Vista Gatherings – January 19, 2016

Free tax return service offered from AARP

Through the AARP TaxAide program, IRS certified tax counselors will be available in 5 area locations to assist taxpayers to review all of their tax documents, prepare and then e-file their return and this help is FREE.

These AARP foundation volunteers look forward to working with low- and moderate-income taxpayers of any age.  This will be the second year that the Affordable Care Act will impact tax returns.  Our volunteers are trained to review your health care and tax information and prepare your return so that you receive the exemptions and credits that are due you.

The AARP Tax-Aide program uses a professional tax software program, so our Tax-Aide centers will be able to start work the first week of February.  All information is encrypted for secure transmission, and returns are e-filed.

Call to make your appointment or for other information.  Gather together all tax documents received including healthcare coverage information and let AARP Tax-Aide help you.  It is required that you provide social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax return. The taxpayer (and spouse) must also have a photo ID.

Crossville, Art Circle Library, Thurs. and Friday 9:00-3:00, app’t preferred, call First National Bank for appointment, 931-707-3314.

Fairfield Glade Community Ctr, Tues and Sat, 8:00-1:00, app’t required, 931-484-3722 .

Pleasant Hill Community House, Fri, 1:00-4:00, app’t preferred, 931-277-3096.

Sparta Senior Citizens Ctr, Tues, 10:00-2:00, app’t required, 931-836-3663.

Tansi Hiawatha Com. Ctr, Mon. and Thurs, 9:00-12:00, 931-788-2808.

Volunteer Coin Club to meet February 9

The Volunteer Coin Club of Crossville will hold their regular  meeting on  Tuesday, February 9 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.

Quilt Guild offers class

On Wednesday, January 20, The Cumberland County Piecemakers Quilt Guild will offer their first Sew In of 2016.

You are welcome to work on any of your projects or join us in a workshop entitled “What To Do With Scraps.” Doors open for set up at 8:30 A.M. Class time is  9 A.M. ro 2:30 P.M. with clean up to follow.

Bring your scraps, sewing machines, basic sewing supplies to include rotary cutter, ruler and mat, along with your bagged lunch and come see what can be done with all those scraps. This workshop is being presented Sally Brightman & Lois Miller and will be held in the 127 South Senior Center on Hwy 127 South, in Crossville.

Please visit their website: www.ccpiecemakers.com

For information on this and upcoming events, contact Lois at:  931-456-4561.

CPR class scheduled

There will be a Healthcare Provider CPR class on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9 A.M. at Small Biz Staffing (downtown Crossville behind Long John Silvers & across from Regions Bank).

Cost will be $25 per person.  Please call Dee Dee Kuenzer at 931-200-4915 to register for the class or if you have any questions.

There must be a minimum of 5 registered & paid class participants for the class to make.  Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in taking the class.

FFG MonthEnders Bowling League update 

December marks the halfway point of our season. Team Pinseekers is leading with high scratch game (727)), followed by O Wells and Foreplay.

Leading scratch series is team Pinseekers (1990), followed by O Wells and Gutter Dusters. Pinseekers takes the lead in handicap game (869) , followed by Foreplay and Gutter Dusters.

Men’s first place scratch game was won by Jack Butler ( 241), followed by Bill Latine and  Corky Wilson. Men’s first place scratch series was won by Jack Butler (658), followed by David Parkinson and Bill Latine.

Women’s first place scratch game was on by Tina Bezek (187), followed by Joan Radcliffe and Sandy Naruszewicz/ Debbie Carswell. Women’s first place scratch series was won by Tina Bezek (483), followed by Judy Olds and Sandy Naruszewicz.

December ended with a holiday pot luck party.

There were 60 in attendance with an abundance of greetings and well wishes for more strikes! See you in 2016.

Maker Space at the CBI

There is a Maker Space in Cumberland County.  It provides members with access to a full woodworking shop, laser engraver, 3D printer, embroidery and sewing machines, vinyl cutter, heat press, electronics bench and a ceramic kiln.

New equipment and tools are being added all the time.  Safety and basic use workshops are provided for members to learn how to use the equipment and complete a project.

The Maker Space is located inside the Cumberland Business Incubator at 2569 Cook Road.  Call the CBI for more information or to schedule a tour 931-456-4910.

Local Democratic Party to host county delegate Convention 

Cumberland County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, at Good Samaritans, 281 Tenth St., Crossville,, to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention.

The doors open at 11 A.M. and the event is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election.  The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention to attend.

Tennessee Democrats wishing to become 2016 Convention delegates must be registered to vote in Tennessee before February 1, file a Declaration of Candidacy and Presidential Pledge of Support by February 19, and vote in the March 1 Presidential Primary.  Forms are available at tndp.org.

Information about becoming a DNC delegate and rules governing the DNC Delegate Selection Process may be obtained from tndp.org, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 1900 Church St., Ste 203, Nashville, TN, 37203, 615-327-9779

UCHRA offers program

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.  They can also refer you to the Tennessee Career Center for basic computer training as well as other employment and training programs.  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

Local cat rescue group needs volunteers

A local rescue group, Wild About Cats, is seeking volunteers to help feed or foster homeless cats and do maintenance on small outdoor shelters.

Volunteers interested in feeding are asked to visit various locations one day a week to put out fresh food and water for feral and stray cats which have formed into colonies. When possible, cats are captured to be neutered and given a basic set of inoculations.

Fostering entails caring for cats recuperating from surgery and if socialized, caring for them until adopted.

Maintenance on the shelters is a seasonal job requiring basic carpentry skills and tools. Upcoming winter weather makes the need for volunteers even more pressing.

If interested in helping please call Nancy at 850-906-9837 or email the group at [email protected] Donations are gratefully accepted as well.

Reading Club slated

The 2nd Annual Adult Winter Reading Club is scheduled for Jan. thru March 31 of 2016.

For every book, e-book, or audio book you completely enjoy, your name will be entered into a weekly prize drawing!

Register at the Adult Services Desk or call (931) 484-6790 ext. 235.

All titles will be kept on file and entered into a final drawing for theGRAND PRIZE at the end of the program.

The more you read, the more entries you will have towards the prize drawings!

Program leader is Margo Brown, Adult Services Librarian.

Contributions for the prizes are being made possible by Gernt Insurance  Progressive Savings Bank & Friends of the Library

Glade Dog Park is in need of donations

The Fairfield Glade Dog Park seeks donations for the annual Upcoming Trash & Treasure Sale slated for Saturday, March 19 at the Fairfield Glade Community Center.

This event is their main fundraiser for the dog  park.

They will be collecting items for this sale on the first Saturday in December, January and then expand to every Saturday in February from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M..

You may drop off your donated items at the  Glade Store-N-Lock located on Peavine Road behind Manny & Isabella’s  Restaurant.

The dog park sign will be visible from Peavine Road.

and board members will be there to help at Unit #197.

Please note we will not be accepting clothing or or electronic devices but small appliances are fine.  We thank you for your support!

Neighbors/Newcomers to meet Jan. 28

Start the New Year out by joining Neighbor’s and Newcomer’s of Cumberland County on January 28th.  We will be meeting at the Fairgrounds Community Center, 1391 Livingston St. in Crossville.

Lunch will be catered by Forte’s:  Chicken on the Square, Vegetable medley, Rolls, Dessert, Tea and Water. (Heart Smart meals may be requested with your reservation).  You may also order Cream Puffs for $2.50 each at the time of your reservation.

Their program will consist of Cumberland Playhouse Entertainers.

They will be accepting donations for the Imagination Library.

Doors open at 11:00 and the meeting starts at 11:30.

Price of the Luncheon is $14.00, paid by check please.

Reservations may be made by calling Genie G. at 931-484-2369 or through [email protected]   If you find you are unable to attend then you must cancel no later than January 23rd   or you will be responsible for payment of your Luncheon.

Glade Garden Club to discuss backyard birding

When winter reigns, birds are hungry. Watching them and feeding them brings pleasure to many local residents. FFG Garden Club member and experienced “birder” Peggy Flierl  will introduce members and their guests to the joys of Backyard Birding.

Flierl’s more than 15 years experience birding includes ownership of a retail store named Wild About Birds.  Her program includes bird identification and feeder and food selection.

The regular monthly meeting convenes at 9:30 a.m. in the Fairfield Glade Community Church large meeting room. Members and guests are welcome to arrive at 9 a.m. for pre-meeting refreshments and camaraderie.

The program will be followed by the usual business meeting and announcements, including an update on the Club’s plans for 2016. Guests are always welcome. More information is available from Karen Dunivan at [email protected] or 287-0621.

Plateau Photography Club Meeting Jan. 21

The topic at the next meeting of the Plateau Photography Club will be “Abstract Photos”.  Members will bring examples of colorful, interesting and beautiful designs using their cameras.  The meeting will be on Thursday January 21st at 1:00 pm in Room C of the Fairfield Glade Library Building.  All members of the Plateau PC Users group are welcome and visitors/guests may attend for a $3.00 monthly fee.  For questions, call Jim Mansfield at 484-6920.

Free Model Railroad Classes to Start

The Crossville Model Railroad Club will begin a new series of monthly model railroad classes at their classroom in the Crossville Outlet Center at 9 AM, Saturday, January 16.

The classes are open to anyone interested in model railroading and will cover subjects of interest to experience levels of beginner to hobbyist. Instructors will be members of the club with a wealth of knowledge in the various subjects.

The January class will cover model railroad design and rolling stock. Future classes will include basic wiring, railroad operation and weathering.  There is no charge for any of these classes but space is limited.

For more information or to register come to the club or call the club at (931) 210-5050 during operating hours which are Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 PM and Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM. The club’s 4,500 square foot display of operating layouts in four scales is in the north end of the center next to Subway.

Bible Study – Winter 2016 Class Begins

Register now for the upcoming winter Bible Study Tech class, “The Best Yes-Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands” with teacher, Lysa TerKeurst.  The study begins on Monday, January 25, from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m., and continues through Monday, March 7.  Bible Study Tech classes are held in the Fellowship Hall of Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church at 231 Westchester Drive.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and interacting with a lot of very fun and interesting ladies, you might like to join us.   Please contact Cathy Muldoon, 456-9282, [email protected] to register or send your registration to Bible Study Tech, 108 Beechwood Dr., Fairfield Glade, TN 38558.   Registration is recommended so that materials will be available.