Vista Gatherings – May 16, 2017

Town Hall Meeting set

If you have been unable to attend previous Town Hall meetings regarding the conceptual plans for the proposed Concert Park and Village Center, one additional meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, at 3 P.M. at the Community & Conference Center.

Neighbors group to meet on May 25

Neighbors and Newcomer’s will meet May 25th at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 10:45 A.M. for socializing and browsing the books and crafts section.

The meeting starts at 11:30 with lunch being served at Noon.  Forte’s will be catering: Chicken on the Square, vegetable medley, rolls, dessert, tea, coffee and water.

Heart Smart meals are available IF you request them with your reservation.  Price of lunch is $14 per person. If you don’t come to the meeting and did not cancel you will still be responsible for payment.

Gus Gocella will be entertaining, as well as bringing all up to date on Honor Air Knoxville.

After the program they will have installation of Officers and Committee members for the coming year which starts in Sept.

If you have not attended our Club in the past, or it has just been awhile, they hope you will join them for this meeting.  Come once as a Newcomer and return in Sept. as a Neighbor.

You may also pay your dues for the coming year on the 25th.  Annual Dues are $13.  Please have separate checks for dues and luncheon.

To make your reservation please call Pat at 931-210-3742.  Reservations and Cancellations must be ma

Plateau Photography Club meeting May 18

At the next meeting of the Photography Club, members will bring in “Vacation Images”.  The hard part will be limiting themselves to 5-6 shots and explaining why they took the shot and why they like it.  Were different angles, heights, perspectives, or camera modes tried to get the perfect shot?

The Club will meet on Thursday, May 18 at 1 P.M. at the Fairfield Glade Library Building, Room C.  Plateau PC Users Group members may attend for free and Guests will pay a $3 fee for all events in the month.  The Plateau Photography Club is a SIG of the PPCUG.

For questions, call Ed Thornblade at 456-6020.

Program for Seniors

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 20 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 people 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 located at 580 S. Jefferson, Suite B, Cookeville TN 38501.

AARP to host driving safety program

The AARP Driver Safety course, a classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and older, will be offered at the Fairfield Glade Christ Lutheran Church, 481 Snead Road, in Fairfield Glade.

This eight-hour course will be held on two consecutive mornings: May 25th & 26th, 2017 (Thursday & Friday) from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on both days. Membership in AARP is not required to attend.

This course explains changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as aging occurs and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes.

Unique differences in Tennessee laws will be presented, and participants will have opportunities to share driving experiences and to learn safe driving strategies.

Attendees will also 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 –

In Tennessee, most auto insurance carriers offer a discount on premiums to eligible drivers aged 55 and older who have completed approved courses, such as the AARP Driver Safety course. It is recommended that you check with your insurance agent regarding premium discount details and requirements.

Pre-registration for the course is required. Call Charley Manker (931-456-1549), AARP Instructor, to register your attendance. Cost for the class is $15 per person for AARP members, or $20 for non-members, payable by check or money order at the first class session. Class size is limited, so call soon to assure your place in this class.

Hospice plans Butterfly Release Celebration

The Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary announces its 7th Hospice Benefit Celebration of Life Butterfly Release, to be held on Saturday, June 10.

The celebration and release of butterflies in memory of loved ones will be held on the Courthouse Lawn in Crossville from 9 to 10 A.M.

The program will be an uplifting and joyful experience in remembrance of those we have loved and lost. The ceremony includes the reading of names of those we are celebrating, as well as music, commemorative readings and the release of the live butterflies, which will mingle with the crowd and the flowering plants.

The donation for the butterflies is $20 for one name to be remembered, or $100 for six (6) different names.

They encourage participants to attend the event, bring a lawn chair and wear brightly colored clothing.

Those unable to attend may still reserve butterflies in the names of family members or friends; and these butterflies will also be released, with the names read. Butterfly Order Forms are available at the Hospice Office at 30 East Adams St, as well as in most churches and public venues in Crossville and Fairfield Glade.

You can also send an email to Rachel McKeel at [email protected], and an order form will be mailed to you.

For more information, call 931-787-7204 or 707-7261.

The deadline for ordering butterflies is May 31. Proceeds from this event will support the ongoing work of Hospice of Cumberland County, as we provide quality end-of-life care for terminally ill persons, as well as grief support for their families.

Shriner’s Vidalia Onion Sale now beginning

For the 17th year the Cumberland Shrine Club is selling those delicious Vidalia Onions from Georgia.

A 10-pound bag is just $10. All proceeds go to support our Shrine Hospitals for Children. Shriners never make a charge for any of our kids. Order by phone: 484-2503 or 248-0143. Or call your Shriner friend. Delivery last week in April.

Round Table slated

The first meeting of the newly organized Fairfield Glade Civil War Round Table will be Tuesday, May 16, at 6 P.M. in Conference Room C in the Glade Library.

The speaker will be James Lovelace, a Glade resident and the adjutant for the Sgt. William A. Hamby Camp #1750, Sons of Confederate Veterans. He will share stories about family members who fought for the Confederacy and the impact the war had on their lives and those living in the South.

Visitors are welcome.  Please contact Dick Sammer at [email protected] if you have questions.

Retired Michigan school employees meet

The annual meeting of MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) will take place at Druid Hills Country Club ( Legends) Restaurant on May 22.

All retired Michigan school employees (not only teachers) are invited to attend whether MARSP members or not. A presentation of important information regarding medical insurance coverage and legislative activities affecting the membership will be provided.

A special presentation by attorney Marcia Shada will include topics relevant to our aging population (i.e. power of attorney, and advanced directives). The “famous” Legends brunch will follow the business meeting. MARSP is an advocacy group for retired Michigan school employees and membership keeps your concerns in view of state legislators and the retirement board.

Free Depression screenings available

Did you know that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide? Did you know that depression can shorten you life? Did you know that depression may be as big a cause of cardiovascular disease as smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol combined? In the US, 14.8 million people will suffer from depression in a given year.

Anyone can become depressed. Adults of all ages, teens, even children. Depression is not just feeling a little blue. And it’s not about willpower.

Christian Counseling Center wants to help change that for all area citizens, regardless of age or situation. So, in recognition of May being National Mental Health Month, The Christian Counseling Center is offering FREE Depression Screenings, through May 31. Call 931-707-8200 Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. through 5 P.M. to set up an appointment.

If you think you know someone who might be depressed, tell them about this Free Screening. Screening can be the first step to getting help.

Screenings are easy and confidential. The first step is calling Christian Counseling Center at 931-707-8200 to make your 45 minute appointment. At the appointment, you will fill out a 12 question questionnaire and meet with one of our trained professionals to discuss the results and help you decide on the next step.

If you choose to do so, the counselor you meet with can provide treatment for depression. Christian Counseling Center provides affordable, professional counseling for all ages as well as marriage counseling.

FACS holding classes

Following are many of the classes which are being held in the classroom in the Framing + Art & Crafts Supplies (FACS) store Suite 122 in the Crossville Outlet Mall across from the Dress Barn in the near future.

To register and pre-pay you can either visit the FACS store in person or visit our website at and use the PayPal button beside the appropriate class on the CLASS SCHEDULE page.

On May 22, from 10 A.M. to Noon, Brenda Preuss will hold a class using spray inks. This class is part of a series of classes called the ‘Remember How To’ Series.

The class is only $15 with all supplies provided. So join us to learn many exciting ways to use spray inks.

By June 1st, we need to have all registrations made for a series of classes to be held by John Creighton Petersen from the state of Washington. He has scheduled eight different classes on July 7-9 with special rates for all day and all weekend classes.

Please check these classes out at

On June 2, from 1 to 3 P.M., Sandra Hall from Maryville TN will be leading a class/meeting called Bible Journaling Connection. The cost is only $5. If you wish to purchase the Bible that most are using, FACS has those Bibles in stock.

On June 3rd, Jean Corbett will teach an Advanced Alcohol Inks class from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for $15.00 with a $5 materials fee to be paid in class.

On June 10, from 10 A.M. to Noon, Brenda Preuss will be teaching a fun class called Fancy Foiling.

If you prefer to bring your Bible, scrapbook or project, you can use your images with you projects here in the class or later at your home. This class is only $15.

Donation = a poppy

The American Legion Family of Post 163 Crossville, Tennessee will distribute veteran-made poppies to the community at Fairfield Glade Food City for National Poppy Day.  All are encouraged to make a donation in exchange for a poppy. All funds raised provide direct support for the local Post and veterans.

Local Veterans will be distributing poppies from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. By wearing a poppy on National Poppy Day, we honor every service member who has died in the name of Freedom and democracy, and we show our support for future generations of veterans.

The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who have fought, and those who continue to fight, for our country following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Field” by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D., which he wrote while serving on the front line in World War I.

Green slated to speak

Diane Green (recording artist, speaker and dramatist) will present  “Never Thirst Again”  when the Fairfield Glade UMW host the Ecumenical Luncheon on Wednesday, June 14.

All women of the churches in Fairfield Glade are invited to attend; feel free to invite a friend or neighbor who attends a church in Fairfield Glade and may not hear of this event.

Registration is 10 A.M. with the program at 10:30 A.M. Lunch will follow at 11:30.

The location will be the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Dr.

Cost of the luncheon: $12. Each church is asked to have a designated person to collect all monies with names; then make one check out to FFG UMW and send it, along with the names, to Magdelena Horstkotte, 25 Hemlock Ct., FFG, TN 38558 no later than Monday, June 5.

For any further information contact Karen at 707-7810.

Model Railroad Club Elects Officers

The Crossville Model Railroad Club (CMRC) will host its annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Mall on Saturday, May 27 at 11 A.M.  There will be many participants and last year’s event drew a good crowd.

Meetings are the second Monday of the month (except August and December) at 6 P.M in the community room at the mall. The next meeting is Monday, May 8. Anyone interested in model railroads or trains in general is invited to attend.

Beware of this Scam

The Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol has received several reports of Medicare beneficiaries receiving postcards in different colors from The Joint and Back Institute with special notices concerning Medicare and Insurance Covered Back and Knee Support systems.

They ask beneficiaries NOT to call the number listed on the postcard and advise that you talk to your doctor first. According to Medicare Guidelines, Medicare only covers back and Knee braces that are deemed medically necessary. Fraudsters are hoping to get your Medicare number so they can bill Medicare part B for equipment you did not receive, or bill for more expensive braces or knee support systems.

If you received such postcard as seen below, please report them to the Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol at the toll-free number at 1-866-836-7677.

CWC hosts Luncheon

The next CWC luncheon will be on June 15, 2017 at the Discovery Center on Peavine Road.

The speaker and special feature will be Cindy Leihkauff of Farmington, TN. Cindy is a former classroom and music teacher, storyteller, singer and actor.

For more information or to make reservations, you can email [email protected] or call Carolyn at 931-484-9556.

Fun, socializing, dancing

Whether you are new to the area or have just never thought of joining a dance club, New Generation Dance Club may be the fun opportunity for you.

They offer four dinner dances a year for those who enjoy foxtrots, line dancing, swing, waltz, cha-cha, rumba and rock and roll dancing.  These dances are spread out throughout the year and take place at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center.

Each dinner dance includes a cash bar, three-course dinner and live music from professional bands.

Events begin with a social hour at 5:30 P.M.  Dinner and dancing start at 6:30 P.M. and continue until 9 P.M.

For more information about our club or attending as a guest of the club, please contact Evelyne Kornreich at 931-287-0097 or email us at [email protected] . Come try us out and have fun doing so!

Applications taken

Cumberland County United Fund 2018 Grant Funding applications, for 501 C 3 non-profits that provide services and programs to people in Cumberland County, are now available on-line by emailing, [email protected] or calling, 931-484-4082.

Deadline for completed applications will be on March 23rd at Noon. Our location is 348 Taylor St. Crossville TN, 38555.

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.

If you have any questions 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 at 24 Belvidere Ln, FFG.

Fairfield Glade, Tn  38558. Call Laurie at 931-484-2123 or John Moritz at 931-456-2290.