Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Arts Across FiftyForward

 Please join us for an evening of the arts! Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wine and Cheese Reception
5-7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP at (615)743-3400

The Patricia Hart Building
174 Rains Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains

10 lifestyle options you can follow to maintain, and improve your vibrant brains by Alvaro Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of Sharp Brains. He is the co-author of The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews, To Keep Your Brain Sharp.  It has been recognized as a Best Book by AARP.

Here are two habits to learn about and practice. Read the other 8 habits in upcoming newsletters!

1.  Learn what the "It" is in "Use It or Lose It"--a basic understanding will serve you well. Click here to read more.

2. Take care of your nutrition.  The brain only weighs 2% of body mass but consumes over 20% of the oxygen and nutrients you intake. Read more here!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Free Fair Day!

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Vendor Information - Free Fair Day - September 11

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

FREE Day at the Fair Sept 11

FiftyForward Presents Free Fair Day (9/11/12)
Mary Hance to serve as emcee for midday program

Come to the Tennessee State Fair for a better than fair deal on September 11 as FiftyForward Presents Free Fair Day.

From health and wellness, to lifelong learning and social style, FiftyForward puts the focus on YOU to offer a little something foreveryone to nourish and nurture.

Hosted by Mary Hance, The Tennessean's "Ms. Cheap", the focus of the free day from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. is Revitalize, Rejuvenate, and Reinvent your life! A special program from noon - 2 p.m. will provide tips, advice and entertainment to help you chart the course to a new you.

Complimentary bag lunches including food from local restaurants will be offered to the first 300 guests. Walgreens is providing branded totes for the first 300 guests as well as information on wellness including its popular walking program.

FiftyForward is offering a limited number of booths for $50 to vendors who offer a positive, unique or proactive message to reach this audience.

For more information regarding booths at this special event or future FiftyForward functions, please contact Sally Solesby at FiftyForward Knowles (615/743-3400 or ssolesby @fiftyforward.org). To learn more about FiftyForward and its initiatives, visit:www.fiftyforwardknowles.org)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Bounty - Gazpacho!

One of the many wonderful things to enjoy in July is summer's bounty.  Vegetables are at their peak and the tastes are delicious. I'll admit that I'm not a tomato lover but I do love growing them!  I feel that the perfect way to enjoy my summer bounty is by making gazpacho.  Smooth or chunky, this cold soup is a great way to drink your veggies and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. 

The Best of the Best

 We all know to maintain a healthy lifestyle we need to eat more fruits, vegetables and grains.  But which ones are the healthiest, the best of the best?  Nutrition Action Health Letter has compiled a factbook that calculates a score for many foods by adding up its percentage of the recommended daily intake for five nutrients plus fiber and carotenoids. These scores can help you choose superstars at every meal!  Top fruits include guava, watermelon, kiwi, papaya and grapefruit; vegetables include kale, spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard; best beans are soybeans, pinto beans, chickpeas and lentils and top grains are quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, bulgur and barley.

Try this Mighty Bowl of Goodness recipe that includes some of these healthy foods -- click here!
Try this Vegetable Barley Soup -- click here!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Genealogy Seminar - August 11

Genealogy Seminar
Saturday, August 11, 2012
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Featuring J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
Learn about the wonderful records that tell the story of our Kentucky & Tennessee Ancestors.  
Understand why our Ancestors were searching for limestone-filtered flowing springs
and abundant fruit and grain.   Discover the Kentucky & Tennessee record groups
that will help tighten migration travel routes and destinations.  
LOCATION:  FiftyForward Knowles, 174 Rains Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
(across from the entrance to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.)
REGISTRATION FEE:  $35 per person includes lunch and hands-on worksheets.  
To register, Contact Deborah Stillwell at 615-743-3487 or

Mark is a full-time professional genealogist, author and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South.   A native of Robertson Co, TN, he has held many offices with genealogical groups and professional organizations.  He was president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Vice President & Secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Vice President of the South KY Genealogical Society.  He is an instructor for the IGHR (Samford University’s renowned school of genealogy in Birmingham, AL) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy UGA, Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA) and was awarded the APG – Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award; and is a member of the board of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society to name just a few of his many accomplishments and activities.   He has also worked on the genealogical TV series “African American Lives 2”, “Faces of America” and NBC’s  “Who Do You Think You are?”

Beginning Genealogy Class - July 23

Beginning Genealogy Class
Monday, July 23, 2012
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
(lunch included)

Class includes where to begin; organization; at-home records; vital records; County Records; Military Records (Revolutionary through WWII); Cemetery Records; Census Records 1790-1940;
Population schedules & non-population (farm, slave, industrial, state.)
    Conducted by:
Virginia Gooch Watson, Genealogist
Past staff member of the Tennessee State Library and Archives 1953-1965
and past president of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
Martha Orsborn Gerdeman, Genealogist
Retired librarian and past president of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical
Society; completedstudy courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Samford University 2008-10 & National Genealogical Society.She
completed the National Institute on Genealogy & History at the National Archives.

FEE:$10 FiftyForward Members / $15 nonmembers

Reservations: contact Deborah Stillwell at dstillwell@fiftyforward.org
or call 615/743-3487
FiftyForward Knowles ~ 174 Rains Ave ~ Nashville TN 37203

Friday, June 15, 2012

Genealogy Seminar - July 23

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Genealogy Seminar on August 11

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mary Ellen's Refrigerator Rolls

Enjoy this recipe from Knowles member/instructor, Mary Ellen!

1/2 C Crisco, 3/8 C sugar  (cream)
1/2 C boiling water - pour gradually
1/2 C warm water & 1 package of yeast
1 egg well beaten

Add egg to cooled mixture and add yeast mixture.
Add 3 cups of flour to which 1/2 tsp salt has been added, one cup at a time mixing well after each addition.
Put in refrigerator. Make out as needed, kneading in extra flour for ease in handling.  Let rise 2 hours in warm place.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

It Pay$ to Get Older!

You would be surprised at all the businesses that offer discounts for people ages 50+! Click "Read More" below to see this long list of discounts and save at your next visit!

Applebee’s: 15% off with Gold Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
Ben & Jerry’s 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Captain D’s Seafood: discount varies on location (62+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Culver’s: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Coral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at participating locations (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak n’ Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Café: 10% off (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Retail and Apparel:
Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday every month (50+)
Big Lots: 10% off

Genealogy Seminar July 19 & 26

 Genealogy Seminar
Thursday, July 19 & 26
12 noon-3:00 p.m.

July 19
“Hide and Seek”: Finding Hidden Sources.
The War of 1812:
It’s Records and where to find them
July 26
“See How They Dressed”: Using Clothing Styles
to Identify Daguerreotypes and
Photographs for both Men and Women
“The Written Words”: Records from Bibles,
Daybooks, Autograph Books, Scrapbooks and Ledgers
Instructor: Virginia Watson
Past staff member of the 
Tennessee State Library and Archives 1953-1965 
and past president of the 
Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society

 Location: FiftyForward Knowles
174 Rains Ave, Nashville 37203
FEE: $10 FiftyForward Members $15 Nonmembers

For reservations contact Deborah Stillwell
615/743-3487 or dstillwell@fiftyforward.org

Good Foods for a Good Mood

To maintain a good mood throughout the day, it is important to eat foods that don't shock your system but keep you even and balanced.  Stay away from highly processed foods (don't eat anything that is handed to you through a window!) since over time these foods will cause bad health mentally and physically.

For a well-rounded good mood diet, include fats that are best for your brain (wild salmon and shrimp) and whole foods that have lots of vitamins and minerals such as B-complex vitamins, vitamin D and iodine (cherry tomatoes, watermelon, chile peppers, beets and garlic.

Studies show that populations that eat the most fish have the lowest rates of depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder. Tomatoes are the world's most popular berry (yes, that's true -- berry!) They are high in mood enhancers such as lycopene, folate and magnesium and also contain iron and vitamin B6.  And watermelon has even more lycopene than the tomato!  Chili peppers are spicy due to the fat-soluble molecule they contain called capsaicin.  When we eat spicy peppers, we can experience a euphoric response much like the release of endorphins when we exercise.

Beets can be prepared in so many healthy ways and are one of the best sources of the B vitamin folate.  This B vitamin is important for good mood but also helps with memory retrieval, brain processing speed and fast reflexes.  Garlic is part of a family of vegetables called alliums which are a source for the mineral chromium.  This mineral is needed for your body to properly respond to the hormone insulin and is effective in treating low energy levels and carbohydrate craving.

Additional good mood foods include apples, lentils, milk, sardines and yogurt.

Friday, May 4, 2012

How you can help us continue our work of serving adults 50+ in our community!

It is time for the 2012 FiftyForward Knowles Annual Fund Campaign and we are asking for your support. Once a year Knowles Center conducts an annual campaign by contacting members and friends, seeking support to continue our work of serving adults 50+ in our community.

The funds raised during this campaign will be directly used for Knowles activities. These funds will bring you more of the events you’ve enjoyed such as Day Trips, the Wellness Series and 1st Monday Lunch.

You can double your donation too. For every dollar contributed between now and June 30, an anonymous patron has agreed to match your contribution 100%! The entire amount received will be used for programs at Knowles.

No contribution is too small. $1, $5, $15 helps so much.  If you are not a member, but have participated in an activity or event at Knowles, now is the time to show your support! You can mail a check or call us if you’d like to donate via your credit or debit card.

Please mail your check to:
FiftyForward Knowles
Annual Fund
174 Rains Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

For additional information, please feel free to contact us at 743-3488.

Thank you for supporting FiftyForward Knowles!

In Praise of the Egg

If you want to improve your brain function through nutrition, look no further than the egg.  Once thought of as dangerous as part of a daily diet, new studies show that eggs, particularly the standard "barnyard egg" that is created when a hen lives a normal farm life, are close to being the perfect food. What makes them so special?  Eggs are loaded with B vitamins; B6 is important for cognitive function, B12 helps protect against agitation and loss of focus and B9, or folate, wards off mental sluggishness and forgetfulness.  And, they come in their own neat package!  For more healthy reasons to eat eggs, visit 10 Health Benefits of Eggs. To add to your egg cooking knowledge: How to boil an egg and Healthy Egg Recipes.

Want to know more? Come out to the Wellness Luncheon on Tuesday, May 22,  12 – 1 pm.
Call us to make a reservation at (615)743-3400.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

25th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Middle TN Genealogical Society

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Music for Seniors Album Release Concert and First Monday Lunch

Who:    FiftyForward Music for Seniors and FiftyForward Knowles
What:   Album Release Concert and Lunch
-Free concert of music from the new Music for Seniors CD, “Songs We All Love!”
-Performances of selections from the album by the artists who recorded them.
-“First Monday” Lunch:  $3.00 members; $5.00 non-members
Monday, May 7 – Noon
   FiftyForward Knowles, 174 Rains Avenue Nashville, TN 37203

May 7, 2012 is the official release date of a new album presented by FiftyForward Music for Seniors entitled, “Songs We All Love!”  The CD features a wide variety of music – from classical to western swing and everything in between! – performed by many of the talented professional musicians who perform for older adults across Middle Tennessee through the organized effort of the Music for Seniors program.

RSVP to Deb Stillwell at FiftyForward Knowles:  743-3400 or dstillwell@fiftyforward.org.

A Colorful Diet = Optimum Nutrition!

Pink, red, orange, yellow, green, purple and blue. These are not the hot fashion colors for spring, but the colors that should be represented on your plate daily.  Here are some food suggestions by color as well as some delicious and nutritious recipes.

Pink:  grapefruit, raspberries, salmon
Red:  tomatoes, steak, red potatoes, red onions, chile pepper
Orange:  oranges, mangoes, peaches
Yellow:  pineapples, lemons, honey
Green:  lettuce, edamame, mint, cucumbers, parsley
Blue:  blueberries, blue cheese
Purple:  grapes, plums

Friday, March 16, 2012

What do you do with that?

Join us on Tuesday, March 27 at noon for our Wellness Lunch featuring foods new to your supermarket. 
Sriracha sauce is a Thai multi-purpose hot sauce, also fondly known as "Rooster Sauce."  Use Sriracha as a marinade, in vegetables, egg salad and ketchup and in making pickles!  
A host of recipes can be found at bon appetit.
Call 743-3400 for reservations. 
FREE for FiftyForward members, 
$5 for nonmembers.  
The Wellness Series is sponsored by 
CAT Financial.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Life Lessons from the Great Books - March 21

Join our book club at the Nashville Public Library for an enriching discussion on the series Life Lessons from the Great Books! This month will feature Boethius, Martin Luther King - Conscience.

See how Boethius' On the Consolation of Philosophy instructs us on how true wisdom resides in recognizing the harm caused by returning evil with evil.  Also, see Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" as a profound testimony to our ability to change the world.

Presented by the Nashville Public Library in the Special Collections Center on the 2nd Floor from 11:00-12:00.

Call (615) 743-3400 for questions and to make your reservation!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Roasted Pasta Primavera

Last fall I began writing a nutrition column
for Forward Focus,
the quarterly publication of FiftyForward.
For the spring issue, Lisa Mays,
a local wine expert,
joined me to suggest wines
that would compliment my recipes.
Here is a copy of our most recent pairing.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The 30 Healthiest Foods

Tuesday we will complete the Wellness/Nutrition series
"The 30 Healthiest Foods." The last 5 foods featured will be walnuts, oatmeal, bulgur, eggs and almonds.I plan to serve bulgur wheat cooked with onions, bell pepper, squash, mushrooms and fresh basil and sandwiches made with whole-grain bread, hard-cooked eggs and avocados and tomatoes. The twist will be dessert: oatmeal with walnuts, almonds and fruit!
To see all of the 30 Healthy Foods, visit Real Simple.