Vista Gatherings – February 21, 2017

Neighbors/Newcomers to meet on Thursday

What a great meeting we had in Jan. as the Playhouse Players entertained us with wonderful music and previews of upcoming productions.

Their next meeting will be Feb. 23rd and will be held at the Cumberland Mountain State Part, Recreation Lodge.  Their program this month will be the “Tennessee Holocaust Commission” Survivor stories.  This may be a slightly longer meeting.

They will be donatng to the Phoenix School- high school supplies to include folders, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Also diapers, baby food, cereals, baby snacks and wipes for the nursery.  As always monetary donations are accepted.

Lunch will be Meat Loaf, potatoes, green beans, salad, banana pudding, tea and water.  Heart Smart meals are available when requested with your reservation.  Price of lunch is $14 payable by check please.  Remember if you do not cancel by Feb. 18th you are responsible for payment of your lunch.

To make your reservation please call Pat at 931-210-3742.

They would like to Thank these sponsoring business for donating door prizes:  Cumberland Playhouse, Mayberry’s, Forte’s, Dave Kirk Auto, 5th St. Market, Cap’t D’s, Villa Pizza and Pasta, Hair Connection, Pearls Lace and Southern Grace and Jeff at Edward Jones.

Alilaw to perform at Playhouse Feb. 23

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education, based on the campus of Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, is partnering with Uplands, the Cumberland County Playhouse and the Pleasant Hill Community Church – UCC to bring a special free concert to the Main Stage at the Playhouse at 7 P.M. on Thursday evening, February 23.

When the curtain opens, Black Girl Magic: Shining through Spirituals and Classical Music will enthrall, educate and hold all who attend in its spell. It’s a joyous celebration of Black History Month, featuring acclaimed soprano Jayme Alilaw, talented pianist Brittney Boykin, and Playhouse favorite Michael Ruff.

What does Black Girl Magic mean? This is a phrase that has evolved and is now used to celebrate the wonder that is black women. Magic is the power of influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.

Black Girl Magic: Shining through Spirituals and Classical Music draws from the black woman’s strength, beauty, courage, talent and audacity, honoring the powerful contributions made by African American women in these genres.

Atlanta Soprano  Alilaw is praised for her lush and vibrant tone throughout the operatic, classical, and spiritual repertoire, and is a strong advocate for the performance of works by African-American composers.  A winner of many national awards, Jayme has been a resident artist with The Atlanta Opera since 2013, singing lead roles in their community outreach tours, and representing the company in collaborations with various Atlanta-based arts organizations, including The High Museum, The Alliance Theater and the Museum of Design Atlanta. She sang in the company’s season preview concert Opera with an Edge, and participated in the 24 Hour Opera Project©.

As a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, Ms. Alilaw has sung for military ceremonies throughout the United States and Middle East. She was also a featured performer at the African-American Art Song Alliance Conference in 2012 and has been asked to return this year. She will be accompanied by equally talented Atlanta pianist Brittney Boykin, and one of our own Playhouse favorites, Michael Ruff.

There is no need to buy tickets – the program is free and is open to everyone. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A freewill donation at the door is suggested but not required. All proceeds will go to the Shalom Center for Continuing Education to help support all of the programming and courses the Shalom Center offers each year.

Hospice meets March 6

The first meeting of 2017 for the Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary will be held Monday, March 6th, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Hall 7503 Peavine Road.

A brief social time will begin at 2:30 P.M.and the meeting will be called to order at 3 P.M.

Members will be discussing the calendar of events newly planned for this year.  Their first event will be held on April 22nd at Stone Memorial High School Auditorium and will be a “CHOCOLATE FEST “and Guest Speaker on the topic of “LIVING IN SPITE OF LIFES LIMITATIONS”.

Committees for advertising, community outreach, and baking chocolate delicacies will be formed this month.

This is the perfect time for members old and new to join them and help in planning our events for the New Year.  They always encourage our members to extend an invitation to neighbors and friends to learn about their auxiliary and how they can serve in support of Cumberland House.  If you are interested in being a guest or bringing a guest, please contact Jo Templin 931-484-4182 or Linda Frazier 931-210-7603 co- membership chairmen.

All monies raised be Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary are used to support the ongoing operation of Cumberland House, a six bed end of life facility which accommodates all persons without consideration of their ability to pay.  Please join them in support of this worthy cause.  There are opportunities suited for everyone.

Volunteer Coin Club to Meet March 14

The Volunteer Coin Club of Crossville will hold their regular  meeting on  Tuesday,  at 6:30 P.M. on March 14.

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.

Workshops scheduled

The Cumberland County United Fund will host a Non-Profit Workshop Series, presented by SCORE, with the dates and topics listed as follows:

March 7th – Fundraising; April 19th – Board Development; May 17th – Financial Management; August 10th – Marketing; November 9th – Strategic Planning.

TIME: Noon-4:30. LOCATION: Roane State Community College Cumberland County Center ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please bring your own brown bag lunch. There is no fee, however you will need to RSVP.

For any questions, email Holly Neal at [email protected] or 484-4082.

Free Medicare Help

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 February 27, 2017 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.

Please contact SHIP at (931) 432-4150 for an appointment or questions.  SHIP/SMP covers all 14 Upper Cumberland Counties.

Local Pastor Comes with Ashes to Glade

Pastor Andrew Abraham, of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, recognizing that not everyone’s schedule allows for attending a full worship service on Ash Wednesday, is happy to oblige those who are eager to share in the ancient tradition of having ashes applied to the foreheads as a sign of repentance for sins and transgressions.

He will be at the Fairfield Glade Library (Room C) on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, from 10 A.M. to Noon.

All are welcome to come and go as they please in an “open-house” format. Pastor Andrew will offer a brief prayer with individuals, and, using the ashes, will trace the sign of the cross on their foreheads. On subsequent Wednesdays throughout the Season of Lent (March 1- April 12) Pastor Andrew will be offering a FREE course at the same Glade location on the Four Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ Passion & Death.

This class will be a tremendous learning experience for all who attend. For questions, please call Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 931-484-3461.

Blood Drive at Church

The American Red Cross is sponsoring the Fairfield Glade Blood Drive on March 3, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 308 Town Centre Drive, Fairfield Glade.

COC 2016 review and 2017 schedule slated

The year 2016 is now history, but let’s take a minute to do a quick review of all the Fairfield Glade Council of Churches accomplished during 2016.

At the first meeting of 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, on January 12, Chairperson Don Rohrer, led the finalizing of plans for our Easter Sunrise Service. which was held at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church on March 27 at 6 A.M.

The Sunrise Service hour was early but the turnout was impressive and the music and message were a blessing to all who attended and the offerings received were divided between The Peavine Care Center and Fairfield Glade Resident Services.

The 2017 meetings will be held at the United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Drive, Fairfield Glade, 38558.

Their first meeting will be on Tuesday, February 14 at 1 P.M., with the second one scheduled for April 4.

Remember, these meetings are open to the public and your input is welcomed. Any questions, contact [email protected]

Do You Like to Dance?

The premier dance club in Fairfield Glade, the New Generation Dance Club, always welcomes new members and guests.  Sponsoring four events each year, the affairs feature a three-course dinner, cash bar, and live music at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center.

Events begin with a social hour at 5:30 P.M. followed by dinner and dancing till 9 P.M.

With quality bands playing a wide variety of musical selections, you are sure to find many opportunities to dance on the largest and finest dance floor in the area.

You do not need to be a Fairfield Glade resident to join.

The club has members from all over both instate and out of state.  You may have tried the rest. Now try the best!  Enjoy a great evening with old friends and make new friends as well.  Hope to see you on the dance floor!

For information on joining the club or attending a dance as a guest, please contact Evelyne Kornreich at 931-287-0097 or at [email protected]

UCHRA program invite

UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region.  This training is twenty hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies.

They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train.

They conduct workshops to teach you the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job.

If you have any questions or would like to see if you are eligible, please call (931) 520-9624 or come by the UCHRA Central Office in Cookeville located at 580 S. Jefferson, Suite B, Cookeville.

Marathon Pinochle to continue through May

Want to meet new people, old friends , and enjoy playing Pinochle? Now is the time to enroll for our 2016-2017 season. Play began last September, and ends in 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. Call Laurie at 931-484-2123 or John Moritz at 931-456-2290.

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.