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Williamson Parent’s annual Back-to-School Fair, Gordon Jewish Community Center’s new Little Gimmel program, Nashville Ballet’s BOYS CLUB: No Girls Allowed!, nominate your favorites for our Best of Parenting and more.

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83 classes & activities ongoing fun

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Dear Editor, I am writing in response to an editorial letter printed in the July issue of Williamson Parent in which a disgruntled mother complains that her child “lost” the 2013 Cover Kids contest because another mother bought votes. She consumed the page complaining about the unfairness of the situation. She took a different approach in obtaining votes, by soliciting friends, business associates, her mother’s friends and business associates and even passing out flyers in her neighborhood. But isn’t this the same thing? One woman buys votes, another campaigns? At the end of the day your “mother’s business associates” have no idea who your kid is, nor do half the people in your neighborhood. You both are in the wrong, letting vanity and competition turn this into a race for first place. Here’s the dilemma. What happens if you have the cutest kid, but no friends? Or no money? But little Skylar wins because her mother does? Contests likes these shouldn’t even be offered. They are never fair. Point in case, my day care is offering a drawing for a free week’s tuition if I vote for them in the “best child care” race. Are they really the best day care? Or are there too many parents enticed by the freebie? But here is my larger concern. We all know that our youth struggle with peer pressure and popularity. Every year it seems to start at a younger and younger age. Now, I wonder if adults are not contributing to this social dilemma. I think of these things when I see mothers pimping out their children in underage popularity contests. Anonymous

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photo contestS were better “Back in the Day” I would like my voice to be heard on the voting for Cover Kids topic. People are doing crazy things, such as buying votes, making several false accounts, just so their kid can make the cover of your magazine. Not everyone has a social media site in order to get these outrageous amounts of votes in, asking people, drilling people every day ... please vote for my kid! Why can’t the people behind your magazine make the vote instead? I am a very simple, noncomplex person. I am not a member of any social media site. I am sure I am not the only person in the world without a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. I have been able to live without it for 36 years and probably will continue to do so. I have a gorgeous daughter, so why can’t she have a chance? Why does one have to have Facebook and tons of “friends” (real or not) in order to win a contest? Can’t things be how they use to be “back in the day?” Nashville Parent magazine should be the one and only to vote on which children appear on its covers and not have all this unethical/crazy voting going around. Doesn’t make it fair. I am sure, if ya’ll were the ones to make the primary decision, you would definitely have my daughter on your cover. Goes to show, a hidden gem is what you must seek after. Not all these loud, boastful, crude antics parents go through in order for their kid to win. So, I challenge Nashville Parent magazine. Why can’t a simple picture sent to you make the cover? Bonnie P.

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Put out some fresh fruit.

Fruit. It requires no cooking. Each week I buy something different. My kids love bananas, apples and oranges for breakfast. Sometimes they have oatmeal with it, but not always. Marie Ferguson

Cook breakfast meats the night before.

I will cook bacon or sausage the night before and store in Tupperware, then there are the Hungry Jack hashbrowns that are in an egg carton-looking box — just add water — so I do that right before bed. When I wake, I cook the hashbrowns for three minutes, heat sausage or bacon up and cook everyone’s eggs (although I use a big skillet) at once. Gina Reel

Go for portable options.

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Make whole grain foods to refrigerate.

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Kids of Separated Parents. After spending time with your ex, your child comes back with an attitude. How do you avoid this or help with the transition? Different rules are the culprit. Try settling on the same parenting style and set of rules. You basically have to react based on the child. What may work for one may not work for another. I have that problem with my daughter some times, but I think it’s just because her dad and I have different rules and tolerance levels. I am a lot more laid back, where he is much more strict. When she comes back it’s almost like she loses her mind for a few days because she has so much freedom. The biggest thing for me is to have good communication between the parents and always have a united front when it comes to her. We are both her parents and both of us need to be involved when there is a behavioral problem. If it goes on for more than a couple days, I call her dad and we both discuss it with her over the phone, sometimes via Facetime. She is 6 now and doesn’t have as hard of a time (we’ve been split since she was 9 months) but coming from a split home myself, this can last all the way up to forever. I think I always had an attitude when I came home from visiting with my father even through my teens. Just try to be understanding and try different methods until you find what works for you and your child. CAITLYN LORD YASIKA

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My 1-year-old has a forked tongue. He has no issue with chewing or swallowing, but I fear he may have speech problems down the road. Should I be worried? A 1-year-old with a “forked tongue” has a tight frenulum which is the band of tissue under the tongue attaching it to the floor of the mouth. Usually the dimpling of the tip of the tongue is most noticeable when the child sticks out (protrudes) the tongue. The condition is often referred to as tongue tie. The time of life when tongue tie is most likely to be a problem is the newborn period when breastfeeding may be affected. Lactation consultants frequently worry over the effect the tight frenulum has on successful nursing. However, at 1 year old this is no longer a concern. Occasionally, if the tongue tie is severe, speech can be affected and the recommendation will be made to cut (clip) the frenulum. Since your 1-year-old does not have enough language to know if speech sounds will be affected, the best way to predict the problem is to observe when your child sticks out his tongue. If the tip of the tongue reaches beyond the front teeth, your child will probably be able to form all the necessary speech sounds and I would not recommend clipping the tongue at present. At 12 months old, the procedure would require sedation to perform it safely and humanely. Sometimes, if your child is having another procedure with anesthesia such as ear tube insertion for recurring ear infections, clipping the tongue can be done at the same time if tongue protrusion seems to be a problem.

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Active children always have bruises because they are constantly crawling over objects, wrestling, climbing and falling. As a general rule, if most of the bruises are on the legs below the knee and on the arm beyond the elbow and are shallow (meaning you cannot feel a deep mass under the bruise), there is probably no reason for concern. If your child has deep bruises or frequent bruises on other areas of the body that are not explained by known trauma, I would discuss this with your pediatrician. If your pediatrician states that the bruising requires further evaluation, usually blood work is ordered. The blood work determines if the blood is clotting normally and if the bone marrow is producing the normal cells such as platelets which are required for normal blood clotting. Most of the time the child’s blood work does not show a specific abnormality that leads to the bruising and everyone is relieved. However, there are many rare conditions that can cause low platelets or abnormal bone marrow or prolonged blood clotting, and these should be ruled out by the laboratory evaluation. Vitamin deficiency is NOT likely to be the reason for easy bruising. Vitamin deficiency is a very popular reason for almost any abnormal human condition, but I doubt it is involved with this bruising.

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kids health

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ven if summer’s been marvelous, come the first day of school, most moms and dads are grateful for the return of routine for the kids! Here’s helpful health advice for a smooth start:

BACKPACKS Plenty of kids trudge through their days with backpacks just so they don’t have to deal with a a too-tight locker. But the pack shouldn’t weigh more than one-fifth of a child’s weight, says Ari Brown, M.D., F.A.A.P., spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediactrics. Check your child’s backpack periodically to determine if everything’s needed daily in there, and encourage him to use a lighter load. SPECIAL HEALTH NEEDS If your child has asthma or a food allergy, appropriate medications like an EpiPen or inhaler should be readily accessible throughout the school day. While some schools insist these items be kept by the school nurse, many schools no longer employ one, so make sure your child always knows where his items are. FIRST DAY PREVIEW Kids thrive on routine, says Brown, especially kids with special needs. Be sure to check with your child’s teacher before the first day of school to learn his schedule and so you can review it with him: when the day starts, meal and snack times, free play and storytime, etc., as well as where YOU will be during school hours. This helps kids feel more secure and better equipped to manage transitions. SCHOOL BUS SAFETY Introduce yourself to your child’s bus driver and give a once over to seat arrangements. Kids should be separated by ages on buses. Talk to your child about appropriate behavior on the bus and suggest that he pick a buddy to ride with every day to help prevent negative experiences. SCHOOL LUNCHES Schools usually provide parents with a

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month’s worth of lunch menus. Review the lunches with your child and talk about healthy fare. Many kids prefer Mom or Dad to pack lunch so they get what they want; it’s more affordable, too. Also, make a point to have lunch at least once with your child in the cafeteria. It can be a very enlightening experience! Establish guidelines at home for positive food choices for when your child buys. STUDY AND SCREEN TIME Brown says homework MUST be separated from screen time unless the work requires a computer. If a child is studying in the kitchen, it doesn’t help if Mom is cooking with a TV on, either. Establish homework rules you can all agree on, i.e., 20 minutes of work, a 10 minute break, 20 minute more, etc. SLEEP Busy kids don’t get enough sleep these days, leaving their brains to work at partial capacity. See to it that your family gets the sleep it needs. Kids ages 5 - 9 need 10 to 11 hours a night; kids ages 10 - 14 need nine to 10 hours; kids ages 14 - 18 need eight to nine hours. KNOW YOUR CHILD’S FRIENDS When you’re involved in your child’s social life (and you know the parents of your kids’ friends), it can actually lessen the amount of risky behaviors they engage in, Brown says. Additionally, some kids need help in choosing friends, and often Mom and Dad can be the “ice breakers” by introducing themselves to the parents. Step up to the plate and make sure your child is making good choices. HOME ALONE KIDS A child who is home alone after school should be at least 12, Brown says, depending upon his maturity level. He should be able to follow an explicit plan for what is and what is not allowed. Be sure all of your kids know your house rules ... What’s that? You haven’t made them clear? Time to do that!


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oin Williamson Parent for the annual Back-to-School Fair at Cool Springs Galleria on Saturday, Aug. 24! This fun family event helps you get your kids ready for another fun-filled year of learning as you take in a fashion show, discover after-school enrichment programs (including music, dance, tutoring, sports and more) and see live performances by local arts schools. In addition, an array of mom stuff is on tap, including beauty, health, wellness and work-from-home opportunities. While you’re there, be sure to register for giveaways. Thousands of dollars worth of goodies is up for grabs! The Back-to-School Fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free. Cool Springs Galleria is located at 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. Learn more at 256-2158 or nashvilleparent.com.

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ome September, 2- and 3-year old tots will have a new program to prep them for regular preschool at the Gordon Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC). “Little Gimmel” (“gimmel” is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet) will offer part-time preschool with two of the center’s teachers and will give tiny tots a “taste” of preschool life. Programs are registering now. The program introduces wee ones to the ECLC’s curriculum as well as allowing for outdoor exploration of the 52acre campus’s playground. With its opening, Little Gimmel will be held in two 12-week sessions beginning Monday, Sept. 30 (the second session begins in January 2014). The 2-year-old option is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays; the 3-year-old option is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Classes take place from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tuition is $630 for 2-year-olds, $950 for 3-year-olds. The center is located at 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville, between Belle Meade and Bellevue. For more information, to set up a tour or to register, contact Executive Director Melissa Worthington at 354-1626 or melissa@ nashvillejcc.org.

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Pondering the private school option for your child’s education? Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 28 when Nashville Parent’s annual Private School Fair takes place at the Adventure Science Center (ASC) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Representatives from more than 50 independent schools in Middle Tennessee will be available to speak one-on-one with parents and prospective students about everything their schools offer — from academics to athletics to arts and more. Admission is free to the fair (regular admission applies to ASC exhibits). Are you a school wanting to secure a booth at the fair? Call 256-2158, ext. 139.

The cost of school supplies, new back-to-school attire and more can really rack up. From Aug. 2 - 4, you can save money during Tennessee’s annual Sales Tax Holiday. Shop tax free for clothing ($100 or less), including everything from underwear, outerwear, jackets, belts, coats, shoes and uniforms. School supplies are also exempt as well as school art supplies like paints, brushes and drawing pads. Need a new computer? Now’s the time to get one; it is tax free as well as long as it’s $1,500 or less. Desktop, laptop and tablet computers are included; stand-alone accessories like keyboards, speakers, and monitors are excluded. For a complete list of tax-free items, visit tntaxholiday.com.

Curious about those parent and tot classes you often hear about? You can try one for free this month with In Harmony Music of Middle Tennessee when it offers trial classes of its Music Together class, the internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants through kindergarteners along with a parent. Classes include instrument play and exploration, movement activities, rhythmic chants and more. The free classes take place Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 at 10:15 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Classes take place at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668-A Central Pike in Hermitage. For more info, contact Carrie Friddell at 390-3207 or visit inharmonymusicmidtn. com.

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community groups are encouraged to make a positive impact on the livability of the Nashville community. The challenge features a threetiered approach: Involved (community involvement), GREEN (environmental heroes) and HEALTHY (well-being advocacy). Your group can log points on an online scoreboard. Awards will be given after the judging deadline of Thursday, Oct. 31. To learn more and to sign up, visit mayorsneighborhoodchallenge. com.

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is stepping out of its usual digs Aug. 8 - 10 to present a large-scale production of Les Miserables in the Factory’s next door Liberty Hall at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $29 - $99, available at 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com. Pediatric Dentistry Specialists Kurt Swauger and Suzanne Wallace welcome Ryan Seaton to their practice that has two locations: 100 Springhouse Court, Ste. 110, Hendersonville (824-5047) and 500 Lentz Drive, Madison (868-9057). Learn more at kurtrswauger.com.

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amilies can enjoy a full day of music and other activities during the I Am What I Am Music Festival for Autism on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Bedford County Ag Center (2119 Midland Road, Shelbyville). From 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., live music takes the stage with more than a dozen bands including The Buddy System, 90 Proof, Raising Cane, Logan Blade and more. The Kid’s Zone features face painting, games, giveaways, superhero character appearances and craft activities. The festival also includes a corn hole tournament, an antique car cruise-in and a live auction. Advance tickets are $5, available at both French’s Shoes and Boots and the Antique Mall in Shelbyville. Tickets at the gate are $10. Some activities require additional fees. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to support programs for local children and families with autism spectrum disorders. For more info, call 931-492-2771 or go to Facebook and search “I Am What I Am Festival.”

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Thirteen-year-old Bishop Mikaellian of Mt. Juliet is fighting a cancerous brain tumor, and the community is rallying around her to raise money to help offset medical expenses. On Saturday, Aug. 10, the Bands for Bishop Music Festival takes place at Charlie Daniels Park (1075 Parkview Drive, Mt. Juliet) from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Performers include Lance Carpenter, Salient, Redemption Creek and others. Additionally, more than 30 vendors will be on hand with food, crafts and more. Children can enjoy games, animals, face painting and fun on the park’s playground. Admission is $10 adults, $5 ages 13 - 18, free ages 12 and younger. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Mikaellian family. Learn more at bands4bishop.com.

The March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary of working to help moms have full-term pregnancies and researching the issues that threaten the health of babies. On Monday, Sept. 9, you can enjoy great eats that raise funds for the nonprofit during The Farmer and the Chef event. This local farm-to-table extravaganza brings together top local chefs from restaurants including Watermark, Silo, Flyte, Etch, Marche, Local Taco, Saffire and more. In addition to fine dining, enjoy wine sampling, entertainment and a live auction. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs (700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin), and space is limited. Individual tickets are $250. Get tickets at 800-7184 or marchofdimes.com/tennessee.

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ockin’ away to the rhythm of the waves on one of the comfy rocking chairs, I seemed to have lost myself in a world of beauty and relaxation. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Northeast Florida is a place filled with fun for all ... with some extra perks here and there, too.

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Pick from one of many outdoor lounge chairs and relax by a fire pit, fountain, pool or just under a palm tree. Did you know, there’s a chair for every bed there is? You don’t have to worry about not finding a place to sit near the pool. Enjoy the breeze and let your mind wander ... until the kids come shouting, “Wake up, Mom! We wanna go out to the beach!” Rent a cabana and chairs out on the sand or just plop right down on the guest towel you grabbed at the pool desk. Remember your room key — it’s how you get in and out from resort to beach. Done playing at the beach? Wash off and return to enjoy the three-tiered swimming area. The

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allows you to hunt for natural treasures along the shore. “Timucuan Indian Tour” lets you explore Walker’s Landing to look for historic Timucuan Indian remnants around a burial mound. You can also learn about the critters that live at the Nature Center during “Critter Encounter.” Enjoy crabbing with naturalists the old-fashioned way, go freshwater fishing on the banks of Aury Island, take on a treasure hunt and more. When your kids are done with the group setting, set out on your own little adventure to find a place to let loose and play around. One of the many paths etched into this serene location leads you to a little hidden area, Aury Island Playground. The play structure is a wooden ship and surrounding it are things to climb on and dig with, swings and more — all nestled in it’s own quiet spot. For more family fun, head over to Heron’s Cove Adventure Golf for a round of friendly putt-putt or over to Camp Amelia for scheduled themed fun for ages 4 - 12. Kids can register to participate in a wide variety of programs at Camp Amelia. Interactive learning excursions are offered as either half-day or full-day sessions and give your kids something fun (and ... shhh! ... educational) to do while on vacation. The newly remodeled Camp Amelia room is also filled with toys, games, a giant dry-erase board and more. The kids are in wonderful care and are sure to have fun while enrolled in one of the activities led by award-winning counselors. Ages 9 - 15 can also take on Junior Adventures. There are plenty of programs for them as well. Teens aren’t left out either. They have their very own room filled with game systems, foosball and more. Teens can hang out and make new friends here. One feature that I’ve never seen at a resort before is unlimited use of a telescope. The hotel has a telescope that guests can use for free to view the night sky ... but be sure to share. While you wait your turn, enjoy a s’more by one of the fire pits. These spots become popular as people gather around to warm up as the cooler evening sets in. And for Mom or Dad? There’s lots just for them, too. Mom, it’ll be a good idea to schedule yourself

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Nine restaurants including a deli/market, Marché Burette over in the shopping area, will surely leave you asking, “Where do we want to eat today?” There are many options offering a variety of tastes. If you need something quick and familiar, head to Natural Slice, which is a surf shop with a pizza restaurant. Yummy! There’s also a farmers’ market if you come during the right season, where you can buy locally grown fresh veggies, fruits, cheeses, jams, jellies and more. That’s a great way to pick up a healthy snack for the kids. My favorite dining spot was Sunrise Café. The breakfast buffet is extraordinary and you can sit with the view of the rising sun over the Atlantic — lunch is served seasonally. You can order a la carte from the menu, too. There are just so many options that will leave your taste buds screaming for more. When the family is all worn out and everyone’s bellies are full, rest peacefully in your room and prepare for the next day’s events. This family-friendly resort is a blissful place filled with amazement. A place where every room has an ocean view! R Kiera Ashford is associate editor for this publication and mother of two ages 7 and 3.

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Separation anxiety is not the only thing parents worry about when it’s time for kids to start kindergarten. Here’s some help in preparing for the transition.

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n my son’s first day of kindergarten, I hid behind a pine tree to spy on him during the first recess. I wanted to make sure he found other children to play with and that he would line up with his class when it was time to go back inside. I stood there for 20 minutes peeking out from behind the tree and chatting with other parents who were doing the same thing. As I stood there, I asked myself, “Had I done enough to prepare my son for kindergarten?” The other parents with me were wondering and worrying about the same thing. Kindergarten readiness is a popular topic these days, but what does it mean when someone says your child is ready for kindergarten? “What readiness means varies incredibly from community to community, school to school, teacher to teacher, parent to parent, nation to nation,” says Beth Graue, Ph.D., a professor of early childhood education. Although the definition of kindergarten readiness can vary depending on the context, here are five simple ways to help prepare your child for kindergarten:


Talk It Up Early and Often

For example, chat with your baby while you are changing his diaper, pushing him in the stroller or riding in the car. Your child’s response may be verbal or non verbal, but the most important thing is to talk to your child and listen closely for his response. Do not ask and answer a question for your child or forget to listen to your child’s answer. “You have to be a really sensitive listener to your child,” Graue says. Communication is an essential component of a child’s development. “Helping children learn how to participate in a conversation is one of the first steps toward developing strong communication skills,” says Phyllis Phillips, pre-k coordinator, leadership and learning, for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. “Children who have been given opportunities to engage in conversations are more likely to have good oral language skills as well as an extensive vocabulary.” Phillips adds that conversations help foster a child’s natural curiosity and joy of learning as well as build a child’s confidence and sense of value. “When a child is encouraged to give his thoughts and opinions, not only are his academic skills improving, but his social and emotional development is strengthening as well,” says Phillips.

Give Your Child Time to Play

All children need free time to simply play. Giving your child time to play is not wasted time. It’s just the opposite, as playing provides children with many developmental benefits. “Physical and social play is an intricate part of a child’s development,” says Phillips. “The importance of play can be misleading when the significance is not understood. A child running, jumping, skipping or hopping not only releases loads of energy but strengthens large motor skills in order to help with balance and coordination.” Group play helps children learn social skills, including how to resolve conflicts through negotiation and compromise, how to be persuasive and how to express their desires. Much of the benefit of social play comes when children learn to work out their own conflicts, with as little assistance from adults as possible. “Play allows children to exercise their creative, imaginative minds. Children are role playing, building structures, learning how to solve simple problems, using their creativity to express, explore and discover,” says Phillips. “These tools of learning that children develop through play are an important part of building literacy and numeracy skills.”

Provide Experiences Away from You

Enroll your child in preschool, swimming lessons or storytime at your local library. Five-year-old Jada started kindergarten this year, and her mom, Michelle, credits her easy transition to her preschool experience and the fact that Jada was comfortable taking directions from other adults. “Provide several situations where your child is taking instructions from someone other than you as a parent. The child will know who to listen to and how to take instructions from someone other than you, and she will feel comfortable with you not being there for a good duration of time,” Michelle says. “Many families who enroll their child in a pre-kindergarten program find that the transition into kindergarten typically is smoother,” says Phillips. “Participating in pre-kindergarten programs can help a child feel more comfortable about being away from parents prior to enrolling in a more structured program like kindergarten — these programs also help to develop a child’s social and emotional skills needed for success in school as well as in life.”

Encourage Independence and Self-Care

In kindergarten, teachers will give multi-part directions that require children to complete a number of tasks. Encouraging your child to be independent and learn how to care for himself helps him master the ability to handle multiple tasks at school, too. As a mother of three, Leane was especially nervous when her oldest daughter, Franny, started kindergarten. “We prepared Franny for kindergarten by working on the physical development areas like getting dressed, putting on

and zipping her coat, and even tying her shoes, although she didn’t actually learn to tie her shoes until late in first grade. We also concentrated on following a routine, following directions and cleaning up her toys and games,” Leane says.

Keep Learning Fun and Relaxed

Does your child need to know how to read when he begins kindergarten? No, says Graue. “I wouldn’t worry about a child not reading going into kindergarten. It’s important kids know the letters in their own name and letters in general, but again drilling kids isn’t the only way to teach,” she says. It’s important to teach letters in a fun, play-based manner and to expect that there will be instruction in kindergarten to support your child’s literacy skills. Instead of drilling your child on his ABCs, you can point out letters on signs and while reading to your child. The key is to help your child recognize letters in the context of their environment. In addition to recognizing letters, teach your child how to say his first and last names, phone number, street address, names of family members, colors and shapes. Michelle found her daughter Jada’s enthusiasm for reading didn’t spark until after she started kindergarten. “I tried to push reading with Jada but she lost interest quickly,” Michelle says. “Now, in kindergarten she is coming home every day with a new story about each letter and finds it fun to find site words and do flash cards.” “To keep learning fun and relaxed for children, many families make learning a natural part of their child’s day,” adds Phillips. “Children can practice counting by helping to set the table — placing cups, plates, napkins or forks and counting them. In the grocery store, games can be played finding certain items or letters in their names on grocery items. While riding in the car, find colors or shapes of various passing cars or signs. One of the most valuable fun, relaxing times a parent can plan for is spending time each day reading and talking about the story with the child.” J As a freelance writer and mother of two, Laura Lane no longer hides behind a tree on the playground as her children find it too embarrassing.

A SAMPLE OF KINDERGARTEN LEARNING

• Naming upper- and lower-case letters, matching those letters with sounds and printing them

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• Speaking clearly to express thoughts, feelings and ideas, including descriptions of familiar people, places, things and events

subtracting from a number 10 or less; and solving addition and subtraction word problems

• Understanding and using question words (who, what, where, when, why and how)

objects to tell which group, if either, has more; comparing two written numbers to tell which is greater

• Acting out addition and subtraction word problems and drawing • Stating an opinion or preference diagrams to represent them about a topic or book in writing • Adding with a sum of 10 or less;

• Correctly naming shapes regardless of orientation or size • Asking and answering questions (e.g., a square oriented as a “diamond” is still a square) about key details in stories or other information read aloud • Comparing two groups of

• Learning to recognize, spell and properly use grammatical words that hold language together (a,

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COMMON CORE Because you’re a busy parent in a hectic home, the Common Core is but a blip on your radar, and many informed parents still don’t understand what it’s all about. The academic benchmarks for reading and math were adopted by Tennessee and 45 other states two years ago without the public participation that has always undergirded public education. Today, problems are brewing across the country now that parental awareness has kicked in, and YOU — are YOU aware? It’s time to do your homework. By Susan Day

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n July 30, 2010, Gov. Bill Haslam signed Tennessee on for the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), falling in line with other states across the nation. Practically three years to the day, a tempest is brewing — and it’s not just in a tea pot. Why? Quite simply because the national set of standards put forth by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) caught otherwise informed parents around the nation by surprise. On the sorry heels of the fiasco known as No Child Left Behind, educational reform would have been welcomed ... only this happened behind closed doors. CCSSI came about quietly, with states across the nation adopting the standards quickly in order to get Race to the Top funds and implementation was readied. Here in Tennessee, schools offered up one or two informational after-school meetings about them, which, if you happened to be working, you may have missed. Now bipartisan pressure is mounting across the country for a number of reasons: • Many parents think the standards were quietly implemented through federal grants without public awareness. • Early childhood experts think the standards are developmentally inappropriate. • Parents are concerned that the over abundance of non-fiction texts being used in classrooms including English, science and social studies as part of the ELA standards will purge children of a love for reading. • Many parents feel strongly that education should be managed by individual states and not by groups of states and certainly not dictated by the federal government. • Many parents are concerned that the massive student-tracking databases set up for student data collection is unneccesarily intrusive for including social security numbers, records of interactions with school counselors, identification of learning disabilities and discipline records. They are worried about their children’s privacy. But what’s to be done? Implementation of the CCSSI began in the 2011-12 school year. This year all students in K-12 will be taught English and math with the standards and in the 2014-13 year, the Common Core assessments being readied by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), an 18-state consortium of which Tennessee is a member, will begin, replacing TCAPS for grades 3 - 11. Another state consortium, Smarter Balanced has 24 states involved. It seems that Tennessee is 100 percent in, like it or not. While the standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, administrators and consultants in order to better prepare children for college and the workforce, the fact that the CCSSI’s main funding comes from nonother than Bill and Melinda Gates, it’s impossible not to think those two dirty little words: special interests. As awareness has kicked in, the 45 states and the District of Columbia that adopted the CCSSI have begun to see a backlash the likes of which state governments have never seen. Back at the get-go, Texas and Alaska chose not to join in, retaining their independence. Nebraska and Virginia became members, but chose not to adopt the standards. Minnesota adopted the English standards, but not the math. Today Georgia, Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania are withdrawing from the Core, citing costs (Georgia, for instance is accustomed to paying $9.95 per student for testing; the PARCC tests will cost them $29.95 per student). Indiana (bolstered by the efforts of two smart cookie moms) have put their implementations on hold, and numerous grassroots groups started by parents have sprung up around the country offering deeper reading on the subject beyond what school systems are offering up. Blogs are running rampant on the topic. One of the key issues in the fussing is the Common Core’s emphasis on “informational nonfiction texts,” which doesn’t eliminate but greatly diminishes

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the quantity of classic literature brought to children in classrooms. In elementary school, for instance, students will read 50 percent classic stories and 50 percent informational texts (many worry these will come from the government); the percentages MUST increase over the years while the percentage of classic literature decreases. By the time a child is a high school senior, he MUST have 70 percent of class reading be informational while 30 percent be classic literature. A Call to Action With the growing perception that there is a federal intrusion into an area that has historically been reserved for states, it’s time for parents everywhere to know what’s going on. Heartlander Magazine indicates that if three more states were to withdraw from PARCC, the group’s $186 million federal grant would be in jeopardy. PARCC how has 18 member states; the other state consortium, Smarter Balanced, has 24. Susan Day is editor in chief of this publication and mom of four amazing kids.

LOCAL TEACHERS WEIGH-IN ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE The following are four posts from four local teachers. Join in at Facebook.com/NashvilleParentMag. 1: “In elementary years, rote learning and memorization is actually developmentally correct. Learning how to think and develop more thought process, rhetoric, etc., is truly a later skill acquired/ learned /taught in school and yet we think a first grader needs to give three different answers for why 2+2=4!? We are moving away from a lot of correct child development and going down a path of insanity. We are implementing an expensive change in education once again and it includes spending your money on a lot more testing.” — Deanna E. Baltimore

3: “I spent the summer training teachers on the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. I am excited for the changes it will bring to Tennessee education. Students will be thinking deeper about mathematics that will allow them to problem solve. We will no longer be teaching a mile long and an inch deep, but will be teaching concepts to a deep conceptual level. All children will be able to understand math and how it works. I am also a parent of a 4-year-old who will be entering kindergarten in 2014, and I am thrilled about the change.”

2: “When it comes down to it these “standards” were written by five people, not one a teacher with any classroom experience. This is part of a very well planned and funded attempt to destroy public education and move to Charter Schools so the corporate world can profit from the $600 million in public school funding. My youngest has only one more year in public schools and he will return to school with an “opt out” request when it comes to Common Core standards. If I had elementary or middle school children, I would fight Common Core with all my energy. I am a 30-year classroom teacher and I assure you these standards do not have your child’s best interest at heart.”

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4: “I’m a first grade teacher in MNPS. We’ve been using CCSSI for a couple of years. After attending training this summer it is evident there is still a lot of room for interpretation regarding the standards. I know some teachers who understand the standards and there is room for differentiation and going further in depth. I also know some teachers who will see the standards and still do their own thing. I feel that some of the standards are missing (there is no calendar or money in first grade) and that can become problematic. Overall, I really like the CCSSI and appreciate that it will create a better ‘across the board’ playing field for all students.”

— Kristen Reckelhoff


COMMON CORE TIMELINE 1996: The non-profit organization, Achieve, Inc., is founded at the National Education Summit by leading governors and business leaders. Summits were also held in 1999 and 2001. 2005: Gates delivers the keynote address at the 2005 National Education Summit on High Schools, hosted by Achieve, Inc., and the NGA. Achieve is now funded by 25 different organizations, including Bill Gates. 2007: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli Broad Foundation pledged $60 million to promote an education vision, including uniform “American standards” in the 2008 campaigns. The Gates Foundation gives the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy a $2.2 million grant “to work with governors and other key stakeholders” to promote the adoption of national standards. 2008: The NGA and the CCSSO accept federal grants to start the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). Achieve puts forth its vision for the standards in a document titled, Benchmarking for Success, funded by the Gates Foundation. 2009: Education consultant David Coleman is retained to help develop and write the Common Core State Standards through his nonprofit, Student Achievement Partners (SAP). The lead writers include Coleman, Susan Pimentel, Bill McCullum and Jason Zimba. Coleman assembles two “Work Groups,” one for English, the other for math, both with 25 members. Also assembled are “Feedback Groups” with 35 participants, almost all university professors. Deliberations are confidential throughout the process with no avenue for the public at large, students, parents or teachers to provide direct input.

2009: The federal stimulus bill creates the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, a one-time appropriation of $53.6 billion. The U.S. Department of Education awards states money in exchange for committing to develop and use pre-kindergarten through post-secondary and career data tracking systems, among other criteria. $4.35 billion is given to make competitive grants under the “Race to the Top” fund, an ongoing competition that encourages states to compete for federal funds by making certain changes to their education policies. 2010: Tennessee adopts CCSSI on July 30, 2010, committing to implementation with a Race to the Top Application and Grant Award. The state is awarded $501 million to be received over four years. 2011: Teachers across Tennessee begin CCSSI training in July. Schools begin implementation in the fall of 2011. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards a grant to a company called InBloom to support a database of studentspecific data which can be accessed by any state that ops into the program. The data tracks students, their progress and personal information. 2013: Tennessee partners with Infosnap, a leading provider of online admission and registration solutions for PreK - 12 schools. Tennessee prepares for the third year of implementation of CCSSI: all grades will be using math and ELA standards in the 2013-14 school year.

Grassroot Protests

Search the following to find websites of groups against the CCSSI. Alabamians United for Excellence in Education Arkansas Against Common Core Arizonans Against Common Core Californians United Against Common Core Floridians Against Common Core Florida Parents Against Common Core Hoosiers Against Common Core Idahoans For Local Education Kentuckians Against Common Core Standards Missouri Coalition Against Common Core Montanans Against Common Core No Common Core in Illinois Ohioans Against Common Core Stop Common Core NC Stop Common Core in New York State Stop Common Core in NY Stop Common Core in Washington State Stop Common Core in Wisconsin Stop the Common Core in Alaska Tennessee Against Common Core Utahns Against Common Core Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core

In New York, a plea In May 2013, a letter from 21 New York State principals to the New York Education Commissioner was sent voicing concerns about the Common Core assessments that the state underwent last spring. It has to date been signed by 1,535 New York principals. An excerpt: “As it stands, we are concerned about the limiting and unbalanced structure of the test, the timing, format and length of the daily test sessions, and the efficacy of Pearson (the world’s largest educational textbook publisher) in this work.” ... “many students spent much of their time reading, rereading and interpreting difficult and confusing questions about authors’ choices around structure and craft in informational texts, a Common Core skill that is valuable, but far from worthy of the time and effort given by the test,” ... “When groups of parents, teachers and principals recently shared students’ experiences in their schools, especially during the ELA exams with misjudged timing expectations, we learned that frustration, despondency, and even crying were common reactions among students. The extremes were unprecedented: vomiting, nosebleeds, suicidal ideation, and even hospitalization.”

LEARN MORE tncore.org corestandards.org tncurriculumcenter.org achieve.org Numerous sources were used in the fact gathering for this article including edweek.org, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Breitbart.com. Huffingtonpost.com, Tncore.org and others.

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A R T S My daughter’s high school has long since lost its orchestra. Band is holding on by its fingernails. Drama is a thing of the past. Budget woes have indeed hit schools, and along with that comes the throwing out of the “fluff” and the preserving of the “basics.” But who decided that the arts are just decoration? Certainly not me, and certainly not a lot of researchers who put the arts front and center in a healthy child’s education. According to Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations, “A number of research studies over the past several decades have drawn a clear correlation between early exposure of children to the arts and increased long-term critical reasoning, communication and social skills.” So, just what makes the arts, including visual art, music, drama, dance and any other creative endeavor so important? Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for

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Visual Arts • Create an “art corner” at home filled with a variety of art materials. • Provide a place to exhibit your child’s artwork. • Plan an “art party” for your child’s next birthday. • Find art in the everyday world (calendars, book illustrations, murals in the library, architecture and monuments). • Express personal ideas and feelings about individual works of art. Value your child’s perspective. • Visit a museum, gallery or art center. Many art museums host a “free day” for families.

Theater • Encourage your child to play and be imaginative. • Supply props for dramatic play such as hats, scarves, baskets, bags and plastic dishes. • Build on your child’s interests through dramatic play. For example, if your child has an interest in animals, ask him to be the “vet.” • Tell stories thorough dramatic play, acting out together a well-known children’s story. • Attend a play together. Try to find a performance geared toward children. • Sign your child up to be a part of a play or musical production.

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Dance • Provide a place and time for you and your child to explore movement. • Make up stories by acting them out with body movement. Pretend to uses roller skates, a skate board and a bicycle. • Practice movement as it relates to music or rhythm such as clapping, marching or rocking. • Take your children to see all styles and forms of dance. As Gioia tells us: “As parents and teachers, our responsibility is to expose our children to constructive educational opportunities, especially those grounded in the arts and humanities. To do less is to impoverish our children. Impoverished minds do not lead to enlightened lives. And it’s enlightenment our children deserve.” What are we waiting for? Time to pull out the drawing pad and turn on the music! J Martha Wegner is a mom and freelance writer. —————————————————

How to Get Your Kid into

“the BIZ”

By Chad Young

Does your child have what it takes to be on TV or in a movie? Here’s what you need to know about working with a talent agent and breaking in.

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here’s no business like show business!” once belted the late, great Ethel Merman. It was true then and it holds true today for young and old alike. Many children who participate in acting often aspire for bigger success.

The entertainment world is a multi-billion dollar entity constantly looking for new players, and kids no longer need to live in L.A. or New York to pick up work. There’s plenty of it here in the Southeast in film, TV, commercials, music videos, print, voice-overs, industrials and more. Thanks in part to the huge success of ABC’s drama, Nashville, more and more opportunities are available to local talent. But with so many children — and their parents — trying to get their foot in the door, what is it that separates rookies from pros? “Personality and interest by the child is most important in working as a professional talent,” says Stephanie Williams, owner of the Dan Agency in Brentwood. “Because the child is getting paid for the job he is doing, clients who book professional children expect that they have a strong interest in performing for the camera be it print or on-camera, and for that reason will demonstrate amazing personality on the job.” Evelyn Foster, manager of Nashville’s Talent Trek, emphasizes the importance kids being able to take direction. “A child can’t just be cute anymore, he has to be able to listen. In this industry, time is money,” adding that personality plays a big part in securing a job.

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ARTS Getting Started with an Agent Agents are always looking for talent, and start-up costs for kids breaking into show business — whether it’s film, TV or commercials — should be no more than resumes and head shots. But get an agent first before you fork out for shots and proceed with caution. If an agent asks for money up front, don’t buy it. Agents make a commission when your child successfully books himself a role, and that’s the only way they are supposed to earn their keep. Foster says, “It is best to have head shots made after being accepted by an agency who will show you what they need to represent your child.” Williams agrees and adds that for children new to the industry, parents should bring a simple snapshot to the initial agency meeting. “Industry standards for head shots are very specific and are different from portraits, pageant shots or school pictures,” she says. If picked up, the agent will guide you down the best path for your child depending on the type of work he wants to do in the industry.

What Kind of Kids Get Work? Williams describes Nashville as a “lifestyle” market, meaning most modeling and acting jobs that pay aren’t looking for fashion models; they’re looking for commercial models and actors. “Kids of all ages and sizes book professional modeling and acting jobs,” says Williams. It’s important that kids really want to book work over being pushed by Mom or Dad. “If it is the parents who are pushing their child to work in the industry because they think their child is talented, that never works out for anyone,” says Foster. She says children who really want to do it are the best ones to have on set. “Once on set — I can’t say this enough — children need to have the ability to entertain themselves, be seen and not heard until they are needed, listen to the director and follow directions,” she adds.

How are Kids Selected to be Sent Out? When casting is taking place for any type of work, an agent receives “specs,” meaning, what the casting director is looking for (look, age range, any specific skills needed for the project). “The agency submits talent to the booking client and negotiates

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the rate for the job,” says Williams. “If talent is selected by the client to audition or book the job, they will contact the agency with a list of who they want to see for an audition or who they are interested in booking for the job. This is when the parent hears from the agency.”

What is Expected of Parents? Obviously you need to have the ability to get your child to auditions and jobs if he lands them. “Should your child get booked, the parent is required to stay with him on set while he is working,” says Foster. Production people working in film, TV and more have seen it all. Sometimes children can become problems on set, but by far ill-mannered, pushy parents are the worst. Parents who act in the cliché stage-parent fashion today actually hinder their child’s chances for getting work. “If the parent is difficult to work with, it is human nature on all levels not to want to call them,” says Foster, adding, “However, if a child is really talented and wants to do this, we try to work with and educated the parents so that will not happen.” Williams says a parent can be the number one reason a child will not get booked if the casting director or production crew senses the parent is high maintenance. So, how do you avoid the stage-parent trap and be the ideal parent to work with? “An ideal parent is one who is easy to contact, who always gets back to us on a timely basis and has worked with their child beforehand memorizing lines or helping him understand the role,” says Williams. “Not coaching them necessarily; that’s the casting director or director’s job. An ideal parent will step back and not interfere with that,” she adds. Foster says being low maintenance is key. “Auditions as well as modeling and acting jobs are about as non corporate as any job could be, and parents need to understand from day one that this is a fluid business unlike most businesses, and specifications can change on a dime.” J Chad Young is managing editor for this publication.

Local Talent Agencies The following agencies work with local children: Advantage Models & Talent 230 Franklin Road, Ste. 802, Franklin 790-5001 advantagetalentdev.com The Avenue Agency 1209 4th Ave. N., Ste. B Nashville 293-9648 theavenueagency.com The Block Agency 21 Music Square W., Nashville 259-7812 • theblockagency.com BNA Kids 1301 16th Ave. S., Ste. 203, Nashville 457-1164 • bnakids.com Dan Talent Group 1746 General George Patton, Ste. 103, Brentwood 591-7064 • danagency.com Talent Trek Agency 2021 21st Ave. S., Ste. 102, Nashville 279-0010 • talenttrek.com


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Dance in Bloom 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville 662-4819 danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com Located just of I-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, pointe, modern/lyrical, pom and yoga. Classes are up-beat and fun! Summer class registration is going on now. A dancewear boutique is located on-site. Ask about our birthday parties!

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School of Nashville Ballet

3630 Redmon St., Nashville 297-2966 ext. 20 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood nashvilleballet.com School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest quality of training for children and adults of all ages. Artistic director Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty comprised of highly respected professional teachers from around the world, providing a complete dance experience that is challenging and fun for all students, whether they simply love to dance or aspire to a professional career. Students may have the opportunity to perform in Nashville Ballet productions.

MUSIC Belmont Academy

1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 460-6346 belmontacademy.net Belmont Academy offers private instruction in piano, strings, guitar, percussion, woodwinds, brass, banjo, mandolin, harp and all vocal styles for all ages. Group classes, including group and private Suzuki violin, are now available! Please see our website for more information. Fall registration is now open.

Mobile Music Academy

mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com 301-8589 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.

The Music Class

5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste. 102, Nashville 777-9314 Satellite locations in West Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth through five. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. For current schedule and session pricing, call or visit our website.

THEATER Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton St., Nashville 254-9103 nashvillechildrenstheatre.org Founded in 1931, NCT is the country’s oldest professional theater for youth and was ranked as one of the top five children’s theaters by Time magazine. NCT presents age-appropriate plays from the classics to contemporary. Saturday and Summer drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For a complete listing of the 2012-2013 season or for more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

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Dance Academy 117 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro 849-8263 danceacademydance.com • ashley@danceacademydance.com We offer ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop and toddler programs. Teachers are certified through and members of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Southern Association of Dance Masters and Tennessee Association of Dance. Furthering dance education, performance opportunities, conventions and master classes are offered throughout the year.

The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane, C-5, Murfreesboro 907-1155 thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com Excellence in dance education and performance. Educated, experienced adult teaching staff. Structured, stimulating classes. Age-appropriate music, with clean lyrics. Cost effective costume pricing. In-town recitals featuring our ever-popular “Wee-cital” for preschoolers. Classes include ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and featuring The Dancers’ Wee-School. Ages 3 - adult. Boys and girls. Call to enroll, classes begin Aug. 12. Wee-School begins Sep. 3. More information on our web site. Other services include sound editing and mixing for dance teams and other events – ask for Jordan Tate. Serving our community for over 30 years, what matters to you matters to us!

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DANCE Barfield School of Dance

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2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro 896-3118 barfieldschoolofdance.com • mail@barfieldschoolofdance.com We offer dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, Irish, leaps and turns technique, AND creative movement. Come and enjoy learning in a family friendly atmosphere with well educated staff who are enthusiastic about developing each individual to reach their highest potential! It is our goal to provide high-quality dance instruction and instill in each student a lifelong passion for the art of dance.

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tive teaching methods that build character and self assurance. Extensive adult fitness program featuring Zumba and Pilates six days per week. Adult tap and ballet classes. Ask about our birthday parties!

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THEATER Actor’s Point Theatre Company

GodWhy.com campus, 100 God Why Court, Hendersonville 431-9620 actorspointtheatre.com The mission of Actor’s Point Theatre Company is to enrich the cultural lives of residents of Middle Tennessee. We endeavor to engage, inspire, entertain, educate, and challenge audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works. Coming soon the new APTC academy offering acting classes for all ages. Check our website for schedule and information.

WILLIAMSON CTY. ART Firstlight Art Academy

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DANCE Ann Carroll School of Dance

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Elite Dance and Fitness

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1210 Franklin Road, Brentwood 277-9434 fellowshipnashville.org/children/school-of-dance • mcadle@fbctn.org The school serves students of all ages, understanding that each have varying goals and aspirations. Our commitment is to offer top-quality instruction at affordable prices within a Christ-centered, nurturing environment. We aim to develop excellent people, not just excellent dancers, and to foster an environment of respect between dancers, teachers, faculty, and parents alike. We also believe it’s important to promote an atmosphere of camaraderie, not competition. Students achieve their maximum potential when they know they are in a safe, loving community.Classes offered include ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, stretch/ flex, tap, modern, ballet/tap/jazz combo, and adult modern/worship!

Franklin School of Performing Arts

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Brentwood 377-9606 franklinschoolofperformingarts.com FSPA offers dance, drama, and movement education for ages 3 and older. Featuring the highest caliber faculty for acting, classical ballet, creative movement, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop for boys, girls, and teens. Classes designed and scheduled to support all levels of interest. See our class schedule and registration on our website.

Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 903, Franklin 599-1757 fbaartsacademy.com FBAA offers classes in singing, acting, dance, piano, and guitar. Our focus is on developing TALENT and building CONFIDENCE. We accomplish this with our unique Performance Studio, fully equipped with a professional stage, sound, and lights. Students train and perform ON STAGE ... where they can develop their talents and build their confidence!

MUSIC Mobile Music Academy

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The Music Class

5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste. 102, Nashville 777-9314 Satellite locations in West Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth through five. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. For current schedule and session pricing, call or visit our website.

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THEATER ACT Too Players

230 Franklin Road, Franklin 294-0667 acttooplayers.com Act Too Players is currently enrolling for our 2013 fall semester. This fall we are offering full productions of the musical Anything Goes, Songs for a New World, and Disney’s Little Mermaid. Our fully-staged play will be The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. In addition to our full production classes we also offer the best technique classes including acting, dance, voice, improv, costumes, and puppetry – all at our new location!


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Offering individual and group music therapy services, regular and adaptive guitar and piano lessons, parentchild music classes and musical birthday parties. Drumming classes designed to improve communication and leisure skills for children with developmental disabilities starting soon in Murfreesboro and Franklin. Our mission is to use music to look beyond limitations and discover the ability of each child. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Bounce U of Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn • nashville.tn@bounceu.com

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BounceU is the ultimate party and play experience. Now featuring Cosmic Glow parties and open bounces, Parents Night Out, and Mom’s Day Out options. Fun, private and always clean. A spectac-U-lar indoor play arena featuring warehouse-sized giant inflatable including our exclusive 18 ft. Spider Climb with an 18 ft. Mountain Slide, Dodge Ball City and 38 ft. obstacle course. Create and Bounce camps May 27 - Aug. 31.

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Dance in Bloom 7982 A Coley Davis Road, Bellevue danceinbloom.com

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From the little girl who twirls in front of her mirror, to the teen who aspires to dance on Broadway, we offer a class for everyone! Ages 2 and up, all skill levels and dance backgrounds. Free class for first-time students. Preschool morning classes, weekday afternoon, evening, and Saturday classes. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, pom (cheer) and tumbling. Wee Dance (caregiver/child) creative movement and tumbling class.

The Dancer’s School 2159 N Thompson Lane, C-5, Murfreesboro thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com

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Fall classes begin Aug. 12 and wee school begins Sep. 3. Ages 3 and up. Ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, contemporary, wee school (ages 3 - 5), and ladies’ classes. Call or email today for registration brochure.

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Voted best day camp in Williamson County. Day Camps (grades K - 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6 - 8). Extended care and bus transportation available from south Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin. Lake activities, crazy games, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, fun songs, agegraded small group Bible study, and more. Adventure camps also include 3-D archery, outdoor education and survival skills, Leap of Faith, and paintball. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their camp week. Ten miles south of Franklin, 100 wooded acres. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

E.T.C. Gymnastics 1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com

• Williamson County’s ONLY Street Smart Mixed Martial Arts Program • Instructors trained with professional MMA fighters • Former elementary teacher on staff • No boring kata/forms • Krav Maga, Muay Thai kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu in one program • Teacher-approved character education • No long term commitment necessary • Simultaneous MMA or fitness kickboxing class for mom and dad

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EBDT Dance and Arts Center - Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theatre 103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1, Franklin ebdtarts.com • ebdtdance@ureach.com

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Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. See website for more information. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

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We offer separate mixed martial arts classes for kids, teens, and adults, which combine Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga in one street-smart, self defense curriculum. Elite also offers seasonal sessions of Fighting Shape, a fitness kickboxing class that takes place simultaneously with kids classes. Offering a flexible schedule with six days of classes, we help you fit self defense into your busy life! Call today.

Hoppity Hop Inflatables 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville 265-8020 hoppityhopinflatables.com Let your kids hop, skip and bounce! Choose from week long to 1 day a week packages that include lunch and an afternoon snack. Fun events planned each day along with bounce time. Check the web for more info on Hoppity Hop. Call to reserve space and for pricing.

Mobile Music Academy mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com 301-8589 We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers to you. Lessons for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral. continued on page 60 ...

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Music Together Now at Bolton Music Therapy musictogether.com 796-6162 Bolton Music Therapy is now offering Music Together®, an early childhood music program for children ages birth to five years. Our mixed-age, inclusive classes provide a rich, active music making experience. Each family receives a songbook and two recordings each semester. Contact us to attend a free demo class! Please call for locations or visit our website.

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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 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

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1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin sylvanfranklin@gmail.com 2000 Richard Jones Road, Ste. 178, Nashville (Green Hills) sylvangreenhills@gmail.com 110 Glancy St., Ste. 211, Nashville (Rivergate) northdavidsonsylvan@gmail.com 810 Medical Center Blvd., Ste. C, Murfreesboro sylvan1014@bellsouth.net

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Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

TakeLessons takelessons.com 800-252-1508 Connecting students and families with private music teachers and arts instructors throughout the Nashville area. Since 2006, we’ve worked with over 30,000 students nationwide. Every instructor completes an extensive interview, training, and an annual criminal background check. Your online student account helps you stay organized with scheduling and billing tools. In-home and in-studio lessons, as well as online lessons - all you need is a computer with a webcam, a Skype account, and a good internet connection.

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hoo! Choo! Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into town Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 7 and 8 to take tots on a 25-minute train ride. In addition, kids can meet Sir Topham Hatt, play on train tables, enjoy storytelling and other live entertainment. Parents, take note and be sure to bring some extra pocket cash as the museum is a smorgasbord of allthings Thomas, and your kiddos will undoubtedly want to take home a souvenir. The event happens at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. Train rides depart hourly from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (arrive one hour prior to your ride time). Tickets are $14 - $18. Call 2449001 or visit tcry.org.

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sociation’s biggest event of the year features more than 2,000 equines. All ages. Event times may vary as some days include shows during the daytime as well. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 494-8822 or walkinghorseowners.com.

sociation’s biggest event of the year features more than 2,000 equines. All ages. Event times may vary as some days include shows during the daytime as well. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 494-8822 or walkinghorseowners.com.

Bubble Crafts Make your own bubble blower and participate in bubble games and activities. Ages 2 - 4. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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Crafternoon Make a yarn art project. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. Natural Family Planning Learn how to achieve and space children naturally without chemicals or devices. The Family Learning Center at Baptist Hospital, 2000 Church St., Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $25 introductory session (eight follow-up one-on-one sessions are $40 each); 931-802-4872 or baptisthospital.com/ childbirth. Nature Nuts Participate in a “Marvelous

Mammals” program. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Nature Play Day Ages 1 and older with a parent can play with objects found in nature, build forts, play in the water, climb, crawl and more. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. FREE Summer Concert Series Enjoy an evening of live music and children’s activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; Streetsofindianlake.com.

Kids can meet Angelina Ballerina at The Avenue Murfreesboro on Saturday, Aug. 3.

start on breastfeeding know-how with information on positioning, milk production and coping strategies that will help ensure a successful journey. The Family Learning Center at Baptist Hospital, 2000 Church St., Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $40; 284-2229 or baptisthospital.com/childbirth.

Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn.

chairs or blankets to enjoy an outdoor movie screening. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 5506947 or franklintn.gov/parks.

Shake, Rattle & Roll Learn about music while making tube pianos. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Tucson Padres. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. Wetland Walk Embark on a guided tour of the Murfree Spring wetland. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300.

FREE Family Movie Night Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outside on the big screen. All ages. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com.

FREE Friday Night Live Enjoy live music by

Dirty Proper. All ages. Public Square, Main Street, Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro.com.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In View more

than 400 antique cars and hot rods and participate in children’s games and contests. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; Streetsofindianlake.com.

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Take in a late night screening of Back to the

sat 3 FREE 35th Annual International Pleasure and Colt Walking Horse Show The Walking Horse Owners As-

sociation’s biggest event of the year features more than 2,000 equines. All ages. Event times may vary as some days include shows during the daytime as well. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 494-8822 or walkinghorseowners.com.

FREE Animal Encounters Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. FREE Character Appearances Angelina Ballerina and Mike the Knight will meet children and pose for photos. All ages. The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 893-4207 or murfreesboro.shoptheavenue.com.

FREE Family Program: What Does Music Look Like?

Learn about the different ways music has been represented visually throughout the ages — from ancient tablets to computer-generated graphics, from staff notation to shape notes. Participants will listen to selected songs and create visual art to represent aspects of the music such as pitch, rhythm and dynamics. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame. org.

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fairs

Keep the spirit of summer alive at one of these county fairs.

Sumner County Fair

Williamson County Fair

Wilson County Fair

When: Aug. 1 - 3 Where: 200 Fairground Road, Gallatin Admission: $3 Highlights: The Teen Miss Beauty Contest

When: Aug. 2 - 10 Where: 4215 Long Lane, Franklin Admission: $6 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12, free

When: Aug. 16 - 24 Where: 945 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon Admission: $7 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free

ages 5 and younger; check website for daily

ages 5 and younger

and Fairest of the Fair Beauty Contest take place

admission specials.

Highlights: Kids Night is Thursday, Aug.

Thursday, and the Walking Horse Show is on

Highlights: The Little 1’s Farming area

Saturday. Kids enjoy the livestock arena and the

has lots of hands-on fun for little ones, and the

and tractor pull ride toy race (supply your own

large children’s area that includes inflatables and

Children’s Barnyard lets kids get up close and

factory original ride on). New this year is a train

pint-sized rides.

personal with goats, rabbits, sheep, chicken and

museum, a rooster crowing contest on Sunday,

Contact: sumnercountyfair.com

other farm animals. New this year is the Ultimate

Aug. 18, the Puppetone Rockers and an actual

Air Dogs show and the Mother’s Care Station

train ride on the Music City Star from Nashville to

where moms can feed and diaper their babies in

Lebanon (Aug. 17 and 24 only; it’s an additional

a clean, private location.

$13 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12).

Contact: 794-4386 or williamsoncountyfair.org

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22 and features a battery power ride toy race

Contact: 443-2626 or wilsoncountyfair.net


For August events requiring advance registration, visit nashvilleparent.com.

Old Crow Medicine Show Enjoy an evening of live music. All ages. The Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49.95; 724-1600 or woodsamphitheater.com.

FREE National Night Out The cities of Antioch, Brentwood,

Dickson, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Hermitage, La Vergne, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Smyrna and Spring Hill are participating in this national event stressing crime and drug prevention along with strengthening neighborhood spirit. Contact your local City Hall or visit the website. 6 - 9 p.m.; nationalnightout.org.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or

just listen to) a reading of Julius Caesar. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

Science a la Carte Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Smyrna Parks 5K Run and Bill Nash Dash for Cash All

ages can do a 5K run/walk with Overall, Masters and Grandmasters awards given three deep in five-year increments. A one-mile run follows for cash prizes. Sharp Springs Natural Area, Espey Drive, Smyrna; 7:30 a.m.; $20 in advance/$25 race day; 4599742, ext. 2612, or townofsmyrna.org.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Tucson Padres. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Tucson Padres. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Storytime All ages can listen to stories. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 and 11 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Summer Saturdays: Searching for Spiders Look for writing spiders in the garden, long-jawed orb weavers and fishing spiders in the pond, and purse-web spiders on the road. Stop by the center for an arachnid-themed craft. All ages. Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

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Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning

All ages can search for spiders at Warner Parks Nature Center on Saturday, Aug. 3.

FREE The Big Latch On The Nashville Breastfeeding

Learn about baby massage, latest breastfeeding news and going back to work. Bring Baby and a sack lunch (lemonade and water provided). The Family Learning Center at Baptist Hospital, 2000 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m.; 284-2229 or baptisthospital. com/childbirth.

bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/ cities/nashville.tn.

Coalition hosts the local outlet of this global event that celebrates World Breastfeeding Week. The event includes exhibitors, stories, refreshments and more. Vanderbilt 100 Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 10 a.m.; facebook.com/nashvillebreastfeedingcoalition.

sun 4 FREE Family Day at Belmont Mansion Families can take self-guided tours of the mansion and enjoy refreshments. Children can participate in Victorian craft projects and also make 3D garden designs. All ages. Belmont Mansion, 1700 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; 460-5459 or belmontmansion.com. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Tucson Padres. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Concert Series Families can enjoy live music by Holly Williams and a picnic-themed menu. All ages. Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15; fontanelmansion. com.

Sundays LIVE! Costumed interpreters present “A Comforting

Knee High Naturalist: Hiding in Sight Find out about col-

ors that help animals hide and colors that warn predators away. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 per child/adult pair in advance, $15 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Snack Attack Make strawberry shortcake on a stick. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Tucson Padres. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

tue 6 Knee High Naturalist: Hiding in Sight Find out about colors that help animals hide and colors that warn predators away. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road South, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 per child/ adult pair in advance, $15 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Presence: Portrait Painter Ralph E.W. Earl.” All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 1:30 - 5 p.m.; $19 adults, $14 ages 13 - 18, $9 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; 834-3287.

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FREE Music Together Introductory Class Parents with

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All Around the World Tour This evening of music features Mindless Behavior with special guests Omg Girlz, Coco Jones and young Marqus. Ages 12 and older. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40.50 - $47; 862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com. Animal Antics Meet the resident king snakes. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. FREE Kid’s Hour Mare Wakefield performs music for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660. FREE Open House Day Meet astronomers, tour the facility

and get acquainted with the telescopes. Ages 6 and older. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; dyer. vanderbilt.edu.

Storytime All ages can listen to stories. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 and 11 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. Summer Nights at the Hill Bring a picnic and learn about the calls of different creatures including cicadas, bullfrogs, owls and more. Ages 5 and older. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 6:30 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

thu 8 Bubble Crafts Make your own bubble blower and participate in bubble games and activities. Ages 2 - 4. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Crafternoon Make a yarn art project. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

children birth through kindergarten can sample a music and movement class. Renee’s Groove Room, 3668 Central Pike, Nashville; 4:15 p.m.; 390-3207 or inharmonymusicmidtn.com.

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fri 9 Comprehensive Breastfeeding New moms can get a jump

start on breastfeeding know-how with information on positioning, milk production and coping strategies that will help ensure a successful journey. The Family Learning Center at Baptist Hospital, 2000 Church St., Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $40; 284-2229 or baptisthospital.com/childbirth.

Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables

with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn.

FREE Family Movie Night Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outside on the big screen. All ages. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com. FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In View more than 400 an-

tique cars and hot rods and participate in children’s games and contests. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

Midnight Movie Summer Sequel Take in a late night screening of Aliens (rated R). The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville; 12 a.m.; $9.25 adults, $7.25 ages 12 and younger; 383-9140 or belcourt.org.

FREE Music Together Introductory Class Parents with children birth through kindergarten can sample a music and movement class. Renee’s Groove Room, 3668 Central Pike, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; 390-3207 or inharmonymusicmidtn.com. Shake, Rattle & Roll Special guest Bryan Talbot discusses electronic music and sounds. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. FREE Smokin’ in McMinnville Barbecue Festival This family festival features live entertainment, food, sports competitions, a children’s play zone, several vendors and access to the Gilley Swimming Pool. McMinnville Civic Center, 500 Garfield St., McMinnville; 4 p.m.; 931-473-6611 or smokininmcminnville. com. Wetland Walk Embark on a guided tour of the Murfree Spring Tots can enjoy bubble fun at the Patterson Park Community Center on Thursday, Aug. 8. Full Moon Pickin’ Party All ages can enjoy an evening of bluegrass music under the light of the full moon. Warner Parks Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 ages 7 - 15, free ages 6 and younger, $5 pickers with an approved bluegrass instrument; 370-8053 or friendsofwarnerparks.com. FREE Home School Group Home-schooled children ages 7 - 12 can participate in crafts and activities related to the book, Matilda. Gallatin Public Library, 123 East Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org. Kathy Griffin Two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin doles out

Hollywood gossip and dishes about celebrity blunders. This show is not suitable for children. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Music Together Introductory Class Parents with

children birth through kindergarten can sample a music and movement class. Renee’s Groove Room, 3668 Central Pike, Nashville; 10:15 a.m.; 390-3207 or inharmonymusicmidtn.com.

Nature Nuts Learn about summer constellations. All ages.

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

FREE Summer Concert Series Enjoy an evening of live

music and children’s activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; Streetsofindianlake.com.

Titans Football Root for the Tennessee Titans when they

challenge the Washington Redskins during this preseason game. All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $36 - $295; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

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

sat 10 FREE Animal Encounters Meet a resident animal and

learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Family Program: What Does Music Look Like?

Learn about the different ways music has been represented visually throughout the ages — from ancient tablets to computer-generated graphics, from staff notation to shape notes. Participants will listen to selected songs and create visual art to represent aspects of the music such as pitch, rhythm and dynamics. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame. org.

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FREE Lawn Concert Families can bring picnic baskets and

enjoy southern rock and country music by the Mystery Cowboys. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com.

Midnight Movie Summer Sequel Take in a late night screening of Aliens (rated R). The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville; 12 a.m.; $9.25 adults, $7.25 ages 12 and younger; 383-9140 or belcourt.org. FREE Open House and Season Preview Enjoy fun and

games during NCT’s open house starting at noon, then at 2 p.m. see short excerpts of all five shows in the upcoming season. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 12 p.m.; 254-9103 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

FREE Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema Enjoy an out-

door screening of the 1953 film, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (rated G). All ages. The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 7:43 p.m.; 383-9140 or belcourt.org.

FREE Smokin’ in McMinnville Barbecue Festival This family festival features live entertainment, food, sports competitions, a children’s play zone, several vendors and access to the Gilley Swimming Pool. McMinnville Civic Center, 500 Garfield St., McMinnville; 10 a.m.; 931-473-6611 or smokininmcminnville.com. FREE Stories with Dee Kimbrell Storyteller Dee Kimbrell

entertains all ages with interactive stories. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary. org.

FREE Summer Saturdays: Things That Fly By in the Night It’s time again for the Perseid meteor shower, so stop by

the nature center to learn about these fascinating flying objects and other celestial beings that fly by in the night. All ages. Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning

bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/ cities/nashville.tn.

FREE Tomato Art Fest The whole family can enjoy this

costume-friendly event celebrating all-things-tomato. Festivities include children’s activities and contests, a parade, live music, a recipe contest, booths featuring local artisans and businesses, and more. East Nashville’s Five Points, 1106 Woodland St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 226-2070 or tomatoartfest.com.

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Enjoy a free screening of the 1953 Dr. Seuss classic, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, at The Belcourt on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Concert Series Families can enjoy live music by Brett Eldredge and a picnic-themed menu. All ages. Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15; fontanelmansion. com.

Sundays LIVE! Costumed interpreters present “Music of the 19th Century.” All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 1:30 - 5 p.m.; $19 adults, $14 ages 13 - 18, $9 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

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their tour (Ghost Tours take place Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26). To schedule an audition time, complete the audition sheet at the website. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m.; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org/support.php.

Snack Attack Make mini corn dog bumble bees in the kitchen.

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

tue 13 FREE Ghost Tour Auditions Local actors of all ages can audition to portray ghosts depicted in stories, to create spooky sound effects and to guide visitors along dark paths throughout their tour (Ghost Tours take place Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26). To

schedule an audition time, complete the audition sheet at the website. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m.; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org/support.php.

FREE La Leche League of Portland New and expectant moms interested in breastfeeding can get information and support. La Leche League, 301 Portland Blvd., Portland; 10 a.m.; 323-7158 or facebook.com/lllofportland. FREE La Leche League of Rutherford County New and expectant moms can get support and answers about breastfeeding. Crossway Baptist Church, 4194 Shelbyville Highway, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 931-308-9817 or sewanneepossum@ gmail.com.

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Storytime All ages can listen to stories. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 and 11 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

ACC vs. SEC Golf Tournament Tee up for this four-man scramble benefiting CASA Nashville. Admission includes lunch and a Louisiana shrimp boil dinner featuring ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. Gaylord Springs Golf Links, 18 Springhouse Lane, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $200; app.etapestry.com/cart/casainc/ default/index.php.

“I Want My Hat Back” and Other Weston Woods Classics Children’s books come to life in eight fully animated

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Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn.

Science a la Carte Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Animal Antics Meet the resident ball python. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. FREE Arts in the Park All ages can participate in a variety of

arts and crafts projects. Old Fort Park Pavilion 3, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Ghost Tour Auditions Local actors of all ages can

audition to portray ghosts depicted in stories, to create spooky sound effects and to guide visitors along dark paths throughout their tour (Ghost Tours take place Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26). To schedule an audition time, complete the audition sheet at the website. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m.; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org/support.php.

FREE Kid’s Hour Dennis Scott performs music for children ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or dennisscott.net. Storytime All ages can listen to stories. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 and 11 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Family Movie Night Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outside on the big screen. All ages. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com. FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In View more than 400

Bubble Crafts Make your own bubble blower and participate in bubble games and activities. Ages 2 - 4. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Shake, Rattle & Roll Learn about percussion while making

Bluebird on the Mountain Enjoy an evening of music under

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

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Round Rock Express. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. Families can bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for an evening of live music and dancing. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 South Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Wetland Walk Embark on a guided tour of the Murfree

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

FREE Home School Group Home-schooled children ages 7 - 12 can participate in crafts and activities related to the book, Matilda. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org. Nature Nuts Participate in a “Leapin’ Lizards” program. All

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

music and children’s activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

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FREE Animal Encounters Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Parkway, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. FREE Back-to-School Bash Murfreesboro City Schools

FREE Ghost Tour Auditions Local actors of all ages can audition to portray ghosts depicted in stories, to create spooky sound effects and to guide visitors along dark paths throughout their tour (Ghost Tours take place Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26). To schedule an audition time, complete the audition sheet at the website. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m.; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org/support.php.

FREE Summer Concert Series Enjoy an evening of live

FREE All About India Explore the favors, music, stories, crafts and fashion of Indian culture. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

antique cars and hot rods and participate in children’s games and contests. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

FREE Third Friday Night Concert Series

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short films from Weston Woods Studios. Local musicians provide the score, and voice talent includes Sean Hayes, Paul Giamatti, Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi and Joanne Woodward. All ages. The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $5; 383-9140 or belcourt.org.

Celebrate all-things tomato during the Tomato Art Fest on Saturday, Aug. 10 in East Nashville.

hosts this event featuring music, games, giveaways and more. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 890-0355.

the stars by local singer/songwriters. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 6 p.m.; $95 per car; 373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.


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Bruno Mars plays Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Bruno Mars Pop sensation Bruno Mars brings his Moonshine Jungle Tour to Nashville with special guest Fitz & the Tantrums. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $49.50 - $64; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com. FREE Family Fun Day Meet Bob the Tomato and Larry the

Cucumber from Veggie Tales and participate in activities. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville; 3 - 5 p.m.; 859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

FREE Family Program: What Does Music Look Like?

Learn about the different ways music has been represented visually throughout the ages — from ancient tablets to computer-generated graphics, from staff notation to shape notes. Participants will listen to selected songs and create visual art to represent aspects of the music such as pitch, rhythm and dynamics. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame. org.

Ranch Rodeo Families can bring lawn chairs to enjoy watching cowboys, cowgirls and youth participating in rodeo activities. The public can participate in activities like sack races, wheelbarrow races, horseback riding, apple bobbing, mechanical bull rides, stick pony barrel races and more. Tap Root Farm, 4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin; 5 p.m.; $5 ages 4 and older; 594-3210 or taprootfarm.com.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Round Rock Express. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

FREE Summer Saturdays: Celebrate Hummingbirds

Learn about hummingbirds through banding demonstrations, exhibits and children’s activities. All ages. Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning

bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/ cities/nashville.tn.

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menu. All ages. Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15; fontanelmansion. com.

Sundays LIVE! Costumed interpreters present “To Avenge

Fort Mims!” All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachels Lane, Nashville; 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; $19 adults, $14 ages 13 - 18, $9 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

mon 19 Snack Attack Make watermelon pops in the kitchen. All ages.

FREE Artful Tales: Rudy Rhythm Goes Green Listen

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

OneRepublic Enjoy an evening of live music. All ages. The

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Round Rock Express. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

and play along while an art-related story comes to life, then head upstairs to the art studio and make an artwork relating to the story. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 744-3253 or fristcenter.org. Woods at Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; $47.90 $58.15; 724-1600 or woodsamphitheater.com.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Round Rock Express. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Concert Series Families can enjoy live music by Sarah Darling and a picnic-themed

tue 20 FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expect-

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

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Science a la Carte Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Home School Group Home-schooled children ages 7 - 12 can participate in crafts and activities related to the book, Matilda. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Shake, Rattle & Roll All ages can learn about the hammered

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they

Lunch and Lecture — Beyond Green: Colorful Foliage in the Garden Learn how to use colorful foliage plants which

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

challenge the Round Rock Express. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Storytime All ages can listen to stories. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 and 11 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

wed 21 Animal Antics Meet the resident ferret. All ages. Discovery

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

FREE Kid’s Hour Local children’s entertainer Ginger Sands performs an interactive music program for kids ages 10 and younger this morning in the Community Room. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or gingersands.com. Storytime All ages can listen to stories. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 and 11 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

thu 22 Bubble Crafts Make your own bubble blower and participate

in bubble games and activities. Ages 2 - 4. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Crafternoon Create a crayon resist drawing. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

can create a bold color impact in your garden that continue for many months. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 12 - 1 p.m.; $15 members, $25 non-members; 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

Nature Nuts Discover characteristics about wide-eyed owls. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Summer Concert Series Enjoy an evening of live

music and children’s activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; Streetsofindianlake.com.

fri 23 Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables

with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn.

FREE Family Movie Night Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outside on the big screen. All ages. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In View more than 400 antique cars and hot rods and participate in children’s games and contests. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

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oin Williamson Parent for our annual Back-to-School Fair at Cool Springs Galleria on Saturday, Aug. 24! This fun family event helps you get your kids ready for another fun-filled year of learning as you take in a fashion show, discover after-school enrichment programs (including music, dance, tutoring, sports and more) and see live performances by local arts schools. In addition, an array of mom stuff is on tap, including beauty, health, wellness and work-from home opportunities. While you’re there, be sure to register for giveaways. Thousands of dollars worth of goodies is up for grabs! Cool Springs Galleria is located at 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free. Call 615-256-2158 or nashvilleparent.com.

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

Wetland Walk Embark on a guided tour of the Murfree Spring

sat 24 FREE Animal Encounters Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Parkway, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Back-to-School Bash Students entering Grades K - 5

can have fun with inflatables, face painting, music, games, school supply giveaways and more. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit schools in the Goodlettsville area. Connell Memorial United Methodist Church, 113 Church St., Goodlettsville; 5 p.m. 8:30 p.m.; 859-5915 or connellumc.com.

Best Buddies 5K This run/walk features chip timing and a Kid Zone. Proceeds benefit Best Buddies Tennessee, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual disabilities and their nondisabled peers. Highwood Complex, 701 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin; 7:30 a.m.; $30 in advane/$40 race day adults, free ages 12 and younger ($10 if kids opt for chip timing); 504-6713 or bestbuddiestennessee.org/5k. FREE Family Program: What Does Music Look Like? Learn

about the different ways music has been represented visually throughout the ages — from ancient tablets to computer-generated graphics, from staff notation to shape notes. Participants will listen to selected songs and create visual art to represent aspects of the music such as pitch, rhythm and dynamics. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 5th Avenue South, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE HEART Back-toSchool Picnic Homeschool

families and those considering homeschooling can learn about the Home Education Association of Rutherford Tennessee (HEART), meet other families, connect with resources and more. Guests are asked to bring food and drinks to share. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Parkway, Murfreesboro; 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.; 8674034 or rutherfordheart.com.

FREE Lego Play Time Ages 3 and older can get creative and have fun building with Legos. Gallatin Public Library, 123 East Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 4521722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

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For August events requiring advance registration, visit nashvilleparent.com.

Enjoy the thrill of Professional Bull Riders at Bridgestone Arena Aug. 24 - 25. Preparing for a Cesarean Section Expectant parents can take part in this one-day class that covers the process of a cesarean birth, post-partum care, newborn care and a tour of the OB and surgical area. The Family Learning Center at Baptist Hospital, 2000 Church St., Nashville; 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $50; 2842229 or baptisthospital.com/childbirth. Professional Bull Riders The top 35 bull riders in the world

compete against the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $13 $104.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Summer Saturdays: More Hummingbirds!

Learn about ruby-throated hummingbirds through exhibits and children’s activities. All ages. Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning

bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/ cities/nashville.tn.

Taste of Stones River This fundraiser for the Primary Care

and Hope Clinic features menu items from 50 of the area’s finest restaurants, live entertainment from local bands and a Kids’ Fun Zone, including inflatables, face painting and more. The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro; 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.; food sampling tickets are 50 cents, admission to

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the Kids’ Fun Zone is $6 and includes all activities; tasteofstonesriver.org.

Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Atlanta Falcons during this preseason game. All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $36 - $295; 5654200 or titansonline.com. Try Boro Kids Triathlon This endurance event includes

swimming, biking and running on a safe, closed course. Each participant will be professionally timed and will receive a shirt and finisher’s medal. Ages 7 - 14. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 a.m. ages 11 - 14, 7:30 a.m. ages 7 - 10; $30; tryborokidstri.org.

sun 25 Huey Lewis & the News One of the biggest bands from

the 1980s performs its hits. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $59 - $119; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Professional Bull Riders The top 35 bull riders in the world compete against the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 2 p.m.; $13 $104.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Concert Series Families can enjoy live music by DUGAS and a picnic-themed menu. All ages. Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15; fontanelmansion.com.

Sundays LIVE! Costumed interpreters present “A Comfort-

ing Presence: Portrait Painter Ralph E.W. Earl.” All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; $19 adults, $14 ages 13 - 18, $9 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

Sunset Concert Series Enjoy live classic rock from the ’60s - ’90s by Bad Dog. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10 in advance/$12 at the gate adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or carnton.org.

mon 26 FREE Breastfeeding Support Group New moms can get

extra support and guidance for their breastfeeding concerns. Learn about baby massage, latest breastfeeding news and going back to work. Bring Baby and a sack lunch (lemonade and water provided). The Family Learning Center at Baptist Hospital, 2000 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m.; 284-2229 or baptisthospital. com/childbirth.


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sat 31 FREE 14th Annual Grape Stomp Kids and adults can have fun stomping grapes during a contest from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., then enjoy live music by Soul Soup from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 2 p.m.; 325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com. American Idol Live! American Idol Season 12 finalists

perform favorite songs from the season as well as new songs. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $33.50 - $66; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Animal Encounters Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Day Out with Thomas Please see page 71. A local boy participating in the 2012 Try Boro Kids Triathlon. This year’s event is on Saturday, Aug. 24. Snack Attack Make caramel apple nachos. All ages. Discovery

FREE Home School Group Home-schooled children ages 7 - 12 can participate in crafts and activities related to the book, Matilda. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

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Nature Nuts Go wading in the wetlands. All ages. Discovery

Science a la Carte Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Summer Concert Series Enjoy an evening of live

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

wed 28 Animal Antics Get up close and personal with the resident hedgehog. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. FREE Kid’s Hour Music and movement fun for kids with family

entertainer Rachel Sumner take place this morning in the Community Room. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

Storytime All ages can listen to stories. Discovery Center at

Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 and 11 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

thu 29 Bubble Crafts Make your own bubble blower and participate in bubble games and activities. Ages 2 - 4. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Crafternoon Create a crayon resist drawing. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

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

music and children’s activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

fri 30 Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn. FREE Family Movie Night Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outside on the big screen. All ages. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com. FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In View more than 400

antique cars and hot rods and participate in children’s games and contests. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

Shake, Rattle & Roll Discover the properties of sound and water. All ages. The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they

challenge the Iowa Cubs. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Wetland Walk Embark on a guided tour of the Murfree Spring

wetland. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300.

FREE Family Fun Day Enjoy inflatables, balloon animals, pony rides, face painting and more. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 2 - 4 p.m.; Streetsofindianlake.com. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. All ages. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; general admission is $8 in advance/$10 game day, reserved seats are $12 in advance/$15 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. FREE Summer Saturdays: Signs of Autumn The days are getting shorte,r neo-tropical birds are migrating and fall wildflowers are blooming. All ages can explore the signs of fall. Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 - 3 p.m.; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks. Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning

bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/ cities/nashville.tn.

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ACTIVITIES cheatham county Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

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

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

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

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts every Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fairytales Bookstore and More, 114-B S. 11th St., Nashville; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore.com. Gymboree Play & Music A variety of classes for ages

birth - 5 years include playtime, music, art, fitness and more at 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180, Nashville; 221-9004 or gymboreeclasses.com.

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.gov/

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

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes. com. The Music Class This early childhood music program for

ages 6 and younger is located at 5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste., 10, Nashville; 777-9314 or themusicclass.com/nashville.

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

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

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or bn.com.

Children enjoying the new Splash Pad at Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville. Lucky Ladd Farms Enjoy more than 70 activities at Middle Tennessee’s largest petting farm located at 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; Wed - Thu 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fri 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 ages 2 and older; 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931486-0113.

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs: • A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go: Ages 2 - 5 can learn letters and numbers every Tue and Thu; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3 • Activity Time with Mrs. Trina: Ages 2 - 6 can make road trip games every Thursday in June; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3 • Busy Bees: Ages 3 - 5 can learn to follow directions, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship every Tue and Thu; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040.

Ongoing programs: • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in activities that develop cognitive skills every Friday; 10 a.m.; $3 • Youth Volleyball Class: Ages 8 - 15 can learn volleyball skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

FREE Stones River National Battlefield Ranger-led

bicycle tours take place every Saturday at 11 a.m. at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf,

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

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Kids can bounce

on inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Ste. 6-9, Hendersonville; Tue - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 7 p.m.; call or check website for open play times; $5 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older; 265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter.com.

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages

2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112.

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

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

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 8248002 or visit my-gym.com/hendersonville.

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

williamson county

Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue

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

FREE Family Trivia Night Families can compete in trivia games for a chance to win a $25 gift card every Friday at 6 p.m. at Goofballs Family Fun, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 360, Franklin; 861-3668 or letsgetgoofy.com. Franklin on Foot Kids can participate in the “I Spy

Downtown Franklin” scavenger hunt every Tue and Fri at 9 a.m. on Franklin’s Public Square; $9; 400-3808 or franklinonfoot.com.

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

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

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

Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 8; 942-7911 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

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

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

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

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

Shipwrecked Playhouse An indoor play area for ages 1 - 9, featuring a 30-foot wooden pirate ship at 99 Seaboard Lane, Cool Springs. Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is $7. Call 866-9358 or visit shipwreckedplayhouse.com. FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can learn self-defense, self-discipline and safety during an introductory lesson the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday every month at 11 a.m. Robinson Taekwondo at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 8, Ste. 809, Franklin; 791-6655.

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701

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It’s time for the 2013

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Each year, you tell us who you think provides the best-of-the-best in the Middle Tennessee area.

The 2013 Best of Parenting is online

nashvilleparent.com/bop13 The poll will be open through August 31, 2013. The results will be announced in the November issue. Remember – only one ballot per household, please. See additional rules on the website.


on STAGE Take your family to a local

photo credit: Lisa Larsen

theater production!

Olde Worlde Theatre’s production of The Ugly Duckling continues Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 10, at The Belcourt.

Alice in Wonderland (Aug. 9 - 25; All ages) Center for the

Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $11 - $15; 904-2787 or boroarts.org.

All for a Song (continues through Sunday, Aug. 18; Ages 8 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Aug. 23 - 25; Ages 4 and older) The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams (Aug.

Southern Fried Nuptials (Aug. 22 - Oct. 6; Ages 12 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

29 - Sept. 15; Ages 10 and older) Studio Tenn at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $47.50 - $67.50; 538-2076 or studiotenn.com.

The Ugly Duckling (continues through Saturday, Aug. 10; All

Bud, Not Buddy (Aug. 2 - 18; Ages 8 and older) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $14 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or lakewoodtheatre.com.

Les Miserables (Aug. 8 - 10; Ages 10 and older) Boiler

Elvis Has Left the Building (Aug. 16 - 31; Ages 10 and

at Lipscomb University Theater, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $15; 332-7529 or circleplayers.net.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Aug. 23 - Sept. 14; Ages 14 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 6, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $27 adults, $21 ages 12 and younger (Tuesdays are $13.50, Thursdays are $17, Sundays are $2 off) 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

older) The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 students; 563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com.

God’s Favorite (continues through Saturday, Aug. 10; Ages 10 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 2211174 or townecentretheatre.com.

Room Theatre at The Factory’s Liberty Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; $29 - $99; 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

Rabbit Hole (Aug. 16 - 31; Ages 12 and older) Circle Players

Rent, the School Edition (Aug. 1 - 4; Ages 13 and older) Act Too players at the Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 3 and 7 p.m.; $10 - $12; 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

ages) Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; Sat 10 a.m.; $8; 300-0374 or oldeworldetheatre.com.

Witness for the Prosecution (Aug. 30 - Sept. 13; Ages 10

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

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chadderbox By Chad Young

art, music, theater and dance news in middle tenn Read reviews online at nashvilleparent.com. Click on “Things to Do”in the top menu bar.

Studio Tenn’s A Christmas Carol is part of this year’s HOT season at TPAC.

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ach school year, TPAC Education presents a variety of theatrical performances for school children (available to public, private and home-school students) via its Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT) program. Reservations for the 2013 - 2014 season begin Thursday, Aug. 1. Prices vary per show. This season’s schedule is as follows: • Sept. 18 - 30: Burden of Justice: 1863 (Grades 9 - 12) • Oct. 23 - 25: Ballet Hispanico (Grades 5 - 12) • Nov. 4 - 8: Pinocchio (Grades 3 - 6) • Dec. 3 - 6 and 10: A Christmas Carol (Grades 6 - 12) • Jan. 28: The Barber of Seville (Grades 9 - 12) • Feb. 4 - 7: Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch (Grades PK - 2) • Feb. 19: Fisk Jubilee Singers (Grades 5 - 12) • March 4 - 7: Leo (Grades 5 - 12) • April 9: Otello (Grades 9 - 12) • April 23 - 25: Give Yourself a High Five (Grades PK - 2) In addition to the performances, TPAC Education also provides classroom enhancements, including teacher guides, available weeks prior to each show in order for educators to help familiarize students with what to look for in a production. For more information, including show descriptions, visit tpac.org and click on the “TPAC Education” tab.

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ashville’s oldest community theater — Circle Players — celebrates its 64th season with the announcement of five shows, one which is kid friendly featuring a favorite ogre:

• Aug. 16 - 31: Rabbit Hole • Nov. 15 - Dec. 1: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest • Jan. 23 - Feb. 2: Dreamgirls • March 7 - 16: Shrek the Musical • May (TBA): bare, a pop opera Individual tickets are $18 adults, $15 students. Learn more and get tickets at circleplayers.net.

reba at the hall Reba McEntire is one of the most successful female country artists of her generation, and come Friday, Aug. 9, a new exhibit opens at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Reba: All the Women I Am is a biographical exhibit running through June 2014. McEntire will do a live interview at the Hall on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Access to the theater comes with paid museum admission. Seating is limited; you’ll need a program pass to secure a spot. Get it at countrymusichalloffame.org.


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Fit Family Challenge Wrap-Up

Check presentation from Coca-Cola to Nashville with Butch Golson (Harris Teeter), Stewart Day (Nashville Parent), Mayor Karl Dean, Bob Bedell (Coca-Cola), Sandra Moore (Metro Council, District 17) and Mark Abernathy and Carl Moore (both with Harris Teeter).

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Nashville Parent wrapped up the eight-week Fit Family Challenge that ran April 15 - June 10 with a press conference on Thursday, June 27 at Sevier Park. The event — which included CocaCola, Mayor Karl Dean and representatives from Harris Teeter — marked Nashville’s success in winning the Fit Family Challenge. Bob Bedell, unit sales manager for CocaCola Bottling Company Consolidated, presented Mayor Dean with a $10,000 check for the city of Nashville. The money is going toward exercise equipment at the forthcoming community center in Sevier Park. In addition, Bedell, Nashville Parent Publisher Stewart Day and Mayor Dean presented the McAtee family of Antioch with the grand prize trip to Universal Orlando Resort. Thanks again to all the families who participated in the Fit Family Challenge and helped Nashville beat Charlotte! Here are some fun facts about the challenge: • 787 families were registered • 2,601 total participants • 544,715 total minutes of activity logged • 70 percent of activities took place outside

Stewart Day talking with Jonathan and Amanda Saad, one of the challenge families.

Stewart Day, publisher of Nashville Parent magazine.

• 20 percent of activities was playtime • 19 percent was spent walking • 16 percent was from exercise classes • 7 percent came from sports activities • 8 percent was biking • 5 percent was swimming

In the front, Dyan Damron, Teresa Birdsong, John Humble and others listen to Mayor Dean give his speech.

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