Community Events for Nov. 26, 2009

Saturday, November 28

Hometown Christmas opens with H.O.M.E. at MLK

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center is the place for the first of four special events in Blount County known as Hometown Christmas. H.O.M.E. for Christmas begins at 6 p.m. with light refreshments and music, followed by the lighting of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center tree at 7:15 p.m.

Fellowship and activities for the children will close out the evening following the tree lighting.

H.O.M.E. for Christmas is sponsored by Parks & Rec and Blount Today.

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. Visit for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

Monday, November 30

Springbrook Splendor lights up Alcoa

As the second leg of the Hometown Christmas, Parks & Rec and Blount Today will host the Springbrook Splendor community night beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, at the upper fields of Alcoa Springbrook Park.

This traditional party features pathways lit with luminaries, refreshments, a visit from Santa and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. New this year is a hay ride down some of the shorter streets in Alcoa. The Alcoa Singers and the Alcoa Elementary School Christmas Choir will perform. A solo will be offered by Matthew Dixon.

Rain date is 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The lighting of the tree begins the festivities at 6:15 p.m.

Monday, November 30

Blount Memorial Foundation celebrates lighting Holiday Tree of Lights

Celebrate the holiday season by gathering with neighbors, family and friends at the lighting of the Blount Memorial Foundation Holiday Tree of Lights at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, in the Blount Memorial Hospital Garden of Life.

Each light on the tree is donated by a community member in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. All proceeds from the Holiday Tree of Lights benefit programs that provide medical support for the health care needs of the medically underserved and uninsured.

Family-friendly activities include: Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus; an appearance by Tennessee Tuxedo the Penguin and Snowflake the Polar Bear; live holiday music; and refreshments.

After the tree-lighting ceremony, head North to the hospital’s cafeteria to see the Blount Memorial Auxiliary’s Gingerbread Village. Hospital departments have combined their competitive and holiday spirits to create a number of gingerbread houses for a competition and silent auction. Each vote for your favorite holiday house is $1, and winners of the silent auction will find themselves with a sweet, edible holiday decoration. All money raised will be donated through the Blount Memorial Foundation for hospital improvements and service expansion.

For more information about illuminating the tree, call 865-977-5727.

Monday, November 30

Clayton Center for Arts teams with Blount County library for holiday program

The new Clayton Center for the Arts will present a series of programs as a holiday sampler at the Blount County Public Library. The program selections will be presented Monday, Nov. 30, Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening.

The Clayton Center Holiday Sampler at the Blount County Public Library will provide a community preview of the types of events soon to be available at the new Clayton Center when it opens early in 2010.

The three concerts at the library will include these performances:

The Roseman String Trio, local musicians, will present a concert of holiday favorites on Monday, Nov. 30. Barry Roseman on violin, Will Yager on bass and Harold Nagge on guitar combine to form a unique trio offering holiday music ranging from classics to jazz to pop and beyond. The 60-minute program is suitable to all ages and musical tastes.

“A Christmas Memory,” Truman Capote’s poignant short story, will be presented as a dramatic reading by Robert Hutchens, Executive Director of the Clayton Center for the Arts and an accomplished actor. Hutchens will entertain the audience on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with this story, suited to all ages.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Alex and John Cherry Duet, a father-daughter vocal duo, will warm the hearts of listeners with a concert of holiday classics. These talented singers will also lead the assembled audience in a sing-along of a few holiday favorites.

The Clayton Center for the Arts is a new $47.3 million cultural and fine arts facility located on the campus of Maryville College. It is due to open in March of 2010. To learn more about the Clayton Center for the Arts, visit

Free and open to the public, these programs will be at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4

Jammin’ for Joy brings Christmas to children

In conjunction with the Junior Service League and Toys for Blount County, the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook invites both members and non-members to workout for a great cause.

From Monday Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4, bring a new toy for children ages 14 and younger, and try any of the center’s group exercise or aquatic classes free of charge. Your toy will serve as your guest fee for the classes during this week.

For more information, call the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook at 865-980-7100.

Tuesday, December 1

Footloose in Foothills returns for shopping fun

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.

Thursday, December 3

Christmas at the Courthouse features Festival of Trees

The lawn of the Blount County Courthouse will be illuminated with a display of live Christmas trees of all sizes, colors, and decorative themes. This month-long event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, on the courthouse lawn with the lighting of the 36 trees in the Festival of Trees. The trees will stay lit until Jan. 7, allowing the community to enjoy the festival either by driving by or walking through for a closer look.

Christmas at the Courhouse features music, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus and train rides for the children. New entertainment includes the East Maryville Baptist Student Church Choir, bell choirs from Mary Blount Elementary and Townsend Elementary will perform.

At 7 p.m., the lobby and offices at the courthouse are opened for light refreshments. The Blount County Fire Department will then bring Santa Claus in and children will be able to visit with him on the front lawn of the courthouse. There will also be train rides down Ellis Avenue.

Tuesday, December 3

FLLA hosts holiday glass ornament wonderland

Celebrate the holiday season with the Fort Loudon Lake Association at an open house benefit held on Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. For the second year, hosts Rick Angel and Jerry Amiot will open their beautiful home and display their incredible ornament collection to benefit the FLLA.

The display will include 30 trees and 200 table-top finials and has taken more than 25 years to assemble. All ornaments are hand-blown glass and are sourced from Austria, Germany and Poland. Some ornaments take up to five days to produce and are true works of art.

One tree features crystal ornaments dating back to the 1800s. The Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association at the University of Tennessee will perform throughout the evening. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 865-523-3800.

Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6

Appalachian Ballet to present traditional Nutcracker

The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition “ The Nutcracker” on Dec. 5-6 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

This production is the only Nutcracker in Knoxville with live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

The Appalachian Ballet Company will present two public shows at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. School matinees are set for Dec. 3 and 4. Reservations for school performances must be made by Nov. 23. Teachers can call 865-982-8463.

The Nutcracker is a wonderful way to ring in the holidays and introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical ballet.

For tickets, call 865-982-8463 or 865-656-4444. Ticket prices are in advance - $36, $31 and $21, which includes a $1 restoration fee. Students and seniors receive a $5 discount. Tickets at the door are $41, $36 and $26. Group rates are available for 10 or more.

Everyone’s holiday season should include the classic tradition of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the Nutcracker. Accompanied by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the sights and sounds of the ballet company’s elaborate production will resonate with adults and children of all ages.

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 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.)

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

Sunday, December 6

Townsend Christmas Parade has patriotic theme

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.

There is no fee to enter. Participants must submit an entry form in order to join. Entry forms must be received no later than Friday, Dec. 4.

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.

Sunday, December 6

Shop the world at Highland’s Alternative Christmas Market

Highland Presbyterian Church will host an Alternative Christmas Market at the church, 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., on Sunday, Dec. 6, after the worship service. The shopping, which is open to the public, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Craft items from around the world, presented by 10,000 Villages and others, will be available for shoppers. Also included are locally made crafts from Coalition for Appalachian Ministries, fair trade coffee, Christmas wreaths and greenery from the Boys and Girls Clubs, art donated by RaRa Schlitt and much more.

A soup lunch will be served for a donation. Proceeds benefit the participating ministries and the Heifer Project, a self-help program that provides animals, seeds and training to underprivileged people in the United States and around the world.

For more information, call David Kemp at 865-660-4647.

Monday, December 7

Illumination of Greenbelt to fill downtown with music, lights

The Maryville Tree Lighting ceremony is the kick-off for the Illumination of the Greenbelt at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at the pedestrian bridge at Pistol Creek Station leading to the Blount County Public Library. The program will feature music, refreshments, a candy hunt for ages 2-12, and visits with Santa Claus in the Library at the end of the event.

Musical entertainment will feature two new groups this year, the City Carolers, an adult choir made up of employees of Maryville; and All About Jazz, a youth show choir.

There will be a candy hunt for children in the Greenbelt, and Santa arrives on the Sanitation Santa truck. Santa will make his way across the pedestrian bridge to the rotunda of the Blount County Public Library where there will be free digital photos with children.

Rain date is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

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.

Saturday, December 19

Breakfast with Santa to help fund Toys for Blount County

Santa and Mrs. Claus are ready to welcome youngsters to a fun breakfast at Royal Oaks Event Center on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets are now on sale for both seatings for the breakfast, which is hosted by the Junior Service League to raise funds for their Toys for Blount County annual project.

Seatings are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. An excellent breakfast of kid-friendly food will be served, and Santa will be ready to smile for the camera and listen to children’s Christmas wishes. Photos with Santa will be $5.

Tickets for the breakfast are $12 each and are available from any Junior Service League member. All proceeds benefit the JSL major service project, Toys for Blount County.

Sponsors to date include: Courtyard Grille, Ingram, Overholt and Bean, Anderson Lumber, Medi-Spa @ Knoxville Dermatology Group, Ralph Lindsey, Chilhowee Vet Clinic, Superior Car Wash, Realty III, Inc., Olympia Athletic Club, Eagle’s Ridge Resort, Katherine Best Caputo/Southern Living at Home, Washington Cleaners, Cintas, Campbell Tent & Party Rentals and Blount Today.

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