Vista Gatherings – January 13, 2015

Glade Garden Club digs in for 2015

Jason Kemmer, owner of Oaklawn Timber and Stone, will headline the January 21, meeting of the Fairfield Glade Garden Club. The meeting begins at 9:30 A.M. in the Fairfield Glade Community Church’s large meeting room.

Members and guests are welcome to arrive at 9a.m. for pre-meeting refreshments and camaraderie.

Kemmer plans to address the ornamental and environmental value of “Stonescaping” as part of the homeowner’s landscaping plan. His presentation will be followed by the usual business meeting and announcements, including the group’s plans for the 2015 year.

Guests are always welcome. More information is available from Karen Dunivan at [email protected] or 287-0621.

$15 Spay Special

Wags and Whiskers announces a limited time special offer to get your female dog or cat ‘fixed’ for only $15.

Spring is coming and so are unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

Its time to plan ahead to keep them from causing you problems and money. The spay procedure is safe and effective.  It will reduce or eliminate the likelihood of several cancers and prevent the inconveniences of the “heat” cycle.

Wags and Whiskers has helped with over 9,000 spay/neuters in our community, and can help with your male dogs and cats, too.

This offer is a huge savings and a great opportunity for you to decide to get this done, but you must apply now.

Applications are taken over the phone at 931-788-2201.  For more information, check their website www.wawpr.org or call them today.

Cumberland County Democrats to Meet

The Cumberland County Democratic Party will have their monthly meeting, Monday, Monday, January 26.

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

Due to freezing temperatures, the Cumberland County Republican Women’s Club had to cancel their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8th.

They will reschedule the meeting for Jan. 15 at 5 P.M. at the Republican Headquarters. For further information call Karen Shanks 931-788-2173 or 787-2181.

Cumberland County Community Chorus looking for Singers!

Do you sing in church? In the shower, in the car? Does it make you feel good to sing?

Then the Cumberland County Community Chorus wants you! This is the opportunity to sing out for yourself and others. Singing in a choral setting is a great way to lift your spirits and share the joy of music with others.

The Cumberland County Community Chorus is a non-profit organization of joyful singers who combine their talents to present concerts in the Fall and Spring, benefiting Veterans organizations and a music scholarship program.

The Cumberland County Community Chorus, under the direction of Marty Gibson, will begin Spring rehearsals on Monday, February 2, from 6 to 8 P.M., in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Crossville. Rehearsals will be held there each Monday through February, March, and April.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Chorus, or need more information on joining, please give Marty Gibson a call at (931) 269-6055. He will talk with you about your musical background and vocal experiences and provide answers to all your questions.

Scholarships and other related costs are funded through Chorus member dues, business and individual sponsorships, and donations received from audience benefactors at the concerts.

The  Chorus encourages musical training by presenting a scholarship to local public or home-schooled graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing vocal or piano instruction at the college or university level.

Scholarship applications are available at both Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School or by contacting Ann Cox at (931) 484-5550.

Luncheon date slated

One Step Beyond luncheon for February will be held at Boston’s restaurant on Thursday, February 19 at Noon.

Plan to attend by calling Ron Hochheiser, 931-210-4393 or Bobbye Leonard 931-707-8607 on or before Feb 12 for reservations.  One Step Beyond welcomes those that are 50 plus,widows or widowers, singles/divorced.  Plan to be at Boston’s restaurant Thursday, February 19 at noon.

Woodmen of the World Movie night set

Woodmen of the World will be hosting its first free movie night. We will be enjoying popcorn, drinks and a movie on January 20th, at 6 P.M. Call President Jan Neitzke at 931-788-3667 or Kelli Lowe at 865-466-8317 for location and movie information.

Volunteer Coin Club to Meet January 13

The Volunteer Coin Club of Crossville will hold their regular meeting on January 13 Tuesday, 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.

Korean vets to meet

Due to the closing of the Fairfield Glade Community & Conference Center, Plateau Chapter #297, Korean War Veterans Association, meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 1 P.M. at the Fairfield Glade Library (formerly Multi-Purpose Building) on Lakeview Dr, Fairfield Glade, just past the swimming pool!

Additional info may be obtained from Cmdr Bob Johnston, 931-484-8798.

PPCUG meets Jan. 19

The Plateau PC Users Group (PPCUG) will meet Monday Jan 19, at the 127 South Senior Center. NOTE: Meeting time for winter sessions it 3 to 5 P.M.

Member, Alan Baker, will present the “What, Why and How” of the free Microsoft Movie Maker software using Windows 7.  The “What , Why and How” format will be used several times in 2015 as we review several Microsoft software programs.

In this first of these presentations, Alan will cover what this Movie Maker program primarily does, why/when someone might choose to use it and basically how it works, including some tips. He will show a very short movie that he created, and then go back and discuss how it was done. This will include titles, narration, music sound track, including still images, video files and scene transitions.  Some information about video file formats and CODECS will also be included.

The meeting begins with questions/answers (Q/A) at 3 P.M.  The Q/A session is followed by a short business meeting, with the main presentation beginning at 4 P.M.

The Plateau PC Users Group meets the third Monday of the month at the 127 South Senior Center. PPCUG is dedicated to helping its members and the community better enjoy the use of personal computers.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings and there is no charge for attendance.  For more information and to read the latest version of our newsletter, the Gazette, visit our web site at www.ppcuginc.com or call Steve Rosenstein, president, at 931-742-0151 (9 AM-9 PM, only please)

Meeting set for Jan. 22

The public is invited to the to the United Fund Annual Meeting on Jan. 22 at 4 P.M. at the Teens Against Drugs Center.  The TAD Center is located at 261 Yvonne Ave.

Snacks will be provided by the TAD Center as we celebrate the year in review and plans for 2015.  Please RSVP by calling 931-484-4082.

Free screenings offered at the CCC thru Jan.

Christian Counseling Center is offering a FREE SCREENING for Depression from now through Jan. 31, 2015. Call 931-707-8200 to schedule an appointment.

Just answer a confidential questionnaire and one of our therapists will provide immediate feedback.  Please allow 30 minutes for the appointment.

Depression and anxiety disorders are very common and frequently co-occur.   Some of the symptoms of both issues are unusual irritability, decreased concentration, impaired sleep habits (too much or not enough), feeling sad, low energy and changes in appetite.

When these symptoms impact your life it’s time to seek help.

Christian Counseling Center has been helping residents of the Cumberland Plateau since 2002.

So far this year over 700 hours of counseling has been provided by professional therapists to more than 100 residents— affordably.

Their fees are based on income and no one is turned away because of their race or creed.

Give yourself a gift for the holidays.   Get screened!  Call 931-707-8200.  Their offices are in Crossville, Fairfield Glade and Sparta.

Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County is a 501©(3) nonprofit agency.

They are partially funded by area churches, the Baptist Healing Trust, VecCustomerShare, Middle Tennessee Gas Hometown Help, MR Foundation and private donor contributions and the United Fund.

Call 931-707-8200 to make an appointment for the free screening or to talk with a professional therapist.

AARP set to offer driver safety program

The AARP Smart Driver Course, a classroom refresher course designed for older drivers, will be offered at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Drive, Fairfield Glade.

The eight-hour course will be given in two consecutive morning sessions on Thursday, Feb. 19,  and Friday, Feb. 20,  from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on both days.  Membership in AARP is not required to attend.

The AARP Driver Safety program has continued to evolve with the times since its introduction in 1979, delivering on AARP’s goal to promote the independence of older Americans and enhance their quality of life.

Through a grant from Toyota, AARP Driver Safety collaborated with the nation’s top experts in mobility, aging, technology, and vehicle and driver safety to develop the AARP Smart Driver Course, which reviews age-related cognitive and physical changes that may affect driving.

Participants will learn how to adapt their driving to accommodate these changes.  Unique differences in Tennessee laws will be presented, and participants will have opportunities to share driving experiences.  Attendees will 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/drive.

In Tennessee, most automobile insurance carriers offer a discount on premiums to eligible drivers who have completed approved courses such as the AARP Smart Driver course.  Check with your insurance agent regarding possible discounts.

Pre-registration for the course is required.  Call Julian Kmiec, a volunteer AARP Driver Safety instructor, at (931) 484-9027 to enroll.  Cost for the class is $15 per person for AARP members, or $20 per person for non-members, payable by check to “AARP” at the first session.  Class size is limited, so call soon to procure your place in this valuable class.

Free seminar provided

The Art Circle Public Library is sponsoring a three part program on mental health presented by the Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County on Jan. 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M.

Carol Donalson, the Executive Director of the Center will be presenting the material and will take questions at each session.  Mrs. Donalson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation.  She has a Master’s Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and has provided mental health services since 1999.

January 5th will be devoted to Depression, one of the most common mental health problems.   January 12th will be devoted to Caregiver Stress.   At the January 26th session, the presentation will focus on young children and preteens, the mental health issues that can affect them, and the warning signs that can indicate a problem.

DAR to host workshop

The Crab-Orchard Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting a Genealogy Workshop on Jan. 17,  at the Art Circle Public Library in Crossville, 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Doors will open at 8:30 A.M. for coffee and donuts.  This year our first speaker will be Joyce Rorabaugh with the Cumberland County Archives. Dr. Dickinson will have a table of his books available to purchase.

There will also be DAR Genealogists on hand to help with those illusive ancestors. Tickets are $20 and include a boxed lunch and drink.  Tickets can be purchased at First National Bank in Fairfield Glade and Crossville, also at the Cumberland County Archives.

If you wish to purchase tickets by mail you can call Joyce Ernst at 931-788-1457 or Marsha Martin 800-890-5596 for instructions.  Seating is limited so don’t wait.

Plateau Photography Club meets on Jan. 15

Are you ready to show off your best shots of 2014?  Bring three of them to the next meeting of the Plateau Photography Club on Thursday, Jan. 15.

They will be meeting as usual at 1 P.M. but the day has been changed to the third Thursday of the month and the new meeting place will be the Fairfield Glade Library Building, on Lakeview Dr., Room C.

They are a SIG of the Plateau PC Users Group and always welcome visitors and prospective new members.

For questions, call Jim Mansfield at 484-6920.

Bible Study Winter Class set to begin

Register now for the upcoming winter Bible Study Tech class, “Walking with God in the Desert” by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan.

The class begins Jan. 12,  from 1:30 to 4 P.M., and ends Feb. 23.  Bible Study Tech classes are held at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church at 231 Westchester Drive.

An average class is composed of 40-50 members who break into small groups for discussion of workbook assignments in addition to the 45-minute to one-hour lecture by our DVD teacher.

The cost of $15 covers our member workbooks.  We also support local missions with any surplus funds that are given.

Please contact Karen Hein, 456-6707, [email protected] or Cathy Muldoon, 456-9282, [email protected] for more information or send your registration to Bible Study Tech, 104 Prescott Lane, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558.

Registration is recommended so that materials will be available.

Information is also available at the website:  www.biblestudytech.citymaker.com.

Please enclose check for $15 payable to Bible Study Tech. Mail to: Bible Study Tech, 104 Prescott Ln., Fairfield Glade, TN 38558

Volunteers needed 

You are invited to think about starting next year as a member of the AARP Tax-Aide team of counselors.

The local coordinators for the AARP Tax-Aide sites in Pleasant Hill, Tansi, Jamestown, Fairfield Glade and Crossville need you.

For more information please call 456-4212.

Wild About Cats Seeks Volunteers

You can make a humane, “hands-on” difference for lost and abandoned cats trying to survive this winter.

A local rescue group, Wild About Cats, is seeking volunteers to help feed or foster homeless cats.

Volunteers interested in feeding are asked to visit some 6 to 7 locations in and around Crossville and Fairfield Glade one day a week to put out fresh food and water for feral and stray cats which have formed into colonies.

To volunteer or make a much needed donation, please email Nancy at [email protected]

When possible, cats are captured to be neutered and given a basic set of inoculations.