Classes Offered

WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: Free at Hatcher’s Martial Arts, 7:15 p.m. Friday Dec. 3. The class is for ages 14 and above. Preregistration is required by phone, 865-973-0944.

STREET KUNG FU CLASSES: Are offered from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Clear’s Silat, Street Kung Fu & Tai Chi, 113 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville. For more information, call 865-379-9997 or visit

CHAIR YOGA: Everett Senior Center is offering chair yoga from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the center, from Oct. 26-Nov. 30. Cost is $60 for the six-week session or $15 per session for drop-ins. Call 865-983-9422 for more information. Center is located at 702 Burchfield St., Maryville.

TAI CHI: Classes are held from 9-9:45 a.m. (introductory class) and from 9:45-10:30 a.m. (advanced beginner) at Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield St., Maryville. Cost is $5 per class payable to the instructor, Mary Pope. Call 865-983-9422 to sign up.

Clubs, Organizations

ALCOA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ORGANIZATION: Will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Shoney’s on Alcoa Highway. Old yearbooks are available for sale from 1950 to 2010. Contact or 865-228-3654.

BLOUNT COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Is now accepting applications for new Loan Packaging and Homebuyer Education Programs. Application assistance is available. Call 865-233-9110 or go to the website

NETWORKING TODAY INTERNATIONAL: Meets from 9-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at TN Bank, 1311 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. No categorical exclusivity, no attendance policy. Focus is on relationships. For more information, visit Networking Today Maryville on Facebook, or contact Lana Samples at 865-681-9444.

TELLICO VILLAGE ASTRONOMY CLUB: Meets at 7 p.m. first Wednesday of month in Room D of Chota Recreation Center, 145 Awohili Drive, Loudon. Anyone interested in astronomy and telescopes is welcome. Meetings will include a discussion of current events in astronomy, area star parties and will often feature a guest speaker. For more information, contact Roy Morrow or 865-293-2860.

FRIENDSVILLE CITIZENS FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT: Meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of month at Friendsville United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 204 E. College Ave., Friendsville. The club is open to new members. For more information, call 865-995-2159 or 865-804-4942.

(REO) REFERRAL EXCELLENCE ORGANIZATION: Group focusing on “professional networking at its best,” meets 8 a.m. Fridays at the Blount County Public Library. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Marc Smitherman, 566-1663.

MARYVILLE KIWANIS CLUB: Meets noon Tuesdays at Green Meadow Country Club. For more information, visit

ROTARY CLUB OF MARYVILLE: Meet noon Wednesdays at Blount County Public Library.

NETWORKING WITH A PURPOSE: Meets from 8:45-10 a.m. Wednesdays at Vienna Coffeehouse, 212 College St., Maryville. For more information, call Angel Scott at 865-661-2015 or Michelle Bingham at 865-567-7691.

BLOUNT BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS: Meets 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Courtyard Grill, 3749 Alcoa Highway.

MARYVILLE BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL: A business referral organization whose primary purpose is to increase a small business customer base, meets 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Green Meadow Country Club.

MARYVILLE LIONS CLUB: Meets 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of month at Shannondale Community Center, 1507 New Providence Road, Maryville. Visitors welcome. For information visit or call 865-233-2820.

MARYVILLE BUSINESS SHARE: Maryville’s free small-business referral group meets 8 a.m. the second Thursday of month at 2724 E. Broadway, Maryville. For more information, contact Petula at

Health, Fitness

WALKING CLUB: Everett Senior Center offers a free walking club at 9 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at the center, 702 Burchfield St., Maryville. Walk at your own pace. To sign up, call 865-983-9422.

Music, Dancing

SQUARE DANCING: The Wagonwheeler Western Square Dance Club dances 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Springbrook Gym in Alcoa. For information call Heather Courtney at 865-313-7692 or email

Self-Help, Support Groups

LISTENING HEARTS: Moms will gather for support on at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 at Celebration Lutheran Church, 10330 Chapman Highway, Seymour. The group was formed with the purpose of providing a safe, sharing environment for grieving moms. Attendees are invited to bring a photo of their child for a personal memorial Christmas ornament. For more information, call 865-679-1351 or email’S NOTE: For a listing of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-Ateen meetings, please see this section every Wednesday.

TOPS No. TN 0390, EAST ALCOA: Meets Tuesdays at East Alcoa Baptist Church. Weigh-in at 9 a.m. Program at 10 a.m. For information, call 379-8329 or 982-3172.

TOPS No. TN 0404 NICKEL POINT: Meets Tuesdays at Chilhowee View Community Center. Weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. Program at 6 p.m. For information, call 983-3244.

TOPS No. TN 0334, MARYVILLE: Meets Thursdays at Monte Vista Baptist Church. Weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. Program at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 216-0285 or 209-5803.

CHRISTIAN SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Meets 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road. For information and to RSVP child care needs, call 983-2080.

Workshops, Seminars

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP: Will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 and at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 at Friendsville Community Center, 105 Homecoming Circle, Friendsville. There is no cost to attend. Call or text 865-719-4926 to sign up.

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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