Volunteer drivers needed for Transportation Committee

Volunteer drivers are needed to serve on the Monroe County Transportation Committee. This is a project of the Monroe County Endangered Children’s Task Force and the Monroe County Prevention and Wellness Coalition. If you’re interested in learning about this volunteer opportunity, call 423-545-3015 for more information or submit a volunteer form on the website at www.monroehealth.org/give

Be For the Child Gala

MasterCraft will present the 11th annual Be For the Child Gala on Friday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Tellico Village Yacht Club, located at 100 Sequoyah Road in Loudon. Tickets are $100 each. There will be a live and silent auction, wine tasting and beverage bags. Please dress in business casual. This is a fundraiser for CASA Monroe, which provides advocates for children in the court system due to abuse or neglect. For more information, call 423-442-2750.

Free spay/neuter vouchers

SNAP will issue free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income Monroe County residents on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Vonore Community Center, located at 611 Church St. in Vonore.

Free spay/neuter vouchers can be used for dogs and cats by any Monroe County resident. Pet owners can receive multiple vouchers to “fix” all their pets. If you have kittens or puppies, it is much easier to find them a home if they are “fixed.” This also helps to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.

Spay/neuter vouchers are valid for 30 days. After receiving the voucher, call the designated vet to make an appointment. Please note: State law requires proof of rabies vaccination and the cost of the shot is not covered by the voucher. Participating vets are: PPAW Spay and Neuter Clinic in Greenback, the Monroe County Animal Hospital in Sweetwater, or the Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital in Sweetwater.

If a qualified pet owner is unable to attend due to illness, handicap, work schedule, transportation or other problems, a relative or friend can obtain a voucher for the pet owner. The relative or friend must provide all the required information about the pet and owner, including proof of residence.

For more information, contact SNAP President Mike Cleverdon at 423-884-6801.

Loaves & Fishes benefit

There will be a BBQ and Surfers Benefit Dinner for Loaves & Fishes’ Christmas backpack feeding program on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5-8 p.m. at Madisonville Primary School. An $8 donation for the meal helps Loaves & Fishes serve 1,000 Monroe County students with a supply of food for the two-week Christmas holiday. Special guests, The Surfers, will be performing during the benefit. Individually wrapped food item donations will also be accepted. Examples include: Poptarts, granola bars, cereal bars, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky sticks, etc.

MACA presents 'Shadows of the 60s'

As part of its annual Performance Series, the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) will present "Shadows of the 60s: A Tribute to Motown" on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Sweetwater Elementary School’s Auditorium.

Shadows of the 60s pays tribute to the legendary stars of Motown, such as The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. In this highly-interactive and visually stunning show, Shadows of the 60s performs the hits that span the decades. Each singer and musician featured in Shadows of the 60s were chosen because they embody the spirit, style and excitement of the original artists in concert.

This performance is sponsored by JTEKT. Individual tickets to the show are $25. Tickets can be purchased online at www.monroearts.com, by phone at 423-442-3210, or at the MACA Office, located inside the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office at 520 Cook St., Suite A, in Madisonville.

Garrison Weekend

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore will host Garrison Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The daily lives of the men, women and children of Fort Loudoun will be recreated for the public. Park visitors will find living history re-enactors in 18th century costume with a variety of demonstrations.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery now has two locations in Monroe County! Meetings in Sweetwater are held on Mondays and meetings in Madisonville are held on Tuesdays.

The next meeting in Sweetwater will be on Monday, Nov. 11. at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Madisonville Church of God, located at 3895 New Highway 68.

Free refreshments and childcare will be provided. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m., followed by worship at 6:30 p.m. Small groups will start around 7:45 p.m. Small groups are divided into men's and women's groups and are safe places to give and receive positive support for individual needs.

Celebrate Recovery is a program based on Christian principles as applied to the 12 steps and the eight Beatitudes. The only requirement is a desire to come and listen. The groups are led by trained leaders who offer a safe, confidential, and positive place to participate with other people looking for healing. The meetings are led by and are for regular people looking for help with hurts, habits, or hang-ups. There is no financial or commitment obligation. Meetings will be held each Monday and Tuesday.

For more information, visit monroehealth.org, call 423-545-3015 or email hmrhymesmchc@gmail.com

A history of Monroe County medicine

To celebrate Monroe County’s Bicentennial year, Chota Community Health Services will host an engaging lecture about the history of medicine in Monroe County on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Chota’s Madisonville location. The lecture will include presentations from Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and Laura Harris, CEO of Chota. Chota’s employees will be dressed in period attire in honor of the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Breakfast with Santa

CASA Monroe’s annual Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cora Veal Senior Center in Madisonville, located at 144 College St. S. Tickets for the breakfast are $8 for adults or $4 for children ages 4 to 11. Children ages 3 and under will be admitted for free. The event will include a pancake breakfast, letter writing to Santa, coloring pages, a Christmas bean bag game and photographs with Santa. Proceeds from the event will benefit CASA Monroe’s mission of promoting and supporting court-appointed volunteer advocacy to represent the best interests of children who find themselves in the court system because of abuse or neglect. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 423-442-2750.

Chair seat weaving class

A class will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Farm Bureau Building in Madisonville to teach how to weave the seat in a ladder-back chair using reed. To participate, you will need to pay a $20-registration free, which includes the cost of the reed, by Nov. 15 at the UT Extension Office, located at 310 Tellico St. S., Suite 3, in Madisonville. Additional information about the class will be given upon payment. You must supply your own chair and if it needs to be refinished or repaired, this should be done before the date of the class. For more information, call the UT Extension Office at 423-442-2433.

Tellico Blockhouse Tour

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode for a Tellico Blockhouse Tour on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-3 p.m. for a mile-walk around that will teach participants about the history behind the creation of the Tellico Blockhouse, the soldiers who manned it, the political representatives surrounding it and the Native Americans it influenced. This is an easy walk and wheelchair friendly.

The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and up. Ages 12 and under can participate for free. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring water and prepare for the summer heat.

Participants should meet at the Tellico Blockhouse parking lot, located at 149 Blockhouse Road in Vonore. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Green Friday Hike

After eating a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner, join Fort Loudoun to walk it off on Friday, Nov. 29, from 2-3:30 p.m. The Green Friday Hike is a free, short and easy hike from the Visitor Center to Fort Loudoun, approximately 200 yards in length. Along the way, the fort’s significance, brief history and defenses will be discussed. The hike will end inside the fort.

Please wear appropriate shoes and bring a jacket.

Participants should meet at the Visitor Center. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Small Town Christmas

Sweetwater plays host to A Small Town Christmas every November on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year’s event is Nov. 30, which is also Small Business Saturday where shoppers are urged to shop small, local stores. Horse and buggy rides, live performances at the gazebo, food vendors and more highlight the annual event.

New this year is a 5K race and kids’ run through the streets of the old downtown residential section — the Haiti Holiday Hustle. The fun and festive race will start at the Duck Park, then be off to see the beautiful lights of Mayes Avenue, passing the carolers at Willow Creek and finishing back at the Duck Park for some sweet treats. To participate in the 5K, registration is $30 before Nov. 10 or $35 on the day of the race. The 1-mile kids’ run costs $15 if you register before Nov. 10 or $20 on the day of the event. The kids’ run starts at 8 p.m. followed by the 5K at 8:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at the Duck Park. Registration forms are available for pickup and drop off at Sweetwater City Hall. Online registration is at www.harvestfieldhaiti.org.

To volunteer or for more information about Small Town Christmas, contact Kassie Kelley at 423-337-5976 or to become a vendor, call City Hall at 423-337-6979.

Sweetwater Christmas Parade

Sweetwater Kiwanis Club will once again jointly sponsor Sweetwater’s annual Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The parade route will leave from Mayes Avenue, traveling through downtown Sweetwater, and end at the Plaza 68 Shopping Center on Highway 68. For more information, contact Harris Lovingood at 423-337-5088 or Charles Ridenour at 423-337-6123, or mail to P.O. Box 450, Sweetwater, TN, 37874, stating the type of entry, correct mailing address, telephone number and an email address for the sponsoring group and the person in charge of the float or group entry.

18th century Christmas at Fort Loudoun

An 18th Century Christmas at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore is a fun way to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. This year’s event is on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 10 a.m. Men, women and children re-enactors will be on hand as the fort is decorated in rustic style, with leaves and berries, as it might have been when Christmas was celebrated during the French and Indian War. Throughout the day, demonstrations will be taking place, such as cooking, laundering, blacksmithing and artillery drills. There is also a Christmas church service with Parson John and wassail tasting. Be sure to step into the infirmary, compare a soldier’s barrack to the commander’s quarters, and stop by the Cherokee encampment.

The night concludes with a candlelight tour of the fort at 6 p.m. and a rare night firing of the cannon. The paved path from the visitor’s center to the fort, just more than 100 yards, is lit each year by luminaries. Once inside the fort, each building is beautifully lit by candles, fireplaces and brightly burning torches set up at each stop along the path.

For more information, call the museum at 423-420-2331.

Vonore Christmas Parade

Vonore will hold its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. The lineup will begin at noon at Vonore Middle School. For more information, call 423-884-2480 or 423-884-6211.

Madisonville Christmas Parade

The City of Madisonville will holds its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Heavenly Christmas.” State Rep. Lowell Russell will be the grand marshal. The parade, sponsored by the Madisonville Kiwanis Club, will form on Anderson Street near the Co-op. Float judging will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Don Edmands Jr. at 423-884-3806.

Candlelight Walk

The Cherokee Women’s Club continues to be the guiding force behind the annual Candlelight Walk in downtown Tellico Plains, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4-9 p.m. This free event features family fun, caroling and open houses in the shops and restaurants in downtown. Luminaries will line the streets in town, leading the way to a variety of holiday activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a live Nativity scene, entertainment at the gazebo, food, vendors, a raffle, visits and photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch and Cindy Lou-Who, along with the popular cookie caper.

The tree lighting ceremony will be held around 5:30 p.m., signifying the official start to the holiday season.

For more information, call 423-519-2267.

Tellico Plains Christmas Parade

The Town of Tellico Plains will hold its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. The parade is sponsored by the Tellico Plains Kiwanis.

Entry forms (no entry fee) are available at Tellico Plains City Hall and on the Tellico Kiwanis’ Facebook page. Completed forms can be left at City Hall, emailed to jamcdaniel@tds.net, or mailed to Tellico Kiwanis at P.O. Box 104, Tellico Plains, TN 37385. Entries will be judged at 1:45 p.m. for the first-place prize of $300, second-place prize of $200, third-place prize of $100, and the Charles Hall Award for the best decorated horse, which also has a prize of $100.

Lineup will begin at 1 p.m. as follows: floats will line up on Veterans Memorial closest to Highway 360; horses will line up on Main Street in the grass area; antique cars will take Harrison Street to Willowbrook; tractors, wreckers, etc. will line up on Main Street entering at Cherohala Skyway; fire engines/EMS will line up on Cherohala Skyway and should meet Jamie Sisson for instructions.

Cookies ‘n Claus Hospitality will have four stations this year — at Volunteer Federal’s parking lot, at the entrance to the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center, at the Charles Hall Museum and on Town Square. Cookies ‘n Claus will begin at 4 p.m., serving cookies from Tellicafe and coffee or hot chocolate to warm everyone up.

At the Visitor Center, children will have an opportunity for a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For more information, call Joyce McDaniel at 423-253-6530 or 615-347-0086. The rain date for the parade will be Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m.

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