”

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will hold its 4th annual “Breakfast with Santa” event on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 7 - 9 a.m. at Applebee’s on 2564 Alcoa Highway in Alcoa.

Children of all ages and their families can enjoy pancakes with Santa Claus. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and children and include pancakes, sausage links, and a drink. Tickets are available in advance from the Secret Safe Place Business Office at 865-254-2208 or at the door on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee (cash or checks only please.) Bring your camera for pictures with Santa! Easy children’s crafts will also be available for $1 each.

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.

Saturday, December 6

Townsend holds Annual Community Christmas Parade

This year’s Annual Townsend Community Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. The parade’s theme is “A Patriotic Christmas - Celebrating Our Gift of Freedom.” Our Parade Marshals will be veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the field next to the Visitor Center on Highway 321. Line up will begin at 1:00 p.m. The gate to the line-up field will open at 10:00 a.m. The parade will proceed south on Highway 321 and end at the Nawger Nob Craft Settlement.

A program of Christmas music will be presented at the Nawger Nob site following the Parade, where prizes will be announced and free refreshments will be served.

Prizes will be given for first-, second- and third-place winners for large floats, small floats and horse or pony and rider categories.

There is no fee to enter. Anyone in the Townsend, Blount County, or surrounding area is invited to participate in the Parade.

Participants must submit an entry form in order to join. Only those who have turned in a signed entry form will be allowed to enter the line-up field. Entry forms must be received no later than Friday, Dec. 4.

Each vehicle driver or horse/pony rider of an organization must submit a signed entry form for liability reasons.

Any participant under the age of 18 must have an entry form signed by a parent or guardian.

The City of Townsend will provide the only Santa and Mrs. Claus in the parade.

Registration forms may be picked up at Townsend City Hall or at the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library. Forms may be returned as follows:

Mail to Christmas Parade, 316 Domar Drive, Townsend, 37882

Return in person to the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library or to Townsend City Hall

Fax to Townsend City Hall at 865-448-0908

If you have questions call David Wietlisbach at 865-448-0765, Ron Palewski at 865-448-0619, or Townsend City Hall at 865-448-6886.

Friday, December 11

Winter Fest planned at Carpenters Elementary

Crafters and vendors are being recruited for the Carpenters Elementary School Winter Fest, which will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

Any crafters or vendors who would like to rent a booth and set up can do so for $15, if paid by Nov. 23. After that the cost will be $20.

Those interested should mail their name, address, phone number and money to Carpenters Elementary School, 915 Huffstetler Road, Maryville, TN 37803. For more information, call Janet Blair at 865-983-6885 or Janice Bass at 865-681-4087.

The Winter Fest will include cake walks, face painting, pie throwing, T-shirt booth and lots more. Concessions will be open.

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