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FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center inside the Bellevue Family YMCA

December Newsletter

The J. L. Turner Center is open Monday—Friday, 9 am—3 pm Contact us at 646-9622 and ask for FiftyForward Center Director, Megan Roller Ext. 72250 Program and Volunteer Manager, Nicole Longuevan Ext. 72255 Program Coordinator, Candace Waligora Ext. 72252 On the Road with Joan Travel Coordinator Joan Sincerbox 646-0059 or The Bellevue Family YMCA/FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center is a partnership between the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and FiftyForward.

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR Dear Turner Center Members, It is hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us! The staff at the Turner Center and the rest of the FiftyForward family would like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season and a wonderful new year! Are you feeling in the giving spirit this holiday season? If so, there are several ways in which you can help the Turner Center as well as members of the local community: * We are participating in a holiday gift and toy drive to benefit veteran and military families at the Nashville Vet Center. You will find additional information in the newsletter about this opportunity to provide support to those who have served our country. * In December, the Turner Center will once again be putting up our "Giving Tree." Please consider taking one of the ornaments off the tree, buying that item and returning it to a member of the staff. These donated items significantly help defray the costs for things we use for the numerous social activities that we plan at the center. * Did you miss out on an opportunity to purchase a "Loving Hands" cookbook last year? Do you need another one for a gift? We will once again be selling these unique cookbooks which feature recipes from our very own members. They are only $18 and help support our Transportation Program! We are excited to announce that starting in January, 2014 you will notice some significant changes to the format of our monthly newsletter. You will see a more condensed version of this document, but it will still contain all of the vital information that you need to know about what is happening at the center. We hope that you will find this new format easier to read! Happy holidays, Megan P.S. Just as a reminder, in the event of inclement weather, FiftyForward follows Davidson County’s school closing schedule. Turner Center programming will be cancelled, but please call the YMCA concerning SilverSneakers classes.

VOLUNTEER NEWS December Volunteer Opportunities December Potluck Pre-Party Set-up—5 people to help set up tables and chairs in the room and kitchen help for the food. Date Needed: Wednesday, December 18 at 10:45a.m. After-Party Clean-up - 5 people to help break down the room. Date Needed: Wednesday, December 18 after the luncheon

Fun Friday! Host 1 person needed with experience playing Win, Lose, Draw to welcome attendees and supply 5 small gifts as prizes. Date Needed: Friday, December 20 @ 11:45a.m.

Blood Pressure Screeners People needed to sit in the Turner Center lobby and offer blood pressure checks using our automated machine. Date Needed: Monday or Tuesday, anytime between 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Cookbook Table Help man the table to get the last of the cookbooks out the door this year! Date Needed: Monday, December 2 or Monday, December 9th. Time: Any 1 hour shift from 9:00a.m. to Noon

Cookbook Sales A tasty gift for the foodie in your life will be available to purchase on Monday, December 2 and Monday, December 9 in the YMCA lobby. A portion of the proceeds from each cookbook sold goes to support the FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center’s Transportation Program. Get yours today for only $18!

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Become a lifelong learner with the help of these seminars in January: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday, January 9 at 11:30a.m. Discover Nashville Tuesday, January 14 at 11:30a.m.

Gather Round Returning to the Turner Center on January 12th from 1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.! The Gather Round Book Group is designed for anyone interested in connecting with great literature. Each week a short story by such authors as Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner will be read aloud to the group for the first 30 minutes followed by lively discussion around universal themes. You will leave with a few "thoughts to ponder" and we'll share our observations at the beginning of our next group. Snacks will be served!

FIELD TRIPS Southern Living Idea House: Wednesday, December 4 at 9:15a.m. See the Idea House decorated for Christmas with lunch at Sushi Train on White Bridge Road. $10 of the cost will go to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Trip cost is only $15, lunch on your own.

Governor’s Residence Open House: Tuesday, December 10 at 8:45a.m. Tennessee's Home For The Holidays open house is December 10th. This year, the highlight will be "Tennessee Legends," showcasing influential people, places, and events throughout our state's history to help depict the story of our rich heritage. Trip cost is $6, lunch is on your own at Judge Beans.

Christmas Luncheon at Scarritt Bennett: Wednesday, December 11 at 9:45a.m. Experience this Nashville holiday tradition with FiftyForward. This trip is waiting list only! Trip is only $25!

Music For Seniors: Monday, December 16 at 9:15a.m. Ring in the holidays at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with a performance by the Changing Gears Handbell Choir. Enjoy lunch afterwards at Noshville in Midtown! Trip cost is $6, lunch is on your own.

Mystery Trip: Tuesday, December 17 at 9:30a.m. This month we will do a service project to help us remember the reason for the season! Trip is only $10, lunch on your own at an undisclosed location.

Holiday Lights Tour: Thursday, December 19 at 4:00p.m. Join us from the comfort of the FiftyForward van while we tour the contest entries for’s Ann Chapman Holiday Lights Competition. Dinner on your own at Cracker Barrel. Trip is $7.

Supper Club at Athen’s Family Restaurant: Monday, December 30 at 4:30p.m. Meet us for great food and even better company — new people are always welcome! Address: 7071 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221. Phone: 615-953-3204. RSVP please, so we can expect you at the restaurant!

ARTS & CRAFTS Crafting with Candace: DIY Health and Beauty Workshop: Friday, December 6 at 12:30a.m. In this two-hour workshop, you will make Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Spray, Body Scrub and Body Lotion using natural ingredients! Cost is $15, includes supplies.

Sit & Knit: Tuesdays, 9:30a.m.—11:30a.m. Enjoy the company of others as you work on your own projects. For more information, contact the coordinator, Mary Lou, at

Quilting: Fridays, 11:15a.m.—3p.m. Do you have a knack for quilting? Come stitch on your own or group projects. For more information, contact the coordinator, Eva, at

The Turner Center is participating in a holiday gift and toy drive to benefit veteran and military families at the Nashville Vet Center Suggested donations include: dolls, toy cars, books, board games, Legos, etc. Small items (socks, gloves, hats) to serve as stocking stuffers would be great as well. Please turn in all items by Friday, 12/6/13 Gift Wrapping Party on Thursday, December 12 at 10:30a.m. Help wrap the presents collected during the gift and toy drive to benefit children of the veterans served at the Nashville Vet Center. Prizes and snacks will be provided by RSVP!

SPECIAL EVENTS Medicare Options Seminar: Tuesday, December 3 at 10:30a.m. Joe Moss with Cigna/HealthSpring will be here to answer your questions.

Holiday Potluck & Tacky Sweater Contest: Wednesday, December 18 at 11:30a.m. Wear your tackiest sweater and bring your tastiest dish to share. Prizes will be awarded during the sweater contest. Enjoy the music of Mike Cronic, guitarist and entertainer, sponsored by Barton House.

Chaffin’s Barn Theatre Meet at the Barn at 11:15 a.m.—Show at Noon Shows are $19. Bring your own lunch. If you would like to be seated as a group, please tell us when you sign up. Full show details are available at the center or visit the Barn’s website. 48 hour advanced cancellation notice required for a credit.

Sanders Family Christmas: Thursday, December 5 In this sequel to the ever-popular hit Smoke on the Mountain, the Sanders Family returns to Mount Pleasant, NC, home of the Mount Pleasant Pickle Factory. It’s Christmas Eve 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited them to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, getting the congregation in the down home holiday spirit before the boys, included one of the Sanders’ own, are shipping off to World War II. More than two dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the Sanders family keep the audience laughing, clapping and singing along with the bluegrass Christmas favorites. Advance sign-up & payment is required for all trips and activities. Please see an Ambassador or FiftyForward staff member in the Turner Center Lobby, Monday—Friday, 9 a.m.—3 p.m.

ON THE ROAD WITH JOAN UPCOMING MOTORCOACH TRIPS Watch for new and more expanded motorcoach trips in 2014 into areas that we have not visited before, including places of interest in nearby states. Trips to watch for, include: Stephen Foster Home in Bardstown, KY World’s Largest Fish Fry in Paris, TN Strawberry Festival in Humboldt, TN Dates and times to be added later.

No trips in January & February due to uncertainty of weather conditions.

For information, contact On the Road with Joan Travel Coordinator, Joan Sincerbox, at 646-0059 or

GAMES Sudoku: Monday, December 2, 10:30a.m.—Noon Whether you are an advanced Sudoku player or just wanting to learn, this group is for you. Contact Howard at

Bingo Monday: Monday, December 9 at Noon Meet Ted Meek from our new neighbors, The Lodge at Natchez Trace, when he visits the Turner Center as December’s celebrity Bingo caller! Drinks and desserts will be provided and prizes this month are sponsored by The Lodge. Bring your own lunch and join us for an afternoon playing Bingo!

Bunco Bonanza: Thursday, December 12 at Noon Bunco is a fast-paced dice game played at tables with four people per table. Bring a snack or appetizer to share with the group.

Mah-Jongg: Tuesdays, 9:30a.m.—12:30p.m. For information, contact Jane at 218-7647 or

Bridge: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12p.m.—3p.m. For information, contact Ed at 646-9202.

Canasta Players: Tuesdays, 9:30a.m.—3p.m. For information, contact Sharon at

Billiards: Tuesday, December 10, 1:30p.m.—3p.m. Bring your pool cue and enjoy our open Billiards game in the Activity Room.

Fun Friday!: Friday, December 20 at 11:45a.m. This month we are playing Win, Lose, Or Draw! Chaffin’s Barn will provide a boxed lunch for everyone who RSVP’s 48 hours in advance.

Remember: ALWAYS sign up for the waiting list when you find that a trip is full. There is usually a lot of shifting that occurs before each trip, and we will call you FIRST when we schedule the same trip again!

GROUPS Book and Written Memory Group: Thursday, December 5 at 1:00p.m. This group reads and discusses a book every second month. On December 5th, the group shares “Written Memories.” For more information, contact the coordinator, Ann, at 646-8683.

Line Dance: Fridays at 10:30a.m. Join us as we kick up our heels to some great country tunes! For more information, contact the coordinator, Louise, at

Beginning Line Dancing: Wednesdays in December at 1:00p.m. Learn to kick up yer’ boots with this fun form of exercise! Beginner line dancing returns to the Turner Center. Learn dances like the Electric Slide, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Drinking Champagne and Good Times. Classes will continue through December 11th.

Bellevue History & Genealogy Group: Fridays at 9:00a.m. This group welcomes new members! There is no cost to join and you do not have to be a member of the Bellevue Y/FiftyForward to attend. Meetings are every Friday (except in January and July) in the Zelle/West room where you will hear informative, dynamic speakers, do genealogy research and take field trips. For more information, contact the coordinator, Bob, at 218-4580 or Friday, December 6 Monuments and Markers of Old Nashville with Ward DeWitt Friday, December 13 Historical Traditions of Christmas Toys and Candy with Krista Castillo, Museum Director at Fort Negley Friday, December 20 Photo Review of our 2013 Programs and Group Christmas Stories with Sonny Collins and Sanford Payton There will be no meetings of the Bellevue History & Genealogy Group in January. The next meeting will be Friday, February 7, 2014

J. L. Turner December 2013 newsletter  
J. L. Turner December 2013 newsletter  

FiftyForward J. L. Turner Dec 2013 newsletter