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Local Briefs: Murfreesboro celebrates 200, Fall Kids’ Fest, Mommy Connections, private school open houses and more.

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rateful to be home one early evening after a long, busy day of everything under the sun, as I pull into our driveway my 8-year-old says eagerly, “Stop, Mom! I wanna get the mail!” So I do as I’m told, then watch as his tousled head darts to the mailbox to see what’s inside, his soccer socks rolled down to cool his legs, shin guards still velcroed tautly around his strong, narrow calves, cleats clacking on the drive — he just loves surprises. He might find a Halloween Express catalogue in there with all those costumes! Or maybe there’ll be a USA Hockey magazine, or ... or ... a college letter for Alexandra, or ... or maybe even a party invitation! This youngest of mine bubbles over with excitement and enthusiasm for everything; he has the gift of happiness and the gift of talk. He finds miracles in the tiniest things and wants to share them with you, too. How can I help him hold onto this zest for life as he grows? My happy little Puck! Here’s the thing ... kids get older and they crash into the middle school years and suddenly the bedroom door is shut and the earphones are on and the cell phone’s in hand. There’s no time for parents to know how to manage it, and so we scramble and make up rules as we go along. Our parents can give us no wisdom on managing kids with all these machines in hand and can only say things like, “When I was a kid,” which is no help at all. And so, with no road map, we’re on our own. Not even the American Academy of Pediatrics can help: they recommend no more than two hours a day of total screen time for kids and that includes computer, TV, video games and doesn’t even acknowledge cell phones and texting, which is all that middle schoolers want to do. Isolation on machines enters in for kids if parents don’t step in. We need to insist on limits, trust, respect and responsibility. We have two weapons to employ: connectivity and love. Well, I’ve got a whole lot of love for my children, but connectivity is a challenge on a daily basis in every busy household. So we have to take some steps. I hope you’ll take in our feature on “Rules for the 21st Century.” Parents need to know what their kids are doing on Facebook, online, in their phones — you can’t afford not to know. Next, I hope you’ll read our piece called “Take Time for the Daily 15,” which provides a gentle reminder about making time for your children. We can do this everyday starting when they are little and aim to keep it going. On the soccer field tonight, I chatted with a nice mom who had her 4-week-old snuggled up on her shoulder. Drawn to the infant, I rubbed her back. “It’s so nice when they are so little and need us so much!” I couldn’t help but say. And at the end of my driveway, when my young Puck hopped back in the car with the stack of mail, grinning broadly and displaying a USA Hockey magazine, I said, “Great! We’ll look at it!” (After dinner, of course!)

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If your child has a bad cough but is not contagious, do you still send him to school? NIKKI WILLIAMS-NORTHERN Yes. My child has mild seasonal allergies which usually only manifests as a cough. She’s not contagious and I’m not going to let her miss school just because the pollen count is up. SUSAN JAMES If it’s just a small cough with no other symptoms, yes! If it’s a cough that makes them unable to catch their breath or causes them to vomit, no! CATHERINE NORTHCOTT EPPERSON Yes, because without fail they will catch something at least twice a school year that will keep them home. No need to keep them out of school if they are not contagious. They do need to be given medication to ease their cough so it doesn’t get worse though. PRISCILLA PINSON LOCKARD Yes. Would you take them to the zoo? Would you take them to the grocery store with you? Would you take them to the library? If you would do any of those things with them on a normal day, then send them to school! CAROL FLORY SHEHAN Yes, we have been taught that a cold will NOT keep you from attending to life. What we were taught was to wash hands, cover your mouth and deal with it!

NANCY CAROL EVANS Yes. I would send them because there may be another day they need to miss. JESSICA GORE-BYNUM It depends upon how bad the cough is. If my son coughs until he throws up or if he’s coughing up something, then no — he stays home. If the cough is normal without any other symptoms, he goes to school. CAMILLE HYNDS Most likely, yes. But, the key is making sure you’re right about the child not being contagious. MARVEYA LANEICE GOOCH Yep! I give the kiddos a little cough suppressant and off to school they go.

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Renita Bridgeforth If she is feeling well and just has a cough, then yes, otherwise no. I would not send my child to school with a cough and feeling bad. Gina Rose Humphries I sent my daughter to school today with a mild cough and no other symptoms. They need to treat school like a job (obviously as kids they don’t have to go sick as a dog because the mortgage is due), but I tell them if they are feverless and not ill enough for bed, resume life. Plus keep in mind most kids have mild allergies Lora Hunter No. If a child continues to cough not only is it uncomfortable for her but disruptive to the whole class. Let’s not think of ourselves. Most coughs could lead to more or worse symptoms, such as a sore throat. Because if it’s a mild allergy then try the cough medicine; if it relieves it for the day then send them to school. But they don’t need to be at school spreading germs. Theresa Worrell Morrow Yes. Barring fever, projectile vomiting or a bad case of the runs, school is a go. Aggravates me that some schools have a 24-hour “no puke” policy, though. So, if your kid pukes at school on Monday, they have to stay home Tuesday even if they have no fever. Overheated on the playground or nerves over a test or something they ate doesn’t seem to matter. I would say the general rule is if they aren’t sick enough to warrant a trip to the doctor, they go to school. But, I have kept mine home before without taking her to the doctor because I know that the doctor is going to say “it’s viral, keep her comfortable and let it run it’s course.” No sense in taking up space in his waiting room and possibly picking up another illness in the meantime.

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Treva Barnes Only if her doctor has confirmed she is not contagious, then yes. Life is full of interruptions, you can’t keep your child at home for a cough just because it might be inconvenient for others.

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Help your toddler switch from “I want” to “Please.” Local moms share how. by Deborah Bohn

monkey see, monkey do Ever notice how little ears pick up on your favorite phrases and slang? They’ll pick up on your manners, too, if you use them consistently with everyone you meet. “Lots of parents don’t say please to sales clerks, waiters or their own children. But modeling good manners is how you get kids to use them instinctively,” says mother of four Jacqui C. of Bellevue. “I ask my daughter to please sit down and please hand me a tissue. When she does anything I ask, I give her a huge smile and gush ‘Thank you!’”

tip your head Behaviorists call it conditioning. The rest of us call it The Mama Look. Holly S. of Spring Hill says, “If I had a dime for every time I reminded my kids to say please, I’d be a billionaire by now. After a while they come to expect the reminder, so they never say it on their own. That’s why I started slightly tipping my head to the side every time I reminded them. After a few weeks, all I had to do was cock my head just a little, and they instantly understood what I was expecting.”

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praise, smile and wink “I make it a point to smile and say ‘Good job!’ or ‘Nice manners!’ when my 3-year-old son says please at home,” says Ann G. of Franklin. “In the car or at bedtime, I’ll tell him how proud I was that he used manners with the neighbor. Or I’ll ruffle his hair or pat his back when he says please in public. That loving reinforcement is more effective than anything else because he wants to make me proud.”

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hen your toddler starts realizing that he’s already gone in his diaper or recognizes that he needs to go, he’s become “potty aware,” experts say, and ready to go the distance. In other words, efforts to train your little guy before he has this recognition will most likely be in vain. Pediatricians agree that the “age of awareness” falls somewhere between 20 and 28 months, so look for those potty training “windows” (like an interest in switching from diapers to pull ups) during this time ... however! If training isn’t going well, stop the effort for a month or two before resuming. Here are helpful tips for your child’s positive potty training experience: • Provide a potty seat many months before expecting your child to use it and allow him to play with it. • Allow your toddler to watch others use the toilet — doing what big people do is a strong motivator. • Allow your child to run around naked — seeing the urine come out may make the idea click in his head. • Never scold for accidents — punishing has the opposite effect on a child when it comes to potty training. • Play up the idea of your child being a big boy and purchase some fun underwear. • Don’t ask your child if he needs to go potty, just say, “Let’s go potty” first thing in the morning and several times throughout the day. • Expect potty training to take several months. While some children may progress quickly, it takes most children longer. • Try using rewards such as stickers or M&Ms for keeping a diaper dry for long periods of time. • Be understanding that daytime control will precede night time control.

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Expecting? Sign up for Baptist Hospital’s free, weekly e-mails to keep you in-the-know about your baby’s development, read questions and answers from other parents, gain access to local resources and more. Head to baptisthospital.com/parents.

Vanderbilt aims to celebrate families and the community with a free day of family fun during We Care for Kids Day, on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 2 - 4 p.m. Decorate a pumpkin and enjoy plenty of activities, gather health information and tips and for former patients, enjoy reunions and more. Head to the corner of Children’s Way and 25th Avenue South at Vanderbilt’s Sports Club Field.

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rise in the number of young children admitted to hospitals due to accidental poisoning from prescription drugs shows parents have become complacent about storing their medicine. Remember to store all prescription drugs safely away and to put them away again if you take them out. If you feel your child has become accidentally poisoned by prescription drugs, call the Tennessee Poison Center at 1-800222-1222.


IT’S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON. Did you know every year more than 3.5 million injuries occur in youth sports? Discuss these rules with your children to keep them safe: TIPS TO PREVENT DEHYDRATION Drink 8-16 ounces of water one hour prior to play. Continue drinking water every 15-20 minutes during exercise: Œ Children under 90 pounds, take 10 gulps of water (5 oz) Œ Children over 90 pounds, take 20 gulps of water (9 oz)

Replace lost fluids after exercise by drinking 12-16 ounces of water per pound of body weight lost.

Have a safe place for play —check weather and field conditions before practice and games.

Always wear the right protective equipment such as pads, helmets, mouth guards and eyewear.

Take scheduled breaks from organized sports activities to avoid overuse injuries.

Drink plenty of water before, during and after play.

Learn and practice proper techniques and follow all safety rules for the sport.

Seek medical attention before returning to play after pain or injury.

Remove an athlete from play with any head injury, no matter how minor, until seen by a doctor.

Be prepared for an emergency! Make sure your sports team has an emergency action plan.

For more information contact the Kohl’s Safety Outreach Program at Children’s Hospital at 615.936.SAFE (7233) or www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/sportssafety y from:

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kix brooks sings for second harvest

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ountry star Kix Brooks takes the stage along with Craig Wiseman, Dave Barnes and Dallas Davidson on Tuesday, Oct. 18 for the Seventh Annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert. The unplugged, acoustic-style show helps bring awareness of hunger issues in the Nashville area while raising money for The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The concert takes place at the Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville) at 7:30 p.m. General seating is $35, available through ticketmaster.com. VIP seating ($50) is available through Second Harvest at 329-3491 or secondharvestmidtn.org. Find more non-profit news on page 30.

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rab the family and head out to Rutherford Parent’s annual Fall Kids Fest at The Avenue Murfreesboro. On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. you can learn about local businesses and children’s programs while having fun with activities including stage performances, kids entertainment, prize giveaways, inflatables, face painting and more! Be sure to stop by the “pumpkin patch” to decorate a pumpkin to take home (while supplies last). The Avenue Murfreesboro is located at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Call 2562158 or visit rutherfordparent.com. Brian Shockey enjoys decorating a cookie at last year’s Fall Kids Fest.

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Have fun playing a round of mini-golf in the dark! Glowgolf, now open at Stones River Mall (1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro) offers glowin-the-dark minigolf as well as a Laser Maze Challenge. The mini-golf course comes to life with bright colors and black lights. The Laser Maze Challenge is a room full of lasers pointing in multiple directions. The objective is to get to the other side of the room by ducking under, over and through all the lasers without crossing a path. Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Admission for Glowgolf is $8 adults, $6 ages 5 - 12, $3 ages 4 and younger. Admission for Laser Maze Challenge for all ages is $3 for one game, $5 for two games and $10 for five games. Call 962-8181 or visit opryglowgolf.com.

New and expectant families can meet others through Mommy Connections at Turn Out Dance Studio. Mommy Connections offers a Post-natal program for new and repeating mommies with babies 6 weeks to 12 months. The program allows participants to learn, experience and socialize during an eight-week session with expert speakers on post-natal nutrition, baby wearing, allergies, postpartum depression and infant massage. Other activities include Mommy and Me yoga, Salsa Babies and more. Cost is $100 for the program that runs on Thursdays from 9:30 - 11 a.m.; it also includes a free five-by-seven of Mom with her baby and a bag of goodies. Late registration is being accepted and will be prorated — space permitting. Turn Out Dance Studio is located at 1112 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Call 289-3089 or visit mommyconnections.ca/murfreesboro.

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RBC christmas toy store Making Christmas magical can be tough for low-income families. This year, Riverdale Baptist Church (RBC) offers a Christmas Toy Store Dec. 9 - 10 for low-income families in Rutherford County which allows parents/guardians to select toys for their children free of charge. Registration is required. Pre-registration is Oct. 1 - Nov. 30 and regular registration is Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. Parents/guardians must provide each of the following: picture ID, proof of Rutherford County address for each adult (such as utility bill, rent receipt, etc.), parent/guardian’s social security card or something with that number on it, names and ID for each child showing his name and age (such as birth certificate, report card, etc.). RBC is located at 307 Warrior Drive, Murfreesboro. Church office hours are Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 895-3295 or visit riverdalebaptistchurch. net.


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elebrate Murfreesboro’s 200th with a year-long celebration. The festivities kick off Monday, Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Civic Plaza (111 W. Vine St.) with the theme “Our Heritage.” The free event for all ages includes speakers, entertainment and cake. The celebrations don’t end there. Monthly events will take place during the course of the next year with each month offering a new theme: November 2011 — “Our Beginnings” December 2011 — “Our Teachers” January 2012 — “Our Healers” February 2012 — “Our People” March 2012 — “Our Military” April 2012 — “Our Faith”

May 2012 — “Our Arts & Architecture” June 2012 — “Our Rivers, Roads & Rails” July 2012 — “Our Music” August 2012 — “Our Stories” September 2012 — “Our Work” October 2012 — “Our Future”

Contact Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department at 890-5333 or visit murfreesborotn.gov.

the ticker... LA VERGNE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE takes place Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Available for purchase are children’s books, DVDs, music CDs and more. The La Vergne Public Library is located at 5063 Murfreesboro Road. Call 793-7303 or visit lavergnetn.gov.

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place Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at The Theatre at Patterson Park. Sunshine Player memberships are for ages 4 - 17 and cost $30 per year. Patterson Park is located at 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Call 893-7439 or visit murfreesborotn.gov.

run from evil witches and more. The class takes place Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. at Sports*Com (120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro). Cost is $3 and reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 14. Call 895-5040 to reserve your spot.

ALIVE TEEN RETREAT is a PRINCESS TRAINING CLASS is a new program for ages 3 - 6 that teaches little girls the proper way to fight a dragon,

program for grieving high school students that takes place Oct. 14 - 16. Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday,

Oct. 5. Offered by Alive Grief Support Services, this bereavement support program — from Middle Tennessee’s Alive Hospice — is available to any high school student who has lost a loved one. They come together for a youth camp in Rutherford County full of uplifting and encouraging indoor and outdoor activities. Cost is $50. Call 963-4732 or visit alivehospice.org.


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nominate the 2011 children first honoree

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he editors of Nashville Parent, Rutherford Parent, Sumner Parent and Williamson Parent invite you to nominate one outstanding individual for our 2011 Children First Award. The award aims to honor and recognize a person in the Middle Tennessee community whose work benefits children. From teachers to non-profit leaders, we want to know who you think stands out in the community when it comes to serving the youngest among us. To nominate an individual, log on to nashvilleparent.com and click on “Children First.” Entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 21; the recipient will be announced in our December, 2011 issue. Past recipients of the Children First Award include Bonnie Spear, director of Blakemore Children’s Center in Nashville (2008); Billie Little, director of Discovery Center at Murfree Spring (2009); and Lance Taylor, principal at Guild Elementary School in Gallatin (2010).

savvy mama Packing a lunch each day is time consuming! Here’s a way to make it easier

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ave you noticed that by the time you get to the bottom of the chip bag at the end of the week, the chips are stale? You can prevent this by doing something you already do, but only once a week — bag it! For just a few minutes of your time on the weekend, take your bag of chips, grapes, cookies or anything else that you pack in your child’s lunch and section them off into Ziploc baggies. Store them in a container in your pantry — or fridge for perishable items. Aside from having to make the sandwich fresh, all you really have to do is grab a sack from each lunch item and put it in the lunchbox. No more stale chips and packing lunch in the morning — or night before — is so much easier. Savvy mama!

private school open houses Sneak a peek into area private schools this month at one of these open houses: CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 292-9465; ctk.org) Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. ... DAVIDSON ACADEMY (1414 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 860-5300; davidsonacademy.com) Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.; a kindergarten round-up for families interested in the 2012 - 2013 school year takes place Thursday, Oct. 27 from 9 - 11 a.m. ... GREEN HILLS CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3420 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 383-3373; greenhillschild.com) Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ... HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 824-1550; hcacrusaders.com) Oct. 20 and 27 from 9 - 11 a.m. ... LINDEN WALDORF SCHOOL (3201 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 354-0270; lindenwaldorf. org) Oct. 5, 12 and 19 at 9 a.m. ... MONTESSORI EAST (801 Porter Road, Nashville; 2264588; monteastnash.com) Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ... MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF FRANKLIN (244 Noah Drive, Franklin; 794-0567; montessorifranklin.org) Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ... MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY (4001 Harding Road, Nashville; 369-5311; montgomerybell.edu) Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. ... MT. JULIET MONTESSORI ACADEMY (9695 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-0819; mjmacademy. com) Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ... OAK HILL SCHOOL (4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 297-6544; oakhillschool.org) Oct. 4 - 5 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. ... OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN ACADEMY (5110 Franklin Road, Nashville; 833-1500, ext. 302; oslanashville. org) Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (call for reservations) ... OVERBROOK SCHOOL (4210 Harding Road, Nashville; 292-5134; overbrook.edu) Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. (reservations required) ... PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL (172 W. Main St., Hendersonville; 824-3004) Monday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. ... SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL (1225 Gallatin Road, S., Madison; 865-1491; stjosephnashville.org) Friday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. ... ST. PAUL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (5035 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 269-4751; stpaulchristianacademy.org) Monday, Oct. 3 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. for kindergarten.

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ay the force be with you on Sunday, Oct. 2 during We Care for Kids Day, hosted by the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The free event celebrates patients, families and the community Vanderbilt serves with Star Wars characters and other super heros in addition to athletes from the Nashville Sounds and Nashville Predators. Kids can also participate in a musical petting zoo with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, decorate pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch, sample healthy smoothies, play Brain Bingo, blow bubbles, jump on inflatables and more. The event takes place from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Sports Club Field on the corner of Children’s Way and 25th Avenue South, Nashville. To learn more or to RSVP, visit childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/ wecareforkidsday. Two-and-a-half-year-old Luke Wiley gives Darth Vader and other Star Wars friends a highfive during last year’s We Care for Kids Day.

send holiday cards to heroes Although it’s just October, this month is the time to participate in the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes’ Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. The campain kicks off nationwide on Monday, Oct. 3. Nashville’s first card-signing event takes place that day at The Mall at Green Hills just outside of Tiffany & Co. from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The community is invited to come sign holiday cards for our country’s service men and women both home and abroad. In addition to the card signing, there will be merchant gift card giveaways and a surprise celebrity appearance. To learn more about the campaign and event details, visit redcross.org/holidaymail.

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big & rich rock the cradle for baptist babes Country stars Big & Rich take the stage at the Loveless Café Barn on Tuesday, Oct. 25 to raise money for the Baptist Hospital Foundation. The event, Rock the Cradle, is a music-driven fundraiser that benefits babies born at Baptist Hospital and the Beaman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and dinner, followed by the concert at 8 p.m. A silent auction also takes place, featuring travel and entertainment goodies. Individual tickets are $250, and table sponsorships range from $1,000 - $5,000. The Loveless Café Barn is located at 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Call 284-2569 or visit rockthecradlenashville.com.


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Ski Magic! WINTER or SPRING?

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Plan now for a Colorado getaway with the kids by Chryss Cada f your family’s just starting to ski, don’t end up peering over a cliff looking in vain for easy terrain! As a native who has been skiing Colorado’s slopes for four decades, let me take you on a tour of my backyard and help you find just the right winter wonderland for your vacation.

Great for Families It’s not just the hot chocolate chip cookies served in the lift line every afternoon and the mini-gondola that make Beaver Creek a favorite among the shorter set. The resort has beginner terrain high up on the mountain and a ski school consistently ranked

one of the best in the nation. That’s not to say skiing and boarding at the resort is child’s play. The Birds of Prey Men’s Downhill Course challenges the world’s strongest skiers and the bumps and chutes to be found on the mountain are an expert skier’s paradise. Those who like to cruise will be happy to know that the resort grooms 20 hours a day, seven days a week. At Sol Vista Basin, all runs lead to the base lodge at this 5,400-acre family resort, so there’s no chance of anyone getting lost — at least not for long. The vast majority of skiers and riders at this mountain enroll in ski school, so kids will have a whole pack of friends to share their vacation with.

Something for Everyone

At Copper Mountain, the terrain is naturally divided from easiest to most difficult, helping you avoid ending up on a run beyond your ability level. There are several wide-open bowls and one of the best terrain parks and pipes in Colorado. Copper also recently installed Woodward at Copper, the first indoor/outdoor ski and snowboard camp on the planet. Off slope, three recently completed base villages have redefined the Copper experience with lodging, restaurants, bars, shops and a kids-only lodge. Like the quietest sister in a big family, Keystone is often overlooked for the other Vail-owned resorts

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family getaway: ski magic! in the state. This oversight is difficult to believe considering the resort is made up of three mountains boasting 3,148 acres of snowriding and is home to Colorado’s largest night skiing and boarding operation. Off the slopes discover a new 10,000-square-foot eco-friendly spa and a 5-acre ice skating lake. Always voted “Colorado’s Favorite,” Winter Park/Mary Jane has a special place in the heart of locals, perhaps because it’s the annual snowfall leader among the major resorts in the state, with an average of 30 feet falling every season. The opening of “The Village” has brought ski-in/ski-out lodging; the Village features a pedestrian-only brick and cobblestone main street leading visitors to shops, restaurants and a skating pond. Ski magazine rates Vail as the number two overall resort in North America, and with 5,289 acres even locals are still discovering all it has to offer. To put Vail’s size in perspective, consider that it has more terrain in its back bowls (2,600 acres) than most mountains have within their permit areas. Add to that the European feel of the Alpine Village and it becomes clear why the resort finds itself at the top of nearly every list. From its wide boulevard runs to the highest chairlift in North America, Breckenridge serves up terrain for every taste. Reaching 12,840 feet above sea level on the Imperial Express, skiers and riders can then indulge in a 3,398 vertical feet descent. The resort features four interconnected peaks, five terrain parks and four half pipes. When your ski day is done, indulge in some of Breck’s legendary nightlife along the main street of the150-year-old mining town.

Destination Resorts Far from the interstate and with not a single street light, Crested Butte touts itself as the “last holdout” as a true ski town. The town still holds tight to its heritage and was once called “the town that wouldn’t die” because of its ability to survive the booms and busts of the Colorado’s mining days. Although the mountain is known for its extreme steeps, the resort has shuffled around its terrain to open up 15 more acres of intermediate skiing this season. With an annual snowfall of 465 inches, Wolf Creek Ski Area gets the most snow in Colorado. The bounty of snow falls on 1,600 acres

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of pristine terrain. After working up an appetite out on the slopes, indulge in some of the resort’s famous southwestern food and bakery offerings. In the past three years Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort has added a new $50 million base facility and 125 acres of new terrain on the back of the mountain, but the reason so many people come here hasn’t changed. With more than 85 runs and 1,325 skiable acres, Purgatory is known for both its consistent powder and sunny skies. You’ll know you’re out West when you arrive at Steamboat. It’s a real town, which ranchers and cowboys have been calling home even longer than skiers have. The mountain is the real deal, too, more accurately a complete mountain range. Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge and Christie Peak collectively offer 2,965 acres of terrain that caters to every ability level. If you haven’t been to Steamboat lately expect some changes. Since 2007, they’ve made nearly $30 million in on-mountain improvements; including enhanced terrain, faster chairlifts and increased snowmaking. Located in downtown Steamboat, the 30-acre Howelson Hill is home to the largest and most complete natural ski-jumping complex in North America. No one can argue with Telluride’s claim that it’s “the most beautiful place you’ll ever ski.” With craggy red bluffs set against pine forests, all covered with lots and lots of the white fluffy stuff, it’s not just the altitude that will take your breath away. You can take in the view from a free scenic gondola that connects the historic Town of Telluride with the modern luxury of Mountain Village. Telluride’s vertical drop is now one of the largest in North America at 4,425 feet, with 3,845 vertical feet lift-served. Part of that terrain above the lifts is accessed via a new bridge and staircase to the left shoulder of the spectacular Palmyra Peak. Aspen is four mountains and one star-studded town. Rising above the poshest of towns is the area’s gnarliest resort: Aspen Mountain. There is no beginner terrain on this mountain, which inbounds feature a variety of glades, bumps and steeps. For an out-of-bounds experience, Aspen Mountain Powder Tours will take you to fresh tracks on the backside. With breathtaking 360-degree views of the

Maroon Bells and an abundance of expert terrain as well as groomed cruisers, it’s no wonder Aspen Highlands has been the locals’ favorite for more than 50 years. Hike the 12,392 feet to the summit of Highland Bowl for the ultimate inbounds backcountry rush. New this season are free guided tours of the bowl which boasts 2,000 vertical feet of backcountry-style skiing. With 4,406 vertical feet to descend, Snowmass has one of the largest vertical drops in the country. The massive mountain has 3,132 acres of terrain, 91 trails and 21 chairlifts. A new 12-foot halfpipe in the resort’s terrain park gives Aspen/Snowmass the distinction of being the only resort in the world with three halfpipes. The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center includes an indoor mining camp, climbing wall and stage. Buttermilk built its 50-year legacy on wideopen and gently rolling trails that cater to beginners and families. Today it’s famous for hosting the ESPN Winter X Games through 2012 and being voted #1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll for best park and pipe. So there you have the basics. Now you just have to decide which resort to visit when you come to Colorado this winter or spring ... and next winter and the winter after that … J Chryss Cada is a mother and freelance writer.

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toddler times

By Sarah Lindsey

banish the messy monster!

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Here’s how to incorporate your toddler in clean-up time while still allowing him room for exploration and creativity.

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oddlers’ love of play — including spreading toys over the greatest distance manageable, disassembling as many puzzles and toys as possible and dumping blocks in the middle of the living room floor — is natural and good. But it can be frustrating for parents or older siblings who have to clean up the mess while the tot begins making another one. With a little work and a lot of patience, though, it is possible to teach your tot to participate in the clean up process. Laura Feinberg, Ph.D., a licensed child psychologist, says that rules provide toddlers with “structure, predictability, security and a source for learning cause and effect.” Feinberg continues to point out that “a toddler’s ability to clean up after himself is dependent on the maturity of each particular child.” When teaching your toddler to clean up after himself, it is necessary to keep physical limitations in mind. Aviva Pflock, a certified parent educator and child development specialist, and author of Mommy Guilt: Learn to Worry Less, Focus on What Matters Most, and Raise Happier Kids (AMACOM; $15), says: “The key is in the instruction and interaction.” You are your child’s first and foremost teacher, so try following Pflock’s suggestion: “Get on the same level with your child and work together to get the task done as you describe it. Next time, just describe the steps and help out only when absolutely necessary. Eventually, it will get to the point where you are describing less and your child knows the routine.” Keeping in mind your toddler’s need for both creativity and structure, his ability and maturity level, and your role as the teacher, you can use the following strategies to teach your tot to clean up:

Teach by example Children are like sponges, absorbing everything around them, including good and bad habits. They imitate the behavior that they see. So, when you keep your house tidy and put things away after using them, your child will learn from your example and develop similar habits. Toddlers also love to be Mommy or Daddy’s

little helper. When house cleaning, let them assist you. Give your tot a cloth or feather duster so that he can help dust. Tots can also help set the table by placing out the spoons and napkins.

Make it fun Try singing a clean-up song — it can transform drudgery into fun and games for your tot. Turn clean-up time into a game, and children will often jump right on board. Nancy Eppler-Wolff, Ph.D., and Susan Davis, Ph.D., authors of Raising Children Who Soar (Teachers College Press; $21.95) remind us that “while toddlers cannot be expected to clean up after themselves independently, parents can take advantage of a toddler’s willingness to help out and set in motion important patterns of taking responsibility in the household. For example, parents can end playtime with a ‘clean-up game’ in which the parent and the child work together to put away the toys.”

Have realistic expectations Even if your toddler is trying his hardest to follow your example, it will take some time before he gets in the habit of picking up his messes. When this happens, fight the urge to correct him. Instead, muster up some patience and gently remind your tot that it’s clean-up time. Then, jump in with a song or game and help your little one clean up the mess. Remember that despite your tot’s greatest efforts, it will take him a long time to do a simple chore, and it will probably be far from perfect, but exuberant praise will help him remain motivated.

Keep it simple Simple and specific instructions — with a demonstration of the task at hand — are absolutely necessary when communicating with your tot. Toddlers are not capable of understanding and performing a task as large as cleaning up their room. However, they can perform simpler, more straightforward jobs like putting clothes in a laundry basket or toys in the toy box. Make sure that the chores you assign are appropriate for your child’s age so that he does not become discouraged due to his inability to meet your expectations. While it is important for your child to learn to clean up, remember that your tot’s creativity and

curiosity — the reasons behind the constant chaos and messes — are essential to his development. Maureen Healy, child therapist and author of 365 Perfect Things to Say to Your Kids (Growing Happy Kids, LLC; $12) says, “Brain development is activity-dependent for growth so children need to interact with their environment to cognitively, emotionally, biologically and socially grow.” By taking the time to teach your toddler how to do simple chores, you will actually help him acquire important skills that he will use for the rest of his life. Remember, though, that childhood is a stage of life that passes all too quickly … so try to recognize and appreciate your tot’s interest in the world around him, even if some messes do occur as a result. J Sarah Lindsey is a freelance writer.

TASKS FOR TOTS David L. Hill, M.D., fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and pediatrics expert on JustAnswer, provides the following guidelines for age-appropriate tasks:

15 months Can follow a simple command (e.g., “put that down” or “bring Mommy the toy.”)

18 months Can find a familiar object in another room and bring it to you. Gets distracted easily and requires constant re-direction to the task at hand. Start practicing cleaning up, although you will likely be doing most of the cleaning. Will lose interest after a couple minutes.

2 years old Can follow more involved commands (“put the toy on the table” or, “close the door”). Still gets distracted easily, but has greater attention span. May start to understand that certain objects belong in certain places.

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navigating “NO!” by Christa Hines

It is inevitable. Your toddler will learn the word “no,” and most likely it will be his new favorite word in response to you as he begins establishing a certain amount of small-fry independence. Here’s how to steer around the curves.

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he first few words out of our children’s mouths, such as “Mama” and “Dada,” are like little warm drops of sunshine on our spirits. But you probably don’t have the same feeling about the word “no.” The ubiquitous word creeps into a child’s lexicon before most any other word, and while it quickly ranks as a top favorite for many toddlers, parents find this stage of a child’s development frustrating and challenging. (please turn the page)

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when toddlers say, “no!” Jen Mann-Li, a mother of two, describes her daughter, Sadie, 3, as a pro at using the word “no.” “She was a late talker, didn’t really talk until she was almost 2-years-old, and ‘no’ was a favorite right away,” Mann-Li says. Mann-Li says her daughter refuses to be distracted from what she wants. “She’s very stubborn and will not budge (sometimes literally),” she says. “We have a saying that Sadie will ‘die on that hill’ and she does daily over these ‘silly’ things.”

Why They Say It Laura Murphy is a certified parent coach who helps families work through parenting, marriage and financial issues. She says that the chief child-rearing complaint she hears from parents concerns children refusing to do what the parents want them to do. Not only is the word “no” an easy word for toddlers to say, but Murphy believes, “The biggest reason they say it so much is because they hear it so much from everyone else.” The good news is this phase is completely normal and healthy. “The number one job of a 2-year-old is to test every physical limit. Pushing limits to find out what the adults will do is a natural approach for a toddler. They need to learn those limits,” Murphy says. Need a few proactive strategies to reduce the use of the word in your home and forge a path of less resistance? Here are a few ideas:

Change Your Approach Challenge yourself to see if you can say “no” without really saying the word. For example, if your child asks for a cookie instead of saying “no, not before dinner” say “sure, after dinner.” This exercise will also make you more aware of just how often you say “no.” “Once we change our approach, we usually notice a change in our children,” Murphy says. Also, talk to your spouse and child-care providers about using other words besides “no” all the time. But that doesn’t mean you should ban the word entirely. “Say ‘yes’ as often as possible, and when you say ‘no,’ mean it,” Murphy advises. Having a sense of humor doesn’t hurt either. Ingrid Brown has two daughters, 4 and 2, who both went through the “no” phase at around 20 months. “I tried to make a game out of it,” Brown says. “If they said ‘no’ to everything, I would counter back in a funny voice repeating ‘nooooOOOooo’ right back at them and give them a little tickle.”

Resistance often begins long before a child utters his first word. “When they’re old enough to start flinging food at you from their high chair, they’re old enough to start choices,” Murphy says. Barring a dangerous situation like your child refusing to move in a busy street, provide your child with two choices that you like and can live with. “Small choices for the kids, but the adults make the big decisions,” Murphy says. For example, a parent decides on bedtime, but a child chooses between the blue pajamas or red ones. By giving away small decisions to your toddler, she will have a sense of control over her life which will likely reduce negative behaviors such as not listening, running away, resistance and temper tantrums. If a child refuses to make a decision in 10 seconds, the parent should make it for her, following up with empathy.

Show Empathy Not Anger Murphy stresses that empathy is an important component of providing choices to your child. When you replace anger with empathy, she says, you’ll notice a huge shift. For example, when your child doesn’t get something that she wants, say something along the lines of: “I know. It’s a bummer.”

Avoid Parenting on the Fly Stay calm in the heat of the moment and decide ahead of time on what things to definitely say “no” to and what you can say “yes” to. Also, try making a list of the small choices you can offer your child during those more troublesome times of the day. If your tactics aren’t effective, seek an expert like a family counselor to assess the situation. Although a tweak in parenting skills may be all that is needed, an expert can help determine if something more serious is going on with your child. J Christa Hines is a freelance journalist and mom of two sons, who love to say “no” more than they like to hear it.

Learn more Certified Parent Coach Laura Murphy recommends the following resources to parents who need help navigating the “no” phase:

Offer Two Choices Laura Berger, whose children are 5 and 8, says that when her kids were younger, choices helped motivate them to do what she asked. “One choice was the one I wanted them to do and the other was a choice that I knew they would not consider picking like, ‘Either pick your toys up or I’ll throw them away!’”

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family life

Take time for

By Laurie Davala

Many parents yearn for a deeper connection to their children as they grow. Get accustomed to a daily ritual that will bring you closer in no time.

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e all want our children to grow up feeling important and appreciated, but with multiple children and competing priorities, how can we ensure they get the message? A mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time a day per child can do wonders for families with more than one child.

The Daily 15 Last summer, my husband and I combined our preschoolers’ two bedrooms into a joint bedroom to make the unused room a fun-filled play center. Although our children adored sharing a room (and I adored designing my dream playroom), my husband and I felt something missing after only a day. We quickly realized the source of our discontent — less one-on-one time with our children. Before the new sleeping arrangements, we spent time alone with each child reading stories, talking, singing and cuddling at bedtime, naptime and in the morning. Although we still engaged in the same activities after combining the rooms, the


the daily15 quality of our time when shared with both children left us feeling disconnected. In less than a week, we said good-bye to the new room arrangement, but all our work was not in vain. We came out with a newfound appreciation of one-on-one time, which lead to the development of a new tradition: 15 minutes of daily “special time” with each child. Here’s what a mere 15 minutes a day can do for a family

Create balance Parents of more than one child often get very little alone time with them, and unlike parents of onlies, interactions about their children’s interactions often dominate their time together. Unfortunately, many of these interactions arise from disputes. Spending one-on-one time with your children ensures they receive plenty of positive interactions with you to balance the negative.

Encourage bonding Even when children allow their parents to engage in personal discussions with their siblings, the discussions take on a different quality with siblings interrupting, listening in, changing the subject, making requests, getting bored, etc. Without the competing interests of other children, you can move at a relaxed pace, explore individual topics of interest, and follow conversations to much deeper levels. Knowing a child only as she is in the presence of siblings means knowing only one (and not necessarily the most favorable) side of her.

Increase self-esteem They say actions speak louder than words. We can tell our children how important they are to us and how much we like them, but do our actions confirm our message? Planning time with your child alone when nothing short of a house fire can pull you away gives him a chance to fully experience being your top priority and proves you genuinely enjoy

his company. According to the authors of Raising Resilient Children, “Setting aside times for each child individually [may be] the most powerful way of communicating appreciation.”

Reduce misbehavior Children behave better when they feel better about themselves, and they feel better about themselves when they receive positive feedback from their parents. Hence, the positive interactions and feelings of importance resulting from one-on-one time create a cycle, leading to improved conduct at other times as well. Attention-seeking behavior and clinginess also decrease when children know they can count on undivided attention. Green Hills mother of two, Wendy Saxton, says, “When I spend time alone with my children, it brings out the best in each of us and the positive experience gives us a foundation that helps us get through busy or frustrating times later.” “Special time” can take many different forms, from discussing daily highlights at bedtime to taking weekly trips to the bakery. Authors of Positive Discipline for Preschoolers say, “Even a trip to the grocery store can become special when you devote your full attention to being together.” What makes it “special” is that it’s defined as such and occurs with one child and without outside interruption. During my daily two 15-minute shifts, I do whatever each child wants, paying no heed to the telephone, e-mail or even my husband. Whenever I turn down an invitation to play, I remind my children of that wonderful time we’ll have together in the evening, giving them something to look forward to the whole day. This brief 15 minutes conveys how important they are to me, and how much I enjoy them each individually, in a way words alone simply can’t. J

15 Things to do on a regular basis with your children 1. Take a walk together 2. Cuddle on the sofa 3. Say “I love you” often 4. Read together 5. Maintain a loving bedtime ritual 6. Talk at breakfast, at the dinner table, in the car 7. Listen but don’t lecture 8. Refrain from judgment 9. Have a catch 10. Give lots of hugs 11. Go on one-on-one dates or outings 12. Cook together 13. Volunteer together 14. Get down on the floor and play, work a puzzle, play a game 15. Tell them about you and let them know you are not perfect!

Laurie Davala is a certified positive discipline parenting educator, early intervention specialist and mother of two young children.

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SPECIAL REPORT

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FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

By Katie Hamm

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e asked for one and says a lot of his friends have them,” says Cathy McPherson, speaking of her 10-year-old’s want of a cell phone. “We will give him one in sixth grade when his after-school activities pick-up.” Cell phones, computers, texting, Facebook, iTunes, e-mail, gaming, movies. Technology is progressing rapidly and the world is more connected now than ever before. The cutting edge technology of today that has enriched and simplified our lives has also made it more complicated and scarier to navigate as a parent. The “boogie man” of yesteryear is now being carried around in your child’s backpack. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, youths ages 8 - 18 spend more than seven-and-a-half hours a day with electronic devices. And that doesn’t count the combined three hours they spend talking on their cell phones and texting. Moreover, many of these kids are multitasking — surfing the Internet while listening to music. How much time do your kids spend on their cell phones? Gaming? How do you manage technology in your home? Is it a problem? What do the experts say?

Texting, texting

James Wellborn, a clinical psychologist who practices in Brentwood, doesn’t believe any young children need a cell phone because they are always with an adult who can contact you. “Parents are concerned about getting in touch with them and that becomes justification,” he says. “If they need one, set the phone so the only number it can dial is yours.” Sissy Goff, director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, advises, “Start small with your kids. Hold off as long as you can.” Goff says the age at which your child gets their first cell phone depends on several factors. “The child’s maturity, your values and the culture you are in,” all must be considered, says Goff. Regardless, she recommends setting the ground rules up front. Wellborn is a supporter of teen texting, but says those privileges should be suspended when infractions occur. “Adolescents must have texting because they won’t answer the phone. They don’t check their voicemail. Taking it away is delicious because it drives them crazy.” McPherson, of Brentwood, who has three boys and a girl ranging in age from 10 to 19 with her husband, Steve, own five cell phones altogether. “They didn’t get a phone until it was convenient for us,” she says of her kids.

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Jenifer Perez, a Brentwood mother of two teenage boys and two younger girls with her husband, David, says her sixth grade daughter’s cell phone is always with her and she is constantly texting. But warns, “If she gets a bad grade her phone or iPod get taken away.” The danger of driving and texting is a big concern among parents with teenagers. With their eldest two children driving, McPherson says texting and driving are off limits. “They wouldn’t have a car if we caught them texting.” However, McPherson acknowledges that it’s a difficult thing to monitor. “We talk about the dangers and consequences of it,” she adds. “Most kids will do what you tell them to do. Have a rule before you have a problem,” warns Wellborn. “If your kid obviously has trouble ignoring a text when they are around you, they just can’t help but check and type something back; odds are very high they are texting while driving.” Setting some limits when your child can and cannot text — but in earshot of their ringing phone — will help them develop some self control, he says. To help keep tabs on their teen drivers, Wellborn says parents can keep a random log of when their kids are driving and compare it against their monthly cell phone statement to determine if they are texting while driving. They can also ask for their teen’s cell phone immediately after they come home and check the time stamp on their texts. “Kids need to know what you will be expecting and what they will get busted for,” he says. Ground them from the car for at least a month if they are found guilty, he suggests. Wellborn further notes that many kids are texting at two or three in the morning, when you think they are sound asleep. He advises placing all cell phones in a central location, like the parents’ bedroom or kitchen at night. To further complicate the issue, many children now have cell phones or Smartphones with Internet capability. Wellborn strongly advises against this, likening it to, “Carrying the devil in their pocket.” He says


there is no need for a child to have access to the Internet on their cell phone, citing the dangers of children surfing cyberspace unchecked.

Computers

“Do not have a computer in an isolated place in the house,” cautions Wellborn. “Do not have your kids tempted to go exploring — even if you have the filters.” He advises installing both a filter and a keystroke monitor on your computers, no matter how young your kids are, so they don’t accidentally stumble upon an inappropriate website. Whereas filters can block objectionable content, a keystroke monitor, or key logger, is a hardware device or small program that monitors each keystroke a user types on a specific computer’s keyboard, ensuring your kids do not circumvent your filters. Jackie Fest, a Franklin mother of one college son, a teenage daughter and preteen daughter with her husband, Brad, says her family has a centrally located computer, a laptop and an iPad. All have filters and she says, “No laptop goes behind closed doors.”

Facebook

Facebook is popular for all ages, but can be potentially harmful if not managed properly. One family interviewed for this story had a negative experience with their child in middle school involving “trash talking” with another classmate. The family closed down his page. Now a ninth grader, he just recently got his Facebook page back. At some point, his parents said, “you just have to trust him.” Goff recommends that when your children have a Facebook account you not only have their password, but that you are a “friend” as well. “You want to teach your child how to make responsible decisions on his own while he is still at home,” she says. “Once they get into high school, if they have proven to be trustworthy, you don’t need to check it as much.” Says McPherson, “We have constant discussions about it. Colleges can look at what you put out there in the cyber world. We tell them anything you put in writing can be put on the front page of a newspaper. None of that information is yours. Use that as a guide.”

Gaming

Video games carry ratings that help parents determine what is and what is not appropriate for their children. However Wellborn says, “I suggest you not pay attention to the ratings but game by game.” He adds, “The problem games are the first person shooter, where the character you are pretending to be operates the weapon and is killing other people.” He cites examples like Halo, Call of Duty and Gears of War. “The hot-headed kid who has a temper should not be playing these games on a regular basis.” Wellborn says games involving sports, construction, vehicle operation and exercise are more benign and have a more cognitive and strategic benefit. Games like Tony Hawk, Madden, Sim City and Wii Sports, for example. “We have no gaming during the week unless it’s a special occasion, “says McPherson. “We used to allow it after homework, but then they’d fly through their homework.” McPherson has a five year age spread between her third and fourth child, which can be challenging when it comes to monitoring the appropriateness of video games. “We were really strict with the first few, and then the fourth one came along …” she says with a wry grin. McPherson says her 10-year-old son is allowed to play some “M” games — if the volume is turned off. Perez does not allow gaming on school nights either and has a two hour time limit. “Friday at 3 p.m., the battle begins as to who gets on first, “she says. “They take turns.” Goff says it’s important to limit kids’ video game time, and borrows a quote from her colleague, counselor David Thomas, saying, “Boys shouldn’t spend more time in the virtual world than they do in the real world.”

The Bottom Line

“Every generation has its nemesis,” says Fest, who believes overall, technology is a positive tool. “A lot of managing technology at home has to do with parents setting the example.” According to the experts, it also takes communication, knowledge, consistency and vigilance. You may want to call upon your inner “Columbo,” too. Katie Hamm is a local writer and mother.

What About Privacy? Parents should have the passwords and user names to every account kids have until they’re out of the house, says Wellborn, in addition to being a ‘friend’ on every social account. “If they refuse you should cut the computer cable with wire snippers in front of them — just for dramatic effect,” he says with amusement. Yet the point is clear. Wellborn recommends your child be with you when viewing their account, which acknowledges their space, but with limits. When asked if she feels reading her kids’ texts is an invasion of privacy, Fest says emphatically, “I own it, no.”

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emember how easy it was to do Halloween when you were a kid? Throw an old white sheet over your head, call yourself a ghost and head out trick-or-treating. Well, those do-it-yourself days are creeping back, as parents are just saying no to expensive specialty store kids’ costumes and relying on their own ingenuity to outfit trick-or-treaters. Christina Davis said she and her husband, Brian, balked at the prices in Halloween specialty stores when they started hunting costumes for their daughter, Kendri. “It’s hard to pay so much for a costume so little — and will probably be worn that one night only,” says Davis. “It’s just so much easier to go through our daughter’s closet to see what dress-up items she has and go from there. I remember when my mother made me into a bag of jelly beans. All she needed was a giant clear garbage bag and lots of colorful balloons. We made holes for my legs to go through the bottom, blew up the balloons, stuffed them in and tied the bag at the top around my shoulders. Easy peasy! So, why can’t I just do something simple, too?” (please turn the page)

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She said adding some new accessories or makeup will put a new spin on last year’s outfit, ultimately saving them a bundle and adding to the fun. “We make Halloween fun by making her costume into a fun-filled event one night,” Davis says. “That just makes our daughter like it even more.” Robert Tabor, a costume designer and artist who has worked for companies such as Nickelodeon and Mattel, advises parents to find inspiration — and cheap materials — in their surroundings. “There is so much available in your house that can be turned into something else, without making you spend a cent,” he says. Large appliance boxes, old pillowcases, Christmas decorations — they all can be re-purposed into something new with a little creativity, Tabor said. Turn your kids’ old character sheets into a fun ghost, or paste pages from old picture book onto an inexpensive rain poncho to make a walking storybook. “You can get 50 percent of what you need in your house,” says Tabor. “It’s really kind of fun to look at things with a different eye, and it’s all right there.” Here are some tips on how to inject some do-ityourself magic into your own costumes this year:

Out with the old

Get out last year’s costumes to see what base pieces, like a black-hooded grim reaper’s smock or white angel’s dress, can be refashioned into something new. Sweat suits and dancer’s leotards also make good foundations.

Play with toys

Look in the toy bin for light sabers, swords, plastic guns, fairy wands, crowns, butterfly wings and the like that can be used as accessories.

Use makeup for a new look

A little fake blood and face make-up can go a long way. If you’re after a scary look, a grotesquely made up face is all you really need.

Shop in your closet Or Mom’s or Dad’s Old bridesmaid dresses or outgrown suits can make great fodder for costumes. Use checked shirts for cowboys or scarecrows. Groovy plaid shirts or shorts can create a cool nerd outfit.

Get inspired

Leave the credit card at home, and go look at costumes for inspiration. Read through children’s books and see what your child seems to like. Take

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a trip to the costume store and look around at what they have to offer. You can come up with several good ideas just by doing this. Examine the store costumes and think of how you could do it yourself.

Hit the thrift store

Goodwill, Salvation Army and consignment shops can be a gold mine for bargain hungers. Look for boots, hats and accessories that can liven up your look. Old costumes, oversized clothes, crazy patterns and pieces that can be cut up or decorated can make costuming fun. Parents who do want to tap into their inner costume designer to fashion outfits for their kids often have limited time and resources. Plenty of shortcuts can be found at craft stores such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn. “A lot of parents don’t have time or don’t want to sew,” says Debbie Thomas of Michaels. “But there are new products out there to help them.” Liquid Stitch, a clear-drying fabric glue, is one solution, she says. It binds fabrics together like sewing, but shortens the labor. It’s also machinewashable, non-toxic and non-flammable. Another product, Stitch Witchery, uses iron-on strips to adhere fabrics, and is fairly easy to use, Thomas says. Foam or felt sheets can be bent into shapes and glued to make hats, or cut up to make appliqués for other costume pieces. Fabric paint, including a glow-in-the-dark variety, is a fun and easy way to dress up a fabric or sheet used as a costume base. Craft store items such as face paint, masquerade masks, feather boas, beads, feathers and ribbons can make inexpensive adornments to your own clothes. For a Native American girl, attach feathers or beads to a simple brown dress. For a hippie, tiedye a white T-shirt, iron patches onto a pair of jeans and paint a peace sign on your face. A variety of foam hats also can lead the way to simple costuming, Thomas says. An Indiana Jones hat can be paired with your own clothes and a whip. The sombrero can go with a poncho and dollar-store maracas. An alligator-shaped foam visor can be worn with a bright green shirt. A couple of years ago, Thomas created a “Fifties Girl” costume for her granddaughter. She made the skirt, then attached a poodle appliqué and sequined leash. Her granddaughter wore it with a white blouse and a handkerchief around her neck. “I find nowadays parents don’t have the time to put a lot into a costume,” Thomas says. “But there are things out there to make it easier.” J Julie Landry Laviolette is a mom of two kids and a freelance writer.

Budget-friendly retro costume ideas Scarecrow: Get a burlap sack from the grocery store. Cut arm and neck holes. Pull it on over jeans and a plaid shirt, tie a rope at the waist, add a few wisps of straw and an old hat.

Spider: Use a black sweat suit as a base. Attach flexible tubing, such as electrical conduit or drainage pipe, to make legs. Add fake spider webs for more fun.

lego block: Use a rectangular box, cut holes for arms, then glue dollar store bowls to the front as the prongs. Spray paint the entire thing a primary color.

Ghost: Use a leftover wedding runner or old pillowcase. Cut out the eye holes, belt the waist with yarn. Shred the edges for a creepy look.

Princess: Buy an old frilly bridesmaid dress from a thrift store and pin up the skirt. Use a cheap crown or make a cone-shaped hat out of poster board and top with inexpensive netting. For a twist, use scary make-up to make an evil princess.

Pumpkin: Use a hunters’ fluorescent orange vest. Great for visibility! Wear over a green shirt and pants. Paint your child’s face orange.

Gypsy: Tie old scarves around the waist and head. Use a colorful skirt, gold costume jewelry and bright lipstick. Source: everythinghalloween.com


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Fall Fun GUIDE( ) PULL ME OUT!

Here lies Entertainment Editor Chad Young’s top picks for seasonal fun. Discover what’s new for kids at area farms, take in a fall festival or scream your head off at a haunted house. Ready, set, go!

Find even more fall fun in “The Calendar” starting on page 73! Look for the fall leaf.

pumpkin farms & corn mazes Bottom View Farm 185 Wilkerson Lane, Portland 325-7017 • bottomviewfarm.com Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m.

Kids can take a train ride and play on the giant slide, meet and greet farm animals, pick pumpkins and more. New this year, kids can enjoy donkey rides. $5 ages 3 and older.

Cedar Rock Inc. 1326 Warner Bridge Road, Shelbyville 931-684-9814 • cedarrockinc.com Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.

Stroll through a seven-acre corn maze, decorate pumpkins, interact with farm animals, play corn hole and glide down the kids’ 200-foot zipline. $5.

The Farm at Hollow Springs 190 Hollow Springs Road, Bradyville 848-2822 • hollowspringsfarm.com Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 1 - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m.

Navigate a sorghum maze, pick a pumpkin, enjoy a hayride and play farminspired games. New this year: the cowboy lasso station, hay maze and sling shot target shoot. $7 ages 6 and older, $4 ages 5 and younger.

Gentry’s Farm 1974 New Hwy. 96 W., Franklin 794-4368 • gentryfarm.com Mon 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.

A four-acre corn field maze, hayrides, three fun-filled barns, nature trail, friendly farm animals, tire swings and more. Activity area is $6 ages 2 - 65; pumpkins are extra. (please turn the page)

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Honeysuckle Hill Farm 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield 382-7593 • honeysucklehillfarm.com Fri 6 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.

Activities include a new pumpkin cannon, a seven-acre corn maze (designed as a tribute to the men and women of the 101st Airborne Division; active military receive free admission to the farm on Saturday, Oct. 1), hayrides, games, a petting zoo and more. New this year: pan for gems in the Gemstone Mine, the Singing Chicken Show, Spider Web crawling structure and corn ball court. $10 ages 3 and older.

Keller’s Corny Country 542 Firetower Road, Dickson 441-4872 • kellerscornycountry.com Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Go down the monster slide, pet farm animals, enjoy hayrides and visit the pumpkin patch. $7 ages 3 and older; pumpkins are 50 cents per pound.

Lucky Ladd Farms 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville 274-3786 • luckyladdfarms.com Fri 2:30 - 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.

The farm’s Family Fun Festival features more than 30 activities for all ages including the pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, hay rides, mega slides, geocaching, fossil mining, food and live entertainment on select dates by The Chainsaw Belle (Oct. 1 and 15), Super Scientist Mr. Rich (Oct. 9 and 22) and Magician Rodney Kelly (Oct. 22 and 29). Sunday, Oct. 30 will feature Spanish translators on site for barnyard tours. After dark fun on Saturday evenings include a flashlight maze and new Pumpkin Hollar, a trail lit by hundreds of glowing pumpkins. $8 ages 2 and older; $10 ages 2 and older on Saturday evenings.

Pumpkin Hill 431 Benders Ferry Road, Mt. Juliet 758-5364 • pumpkinhilltn.org Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. (Oct. 8 - 30)

Pumpkins, corn stalks, hayrides, camp fires and more. Hayrides are $3 per person; pumpkins are $2 - $8.

Owen Farm 825 Crocker Road, Chapmansboro 642-0294 • owenfarm.com Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m.

Fall festivities include a corn maze, hayrides, zip lines, pumpkin patch activities, a 60-foot “Drop Zone” slide, live music, duck races, haunted woods and more. $9 ages 3 and older.

Ring Farm 2628 Greens Mill Road, Columbia 931-486-2395 • ringfarm.com Fri 3 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 2 - 9 p.m.

Wagon rides, a corn cannon, a pumpkin patch, corn and cotton mazes, two 40-foot slides and more. $7 ages 3 and older.

Rippavilla Plantation Corn Maze 5700 Main St., Spring Hill 931-486-9037 • rippavilla.org Thu - Fri 3 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.

This year’s design is “First Shots at Fort Sumter.” Additional activities include pumpkin painting Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun 12 - 4 p.m. ($3 for one, $5 for two, $6 for three) as well as hay rides on Fri and Sat evenings for $5 per person. Corn maze admission is $7 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12.

Shuck-N-Shack Corn Maze 7721 Valley View Road, Lascassas Fri 3 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.

A seven-acre corn maze with lots of twists and turns. While there, visit the pumpkin patch, shoot the corn cannon, enjoy pumpkin bowling and wind through the kiddie maze. $7 ages 2 - 65 for the corn maze; other activities are extra.

Walden Pumpkin Farm 8653 Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna 220-2918 • waldenfarm.biz Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri 3 p.m. to dark, Sat 9 a.m. to dark, Sun 12 - 4 p.m.

See farm animals, enjoy hayrides, play in the kiddie corn maze, pick a pumpkin, go down the 40-foot slide and more. Free admission to the property. Admission to the pumpkin train is $2, hay rides are $3, and the activity area is $1 adults, $4 children.

fall fests & halloween hoots GHOULS AT GRASSMERE Oct. 14 - 16, 21 - 23 and 28 - 30

The Nashville Zoo’s annual spookfest includes a haunted hayride and 20 themed stations where kids ages 3 - 12 can score treats. Explore the Monster Lab, catch a show at Monsterpiece Theatre, enjoy a spin on the Scary Go Round, participate in a costume parade, test your games skill at Carn-Evil and more. The fun takes place from 5 - 9 p.m. nightly. Admission is $12 members, $15 non-members (save $2 if you get tickets before opening day). Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. Call 833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org.

HALLOWEEN BLOWOUT Saturday, Oct. 22

Williamson County Parks and Recreation hosts this fun, annual event for young spirits ages 2 - 12 that includes a variety of carnival games, a costume contest, the scariest scream contest, a fortune teller and a balloon drop where 2,000 balloons filled with goodies will drop from the ceiling. The fun takes place at the Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for kids, free for adults. Call 799-9331 or visit wcparksandrec.com.

HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT Monday, Oct. 31

Hit the streets early for trick-or-treating fun, then make your way to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for a musical way to experience holiday thrills and chills. Organist Tom Trenney fires up the Martin Foundation Concert Organ and provides the backdrop to one of the scariest classic movies ever made — the 1925 silent movie, Phantom of the Opera! Best suited for ages 10 and older, the experience starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $19 - $44. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Call 687-6400 or visit nashvillesymphony.org.

HARVEST DAYS AND BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Saturday, Oct. 22

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utherford Parent’s fifth annual Fall Kids Fest promises a fun-filled day with a variety of stage performances, prize giveaways, inflatables, face painting, vendor booths featuring local businesses and children’s programs, and kids can have fun decorating pumpkins to take home. The festivities take place 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free. Fall Kids Fest is located at The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. For more info, call 256-2158 or visit rutherfordparent.com.

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The entire family can celebrate autumn and Murfreesboro’s bicentennial in pioneer fashion at Cannonsburgh Village. Enjoy a day of old-time music and dance, hayrides, broom making, pottery demonstrations,


Gallatin City Cemetery Candlelight Tour (Saturday, Oct. 1) This 15th annual

event features costumed interpreters telling stories of the historic characters buried in the cemetery. Gallatin City Cemetery, 250 Cemetery Ave., Gallatin; 4 - 10 p.m.; $7 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 451-3738 or sumnercountymuseum.org.

Grave Matters (Saturday, Oct. 29) Your guide, dressed

in period costume, will enlighten you with dramatic tales from Franklin’s past. Franklin on Foot, located in Franklin’s two cemeteries across the street from each other at Fourth Avenue North and North Margin Street, Franklin; 7 - 9 p.m.; $15 adults, $5 ages 7 - 13; Call 400-3808 or visit franklinonfoot.com to make reservations.

Haunted Franklin Tour (daily tours) Ages 6 and older

can hear ghoulish tales of historic Franklin. Franklin on Foot, departing from the old courthouse on Franklin’s public square; 8 p.m.; $18 adults, $10 ages 13 - 18, $5 ages 12 and younger; call 400-3808 or visit franklinonfoot.com to make reservations.

Haunted Historic Edgefield Home Tour (Saturday, Oct. 22) View Victorian homes and bungalows celebrating

A local family dons an Alice in Wonderland theme during last year’s Ghouls at Grassmere event at the Nashville Zoo. This year’s event takes place Oct. 14 - 16, 21 - 23 and 28 - 30.

the neighborhood’s love of Halloween and the eerie. Edgefield Neighborhood between Fifth and 10th Streets and Woodland Street and Shelby Avenue, East Nashville; 1 - 8 p.m.; $10; historicedgefield.org.

Haunted Nashville (Oct. 1 - 31) Please see page 58. Haunted Hall of Horror (Oct. 7 - 29) Ages 8 and older

blacksmithing, art and auto exhibits, plus shopping at more than 40 booths by local craft and food vendors. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cannonsburgh is located at 312 S. Front St. Call 890-0355.

HAUNTED MUSEUM Saturday, Oct. 22

All ages can don costumes and head downtown to the Tennessee State Museum for it’s 11th annual ghost story festival throughout the facility. Make stops along the Ghost Trail for stories from the Bell Witch, the Cherokee spirit Spearfinger, John Murrell’s thumb and more. Kids who complete each stop receive a special prize. While there, be sure to check out the 3,500-year-old mummy, along with the mummified cat! Haunted Museum takes place from 12 - 4 p.m. and is free. The museum is located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Call 741-2692 or visit tnmuseum.org.

MUSIC AND MOLASSES ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Oct. 15 - 16

PUMPKINFEST Saturday, Oct. 29

Franklin’s premier fall festival includes three stages of continuous entertainment, a large kids’ area with several activities, costume contests (categories are pets, ages birth - 5, ages 6 - 13 and ages 14 and older), cemetery tours with Franklin on Foot, more than 60 arts and crafts vendors a chili cook-off and Battle of the Barbecue. Admission is free to the festival, although some activities require fees. Located on Franklin’s Main Street from First to Fifth Avenues, the fun takes place from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.. Call 591-8500 or visit historicfranklin.com.

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One of Nashville’s premier fall festivals, Music and Molasses features two jam-packed days of family fun. Visit the sorghum mill for molasses cooking and tasting, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, tour the museum, enjoy craft booths and more. Children’s activities include: farmer for a day, stick horse races, pony rides, farm animals (including goat milking!), an apple snap game and more. Listen to live Native American music and enjoy storytelling in a teepee. With so much to do, the price of admission is a real bargain — $5 (ages 4 and younger are free). The fun takes place from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum at the Ellington Ag Center, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville. Call 837-5197 or visit tnagmuseum.org.

Since what scares one child might not another, be sure you keep your child’s sensitivities in mind when deciding on a haunt jaunt.

OKTOBERFEST Saturday, Oct. 8

Cedar Grove Cemetery Candlelight Tour (Saturday, Oct. 15) Guides lead guests to several spots where actors

Nashville’s longest running cultural festival returns in featuring live music on four stages, German food and beverages, arts and crafts vendors, and Funland, a children’s activities area sporting pony rides, face painting, clowns, games and a live performance by Conductor Jack and his Musical Revue. Activities take place from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and admission is free. Oktoberfest is located in Nashville’s Historic Germantown, spanning a six-block area between the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall and Taylor Street, and between Fifth Avenue North and Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Learn more at nashvilleoktoberfest.com.

Ages 6 and older Beech Historic Graveyard Walk (Saturday, Oct. 15)

Tour the historic cemetery while learning history about Shackle Island and its inhabitants. Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3216 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville; 4 - 9 p.m.; $6 ages 6 and older, free ages 5 and younger; 824-3990.

portraying historical figures buried in the cemetery will talk about that person’s life. 609 S. Maple St., Lebanon; 5 - 10 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 students, free ages 4 and younger; 828-7042 or cedargrovecemetarywalk.com.

A Frightful Night (Saturday, Oct. 22) All ages can sink

their teeth into a meal, watch classic scary film and embark on a hayride complete with haunting tales told from staff experiences. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 6 p.m.; $25 (pre-registration required); 459-2341 or samdavishome.org.

can experience a spooky tour on the grounds of Rippavilla Plantation, 5700 Main St., Spring Hill; Fri - Sat dusk - 10 p.m.; $8; 931-486-9037 or rippavilla.org.

Hauntings at The Hermitage (Oct. 22 and 29) All ages

can enjoy a candlelit tour of the garden and cemetery along with haunted hayrides, live music, a classic film and Tennessee ghost tales. 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 5:30 p.m. (last tickets sold at 9 p.m.); $13 adults, $11 ages 13 - 18, $7 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 889-2941, ext. 223, or thehermitage.com.

Not so Haunted Hayride and Carnival (Oct. 28 - 29)

Little ones can experience a less scary outing that includes a hayride through the backcountry with animated critters frolicking for family entertainment. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 5 - 7 p.m. hayride, 5 - 9 p.m. carnival; $3 hayride, the carnival is free but some games require 50-cent tickets; 890-5333 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Nashville Ghost Tours (daily tours) Learn the historical, haunted heritage of Music City during a 90-minute guided tour of downtown. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $15 ages 12 and older, $8 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 and younger; 884-3999 or nashvilleghosttours.com.

Ages 10 and older Carnton Ghost Tour (To be announced) Ghost tours

will take place this year, although no specific dates have been announced. Call or check website for dates, times and admission. Historic Carnton Plantation, 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; 794-0903 or carnton.org.

Dead Land Haunted Woods (Oct. 1 - 29) More than one mile of terrifying woods via two trails for ages 9 and older. 7040 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon; Fri - Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.; $15 for one trail, $25 for both; deadlandwoods.com. Death Row Sanitarium of Slaughter (Oct. 1 - 31)

Nashville’s largest indoor haunted house is also one of the most kid friendly compared to others with more than 80,000 square feet of fright. 418 Harding Industrial Drive, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m., plus Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31 $12; 833-1433 or deathrowhauntedhouse.net. (please turn the page)

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Death Valley Haunted Woods (Oct. 1 - 31) Be prepared for hikes that are dark and

terrifying featuring all kinds of boogey men. 769 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Fri - Sat 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sun 7 - 11 p.m. (with additional weeknights, Oct. 24 27, 7 - 11 p.m.) ; $15; 822-5106 or dvhauntedwoods.com.

Devil’s Dungeon (Oct. 1 - Oct. 31) Nashville’s most controversial haunted house features two floors of shocking gore. 510 Davidson St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sun 7 - 10 p.m., plus Monday, Oct. 31; $15; 256-0053 or devilsdungeon.net. Ghost Tours and Haunted Hayrides (Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29) Ages 10 and older can embark on a haunted hayride

and candlelit walk of the plantation with ghost stories and tales of strange events that occur on the property. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 7 - 11 p.m. (last hayride departs at 10 p.m.); $5; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org.

Haunted Hayride (Oct. 26 - 29) The brave at heart can take a spooky ride down Old Scream Road. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; dark to 9 p.m.; $5; 890-5333 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

The Haunted Trails of Horror (Oct. 26 - 27) Take a

hayride through the haunted forest where you’ll encounter more than 50 spooky characters, from Dracula to Chucky. Afterward, enjoy the “Monster Mash” musical entertainment. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $5 ages 4 and older, free ages 3 and younger; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com.

Jailhouse Industrys’ Haunted Woods Trail of Fears (Oct. 7 - 29) Get spooked in the woods (note that this tour

is scary for some young children). Leiper’s Fork Village Field, 4100 Old Hillsboro Road, Leiper’s Fork; Fri - Sat 7 - 10 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 11 and younger; 870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys. com.

Monster Mountain (Oct. 1 - Oct. 31) Journey through

the decrepit mining town of Cavern Hills and experience sheer terror. This year’s theme is “Necro-Pocalypse: Rise of the Dead.” 273 McMurty Road, Hendersonville; Fri - Sat 7 - 11 p.m., plus Monday, Oct. 31 from 7 - 10 p.m.; $15; 338-4632 or monstermountain.net.

Memories of Murfreesboro Tours of Evergreen Cemetery (Oct. 21 - 22) Learn about Murfreesboro’s

early residents in the cemetery, then explore the Headstones, Hearses and Heartaches: 200 Years of Mourning Customs exhibit. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10; 893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum. org.

Scream Creek Haunted Woods (Oct. 1 - 29) Located

at Honeysuckle Hill Farm, this haunted jaunt is not suitable for small children. 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; Every Friday and Saturday night, first group goes through at dark and the last tickets will be sold at 11 p.m.; $13 (a $19 combo ticket also includes the flashlight corn maze, hayride and jump pillow); 382-7593 or screamcreek.com.

Slaughterhouse (Oct. 1 - Oct. 31) One of Nashville’s

oldest haunted houses has some high-tech effects. 423 Sixth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sun (and Halloween night) 7 - 11 p.m.; $13; slaughterfest.com.

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EBDT Dance and Arts Center - Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theatre

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Firstlight Art Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste. 108, Brentwood 202-6426 firstlightaa.org Art instruction for enthusiastic kids, teens and adults. The curriculum, written by director, Dennas Davis, takes artists from beginners through advanced, and builds their skills and knowledge so they can pursue their dreams with confidence. Our approach is discovery oriented too. We don’t teach style, but try to help each student find their own way. Check our website for more information and a schedule of classes.

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Franklin School of Performing Arts

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1731-A Mallory Lane, Brentwood 221-9004 brentwoodtn@gymboreeclasses.com In our new sports program, children build strength, confidence and social skills needed to help them succeed in all areas of life. By introducing children to a variety of sports and skills related to each sport, they have an opportunity to decide which ones they are most interested in. Enjoy helping your child learn sports basics in class or ask us about our one hour drop-off sports program.

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Robinson Taekwondo

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School of Dance, Nashville and Mt. Juliet

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Find more seasonal events in our “Fall Fun Guide” pull-out starting on page 57. “Farmer for a Day” activities. Tennessee Children’s Home, 804 Branham Hughes Blvd., Spring Hill; Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; $10 per carload ($5 if parking off site); 931-486-3300 or countryhamfest.com.

Exhibit Opening Widows, Weepers and Wakes: Victorian

Mourning Customs opens today and continues through Sunday, Oct. 30. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org.

Fall Encampment This period event spanning history from 1780 - 1862 includes demonstration in blacksmithing, leatherwork, carpentry, outdoor cooking, bread baking and more. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 859-3678 or manskersstation.org. Hank Thompson Trek and Treat Help raise money and awareness for lung cancer research via a 5K run/ walk, goblin gallop 100 yard dash (ages 8 and younger) or a 1-mile fun run. A Halloween Family Festival follows with a kids’ costume parade, trick-or-treating, a children’s activities area and more. Hank Thompson Plaza at the Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville. 8 a.m. 5K, 9 a.m. Goblin Gallop, 9:15 a.m. one-mile fun run, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Halloween festival; $25 for the 5K, $10 fun run, Kids’ Zone tickets are $1; hankthompsontrekandtreat.org. FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make toy fire rescue helicopters from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To find a store near you, visit homedepot.com.

Local kids participate in last year’s Goblin Gallop during the Hank Thompson Trek and Treat event. This year, the fun takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1.

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FREE Barbecue Blues and Rock ‘n Roll Festival

FREE Autumn Star Party All ages can view planets,

stars and constellations through telescopes. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 4015092 or sudekumplanetarium.com/starparites/index.shtml.

Barbecue and Bluegrass for the Babies Enjoy

bluegrass and pop music with The Meltones, embark on a hayride, play games, bounce on inflatables, feast on barbecue and more. Proceeds benefit Tennessee Right to Life. Panorama Farm, 3200 Carl Road, Franklin; 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; $12 per person, $30 per family; 298-5433 or tnrtl.org.

All ages can dine on a barbecue meal followed by live blues and rock music on the outside lawn. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 Old Hwy. 52 Portland; barbecue served from 4 - 7 p.m., band plays from 5 - 8 p.m.; 325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com.

FREE Celebrate Nashville All ages can explore the

traditions of more than 40 cultures through live music and dancing on five stages, crafts, food and an interactive children’s area featuring storytelling, puppet shows, hands-on art projects, games and more. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; celebratenashville.org.

Country Ham Festival Ham it up during this annual

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A House in Mourning Tour the house prepared for

a funeral with mirrors draped in black cloth and clocks stopped at the time of death, along with mourning artifacts and the history of the practice. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1 - 4 p.m. Sun, continuing through Monday, Oct. 31; $8.50 adults, $3 children; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org.

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FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of Henry VIII. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; nashvilleshakes. org. FREE Station Camp Elementary Annual Fall Carnival All ages can have fun with inflatables, music,

games, food, a silent auction and more. Station Camp Elementary, 1020 Bison Trail, Gallatin; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 230-0387 or http://sce.sumnerschools.org.

FREE Super Saturday All ages can play on the kids’ activity table, participate in craft projects and enjoy cookies and lemonade. Parent-Teacher Stores: 2214 Bandywood Drive, Nashville (292-3533); 203 Williamson Square, Franklin (599-3477); 131 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro (895-6131); and 780 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville (859-3007); parent-teacherstoreusa.com.

Watertown Fall Mile-Long Yard Sale Excursion Train

Ride the rails to Watertown where you can shop at the giant yard sale during the layover. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure, 3:15 p.m. return; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

FREE Williamson County Community Band Bring

blankets, lawn chairs and picnics and enjoy live music including concert pieces, jazz, marches and more. Thompson’s Station Park, 1513 Thompson’s Station Road W.; 5 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 30, or wcparksandrec.com.

sun 2 Country Ham Festival Please see Saturday, Oct. 1 listing.

mon 3 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about dinosaurs. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. Snack Attack! All ages can make pasta salad. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Tap Those Toes with Rachel Sumner Preschool-

ers can tap, jiggle and wiggle along to live music with Rachel Sumner. East Branch Library, 206 Gallatin Road, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 862-5860 or rachelsumner.com

All ages can experience a variety of multi-cultural demonstrations and performances during Celebrate Nashville (formerly Celebration of Cultures) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Centennial Park. Ninth Annual Low Country Boil All ages can take in a night of shrimp and Cajun food, music, dancing, a silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds benefit Sherry’s Run and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. Southfork Subdivision, 2212 Cartel Drive, Lebanon; 6 - 10 p.m.; $50; lowcountryboiltn.com.

FREE OSLA Oktoberfest Enjoy live music, German

food, a 47-foot video game theater, silent auction, pumpkin decorating, races and more. Our Savior Lutheran Academy, 5110 Franklin Road, Nashville; 4 - 6 p.m.; 833-1500 or oslanashville.org.

FREE Pet Appreciation Day This day for furry family

members allows their human counterparts to talk to representatives from pet food companies, local rescue organizations and the Nashville Humane Association along with local trainers. The event takes place at all five area Nashville Pet Products

locations: 2621 Cruzan St., Nashville (242-2223), 4066 Andrew Jackson Pkwy., Hermitage (885-4458), 7085 Old Harding Pike, Bellevue (662-2525), 401 Alexander Plaza, Franklin (599-0200) and 4825 Main St., Spring Hill (595-0778); 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; nashvillepetproducts.com.

FREE Regions Free Day of Music The Nashville Symphony, along with several community music groups and bands perform all day and evening, ranging from classical to jazz to pop. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org. Saturday AM: Silly Scarecrows View the outdoor

Scarecrows exhibit then drop into the studio to make one of their own. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

tue 4 Animal Antics All ages can meet the new milk snake. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE Concert in the Courtyard Enjoy rockabilly music by Jason D. Williams. Nashville Public Library’s courtyard, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 862-5800 or library. nashville.org. FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; 834-3287. (please turn the page)

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Find more seasonal events in our “Fall Fun Guide” pull-out starting on page 57. Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Oct. 3 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: Crafty ‘Crows Preschoolers

and their parents can check out the Scarecrows exhibit then visit the studio to make one of their own. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Oct. 3 listing.

FREE Open House Day Tour the observatory and have your

ers can tap, jiggle and wiggle along to live music with Rachel Sumner. North Branch Library, 1001 Monroe St., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 862-5858 or rachelsumner.com

questions answered by local astronomers. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

FREE Tap Those Toes with Rachel Sumner Preschool-

thu 6 Creation Station All ages can make Shrinky Dink jewelry and

key chains. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Nature Nuts All ages can explore constellations. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

SunTrust Classical Series: Ax Plays Beethoven Pianist Emanuel Ax joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Beethoven, Elgar and Strauss. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

fri 7 Cheekwood Nights All ages can enjoy the gardens and

country music hall of fame’s musical petting zoo

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he Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education department’s Musical Petting Zoo program gives kids of all ages the opportunity for up-close-and-personal experiences with a variety of instruments including drums, autoharps, banjos, guitars and more. This month, the museum takes its popular program to several area libraries as well as Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital’s We Care for Kids Day (Sunday, Oct. 2). All events are free. The library schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 5 Thompson Lane Branch, 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 Edmondson Pike Branch, 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville; 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 Green Hills Branch, 37012 Benham Ave., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St.; 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 Goodlettsville Branch, 205 RiverGate Pkwy.; 10:30 a.m. Hermitage Branch, 3700 James Kay Lane; 2 p.m. For more information, call 416-2001 or visit countrymusichalloffame. org.

Trains! exhibit in the evening along with music and more. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Family Movie Night All ages can discover the secrets

that the Museum of Natural History holds during a movie screening. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 7 p.m.; cornerstonetn.org.

Rachel Sumner Children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner

performs. Monkey’s Treehouse, 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; 10:30 a.m.; $7 ages 12 months - 11 years; 942-7911 or rachelsumner.com.

FREE Sports Cards and Collectibles Show All ages can buy and sell the latest and all-time favorites in all types of sports cards. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; 478-279-2817. SunTrust Classical Series: Ax Plays Beethoven Please see Thursday, Oct. 6 listing.

Wetland Walk All ages can join a naturalist for a guided tour

of Murfree Spring wetland. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

sat 8 FREE Biscuits & Bluegrass Fall Festival Enjoy an

array of arts and crafts demonstrations, artists booths, live music, free biscuit samples and more. Loveless Café, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 646-9700 or lovelesscafe.com.

Bluebird on the Mountain Local singer/songwriter Jack

Tempchin and others perform under the stars. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 8 p.m.; $95 per carload of eight; 800-745-3000 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu. (please turn the page)

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Nashville’s Patrick Chickey stars in the Bravo Creative Arts Center’s production of Oliver!, Oct. 7 - 9. See “On Stage,” page 99 for details. FREE Family Fall Festival This community event features inflatables, face painting, arts and crafts, games, prizes, food, horse and train rides, and more. Central Pike Church of Church, 4240 Central Pike, Hermitage; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 883-2696 or centralpikecofc.org. FREE Family Program: Introduction to Thumbpick Guitar Ages 6 - 18 can learn to play guitar like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis through a hands-on workshop covering the basics of thumbpick and fingerstyle guitar (guitars provided). Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Meet Clifford All ages can meet Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Sat 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Sun 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Nolensville Women’s Show Several local busi-

nesses will showcase their goods and services, a kids’ area includes inflatables and games, and proceeds from the silent auction benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation. Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, 7198 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; facebook.com/nolensvillewomensshow.

Oktoberfest Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on

page 57.

Ranch Rodeo Four major competitive events include wild cow milking, sorting, facsimile branding and trailer loading. The public can participate in sack races, horseback riding, mechanical bull rides, greased pig chases, stick pony races and more. Tap Root

Farm, 4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin; 12 p.m.; $5 ages 4 and older (entrance fee for competitors is $50 per person or $200 per team); 794-3358 or taprootfarm.com.

Diabetes Research Foundation. Middle Tennessee Medical Center, 1700 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk; 332-2575 or www2.jdrf.org.

Saturday AM: Foliage Friends Families can turn leaves into a whimsical creation. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

We Care for Kids Day Please see “Giving Back” on page 30.

FREE Sports Cards and Collectibles Show Please see

Friday, Oct. 7 listing.

SunTrust Classical Series: Ax Plays Beethoven Please see Thursday, Oct. 6 listing.

Super Fall Foliage Excursion Train Ride the rails

to Monterey where you can enjoy the Standing Stone Festival during the layover. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 7:30 a.m. boarding, 8 a.m. departure, 7:30 p.m. return; $35 - $82; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

FREE Touch a Truck Nearly 30 different kinds of large scale

construction and public service vehicles will be available for kids to explore, climb on, ring bells, sound sirens and more. Included will be arts and crafts activities, live entertainment and a mobile video game theater. Thompson’s Station Church, Thompson’s Station Road and Columbia Pike; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 302-0971, ext. 16, or wcparksandrec.com.

sun 9 Meet Clifford Please see Saturday, Oct. 8 listing. FREE Sports Cards and Collectibles Show Please see

Friday, Oct. 7 listing.

mon 10 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can experience autumn in the wetlands. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make chocolate hearts. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Walk to Cure Diabetes All ages can garner pledges

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tue 11 Animal Antics All ages can meet the gecko. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE Concert in the Courtyard Enjoy music by Grammywinning classical cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio. Nashville Public Library’s courtyard, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 862-5800 or library.nashville.org.

FREE Movies in the Library All ages can watch a screening

of Toy Story 3. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 2 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Oct. 10 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: TRAINSpiration Preschoolers and their

parents can explore the Trains exhibit then create a train-inspired work of art in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

wed 12 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can participate in programs based on science, engineering and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Oct. 10 listing. FREE Tap Those Toes with Rachel Sumner Preschoolers can tap, jiggle and wiggle along to live music with Rachel Sumner. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Madison; 10:30 a.m.; 862-5868 or rachelsumner.com

thu 13 69th Annual Al Menah Shrine Circus All ages can enjoy

circus fun, including a pre-party one hour prior to the show that includes face painting, elephant rides (additional charge) and other activities. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 and 6 p.m.; $23 reserved floor (adults and children, general admission seats are $17 adults, $12 ages 2 - 12, free ages 1 and younger; 226-7766 or 2011circus.com.

Creation Station All ages can make Shrinky Dink jewelry and

key chains. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Kids can participate in traditional fall festival games during the Music & Molasses Festival at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum Oct. 15 - 16. Find event details in the “Fall Fun Guide,” starting on page 57.

fri 14 30th Annual Fall Festival and Tennessee State Pow Wow All ages can have fun with a weekend of

Native-American activities including arts and crafts, live music and dancing, food and more. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; Fri - Sun 9 a.m.; $6 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 232-9179 or naiatn.org/powwow.

69th Annual Al Menah Shrine Circus Please see Thurs-

day, Oct. 13 listing.

Casting Crowns Enjoy an evening of contemporary Christian

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about the moon. Discovery

music. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $17.50 - $77.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

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Full Moon Pickin’ Party All ages can enjoy live bluegrass music. Warner Parks Equestrian Barn, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $15 in advance/$20 at the gate adults, $10 ages 7 - 15, $5 pickers with an approved instrument, free ages 6 and younger; 370-8053 or friendsofwarnerparks.com.

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

they challenge the Phoenix Coyotes. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

Taste of Wilson County All ages can mingle with local

chefs and sample their food while enjoying live music. Proceeds benefit the Wilson County Education Coalition. Wilson Bank & Trust West Lawn, 623 W. Main St., Lebanon; 5 - 8 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 at the door; tasteofwilsoncounty.com.

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FREE Light the Night Walk Participate in a nighttime walk with illuminated balloons on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Live music, food and kids’ activities also take place. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; lightthenight.org/tn/ register.

Sonny Rollins “Saxophone Colossus” Sonny Rollins performs an evening of jazz. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $55 - $155; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org. FREE Southern Festival of Books Enjoy three days of the written word featuring author presentations, readings, panel discussions and book signings, including children’s and young adult authors. War Memorial Plaza, Charlotte Avenue at Seventh Avenue North, Nashville; Fri 12 - 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; 770-0006 or humanitiestennessee.org/festival. Wetland Walk All ages can join a naturalist for a guided tour

of Murfree Spring wetland. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

sat 15 FREE 24th Annual Oktoberfest All ages can get

into the fall spirit with crafts, food, art, live entertainment, games and more. Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 W. Main St., Lebanon; Sat 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sun 12 - 4:30 p.m.; 443-6522 or wilsonbank.com.

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Wednesday, October 12th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 10th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Prospective Kindergarten Parent Meeting immediately follows Open House at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 29th 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 3105 Belmont Boulevard • Nashville, TN 37212 • 615-292-9465 • www.ctk.org Community • Knowledge • Service

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Private Tours Available Call 615-297-6544 To Schedule

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and that means Private School Open Houses! If you are considering a private education for your child, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know many of the private schools in Middle Tennessee. You’ll find this month’s Calendar is chockfull of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 97 – to find more.

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For October events requiring advance registration, turn to page 103. Find more seasonal events in our “Fall Fun Guide” pull-out starting on page 57.

30th Annual Fall Festival and Tennessee State Pow Wow Please see Friday, Oct. 14 listing. 69th Annual Al Menah Shrine Circus Please see Thurs-

day, Oct. 13 listing.

FREE Bird Club All ages can learn about birds and their behavior. Cason Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or njordon@murfreesborotn.gov. FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League of Gallatin presents this storytime event for ages 3 - 8 that explores the importance of being healthy and fit through a story reading, a physical activity and healthy snack. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722

Ghouls at Grassmere Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

FREE Healthy You, Healthy Me! All ages can learn how

to get fit, enjoy healthy snacks, jump in the bounce house participate in fitness demonstrations and more. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Landon Wyne has fun sliding down one of the inflatables at last year’s Fall Kids Fest.

FREE Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Garner

pledges and help raise money for the American Cancer Society during a fundraising walk. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk; http://makingstrides.acsevents.org.

FREE Middle Tennessee Christian School’s Fall Festival All ages can enjoy carnival games, inflatables,

a petting zoo, vendor and theme booths with crafts, fall items, baked goods, a silent auction, pumpkin patch, hayrides and more. Middle Tennessee Christian School, 100 E. MTCS Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; admission is free, but tickets are required for certain activities; 893-0601 ormtcscourgars.org/ patrons.htm.

FREE Mars Petcare Adoption Fair More than 20 local

animal shelters will be on hand along with live music, children’s activities, a balloon artist, dog kissing booth, paw painting and more. Mars Petcare, 315 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 373-7774 or mars.com.

Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival Please

see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the New Jersey Devils. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

Rock and Road Relay Marathon and 5K Ages 16 and older can participate in the marathon, ages 10 and older can do the 5K and all ages can compete in a one-mile foot race, with all proceeds benefiting Friends of Warner Parks. Steeplechase grandstands on Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m. marathon ($160), 8:30 a.m. 5K ($35), 8:45 a.m. foot race ($10); http:// rockandroadmarathon.racesonline.com. Saturday AM: Bird Buffet Families can make a craft to

attract birds. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Southern Festival of Books Please see Friday, Oct.

14 listing.

Watertown Fall Train Robbery Excursion Ride the

rails to Watertown and enjoy a mock train robbery during the trip. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure, 3:15 p.m. return; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

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ask in a day filled with fun for the kids during Rutherford Parent’s fifth annual Fall Kids Fest at The Avenue Murfreesboro. Dozens of booths highlight local businesses and services that cater to families, and there’s a lot for kids to do during the day, including slides, moonwalks, pumpkin decorating, face painting and more. Enjoy a variety of stage performances and kids’ entertainment, prize giveaways and food. The Avenue Murfreesboro is located at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free. Call 256-2158 or visit rutherfordparent.com.

sun 16 FREE 24th Annual Oktoberfest Please see Satur-

day, Oct. 15 listing.

30th Annual Fall Festival and Tennessee State Pow Wow Please see Friday, Oct. 14 listing. 69th Annual Al Menah Shrine Circus Please see Thurs-

day, Oct. 13 listing.

FREE Egypt Family Day All ages can participate in special

Ghouls at Grassmere Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival Please

see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

FREE Southern Festival of Books Please see Friday, Oct.

14 listing.

Sunday Series of Fun Families can make fall and Halloween decorations. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of nonperishable food items per family; 893-2141.

art-making activities and enjoy performances (including Egyptian folktales) celebrating ancient and contemporary Egyptian culture. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 - 5:30 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org. (please turn the page)

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Private School Open Houses

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Franklin Road Academy Admission open House events: November 2 & 3—Grades Pre-K and K November 19—Grades Pre-K through 12 January 28—Grades Pre-K through 12 F o r r e s e r vAt i o n s c A l l 8 3 2 - 8 8 4 5 4700 Franklin Road • Nashville, TN • 37220 • franklinroadacademy.com

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For October events requiring advance registration, turn to page 103.

Find more seasonal events in our “Fall Fun Guide� pull-out starting on page 57.

mon 17 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about creepy, crawly things. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can enjoy edible creations in the

kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

tue 18 Animal Antics All ages can meet Bill, the ball python. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expect-

ant mothers can learn about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Oct. 17 listing. Stars for Second Harvest Country star Kix Brooks, along

with Craig Wiseman, Dave Barnes and Dallas Davidson, perform an unplugged acoustic concert to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 general seating (through ticketmaster.com); for $50 VIP seats, contact Second Harvest at 329-3491 or secondharvestmidtn.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Leafy Landscape Preschoolers and their parents view the trees on the grounds and then create a leafy work of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

wed 19 Snack Attack! Please see Monday, October 17 listing. FREE Tap Those Toes with Rachel Sumner Preschoolers can tap, jiggle and wiggle along to live music with Rachel Sumner. Thompson Lane Library, 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 862-5873 or rachelsumner.com

thu 20 Artclectic This fundraiser for University School of Nashville

features more than 50 artists displaying their works in various mediums along with hands-on family art activities. USN, 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville; Thu 6 - 9 p.m. (patrons party, $125), Fri 6 - 10 p.m. (community party, $10), Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (public show, free); 277-7460 or artcletcic.org.

Bank of America Pops Series: Christopher Cross Pop Artist Christopher Cross joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $129; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Kids can have fun climbing the giant rock wall at the Providence Christian Academy Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Creation Station All ages can make egg carton jacko-lanterns. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. (please turn the page)


Private School Open Houses Toddlers - 8th grade

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Excellence in Christian Education Junior Kindergarten through Sixth Grade

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All ages can enjoy mini train rides, fishing, hay rides, farm animals and more during Family Day at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin on Saturday, Oct. 22. Nature Nuts All ages can learn about the planets. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

fri 21 Bank of America Pops Series: Christopher Cross Please see Thursday, Oct. 20 listing.

Books, Bubbles and Blues This fundraiser for Middle Tennessee Books from Birth includes food, live entertainment, a fall fashion show and silent auction. Loveless Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; $100; childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/ interior.php?mid=8731. Fall Harvest Hayride All ages can enjoy live music, hayrides, campfire fun, children’s activities and more. General Bragg Trailhead, 111 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 5 - 8 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 893-2141. FREE Family Harvest Days The whole family can

enjoy inflatables, hayrides, food, carnival games, a magic show and more. Rutherford County Baptist Church, 5742 Seminary Road, Smyrna; Fri 4 - 7:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; 355-9710 or rcbaptistchurch.org.

Ghouls at Grassmere Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Southern Living Showcase Home Tour the Southern Living home, in which Nashville’s top designers showcase the latest ideas in home design, green innovation and new building products. Southern Living Showcase Home, 913 Dorset Drive, Brentwood; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (tours continue Thu - Sun through Nov. 6); $10 in advance, $14 at the gate, free ages 11 and younger; 309-8200 or castlehomes.com. Spooky Splash Ages 7 - 13 can swim, do crafts, eat

pizza, find a pudding surprise and make tie-dye T-shirts (bring your own white shirt). Patterson Park Pool, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 10 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 day of event; 893-7439.

FREE Third Friday Outdoor Concert Enjoy live music by local bands. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; 890-0355.

Wetland Walk All ages can join a naturalist for a guided tour

of Murfree Spring wetland. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

sat 22 FREE 14th Annual Buddy Walk All ages can participate in

a half-mile walk to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome; other activities include music, games and more. Funds raised go to the local community by offering support, information and education to families in Middle Tennessee. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 386-9002 or dsamt.org.

Bank of America Pops Series: Christopher Cross Please see Thursday, Oct. 20.

Cookeville Super Fall Foliage Excursion Train

Ride the rails to Cookeville and take in the autumn colors. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 7:30 a.m. boarding, 8 a.m. departure, 6 p.m. return; $33 - $74; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

FREE Fall Fashion Extravaganza All ages can see

what’s new and trendy this fall. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 2 p.m.; 859-3456.

FREE Fall Festival All ages can celebrate the season

with games, a costume contest, trunk-or-treating, silent auction and a chili cook-off. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 4 - 6:30 p.m.; 220-0042 or cornerstonetn.org. (please turn the page)

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ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE Elementary School

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(Pre K – 4th)

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Sunday, November 13 • 2 – 4pm Sunday, January 29, 2012 • 2 – 4pm

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ES Testing Day February 4, 2012 • PK – 4


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FREE Family Day The entire family can enjoy DJ

entertainment, games, hayrides, fishing, mini train rides, farm animals and more. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; 550-6947 or franklintn.gov.

FREE Family Harvest Days Please see Friday, Oct. 21 listing.

Fiddlers Grove Fall Festival Celebrate all-things

autumn with costume contests, pumpkin-carving activities, a punkin’ chunkin’ contest, a quilt show, antique appraisals and more. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; call for admission; 443-2626 or fiddlersgrove.org.

Ghouls at Grassmere Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Halloween Blowout Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Harvest Days and Bicentennial Celebration

Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

FREE Haunted Museum Please see “Fall Fun Guide”

starting on page 57.

In the Artist’s Studio All ages can join artist Lisa Butler for a hands-on art project. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300. FREE Lego Playtime Ages 3 and older can have fun making

Lego creations. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

PCA Fall Festival All ages can enjoy pumpkin decorating, pie eating, pumpkin seed spitting contests, karaoke, pony rides, a mechanical bull, euro bungee, petting zoo and more. Providence Christian Academy, 410 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; admission is free for adults, teens and ages 1 and younger; children 2 - 8 are $20 ($50 per family), which includes most activities; 904-0902 or providencechristian. com. Saturday AM: Wild West Weekend Kids Corral

Young cowpokes can enjoy western-inspired art and craft projects and participate in challenges like calf roping and stick horse barrel racing. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Town Center Saturday Visit 50 vendors with everything from fresh produce to jewelry along with local artists, live music, children’s activities and more in a city market atmosphere. Roundabout in the Town Center area of Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; towncentersaturdays.org. Wild West Weekend A variety of activities include

an expanded Saturday AM program (see separate listing above), guided tours, a “Buffalo Bill and his Wild West” interactive storytime and two public lectures about Western art on Saturday. On Sunday, enjoy live music and guided tours of the new exhibit, Visions of the America West: Masterworks from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Saturday events begin at 10 a.m. with the last program beginning at 2 p.m.; Sunday activities run from 1 - 3 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

Kids can learn ropin’ skills during Cheekwood’s Wild West Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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Find more seasonal events in our “Fall Fun Guide” pull-out starting on page 57.

Local kids pose in Halloween costumes during last year’s Great Pumpkin Festival at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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FREE Edible Plants All ages can learn about plants that can be eaten, then take a hike in search for edible delights in nature. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 2 p.m.; 885-2422.

Animal Antics All ages can meet the ferret. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Oct. 24 listing.

The Great Pumpkin Festival All ages can enjoy the magic of science (visitors are asked to bring a canned food item for the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank). Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 - 7 p.m.; $3; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the San Jose Sharks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

they challenge the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

Rock the Cradle Please see “Giving Back,” page 30.

Romancing the Movies Pianist Mac Frampton joins the Mur-

Ghouls at Grassmere Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they

challenge the Houston Texans. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $95; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

mon 24 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about furry friends. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make sweet spider web treats.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Spooktacular Halloween Party Ages 8 and younger

can enjoy relays, games, songs, puppets and more. My Gym, 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; 5 - 6 p.m. ages 3 and younger, 6 - 7 p.m. ages 8 and younger; $1 members, $5 non-members; to register, call 824-8002.

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Tuesdays for Tots: Goblins in the Garden

Preschoolers and their parents can wear costumes and trick-or-treat through the gardens then enjoy entertainment and crafts. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

wed 26 Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel

Sumner hosts Kids’ Hour featuring music and movement for youngsters. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 5505660 or rachelsumner.com.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Oct. 24 listing.

freesboro Symphony Orchestra for an evening a of pop works by Henry Mancini, John Williams and more. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 $40; 898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com.

fri 28 2011 Inspirational Country Music Awards Inside Edi-

tion’s Megan Alexander hosts this evening honoring those who perform Christian and inspirational country music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $50 $125; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

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Kindergarten Round-Up is Thursday, Oct. 27, 9-11 a.m. for prospective families and students interested in Kindergarten 201213. For a complimentary education consultation with one of our principals, please call 860-5307. 1414 Old Hickory Blvd. | Nashville, TN 37207 www.davidsonacademy.com | 860-53079/16/11 NashParOpnHouse_2011:NashParent_OpenHouse

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Written and illustrated more than 30 text books • Splashed in the rain, slid in the snow or basked in the sun–daily • Delved with wonder and rigor into botany, physics and chemistry • Explored ancient lands, distant galaxies and the depths of Earth • Tended a garden, built a shelter and slept under the stars • Played a stringed instrument for five years • Encountered saints and scoundrels in mythology, history and literature • Read in Spanish, sung in Sanskrit and recited in Hebrew • Discovered beauty in multiplication and harmony in geometry • Competed in a Greek Pentathlon • Built a portfolio of watercolor paintings • Sung madrigals and acted in eight plays • Whittled wood and knitted socks • Marched with Romans and dreamed with inventors • Been inspired to be life-long learners! Early Childhood through Eighth Grade 3201 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215 615.354.0720 Ext. 21 www.lindenwaldorf.org

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For October events requiring advance registration, turn to page 103.

Find more seasonal events in our “Fall Fun Guide” pull-out starting on page 57.

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Avett Brothers Enjoy an evening of folk rock music. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $42.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com. Ghouls at Grassmere Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Halloween Carnival All ages can participate in a costume contest, play a variety of carnival-style games, enjoy face painting and more. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 5 - 9 p.m.; activities are 50 cents each; 890-5333. Preschool Pumpkin Patch Ages 2 - 5 can wear

costumes and enjoy an evening of games, activities, a cakewalk, trick-or-treating and more. Patterson Gym, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 7 p.m.; $3; 893-7439.

Spooktacular Halloween Party Ages 8 and younger

can enjoy relays, games, songs, puppets and more. My Gym, 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ages 3 and younger, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ages 2 - 5, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. ages 3 - 8, 6 - 7 p.m. ages 8 and younger; $1 members, $5 non-members; to register, call 371-5437.

Wetland Walk All ages can join a naturalist for a guided tour

of Murfree Spring wetland. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

sat 29 The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: The Composer is Dead Nashville

Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero narrates Lemony Snicket’s comical whodunit. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m. (English narration), 12:30 p.m. (Spanish narration); $29; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

FREE Book Club Reading kids of all ages can participate in

age-appropriate group readings and discussions of spookythemed titles. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville; 3 p.m.; 356-0501, ext. 48 or bellemeadeplantation.com.

Cookeville Super Fall Foliage Excursion Train

Ride the rails to Cookeville and take in the autumn colors. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 7:30 a.m. boarding, 8 a.m. departure, 6 p.m. return; $33 - $74; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

FREE Cool Springs Galleria Play Area Grand Opening Ages 12 and younger can meet Dreamworks characters and enjoy KidsDance, balloon animals and more during the opening of the new play area. Cool Springs Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-2050, ext. 250, or coolspringsgalleria.com.

FREE Costume Storytime All ages can show off

their costumes, listen to stories and go trick-or-treating throughout the library. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

El Dia de los Muertos Experience the traditions of

Mexico’s holiday with music and dance, art activities, food, altar displays, a Mexican marketplace and more. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth performs at TPAC’s Fest de Ville Gala on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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For October events requiring advance registration, turn to page 103.

Find more seasonal events in our “Fall Fun Guide” pull-out starting on page 57.

Family Day Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin Robbins and Nashville Parent sponsor this day of fun that includes musical performances, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, skee ball and other carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, trick-or-treat booths, food and more. Proceeds benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, dedicated to leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. Belmont University’s Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; $15 ages 3 and older (family of four pass for two adults, two children is $50); 256-2002 or nashvillefamilyday.com. FREE Fiber in the Boro All ages can celebrate all the

fiber arts — knitting, weaving, spinning, crochet, quilting and more — through demonstrations, vendors and classes (classes require advance registration). Lane Agripark, 315 John R. Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 217-4966 or fiberintheboro.com.

Ghouls at Grassmere

Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Halloween Carnival

Please see Friday, Oct. 28 listing.

FREE Halloween at The Avenue All ages can

trick-or-treat from 4 - 6 p.m. and then watch an outdoor screening of Gnomeo and Juliet at 6:30 p.m. The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy.; 893-4207 or shoptheavenue.com/Murfreesboro.

FREE Howl-o-ween

Fido gets to enjoy Halloween festivities, too, during this canine-friendly event that includes a best costume contest and socializing with other dog lovers. Fenway’s Dog Park at Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 a.m.; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks. com.

FREE Long Hunter Mega Hike Join naturalist Jason Allen for hiking all 26 miles of the park’s trails (or as many as you can handle). Bring water, lunch, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 7 a.m.; 885-2422.

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Pumpkinfest Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Anaheim Ducks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

FREE RiverGate Mall Play Area Grand Opening Ages 12 and younger can meet their favorite Dreamworks characters and enjoy KidsDance, balloon animals and more during the opening of the new play area. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 4 - 6 p.m.; 859-3456 or rivergate-mall.com.

TPAC’s 2011 Fest de Ville Gala Enjoy an evening of cock-

tails, dinner, a silent auction and live performance by Broadway/ TV/Film star Kristin Chenoweth. Proceeds benefit the educational and cultural programming at TPAC. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $450 ($370 is tax deductible); 687-4300 or tpac.org.

sun 30 FREE Community Trick-or-Treat Ages 12 and

younger can participate in a costume contest, play games, trick-or-treat and more. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; 356-0501, ext. 48, or bellemeadeplantation.com.

FREE Fall Family Funfest All ages can enjoy an afternoon of fun with inflatables, character appearances and a performance by The Nick Carver Band. The first 300 kids can decorate pumpkins and play games. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 - 5 p.m.; 896-4486 or stonesrivermall.com. FREE Fall Fest All ages can have

fun on inflatables, playing carnival games, munching on cotton candy, popcorn and hot dogs, listening to music, participating in a costume contest and winding down with trunk-or-treat activities. West End Church of Christ, 3534 West End Ave., Nashville; 3 - 6 p.m.; westendcoc.org.

Ghouls at Grassmere Please page 57.

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FREE Rutherford Heart Walk All ages can participate in a walk and raise funds for the American Heart Association. Middle Tennessee Medical Center, 1700 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1 - 4 p.m.; http://rutherfordtnheartwalk.kintera.org. Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Indianapolis Colts. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $95; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

mon 31 Happy Halloween! Halloween Movie Night Please see “Fall Fun Guide” starting on page 57.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy a pumpkin patch program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE Pumpkin Festival All ages can go trick-

or-treating on the trail, enjoy hayrides through the park, bounce on inflatables, play games and have more Halloween fun. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 5 - 7:30 p.m.; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Families can bring their costumed canines to Fenway’s Dog Park in Goodlettsville for Howl-o-ween festivities on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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For a list of museums and sites, pick up a copy of The Family Manual (on stands now!) or visit our website and click on “The Calendar.”

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Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

participants to glide through the forest on nine zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-and-ahalf tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $54 adults, $42 ages 17 and younger (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit adventureworks.com.

davidson county FREE Art Making in the Lobby All ages can create

miniature shadow boxes every Thu and Fri through Oct. 28 at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and recreation take place at 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 862-8435. BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 2551422; bounceu.com. Open play times are Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $6.95 ($5.95 siblings); cosmic glow-in-the-dark bounces are Mon 3 - 6 p.m. and Fri 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($7 siblings). Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 8628480 or nashville.org/sportsplex.

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts Mon - Fri at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Fairytales, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore.com. FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

through East Nashville every Saturday at 9 a.m. Depart from Eastside Cycles, 1012 Woodland St., Nashville; 469-1079 or eastside-cycles.com.

FREE Hillsboro Village Art Walk The first Thursday each

month from 5 - 8 p.m., stroll the 21st Avenue South at Belcourt Avenue areas for art shows, demonstrations, live entertainment, book signing, food and more. Call 352-4891.

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.gov/

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112.

FREE Special Sports Saturdays Children ages 2 and

older with autism and other special needs, along with their typical siblings and peers, can play indoor soccer and hockey on the second and fourth Saturdays every month. Faces of Hope, 185 W. Franklin St., Gallatin; 9 - 11 a.m.; 206-1176 or facesofhopetn.com.

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BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open bounce and preschool play date times.

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or jumpersplayhouse.com. Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931486-0113.

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing program: • Gymboree: Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can enjoy playtime and energy burning activities every Wednesday; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $3 • Wee Play: Ages 1-and-a-half to 2 years can enjoy stories, crafts and more every Monday; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs: • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Young Hearts: Ages 8 - 12 can participate in a fitness class that includes games, functional skills and learning the ins and outs of being fit and active Tue and Thu through Nov. 17; 4 - 4:45 p.m.; $3 • Youth Volleyball: Ages 9 - 17 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or bn.com.

events at 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; 799-5544.

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

mini-golf, air hockey, an interactive game floor, football toss, soccer kick and basketball in a glow-in-the-dark setting at 121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8, Franklin; $8 per child (adults are free); for times, call 370-4386, opt. 2.

FREE Lifeway Christian Store Ages 2 - 8 can enjoy stories and songs every Friday at 10 a.m. at 1725 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-9050. Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1648 Westgate Circle, Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $6); 377-5900 of monkeyjoes. com. Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at 91

Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 11; 646-5002 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

My Gym Brentwood For pay-to-play, open gym and

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit my-gym.com/brentwood.

parks/classes for a complete listing of visual art, music, theater and dance opportunities.

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 264-0183 or bn.com.

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1580

FREE Delmas Long Community Center Tot Time for

from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for preschoolers, Tue 6 - 7:30 p.m. and Thu 1 - 3 p.m. for ages 2 - 12. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867.

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf,

Shipwrecked Playhouse An indoor play area for ages 1 - 9, featuring a 30-foot wooden pirate ship at 99 Seaboard Lane, Cool Springs. Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is $7. Call 866-9358 or visit shipwreckedplayhouse.com.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise In Every Friday through

Sodium Located at 1725 Columbia Ave., Ste. 100, Franklin, the facility includes a children’s indoor play area, and a variety of classes and workshops for kids and families. Call 260-5916 or visit sodiuminc.com.

Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes. com.

ages birth - 5 to enjoy social time and gym play takes place every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at

batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or funandenergy.com.

8074 Hwy. 100, Nashville; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 11; 646-5002 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

FREE Musicians Corner Enjoy free live music outdoors every Saturday from 3 - 6 p.m. at Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; musicianscornernashville.com. Nashville Ghost Tours All ages can embark on a walking

tour of downtown Nashville’s haunted history. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue across from the Hermitage Hotel; daily 7:45 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 and younger; 884-3999 or nashvilleghosttours.com.

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

in Book Club every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or potterybarnkids.com.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at radnorlake.org or call 373-3467.

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Oct. 28, all ages can view a variety of classic cars and have fun with live music, children’s activities and more. Glenbrook Shopping Center, Vietnam Veterans Parkway and New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m. (weather permitting); hendersonvillecruisein.com.

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary; 859-7753 or laseradventure.net.

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning

classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit my-gym.com/hendersonville for a complete schedule and fees.

Pump It Up Play Time Pop-in playtime Tue, Wed and Fri

Storybook Village This indoor play center features storybook themes. Located at 3015 Belshire Village Drive, Ste. 114, Spring Hill, open play hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 12, free ages 11 months and younger along with parents and kids 13 and older; 614-1424 or thestorybookvillage.com.

FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can learn self-defense, self-discipline and safety during an introductory lesson the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday every month at 11 a.m. Robinson Taekwondo at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 8, Ste. 809, Franklin; 791-6655.


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on stage

take in some theater with your family this month and read reviews online at nashvilleparent.com. Click on “The Calendar.”

The Adventures of Tom Thumb (Oct. 22 - Nov. 12;

All ages) Olde Worlde Theatre Co. at The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; Sat 10 a.m.; $6; 300-0734 or oldeworldetheatre.com.

The Boys Next Door (Oct. 21 - 30; Ages 5 and older) Lamplighter’s Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 4 - 12; 852-8499 or lamplighterstheatre.com.

The Diary of Anne Frank (Oct. 7 - 22; Ages 12 and older) Pull Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or pull-tight.com.

All My Sons (Oct. 1 - 15; Ages 10 and older) Tennessee

Chicago (continues through Saturday, Oct. 1; Ages 12 and

A Few Good Men (continues through Saturday, Oct. 15; Ages 12 and older) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or lakewoodtheatre.com.

American Buffalo (continues through Saturday, Oct. 15; Ages 12 and older) Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 (high school and younger students receive free admission on Thu and Sun with student ID); 726-2281 or act1online.com.

Cinderella (Oct. 28 - 30; All ages) Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s

Holes (continues through Sunday, Oct. 16; Ages 8 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Sat Sun 2 p.m. (no show Sunday, Oct. 2); $19 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

And Then There Were None (Oct. 21 - Nov. 5; Ages 12

and older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger; 598-8950 or encore-theatre-company.org.

Annie (continues through Saturday, Oct. 22; Ages 5 and

older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or townecentretheatre.com.

Blast! (continues through Sunday, Oct. 2; Ages 5 and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $67; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Nashville Ballet presents the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, Oct. 28 - 30.

older) Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; dinner show $26, show only $21; thelarrykeetontheatre.org. Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $35 - $82; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Cinderella (continues through Sunday, Oct. 9; Ages 8

and older) Steeple Players, 260 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15; 826-6037 or steepleplayers.org.

Dracula (Oct. 14 - 23;

Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger; 904-2787 or boroarts.org.

La Traviata (Oct. 13 and 15; Ages 10 and older) Nashville

Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m.; $19.50 - $97.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Oliver! (Oct. 7 - 9; All ages) Bravo Creative Arts Center at

Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $8 general admission, $10 reserved; 599-5314 or bravocreativeartscenter.com.

Pippin (Oct. 7 - 23; Ages 8 and older) Murfreesboro Little

Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 893-9825 or mltarts.com.

The Rocky Horror Show (continues through Monday, Oct. 31; Ages 17 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Mon 8 p.m. (Oct. 31 only), Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (Oct. 6, 13 and 27 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Oct. 9 and 23 only); $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are two-for-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $15); 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com. Southern Fried Funeral (Oct. 20 - Nov. 26; Ages 10 and

older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Oct. 7 - 22; Ages 10 and older) Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com.

West of Pecos (Oct. 7 - 9; All ages) The Sunshine

Players at the Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439.

Wicked (Oct. 19 - Nov. 6; Ages 8 and older) Please see

page 73.

Willy Wonka (Oct. 14 - 30; Ages 6 and older) Circle Players at Keeton Theatre, 104 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students, free ages 6 and younger; 332-7529 or circleplayers.net. Writer’s Block (continues through Saturday, Oct. 15; Ages 10 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

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Alive Hospice Rutherford County Youth Camp Location TBA 963-4732 or alivehospice.org

• Alive Teen Retreat Oct. 14 - 16. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 5. Ages 13 - 18. Teens who have recently lost any loved one can spend a weekend of indoor and outdoor activities while learning healthy ways to handle the grieving process. $50

Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 862-8580 or nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Fall Bird Hike Saturday, Oct. 15. All ages. Walk the Henry Hollow Loop Trail to look for avian migrators. 8 - 10 a.m. • FREE Jr. Naturalist Bird Hike Saturday, Oct. 8. Ages 6 - 12. Earn credits toward your Jr. Naturalist patch by learning about local birds and how to identify them. 9 - 11 a.m. • FREE Let’s Go Nuts Saturday, Oct. 22. All ages. Take and hike and learn how acorns, hickory nuts and beech nuts provide a welcome feast for many animals. 1 - 3 p.m. • FREE Witch-Hazel Walk Saturday, Oct. 29. All ages. Explore for witch-hazel, witch’s broom, mistletoe and other unusual plants. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Belle Meade Plantation 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 356-0501, ext. 31, or bellemeadeplantation.com

• Hands on Harvest Oct. 4 - 5. Students and Scouts of all ages. Participate in candle dipping, butter churning, laundry and other frontier chores, listen to Native American stories and learn about the lifestyle of a long hunter. 9 - 11 a.m. $5

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks/nature/bbnc/index.asp

• FREE Children’s Nature Hike Saturday, Oct. 22. All ages. Look for insects, birds, amphibians and fall colors while hiking. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. • FREE Farm Day Saturday, Oct. 8. All ages can enjoy hayrides, farm games, animals and more. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. • FREE Jr. Naturalist Bird Patch Saturday, Oct. 15. Ages 6 - 12. Earn credits town your Jr. Naturalist patch by hiking the trail looking for resident birds as well as early migrants. 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Blue Heron Nature Cruises at River Bluff Park 175 Old Cumberland, Ashland City; 385-7007 or blueheroncruises.com

• Fall Foliage Cruise Wed - Sun. All ages. Embark on a narrated cruise on the Cumberland while taking in the fall colors. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1- 3 p.m. $11 adults, $9 ages 2 -12

Kids of all ages can take gymnastics lessons at the Fairview Recreation Complex starting Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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A sampling of pumpkins painted by children at last year’s Hoots and Hayrides event at Owl’s Hill Nature Center. This year’s event is Sunday, Oct. 23. BounceU 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn

• Fall Break Camp Oct. 14, 17 - 21. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Spend a day bouncing, playing games, doing crafts and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • Halloween Boo Bounce Friday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 30. All ages. Wear your costume and enjoy a spooky evening of bouncing and getting candy. Fri 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m. $8 • Parent’s Night Out Fridays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Kids can enjoy bouncing, pizza and drinks while Mom and Dad have a night out. 6 - 9 p.m. $18 ($15 siblings) • PreK & Play Mother’s Day Out Fridays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained). Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior. This new Mother’s Day Out includes bouncing, games, arts and crafts, and a snack. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $25 per session

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090

• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, Oct. 8. Ages 12 and older. Watch a screening of Arthur, starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. 1 p.m.; ext. 838, to register

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Cannonsburgh Village 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 890-0355

• Fall Lantern Tour Friday, Oct. 7. All ages can learn the stories behind the buildings from a costumed guide. 7 p.m. $2.50

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 302-0971, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com

• Ceramics Tuesday, Oct. 25. Ages 3 - 12. Paint a Halloween ceramic piece. 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $4 • Leaf Print and Fall Cookies Tuesday, Oct. 18. Ages 3 -12. Bake creepy, kooky cookies then make leaf prints. 4:30 5:15 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $2

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks.com

• FREE Children’s Karate Seminar Saturday, Oct. 15. Ages 5 - 12. Learn basic karate techniques, situational examples and general physical fitness. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Fun Family Fright Night Friday, Oct. 28. All ages. Dress in costume for this Halloween dance party featuring a live DJ and limbo and contests like Best Family Theme. 7 - 9 p.m. $20 per family of five or fewer, $5 each additional child

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 799-9331 or wcparksandrec.com

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Oct. 15. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. Call 585-9055 to register • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Oct. 6. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 5 - 6 p.m. $10 • FREE Pine Cone Bird Feeder Tuesday, Oct. 11. Ages 3 10. Make a homemade bird feeder. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ages 3 - 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. ages 6 - 10. • Spirit Gymnastics Tuesdays, Oct. 4 - Dec. 20 or Wednesdays, Oct. 5 - Dec. 21. All ages. Work on tumbling, balance beam, bars and trampoline skills while focusing on strength, flexibility, body awareness and control. Tue 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m., Wed 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 4 and 5 p.m. $48 per month, plus a $20 supply fee

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 447-1323 or buddybreakfbch@bchtn.org

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Oct. 28. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


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Franklin Recreation Complex 1120 Hillsboro Road; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com

• American Girl Sewing Friday, Oct. 21. Ages 9 - 12. Learn to sew and make a flag pillow and flag pin for your doll. 5 - 8 p.m. $35 • American Red Cross Babysitter Training Monday, Oct. 10. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. To register, call 585-9055 • Art Connections: Oh the Places We Will Go Wednesdays, Oct. 5 - 26. Ages 7 - 12. Explore landscape paintings and travel around the world without leaving the classroom. 9 - 11 a.m.; $35 • Fabulous Fun Fridays: Art Club Fridays, Oct. 7 and 21. Ages 6 - 12. Explore new ways to make art. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $15 • Guitar or Bass Guitar Lessons Mondays, Oct. 10 - 31. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play guitar or bass during lessons focusing on improving technique, reading musical notation and tablature, improvisations and learning to play by ear. Choose a 30-minute slot between 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. $88 • Just the “2” of Us Creative Arts Program Wednesday, Oct. 12. Ages 2 - 6 with a caregiver. Enjoy creative art explorations that promote socialization, self-expression and imagination. 9 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $10 • Piano Lessons Fridays, Oct. 7 - 28. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $88 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, Oct. 3 - 31 (skip 10/17), Tuesdays, Oct. 4 - 27 (skip 10/11 and 10/17) or Fridays, Oct. 7 - 28. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. Mon and Tue 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. ($36), Fri 9 - 10:30 a.m. ($24) • Voice Lessons Fridays, Oct. 7 - 28. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $88 plus supply fee

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville; 744-3357 or fristcenter.org • FREE Kids Club: Felting a Winter Wonderland Saturday, Oct. 8. Ages 5 - 10. Create a winter landscape scene to share by pinching, cutting, squeezing and molding felt to construct snow-topped mountains, evergreen forests and dazzling snowflakes. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Garr’s Rental and Feed 11620 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 754-9613 or garrs.biz • Scarecrow Workshops Oct. 1, 8, 9 and 15. Choose materials and build and decorate a scarecrow to keep. Sat 9 and 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $25

Gymboree Play & Music 1731-A Mallory Lane, Ste. 108, Brentwood 221-9004

• FREE School Skills Open House Wednesday, Oct. 12. Learn about the new preschool alternative that promotes peer interaction and independent learning. 9 - 11 a.m.

The Hermitage 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 889-2941, ext. 243 or thehermitage.com

• Haunted Night Tours Oct. 2, 3, 6, 7 (two tours), 9, 11, 13, 14 (two tours), 16, 17, 20, 21 (two tours), 23, 25, 27, 28 (two

tours), 30 and 31 (two tours). Ages 10 and older. Embark on a 90-minute lantern lit tour of the mansion, Rachel and Andrew Jackson’s tomb and more. 7 p.m. (dates with two tours are 7 and 9 p.m.); $25 adults, $20 ages 13 - 18, $15 ages 6 - 12

Indoor Sports Complex 920 Heritage Way, Brentwood 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com

• Piano Lessons Thursdays, Oct. 6 - 27. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano through private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 1:30 - 4 p.m. or 5:30 - 8 p.m. $88 • Voice Lessons Thursdays, Oct. 6 - 27. Ages 5 and older. Private instruction covers notation reading, proper breathing and phrasing, and artistic interpretation. Choose a 30-minute slot between 1:30 - 4 p.m. or 5:30 - 8 p.m. $88

Life Assembly 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-7779 or buddybreak@lifeassembly.com

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Oct. 21. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 885-2422 or thenaturecircle@hotmail.com

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday (no programs on Oct. 3 and 10). Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. October’s themes are: • Oct. 17: Why Leaves Change Color • Oct. 24: Rowdy Raccoons • Oct. 31: Having a Hoot with Owls

Longview Recreation Center 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill 302-0971, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com

• 31 Days of Halloween Art Classes Oct. 1 - 31. Ages vary per project. Every day this month, kids can participate in Halloween-themed art activities. Find the full schedule online • American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, Oct. 8. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. To register, call 585-9055 • Cre8tive Gurlz Tuesday, Oct. 4. All ages. Girls can hang with peers while making bracelets. $15 • FREE Don’t Be Rude, Dude: Bullying Monday, Oct. 17. Ages 8 - 12. Learn what bullying is and how not to be a target. 4 - 4:30 p.m. • Halloween Spookfest Saturday, Oct. 22. Ages 2 - 12. Enjoy trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, a scariest scream contest, face painting and a balloon drop at the end of the evening. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $5 per child, free for parents • Introduction to Manga Drawing Oct. 4 and 6 or Oct. 11 and 13. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of drawing Mango Shoujo and Shonen characters in the traditional big-eyed style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25, plus an optional $5 supply fee • Just the “2” of Us Creative Arts Program Mondays, Oct. 3 - 24. Ages 2 - 6 with a parent. Enjoy creative art exploration that promotes socialization, self-expression and imagination. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10

• Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Oct. 3 - 24. Ages 8 and older. This martial arts class combines Judo and Karate. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $40 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, Oct. 3 - 24. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $40 • Manga Chibi Workshop Oct. 18 and 20. Ages 8 and older. Learn to draw the mini-proportioned comic book characters called “Chibis” in this Japanese-style cartoon class. 4:15 5:45 p.m.; $25, plus an optional $5 supply fee • Parris Island: The F Series Mon, Wed and Fri, Oct. 3 - 31. Ages 8 and older. Get in shape during this 45-minute intense military based calisthenics class. 5:30 - 6:15 a.m. $45 per month or $5 per class • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, Oct. 5 - 26. Ages 8 and older. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. beginners, 6 - 7 p.m. intermediates. $25 for the first family member, $20 each additional, plus a $5 supply fee • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, Oct. 3 - 28 and Wednesdays, Oct. 5 - 26. Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained). Participate in craft experiences designed to enhance fine motor and development skills. Mon 8:30 - 10 a.m., Wed 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $24

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org

• Backstage Pass: Giraffe Barn Saturday, Oct. 1. Ages 5 and older (children must be accompanied by an adult). Go behind the scenes with a zookeeper into the Giraffe Barn and learn about animal care, behavior, conservation and more. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $25 members, $50 non-members • Teen Animal Art Photography Class Saturday, Oct. 8. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. Ages 13 - 16. Bring a digital camera and learn how to achieve the perfect animal photo from a professional wildlife photographer. 1 - 5 p.m. $65 members, $90 non-members

Oaklands Historic House Museum 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org

• Autumn in the Oaks Friday, Oct. 28. All ages. Enjoy scavenger hunts, lawn games, touch and feel stations, music and dancing, playing horseshoes and more. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5 • Widows, Weepers and Wakes Evening Tours Oct. 7 and 14. All ages. Enjoy an evening tour of the Widows, Weepers and Wakes: Victorian Mourning Customs exhibit that also includes entrance to the exhibit, Headstones, Hearses and Heartaches: 200 Years of Mourning Customs. Tours include hors d’oeuvres. 6 - 8 p.m. $15

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 370-4672 or owlshill.org

• Hoots and Hayrides Sunday, Oct. 23. All ages. Enjoy hayrides in the wildflower meadow, paint pumpkins, play games, enjoy face painting and more. 1 - 5 p.m. $12 in advance/$15 at the gate (includes pumpkin to take home) • Knee High Naturalist: Where are the Seeds? Monday, Oct. 3 or Tuesday, Oct. 4. Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Bring a white sock and make a collection of seeds while learning about them and who eats them. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 per child/adult in advance/$15 at the gate.

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Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot! (These events require advance registration.) • FREE COBOR: Play Outside and Splash in the Water Friday, Oct. 7. Ages 3 - 5. Have fun mixing water with playtime. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Fall Bird Banding Day Wednesday, Oct. 12. All ages. Learn about the hows and whys of bird banding research. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • FREE Farewell to Flowers Saturday, Oct. 15. All ages. Bid farewell to fall beauties. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Leaf Shapes Saturday, Oct. 8. All ages. Look for different leaf shapes along the trail. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Navigating with Map and Compass Saturday, Oct. 22. Ages 8 - 14. Learn the basic skills of land navigation and how to use a compass. 1 - 2 p.m. or 3 - 4 p.m. • FREE Spying on Spiders Saturday, Oct. 1. All ages. Discover funnel-web weavers, orb weavers, fishing spiders and other eight-legged critters. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Storytime Under the Beech Tree Friday, Oct. 21. Ages 3 - 5. Listen to nature stories under the nature center’s beech tree. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE A Thing as Beautiful as a Tree Saturday, Oct. 22. All ages. Experience fall color while looking at trees in the forest, field and beyond. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Twilight in Warner Park Wednesday, Oct. 19. All ages. Experience the park at sunset. 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Kids can learn about spiders and their role in the food chain at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center on Saturday, Oct. 15. (Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, cont’d) • Owling, Howling and Prowling Monday, Oct. 10. Ages 9 and older. Enjoy an al fresco dinner in the pavilion, then learn about Tennessee owls during a hike to call for them. 6 - 9 p.m. $20 in advance/$30 at the gate

Paige’s Pantry 123 S. Church St., Murfreesboro shoppaigespantry.com

• Parent Child Cupcake Class Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 15. All ages. Practice basic piping techniques and decorate your own cupcakes. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $30 per parent/child, $5 additional child

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd. Murfreesboro; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Harvest Time Tea Party Saturday, Oct. 8. Ages 3 - 10. Sip hot tea while enjoying fall-themed crafts and games. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Campfire Treats and Nature Stories Saturday, Oct. 22. All ages. Enjoy campfire snacks and listening to stories about nature. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Celebrate Trees Saturday, Oct. 8. All ages. Learn about and admire trees, participate in crafts and other activities like coloring sheets, leaf rubbings, leaf stamps, a scavenger hunt and more. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. • FREE Fall Wildflower Hike Saturday, Oct. 1. All ages. Hike around the bottoms exploring the different wildflowers. 2 - 3 p.m.

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• FREE Local Food and Organics Festival Saturday, Oct. 29. All ages. Discover local, organic food, see cooking demonstrations, explore exhibits, participate in a pumpkin carving contest and costume contest, salsa-making for kids and more. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. • FREE Naturally Fit Saturday, Oct. 15. All ages. Participate in an exercise program. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. • FREE Spectacular Spiders Saturday, Oct. 15. All ages. Learn about how eight-legged critters play a role in the food web, then make spider cookies. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Sunset Picking Party Friday, Oct. 7. All ages. Bring a string instrument and participate in a picking party. 6 - 7 p.m.

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040 or nwilliams@murfreesborotn.gov

• Princess Training Class Saturday, Oct. 15. Ages 3 - 6. Learn the basics of being a true, strong princess. 10:30 11:45 a.m.; $3 • Tumbleweeds Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling while improving balance, coordination and overall fitness. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

Thompson’s Station Park 1513 Thompson’s Station Road W.; 302-0971, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com

• FREE Toddlers, Tales and Trails Oct. 5 and 19. Ages 18 months - 4 years. Bring a blanket for storytime, then enjoy a nature activity. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks/wpnc

• COBOR: Climb a Tree Sunday, Oct. 9. Ages 7 and older. Join Tree Climbers International for a day of rope and harness tree climbing. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $20 • FREE COBOR: Family Camping Under the Stars Saturday, Oct. 8. Ages 6 and older. Camp in the park and enjoy a night hike, cooking dinner, making s’mores and more. 5 p.m. - 9 a.m.

The Wellness Center at Baptist Hospital 2021 Church St., Nashville; 284-2348 or baptisthospital.com • Strong Mommy Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expectant moms. This pre-natal fitness/wellness program includes water aerobics, personalized fitness coaching sessions, preand post-natal massages, fitness workshops, a three-month center membership and more. 5:30 p.m. $125

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks • Campfire Circle Saturday, Oct. 8. All ages. Enjoy a guided nature hike, then campfire songs, skits, snacks and more. 6:30 p.m. $3 • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 2 - 6 with a parent. Explore nature and gain an appreciation for wildlife. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3

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Your Life. Become an Independent Consultant. Find out more call Sherry at 615-815-8664 modelskin@myrandf.com We are a home party business selling the finest handcrafted jewelry and purses from missions and artisans from around the world. Part time or a new career, Mission Passport is your opportunity to earn what you are worth while helping women and children around the world discover their true worth! Look for a Mission Passport party in your neighborhood... or host your own Mission Passport party.

Love your work, Change Lives, BuiLd a Business. Contact Natalie Garner, National Sales Director 615-545-3435 natalie.garner@missionpassport.com

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FUN Bachelorette Parties & Girl’s Night Out! specializing in lingerie, lotions, novelties, enhancers & more! No Charge to host a party, plus you get FREE MERCHANDISE! Contact Susan for party bookings or more info!

susanjames@sugarandspiceproducts.com

615-598-1416

Hostess Incentives!

sugarandspiceproducts.com • Career Opportunities Available

Free product for hosting a Dr. Mom or Dr. Me event. Rhonda Ford 615-975-3863 • www.feelwellnaturally.com Be your own family physician

CHILD CARE

1 Month - $50 3 Months - $120 6 Months - $225 12 Months - $350

Exciting changes coming to the classifieds in November!

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ONLINE CLASSIFIEDS Rates:

Online classifieds at parentworld.com.

6wks-5yrs M-F 9a-3p

extended hours: 8a-4p

All enrichment classes included in monthly tuition!

Call Brittany Wilson (615) 352-2801 Free Enrollment with this Ad

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excellent references call (615) 568-2965 * cldaltamirano@gmail.com


Consign & Co. Children’s Consignment Sale 809 Park Ave. Murfreeesboro

DRIVERS WANTED

A T T O R N E Y

Divorce/Custody • Probate/Wills Criminal • DUI • Business Law

Martin A. Kooperman

Duzane, Kooperman & Mondelli 603 Woodland Street, Nashville

to deliver Nashville, Williamson, Sumner & Rutherford Parent

259-1214

Southern Pride reStorationS

Call Tom at 615-256-2158 x 104

Specializing in kitchen and bath renovations, all household repairs.

give’em a cookie!

Dependable, expert Service. Licensed and insured.

Cookie gift packs make a great gift.

The Cookie Works at Rochelle Center

Supporting People with Disabilities

615-972-0706 * billhiggs69@yahoo.com

Charles Chadwick, 254-0673 x258

GRANDMA'S

Learn From HoLLywood ProFessionaLs

Nashville Actor’s Workshop

WORRIED ABOUT MONEY?

We have been helping families deal with financial issues for 30 years. We give you options and knowledge so you can make an informed decision. We counsel you in a friendly, caring manner without judgment.

handmade baby afghans baby hooded ponchos

Film & TV Acting Classes Youth classes forming now Call now: (615) 294-9527 www.nashvilleactorsworkshop.com

The firsT visiT is free!

The Law Offices of James A. Flexer Offices in Nashville, Columbia, and Murfreesboro 1-800-427-1839

Accent on

For a cleaner, healthier yard

Success

591-8717

French Language Summer Tutoring

Peggy Reeves (615) 547-9681

KRIS' CRITTER CARE Going on vacation? Busy work schedule?

The Pilates Place

NO WORRIES!

Pilates equipped studios offer individual & mat classes. Yoga also offered at Bellevue location. 579-3959 www.thepilatesplace.us

Full service animal in-home care. Sylvan Park resident.

Bellevue & Leiper's Fork

For appts. 615-491-6724

VACATION RENTALS

perennialclassics@charter.net

CLASSES

Over 35 Vendors! Over Regional 35  Regional  Vendors!   Wednesday,  November  2,  2011  |  9:30am  –  7:30pm   Wednesday, November 2 • 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Brentwood  UMC  |309  Franklin  Road  |  Brentwood   www.bumc.net/shop   Brentwood UMC, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood www.bumc.net/shop

ITEMS FOR SALE

consignandco.com * 615 624-2539

CLASSIFIEDS

(van or truck required)

November 3-4: 10am-4pm November 5: 8am-2pm (1/2 Price)

SERVICES

RESALE/CONSIGMENT/EVENT

OPENINGS now for 6 mo.-5 years (Pre-K). Tues. & Thurs. 9a-2p. Classes start 9/13/11. Go online @ journeypointechurch.com for printable enrollment packet or call Regena Fickes @ 615-896-9272. 1267 Middle Tn. Blvd, Murfreesboro.

EMPLOYMENT

Online classifieds at parentworld.com.

Vacation Rental • 2 Bedroom 2 Bath w/bunks • Sleeps 6-8 Brand New Gulf-front condo in Panama City Beach • Professionally Decorated • Inexpensive rate!

Call Mandy 850-685-1021 october 2011 109


snap shots - yours

Show off your kids! Share them on our Facebook page Upload them to our website (Photo Gallery)

Meagan

Mackenzie

Kilah

Jaydon and Jaylen

Names of those in photo (Please print) ________________________________________ Signature

(parent or guardian)

________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________ Austin

Bonny

EMAIL ________________________________________ *Photo publication cannot be guaranteed due to the large volume of photos received. All submitted photos are considered for “A Snap to Remember” (see page 112).

One photo per entry, please. Sorry, photos cannot be returned. Submitted photos via form, e-mail, on the “Photo Gallery” online at parentworld.com or on Facebook serve as a “photo release,” allowing Day Communications, Inc. one-time rights for use of photos within the publication. Send to Snap Shots, 2270 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228 or e-mail a high resolution version of them to kiera@daycommail. com, subject: Snap Shots.

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snap shots - ours

Readers enjoyed Nashville Parent’s Private School Fair at the Adventure Science Center.

Kristi and Alex Graham and kids

Stephanie Eads, Ava Reintiz and Nicky Grelo

Amanda and Lorelai Wilson

Angela and Sarah Stevens

Cindy and Joshua Young

Cleo Childress and Destiny Kennedy

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Landry likes to monkey around!

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How fast do you get your biopsy results? Rapid and accurate results are made when you combine the unique talents of multiple specialists BREAST SURGERY

James Carter, M.D. Paul Pasarilla, M.D. David Beaird, M.D. Lisa White, M.D.

PLASTIC SURGERY

Brad Medling, M.D.

RADIOLOGY

Deborah Williams, M.D. Sadhish Siva, M.D. Andrew Fong. M.D.

Digital Mammography | Ultrasound | Breast MRI Minimally invasive breast biopsy techniques

Be Aware! OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

COMPREHENSIVE BREAST CENTER Request Appointments Online at www.mmclinic.com

(615) 867-8040

We have a gift for you when you schedule a mammogram in the month of October! Call or go online to schedule an appointment today.

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter 1272 Garrison Drive, Murfreesboro, TN | 1.800.842.6692

facebook.com/murfreesboromedicalclinic


HALLOWEEN AT THE AVENUE AND SCREEN ON THE GREEN

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 4 PM – 6 PM | OUTDOOR MOVIE 6:30 PM Enjoy complimentary treats, balloon art and face painting from 4 PM - 6 PM at designated Trick or Treat Stations located throughout The Avenue. Stop by Central Park, near the fountain, to pick up a map. At dusk, grab your chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly outdoor movie.

For event details, visit shoptheavenue.com.

SCREEN ON THE GREEN facebook.com/avenuemurfreesboro

AT THE AVENUE

shoptheavenue.com


SMILE!

(615) 494.5437

www.ChildrensDentistryofMurfreesboro.com

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EVERY YEAR, WE ARE BLESSED TO LIVE IN TENNESSEE WHERE WE CAN ENJOY GOD’S PAINTING OF OUR TREES THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO ENHANCE OUR HEALTH AND OUR SMILE.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends every child get an evaluation by age 7.

1849 Memorial Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Approximately 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. It is never too late for your dream smile.

Call for a FREE consultation: (615) 890-SAIN (7246)

Follow us on Facebook: Smile Team Orthodontics & Twitter: SmileTeamOrtho

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FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Rutherford Parent Oct 2011  

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