Vista Gatherings – December 6, 2016

Fairfield Glade dog park in need of donations

The Fairfield Glade Dog Park is seeking donations for the upcoming annual Trash & Treasures Sale slated for March at the Fairfield Glade Community Center.

This event is the main fund raiser for the dog park.

They will be collecting items for this sale on the first Saturday of December and January then each Saturday in February. The collections will be at Glade Store-n-Lock on Peavine behind Manny and Isabella’s Restaurant, by the Dollar Store.

The Dog Park Sign will be visible from Peavine and board members will be there to help at Unit 80, go left thru the gate.

Please be aware that they will not be accepting clothing or electronic devices but small appliances are fine.

Give a GIFT to your Glade fire department

The FGFD has a community-wide initiative to raise $75,000 for a MPAT (Mini-Pumper Attack Truck).  Contributions to date are $33,308.

If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE  consider donating to this campaign.  You can make a contribution directly to the FGFD Mini-Pumper fund at Regions Bank or the FGFD website at  www.fairfieldfire.org.

The FGFD is a 501(c) 3 and ALL donations are tax deductible.

Fairfield Glade Hosts the 12 Days of Christmas Family Fun

The Fairfield Glade Community Club invites you to enjoy 12 Days of Christmas, daily from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Community and Conference Center beginning December 14th through Christmas Day.

The lineup includes Hot Chocolate Buffets, Letters to Santa, Christmas Music Sing-A-Longs, S’mores, Christmas Cookie Decorating, and many of your favorite Christmas movies.

The event we are most excited about is the Ugly Sweater Contest on December 20th, please get your sweaters ready and join them, they will vote via Facebook and will have great prizes for the winner.

Also, on December 10th & 17th at the Community and Conference Center from 10 to 11:30 A.M. the Fairfield Glade Dulcimers will play. Most events are free and some will have a maximum charge of $3.

Please see our flyer for complete details or call the Conference Center at 484-3722..

AARP offers driver safety program 

The AARP Driver Safety course, a classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and older, will be offered at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Drive, in Fairfield Glade.

This eight-hour course will be held on two consecutive mornings: January 12th and 13th, 2017 (Thursday & Friday) from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on both days. Membership in AARP is not required to attend.

This course explains changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as aging occurs and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes. Unique differences in Tennessee laws will be presented, and participants will have opportunities to share driving experiences and to learn safe driving strategies. Attendees will also be given an informative workbook for use during the class and for future reference. There are no tests to pass or fail. More information is available at – www.aarp.org/dsc.

In Tennessee, most auto insurance carriers offer a discount on premiums to eligible drivers aged 55 and older who have completed approved courses, such as the AARP Driver Safety course. Some insurance carriers require that all drivers covered on a ‘family’ policy attend the course to get the discount. It is recommended that you check with your insurance agent regarding premium discount details and requirements.

Pre-registration for the course is required. Call Charley Manker (931-456-1549), AARP Instructor, to register your attendance. Cost for the class is $15 per person for AARP members, or $20 for non-members, payable by check or money order at the first class session. Class size is limited, so call soon to assure your place in this class.

Light N’ Lively Dance Club set for Dec. 9

Attention all new residents and members. The Light N’ Lively Dance Club will be hosting their December Christmas Dance at the Multi-Purpose Building on Lakeview Drive, December 9th,  from 7 to 10 P.M.

Dance the evening away with DJ Garrison for your dancing and listening pleasure. The dance is casual. Timeshare and guests are welcome; cost is $10/couple and $5/single.

They encourage members to invite friends and neighbors for this Fun filled evening. The dance is a BYOB Event, with the club suppling ice, water and coffee. The Host Couples for the dance will be Doris and Mike Kotecki at 931-707-7548, Grace and Ken Schrader at 931-456-0777 and Marlene and Jerry Badgerow at 931-787-5863.

The theme will be Christmas, so come on out and let’s have a great dancing evening and celebrate some Christmas Cheer.

A wonderful world of trains for Christmas

Christmas season has arrived at the Crossville Railroad Club’s Wonderful World of Trains at the Crossville Outlet Center.

The display is decorated for the season with the Christmas Village operating for another December.

This year there will be special Christmas events on Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23 from 5 to 7 P.M.

Special Christmas trains will be running and “The Polar Express” and other holiday films will be available. There will also be a gift for each child.

“The Wonderful World of Trains is located in the North end of the center next to Subway.

As always, admission is free.

Church holds  concert

You are invited to attend the Christmas Program “Lessons in Carols”. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 114 Stonehenge Drive in Fairfield Glade.

The choir will be joined by many of your favorite singers from the Cumberland Play House.

Solos will be sung by Lindsey Mapes,  Michael Ruff, Wesley Webster, Quinn Cason, Daniel Black Elliott Cunningham, Buster Irvin will be on the organ and Ron Murphy will be on the piano.

This year we are excited to have the Playhouse Children’s Choir directed by Michael Ruff joining us.

This program will be a blessing to all as we go into the Christmas Season.

Christmas event set

Cumberland Mountain State Park will be hosting the annual Christmas on the Plateau on Friday, December 16, at the Recreation Lodge. Activities kick off at 5 P.M. with the opportunity to make homemade Christmas tree ornaments.

This fun session will be followed at 6:15 P.M. by the presentation of Who? Who Cooks for You? featuring McKenzie, the Park’s resident barred owl and Lucy, the barn owl.

They aren’t reindeer but they are just as cute and put on a good show. From 6:35 to 7 P.M. there will be a reading of a Christmas Story before Santa arrives.

For the next two hours Santa will visit with children and parents so he knows about those last minute wishes before Christmas morning.

Santa will be available for pictures so be sure to bring a camera. In keeping with the holiday cheer, hot chocolate, coffee, and hot cider will be available, along with cookies, courtesy of the Friends of Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Come join in these free holiday activities but before leaving be sure to drive through the Park and see the Civilian Conservation Corps Bridge decorated in holiday lights. It is truly lovely and not to be missed.

In addition, remember the Park’s toy collection to ensure children in the county have a very Merry Christmas. Those who wish to donate toys can drop them off at the Park Office until the day of the event. For more information, contact the Park Office at 484-6138.

Tea Party set to meet

The Cumberland County Tea Party will meet at the Community Complex (Fair Grounds), 1398 Livingston Road., Crossville, TN 38571, on Tuesday, Dec, 13, at 6 P.M.

The doors open to the public at 5:30 P.M. All concerned citizens who believe in limited government are invited to attend.

Since Republicans won the Presidential election, the Cumberland County Tea Party will open the meeting with a victory celebration. Cake and light refreshments will be served.

Following the victory celebration, guest speaker, Ms. Joanne Bregman, will be introduced. She will speak on the Tennessee Refugee Resettlement program. Ms. Bregman, who graduated from George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C, is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

She has chosen, however, to do policy and advocacy work instead, providing pro bono services to families who have children with disabilities. She has helped them to advocate for their children’s education in different school districts and to access both private and TennCare insurance benefits for their children.

In addition to helping initiate and then chairing for 5 years a statewide coalition addressing the needs of students with disabilities, Ms. Bregman served as a governor appointee on the State Advisory Council for Students with Disabilities. She has been involved in policy work at the Tennessee Legislature for a number of years, focusing primarily on the constitutional relationship between the state and federal governments.

Ms. Bregman focuses on the refugee resettlement program because it is an example of the tension in the relationship between the federal and state governments and has significant policy implications across fiscal, health, and welfare domains at the state and local levels of government.

The Cumberland County Tea Party is not connected to any political party and no dues are collected. For more information on the Tea Party, log on to: www.cumberlandcountyteaparty.net

Plateau Photography Club Meeting slated

For its final meeting of the year, Plateau Photography Club members have been asked to bring in their “Photographers Favorites of 2016”.

Their favorite, not necessarily their best, shots will be shown and discussed.  How did they decide which were their favorites?  What made them their favorite?  Why not take more of them?

The meeting will be on Thursday, December 15th at 1 P.M.at the Fairfield Glade Library Building, Room C.

The meeting is open to all Plateau PC Users Group members. Guests are welcome for a $3 fee.

For questions, call Jim Mansfield at 484-6920.

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.

Christmas Cantata at Christ Lutheran

Christ Lutheran Church, at 481 Snead Drive in Fairfield Glade, welcomes all to attend their annual Christmas Cantata on Friday December 9th at 7 P.M.

This year’s performance is based on “Night of the Father’s Love,” music and narration composed by Pepper Choplin.  This evening’s presentation will feature the Chamber Choir, the Handbell Choir, and instrumental pieces.  Begin this Christmas Season with this moving musical arrangement and join us on December 9th.

Remember Children, Bereaved Families

The death of a child is devastating and it is important to the family that the child always be remembered. That’s why members of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Fairfield Glade will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died.

The Chapter is joining Sunday, December 11,  with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 20th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world.

The local candle lighting will be part of a special service held at 6:30 P.M. at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester, Fairfield Glade.

The service will feature music, readings and a special speaker. A reception will be held following the close of the service.

Annually tens of thousands of families, United in loss, light candles for one hour during the Worldwide Candle Lighting. Candles are first lit at 7 P.M., local time. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next time zone, creating a 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.

The holiday season is an extremely difficult time of the year for families grieving the death of a child, a child who will never be forgotten. This marks one a half decades the Worldwide Candle Lighting has united bereaved families around the globe as a symbolic way of showing the love we continue to carry for our children, even though they can no longer be with us physically.

The Compassionate Friends of Fairfield Glade invites everyone, whether or not they have suffered the personal loss of a child, to join in this moving tribute.

To contact The Compassionate Friends of the FFG Chapter regarding the Candle Lighting Service or general information, please call 931-287-0042.

Community Chorus announces Christmas concert dates

The Cumberland County Community Chorus will  perform Christmas concert on On December 19 at 11:30 there will be an ‘Acapella Christmas’ performance by the Chorus at the Art Circle Public Library in Crossville. Make plans early to attend these well received concerts.

All concerts are free. Donations from the Christmas concerts go toward an annual scholarship fund. This scholarship is funded through Chorus member dues, business and individual sponsorships, and donations received from audience benefactors at the concerts.

If you are unable to attend these performances but would like to share your support for the scholarship fund and the Chorus’s concerts, you can make a check payable to: “Cumberland County Community Chorus” and mail to Gloria Lusk, Treasurer, 10 Berkley Square, Crossville, TN 38558.

CWC Says, “Let’s Have Fun!” on Dec. 15

The CWC invites all local ladies to a “Let’s Have Fun!” Luncheon which will include a Sing Along and a surprise. (You have to attend to discover the surprise.)

The luncheon will take place on Thursday, December 15, at The Discovery Center, 5160 Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade, with The Social (1/2) Hour from 11 to 11:30 A.M.  and the meal and program from 11:30 to 1 P.M. (CT).  First-Timers will be recognized.

Their Inspirational Speaker, Sauni Rhinehart, an Associate Professor from Loudon, Tennessee, will help them celebrate Christmas with her message, “The Greatest Gift.”  Sauni, a joyful, energetic speaker, will encourage us with her wisdom and entertain everyone with her lovely singing.  Ladies, you don’t want to miss this; it will make your day!

The luncheon, catered by Beef and Barrel, will be ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and a beverage.

The Heart Smart alternative is turkey and must be mentioned when making your reservation.

The cost is $12 all-inclusive. Reservations are needed by noon on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Call Carolyn at 931-484-9556 or email [email protected]

Note: They are charged for all meals ordered, so any reservations not canceled by Sunday, December 11, will be your responsibility to honor or have another lady attend in your place.  Thanks.

The CWC (Christian Women’s Connection) Luncheons are held the third Thursday every other month.

The first one of 2017 will be on Thursday, February 16..

CWC is an affiliate of Stonecroft; however, church attendance is not a requirement.  All ladies are welcome…and bring a gal friend with you!

Relieve Stress, Increase Strength in December

Thursdays December 8, 15, 22 Clintina Simms will offer stretch and strength classes using Yoga movements from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Discovery Center, 5160 Peavine Road, near Food City in Fairfield Glade.

For more info, call certified fitness instructor Clintina Simms at 931-250-3390

Moonlighters celebrate New Year’s Eve

The Moonlighters’ Dance Club will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Fairfield Glade Community & Conference Center.

The public is invited to join the group for a festive evening.  The party will be from 8:30 P.M. to 12:30 A.M.

The City Lites Band will be providing a variety of music for your dancing and listening pleasure.  You are asked to bring an appetizer and BYOB.  Ice, water, party favors and a midnight champagne toast will be provided.

All tables will seat eight.  Guest couples  $50, Individuals $25.

If you would like to reserve an entire table, please send checks together.

Make check(s) payable to the Moonlighters’ Dance  Club and send to: Gail Moon, 32 Stonewood Circle, Fairfield Glade, TN  38558

If you need any further information, please email [email protected] or call me at 423/468-0986

Fairfield Glade Dog Park Bake Sale

There will be a Fairfield Glade Dog Park Bake Sale on Dec. 14 at the Village Green Mall  from 9 A.M. to Noon.

Mark your calendar, and get out your baking pans! They will need treats for people and pups!

Contact Carmen DeVault at 484-8628 if you can help with the baking or for more information.

Safe exercise for seniors

Every Monday, Thursday and Friday at 11 AM, you can move to music using a chair or standing at the Fairfield Glade Discovery Center.

This is a safe certified exercise program offered by the Fair Park Senior Center. The Flex Silver Sneakers program is approved by Medicare and covered by most Part D supplements.

If you do not have a Silver Sneakers card, the cost is only $2. Join us for fun filled fitness.

Come to 5160 Peavine Road at the corner of Lakeview Drive. Bring a bottle of water. Contact Clintina Simms 931-250-3390 for more info.

Attention all Ladies!

We all tend to get busy around the holidays, so mark your calendars now for Thursday, December 15th so you won’t miss the December CWC meeting

The theme of the meeting will be “Let’s Have Fun” and it will include a sing-along of popular Christmas songs.  Our speaker will be Sauni Rhinehart of Loudon, TN who will be bringing us a message of joy, peace and hope.  Lunch will be catered by Beef and Barrel Restaurant.  Watch your newspaper for more information.  To make a reservation, call Carolyn at 931-484-9556.

Volunteers needed

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community and learn more about tax return preparation?  You could be a part of a team of volunteers that provide free tax services to our community.

As a volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years.

Last year the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers at the 6 regional sites completed over 2500 returns, federal and state, and assisted many more people to determine their need to file.

New volunteers are always needed.

If you would like to be involved, but aren’t sure if you want to prepare returns, consider working at one of the sites greeting clients, checking identification and/or organizing the paperwork.

For more information about the program or to arrange to attend training, call 456-4212.

Marathon Pinochle to start play very soon

Want to meet new people, old friends , and enjoy playing Pinochle? Now is the time to enroll for our 2016-2017 season. Play begins in early September, and ends next May.

There is a game for each month, and schedules can be arranged to play any mutually convenient date.

Each team plays 9 games, which are alternately at your or your opponent’s homes. Cost per season is $11 per person, $22 per team which covers prizes and club expenses.

Prizes are awarded at a catered luncheon in June. This year’s event will be held at Fairfield Glade Community Church on June 10, 2017.

Send your name(s), address, phone and e-mail contacts with a check made out to Laurie Kreskowiak to Laurie at 24 Belvidere Ln, Fairfield Glade, Tn  38558.

Any questions? Call Laurie at 931-484-2123 or John Moritz at 931-456-2290.