By Tina Taylor
Some great programs will start in February at Fair Park. Three of the new programs will be starting on the same day — Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The Senior Police Academy with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department will be Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Thunderbird Recreation Hall for those who sign up. This eight-week class has really been a favorite for everyone who has taken it in the past. Cumberland Medical Center and Cumberland County Bank know what a great program this is and will be sponsoring this free program for seniors.
It will cover law enforcement from beginning to end. This is an educational and open discussion program about crime issues and how they are handled. It will also focus on what you need to know to be safer, talking with officers regarding home invasion, narcotics, the court system, your rights and much more.
You can pick up applications at the POA office in Tansi and drop them off at Fair Park. There may be two classes depending on the sign-up response.
Basic Ballroom Dancing will be starting on Tuesdays at 3 p.m., with George Salvatore and Cheron Stenson. They will be teaching 15 different dances.
Mah Jonng, the ancient Asian tile game, will be taught on Tuesdays starting at noon with Betsey Ecrikson.
Also, Spanish classes will be starting Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. with Ramon Winemberg. He has lived many years in Venezuela and says that Spanish is the easiest language to learn. If you have always wanted to learn, now is the time.
Sign up at the center for any or all of these great programs that you might be interested in doing. Hoods Funeral Home helps to bring educational programs to the senior center.
Wanted: Gong Show acts for the show Friday evening, Feb. 22 at the Palace Theatre. Don’t be shy! Think up a funny act or song and come make everyone smile. Tickets are now on sale at the Fair Park Senior Center. The third annual Gong Show is being sponsored by friends at Tri County Equipment Rental, John Deer and NAPA Auto Parts, located beside the Post Office. Plan now to get a good laugh at the Gong Show.
As a folk music instrument, the old-time traditional Appalachian dulcimer has many wide variations and names. It is a chord instrument that can be easy to make and is the easiest string instrument to learn to play. Its soft modest sound first became popular among the Scottish/ Irish immigrates during the 1800s in America, starting in Kentucky and in the Appalachia.
For the first Friday of the month birthday, anniversary and newcomer party, the center will have a special treat. The local group the Dulcimores will be playing at Fair Park starting at 9:45 a.m. They will have a group of about 10 instruments, which will also include fiddle, harmonica and a gut bucket.
Their group consists of Helen and Bob Callis, Eileen Krumery, Tom Carter, Paula Kanchier, Eileen Olsen, Carol Schroeder, Sue Totara, Phyllis Hubbard, just to name a few. They love playing at the Palace, local nursing homes and the Fairfield Glade Good Samaritan Society. The group meets at the Fairfield Glade Community Church on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
They will be playing old folk and Irish music with some old country songs.Iin other words, some of that good old mountain music. If you are a senior, please come and consider yourself as invited. Plan to stay and play some games and have lunch.
Fair Park Senior Center is for all seniors and is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night. The center is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as on-line versions of the center’s monthly newsletter “Newsline.”