Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 11, 2013

Concert, films kick off another busy week

By Susie Randleman
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Chuck Tallent & the Classy Country Strings will be back for an enjoyable concert Wednesday at noon in the library’s Cumberland Meeting Room. There’s nothing like some good ol’ country music to help ward off those winter blues! Then, the following week, March 20, we will host  a concert with Brian Bacon and the Plateau Brass. Remember, patrons are welcome to bring their lunch to enjoy during the concerts.

Today at 10 a.m., we will be showing the Elvis Presley film “Follow That Dream” and then “Moonstruck,” starring Cher and Nicholas Cage at 2 p.m. On March 19 at 10 a.m., we will show the film in which Patrick Swayze, who is a ghost, is stranded in New York City after a violent death. He is determined to communicate with his one true love, played by Demi Moore. He teams up with charlatan psychic, Whoopi Goldberg, who is astonished to learn that her powers are authentic. This spirited supernatural film fantasy, “Ghost” is filled with heartfelt emotion and heart-pounding thrills. Then at 2 p.m. March 19, we will show the 2012 film, “Robot and Frank,” starring Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella and James Marsden. The movie is set in the near future. Fran, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.  All library film showings are free and held in the Cumberland Meeting Room.

On Thursday, at 11 a.m., local author Barbara Ebel, MD, will conduct a special presentation based on her book, “Younger Next Decade: After Fifty, the Transitional Decade, and What You Need to Know.” Kick back, relax and enjoy a healthy living talk geared for those over the age of 50. Afterwards, Dr. Ebel will look forward to meet patrons from the audience. She  will also have a book signing for this publication, as well as her other works. Ebel is a physician and author who resides in middle Tennessee. She attended University of Louisville Medical School and residency, and practiced as a board-certified anesthesiologist. Ebel is a medical guest lecturer on topics ranging from fires in the operating room to obstructive sleep apnea.

Information Tip of the Week

What is a less expensive, easier-to-eat superfood that has twice as much antioxidant power as cranberries and four times as much as pomegranates, strawberries, goji berries, and blueberries?

According to the USDA, it is aronia berries, also called chokeberries, thanks to their super-tart taste. 

Aronia berries contain a natural blend of polyphenolic antioxidants that combat the cell-damaging free radicals created in our bodies by stress, environmental pollution, medical x-rays, and other aspects of daily living. Aronia berries are dark-purple clusters grown wild on bushes in North America. Several round fruit form clumped together on rosy-red stems and have recently been cultivated by farmers in the Midwest. “It’s got kind of an astringent taste to it. It’s very naturally tart,” says Tammy Ross, director of marketing for Westin Foods. “It’s very similar in taste to a wine grape. What you’re tasting in that tartness is actually very good for you – a type of an antioxidant and type of a compound that can be found in wine and can also be found in tea.”

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q.  Where do you find an ocean without water?

A.  On a map!

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at www.artcirclelibrary.info, by email at admin@artcirclelibrary.info or sue.randleman@artcirclelibrary.info. The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Cumberland County Archives and Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.