4, 11&18 -Walking with Delta Gamma/Young Professional Meeting, at the Buckley's, 6:00 pm
6-7-Joni and Friends Disability Conference; details below
10-Board Meeting 6:00 pm
21-Fun-tastic Field Day, Brickey Elementary, 10:00 am-1:30 pm; details below
22-Tandem bicycling, Cherokee Blvd, 2:00 pm; RSVP Sue; flower orders due
28-Adapted Sports Fest, UT, 2:00-5:00 pm; details below
30-Flower pick-up, noon or after, at the Buckley's
2-Walking with Delta Gamma, West Town, at the Buckley's 6:00 pm
5-Belk Charity Sale, 6:00 am to 10:00 am
8-Board Meeting 6:00 pm
20-Tandem bicycling, Cherokee Blvd, 2:00 pm; RSVP Sue
20-St. Louis trip meeting after tandem bicycling
29-Knox County last day of school
WHAT IS NEW THIS MONTH ON OUR BLOG PAGE?
HOW DOES BRAILLE WORK?
There are many things about vision loss that society views as negative, but the use of Braille is not one of them. Whether small child or adult, most people are fascinated with Braille and curious to know how it works.
I offer the following quick and dirty summary as a public service to satisfy that curiosity.
VIBES IN THE MARATHON
The NFC fitness challenge ended in November, but that didn't end the commitment to fitness for the team members who are participating in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon on March 25, planning to do the half marathon. VIBES is also represented in the children's marathon in which participants walk or run one mile a day for a total of 26 miles. The half marathon participants that have committed so far include Ryne Goodrich, Jacoby Yarbro, Marian Wildgruber, and Sue Buckley (a member of the Covenant Health team). Paige is a participant in the children's marathon which will be held on March 24th. Several other are considering joining one of the VIBES running or walking teams. The public is welcome to come to Neyland Stadium to cheer for the athletes as they cross the finish line. What an exciting ending it will be when they finish their race in Neyland Stadium!
HOW TO BE A RUNNING GUIDE
Running and walking are excellent ways for blind or low vision people to enjoy the outdoors and keep in shape but these activities are a
bit different for a visually impaired or blind athlete in that they need a sighted guide that they can depend on to help them safely navigate the course. After some training and practice runs, the two will move in sync with each other in full confidence. Over a period of time, guides may change and the need to train a new one arises. A good resource for visually impaired runners and walkers is United in Stride, an organization promoting running and walking for those who are blind or low vision. Their website is devoted to helping runners and walkers find volunteer guides in their area. Also at this website is a tutorial explaining how to train a guide. Those interested in volunteering as a guide as well as those looking for a guide can sign up at this site. For the training tutorial
For information on finding or becoming a guide,
The University of Tennessee campus newspaper, the UT Daily Beacon, featured Dani Clark, former Delta Gamma president. Under Dani's leaderhip, Dani and Delta Gamma won several awards, including Chapter of the Year, New Program of the Year, and Rising Leader of the Year. Delta Gamma is a huge supporter of Club VIBES, raising money and providing volunteers for many of our programs including guides for walking in West Town Mall. We are proud of Dani and all of her accomplishments and look forward to following her future successes. To read the complete article, click here .
IT IS TIME FOR SPRING FLOWER SALES
Photo: Fan Flower Photo: Asparagus Fern Photo: Lantana
Photo: Boston Fern
The annual spring flower sale is one of Club VIBES major fundraisers, this year benefiting two trips; the American Council of the Blind Conference in St Louis from June 29-July 2 and Savannah October 7-10, during fall break. We are now taking orders with delivery April 30, in time for Mother's Day. The ferns and colorful hanging baskets sell for $18.00 each. You can order by contacting someone on the board, VIBES members,or emailing Sue. Specific choices are shown in the pictures above. Please support our fundraiser by purchasing these beautiful flowers.
ADAPTED SPORTS FEST
|Photo: Flyer for Adapted Sports Fest
UT Vols Leaders are hosting an afternoon of adapted sports activities and invite all Club VIBES members and anyone else with a disability to participate and experience sports that are included in the Para Olympics and Olympics. It also gives the Vol Leaders who are UT student Scholarship athletes, experience in adapting sports for those with a range of disabilities. Sports to be included are volleyball, soccer, goalball, zumba, cycling and more.
DATE: April 28, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
LOCATION: Brenda Lawson Indoor Football Complex on the UT campus
1551 Lake Loudon Blvd
The event is free but you
must register . To register, send an email to
FUN-TASTIC FIELD DAY
Here is another free sports day for youth with or without disabilities in grades pre-k through 12.
DATE: April 21, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
LOCATION: Brickey-McCloud Elementary School
1810 Dry Gap Pike
You can register the day of the event.
Among the sports included will be power soccer and goal ball as well as a display of adaptive equipment.
|Photo: Flyer for Fun-Tastic Field Day
JONI AND FRIENDS CONFERENCE
First Baptist Church Concord in Farragut is hosting a conference to assist churches and families dealing with disabilities in becoming more connected and educated. It will take place on April 6-7. Club VIBES will have a table to provide information on our programs. For more information,
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 18-Flower sale begins
March 25-Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
Fun-Tastic Field Day
Turn in flower orders at tandem bicycling
April 28-Adaptive Sports Fest with UT Vols Leaders
|Photo; Example of our flowers
SPRING FLOWER SALE
Contact VIBES members or board members NOW to order your spring baskets with delivery April 30, in time for Mother's Day. See details above.
BELK CHARITY SALE
We will again be selling tickets to the Belk Charity Sale which will be on Saturday, May 5 from 6:00 am until 10:00 am at all area Belk stores. The $5.00 ticket will allow you early entrance into the store to shop special sale items including many things not usually reduced. In addition, $5.00 will be taken off of the price of your first purchase. Club VIBES receives the total $5.00 of the ticket.
GOOGLE LENS TURNS YOUR CAMERA INTO A SEARCH BOX
Google Lens is an on-demand photo recognition tool built into Google Photos that can provide additional information about what you're taking a picture of. "Lens" is essentially image search in reverse: you take a picture and Google figures out what's in it.
Once you've got Lens, you'll be able to use its tricks to learn more about the buildings, plants, works of art and other objects around you. This includes everything from movie posters to album covers. Google Lens can also identify business cards and offer to create a new contact from that information. Lens takes it much further. If you take a photo of a restaurant, Lens can do more than just say "it's a restaurant," or "it's called Golden Corral." It can automatically find you the hours, call up the menu, or see if there's a table open tonight. To get Lens on your iPhone you need to download the latest version of Google Photo. From there, you'll launch the app and take a photo. With the photo loaded, you'll want to tap the Google Lens button below it. It's the square that kind of looks like the Instagram logo. To get the Google Photo App for iPhone, click here.
To learn more about using Google Lens there is a podcast you can listen to.
TO OUR NEW PARTNERS FOR 2018-2020
Platinum; Delta Gamma and Nalls Sherbakoff
Gold; Group One Mediation Training
Silver; Smoky Mountain Wheelman
Bronze; Blount County Eye Center and West Knox Lion's Club
THANK YOU TO OUR PROGRAM PARTNERS FOR 2018-2020
PLATINUM GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Delta Gamma Group One Smoky Mountain Blount County
Fraternity Meditation Training Inc Wheelman Eye Center
Nalls Sherbakoff West Knox Lion's Club