Day trips are a great way to get out of the house, spend time with others, and expand your horizons. They allow you to escape everyday life for a little while and explore what is just down the next road. Last year, Fair Parksters have traveled to such scenic locations as Fall Creek Falls, Cade’s Cove, and visited the Sweetwater Valley Farm as well as various shopping trips to Cookeville. This year, Fair Park will continue to expand the horizons of its members by planning even more day trips. Already in the works is a trip to Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, a thrift shop excursion to Rockwood and Harriman, an antique touring trip in Rugby, a visit to the Mayfield Ice Cream plant, and more. Both recreational and educational trips are planned for each month – be sure to check the Newsline and this weekly article for what’s coming up next.

But, the van is not just for day trips. Fair Park offers van rides to and from the center during the week for $1 each way and also a weekly shopping trip to Wal-Mart. The daily van service picks up riders at approximately 9 a.m. and departs from the center after lunch (approximately noon). Coming to the center during the week allows you to take advantage of a hearty lunch each day, maybe a visit to the hairdresser, access to legal and Medicare assistance, as well as parties and special events. Call the center at 484-7416 for more information on this valuable service to the senior community.

To keep informed about Fair Park’s activities and to learn about its partnerships with its corporate sponsors for 2008, you can visit the center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also visit the center’s Web site at 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.” Take advantage of the resources that Fair Park offers — get involved, and become part of the fun!

Wednesday, Jan. 23

•9 a.m. — Blood pressure check by CMC Home Health.

•10 a.m. — Surprise bingo.

•10 a.m. — Darts with Chuck Toodle — everyone welcome.

•12 p.m. — Canasta.

•12 p.m. — Guitar forum with Jack Melling.

•12:30 p.m. — Creative Quilters.

•1 p.m. — Cribbage with Andy Bertolino.

•1 p.m. — Scrapbooking — $5 per class.

•2:30 p.m. — Fiddle class with Roger Totten — on hiatus until 2008.

Thursday, Jan. 24

•8 a.m. — Table tennis.

•9 a.m. — Van trip — "Trash to Treasures" Thrift Shop excursion.

•10 a.m. — Beginner Spanish with Elsa Carmelino.

•10 a.m. — Veggie bingo.

•10 a.m. — Beginning Computers with Norm Zaenger – class full.

•12:30 p.m. — Intermediate Spanish class with Elsa Carmelino.

•12:30 p.m. — Crafting with Sandy Davis.

•12:30 p.m. — Bridge Bunch.

•1 p.m. — Ceramics with Eileen O'Barsky.

•1 p.m. — Euchre with Tommy Cole.

•2 p.m. — Senior chess club — open play, everyone welcome.

•6:30 p.m. — Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type class with Larry Nesbit.

Friday, Jan. 25

•10:30 a.m. — CMC bingo.

•11 a.m. — Bridge fundamentals with Marcel Bilodeau.

•12:30 p.m. — Bridge class.

Monday, Jan. 28

•8 a.m. — Table tennis.

•10 a.m. — Veggie bingo.

•12:30 p.m. — Pinochle.

•12:30 p.m. — Bridge Bunch.

•1 p.m. — Cribbage with Andy Bertolino — everyone welcome.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

•8:30 a.m. — TOPS meeting.

•9 a.m. — Line dancing.

•10 a.m. — Advanced Tai Chi with Diane Parvin.

•10 a.m. — Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type class with Larry Nesbit.

•11 a.m. — Beginner Tai Chi with Angie Bedard – class full.

•12:30 p.m. — Ceramics class with Ida Wiley.

•12:30-4 p.m. — Pool League.

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