Maryville City Movies in the Park is back for 2017!

Maryville City will be presenting Movies in the Park again this year! This is always one of our favorite summer events. The movie schedule begins this Friday, June 23 with The Secret Life of Pets. The rest of the lineup is below. Most movies start at 8:45, but that may be updated, so check before you go! You can get all the info on Maryville City’s website here.

Start time depends on sunset due to screen illumination. Located at Theater in the Park (Jack Green Park) near the Blount County Courthouse. The park does not have a physical address – it is near 325 Court Circle, Maryville Tennessee. The park is open seating and visitors can come in anytime.
Here are the first two movies:
Secret Life of Pets
Rated PG
June 23, 2017 8:45 p.m.
Two mismatched mutts get lost in NYC due to their feuding, and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity.
Sing
Rated PG
June 30, 2017 8:45 p.m.
A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine.

2017 Line Up

June 23 – Secret Life of Pets
June 30 – Sing
July 7 –  The Lego Batman Movie
July 14 – Zootopia
July 21 – Jungle Book
​July 28 – People’s Choice (or Rainout if any previous movies get rained out!)

These free movies are shown at the Theater in the Park across from the courthouse. Get there early to reserve a good spot!

Here’s more info on this event, from the City’s website:

For all to enjoy the event:

  • Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. 
  • Wear insect repellent – mosquitoes don’t follow rules.
  • If you get chilly in the evenings, bring an extra blanket!
  • No concessions will be available, but feel free to bring your own coolers and picnic baskets.
Rules
• No smoking – including e-cigarettes or tobacco products
• No alcohol
• No glass containers
• No pop-up tents or other structures
• Please turn off cell phones
• No illuminated devices during the movie except
​  in the device zone (the pavilion)

Weather Delays/ Cancellations
Weather related delays or cancellations will be communicated through the following outlets:

www.maryvillegov.com/movies
865-273-3407 (a recorded message will be provided after hours)
Facebook: Maryville City Government

Add comment June 20, 2017

Giveaway: Win early shopping passes to the Fairview UMC consignment sale June 23-24

Fairview United Methodist Church is having its annual Children’s Consignment Event on Saturday, June 24, and you’ll definitely want to make plans to be there. The sale starts at 8 a.m. and closes at noon for an hour. At 1 p.m. they reopen and everything without a red dot is on sale for half price. Sale items include clothing for all seasons for newborn to children’s size 16; all things for baby–furniture, strollers, pack-n-plays, etc., costumes, sports equipment, toys, puzzles, books, DVDs and gaming systems.

For more information, call the church office at 865-983-2080, visit the Facebook group here, or RSVP to the FB event here.

I am excited to be able to give away two passes for you and a friend to shop early on Friday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. There will be two winners! If you’re not a winner, you can purchase presale passes at the door on Friday for $10 each, with all proceeds going to charity. Of course, if you choose to consign you’ll shop early as well! Registration is online this year, and you can sign up here.

The giveaway is going to take place via Facebook, so head to this post on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page to participate!

This giveaway will end on Monday, June 19 at midnight EST. Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 20 via Facebook. You can also get more information on the sale on the Fairview Consignment Sale FB group or the Facebook event page.

 

Add comment June 16, 2017

Free admission for dads to Zoo Knoxville on Father’s Day (June 18)!

Have you seen the new Tiger Forest exhibit at Zoo Knoxville? If not, you may want to take advantage of this deal: the zoo is offering free admission for all dads on Father’s Day, June 18! We recently visited the zoo and thought the new additions were just beautiful. My kids loved seeing the tigers, and we all thought the architecture was very elegant.

Here’s the official info on this deal:

All dads get free zoo admission on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Guests can explore the all new Tiger Forest and take a break to cool off with some water play at the Clayton Safari Splash, which is now open for the season.
Free admission for fathers is valid on Sunday, June 18, 2017, only and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.
More info on the Zoo’s Facebook page here.

Add comment June 14, 2017

Library’s quarterly book sale June 8-10

The Blount County Library’s book sale is one of my family’s favorite places to shop for used books! This summer’s sale will be June 9-10, with a special early shopping day on June 8 for Friends of the Library members. If you’re not a member – and I highly recommend becoming one – you can join at the door. Here’s more info.

Add comment June 7, 2017

Review: Is Genesis History?

I recently had the chance to watch the documentary Is Genesis History?, available from Compass Cinema. This movie was released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 27, 2017.

About this documentary (from the creators):

Is Genesis History? is a comprehensive documentary featuring over a dozen scientists and scholars looking at the world and explaining how it intersects with the history recorded in Genesis. From rock layers to fossils to lions to stars, this fascinating film will challenge and change the way you see the world. Is Genesis History? shines new light on our origins, providing a positive argument for Biblical Creation and the Flood. Dr. Del Tackett, creator of The Truth Project, serves as your guide—hiking through canyons, climbing up mountains, and diving below the sea—in an exploration of two competing views … one compelling truth.

Contents:

Feature Documentary – 101 min

Bonus Features:

  • Q&A with Del Tackett & Scientists – 13min
  • The Ice Age & Climate Change: Larry Vardiman, PhD – 15min
  • Engineering the Universe: Stuart Burgess, PhD – 18min
  • The Church and Creation – Douglas Kelly, PhD – 12min
  • Meet the Scientists, Del Tackett, Production Company – 15min

Language: English with subtitles available in both Spanish and English

My Verdict:

I watched this documentary with my husband, who is a minister and who is teaching a class on creation science next year, as well as my daughters, ages 7 & 9. My husband’s impression was that it does a good job in rightly pacing the focus on presuppositions, so getting across the point that it’s not necessarily the data the points towards evolution or old earth frameworks, but the presuppositions one comes to the evidence with. So, for example, an evolutionist would look at the Grand Canyon and assume it was formed by a little bit of water over a long period of time, instead of a catastrophic amount of water over a short amount of time. The evidence seems to point to the latter, but if you are committed to an old earth paradigm, then you must interpret the data in a way that aligns with that view. My husband mentioned the documentary does a good job of hitting the high points of many of the creationist books of the last 20 years, like “The Case for a Creator”, by Lee Strobel, “Darwin on Trial”, by Phillip Johnson, “Total Truth”, by Nancy Pearcy, “Darwin’s Black Box”, by Michael Behe, and “The Privileged Planet”, by Guillermo Gonzalez. Each of those books focuses on a specific field, and in “Is Genesis History?” Del Tackett brings together interviews from people from many various fields, like geology, astronomy, biology, zoology, archaeology, etc. From a practical standpoint, the video format makes this information a lot more accessible; few people have time to sit down and read book after book on creationism, but anyone can find time to watch this engaging documentary. Plus, it’s wonderful to see the gorgeous visuals of actual places that show evidence, instead of just reading about it. Also, the DVD is formatted in chapters, and that lends itself to classroom use, because you can watch a 7-10 minute vignette on a certain topic and have a great discussion without having to watch the entire content.

I think this documentary would be good for middle school-aged students and up. My 7 and 9-year-olds did not last through a single viewing of the entire movie, and had a lot of questions about word definitions, but when we tried it again in segments, it worked a lot better. The information presented led to some really interesting family conversations! We all enjoyed the DVD, and would recommend it highly!

Here’s the trailer:

If you’d like to check out Is Genesis History? it is currently on sale for $19.95 for the regular DVD & $29.95 for the Blu-ray version right now, plus it ships free! Is Genesis History? is also now on Netflix, and you can watch it here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this DVD free from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This site is a Compass Classroom affiliate, and purchases made through links (including linked covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

Add comment June 3, 2017

Free Donuts for National Donut Day (June 2)

Today (June 2) is National Donut Day! Here is where you can get some freebies:

Richy Kreme

You can get a free cup of coffee today with any purchase at Richy Kreme. But hurry, they sell out fast!

Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin is serving up free donuts when you buy any drink on Friday, June 2. They’re also bringing out a new flavor for the occasion: vanilla cake batter.

Krispy Kreme

At all Krispy Kreme locations, just show up and get any donut free – no purchase necessary.

Have you heard of any more local deals? Please share!

Thanks, Delish!

Add comment June 2, 2017

AMC Summer Movie Schedule – possibly at our AMC Foothills 12 movie theater?

AMC Theatres has announced its 2017 Summer Movie Camp lineup, available at AMC Classic theater locations. Since our Foothills Mall movie theater is now “AMC Foothills 12” they may be participating…but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet. Since Foothills is not titled as a “Classic” theater, they may not be participating in any summer movie promotions. This is going to take a little more detective work on my part.  Please contact the movie theater directly to be sure Foothills is participating before you head out with your kids next week! If not, the Knoxville AMC Classic Knoxville 16 at 200 North Peters Road will definitely be offering Summer Movie Camp, and you can see their schedule here.

As part of Summer Movie Camp, AMC theatres offer $4 admission, which includes a ticket and a Kidspack with popcorn, fountain drink and FrootiTooti fruit snacks.

The summer movie camp lineup features:

  • THE LORAX
  • TROLLS
  • THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
  • PUP STAR
  • SING
  • HOME
  • DESPICABLE ME
  • THE PEANUTS MOVIE

Add comment May 29, 2017

Probiotic sale at Grove Collaborative (a company I love)

Grove Collaborative (a company I love; used to be ePantry) is having a huge sale on Lovebug Probiotics. You can get 30% off on everything, plus if you’re new to Grove, you can go here to get a free $10 to spend! (aff link)

Grove is also my favorite place to purchase Mrs. Meyers cleaning products, especially their had soaps. Some of the best scents are seasonal; try the Peony in the spring or the Apple Cider in the fall. My favorite all-around scent is their Lavender!

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Add comment May 28, 2017

Biltmore summer deals: free admission for kids and a discount for Father’s Day

Photo courtesy of The Biltmore

The Biltmore is offering a summer special where kids 16 and younger are admitted to the estate for the day for free (with ticketed adult). This special runs May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Also, on Father’s Day, dads can get a ticket for just $25 with the purchase of another adult or youth ticket. You also save on tickets when you purchase them a week or more in advance. You can buy tickets in advance at biltmore.com, or by phone at 800-411-3812.

Have you ever taken kids to the Biltmore? There are lots of fun things to do in addition to the main house tour! Here are some ideas, courtesy of Piedmont Parent:

  • From the Kids Audio Tour of Biltmore House to the Biltmore Treasure Hunt, younger guests can see the Vanderbilts’ grand home from a different perspective designed to entertain. Kids of all ages will want to check out Antler Hill Barn and Farmyard, with blacksmithing and woodworking demos and friendly animals to cuddle.
  • See the new displays in Antler Hill Village. George Vanderbilt’s railway travels are highlighted in a 250-foot long model train display featuring landmarks from Vanderbilt’s international travels. A construction team with Applied Imagination handcrafts architectural elements using leaves, twigs and natural materials. Five model trains run along five track loops, passing by miniature versions of the Biltmore Rail Depot, the USS Vanderbilt Steamship, Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, London Bridge, and more. An intricate model of Biltmore House and other estate buildings created from thousands of Lego blocks will be on display at the Wine Shop in the Winery and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.
  • All ages will enjoy a stroll through Biltmore’s magnificent gardens, which erupt in bright colors each summer, with towering tropical foliage, flowers that attract both butterflies and hummingbirds, and the heady scent of the historic rose garden. Take a hike to the Bass Pond, and beyond that, a gentle waterfall.
  • Antler Hill Village & Winery comes alive on weekend evenings when Live After Five takes place. Live music on the Village Green features jazz and pop. A kids’ Grape Stomp is held nearby, and casual food choices are available for purchase.
  • Take a horseback ride. In addition to hikes and strolls, guests may ride horses along trails with views of Biltmore House. Some of the trails are the exact ones traveled by George and Edith Vanderbilt, and their daughter Cornelia, when they lived on the estate.

Thanks to Lelia for sharing, and to Piedmont Parent for the fun ideas!

Add comment May 20, 2017

Local VBS schedule for Summer 2017

My children LOVE the week of Vacation Bible School at our church, and they love going to VBS at their friends’ churches too! VBS is a summertime tradition. Here are the local VBS programs I know about in Blount County this summer. Please feel free to add to my list!

June

First Baptist Church of Maryville

June 4-8, 6:00-8:00 pm

Age 3 and up

 

Grace Community Church

June 5-9, 6:45 – 9 p.m.

Age 5 (Kindergarten) – 6th grade

 

Hope Community Church

June 9-11, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

Fairview United Methodist Church

June 11-16, 6-8 p.m. for preschoolers and 6-8:30 p.m. for elementary ages

Age 3 (must be potty-trained) up to rising 6th graders. Online registration should begin by mid next week. Free dinner before it begins for ALL participants and their families.

 

RIO East

June 12-16, 6-8:30

Ages 4 – 6th grade. Dinner is provided.

 

New Hope Baptist Church

June 11 – 16, 6-8:15 p.m.

Ages 2 (potty trained) and up for VBS; nursery for 2 & under.

 

Broadway Baptist Church

June 19-23

 

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

June 25-29, 6-8 p.m. Free dinner provided

Ages 3 – youth.

 

New Providence Presbyterian

June 25-28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Dinner and registration at 5 p.m.)

Ages 2 – rising 6th grade

July

River Oaks Community Church

VBS every Sunday in July

 

Faith Encounter

July 17-21, 6-8:30 p.m.

 

Add comment May 15, 2017

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