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Senior Spirit: July 25, 2012

July 26, 2012 Linda McClanahan 0

Did you know that some of the activities of the Mt. Juliet Senior Center are not just for seniors? The Mt. Juliet Senior Activity center offers over 80 programs and events for its members aged 55 and over. In addition to those programs, many activities are open to the community……

1) On the first, third and fourth Thursdays, at 11:30 a.m., a homemade lunch is open to the community. For just $5 you get a home cooked meal prepared with love by our cooking club. Businesses are encouraged to call the day before for eat-in, carry-out or delivery.                     call  758-9114

2) Every Thursday from 1-3 pm, we have a 2 hour free Country Music Variety show. Bring your acoustic instrument and join the performers or be a part of the audience. 

3) Free Karaoke is open to the public the third Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. Come join the singers or be a part of the audience.

4) Free monthly concerts – bring a snack or appetizer to share. We pass the hat for the musicians. You will enjoy two hours of great music on a Saturday night from 6-8 p.m.! The next concert will feature Country Artist, Billy Tarkington on Aug. 18.

5) Trips & Travel – Casino Trips are open to the public! A trip to San Antonio Texas is planned for September. Call for details 758-9114

6) Special events are always open to the public. 

Coming up next: Pig-Stravaganza, August 10  5:30-8:30 p.m.  Must be 21 to attend! An evening of fun…a pork dinner, games of chance, piggy raffle, pig calling contest, music and lot’s more. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door. (Includes dinner and five free raffle tickets). Call for more info: 758-9114

7) Volunteer opportunities – Anyone can be a part of the many volunteer programs offered at the center.  Adopt-a-room, “Let’s Build a park,” Special Event Committees and Daily Operations are some of the opportunities for volunteers. 

July is membership month! Seniors aged 55 plus are invited to stop by for a free tour and newsletter. You will also receive a free T-shirt when you join! Visit Soon, the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, “Where Friends Meet.”

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Telling Tales: Advice to my 20-year old self

July 26, 2012 Becky Andrews 0

I read a blog recently and the 22 year old blogger requested readers write a letter offering advice to the younger you, a 20 year old you. I tried to think of how many times I’ve heard people, my dad in particular, say, “If only I could go back and do this (or that or the other thing) differently my life would be better.” We’ve all said it. But most of us, if given the chance wouldn’t take it. Because we know that cutting out some of the poor choices, embarrassing moments or just plain awful experiences of life would most likely mean cutting out the breathtaking, lesson learning and indescribable moments as well. 

The reason the blogger made this request of readers was so that she and other 20 something’s might learn more about the bumpy road us older folk had already traveled. 

So just for the heck of it, here’s a letter to my 20 year old self. 

Dearest Becky,

Start wearing sunscreen. You’ll be glad you did. When you hit 30, those cute little freckles are referred to as ‘age spots.’ 

If the opportunity comes along to travel cross country and live on the west coast for a few months, take it. Don’t think about it so much before you finally say yes. You might be a little lonely at first since you’ve never lived alone but trust me; you dodged a bullet by not moving in with that girl from Nevada! On your way back to Tennessee with your little sister, make a stop in the Grand Canyon and take a lot of pictures.

Stop obsessing about your weight for crying out loud! And stop buying fat free cookies. They’re disgusting and you just let them go bad! You’ll learn one day that the female body is capable of doing some amazing things that have absolutely nothing to do with weight or cup size.

Don’t be afraid of embracing your uniqueness. Being different is one of the things that make you so uniquely you. Finding humor under the most unusual circumstances is a good quality that will serve you well. 

Don’t agree with someone just because you’re afraid they won’t like you. The right people respect you more when you give your concerns a voice.    

SAVE YOUR MONEY! 

Volunteer as much as possible. Not enough people your age do this.

Don’t let the false teachings of a certain religion keep you from getting to know God. He’s pretty cool and loves everyone no matter what they look like, how much money they have or what person they fall in love with.  

Believe it or not, you’re going to get married. I’m not even going to spoil the surprise. Let me just tell you this, he’s closer than you think and yes, you’ve met him. He’s a keeper. He knows you better than anyone and your abnormally large big toe doesn’t bother him at all. He loves you because of- not in spite- of all your little idiosyncrasies.

Visit your mother more and don’t ignore her phone calls. You may think she doesn’t really have anything important to say but trust me one day you’ll look back and wish you could hear her talk about how she didn’t ever think you would stop sucking your thumb. You’ll be glad she taught you the importance of washing down a doughnut, brownie or piece of cake with a Diet Dr. Pepper. You’re more like her than you think. Where do you think you got that wicked sense of humor? Ask her more questions. She has a lot of stories to tell.  Your children will want to know all about their Nanny. 

I probably shocked you with the “C” word. I know you think you don’t want children. I know you think after being raised in houseful of kids in a mildly dysfunctional home, you just want your adulthood to be quiet and clean and all about you and your job. You’ll enjoy that… for a while. But then one day, dear one, if you do find yourself wiping snotty noses, potty training, helping your son with his homework or listening to that son say his prayers at night, on that day you’ll know that just because you might not be where you thought you’d be at 35 years old, you are exactly where you were meant to be.

To reach the 35 year old Becky Andrews email her, becky@wilsonlivingmagazine.com. 

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Senior Spirit: June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012 Linda McClanahan 0

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer”! 

Great things are on the calendar for the next three months at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center starting with the annual Membership Drive. 

Beginning July 1, every member will receive a Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center T-shirt when they sign up. 

Dues are still just $20 per person, per year and almost all programs are free or low cost!

Are you a worker bee? 

There are plenty of volunteer committees and projects. 

From the “Let’s Build a Park” committee to special event committees. 

We need you!

Are your funds limited and a vacation is out of the question? 

July is packed full of activities from music and art to socials and games. 

There are day trips and even a trip to San Antonio this fall. 

There is never a dull moment at your senior center. 

Whether it’s exercise, learning a new skill or just relaxing with a game of cards or bingo….you are sure to have a good time on any given day.  

Spend the summer with us at the place, “where friends meet”.

For more information on programs, events, volunteering, sponsorships or membership call: (615) 758-9114

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Senior Spirit: 6/13

June 13, 2012 Linda McClanahan 0

Are you a senior aged 55 or older, newly retired, new to our area or just looking for new friendships and opportunities to learn something new? 

There is something for everyone at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center.

The mission of the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center is to provide a place for older adults to gather for social, educational and recreational activities and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. 

Over 80 programs and events are currently offered in Arts & Crafts, Drama & Music, Recreation, Education, Wellness, Socials, Special Events and Community Services. 

Membership is just $20 per year for adults 55 and older. 

The very active center is the heartbeat of the city. 

It is embraced by our community’s service clubs, volunteer groups, businesses, churches, schools and families. 

Many activities are offered for all ages such as; the Thursday fundraiser lunch and music jam for just $5, the monthly concerts, monthly karaoke, volunteer opportunities and all special events. 

The most current volunteer community project is the creation of a Senior Serenity Park. 

The space has been cleared and the layout of the park will soon begin. 

The park will include; beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees, a water feature, a pergola, benches, a picnic table, a raised herb garden and more. 

All projects, supplies and services have been pledged and donated by the Mt. Juliet businesses, churches, service clubs and volunteers. 

All contributors will be recognized on a permanent thank you board in the park. 

If you would like to be a part of the, “Let’s build a park” committee call us today.

Stop by the center any day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Join us for a cup of coffee, a tour and a free newsletter. 

For more information call 758-9114.

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Telling Tales: Becky

June 13, 2012 Angel Kane 2

People often ask Becky and I if we are sisters. To which Becky always responds, 

“Yes, I’m the much younger, nicer sister.”

But no, we are not sisters. (And fyi – she is older than you might think)

Becky and I met years ago when our children attended school together. As you know, there are mothers you click with and those you don’t. I knew Becky and I were going to be fast friends when one day we were chatting in the school parking lot. As she opened her van door, to let her children out, a bunch of junk just fell out. It didn’t faze her one bit, she just kept on talking…even though her child, who was standing right beside her, was now five minutes late for school.  I knew then and there she was a keeper!

Those who meet Becky instantly like her. She is always smiling, always running somewhere, always willing to give a hand or hug. I tend to be a “tad” more reserved. I think people who smile all the time are secretly insane. My goal when I wake up in the morning is to get home as soon as I possibly can. And I will go out of my way to avoid an oncoming  – public display of affection.   

And yet, Becky and I remain the best of friends.  Only problem is that for years, Becky has been trying to make me more like her. 

“Come work out with me.” 

“No. I might see someone I know.” 

“Come to a Metallica concert with me.”

“No. I might get mugged.”

“Come give me a hug.”

“No. Do we need to review our rules about ‘boundaries’ again?”

So a few weeks ago, as I was preparing for a trip, Becky arrived with some clothes for me to borrow. I perused through what she had brought. 

“No way – I can’t wear any of these. Do you really wear these hippi clothes?”  

Exasperated, she said, “You need to get out of your box!”

“Hey, I like my box. My box has a pool, tivo, unlimited caramelos and a weekly subscription to People Magazine.  People would kill to be in my box.”

Could this friendship be saved?  

“Fine, wear your usual funeral clothes. Now, let’s make up – I’m coming in for a hug – brace yourself!”  

To read more of Angel and Becky’s columns go to www.wilsonpost.com and hit Columns & Blogs. Angel Kane can be reached at angel@wilsonlivingmagazine.com

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