Adult Programs

Pre-Registration is Required for Most Programs. Watch for new programs and events throughout the year! As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program. Refer to our refund policy for information on class withdrawals and cancellations

News AND IMPORTANT UPDATES

Programs and use of facilities offered by the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation Commission comply with the current Executive Orders issued by Governor Lee, and is in compliance with guidelines from the CDC.  Compliance with the guidelines minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19 but cannot eliminate the potential of exposure.  If you or your child (as a participant) has a compromised immune system, we recommend no participation in programs or facility use at this time.   Our staff is trying to provide the safest environment possible by following current guidelines and committing to follow any additional requirements made by federal, state, and/or local regulations. If it becomes apparent a quality experience cannot be provided while in compliance with the recommended guidelines, area pools may not open.

ADULT KARATE INSTRUCTION

(Ages 12 & Up)
Parks & Rec has partnered with Maryville Isshin-Ryu Karate School to offer the following classes to both youth and adults. MIKS was established in 1967, and is the oldest martial arts school in Blount County. It is accredited by the International Isshin-Ryu Karate Association. There are no contracts or hidden fees. Participants will learn effective self-defense, street fighting techniques, traditional kata, and much more.  Benefits include great workouts, stress management techniques, increased concentration, boosted confidence, flexibility, balance, discipline and respect. For more information, visit the school’s website at maryvilleisshinryu.com
Dates
Mondays & Thursdays - Classes ongoing, new students accepted at anytime.
Location
Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Time
7:00-8:30 PM
Cost
$120.00 per quarter (3 months) - family rates available
Registration
For more information, call 865-599-0452 or email Pete Simmons at pete.simmons@charter.net
Instructors
Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Angie Bragg, Shane Lenoir, Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, Adam Budnar
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Basic Fly Tying

(Ages 12 & Up)
This class will include instruction on fly tying tools, materials, and techniques. Four types of flies will be tied: dry fly, wet fly, streamer, and terrestrial.  All tools and materials are provided.
Date
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Time
9:00 AM - Noon
Location
Springbrook Recreation Center Room 102
Cost
$20.00 with all materials included
Instructor
Members from the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited

BASIC FLY ROD CASTING

(Ages 12 & Up)
This class will include instruction on fly fishing rods and equipment, fly rod casting, line management, and casting techniques for the Smoky Mountains area. Fly rods provided.
Dates:
Session 1: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Session 2: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Session 3: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Session 4: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Time
9:00 AM - Noon
Location
Greenbelt Park
Cost
$10.00 with all equipment included
Instructor
Members from the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited

PICKLEBALL FOR BEGINNERS

(Ages 18 & Up)
Have you been wanting to learn more about the game of pickleball?  Join us for this 6-week class and learn the game from a certified instructor, practice some drills to improve your skills, then play against others that have signed up for the class.
Dates
Tuesdays, April 6 – May 11, 2021 (Rain Date: May 18)
Time
7:00–8:30 PM
Location
Pickleball Courts at John Sevier Park
Cost
$55.00
Equipment
Bring your own pickleball racquet/paddle and water bottle.  Balls will be provided and each person will take a ball home at the end of the session. (If you have no access to a racquet/paddle, please contact us).
Attire
Weather appropriate athletic clothing and tennis shoes.

ADULT POTTERY CLASSES:
INtroduction to Throwing

This class is a fun and total hands-on foundation course on throwing on the wheel.  Students are guided in a step-by-step process and will learn how to center, pull a pot, and trim.  Students will learn to throw various shapes leading to successful bowls, mugs, cups, vessels, etc. to take home to their families to enjoy.  All work goes through two kiln firings; the second firing will make the pottery safe for food and drink, as well as use in the microwave and dishwasher.  We use only health-approved clays and glaze-materials. In an effort to protect all students and teachers at the studio, we are requiring all students to wear a mask.
Dates
Session 1: Mondays, February 1-22, 2021
Session 2: Mondays, March 1-29, 2021 (No class March 15)
Session 3: Mondays, April 5-26, 2021
Location
Studio 212, 934 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville 37804
Time
5:00-6:30 PM
Cost
$85.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor
Leanne Moe

RUN 4 FUN RUNNING PROGRAM

For Ages 18 & up, and youth Ages 12 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Participants should dress weather appropriate and bring a water bottle. Class includes running education, running, core work, stretching, and cool down.

Beginner Level: This 10-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K at the Scholars Run on July 31st (which is totally optional).  The program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome.  Along the way, we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear, and avoiding injury.  Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you.

Intermediate Level:
This program is designed for graduates of our Beginner program or for those who are able to run 3 miles at a steady pace with limited walking breaks.  This 10-week training program is designed to teach you more advanced running techniques and to help you continue on your running journey in a supportive environment.  In Run 4 Fun, we want to help you beat your previous personal records and set new goals for yourself, while providing guidance, motivation, weekly group training runs, and more advanced educational clinics.  We’ll also cover topics designed to help you improve your 5K time such as proper pacing and good form, as well as building on previous topics like nutrition, choosing the right gear, and injury prevention.
Dates
Tuesdays, May 25 – July 27, 2021
Time
7:00-8:00 PM
Location
Pearson Springs Park Pavilion and Maryville Greenway
Cost
$60.00 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
$5 Discount off entry fee for the Scholars Run 5K
○ Detailed weekly training schedule
○ Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
○ Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
○ Shirt
○ Great feeling of accomplishment and team spirit
Instructors
Tim Spicer & Running Coaches

WAGON WHEELERS WESTERN SQUARE DANCE for all ages

This group meets every Tuesday from 7:00-9:30 PM; 7-8 PM (Class) and 8:00-9:30 PM (Club) in the upstairs Dance Room at the Springbrook Recreation Center in Alcoa. If you are interested in learning Western Square Dance or are an experienced dancer, please contact Gary Ringler at 865-233-7744 for more information.

ADULT TENNIS INSTRUCTION & LEAGUES

Items needed for all tennis classes: Tennis racquet, comfortable athletic clothing & tennis shoes, water bottle
Tennis in No Time
This class is designed for new players.  Bring a friend and learn the basics in four classes.
Dates
Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 22, 24, 29, 31, 2021
(Rain Date: April 5)
Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 19, 21, 26, 28, 2021
(Rain Date: May 3)
Session 3: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 7, 9, 14, 16, 2021
(Rain Date: June 21)
Location
John Sevier Tennis Courts
Times:
March & April class time: 9:00-10:00 AM
June class time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost
$60.00 per 4-hour session
Instructor
LuAnne Zelasko
Adult Co-ed Tennis Group
A group of tennis players meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings throughout the year. Players are welcome to join in at anytime by showing up at the courts for some fun and relaxed games of tennis.  For more information, contact Jerry Tuggle at 865-789-6165 or email at jtug96@gmail.com.
Experience
Any level
Dates
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Location
John Sevier Tennis Courts
Time
9:00-11:00 AM March-June and September-November  
8:00-10:00 AM July-August
10:00 AM - Noon December-February
*Start times based on season
Equipment
Participants must provide their own racquet and 1 can of balls.
Cost
Free! Just show up.
Coordinator
Jerry Tuggle

YOGA CLASSES

A series of on-going Vinyasa style Yoga classes for Ages 12 & up are offered with emphasis on poses designed to increase strength, flexibility, and balance.  Attention is also placed on breathing and how to better use our lungs, as well as creating a mental calmness, and cultivating a quiet and peaceful mind. Supplies needed for all Yoga classes: Yoga mat, blanket, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement.
Gentle Flow for All Levels
Dates
Session: Wednesdays, January 6, 2021 – February 10, 2021
Session: Wednesdays, February 17 – March 24, 2021
Session: Wednesdays, March 31 – May 5, 2021
Session: Wednesdays, May 12 – June 23, 2021 (No class May 26)
Session: Wednesdays, June 30 – August 4, 2021

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.
Location
Everett Senior Center
Time
6:00-7:00 PM
Cost
$54.00 per 6-week session
$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class
Instructor
Tammy Lindsay
Get Fit Yoga
This class combines the basic aspects of beginner-advanced yoga and adds strength training through core exercise and more.
Dates
Session: Mondays, December 21, 2020 – February 1, 2021 (No class Dec. 28)
Session: Mondays, February 8 – March 15, 2021
Session: Mondays, March 22 – April 26, 2021
Session: Mondays, May 3 – June 14, 2021 (No class May 31)
Session: Mondays, June 21 – July 26, 2021

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.
Location
Everett Senior Center
Time
6:00-7:00 PM
Cost
$54.00 per 6-week session
$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class
Instructor
Tammy Lindsay

SMALL GROUP BOOT CAMP FITNESS TRAINING

(Ages 15 & Up)
Need a change of routine, or a workout to take you to the next level?  Do you need to squeeze in a high energy class and don’t have a lot of time?  This class focuses on full body, functional strength, and cardio intervals utilizing a circuit format, coupled with the most progressive, innovative, and creative exercises in fitness. Workouts will include cardiovascular and strength training, speed and agility drills, medicine ball drills, plyometrics, etc. With a little bit of effort and commitment, you will see a toned, leaner body; increased strength, endurance, and self-confidence; gain a new appreciation for working out; and maybe some new fitness friends.  Workouts will be challenging, but fun with high energy.  Workouts can be modified, but this class is best suited for intermediate and advanced participants.  As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.
Dates
Mondays, April 12 – May 17, 2021 (Rain Date: May 24)         
Time:
5:30-6:30 PM
Location
Greenbelt Pavilion and park area near Amphitheater
Cost
$65.00 for 6-week session
Instructors
Tammye Wright-Certified Personal Trainer, Masters in Exercise Science
Items Needed
Comfortable athletic clothing and tennis shoes, a water bottle, Yoga/stretching mat, and one set of medium weights

WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN "SISTERHOOD BOOT CAMP"

(Ages 15 & Up)
Need to get started on a fitness routine, or need a change of routine or a workout to take you to the next level?   Do you need to squeeze in a high energy class and don’t have a lot of time? This class utilizes a circuit format, coupled with the most progressive, innovative, and creative exercises in fitness.  Workouts will include cardiovascular and toning exercises, speed and agility drills, plyometrics, etc. With a little bit of effort and commitment, you will learn how to work toward a more toned, leaner body, increase your strength, endurance, and self-confidence, have a new appreciation for working out, and maybe gain some new friends in fitness.  Workouts will be challenging, but fun with high energy.  Workouts can be modified, but this class is best suited for experienced beginner and intermediate participants.
Date
‍Saturday,

Registration taken 2 weeks prior to each session.
Time
9:00-10:00 AM
Location
Greenbelt Pavilion near Amphitheater
Cost
Free! Pre-registration required at www.parksrec.com or at Parks & Rec.
Instructors
Tammye Wright and Other Certified Fitness Instructors
Items Needed
Comfortable athletic clothing and tennis shoes, a water bottle, and Yoga/stretching mat

SIGN LANGUAGE classes - PART 2

(Ages 15 & Up)

This beginner level ASL class is the next step for those who have taken the first level from our instructors over the past couple of years. We will assume you have learned some of the basics and are ready to move on in building your language skills.
Dates
Tuesdays, July 6 - 27, 2021
Time
6:00-7:00 PM
Location
Springbrook Recreation Center
Cost
$50.00 for 4-week session
Instructor
Lydia Harmon, Certified American Sign Language Interpreter

NEW! BEGINNER SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE- VIRTUAL CLASS

(Ages 15 & Up)
Are you interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) in order to communicate with a friend, family member or colleague who is deaf?  If so, this course is for you! American Sign Language is a visual language, incorporating facial grammar, and made up of specific hand shapes and movements. It is the dominant language of the Deaf community, provides meaningful communication between hearing parents and deaf children, and brings people who happen to be hearing and deaf together.  This beginner level ASL class will give you the opportunity to learn the manual alphabet, conversational signs, and develop communication skills. You will enjoy this fun and encouraging learning environment as you build your language skills. This is an online class, using the Zoom platform. You will receive an email invitation with instructions prior to the course. A Zoom account is not required, but you will need a computer or mobile device with webcam and will download the application if you do not already have it. The instructor will send course materials via email, and you will need access to a printer for activity documents. This class is also open to those who have taken it before and would like a refresher. You can repeat it as many times as you like.
Dates
Watch for new class dates!
Time
6:30-7:30 PM
Location
Online only.
Cost
$55.00 for 6-week session for the cost
Instructor
Cindy Camp

New! INCORPORATING ACCESSIBLE MEDIA INTO ONLINE LEARNING - VIRTUAL CLASS

As more classes and meetings are now going online, there is a need to make those remote learning opportunities accessible to everyone. Educators or business managers who use video conferencing or remote learning services may need to make those accessible to students or employees who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. This online class will discuss the importance of captions and audio description. It will explore ways to add these to your virtual classroom/training. You'll gain valuable information and resources that will help you navigate the remote learning landscape.
Instructor Cindy Camp has worked in the field of disability services for over 25 years. She holds a master's degree in English, is a certified sign language interpreter, and C-Print captionist. Currently, she works for the Described and Captioned Media Program. She has presented at many local, state, and national conferences on topics such as post-production captioning, accommodating students in online courses, and accessible technology.

This is an online class, using the Zoom platform. You will receive an email invitation with instructions prior to the course. A Zoom account is not required, but you will need a computer or mobile device with webcam and will download the application if you do not already have it.
Dates
Watch for new class dates!
Time
3:45-4:45 PM
Location
Online only.
Cost
$55.00 for 6-week session for the cost
Instructor
Cindy Camp

paddling

With all the beautiful lakes in Blount County and the surrounding areas, what better way to get out and explore these places than on a guided paddling trip led by leaders of the Maryville College Mountain Challenge program.  All paddle gear will be provided, so all you need to do is register and show up and our staff will do the rest. These trips are geared for all skill levels. Whether you are interested in a first time trip, are looking for an opportunity to learn new trip locations, or just looking for a group of people to explore with, you will be provided with an enriching and enjoyable experience. These guided trips will give you the chance to get out and explore some of the many beautiful waterways right here in our community.  So bring a lunch, and let our guides (with all the gear you’ll need) help you discover the beauty of our area.  For Ages 5 & up.  Any participant under 18 must be accompanied by a parent also registered for the trip. 
Trip 1 Date
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Time
1:00-4:00 PM
Location
Louisville Point Park
Cost
$30.00 per person
Trip 2 Date
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location
Chilhowee Lake to Abrams Creek or Citico Creek
Weather, parking, and class size will determine destination.
Cost
$50.00 per person

MEMOIR AND FAMILY HISTORY WRITING COURSE

(Ages 16 & Up)
In this fun and informative class, you will start on or add to your memoir or family history legacy writing. Bring a pen and paper and be prepared to write. Learn how to organize your narrative and use fiction techniques and other writing methods to enhance your story. Instructor Kate Clabough is a freelance writer, researcher, genealogist, and historian. She has been writing professionally for more than 20 years. She is currently the Director of the Loudon Public Library.
Dates
Tuesdays, March 2 - April 6, 2021
Time
7:00-8:00 PM
Location
Everett Senior Center
Cost
$75.00 for 6-week session
Instructor
Kate Clabough

WRITER'S TOOLBOX - FICTION WRITING TECHNIQUES

(Ages 16 & Up)
Join us for this fun and informative class where we work on writing techniques to inspire your best writing practices. We will explore story framework, plot and character development, and learning the elements of a good story. Bring a pen and paper (or laptop), and be prepared to write in class. There will also be fun homework. Instructor Kate Clabough is a freelance writer, researcher, genealogist, and historian. She has been writing professionally for more than 20 years. She is currently the Director of the Loudon Public Library.
Dates
Thursdays, March 4 - April 8, 2021
Time
7:00-8:00 PM
Location
Everett Senior Center
Cost
$75.00 for 6-week session
Instructor
Kate Clabough

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DISC GOLF LESSONS

Are you or your family interested in the sport of Disc Golf? Are you a beginner to intermediate player looking to improve your game? Join us for this 4-week class and improve your game. Our instructor will help you improve your backhand, forehand, putting, and scramble skills by teaching the fundamentals and mechanics of each shot and have you ready to get out and play your best round yet!

Equipment Needed: Participants should bring their own discs. For new participants, we recommend a starter set like the Innova Disc Golf Set available at our local Dick's Sporting Goods, or one of the many options available on Amazon.
Attire: Weather appropriate athletic clothing and footwear
Dates
Session 1: Wednesdays, March 24 - April 14
Session 2: Wednesdays, April 28 - May 19
Time
6:00-7:00 PM
Location
Clayton's Disc Golf Course, 5000 Clayton Rd, Maryville, TN 37804
Cost
$40.00 per 4-week session
Instructor
Brandon Harrill, Owner of Knoxville School for Disc Golf

ALPINE TOWER COURSE

Ready for a fun new challenge? Join us and the folks with Maryville College's Mountain Challenge program and conquer their Alpine Tower! The 60 foot tower provides climbers multiple challenges to overcome as they scale its heights. Come step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself mentally and physically as you work your way to the top!
Dates
Thursday, May 13 NEW DATE!
Time
5:00-8:00 PM  NEW TIME!
Location
Maryville College
Cost
$20.00 per person