Community Events for October 29, 2009

Nicole Cashen poses for a photo with the students of Bompata, Ghanaian. Maryville College will hold a benefit dinner on Thursday, Oct. 29, to raise funds for the Bompata Educatioinal Fund Scholarship.

Nicole Cashen poses for a photo with the students of Bompata, Ghanaian. Maryville College will hold a benefit dinner on Thursday, Oct. 29, to raise funds for the Bompata Educatioinal Fund Scholarship.

Citizen Scientists conduct research in the National Park.

Citizen Scientists conduct research in the National Park.

Thursday, October 29

Dinner to benefit scholarship for MC Ghanaian students

On Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m., Maryville College will host a benefit dinner at the Martin Luther King Community Center, located at 209 East Franklin Street in Alcoa. The funds raised will go to the Bompata Educational Fund of Maryville College, which seeks to provide educational opportunities for Ghanaian students in the town of Bompata by funding scholarships and maintaining personal, cross-cultural relationships. Authentic Ghanaian food will be served, and a presentation will be made during the meal. The cost is $5 for students and children under 12, $10 for adults, and $20 for families. Tickets will be sold out of the Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) on the Maryville College campus. For more information, contact Nicole Cashen at

Thursday, October 29

Sandwich special raises funds for Sister2Sister Summitt

The Tomato Head, 211 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, will hold a fundraiser today, Oct. 29, to support the 2009 Sister-to-Sister Summit with a “Sister2Sister” sandwich special, available from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. All proceeds from the special, with a choice of either a meat or vegetable option, will go toward the summit.

The summit, set for Nov. 5, is sponsored by the Maryville Branch of the American Association of University Women, working with a coalition of Blount County agencies and individuals. The event brings together over 100 girls in grades 7-12, representing every middle and high school in all three Blount County school systems.

This national initiative of AAUW gives girls the opportunity to identify issues of greatest concern to them in their schools and their community. They then work to develop a plan of action for addressing those concerns. For information, go to

Friday, October 30

Capitol Theater plans ‘Screamliners’ Halloween swing show

The Capitol Theater in Maryville make the haunting season a swinging one when the Streamliners swing band will transform themselves into the “Screamliners Halloween swing band.”

The 16-piece big band group plays hits from the 1940s and ‘50s and will perform scream-worthy tunes. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. Free dance lessons will be offered 30 minutes before the 9 p.m. show.

Clips from various horror movies will be played throughout the night.

Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased at the Capitol or online at Tickets day of the show are $15 at the door with a discounted price of $10 for students and KSDA.

The 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 Downtown is available during the show. For tickets and other information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

Friday, October 30

Halloween party planned at Big O Center

The Big O Center, located at 2732 Highway 411 South, across from Pancho’s, will host a day of Halloween fun from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. There will be loads of candy. The event is being hosted by all the businesses in the center.

Saturday, October 31

Spooktacular event puts spotlight on pets

Pets and their owners can have a Spooktacular Saturday at The All Creatures Thrift Store, 1005 Broadway.

The thrift store is hosting a Spooktacular Halloween event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be children’s games with plenty of treats, costumed employees and pets and a storewide sidewalk sale. Shoppers are encouraged to come dressed in costume and to show-off their four-legged friends costumes as well.

There will also be a sale going on at The All Creatures Thrift Store and adoptable pets in need of homes. Hot dogs and other food will be provided, as well as other carnival-type activities.

For more information, call 865-233-3739 or visit the Blount County Humane Society Web site at

Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, November 1

Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse ready for festival

The Sam Houston Memorial Association (Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse) will sponsor a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. This is an annual event held the last weekend of October to help raise money to operate this historic site and to educate the public of the site’s importance to the community.

There will be several venues of interest offered at the festival for the public to enjoy, including:

Music both days in the Raven Hall Pavilion on the hill above the gift shop and museum. Ron Collins, leader of the group Ron Collins & Circle of Friends, will be the master of ceremonies for the weekend. Several local groups are scheduled to play and sing in 45-60 minute sessions each day. The musicians will be honoring the memory of Tommy Covington.

Covington was a renowned musician, music teacher and mentor in Maryville. Collins had the honor of appearing on Covington’s radio program on WGYP, in the late 1950s.

Some of the entertainers are: Linda Hatcher, Spurgeon Brothers, Mountain Gap, The New Band, Kenny Ford and Friends, The Cox Family, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and Ron Collins & Circle of Friends.

Arts and craft vendors will be stationed throughout the grounds with all kinds of items to show and to sell.

Members of the Civil War Round Table will be present with tables of relics on display.

The Army of Tennessee Civil War Re-Enactors will present a weekend of living history consisting of Union and Confederate soldiers and officers. A total of 25 to 30 members will be encamped on site.

A menu of hot dogs, chili, slaw, pinto beans, onions, corn muffins, drinks and dessert will be available throughout the hours of the festival.

Admission is free. All day parking is $5 per car. Transportation from the parking lots to the festival site will be offered.

Saturday, October 31

Citizens invited to conduct field research in national park

Researchers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are inviting people to volunteer as Citizen Scientists on Saturday, Oct. 31, and join Park biologists and educators in developing scientific data in the national park.

The scheduled field activity will involve mapping locations of ash trees on the Tennessee side of the Park from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will learn how to identify ash and other common trees found in the Smoky Mountains, read a topographic map, and use a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit. The ash trees are at risk from the invasive, non-native Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that can travel undetected in firewood and nursery stock from quarantined areas of the country into new locations in the Park. The data that is collected will help Park staff map the locations of ash trees park-wide to monitor the health of the forest and detect future infestations.

The volunteers should be prepared to hike up to 5 miles on Park trails and in rough terrain off the main paths. It is recommended that participants wear long pants and comfortable closed-toe shoes or boots for hiking and bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, and rain gear. Reservations are necessary and participation is limited to 16 people (children 12 and under must bring an adult). Contact Ranger Susan Simpson at 865-436-1200, ext. 762 for the meeting location and directions.

Saturday, October 31

National Trail Horse Competition is in Louisville

Lovingood Springs Farm will host an American Competitive Trail Horse Association Competitive Trail Challenge in Louisville, Tennessee, on Oct. 31. This national organization, ACTHA, offers a venue where trail riders can enjoy their horses and the wonderful scenery around them while also competing at a national level to attain point for the riders as well as the horses. Riders get a challenge and a chance to learn as well as show off their horse’s talents. But most of all they share beauty, camaraderie and fun. In this spirit ACTHA was founded.

Today ACTHA is a national phenomenon with rides all across the USA. Sponsors and participants travel across the country to ACTHA sanctioned rides not only to compete but also for a higher cause, feeding starving horses by donating to Horse Rescues. Up to 50% of ACTHA’s proceeds are directly donated to horse charities.

All equines and all riding disciplines are welcome to the Competitive Trail Challenges, CTCs. The trail will be about six miles and the obstacles, about nine of them, will be contained within mostly natural terrain, like crossing water, going up and down steep hills, opening gates and jumping small logs.

Riders compete for cash awards, prizes and ribbons, and points. ACTHA will keep track of your horse’s registry and all of the points it earns from riding in the CTCs.

To register for the ride contact ACTHA at, For more information call Kathy Lovingood at 865-982-8182 or

Monday, November 2

Renowned miniaturists to demonstrate tiny art at library

The Miniature Artists of America’s traveling exhibition of miniature art will be on display at the Blount County Public Library during the month of November. The 35 works of art that comprise the display represent an international group of artists who specialize in creating these diminutive gems of the Fine Art world.

Wes Siegrist, author and historian for the Miniature Artists of America, will be presenting a lecture/program on this enchanting art form to the public in the library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. Prior to the program, Siegrist, along with his wife and fellow miniaturist, Rachelle, will demonstrate miniature painting techniques from 1-4 p.m.

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, who reside in Townsend, are among the only miniature painters today who have a profitable career working strictly as miniaturists. They have published several books on miniature art and will have several solo exhibitions of their works across the country over the next year.

For more information, visit the website of Miniature Artists of America,, or contact the Blount County Public Library at 865-982-0981. The Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St. in Maryville.

Monday, November 2

Pellissippi prepares for international film festival

The Southern Appalachian International Film Festival returns to Pellissippi State Community College in early November for its second year, bringing in dozens of new documentaries, short films and features from the U.S. and around the world.

The festival is Monday-Friday, Nov. 2-6, with screenings at the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road, as well as at the Division Street Campus, Magnolia Avenue Campus and Blount County Center.

The event is free and open to the public, and films will be shown from morning through evening.

This year’s festival offers an eclectic mix of films, from documentaries and features shot in Appalachia to foreign films of Europe and Asia. More Spanish-language films have been added, as well as French films. An Iranian film also will be shown, a first for the festival.

Pellissippi State faculty members plan to integrate the films into courses to further the college’s international education curriculum, with support from the co-sponsor of the event, Tennessee Consortium for International Studies at Pellissippi State. Pellissippi State student films will run during the day in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art.

In addition to the film screenings, there will be several related presentations in the Pellissippi Campus’ Goins Building Auditorium, among them:

n Filmmaker Lance Weiler speaks at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, following a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda. Weiler’s presentation topics include the Workbook Project and the future of filmmaking.

n “Filmmaking as a Career,” a panel discussion by women filmmakers, is set for noon Friday, Nov. 6. The participating filmmakers will be present for an 11:30 a.m. reception in the Rotunda.

The festival wraps up on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. reception and screening of “Le Pacte des Loups” (“Brotherhood of the Wolf”). The film will be introduced by Joan Easterly, Pellissippi State French professor, as part of French Film Friday. It will be followed by a viewing of the Best of the Festival for 2009.

Films have been scheduled every afternoon and evening to make it easier for the public to park on campus. For more information, visit or call 865-694-6400.

Tuesday, December 1

Footloose in Foothills returns to benefit seniors

Footloose in the Foothills is returning for a third year with a promise of 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.

Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8

Fine Arts Showcase held at Maryville College

Maryville College invites the public to campus Nov. 6 - 8 for a Fine Arts Showcase which will spotlight the programs and people in the College’s Fine Arts Division.

The series of events kicks off Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium, featuring student and faculty soloists, the MC Jazz Band and a scene from the theatre department’s production “String of Pearls.”

A reception and art walk featuring student work will follow at 8:15 p.m. in the Bartlett Atrium.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, “Meet Maryville” registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Bartlett Atrium. This event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal arts college. It includes a campus tour and several sessions about the academic and co-curricular programs at the College.

Off-Kilter, an auditioned ensemble of 8-12 singers, will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium.

A Q & A session will be held at 2 p.m. in Bartlett Hall Atrium for students interested in majoring in the fine arts. A tour of the new $47-million Clayton Center for the Arts currently under construction is also scheduled.

The Invitational Choir Festival performance will be held in the Alumni Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Participating schools include: Alcoa High School, Farragut High School, Heritage High School, Lenoir City High School, Powell High School and William Blount High School.

A reception is scheduled from 7:15 until 8 p.m. A table will also be set up for those interested in picking up information about admissions.

On Sunday, the Maryville College Concert Band will perform at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium.

“We are very excited to assist admissions in hosting several Fine Arts events as part of a ‘Meet Maryville’ weekend,” commented Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at the College. “As we prepare to move into the new Clayton Center for the Arts, we would like to encourage area high school fine arts enthusiasts - musicians, artists and actors - to consider Maryville College as an exciting place to further their education in the applied and performing arts.”

For more information, contact Wilner at or 865.981.8151.

Friday, November 6 to Wednesday, November 25

Maryville artists featured in “Reflections and Perceptions”

Maryville artists Katie Gamble and Annamaria Gundlach will be represented in a new exhibition, presented by The Arts and Culture Alliance, on display at The Balcony at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from Nov. 6-25. Gamble, a painter, says of her work, “I focus on the relationships of color and space and patterns of light and dark. I break down my subject into blocks of color, which has caused my work to develop a unique ‘chunky’ quality. My works are distorted but honest views of my world.”

An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Nov. 6 from 5-9 p.m. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with additional hours on Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 8, 12-5 p.m. in conjunction with the 15th Master Woodworkers Show coordinated by the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild.

In addition to Gamble and Gundlach, the exhibit will feature Elaine Barnes and Rob Knudson. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543, or visit

Saturday, November 7

Keep Blount Beautiful offers prizes to recyclers on Blount County Recycles Day

In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Keep Blount Beautiful is hosting Blount County Recycles Day on Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Maryville Greenbelt Bicentennial Park Pavilion, located behind the Blount County Courthouse. The event is sponsored by Alcoa Inc, Waste Not Want Not Recycling Coalition Thrift Store and Spectra Recycling.

The event will offer on site recycling, free Alcoa Inc. recycling bins to the first 120 attendees, Recycling Art/Crafts Booths, Recycling informational booths, free Small Business Recycling Package and prizes.

Recycling on site: Used clean clothing for distribution to the Maryville needy (please make sure clothes are wearable, clean and ready to distribute), computers/electronics for a fee of 50¢ a pound, used medical equipment (crutches, walkers, unopened medical supplies, electronic medical equipment), license plates, hearing aids, eyeglasses, cell phones, used clean coats and aluminum cans. Bring in one or more of the listed items and register to win prizes, the more you recycle the more times you can enter to win license plate dogs, gift certificates, can crushers and more, drawings held every 30 minutes.

Free recycling bins provided by Alcoa Inc. to the first 120 attendees (one per household). For as long as Alcoa’s been making aluminum, they’ve been recycling aluminum.

Keep Blount Beautiful is offering free recycling starter packages to small business/organizations to include an Alcoa Inc. recycling bin, can crusher, recycling consultation and a 3 month recycling service(with subscription). Bring a business card and sign a recycling pledge card to receive this wonderful package.

Contact Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-8409 or visit our website at for more information.

Saturday, November 7

Belk Fall Charity Sale will benefit local charities, schools

Belk’s Fall Charity Sale on Nov. 7 will benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area. Belk’s previous charity sale, held May 2, 2009, raised more than $5 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event offers an excellent fundraising opportunity for participating organizations and a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event.

In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 10 a.m. and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 15 to 50 percent on purchases throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points for card purchases.

Participating local charities will sell the Charity Sale tickets in advance of the event and all proceeds from each $5 ticket sold will be retained by the charity. Beginning Friday, Oct. 30, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all donations equally divided among the participating charities and schools. There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, and no limit to the amount of money that can be raised. Belk provides tickets and collateral material at no cost to the participating nonprofit organizations.

In addition, participating customers can register to win one of three $1,000 Belk shopping sprees, and all participating charities and schools will automatically be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk.

The event, held semi-annually since the fall of 2007, has raised an excess of $14 million for participating nonprofit organizations throughout the Southeast.

Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact their local Belk store manager for more information. In order to participate in the Belk Charity Sale, organizations must have an IRS 501(c)(3) designation.

Sunday, November 8

Alternative gift fair features gifts that ‘give twice’

If you like affordable, unique gifts that come with a great story behind them, then the Nov. 8 Alternative Gift Fair at Maryville First United Methodist Church is the place for you. The alternative gift fair is a shopping experience in which all items for sale benefit a charitable organization.

The fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the upper level fellowship hall, features a collection of gifts from around the world in a single room.

“We have some beautiful gifts that you cannot get anywhere locally,” said Kristina Brantley, one of the organizers of the event. “The real beauty of the gifts is that they allow purchasers to ‘give twice’ because of the nonprofit organizations that sales support.”

Among the organizations which will benefit from the fair will be the Alliance for Youth, Family Promise of Blount County, Trinity Dental Clinic, Haven House, The Heifer Project, New Hope (The Children’s Advocacy Center) and more.

Brantley said handcrafted items come from locales including Africa, Guatemala and the Holy Land. Additionally, fair trade coffee from Mexico and Peru, olive oil, baked goods, Christmas ornaments, T-shirts, jewelry, stuffed animals, books and gift baskets will be at the fair.

“There will be items in all price ranges, and people will have an opportunity to talk with the vendors and learn about some very worthwhile causes,” she said.

For more information about the gift fair, call Maryville First United Methodist Church at 865-982-1273. The church is located at 804 Montvale Station Road in Maryville.

Monday, November 9

“Copy Cat” art lessons offered for children

“Copy Cat” drawing lessons where children will learn to draw what they see will be offered by instructor Karen Brackett on Mondays at the ArtSpace Gallery, 106 E. Broadway, downtown Maryville. The five week session begins on Monday, Nov. 9. Classes will be Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

Classes for those in kindergarten through fifth grade will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students in grades 6-8 will be taught from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $75 for all five sessions and all materials are provided.

To sign up, call Karen at 865-984-4560 or ArtSpace at 865-982-0898.

Tuesday, November 10

Secret Safe Place hosts Shopping Extravaganza

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will host a “Christmas Shopping Extravaganza” on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Maryville in the old fellowship hall (“the park”).

Area vendors will be featuring lots of unique gifts for the holidays including Gourds by Emily, Thirty-One, Blackberry Beads, Wilma’s Creations, Southern Living at Home, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, and more. There will be refreshments and door prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee. For more information, please contact Shannon McCloud at 865-254-2208 or

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, November 14

Storytellers entertain children at Blount library

On Nov. 14 at 11 a.m., storytellers Millie Sieber, Shirley Nicholson, Kathleen Mavournin, and Robert “Redhawk” Eldridge will practice their craft for elementary-age children at the Blount County Library as a part of the second-annual Tellabration 2009! event, offered by the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association at the Blount County Library.

Drawing on his Cherokee heritage, Robert Eldridge of Seymour often shares traditional how and why animal stories told by his Native American ancestors. He likes to create understanding through story, and often wears traditional garb.

Shirley Nicholson’s stories run the gamut from “Cinderella Rap” to stories from many cultures. A former engineer, she is a delightful teller who lives in Knoxville and has a deep love for Celtic folklore.

Knoxvillian Kathleen Mavournin’s tales are from all over the world. She draws listeners into fairy tales from long ago and far away, often leaving them to ponder their meaning for today.

Millie Sieber, a Maryvillian, shares humorous tales, personal stories, and folk tales from Tennessee and all over the world with listeners of all ages

Tellabration 2009! is a celebration of storytelling observed each November all over the as a program of National Storytelling Network.

For more information about these and other storytelling events, call 865-310-0177.

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