Vista Gatherings – January 27, 2015

The Plateau Corvette Club invites all area Corvette owners to its monthly meeting held on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 P.M. The meeting in February will be on the 5th and the location is at the Crossville Outlet Mall at 228 Interstate Drive.

The meeting room is on the north side of the outlet. Join them and meet new people as events are planned that all Corvette owners can enjoy.

For more information contact Coy Watson at 459-4976, or visit their web site at plateaucorvetteclub.com.

Plateau Photography Club to meet Feb. 19

Whether its cold or warm, wet or dry, windy or calm … get out this month and take shots of “weather.”

Depict weather in an innovative way and bring a couple of your best shots to the next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19.

The Club meets in the Fairfield Glade Library, Room C at 1 P.M.

The Club is a SIG of the Plateau PC Users Group and members and guests are always welcome.

For questions, call Jim Mansfield at 484-6920.

Next Kinseekers meeting is Feb. 5

Do you know your family’s genealogy?  If not, would you like to check it out, but, aren’t sure of where to start or what to do?  Maybe, you’ve done some in the past before hitting a brick wall, getting frustrated and giving up.

The Fairfield Glade Kinseekers who meet the first Thursday each month at the Fairfield Glade Community Church, 521 Snead Drive, can help.  They meet from 1 to 3 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall.  Yearly dues are $10, but you’re invited to attend your first meeting as their guest.

At their February 5 meeting, Debbie Judd will be discussing the ‘Helps and Hints of using Heritage Quest Online’ in your genealogy research. There’ll be a discussion time after the presentation.  You are welcome to bring you laptop or tablet with you, as well as any papers you’re working with. Any questions, contact [email protected] or [email protected]

The Kinseekers schedule for the rest of the year is:

March 5 — Finding and Using Land Records, presented by Loreda Davis

April 2  — Creating and Using Timelines to Aid Your Research, presented by Joyce Rorabough.

May 7— Keeping Chiggers At Bay-Strategies for Discovering Gravesites in Person and in Cyberspace, presented by Mike Boniol.

June 4 —Separating Fact From Fiction-How Can We Do This?.. presented by Holly Clark.

July 9 — Family Reunions-Advice for Attending or Planning One, presented by Sharon Hilton.

August 6 — Using the Evernote Application in Genealogy research, presented by Donna Fitzgerald.

September 3 —  Naturalization-Paths to Citizenship, presented by Cathy Tipton.

October 1 — Strategies for Organizing and Taming Genealogy Research Documents, Computer files and Photos, presented by Chris Sikorski.

November 5 — Snack ‘N Share, moderated by Gene Stone. (Possible topic-Personal Journey Researching a Family Ancestor.)

December 3 — Using Social Media for Research Help, presented by Kathy Munn.

Please note, if any changes occur in the dates, subjects or presenters information, notification will be printed in the local newspaper articles.

Three other local genealogy resources are: The Cumberland County Archives and Family Center at 95 First Street, Crossville, where Joyce and her crew are unbelievable at solving genealogy mysteries.

The Celtic Circle that meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 P.M. at the Christian Church of the Cumberlands, 1312 East First Street in Crossville. Email [email protected] for details. And, the Cumberland County Genealogy Society that meets at 6 P.M. on the first and third Monday of each month at the Art Circle Public Library,3 East Street, Crossville.

Group Memory Loss Care meeting set

Fairfield Glade Resident Services apologizes for the need to cancel the January meeting due to inclement and extreme cold weather.

Fairfield Glade Resident Services is rescheduled for April.

They are currently planning 2015 programs and have selected helpful subjects.  Speakers will include topics such as:  Navigating Medicare and Medicaid; Social Worker services; Emergency and Safety panel; Preparation to protect Assets; Guidelines when traveling with Memory Impairment.

The next Memory Loss Care Group meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 12 at 11 A.M. at the First Baptist Church – Fairfield Glade, in the Music Room #139 (please enter on the porch side of the church).

The speaker will be Rae Hozer addressing the topic; “Handling Problem Behavior.” Rae has training and  experience as a result of caring for her mother for several years.  She most recently held a series of meetings at Good Samaritan on Coping and Caring for those with Dementia.  The February meeting will provide opportunity to hear proven tips as well as share approaches that work.

Under the umbrella of dementia there are 70 different aspects or diseases affecting the brain. Brain disease is no respecter of persons so it is important to learn all we can to help those who come across our path.  Brain disease does not just affect families but the community.   Whether you are a caregiver or have a loved one or friend with dementia, we invite you to join us and benefit from information provided at each meeting.  We encourage questions and sharing at the meetings.

Contact Margaret Brant 931-337-9630 or e-mail [email protected] for additional information or questions.

Glade Republican conservatives to meet

Are you concerned about the direction in which America is heading? Tired of the broken promises and endless spending increasing our national debt? Do you feel our great country’s founding fathers would disapprove of the massive govt takeover of every aspect of our lives?

Do you value your Constitutional rights as American citizens and want to preserve them for future generations?

If so, be sure to attend the organizational meeting for the Fairfield Glade Eagles Club on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Fairfield Glade Conference Center starting at 2 P.M.

Join fellow Republican conservatives in a spirited environment and learn about opportunities to get engaged in local activities in order to restore confidence in the future direction of America.

CWC February Program to feature Modern-Day Sleeping Beauties

Are you a modern-day Sleeping Beauty?  You probably are, but you’ll have to attend the Cumberland Plateau Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Curtain Call Dinner Theater in the Crossville Mall on Interstate Drive to find out for sure.

The Dinner Theater is located at entrance A of the mall, first door to the left.

Clintina Simms will be the special feature and will share the importance of proper sleep habits for our physical, emotional and mental well-being as women with our current hectic/harried/stressful lifestyles.

Simms is a certified health and fitness trainer, with degrees from the Cooper Institute and the International Professional Women’s Network and uses a faith-based approach in helping us reach our wellness goals.  She currently teaches group fitness programs several times a week in Crossville and in Fairfield Glade.

A February Luncheon wouldn’t be complete without music; so Erin Siler, who recently relocated to Fairfield Glade from Massachusetts, will be providing us with three songs. You may have heard her lovely soprano voice when she sang and played the guitar at the Christmas Eve Service at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.

Rhonda Weaver from nearby Old Hickory, TN, who is an interesting, articulate and funny lady, will share her thoughts titled,  “A Jewish Lawyer Searches for Truth and Love.”

The CWC Community project for February will be the Crossville Mission Bible Training Center, “A non-denominational Christian discipleship Ministry dedicated to helping people struggling with life-controlling problems by ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them.”  The suggested list of needed items is: canned vegetables, 39 gal. trash bags, liquid dish soap (not for dishwasher), laundry detergent and coffee.

The menu, catered by The Fifth Street Market Place Cafe’, will be Chef’s Salad with ham, turkey, cheese and egg, a roll, a mini-cupcake and beverages. The cost is $12, all inclusive, and reservations are needed by Thursday, February 12, at noon. Call 484-9556.

Community Club offering smart phone classes

On January 31st, the Fairfield Glade Community Club will be offering classes on how to use your phone/tablet.

They will hold separate classes for both the Android and Apple products.

Lakin Pennington will be teaching the classes. She worked in the wireless device industry for 6 years. During that time, she trained other representatives, sold devices and taught classes. She is extremely qualified.

Each class will be approximately 1-1/2 hours long and offer time at the end for questions. The cost for each class is $15. Beginner classes will cover the basics of the phone or tablet.

Advanced classes will cover more in-depth learning…apps, bluetooth, widgets, shortcuts, etc. The class schedules are:

January 31, 2015

Advanced Android: 9:30 A.M to 11 A.M.

Beginner Apple: 11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Advanced Apple: 1:30  to 3 P.M.

Class size is limited, so call the Community and Conference Center at (931) 484-3722 to reserve your space.

Free depression screening is extended

Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County announces that the Free Depression Screening will be extended through February 27.

“The response to this program has exceeded our expectations and we are pleased to be able to offer the free depression screening through February,” said Executive Director, Carol Donalson.

The screening takes about 30 minutes.   All you do is answer a few questions.    A counselor evaluates the questionnaire and gives you feedback.  Christian Counseling Center’s offices are at 348 Taylor Street in Crossville Suite 105 in the United Fund building.   To schedule a screening or to talk to a counselor, call 707-8200.

Christian Counseling Center is a 501©(3) nonprofit agency serving the residents of the Plateau since 2002.   Funded by participating churches, corporate and private donations and the United Fund, the Counseling Center has provided over 850 hours of affordable counseling services to couples, adults, teens and children in 2014.   Offices are located in Crossville, Fairfield Glade and Sparta.

$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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 began on 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.

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.

[email protected] or call Carolyn at 931-484-9556.

Carpooling is available from the Family Dollar parking lot, but you must mention it when calling in your reservation.

We will recognize first-time guests, February Birthdays and have door prizes. Plan to come and bring a friend or neighbor lady with you.