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March Newsletter & Calendar of Events FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center @ The Bellevue Family YMCA

FiftyForward enriches the lives of adults 50+ by providing pathways to health, well-being and lifelong learning. Celebrating 57 years of service in Middle Tennessee.

The Bellevue Family YMCA/ FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center is a partnership between the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and FiftyForward.

Center Director, Megan Roller

The Turner Center is open Monday—Friday, 9 am—3 pm

Program Director, Kristin Blackburn

Contact us: 646-9622 or

Transportation Program Coordinator and Program Assistant Nicole Longuevan

The Bellevue Family YMCA is Open Monday–Thursday: 5 am-10 pm Friday: 5 am-9 pm; Saturday: 7 am-7 pm Sunday: 12-6 pm

FiftyForward Staff

On the Road with Joan Travel Coordinator Joan Sincerbox 646-0059 or


Dear Turner Center Members, It is hard to believe that Spring is right around the corner. The staff are already making plans to take our members to several great places around town where we can all enjoy some warmer weather! On March 1st, we will be instituting several new policies which will help us more effectively run the Turner Center. Please see the next page of the newsletter for more details. One significant change that you will notice is that payment will be required in order to ensure your spot in a class or for a trip. We accept cash or checks (made payable to FiftyForward) during our Turner Center Lobby hours which are Monday-Friday from 9am3pm. Thank you for your cooperation with these new policies. Beginning in March, we will also start gathering census information about each of the classes and educational sessions that we conduct. Please be on the lookout for sign-in sheets at each activity. This new sign-in system will help the staff accurately keep track of the number of members attending our activities. We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center for a three-part series entitled "What every older adult needs to know about Alzheimer's disease and dementia." These FREE lunchtime sessions will take place from 11:30am-1:00pm on April 18th, April 25th and May 2nd. We are taking signups early as we know that this is a very popular topic that effects all of us in some way. This month is National Nutrition Month and we hope that you will take advantage of the numerous SilverSneakers classes that are available in our facility as well as the wide variety of fitness equipment to suit everyone's needs. All the best, Megan P.S. Look out for a Member Survey in the coming month! We would like to hear from you as to how we are doing and to find out if there are any other program offerings that the staff should consider this year.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS FiftyForward J. L. TURNER CENTER POLICIES EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2013 We require payment in advance if you sign up for a trip, class or program with a fee. This is the only way to guarantee that your spot is reserved. Cash or checks made payable to FiftyForward are accepted. Payments can be processed by an Ambassador or FiftyForward staff member during our business hours - Monday-Friday from 9 am-3 pm. If there is no fee for the activity, please sign up in our lobby. We greatly appreciate your help!

FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center Cancellation & Refund Policies Cancellation Policy The FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center staff reserve the right to cancel a program or trip in the event that minimum enrollment numbers are not reached or due to inclement weather. In the event of a cancellation, any member who has paid for the program or trip will be given a credit for the full amount paid. Credits will be issued within 5 business days of the cancelled program or trip and the list of credits will be maintained by FiftyForward staff and volunteers. These credits can be redeemed for another class, day trip or program and will expire at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2013).

Refund Policy for Classes/Trips over $20 The FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center staff will only issue refunds for a class or trip valued at over $20 if the request is made 1 week prior to the class or trip. This timeframe will allow the staff to notify someone on the waiting list that a spot has become available for the class or program. Refund checks will be issued within two weeks of the date that the member cancelled the class or trip and will be mailed to the member’s home. Some examples include: oil painting/watercolor classes, Renaissance Center trips, TPAC shows, etc.

If you have any questions about these policies, please see a FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center staff member. Thank you!

VOLUNTEER & STAFF NEWS VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT It’s our pleasure to brag about our ever smiling, kind Baby Boomer Ambassadors: Sheila Powers and Connie Hendrickson. On Wednesday afternoons Sheila holds down the fort. She’s our incredible event- call-reminder guru, History and Genealogy buff, rescue dog loving, retired military powerhouse. If it’s Monday morning, Connie is working her magic; she is truly one of the sweetest people we have ever meet. Just being with Connie makes everything seem a little better, a little brighter. If it’s Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon stop by and get to know these two women — who have hearts of gold! Thank you, Sheila and Connie for making our Turner Center a joyful place.

ASK THE STAFF—JUST FOR FUN! If money were not an object, where would you like to travel? Megan Roller, Turner Center Director This is a tough question as there are so many places around the world that I would like to go. But, I think that if I had to chose I would select Australia. When I was in high school, I was able to travel to the eastern coast of Australia with a group of other high school students in a 3 week exchange program. We traveled from the capital (Canberra), into Sydney, up through Brisbane and concluded with snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. It has been a goal of mine to return to Australia and experience the continent again. However, I think that I would appreciate it more this time and I would love to hike in the Outback on this trip! Nicole Longuevan, Transportation Coordinator & Program Assistant If money were no object, I would buy a Winnebago and travel the lower 48 states attending food festivals. Some particular festivals I'd like to attend are the Southern Fried Food Festival in Columbia, TN, the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, CO, the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami Beach, FL or Chilifest in Snook, TX. Of course, since money is no object, I'd be buying tickets for the whole town, too. Kristin Blackburn, Program Director Nova Scotia, Canada the ‘New Scotland’ - my mothers homeland, is the first place that comes to mind. Who wants to join me? I’m buying.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS The Bellevue Recycling Center Benefits Our FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center! Open 24 hours a day, the center is located at the Bellevue Park & Ride at Coley Davis Rd and Hwy 70 South. Recycle your newspaper, mixed paper, paper board, cardboard, aluminum, tin, glass containers, plastic bottles and containers AND support our Homebound Transportation Program!

AARP Tax Assistance at Turner Center: Mondays by Appt We are now taking appointments for tax assistance. Sign-up in the Turner lobby, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm or call 646-9622 and ask for the tax line. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours for a volunteer to return your call.

Get The Latest News! Join the Turner Center Email List! Simply send an email to Kristin Blackburn at

Fundraise For Us The Easy Way —By Eating Out! We encourage you to eat at Jonathan’s Grille on Mondays, 4-10 pm and Pizza Perfect on the third Wednesday of the month. 10% of your purchase will benefit the Bellevue Y/FF annual campaign. Stop by, have a meal and tell them thanks!

FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center Inclement Weather Policy FiftyForward follows Davidson County’s school closing schedule. Turner Center programming will be cancelled, but please call the Y concerning SilverSneakers.

The Turner Center Loving Hands Fundraising Cookbook We have a limited number of cookbooks remaining, get yours before they are gone! $18, proceeds benefit the Homebound Transportation Program.

Volunteers Needed! We Need YOU in 2013! Can you lead a group or offer a class or workshop? Call 646-9622 and ask for the FiftyForward office or email

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Spring MarketFest is right around the corner! Save the Date: Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16 MarketFest benefits the homebound transportation program and ABC (After Breast Cancer) programs at the Bellevue Y/ J. L. Turner Center. Help us raise money for these incredible programs by shopping at MarketFest! Also, consider donating new items for our popular gift baskets窶年o Pressure! If you would like to donate - we would love give you a donation receipt! For more information: call 646-9622 ask for FiftyForward or email Kristin Blackburn at Wine Baskets: bottles of wine, stemware i.e. wine glass/champagne flutes, gourmet snacks i.e. chocolate, summer sausage, cheese, crackers, etc. Relaxation Baskets: candles, bath gels, soaps and lotions. Pet Baskets: dog toys/treats, cat toys/treats Gardening Baskets: gloves, seeds and gardening tools. Golf Baskets: tees, gloves, towels and golf balls. Date Night Baskets: popcorn, candy, movie tickets and DVDs. Coffee Baskets: coffee mugs, coffee, cookies/biscotti, tea and chocolate spoons Summer Baskets: sunscreen, beach towels, pool toys and travel games. Grilling Gift Baskets: grilling tools, BBQ sauce, cookbook and wood chips. Other Items Needed: baskets, basket bags/ribbon and gift cards. Please bring items to the FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center by Monday, April 1.

SPECIAL EVENTS Mah-Jongg Class with Patricia Armstrong Tuesdays, March 5—April 2, 10 am—Noon Beginning Mah-Jongg is back by popular demand! Class meets for five weeks and is limited to twelve students. Cost is only $12 for the book, which will be available the first day of class. A minimum of five students is needed.

Star Physical Therapy Talk Tuesday, March 12 at 9:30 am This presentation is a continuation on our previous talk with our resident Physical Therapist, Jonathan. This talk will focus on the upper spine.

Fall Prevention Talk by FirstLight Home Health: Tuesday, March 12 at 1 pm Join us for an informative slide show presentation!

One-on-One Techie Help with Kristin Facebook: Wednesday, March 13, 10 am—Noon Internet and Email: Friday, March 29, 10 am—Noon Drop by the computer lab (behind the Turner lobby TV) for techie help. We will focus on Facebook on the 13th and internet and email on the 29th. Please let us know you’re interested! Sign up in lobby, call 646-9622 or email Kristin Blackburn, Program Director, at

St Patrick’s Day Potluck Friday, March 15 at Noon Join us for food, fellowship and fun! Share the fun by bringing a non-member friend. Main dish provided by Lakeshore The Meadows. Tell them thanks!

Advance sign-up is required as we may need to contact you if an event is postponed or cancelled! Sign-up in the Turner lobby, call 646-9622 and ask for FiftyForward or email

SPECIAL EVENTS Senior Olympics Informational Meeting Wednesday, March 20 at 10 am Join us for an informational meeting with a Senior Olympics representative.

Game Day Pitch-ins Wednesdays, March 20 and April 17, Noon-2 pm Did you know playing games can stimulate your mind? Keep your mind active while having a good time! We have card and board games available or feel free to bring your own. Game day is an afternoon of games, laughter, food, and fun!

Greyhound Rescue Presentation Home is Where Your Greyhound Lives Wednesday, March 27 at 11 am Join FiftyForward member Sharon Lyons for a presentation about this amazing rescue group. Yes, she will bring at least one Greyhound! GPA/ (Greyhound Pets of America - Nashville) is an all-volunteer organization that finds loving, appropriate homes in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky for retired racing greyhounds. Let’s learn about Greyhound rescue!

Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center Lunch and Learns: Thursdays, April 18, 25 and May 2, 11:30 am—1 pm Thursday, April 18, 11:30 am—1 pm Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Overview Thursday, April 25, 11:30 am—1 pm Alzheimer's Disease Risk Factors and Prevention Thursday, May 2, 11:30 am—1 pm Alzheimer's Disease Treatment & Research Options Advance sign-up is required as we may need to contact you if an event is postponed or cancelled! Sign-up in the Turner lobby, call 646-9622 and ask for FiftyForward or email

SPECIAL EVENTS Medicare Part D Presentation Wednesday, April 24 at 10 am Kathleen Kennedy Jones, from Pharmacy Home Delivery (PHD), will present an informative education session on this important topic!

Spring Potluck Wednesday, April 24 at 11:30 am Join us for food, fellowship and fun! Everyone is welcome to attend!

Vision Care Seminar with Dr Ming Wang Thursday, April 25 at 1 pm Renowned eye surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang, will present an informative and educational vision care seminar for members and guests of the FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center. In addition to some great vision care information, attendees will also be afforded the unique opportunity to meet Dr. Wang and ask him direct questions about their respective eye care concerns. Dr. Wang is a Harvard and MIT graduate and is currently recognized as one of only three eye doctors in the US conducting a US FDA clinical trial for remarkable breakthrough eye surgery to reverse aging. In this seminar he will discuss state-of-the-art LASIK technology, new FDA research for cutting edge technology in obtaining “Forever Young Lens” cataract surgery and his experience at being the first US vision surgeon to utilize the latest 3D technology during these procedures. He will also explain details about the very latest technology for “smart eye surgery”.

Advance sign-up is required as we may need to contact you if an event is postponed or cancelled! Sign-up in the Turner lobby, call 646-9622 and ask for FiftyForward or email

ARTS & CRAFTS Calligraphy Wednesdays, March 6—March 27, 10 am—Noon Beginning calligraphy meets for four consecutive Wednesdays, costs $20 which includes supplies and instructor fees. Class is limited to seven students.

Watercolor Classes: Thursdays, March 7—April 25 Beginning watercolor meets from 9:30 am –11:30 am. Intermediate meets from Noon-2 pm. Classes meet for eight consecutive weeks, are $40, which includes supplies and instructor fees. Classes are limited to seven students.

Crafting Workshops with Pam Turner Monday, March 18, 1—4 pm Monday, April 15, 1-3 pm 1.2.3 and You are a Florist…. with a Spring Garden Wreath Monday, March 18, 1-3 pm Cost is $30 Includes all Supplies Sign-up and Payment Deadline is Monday, March 11 What to do with Old Frames? Monday, April 15, 1-3 pm Cost is $30 Includes all Supplies Sign-up and Payment Deadline: Monday, April 1

Sit & Knit: Tuesdays, 9:30—11:30 am Are you interested in knitting? Enjoy the company of others as you work on your own projects. Contact the coordinator, Mary Lou, at

Quilting Group: Fridays, 11:15 am—3 pm Do you have a knack for quilting? Come stitch on your own or group projects. Contact the coordinator, Eva Coursey, at Advance sign-up is required as we may need to contact you if an event is postponed or cancelled! Sign-up in the Turner lobby, call 646-9622 and ask for FiftyForward or email

GROUPS Book and Written Memory Group This group reads a book every second month and discusses it with the group. On alternate months, the group shares “Written Memories.” Our schedule until June is as follows: Thursday, March 28 at 1 pm: Written Memories Thursday, April 25 at 1 pm: The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier. Thursday, May 23 at 1 pm: Written Memories Thursday, June 27 at 1 pm: The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. For more information, contact the coordinator, Ann Sanford at 646-8683.

Line Dancing Advanced: Fridays at 10:30 am Beginners:Wednesdays at 1 pm Join us as we kick up our heels to some great country tunes! Beginners dance on Wednesdays. For more information, email Louise Goodman at

National Red Hat Society: Bellevue Belles The Red Hat Society is a sisterhood of women over the age of fifty. The only requirements to becoming a member are to wear a red hat and purple outfit, to be kind to your Red Hat sisters, to laugh, and to have fun! Each chapter selects a charity of choice once a year. The Bellevue Belles meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The annual dues are $20 for membership and $10 for chapter operating expenses. For more information regarding the Bellevue Belles, please contact Julie Fountain, Queen Mother at 646-5820. The Bellevue Family YMCA/FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center is a partnership between the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and FiftyForward. The Turner Center is open Monday—Friday, 9 am—3 pm Contact us: 646-9622 or

Bellevue History & Genealogy Group Fridays at 9 am This group welcomes new members! There is no cost to join this group and you do not have to be a member of the Bellevue Y or FiftyForward to attend. Meetings are every Friday of each month (except in January and July) to hear informative and dynamic speakers, do genealogy research and take field trips. Contact Bob Allen for more information: Friday, March 1 at 9 am - "History of the Bluebird and Ornithological Society in Nashville" - Sandy Bivens and Diane McLusky with Warner Parks Nature Center will give us a photo-journal presentation and history discussion of bluebirds in our area. Friday, March 8 at 9 am - "1860 U.S. Presidential Election Results in the States Whose Troops Fought at Shys Hill: Political Opposition and Courage of both Armies" - Ross Massey, local Civil War author and historian, will present a riveting and interesting program with little known details of the Battle at Shy's Hill which took place in our own backyard. Friday, March 15 at 9 am “Klondike Gold Rush” – Shannon Brown, Alaskan native and free-lance writer specializing in Alaskan and East Tennessee History will discuss the Klondike gold rush that had a tremendous impact on our country and the opening of Alaska. Thursday, March 21 at 9 am - Field Trip - Heritage Center in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County and lunch at the historic City Cafe. Register at FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center with one of the Ambassadors or staff members in the Lobby Friday, March 22 at 9 am - "Milliken's Bend A Civil War Battle in History and Memory" - Linda Barnickel with the Nashville Public Library will discuss her new book where a Union force composed predominantly of former slaves met their Confederate adversaries in one of the bloodiest small engagements of the war. Friday, March 29 at 9 am – No Meeting – Good Friday.

GAMES Sudoku: Mondays, March 4 and April 1, 10:30 am—Noon Join in Sudoku with instructor Howard Pink. Whether you are an advanced Sudoku player or just wanting to learn, this group is for you. Please sign-up in advance! For more information, contact the coordinator:

Bingo: Mondays, March 11 and April 8, Noon—2 pm Let’s play Bingo! Join us for a few games of Bingo, lots of fun and great prizes.

Mah-Jongg: Tuesdays, 10 am—3 pm See the special events section for our beginning Mah-Jongg class! Challenge yourself to this classic Chinese game that involves skill, strategy, and calculation, as well as a certain degree of luck! In this class, you can learn and watch until you feel proficient enough to join a regular game table. If you have taken lessons and want to perfect your game, come and play at the Learner's Table with others who have little or no experience. A seasoned player will always play at the Learner’s Table. Individual or group lessons will be provided by a member of the Mah-Jongg group. For more details, contact the coordinator: Jane Mock at 218-7647 or email

Bridge: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Noon—3 pm Bridge is a trick-taking card game of skill and chance. All are welcome to play! For more information, contact the coordinator: Ed Neal at 646-9202.

Canasta Players: Tuesdays, 9:30 am—3 pm Canasta is a matching card game in which the object is to create melds of the same rank and then “go out” by playing or discarding all the cards in your hand. For more details, contact the coordinator: Sharon at

Tournament Bridge 101 Fridays, March 15, April 5 and 19, 11:30 am—2 pm Your introduction to playing & enjoying duplicate bridge! We play "user friendly" duplicate! For details, call John at 584-2717 or email

Game Days: See Special Events!

FIELD TRIPS Shopping and Lunch Trip: Saturday, March 2 at 8:15 am Join us for a trip to the Goodwill in Hermitage - on half-price day! We’ll shop at Goodwill and Big Lots (located in the same plaza), and then have lunch at a local restaurant. We’ll meet at the Y by 8:15 am in the café area behind the greeter and leave at 8:30 am. Trip is $6 - due when you sign up!

Governor’s Residence Tour: Tuesday, March 5 at 9:05 am A Nashville ‘must do’! Meet us by 9:05 am in the café area behind the Y greeter —the van will leave at 9:20 am. Only $5. Please bring an ID the day of the trip.

Supper Club to Asihi: Monday, March 18 at 4:30 pm Meet us for great food and even better company — new people are always welcome! Asihi is located at 7648 hwy 70, near 70 and 40. RSVP please!

Nashville Symphony Suntrust Classical Series Rehearsals Turner Center has been approved to attend three Curb Dress Rehearsals during the 2012-2013 season. To be fair to all who would like to attend a performance, each member will be able to attend one of these performances per year. Please rank your first and second choices from the following list. Symphony trips are $5 per person for the van. Wait List Only: The Red Violin: Thursday, March 14 at 8:45 am Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Elina Vähälä, violin; Chabrier - España Corigliano - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “Red Violin”; Elgar - Enigma Variations Titans: Thursday, May 30 at 8:45 am G. Guerrero, conductor; Edgar Meyer, bass; Joshua Bell, violin; Mahler -Sym. No. 1: Blumine; Edgar Meyer - Dbl Concerto for Violin and Dbl Bass Nashville Symphony co-commission; Mahler - Sym. No. 1 in D major “Titan”

Explore Franklin Shopping and Lunch at Puckett’s Boathouse Trip: Thursday, March 28 at 9:15 am We’ll shop at Graceworks Thrift Shop, Our Thrift and in historic downtown Franklin, and then have lunch at the new Puckett’s! Trip is $6. Meet us by 9:15 am —we’ll leave at 9:30 am. Advance Sign-up and Payment is Required! See a volunteer in the Turner Center Lobby, Monday—Friday, 9 am-3 pm to sign-up.

FIELD TRIPS Shopping and Lunch Trip: Saturday, April 6 at 8:15 am We’ll shop at the Franklin Goodwill on Hillsboro Ave, then have lunch downtown. Meet us by 8:15 am behind the Y greeter. We’ll leave at 8:30 am. Trip is $6 - due when you sign up! Lunch will be on your own.

Nashville Food Project Volunteering and Lunch at Newk’s Trip: Tuesday, April 9 at 9 am We will do light volunteer work (chopping veggies, etc) at the Nashville Food Project in Green Hills from 10 am – Noon, and then have lunch at Newk’s in Belle Meade (near White Bridge/Harding). We’ll meet at the Y by 9 am in the café area behind the greeter and leave at 9:15 am. Only $5, plus lunch.

Columnist LookIn: Tuesday, April 9 at 4:15 pm Come "look in" at what happens before the curtain goes up. Walk into the private world of rehearsal and learn about the creative process of the director, set designer, and costume designer. View an excerpt of the performance as it is being shaped in the rehearsal process. LookIns are a fun way to see what goes on behind the scenes. And they're free! David Auburn's The Columnist--born in Tennessee Rep's Ingram New Works Festival--paints the portrait of legendary and controversial Joseph Alsop and of a rapidly changing America. Meet us by 4:15 pm in the seating area behind the Y greeter. The van will leave by 4:30 pm. Held at TN Rep's Rehearsal Hall on Rains Avenue. Only $5!

Supper Club to Corner Pub: Monday, April 29 at 4:30 pm Meet us for great food and even better company — new people are always welcome! Corner Pub is located in the plaza across the street from the Y/FF. RSVP please, so we can expect you at the restaurant!

General Jackson Showboat Trip: Tuesday, May 14 at 9:45 am This Older Americans Month outing is a two and a half hour voyage on the Cumberland River with a full lunch, entertainment and great door prizes. Schedule for the Day: 9:45 am: Meet at the Y/FF, 10 am: Board the Vans and Get on the Road, 11:15 am: All Aboard!, 11:30 am: Start Cruise, 11:50 am -1:30 pm: Lunch and Entertainment, 1:30 pm: End of Cruise, 2 pm: All Ashore! 3 pm: Return to Y/FF. Trip is $33 (all inclusive). Advance Sign-up and Payment is Required! See a volunteer in the Turner Center Lobby, Monday—Friday, 9 am-3 pm to sign-up.

JL Turner Center March 2013 newsletter  

JL Turner March 2013 newsletter

JL Turner Center March 2013 newsletter  

JL Turner March 2013 newsletter