A Message from our Executive Director
I don’t know anyone that likes to hear or say the dreaded “We need to talk.” But even though difficult conversations can sometimes be fraught with uncomfortable sensations and distress, there are ways to make them a little easier and a lot more productive. Check out my  5 Tips to Help You Say “We Need to Talk” for more!
Here at the FairField Center, we offer some great tools for when the “We Need to Talk” conversations are necessary, whether it’s at home, work, or with someone in the community. We hope you’ll take advantage of our services and training and pass the word to others facing tough interactions. We can help!
 -- Timothy J. Ruebke (Tim), Executive Director - FairField Center
´╗┐´╗┐Creating Community
It's Official - Festival Relocation Approved
The Harrisonburg International Festival Planning Committee announced this past week that Harrisonburg City Council has approved relocation of the annual event to downtown Harrisonburg. Previously held in Harrisonburg’s Hillandale Park, the festival’s popularity and growth has prompted the relocation.
Your donations help keep the festival free and vibrant!
Consider making a
contribution today! 
Cultivating Change
Cost of Workplace Conflict Greater Than You Think 
According to a 2008 study by CPP Inc.--publishers of the Myers-Briggs Assessment and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument -- U.S. employees spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict. This amounts to approximately $359 billion in in paid hours (based on average hourly earnings of $17.95), or the equivalent of 385 million working days.
FairField Center has solutions for reducing the cost of workplace conflict.
2018 Continuing Mediator Education Bonanza 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM 
A Gathering Place,841 Mt. Clinton Pike,Harrisonburg, VA 22802
This day-long training event will offer a series of topics relevant to achieving Continuing Mediator Education credits for recertification in Virginia.  This fast-paced day will include topics that explore both general and family circumstances.  Included is 2 hours of Mediator Ethics.
All the the workshops in this traininghave been approved for CME credit. 
Fall Training Sessions Scheduled 
Basic Mediation Training (September 10-12)
Family Mediation Training (September 12-14)
Virginia Judicial System (September 29) 
Visit our Training page for more classes still open for registrtion this summer. 
Supporting the Changemakers
Summer Giving & Beyond 
THANK YOU to VA Momentum, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, and all the folks that contributed to the exciting Valley Fourth event benefiting local nonprofits like FairField Center. We appreciate our community!
BE COOL, GIVE. The summer fundraising campaign has ended, but the opportunity to support FairField Center programs is always just a click away. Thank you to everyone who assisted and gave during our summer campaign, and those who continue to support our mission.  We think you’re pretty COOL.
Congrats Spark Tank Winners! The Spark Tank Mission Accelerator Competition was fierce, and two local nonprofits walked away with $10,000 each in marketing services from Converge Local. Congratulations to Raw Learning and Blue Ridge CASA for Children.
Coming this fall: Watch for announcements of a new invitation-only lecture series from FairField Center. These special events will be hot-topic, solution-based salons that will afford attendees an excellent opportunity to meet notable leaders in a variety of fields and have valuable, in-depth networking time with key professionals from around the region. 
July 2018
Think of those critical turning points in your life where a beneficial change occurred. How were you able to make the shift? Access to a community of caring and skilled changemakers can help more people successfully turn the corner on difficult situations.
FairField Turning Points is a newsletter about how the FairField Center does just that by:  
Creating Community. 
Cultivating Change.
Supporting the Changemakers. 
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Who is FairField?
Experience runs deeps in the FairField Center staff. One member has handled more than 5k cases! Learn more about the FairField team HERE.
More accolades for this FairField program! Harrisonburg International Festival 3rd Best Food Festival in Virginia Living's Best of Virginia 2018. Find out HERE. 

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