By BECKY ANDREWS
I’ve hit mid life. While my older sister disagrees saying she’s not even mid life, I know it’s here. I can feel it in my bones, in my digestive track and I can see it in the crow’s feet once thought to be laugh lines.
I seem to be traveling fairly rapidly up the metaphorical hill so that one day I can dig my heels in to prevent from sliding down. It appears that not only is my age increasing in years and months but the cost to keep those years and months too noticeable increasing as well.
Dear Ken: I just saw the great song and dance man Gene Kelly in the movie “Singin’ in the Rain.” Did he have any children? How many movies did he make?
The Pittsburgh native was married three times and had two daughters and a son. He made about 35 films. Among his best were “The Pirate,” “On the Town,” “An American in Paris,” “Brigadoon” and “Inherit the Wind.” His last musical film was “Xanadu” in 1980. Said Kelly, “I never wanted to be a dancer. It’s true! I wanted to be a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.” He died in 1996 at age 83 from the complications of two strokes.
The inaugural Blushing Bridal Show is less than two weeks away and the buzz around it is louder than ever. It has a lot to do with our celebrity guest, Monte Durham, flying in to give personal advice to local brides. Monte is one of the stars of the TLC hit show, “Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta.” He is one of the top bridal stylists in the world. He even had a special role in the upcoming nuptials of the future Princess of England, Kate Middleton. How cool is that?
Save the date and plan for nothing but fun, food and fashion on Feb. 20 from 1-5p.m. at The Mill at Lebanon. We still have a few spaces left for vendors. If you are interested in reserving a booth contact Becky at 969-6751 or Erin Brown at 519-0379.
Wilson County 911 Board’s regular meeting will be at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at the 911 office at 1611 West Main Street, Lebanon.
Wilson County Beer Board will not meet Monday, Feb. 14, as no applications have been submitted.
Lebanon City Council will have a work session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Town Meeting Hall,
City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights and will discuss water/sewer system issues and upcoming projects.
Wilson County Commission’s Insurance Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon, to discuss the county’s long-term disability policy.
Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a work session at 5 p.m. to discuss a city manager form of government.
Wilson County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Sheriff’s Training Room, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon.
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administrative Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of El Molino, Inc. d/b/a El Molino Mexican Restaurant at 809 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, for on the premises consumption, and Tomcat LLC d/b/a West Main Shell at 1324 West Main Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption.
Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at noon, Monday, March 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss a memorandum of understanding with Dell and AT&T and the 2012-2013 school calendar. The board will meet in regular session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the Central Office. All items to be considered for the meeting agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Fiddler’s Grove Woodcarvers will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Town Hall at Fiddler’s Grove, James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Anyone interested in woodcarving is invited to attend. For information, call 715-9337 or 449-0057.
A Night of Valentine Magic! will be Saturday, Feb. 12, at Westland United Methodist Church, presented by SunnySide Performing Arts Ministry. Lance Johnson, a fourth generation professional magician, will perform a 90-minute Excaliber Magic show of large and small illusions. Master of Ceremonies, John “Big Daddy Cool” DeLarrocca, and Brett Mayor, YouTube Charlie Chaplin impressionist, also entertainers themselves, will join Johnson for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple and $100 for a table of six. Price includes Red Velvet Cake, beverage, a rose for the ladies and an evening of magic. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 444-1447. The church is at 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon.
The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information, contact Julie at Julie.email@example.com or at 364-8459.
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit www.Mid-cumberlandcaa.com.
Lebanon Resource Center at New Rivers Worship Center will celebrate its grand opening at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15. The thrift store features clothes, whatnots, furniture and more. Lebanon Resource Center is a ministry of New Rivers Worship Center and will be assisting in supporting community outreaches, hand-ups, missions work and all sorts of ministry. Both are at 212 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, and open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information, call 693-9510.
Wilson County AARP Chapter #5023 will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Guest speaker will be Al Ashworth, owner of Custom Color, One Hour Photo Lab. He will offer tips on taking good photographs for keepsakes and answering questions regarding members’ cameras. New year and dues are still $5 per member for the local chapter and are due now.
Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.
First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.
Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.
A free Childcare Provider Workshop will be offered by the University of Tennessee Extension from 9 until 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Participants will receive 2 hours of training credit. The workshop is the first of a two-part workshop. The topic is “ADHD in Children Part I.” For information, or to register, contact Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or by email at email@example.com. Participants must pre-register to attend. Class size is limited.
Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Democratic Social will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the East-West Building, James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite chili (in a Crock Pot) and compete for one of three trophies. Cost is $10 at the door and includes chili, hot dog, drink and dessert. There is no additional fee to enter the contest. For information, call 444-3838.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.