Community Events for Sept. 24, 2009

Frank Rutherford, Community Food Connection vice president, and Larry Ladd, director of the Community Food Connection, show off a display they use in their food drives. Community Food Connection will have a drive Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27, at Kroger on S. Hall Road, to help get food in before the holidays.

Photo by Rachel Stafford

Frank Rutherford, Community Food Connection vice president, and Larry Ladd, director of the Community Food Connection, show off a display they use in their food drives. Community Food Connection will have a drive Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27, at Kroger on S. Hall Road, to help get food in before the holidays.

Monday, September 21 to Monday, October 12

Library hosts 2nd-annual The Big Read events

For the second year, the Blount County community is participating in The Big Read, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The library is collaborating with area schools, colleges and the Knoxville YWCA to present this year’s events, which focus on various themes from the book Bless Me, Ultima by the prize-winning Latino author Rudolfo Anaya.

This year’s The Big Read events will include the following:

Monday, September 28, 7 p.m.: “Culture and Identity: The Hispanic Experience” by Loida Velazquez at the Blount County Public Library.

Monday, October 12, 7 p.m.: “What Now? Careers, Changes and Re-training” by Cindy Atchley, Enrollment Services Coordinator, and Holly Burkett, Assistant Dean at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, at the Blount County Public Library.

In addition to the new “Discover Spanish” language software offered by the library and events related to themes in the book, this year’s committee is offering several other resources to assist both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking citizens:

Glossary for the Spanish vocabulary in Bless Me, Ultima: Maryville College will provide both an audio and visual online glossary for the Spanish vocabulary found in the book, Bless Me, Ultima. The glossary will be located on a separate web page on the college’s Web Site:

Hispanic Community Resources Guide for Blount County: The Blount County Public Library has compiled a bilingual (Spanish and English) directory of community resources in Blount County-Driver’s license, Social Security, medical services and hospital, mental health, schools and colleges, English as Second Language classes, citizenship classes, child care, housing, utilities, churches, restaurants, etc. Contact the library Reference staff at 982-0981, ext. 4, or

Free and open to the public, the Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street in Maryville.

Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27

Community Food Connection to hold food drive

The Community Food Connection of Blount County will hold a food drive on Sept. 25-27 at the Kroger located at 244 S Hall Road in Alcoa. The food drive will take place on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On average, the Community Food Connection is feeding 2,000 more people each month than it was in 2008. Help feed the hungry in Blount County by donating non-perishable food items including but not limited to canned foods, plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly, boxes of macaroni and cheese, pasta, cereal and crackers. Cash donations are also being accepted in lieu of food items. Cash donations should be made to the Community Food Connection of Blount County, Inc., P.O. Box 786, Alcoa, TN 37701. For more information about the food drive, please contact the community food connection at 865-977-4400.

The Community Food Connection (CFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization. It was started in 1991 under the direction of the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council and many Blount County churches and citizens. The purpose of the food connection is to provide emergency food to anyone in need. The food connection is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located at 1402 East Broadway in Maryville.

Friday, September 25 to Saturday, September 26

Global Women Annual Summit to be held in Maryville

Women from eight Maryville-area churches representing six different denominations are collaborating to host Global Women’s annual Global Voices Summit. Global Women is a faith-based non-profit organization concerned with worldwide issues affecting women. The theme of the September 25-26 event, which will be held at Monte Vista Baptist Church, is “Come to the Well”. Women from Fairview United Methodist, St Paul’s Lutheran, First Baptist Church, Our Lady of Fatima, Maryville Friends Church, St. Paul’s A.M.E. Zion, New Providence Presbyterian, and Monte Vista form the steering team.

Friday’s Summit activities include local ministry projects from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At the host church, attendees may choose to assemble birthing kits, view movies that address women’s issues, and more. A Global Marketplace featuring goods made by and sold on behalf of women around the world will be open Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Jewelry, smocked baby dresses, olive wood ornaments, fair-trade coffee and chocolate, bags and purses, and hand-painted scarves are some of the items to be sold. The Global Voices Summit program will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a mini-concert and evening speaker challenging men and women to pray, do, go and give to improve the lives of the world’s most neglected women.

Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. participants will attend Investigative Sessions addressing Sexual Trafficking, Welcoming Refugees, Violence and Women, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how they relate to women. After lunch a Global Homecoming will be held featuring the opportunity to meet women from multiple countries and sample international foods at “Taste of the World.” Birthing kits destined for Med-Mission Haiti will be assembled and boxed for shipment. Global Women Executive Director, Cindy Dawson, will speak during the closing session, which ends at 4 p.m.

The Summit will be held at Monte Vista Baptist Church, located at 1735 Old Niles Ferry Road in Maryville. For more information contact Ann Wilson, GW President, 865-983-9852 or Mary Runyon, Summit Co-chair, 865-982-6070. On site registration is still possible, at a cost of $15 for students and $20 for adults (no meals included). Visit for a detailed schedule and other information.

Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27

MHS will perform The Wizard of Oz

In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the 1930 film release of The Wizard of Oz, Maryville High School will present the only authorized dramatic version of the famous story, adapted by Elizabeth Fuller Chapman from the story by L. Frank Baum.

Audience members are encouraged to celebrate the anniversary by dressing as their favorite Oz character. Performances will be Sept. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in the MHS auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

Saturday, September 26

Blount County Historical Museum hosts classic car show

The Blount County Historical Museum’s first-annual benefit car show will be held on Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. Admission to the car show and museum will be free. Car show awards will include a Top 20 (each of whom will receive a wood-mounted trophy), Best Motorcycle, and cash awards for Best in Show and People’s Choice, with dash plaques for all entries. Classic cars, customs, hot rods, motorcycles and trucks are all welcome. Door prizes and drawings will be given out all day, including complete sets of tools, oil changes, and other car-related items. Food and drinks will be available, and DJ Adam “Mouse” Williams will provide music. There will be games for kids of all ages.

The Blount British Car club has received a special invitation to attend and is, in turn, inviting all other British car clubs in the area to attend. British cars that enter the show will be displayed together in a prominent center area of the parking lot.

The entry fee for the car show is a $20 donation to the museum, and will include an entry into the free drawing for contestants for an antique double-barreled shotgun. The first thirty cars that register on the day of the show will receive a gift worth approximately $25. Each registrant will receive a goody bag of items, including a t-shirt.

Registration on the day of the show will be from 8-11 a.m., with judging from 12-2 p.m. and the awards presentation at 4 p.m. All Proceeds to the Blount County Historical Museum. The Blount County Historical Museum is located at 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across from Blount Memorial Hospital, behind the Thompson Brown House in the old Health Dept Building. For more information, call 865-230-1191.

Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26

“Muttallica” show gives pound pups chance to shine

The Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival will feature a lot of unique entertainment opportunities for families, and one of the biggest crowd-pleasers is likely to be “Muttallica”a show of canine agility from Ultimate Canines.

Ultimate Canines, a traveling show that features a team of 14 rescued dogs performing high jumps, agility races, disc catches and, yes, doggy dancing.

The sixth-annual Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival is slated to take place Sept. 25 and 26 on the Pellissippi Campus of Pellissippi State Community College on Hardin Valley Road.

The festival, a college fundraiser supporting student enrichment opportunities through the Pellissippi State Foundation, brings together balloonists from around the country for two days of tethered balloon rides and evening balloon glows. It’s no wonder the festival is ranked by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September 2009.

For Tom and Mary Clements, owners of Ultimate Canines, the festival is one stop on their summer circuit tour. Having performed at more than 250 venues during the past five years, the couple has “seen and done it all.” At every show, the two take the opportunity to share their passion for responsible pet ownership and animal rescue organizations.

“These are not your typical high-breed, high-priced pups,” said Tom. “The ‘Ultimutts’ are dogs found on the street, rescued from pounds, shelters, humane societies, or just dumped on our steps. We love to educate the public on responsible pet adoption and what they too can achieve with their own pups if they spend some quality time with them.”

Tom and Mary Clements began the business five years ago after staging a few performances for fun with their adopted border collie, who, as Tom put it, “needed something to do.”

Based in Wheatland, Mo., the couple travels to festivals, fairs and special events in their ‘37 Raptor Toyhauler RV … along with the team of 14 canines.

Up to nine of the dogs will be featured in any one show, allowing the couple to offer up to three performances per day showcasing different dogs. Always changing, this year’s show is entitled “Muttallica.” It is the second time the Ultimate Canines have performed at the Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival.

After every performance is the crowd-favorite “Pat and Chat,” where the furry stars (and their handlers) interact with fans. For Tom, a former deputy sheriff, and Mary, who served as a job coach for the mentally disabled, it’s a special chance to meet the people for whom they perform.

Festival hours are 4-9:30 p.m. on the 25th and noon-9:30 on the 26th. Admission is $10 per day per vehicle. Admission is $5 per day per spectator for those who choose to park off site and walk onto the campus. Some activities, including the tethered balloon rides, have on-site fees. For more information, visit or call 865-694-6400.

Tuesday, September 29

Blount College Fair will feature 70 colleges

Representatives from more than 70 colleges, universities, technical schools and the Armed Forces have been invited to the annual Blount County College Fair, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus.

Area high school students, their parents and other persons involved in a college search are invited to attend the fair, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Reservations are not required for attendees, and there is no cost to attend the fair.

The Alumni Gym is located adjacent to Bartlett Hall, just inside the Court Street entrance to campus.

As a service to area students and their families, administrators at Maryville College coordinate and sponsor the annual event.

In addition to Maryville College, admissions offices from the following institutions have responded and are expected to be in attendance:

University of Alabama - Huntsville, Austin Peay State University, Belmont College, Berry College, Clemson University, University of the Cumberlands, Cumberland University, Dyersburg State Community College, East Tennessee State University, Emory and Henry College, Free Will Baptist Bible College, Hollins University, King College, LaGrange College, Lees-McRae College, Lincoln Memorial University, Loyola University New Orleans, Middle Tennessee State University, Milligan College, Montreat College, University of Phoenix,

University of Redlands, Samford University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville, Tennessee Technological University, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Texas A & M University, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, UT Army ROTC, UT College of Agricultural Services and Natural Resources, Trevecca Nazarene University, Virginia Intermont College and Walters State Community College.

Representatives from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation also are expected to attend and discuss with students and families financial assistance for higher education available to Tennessee residents and other eligible students.

Space at the fair is still being reserved. For more information, contact Holly Sapp, special event and visit program manager for admissions, at 865-981-8094 or

Friday, October 2

Dog Wash will benefit Girl Scouts and SMACF

On Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m., all well-behaved dirty dogs and owners are invited by Girl Scout Troop 1053 to a dog wash to raise money for Troop 1053 and the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation. While supplies last, dogs will receive bandannas tie-dyed by the girl scouts. Refreshments and doggie accessories will be available.

Recommended donations are $8 for smaller dogs and $12 for medium to large dogs. The event will be held at Midland Pet Emergency Center, located at 235 S. Calderwood St. in Alcoa. The event is sponsored by Midland Pet Emergency Center, which will provide the location and supplies, and Foothills Co-op, which will provide supplies.

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