Vista Gatherings – August 11, 2015

Dorchester to host United Fund tourney

The fifth annual United Fund Golf Tournament will be Saturday, Aug. 22, at Dorchester Golf Club at 1 P.M. Check-in will be at 12:30 P.M.

The cost is $240 per team ($60 per player); this includes a mulligan package, with string, forward tee and a throw, plus a hamburger cookout following the tournament.

“This is a fun tournament for all skill levels and there are hole sponsorships for just $100,” said Arthur Beck, United Fund Golf Chairperson.

There will be prizes for the top three teams and door prizes.

Remember a donation to the United Fund stays right here in our community supporting local non-profits. For more information, call 484-4082.

Classes suspended

Silver Sneakers FLEX Exercise classes at the Discovery Center are suspended indefinitely. Please call Fair Park Senior Center 931-484-7416 after September 10 for more information.

New hours for area’s Model Railroad Club

The Crossville Model Railroad Club “Wonderful World of Trains” is now operating their new hours.  The display is now open Tuesday Through Sunday from noon to 4 P.M. and Saturday from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. The display is closed Mondays. Groups are welcome by appointment.

The display, one of the largest such free attractions in the east, draws more than 30,000 visitors from around the world every year and is rated the number 2 tourist attraction in Crossville by Trip Advisor.  The 4,500 square foot display features operating layouts of four popular model railroad scales, G,O,HO,N and Z.  Also featured is the Upper Cumberland Railroad Society railroad museum. The display is located in the north wing of the Crossville Outlet Mall at exit 320 of I-40.

For information call (931) 210-5050 or check the web site at

New England event set

Save the date of Oct. 6 for a New England Get-Together — (CT, MA, ME, RI, NH, VT).

Join your New England “neighbors” for another fun-filled evening, Oct. 6, from 4 to 8 P.M.

To get on our distribution list, contact us by email: [email protected], or call: Bob/Michele, 287-0456 or Ken/Martha at 287-0199. Complete details of event will be announced soon.

Kayak Connection

The 2015 FFG kayak season is winding down to the last six weeks. Join the Kayak Connection on Saturdays, ready to paddle, at 8:30 A.M.

They are an informal group without any membership contract or dues. Their main goals are fun, exercise, relaxation, enjoyment of outdoors, and safety. Weather does dictate whether/or not they paddle. Use your own judgment.

Interested in a rental? Kayak/ canoe/ paddleboat rentals are only available at Lake Dartmoor and Lake St George. For more rental information, please contact the marinas.

Own a kayak/ canoe, but need help to maneuver it? Please make your own arrangements prior to Saturdays.

Their last outing, Sept 26, will follow with a picnic pot luck. They’ll finish kayaking (about 10 A.M.), and meet at the picnic tables. Plan to bring a friend/spouse, your own table place setting, BYOB, and a breakfast pot luck dish to share.

Coordinators are Nancy Burleson, 484-6149 and Pat Kowalsky, 250-1159.

Here is our lake schedule:

Aug 22- Lake St. George

Aug 29- Lake Glastowbury

Sept 5- Lake Dartmoor

Sept 12- Lake Canterbury

Sept 19- Lake Malvern

Sept 26- Lake St George/ breakfast pot luck

Cumberland County Democrats to Meet

The Cumberland County Democratic Party will have their monthly meeting, Monday, August 24.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M. at the Crossville Housing Authority, 67 Irwin Avenue. All area Democrats are encouraged to attend.

4th Annual Plateau Alzheimer’s Walk slated

Alzheimer’s Tennessee is planning a walk on Saturday, August 29th,  from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carl T. Duer Soccer Complex.

Registration is at 4 P.M., opening ceremonies at 5 P.M. with the Walk at 6 P.M.

There will be fun and activities for adults, kids and pets; including a Classic Car Cruise In, Pet Parade and LIVE Bands: Matt + Mel and Victims of Circumstance.

Please consider participating individually or with a team.  All funding raised stays here in East Tennessee.  For more information go to

Presbyterian church to host golf scramble

The Westminster Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Nine Hole Golf Scramble on Aug. 30, on the Brae Course at Heatherhurst Golf Club. Registration begins at 2 P.M. with a 3 P.M. shotgun start.

The cost is $50 per player, which includes golf with cart, BBQ dinner at the church afterwards, team and individual prizes and door prizes.

The church distributes food baskets to needy families in the Crossville area three times a year. This event helps support this program.

Call (931)484-9677 or (931) 707-1252 to register.

Foster parents needed in Cookeville area

Youth Villages is looking for caring adults in Cookeville and the surrounding counties who want to make a difference in the lives of children in need of loving foster homes. Free foster parent training starts Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Youth Villages Cookeville office at 448 Neal St.

If you would like to open your heart and home to a child or want to learn more about being a foster parent, please call Christopher Sanders at 931-525-6905 or email him at [email protected]

Volunteers needed for AARP tax-aide program

The dog days of summer are here and memories and evidence of last winter’s ice storm are no longer as prominent.

Next year’s tax season seems a long way off, but planning has begun for the AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors.

The recent Supreme Court decision keeps the Affordable Healthcare Act in place and therefore, there could be tax consequences for some of our residents for the 2015 tax year.

Tax-Aide services are not limited to seniors; we work with all individuals and families.  This past tax season, our team of volunteers provided free tax assistance to nearly 4,000 of our residents, e-filing over 2,000 federal tax returns.  Teams of counselors worked in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Jamestown, Pleasant Hill, Sparta and Tansi.

New volunteers have experienced counselors as training partners and begin their tax preparation work doing basic returns.  You will never have to work alone – as part of the program, every tax return is quality reviewed before it is printed for the client.

If you would like to be involved, but aren’t sure if you want to prepare returns, volunteers are also needed to help with greeting clients and organizing the paperwork.  For more information about the program or to become part of the team that provides this valuable service, call 456-4212.

PPCUG to meet

The Plateau PC Users Group (PPCUG) will meet Monday Aug 17, at the 127 South Senior Center. Note:  New meeting time for summer sessions is 6 to 8 P.M.

Also please note that starting in May 2015, a $3 guest fee will be collected from all non-PPCUG members.

This guest fee is good for one month, for attendance at any or all of our associated groups’ meetings: PPCUG, Photography Club, and the Photography Club Workshop.  PPCUG club dues are the same as always: $ 24 single, $ 30 family per year payable July 1, and give admittance to all group meetings. F

or more information and to read the latest version of our newsletter, the Gazette, visit our web site at or call Steve Rosenstein, president, at 931-742-0151 (9 A.M.-9 P.M., only please)

Member, Alan Baker, will provide the “What/Why/How” of Microsoft Power Point, the 4th topic in that series.

In this presentation, he will expand on each of these topics, utilizing a Power Point presentation and a “live” demonstration of the user interface.  He will also share several Power Point projects that he has created and also demonstrate a few non-traditional uses for Power Point.

The meeting begins with questions/answers (Q/A) at 6 PM.  The Q/A session is followed by a short business meeting, with the main presentation beginning at 7 PM. The Plateau PC Users Group meets the third Monday of the month at the 127 South Senior Center.

Medicare Class slated

Are you turning 65 soon and confused about Medicare benefits and choices?  The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is conducting a free “Welcome to Medicare” class at the Art Circle Library in Crossville on August 18, from 1 to 3 P.M.  The class will consist of training on Parts A, B, C & D, as well as Medigap policies and ways to prevent Medicare fraud.

Also, free Medicare help is available. SHIP representatives from the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging & Disability will be at the Fairfield Glade Resident Services located at 4929 Peavine Road (near Food City) on August 3 & 24,  from 9 A.M. to noon to help counsel on any Medicare questions, abuse or concerns.  They will also be screening for Extra Help with prescription drug plans.

SHIP is a federally funded program administered through the Area Agency on Aging & Disability.  Please call SHIP at 1-877-801-0044

Spay-Ghetti has started

The Wags and Whiskers “Spay-Ghetti” Dinner fundraiser started August 1st and runs throughout August (Lunch or Dinner) at the Genesis Italian Grille on Interstate Drive in Crossville.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the restaurant and include Genesis’ great spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad and a drink.  Proceeds will benefit the Wags and Whiskers’ low-cost spay/neuter program, a community service that has “fixed” over 9,600 cats and dogs.

Tickets are available by calling 931-788-2201 or visiting Happy Hound Realty, Bed and Biscuit Kennel, Cat’s Meow Resale Store or the Duplicate Store.  Check for ticket locations and maps.

Tea Party set to meet

The Cumberland County Tea Party will meet at the Palace Theater, 72 South Main Street in downtown Crossville on Tuesday, August 11, at 6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M).

Please note that the location of the August meeting is different from the customary location because the Cumberland County Fair will be in progress at the Community Complex. All concerned citizens who believe in limited government are invited to attend.

Noted constitutional scholar, Hal Rounds, who has presented his Constitution Refresher course coast to coast, will speak on his book,”American History as a Political Tool.”

For more information on the Tea Party, log on to:

Glade Democratic Ice Cream Social Event

The Fairfield Glade Democratic Club cordially invites you to their 2015 Ice Cream Social at the Dartmoor Marina patio on Saturday, August 15th. From 12 noon to 2 P.M., you can enjoy our cool and delicious sundaes for only $3 each.

Take advantage of the day by enjoying one of the lovely Fairfield Glade amenities with beach access as well as pontoon rentals.

The gathering will enable Glade residents to mingle with other Democratic neighbors and meet the  Glade Democratic Club Executive Board.

Seniors can learn Bagpipes at FPSC

James Winslow, professional bagpiper, has over 10 years of experience.  Playing for numerous special events, including – but not limited to – weddings and funerals.

He is a member of the Celtic Club in Crossville and lives with his family in Pleasant Hill.

James will be teaching, starting on Wed., August 12th  to any senior who would be seriously interested in learning the fine art of playing the bagpipes at the center, for only $5. per lesson.

Sign up now, 484-7416. If you’re not a senior, yet, you’re in luck, bagpipe lessons are available – 1st lesson is free! James  can be contacted at [email protected] or (931) 277-5472.  Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville, supports the arts at the Fair Park Senior Center.

Mark your calendars, James will also be playing his bagpipes as part of the 32nd Annual Pioneer Day Festival which is coming up Saturday Sept. 12th at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds.

FCA scramble slated

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be hosting a Golf Scramble on Saturday August 22 at Lake Tansi Golf Course. Registration starts at Noon with a 1 P.M. shotgun start.

The cost per player is $100, which includes golf with cart, a Lefty’s BBQ dinner afterwards, a goody bag, hat, great team and individual prizes, and support for our local FCA huddles.

Registration forms can also be found at Lake Tansi golf course or you can call 931-372-2123.

One Step Beyond luncheon planned

One Step Beyond’s August luncheon will be at Gondola’s Restaurant, 36 Woodmere Shopping Ctr, Crossville at noon, August 20.

Plan to attend and mark this time and date on your calendar. One Step is a club that meets every other month for lunch at a local restaurant for those that are 50+,who are single, widowed, or divorced.

For a number count as to who wants to attend, pls call Ron Hockheiser at 931-210-4393 or Bobby Leonard 931-707-8607 on or before August 13 so we know the number in attendance.  Come join usThursday, August 20th at noon.

Plateau Photography Club Meeting set

On Thursday, August 20 at 1 P.M., the Plateau Photography Club will meet in Room C of the Library Building at Fairfield Glade.

The Topic for this month will be “Photographic Composition”.  Members will bring shots they have taken that incorporate one or more of the “Rules of Composition”.  Photos will be then viewed and discussed.

The Club is a Special Interest Group of the Plateau PC Users Group and is open to all PPCUG members.  Guests can attend all PPCUG meetings in a given month for one $3 fee.

For questions, call Larry Dove at 250-1013.

Fellowship Baptist’s Annual Steak Fry set

Hungry for a good steak?  How does a juicy, grilled 8 to 10 oz New York Strip steak, with a baked potato, toss salad and dressing, a roll, dessert and lemonade or sweet or unsweetened tea sound?..and all for just $10!

Fellowship Baptist Church is having their Annual Steak Fry on Saturday, August 15, with the meal being served promptly at 6 P.M. (CDT).  (Be late and get what’s left.) The menu for children 12 and under substitutes a hotdog and bun for the steak, and is only $4.

Space is limited and fills up fast, so don’t delay.  Paid reservations are needed by 6 P.M. on Wednesday, August 12.

The church office is open from 9 to Noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday; call 931- 456-2525.

The church is located at 12 Westminster Court, Fairfield Glade.

Ohio Party scheduled

On August 15, there will be an Ohio Party held at the Library Room A from 5 to 9 P.M.

Deadline for tickets will be Aug. 9 and tickets will be $10 each.

Bring your own drinks.

For tickets or info, call Vickie or Chet at 9931-287-0261.

Pioneer Day Entries

Entry forms are currently being accepted for this year’s Pioneer Day and Heritage Festival.  The all day event will be held on Saturday Sept 12, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Vendor applications are available on line at, or by coming by the Fair Park Senior Center at 1433 Livingston Rd. For more info call 931-484-7416 and ask for Tina or Carolyn.