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17 SAVING CHILDHOOD! In our “Wholeness” feature, discover ways to keep a digital addiction at bay for your little one (psst: bring on the play!)

21 STOP DO EVERYTHING FOR YOUR KIDS For your New Year’s resolution, resolve to help your child to become more self-sufficient.

25 SUMMER DAY CAMP PREVIEW That’s right — it’s time to lock in your child’s summer schedule. Plan now to get your kids into the local camps children love.

77 YOUR STORY Readers share their personal anecdotes.

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ig, chunky dinosaur shoes are what’s IN!” my son cried, emphatic. What do I know? Well, I know a lot, actually. I know that a 17-year-old named Billie Eilish has absolutely captivated the pre-teen, teen and young-adult culture. I know that pop culture turns on social media now; that nothing works the way it used to work, that the molds have broken thanks to technology, that life is swerving fast forward and there’s no sign of stopping. It’s exciting, it’s breathless, it’s of the moment, it’s FIRE. But what about that litte baby you’re holding in your arms? What about that little sweetie eating mashed-up bananas in his high chair with his eyes on your every move? What does he know of any of this? Of Billie Eilish or eyelash or anything that is so uber cool we all can’t stand it and can’t hold a candle to it? I mean, SO WHAT? So what if your little baby has no awareness of Baby Shark or Baby Einstein? SO WHAT? We have a piece in this issue (page 16) about toddlers and the difficult effort to keep them from a digital overdose. To be more blunt, digital addiction. I didn’t have to deal with this with my four kids, but now everywhere you go, moms and dads are just collapsing and handing over the iPads and iPhones and THAT’S THE WAY IT IS. And before you know it, the 1-year-old love of your life is a 2-year-old believer of all-things iPad. Indeed, researchers are showing that for littles younger than age 2, the daily use of television, computers and mobile devices has increased threefold, and children of first-time mothers who drink the techno Kool-Aid log the highest amount of screen time come elementary school. Yes, habits begin early ... but the truth is, we don’t know if that’s actually GOOD for kids. Every organization interested in the well-being of children is emphatic that “less is better” for children between ages 1 and 4, and yet the coolest of parents slough it off because, well, they think they’re cooler and the older folks just don’t get it. Joke’s on you. Good luck trying to develop a healthy lifestyle and relationship with your child as he grows. You can “control” him only for so long and then it’s, “Bye, bye,” Mom and Dad. I urge you, for the sake of what hasn’t been proven yet but will be, to take control of your digital lives and cut back on your toddler’s devices. Introduce your child to cold cereal and cartoons and then a nice morning walk. Get into finger painting and reading. Imagine driving on an errand singing songs with your child instead of watching your hypnotized acolyte swiping and clicking from your rearview mirror. Enjoy your time with your little one for now ... and hand over the device willy nilly if you so choose. But when you have a preteen who doesn’t even want to talk to you, don’t come crying to me.

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Draper (left) and Abby James Witherspoon sporting their new Semi-Sweet line in their Abigail Draper Girl brand.

WITHERSPOON SISTERS LAUNCH NEW LINE TO INSPIRE GIRLS Reese Witherspoon’s nieces are co-founders of a lifestyle brand meant to empower girls.

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ou know how they say big things come in small packages? That’s certainly the truth when it comes to sisters Abby James and Draper Witherspoon. The 13- and 12-year-old siblings come from a creative family, and of course we all know who Aunt Reese is. The two nieces, er, sisters, are following in Reese’s footsteps and are co-founders of the new Abigail Draper Girl lifestyle brand. The mission of the brand is to give voice, confidence and power to future women. Semi-Sweet is the first line out of the gate, including t-shirts, a sweatshirt, two ball caps and stickers.

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“Draper and I wanted to start a brand to empower girls to have voice, confidence and power,” says Abby James. “We came up with the idea of using the word ‘semi-sweet’ because as girls, we are always taught to be sweet, but we believe girls should also be confident and stand up for themselves. We like to say girls are ‘semi-sweet.’” The clothing line is sold locally at Magpies Girl Shoppe (6027 Hwy. 100, Nashville), and it will be available in the retail stores at Gaylord Opryland Resort in February. You can purchase all of the items online, too, at abigaildrapergirl.com.

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PARENT NEWS • Make plans to cheer on the finalists of the very first ACADEMY PARK TALENT SHOW on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. The show features all kinds of local Williamson County talent from folks of all ages who’ve gone through an audition to make it to the finals. Celebrity judges will select the winner. Tickets are $10. The performing arts center is located at 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Call 615-786-0186 or visit academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com. • WARNER PARKS NATURE CENTER seeks volunteers ages 13 and older. There’s an info session at the center on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 10:30 11:30 a.m. where you can learn about assisting with field trips, feeding the birds, gardening and landscaping duties, office support, bird research and more. Make reservations to attend at 615-862-8555 or wpnc. nashville.gov.

• Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro is rolling out a new WINTER READING PROGRAM for ages 13 and older beginning Sunday, Jan. 26. Get more info at 615-893-4131 or rclstn.org.

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our teens don’t have to wait until the return of summer months to pick up work as a lifeguard. The Williamson County Parks and Rec’s Aquatics Division has part-time lifeguard positions available year-round at its centers with indoor pools in Franklin, Brentwood and Spring Hill. The three shifts currently available are early morning, mid-day and afternoon. Pay scale is $10 - $15 per hour depending on experience and shift. The organization prefers lifeguards who are certified with the American Red Cross, although training and certification crossovers can be provided. You can apply at williamsoncounty-tn.gov/jobs.aspx. For more info, contact the aquatic manager at your location of interest: Franklin (615-790-5719, ext. 2026), Brentwood (615-370-3471, ext. 2122) or Spring Hill (615-302-0971, ext. 2222).

• RiverGate Mall hosts a FIT & HEALTHY FAMILY FAIR on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. You can discover local businesses that invest in the health of families from lifestyle choices to fitness. Call 615859-3458 or visit rivergate-mall. com. • Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary has brand-new geocaching sites set up around the property just in time for GEOCACHING DAY on Saturday, Jan. 25. It’s from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and costs $10 per person (or $36 for a group of four). Bring your GPS or smartphone and have fun finding the containers. Register at owlshill.org.

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Franklin Road Academy Announces New Head of Upper School

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ranklin Road Academy (FRA), has named Jay Salato as its new head of upper school. Salato will transition from his current role of upper school dean of student life beginning July 1. Salato is a 2003 graduate of FRA and holds a Masters of Education in independent school leadership from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. “As an FRA alumnus, I am proud to embody the values I learned while a student at FRA. I have always resonated wholeheartedly with our school’s mission of inspiring, encouraging and nurturing our students. I love FRA, and I could not be more excited about the opportunity to lead our upper school,” says Salato. Learn more about FRA at franklinroadacademy.com.

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• Murfreesboro Parks & Rec now offers HOMESCHOOL SWIM TECHNIQUE TRAINING. It’s available to any homeschool youth who can swim 25 yards without stopping. It’s designed to teach new swim techniques while allowing youngsters to hone their swimming skills. It takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 - 2 p.m. and costs $3. Call 615-893-7439 or e-mail Carrie Stafford at cstafford@murfreesborotn.gov for more info. • Tennessee Toddles (1707 Fairview Blvd., Ste. 101, Fairview) now offer’s MOTHER’S DAY OUT. It’s available Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m. It costs $10 per hour for the first child, $5 per hour each additional child. It is unlicensed casual care, which is not required to be licensed through the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Reservations need to be made in advance as the play center can only care for 14 children at any given time. Call 615-209-0155 or visit tntoddles.com/casual-care. • TPAC hosts a HAMILTON MASTER CLASS for students in grades 9 - 12 on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. One of the cast members of the Broadway tour of Hamilton will lead the vocal master class. Students should bring any song they want to workshop (hip-hop, show tune or otherwise) on a phone or wireless Bluetooth device. Tickets start at $15 and go on sale Friday, Jan. 3. Call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org.


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By McKenna Hydrick

saving childhood Avoid the trials and tantrums that result when you try to take a device away from your child by making screen time a scheduled part of your toddler’s routine — and making life without a device more fun.

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rying to be an intentional parent in 2020 is nothing short of overwhelming and frightening — and on most days — downright exhausting. There’s just so much information to sift through and so many choices to make. Should I spend $3 more on organic strawberries to reduce my child’s pesticide and toxin intake? How long can my kid watch this screen before it depletes his brain cells? And — wait, why is there yellow dye in our pickles? Isn’t that supposed to be bad for us? It seems like when I was a kid in the ‘80s, my parents’ biggest worry was breaking up fights between my brother and me over what tape to pop in the VHS player. (Duh — Cinderella!)

I don’t know if it actually was, but life seemed simpler then. Waking up on Saturday mornings with a big bowl of Fruit Loops and Tom & Jerry cartoons was a benchmark of my childhood, mostly because it was special; something we waited for all week long. And something we did together. Unlike many households today, technology didn’t dominate our time as a family. We read books, we played outside for hours and we tried on an excessive amount of dress-up clothes. Once we finished all of that, we were allowed to be bored. Yes, good old-fashioned boredom. (GASP!) And guess what? Out of our boredom, imagination and creativity had room to blossom. Our fireplace turned into a world stage, fit with the best “spoon microphone” you’d (please turn the page)

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WHOLENESS ever seen. Old pieces of foam became a lemonade stand. And old makeup we found in a drawer became the color palette for a funny clown face (sorry, Mom!). As parents today, we still have the power to create this same kind of childhood for our kids, but the waters feel murky. And they feel judgy. And they feel scary. The reality is that our kids are growing up in a digital age that we just didn’t. Many technological advances have changed how we parent, and we are just blindly moving forward because there’s no way of stopping advancement. We’ve traded the gathered experiences of the television for the individual, overly-accessible, experience of mobile media. But technology isn’t going anywhere, and it’ll just keep advancing. So, whether we like it or not, part of parenting in the 21st century is figuring out how to teach kids to form healthy digital media habits from early childhood onward. Sure, we’re all going to use screens and phones from time to time to help us make it through the trenches (monthly Costco trip — I’m looking at you!). But little kids don’t know how to self-monitor, so they’re going to have to learn it from us. Screen Time and Toddlers The gut-honest truth is that doctors and researchers just don’t have enough information yet to determine how the excessive long-term effects of screen use will impact children as they grow older. Studies on this topic are not only limited, but also inconclusive and somewhat contradictory. But this doesn’t mean that we should use free reign. It means we should proceed with caution. According to Common Sense Media’s executive summary on technology addiction for 2016, “even if children are not addicted, we should be cautious of the ways that problematic media use

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could affect their ability to stay focused or negatively impact their social and emotional well-being.” The danger arises when parents use mobile devices and screens as a behavioral regulation tool, such as when dining at restaurants, or as a distraction to soothe. The research is not conclusive, but it is possible that these shortterm solutions can have the potential to cause social or emotional repercussions

for and reliance on digital media as he grows older. While we can’t exclusively point fingers at technology for the rise of childhood mental health concerns, it’s worth examining deeper. Could parents make a few changes early on and positively impact the course of their children’s lives? It’s possible — and that in itself warrants a closer look.

Toddlers and Too Much Screen Time While digital media isn’t exclusively negative (research does show that interactive sites can effectively teach concrete skills), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains that “other important preacademic skills such as self-regulation, empathy, social skills, and problem-solving” may be lacking. Lauren McClain M.D., a board-certified pediatrician with Toddlers need connection and conversations through activities that don’t involve screens. Tennessee Pediatrics in Thompson’s Station, says that excesin kids later. sive screen time correlates with lower Yasas Chandra Tanguturi, M.D., an language skills, lower literacy skills and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry less imaginative play. in the Division of Child and Adolescent Other areas of a child’s life are imPsychiatry and the assistant medical pacted, too: director in the Child and Adolescent • Sleep habits and patterns Unit at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Watching screens before bedtime has suggests that parents take a pause. been shown to promote adverse effects “There is research revealing children on the quality and amount of sleep we as young as 8 -13 years of age are experiencing increased anxiety, depres- get. sion, and suicidal thoughts as a result of • Physical exercise/outside time cyber bullying,” Tanguturi says. Young children need more exploratory, Maybe that statistic doesn’t seem unstructured play in their natural envito connect to toddlers swiping on a ronments, promoting healthy sensory screen, but it actually does. and visual-motor skills. Creating a culture where a child • Connection and sociability is most often in a digital space may There is a difference in toddlers learning produce an unhealthy, addictive hunger

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a skill on an age-appropriate digital media app and experiencing it in real life. If parents rely on screens too heavily, children may miss out on a vital part of the human experience: connection.

Screens Are a Tool, Not a Crutch The principle behind monitoring digital media use is not about removing screen-time completely from your child’s life; it’s about using the screens collaboratively as a tool rather than a crutch. Toddler recommendations from the APP include:

Stick to the family rules you’ve set, and make sure to put your own mobile devices down when your child is trying to connect with you.

Connect Without Screens The bottom line? Toddlers need connection and conversation. They need to start with that from an early age so they can love it and want it in their

no way you can get it right every time. Give yourself some grace, and then decide to make a change. “Kids are resilient,” Tanguturi says. “Something that becomes a pattern can always be changed. If you model it, stick to the rules and be consistent, your kids will follow,” she adds. All hope isn’t lost! You can create a developmentally healthy culture at home for your little one amid the challenges all around you. Adapt your habits and your kids will, too.

A Healthy Day With Screens for a Toddler

• Younger than 18 months: Avoid digital media other than video chatting.

• Start the day with some physical activity such as bundling up and taking a nature walk together

• Children 18 - 24 months: Digital media in moderation and always with a co-viewing adult. After viewing, converse for social interaction.

• Have “free play” time where your toddler gets to lead the activity • Get your child playing with cars, trains, dolls, dress up, or arts and crafts daily

• Children ages 2 - 5: Limit screen-time for preschool children to just one hour a day of high-quality programming. Tanguturi suggests that co-playing with your children and guiding them through what they are watching is a healthy approach. In general, kids learn better when experiences are shared. Try engaging with your toddler by asking basic questions and reinforcing a show’s positive messaging, like:“What color is the character’s dress?” and “How many flowers is the character holding?” Encourage playtime If you want your toddler to develop a healthy relationship with technology, it’s imperative to model the behavior you desire. If there’s a mobile screen between you and your toddler on a consistent basis, your child may grow up thinking that what’s on your screen is more important than what’s in their hearts.

Before the screens come out in the morning, try engaging your toddler in a little fun free play.

lives. You can achieve this for your little one by not allowing digital media to dominate his culture and carving out “unplugged time.” Find activities that don’t involve screens and use that time to reconnect — and get into it! “Play and talk with siblings and family, play outside and anything else low-tech,” says McClain. “All of this encourages a toddler’s imagination, social skills, language skills and physical development as well, she adds. But if things have gotten out of hand for you and you have a toddler who whines and fusses the moment you take his screen away, take heart. This is happening in homes all around you. Don’t add to the inevitable parent-guilt moms and dads face every day. There’s

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• Avoid using a device as the only solution to your toddler’s behavior

• When it’s time for screen time, choose high-quality programming and watch it together • If you really have to, go ahead and hide the devices altogether until you’re able to create a reasonable balance for your child at home Remember, this whole parenthood thing isn’t about perfection; nobody can achieve that. It’s about consistency, intention, and most of all, love. McKenna Hydrick is a writer, speaker, artist and mom in Franklin, Tennessee who blogs about living her best life amidst struggle, sharing stories, resources, and encouragement along the way. Learn more at mckennahydrick.com.

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To Stop Doing for My Child What She Can Do for Herself You can’t wrap your kids in bubble wrap and expect them to be confident initiative-takers, too. Here’s how to help your kids make that all-important shift toward the vital self-efficacy they need. By Sandi Schwartz

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magine spending all of your time, energy and years raising your kids, and then when you send one off to college, you still have to call her to wake her up every morning to make sure she gets to class on time. Sounds shocking, right? When I was in college 20 years ago, I recall going multiple days, maybe even up to a couple of weeks, without communicating with my parents. Sure, this was before cell phones, text messaging and Facebook, but it just wasn’t necessary to talk to my parents that often. They gave me plenty of freedom to live my own life, and to explore and grow on my own as I blossomed into an independent adult. Somehow, I figured out how to register for classes, study, (please turn the page)

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GROWING UP fundamental aspect of the human psyche. It is when individuals eat, do laundry, meet new friends, get over break-ups, and realize that their own actions lead to outcomes that they have handle bad grades all on my own. power to direct their own lives. Today, high school grads enter college as children, often unca“If our children are to build self-efficacy, then they need to do pable of taking care of themselves. more of the thinking, planning, deciding, hoping, coping, trial According to Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the bestselling and error, dreaming and experiencing of life for themselves,” How To Raise An Adult (St. Martin’s Griffin; 2015), over-parenting Lythcott-Haims says. “We may ensure some short-term goals and prolonged childhood are an epidemic in this country. As the by over-helping, but it comes at a long-term cost to their sense Dean of Freshman at Stanford University for 10 years, Lythcottof self. We should be more concerned that they have the habits, Haims witnessed disturbing trends among college students. skill set, mindset and wellness to be successful no matter what Although they were more successful on paper than ever before, with pages of accolades like awards, high test scores, leadership their future holds,” she adds. So, how can we stop doing everything for our kids? Here are roles, varsity letters, overseas experiences, unique community some steps to get started on this whole new parenting perspecservice projects, etc., these students were also less familiar tive: with who they were, and their own goals and dreams. So many of them appeared STOP making it about you to be robot-like, blindly following the The best way to teach a Many parents live through their children direction of their parents to participate child a new skill is to: because they are unsatisfied with their in certain activities and take classes that own life. They may even refer to their would land them acceptance letters from 1) Do it for him child’s grades and activities as “ours.” the finest institutions possible. 2) Do it with him Learn to separate what’s yours from Lythcott-Haims also noticed that what’s theirs. We also have to stop trying these young adults couldn’t do much for 3) Watch him do it on his own to mold our kids into something they are themselves, and still relied on Mom and 4) Let him do it on his own not. We will all be much better off if we Dad for help. They were constantly on love our children for who they are and supthe phone with their parents asking for Source: How to Raise an Adult port them. advice and requesting that they take care of basic tasks like registering them for TEACH them new skills classes, sending them special packages, The only way kids will learn to do things advising them on their homework and for themselves is if you provide opportunities for them to learn even contacting professors if they did not receive the perfect new skills. This starts during preschool when you ask your child grade. to dress himself and to use a fork properly. With each new year, Lythcott-Haims says we have no one to blame but ourselves. there are so many chances to help develop new sets of skills. The patterns that lead to this detrimental behavior start right early — when kids are in kindergarten. LET your kids learn from their mistakes It’s important that children learn how to speak up for themselves Are you one of these parents? and communicate with authority figures and peers alike. Avoid trying to clean up all of their messes for them and protect them Over-protective from failure. The only way they will grow is if they make misYou view the world as unsafe, scary and unpredictable, so you do everything possible to protect your children instead of prepar- takes and learn how to handle them. ing them to learn how to handle life’s challenges themselves. GIVE your kids experiences Tiger parent Even if it is totally out of your comfort zone, try to let your kids You provide fierce direction to your kid, telling him that you know experience activities without you that will help them build selfwhat’s best for him in order to achieve success in this world. confidence and independence. Sleep-overs, all-day sports or other competitions, camping trips and sleep-away camp are some Excessive hand-holder good examples. Last summer, my son went off to sleep-away You do everything for your kids to make life as pleasant as camp for four weeks, and it was very difficult for me. I cried for possible for them. You are their concierge, chauffeur, handler, days worrying about him. But when I saw him on visiting day, scheduler and secretary. I was blown away by how happy he was and how mature he acted. I was petrified that he would pick up bad habits, but These parenting styles are impeding children. So many parthe opposite happened — he became an even more amazing ents today feel like their kids can’t be successful without them version of himself. helping at every turn and hovering over them. They spend so By adjusting some of your parenting techniques now, you much time planning, protecting, directing and nagging that they can better prepare your kids for a successful life ahead of are ultimately stunting their growth. them ... because that’s what you want ... right? We are taking away the ability for children to learn self-efficacy, says Lythcott-Haims. This incredibly important skill is a Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer.

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PARENT PLANNER

SUMMER OF

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Local Day Camp Preview! It may be but four months away, but it will be here before you know it. Local camps are pulling out the stops to give your kids their most memorable summer of all. Turn the page to check out all of the fun!

The lake at Deer Run Camps & Retreats located in Thompson’s Station offers campers a bounty of outdoor activity, but that’s not all! Deer Run is loaded with all kinds of activities for kids of all ages.

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SUMMER PLANNER

Kids safely climb and scale the wall at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, located in Nashville on Percy Priest Lake.

WHAT’S NEW AT LOCAL DAY CAMPS THIS YEAR We reached out to lots of camps to find out what they have going on for campers this coming summer!

CAMP WARNER PARK in West Nashville (campwarnerpark.com) expands to eight weeks this summer, running June 1 - July 31. Ages 6 - 12 can enjoy traditional activities plus kickball, field games, crafts, creek exploration and more ... CREEKSIDE ACADEMY RIDING STABLES (creeksideridingstables.com) has a new mini arena and the riding trail now includes hillside riding ... DANCE IN BLOOM in Nashville (danceinbloom.com) is offering one-week day camps this summer for ages 3 - 18. Options include Tiaras & Tutus Ballet Camp ... DEER RUN CAMPS in Thompson’s Station (deerrun.camp) has improved its lakeside with a sand beach and extra-wide steps for campers coming in and out of the water ... HARRIS RIDING ACADEMY in Murfreesboro (facebook.com/harrisridingacademy) offers day camps this summer for beginners to show riders ... HORTON HAVEN CHRISTIAN CAMP in Lewisburg (hortonhaven.org) offers four new Explorer Day Camps this year for ages

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6 - 10, June through July ... JAN WILLIAMS SCHOOL OF MUSIC & THEATRE in Brentwood (janwilliamsmusic.com) has 18 different music camps this summer for ages 4 - 16. ... LUCKY LADD FARMS in Eagleville (luckyladdfarms.com) offers day camps for kids ages 5 - 10 with lots of activities like animal encounters, gardening, arts and crafts, pioneer activities, rides and water fun ... MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS (mrbondscienceguy.com) has three-day spring camps located in East Nashville (1904 McGavock Pike) and Franklin Recreation Center (1120 Hillsboro Pike) ... NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE (nashvillect.org) has two new theater camps for kids this summer: Picture Book Playmakers for ages 6 - 7 and Page to Stage for ages 8 - 10 ... NASHVILLE SAIL CAMP (nashvillesailcamp. com) for ages 7 - 17 will be at two locations this year: Harbor Island Yacht Club at Old Hickory Lake in June and Percy Priest Lake in July through early August. Campers learn boating

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safety, points of sail, rigging and basic maneuvering. Registration is underway (save $10 off registration until Sunday, Jan. 5 with code WINTER10) ... VANDERBILT LACROSSE CAMP in Nashville (vanderbiltlacrossecamp.com) has a new Rising Stars Camp for rising sixth- to eighth-grade girls taking place in June, suitable for girls who are new to the sport ... WHIPPOORWHILL FARM DAY CAMP in Fernvale (whippoorwill.com) has six different day camps this summer for kids of all ages. Registration for returning families takes place Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. and closes at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Registration is open to everyone beginning Thursday, Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. ... YMCA CAMP WIDJIWAGAN on Percy Priest Lake in Antioch (campwidji.org) has several new features for 2020 including the all-new Big BUZZ Tower with a triple giant swing for three people. The camp has also added music recording and digital editing to Boe’s Jam Shack for the Widji Sound Studio Program.


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SUMMER CAMPS 2020 CAMP JULIETTE LOW 321 CAMP JULIETTE LOW ROAD, CLOUDLAND, GA 770-428-1062 | CJL.ORG Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship. Located on Lookout Mountain, Camp Juliette Low is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7 - 17 that fosters self-confidence, independence, teamwork and leadership. One- and two-week sessions. Preparing girls for confident living and leadership since 1922. CAMP WOODMONT 381 MOONLIGHT DRIVE MENLO, GA 706-398-0833 CAMPWOODMONT.COM Camp Woodmont sits atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in northwestern Georgia. A traditional camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, we feature horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, this is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. CUB CREEK SCIENCE CAMP 16795 ST. RT. E, ROLLA, MO 573-458-2125 OFFICE@BEARRIVERRANCH. COM CUBCREEKSCIENCECAMP.COM With 300 animals, a six-element ropes course, archery range, arts studio and classes in veterinary science, survival skills and culinary, Cub Creek is the ultimate camp experience. Ages 7 17. ACA accredited. Air-conditioned facilities. For teens 13 - 18 looking for an adventure, check out Animal Camp Jamaica! DEER RUN CAMPS & RETREATS – DAY CAMPS 3845 PERKINS ROAD THOMPSON’S STATION 615-794-2918 CONTACT@DEERRUN.CAMP DEERRUN.CAMP/CAMPS Campers are encouraged, discover strengths, complete challenges and

create life-long memories. Premier day camps (age 5 to grade 5); adventure day camps (grade 6 to 8). Small groups are age-graded to allow for connections with other campers. THE place for your child to have a fun and memorable camp experience. DEER RUN CAMPS & RETREATS – RESIDENT/OVERNIGHT CAMPS 3845 PERKINS ROAD THOMPSON’S STATION 615-794-2918 CONTACT@DEERRUN.CAMP DEERRUN.CAMP/CAMPS Campers are encouraged, discover strengths, complete challenges and create life-long memories. Unplug and connect with others to form deeper friendships. Age-graded cabin groups — within one year of each other. THE place for your preteen and youth (grades 3 to 12) to have a fun and a memorable camp experience. DEER RUN CAMPS & RETREATS – FAMILY CAMPS 3845 PERKINS ROAD THOMPSON’S STATION 615-794-2918 CONTACT@DEERRUN.CAMP DEERRUN.CAMP/CAMPS All ages. Everything planned for you, all-inclusive, life-changing three-night vacation. Spend focused time with each other participating in recreation and games that are loads of fun for each person in your family. Create long-lasting memories, share adventures, explore nature and become powerfully united. Single parent camps available also. FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY SUMMER PROGRAMS 4700 FRANKLIN ROAD NASHVILLE 615-369-4546 RACAMPS@FRANKLINROADACADEMY.COM FRACAMPS.COM Whether it’s academic preparation, athletic skills training, arts and crafts, or all of the above, FRA is the place to be for summer fun! A wide variety of camps are offered for all ages (Pre-K and up) in academics, arts, enrichment and sports. Extended morning and afternoon services are available.

HORTON HAVEN CHRISTIAN CAMP 3711 REED HARRIS ROAD LEWISBURG 931-364-7656 HORTONHAVEN.ORG Just one hour south of Nashville offering overnight and day camps. Overnight campers experience archery, air rifles, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, mountain biking, swimming and more. Teens can try our 45-foot high, 600-foot long zip line. One-week sessions, ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14 and 15 - 18. Day campers enjoy games, crafts, Bible lessons, swimming and more. NATURALIST CAMPS AT WARNER PARK NATURE CENTER 7311 HWY 100, NASHVILLE 615-862-8555 WPNC@NASHVILLE.GOV WPNC.NASHVILLE.GOV Spend your summer exploring nature at Warner Park Nature Center’s Naturalist Camps! Experience the natural world through hands-on activities, close encounters with live animals, nature hikes and outdoor play. Every morning will be spent outdoors in nature exploring what fascinates you. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ages 6 - 12 years. UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE 2000 EDGEHILL AVE. NASHVILLE 615-277-7377 GANDERSON@USN.ORG USN.ORG/SUMMER Make USN summer camps your choice for an enriching experience. Led by faculty bringing their expertise and passion, camps offer diverse programming in sports, academics, arts and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon sessions allow either wholeor half-day experiences of fun and learning. After-care until 5 p.m. WHIPPOORWILL FARM DAY CAMP 7840 WHIPPOORWILL LANE FAIRVIEW 615-799-9925 CAMP@WHIPPOORWILL.COM WHIPPOORWILL.COM Voted one of the best camps in Nashville and a summer tradition for almost 50 years! Located in beauti-

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ful Williamson County. Campers in rising grades 1 - 11 chose their own activities every day. Activities include archery, swimming, rope adventures, pony rides, nature exploration, crafts, cooking and more. Bus transportation included. ACA accredited. YMCA WIDJIWAGAN DAY CAMP 3088 SMITH SPRINGS ROAD ANTIOCH 615-360-2267 CAMPWIDJI.ORG Discover your own adventure at Nashville’s top summer camp, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan! Week after week campers can customize their outdoor summer camp experience with options like sailing, zip lining, skiing, climbing, banana boat rides, horseback riding and more! Day campers also get lunch and a snack every day, so there’s no need to pack meals throughout the week. Ages 4 - 16. YMCA WIDJIWAGAN OVERNIGHT CAMP 3088 SMITH SPRINGS ROAD ANTIOCH 615-360-2267 CAMPWIDJI.ORG Widjiwagan’s overnight campers love creating their own summer camp experience! With options such as climbing, swimming, arts and crafts, wood working, canoeing, zip lining and more, kids get to decide what their summer adventure will look like. While at Overnight Camp, Widji’s beautiful cabins create a home away from home! Ages 7 - 16. YMCA CAMP OCOEE 111 YMCA DRIVE, OCOEE, TN 423-338-5588 YMCACAMPOCOEE.ORG

Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include horseback riding, white-water rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs and many more.

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Strike a Chord at Songwriting Camp Learn songwriting from Nashville professionals at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum during this exciting, unforgettable camp. Increase confidence and hone writing and performance skills while making music with new friends. Available for youth ages eleven to eighteen. Scholarships available.

JUNE 15 – 20, 2020 Beginner-to-Intermediate

JULY 13 –18, 2020 Intermediate-to-Advanced

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5 MUSEUM ADMISSION PROGRAM FOR LOCALS FREE ADMISSION FOR 18-AND-UNDER from Davidson, and immediate surrounding counties with proof of residence or school ID.

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Community Counts Passport FREE ADMISSION FOR UP TO 2 ADULTS is available for check out at any Nashville Public Library location. A partnership of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and Nashville Public Library

Songwriting Camp is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music and is funded in part by CMA; CMA Foundation; Epiphone; Fender; HCA Foundation; Heads Up Penny Foundation; Jackson National Life Insurance Company; The Memorial Foundation; Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Nail Family Foundation; Nashville Parent; T&T Family Foundation; Tennessee Arts Commission; and Wells Fargo.


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PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON TPAC’s Polk Theater 505 Deaderick St., Nashville Friday, Jan. 31 It’s a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show fit for the whole family.

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ecently named one of the “Top 10 Comics to Watch” by Variety, Piff the Magic Dragon brings magical tricks, illusions and his Chihuahua sidekick Mr. Piffles to Music City. It’s an interactive show with lots of audience participation along with witty jokes for adults and child-friendly antics that youngsters can enjoy. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 - $55. Call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org.

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THINGS TO DO: ONGOING EVENTS These events take place with regular recurrence. Daily events start on page 32. FREE ABC CLUB (REGISTER)

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Age 4. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. Every Wed & Thu 11 a.m. This class for 4-year-olds starting kindergarten in the next school year can study a letter of the alphabet with worksheets and show-and-tell fun.

FREE ADVENTURE CLUB

CLIMBING CLUB

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Ages 8+. Outdoor Adventure Center, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Every Tue 4:30 - 6 p.m. $5 - $7. Climb the walls with games and challenges.

CRAFT LOVE DIY WORKSHOPS (REGISTER) craftlove.com

Grades K - 4. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville. Every Tue 4 p.m. Crafts, activities, special guests, movies and more.

5104 Centennial Blvd.., Nashville (615-447-8480); 107 Confederate Drive, Franklin (615-447-8510). A variety of ongoing instructor-led crafting workshops for all ages where you create unique wood signs, pillows, home decor and other unique items.

FREE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

FREE CRITTER ENCOUNTER

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Every Sat 1:30 p.m. Meet an education animal during a mini lesson.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Every Wed 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (this month only Jan. 22 & 29). Meet a live animal then enjoy interactive, nature-based activities.

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ARCHERY HOMESCHOOL DAY (REGISTER) 615-566-5187 musiccityarchery.com

Ages 7+. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin. Every Tue & Wed 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. $20. Archery instruction with equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too.

AR WORKSHOPS DIY PROJECTS (REGISTER) arworkshop.com

2022 Lindell Ave., Nashville (615258-5569); 330 Mayfield Drive, Ste. A-9, Franklin (615-285-4292); 1984 Providence Pkwy., Ste. 102, Mt. Juliet (615-212-5676). Choose from a variety of projects to personalize ranging from canvas pillows to wooden signs and more. Prices vary per project.

FREE BEYOND WINGS CIRCUS

615-373-9292 | plazamariachi.com All ages. Plaza Mariachi, 3955 Nolensville, Nashville. Fri 7 & 8 p.m., Sat 4:30, 5, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:45, 4 & 6 p.m. Circus arts, aerialists, dance, fire dancing, stilt walking, juggling and more.

BRAIN BLAST TRIVIA NIGHT 615-790-2309 puckettsboathouse.com

All ages. Puckett’s Boat House, 94 E. Main St., Franklin. Every Wed 6 - 8:30 p.m. $10 food and beverage minimum per participant. Put your pop-culture knowledge to the test during this trivia competition.

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EARLY EXPLORERS 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd.., Nashville. Every Mon 9 - 11 a.m. $18 adults, $14 children. See a planetarium show, listen to a story and play in the preschool area.

FREE EXPLORING SPACE: SMART SPACECRAFT, BIG DATA AND DIGITAL MODELS

Local youngsters enjoy hands-on activities during Early Explorers at Adventure Science Center. The program for ages 3 - 5 takes place every Monday.

All ages. Brentwood Public Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. Jan. 11 - Feb. 29: Mon - Thu 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m. This national traveling exhibit explores the evolving role of computing in space science and astronomy.

HOMESCHOOL PE CLASS

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FAMILY CLIMB

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All ages. The Ascent, 831 Park Ave., Murfreesboro. 12 - 6 p.m. $39 (covers day passes, gear and safety training for everyone in your immediate household). Enjoy indoor rock-climbing fun.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Thru Jan. 5 from 5 - 10 p.m. $22 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17 (tickets are $15 adults/$10 youth after 8:30 p.m., $5 discount for members). Walk through an illuminated winter wonderland.

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Ages 6 - 15. Mon & Wed at Sports*Com (2310 Memorial Blvd.., Murfreesboro) and Tue & Thu at Patterson Park Community Center (521 Mercury Blvd.., Murfreesboro). 1 - 1:50 p.m. $3. Physical education activities that promote good health, sportsmanship, group participation and socialization. No class when city schools are out.

HOMESCHOOL SWIM TECHNIQUE TRAINING

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Youth who can swim 25 yards without stopping. Patterson Park Indoor Pool, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Tue & Thu 1 - 2 p.m. $3. Learn new swim techniques while sharpening skills.

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Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd.., Murfreesboro. Every Wed & Fri 10:30 - 11 a.m. $3. This class focuses on playing with others, gross motor skills and having fun.

KIDFIT: TWIST AND SHOUT (REGISTER) 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd.., Murfreesboro. Every Wed & Fri 11:05 - 11:45 a.m. $3. Run, jump and play while learning skills like balance, coordination, listening and taking turns.

FREE KIDS MAKE (REGISTER) 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. Every Tue 4:30 p.m. Explore new tools, fine motor skills, creative problem solving and self-directed play.


PPCC AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 8 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd.., Murfreesboro. Mon - Fri 2:30 - 6 p.m. $3. Sports activities, health and wellness lessons, visual and cultural arts, homework help, snacks and field trips.

WILD THINGS

Ages 1 - 6. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Every Mon - Tue 9 a.m. $10. Enjoy STEAM-play activities.

FREE STATE MUSEUM HIGHLIGHT TOURS 615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.., Nashville. Tue - Sun 2 p.m. A guide takes you through the museum highlighting artifacts and stories.

FREE STATE MUSEUM STORYTIME 615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. Drop-In Creative Play for ages 10 months - 3 years is every Fri - Sat 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. for $10. Drop-in Art Class for ages 4 - 10 are every Sat 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. for $15. Open Studio for ages 6+ is every Sat from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. for $15. Find the full list of classes at the website.

MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A DAY (REGISTER)

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Ages 8+. Aquarium Restaurant, 516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. Every Fri - Sat 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. $40. Go behind the scenes to learn about water chemistry, dissect a squid, observe a dive show and more.

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All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Tue - Fri 3:30 p.m. $8. Explore science through experiments and discovery.

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Ages 3 - 5. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. Every Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Songs, music appreciation and learning through playing with musical instruments.

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All ages. 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.., Nashville. A variety of chef demonstrations and cooking classes take place regularly. Enjoy Music at the Market Sat - Sun 11 a.m.

FREE PARNASSUS STORYTIME

Ages 3 - 6. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.., Nashville. Thu & Sat 10:30 a.m. Book readings and crafts.

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Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd.., Murfreesboro. Every Fri 10 a.m. $3. This play-based class focuses on body part recognition and cognitive skill development.

FREE TOT TIME: GYM

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Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. Every Wed 9 - 11 a.m. Special tot toys are available for climbing and crawling, running and playing.

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Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. Every Thu 9 - 11 a.m. Children can play at the Imagination Playground while parents socialize.

All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. Thu 4 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. Stories and songs.

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Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd.., Murfreesboro. Every Mon & Wed 10:15 - 11 a.m. $3. Learn the basic technique of tumbling along with improving balance, coordination and overall fitness.

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All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Every Mon 3:30 p.m. $8. Make tasty snacks in the kitchen.

LITTLE ART HOUSE ART CLASSES

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Ages 13+. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd.., Murfreesboro. Every Tue 7 - 8:45 p.m. $4 adults, $3 youth. Enjoy a night of water polo in the indoor pool.

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Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Every Wed 9:30 a.m. $3. This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities.

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All ages. The Fountains at Gateway, 1500 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Open through Jan. 20, 2020. Hours vary daily. $15 adults, $12 ages 4 - 12. Enjoy 90 minutes of ice skating on the outdoor rink. Some days include live musical guests and special themes.

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Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd.., Murfreesboro. Every Thu 4:30 - 6 p.m. $3. Coaches give instruction on every aspect of the game.

YOUTH YOGA

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Ages 8 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. Every Mon 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. (skip Jan. 20). $4. Learn mindful movement and meditation.

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All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. Thru Feb. 2 from 5 - 9 p.m. $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12, free ages 23 months and younger (members save $2 per ticket). The country’s largest Chinese lantern festival features more than 500 displays spread across the zoo’s 60 acres. The displays include zoo animals, holiday scenes and a 200-foot-long dragon.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS NEW YEAR’S DAY 5K (REGISTER)

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All ages. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. $15 $25. All abilities can participate in this 3.1-mile race on paved paths.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE FESTIVAL (REGISTER)

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All ages. Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $6 - $40. Help raise money for Camp Widjiwagan’s summer camp scholarship program by diving into the frigid waters of Percy Priest Lake. Other activities for plungers and spectators include face painting, winter-themed arts and crafts, games, penguin bowling and a chance to check out the new Big BUZZ climbing tower and giant swing.

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FREE BATTLE OF STONES RIVER 157TH ANNIVERSARY See Wednesday, Jan. 1.

BELMONT BRUINS BASKETBALL

615-460-2255 | belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 7 p.m. $6 - $15. Versus SIU Edwardsville.

CHALLENGE ISLAND WINTER BREAK CAMP (REGISTER) 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks cellis@murfreesborotn.gov

Ages 8 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40 for one day, $70 for two. Enjoy STEAM challenges built around pop culture themes.

Spend New Year’s Day taking a dip in the chilly waters of Percy Priest Lake during YMCA Camp Widjiwagan’s Polar Bear Plunge Festival. You can check out the camp’s new Big BUZZ climbing tower and giant swing, too!

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Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Find out who the new American Girl will be this year and enjoy giveaways, crafts and treats.

FREE BATTLE OF STONES RIVER 157TH ANNIVERSARY

Battlefield, 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Join park rangers for a series of walks, talks, tours and living history demonstrations.

HOLIDAY ICE SKATING LESSONS

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All ages. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville. Thu - Sat 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. $65. Learn to ice skate (rental skates provided).

MARSHMALLOW HIKE

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FREE FIRST DAY HIKE (REGISTER)

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All ages. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 9:30 11 a.m. Start the year off with a rangerled hike along the Shoreline Trail.

All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $10. Hike the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.

ROBOTHINK: FUNCTIONAL ROBOT WORKSHOP (REGISTER) 615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com Nolensville code: 16060 Franklin code: 16251 Spring Hill Code: 16088

Ages 8 - 13. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. 1 - 4 p.m. (also takes place at Franklin Rec from 1 - 4 p.m. and Longview Rec from 2 - 5 p.m.). $80. This two-day workshop covers robotics principles, problem solving and challenges while kids work with gears, motors and axles to build robots to complete tasks.

WINTER BREAK CAMP: SCIENCE OF SNOWFLAKES (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org Ages 8 - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35. Learn how snowflakes are made and why they are unique.

WINTER DAY CAMP: WINTER UNICORN WONDERLAND (REGISTER)

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Ages 6+. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $90. Create a six-inch unicorn cake along with a wintry unicorn set of six cookies. Lunch provided.

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AMERICAN GIRL CAKE DECORATING CLASS (REGISTER)

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ART CAMP (REGISTER)

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Grades K - 2. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $90. Create art projects of various kinds including collage, watercolor, tempera paint an oil pastel.

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Ages 8 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40 for one day, $70 for two. Enjoy STEAM challenges built around pop culture themes.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS EXTENDED MINI CAMP (REGISTER)

FREE FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL

Ages 3 - 6. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 1 - 4 p.m. $45. Make art, read books, enjoy snacks and participate in other creative activities.

All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. Twenty-five art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings.

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FREE FIRST SATURDAY BIRD-FRIENDLY COFFEE

MARSHMALLOW HIKE

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See Thursday, Jan. 2.

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about the park, its wildlife and the connection between bird habitats and coffee.

SCHOOL-AGE ART CLUB FOR HOMESCHOOLERS (REGISTER) 615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16269

FREE HOME DEPOT KIDS’ WORKSHOP (REGISTER)

Ages 7 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Fridays, Jan. 3 - 31 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. $100. Explore art, history, techniques and styles.

homedepot.com Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot (visit website for locations). 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Create a mini hockey game by sanding, nailing, painting and more.

STICKY FINGERS (REGISTER)

INTERGALACTIC BEAD SHOW

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All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $5. Explore the latest gems, pearls and other sparkling designs.

Ages 3.5 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Mondays, Jan. 6 - 27 or Fridays, Jan. 3 - 31 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. $56 Monday series, $70 Friday series. Educational art experiences using a variety of media.

FREE ISPY: LICHENS

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All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore lichens during this drop-in program.

WINTER BREAK CAMP: MUSHY SQUISHY SCIENCE (REGISTER)

FREE KIDSVILLE

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Ages Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members. Explore things all ooeygooey like slime Oobleck and clay.

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. Explore the book Tomorrow, I’ll Be Brave, then create a memo board.

WINTER BREAK CAMP: WINTER WILDLIFE (REGISTER)

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FREE LEGO JR. MAKER

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Ages 8 - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35. Activities and crafts related to the survival and behavior of animals large and small during winter months.

WINTER DAY CAMP: PANCAKES & PJS (REGISTER) 629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com

Ages 6+. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $90. Create a stack of pancakes cake, then work with royal icing to create a breakfast and PJs set of cookies. Lunch provided.

SAT 4

BELMONT BRUINS BASKETBALL

615-460-2255 | belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 4 p.m. $6 - $15. Versus Eastern Illinois.

Kids can participate in holiday ice skating lessons at Centennial Sportsplex, Jan. 2 - 4. FREE BIRDING & AFTERNOON TEA (REGISTER)

ical destinations and enjoy a taste of the local flavors at each stop.

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2 - 3:30 p.m. Search for migratory birds, then enjoy a snack while sampling a variety of Chinese teas.

FREE COFFEE BEANS

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CHALLENGE ISLAND WORLD TOUR (REGISTER) 615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16183

Ages 5 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40. In this STEAM program, kids will engineer their way around the globe to different geograph-

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Enjoy a cup of bird-friendly joe while learning about neo-tropical migratory birds that benefit from coffee.

FREE CRAFTERNOON (REGISTER)

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Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 1:30 p.m. Make themed craft projects.

Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Have fun building and creating with LEGO blocks.

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All ages. Friends Meeting Nashville, 530 26th Ave. N., Nashville. 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. $10. Kids can learn the art of Chinese Lion Dance with the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville.

MARSHMALLOW HIKE See Thursday, Jan. 2.

MONSTER JAM See page 36.

FREE MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS (REGISTER) 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 - 11 a.m. Enjoy a hands-on, interactive science show.

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MONSTER JAM JAN. 4 - 5

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ev up for the thrill of monster trucks when they take over Bridgestone Arena. The loud roar of the engines and the excitement of the rad trucks themselves make Monster Jam a favorite outing with kids. The action-packed adventure features racing events and freestyle competitions. In addition to the big trucks, this indoor version of Monster Jam includes ATVs and speedsters. It’s a lot of high-energy excitment, and what adds to the fun factor is that the audience serves as judges. Be sure to bring your smartphone to score each vehicle’s maneuvers (instructions provided at the event). Arrive early enough and your kids might get to meet drivers during their pre-show interviews. Bridgestone Arena is located at 501 Broadway, Nashville. Showtimes are Sat 1 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Tickets are $21.90 - $70. Call 615-770-2000 or visit bridgestonearena.com. MUSICAL PETTING ZOO

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All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Try new and familiar instruments.

FREE NASHVILLE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

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wood Ave., Nashville. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Check out the latest trends and innovations for your home and gardens.

PAJAMA JAM (REGISTER)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/nashville. php Ages 5+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 9 - 10 a.m. $20. This dress-like-your-doll PJ party features treats and danceable beats, social games, crafts and more.

All ages. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. 8:30 a.m. Free with donation of a non-perishable food item. Ring in the new year by making a splash in the chilly, outdoor pool. The gym’s Arctic Adventure features games, inflatables and refreshments. The plunge happens at 10 a.m.

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All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville. 12 - 3 p.m. Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of As You Like It.

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All ages. JumpStreet locations in Franklin, Goodlettsville and Murfreesboro. 9 - 11 a.m. $8 ages 4+, $4 ages 3 & younger. Children with special needs can enjoy a private hour of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment with the second hour open to the public.

TWELFTH NIGHT

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All ages. Historic Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville. 4 - 8 p.m. $18 adults, $10 ages 7 - 15, free ages 6 & younger. Tour the historic home by

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All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville. 8 p.m. $10 - $118. Versus SMU.

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murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 4+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 2:30 p.m. Feel animal pelts and look at biofacts while discussing the different ways that animals prepare for the cold.

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MONSTER JAM

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LEARNIN’ THE ROPES (REGISTER)

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Ages 7 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Mondays, Jan. 6 - 27 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $30. Learn the sport of jump rope. .

OZ SCHOOL DAY (REGISTER)

615-350-7200 | ozartsnashville.org Ages 5 - 10. Centennial Performing Arts Studio, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. $60. Explore visual art, theater, music and movement with a specific theme.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) 615-244-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

Ages 13+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9 a.m. An intro to vinyasa-style yoga.

FREE READING PAWS (REGISTER)

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All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro, TN. 3:30 - 5

p.m. Kids can sign up to read to Stevie, the reading education assistance dog.

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Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members. Experiment with fire and ice.

WINTER BREAK CAMP: TEAMWORK (REGISTER)

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Ages 8 - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35. Do relay races, play games and participate in other team-building activities.

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FREE FYI NATURALIST: A MOSS TALK (REGISTER)

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 6 p.m. Get tips on landscaping with moss.

IMPROV WITH IMPROV (REGISTER)

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Ages 16+. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $10. This class is for individuals and groups trying to learn new ways of looking at communication and the art of improv.

LEARN TO ICE SKATE (REGISTER)

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Ages 3+. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville. Jan. 7 - Feb. 22. Choose Tue/Thu 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. or Sat 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. $155 for seven classes, $275 all classes (includes skate rental). Nashville Skating Academy hosts this ice-skating class for those interested in figure skating or hockey.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) 615-244-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) 615-244-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 10 a.m. A preschool program that helps develop basic motor movements.

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All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 $500. Versus the Boston Bruins.

OPEN STUDIO WITH KREATIVE KAT (REGISTER) 615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16056

Ages 8+. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. Tuesdays, Jan. 7 - 28 from 6 - 7 p.m. $40. Learn specific art techniques in different media while creating in an open studio space.

Ages 5 - 13. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 1 p.m. Experience a martial arts program.

The annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sports*Com in Murfreesboro takes place Saturday, Jan. 4.

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Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel is a popular attraction during the Nashville Boat Show, Jan. 9 - 12 at Music City Center. The Boat Show also features special activities just for kids.

WED 8

AFTER-SCHOOL ART CLASS (REGISTER) 615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16262

Ages 7 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Wednesdays, Jan 8 - 29 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $56. Explore art history, techniques and styles.

FREE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS COMMEMORATION

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All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the museum, historic buildings and grounds, and enjoy special programs commemorating the Battle of New Orleans. The wreath-laying ceremony at President Jackson’s tomb is at 11 a.m.

THU 9

POLYNESIAN DANCE (REGISTER)

615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15849

All ages. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. Wednesdays, Jan. 8 - 29 from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. $25. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti.

FREE RAPTOR RHAPSODY 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 4 p.m. Get up close and personal with a live bird of prey while learning about master predators of the sky.

CHURCH SCENE PAINTING CLASS (REGISTER) 615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks aacla@murfreesborotn.gov

Adults. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 6 - 8 p.m. $20. Paint a church scene with acrylics (all materials provided).

MTSU BLUE RAIDERS BASKETBALL

12 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $12 adults, free ages 12 & younger (when accompanied by a paid adult). Discover the latest in fishing boats, pontoons and watersport craft. Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel entertains, and children’s activities include Kids’ Boating 101: Take On-Water Education on Land; Kids’ Discover a Boat; and Kids’ Create-A-Crankbait.

FRI 10

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FREE FAMILIES IN THE HILL FOREST (REGISTER)

NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW

Ages 8+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Embark on a brisk hike at the Hill Forest.

All ages. Murphy Center, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro. 6:30 p.m. $15. Versus Marshall.

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All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Thu 2 - 9 p.m., Fri

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FAMILY MASTERPIECES (REGISTER)

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All ages. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 5 - 6:15 p.m. Price starts at $100 for three to four people. Your entire family can actively work on the same large canvas or a set of canvases that can be displayed together, using mixed media to create your artwork.

MINIATURE MASTERPIECES WORKSHOP (REGISTER) 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

Ages 2 - 10. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. $35 - $40. Young artists with a parent or grandparent can learn the process of mixed media while working on a wrapped canvas.

NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW See Thursday, Jan. 9.

FREE NATURE CENTER AT NIGHT

THE LOG & TIMBER HOME SHOW

FREE FIRESIDE TALES (REGISTER)

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Listen for owls, watch the night sky and hike under the cover of darkness.

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Fri 1 - 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $10 adv/$15 dos. Talk to industry experts, gather ideas and learn all you need about building or remodeling a log home.

All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 11 a.m. Listen to stories from our own state.

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FREE NIGHT HIKE (REGISTER) wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16256

All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 5 p.m. A one-mile guided hike in the dark.

FREE NUTRITION 101: KETO DIET & INTERMITTENT FASTING 615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Adults. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Learn about these new diets, the science behind them and whether they’re right for you.

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FREE WINTERTIME FULL MOON MEANDER (REGISTER)

615-862-8539 | sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 6 - 7 p.m. During this guided moonlit hike, learn why this full moon is referred to as the “wolf” moon.

SAT 11

FREE COFFEE BEANS See Saturday, Jan. 4.

wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16257

FREE FULL STEAM AHEAD 615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 2 p.m. An afternoon of activities in the science, technology, engineering, arts and math arenas.

GNU TALES

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All ages. Third Coast Comedy, 1310 Clinton St., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10 for the whole family. This improv comedy show for kids includes lots of audience participation.

Kids in grades K - 6 can learn cheers and jump techniques during the Vanderbilt Cheerleading & Dance Game Day Experience on Saturday, Jan. 11. (turn to page 42)

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS HAMILTON: HOW THE MUSIC REMIXES AMERICAN HISTORY 615-741-2692 | tnmuseum.org

Adults. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 2 p.m. $30. University of Maryland Historian Richard Bell presents a lecture exploring the musical phenomenon Hamilton to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. Bell examines what the musical gets right and wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, the birth of the United States and why all that matters.

FREE ISPY: FEEDER BIRDS

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about birds at your feeders during this drop-in program.

FREE KIDSVILLE

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Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. Explore the Greek word for friendship, “philia,” through a story about Martin Luther King Jr., then create a gift for a friend.

MTSU BLUE RAIDERS BASKETBALL

SECOND SATURDAY

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All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd.., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. $18 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. Explore exhibits, see demonstrations and catch a laser show.

SENSORY SATURDAY

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Ages 7 & younger. Bradley Academy Museum, 511 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $4 adults, free for kids. Tour the museum while visiting a variety of sensory stations along the way, opening the door for free play.

SMYRNA STROKES KIDS’ NIGHT: CHINESE NEW YEAR (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Learn about the Chinese New Year while panting a themed creation.

THE LOG & TIMBER HOME SHOW See Friday, Jan. 10.

VANDERBILT CHEERLEADING & DANCE TEAM GAME DAY EXPERIENCE (REGISTER)

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Grades K - 6. Vanderbilt Recreation Center, 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville. 11:30 a.m. $50 fee includes game ticket and T-shirt (discounted game tickets available for family members). Kids can learn cheers, jump techniques and a routine to perform at halftime during the men’s basketball game versus Texas A&M (tips off at 2:30 p.m.).

VANDERBILT COMMODORES BASKETBALL 615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville. 2:30 p.m. $10 - $125. Versus Texas A&M.

FREE WINTER WARMER PICKIN’ PARTY (REGISTER)

615-862-8539 | sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Warm up inside the nature center with hot cocoa, activities and a pickin’ party.

FREE YOUNG BIRDER’S 4-H CLUB (REGISTER)

615-862-8539 | sbnc.nashville.gov Ages 10 - 18. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. This meeting is for youth interested in taking their appreciation for birds to the next level.

FREE YOUTH MAGIC GROUP 615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro, TN. 9:30 a.m. Learn magic tricks and illusions.

SUN 12

NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW See Thursday, Jan. 9.

FREE SPACE TALK (REGISTER) 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Ages 8+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 2 p.m. Learn how to use computational astronomy techniques to solve problems here at home.

THE LOG & TIMBER HOME SHOW See Friday, Jan. 10.

THE PINK BRIDE EXPO

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All ages. Murphy Center, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro. 5 p.m. $15. Versus WKU.

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $12 adv/$15 dos. Nashville’s top wedding professionals are all under one roof, ready to help you plan your dream wedding in one day.

NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW See Thursday, Jan. 9.

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is the featured story during Family Monday at the Frist Art Museum on Monday, Jan. 13.

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FAMILY MONDAY

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All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $15 covers your entire family. Enjoy a trilingual storytime (English, Spanish, American Sign Language), family tours of the galleries and hands-on fun in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery. This month’s featured story is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Monday, Jan. 6.

TUE 14

FREE ALL ACCESS NIGHT (REGISTER)

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All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Special needs families can enjoy the center’s exhibits and programs after hours.

ESSENTIALS OF PENCILS: HOMESCHOOL TUTORIAL (REGISTER)

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Ages 7 - 13. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 1:30 - 3 p.m. $10. Explore the elements of line, texture and pattern along with basic form and shading techniques.

GREENS, BEANS & GRAINS: HEALTHY COOKING FOR THE NEW YEAR (REGISTER) 615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com

Adults. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville. 6 - 8 p.m. $55 individuals, $100 couples. Chef Richard leads this class that focuses on simple yet delicious preparations of greens, beans and grains that can be enjoyed instantly or made ahead of time. The class includes beverages, snacks and a wholesome meal that you will help to prepare.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Jan. 7.

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Jan. 7.

FREE MUSIC TOGETHER TRY OUT CLASS (REGISTER) 615-390-3207 inharmonymusicmidtn.com/ tryout-class

Ages 6 months - 5 years. Blakemore

United Methodist Church, 3601 West End Ave., Nashville. Tue - Wed 3:30 p.m. Take a trial session of this parent/ tot class incorporating music, movement and instrument play.

WED 15

FREE GUIDED HIKE (REGISTER) wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16258

All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 9:30 a.m. Learn about plants, animals and the history of the park during a guided walk.

FREE MUSIC TOGETHER TRY OUT CLASS (REGISTER) 615-390-3207 inharmonymusicmidtn.com/ tryout-classes

Ages 6 months - 5 years. Groove Room Studios, 3668-A Central Pike, Hermitage. Wed - Thu 10 a.m. Take a trial session of this parent/tot class incorporating music, movement and instrument play.

FREE MUSIC TOGETHER TRY OUT CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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FREE ARTLAB TEEN STUDIO: WATERCOLOR MIXING

615-244-3340 | fristartmuseum.org Ages 13 - 19. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 4 - 6 p.m. Join Tori Anne, a watercolorist and illustrator, for art-making activities, followed by a Q&A.

BELMONT BRUINS BASKETBALL

615-460-2255 | belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 8 p.m. $6 - $15. Versus Eastern Kentucky.

DRAGON DAY (REGISTER)

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All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 4 - 6 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Learn about the legends of dragson, then make a dragon craft.

MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS: CRAZY CHEMISTRY CLUB (REGISTER) 615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16247

Ages 5 - 10. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Thursdays, Jan. 16 - March 5 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. $120. Crazy Chemistry features explosions, bubbling potions and chemical reactions. Kids get to make elephant toothpaste, create 20-foot geysers and more.

You can bring your tots to a Music Together try-out class on Jan. 15 - 16 at Blakemore United Methodist Church. Be sure to register in advance. FREE MUSIC TOGETHER TRY OUT CLASS (REGISTER) See Wednesday, Jan. 15.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

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All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 $500. Versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Kids can sign up to read to Fred, the reading education assistance dog.

FREE WINNIE THE POOH STORYTIME

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All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 6 p.m. This special storytime features Winnie the Pooh and the adventures in the hundred-acre wood.

FREE READING PAWS (REGISTER)

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All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 3:30 - 5 p.m.

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–Albert Einstein

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OPEN AUDITION School of Nashville Ballet Academy and Young Men’s Scholarship Program SUNDAY, APRIL 5 1 p.m. Registration 1:30–3 p.m. Class Registration on site same day

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FREE WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE EDUCATION FORUM 615-895-2672 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 14+. Bradley Academy Museum, 511 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 6 - 8 p.m. This forum features a panel of women in the local workforce having an open discussion and artists displaying art. Light refreshments will be served.

FIRST TIME STORIES

SKATE NIGHT

FREE BODYWORKS (REGISTER)

Ages Adults. Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Pike, Nashville. 7 - 10 p.m. $5. Share your story of any first-time experience during this open-mic night “storytelling karaoke.”

All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview. 6:30 8:30 p.m. $5. Bring your own skates for a night of fun.

Ages 18+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 - 11 a.m. This mat class focuses on lengthening, stretching and strengthening the body.

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FREE HILL FOREST HIKE (REGISTER)

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FRI 17

FAMILY FRIDAY WITH SCIENCE GUYS

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All ages. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $20. Explore the science of sound and waves followed by an art project.

Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Experience winter in an undisturbed forest during a rugged off-trail hike.

NATIONAL POPCORN DAY

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All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12, free 5 & younger. Explore fun ways to craft with popcorn.

OAKLANDS EXHIBIT OPENING 615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org

All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 adults, $6 children. Wedding Dresses Through the Decades is an exhibit of vintage gowns from the past 100 years on display along with brides’ photos and stories from their wedding day. The exhibit runs through March 1.

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SMYRNA STROKES (REGISTER)

FREE COFFEE BEANS

Ages 14+. Smyrna Train Depot, 98 Front St., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Create a step-by-step winter scene painting.

COLOR WHEELS: YOU + ME PAINT PARTY (REGISTER)

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WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT BOOT CAMP (REGISTER) 615-244-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

Ages 15+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $125. This six-week class is part selfdefense seminar, part boot camp and part mental strength.

SAT 18

ACADEMY PARK TALENT SHOW 615-786-0186 academyparktn.wcparksandrec. com

All ages. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 5 p.m. $10. Cheer on the finalists for the first-ever Academy Park Talent Show featuring all kinds of Williamson County talent by all ages. Celebrity judges will select the winner.

BELMONT BRUINS BASKETBALL

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All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 4 p.m. $6 - $15. Versus Murray State.

See Saturday, Jan. 4.

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16264 colorwheelsnashville@gmail.com Ages 5 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. $35 per adult/child pair. You and your child can paint a pair of canvases that fit together to create a colorful piece.

FREE CRAFTERNOON (REGISTER)

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Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 1:30 p.m. Make themed craft projects.

DOLL HAIR SALON SPECTACULAR (REGISTER)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 8+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 9 - 10 a.m. $25. Learn new tricks to style your doll’s hair with insider tips from professional stylists, plus get hair accessories. Crafts and treats follow.

DOOLITTLE SENSORY SCREENING

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All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin. 10 a.m. $7. See the new Doolittle movie in a sensoryfriendly environment.

FREE FAMILY MOVIE MORNING 615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Enjoy a screening of Abominable.

FAMILY PROGRAM: VELVET ELVIS PAINTING

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Ages 5+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Explore the history of the velvet painting medium and create your own black velvet painting using pastels and black light paint.

Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro hosts a special Winnie the Pooh storytime on Thursday, Jan. 16.

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Catch a sensory-friendly screening of the new Doolittle movie at NCG Cinema in Gallatin on Saturday, Jan. 18. FATHER/DAUGHTER SOCK HOP 615-790-5719, ext. 2044 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 5 - 12. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 6 - 8 p.m. $18 per couple, $6 each additional child. Girls and their dads can enjoy a night of dancing while a DJ plays the latest hits and provides games. Plus, refreshments and a photo to commemorate the evening.

FREE FIT & HEALTHY FAMILY FAIR

615-859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Discover local businesses that invest daily in the health of families and want to share their knowledge with you.

HAMILTON MASTER CLASS (REGISTER)

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Grades 9 - 12. TPAC’s Rehearsal Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 10:30 a.m. $15. Students can participate in a vocal master class led by a cast member from the Broadway tour of Hamilton. Bring any song you want to workshop (hip-hop, show tune or otherwise) on a phone or wireless Bluetooth device

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FREE HUNTING SEASON (REGISTER)

615-862-8539 | sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 2 p.m. Creep through the park learning about the predators who call it home and the methods they employ for the hunt.

FREE ISPY: TREE BARK

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Get to know trees by their bark during this drop-in program.

FREE KIDSVILLE

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Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. Musicians from Intersection will interact with kids, followed by a craft activity.

LONG HUNTER STATE PARK HIKE

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Ages 10+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 8 a.m. $10. Sinkholes and cedar glades are a few features you’ll explore on this six-mile interpretive hike. Meet at The Wilderness Station.

LONG HUNTERS OF TENNESSEE (REGISTER)

p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $12 adults, free ages 10 & younger. This vehicle extravaganza includes a car show and swap meet.

All ages. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 10:30 a.m. $5. Learn about the 18th century hunters who made expeditions into the American frontier wilderness in search of fur and hides.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

MIRANDA SINGS: WHO WANTS MY KID?

NASHVILLE WELLNESS FEST

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Ages 16+. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville. 7 p.m. $40. A night of stand-up comedy.

MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS STEAM CLUB (REGISTER) 615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15854

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All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 $500. Vers the Buffalo Sabres.

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All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $5 adv/$8 dos adults, free for children. More than 100 vendors, cooking demonstrations, workshops and entertainment. Children’s activities include a virtual reality booth.

RIVERBEND KIDS’ CLUB

Ages 5 - 10. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. Saturdays, Jan. 18 - March 7 from 12 - 1 p.m. $120. Kids will make chemical reactions, play brain games and more through this STEAM program. .

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NASHVILLE AUTO FEST

VANDERBILT COMMODORES BASKETBALL

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All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin. 10 - 11 a.m. $5. Participate in hands-on gardening activities.

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All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave.


S., Nashville. 5 p.m. $10 - $125. Versus Tennessee.

SUN 19

FREE A NEW YEAR OF GAMING 615-891-3384 mathnasium.com/greenhills

Ages 6 - 12. Mathnasium of Green Hills, 3748 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. 5 - 6:30 p.m. Drop off the kids for an evening of games and snacks.

CREATIVE ZONE: BEDAZZLED BUTTONS

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All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame

and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Design a button representing what you love about country music, Nashville and the museum.

MON 20

ART CAMP (REGISTER)

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See Saturday, Jan. 18.

Grades K - 2. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $90. Create art projects of various kinds including collage, watercolor, tempera paint an oil pastel.

SHARP SPRINGS HIKE AND FAMILY CAMPFIRE (REGISTER)

EXTENDED MINI CAMP (REGISTER)

NASHVILLE AUTO FEST

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All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna. 3 - 5:30 p.m. $2. Hike around the park followed by a campfire with s’mores.

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Ages 3 - 6. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45. Make art, read books, enjoy snacks and other creative activities.

FREE MLK CELEBRATION

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All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through arts, cultural activities and more.

FREE NASHVILLE MLK DAY 615-329-2990 mlkdaynashville.com

All ages. Jefferson St. Missionary Baptist Church, 2708 Jefferson St. Missionary Baptist Church, Nashville. Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a youth rally at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. march and convocation at TSU at 11 a.m. featuring keynote speaker Joy-Ann Reid of Am Joy on MSNBC.

OZ SCHOOL DAY (REGISTER) 615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org

Ages 5 - 10. Centennial Performing Arts Studio, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. $60. Explore visual art, theater, music and movement with a specific theme.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Monday, Jan. 6.

FREE SUMNER COUNTY UNITY DAY MARCH

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All ages. Gallatin City Hall, 132 W. Main St., Gallatin. 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Sumner County NAACP presents this mark with the theme “One Nation, One People.” The march starts at City Hall and ends at Rucker Stewart Middle School.

TUE 21

ESSENTIALS OF PENCILS: HOMESCHOOL TUTORIAL (REGISTER)

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Ages 7 - 13. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 1:30 - 3 p.m. $10. Explore the elements of line, texture and pattern along with basic form and shading techniques.

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Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 & 10 a.m. $2. Enjoy a fun, unique game you may have never heard of during this indoor class.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team when they hit the court against Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 18.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Meet the center’s animals and enjoy interactive, nature-based activities.

FREE GET TO KNOW YOUR GREENWAY SYSTEM (REGISTER) 615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov

Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 6 p.m. Learn how to access the nearly 100 miles of greenway spaces in Nashville.

HOMESCHOOL LAB: WINTER WONDERLAB (REGISTER) 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/homeschool

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 2 p.m. $10 students, $8 parents and siblings. Explore STEAM topics in this winterthemed field study with hot and cold reactions, winter animal adaptations and engineering a sled to keep all the kids inside down the four-foot snow hill.

FREE RAPTOR RHAPSODY 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 4 p.m. Get up close and personal with a live bird of prey while learning about master predators of the sky.

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All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville. 8 p.m. $10 - $184. Versus Alabama.

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FREE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL NIGHT 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Nashville MLK Day march, the Sumner County Unity March and the MLK Celebration at the Discovery Center — all happening on Monday, Jan. 20. FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

ROCKET SCIENCE & ASTRONOMY (REGISTER)

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: SQUIRRELLY SQUIRRELS (REGISTER)

Ages 6 - 9. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Tuesdays, Jan. 21 - Feb. 25 from 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. $125. Explore the universe while launching everything from canister rockets to water bottle blasters, business card boomerangs and more.

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Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Enjoy a squirrelly hour of fun during National Squirrel Appreciation Day.

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STICKY FINGERS GRANDPARENT & ME PRESCHOOL ART CLASS (REGISTER) 615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 16266

Ages 3.5 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $15 per grandparent/child pair. Have fun creating art together.

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FREE CRITTER ENCOUNTER (REGISTER) 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center,

All ages. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 4 - 7 p.m. Celebrate AfricanAmerican culture with Murfreesboro City Schools students with art, authentic food, music and an interactive performance.

DISTRESSED PICTURE FRAME CLASS (REGISTER) 615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks aacla@murfreesborotn.gov

Adults. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 6 - 8 p.m. $25. Paint and distress two 8x10 pieces of wooden, then decorate to make a photo display.

MTSU BLUE RAIDERS BASKETBALL

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All ages. Murphy Center, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro. 6:30 p.m. $15. Versus Louisiana Tech.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA NIGHT

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All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 7 - 9 p.m. $12. Nerdy Talk Trivia hosts this night of fun with questions on all subjects but with a special emphasis on presidential and U.S. history. Teams capped at 10 people.

FRI 24

FREE ARTIST NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

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FROZEN WINTER CELEBRATION (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 5 - 8 p.m. $12. Make “snow” with your favorite characters, sing, dance, make crafts and participate in frozen experiments. Includes a chicken supper.

LIL’ LEARNING LANE: RACE TO READ (REGISTER) 615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org

Ages Adults. Bradley Academy Museum, 511 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 7 p.m. Experience live music, spoken word, dance and visual art.

Ages 3 - 5. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville. 10:30 - 11 a.m. $12 adults, free ages 5 & younger. After a reading of The Rocket Racing Car, enjoy a rocket car activity and a Space Race game.

COLD WINTER’S NIGHT LANTERN TOUR & HAYRIDE

FREE NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET

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All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro. 6 p.m. $5. Enjoy a guided lantern tour and hayride of the village.

615-862-5016 nashvilleflea.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for treasures.

SAT 25

BIG NIGHT OUT

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Adults. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville. 6:45 p.m. $150 - $175. “A Magical Evening” is the theme for this night of fun that includes an auction, live entertainment, hand-crafted cocktails, dinner and more. Proceeds support the center’s programs.

CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR: HANDS-ON COOKING CLASS (REGISTER) 615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com

Adults. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville. 6. - 9 p.m. $65 individuals, $120 couples. Learn about Lunar New Year traditions and rituals while enjoying hands-on experience cooking dishes considered auspicious in Chinese culture.

FREE COFFEE BEANS See Saturday, Jan. 4.

FAMILY PROGRAM: BEGINNER UKULELE WORKSHOP

FREE TOTALLY TWIGS (REGISTER)

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 9 - 11 a.m. Through detailed observation and journaling, discover the secret of tree ID while investigating twigs in their entirely.

Learn ukulele basics through the music of husband-and-wife songwriting team Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.

FATHER/DAUGHTER SOCK HOP 615-790-5719, ext. 2044 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 5 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 6 - 8 p.m. $18 per couple, $6 each additional child. Girls and their dads can enjoy a night of dancing while a DJ plays the latest hits and provides games. Plus, refreshments and a photo to commemorate the evening.

GARY GULMAN: PEACE OF MIND

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Ages 16+. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 8 p.m. $22 $35. A night of stand-up comedy.

GEOCACHING DAY (REGISTER) 615-370-4672 | owlshill.org

All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $10 per person or $36 for a group of four. Use your GPS or smartphone to find hidden containers. There are new sites set up.

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Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties).

The Harlem Globetrotters perform two shows at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, Jane. 25.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS book club focuses on acquiring books and letting them pile up without reading them.

SUN 26

CHINESE NEW YEAR 10-COURSE BANQUET (REGISTER) 615-760-5930 chineseartsalliance.org

All ages. Lucky Bamboo China Bistro, 5855 Charlotte Pike, Nashville. 5 - 8 p.m. $70 - $85. The Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville hosts this annual 10-course set-menu dining event celebrating the Chinese New Year.

CREATIVE ZONE: BEDAZZLED BUTTONS See Sunday, Jan. 19.

FREE NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET See Friday, Jan. 24.

NEW BEGINNING USA 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE JAN. 25 - 26

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ome roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups do their thing by racing to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race. PAW Patrol Live! takes place at TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Show times are Sat 2 & 6 p.m., Sun 1 & 5 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 - $177.50 Call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 2 & 7 p.m. $30.25 - $148. One of the world’s most renowned basketball teams show off incredible feats and trick shots on the court along with humor.

HENRY HORTON HIKE

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Ages 7+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. $10. Depart from The Wilderness Station to Henry Horton State Park for a 1.5-mile interpretive hike featuring sinkholes and cedar glades.

FREE ISPY: JUMPING ANIMALS

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All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Observe animals that jump during this drop-in program.

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Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. Explore opposites in art and myths through the story of Athena, the create clay art.

MTSU BLUE RAIDERS BASKETBALL

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All ages. Murphy Center, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro. 5 p.m. $15. Versus Southern Miss.

FREE NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET See Friday, Jan. 24.

FREE NPL SEED EXCHANGE

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All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Begin plotting your spring garden during this sharing of seeds from the center’s teaching garden and the Nashville Public Library’s Seed Exchange.

FREE OH, RATS!

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All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2 - 3 p.m. Today kicks off the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Celebrate the “Year of the Rat” with a special display surrounding this cultural event.

RACCOON LOG RIDE

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All ages. Third Coast Comedy, 1310 Clinton St., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10 for the whole family. This improv comedy show for kids includes lots of audience participation.

SAFE KIDS 101 (REGISTER)

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Ages 9 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 1:15 - 4:30 p.m. $40. Learn first aid, choking, fire prevention, stranger danger, abduction, aggressive dogs, digital safety, cyberbullying and more.

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

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All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 $500. Versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ages 9 - 13. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 1 - 4:15 p.m. $40. Learn first aid, choking, fire prevention, stranger danger, abduction, aggressive dogs, digital safety, cyberbullying and more.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

THE ULTIMATE OLDIES SOCK HOP

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: CHINESE NEW YEAR (REGISTER)

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All ages. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 7 p.m. $20. Dust off your blue suede shoes, poodle skirts and leather jackets for a nostalgic evening of fun. Prizes for best dressed and highest hair.

FREE TSUNDOKU: YA BOOK CLUB

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Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5. Learn about the customs and traditions that happen during the Chinese New Year.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 2 p.m. This

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All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville. 5 p.m. $26.50. A night of pro wrestling action.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Jan. 7.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: WHAT WE WEAR IN THE WINTER (REGISTER)

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Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 2 p.m. $2. Learn about the practices of various animals and people during the winter season.

TODDLER TUESDAY 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

Ages 1 - 4. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 10 - 11 a.m. $5 toddlers, free for parents. Learn what foods were favorites of Civil War soldiers and make a mini loaf of bread to take home.

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FREE CRITTER ENCOUNTER (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Meet the center’s animals and enjoy interactive, naturebased activities.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: CHINESE NEW YEAR (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Jan. 28.

PERFORM MURFREESBORO AUDITIONS 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks lwright@murfreesborotn.gov

Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 4 - 9 p.m. Free to audition; those cast must pay the $25 Perform Murfreesboro membership fee. Kids can try out for roles in Perform Murfreesboro’s April production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.

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CURATOR’S TOUR: ERIC CARLE’S PICTURE BOOKS 615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 12 p.m. $15 adults, free ages 18 & younger. Curator Trinita Kennedy takes guests on a guided tour through the exquisite Eric Carle’s Picture Books exhibit.

FREE HOMESCHOOL INVESTIGATIONS (REGISTER)

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov Ages Grades K - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Use field tools, journaling and identification guides to make observations and share discoveries.

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FREE TEEN BOOK CLUB

615-459-2341 | samdavishome.org Grades 7 - 10. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 5 - 6 p.m. Read Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt in advance, and join the book discussion with snacks and crafts.

FREE YOUNG READERS BOOK CLUB

615-459-2341 | samdavishome.org Grades 1 - 5. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 4 - 5 p.m. Read Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne in advance, and join the book discussion with crafts and snacks.

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ANTIQUES & GARDEN SHOW 615-352-1282 antiquesandgardenshow.com

All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $25 adults (run of show), free ages 12 & younger (lectures are an additional $50 - $75). More than 150 dealers are on site, and you can see designs by master gardeners, attend lectures and more.

PERFORM MURFREESBORO AUDITIONS 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks lwright@murfreesborotn.gov

Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 4 - 9 p.m. Free to audition; those cast must pay the $25 Perform Murfreesboro membership fee. Kids can try out for roles in Perform Murfreesboro’s April production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.

FREE SEED SHARING OPEN HOUSE

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring seeds to share and pick up new ones for your garden.

FREE ST. CLAIR VARIETY SHOW 615-848-2550 murfreesborotn.gov

All ages. St. Clair Senior Center, 325 St. Clair St., Murfreesboro. 6 - 8 p.m. Support senior citizens showing off their talents in a variety show.

THE BARN DATING GAME

615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com Ages 25+ to participate (apply online), all ages for spectators. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 6:30 p.m. $10. Selected single, eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will ask suitable counterparts a few questions to find a match for a “night on the town” dating package.

SAYING IT from-my-seat ponderings on the local arts scene

Collaboration’s an Artistic Must

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ith the start of this new year, I find myself doing my usual thing: flipping through all of last year’s issues to revisit reviews and interviews I’ve written, and to reflect on the past year of the arts in town. One thing that strikes me — and it’s something I’ve written about before — is the power of collaboration within the artistic community. While any solid arts organization can stand on its own doing solid work, I’m always so much more intrigued when artists come together with projects. After all, creativity breeds creativity. Like the mind-blowing results that happened when Nashville Ballet and Ten Out of Tenn teamed up a few years ago and created the mind-blowing production of Seven Deadly Sins. It was a landmark moment like never before. And then last year, Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Symphony — along with film producer Duncan Copp — rolled out a stunning production of Carmina Burana. It was just off-the-charts spectacular, because all the players who came to the collective stage had something powerful yet individual to contribute and yet they fused it all together. It was smart of TPAC and Lythgoe Family Panto to ask Nashville Children’s Theatre Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan to direct Aladdin last month. When talent rubs elbows with talent anything can happen ... and it usually does. There’s just something magical in the air when an artist gets outside of his regular sandbox. The endeavor forces a new surge of creative juice and ideas, and the end result is often remarkable. Likewise, it’s really smart when companies welcome guest directors in for a show. When theater companies only play in their own sandbox, well, the sand gets old. Both Nashville Children’s Theatre and Nashville Rep have been smart this past year in bringing in a mix of directors. Studio Tenn is also working with René Copeland (former artistic director of Nashville Rep), who has been instrumental in bringing a brand-new production of Little Women to our area. Middle- and high-school kids will get to see it next month. And OZ Arts has a hugely ambitious line-up coming up. Check out the exciting production, The Day, that’s happening this month. Find the details on page 70. Bring on the partnerships, bring on the alliances — the arts are a collaborative effort always, and the very best work comes from the meetings of the minds. I look forward to what 2020 brings to our local arts community across the board. Bring it on! — Chad Young

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Artist-in-Residence Hiroshi Sato

61 MUSIC Celine Dion’s heart will go on

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71 THEATER & DANCE

Hamilton’s the great big deal in town this month, and there’s a digital ticket lottery for $10 seats at every performance!

72 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Blue Man Group’s coming to town next month. Learn more about the mysterious, fascinating trio.

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The Japanese artist’s work focuses on contemporary realist oil painting. Pictured above: “Teal.”

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heekwood celebrates its 2020 Martin Shallenberger artist-in-residence Hiroshi Sato with an exhibit of the Japanese artist’s work Jan. 31 - March 29. Sato, born September 1987 in Japan, spent the most of his childhood in Tanzania. He credits his childhood exposure to alternate cultures, class and language as the backdrop to his interest in human perception. Sato is widely known for painting figures in interior environments. His influences include artists past and present, and his work explores the simultaneous illusion of form and flatness of space. The artist says his goal is to portray, and better understand, our various states of consciousness within ourselves through the visual medium. Cheekwood’s hours are Tue - Sun 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

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THINGS TO DO: ART GALLERY LISTINGS

An illustration from Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me on display in the Eric Carle’s Picture Books exhibit at the Frist Art Museum. On Thursday, Jan. 30 at 12 p.m., Curator Trinita Kennedy is giving a guided tour through the exhibit (regular admission required; $15 adults, free ages 18 & younger). On Friday, Jan. 31 at 12 p.m., she’ll lead a members-only tour. THE ARTS COMPANY

215 Fifth Ave. of the Arts Nashville 615-254-2040 theartscompany.com

• Each month’s new exhibit is unveiled during the First Saturday Art Crawl.

BENNETT GALLERIES

2104 Crestmoor Road, Nashville 615-297-3201 bennettgalleriesnashville.com • Several established and emerging artists on display.

BERGER GALLERY AT THE ARTS CENTER OF CANNON COUNTY 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

• Rotating art exhibits throughout the year. January will feature the work of J. Oliver Langston

CARL VAN VECHTEN ART GALLERY AT FISK UNIVERSITY 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville 615-329-8720 | fisk.edu/galleries

• Currently on display are Artists in Residence 1888-Present: Fisk Faculty & Alumni Show and 615 North

CENTER FOR THE ARTS

110 W. College St., Murfreesboro 615-904-2787 | boroarts.org • Thru Jan. 6: Murfreesboro Hearts • Jan. 6 - Feb. 24: Barbara & Leroy Hodges

CHEEKWOOD

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org

• Thru Jan 5: Umwelts 2019 (As the Crow Flies): David Brooks • Thru Jan 5: Selections from The Cheekwood Collection • Jan. 31 - March 2: Orchids in the Mansion • Jan. 31 - March 29: 2020 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Hiroshi Sato • Jan. 31 - April 4: 2020 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition

FRIST ART MUSEUM

919 Broadway, Nashville 615-244-3340 | fristartmuseum.org

• Thru Jan 5: Murals of North Nashville Now • Thru Jan 12: Hearts of Our People: native Women Artists • Thru Jan 12: OSGEMEOS: In Between • Thru Feb. 23: Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” • Jan. 10 - May 17: The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later

GALLERY 202

202 Second Ave. S., Franklin 615-472-1134 | gallery202art.com

4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin 615-599-5102 leiperscreekgallery.com • Twenty-four artists on display

LEU ART GALLERY & GALLERY 121 AT BELMONT UNIVERSITY

919 Gallatin Ave., Ste. 4 Nashville 615-236-6575 theredarrowgallery.com

• Jan. 11 - Feb. 2: Dane Carter & Lindsy Davis • Feb. 8 - March 7: Dana Oldfather

THE RYMER GALLERY

MONTHAVEN ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER

Rotating exhibits throughout the year. New shows are revealed during the First Saturday Art Crawl.

• Thru Jan. 24: Urchin by Ameila Briggs • Jan. 6 - Feb. 28: In the Studio: An Art Faculty Exhibition

1017 Antebellum Cir. Hendersonville 615-822-0789 monthavenartsandculturalcenter. com

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TINNEY CONTEMPORARY 237 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville 615-255-7816 tinneycontemporary.com

• Thru Jan. 5: Go West Young Man • Jan. 4 - Feb. 2: Michael Goddard: The Secret Lives of Olives

• Thru Jan. 4: Things To Come • Jan. 15 - Feb. 25: The Art of Sisavanh Phouthavong

MTSU’S TODD ART GALLERY

VANDERBILT ART GALLERY

919 Broadway, Nashville 615-898-5532 | mtsu.edu/art

• Jan. 21 - Feb. 15: Illustration Artist Chris Schweizer

OZ ARTS

6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville 615-350-7200 | ozartsnashville.org

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THE PARTHENON

224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-577-7710 hatchshowprint.com

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1900 Belmont Blvd.., Nashville belmont.edu/omore

• Local, regional and national artists on display.

• Thru Jan. 12: Moonlightin’: The Artwork of Hatch Show Print’s Designers/ Printers

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LEIPER’S CREEK GALLERY

Rotating exhibits throughout the year.

2500 West End Ave., Nashville 615-862-8431 | nashville.gov/parks • Permanent: The Cowan Collection of American Art

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• Jan. 9 - Feb. 29: Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom

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644 W. Iris Drive, Nashville 615-352-3316 yorkandfriends.com

• More than 30 artists on display capturing fine Southern living.

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eline Dion is undeniably one of the most powerful vocal talents in music history. The Canadian songbird’s first English-language album, Unison, was released in 1990 carving a path to a decade of worldwide fame. She’s scored a string of international number-one hits, including “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” “I’m Your Angel” and “My Heart Will Go On.” Dion’s Courage World Tour — in support of her new album, Courage (released Nov. 15, 2019) — is the artist’s 14th concert tour. The 20-song setlist is a luscious cornucopia of material from both her English and French albums. Billboard magazine calls the two-hour concert “stunning and showstopping.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 - $199.50. Call 615-770-2000 or visit bridgestonearena.com.

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THINGS TO DO: MUSIC LISTINGS • Jan. 13, 20 & 27: The Time Jumpers 8 p.m. $20 • Jan. 15: Nashville miniFEST 6:30 p.m. $15 • Jan. 16: The Petty Junkies 8 p.m. $12 • Jan. 17: Mandy Barnett 7 p.m. $20 • Jan. 18: The Eaglemaniacs 8 p.m. $20 • Jan. 19: Cory Wong with Scott Mulvahill 8 p.m. $22.50 • Jan. 22: Bailen 8 p.m. $15 • Jan. 23: Anderson Council: A Pink Floyd Experience Performs The Wall 7:30 p.m. $10 • Jan. 24: The Shawn Camp Band 7 p.m. $12 • Jan. 25: Resurrection: A Journey Tribute 8 p.m. $20 - $60 • Jan. 29: Gale Mayes 7 p.m. $10 • Jan. 30: Roger Cook and Friends 7:30 p.m. $20 • Jan. 31: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram’s Fish Grease 2: A Juke Joint Tour 8 p.m. $17.50

THE BASEMENT

1604 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville 615-645-9174 thebasementnashville.com

• Jan. 6: Radkey & Taco Mouth 9 p.m. $10 • Jan. 7, 21 & 28: New Faces Night 8 p.m. Free • Jan. 11: Strung Like a Horse & Cosmic Shift with Flying Buffaloes. 9 p.m. $10 adv/$12 dos • Jan. 14: Lucifer 8 p.m. $15 • Jan. 15: The High Divers + Cicada Rhythm 9 p.m. $10 • Jan. 16: Fox Grin, Apollo Wild, Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts 9 p.m. $10 • Jan. 18: SCR 7 p.m. $6 adv/$8 dos • Jan. 19: Them Coulee Boys 8 p.m. $6 adv/$8 dos • Jan. 25: Delivered: The Fragmented Memories of a Former Streetwalker with The Bittersweets 7 p.m. $13 adv/$15 dos • Jan. 30: Kashena Sampson, Jeff Shepherd 9 p.m. $7 adv/$10 dos • Jan. 31: Samuel Herb with Kalsey Kulyk 7 p.m. $6 adv/$8 dos

THE BASEMENT EAST

917 Woodland St., Nashville 615-645-9174 thebasementnashville.com

Jenny Gill plays 3rd & Lindsley on Wednesday, Jan. 8. 3RD & LINDSLEY

818 Third Ave. S., Nashville 615-259-9891 | 3rdandlindsley.com • Jan. 3: 1971 - The Greatest Year in Music 7:30 p.m. $20 - $200 • Jan. 4: Vinyl Radio with Irrashional 8 p.m. $17 • Jan. 5: Creature Comfort + Hollis Brown 8 p.m. $10 • Jan. 6: Emily West with The Whiskey Wolves of the West 8 p.m. $12 • Jan. 7: A Night of James Taylor Music featuring Gene Miller and an All-Star

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Band 7:30 p.m. $12 • Jan. 8: Jenny Gill 7 p.m. $10 • Jan. 8: Blackie & the Rodeo Kings 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 9: Jaime Kyle and Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise with Levon, Jamie Houston and Todd Sharp 8 p.m $15 • Jan. 10: Tim Akers & The Smoking Section 8 p.m. $20 • Jan. 11: 12 Against Nature & Make Me Smile 7:30 p.m. $20 • Jan. 12: Jon Stickley Trio & Sticks ‘n Thorns 8 p.m. $10

• Jan. 2: Hinder with Kiss Kiss Bang 8 p.m. $20 adv/$23 dos • Jan. 3: Beast Street Band: A Nashville Tribute to Bruce Springsteen 8 p.m. $10 • Jan. 4: The Nu Years Party: Nu Metal Night featuring tributes to KORN, Disturbed, Godsmack, Slipknot, Systom of a Down and more 8 p.m. $10 • Jan. 9: Dick-Hemby with Jackson Dean 8 p.m. $10 adv/$12 dos • Jan. 10: The Emo Night Tour 9 p.m. $12 adv/$15 dos • Jan. 11: A Live Music Tribute to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 8 p.m. $7 adv/$10 dos • Jan. 15: Give to Live benefit concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Nashville 6 p.m. $25

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• Jan. 16: Drunken Angels - A Lucinda Williams Tribute 8 p.m. $10 • Jan. 18: Juliana Hatfield with Sunshine Boys 9 p.m. $20 adv/$25 dos • Jan. 19: The Rally Club with Harpooner & Roanoke 8 p.m. $6 adv/$10 dos • Jan. 20: Citizen Cope 8 p.m. $41 • Jan. 21: Rip with The New Respects 8 p.m. $20 • Jan. 23: Charley Crockett with Jaime Wyatt 8 p.m. $15 • Jan. 24: North Mississippi Allstars with Southern Avenue 9 p.m. $22 adv/$25 dos • Jan. 25: Nordisa Freeze’s Space Prom 3 9 p.m. $17 adv/$20 dos • Jan. 28: Dirty Honey — Rolling 7s Tour with The Amazons 8 p.m. $15 • Jan. 30: Beach Fossils with Negative Gemini 9 p.m. $15 adv/$18 dos

THE BLUEBIRD CAFE

4044 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville 615-383-1461 | bluebirdcafe.com Unless otherwise noted, there is no cover charge for shows, but there is a $10 food/drink minimum per person

• Jan. 2: Kevin MaC, Jacob Lyda, David Tolliver and Larry McCoy 6 p.m. • Jan. 4: Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Don Schlitz benefit for Alive Hospice 9:30 p.m. $125 • Jan. 5: Kevin So 6 p.m. • Jan. 6 & 13: Open Mic with Barbara Cloyd 6 p.m. • Jan. 7: Marisa McKaye and Friends 6 p.m. • Jan. 8: Manon Ward and Friends 6 p.m. • Jan. 10: Shannon Cain and Friends 6:30 p.m. •Jan. 11 Jeff Cohen and Friends benefit for Alive Hospice (cover charge TBA) • Jan. 15: Eric Haines and Friends 6 p.m. • Jan. 16: Allie Colleen, Jimmy Charles, Melissa Bollea and Goose Gossett 6 p.m. • Jan. 17: E. Marlowe and Friends 6:30 p.m. • Jan. 18: Victoria Shaw and Friends benefit concert for Alive Hospice 6:30 p.m. (cover charge TBA) • Jan. 19: Craig Wiseman 8 p.m. • Jan. 20 & 27: Mike Henderson Band with Michael Rhodes and Kevin McKendree 9:30 p.m. $15 • Jan. 22: Tommy Karlas, Clint Daniels, Trent Willmon and Michael White 6 p.m. • Jan. 24: Don Gallardo and Friends 6:30 p.m. • Jan. 25: Roger Cook and Friends benefit concert of Alive Hospice 6:30 p.m. (cover charge TBA) • Jan. 26: John Salaway & The Stones River Saints 6 p.m. • Jan. 29: Stacia Watkins and Friends 6 p.m. • Jan. 30: Kaleen Watt and Friends 6 p.m. • Jan. 31: Neal Carpenter and Friends 6:30 p.m.


BRIDGESTONE ARENA

501 Broadway, Nashville 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

• Jan. 13: Celine Dion 7:30 p.m. $49.50 - $199.50 • Jan. 24: Miranda Lambert 7 p.m. $34.75 - $89.75 • Jan. 28: Chance the Rapper 7 p.m. $59.50 - $215 • Jan. 29: Tool 7:30 p.m. $64.70 - $150 • Jan. 31: Winter Jam 7 p.m. $15

CANNERY BALLROOM

1 Cannery Row, Nashville 615-251-3020 | mercylounge.com All shows are 18+ unless otherwise noted

• Jan. 16: Motion City Soundtrack with Mat Kerekes and Hard 8 p.m. $32.50 (all ages) • Jan. 17: Wale 8 p.m. $26 - $28 • Jan. 23: Matoma and Two Friends 8 p.m. $25.50 - $31 • Jan. 25: Colony House 6 p.m. $20 $30 (all ages) • Jan. 28: The Glorious Sons 7:30 p.m. $25 - $99 • Jan. 30: Black Flat 8 p.m. $25 • Jan. 31: Whitney 8 p.m. $25

CITY WINERY

609 Lafayette St., Nashville 615-324-1010 | citywinery.com

• Jan. 1: Langhorne Slim & Friends 8 p.m. $22 - $35 • Jan. 2: Natural Wonder - The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience 8 p.m. $15 - $25 • Jan. 4: Jon B 7 & 10 p.m. $30 - $40 • Jan. 8: JAZZ IS PHSH 8 p.m. $15 $20 • Jan. 9: Albert Lee & Laurence Juber 8 p.m. $20 - $25 • Jan.10: Taylor Hicks performs Rod Stewart’s Classic Hits 8 p.m. $25 - $35 • Jan 12: Jesse Cook 8 p.m. $30 - $38 • Jan. 18: Gaby Moreno with Freddy and Francine 8 p.m. $15 - $20 • Jan. 19: Jack Pearson, Bryan Sutton, Pat Alger, The Don Juans and more 7 p.m. $25 - $35 • Jan 20: Yuna 7 p.m. $35 - $45 • Jan. 25: Billy Joel Tribute THE STRANGER featuring Mike Santoro 8 p.m. $20 - $28 • Jan. 26: The Steel Wheels 7 p.m. $15 - $25 • Jan. 29: Jake Shimabukuro 8 p.m. $40 - $50 • Jan. 30: Jackipierce 8 p.m. $25 - $35 • Jan. 31: Taj Mahal Quartet 6:30 & 10 p.m. $65

CMA THEATER

224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-760-6556 | cmatheater.com • Jan. 17: An Evening with Ronnie Milsap 8 p.m. $39.50 - $84.50

Singer/songwriter extraordinaire Victoria Shaw performs a benefit concert for Alive Hospice at the Bluebird Cafe on Saturday, Jan. 18. COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All of these performances are free with museum admission ($25.95 adults, free ages 18 & younger in Davidson & surrounding counties) • Jan. 5: Matthew Lee 1 p.m. • Jan. 11: Austin Jenckes 11:30 a.m. • Jan. 12: Pete Finney 1 p.m. • Jan. 19: Josh Wooten 1 p.m. • Jan. 25: Dylan Brady & Joe Don Rooney 11:30 a.m. • Jan. 26: Giri and Uma Peters 1 p.m.

THE COWAN

500 Cowan St., Nashville 615-777-3007 topgolf.com/us/nashville/ upcoming-events

• Jan. 7: Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime 7 p.m. $15 adv/$20 dos • Jan. 17: Brooklyn Charmers - The Music of Steely Dan 7 p.m. $12 adv/$15 dos • Jan. 24: The Cold Stares with The Wans 8 p.m. $8 adv/$10 dos • Jan. 26: Sleeping with Sirens - The Medicine Tour with Set it Off, Belmont and Point North 6 p.m. $28 adv/$32 dos • Jan. 28: British Lion 7 p.m. $23.50 adv/$28.50 dos • Jan. 29: Atmosphere: The Wherever Tour 7 p.m. $20 adv/$25 dos

THE END

2219 Elliston Place, Nashville 615-321-4457 | endnashville.com All shows are 18+ (unless otherwise noted)

• Jan. 3: Vision 2020 feat. Stasney, Tina G., Teri Bristol, Sari Postal, Deebo & Znataraja 9 p.m. $10 • Jan. 8: Huron John with Luke Post, Claire Ernst & Secondhand Sound 8 p.m. $5 • Jan. 9: Midtones with Willis & Watkins 9 p.m. $7 • Jan. 10: Mammoth with Chlsy, Henry Park & The Young 7:30 p.m. $5 • Jan. 15: Starfruit with Masek Porter & Leaving Cardboard Houses 8 p.m. $5 • Jan. 16: Bigwig 25th Anniversary Tour 7:30 p.m. $17 adv/$20 dos • Jan. 17: Keota with Humorme & Meesh 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 18: Mike Recine with Katherine Blandord and Darian Irwin 9 p.m. $10 • Jan. 19: Smile Empty Soul, Very Alora, Spiral Crush and Paronism 8 p.m. $12 adv/$15 dos • Jan. 23: Dying in Deisgner with Lil Extra 7 p.m. $13 adv/$15 dos • Jan. 24: Rosalie & The Warriors with Symptom of the Universe 9 p.m. $7 • Jan. 26: Shadow of Intent, Signs of The Swarm, Inferi and Brand of Sacrifice 7 p.m. $15 adv/$18 dos • Jan. 27: Awake at Last with A Light Divided 7 p.m. $12 adv/$14 dos

• Jan. 5: Scarface 9 p.m. $25 • Jan. 9: Sam Johnston 8 p.m. $12 $14 • Jan. 10: Unknown Hinson 9 p.m. $20 - $25 • Jan. 11: Industrial Night, Vol. 2 9 p.m. $10 - $15 • Jan. 15-16: Lauren Alaina 9 p.m. $22 • Jan. 17: Too Many Zooz 9 p.m. $18 - $20 • Jan. 18: Welshly Arms with The Unlikely Candidates 8:30 p.m. $18 - $20 • Jan 19: Happy Birthday Dolly! A Tribute Show Benefitting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 7 p.m. $15 • Jan. 22: Erin McLendon 8 p.m. $10 - $15 • Jan. 24: Bre Kennedy 8 p.m. $10 $12 • Jan. 29: Surf Curse 8 p.m. $16 - $18 • Jan. 30: Parker McCollum 8 p.m. $20 • Jan. 31: Kalie Shorr 8 p.m. $10 - $15

FRANKLIN THEATRE

419 Main St., Franklin 615-538-2076 | franklntheatre.com

• Jan. 24: Brubeck Brothers Quartet 8 p.m. $55 - $71 • Jan. 27: Gateway Chamber Orchestra 7:30 p.m. $25 - $40 • Jan. 30: Boots & Bears Songwriters Night featuring Clay Walker, High Valley, Lee Brice, Brian Davis and Michelle Wright 7:30 p.m. $40 - $100 • Jan. 31 - Feb. 1: Rikky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder 8 p.m. $58.50 - $67.50

EXIT/IN

2208 Elliston Place, Nashville 615-321-3340 | exitin.com All shows are 18+

• Jan. 4: The Pink Spiders 8 p.m. $12 - $15

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Nashville Symphony 7 p.m. Thu, 8 p.m. Fri - Sat $57 - $168 • Jan. 19: Let Freedom Sing 7 p.m. Free • Jan. 21: Guerrero Conducts NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic 7:30 p.m. $24 - $63 • Jan. 24: Voctave: The Corner of Broadway and Main Street 8 p.m. $60 - $109 • Jan. 26: The Time They Are AChangin’: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan 7:30 p.m. $35 - $77 • Jan. 28 & 31: Celebrate Beethoven 6 p.m. Tue, 10:30 a.m. Fri (price TBA) • Jan. 30 - Feb. 1: Romantic Rhapsodies Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $24 - $131

919 Broadway, Nashville 615-244-3340 | fristartmuseum.org All performances are free • Jan. 10: Tim Gartland 6 p.m. • Jan. 23: Mandolin Master Mike Compton 6 p.m. • Jan. 24: Choro Nashville 6 p.m. • Jan. 30: Shelby Bottom Duo 6 p.m. • Jan. 31: Larysa Jaye 6 p.m.

THE HIGH WATT

1 Cannery Row, Nashville 615-251-3020 | mercylounge.com All shows are 18+

• Jan. 9: Jerzy., Brady Alan & Abby Robertson 8 p.m. $7 - $10 • Jan. 10: Matthew Mayfield 8 p.m. $15 - $20 • Jan. 11: Chance McCoy 8 p.m. $12 - $15 • Jan. 16: Tony Macalpine 7 p.m. $20 • Jan. 17: The Tenders 8 p.m. $10 • Jan. 22: Neal Francis with Meth Dad 8 p.m. $12 - $15 • Jan. 23: Mike & The Moonpies with The Vegabonds 8 p.m. $12 - $15 • Jan. 24: Bit Brigade Performs Mega Man III 8 p.m. $12 •Jan. 27: Ben Lee with Spring Summer 8 p.m. $15 • Jan. 29: Ryan McMullan with Ken Yates 8 p.m. $10 - $15 • Jan. 30: Kyd the Band 8 p.m. $10 • Jan. 31: Charli Adams 8 p.m. $12

THE STATION INN

402 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-255-3307 | stationinn.com

• Jan. 11: Sam Bush & The Travelin’ McCourys 8 p.m. $26 - $59 •Jan. 23: Chris Lane with Blanco Brown and Ernest 8 p.m. $15 - $129

• Every Sunday: Gospel Music with Val Storey, Larry Cordle & Mike Rogers 4 p.m. $15 • Every Sunday: Bluegrass Jam 8 p.m. Free • Every Monday: New Monday with Val Storey, Carl Jackson, Larry Corlde and Friends 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 3: Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 4: David Peterson & 1946 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 9: John Oates 9 p.m. $25 • Jan. 11: Sister Sadie 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 18: The Price Sisters 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 21: 45RPM 8 p.m. $15 • Jan. 22: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 24: Mile Twelve 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 30: Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 9 p.m. $15 • Jan. 31: Larry Stephenson Band 9 p.m. $15

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1 Cannery Row, Nashville 615-251-3020 | mercylounge.com All shows are 18+ unless otherwise noted

• Jan. 7: The Almost with All Get Out, Ghost Atlas and Rowdy 7 p.m. $18 $20 • Jan. 10: Ron Pope with Caroline Spence 8 p.m. $25 - $75 • Jan. 11: Runaway Gin 8 p.m. $12 $15 • Jan. 16: Nightly with Thewldlfe and Sawyer 8 p.m. $12 (all ages) • Jan. 17: Blake Ruby with Jackson Wooten, The Dune Flowers and Never Ending Fall 8 p.m. $10 - $12 • Jan. 27: Nada Surf with The Lees of Memory 8 p.m. $20 - $22 • Jan. 30: Anamanaguchi 9 p.m. $20 • Jan. 31: Henhouse Prowlers and The Wooks with the Kyle Tuttle Band 8 p.m. $10 - $20

OZ ARTS

6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville 615-352-7200 | ozartsnashville.org

• Jan. 31 - Feb. 1: Stew & Heidi: Notes of a Native Song 8 p.m. $30

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Broadway, film and TV star Mandy Patinkin is in concert at TPAC on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

• Jan. 28: TAO: Drum Heart 7:30 p.m. $35 - $55 • Jan. 29: Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries 7:30 p.m. $39.50 - $69.50

WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM • Jan. 23: Loverboy with The Tubes 7:30 p.m. $39.50 - $59.50 • Jan. 24 - 25: Opry at the Ryman 7 p.m. $40 - $119 • Jan. 27: Aaron Lewis 7:30 p.m.$39 - $49

301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

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• Jan. 3 - 4: Opry at the Ryman 7 p.m. $40 - $119 • Jan. 5: School of Rock 7 p.m. $12 - $52 • Jan. 10 - 11: Opry at the Ryman 7 p.m. $40 - $119 • Jan. 12: Tanya Tucker & Friends 7:30 p.m. $30 - $45 • Jan. 17 - 18: Opry at the Ryman 7 p.m. $40 - $119

• Jan. 3: Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert 8 p.m. $24 - $89 • Jan. 5: Ashanti 7:30 p.m. $40 - $80 • Jan. 7: Drumline Live 7:30 p.m. $30 - $70 • Jan. 10 - 12: Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet 8 p.m. Fri - Sat, 2 p.m. Sun $35 - $146 • Jan. 16 - 18: Foreigner with the

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• Jan. 11: The Lantern Tour II featuring Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Douglas, Steve Earle and Amy Ray 8 p.m. $59.50 - $129.50

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HAMILTON TPAC’s Jackson Hall 505 Deaderick St., Nashville Thru Sunday, Jan. 19 Seats are still available to this epic Broadway sensation, and they’re going for $500+ a pop. Try your luck with the digital lottery ($10 seats)!

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very once in a while a Broadway musical eplodes in popularity in ways that are stunning. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton became an immediate hit when it opened on Broadway in April 2015. It tells the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, with a diverse set of music blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway. It’s no secret that initial ticket sales went like gangbusters. There are still tickets available, but they’re all at the $500 mark. There’s a digital lottery in place for every performance — 40 tickets are available for $10 each (limit two per person). To participate in the lottery, download the Hamilton app at hamiltonmusical.com/app or visit hamiltonmuiscal.com/lottery to register. Show times are Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org.

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The National Ballet of Hungary and International Champion Ballroom dancers perform a Salute to Vienna on Friday, Jan. 3 at the Schermerhorn. ALADDIN JR.

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Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Sat 4 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. $13 - $25. Discover “A Whole New World” in this updated version of the Disney classic.

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $16 students, $14 children. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. The musical about life among the Jewish community of a pre-revolutionary Russian village and the poor milkman determined to find husbands for his five daughters.

OZ Arts at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $37 $72. This collaborative work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs and composer David Lang explores life after death.

Jan. 18 - 19 | All ages 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com

ALICE IN THE WINTER WONDERLAND

Saturday, Jan. 11 | All ages eventbrite.com

Divine Diamond Dolls at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary, 626 Russell St., Nashville. 6 p.m. $15 adults, $5 children, free ages 5 & younger. Divine Diamond Dolls present their first recital showing many dance styles.

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Jan. 10 - 26 | All ages 615-904-2787 | boroarts.org

Jan. 31- Feb. 15 | Ages 8+ 615-563-2787 | artscenterofcc.com

CABARET (HIGH SCHOOL EDITION)

GODSPELL

Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 7 p.m. $13 $25. This musical explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Actors Point Theatre Company at Myer’s Front Porch, 162 E. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. $18 adults, $16 students, $14 children. A musical telling of the Gospel of Matthew.

Sunday, Jan. 19 | Ages 13+ 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com

Jan. 30 - Feb. 8 | All ages 615-431-9620 actorspointtheatre.com

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Saturday, Jan. 18 | All ages 615-350-7200 | ozartsnashville.org

DISNEY’S ALADDIN KIDS

Jan. 17 - 18 | All ages 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Fri 5 & 7:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. $13 - $25. Act Too Players take you to Agrabah for the adventure of the street rat who became a prince.


HAMILTON

Thru Jan. 19 | Ages 10+ 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. Remaining seats are limited and range from $449 - $499. There will be a digital lottery for $10 seats with details announced close to the opening. It’s the hottest Broadway show in recent years about America’s founding father.

IF YOU FORGET ME

Jan. 7 - 9, 16, 18 - 19 | Ages 12+ nashvillestorygarden.org

Nashville Story Garden at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $15. Following an accident, Kate returns to the comfort of her childhood home in the suburbs to pick up the pieces of her life.

INTO THE WOODS

Sunday, Jan. 19 | Ages 13+ 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 10 a.m., 1, 4 & 7:30 p.m. $13 - $25. Fairytale characters cross paths in this musical about wishes, family and the choices we make.

MACBETH - FRANKLIN

Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 | Ages 12+ 615-255-2273 | nashvilleshakes.org Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Acadey Park Perofrming Arts Center, 112, Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 2:30 p.m. $30 adv/$33 dos (the $100 Royal Package includes reserved parking, prime seating and other perks). Nashville Shakes’ production of the Bard’s most famous tragedies is set in an unforgiving, postapocalyptic world.

MACBETH - NASHVILLE

Jan. 9 - Jan. 26 | Ages 12+ 615-255-2273 | nashvilleshakes.org

Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Troutt Theatre, 2112 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 2:30 p.m. $30 adv/$33 dos (the $100 Royal Package includes reserved parking, prime seating and other perks). Nashville Shakes’ production of the Bard’s most famous tragedies is set in an unforgiving, postapocalyptic world.

MODERN WITCHES

Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 | Ages 12+ 615-306-6183 thebarbershoptheater.com

Tres Brujas Productions at The Barbershop Theater, 4003 Indiana Ave., Nashville. Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. $15 (Thu is pay what you can). Three witches give guidance to a young woman struggling to make a self-tape audition to play Virginia Woolf.

Sam Ashdown plays the title role in Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Macbeth. It’s at Belmont’s Troutt Theatre Jan. 9 - 26, then at the Academy Park Performing Arts Center in Franklin Jan. 30 - Feb. 2.

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THINGS TO DO: THEATER & DANCE LISTINGS

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group of renowned artists have come together to create a brand-new dance/music production called The Day. Dancer Wendy Whelan, cellist Maya Beiser, choreographer Lucinda Childs and composer David Lang present an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys — life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. “It’s based on the idea of life after death. It’s a Jewish mystical concept of what happens when we die and how the soul separates from the body,” says Beiser. “David and I started to work on the piece when Sept. 11, 2001, happened. We were both in New York City at the time right there a few blocks away, so the piece became informed by those events,” she adds. Presented by OZ Arts, the show takes place at TPAC’s Polk Theater on Saturday, Jan. 18. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $37 - $72. For more info, call 615-350-7200 or visit ozartsnashville.org.

SALUTE TO VIENNA

Friday, Jan. 3 | All ages 615-687-6400 | nashvillesymphony.org

National Ballet of Hungary & International Champion Ballroom Dancers at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 8 p.m. $24 - $89. Some of Europe’s finest ballet and ballroom dancers perform while vocalists sing to music performed by the Strauss Symphony of America.

SCHOOLED

Jan. 23 - 24 | Ages 12+ 615-646-9977 dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m. $45 adults, $23 students, $16 ages 12 & younger. What starts as an easy, low-key day for a high school principal turns into one of the longest and craziest of her career.

in a Civil War hospital when a nurse discovers that injured Private Lyons Wakeman is actually Sarah Wakeman, a woman. Should the hospital registry be changed creating proof that women can fight in battle? Or should it stay intact so Sarah can receive her earned pension and her family avoid shame? The play is based on more than 250 military accounts of women who fought as Union soldiers. The audience votes at each performance on how the show should end.

Jan. 3 - 5 | Ages 12+ 615-306-6183 thebarbershoptheater.com

Toot from Minneapolis at The Barbershop Theater, 4003 Indiana Ave., Nashville. 6 - 9 p.m. $10. This open studio performance is part experimental theater, part escape room and part otherworldly puppet show.

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Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 18, 25 & Feb 1 at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.; Sundays, Jan. 26 & Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. $23 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17. A conflict arises

The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. 7 p.m. $5. Twenty-three young performers present a showcase of Shakespeare’s most popular plays as well as music by Nashville’s own Queens of Noise.

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WHORE’S EYE VIEW

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd.., Old Hickory. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. This play is based on the true story of four women who worked in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois, and the danger they faced in the workforce in the 1920s.

Kaitlyn Bailey at The Barbershop Theater, 4003 Indiana Ave., Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 adv/$20 dos. An irreverent dash through 10,000 years of history from a sex worker’s perspective.

Dec. 6 - 22 | Ages 8+ 615-847-0934 lakewoodtheatre.org

TURN OF THE SCREW

TENT IN MY WOODS

SECRET SOLDIERS: CIVIL WAR HEROINES IN DISGUISE Jan. 16 - Feb. 2 | Ages 9+ 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

THESE SHINING LIVES

Jan. 17 - 18 | Ages 5+ 615-818-7358 | thetheaterbug.org

Jan. 24 - 26 | Ages 10+ 615-782-4040 | nashvilleopera.org Nashville Opera at Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. $26 - $85. A young governess travels to an isolated English estate to care for two orphaned children, but something strange is happening. Is it something sinister? Could it be the supernatural? Or is it the governess’ overactive imagination.

Jan. 9 - 11 | Ages 16+ 615-306-6183 thebarbershoptheater.com

YOUNG LOVE

Jan. 16 - 19 | Ages 12+ 615-306-6183 thebarbershoptheater.com

The Dead End Kids at The Barbershop Theater, 4003 Indiana Ave., Nashville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $15. The lives of two high school students become intertwined as they rehearse Romeo and Juliet in a classroom, while in a graveyard, the ups and downs of a couple over the course of 26 years are chronicled.

WAITING IN THE WINGS

Jan. 31 - Feb. 15 | All ages 615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com

Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. Noel Coward’s 50th production chronicles human life in its twilight years.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

The Magical Mystery of Blue Man Group

The colorfully hypnotic trio comes to town next month. Get tickets now before it sells out and experience the euphoric celebration with your kids!

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will never forget the first time I saw a Blue Man Group production in the late ‘90s. It was a jaw-dropping experience that was truly other-worldy in such a profound way. Every subsequent Blue Man Group production I’ve seen has been the same as the shows keep evolving through the years. It’s actually quite tough to fully describe Blue Man Group. They’re kind of indescribable ... one of those things you have to just go experience for yourself to fully understand. But I can say this — they’re an experience your kids (and you!) will LOVE! From their world-famous paint-splatter drumming, to percussive music making on PVC pipes to doing some wicked cool things with giant rolls of toilet paper and having odd Twinkie feasts, a Blue Man Group show sparks a high level of wonder and inspiration while also making statements along the way. None of the actual Blue Men talk (there’s about 100 of them worldwide), but fortunately, I was able to catch up with their senior musical director, Byron Estep, who started his career with the group in 1994 as a member of the band. Estep was wonderfully chatty during our phone conversation recently (he’s currently with the sitting show in Berlin, but he’s involved with the music direction in all Blue Man Group shows, includ-

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ing the tour coming to Nashville in February). One of the biggest questions most people ask is, “What are these guys?” because there’s a lot of mystery surrounding them ... and that mystious element is important. “The ambiguity is actually the point,” says Estep. “You can’t categorize the Blue Man in your head, and that lack of categorization opens your mind for anything. The idea was to find a character that doesn’t fit into any context so we can create our own context onstage during the performance,” he adds. While he refrains from using the word “alien,” Estep does establish that Blue Man characters are from someplace other than our normal life. “They are not of the world that we ordinarily experience,” he says. Science and technology are big themes in the show, and the Blue Men utilize their uniqueness to make their own kind of commentary on a lot of things we take for granted in our normal everyday lives, primarily our interaction with technology. “The Blue Men take an opportunity to hold up a mirror to the society we live in and especially the way we integrate technology into it,” says Estep. Reflecting on modern life, the Blue Men tend to point out some of the absurd ways we interact with technology while acknowledging the love of using it.

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My past experience with Blue Man Group shows has been one of leaving with a renewed since of inspiration and connection with creativity. That’s been a universal audience experience. “One thing I’ve noticed over the years, which is universal, is that it inspires kids,” says Estep. “I have a 6-year-old daughter, and I took her to Blue Man Group for the first time four months ago. A couple days later, she put on a show for us that was clearly inspired by what she had seen onstage.” There’s definitely a special — and undeniably specific — magic and mystery surrounding the world of Blue Man Group. It’s certainly one of the most exciting shows in town next month, and hopefully your family will get to experience a new level of inspiration by seeing it yourselves. — chad young

IF YOU GO: Blue Man Group Feb. 11 - 16; All ages TPAC’s Jackson Hall 505 Deaderick St., Nashville 615-782-4040 | tpac.org Showtimes: Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 - $75


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Enrich your child’s education & fitness outside of the classroom with one of these opportunities.

Photo courtesy of David Deaton Karate.

ACADEMICS

The Tutoring Center

18 Cadillac Drive, Brentwood 615-942-2629 3748 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville (Green Hills) 615-891-3384 300 Indian Lake Blvd.., #2400, Hendersonville 615-991-6811 3411 Memorial Blvd.., #3, Murfreesboro 615-890-6284 mathnasium.com

The Tutoring Center works with students grades K - 12 in math, reading and writing. We work with students on their academic skills and concentration through our patented “Rotational Approach to Learning.” As a company we have a 95 percent success rate for students advancing an entire grade level in six months. Call today for information about our free diagnostic assessment and test consultation.

Mathnasium

The Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids learn math for more than a decade. Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting — our unique approach enables us to effectively explain math concepts and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn!

Providence Christian Academy 410 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro 615-904-0902 | providencechristian.com

We are an inter-denominational Pre-K – grade 12 school. Offering a classical education with a Christian worldview and parental involvement. As our mission statement says, “We are teaching students to seek God’s truth and equipping them with the tools for a lifetime of learning.” We are fully accredited by ACSI, the Association of Christian Schools International and by AdvancED.

5021 Hughes Crossing, Ste. 160, Franklin 615-721-8844 | franklin.tutoringcenter.com franklintn@tutoringcenter.com

ANIMALS/EQUESTRIAN Harris Riding Academy

6331 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro 615-556-7370 | facebook.com/harrisridingacademy lessonshra@gmail.com

Let us take you and your child through the whole horse experience. Programs geared for beginner to show riders, kids to adults, and everything in between. Let us help you achieve your horse dreams. Check us out on Facebook.

ARTS: DANCE

Ann Carroll School of Dance 93 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood 615-790-6468 | anncarrollschoolofdance.com di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com

Check us out in our new location! ACSD is celebrating 50 years of excellence and accommodates its students in a faith-based environment which is responsible for many people in the professional performance

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and teaching worlds. ACSD prides itself on being a place for all to learn. Whether you are looking for a once-a-week class, a competitive team or a pre-professional track, we have something for you.

Dance in Bloom

7982-A Coley Davis Road, Nashville 615-662-4819 | danceinbloom.com

We offer classes for ages 2 and older in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, improv and cheer. Classes are upbeat and fun! Now registering for fall.

Grassland Dance Academy 1111 Battlewood St. , Franklin 615.790-7660 | gdadance.com

Grassland Dance Academy offers a variety of dance classes for all ages and all styles. Dance gives children a creative outlet to enjoy music, learn coordination and rhythm, work on fitness, and most of all, have fun! Ask us about our birthday parties.

School of Nashville Ballet 3630 Redmon St., Nashville 615-297-2966 | nashvilleballet.com

School of Nashville Ballet offers world-class dance instruction to ages 2 and older of every experience level. Students can stretch their imaginations in the Children’s Division, nurture their skill and artistry in the Academy Division and let loose and express themselves in Community Division Youth Classes. More information is available on our website.


ARTS: MUSIC

Mobile Music Academy

615-301-8589 | mobilemusicacademy.com info@mobilemusicacademy.com

Mobile Music Academy offers private music instruction from fun, qualified teachers in your own home. We teach piano, guitar, bass, voice, strings, brass and most other instruments. We offer competitive rates and flexible scheduling with special daytime rates available. We teach all ages, styles and abilities. Serving the Middle TN area. Voted #1 for music instruction!

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org/outofschooldays

The museum boasts lots of fun for kids to explore the history of country music by touring the museum with lots of interactive experiences. Plus, the museum offers several family programs each month ranging from musical instrument introductions to songwriting workshops and lots of other programs reflecting on specific items in the galleries.

ARTS: THEATER

Nashville Children’s Theatre 25 Middleton St., Nashville 615-254-9103 | nashvillect.org

We offer a variety of fun, engaging drama classes throughout the school year, including fall and spring break camps, for ages 4 - 18. Drama school classes take place Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year.

FITNESS/SPORTS Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 615-890-6755 1820 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-893-6003 | bskonline.com | bushido96@aol.com

Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 - adult. Call now to find out how to get one month free with uniform.

David Deaton Karate 761 W. Main St., Hendersonville 615-824-9111 1027 B W. Main St., Lebanon 615-547-1754 1249 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juiet 615-754-6878 daviddeaton.com

All ages can benefit from the curriculum which builds character, confidence, respect and self-discipline. Award-winning leadership and excellence with classes for Little Dragons (4 - 5 years) to adult. Visit today or check the website for more information.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 615-867-6900 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna 615-617-7644 | etcgymnastics.com coachken@etcgymnastics.com

E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

Harvest Martial Arts

595 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 337, Franklin 615-224-3851 | harvestmartialarts.com harvestmartialarts@gmail.com

Harvest Martial Arts is a traditional martial arts school that teaches Han Mu Do and fitness classes to both adults and kids. We have a broad range of classes and a very accessible schedule to make sure that you can attend our martial arts classes at the most convenient time. Located in Historic Downtown Franklin.

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 615-371-5437 | mygym.com/brentwood

We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low student-teacher ratios help children 3 months - 13 years develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

One Goal Sports

714 S. Church St., Murfreesboro 615-896-7309 | onegoalsports.net admin@onegoalsports.net

A non-profit, community-based sports league providing quality sports programming for families in a fun, Christian environment. Now registering for spring soccer, summer T-ball, summer coach pitch, summer flag football and others. Visit our website for more information.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Soccer Leagues • ymcamidtn.org/youth-sports/leagues

YMCA youth soccer leagues encourage each player as they learn sportsmanship, develop their skills and gain a sense of accomplishment, no matter the outcome of the game.

Basketball Leagues ymcamidtn.org/youth-sports/leagues

At the Y, we focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation. Helping your child learn the game in an encouraging environment.

Sports Classes • ymcamidtn.org/youth-sports/classes

Score points with your child by giving them a taste of the fun and excitement of being part of a youth sports team with our introductory six-week classes. Choose from soccer, flag football or basketball.

Swim Lessons • ymcamidtn.org/swim-lessons

The YMCA’s swim lessons use a variety of fun methods to help swimmers of all ages overcome fears and build confidence in the water. Classes are offered year-round for kids of all ages.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd.., Nashville 615-862-5177 | adventuresci.org

Opening minds to the wonder of science for more than 70 years. Plan an adventure for the family including the Sudekum Planetarium, Adventure Tower and soundBox, an immersive exhibit to explore sound and music!

Mr. Bond’s Science Guys 615-573-2702 | mrbondscienceguy.com

Our winter, spring and summer camps inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for science and learning, teaching creative problem-solving skills, teamwork and perseverance in an entertaining, kid-friendly setting. The camps are full- or half-day and are excellent for ages 5 - 12. Sibling discounts are available.

Digital Worlds VR

1945 Mallory Lane, Franklin 615-538-7514 | digitalworldsvr.com

DWVR offers the best true virtual realty experience in the area. Located near CoolSprings Galleria, it’s perfect for family and team outings, birthday parties, homeschool groups and events. You and your family are invited for a free 15-minute demo at our state-of-the-art virtual realty arcade.

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chapel Bible classes prayer inspiration missions Holly Tree of Brentwood 1384 Holly Tree Gap Road Brentwood, TN 37027 615.377.6636

Faith-based child care and preschool

Know y’re what theinto. getting Our competitive sports teams teach kids about perseverance, teamwork, and goal setting. That’s just part of the wellrounded, Christian-based education in life that they get at MTCS from PK-12. Which all leads to 100% placement in colleges. Now that’s what we call a winning team.

Get them into MTCS. differentschool.org

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Stories from readers who want to share a little bit about their lives, loves and everything in between. YOU can share YOUR STORY, too. Turn to page 80 to find out how.

Jessica Smith and her son.

My Body is an Instrument, Not An Ornament by Jessica Smith

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t started out innocently enough. A few times a week, I popped in a workout video while my infant son slept sweetly in his bouncy chair just a few feet from me — his sweaty mama with the burning thighs and aspirations for buns of steel. After a few months, I decided MyFitnessPal and Whole30 would be helpful tools to help me attain a body worthy of admiration and approval, especially after having just birthed a (giant) baby. Once my son was old enough, I joined the YMCA and felt surges of pride when anyone took notice of my dwindling physique. Thus was the beginning of a devastating free-fall into obsession, restriction and exercise addiction. Despite being no stranger to the world of eating disorders, I didn’t see it coming. There isn’t enough space provided here to even begin to scratch

the surface on the underlying issues at play in my personal story, but what I can tell you is that the cultural expectations of a woman’s physical appearance are unrealistic and relentless … especially that of a mother. Throughout your pregnancy you are told, “Eat for two!” and, “Rest while you can!” and sometimes even treated as though you have a debilitating illness: “Don’t carry that/ pick that up/move that way!” Your weight is meticulously assessed without fail at every obstetric appointment. You are continually reminded of a “healthy” range of weight gain, and in some unfortunate circumstances, you are body-shamed. For some women (if not most) this creates a confusing dichotomy between appreciating the changes our bodies undergo and greatly fearing them. Sadly, this isn’t where the scrutiny ends. It gets worse. The minute you manage to get your baby out of your body in the safest manner possible, the countdown begins. Sometimes it’s silent and insidious, sneaking into your psyche via magazine headlines and social media ads. Other times, it’s booming and blatant, spoken bluntly and openly from your mother-in-law or a supermarket stranger (“Oh! You already had your baby! Oops!” You feel overwhelming pressure to “get your body back” (I mean, where did it go, exactly?) and fit into your pre-baby jeans. Forget the fact that you pee when you sneeze and still can’t quite figure out how to swaddle. Society expects you to hurry up and get right back to looking as though … you never had a baby at all. This incessant pressure to look a certain way makes me angry. Our bodies just took two individual cells and created human life, and yet they are only acceptable if they manage to look untouched … unchanged? I am calling BS. Our bodies were meant to change. They will expand, they will contract. They will stretch, and they will sag. They will grow bigger, and sometimes they will stay that way. And it is all good. We are still good. In fact, I personally believe that we are all freakin’ GREAT. I am now recovering from my eating disorder and exercise addiction. I remind myself daily that my body is my instrument, not an ornament. These days, my sweet boy loves to cuddle me. He wraps his arms around my soft, comfortable body. He frequently rests his head on the belly in which he used to reside, and I am filled with contentment and gratitude. And that, dear ladies, is exactly how it is supposed to be.

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My Favorite Memory by Kori Ekberg

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rowing up in Chicago, my Dad used to tie his toboggan to the back of his Bronco and my mom would sit in the trunk with it open and us kids (there were four of us) would hop on! My dad would drive super slow, and we had about four cul de sacs on our street. When we hit those it was so fun to try and hold on! I remember it being my favorite snow memory as a child!

“Children Are a Gift From God” by Ruby Jeffers

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never thought of myself as the maternal or nurturing type growing up; I was number six of nine children. So, I guess I never put much credence in the precept that declared children a gift from God or a blessing. It was just that we had been gifted so many; the family next door had so many, well, about everyone I knew was abundantly blessed. My mother gave me two pieces of advice on the subject. The first, of course, she said, “Yes children are a gift from God,” and the other she exclaimed, “The birth of a child made a woman.” I now know that my mother did not mean to claim a female any less of a woman if she did not bare children. This was only her way of emphasizing the joy of becoming a mother and the happiness she felt when she looked at me. My mother certainly never meant to suggest women who have not borne children could not be filled with contentment and happiness or to declare they could not become the greatest of mothers. I later came to understand that mothers are shaped in many ways, not just through birth. My mother’s limited means of expression was her strongest way of letting me know how much I was loved. I decided early on — before I figured out the real meaning of my mother’s second words of advice — that although having children was not my greatest aspiration, I would have one child to bring forward that I was a woman. I had my first child in my early twenties. In the true fashion of a firsttime mom I was overjoyed. My heart was so swelled full it was as if it would burst. My son was perfect. For the next few years I

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doted on him and worked hard at being a good mother. It was not however until I had my second child later in my twenties that my mother’s words flowed again through my mind and spirit. My little girl and I were inseparable. I know most mothers’ thoughts on this statement is when children are small, girl or boy, separation is impossible, going to the bathroom alone becomes a great feat. Nevertheless, the point is we were close. I went through the next several years living life, raising my children and caring for a family. During this time my mother passed away. I at this point was confident in the woman I had become. When my daughter, Charlie, was in her senior year of high school, I overheard her soundly explaining to some of her girlRuby Jeffers’ daughter. friends how children are a gift from God. I don’t remember the purpose or essence of the conversation, words of advice. It is not about the bearI just remember thinking how ing of a child, it is in rearing of that child, warm those words made me feel. I had not remembered thinking of my mother’s words the ability to place herself in a child is what makes mothers live forever. I thought with of advice in years. a big smile my daughter is me, I am my On Charlie’s graduation night, I sat there mother as she is her mother and it goes on in the arena and my heart swelled to the forever. Then I quietly uttered, “Yes, children max as it had many times over the years. are a gift from God.” The speaker called her name to receive her diploma as the whole family stood to yell our support; I sat with a smile. I knew I had at this late age fully realized my mother’s

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YOUR STORY KIAI Into 40

by Katherine A. Foss

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early four years ago, I did a trial class at the karate dojo where my daughter was enrolled. As a mid-30-something mom, I felt a bit out of place. My crisp, oxy-white gi contrasted with the casual clothes of the onlooking parents. I tried not to let their gaze deter me from at least giving the experience a go. Crowded in the tiny corner practice room, the instructor led me through bows, punches, kicks and turning. In this moment, ungraceful me forgot my awkward movements and uniform insecurity as I focused on what I needed to do, how I could succeed. I kept going to class. After three or four months, I graduated to gold belt and the intermediate class. With my progress and time came new challenges and new friends. My youngest started the kinder-karate class soon after. We have competed in tournaments together, lining up in our gis to represent the school and then later sharing photo ops of our medals and trophies (some participation). The kids have attended parents’ night out at the karate school, special club events that covered everything from handling bullies to Nerf wars and birthday parties in the dojo with their friends. At Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate, my daughters and I have found our place and our people. I have watched my girls grow strong in an environment that nurtures and values hard work. They have learned to trust themselves, that they have strength, and are capable and independent. We have competed together in Local mom Katherine Foss with her children. tournaments, practiced katas (routines for each level) and cheered each other on in exams, knowing too well the nervous excitement of a belt exam. Last spring, I proudly witnessed my 10-year-old earn her black belt after four-and-a-half years of hard work. She completed the four-part exam of service hours, a thoughtful essay, the fitness test and finally, the federation exam. Karate brings us together and gives us shared experiences. As I am about to test for my black belt, I owe so much to the instructors and that initial experience along with the years since. Karate has given me community, focus, discipline and an opportunity to connect with people across age and occupation, including my children.

“Enjoy Them! They Grow Up So Fast!” by Janae Johnson

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f you’re a new mom or mom of littles, you have more than likely heard this from older people. Truth is, as much as it annoyed me when I was exhausted and wearing baby spit-up like a fashion accessory, those words have always stuck with me and motivated me to take parenthood one day — sometimes one minute — at a time and try my best to enjoy the journey. The infant days are a blur and, honestly, I don’t remember enough to know if I did enjoy the diaper stage. Currently, I feel like I’m in that sweet spot of parenting. That wonderful, victorious stage between diapers and driver’s licenses. They can feed, clothe, bathe themselves and still think I’m kind of cool. I’m purposely slowing down in the season of life and enjoying them. Those older people are right! If the time that has passed from infant to now is any indication of the future, this stage will be over way quicker than I desire. Janae Johnson and her kids. Right now, they are learning and growing and discovering their talents, gifts and desires. All I can do is pray, encourage, and care for them to the best of the ability God provides for me and enjoy them. Truly, carefully, intentionally and purposely enjoying them. These spectacular tiny humans are only little for a little while. (please turn the page)

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YOUR STORY Whenever My Sons Play in the Snow ... by Ronald Lau

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rowing up in a tiny Wisconsin dairy town of 800 people, I was no stranger to cold and snow. Boy, did we get a lot of it, and with the frigid temps, the snow lasted all winter. My grandparents owned the town’s only diner / tavern which had a big parking lot that constantly needed to be plowed. Clearing all that snow led to massive piles rising to a dozen feet or more — absolute paradise for kids during long northern winters. My brother and I loved to dig snow caves in these piles, big and complicated, with many tunnels and slides. In doing so, we often found buried treasure ... precious aluminum cans that Ronald Lau’s grandparents owned this diner when it was Hank’s Bar. The snow piles we could recycle for 5 cents each. from Lau’s story were under the large spruce tree to the left. Strangely, though, the beer cans were often full and usually not frozen solid as they should be. Beer was yucky tasting, but we couldn’t understand Many years later, the uncles confirmed their long-running decepgrown-ups losing full cans of it. No matter, we enjoyed shaking the tion. My brother and I caused them a lot of trouble, but not enough cans until they burst, spraying everywhere, then we took the empto change their methods. They certainly weren’t going to scold us ties to the grandparents for our valuable nickels. Oddly, the adults of since we dug the necessary snow caves for free! the family never scolded us for smelling like beer. My grandparents and my aunts didn’t seem to notice, as the For many youthful years, my brother and I enjoyed this annual uncles always put the retail value of the beer into the cash register. wintertime activity in naive childhood ignorance. Only as we grew The uncles obviously profited handsomely and led a very “That 70s into adolescence did the truth of those beer cans become apparent. Show” kind of youth. Our teenaged uncles had been secretly bootlegging beer to all of My brother and I were kept sugared up by soda pop and candy their peers from the back door of the tavern! bars all winter long during our single-digit years so we would have Being a large Catholic family of eight siblings, everyone had the energy and desire to dig the important snow cave “drops”. My chores. The uncles had the heavy-lifting chore of keeping beer grandparents sold the tavern and retired by my 10th winter, so it all stocked in tavern coolers from the subterranean cellar where it was ended before I was knowingly involved. stored warm. Under the cover of darkness, those uncles would To this very day, I swear I smell beer whenever my sons play sneak beer into my snow caves, bury it under a few inches of snow, in snow, and the sight of a snowman or snow cave brings all the then contact their underaged customers to covertly pick up the conmemories back. traband. Except sometimes the teens couldn’t locate the beer, or forgot or were scared off by adult activity. That’s how I came across it.

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