Nashville Parent magazine August 2022

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Positivity and as little stress as possible will help your kids to start the year off right.

21 School Safety Update

Everybody’s thinking about school safety. Here’s the plan going forward, plus parenting tips to help.

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DAY BY DAY By Susan Swindell Day

You Do YOU for Your Kids’ Sake

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ere you are in the real world with your kids as summer is winding down. You’re a mom or a dad, and the school year approaches. You’re in the pushup-your-sleeves reality of raising kids even as the strife around the world troubles your mind. Safety and back to school are at the top of your mind, but you’re just a regular parent and you don’t have an expensive security detail to protect your kids when they’re away from you. You have YOU, your instincts and the leadership around you, which you are charged to trust — whether you agree with it or not. But something is simmering in the world amid this reality: the question of keeping kids safe — mentally and physically — while getting them well educated. A higher number of parents than ever before are fed up with the do-aswe-say aspect of sending kids to public school today. All together, America’s public schools have lost at least 1.2 million students since 2020, according to a recently published national survey from returntolearntracker.net. But in their defense, public schools have been through it. It’s not their fault the pandemic and remote learning happened. From all of the pandemic stresses, many beloved teachers threw in the towel. Current news shows a new COVID variant circulating; how can we be sure schools won’t simply shut down again or force kids to mask up again? And the reality of masking kids has come home to roost: our littlest ones are behind developmentally and socially. Analytics firm Renaissance Learning’s analysis of nationwide K - 12 test scores show that almost 40% of students across America fell below benchmarks in math last year. Half fell below benchmarks in reading. And those numbers represent a decline across both subjects nationwide, over the previous year. For young kids, the picture isn’t pretty: Half of entering first-graders this year are reading below expectations, vs. 28% pre-pandemic. This new moment is ushering in an unprecedented push to do what you have to do. Raise your kids the way you want to raise them, design lessons around the way your kids learn best and with school books approved by you. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past month reading about the growing desire of parents to homeschool for many of the reasons sited above. Homeschooling at its best allows you to know your children well and to design learning experiences for them based upon their learning styles. Yes, it’s daunting to get started — it may seem impossible — but there’s vast support available here in Middle Tennessee to bolster your efforts. I hope school shootings end. I hope COVID finally disappears from the face of the Earth. I hope schools return to joyful spaces where kids are excited to be and thriving educationally. But until all of this changes, I’m all for homeschooling. Find help for that on page 24. And do your best to stay positive going into the new school year!

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FEED BACK QUESTION: “My MIL is constantly sending me unsolicited advice about how to heal non-existent health problems in my 10-month-old baby. How can I tell her enough is enough without starting a fight and harming our already stressful relationship more?”

Gracefully Declining Advice “Sometimes saying nothing is better than saying something you’ll regret later.” Clarice Baker “Better set boundaries now, or it’s gonna be a looooong road of unsolicited advice. If she’s doing it already, she likely will keep doing it. Just politely say, “If we are looking for advice we will ask, thank you for thinking of us.” Since it’s your husband’s mom, maybe it would be better coming from him.”

“Thank you, we will mention it to the pediatrician and see what he thinks.” Jenelle Elizabeth “I’m wondering if your baby has some health issues? If he’s happy and healthy, ignore her. Point out the fact that the baby’s so healthy already. Why would you try to fix something that’s not broken? Pat Lans

“Just because she is sending it doesn’t mean you have to follow it. You can only control how you react. If you don’t want to see it, don’t read/open it.”

“‘I appreciate your concern, and am happy to have this info should we come to need it. But at the moment, Baby is healthy, happy, and so are we. Feel free to save any info you find, and should I need it, I’ll be sure to ask for it.’”

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“I would have my husband address this with her since it is his mom and therefore maybe avoid any issues. He needs to phrase it as Alexis (above) stated. Or you could honestly just delete the texts and move on or email.

If she’s discussing it with you then I would just discuss. But if it’s electronic why even mention? She’s just trying to help. Honestly just ignore it if you don’t want it. Not sure why this is such an issue.” Laura O’Brien Mills “A simple, ‘I will file this away in case we need it one day’ and move on.” Dawn McQuilkin Newton “Thanks for this amazing information! Very Interesting, for sure. Luckily, (insert baby’s name here) pediatrician says we are healthy and well, and we will be continuing our current food routines because of that! (Insert excited smile and clap here).” Katie Hanback “Just graciously say thank you and ignore everything she says.”

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Take Charge, But Be Nice, Too • Don’t take it personally • Use humor then change the subject • Use silence: When a comment is made, look at your MIL but say nothing. After a few moments, change the subject. • Present a united front: You and your husband approach together and let her know that while you appreciate her insights and suggestions, the two of you have determined what parenting style works best for you, and you do not really need her input. Source: From the book, Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-inLaw by Deanna Brann, Ph.D. (Ambergris Publishing; 2016).


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Nashville Ballet Offers an Array of Fall Classes for Kids

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ashville Ballet’s Children’s Division classes gets rolling on August 15 with a new crop of fall classes for kids. The focus on young dancers is in developing a love for movement and the arts while instilling cognitive and gross motor skills and creative problem solving. Classes are for girls and boys and include “Dance With Me,” for 2-year-olds (along with a parent or caregiver); “Joy of Dance” for ages 3 and older; “Creative Movement” for ages 4 and 5; “Pre-Ballet I” for ages 5 and older; “PreBallet II” for ages 6 and older and “Pre-Ballet III” for ages 7 and older. Youth classes for older kids include “Youth Beginner Ballet;” “Community Youth Intermediate;” “Community Youth Advanced;” and “Youth Community Jazz.” Read class descriptions, learn tuitions and enroll your kids now at nashvilleballet.com.

Ballet Students Can Audition for Cinderella Nashville Ballet is featuring School of Nashville Ballet students in Paul Vasterling’s Cinderella, slated for performances Oct. 6 - 9 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. The ballet is holding auditions on Sunday, Aug. 21 for dancers ages 5 - 7. Register your dancer online for an audition at nashvilleballet.com/youth-cast-information.

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Encores Consignment Sale South Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 11 from 12 - 6 p.m.; Sept 12 - 15 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (50% off) Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (75% off) Location TBD encoresconsignmentsouth. com

tock up on children’s clothing in all sizes as well as home furnishings and more at area fall consignment sales. Most sales offer special days for workers and consignors and even half-price days. So, clean out your closets! Floods Of Duds Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (50% off) 217 East Main St., Hendersonville floodsofduds.com Hooked On Consignment Aug. 25 from 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 from 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 162 Imperial Blvd., Hendersonville hookedonconsignment.com

Rhea Lana’s Of Franklin Aug. 21 from 12 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22, 23, 24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 209 S Royal Oaks Blvd., Franklin franklin.rhealana.com

Sales start this month in the different counties within Middle Tennessee. HUM School Children’s Consignment Sale Sept. 8 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (50% off) 205 Belinda Dr., Hermitage facebook.com/HUMSchool

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Crieve Hall Preschool Consignment Sale Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sept 10 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (50% off) 4806 Trousdale Dr., Nashville crievehallpreschoolsale.com

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• Early Bird registration is now open for the 2022 FRANKLIN TURKEY TROT and ends Aug. 31 for the 23rd annual Thanksgiving morning 10K, 5K and race on November 24, 2022. Early Bird prices are $15 for the 1K Turkey Chase for ages 9 and younger, $40 for the 5K, and $45 for the 10K. Prices after Aug. 31 will be $5 higher except for the 1K, which will stay the same. To learn more and to register, visit turkeytrotfranklin.raceroster.com. • ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER’S NEW TEMPORARY EXHIBIT will explore the critical relationship between rainforests, the life they contain and the global

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ecosystem. A fully recyclable “set” will be constructed to simulate a natural rainforest environment that combines creating and art with ecology and sustainability. The exhibit will include a series of colorful wall panels, each featuring an organism from one of Earth’s many rainforests. These panels — like almost everything in the gallery — will be fabricated from fullyrecyclable cardboard. More than 2,000 square feet of the first floor of the science center will be utilized to bring the exhibit to life from September 1, 2022 - Spring 2023. Find out more at adventuresci.org/ explore/recycle-rainforest.


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Back-to -School 411 It’s been a rough couple of years for educators, kids and parents, but time marches on. Be ready to meet the challenges ahead come the first day of school

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he new school year is here, and while your kids may lament that fact (and you not so much), it’s so much more helpful to make a plan for their success! Here’s helpful advice for a smooth start:

BACKPACKS

Plenty of kids will trudge through their days taking their backpack with them just so they don’t have to stop at their locker. That’s a lot of carrying around. Know that the backpack shouldn’t weigh more than one-fifth of your child’s weight says the American Academy of Pediatrics’ spokesperson, Amna Husain, M.D. Check your child’s backpack daily to help him ease his load!

SPECIAL HEALTH NEEDS

Does your child have asthma or a food allergy or require medication at school? Most schools insist that inhalers, EpiPens and other medical needs be kept with the school nurse. Make sure your kids always know where their needs are.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Schools provide lunch menus through their lunch payment portals. Review the lunches and talk about healthy eating and choices. Some kids prefer to bring their lunch and can make them themselves.

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Also, make a point to have lunch with your child at school. You’ll need to be “cleared” in order to do this, so be sure to sign up for that volunteer badge.

STUDY AND SCREEN TIME

Husain says homework MUST be separated from screen time unless the work requires a computer. Even then kids can flip around to content they’d rather see! Establish homework rules you can all agree on, i.e., 20 minutes of work, a 10-minute break.

KNOW THE KIDS

The single best thing you can do for your child is to know their friends and know their friends’ parents. When your child knows you are involved and in the know, they’re much less likely to make risky decisions. Also, know that most kids need help making friends at first. Be the “ice breakers” by introducing yourself to other parents from your kids’ classes, set up get-togethers and be open to invites.

HOME ALONE

A kid should be at least 12, Husain says, in order to stay home alone. Items like Ring doorbells have become go-tos for busy parents. Make sure your child can reach you by phone, and in case of an emergency, what they should do. Also make sure your child has the phone number of a neighbor should anything come up.

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Be Hands On, Parents!

Easing First-Day-ofSchool Fears

BE INTERESTED

in what your kids are studying at school. Some parents enjoy taking a “we’re studying this together” approach, literally working on every subject together. Your involvement in your child’s learning depends on the age of your child, of course, and their aptitude, but no matter what, always find a moment to check in with your child about what they’re studying in school and bring what you know to the table.

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ORGANIZATION

is a challenge for ALL kids. Beginning at a young age, encourage your child to keep a homework assignment notebook or folder. Often, elementary school grades will have assignments listed for the week on the teacher’s smart board or the teacher will send an email home. Go through each of your kids’ backpacks with (with your child) so they get used to this routine and learn the ins-and-outs of what needs to be kept and worked on and what can be tossed or handed to you.

CREATE ROUTINES

when it comes to homework and projects. Make a plan that works for each of your kids and stick with it. With after-school activities cutting into free time at home, your week nights will start shaping up as the first few weeks of school progress. The good news is, kids love routines and knowing what is expected of them — you just have to get it started. If you want them to shower the night before school and lay out their outfits for the next day, put that into their routines. Your child’s personality and strengths will come into play in knowing what you can expect of each of your children each day.

Be there for reassurances and hugs! Rebecca Paige, Gallatin “Slowly start talking about it as a good thing to do. Help to get him excited by taking him to buy supplies, picking out his own things.” Amanda Nichols, Nashville “My daughter isn’t very excited about it right now, but kids sort of live in the moment, don’t they? At supper she complains even though it may be her favorite food. Then she sits down and talks about how delicious it is. So, until school actually starts back, I’ll just have to listen to the moaning and complaining. I have to work really hard to keep a positive attitude — hoping one day it wears off on her.” Lindsey Benson, Nashville

GET AHEAD OF THE GAME Make bedtime count. A week before school starts, establish your child’s “school bedtime” and wake-up time. Practice setting alarms. Start mornings right. Be up before the kids so you can have a moment to yourself. Get breakfast going as well as lunches. Let your kids wake themselves, but check in that they are up and at’em. Stay off your phone; watch the clock. Don’t minimize fears. Acknowledge and validate your kids’ uneasy feelings about the first day and let them know that EVERYONE has first-day jitters. Make sure kids know the drill. Make sure your child knows the right bus they’re taking or what the plan is for their pick up (car pool) and they have any notes they need per school requirements about transportation.

“Talk about it. Even add it into actual playtime. It’s a great time to teach lifelong lessons here — raising hands, washing hands, sharing, asking for assistance. Everything he takes with him as an independent person is important. Remember, praise him when he deserves praise!” Amy Schlosser, Bellevue “Take a field trip to the school! Teachers are usually working in their classrooms the week before school starts. Stop in and say, “Hi!” and of course, make it to any back-to-school celebrations your school may have. It’s fun for the kids to see everybody again.” Julia Drown, LaVergne “This isn’t first day, but my daughter has generalized anxiety and my son becomes overstimulated and misses me during the day. I send them both to school with a small notebook so they can write down what’s bothering them at school to discuss at night when they get home. I did this last year and it really helped. I’ll do it again this year.”

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By Susan Swindell Day “I’ve heard from many parents with a great deal of concern: You love your kids more than anyone. We need you to partner with us. It will require the efforts of all of us together to keep schools safe. We can be vigilant and manage to protect the innocence of our kids.” — Governor Bill Lee

School Safety and

Moving Forward From Here Just as last year’s school season was wrapping up, the shootings in Uvalde, Texas happened, exposing deep weaknesses in human responses and security systems. As the new school year gets underway, Tennessee schools are stepping up to the safety challenge, and engaging the community to help, too.

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ome parts of life are just not fair. There’s no getting around

about to start for the fall semester. The summer months have seen schools

to, as the very first step, do that which we know that we can control,” Lee told reporters

horrible tragedies. They hap-

across the nation review and revise their safety

at a press conference. The executive order

pen. And there’s no easy way

protocols and procedures. Everyone agrees

Lee signed is aimed at providing parents the

around human error either.

that children and educators MUST be safe at

information they need in addition to developing

But as all adults learned

school.

standards for active shooter trainings.

when they were young, we must try and try

In June, 2022, Governor Bill Lee signed

“We’re going to bring more accountability

Executive Order 97 to provide funds to en-

to that process and make sure that school

hance school safety across Tennessee and to

districts themselves certainly can make deci-

last May, Robb Elementary School in Uvalde,

promote engagement with parents, schools

Texas endured a tragic active shooter situation

and law enforcement.

sions about specifically what they do in their districts, but making sure they are in fact, making those decisions,” he adds.

again until we get it right. Just as the school year was winding down

that looms all too real again now that school’s

“I believe the state has a responsibility

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school safety Lee’s order, which essentially doubles down on preexisting school safety protocols, calls for an increase of school safety plan audits. It encourages hiring more school resource officers (SROs) and also creates a school safety resource and engagement guide for parents while encouraging them to take part in community discussions with law enforcement about securing schools. The order directs state agencies to provide more guidance on working with existing safety laws including school safety plans, improving school building security and reaching into staff to help with safety and mental health issues. All parents and school personnel are being asked to ensure school building security is in place with a single point of entry and multiple points of exit; securing access points; and reporting suspicious activity. “This order requires more frequent, unannounced, security assessments at every school in Tennessee to ensure that back doors are locked and that protocols are being followed,” Lee says. “We can’t take for granted the fundamental practices that make a space secure.”

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he American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says parents are in the best position to help kids cope with the awareness they need to stay safe in a dangerous situation. In talking with your kids, keep their ages in mind. KINDERGARTEN & EARLY ELEMENTARY AGES Guard against giving young children too much information, says the AAP. You can inform your kids that their school and home are generally safe and that adults are available to protect them. Young kids respond well to simple examples of school safety like reminding them the exterior doors are locked, just as you have your home doors locked at night. UPPER ELEMENTARY AND EARLY MIDDLE SCHOOL AGES These ages may be more vocal in asking questions about whether they are truly safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. You can share the information with them about your school’s safety plan and any other relevant communication to ease their mind. UPPER MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL AGES These ages may have strong and varying opinions about causes of violence in school and society. In talking with them, you can stress the role that kids have in maintaining safe schools by following the school’s safety guidelines (not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, reporting threats to school safety made by other students, for example).

Susan Day is editor of this publication and a mom of four.

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Communication is Everything While all Tennessee schools are working with the state to better secure their facilities, Lee’s plan is based on building better communication with parents, school employees, law enforcement and the community to help in identifying and notifying about concerns. In Rutherford County, Safe Schools Director Patty Oeser agrees that communication is everything when it comes to safety in schools. “I want the kids to know, whether it’s in-person or through the county website (Rutherford uses STOP!T, an online app to empower the community to anonymously report anything of concern to school officials), they can report things. It’s a team effort. We can’t fix things unless we know,” she adds. In Williamson County, every visitors must show a photo identification before being allowed inside a school. This includes all teachers and administrators who must wear i.d. badges at all times. “We take safety seriously in Williamson County Schools,” says Michael Fletcher, security director for Williamson County Schools Safety and Security. “We have a School Resource Officer (SRO) in each building and two in our larger high schools; we all say it and it really is true: if you see something, say something,” he adds. Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) does not have SROs at its elementary schools, but aims to have two officers per high school and one per middle school. Meanwhile, the school district’s security officers rotate throughout the district, responding to incidents as needed, according to MNPS spokesman Sean Braisted. Part of Lee’s executive order calls for local law enforcement to receiv new active shooter training standards. It is key for officers faced with impossible situations to have confidence in their training because, as Lee says, bravery and preparedness go hand-in-hand. With news trickling out of Uvalde that the law enforcement response was less than stellar, it’s important to remain vigilant as the school year gets underway. In the meanwhile, it’s key for parents to focus on maintaining a normal routine when school begins and to limit discussions and viewings of uncomfortable or scary discussions about difficult events. It’s OK to review safety procedures with your kids and to help them identify at least one adult at school or in the community to go to if they feel at all threatened or at risk of danger.

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By Janie Snyderman rustrated by the excessive quiz-and-test strategy found in Common Core State Standards a few years ago in public schools, and with the too-high price tag found in private education, many Tennessee parents defected to homeschooling. The mass exodus continues today with nods to the pandemic, forced vaccinations and masking and the question of what’s actually being taught in schools today. Parents are stepping up to meet the needs

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of their kids their own way. “We’re heading up our kids’ education,” says Jessica Brown, a mom of three, ages 11, 9 and 6. Brown home educated her two oldest last year and is turning in an “Intent to Homeschool” for her kindergartener this fall, as well. Like many parents of school-age kids, Brown grew dissatisfied with the content of instruction in public schools and in trying to make sense of it all. Making the switch to homeschool wasn’t easy. “I went through a kind of values-based soul searching,” Brown says. “What do I want? What do I want for my kids? I have to admit, I

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was scared. Would I be able to be a meaningful teacher? Could I do the math, or would I need to get outside help? And what about sports teams for the boys? While I know public schools are supposed to allow home-school kids to play sports with them, would they really? Or would they let them try out and then quietly cut them? Plus my husband and I both work — how on earth would we do this?” she fretted. The hand twisting continued into the school year. “In 2020, I dreaded sending my kids back to school — and our school has great people in it! Great teachers. It would have been so much


back to school more convenient to just keep doing what we were doing,” she says. But by Christmas, the Browns had finally had enough, and Jessica took her cue from her sons. “The boys were tired and hapless about school — what a loss! They never talked about anything they were learning, they didn’t want to read. It was nights of flashcards. If I could sum up their education at that point, I would say it was all about flash cards,” Brown says. They decided the boys would not return after Christmas break. Instead of delivering the kids to their brick-and-mortar school one brisk January day, Brown walked into the school office and delivered the “Intent to Homeschool” forms. “It was the scariest moment,” Brown says. “I was really stepping out and putting myself on the line. But it also was one of the bravest moments I’ve had,” she adds. She was taking a leap of faith with a determination to manage her boys’ education with her husband, sharing the teaching duties and getting closer to their sons. They wanted to know just how much their boys actually had retained of their educations so far. They needed to know what the boys needed now, and where they should start. They felt alone at first, but it didn’t last long. “Support came really fast,” Brown says. “I easily connected with other home-school moms who congratulated me on taking back my kids and who were eager to help me be successful. It was astonishing, actually.” “My boys are both really smart,” Brown says. “But they had been slogging through their days when they were enrolled at school. When we told them that we were going to homeschool them they were shocked — and thrilled.”

Numbers Don’t Lie Today, as many as 2.5 million of the nation’s 77 million school-age kids are home educated, and the number is growing. There has been a significant increase in those figures from 2019 to 2021. One of the highest concentrations of home-schooling families is in the South, and the number of them is growing as more and more parents choose to take education into their own hands. These parents want control to teach what they want. They want to take time with their kids, helping them embrace hands-on learning for real without the derailing influences of whatever is going on in the U.S.

politically. The long-ago assumption that homeschooling is somehow weird and different has evolved into home-schooled kids are lucky and advanced. The truth is, homeschoolers get into top-ranked colleges and graduate at higher rates. Plus, study results from the National Home Education Research Institute show that home-schooled children perform better on academic tests than public school children.

How Parents Do It Some home-schooling parents put together personalized education programs themselves, while others purchase curriculum and other resources. According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, some parents take the traditional approach using textbooks and workbooks to teach writing, grammar and spelling through repetition. There’s also the “classical” approach model which emphasizes grammar and logic through the study of great works of Western literature. “We definitely were not completely ready,” says Brown. “At first — as I tried to figure out my teaching process — I wrote two weeks’ worth of lesson plans from sourcing books at the library. That got a bit time consuming! Then I settled on the Robinson Curriculum, and it’s been fantastic,” she adds. “I do think it’s hard if one of you is not a stay-at-home parent,” Brown says. “Luckily, I have flexibility with my job and can work from home, so I work in the morning from 7 to 10 and then often at night, too. The boys have work they can do without me and then we check in. Lots of times we go to the park just to get out, and I take them on field trips all of the time. We talk about it all,” she says. “I find ways to get my work done, and so far it’s worked out.” But what about sports teams and that little thing known as socializing? “My older boys both play travel soccer, so they have a lot of friends from that. My boys have plenty of friends, that’s not anything I ever really worry about, and I invite kids over a lot because that’s how I get my breaks!”

Questions and Answers Many parents want to homeschool their kids but doubt they have the patience or skill to do it. That’s where tutorial schools and co-ops can play a role. The Middle Tennessee Home Education Association’s (MTHEA) website lists them, and they exist to partner with parents in education. These options provide support

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and resources such as mom-to-mom support meetings and mentors, academic support and competitions, daily opportunities for homeschooling families and more. “My biggest concern was about my boys’ records and making sure they are at grade-level or higher,” Brown says. “I decided to sign up with an umbrella school since that’s how they help,” she adds. MTHEA lists numerous umbrella schools, including Home Life Academy which guides home-schooling parents with record keeping, transcripts, grade reporting and more.” Janie Snyderman is a mom and freelance writer.

Get Started with HOME-SCHOOLING Getting started with homeschooling requires a leap of faith. Here’s help:

FIRST STEPS: 1. Register your child with either the local superintendent or a Church-Related School 2. Give your school notice that you will be homeschooling 3. Build your team (join MTHEA; locate a support group, etc.) 4. Research and select curriculum for your child 5. Gather information on homeschooling and become informed on its legal aspects

HOME SCHOOLING IN TENNESSEE

tn.GOV/education/school-options/ home-schooling-in-tn.html Get an Intent to Homeschool form here, an attendance calendar and find answers to your home-schooling questions in the FAQ section.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE HOME EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (MTHEA): mthea.org The local chapter of the Tennessee Home Education Association, this organization can connect you to other homeschoolers, groups and online communities. Find Umbrella Schools, support groups, events and more.

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County Fairs = Family FUN Two of the best things about August are the Williamson County and Wilson County fairs, but there are plenty others to explore in Middle TN!

On Your Radar

Events to look forward to next month.

Editor’s Picks: 29 Gabe’s Chemo Duck

Race at Nashville Shores

30 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

32 Sumner Fest 34 Tomato Art Fest 36 PBR: Nashville

Stampede Days

40 Tennessee Titans Preseason

42 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration

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DAILY EVENTS MON 1 EARLY EXPLORERS 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Kids can enjoy exhibits, storytime and activities at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville) from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $18 for adults & $14 for youth; free for members.

TINKERING GARAGE FINAL DAY adventuresci.org

The final day of the popular Tinkering Garage workspace at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville) is Monday, August 1. Explore engineering, math and construction. Make your own robot, dig into Storybook STEM, work on a gravity car — the possibilities are endless.

FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES library.nashville.org

Age-appropriate songs, activities and lots of early literacy fun on Monday mornings at multiple Nashville Public Library branches. Participating branches include Inglewood (10 and 11 a.m.), Bellevue (10:15 a.m.), Donelson, Edmondson Pike, Old Hickory, East and Richland Park (10:30 a.m.). Call ahead to make sure there are open spots.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

CREATIVE ZONE: COOL CARS AND DRIVABLE DESIGNS

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Kids and adults will marvel at European arms and armor at the Frist Art Museum (919 Broadway, Nashville). See full suits of armor, mounted equestrian figures, helmets, swords and other weaponry. Head to the Frist through October 10 to catch the exhibit, housed in the upper-level galleries. The Frist is open Mon, Fri and Sat from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Thu from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Ages 18 and younger are free. Adults are $15; Seniors (65+) are $10.

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Participants will design their own car from everyday materials from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville). Attendees will explore the vehicles on view in the museum galleries, including Elvis Presley’s “Solid Gold” Cadillac. Then, they’ll create their own drivable design to “roll the windows down and cruise.” Recommended for ages 5 and older. Included with museum admission; Free to museum members.

FREE NMAAM PRESENTS: RHYTHM AND DRUMS

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This National Museum of African American Music workshop focuses on rhythm and drums at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Hickory Library (1010 Jones St., Old Hickory). For ages 0 - 5.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

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FREE READING PAWS AT LINEBAUGH 615-893-4131 x 114 rclstn.org

This producer-only market located in the indoor/open air Community Center at Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd., #101, Murfreesboro) is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to noon.

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT nurturenashville.com

Come read to friendly reading education assistance dogs Stevie or General at Linebaugh Library (105 West Vine St., Murfreesboro) from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Registration is required.

Sing along, find your rhythm and move with joy from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Nurture Nashville (992 Davidson Drive, Suite 102, Nashville). Cost is $12 per child. Grownups & precrawling baby siblings are free.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

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Drop by the Bracken Children’s Garden Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville) for hands-on activities and story times at 10, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. $25 for adults, $18 for ages 3 - 17; members are free.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

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The Franklin Art Scene hosts free art crawls on the first Friday of each month from 6 - 9 p.m. Many of the galleries and working studios serve complimentary refreshments during the evening, and some offer live music.

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Live puppet shows at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Church Street Park (600 Church St., Nashville) or in the Children’s Theater at Nashville Public Library (615 Church St., Nashville). The show runs 30 - 45 minutes and is for ages 0 - 6, but all are welcome.

FREE KIDS WATER DAYS AT PINKERTON PARK

Come to Pinkerton Park (405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin) for water relays, water balloons, inflatables, water slides, beach balls and more from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring your swimsuit and a beach towel, and they’ll provide the rest — including a snack.

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT TN STATE MUSEUM 615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

Join the Tennessee State Museum (1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville) for a variety of activities happening Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

BUSY BEES CLASS FOR KIDS 615-893-7439

A children’s class (ages 3-5) where they play physically active games at 12 p.m. at Patterson Park Community Center (521 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Murfreesboro). The instructor plays music and is engaged with them. Cost is $3.

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET eastnashvillemarket.com

A community market every Tuesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 5th & Woodland in East Nashville. Park for free at the corner of 6th & Main St.

FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET tsfarmersmarket.org

A mid-week market with fresh produce every Tuesday from 4 - 7 p.m., through October at Homestead Manor (4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station).

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS

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Movie fans can see a movie at any AMC Theatre for $5 plus tax on Tuesdays. It allows AMC Stubs’ program members — which is free to join — to see any available showtimes at the discounted rate, even for tickets purchased in advance from third-party sites such as Fandango.

FREE 12 SOUTH FARMERS MARKET 12southfarmersmarket.com

A community market with live music and food trucks every Tuesday from 4 7 p.m. through October at Sevier Park (3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville).

FREE END OF SUMMER POPSICLE PARTY 615-862-5866

Drop by the Inglewood Library lawn between 5:30 and 7 p.m. (4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville) to celebrate the end of summer with free popsicles, games, crafts and plenty of Summer Reading Challenge prizes.


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Happens at Richland Park Library (4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville) every Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

HAMILTON

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The Tony-winning international sensation plays in TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St., Nashville) through August 7. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Tickets start at $49.

WED 3 FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES library.nashville.org

Songs, activities and early literacy fun on Wednesday mornings at multiple Nashville Public Library branches. Participating branches include the North, Hermitage and Madison (10 a.m.); Bellevue (10:15 a.m.); Edmondson Pike, Inglewood and Richland Park (10:30 a.m.) branches. Call ahead to make sure there’s open spots.

FREE PRESS PLAY AT CHURCH STREET PARK 615-862-5800

Bring your little ones to Church Street Park (600 Church St.), across from the Main Library, for summer fun Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Every week a new performer is in the spotlight. The event will take place in the grass, so a blanket or mat is suggested. For ages 3 and older.

FREE NASHVILLE BALLET STORYTIME: CINDERELLA library.nashville.org

Join a Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist to hear the story of Cinderella’s magical night at 10:30 a.m. Performances are today at the Edmondson Pike Library (5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville) and Aug. 4 at the Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville).

FREE KIDS WATER DAYS AT PINKERTON PARK See Tuesday, August 2.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT TN STATE MUSEUM See Tuesday, August 2.

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Enjoy a summer special at Brentwood Skate Center (402 Wilson Pike Cir., Brentwood) today and tomorrow from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7; $4 skate rental and $3 entry fee for nonskating adults.

Racers, take your mark because Duck Derby 2022 is almost here. The big day is August 6 at Nashville Shores. Reserve your racer(s) for only join $5 per duck, and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize! FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH & FITNESS CLASS FOR WOMEN 615-862-5871 thenewbeginningscenter.org

Includes 30 minutes of exercise and healthy lifestyle tips every Wednesday at Southeast Branch Library (5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch) from 6 - 7 p.m. Register online.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT TN STATE MUSEUM See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN 615-969-2738 members.gallatintn.org

HAMILTON

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THU 4 FREE NASHVILLE BALLET STORYTIME: CINDERELLA See Wednesday, August 3.

PARENT + TOT FAMILY YOGA nurturenashville.com

Little ones can develop flexibility and confidence through basic yoga poses, games and stories from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Nurture Nashville (992 Davidson Dr., Suite 102, Nashville). Cost is $12 per child, grownups are free.

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Thursdays thru October 6 from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Goodlettsville Visitor’s Center at Moss-Wright Park (705 Caldwell Dr., Goodlettsville).

FREE EL MUNDITO STORYTIME AND CRAFT

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Join in for a Spanish learning storytime and craft at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood). Learn new vocabulario, and make a fun craft from 4 - 5 p.m. (for ages 3 - 5) or 5 - 6 p.m. (for ages 6 - 10).

Cruise in to the Gallatin Civic Center (210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin) every Thursday through October 27 with your antique classic or just unusual car! This is a family-friendly event with 60s’ music playing as you view the cars from 4 - 8 p.m.

THE THEATER BUG‘S 7 WAYS TO SUNDAY

Created in partnership with The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, this show helps teens suffering from depression understand that they are not alone. Performances are at The Looby Theater (2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville) through Aug. 7; Thursday - Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Cost is $15.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES thestreetsofindianlake.com

Bring lawn chairs or enjoy ample seating at the plaza for this live summer concert series under the stars at the Streets of Indian Lake (300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville) Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through August 25.

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THURSDAY NIGHT OUT AT CHEEKWOOD 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Enjoy musical performances, food and spirits, lawn games and wellness classes at Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville) every Thursday from 5 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members, $45 for not-yet members.

FREE MUSIC ON MAIN (GOODLETTSVILLE) goodlettsville.gov

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for this live concert series outside Goodlettsville City Hall (105 N Main St., Goodlettsville) at 6:30 p.m. Tonight’s show features music by Erickson & Youn.

FREE BOOTS ABOVE BROADWAY LINE DANCING assemblyfoodhall.com

Every Thursday at 7 p.m., head up to Skydeck on Broadway (5055 Broadway Pl., Nashville) to learn a few line dances and two-step patterns. At 8 p.m., show off what you’ve learned while local musician’s take the stage with classic country tunes. This event is for ages 18 and older only.

HAMILTON

See Tuesday, August 2.

VINCE GILL ryman.com

See Nashville Country Music icon Vince Gill perform live at Ryman Auditorium (501 Broadway, Nashville), featuring Wendy Moten. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets (online only) start at $65.

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THINGS TO DO FRI 5 FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

KROGER SAFARI FRIDAYS nashvillezoo.org

Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free ticket deal on Fridays in August at Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville).

FREE HIP DONELSON FARMERS MARKET

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A fresh, local, producer-only market every Friday (except Labor Day Weekend), through October, from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Mansion (3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville).

FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS 615-395-0102 arringtonvineyards.com

Enjoy tunes, food from local vendors and all around good vibes every Friday at Arrington Vineyards (6211 Patton Rd., Arrington) from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

FREE FIRST WILD FRIDAY AT SHELBY BOTTOMS 615-862-8539

Join Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson St., Nashville), and get to know some of the wild animals that can be found right outside your home from 3 - 4 p.m.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX 615-270-8705 musiccitygp.com

The streets of downtown Nashville will come alive with the sounds of music, food and racing today through Sunday. The temporary track takes racers by Nissan Stadium and over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville. Tickets start at $35.

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT TN STATE MUSEUM See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE FRANKLIN ART CRAWL artscouncilwc.org/art-crawl

Crawl through Franklin’s most historic buildings on the first Friday of each month from 6 - 9 p.m. Many of the galleries and working studios serve complimentary refreshments during the evening, and some offer live music. In addition, enjoy free trolley rides provided from 6 - 9 p.m.

THE THEATER BUG‘S 7 WAYS TO SUNDAY See Thursday, August 4.

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The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix roars back to Nashville August 5 - 7! The temporary track takes racers by Nissan Stadium and over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville. WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR

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Nine days of fun for all ages includes great food, music, rides and games at the AgExpo Park (4215 Long Lane, Franklin) running today through Saturday, August 13. In addition, enjoy the return of favorites like the Children’s Barnyard and daily entertainment by Piccolo Zoppe Circus, Jurassic Kingdom and Little 1’s Farming! New attractions this year include the Sea Lion Splash and Megamorph – a full size automobile capable of transforming into a huge robot right before your eyes. Adults are $12, children 6 - 12 are $7 and children 5 & younger are free.

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE CONCERT SERIES ON THE MURFREESBORO SQUARE

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Enjoy live music on the Murfreesboro square (10 N. Public Square) from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. The band is Mix Tape.

GHOSTS OF GALLATIN HAUNTED TOUR

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Whether it’s manifestations, murder, mayhem or a mischievous mannequin, guests can expect a fun and entertaining time at the Sumner County Courthouse (100 Public Sq., Gallatin) at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $12 for children 12 & under.

HAMILTON

See Tuesday, August 2.

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

The American rock group delivers its signature sound to the Schermerhorn (1 Symphony Pl., Nashville). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

FREE MT. JULIET MOVIES IN THE PARK: CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG

Bring your blanket for a family movie at the Charlie Daniels Park amphitheater (1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet). Film starts at 8:15 p.m. and concessions are available.

VINCE GILL

See Thursday, August 4.

SAT 6 FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET factoryatfranklin.com

Supplying local produce Saturdays at The Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Road, Franklin) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET mainstreetmurfreesboro.org

Fresh produce on the square of downtown Murfreesboro every Saturday through October, 8 a.m. until noon.

FREE NOLENSVILLE FARMERS MARKET nolensvillefarmersmarket.com

Fresh produce on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Mill Creek Church of Christ (7260 Nolensville Road, Nolensville).

FREE ROBERTSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Browse fresh produce on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. through August 27 at Robertson County Fairgrounds (635 Highway 41, Springfield).

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT TN STATE MUSEUM See Tuesday, August 2.

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FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET

A weekly market open Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. through September across from Gallatin Fire Department (160 W Franklin St., Gallatin).

FREE HENDERSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET

Shop for in-season produce from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. every Saturday at The Streets of Indian Lake (300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville).

FREE KITTEN READING CLUB See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE HOME DEPOT KIDS’ WORKSHOP homedepot.com

Kids can head to their local Home Depot on the first Saturday of each month to build a mini “summer Camper” in this workshop from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Visit the website to reserve your spot.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY YOUTH MAGIC GROUP rclstn.org

Aspiring magicians can join at 9:30 a.m. for this magic group for ages 6 - 12 at Smyrna Library (400 Enon Springs Road W, Smyrna) on the first Saturday and Linebaugh Library (105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro) on the second Saturday of each month.

BABY GOAT CUDDLING 615-481-9546 noble-springs.com

Come to Noble Springs Dairy Farm (3144 Blazer Road in Franklin) to pet goats and other farm animals. Arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to join in on a guided tour at 11 a.m. Cost is $12. Children 2 and younger are free.

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THINGS TO DO FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON

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Join Kidsville at the Parthenon on select Saturdays each month. Families with children ages 12 and younger can enter the Parthenon (2500 West End Avenue, Nashville) for free. A Kidsville team member will take registrations at the entrance of the Parthenon beginning at 10:30 a.m. Programs last from 11 - 11:45 a.m. and are located upstairs in Parthenon’s Naos room which houses the statue of Athena.

FREE CHESS CLUB AT HENDERSONVILLE LIBRARY

youseemore.com/hendersonville Come out to Hendersonville Library (140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville) on the first Saturday of every month for this Chess Club with Mr. James at 11:30 a.m.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS lanemotormuseum.org

The Lane Motor Museum (702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville) has more than 580 cars in its collection, but only space to display about 150 cars at any given time. While visitors can always explore the upstair’s collection, a vault tour takes place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 per participant (in addition to museum admission, which is $3 for kids and $12 for adults).

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES 615-395-0102 arringtonvineyards.com

Come out to Arrington Vineyards (6211 Patton Road, Arrington) for live jazz and bluegrass Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 - 8 p.m.

FAMILY PROGRAM: SONGWRITING 101

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Up, up and AWAY! Sumner County’s premier hot air balloon festival, Sumner Fest, is set to illuminate the skies of Hendersonville on Saturday, August 6 at Sanders Ferry Park. Tethered rides will be available for kids and families. 3ICE

FREE SUMNER FEST

NASHVILLE SC HOME GAMES

A new, six-team, independent, threeon-three professional ice hockey league in North America is coming to Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Games start at 3 p.m. and tickets start at $29.

Sumner County’s premier hot air balloon festival is set to illuminate the skies from 4 – 9 p.m. at Sanders Ferry Park (513 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville). Enjoy food, fun and entertainment. In addition, there will be tethered hot air balloon rides available for interested kids and families.

Cheer on the Boys in Gold as they take on the Portland Timbers at the new GEODIS Park (501 Benton Avenue, Nashville). Tickets start at $22.

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BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX See Friday, August 5.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

Join a museum educator at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) to write a song as a group in an introductory workshop. Attendees will share ideas and craft an original song inspired by a Chris Stapleton composition from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. . Recommended for ages 8 and older, but all are welcome.

GLOW IN THE PARK

FREE BEGINNER UKULELE WORKSHOP

FREE BIG BAND DANCES

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Participants learn and practice ukulele basics and play a few familiar songs starting at 2 p.m. at Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville). Ukuleles provided or bring your own. Recommended for ages seven and up.

GABE’S CHEMO DUCK RACE chemoduck.org

Enjoy Nashville Shores water park at a discounted rate (with $3 of it going to the Gabe’s Chemo Duck program). At 3 p.m., 2,500 rubber ducks will race around the lazy river. The winning duck’s owner will receive $1,000 (duck adoptions are $5).

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615-610-9500 myadventurepark.com

Zipline through glowing trees with music and more at The Adventure Park at Nashville (801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville) on Saturdays from 5 - 9 p.m. Cost is $42.

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GHOSTS & CAMPFIRES HISTORICAL HUNT

Join resident paranormal team, Medics4Paranormal, for a one of kind slumber ghost hunt at Historic Rose Mont (810 South Water Ave., Gallatin). Bring your own tent and be prepared for food, fun and campfire stories. Check in starts around 4 p.m. Check out is 9 a.m. the following day. Cost is $50.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR See Friday, August 5.

KIDS NIGHT OUT AT BOOST GYMNASTICS 615-352-8533 boostgymnastics.com

Dance the night away every Saturday through August at Centennial Park’s Event Shelter (2500 West End Avenue, Nashville). A live big band provides the music while you and your kids learn a different dance style. There’s always a free lesson for everyone at 7 p.m. and the evening’s big band takes over at 7:30.

Drop the kids off at Boost Gymnasticss (11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville) from 6:30 - 10 p.m. Kids can enjoy flashlight tag, obstacle courses, games and more. Pizza is provided. Cost is $25; $20 per additional sibling.

GHOSTS OF GALLATIN HAUNTED TOUR

Drop the kids off for a well-deserved parent’s night out on select Saturdays from 6 - 10 p.m. at Summit Sports Center (2015 Johnson Industrial Blvd., Nolensville). Kids can enjoy pizza and refreshments along with playing in the obstacle course, bounce house, foam pit, in-ground trampolines and more. Cost is $35 per child.

See Friday, August 5.

THE THEATER BUG‘S 7 WAYS TO SUNDAY See Thursday, August 4.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT AT SUMMIT SPORTS CENTER summitsportscenter.com

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HAMILTON

See Tuesday, August 2.

SUMMER LAZE LASER SHOW 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Escape the heat at the Sudekum Planetarium inside Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville) Saturdays from 6:15 – 7 p.m. Cost is $11 for non-members; $7 for members. The show runs 37 minutes and is recommended for ages 6 and older.

VINCE GILL

See Thursday, August 4.

FREE SUMMER STAR PARTY

Join local astronomers to view the night sky through telescopes at Warner Parks Special Events field (7311 Highway 100, Nashville), including Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, nebulae, star clusters and more. Starts at 8:30 p.m.

SUMMER TRIBUTE SERIES: MOTOWN TRIBUTE wcpactn.com 615-786-0186

This series features performers that celebrate and pay homage to the music of a particular artist or group at Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park (112 Everbright Ave., Franklin). Tickets are $25 for adults, $22.50 for children/seniors. Show starts at 7 p.m.


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LITTLE LEAPERS 615-987-0102 skyzone.com

Ages 7 & younger can enjoy the trampoline park from 9 - 11 a.m. Fridays and Sundays at Sky Zone (1220 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro) Cost is $14.99.

BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX See Friday, August 5.

CHUCK E. CHEESE SENSORYSENSITIVE SUNDAYS chuckecheese.com

On the first Sunday of every month, Chuck E. Cheese’s near Rivergate Mall (2070 Gallatin Road N, Madison) opens two hours early from 9 - 11 a.m. for children with autism and other special needs.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY JUMP urbanair.com

Urban Air Adventure Park (4331 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory) is transformed into a calmer atmosphere for kids with special needs and sensory processing difficulty the first Sunday of each month from 9 - 11 a.m.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN

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Hug cows, give pigs tummy rubs, spend time with the turkeys and enjoy the Gentle Barn (9295 Christiana Fosterville Road, Christiana) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger.

FREE FLEA MARKET SUNDAYS AT PLAZA MARIACHI plazamariachi.com

REO Speedwagon and Styx join forces live at Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Ave. S, Nashville) at 6:45 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS See Saturdau, August 6.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

See Friday, August 5.

See Tuesday, August 2.

HAMILTON

See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

THE THEATER BUG‘S 7 WAYS TO SUNDAY

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT

See Thursday, August 4.

See Tuesday, August 2.

VINCE GILL

See Thursday, August 4.

FREE TUESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES

MON 8

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS

FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES

BUSY BEES CLASS FOR KIDS

See Monday, August 1.

See Tuesday, August 2.

EARLY EXPLORERS

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Tuesday, August 2. See Tuesday, August 2.

See Monday, August 1.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR See Friday, August 5.

See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 615-862-5863

Celebrate the start of a new school year in the teen room of Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Ave., Nashville) with video games, crafts, snacks and more from 2 - 6 p.m. For grades 6 - 12.

Enjoy live music, circus performances, and great deals on fresh produce, clothing, furniture and more at Plaza Mariachi (3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Play around with provided LEGOs, Duplos and Mega Bloks at Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Ave., Nashville) from 2 - 4:30 p.m. For ages 2-12.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR See Friday, August 5.

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The Disney film comes to life in a oneof-a-kind concert event at FirstBank Amphitheater (4525 Graystone Quarry Lane, Franklin), featuring the entire film and an onstage band celebrating all the record-breaking hit songs from the beloved soundtrack. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: TAIL WAGGIN’ TUESDAYS

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Are your kids still singing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno?” Take them to FirstBank Amphitheater on August 9 so they can sing along to the film while a live band plays the score.

FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES See Wednesday, August 3.

FREE PRESS PLAY AT CHURCH STREET PARK See Wednesday, August 3.

FREE BANJO DEMONSTRATION AND PETTING ZOO 615-862-5858

Learn about the banjo’s history and try one for yourself (with guidance from a professional). Program happens from 10 - 11 a.m. at North Branch Library (1001 Monroe St., Nashville).

Learn coding online and with your friends at the code club at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood). Happens from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Registration required. For grades 3 - 5.

ENCANTO: THE SING ALONG FILM CONCERT

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN

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FREE 12 SOUTH FARMERS MARKET

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Saturdau, August 6.

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, To Kill A Mockingbird, making its Nashville premiere at TPAC (505 Deaderick S., Nashville) August 9 - 14. Tickets start at $36.

FREE FIERO CODE CLUB

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES

615-782-4040 tpac.org

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Tuesday, August 2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Swing on over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On Tail Waggin’ Tuesdays, dogs are allowed entry at the ballpark to watch baseball with their owners.

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FREE READING PAWS OLD HICKORY 615-862-5869

Join a trained reading dog between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for a reading session at Old Hickory Library (1010 Jones St., Old Hickory). Call to reserve your spot.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: WINNING WEDNESDAYS

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Swing on over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On Winning Wednesdays, the first 1,000 fans receive a scratch-off card with a guaranteed prize. Also, if the Sounds win, fans get to run the bases!

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH & FITNESS CLASS FOR WOMEN See Wednesday, August 3.

HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD See Tuesday, August 9.

THU 11 TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

PARENT + TOT FAMILY YOGA See Thursday, August 4.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR See Friday, August 5.

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THINGS TO DO FREE GOODLETTSVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Thursday, August 4.

FREE ALL ACCESS NIGHT AT DISCOVERY CENTER explorethedc.org

A time for special-needs families to enjoy the exhibits at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad St., Murfreesboro) in a sensory-friendly environment from 5 - 7 p.m.

FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN See Thursday, August 4.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: THROWBACK THURSDAYS

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Swing on over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On Throwback Thursdays, The Sounds wear their 1978 uniforms to commemorate the team’s original uniform style.

FREE BOARD GAME BONANZA 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Unwind with a board game or two. Bring your own or play one from the collection at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Rd., Brentwood). Happens from 4 - 5 p.m. For grades K-5.

FREE HIP DONELSON FARMERS MARKET FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS See Friday, August 5.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR See Friday, August 5.

FULL MOON PICKIN’ PARTY 615-862-8555 warnerparks.org

HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD See Tuesday, August 9.

Swing on over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On select Fridays, you can watch the Nashville sky light up with a postgame FOX17 Friday Night Fireworks show.

boostgymnastics.com

Bounce and play in the gym at Boost Gymnastics (11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville) on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per child. Supervising adult required for all participants under 4.

FREE TOMATO ART FEST tomatoartfest.com

See Thursday, August 4.

See Tuesday, August 9.

615-690-4487 tickets@nashvillesounds.com

BOOST GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM

See Friday, August 5.

The unique, bluegrass music series allows families to hear local musicians play under the full moon from 6 - 10 p.m. at Percy Warner Park’s Steeplechase Infield (2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville). Adults are $25, youth ages 7 - 17 are $10, children 6 and younger are free. Must register online.

FREE BOOTS ABOVE BROADWAY

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: FOX17 (FIREWORK) FRIDAYS

This annual art and music festival features food and contests dedicated to all-things tomato at Five Points in East Nashville (1106 Woodland St.). There’s a kids’ art show, parade, live music, a 5K and more.

OWL PROWL

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Come out to Owl’s Hill (545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood) and enjoy the sights and sounds of day turning to night. Program is from 7 - 8:30 and costs $15. Must register.

POD SAVE AMERICA: LIVE tpac.org

A live taping of the political podcast at Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Ave. N, Nashville). At each show, the hosts invites local politicians, newsmakers and personalities to join them on stage. Show starts at 8 p.m. Cost is $39.50.

WAY LATE PLAY DATE: BOLDLY GO BEYOND! adventuresci.org

Those 21 and older can join the Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville) for this Star Trek-themed, after-hours event jam-packed with Star Trek references and space-related activities. Starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $30-$35.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS nissanstadium.com

See rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform live with special guests The Strokes and Thundercat at Nissan Stadium (1 Titans Way, Nashville) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46.50.

FREE WHITE HOUSE MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

The final summer movie under the stars features Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at White House Municipal Park (420 Highway 76, White House) starting at 7:30 p.m. Dress as your favorite Marvel character and enjoy the treats lined up for you.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES See Thursday, August 4.

FREE MUSIC ON MAIN (PORTLAND)

August’s Music on Main features live music with Dalton Elliott from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at 106 Main St., Portland. Before the concert at 6 p.m., there’s a “pep rally” for the Portland High School football team and other sports.

THURSDAY NIGHT OUT AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, August 4.

FRI 12 TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE THE TEMPEST

An original and kid-friendly adaptation based on the play by William Shakespeare, featuring Tom Tichenor’s marionettes. Presented in the Children’s Theatre of Nashville Public Library (615 Church St., Nashville) Fridays and Saturdays, Aug 12 - 20, at 10:30 a.m. Running time is 30 minutes. Recommended for ages 4-10.

KROGER SAFARI FRIDAYS See Friday, August 5.

The annual Tomato Art Fest is on Friday and Saturday, August 12-13 in East Nashville. The two-day annual event includes a tomato art show, a home decorating contest, a “push, pull, and wear” parade and more!

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THINGS TO DO SAT 13 BABY GOAT CUDDLING See Saturday, August 6.

FREE NATURE HIKES AT GLEN LEVEN FARM

615-244-5263 landtrusttn.org/glen-leven-farm

Get out in nature at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s 64-acre Glen Leven Farm (4000 Franklin Pike, Nashville) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The Nature Trail is recommended for ages 6 and older.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

SATURDAYS ON THE PORCH AT WYNNEWOOD 615-452-7070 historiccastaliansprings.org

Experience a mini-field trip at Historic Wynnewood (210 Old Highway 25, Castalian Springs) at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Reservations are required and cost is $6 for ages 5 and older.

FREE OLLIE OTTER PROGRAM AT LINEBAUGH

NERF WARS AT MPACT SPORTS

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Ollie Otter teaches kids about car seat safety and the hands-free Tennessee initiative. Program happens at Linebaugh Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro) from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR See Friday, August 5.

FREE BIG BAND DANCES See Saturday, August 6.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturdau, August 6.

FREE PICKIN’ IN THE PARK wmattmeyer@gmail.com

Hear live music and dance the night away at Sarah Benson Park (1513 Thompson’s Station Road W, Thompson’s Station) 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: HIT CITY SATURDAYS 615-690-4487

mpactsports. com/nerfwars

Community Nerf Wars at Mpact Sports (121 Seaboard Lane, Suite 1, Franklin) happen twice a month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Price is $10 per warrior. Make sure to bring your Nerf Gun (available to purchase also) and protective eyewear.

BACK TO SCHOOL FAMILY NIGHT AT THE SPEEDWAY 615-254-1986 thefairgrounds.com

Come out to Fairgrounds Speedway (625 Smith Avenue, Nashville), the oldest running Short Track in the country, for a discounted night of racing starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for senior & military, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids under 5.

SUMMER SONGWRITER SERIES AT ROCK CASTLE 615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET

Swing over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On Hit City Saturdays, the ballpark livens up with entertainment options.

Come out to Rock Castle (39 Rockcastle Lane, Hendersonville) for food trucks, inflatables, yard games and music from 5 - 9:15 p.m. Adults are $10 and children are free.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET

GLOW IN THE PARK

SONGS AND STORIES AT HISTORIC STONEWALL

See Saturday, August 6.

See Saturday, August 6.

FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE NOLENSVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE ROBERTSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY YOUTH MAGIC GROUP See Saturday, August 6.

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON See Saturday, August 6.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS See Saturday, August 6.

See Saturday, August 6.

FREE TOMATO ART FEST See Friday, August 12.

SUMMER LAZE LASER SHOW See Saturday, August 6.

THE SINATRA EXPERIENCE WITH DAVE HALSTON franklintheatre.com

Enjoy an evening of music, fun and Frank Sinatra’s most popular songs at The Franklin Theatre (419 Main Street, Franklin). There are two shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55.

HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD See Tuesday, August 9.

Head to Historic Stonewall (332 E Main St., Gallatin) to hear live music on the lawn. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Find your spot, eat some food, grab a drink and tour Stonewall. Opening bands play from 7 - 7:30 p.m. Headliners will be on stage from 8 - 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

SUMMER TRIBUTE SERIES: JOHNNY CASH & PATSY CLINE See Saturday, August 6.

LADY A

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See the Country Music group perform live Aug. 13 - 14 at Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Ave. N, Nashville). Shows starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $76.

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See Friday, August 12.

The Sinatra sound and swagger comes to the Franklin Theatre with a swanky Vegas vibe on Saturday, Aug. 13.

See Sunday, August 7.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturdau, August 6.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN See Sunday, August 7.

FREE FLEA MARKET SUNDAYS AT PLAZA MARIACHI See Sunday, August 7.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE TOMATO ART FEST See Friday, August 12.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS See Saturday, August 6.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, August 7.

FREE FIERO CODE CLUB See Wednesday, August 10.

HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD See Tuesday, August 9.

LADY A

See Saturday, August 13.

NASHVILLE SC HOME GAMES See Saturday, August 6.

MON 15 FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES See Monday, August 1.

EARLY EXPLORERS See Monday, August 1.

FREE READING PAWS AT LINEBAUGH See Monday, August 1.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE VINTAGE BASE BALL

TUE 16

The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball play “old-school”style baseball games at Oaklands Mansion (900 N Maney Ave., Murfreesboro) at 12 and 2 p.m.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: FAMILY FUN SUNDAY

See Tuesday, August 2.

tennesseevintagebaseball.com

615-690-4487

FREE THE TEMPEST

LITTLE LEAPERS

Swing over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see our minor-league baseball team. On Family Fun days, enjoy child-focused giveaways and postgame running the bases. Game starts at 2:05 p.m.

nashvilleparent.com

See Tuesday, August 2.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE TUESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES See Tuesday, August 2.

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Little ones will learn about the Latino culture through stories, music and movement at Edmondson Pike Library (5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville). Come out at 10:30 a.m. to listen to a story, dance and learn Spanish.

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT See Tuesday, August 2.

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE 12 SOUTH FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE “LIFE MAZE” AND “TOO MANY BALLS”

Teens ages 12 - 18 can come to Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville) at 2:45 p.m. for two cool activities: “Life Maze”, a high-energy activity reinforcing that life is full of important decisions; and “Too Many Balls,” an activity showing the importance of setting effective limits and boundaries in order to prevent stress.

BUSY BEES CLASS FOR KIDS

THU 18

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET

PARENT + TOT FAMILY YOGA

FREE HENDERSONVILLE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Thursday, August 4.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK See Tuesday, August 2.

See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE GOODLETTSVILLE FARMERS MARKET

WED 17

See Thursday, August 4.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

FREE CRAFTERNOON

FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES

Are you a master maker? Come out to Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood) for a freewheeling crafternoon where you can make what you imagine with plenty of supplies. Happens from 4 - 5 p.m. For grades 3 5. Registration required.

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Wednesday, August 3.

FREE PRESS PLAY AT CHURCH STREET PARK See Wednesday, August 3.

FREE MADISON KNIGHTS CHESS CLUB 615-862-5868

Learn about the great game of chess on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Madison Library (610 Gallatin Pike S, Madison).

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH & FITNESS CLASS FOR WOMEN See Wednesday, August 3.

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR wilsoncountyfair.net

The biggest fair in the state returns August 18 – 27 at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center in Lebanon. This year’s theme is “95 Reasons to Celebrate Tennessee.” There will be livestock shows, motorsports events, music on nine stages, all kinds of exhibits, Fiddlers Grove Historic Village, more than 60 carnival rides for children and adults and more. Gates open Monday - Friday at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 12 p.m. Gate admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and children 5 & younger are free.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Nashville’s first-ever professional bull riding team, The Nashville Stampede, hosts its inaugural homestand at Bridgestone Arena Aug. 19 - 21. Tickets start at $20.

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Spend the Dog Days of summer at oneC1TY (8 City Blvd., Nashville) or Academy Park (120 Everbright Ave, Franklin) as the Nashville Shakespeare Festival brings two plays — August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Cymbeline plays August 18 – 21, September 4 – 5 and September 10 – 11 at oneC1TY. Gem of the Ocean runs August 25 – 28, September 1 – 3 and September 8 – 9. Both plays then perform at Academy Park September 15 – 18. Evenings will begin with food vendors at 5:15, “Insight” talk at 5:30, pre-show concert at 6 and the main performance at 7 p.m.

See Thursday, August 4.

FREE 3RD THURSDAY ON MAIN CONCERT IN GALLATIN 615-452-5692 DowntownGallatin.com

Live music on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This show features the “Michael Vance Trio.”

FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN See Thursday, August 4.

FREE BOOTS ABOVE BROADWAY See Thursday, August 4.

THURSDAY NIGHT OUT AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, August 4.

FRI 19 TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE THE TEMPEST See Friday, August 12.

FREE HIP DONELSON FARMERS MARKET See Friday, August 5.

FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS See Friday, August 5.

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR See Thursday, August 18.

FREE SPRINGFIELD MOVIES: THE PRINCESS BRIDE

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Enjoy family-friendly movies at Robertson County Fairgrounds (4635 US-41, Springfield) on the third Friday of each month through September. Movies start at sunset.

FREE FRIDAY FILMS

Start the weekend off right each week with a film from Nashville Public Library’s diverse collection. Friday movies show at the Main Library (615 Church St., Nashville) starting at 3:30 p.m. and the Donelson Library’s (2315 Lebanon Pike, Nashville) “Double Feature Fridays” start at 12 p.m. Snacks are provided. For grades 6 - 12.

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County fair season is here! Gather your family and friends and bring your appetite for those deep-fried delicacies, press your luck at the game booths and be fearless on those high-flying rides. Ten upcoming fairs have been rounded up to entertain Middle Tennessee families throughout August and September: 1. Macon County Fair

3. Putnam County Fair

4. Cumberland County Fair

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Dates: August 1 – 6 Location: Macon County Fairgrounds (231 Russell Dr., Lafayette) Description: Features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, agricultural exhibits, animals, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors, a wide variety of food and attractions.

Dates: August 4 – 13 Location: Putnam County Fairgrounds (155 Fairground St., Cookeville) Description: Features food, pageants, horse & mule shows, livestock shows, a demolition derby, monster trucks, motorcycle/ATV racing and more.

Dates: August 15 – 20 Location: Cumberland County Fairgrounds (34 Music Road, Crossville) Cost: $5 (children under 5 are free) Description: Exhibits, contests, pageants, food, rides and more.

2. Williamson County Fair williamsoncountyfair.org Dates: August 5 – 13 Location: Williamson County Agricultural EXPO Park (4215 Long Lane, Franklin) Hours: Monday - Friday gates open at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at Noon. Crowd Favorites: Enjoy the return of the Children’s Barnyard and daily entertainment by the Piccolo Zoppe Circus, Jurassic Kingdom, chainsaw artist Roark Phillips and Little 1’s Farming. (Stage shows are free with admission unless otherwise noted). New this year: Taikai V Arcade, the Sea Lion Splash (pictured to the right), a hay bale decorating contest, the “Jekyll and Hyde” carnival ride and the Megamorph – a full size automobile capable of transforming into a huge robot, right before your eyes. Cost: Adults are $12, children 6 – 12 are $7 and children 5 & under are free.

One of the new attractions at the Williamson County Fair this year is “Sea Lion Splash,” a presentation that showcases the relationship between an “adopted family” of rescued sea lions and their handlers.

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4 and a Goat Show on Monday, Sept. 5. Cost: Thursday is $10 for adults and children (special BOGO for $30 Midway armbands); Friday is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 7 - 12 years old; Saturday is $12 for adults, $5 for kids 7 - 12 years old; Sunday is $10 for adults and children; and Monday is $12 for adults, all kids get in free. Midway single tickets are $1.50.

8. White County Fair whitecountyagfair.com

Fair favorite the “Euroslide” is one of the many rides families can enjoy at the Wilson County Fair - Tennessee State Fair, returning to the Wilson County Fairgrounds August 18 - 27.

5. Cheatham County Fair facebook.com/CheathamCountyFair Dates: August 16 – 20 Location: Cheatham County Fair Grounds (Fairgrounds Road, Ashland City) Description: Celebrate the fair’s 75th Anniversary. Features children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, agricultural exhibits, animals and a wide variety of food and attractions. Notable events: Autism morning on Friday, August 19 from 9 to 11a.m., where rides will run without music and lights and are free; the Demolition Derby on Friday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m.

6. Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair

clogging and square-dancing competitions, and pageants from the Doll Parade to Ms. Senior, along with our Fairest of the Fair. In addition, hypnotists, ventriloquist, Doodles the Clown and the Torres Circus shows are always crowd favorites. Headlining this year will be oldies, Country and gospel band “Highway 96” on the Entertainment Stage on Sunday, August 21 at 7 p.m. and Monday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m., with the Cedar Creek Boys opening. Kids events: Kids can bring their batterypowered toy cars for races at the Motorsports Arena on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Don’t have a battery-powered toy car? There will also be a pedal-push toy tractor race where the tractors will be furnished. Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and children 5 & under are free.

7. Maury County Fair

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Dates: August 18 – 27 Location: James E. Ward Agriculture Center (945 E Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon) Hours: Gates open Monday – Friday at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 12 p.m. Description: This year’s theme, “95 Reasons to Celebrate Tennessee” will spotlight every county. There will be livestock shows, motorsports events, music on 9 stages, all kinds of exhibits, Fiddlers Grove Historic Village (where you can step back in time and see demonstrations of years past) and over 60 carnival rides. Entertainment: With ten stages, every night will be packed with something to see. For example, Young Country Night will be at the Opry Stage on Saturday, August 20. Be sure to stop and listen to the jazz, Bluegrass, and country music on various stages.Watch the

Dates: September 1 – 5 Location: Maury County Fair & Exposition (1018 Maury County Park Dr., Columbia) Hours: Gates open Thursday – Friday at 4 p.m. (Midway opens at 6 p.m.), Saturdays at 12 p.m. (Midway opens at 2 p.m.) and Sunday – Monday at 2 p.m. (Midway opens at 3 p.m.) Description: The fair consists of multiple arenas offering a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment. Many of the most popular exhibits have returned this year including the Kids Zone, with exotic animals on display, live science shows and a monster truck rally. Notable events: In the Back Arena at 6:30 p.m., see Monster Trucks on Thursday, Sept. 1; a Tractor Pull on Friday, Sept. 2, Motocross on Saturday, Sept. 3, the Rodeo on Sunday, Sept.

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Dates: September 2 – 10 Location: White County Fairgrounds (565 Hale St., Sparta) Hours: Gates open weekdays at 4 p.m., weekends at 12 p.m. Description: Carnival rides, agricultural exhibits, Senior’s Day, Children’s Day. Dairy, poultry, beef shows. Car races, gospel singing, backhoe competition, tractor pulls, arts and crafts and heritage skills. Cost: $5 every day except Tuesday, Sept. 6. Carnival armbands range from $15 - $20.

9. Robertson County Fair robertsoncountyfair.com Dates: September 20 – 24, 2022 Location: Robertson County Fairgrounds (4635 US Hwy 41, Springfield) Hours: 5:30 p.m. each night except 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 Description: Features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides and a wide variety of food. Dine on southern barbeque, Polish sausage, turkey legs, bucket-o-fries and many other fair delicacies. Other activities include a demo derby; baby parade; antique tractor pull; and a hot rod garden tractor pull. Cost: Monday – Thursday $12 (all ages) covers fair and carnival rides; Friday and Saturday – Adults are $10 and Students are $5 (*doesn’t cover rides)

10. Middle Tennessee District Fair lawrenceburgtnrotary.org/mtdf.php Dates: September 23 – October 1 Location: Lawrenceburg Rotary Park (927 N Military Ave., Lawrenceburg) Hours: Gates open at 2 p.m. opening day, 8 a.m. on Saturdays, 1 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. on weekdays Description: The fair brings exciting attractions, great food, and top-notch entertainment together in an affordable, family-friendly atmosphere.

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FREE LEGO CLUB AT LINEBAUGH 615-893-4131 x114 rclstn.org

Join other enthusiasts for an openended LEGO maker-space and see what you can create from 10 - 11 a.m. at Linebaugh Public Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro).

FREE HANDS ON SCIENCE! 615-862-5862

Join Goodlettsville Library (205 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville) for various hands-on science activities focusing on kinetic energy from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Participants will also build race cars, catapults and rockets. For ages 10 - 18.

FREE JR. SERVICE LEAGUE OF GALLATIN STORYTIME

615-451-3319 www2.youseemore.com/gallatinPL Join the Junior Service League of Gallatin for story time on the third Saturday of every month at Gallatin Public Library (123 E. Main St., Gallatin)! Reading starts at 11 a.m.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturdau, August 6.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE HANDMADE MARKET 310-751-8962

A variety of vendors, food trucks and arts and crafts for the kids from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hendersonville City Hall (101 Maple Dr. N, Hendersonville).

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON

Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans play in preseason home games Aug. 20 and 27 at Nissan Stadium. FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, August 18.

PBR: NASHVILLE STAMPEDE DAYS

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Nashville’s first-ever professional bull riding team, the Nashville Stampede, hosts its inaugural homestand Aug. 19 - 21. Come out for festival entertainment alongside the league’s new bull riding games at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Tickets start at $20.

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY boroarts.org

Four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate — and an impromptu happy hour — and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Performances are Aug. 19 - 28 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Center For the Arts (110 W College St., Murfreesboro). Adults are $18; children are $14. Rated PG.

SAT 20

FREE LOWE’S BUILD & GROW WORKSHOP

BABY GOAT CUDDLING See Saturday, August 6.

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE BLACK ARTS BASH 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville,) will celebrate Black artists with music, dance, storytelling, spoken word and more from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Families will enjoy storytime and hands-on activities for children as well as a collaborative art project.

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Cruise into various Lowe’s locations with your mini DIY-er for this month’s Muscle Car Kit! They’ll provide all the parts needed to roll away with a fun, hand-built car that kids can really play with. Workshop happens from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Reserve your spot online. Walk-ups accepted at 12 p.m.

FREE THE TEMPEST See Friday, August 12.

FREE PINK CHRISTMAS CAR SHOW 615-497-3149 rivergate-mall.com

Come out for food, fun, music and a car show at RiverGate Mall (1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville), all while helping give back to breast cancer survivors, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

See Saturday, August 6.

TENNESSEE TITANS PRESEASON titansonline.com

Titan Up for another year of football! The Tennessee Titans 2022 preseason home games will be Saturday, Aug. 20 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Saturday, Aug. 27 vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Both games are at Nissan Stadium (1 Titans Way, Nashville) Kickoff at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR See Thursday, August 18.

PBR: NASHVILLE STAMPEDE DAYS

See Friday, August 19.

CABARET ON STAGE WITH LIZ CALLAWAY tpac.org

See Saturday, August 6.

Studio Tenn and TPAC team up to present this show featuring Emmy Awardwinning actress Liz Callaway (Merrily We Roll Along; Baby) with Broadway, television and film actor Jason Graae (Falsettos, Wicked). Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75.

FREE TOMATO ART FEST

FREE BIG BAND DANCES

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS

See Friday, August 12.

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THINGS TO DO SUMMER TRIBUTE SERIES: NEIL DIAMOND

FREE JAZZ ON THE CUMBERLAND

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Enjoy the best local and national jazz artists from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Cumberland Park (592 S. First St., Nashville). with food trucks, concessions, vendors and a “Kid’s Fun Play Zone.”

See Saturday, August 6.

See Thursday, August 18.

GLOW IN THE PARK

See Saturday, August 6.

SUMMER LAZE LASER SHOW See Saturday, August 6.

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY See Friday, August 19.

SUN 21 LITTLE LEAPERS

See Sunday, August 7.

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THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY

See Friday, August 19.

NASHVILLE SC HOME GAMES

See Saturday, August 6.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES

MON 22

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR

See Saturdau, August 6.

See Sunday, August 7.

FREE FLEA MARKET SUNDAYS AT PLAZA MARIACHI See Sunday, August 7.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS See Saturday, August 6.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN

See Thursday, August 18.

FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES

See Monday, August 1.

EARLY EXPLORERS

See Monday, August 1.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

See Sunday, August 7.

See Tuesday, August 2.

NASHVILLE BEATLES BRUNCH

TUE 23

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“Come Together”at City Winery Nashville (609 Lafayette St., Nashville) to see Forever Abbey Road, comprised of four professional Nashville musicians who demonstrate what the Beatles might sound like if they were around today with current technology and modern rock energy. Show starts at 12 p.m. and tickets start at $15.

FREE VINTAGE BASE BALL

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The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball play “old-school”style baseball games at at Bicentennial Capitol Mall (600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville) at 12 p.m.

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR See Thursday, August 18.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, August 18.

PBR: NASHVILLE STAMPEDE DAYS

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The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration —the largest horse show for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed — will be held August 24 - September 3 in Shelbyville. WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR

FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET

CREATIVE ZONE: COOL CARS AND DRIVABLE DESIGNS

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH & FITNESS CLASS FOR WOMEN

See Thursday, August 18.

See Tuesday, August 2.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Tuesday, August 2.

See Thursday, August 18.

See Monday, August 1.

See Wednesday, August 3.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

WED 24

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT

FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES See Wednesday, August 3.

Jack and the band will be swinging by Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Ave. S, Nashville) to perform live at 7:15 p.m. Tickets start at $51.50.

FREE PRESS PLAY AT CHURCH STREET PARK

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION

FREE MAKE A HIP-HOP BEAT

More than 2,000 horses compete in this annual equestrian event Aug. 24 - Sept. 3 at Calsonic Arena (721 Whitthorne St., Shelbyville) featuring adult and youth riders. Cost ranges from $7 - $20.

See Tuesday, August 2. See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE TUESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES See Tuesday, August 2.

See Wednesday, August 3.

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS See Tuesday, August 2.

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BUSY BEES CLASS FOR KIDS See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE 12 SOUTH FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

Learn the basics of GarageBand music software, including how to create a hip-hop beat, at Looby Branch Library (2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville). Class is at 4 p.m. iPads provided or bring your own. Ages 7 and older.

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THU 25 PARENT + TOT FAMILY YOGA See Thursday, August 4.


THINGS TO DO WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR See Thursday, August 18.

FREE KIDS FLAVOR LAB 615-862-5856

Join Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville) for fun and food literacy from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Participants will create “Ants on a Log Remix.” For ages 6 - 12. Must register.

FREE LA VERGNE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CARNIVAL

The city hosts a carnival at Veterans Memorial Park (115 Floyd Mayfield Dr., La Vergne) Aug. 25 - 27 as a part of the City’s 50th Anniversary. The carnival will be open from 6 - 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from noon - 10 p.m. on Saturday. Armbands are $20.

KROGER SAFARI FRIDAYS See Friday, August 5.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, August 18.

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION See Thursday, August 25.

FREE INTERNATIONAL DOG DAY MOVIE NIGHT: CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG (2021) 615-862-5862

Celebrate International Dog Day at Goodlettsville Library (205 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville) with a movie night and everyone’s favorite dog, Clifford! Movie starts at 4 p.m.

FREE HUMMINGBIRD WATCH

FREE LA VERGNE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CARNIVAL See Thursday, August 26.

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR See Thursday, August 18.

FREE BOARD GAME BONANZA See Friday, August 12.

It’s Hummingbird Happy Hour at Beaman Park Nature Center (5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City). Drop by between 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and observe ruby-throats flying 60 miles per hour from feeder to flower as they fuel up for their long journey South. Play hummingbird bingo, try on a hummingbird costume and more.

LITTLE RIVER BAND

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CREATIVE ZONE: COOL CARS AND DRIVABLE DESIGNS

BOOST GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM

See Monday, August 1.

See Friday, August 12.

FREE FRIST FILM: THE GREEN KNIGHT (2021)

CREATIVE ZONE: COOL CARS AND DRIVABLE DESIGNS

Little River Band returns to the Schermerhorn (1 Symphony Place, Nashville) following their last sold-out performance. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

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Musician Michael Franti will perform live on Nashville’s largest rooftop, the Skydeck at Assembly Food Hall (5055 Broadway Pl, Nashville). Show is for ages 18+ and starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $40.

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Join the Frist Art Museum (919 Broadway, Nashville) for a screening of The Green Knight, presented in conjunction with “Knights in Armor,” at 6 p.m.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

See Monday, August 1.

See Country Music singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

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See Friday, August 19.

SAT 27 FREE DISCOVER INDIA DAY 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

“Travel” to India at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad St., Murfreesboro). Families will be able to take pictures in front of the Taj Mahal, go on a Gandhi walk, make Raksha Bandhan friendship bracelets and more from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FREE HUMMINGBIRD CELEBRATION warnerparks.org

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are migrating south and busy visiting the feeders and flowers at Warner Park Nature Center (7311 Highway 100, Nashville). Come to the annual celebration of the park’s smallest birds with fun activities for the whole family from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Participate in hummingbird bingo, observe hummingbird banding, learn how to attract hummingbirds to your own backyard and much more!

FREE THE TEMPEST See Friday, August 12.

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

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See Thursday, August 18.

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION See Thursday, August 25.

FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN See Thursday, August 4.

FREE BOOTS ABOVE BROADWAY See Thursday, August 4.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES See Thursday, August 4.

THURSDAY NIGHT OUT AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, August 4.

FRI 26 INTERNATIONAL DOG DAY! TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

See Tuesday, August 2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE THE TEMPEST See Friday, August 12.

On August 26, see hummingbirds fly 60 miles per hour from feeder to flower at Beaman Park Nature Center in Ashland City and on August 27 at Warner Park Nature Center in Nashville.

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THINGS TO DO FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE NOLENSVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, August 6.

FREE LA VERGNE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CARNIVAL See Thursday, August 26.

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION See Thursday, August 25.

FREE SHABBY LANE SHOPPING EVENT

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LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS See Saturday, August 6.

CREATIVE ZONE: COOL CARS AND DRIVABLE DESIGNS See Monday, August 1.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturdau, August 6.

BABY GOAT CUDDLING See Saturday, August 6.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE STORY TIME WITH BACH TO ROCK MUSIC SCHOOL 615-862-5870

Bring your toddlers out to this high-energy rock ‘n’ roll storytime at Richland Park Library (4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville) at 11 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month.

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Enjoy stage performances by local artists, craft beer, family activities, food vendors and community pickin’ at Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville (2640 Airpark Drive, Nashville). The fun starts at 5:30 each night and artists take the stage at 7:05 p.m. Musicians are encouraged to bring banjos, fiddles, guitars, dobros and mandolins for group pickin’ sessions.

Hear live music and dance the night away at Harvey Park (4001 Miles Johnson Parkway, Spring Hill) from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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NERF WARS AT MPACT SPORTS See Saturday, August 13.

GLOW IN THE PARK

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SUMMER LAZE LASER SHOW

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WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR

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See Thursday, August 18.

FREE BIG BAND DANCES See Saturday, August 6.

FREE MUSIC UNDER THE STARS CONCERT SERIES

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FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, August 18.

The Goo Goo Dolls make their stop at Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Ave. S, Nashville). Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50.

Bring your lawn chairs for this family-friendly concert series featuring “Kruise Kontrol” at the Fran Hutson Amphitheater (105 College St., White House) starting at 6:30 p.m.

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See Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.20.

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY See Friday, August 19.

SUN 28 LITTLE LEAPERS

See Sunday, August 7.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturdau, August 6.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN See Sunday, August 7.

FREE FLEA MARKET SUNDAYS AT PLAZA MARIACHI See Sunday, August 7.

CREATIVE ZONE: COOL CARS AND DRIVABLE DESIGNS See Monday, August 1.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS See Saturday, August 6.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, August 7.

FREE VINTAGE BASE BALL

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The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball play “old-school”style baseball games at Rippavilla in Spring Hill and The Hermitage in Old Hickory at 1 p.m.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, August 18.

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION See Thursday, August 25.

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY See Friday, August 19.

MON 29 FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES See Monday, August 1.

Come out to East Nashville’s Cornelia Fort Airpark for great local music, craft beer, family activities, food vendors and more on Saturday, August 27. Bring your instrument and play the night away!

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Nashville Soccer Club has four home matches in August at the new Geodis Park in downtown Nashville — Saturday, August 6; Sunday, August 14; Sunday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 31. Go cheer for our Boys in Gold! EARLY EXPLORERS See Monday, August 1.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Tuesday, August 2.

CREATIVE ZONE: COOL CARS AND DRIVABLE DESIGNS See Monday, August 1.

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION See Thursday, August 25.

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Bring little ones out to Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna) on the last Tuesday of every month from 10 - 11 a.m. Today’s program is all about dinosaurs with prehistoric games and crafts. Cost is $5 for toddlers and siblings, free for parents.

FREE 12 SOUTH FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, August 2.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

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FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

WILSON COUNTY FAIR – TENNESSEE STATE FAIR See Thursday, August 18.

Come out for a free movie on the Skydeck of Assembly Food Hall (5055 Broadway Place, Nashville). Coyote Ugly (rated PG-13) starts at 7:30 p.m.

NASHVILLE SC HOME GAMES

WED 31 TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE STORYTIMES

FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET

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FREE YOGA IN THE PARK

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September 1 - 5 Public Square Park, Nashville liveonthegreen.com

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BUSY BEES CLASS FOR KIDS See Tuesday, August 2.

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET

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TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION See Thursday, August 25.

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NASHVILLE SOUNDS: WINNING WEDNESDAYS See Wednesday, August 10.

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH & FITNESS CLASS FOR WOMEN See Wednesday, August 3.

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LIVE ON THE GREEN

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FREE PRESS PLAY AT CHURCH STREET PARK

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FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

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FREE SUNSET MOVIE: COYOTE UGLY

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TENNESSEE TITANS SEASON OPENER

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September 24 - 25 The Park at Harlinsdale Farm

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Opening minds to the wonders of science and technology for 75 years. Plan an adventure for the family including a show in the Sudekum Planetarium, an immersive experience of sound and music in soundBox, live science shows and more!

BACH TO ROCK, MT. JULIET 1475 N Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 615-903-9658 | mtjuliet.b2rmusic.com

Sign up for music lessons at Bach to Rock Mt. Juliet and save $39 on enrollment today! Fun music lessons for toddlers, kids and teens. Adults love us too! Learn with local, experienced teachers. B2R birthday parties and seasonal camps are great opportunities to play & learn music with your friends and make new ones!

BACH TO ROCK, NASHVILLE WEST 6702 Charlotte Pike #105, Nashville 615-637-7242 | nashvillewest.b2rmusic.com

It’s Back-to-School at Bach to Rock! Believe it or not, the school year is upon us, so there’s no better time to secure a spot on our Fall calendar. Enroll now in private lessons, group classes, early childhood classes, band/ensemble, and 101 classes. Get a FREE 30-minute demo lesson!

CHEEKWOOD ESTATE AND GARDENS 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org

Cheekwood offers both half-day and full-day camps focusing on art and nature including drawing, painting, clay, gardening and more, for campers ages 5-14 years old. Summer 2022 brings new camps inspired storybooks and the exciting Colorscapes exhibition. Campers will be outside in the garden as well as in the classroom discovering, experimenting, and creating unique pieces of art. Perennial favorites will return, including Studio Sampler, Artist Exploration, and Garden Sprouts.

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FALL ACTIVITIES AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS MATHNASIUM

FRANKLIN – 539 Cool Springs Blvd. #105 mathnasium.com/franklin/promotions BRENTWOOD – 18 Cadillac Drive mathnasium.com/brentwood NOLENSVILLE – 505 Burkitt Commons Ave. mathnasium.com/nolensville

We help kids in grades Pre-K to 12, improve their self confidence and math abilities. Your child is unique and they deserve a personalized learning plan to aid in their math learning. Whether they are advanced gifted students seeking enrichment, or students struggling and needing assistance to catch up, at Mathnasium we believe every student can improve their math skills by teaching the way that makes sense to them.

MY GYM OF BRENTWOOD 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 615-371-5437 | mygym.com/brentwood

Creating Moments That Matter! From first steps to handstands My Gym grows with your child. My Gym was born out of our passion to teach children in a fun, physically engaging environment. We delight in seeing children’s eyes light up for all those incredible milestones, from the tentative first steps to tumbling down soft mats. Sharing the parents’ excitement with their children’s accomplishments is the high point of our day.

BELLEVUE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 7097 Old Harding Pike, Ste. J, Nashville 615-662-8553 | bellepac.com

Calling all performers! Bellevue Performing Arts Center offers dance, acting and music all under one roof! With our new triple threat class, you receive all those services in one class! Prefer one-on-one instruction? Our music teacher is holding private lessons on Monday and Tuesday after school. Just want to dance? BellePAC has a wide selection of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater. If your dancer is passionate about performing through adulthood, our Performance Company is for you!

FLOUR POWER

330 Franklin Road, Ste. 110A, Brentwood 615-961-3466 | flourpowerstudios.com/nashville

Children love exploring creativity and the idea of learning new skills –– especially when there’s a lot of fun involved! Preschool to Teens – Our themed weekly classes are a fun way for your Lil’ Chef to focus on hands-on kids cooking class sessions while learning recipes to try at home. Tuition includes recipe handouts to take home, and all supplies. We look forward to seeing you at a Flour Power studio near you soon.

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BILL TAYLOR BUSHIDO SCHOOL OF KARATE 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 615-890-6755 | bskonline.com 1820 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-893-6003 | bskonline.com

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The Harvest Concept opened in 2016, and is long known for its specialty in teaching Han Mu Do, the traditional Korean art of self defense, and is the only Han Mu Do school in the state of Tennessee. We offer classes for ages 3 through adult. We focus on optimism, balance and harmony, building mental and physical strength through movement and practices, such as martial arts, yoga, and traditional archery.

Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate for ages 3 - adult. Call now to get one month free plus a uniform.

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DANCE ACADEMY OF BELLEVUE 8074 TN-100, Nashville 629-888-9954 | danceacademyofbellevue.com

Dance academy of Bellevue is a safe, and inclusive place for dancers to be themselves. At DAB our dancers learn to instill pride and confidence in self expression and individuality. They learn to appreciate the art of dance through quality instruction. At DAB our core values are creativity, encouragement, teamwork and community.

E.T.C. GYMNASTICS

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

E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 - 18 years and all ability levels. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

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Mr. Bond’s Science Guys’ mission is to make science fun, cool and easy for kids! With over 20 years of experience in Tennessee and beyond, our mission is still to get kids excited about science! No matter what the circumstances we will find a way to bring exciting and educational programs to kids. Call us for parties, after school programs/Clubs and field trips.

MUSIC CITY ALL STARS

215 Gothic Court, #102, Franklin 615-915-1047 | musiccityallstars.com From your child’s very first class to their graduation performance, Music City All Stars creates opportunities for everyone! We specialize in offering classes for beginners, of all ages, in addition to offering excellent training for our most advanced, competitive levels. Our dancers go beyond simply developing strong technique, but also hone and create important life skills.

THE NASHVILLE SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC 646-346-4472 | facebook.com/nashvillecountryschool

We harness the unequalled talent of Nashville’s musicians to offer our students world class, internationally touring, Grammy-winning instructors who are at the top of their field. We build community through music, with our family potlucks, jams, square dances, and live events, allowing our teachers, students, and their families, to develop meaningful lasting relationships across all boundaries.

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Experience the joy of dance at School of Nashville Ballet! Our Children’s Classes help students ages 2 - 7 reach important developmental milestones while having fun. Open to ages 8 - 18, our Community Youth Classes guide students in building upon their dance education and provides flexible classes to accommodate busy schedules. So why wait? Spark a lifelong love of movement today! Enroll in our Spring semester classes now at nashvilleballet.com/snbclasses or 615-297-2966 x910.

NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL 25 Middleton St., Nashville 615-297-2966 ext. 910 | nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

At NCT we believe that theatre skills are life skills. We celebrate each student’s individuality. We believe in the power of ‘play’ and the greater learning that is derived from it. It is important to us for every young person to feel heard, celebrated, and uplifted. We currently offer fall , spring , Saturday classes and camps.

NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS

Locations in Brentwood/Nashville, Franklin and Murfreesboro 615-573-2702 | mrbondscienceguy.com

At National Dance Clubs, we offer a easy, fun, three-way system of learning to dance that is proven best for the needs of our students. Whether you need private lessons with certified instructors, or group classes, or just want to practice the moves with a live band, DJ, or class we’ve got you covered.

ONE GOAL SPORTS Murfreesboro 615-896-7309 | onegoalsports.net

A non-profit, community-based sports league providing quality sports programming for families in a fun, Christian environment. Now registering for Fall.

SOUTHERN STARS PRESCHOOL 910 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville 615-509-9423 | southernstarsmontessori.net

Our curriculum allows you and your child to grow at an individual pace. While many preschools focus on a singular facet of learning, we focus on every facet of learning, including: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, verbal skills, concentration and focus skills, literacy skills, match and history skills, art, music, and dance skills, and play-based learning.

SPARTAN SOCCER ACADEMY 615-633-5967 | spartansoccer.org

Spartan Development Academy is a skills based training league for children ages 5 - 13. The program is designed for players looking for more than recreational soccer but not ready to commit to travel soccer. Check out our sibling discount and referral program with Mini Spartans and Spartan Development Academy. Join us anytime! Register for the fall league training today.

SUGAR DROP COOKING CLASSES 574 Franklin Road, Franklin 629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com

Ever have sweet dreams of being a Sugar Artist? No one likes to play with their food better than we do! Our trained instructors have taught thousands of students ages 3 and up over the past five years. From special camps and cookie classes to fondant and buttercream bootcamp, we keep a full calendar of sweet fun to help inspire you on your sugar journey!

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