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Senior Center News – Center appreciates festival success (Oct. 7, 2015 issue)

By Mike Reese

Considering the rain and cool temperatures, Clinchfield Senior Adult Center’s (CSAC) fundraising activities during the Apple Festival last weekend were quite successful.
The drizzle on Friday morning did not seem to impact attendance at the benefit breakfast, which was prepared by members of the Unicoi Ruritan Club and complimented by many attendees. We very much appreciate what has become an annual community service project for their club. Although there were occasional showers on Friday afternoon and Saturday, the weather was mostly cool to chilly, which was especially conducive to sales of coffee, hot cocoa and hot spiced cider – gallons of each!
Without the dozens of fantastic senior center volunteers, the center would be unable to participate in Apple Festival fundraising activities. Throughout the year, CSAC members create a large variety of craft items to sell at the festival, which are sold at our downtown vendor booth and in our dining room.
Volunteers also make apple relish, dilly beans and apple pies in the center’s commercial kitchen. (We offer special thanks to CSAC member Bob Pratt who grew three separate crops of Blue Lake green beans this year specifically for the dilly beans.) During the weekend, volunteers assisted with serving the breakfast, preparing desserts and hot beverages, handling sales in the dining room or at the downtown vendor booth, answering the telephone, performing custodial duties, monitoring and collecting parking lot rentals, and helping with set up and take down of tents, tables, signage, crafts, and other sale items.
The senior center staff and board members greatly appreciate and thank every volunteer or other individual who helped to make the 2015 Apple Festival a successful fundraising event for CSAC.
Please note the upcoming programs and activities:
• Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. – Ryan Ramsey, First TN Area Agency on Aging and Disability, will visit the center on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk about Medicare Minutes. Ryan will take appointments for individuals who have Medicare concerns. If you wish to make an appointment, please call the center at 743-5111.
• Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. – Dr. Dan Merrick, Mountain States Alliance Cardiology, will present a program on “Cardiac Awareness” at the senior center. At the conclusion of his presentation, Dr. Merrick will be glad to answer any questions you might have on this topic.
For additional information about any of our activities, please call the senior center at 743-5111 or visit our facility at 220 Union Street midway between Main Street and Elm Avenue any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.