Clubs, Organizations

MARYVILLE-ALCOA CIVITAN CLUB: Meets second and fourth Thursdays at Parkview Retirement Community in Maryville. For more information, visit maryvillealcoacivi tanclub.org.

EAST TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF BETTER INVESTMENT CLUB: Meets from 10 a.m. to noon second Tuesday of month at El Jimador Restaurant in Browns Creek Shopping Center on East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Members stay and have lunch following the meeting. For more information, call William at 865-659-4343.

BLOUNT COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: Meets 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of month at Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa. All local retired teachers are invited to attend.

MODEL CAR CLUB: Meets from 10 a.m. to noon third Saturday of month at the Maryville Hobby Lobby, located next to Foothills Mall. No dues or fees. For more information, call Kurt at 865-932-1166.

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5154: Meets 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of month at the VFW Post on Hobbs Road, Louisville. All veterans of foreign wars are welcome. For more information, call the Post at 865-380-0590.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHRINE CLUB: Meets the fourth Monday of month at the Shoney’s in Maryville. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and meeting starts at 7 p.m.

MARYVILLE FREE NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL: Meets 8:15-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Cedar Point Church, 1225 William Blount Drive, Maryville. Learn networking tips and strategies to grow your business and build relationships. RSVP to maryville fnigroup@gmail.com.

TOWNSEND FOOTHILLS KIWANIS CLUB: Meets noon the second and fourth Wednesday of month at Highland Manor Inn conference center. For more information, call 865-216-1899.

MARYVILLE MODEL RAILROAD CLUB: Meets 10 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of month at the Blount County Historical Museum, 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Visit the group on Facebook or join them as they recreate local history in miniature.

KNOXVILLE WRITERS’ GROUP: Meets 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. fourth Wednesday of month at The Egg and I, 5018 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. For more information, call 865-983-3740.

Health, Fitness

UT HOSPICE TRAINING: UT Hospice, serving patients and families in Knox and 15 surrounding counties, conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults interested in becoming volunteers with the program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. For more information, call Penny Sparks at 865-544-6279 or email penny.sparks@lhcgroup.com.

Music, Dancing

ROCKY BRANCH BLUEGRASS, GOSPEL AND COUNTRY JAM SESSION: 6:30 p.m. Fridays at Rocky Branch Community Club (the old Rocky Branch School). All string pickers and listeners welcome; no electric instruments. Refreshments provided. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Donations are appreciated to cover operational expenses for this nonprofit organization.

THE MUSIC BARN: Hosts the Borderline Band 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 221 Carson St., Madisonville. Family-friendly atmosphere, children welcome; no drinking or smoking allowed. For information call owners Ronnie and Laura Williams at 865-771-0323. Cost is $5 per seat.

EVERETT SENIOR DANCE CLUB: Sponsors a dance with live band 7-9 p.m. the first, third and fifth Saturday of month. Dances are held at Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield St., Maryville. Guests are welcome. Light refreshments served.

Melanie joined The Daily Times in the early 90s and has served as the Life section editor since 1993. A William Blount and UT alum, Melanie is generally the early arriver who turns on the lights in the newsroom.

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