Vista Gatherings – December 6, 2011

Burn Calories before the New Year

Join certified physical fitness specialist, Clintina Simms, for an invigorating BOSU cardio workout on Tuesdays beginning December 13.  This class will teach you how to jump start your day and learn a routine you can do daily on your own.

The Bosu balance trainer is a portable hard rubber dome with a solid base that offers several opportunities to increase your core strength, improve cardiovascular health and balance all in a 30 minute work out.  Certified fitness instructor, Clintina Simms, will teach a 45 minute class on Tuesdays from 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM beginning December 13, 2011.  The class is $1.00 but you need to have your own Bosu.  They can be purchased at with free delivery or Target in West Knoxville sells them. For more information call Clintina 931-456-8890 or Grace Timins at the Fairfield Glade Community Center on Fridays between 1 PM and 7 PM.

Celebrate Christmas at FBC

Fellowship Baptist Church invites you to our  Christmas centered worship services on Dec. 11th  and 18th  at 10:00 AM.  Special music by FBC ensemble, a poetic narration of  “Tonight,” a drama depicting Bethlehem at Christ’s birth, and a guitar special by Bob Bourne will be included.  Christmas cheer will be spread by carolers on Dec. 21; meet them at 5:00 pm at FBC to join in the fun.  In addition, we will have our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Sat., Dec. 24 at 6:00 pm.  Finally, on Sunday, Dec. 25 there will be no Sunday School, but we will have our traditional  Christmas service at 10:00 AM.  (There are no Sunday night services during the winter.)  We invite you to join us in any of our services to worship our awesome God.  We are at 12 Westminster Court/931-456-2525.


Cumberland Plateau Chapter 1719 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Tuesday, December 13 at the Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant for their annual Christmas Party and Installation of newly elected officers for the year 2012.

Buffet Luncheon will be at 12 o’clock noon followed by the business meeting featuring the official installation of the following officers: Col. Chester Bush, President;  Robert C. Miller, Vice President;  Laurie Stoffel, Secretary;  Wyonne Morningstar, Treasurer;  Bob Suttles, Service Officer.  Performing the installation Ceremony will be the NARFE Tennessee Federation Eastern Region Vice President Larry Minear.

The Christmas Party Committee promises appropriate seasonal decorations, table favors and door prizes.  All active and retired federal employees are invited. Please call Laurie Stoffel at 931-456-9101 or Bob Miller at 931-707-0516 to make your reservation.

Changing Life from the Inside Out meets every  Monday at The Multi-Purpose Bldg., 455 Lakeview Dr., FFG, from 9:00—10:00 a.m.  We enjoy offering complimentary coffee, tea and muffins, along with printed hard copies of our current topics of discussion.

‘Tis the season to be jolly…’  But are we jolly?  The busy, multi-tasking urgency of the holiday season can make more demands on you and your time and can be exhausting.  Join us for personal support as we take this part of life’s journey together.    For more information, contact Sandie Dutcher at 456-5783 or Mary Ann Webb at 484-2973.

Elks “All-you-can-eat”  Friday Fish Fry

December 9th

The Christmas season is in full bloom.  Merriment is in the air with everyone making plans to be with loved ones and friends.  During this busy time  why not try the Elks Lodge fish fry?   This could be a nice break from the usual holiday offerings plus we will do the cooking for you!   We are open to our members and their guests.  from 4 pm until 7 pm.  For only  $9.00 per person, children 8 years and younger are half price ($4.50).   You will enjoy ” All-you-can-eat” fish and side dishes of coleslaw, French fries and dessert.    For the non fish lover, we brought back the single serving of a half baked chicken and baked potato which includes all side dishes.

The Elks Lodge is open to male and female aged 21 and over who are American citizens and believe in God.  If you would like additional information, call the Lodge for more details 484-0150.    Please keep in mind we have limited parking so if you can car pool that would be greatly appreciated.

We are located at 1145 Genesis Rd. which is about 1/2 mile south of I-40. Lodge hours are 12-9 pm Monday through Saturday.   For more information please call 484-0150

The December meeting for VIS (Visually Impaired Support) Group will be held on December 8 and will be our Christmas Party and potluck. Please remember to bring your covered dish and also, if you would like to participate in the Christmas exchange, please bring a $10.00 wrapped gift. Plan on having good food and lots of fun.

The meeting will take place at The Bank of Crossville, 1251 N. Main St. from 9:30am-11:30am. Our website address is     We are  a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the blind and visually impaired in Cumberland County thru education, transportion, closed-circuit television, support meetings, and socializing.

Please call Barb Dorgelo at 788-1509 or Joyce Lignar at 788-6955 if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you there.

SAM Schedule for December 2011

NOTICE… The ’SAM’ (Single Adult Ministries) will NOT MEET for ‘COFFEE, TEA and COMPANY’ during the winter months, we will resume meeting in mid-March when the weather improves.   Questions?… Call 456-0634.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10…HOMESTEAD TOWER and MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE and ‘SAM’ POT LUCK CHRISTMAS PARTY with gift exchange at the church fellowship hall afterwards.  We’ll carpool from the Fellowship Baptist Church parking lot in FFG at 1 p.m. (leave potluck food in church kitchen and gifts in church library.)  Those in or near Crossville can meet us at Homestead Tower at 1:30, where we’ll do the tour of the Homestead Tower and the Homestead Museum.  We should be heading back to the church by 3:00, so, those not going on the tour can just meet us at the church by 3:30.  The church is at 12 Westminster Court, FFG, TN.

We will eat first, then have our ‘Quarky Gift Exchange’, play a couple simple games and be heading home by 5:30 (before it gets too dark).

What is a ‘Quarky Gift’?… a silly or slightly used item that you don’t want anymore, nothing expensive and nothing indecent.  If you want to buy something, don’t spend more than $5.00, this isn’t about a pricy gift; it is about having a time of laughter and fellowship.  It can be a ‘gal gift’ or a ‘guy gift’ or an ‘anyone gift’.   DO NOT WRAP THE GIFT (you’ll see why at the party).

What about the food?  The SAM leadership will provide the meat, so bring a dish you are ‘famous for’ or ‘just love to prepare’, if we end up with 4 bowls of baked beans…we’ll eat lots of baked beans!.  Seriously, hot dishes, finger foods, desserts, casseroles, whatever you feel led to bring is fine.

SPREAD THE WORD and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS.  ALL AREA SINGLES, 25 and OLDER, who are NOT in a live-in relationship, are WELCOME…church affiliation is NOT a requirement.

Still have a question or need directions?  Call 931 456-0634.


In order to clean-up any year ending business, Commander Bob Johnston has called for a meeting of Plateau Chapter #297, KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, at the Fairfield Glade Community and Confeerence Center on Stonehenge Drive.  Feel free to contact Commander Johnston at 484-8798 for additional information or driving directions.

All retired/honorably discharged military personnel are welcomed to attend our meetings and subsequently seek membership.  It would be an opportune time to seek membership and become involved in our efforts for 2012.  Membership is attained by presenting a Form DD214, submitting an application for membeership, and $25 for the annual membership.  Membership is available to all who served during the Korean War, June 25, 1950 to July 25, 1953, anywhere in the world, and all those who have served since in the Far East area.  Furthermore, we are able to assist in obtaining military information and awards, information concerning the Korean Revisit Program, and the Honor Air Knoxville trips to Washington D.C. to view American Memorials.

The biggest effort for the Chapter takes place each Memorial Day weekend when we sell the Rose of Sharon, the National Flower of Korea.  All these funds are then returned to the local community as stipends for scholarships, needy veterans and their families, etc.

I’m just checking with you to make sure you did change our Plateau Writers blurb –  under meetings – to include the fact that we will NOT be meeting in December and the contact person at the end should now be Joyce Cohen at 707-1572 INSTEAD of  Carol Campbell. Everything else is the same.

The Cumberland County Piecemakers Quilt Guild will hold its annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 7th, 2011 starting at 10:30 a.m. in the 127 South Senior Center located on Hwy 127 South in Crossville. Call Lois Miller @ (931) 456-4561 for details.

The Cumberland Art Society membership show will be on exhibit through  Friday, Dec. 9 at 186A S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville.  The public is encouraged to attend and vote for the People’s Choice award.  Open hours are Monday thru Friday, noon to 4 and Sunday, 1-4.  For more information call 931-526-2424.

George Stockton will have his paintings in the CAS lobby.

Adele Seitzinger will display her work at the 1st Tennessee Bank lobby.

Cathy Brown

The following workshops/classes will be held in December at the Cumberland Art Society, 186A S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville.  To register or for more information call 931-526-2424.  Open hours are Monday thru Friday, noon -4 and Sunday, 1-4.

Children’s Art Class—Adele Seitzinger, instructor.  Monday’s,  4-6.  Pay $15/week/child (family rates for 3 or more).  Variety of art and crafts, each week something new.  Supplies included.

Advanced Line Dancing—Sandy Sawyer, instructor.  Tuesday’s,  4-6.  $5 per session.

Woodcarving—Tom Tomberlin, instructor.  Wednesday’s 9:00-11:30.  $50 to purchase supplies, $1 each day of attendance.

Live Model—Sheryl Leigh-DaVault, 931-397-1499.  A live model will be available on Sunday’s, 2-4 p.m. for you to draw and/or paint.

Christmas Services at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church

All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the birth of our savioto join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior on Christmas Eve at 4:00, 7:00 and 11:00 P.M. services.  On Christmas Day we will have a 10:00 A.M. service followed by a Christmas Dinner at 1:30 P.M.

Old Victorian Saint Nicholas to visit

There will be an Old Victorian Saint Nicholas visiting the Dollar General Market on Miller Ave. on Dec. 10-16.

The visit schedule is: Dec. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 12-16 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be a $5 charge for a picture, or one can make a donation of unwrapped toy of equal value.

Make sure you drop off your letter to Santa

The event is sponsoeredby by CCSSDEPOT and Neighbors Together

All proceeds will help needy children in Neighbors Together service area.

Give the gift of art!

Don’t know what to buy for that special person? Consider purchasing a Gift Certificate from the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade  Beginning in January, a stunning series of happenings at the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade may present itself as a Christmas art gift for the art enthusiast.

Watercolor classes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) begin January 5, 2012.  The Smorgasbord Series of monthly two hour classes begins January 10, and the first Beading Class of the year is scheduled for January 24 along with two Pastel Classes on January 30 and 31.

For extra gift giving, this certificate may be used for items in the art gallery, prints, photography, pottery items, jewelry, and note cards.  Look for the following classes in 2012:  Portrait Classes, Basics of Painting, Color Study, Painting With a Palette Knife, Summer Children’s Classes, and Colored Pencil Workshop.  Additional classes are being planned.

For more information, stop in the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine), Fairfield Glade, or call 931-707-7249.  The Art Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer ©(3) organization and an equal opportunity provider.  Look for us on Facebook.

New Years Eve Prime Rib dinner at the Elks

Come and enjoy a wonderful dinner and then stay and dance into the New Year!  The Elks Lodge is offering a prime rib dinner.

Menu will consist of a quarter pound prime rib steak,  baked potato,  vegetable, bread, salad and dessert.

Everything starts at  7 p.m. and dancing to follow from 8 to 1 p.m.

Price is $37.50 per person, $75.00 a couple this includes dinner and open bar all evening plus music being supplied by Dennis Long. For more information please call 484-0150.

Volunteer Coin Club to Meet December 13

The Volunteer Coin Club of Crossville will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 pm.

The meetings are held at the 127 Senior Center located at 1460 South Main Street (Highway 127 South). Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Visitors and guests are welcome. Contact Mike Puhl (456-0397) or Franc Conner (337-1247) for information.

Stamp Club will be

holding meetings

The Upper Cumberland Stamp Club holds bi-weekly meetings at the Fair Park Senior Center at 11 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

The Senior Center is located at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville, across from the County Fairgrounds.

All interested in stamp collection are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Ray Kusmierski at 484-3479 or Art Meharg at 707-1435.

Are you raising a grandchild or relative?

For more information on assistance and support, please contact Vicki Beck at the Upper Cumberland Developments District toll free at 1-877-275-8233.

Adult relative support group meetings will be held on every third Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. It will be held at the UCHRA Bldg., at 73 Methodist Campground Loop, Crossville.

Art Guild events slated at Creative Arts Center

Every Monday in December, visitors are welcome to an Open Studio. No formal instruction is given, but a sharing of ideas and conversation with an Art Guild artist is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

Supplies are available for most mediums for a small fee.

• There will be a Beading Open Studio the first and third Mondays of each month with Judi Moenck and Linda Farber from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring your project with or without problems.  There will be no formal instruction — just lots of compassion and conversation.  No charge for members.  $5.00 for non-members for studio use.