Class, Family, Other Reunions

PORTER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968: Will hold its 51st reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the fellowship hall of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 5302 Nails Creek Road, Maryville. This will be a potluck. Drinks will be provided.

WALLAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967: Will hold its reunion on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the barn in Big Valley Campground, Townsend. The gates open at 11 a.m. Casual dress. For more information, contact David Ledbetter at 865-661-0468 or Harold Manning at 865-982-2674.

MARYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1969: Will hold its 50th class reunion the weekend of Oct. 11 and 12. There will be a meet and greet at the home of Steve Loveday on Friday night. The main event will take place on Saturday at the Capitol Theater. Contact Ken Taylor at 865-981-1232 for more information.

LANIER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1955: Will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Shoney’s, 1021 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Bring old photos. All teachers and coaches are invited. For more information, call Dorothy Sutton at 865-984-6856 or Calberta Best at 865-856-2397.

PURKEY-STINNETT-LINGINFELTER REUNION: Descendants of James B. Purkey and Martha Ann Parham, Columbus Patton Stinnett and Emma Ann Purkey Stinnett and Mary Linginfelter Stinnett will hold a reunion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Zion Chapel Baptist Church fellowship hall. Lunch will be served at noon. Bring covered dishes, pictures and family history. For more information, call Peggy Hurst Raines at 865-556-1546 or Charles Linginfelter at 865-995-2428.

WALLAND CLASS OF 1969: Will hold its 50th reunion on Nov. 16. For more information, call 865-680-2296 or 865-363-4253.

WALLAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES OF 1955 AND 1956: A reunion will be held from noon to dark on Friday, Oct. 18, at Pearson Springs Park in Maryville. Cost for the catered lunch is $10 each. The meal will be served at 1:30 p.m. Payment should be sent to Gail Tipton Stumpf, 3021 Dixon Road, Maryville, TN 37801, or pay at the reunion. Bring lawn chairs. Other WHS class members are also invited. For more information, call Ruthie White Everett at 865-310-7355 or Janice Davis Russell at 865-224-1313.

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 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class size is limited and new students are taken by appointment only. Call 865-379-9997.

BEGINNER BELLY DANCE CLASSES: Held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays at a location just off Alcoa Highway. Call Alexia at 898-2126 or email alexia@alexia-dance.com.

Clubs, Organizations

WORD WEAVERS INTERNATIONAL: The face-to-face critique group meets 9:30 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of month from at RIO Revolution Church, 3419 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For more information, visit www.word-weav

ers.com or call Debra Jenkins at 865-604-1893 or email debrajenkkins77@gmail.com.

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

MORNING CUP TOASTMASTERS: Meets at 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays 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 month at Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 209 E. Franklin St., Alcoa.

AMVETS POST 22: Meets at 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of 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 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 on Thursdays at Airport Hilton. For more information, visit www.alcoakiwanis.org.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 13: Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of 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 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 month at New Providence Lodge in Maryville.

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

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

BETRAYED RETIREES ORGANIZATION: Meets at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays 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: A free community meal is held from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays at New Providence Presbyterian Church, 703 W. Broadway in Maryville. The Welcome Table is also offered from 5- 6 p.m. on Thursdays 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 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.

Self-Help, Support Groups

PJ PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF BLOUNT COUNTY: Meets from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of 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 isabellsenftdaniel@gmail.com or Parkie House Office at 865-621-7666, pjparkinsonsgroup@gmail.com.

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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