Community Calendar for Sept. 24, 2009

The Lake Show - Upcoming episodes of the Fort Loudoun Lake Association's The Lake Show will feature John Shubzda, who works with stormwater for City of Knoxville Engineering; and Shelley Wascome, Executive Director of Community Shares. Shubzda will appear in an episode of The Lake Show to be aired on Saturday, Sep. 26 at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 12:45 p.m. 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 Friday, Sept. 18 at 11:45 a.m. and then again on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 12:45 p.m. The episodes are available streaming online at at the above times for those without Comcast Cable.

Blount County Civil War Roundtable will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library. The guest speaker will be Mr. Thomas Davis, President of the Blount County Civil War Roundtable and Civil War re-enactor, who will give a presentation called “The Augusta Powder Works.” Monthly meetings are open to the public. Living history reenactments and encampments will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information, visit or call Jeannine Wallace at 865-379-1717.

Relay for Life Trash and Treasure Sale - ThunderWorld USA will host a fall Trash and Treasure Sale benefiting the Blount County 2010 Relay for Life on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces are available for $20 with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Included in the items to be auctioned are a UT basketball autographed by Coach Pat Summit and team; UT football autographed by Coach Lane Kiffen; UT basketball autographed by Coach Bruce Pearl; baseball autographed by Ryne Sandberg, Baseball Hall of Fame and TN Smokies; tickets to Knoxville Riverboat; and various gift certificates and gift baskets. Interested vendors should contact Ursula McCall at 865-981-3399. ThunderWorld is located at 1551 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

Fall fundraiser to assist cancer patients - On Sept. 26, Project CARE (Caring Assistance and Relief for Emergencies) will have a fall fundraiser. All of the money will stay in Blount County, helping cancer patients who are underinsured, uninsured, unemployed, low-income or otherwise needy. The event will be held at First Baptist Church of Maryville in the Family Life Center. Southern gospel group The Partons will begin singing at 4:30 p.m., with Master of Ceremonies Tommy Spencer singing at 5:15 p.m., followed by praise and worship group Essence of Praise at 6 p.m. Donations of items for door prizes still needed. For more information, contact Charlene Walker at 865-983-4948 or

Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 28 in the United Steel Workers of America hall located at 380 S. Hall Rd. in Alcoa. There will be a tailgate sale of amateur gear beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

A three-week healthy cooking school will begin on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Maryville Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 2921 Sevierville Rd. (Hwy 411) in Maryville. The school will focus on three areas: foods that help with heart disease, diabetes, and maintaining a healthy weight. Participants will enjoy food demonstrations and the teaching will be done in a lively, informal and hands-on manner. The school is open to the public and the cost is $5 per night, $25 per person or $40 per couple. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 28. For more information or to register, call Nancy Lanagan at 865-310-3201 or Faye Dodd at 865-984-8647.

The GFWC Chilhowee Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1:30p.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.

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.

Sanctuary book signings - Greg Johnson, author of Sanctuary: Meditations from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will hold several signings of his book during the month of October. On Saturday, Oct. 24, he will be at the Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 30, he will be at Hastings Books in Foothills Plaza in Maryville from 4 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 31, he will hold a signing at the Gatlinburg Visitor Center on Hwy. 441 between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, Johnson will appear on Sunday, Sept. 27 on local PBS affiliate ETPtv's fundraising event featuring the premiere of 2 new documentaries: “East Tennessee Stories: The Land, Its People and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park”, airing at 6 p.m., and Ken Burns' new documentary, “National Parks: America's Best Idea,” airing at 8 p.m.

Johnson, award-winning opinion columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel, revisited and photographed over 25 trails in the Great Smoky Mountains for his book, recalling past hikes and personal experiences and sharing his lifelong love of the mountains and their healing power. Sanctuary includes an appendix with notes about each trail. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Trails Forever Endowment of the Friends of 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 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:

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:

Sept. 24 - Moloka’i by Alan Brennert;

Oct. 22nd - The Foster Girls by Lin Stepp;

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

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.

Blount Memorial Health Calendar

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. Caregivers can 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.

Sept. 26: Bluegrass band The Brand New Strings Band. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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 or call 865-980-1966.

Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.: Streamliners Swing Orchestra Tux or Toga One Year Anniversary Spectacular. Free dance lessons at 8:30 p.m. with admission. This will be the Streamliners’ 12th performance at the Capitol Theatre since the reopening. In celebration of this one-year anniversary, the band will spice things up with ‘60s party tunes, and everyone is invited to join the band in dressing up in a toga or tux.

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 Pappy’s Quilting Place is located at 3426 Sevierville Rd. in Maryville.

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

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.

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 or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail

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 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.

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.

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

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