Vista Gatherings – January 6, 2015

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.

Dance slated for Friday

The “Light ‘N’ Lively” Dance Club will welcome “The New Year” with a dance on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Fairfield Glade Library on Lakeview Drive.  The evening will begin at 7 P.M. and music will be provided until 10 P.M.

Members welcome time share guests and residents from the area to come and enjoy a relaxing evening of music.  The cost is $10 per couple and $5 for a single.  This is a BYOB event – water and ice are provided.  Dessert and coffee will be served.

The hosts for the evening are Shelley and Bob Lewis (287-0315)

Please call if you have any questions.

Ladies Club Meeting slated for Jan. 7th

The year 2014 is coming to an end, and the Ladies Club would like to wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

For this month’s Ladies Club meeting and as always, doors open at 10 A.M. at the Community and Conference Center, and members should take their seats by 11 A.M. for the business meeting.

Following the meeting, lunch will be served at 11:30 A.M. This month, the luncheon will include two meal choices: our regular menu selection of meat lasagna, whole green beans, garlic bread and a sweet surprise for dessert, or you can substitute a heart healthy salad.

There will be coffee carafes, iced tea and pitchers of water on the tables. The price for the meal is $13.

This month’s program will feature a representative from Cumberland Medical Center speaking about hyperbaric medicine.

This particular type of therapy accelerates healing and aids in the recovery from certain conditions.  It accelerates cell renewal in wounds and increases the body’s ability to fight infections while being totally non-invasive. This is a program that you don’t want to miss.

The service project for this month aids Avalon Shelter. The shelter provides a much-needed safe haven for victims of family violence. Donations of cleaning supplies (especially paper towels and detergent) as well as your old cell phones would be greatly appreciated.

Tickets for next year’s spring fashion show on April 1st went on sale last month and sales were brisk. The price of a ticket is $25. You are encouraged to get your tickets early, as this is one of the Ladies Club most popular events. The theme this year is “Glitz, Glamour and Style.” Clothing, jewelry, and accessories will be provided by Chico’s of Turkey Creek.

Tea Party to meet

The Cumberland County Tea Party will meet at the Community Complex (Fair Grounds), 1398 Livingston Rd., Crossville, on Tuesday, Jan. 11,  at 6 P.M. The doors open to the public at 5:30. All concerned citizens who believe in limited government are invited to attend.

The program will be presented by Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey and Crossville City Mayor James Mayberry. The Mayors will discuss the future of Crossville and Cumberland County and plans to bring industry and prosperity to Crossville.

Mayor Carey was elected to his second term by the voters of Cumberland County while Mayor Mayberry was elected to his first term as City Mayor.

Prior to his election as County Mayor, Mr. Carey was the 7th District Commissioner for 12 years. He is a Certified Public Administrator by the University of Tennessee. He resides with his family on a farm in western Cumberland County.

Mr. Mayberry works at Mayberry’s Furniture located in Crossville. A graduate of Cumberland High School, he went on to study Business Management at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

For more information on the Tea Party, log on to: www.cumberlandcountyteaparty.net

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

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. 5th, Jan. 12th, and 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.

Republicans meet Jan. 8

The Cumberland County Republican Women’s Club will start the new year with a meeting on Jan. 8 at 5 P.M.at the Republican Headquarters ( 539 West Ave. Crossville, Tn. 38555 or their web site: cctngop.org).

They will be installing our new officers for the 2015-2016 cycle and we encourage all the ladies to come and celebrate their new leadership.

Johanna Wentworth and her officers will be leaving their posts after four years and they want to express their gratitude for all they have done for the club.

They welcome anyone who enjoys working with a great group of conservative ladies as they participate in political activities and community service projects.Come see what they are all about. For further information contact Karen Shanks @ 788-2173.

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.

Memory loss the topic

The next Memory Loss Care Group meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church- Music Room #139. (Please enter on the porch side of the church).

At each meeting they try to offer information for those affected by memory loss as a patient or caregiver, their goal is to find topics that will be informative and practical.

Their speaker for the January meeting will be Joan Fredericks representing Fairfield Glade Resident Services.  They benefit in so many ways having this non-profit service organization in our community.  Joan has been involved since 2007 in the planning and implementation.   Neighborhood Watch has been a big part of their service as well as Vial of Life. Home Delivered Meals, Medicare Specialist, Welcome Home to new residents and most recently ‘Way to Go’ providing transportation options to FFG residents.

Recently we have explored senior websites with helpful resources for the Memory Loss Care Group: seniorhelpers.com;  caregiver.org. = Family Alliance will come up and you can choose a topic;  ALZTN.org.

Even if you have no memory loss check out mindgamespro to keep your brain challenged on cold or snowy days when outdoor activity is limited.  There is a free version you can download or an expanded version at minimal cost.

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.

New Generation Dance 

The New Generation Dance Club is a dinner dance club that features a social hour starting at 5:30 P.M. with dinner served at 6:30 and dancing continuing until 9:30 to live music.

Their dances are held at the Fairfield Glade Community Conference Center and dress is usually smart casual or dressy.

If you are new to this area, this is a great way to meet people.

Or, if you are a longtime resident and looking for a nice evening out, plan to attend our next New Generation Dance Club event on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

For more information, please call Evelyne at 287-0097.

They meet four times per year in March, May, October and December on the second Tuesday of these months.  Membership for the first year is $35.

per couple.

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.