Breeden-Cook Family Reunion -- All family and friends of Lon and Pearl Breeden are invited to the family's annual family reunion and to celebrate Pearl Cook-Breeden's 92nd birthday at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The reunion will be at the home place on Light Pink Road in Louisville. Guests are asked to bring a chair and a covered dish, dessert, or drinks. For more information, contact Jennie at 865-363-8767 or Carmen at 865-983-8465.
Free spay/neuter program - To mark the eighth anniversary of the spay/neuter clinic’s opening, AnimalWorks is offering a no-cost pet spay/neuter program to qualified Blount County residents for the month of October. Under this no-cost program, all co-payments, spay/neuter surgical costs, and rabies vaccination fees will be paid for by grant funding. This project is funded under an agreement with the Department of Agriculture and the Charles and Sue Fouche Charitable Foundation. Income restrictions apply. To find out if you qualify for this no-cost spay/neuter program, or to schedule spay/neuter appointments for your pets, call AnimalWorks at 865-379-2227. AnimalWorks’ spay/neuter clinic is located at 3377 Regal Drive behind West Chevrolet off Alcoa Highway. For more information, call 865-379-2227 or visit www.animalworkstn.org.
The Maryville City Schools Family Life Curriculum will be available for public review on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the MCS Central Office. All parents of students in grades 5-9 attending Maryville Intermediate, Middle or High Schools are encouraged to preview the materials used in the course during this time. Anyone wishing to review the course materials are welcome between the hours of 8 a.m and noon and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Questions may be directed to 865-982-7121.
The Lake Show - Upcoming episodes of the Fort Loudoun Lake Association’s The Lake Show will feature Shelley Wascome, Executive Director of Community Shares. Wascome will be in the episode to run on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 12:45 p.m.
Due to technical difficulties, sound was not available for last Sunday’s “Lake Show” featuring Coach Lisa Glenn with UT Rowing. Because many viewers missed the Saturday evening show while supporting the UT Vols, CTV has offered to air that episode again on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 12:45 p.m. The episodes are available streaming online at www.ctvknox.org/ at the above times for those without Comcast Cable.
Myers Cemetery Preservation meeting - A meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a Myers Cemetery Preservation Association has been scheduled at the Townsend Visitors Center Pavilion (adjacent to the cemetery) in Townsend on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. We invite all persons having ancestors buried there or anyone who has an interest in preserving this historic cemetery to join us. Please bring a lawn chair since seating is limited. Please call Marilyn Myers Byrd at 865-984-4552 or 865-368-5900 for information.
Alcoa Leaf Collection - The City of Alcoa will begin weekly leaf collection on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Leaf collection is scheduled to continue through the second week of January. Leaves should be separated from other waste and placed near the street for collection. Residents are asked not to rake leaves into the street, which clogs storm drains and can obstruct traffic. For more information about leaf collection, including the day of the week for collection in each area, call the Alcoa Public Works Department at 865-380-4815 or 865-380-4800.
The GFWC Chilhowee Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse, located at 223 Clarion St. Dr. Matt Murray, director of the Blount County Education Initiative, will give a report on their progress and its work on behalf of all who are interested in working together to give our children the best educational opportunities possible to prepare them for their future. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this informative meeting.
Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes are set to begin in two locations on Monday, Oct.19. Registration is open for classes for Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation. This Tai Chi class is specifically designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromaylgia and tendonitis.
The eight-week class for Arthritis Foundation Level 1 and Level 2 begin Oct. 19. Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday. Level 1 classes are from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Level 2 classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. These classes are held in the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church, located at 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy. A second Level I class will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 115 at First United Methodist Church, 804 Montvale Station Road. The fee for each of the eight-week classes is $80. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 865-803-8887 or visit www.smokymountainwellness.com.
Election Commission - the next regularly scheduled Election Commission meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Election Commission conference room.
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 Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend successfully raised $2000 to match a Technology Grant from the state. The goal was reached thanks to the generosity of the Laurel Valley property owners, several patrons and Friends of the Library, and the Tippitt Library Foundation. The grant will allow the library to purchase a new library automation program, a server for that program, a hard drive for backing up files, and two new staff computers.
The library’s next children’s programs will be: Tuesday, September 29th - PreSchool Program for ages 3-5 from 10:15 am to 11:30 pm; AfterSchool Program for grades K-5 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. September’s theme is “Family.” September 29th will be game day; children may bring a board or card game that can be played with a group (no video or electronic games). Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to register your child. PreSchool children must be accompanied by an adult who can be with them for the entire program.
The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library will be started its children’s programs for the coming school year in August. The Pre-School program will be for children ages 3 - 5 and will run from 10:15 to 11:30 am. The After-School program will be for children in grades K - 5 and will run from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. Both programs will be held every other Tuesday beginning Aug. 4. Each month will have a theme and will offer stories, crafts, games, and special guests. Parents of pre-school children are asked to remain with their children. Please call the library at 448-1441 if you have questions, or to register your child.
The schedule for the upcoming children’s programs is as follows:
n AfterSchool Program for grades K-5 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to register your child. PreSchool children must be accompanied by an adult who can be with them for the entire program.
The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The books for the next several months are:
n Oct. 22nd - The Foster Girls by Lin Stepp;
n Nov. 19 - Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCullough;
n Dec. 17 - Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer; and
n Jan. 28 - Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.
On Oct. 22 the Book Club will welcome the author of The Foster Girls, Dr. Lin Stepp of Knoxville, who will talk to the group about her book and take part in the discussion. She will also do a book signing in the library in the afternoon. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 for more information.
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.
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.
n Diabetes Management Program Blount Memorial Hospital offers several classes in diabetes management and a support group. Physician referral and an initial evaluation are required prior to attending a class session. The classes are recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covered by most insurance carriers. A new four-hour class is for patients who have had previous diabetes education and need an update on diabetes information. The morning class meets from 8 a.m. - noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. The evening class meets from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 1 on the center’s second floor. Additionally, a diabetes support group will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 1 on the center’s second floor. Senior Services coordinator Edward Harper will present “Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.” Each participant may bring one guest to the classes or support group. For more information, call the hospital’s Diabetes Management Center at 865-977-5767.
n Freedom from Smoking class - A Freedom from Smoking class will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 5 - Nov. 16 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. Learn how to quit smoking and maintain abstinence with the American Lung Association’s class. Cost is $89 for members and $99 for non-members. To register, call 865-980-7100.
n Boot camp fitness for homeschoolers - A boot-camp style class for kids ages 6 - 12 is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook during the month of October. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 6 - 27 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and will consist of activities including cardio drills, calisthenics, agility, cycling, kickboxing, palates and yoga. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
n Moms Remembered support group - A grief support group for women who have lost their mothers through death will meet in October. Members meet the first Monday of each month. The meeting takes place on Monday, Oct. 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building, located at 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. For more information or to register, call 865-981-2291.
n Mid-day Music Mountain Folk Reunion - Mid-day Music will offer the “Mountain Folk Reunion” from noon - 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Senior Services is bringing back music at mid-day in the style of the Mid-day Merry-go-round. The program features the Mountain Folk Reunion band with Walker Johnson playing the music of the 1950s through the 1970s. Their sing-a-long style encourages audience participation and a good time for all. For more information, call 865-977-5744.
n Transitional Care Sock Hop - Break out your poodle skirts, leather jackets and blue jeans and enjoy the music of the 1950s at a free open house. Twist and shout all evening long with fun activities including oldies music, professional photos from 6-7 p.m., a visit from Elvis, ice cream sundae bar and other snacks. The event is from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 at the Blount Memorial Transitional Care Center at MorningView Village. For more information or to make a reservation, call 865-273-8313.
n The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets at two different locations each month. The group meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. 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.The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets four times during the month of October. The group meets from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 on the hospital’s 3-east floor. Caregivers can also discuss their situations and explore possible strategies and resources at a free one-on-one consultation with a Senior Services representative. For more information, call 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.
n Oct. 1: Native American vocalist and flutist Rona Yellow Robe, with Randy McGinnis and Danny Bigay, all Native American Music Award nominees. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling 865-441-4581.
n Oct. 2: Folk and bluegrass musicians John Reischman and the Jaybirds. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Capitol Theatre event listing --
For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.
n Oct. 30: The Screamliners Halloween Swing: The Streamliners are a 16 piece swing band playing big band hits of the 40s and 50s. The band will be performing as The Screamliners for a special Halloween performance featuring scream-worthy tunes. Costumes are encouraged, and free dance lessons will be offered before the show beginning at 8:30 p.m. with the cost of admission. Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased here online or $15 at the door, with a discounted price of $10 for students and KSDA . This show is BYOB, beer and wine only, with a $5 fee per wine bottle or six pack. The Capitol coffee shop will offer drinks and desserts, and an appetizer menu from Sullivan’s Restaurant is available during the show.
Pappy’s Quilting Place will offer a number of classes this fall, beginning on Sept. 9 and running through December, including Table Runner of the Month with Sassy Foster, Rag Quilting, Miniature Landscape with Tone Cogburn, and Basket Wall Hanging with Laurie Brobst. For more information about any of the classes, call 865-980-0950 or visit www.pappysquilting.com. Pappy’s Quilting Place is located at 3426 Sevierville Rd. in Maryville.
Fine Arts Blount will be holding a number of art classes at the ArtSpace gallery at 106 E. Broadway in the near future. FAB’s website, www.fineartsblount.com, contains more detailed information about classes and workshops. You can contact FAB at 865-982-0898 or via email at FAB@fineartsblount.com. Events on the Fine Arts Blount calendar for the coming months are as follows:
n Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.
n Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.
Fine Arts Blount and Youthful Expressions Studio are offering three weeks of fun-filled, educational art activities at ArtSpace in downtown Maryville.
Visit www.fineartsblount.com or call ArtSpace at 865-982-0898, 865-977-0848 or 865-356-4361 for more information.
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.