CURATED STORYTELLING: Eight people will tell stories based on the theme of “Time” starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at The Bird and The Book, 1509 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville. The lineup includes Aaron Killian, Lynn Elllington, Victoria Kay, Meg Smith, Christina Villaverde, Stephanie Woodings, Mitch Moore and Lee Zimmerman.

Class, Family, Other Reunions

HOLSTON HIGH SCHOOL: Is looking for students who attended and graduated from 1958-1991. They are asked to call Jeanie Green at 865-659-1744 or email pcgan A reunion is planned for Sept. 28 at New Harvest Park. More than 400 attended last year.

HITCH FAMILY: Will gather for a reunion on Sunday, July 21, at Historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse’s Raven Hall Pavilion, 3650 Old Sam Houston School Road, Maryville. A potluck lunch will be served at 1 p.m.

GREGORY REUNION: All descendants of Russell Gregory, the Rev. Andy Gregory and Mary Elizabeth White Gregory are invited to gather at noon on Sunday, July 21, at Cades Cove Campground pavilion. Bring a covered dish and old photos. For more information, call Mary Gregory at 865-256-1712 or Dorothy Sutton at 865-984-6856.

Classes Offered

STREET KUNG FU CLASSES: Beginning classes in Street Kung Fu and Clear’s Silat professionally taught by senior instructor Richard Clear in Maryville are now held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class size is limited and new students are taken by appointment only. Call 865-379-9997.

BEGINNER BELLY DANCE CLASSES: Are being held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and also at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays at a location just off Alcoa Highway. Call Alexia at 898-2126 or email

Clubs, Organizations

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: Will hold a happy hour from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at Sullivan’s Downtown. Drop by for conversation and information.

WORD WEAVERS INTERNATIONAL: The face-to-face critique group meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month at RIO Revolution Church, 3419 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For more info, visit or call Debra Jenkins at 865-604-1893 or email debrajen

GREENBACK SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON/MEETING: Is held at noon on the third Friday of each month at Greenback Community Center. Bring a potluck dish to share.

MORNING CUP TOASTMASTERS: Meets from 7:30-8:30 a.m. each Wednesday at Vienna Coffeehouse, 212 College St., Maryville. For more information, call Jane Knight at 865-386-3502 or Michelle Bingham at 865-567-7691.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATS: Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 209 E. Franklin St., Alcoa.

AMVETS POST 22: Meets at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the Post located at the entrance to Royal Oaks on U.S. Highway 411 South. All veterans are invited to join. Bring a copy of your DD 214 to the meeting. Student veterans join for free.

THE GOLDEN AGERS: Meets at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Alcoa. The club welcomes new members, men and women ages 55 and older.

ALCOA KIWANIS CLUB: Meets at noon each Thursday at Airport Hilton. For more information, visit

AMERICAN LEGION POST 13: Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the American Legion, 224 Waters Road, Maryville. The Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call the American Legion at 984-0233 or Auxiliary President Sandy Whitehead at 865-254-1110.

JOHN J. DUNCAN SR. MEMORIAL VFW POST NO. 10855: Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 804 Montvale Station Road, across from Maryville Middle School. All former veterans of foreign wars in Blount County are invited to join. Bring a copy of DD 214, or orders for current active military personnel, on any meeting night. For information call Jim Hoffman at 202-5456.

BLOUNT COUNTY SCOTTISH RITE CLUB: Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at New Providence Lodge in Maryville.

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

THE FOOTHILLS QUILTERS: Will meet at 10 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at First Baptist Church of Maryville, 202 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.

BETRAYED RETIREES ORGANIZATION: Meets at 11 a.m. each Wednesday at the United Steelworkers of America Local 309 Union Hall, lower level, Hall Road, Alcoa. For information write to P.O. Box 427, Alcoa, TN 37701, call 207-4184 or fax 977-9510.

Food Events

THE WELCOME TABLE: New Providence Presbyterian Church, located at 703 W. Broadway in Maryville offers a free meal to the community from 5-6 p.m. each Tuesday. The Welcome Table is also offered from 5-6 p.m. each Thursday at Maryville First United Methodist Church, 804 Montvale Station Road. All are welcome.

Health, Fitness

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION ALLIANCE OF BLOUNT COUNTY: Meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville. The group is dedicated to improving mental health and preventing suicide through awareness, direct action and advocacy. Those interested in working toward the case are welcome.

Music, Dancing

KARAOKE: Is held at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at Alnwick Community Center in Maryville. Cost is $3 per person. Concessions are available.

SENIOR CITIZEN DANCE: Will be held on Wednesdays at Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield St., Maryville. Free ballroom dance instructions will be from 1-2 p.m. and ballroom dancing will be from 2-3:30 p.m. Anyone who has ever danced or would like to learn is welcome.

Self-Help, Support Groups

DIVORCECARE: A weekly divorce recovery seminar and support group for adults meets from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 340 at Monte Vista Baptist Church, 1735 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville. For more information, contact the church office at 865-982-6070 or

PJ PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF BLOUNT COUNTY: Will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at Shannondale Community Center. The group is for patients, care partners and anyone else affected by Parkinson’s disease. For more information, contact Isabell Senft-Daniel at 865-765-9444 or or Parkie House Office at 865-621-7666, pjparkin

HAVEN HOUSE: Offers an educational class for victims and survivors of domestic violence and community members who are interested in learning about the cycle of violence and how they can help loved ones. For more information, contact the outreach office at 983-6818. A 24-hour crisis hotline is also available at 982-1087.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For a listing of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-Ateen meetings, please see this section every Wednesday.

BLOUNT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays on the hospital’s 3-east floor. The group is a free service for any adult who cares for elders. For information call 977-5744 or visit

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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