East Tennessee’s Kidney Foundation needs blankets - The National Kidney Foundation Serving East Tennessee is in need of help from the community. They are completely out of clean blankets to give to kidney patients.
People on dialysis have their blood filtered into a machine outside their body three times a week. Over a period of three or more hours, all their blood has been moved through the cool machine back into their body. This causes many patients to feel very cold and their body temperature drops drastically. With cold and flu season upon us, this can be very threatening to their immune system and overall health.
The NKF Serving East Tennessee is looking for clean new or used blankets that they can give to the patients they serve.
If you or anyone you know is interested in donating or starting a blanket drive, please contact Jennifer Kuechenmeister at the National Kidney Foundation Serving East Tennessee at 865-688-5481 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Pellissippi State seeks new facility for welder training - Pellissippi State Community College is looking for a new site to meet the needs of its welder training program. The college recently began soliciting proposals for a minimum of 1,680 square feet of space. About 1,200 square feet will be for training, and the rest will be for a classroom. The proposed location may be in Blount or Knox County. For more information about the request for proposals, contact John Clark, Pellissippi State director of Purchasing, at 865-694-6601 or email@example.com.
Blount County Food Pantry Drive During the month of October, Music Row Antiques will be collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the Blount County Food Pantry. A barrel for donations will be located just inside the door.
The Blount County Food Pantry has been helping to feed families in Blount County since 1983. During the month of August, the pantry provided 2,264 cans of food to Blount County residents in need. The pantry is located in the former Alnwick School. The hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. All applicants are screened through Blount County Community Action.
In these troubled times economic times the Blount County Food Pantry is experiencing an increased demand for food on a daily basis, and help is needed more than ever. Music Row Antiques is located at 2816 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., and can be reached at 865-984-9599.
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.
Southern Studios Stained Glass will offer the following classes this fall:
Beginning Foil Stained Glass Class - This class will teach the basics of pattern cutting foil glass. Good for people who want to learn how to do sun catchers and things that hang in windows but are not installed. This 5-week course is a precursor to other advanced classes. Class is limited to 6 people. Held Wednesdays, Oct. 28 - Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 5 - 8 p.m. The fee is $125, most supplies included (except consumables like glass, flux, solder and foil).
Beginning Lead Stained Glass Class - This class will teach the basics of pattern lead glass. This class is good for people who want to learn how to install pieces into their home, like in doors, sidelights, transoms or windows. This 5-week course is a precursor to other advanced classes. Class is limited to 6 people. Held Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 5 - 8 p.m. The fee is $125, most supplies included (except consumables like glass, flux, and solder).
Intermediate Foil Stained Glass Class - This class is for people who have done foil stained glass before. Students will work from their choice of pattern, which should have more curves and smaller pieces than the beginner projects. This is 5-week course is limited to 6 people. The fee is $100, supplies not included. The Class will be held Fridays, Oct. 30-Nov. 27, from 11- 2 p.m. or 5 - 8 p.m.
Intermediate Lead Stained Glass Class - This class is for people who have taken lead stained glass before. If you take this class, you should be prepared to have a more complex piece or one that you would like to install. This 5-week course is limited to 6 people. The fee is $100, supplies not included. The class will be held Thursdays, Oct. 29 - Dec. 3 (except Thanksgiving Day) from 11 - 2 p.m. or 5 - 8 p.m.
Panel Lamp Class - This is a class for people who have done foil stained glass before. You will get to pick from a variety of flat paneled lamp projects and will have a finished shade when done. Lamp Base is not included. This 5-week course is limited to 6 people. The fee is $100, supplies not included. The class will be held Mondays, Oct. 26 - Nov. 23, 11 - 2 p.m.
A discount of 10 percent off the class fee is offered to friends signing up together. The fee for each class is due upon registration. There can be no refunds, but fees can be applied to another course. Students can register in person or by phone. For more information, contact Southern Studios at 865-379-4453 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.southernstudiosglass.com. The studio is located at 801 E. Broadway in Maryville and is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Halloween play at HHS - Heritage High School Theatre will present Boo! Thirteen Scenes from Halloween, by Pat Cook this Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Although Boo! is suitable for all ages and is a comedy, there are a few scary scenes which might frighten younger children. The show will include every kind of Halloween creature, from zombies to witches and monsters. Not only will students be performing Boo!, but some of the students also have written their own scenes. A very talented group of actors, crew members, and writers will tickle your funny bone and have you squealing throughout the evening. Adult tickets are $6, and student tickets are $4. Contact Katie Amspaugh, theatre arts teacher, at 865-984-8110 with any questions.
Chili Lunch to Benefit United Way On Thursday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Alcoa Fire Department, located on Wright Road, will host a chili lunch to benefit United Way. Chili, corn chips, toppings and drink are included with the requested donation of $5. Desserts will be available for purchase.
The All Creatures Thrift Store, located at 1005 Broadway in Maryville is having a Spooktacular Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 31. The fun will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The day will be packed with Halloween activities including a children’s game area with treats and prizes. Dress yourself and your four legged friends in your best Halloween costumes and join the festivities. Both regular and tofu “Hallow”weines and side dishes will be available for purchase, so come hungry. In addition to the Halloween fun, we’ll have some “Spooktacular” sales going on at The All Creatures Thrift Store as well as adoptable pets in need of “forever” homes. For more information and directions please call 865-233-3739 or visit the Blount County Humane Society website at www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org. The Blount County Humane Society is a grass-roots citizen-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization made up of caring and loving people that are “Dedicated to Helping All God’s Creatures.” Please visit our website at www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.
Blount County Civil War Roundtable will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library. Guest speaker will be Mr. Jim Sturgeon, fifth generation Blount Countian, an investment businessman and student of his family’s history in the Civil War, whose presentation topic will be, “One Blount County Family’s Civil War Story.” Monthly meetings are open to the public, anyone interested in Civil War-era history. Living history reenactments and encampments to be announced as they are scheduled. Visit our new website at www.blountcountycivilwarroundtable.vpweb.com. For more information, call Jeannine Wallace at 865-379-1717. The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St., in Maryville.
The Lost Cajuns, a social group of Louisiana natives, will have Halloween Dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 at Riverview Grill, located at 1625 Oak Ridge Highway in Clinton. RSVP required. Call 865-748-7122. For more information email email@example.com
Book Signing at Hastings - On Friday, Oct. 30, J. Greg Johnson will be at Hastings Books in Foothills Plaza in Maryville from 4-7 p.m. to sign copies of his book Sanctuary: Meditations from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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 Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend will be holding its annual “Family Fun Night” fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the library. All proceeds will go toward the library’s operating expenses. There will be games, crafts, stories, hot dogs and drinks, and a cake walk. Admission is free. Games are $ .50 each. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come and join us for some family fun, and support your local library.
The library’s next After-School programs for children in grades K through 5 will be Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. October’s themes are “Hygiene” and “Feelings.” Our special guest on Oct. 27 will be Sherry Spencer from the Blount County Health Department.
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:
Nov. 19 - Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCullough;
Dec. 17 - Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer; and
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.
November Events from The Market:
Nov. 1, 4 p.m.: Cooking class at The Market, featuring baked scrod with tomato basil salsa, marinated seared sea scallops, and wild rice. Cost: $10 per person. Only 4 more spots available.
Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Appalachian Bear Rescue fundraiser at The Market, with live music and samples of food. Trout dinner offered by Sister Cat’s Cafe.
Nov. 12, 5 p.m.: Shrimp boil at Two Doors Down. All you can eat shrimp boil catered by Blue Moon Fish Co., in historic downtown Maryville. Ladies night, live trivia, prizes, drink specials.
Maryville PD introduces new women’s self defense class: The Equalizer, a new self defense program offered by the Maryville Police Department, helps to prepare women in advance through education and self-defense training. In addition, the Equalizer Program is designed with the understanding that most women do not have a lot of time to spend on self-defense training or may not physically able to perform certain techniques. Therefore, a participant may choose to only go through Phase I or may choose to attend all four phases. It is up to the individual how far they want to advance in the training.
Phase I and Phase II include: how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a rape/sexual assault; recognizing potentially dangerous situations; defensive striking; and common grab defenses. Phase III and Phase IV cover more specific defensive moves such as the rear head lock defense, striking and knife defenses and ground escapes.
The Equalizer will be held at the Maryville Police Department located at Municipal Center, 400 West Broadway Avenue and will be taught by certified Maryville Police Department officers. The first class will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 6-10 p.m. The remaining three classes will be held on November 10, 17, and 24 at the same times. There is a $20 fee for the class. Participants should wear long pants such as sweat pants or workout clothes along with t-shirts or sweatshirts. Only tennis shoes, stocking feet or bare feet are allowed.
People interested in the taking the Equalizer must come to the Maryville Police Department to register by Oct. 30. For further details, call Sgt. Jason Barham or Officer Brett Hall at 865-273-3717.
The Maryville Board of Education will meet in a work session at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, in the MCS Central Office. The purpose of the meeting is to review proposed refinements to the goals and objectives for the district strategic plan.
AARP will offer a Driver Safety Classes on Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blount Memorial Health Center, located at 220 Associates Dr. in Maryville. For more information about registration, call Francis Gross at 865-984-8911.
Chilhowee View Community Center Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 4-7 p.m. to raise money for the maintenance and operation of the center. The menu will include turkey or ham, green beans, potatoes, rolls, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, drinks and homemade desserts. Suggested donation is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under. The rummage room will be open from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Also, on Dec. 5, the center will host a Community Christmas Tree Lighting. The Chilhowee View Community Center is located at 3229 Wilkinson Pike.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-983-5401.
Blount Memorial Health Calendar
• 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.
• Diabetes Services Fair - Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center is having its annual Diabetes Services Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 in the Blount Memorial auditorium. The event is to assist attendees in learning more about diabetes and community resources. Several representatives from Blount Memorial Hospital, physician offices and pharmaceutical companies will be available at the event to distribute information. Refreshments will be served at the fair and free meters will be given away. People with diabetes and their family members, as well as those with a family history of diabetes, are encouraged to attend the free event. Register by Oct. 29 by calling 865-977-5767.
• 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. 4, 11, 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.
• Intro to Tai Chi class will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from noon - 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19. The six-week program is for beginners and focuses the mind while conditioning the body. Cost is $60 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
• Swimming lessions for kids - American Red Cross swim lessons for children are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 20 - Nov. 12 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. Level 1, Introduction to Water Skills, is offered from 7-7:30 p.m. for children ages 3 and up. Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, is offered from 7:30-8 p.m. with a requirement of a level 1 certificate. Level 3, Stroke Development, also is offered from 7:30-8 p.m. with a requirement of a level 2 certificate or ability to demonstrate completion requirements. Cost is $45 for members and $70 for non-members. Class sizes are limited, and pre-registration is required. Payment is due at the time of registration. For more information, call 865-980-7100.
• GeoMotion: DDR - The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook offers “GeoMotion - Dance, Dance, Revolution” on Thursdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. The six-week program offers hip-hop dance, speed and agility drills for kids ages 10-14. Cost is $60 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
• 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.
• Grief support group - A six-week program that offers education, support and encouragement for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one will meet in October. The group will meet Thursdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19 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.
• 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.
• Moms Remembered Support Group - A grief support group for women who have lost their mothers through death will meet in November. Members meet the first Monday of each month. The meeting takes place on Monday, Nov. 2 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.
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. 7: Pete Huttlinger - master fingerstyle guitarist
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.
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.
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.
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:
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.
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.